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Is it OK for a woman with an opinion to host TVNZ’s Breakfast?

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 16th, 2018 - 128 comments
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It’s great news that Hayley Holt has landed a cool new gig hosting TVNZ’s Breakfast show. It’s not so great that before she even gets on the air we have to endure the pontification of some pundits about whether or not it’s “OK”, given she stood as a Green Party candidate in the 2017 election. As if she needs their permission before it can go ahead.

And methinks some people doth protest too much.

How is this even a question?

We on the left have had to put up with the likes of Paul Henry and Mike Hosking, one of whom ran for Parliament as a Tory and the other might as well have, unapologetically spouting their right wing nonsense on the issues of the day, largely unchallenged in front of their audience, every day for the last 20 years or more.

Now it looks like we are finally going to see a semblance of balance and all of a sudden we are deemed to need a tiresome public debate on whether or not it’s OK to have a woman with an opinion hosting Breakfast.

Sure, there was a public debate on whether or not it was a good idea to have John Key’s biggest fanboy host the leaders’ debates last year, but Hosking has a long and well documented track record of being incapable of keeping his opinions to himself. Holt hasn’t even had a chance to show us she will do the job with even handed professionalism yet. Double standard much?

Whether or not someone has stood for a political party in the past should not be the test of an appropriate person to front political content. The test should be can they do the job without fear or favour?

Kim Hill is an example of someone who has had a long career as the premier interviewer in New Zealand giving both sides hell. I’ve listened to her for 20 years and I have no idea who she votes for.

Maggie Barry also had a distinguished interviewing career and surprised me a little bit when she turned out to be a Nat.

Objectivity is the ideal model, but there is also room for bias as long as it’s up front so we can take it into account, and as long as it’s balanced with an equally strident opinion on the opposite side of the debate.

But rather than be a cheerleader for the left as Hosking and Henry are cheerleaders for the right, after all this commentary, I suspect Hayley will feel a strong urge to overcompensate and be harder on the left than the right. And that is more than likely what right wing commentators are shooting for in taking aim at her now.

128 comments on “Is it OK for a woman with an opinion to host TVNZ’s Breakfast? ”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Agreed.

    Hayley has the further advantage over Hosking and Henry that she is sane.

    • Ed 1.1

      And further advantages over Richardson and Garner that she is intelligent and not a misogynist dinosaur.

    • Puckish Rogue 1.2

      Do you have any evidence that Hosking and Henry are insane?

      • Robert Guyton 1.2.1

        Great question, Puck; do you suspect that to be the case?
        Can we do an informal vote on the issue?

        • Puckish Rogue 1.2.1.1

          I ask because Hayley Holt does have a mental illness so maybe not the best line of attack for mickey to use

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.1

            Hayley Holt does have a mental illness

            [Citation Needed]

            • Puckish Rogue 1.2.1.1.1.1

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism

              https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/94322454

              “‘I’m an alcoholic and I go to AA meetings because it’s the only way I know I’m going to be able to stay sober,” she told Sunday.”

              • Seems to have her addiction under control.

                Many don’t – like John Key and his tendency to pull pigtails.

              • North

                Attendance at AA ? Well that might suggest she’s au fait with the matter of ‘resentment’. Which Hosking and Henry vaunt unashamedly all the time…….to your feverish clapping PR. Piss off with your cheap and nasty pejorative.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Have I said theres anything wrong with being mentally ill? No I have not.
                  Have I knocked Hayley Holt for being an alcoholic? No I have not.

                  mickeysavage suggested that Holt has an advantage over Hosking and Henry as she is not insane yet Holt is an admitted alcoholic so actually does have a mental illness

                  You should take your ideological blinkers off every now and then, it might help you gain perspective

          • Whispering Kate 1.2.1.1.2

            If that is the case, then most New Zealanders will a mental disorder of some kind. Fear of flying, enclosed spaces, the dentist, spiders, smoking ciggies, over/under eating, hypochondria. God almighty , fear of the future with climate change – its endless.

            Leave Ms Holt alone – she will do a good job and is a helluva lot more rational than some jocks we have on the airways.

            • Puckish Rogue 1.2.1.1.2.1

              I’m not knocking Hayley, I’m suggesting that calling Hosking and Henry insane maybe isn’t the best thing to be doing

              • Well, I must admit that psychopath is probably a better descriptor for those two.

                • JohnSelway

                  Throwing around terms like psychopath is unhelpful and wrongheaded.
                  Psychopathy is an extremely specific mental illness and not “someone who has views that are the opposite of yours” which is the manner you seem to be using it in.

                  Hosting and Henry are psychopaths? I’ll use a phrase your fond of:

                  [citation needed]

                  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/non-fiction/spot-psychopath/

                    You’ll find that many of the traits listed there are mirrored in those two and many other RWNJs.

                    • JohnSelway

                      So no citation for Henry or Hosking being psychopaths.
                      Just armchair psychology from someone I assume is a) not qualified to make said diagnosis, b) has never had any contact with either hosking or Henry outside of catching them on TV and c) hasn’t met anyone who has either been qualified to diagnose, has diagnosed or even knows either person intimately enough to make such a bold claim.

                      So yeah – making such claims is specious at best

                    • ropata

                      Yeah DTB, Hosking will run you over in his Ferrari for saying that.

                      Hosko is a hero of the poor oppressed property owners of Parnell in their fight against those smelly poor people making the place look untidy.

                • Ankerrawshark

                  Or in Hoskins case narcissistic

          • Brigid 1.2.1.1.3

            What do you call it when a pretense is made to show concern and also uses the issue to insult the other?

            That’s what you’re doing Puck isn’t it.

            • North 1.2.1.1.3.1

              Brigid you characterise PR magnificently. PR is sneaky.

            • Puckish Rogue 1.2.1.1.3.2

              What do you call it when someone is so one-eyed that don’t see a problem with throwing about terms like sane as long its done to “the other side”

      • Ed 1.2.2

        They are certainly bullies.

      • Yes – they vote and support either National or ACT.

      • McFlock 1.2.4

        What’s the clinical term for being a fuckwit with more ego than sense?

      • Chris 1.2.5

        Most of their appearances on TV.

    • jcuknz 1.3

      Doesn’t worry me as I do not watch TV. Talk about pontificating about nothing.

  2. Stunned Mullet 2

    I have no doubt that if the shoe was on the other foot there would be howls of outrage from the other side of the aisle.

    Who really cares – I say good on her for finding a fine trough to gorge at.

  3. adam 3

    The right wing in this country are a bunch of pc moaning idiots.

    Did I say that out loud enough.

    • cleangreen 3.1

      “The right wing in this country are a bunch of pc moaning idiots.”

      Keep saying it Adam; – as the line becomes truth after one says it long enough,

      That’s what the right wing-nuts do as they say things over and over repeatedly until they hope the line is adopted as the truth.

  4. Ed 4

    This is the wretched Neandarthal level at which Henry operated.

  5. Bill 5

    The intent of some, by slamming anything even remotely associated with the left, is precisely to “encourage” compliance with supposedly neutral right-wing attitudes.

    It works at the political party level too – so NZ Labour are “reminded” which side of the bread they ought to see as being buttered.

    It works on the feint hearted.

  6. bwaghorn 6

    Good luck to her. Between that and the project on 3 current affairs is worth watching again

  7. mauī 7

    She’s been on tv in one form or another for what probably almost 10 years now? I can’t remember any political issues she’s been involved with in that time, she very much comes across as apolitical if anyone has seen her.

    Meanwhile Hosking and Henry have been able to dish out their own party propaganda however and whenever they liked.

    The mainstream media is so lame stream as one commentator puts it.

  8. savenz 8

    Have absolutely no idea what all the fuss is about. About time they actually modernised at TVNZ and tried to appeal to people over 65.

    Clearly they can work out that more people in this country voted for Labour or Greens and they outnumber 50%, then work out those voting for NZ First (which was less than it should have been for a variety of reasons including the ‘superannuation’ expose right before the election). Therefore the right wingers TVNZ champion are not suitable anymore.

    Take off those who don’t speak English as a first language from Asia and probably read news in their own language and those who are Maori and (hopefully) get news from Maori channels then it seems pretty clear, why they needed to pick a more left leaning person for the role.

    Finally a commercial decision rather than a political one, from TVNZ.

    It would be great to see John Campbell back on TVNZ on prime time if they want to actually get some new viewers who will otherwise just turn to social media to get news (if they have not already).

  9. savenz 9

    In fact, it actually is almost inspired.

    TV3 used to be the ‘younger’ hipper TV station but Natz loving Mark Weldon destroyed that with his political based decisions like axing the most popular guy on TV, John Campbell that made viewers switch off.

    So it is clear that if TVNZ actually managed to switch it around and grab the centre left viewers as well as their loyal aged base then they can actually compete better and wipe off TV3.

    They may actually need to get some sort of social media presence though. But I guess one step at a time for the dinosaurs.

  10. Matthew Whitehead 10

    Ben Thomas, who works with Matthew Hooton, was also complaining, which is the height of irony given Matthew Hooton’s firm won’t disclose his clients, and thus has undisclosed conflicts of interest, which is a far bigger deal. Hayley Holt’s positions are well known, and like Henry and Hosking, her lean can be arbitrated by public opinion and weighed against the quality of journalism she brings. (Being a leftie, she’s likely to do good journalism anyway, because it’s something we believe in. Of course, Henry and Hosking were both rubbish, and neither were moved on from news-related positions despite being terrible at them, and were kept on purely for ratings with older bigots, cementing their existing audience at the cost of any potential future growth)

    I think it absolutely does make sense for the ‘shub to try to grab a younger, more progressive demographic with their news. I used to be a loyal watcher before Mark Weldon, now I basically just don’t turn on the TV.

    • Ed 10.1

      RNZ should never be using Hooton if this is the case.

      • Matthew Whitehead 10.1.1

        It definitely is the case, and I wish they wouldn’t. There is no reasonable disclaimer you can give to Hooton, Thomas, or anyone at that PR firm, that allows you to proceed with their commentary without having a potential conflict of interest. They should be blanket-banned from all political media until they disclose their clients.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 10.1.1.1

          Or at least everytime they are on air, there should be an introduction that makes clear they have undisclosed clients, and therefore potentially undisclosed conflicts of interest. Just tell it like it is so people know.

  11. The Fairy Godmother 11

    Interesting that the top comment on Stuff’s face book page got 128 likes against the actual article on 80. It stated
    “Paul Henry was a National party candidate. I didn’t see this sort of
    article when he hosted breakfast.”

    It seems that a lot of the readers saw through the nonsense.

  12. Chris 12

    I look forward to seeing the hard hitting interviews with Shaw and whoever the new co-leader turns out to be.

    Or any subject remotely associated with the Greens involvement with the government

    I think I might be waiting a while

    Seems like a pretty cool chick though

    She should do alright

  13. tc 13

    “Now it looks like we are finally going to see a semblance of balance…” serious optimism there which is nice but undeserved IMO.

    TVNZ has zero track record in providing quality objective content by inserting shills like Hoskins and suck up’s like Corrin Dann who fell in line with the $11Billion billshit in the campaign rather than do his job and expose the knowing lies.

    This has nothing to do with hayley Holt IMO and everything to do with a dead in the water management trying to look relevant by changing the wallpaper.

    The house needs a total renovation or be smashed down and replaced by a public broadcaster ! The management needs to be purged.

    I’d still give her the gig but the problem at TVNZ remains….it’s management.

    • Chris 13.1

      At least Hosking is open with his bias.

      On the other side so is Campbell.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1.1

        Hosking’s bias is obvious. That’s not the same as being ‘open’. To look at it another way, if what Hosking does is ‘open-ness’, I doubt Holt will ever cross the line.

        Meanwhile, have you found that reputation lying around anywhere? I just can’t seem to put my finger on it.

        • Chris 13.1.1.1

          I have zero idea of what your second paragraph is on about and you ignored Campbell in your post

          • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1.1.1.1

            My second paragraph concerns TVNZ’s reputation for the hard-hitting interviews you’re looking forward to*. Where is this alleged reputation?

            I didn’t question your characterisation of Campbell’s position. Would you like me to?

            *at comment 12.

      • ropata 13.1.2

        The difference is that Hosking is uneducated and thick as 2 short planks. His kneejerk reckons are not based on any facts or research, effectively making his listeners dumber

  14. SPC 14

    There are those who call for the sale of TVNZ (now there is no Henry or Hosking they will call it left wing) and RNZ (they already call it left wing, even before their guy removed Campbell from TV3).

    Why

    1. to promote their own right wing social media
    2. to disparage state owned media as biased (this appointment is being used to
    dog whistle)
    3. to frighten the state media into fearful compliance (if this media offended National
    they might get sold off) – as with the funding management of charities (too activist and …).

    Note how effective the National threat to abolish Maori seats was in forming coalitions with the MP – the gloved fist and the docile partner indeed.

  15. Sanctuary 15

    Farrar’s bleating about Ms. Holt, coming after his creepy obsession with Golriz Ghahraman, has nothing to do with her skills as a journalist. Rather, it informs us yet again of the rather troubling pattern of behaviour from the political right of misogyny and barely repressed sexual jealousy towards attractive and powerful young women that they cannot control.

  16. James 16

    Good on her for getting the job.

    Hope she makes a good go of it.

    If she ends up being viewed by people unfavourably I assume people on here will be ok that she gets the same level of abuse that hosking etc get (all is fair right?).

    • Stuart Munro 16.1

      It’s not a matter of being viewed unfavourably – it’s a matter of meeting basic journalistic standards. Hosking was wont to editorialise – a very poor habit for a journalist and in no way made up for by any of his other professional abilities. Had he worked as hard on stories as Campbell the left might’ve have had reason to fear him instead of merely loathing his lack of professionalism. Remember who got Metiria’s scalp – not one of your rightwing pretenders – Campbell, the only real journalist in the hunt.

  17. Hornet 17

    “Kim Hill is an example of someone who has had a long career as the premier interviewer in New Zealand giving both sides hell. I’ve listened to her for 20 years and I have no idea who she votes for.”
    Kim is the ideal. There are very few like her in that regard.

    “Objectivity is the ideal model, but there is also room for bias as long as it’s up front so we can take it into account, and as long as it’s balanced with an equally strident opinion on the opposite side of the debate.”
    Indeed. And that is why Hayley should be given a chance to do her job before being judged. Everyone knows her political leanings, which if anything may make her more cautious about showing any bias. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

    • NZJester 17.1

      The right had a bias player center stage for years on TV spouting out right wing rubbish. A left-wing voice on the TV will be refreshing. She is unlikely to spout out things that can not be backed up with facts, unlike someone who made an incorrect political statement on air before the last election that was factually wrong and easy to check on.

  18. Gristle 18

    Castle your mind to America where if you are the slightest bit critical of the Right then you appear ineligible to undertake so many roles. For example, the FBI, the Mueller investigation and certain agents are thought to be corrupted because two people texted each other that Trump (and Sanders) would be disasters as POTUS. Where as when Investigations of Pres Clinton (and Democrats had control of the legislature) it was deemed necessary to Republican (rabidly Republican) to control the investigation.

    It as though an Overton Windows operates for the Right in that any movement away from a strong pro right view is unacceptable.

    In this light the opposition to Ms Holt’s appointment can be understood.

  19. NZJester 19

    The fact she was a candidate for the Greens is likely just small reason the right doesn’t want her on air. What a lot of right-wing males don’t like the most is a woman with opinions.

  20. TB 20

    Is any one else feeling any sympathy for “Sir” David Farrar? He has gone from unofficial cabinet minister, and adviser to the Prime Minister, to a demented political hack, second only to Slater…,

  21. Jackel 21

    Treating her like a car, looking at her like a b****h and begrudging every concession you feel you are forced to make is the way of boys not men. Should she have an opinion that deviates from brutally jack booting the workers, then every tory in the land will be earnestly praying fire and brimstone upon her gallant head.

  22. Doogs 22

    1. Hosking, and probably Henry too, do not have mental disorders. However they present with symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder with touches of paranoia. Yes, I have looked them up and in both instances it fits.

    2. Hayley Holt is a competent young woman whose sporting and terpsichorean skills are not in question. She has also been a media presenter for some time without her competence in this area being questioned. Suddenly, before she even begins her new role on TV, she is in the gun for having been a political candidate. Where from? Hah! Do I really need to ask? Hooton, Henry, Hosking, Garner, Farrar, Richardson et al continue to purvey their lines of neo-liberalist rubbish untrammelled by the burden of criticism.

    3. Television in NZ is in serious need of a complete shake-up. I won’t go into detail, because we all know it – reality (which are not reality at all) shows, low grade journalism, stupid shows masquerading as journalism (TV3 at 7), rubbish sit-coms, etc.

    • ropata 22.1

      Hooton, Henry, Hosking, Garner, Farrar, Richardson et al continue to purvey their lines of neo-liberalist rubbish untrammelled by the burden of criticism

      BAU for the Dirty Politics machine. All the players are untouched except for Ede and Slater.

  23. millsy 23

    The problem that Farrar has is that she is left. He would much prefer National supporters and members in every echelon of the media.

  24. R.P. Mcmurphy 24

    Hayley Holt is turning into a superior journalist and hopefully she will ready for the next election. The knockers are pissed of because they resent her personal and intellectual development.

  25. Ed 25

    Steve Cowan, as usual, gets to the heart of the issue.

    I have no real opinion about Holt’s appointment other that she strikes me as being yet another ho-hum presenter who will provide little new political insight for her viewers. She will be a safe pair of hands and that’s all that is required of her. She ain’t no Abby Martin. Or Laurie Penny. Or Naomi Klein. Some will say she is eminently suited for the Breakfast audience, but I couldn’t possibly comment.

    My complaint is that TVNZ, once a public broadcaster in the real sense of the word, has become a vehicle directed by commercial objectives and a perceived deference to whoever its political masters happen to be at the time. It leads to a narrow range of political views and opinions that leave the neoliberal status quo unquestioned and unchallenged .

    Hosking. Henry. Holt. Barry. The names are interchangeable. It doesn’t matter who is hosting the shows and appearing on our television screens every weekday, the logic of the system remains intact.

    • weka 25.1

      If someone thinks there is no difference between Holt and Hosking/Henry, then I think their politics are suspect. By all means bring on the revolution, but in the meantime, having someone who gives a shit and isn’t a RW shill on the national broadcaster is useful. It starts sending out different messages to the people who will be the ones that the revolution depends upon.

      • Ed 25.1.1

        Cowan’s politics are not suspect.

        http://nzagainstthecurrent.blogspot.co.nz/

        • Sam 25.1.1.1

          It dosnt mater who they are who represents TVNZ. They still represent TVNZ…

        • Ed 25.1.1.2

          Here is his most recent offering.

          ON OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM

          We live in scary times but NZ Herald columnist Rachel Stewart has concluded that the fight must go on.

          IT WAS ONLY a few months ago that Rachel Stewart was writing that, in the aftermath of Jacinda Ardern’s elevation to Prime Minister, she was basking in the glow of a new found optimism. It appears though that Rachel’s optimism has been shortlived. The new year finds her in a more sombre mood.

          ………

        • weka 25.1.1.3

          “Cowan’s politics are not suspect.”

          Yes, they are. For the reasons I gave. They get lots of things right, doesn’t mean they’re perfect.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The debate over the $55 million media fund erupts again
    RNZ’s Mediawatch and a video clip viewed 42,000 times keep the topic of the Public Interest Journalism Fund fizzing. Graham Adams reports.   A week ago, the NZ Taxpayers’ Union posted a short video clip of the exchange in Parliament between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins in which the National ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Multiple sclerosis: the link with earlier infection just got stronger – new study
    Scott Montgomery, UCL For most of the time since the first description of multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1868, the causes of this disabling disease have remained uncertain. Genes have been identified as important, which is why having other family members with MS is associated with a greater risk of developing ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Covid and free speech
    by Don Franks Some commentators have likened the struggle against Covid 19 to the world war experience. To those of us not alive in those times, that comparison can only be academic. What the anti virus battle reminds me of much more is an industrial strike. In my twenties and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Angry Blowhards”
    In today’s Herald, their excellent columnist, Simon Wilson, takes to task those “shouty” people whom he further describes as “angry blowhards”. They are those whose prime reaction to the pandemic is anger – an anger they seamlessly (and perhaps unwittingly) transfer from the virus to the government. The basis for ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Looking Forward To 2022.
    Future Tense? Okay, so that’s where we are in 2022. Living in a New Zealand where all the usual rules of politics once again apply. And, guess what? Jacinda’s government, once again, isn’t doing very well – not very well at all.LET’S PLAY A GAME. Let’s pretend we’re half-way through ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Covid mandates, and the Covid pill
    The cliché about “living with Covid” will not mean life as we’ve known it, Jim. Vaccination is fast becoming a condition of employment, and also a requirement to participate in aspects of social life, such as travel, attending bars, cafes, and concerts etc. These protective measures enjoy a high level ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 12 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Prof Alan Bollard, Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington; Chair of the Infrastructure Commission: “NZ Politics Daily” provides a great public service – a quick and unbiased way to check policy announcements and analysis every morning.” Anyone can sign up to NZPD ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: A submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2)
    I have made a submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2).In preparing it, I looked at the Hansard for the first reading debate, and got name-dropped as someone likely to make a submission. So, of course I did. I focus on a small bit of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: More tales from the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme
    You may have read last week that two years after the publication of regulations for medicinal cannabis – and three years after the enabling legislation – two local products from a local manufacturer have finally met the minimum quality standards for prescription. You may also be interested to know that ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Real action requires government
    Over the weekend someone pointed me at a journal article on "The Poverty of Theory: Public Problems, Instrument Choice, and the Climate Emergency". Its a US law journal article, so is a) very long; and b) half footnotes (different disciplines have different norms), but the core idea is that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Not doing our bit
    Last month the US and EU announced they would push an agreement to cut methane emissions by 30% (from 2020 levels) by 2030 at the upcoming climate change conference in Glasgow. The good news is that New Zealand is looking at joining it. The bad news is that that won't ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delta’s Week Of Doom.
    Classic Shot: Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?IF JACINDA ARDERN thought last week was bad, the week ahead promises to be even worse. Sixty community cases of Covid-19, one of the highest daily totals so far ...
    5 days ago
  • Urgent measures needed to allow the safe re-opening of Auckland schools
    Dr Rachel Webb, Dr Jin Russell, Dr Pip Anderson, Dr Emma Best, Dr Alison Leversha and Dr Subha Rajanaidu* In this blog we describe the range of urgent measures that are needed to facilitate a safe return to schools in Auckland and other regions of the country where there is ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scree...
    Kathryn MacCallum, University of Canterbury and Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury   The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Putting Aotearoa on the map: New Zealand has changed its name before, why not again?
    Claire Breen, University of Waikato; Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato; Robert Joseph, University of Waikato, and Valmaine Toki, University of Waikato   Our names are a critical part of our identity. They are a personal and social anchor tying us to our families, our culture, our history and place in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Yes, of course festival organisers will follow the law on vaccination
    On Tuesday 5 October the New Zealand Government announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be a requirement to attend large events this summer.It took a few days for event owners to absorb the information and understand the implications. By the end of the working week, most of the big ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 11 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jim Hubbard, Cartoonist “NZ Politics daily is a go to for cartoonists, or should be.  Political reporting enmasse like this gives cartoonists and political junkies a smorgasbord to get their teeth into. Essential and I daresay vital reading for those who care about the future of NZ.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, October 3, 2021 through Sat, October 9, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: VFX Artist Reveals how Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power the ENTIRE World, Will you fall ...
    6 days ago
  • The Night of Parmenides: accepted
    A bit of good news on the writing front. My 3900-word short story, The Night of Parmenides, has been accepted by SpecFicNZ for their upcoming Aftermath anthology, to be published in early 2022. This is my first published short story to be explicitly set in my home-town of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Virus, the Politician, and the gang member
    . . . . . References Newshub Nation: Gang leader Harry Tam denies Winston Peters’ claims he helped infected woman breach COVID boundary, sparking Northland lockdown Te Ao News: ‘Apologise!’ Mob leader slams Peters’ Covid, Northland allegations Stuff media: Covid-19 – Search for contact of Northland case ‘extraordinarily frustrating’ CNBC: ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Rapid kits, responses, and openings: watch motivations, or catch something worse with Covid…
    Last week was probably a high point for many armchair “experts”, fresh from their high after some deep inhaling of the various musings and fumings, of an actually very smug, and very insualted John “Things all work for me…” Key, former Prime Minister and FOREX trader, had blitzed the ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Bollocks
    It would appear we have an unwelcome presence in town.Positive wastewater results had been detected in Hamilton and Palmerston North on October 6 and 7. There are 26 cases in hospital, seven of these are in ICU or high dependency units (HDU).One of the people in hospital is in Palmerston ...
    1 week ago
  • World-leading?
    So, the Herald has found someone, as we can see from today’s issue, who is able to explain why we should not claim to have been “world-leading” in our response to the covid epidemic. It seems that we have been kidding ourselves when we celebrated our low total number of ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Why Is Labour So Frightened Of “Mr Stick”?
    Force Multiplier: Why are Ardern and her ministers so loathe to put a bit of stick about? The “emergency” legislation eventually enacted to authorise the measures needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic failed to confer upon the New Zealand Government the unequivocal authority that subsequent events showed to be so ...
    1 week ago
  • The Need for an Updated Strategic Approach to Covid-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Michael Baker* The NZ Government appears to have drifted into an unclear strategic approach to Covid-19 control. In this blog we outline one potential way forward: a regional strategic approach that considers “regional suppression” and “regional elimination”. To maximise the success of this ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Mairon: The Actual Source for the Blasted Name
    Long-time Tolkien geeks – or those bemused enough to run across a certain internet phenomenon – might know that ‘Sauron’ is not actually the real name of the Lord of the Ring. ‘Sauron’ is just an abusive Elvish nickname, meaning ‘the Abhorred.’ Sauron’s actual name, at least originally, ...
    1 week ago
  • Forced Re-entry
    The elimination of Covid strategy is not so much defeated but changing circumstances means that policy has to evolve. Our elimination stance was never sustainable or at least it would not be until the rest of the world also eliminated Covid-19. Elimination of the virus was a strategy we adopted ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Repeal this unjust law
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on National's unjust "three strikes" law, and found that the sentence it required was (in the case in question) so disproportionate as to "shock the conscience" and violate the Bill of Rights Act ban on disproportionately severe treatment or punishment: The Supreme Court has ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Preparing for the flood
    The Christchurch City Council has published new "coastal hazards" data, indicating which places are under threat from sea-level rise. And its not good news: Parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are likely to become unhabitable [sic] as the city council figures out how to adapt to sea level ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, Not The Government
    I wonder if Mike Hosking ever reads the paper in which he appears so regularly? If he does, he might have noticed a report in today’s Herald about the problem that could face churches in Auckland if a vaccine passport becomes mandatory for those wishing to attend church services. The ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 8 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Bill Ralston, Media consultant and columnist: “NZ Politics Daily provides an invaluable service for journalists, politicians, businesspeople, decision makers and the public at large by providing an easily accessible, exhaustive, link to every significant political story in the country’s media that day. It’s a gem of a service ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Open letter to Michael Barnett, Julie White, et al
    . . Congratulations,  Mr Barnett, Ms White, and your business colleagues. It appears that we will end up having to “live” (ie, get sick, end up in hospital, perhaps in ICU, intubated on ventilators, and possibly dying as our lungs fail) with covid19. But at least businesses will open up. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Introducing Mr Stick.
    MR STICK: You media types think the people of this country have changed, but you’re wrong. We’re the same tough bastards we’ve always been. Put a bit of stick about – and listen to us cheer!JOSEPHINE MUCH-ADOO: Kia ora, everyone, and welcome to “Introducing”. Today we are very pleased to ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #40, 2021
    "Old" research There's little point in trying to best this excellent article describing the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics by Ars Technica authors Jennifer Ouelette and John Timmer, each having a gift for concisely on-target, accessible science journalism. Here at New Research we'll punt and quote the The Royal Swedish Academy of ...
    1 week ago
  • Standing on one leg is a sign of good health – and practising is good for you too
    Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University Research shows that people’s ability to stand on one leg is an indicator of health and that getting better at standing on one leg can add to fitness and potentially lifespan. Being able to stand on one leg is linked to increased levels of physical ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: More dishonesty over the CCR
    Last month the Emissions Trading Scheme turned into a farce, when the government flooded the market with credits in a failed and wasteful attempt to Keep Carbon Prices Low. When I asked about the background of this policy Climate Change Minister James Shaw sent me one of the most egregious ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Schrödinger’s Wraith: The Status of the Witch-King of Angmar, 15th-25th March, T.A. 3019.
    My recent re-read of The Lord of the Rings reminded me of one of the vaguer head-scratchers in Tolkien. The status of the Witch-King of Angmar between his death at the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the Destruction of the One Ring ten days later… was he, in the ...
    1 week ago
  • How rainbow colour maps can distort data and be misleading
    Philip Heron, University of Toronto; Fabio Crameri, University of Oslo, and Grace Shephard, University of Oslo   The choice of colour to represent information in scientific images is a fundamental part of communicating findings. However, a number of colour palettes that are widely used to display critical scientific results are ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Korea’s march to global cultural domination, plus a K-pop playlist
    So far, South Korea’s culture industries seem to be pandemic proof. They’re also winning huge global audiences, and not merely large domestic ones. In recent years, South Korea’s TV series (Squid Game, Descendants of The Sun) and movies ( Parasite, Oldboy, The Handmaiden) have become global hits. However, it has ...
    1 week ago
  • In a lockdown, where does work end and parenting begin? Welcome to the brave new world of ‘zigzag...
    Candice Harris, Auckland University of Technology and Jarrod Haar, Auckland University of Technology   All parents work. The difference lies in the breakdown between their paid and unpaid workloads. That equation is influenced by many things, including education, qualifications, age, ethnicity, financial status, number and age of dependants, gendered and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Using Rapid Antigen Tests to Improve COVID-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Figure 1: Rapid Antigen Test kit given out freely from the NHS in the UK Dr Jennifer Summers, Assoc Prof James Ussher, Assoc Prof Nikki Moreland, Dr Leah Grout, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker* Most COVID-19 testing aims to identify infected people. To date, Aotearoa NZ has relied almost ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 7 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Liz Gordon, Former MP, researcher and blogger I just hate NZ Politics Daily. I get settled in to do a good day’s work and ZAP, it arrives in my inbox like a little shiny gift.  I try to ignore it but my cursor creeps inexorably towards the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Will electoral and political finance law reform succeed this ti...
    It’s welcome news that the Government has announced this week that they intend to improve how elections work in this country, including fixing the political finance rules. Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has announced that major reforms will be investigated in the areas of political donation rules, promising changes that will ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Will Jacinda Stand? Or, Has She Already Fallen?
    Free Falling? New Zealanders needed to hear Jacinda take a firm line on vaccination, issuing stern warnings to those who declared their intention to refuse. Kiwis just weren’t in the mood to let lockdown evaders and anti-vaxxers free ride on their good citizenship. Google’s IT wizards confirmed that Kiwis were, overwhelmingly, ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The CCR was a huge waste of money II
    Last month, in the wake of the September carbon auction, I talked about how the government's policy of flooding the market with a "cost containment reserve" of an extra 7 million tons of pollution in an effort to keep carbon costs low was a huge waste of money. Ministry for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Celebrating Women in Space
    Beautiful, Inspiring, Mysterious!  How do you describe space?  What do you think when you look up at the stars?  The United Nations General Assembly certainly knew how beautiful, inspiring, mysterious, and important space is when they designated a week to be World Space Week.  That’s this week, and the theme for this year is ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    1 week ago
  • COVID Clusterfuck
    Well it has been fun living in the safest country in the world for a year and a half, but a combination of cynical politics from the right, and dithering incompetence from the left, and selfish sociopathy or ignorance on the part of the population , means New Zealand is ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising
    Former rugby league star Manu Vatuvei has admitted importing methamphetamine. The Warriors icon was charged in December 2019 with possessing methamphetamine for supply and importing the Class A drug. He previously denied the charges and earlier this year said he would “fight for his innocence” after he outed himself as the sportsman ...
    1 week ago
  • Bond, Wokeness and Representations in Cinema
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh The latest James Bond film has come out.  It is apparently to be Daniel Craig’s last incarnation as the Spy Who Loved Me, or raped me as some have pointed out.  There has been much discussion about how woke the new James Bond is and how ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, the Bubble, and the Trap
    . . . . . References National Party: Open the Trans Tasman Bubble Now (archived) Twitter: National Party – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition Twitter: Judith Collins – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition RNZ: Tourism New Zealand forecasting billion-dollar economy boost if trans-Tasman bubble opens Stuff media: Crack ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Not keeping their promises
    One of the big steps forward in climate change policy was when cabinet started demanding climate change assessments of policy, so when they built that road or changed energy or farm policy, they'd know what they were doing and be able to make an informed decision (and if not, one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A useful ruling
    As readers may be aware, I (and everyone else) have been having a growing problem with OIA extensions for "consultations". They're being used by agencies to juke the stats, scam extra time, and cover up administrative failure. So I've taken up complaining about them. And last night, I got a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • New Zealand Ambassador to France announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Caroline Bilkey as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France and the OECD. “Aotearoa New Zealand and France have a shared history, and enjoy a strong, collaborative partnership. This includes a strong trade and economic relationship, a shared commitment to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt welcomes nurses’ pay settlement
    The Government is welcoming news that a new employment agreement for nurses working in public hospitals has been settled. “I am very pleased that the hard work of the Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards has led to a settlement that both can support,” Health Minister Andrew Little said today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Judge of the High Court appointed
    Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on plan to reduce waste
    New Zealanders are invited to have their say on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for new waste legislation. “Reducing waste is one of the issues all New Zealanders – especially younger Kiwis - care deeply about,” Environment Minister David Parker said today “New Zealand is one of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Next steps in action plan for indigenous rights kicks off
    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today meet with more than 30 national Māori organisations in an online hui, kicking off the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). The previous National Government signed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Iwi-led housing solutions build homes for the future
    Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga will open on 20 October, to receive applications for investment through Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Puni Kōkiri The $730m fund combines investment from Budget 2021 ($380m) and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m) - the largest investment seen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō twhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō tewhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government green lights rapid antigen testing
    Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall. A coalition of around 25 businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government lays foundations as Māori Language Petition commemorations take shape for 2022
    Taiaha hā! Taiaha hā! - Te kairangi o te reo hoki mai ki taku tikanga, ki taku taumata, ki taku reo, ki taku ao. He reo whai tikanga, he reo whai mana, he reo whai tangata koe. Ki te whāngaihia te reo Māori he ao tēnā, ki te kore he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major contract awarded to power NZ Battery investigation
    A consortium of specialist firms has been awarded a major contract to advance the New Zealand Battery Project’s feasibility investigation into a pumped hydro storage scheme at Lake Onslow, the Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods has announced. “This contract represents a major milestone as it begins the targeted ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Additional Funding for Foodbanks and Social Agencies
    The Government has approved $13.55m from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund to support foodbanks and social sector agencies, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “Foodbanks and social agencies across Auckland are doing a great job supporting their communities and the Government is today providing them with more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Generating a new generation of guardians
    The Government is supporting a Whakatōhea-led project undertaking landscape scale restoration in forests and around vulnerable rivers within the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “The Whakatōhea Tiaki Taiao project will employ four people to undertake pest and weed control, ecosystem restoration and monitoring over three ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato, Northland staying at Alert Level 3
    The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 and Northland will remain in Alert Level 3 for a few more days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, Step 1. “Based on the latest public health information, ministers have decided that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New courthouses for Tauranga and Whanganui
    The Government is moving ahead with new courthouses in Tauranga and Whanganui, which the Justice Minister says provide an opportunity to redesign court facilities that help put victims at the heart of the justice system. “These courthouses are part of the 10-year infrastructure investment plan to restore and modernise Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech on the launch of the consultation on the development of the Emissions Reduction Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi o te ata. Earlier this month Save the Children wrote to me with their most up to date analysis on the impact of climate change. What they said was that children born in Aotearoa today will experience up to five times as many heatwaves and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Opportunity to shape NZ’s first Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today. The Emissions Reduction Plan will set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15, Virtual High-Level Segment
    Kia ora koutou katoa. I want to thank China for hosting this critically important Conference of the Parties. We are all here for the same reason. Biodiversity loss, and the ongoing degradation of nature, are accelerating at an unprecedented rate. These losses are causing irreparable harm to our planet’s ability ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government books show resilient and strong economy
    The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast, even as recently as the Budget in May. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • ​​​​​​​Health system is ready for assisted-dying law
    The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. The law received 65.1 per cent support in a public referendum held alongside last year’s general ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Taking a lead in threat to curious kea
    Reducing lead poisoning of kea, the world’s only alpine parrot and one-time New Zealand bird of the year winner, is the goal of a two year project being backed by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says.  “Lead poisoning is a serious threat to this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer
    The Government will extend Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas for six months to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders over the coming summer period, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. “This offers employers and visa holders the certainty they’ve been asking for going ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Lower card fees good for businesses, consumers
    The Bill to help lower the cost of the fees retailers get charged for offering contactless and debit payment options is another step closer to becoming law, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark said today. “COVID-19 has changed the way we spend our money, with online and contactless ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mandatory vaccination for two workforces
    High-risk workers in the health and disability sector to be fully vaccinated by 1 December, 2021, and to receive their first dose by 30 October School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students to be fully vaccinated by 1 January, 2022, and to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fund allows more Pacific community led vaccinations
    The Government has made $1.1 million available through ‘The Prepare Pacific Community Vaccination Fund’ to directly support Pacific community-led initiatives towards increasing vaccinations, said Associate Minister of Health, Aupito William Sio. “The best way to protect our communities from COVID-19 is through vaccination. “We need to explore every avenue to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Small business at heart of economic recovery across APEC region
    The Minister for Small Business says support for small and medium enterprises will remain ongoing as the Asia-Pacific region moves through response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart Nash today chaired a virtual summit from Wellington for the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM). “APEC Ministers responsible ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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