It’s not OK, resign

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The judgment in the case of ‘high-profile political figure’ involved in a domestic violence dispute has come back.

Cameron Slater has published parts of the judgment, which declines to issue a protection order because the couple are no longer together but does hold that his actions did “amount to domestic violence in the form of psychological abuse”. The judgment also declined to give him the right to evict the wife from the matrimonial property.

Given that he has been found in court of law to be engaging in domestic violence I don’t see how he can continue in his current position.

[There is a suppression order in place, please refrain from giving information that could identify the political figure involved. ]

75 comments on “It’s not OK, resign ”

  1. Ron 1

    [Deleted. There is a suppression order in place, please refrain from giving information that could identify the political figure involved. ]

  2. infused 2

    Got a link? I got no idea what you’re talking about…

  3. The Voice of Reason 3

    Bit late isn’t it? [Deleted] . Or does the suppresion order only apply to everyone but him?

  4. Tim Ellis 4

    Interesting post, Eddie.

    The person concerned hasn’t been convicted of anything. There are precedents of members of parliament receiving actual convictions, and remaining in parliament. Ruth Dyson is a case that come to mind.

    • toad 4.1

      She was forced to resign as a Minister though Tim. And I don’t think having a glass of wine too many before driving is quite in the same league as giving your partner the bash – an error of judgment rather than a deliberate act of violence.

      • Tim Ellis 4.1.1

        I don’t think you know enough about the case toad to conclude that the person concerned gave their partner the bash.

        • toad 4.1.1.1

          Nor do I Tim – my mistake. From what I understand the abuse was primarily psychological rather than physical, but that doesn’t provide any greater excuse – still deliberate and ongoing domestic violence rather than a momentary error of judgment. From the Dom Post report last week, it was disputed whether there was physical violence

    • The Voice of Reason 4.2

      The person concerned is [Deleted], Tim and Ruth Dyson had the guts to immediately inform her boss, accept the legal and professional punishments and apologise for her mistake.

      Any chance of this git doing the same? I suspect you’re in a position to know the answer.

      • Tim Ellis 4.2.1

        No TVOR, I’m not in a position to know the answer. If this person is not an MP then they are not primarily responsible to the public. As far as I know there are no legal punishments for a finding of actions that amount to domestic violence. Their is a legal punishment if the police can establish a case in court, though, which will lead to a conviction, but there is no conviction here.

        • ghostwhowalks 4.2.1.1

          There has been a judicial hearing to decide the facts. Its the same thing.

          And anyway not all cases in the courts are prosecuted by the police or crown prosecutors. Theres the SPCA, the various crown agencies and so .

          Even the solicitor general can refer a matter to the court like when Nick Smith was convicted of witness tampering and Smith was also involved in an employment dispute where the judge found his evidence less than truth full ( much the same as the two high court judges, who used judicial speak for ‘big fat lies’)

          • Tim Ellis 4.2.1.1.1

            No, it’s not the same thing ghost. A domestic violence conviction has penalties against the perpetrator. Unless a private prosecution, it requires a police investigation. It’s not a “he said, she said” finding as in a family court.

            The judges in the Smith case were certainly critical of Dr Smith’s testimony as I recall, ghost, but I don’t know if any leader of the national party has ever defended his actions in that case. Unlike, for example, the way Ms Clark and Dr Cullen defended Mr Field after the Ingram Report came out, which noted that Mr Field’s testimony was unreliable, or in your speak, “big fat lies”.

    • vto 4.3

      Yes Tim, and Trevor Mallard.

      The 100%blown hypocrisy on here never ceases to amaze me.

      Its humourous in its complete lack of cred.

      Show some spine and principle Eddie – call on Mallard and Dyson to resign. Or remain spineless and unprincipled.

      • Eddie 4.3.1

        Mallard lost he portfolios. Remember?

        So did Dyson.

        Down the memory hole, eh?

      • vto 4.3.2

        No Eddie, not down the memory hole.

        Losing portfolios – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, such a fine and principled stand. What a joke.

        You call on this is simple bare hypocrisy.

      • Quoth the Raven 4.3.3

        You’d have to call Gerry Brownlee to resign as well seeing as he actually been convicted of assault.

    • Eddie 4.4

      It’s the nature of these events that would be regarded as more serious than say a speeding fine

  5. Tim Ellis 5

    While you’re at it Eddie you might call for the resignation of Trevor Mallard as an MP, who pleaded guilty to a charge of fighting in court.

    • Eddie 5.1

      two grown male idiots on equal terms having a slap fight vs a man engaging in domestic violence.

      And that idiot lost his portfolios… remember?

      • Tim Ellis 5.1.1

        Mr Mallard remained an MP. He remained a Cabinet Minister. He lost one of his portfolios and was sin-binned to the middle bench.

        I don’t think Mr Mallard’s actions amounted to very serious behaviour, and without knowing the detail of this other case Eddie I don’t think you can conclude that there was ongoing serious [self-edited before somebody else does].

        People make mistakes in the heat of the moment, as Mr Mallard and Ms Dyson did, and as no doubt many others will continue to do. You would have to be part of a very perfect outfit indeed Eddie to call for a standard of political accountability from your opponents that you can’t uphold yourself.

        • Eddie 5.1.1.1

          Rather than trying to avoid the issue tim, are you really ok with this person continuing in their position given they have been involved in domestic violence? Regardless of which party they may or may not be involved in (and I believe you are still playing ignorant in that regard, which makes your kneejerk defence of him all the odder)

          • Tim Ellis 5.1.1.1.1

            Like pretty much everybody commenting here Eddie I suspect everyone knows who the party is. I am not playing ignorant about who the party is. I am just not making any reference to it due to the suppression order in place. I have been much more cautious in this regard than you have been in commenting on this issue.

            I haven’t read the family court judgement and I don’t know what it says about domestic violence. Generally speaking if somebody in public life is convicted of or admits to a serious crime then yes I believe they should be removed from their position.

            There are however degrees of violence, and I have no idea where this fits on the spectrum and I suspect you have no idea either. Mr Mallard was convicted of fighting, which is of a lesser degree than assault, and a lesser degree again than serious assault. It is still however a conviction for violence.

            I don’t know if the police is investigating this case but the supposed “domestic violence” as you’ve described it wasn’t even of a degree that led to a protection order. If this person should be removed from office based on a non-conviction for a degree of violence that we know nothing about, then by rights you should be trying to hound Mr Mallard out of political office for his conviction for fighting.

            On the issue of you trying to distinguish between the Mallard case and this one by saying Mr Mallard’s case was two idiots having a scrap, that is sophistry. Only Mr Mallard was charged. Only Mr Mallard was convicted in a court. If you want to apply one standard to this other political figure, you should think about how your new standard might apply to Mr Mallard.

            • r0b 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Only Mr Mallard was charged. Only Mr Mallard was convicted in a court.

              Mallard was convicted of “fighting in a public place”. Brownlee was convicted of assault. Your point?

            • Tim Ellis 5.1.1.1.1.2

              Wrong r0b. Mr Brownlee didn’t receive a criminal conviction.

            • George D 5.1.1.1.1.3

              Brownlee and Mallard should both have resigned.

              The author of this post, and the commenters here are saying this man should resign. Rightly. It’s not acceptable. IT’S NOT OK.

              Hypocrisy from the people saying the unnamed man should resign, and now hypocrisy from Tim Ellis, defending Brownlee.

          • r0b 5.1.1.1.2

            Mr Brownlee didn’t receive a criminal conviction.

            You may be technically correct Tim (I am not a lawyer), in which case I apologise to Mr Brownlee for perpetuating misinformation. However, he lost a civil case, and was fined, and the judge described it as assault.

            Gerry Brownlee MP Ordered To Pay $8500 For Assault

            In the District Court at Auckland Native Forest Action campaigner Neil Able has been awarded $8500 in damages against National MP Gerry Brownlee for being manhandled out of a National Party meeting.

            The judge said Mr Brownlee’s assault did not warrant “exemplary’ damages of $60,000 sought by Able.

            So once again, what is the point of this “they did it too” nonsense when it comes to evaluating the case currently being discussed?

            • Tim Ellis 5.1.1.1.2.1

              r0b, you demand absolute precision from other commenters in the words they choose. If I had described the same situation you would have called me a liar. I don’t descend to your tactics.

              However, have you got a quote in which Mr Brownlee’s actions were termed an “assault” by the judge? Or are you just quoting what the Herald said? Have you read the judgement? Does the judge actually say Mr Brownlee “assaulted” the protester? Can you say whether the standard of proof for a criminal conviction is of the same level as the standard of proof in a civil case?

              Mr Brownlee was not convicted of a criminal offence. Some time back Mr Mallard got very annoyed when I referred to him being convicted of assault when in fact he had been convicted of as you say “fighting in a public place”. I know these things are important to the people concerned and I apologised to Mr Mallard at the time for my imprecision.

              In the Brownlee case, Mr Brownlee was found in the civil prosecution to have used excessive and unnecessary force. Like you I’m not a lawyer but I doubt that meets the criminal test of an assault, because the Police refused to prosecute.

            • r0b 5.1.1.1.2.2

              r0b, you demand absolute precision from other commenters in the words they choose.

              No, but I do call you out on your most obvious lies.

              I don’t descend to your tactics.

              That’s because I don’t tell lies Tim. If you want to talk “tactics” I do find your personal insults and attacks on me a bit tedious.

              Turns out on this occasion I was not wrong anyway. I said Brownlee was “convicted”, and indeed he was. Not a “criminal conviction” (your words), but it was a civil conviction.

              However, have you got a quote in which Mr Brownlee’s actions were termed an “assault’ by the judge? Or are you just quoting what the Herald said?

              I am content to accept Scoop’s reporting of the facts Tim. If you wish to dispute them it’s up to you. Knock yourself out big fellah. You could start here ‘Humbled’ MP accepts ruling on assault case

            • Tim Ellis 5.1.1.1.2.3

              I don’t think there’s any such thing as a civil conviction r0b, I stand to be corrected by any actual lawyers here, but you said he had an assault conviction, which by your terminology is a lie.

            • r0b 5.1.1.1.2.4

              I don’t think there’s any such thing as a civil conviction r0b

              A little bit of Google would save you some embarrassment Tim.

              Civil conviction exists in legal definition: “CONVICTION, practice. A condemnation. In its most extensive sense this word signifies the giving judgment against a defendant, whether criminal or civil.”

              It is used in New Zealand law: “Forfeiture of pay on civil conviction (1) If a member of the Armed Forces is convicted of an offence by a civil court, the member forfeits…”

              It is used in the NZ media: “Pratt died a day after prosecutors dropped criminal charges against him stemming from a 2007 civil conviction for price-fixing….”

              which by your terminology is a lie

              Go on Tim, surprise me with an apology.

  6. vto 6

    actually eddie, why dont you follow the heading of your mate Marty in the thread below…

    “If you believe in it, put something on the line”

    You obviously don’t Eddie. Spineless

    • Eddie 6.1

      What do you want me to put on the line?

    • Pascal's bookie 6.2

      So where is your spine situated here v? (Tim too)

      Should s/he stay or should s/he go now?

      Perhaps the leader of the party in question should follow the lead set by John Key in the Worth affair.

      In that case, Worth was driven from parliament. We were not permitted to know Key’s reasons but many National supporters said that that was fine. The standard was clear they said. Some said that the standard set was adultery.

      What labour did, in cases that may or not be equivalent is not at all relevant. What bloggers said or did not say, or whether bloggers are hypocrits, is even less so I should think.

      • Tim Ellis 6.2.1

        PB, to answer your question, if the person involved is convicted of a criminal offence, or if there is an ongoing public scandal about this person that prevents this person from reasonably doing their job, or if their actions otherwise cause a loss of confidence by their colleagues, then yes this person should go.

        The first leg isn’t satisfied. The second leg isn’t satisfied yet, but if the scandal continues, then I think it will be impossible for this person to do their job. I don’t know what goes on in the minds of this person’s colleagues, but if that is satisfied then they should go.

        I would say that standard should broadly apply to all political figures, with whatever the charges or allegations are. In Dr Worth’s case, he wasn’t convicted or even charged with a criminal offence so the first leg wasn’t satisfied. There was an ongoing scandal around him that was preventing him from doing his job properly, so the second leg was satisfied. His actions did cause a loss of confidence by his colleagues. I don’t doubt that hsi decision to resign was the appropriate one.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.2.1.1

          I’m unenlightened as to whether you personally think this person should go though Tim. Which was the question. Obviously if it’s impossible for them to do their job then they will go. Tautologies work that way.

          Unless you mean as you appear to be saying, that your standard is that as long as you can keep something quiet, then do whatever you want. The only reason to resign or be stood down in your view is the ‘scandal’.

          Would that be a fair approximation of your comment?

          • Tim Ellis 6.2.1.1.1

            No that isn’t a fair approximation PB.

            I don’t think the standard has been met yet for this person to be forced to resign. If any further scandal emerges for much longer, then I think it will be impossible for this person to do their job, and at that point this person should resign, but not yet.

            I didn’t say that a scandal is a reason for somebody to resign. I gave three elements to resignation, none of which in my view has yet been met.

            I didn’t suggest that as long as you can keep something quiet you should keep your job. In my view keeping material information quiet from your colleagues goes to the issue of confidence. Dr Worth as you will recall fail that test.

            • The Voice of Reason 6.2.1.1.1.1

              So he hasn’t met the Worth test yet, whatever that is. Presumably Worth did something worse than spousal abuse, but I guess we’ll never know, eh. Unless [self deleted] rates abuse within the marriage as less offensive than dalliances outside of it.

            • Tim Ellis 6.2.1.1.1.2

              TVOR I don’t know what part of my explanation you’re finding difficult to follow. Clearly this person hasn’t met the Worth test. Dr Worth was at the center of a prolonged scandal that prevented him from doing his job. That alone should be reason for removal. Dr Worth lost the confidence of his colleagues, presumably because he withheld material information. That satisfies the third part of the test. There isn’t evidence that this other person has withheld material information.

              Like the person involved here, Dr Worth wasn’t convicted of a serious crime, but in my view that should only be one of the three issues to consider.

            • Armchair Critic 6.2.1.1.1.3

              It would help things along if that nice Mr Key would explain what the Worth test is.

            • Pascal's bookie 6.2.1.1.1.4

              “I didn’t say that a scandal is a reason for somebody to resign”

              Sure you did:

              “If any further scandal emerges for much longer, then I think it will be impossible for this person to do their job, and at that point this person should resign”

              In any case, all you’ve given me is descriptions of how it is that people come to resign. Their position becomes untenable in some way or another. That’s a tautology.

              What you appear to be saying is that Tim Ellis thinks people should resign when their position becomes untenable, and not before. How do we know their position is untenable? Why, they resign! This person has not resigned, so theu shouldn’t resign yet. Awesome.

              We don’t know what test Worth failed. Key refuses to tell us.

            • Tim Ellis 6.2.1.1.1.5

              PB I think I’ve been pretty clear on this. It’s not a tautology. If there is a prolonged scandal around a person then it is self-evident that the person cannot reasonably perform their job properly. In that situation they should resign.

              If a person is convicted of a serious criminal offence, they should resign.

              If a person loses the confidence of their colleagues, because that person has withheld important information, breached their trust, continuously surrounds themselves in scandal or is convicted of a criminal offence, they should resign.

              I don’t believe that this person has met either of those tests. I would say the person is not far off the first element, is nowhere near the second element, and I have no idea how much confidence this person’s colleagues have in this person.

        • ghostwhowalks 6.2.1.2

          Nick Smith was convicted of witness/complainant tampering and by two High Court judges

      • vto 6.2.2

        P’s B “where’s my spine?”. Whether he goes or not isn’t the issue I raised. The issue was consistency across all parts of the spectrum when it comes to the standard required for resignation.

        If one goes, others should go. If one does not, others should not.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.2.2.1

          yeah I get that. You think so and so’s a hypocrite. I don’t find those discussions of much use,( it’s just attcking the messenger, a logical fallacy mostly used for distraction) so that’s why I raised the other question.

          Do you think they should go or stay? If you don’t want to answer that’s fair enough. But y’know, people might draw unwarranted conclusions, the wankers.

          • vto 6.2.2.1.1

            Oh ok then, I will try and answer the question.. with MPs and Cabinet folk there is a very high standard. If convicted of a crime then they must resign in my opinion. It is not right that Mallard is still there.

            With party officials the standard is somewhat different. It is not a public office and the decision must lie with the organisation itself. Of course that organisation will take into account primarily the public interest and the effect it will have on the organisation. Quite a different thing to MPs etc.

            In this case there is apparently no conviction and so natural justice suggests there should be no resignation. However, the position within the party is such that smoke and fire and perception are cruelly linked and it would almost certainly be untenable to stay and he should probably go. But that is to do with matters other than the offence itself – the ‘scandal’ if you like, as TE pointed out before. But I don’t know enough of the details.

            There we go. I have probably gone and exposed myself to some argument or downfall somewhere in that now…

  7. Geo 7

    This man is a thorn in the side of ALL NZers.How can we have a [Deleted] that says its serious about domestic violence and yet endorses a man who it has been found ,has abused his wife.The suppression order ,in this case ,is a joke.Why has it been applied?To protect whom? [Deleted] needs to bring this issue to an end .Here we are discussing s59 surrounding a debate about “smacking” when we have a person who has been endorsed ,while at the same time crossing the line in a far greater way than “lightly smacking” for correction.

  8. lprent 8

    It has been fascinating to me that the line from the right over this has been the childish one of saying you did it as well. That wasn’t what they were saying in opposition, where the standard was some arbitary level of natural justice that they were screaming for. Peters in particular comes to mind as the lynch mob of the right got particularly ugly.

    Sometimes I prefer the simple idiocies of Whale to the hypocricies of his more literate bretheren

    • Tim Ellis 8.1

      lprent,

      The right is not a machine. It is not a bot. It is composed of people with a range of different views etc etc.

      I wasn’t saying anything in opposition. Please don’t apply to me individually stereotypes that you have formed in your own mind.

    • vto 8.2

      lprent, my line is not “you did it too so it is ok”, my line is that calls for different standards depending on whether “your side” is in power or not is simple clear hypocrisy and not worth shit. And Eddie’s post is an example perfect.

      Politics ay? No wonder they who partake rank so lowly ..

      • vto 8.2.1

        And the nats seem to be doing the exact same at the mo’ as the new post re Rodney boundaries in the super city. See, that is a much better post because it applies a consistent standard across Standard calls. Be consistent and principled and not malleable.

        • vto 8.2.1.1

          one more thing – it is just fine and dandy being able to make these calls for consistency and principles from the safety of a blog. I would hate to be personally involved. Ta for the opportunity to rant and rave from my pulpit lprent.

      • Maynard J 8.2.2

        vto, your line is pretty simplistic. You are saying that to have consistency, you must apply the same punishment to different behavious/convictions/ crimes (or whatever happens to be the issue du jour).

        I think I will entitle such a call as “pulling a reverse Kelston” herewith.

  9. outofbed 9

    There’s always scuttlebutt in politics

    • The Voice of Reason 9.1

      It might just be my hearing letting me down, but didn’t Key actually say ‘there’s always scuttlebug in politics’?

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    What really annoys me is that the suppresion order is there to protect the victim, but in this case the abuser is hiding behind it and can’t be named, even though his supporters can go on TV and back him to the hilt.

    Hiding behind the law to protect the unforgiveable. What a crock. Still, being a gutless, pandering bully probably makes him ideal for his current job. No wonder he hasn’t been sacked.

    • Tim Ellis 10.1

      TVOR, I understand that the assumption in the family court is that information identifying any of the people involved is suppressed.

      • The Voice of Reason 10.1.1

        Yes, to protect the victims, Tim. Not as a shield for bullies. The man, if that is what he is, should go. No defence, no argument, no job.

  11. ak 11

    Interesting thread. So domestic violence is a less culpable behaviour than excess breath alcohol or male skirmishing.

    And “you did it too” is no excuse – except when you did… ah.. something similar also.

    Furniture scholars everywhere welcome yet another fascinating glimpse into the inventive mentality of dining-room tables.

  12. RedLogix 12

    @Tim

    If, hypothetically that is, this person had been involved in PHYSICAL spousal abuse, then the legal system would have been able to quite readily charge and convict. In that case, according to your logic, he would have most definitely had to resign.

    However the person we are talking about has technically wriggled off the hook because a Judge has declared his abuse to be PSYCHOLOGICAL in nature, and our legal system is largely impotent to convict in the face of this kind of noxious behaviour.

    But just because someone escapes an actual conviction, (as did Dr Worth), does not mean that he is still a fit person to hold a senior leadership role. We all know that some behaviour is simply not acceptable, even if it falls short of a conviction.

    From my perspective, a pattern of sustained psychological abuse, (as distinct from a brief emotional outburst under some nasty provocation, and very real personal pressures as with Trevor Mallard), abuse that has been identified and condemmed by a Family Court Judge… should be giving his colleagues very real pause for thought.

    Tha fact that it apparently hasn’t, is another matter for deep concern as well.

    • Tim Ellis 12.1

      But just because someone escapes an actual conviction, (as did Dr Worth), does not mean that he is still a fit person to hold a senior leadership role. We all know that some behaviour is simply not acceptable, even if it falls short of a conviction.

      I agree RL that there is some behaviour that is unacceptable. How do we know if somebody is engaging in behaviour or conduct that is unacceptable? If we allow judgements to be made on unpublished, suppressed marital dispute findings from a family court to define how public figures conduct themselves, then shouldn’t we take the appropriate step and record the conduct of all politicians and public figures and then form that judgement?

      I imagine that many divorces involve one party or both alleging psychological abuse or believing that one party is not a very nice person. Would you like us to run the same ruler of moral behaviour across all politicians, just because you want to apply it to this person?

      I don’t think that’s practical. All we can go on in my view is whether there is a criminal conviction for a serious offence, whether there is a scandal that carries on to the point that the person cannot do their job for an extended period of time, and whether that person has lost the support, trust and confidence of their colleagues.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        If it isn’t illegal therefore it must be right?

      • RedLogix 12.1.2

        if we allow judgements to be made on unpublished, suppressed marital dispute findings from a family court to define how public figures conduct themselves,

        I may be wrong here, but the events here seem to have gotten a somewhat beyond that, beyond mere hearsay and scuttlebutt. The Family Court Judge seems to have left not too much room for doubt.

  13. outofbed 13

    It might just be my hearing letting me down, but didn’t Key actually say ‘there’s always scuttlebug in politics’?,

    yes key did say that

    • The Voice of Reason 13.1

      Cheers, OOB. There’ll probably be a book in it eventually … John Key’s Adventures With English perhaps?

      I think from now on in I’ll refer to the abuser as the Scuttlebug. Seems apt.

  14. outofbed 14

    Surely linking to that has nothing to do with the suppression order?
    people could just google “scuttlebug in politics”
    that’s just stupid

  15. Anita 15

    Separate from the morality of keeping him around, it’s worth thinking about the politics.

    Has the political party with which he is associated made the call that the political damage that this story will do is outweighed by the good he will do the party? If so, they must think he’s really worth something, as the middle class female vote was pretty highly contested at the last election and this will eat away at it.

    The other option, I guess, is that they figured in the political cost of removing him and found that would do them more damage than keeping him on.

    The political calculations in this interest me, what is making it worth keeping him on?

    • Tim Ellis 15.1

      I think your main point is right, Anita. Whether somebody stays on is always a line call about whether their skills and abilities are outweighed by the political liabilities of keeping them on.

      Different leaders apply different tests to different people in their team, about all sorts of things: what the punishment is and whether they’re redeemed. Some politicians seem to be able to get away with much more than others.

      • The Voice of Reason 15.1.1

        And in this case serial shagging is trumped by spousal abuse. Contrast your man’s response to this coward’s behaviour to Kevin Rudd’s response to a similar coward over the ditch yesterday. Empathy with the victim, contempt for the aggressor.

        Leadership there, spinelessness here. And you wonder why I call him Mr Floppy.

        • Rex Widerstrom 15.1.1.1

          Sorry TVOR but I wouldn’t go holding up Rudd a bastion against bullying and abuse if I were you. Yes, he was all empathy for the victim yesterday – she was one of his female MPs.

          However when it’s one of his female MPs who does the bullying:
          – kicking a much younger opponent, while they were on the ground, during a “friendly” soccer match.
          – verbally abusing restaurant staff over a prolonged period, including trying to misuse her position as an MP to gain preference and to intimidate.
          – telling a Liberal MP she thought the latter’s unborn baby would turn out to be “a demon” (which she denied, and narrowly escaped a privileges finding for misleading Parliament)
          – is now in a mess over $600k in questionable payments to a soccer team

          …he tut-tuts and “orders” her to take anger management when clearly she should have been stood down.

          It’s all about the expendiency TVOR, never the principle.

          • The Voice of Reason 15.1.1.1.1

            Glad you didn’t mention Rudd’s own hissy fit on that plane a few months back, Rex!

            But the point I was making is that he is actually talking the talk and walking the walk. $40 million is going into the new anti violence campaign in Oz.

            And here? Bugger all.

            Rudd says incidents of domestic abuse against women are cowardly acts by men and have no place in modern Australia.

            And here?

            Key says … [self deleted again in case a total shit whose name and job we all know gets outed]

  16. Tim Ellis 16

    Yet again TVOR you’re proving your name is a misnomer.

  17. Rex Widerstrom 17

    I’m confused.

    IIRC according to sections of the media there were repeated incidents of door kicking and other property damage, yelling (of threats?) and suchlike.

    These are surely criminal offences worthy of attention outside of the protection order framework? Criminal damage, disturbing the peace and so on.

    I assume the person subject to such behaviour called the Police? So where are the charges?

    And I’m further confused because since when was “the couple are no longer together” grounds for refusing a protection order? I’m in the midst of a case in which a girl is applying for an order against a man who she allowed to buy her a few drinks and drive her home, then unwisely tolerated him appearing unannounced at her door to “drive her to uni” and bought her ridiculous gifts (a laptop, a DSLR camera) which she returned won’t take “no” for an answer.

    They were never “together”, yet the Magistrate is considering granting the order because clearly she needs protection.

    The whole thing seems utterly bizarre from a police / judicial perspective.

  18. Swampy 18

    We can already assume he is not a member of any party you would support otherwise you wouldn’t have spent so much effort on attacking him in this blog.

    Put another record on.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    9 hours ago
  • Unbridled power again
    There's a couple of pieces about architect-of-our-constitution Geoffrey palmer's views on the current government doing the rounds today. The first, on Newsroom is an excerpt from a speech he gave to a Young Labour meeting last weekend, in which he says NZ an executive paradise, not democratic paradise. The Spinoff ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • National’s secret schools
    The government just introduced its Education and Training Amendment Bill to the House. The name is deliberately obfuscatory, because what the bill actually does is reintroduce charter schools - effectively allowing National to privatise the education system. That's corrupt and it stinks, but to add insult to injury, National's new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    15 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    15 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    15 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
    Today the Auckland Transport board meets again,so I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. Musical Chairs The first item of note is another change to the make-up of the AT Board. The legislation that established Auckland Transport allows for Waka Kotahi to ...
    18 hours ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    1 day ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    2 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    5 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
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  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
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    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
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  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
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  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
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  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
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  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
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  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
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  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
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  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
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  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
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  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
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    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
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  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
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  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
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  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
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    1 week ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
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    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
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  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
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  • Major health and safety consultation begins
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  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
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  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
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  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
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  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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