Iwi Kiwi 2.0

Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, May 10th, 2023 - 54 comments
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I have very strong memories of the 2005 election.

National’s momentum was built behind a frankly racist speech given by Don Brash in Orewa in 2004.  National’s polling before that was on life support.  But it then surged in the polls with the next Colmar Brunton poll showing a 17 point surge for National.

Buoyed by this success National went full on racist with talks about main stream New Zealanders which excluded many of us and the infamous John Ansell billboards.

At the time then Labour Minister Steve Meharry said this:

“Don Brash keeps telling us that he stands for mainstream New Zealand,” Steve Maharey said. “What that means is that Don Brash stands against couples without children, working mothers, public servants, cultural industries, members of unions, new New Zealanders, Maori, single parents and New Zealanders who are homosexual.

“This excludes at least 1.7 million people so far from ‘mainstream New Zealand’.”

Steve Maharey said it was time for Don Brash to come clean with who he thinks mainstream New Zealand is.

“Who’s left in Don Brash’s mainstream New Zealand? He seems to have a fixed idea of who mainstream New Zealanders are, but he won’t front up and tell us. Just as with tax policy, National continues to be fuzzy on the detail and big on the talk.

“This is classic smear politics and is line with Brash’s billboards, which imply that if you’re a member of an Iwi, you aren’t a Kiwi. National’s only hope in this election is to stir-up resentment and division.

“Labour will continue to work for all New Zealanders. That’s the responsibility that comes with government.

National lost that election.  I was astounded and pleased when Labour’s western activists swelled as people of all walks of life joined us to keep Brash and National out.  The night started rough with a big swing to National from smaller provincial polling booths.  But as the big booths from South and West Auckland, which were brimming with votes, posted their return Labour overtook National and won a third term.

And John Key veered away from this sort of tactic.  And his relationship with Pita Sharples meant that National could rely on Te Maori Party support during all of its last term.

Fast forward to now and National is at it again.

It is surprising that National should rule out Te Maori Party.  This party kept John Key in power for three terms.

But please note the message behind the refusal.  It suggests that New Zealand is one country with only one type of citizen.  Clearly the Treaty of Waitangi can be safely ignored in National’s eyes.

The dog whistle behind the “one person, one vote” message is that somehow Maori have preferential treatment because of the Maori electorate seats.  This is factually nonsense, in an MMP system the only vote that really matters is the party vote and Maori and Pakeha have the exact number of votes which is one.  Also in the MMP system it is actually “one person, two votes”.  Surely Luxon knows this.

This election is going to get ugly.  National will bait Te Maori Party every chance it gets, and I expect a muscular Te Maori Party will not hold back in its response.

Back in 2005 this tactic did not work.  I like to think that with increased respect for Te Ao Maori this tactic is doomed to fail.  I hope so.

But hang onto your hats.  This could get ugly.

54 comments on “Iwi Kiwi 2.0 ”

  1. Visubversa 1

    Don't forget the influence of the interference of the Exclusive Brethren in the 2005 Election. The Herald picture of that bunch of pudgy, white blokes sitting around a table admitting that they funded an anonymous campaign spreading anti Labour and anti Green Party lies on behalf of their extremist sect was worth thousands of votes for each of those parties.

    • Mike the Lefty 1.1

      Their action arguably cost National the election. There was quite a negative reaction to the relevation that a church organisation that tells their members not to vote at all was spreading lies in support of a particular political party. The election was very close and most pundits predicted National would take it. They didn't and this was possibly one of the reasons why.

      Of course nowadays with the extremism right-wing fanaticism that we have seen over the last couple of years it would probably help National rather than hinder them.

      Go to it National!

      Show your true colours!

      Yellow streaks!

    • georgecom 1.2

      and the fact that National had a very disingenuous leader, maybe one of their most disingenuous leaders of modern times. "I don't know who is spreading the pamphlets, I do know it's not the National Party", the distorted and cynically slanted Kiwi/Iwi billboards and "Family man Don, my wifes from Singapore” (and his mistress is from Hamilton).

  2. Liberty Belle 2

    "It is surprising that National should rule out Te Maori Party. This party kept John Key in power for three terms."

    No it didn't.

    In 2011, Nats + Act + UF had 61 seats. National didn't need TPM.

    In 2014, Nats won 60 seats on their own, and with Act had 61 seats.

    The MP of today is a very different animal to the one Key comfortably partnered with.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      I accept they were not necessary but they were part of the mix that kept National in power. They were insurance.

    • DS 2.2

      Key used the Maori Party and United Future to ensure that ACT wouldn't hold him hostage, while used ACT to ensure he could tell the Maori Party to sod off when he wanted. Much like the way Helen Clark used New Zealand First, the Greens, and United Future at various points.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    As I said on GD, this was just smart politics on the part of National. That is all they need to do so far as TMP is concerned, and I doubt they will, or need to, go any further down that track. So, I disagree with Micky in that I very much doubt that this election is going to get nasty around race.

    I seriously doubt TMP would go with National anyway. And I don't think the current iteration has any of the class or mana that Sharples et al had back then.

    A clear alternative now. The electorate can decide between a likely National/Act coalition, and a Labour/Greens/TMP coalition, with TMP dragging the nation further down the co-governance path.

    Around the water cooler at work there has been a collective sigh of relief that National has taken this position. It spikes the guns of NZ First also.

    Look for the Nats to rule out working with NZ First next. Because NZ First has ruled out working with Labour, this would leave them as a pointless entity in parliament, and not giving much reason for people to vote for them.

    • DS 3.1

      Technically, NZ First ruled out working with Ardern. Nothing about Hipkins.

      But National won't rule out NZ First. It has been a long, long time since David Farrar badmouthed Winston Peters, and ruling out the Maori Party will only help them win Peters' favour. Meanwhile, the current incarnation of Peters is headed in a kooky far-right anti-vaccine direction, which complements the current "culture war" direction of the mainstream Right very well right now. Peters' days of economic nationalism are over.

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    Visubversa’s reminder of the Brethren sticking their god bothering noses in is apt. Alleged non voters trying to influence how others might vote…

    Mr Luxon’s message will attract the target audience like a home killed beast, bourbon basted & spit roasted. But…there is an obvious flaw in his attempt–demographic change–and the wild card as ever, turnout.

  5. newsense 5

    I’m not saying Curia can’t be trusted, but it is a fascinating coordination of their poll and the announcement of the facts regarding National and TPM. TPM had already ruled out National. Then we get iirc Claire Trevett saying how amazing Luxon is to return the favour. It seems rather coordinated…

    Labour should rule out a coalition with TPM too.

    The treaty is an unworkable mess, but in the hundred and eighty year history since NZ has developed as a country.

    I read this basic defense of cogovernance as extremely radical- Maori would like to not see themselves as citizens of New Zealand:

    All we’re asking for is a world in which we make our own decisions about our own lives, the government makes its own decisions about its people’s lives, and we sit together and make decisions on matters that relate to us both.

    Margaret Mutu on her view of how the National Iwi Chairs defines cogovernance.

    My emphasis. The only way this happens is if Maori bring much of the rest of the country on board. Which certainly won’t happen with haughty shows of bad faith like we’ve seen. Seems like a legal hokey kokey, which is based on starting in 1840, which we would not be doing.

    This is a proposal to dismantle NZ as it is. There’s no way Labour can be signed up to this or in coalition with a party who has this as a core principle.

  6. Corey 6

    Interestingly though, the Maori party was in discussions with Brash and National in 2005 to form a government

    Each side could rely on 57 seats which means National thought was absolutely certain they'd get the Maori partys four seats. All they needed was NZF.

    If Brash was willing to work with the Maori party, you can bet your backside Luxon will be too, what they say before the election is just piss and vinegar.

    This is all just talk, sadly it's effective, Brash very nearly won that election, going from 27 seats to 48 in three years is insane.

    National will ironically do extremely well with this kind of talk with voters of colour who migrated to NZ from Asia.

    National and acts war chest is beyond impressive.

    The left are up shit creek.

    I hope national loses the election but this is shaping up to be a 1990 "throw the bums out" election.

    Hope not.

    • DS 6.1

      National will ironically do extremely well with this kind of talk with voters of colour who migrated to NZ from Asia.

      Don't confuse East Asians with South Asians. The former are to the Right of the latter.

      That said, one might suggest that National's drift into anti-vaccination curiosity won't exactly help them in either case. New Zealand's Asian population are enthusiastic vaccinators.

      • tWiggle 6.1.1

        A family member cruising the Vote NZ site, or whatever it is, shortly after the 2014 election, spotted the voter data by ethnicity, which, unsurprisingly, disppeared after a week. The Chinese ethnicity vote was 70% Nat.

        Remind me again why NZ is the only country in the world that lets residents (who only need spend 6 months in the election year here) vote as well as citizens in national elections.

        It's always been the biggest elephant in the room regarding our electoral system.

        • Visubversa 6.1.1.1

          Lots of the recent Chinese migrants came here under the "buy your way in" policies of the Key government.

  7. Ad 7

    It will now take both Green Party and Maori Party to agree to a formal written coalition agreement if Labour are to persuade the Governor General that theirs is a more credible government coalition than the well suited National-Act combo.

    No more pussyfooting from the crossbenches.

    Can the left get it together in time?

    • weka 7.1

      is there any serious doubt that L/G/TPM can form a government if they get the votes?

    • Craig H 7.2

      Can't see the Governor-General bothering with National-Act if they don't have 61 MPs unless they have more than Labour-Greens and there is good reason to believe TPM will at least abstain.

    • newsense 7.3

      Not at all true.

      A government needs to guarantee confidence and supply. That is the minimum a governing arrangement would need to guarantee the Governor General.

      If N+ACT doesn’t equal 61, TPM can vote them down.

      If L + G doesn’t equal 61, but TPM agrees to support them (or possibly even abstain?) on confidence and supply they can be a minority government.

      Not factoring in any overhang etc.

      Why on earth would TPM abstain on giving ACT cabinet seats? You think they’re not sure how they feel about that?

  8. Liberty Belle 8

    Throughout the events of recent days, one man has stood out for his dignity and mana. Adrian Rurawhe, take a bow.

  9. tc 9

    Predictable and it's already ugly with the dog whistle media fanning the flames on various issues.

    Fraudster Damien grant going into bat for the hard done by wealthy the other week not being taxed any further etc…down to their last 6 investment properties are they.

    Anything is possible with voluntary voting and this shower of an msm we have.

  10. JeremyB 10

    "one person, one vote"
    I look forward to Luxon removing the ability for people with multiple properties to vote in multiple council elections.
    But I won't hold my breath.

    • tsmithfield 10.1

      I look forward to Luxon removing the ability for people with multiple properties to vote in multiple council elections.

      I see this line being repeated a lot. But I really don't get it.

      This provision has been in place for yonks. And Labour have accepted it as much as National has. As far as I know, Labour doesn't have any policy to change that do they? I stand to be corrected on that, though. So, I really don't know what point is trying to be made.

      And, I can understand why people with multiple properties are allowed to vote in multiple elections. Those voters are affected by decisions each council makes in areas they own properties. So, they should be able to have a say in that.

    • Visubversa 10.2

      Hasn't he heard of MMP? We get 2 votes these days.

  11. Right is right 11

    Just how is saying you want a democratic country where all are equal, and one man one vote is racist? The current TPM bunch are far to radicle and will take us back 50 years. Now we need Chippie to also come out and say he will not side with them.

    [Please stick to your approved username, thanks – Incognito]

  12. DS 12

    My first thought was that National wants to put ACT back in its place – neither of the major parties particularly want a powerful coalition partner, and ACT is polling very well right now.

  13. Stuart Munro 13

    What plays well to TPM's base plays poorly to the mass of voters at large.

    Do you expect Luxon to ignore this productive cleavage?

    Although there is no doubt that governments have served Maori poorly since colonization, the Treaty rationalizations are not innately persuasive, and make a poor vehicle for addressing the wrongs of successive administrations. Such is the arrogance of the insider clique however, that they are determined to foist this fatuous nonsense on the mass of New Zealanders with all the enthusiasm they have brought to the equally ludicrous and dangerous gender theory crap. It's going to prove costly.

    Labour have bought themselves an invidious position, not unlike UK Labour and the SNP, where they are competing for a vote they have serially betrayed. TPM are a lousy partner because they are competing for the same vote, and profit from every perceived Labour failing – even to the point of creating them.

  14. Incognito 14

    AB mentioned the three positions that dominate present discourse that goes back to the indigeneity of Māori prior to when the Pākehā settlers arrived: nothing, everything, and something (https://thestandard.org.nz/meka-whaitiri-is-moving-to-the-maori-party/#comment-1948228).

    NACT are firmly in the nothing camp, as they insist on re-writing or re-interpreting The Treaty (ToW) and pretending that all NZ inhabitants are equal, have equal opportunities, and equal outcomes with the only differentiating factor being personal choice.

    A few radical activists are in the everything camp. This ignores the realities of contemporary Aotearoa-New Zealand.

    The something position is articulated best, not by politicians, but by only a few individuals who have thought deeply about ToW and its place in contemporary A-NZ. It avoids the artificial binary construct of Māori vs. Pākehā, as even the current political parties include Māori and non-Māori MPs (some more than others, but no need to invoke tokenism), which highlights the considerable ‘intermingling’ that has occurred over the 180 years since the ToW was signed and even before this.

    Given that everybody currently living in A-NZ can claim some kind or degree of connection with the land and the other people who live and have lived here, some for many generations, the question is how to honour and respect these different connections, not in an all-or-nothing approach but in a something-for-and-with-all one.

    An ugly divisive General Election won’t be helpful and could set back progress made and destroy fragile shoots coming up in various places in A-NZ. Know the agendas at play and watch what the players are saying and doing. Vote with your conscience.

  15. Nic the NZer 15

    I don't see any reason to take this statement more seriously than every other policy positioning statement made by Chris Luxon. Ask him again after TPM holds the balance of power if he's negotiating.

    • Belladonna 15.1

      There's no benefit to him in being open to negotiating with TPM. They have made it abundantly clear that they will not form a government with a coalition which includes ACT.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/31/nz-maori-party-rules-out-right-wing-coalition-after-next-election

      In the best-case (for National) scenario after the 2023 election, they would require ACT to form a government – therefore no possibility of TPM joining.

      There is no down-side to Luxon ruling out TPM – and plenty of up-side (many of his supporters and potential supporters are very wary of the TPM rhetoric).

      • Hanswurst 15.1.1

        There is no down-side to Luxon ruling out TPM – and plenty of up-side (many of his supporters and potential supporters are very wary of the TPM rhetoric).

        Where's the upside? It seems to me that voters who are that 'wary of the TPM' are only likely to vote National or ACT in any case.

        • Peter Hitchcock 15.1.1.1

          The upside is that Luxon is pointing out that 'he' will forming a coalition government not Seymour and that it is just as important for National to keep votes away from Act as it is to win them from the Central swing vote bloc.

          • Hanswurst 15.1.1.1.1

            Really? I don't get the impression that centrists are afraid of ACT. They're clearly more likely to vote National, but that isn't the same thing.

        • Belladonna 15.1.1.2

          Nope. There's a chunk of centrist voters, who may go either Labour or National. They tend to be 'moderate' and be frightened by the perceived extremism of TPM.

          These swing voters (National/Labour and back again) are what decides elections in NZ. Hence Hipkins backing away from co-governance and the more radical aspects of Ardern's policies in favour of 'bread and butter' budgets.

          • Hanswurst 15.1.1.2.1

            What are you basing that on? They didn't seem to have a problem when Key was keeping the Maori Party on board. I mean, I can understand the point you're making, but that doesn't mean that it's actually true.

            • Belladonna 15.1.1.2.1.1

              Well, we have no way of knowing if it's actually true or not.
              However, the existence of swing voters is demonstrably true (they swung to Labour in 2020 – giving Ardern an unprecedented Labour majority).

              And, certainly the perception of this group as being potentially frighted by the more radical views of TPM – appears to be informing the current policies of both Labour (Hipkins walking back co-governance) and National (Luxon ruling out a coalition with TPM)

              TPM under Sharples and TPM under Waititi are very different. TPM today is far more radical than TPM in 2008. Just look at the rhetoric in the reported speeches.

              I'm not quite sure what level of evidence would convince you.

              But, if you want to argue that both Hipkins and Luxon don't know what they're doing in terms of policy – then have at it!

  16. Mike the Lefty 16

    If Chris Luxon allows this kind of shit to happen again, then that makes a mockery of his self-described "Christian beliefs". Brash had no scruples about telling porkies, he still does under the banner Hobsons Pledge, so you could expect that.

    • fender 16.1

      What else would you expect from a skinhead.

      Many of todays "Christians" aren't what we'd expect people with so-called "Christian beliefs" to be. Just take a look at many of the U.S. "Christians", they're extremist nutters!

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 16.2

      In my experience, Christians tend to be deeply immoral. Certainly less moral than the average.

  17. RedLogix 17

    I note that no-one in this entire thread thought it appropriate to reference or debate any actual TPM policy.

    • tWiggle 17.1

      And what specifically in their policies concerns you?

      • RedLogix 17.1.1

        I was reflecting on the fact that whenever I have attempted to discuss TPM policy elsewhere there really wasn't much interest.

      • RedLogix 17.1.2

        The other obvious conclusion to be drawn from this thread is that any opposition or criticism of the wonderful TPM is ipso facto 'racist dog-whistling'.

        Frankly it's too late at night for any of that.

        • tWiggle 17.1.2.1

          Or, most likely, RedLogix, other posters are ignoring you because the miniscule political power TMP would have as a minor coalition partner in a Labour-led government will cut the more extreme of TMP's policy wishlist to realistic size.

          TMP's policy platform and its recent high visibility in the media is targetted to their own voting base, not to non-Maori. Labour has sucessfully pushed through much Maori-positive legislation, and supported Te Reo Maori without involving TMP. So it is desperate to highlight its USP to Maori voters.

    • Hanswurst 17.2

      It seems to be off topic, since it doesn't seem to have any thing to do with Luxon's stated reason for ruling the party out. In fact, I find it considerably more telling that you borught it up than that others didn't.

      • RedLogix 17.2.1

        Why would a party's policy positions are somehow 'off-topic' – when considering possible post-election coalitions?

        But maybe you are right – considering the thread policy has become irrelevant. Maybe I should just stick to attacking the personalities like most others.devil

        • Mac1 17.2.1.1

          Policy positions will become important when after policies are all announced and updated, and then after the election the parties involved in discussions then decide what is 'die in a ditch'. what is preferable, what is possible and negotiate accordingly.

          What I did notice on Wednesday was the reaction in the House as Debbie Ngarewa-Packer spoke at the end of introducing her private member's bill on ending seabed mining. She told National based on their contributions- "When I heard somebody to my right saying, "And this is why we don't support you and why we won't do business with—", well, you remember that on 15 October. Don't you dare ring me, sitting there saying to me."
          https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard-debates/rhr/combined/HansDeb_20230510_20230510_28

        • Hanswurst 17.2.1.2

          The post doesn't seem to be considering 'post-election coalitions'. It is referring to Luxon's ruling out a single, specific coalition, apparently not on the basis of policy. If you want to explain the connection to Maori Party policy, then away you go, but I don't really see the relevance of asking why others aren't doing so.

        • tsmithfield 17.2.1.3

          I agree with you Red. National doesn't have to engage in racist attacks or any such thing. All National needs do is quote from the MP policy document. For instance, I am sure their policy to:

          Abolish “full and final” settlements and the “large natural groupings” approach to recognising mana whenua groups.

          will go down a treat with voters who are considering whether a Labour/Greens/TMP coalition is what they want.

    • Ad 17.3

      Yes I'll put something up tomorrow just on Maori Party policy.

  18. SPC 18

    IWI KIWI 2.0.

    It began with the Orewa speech, then to EB funding to National (despite Brash being an atheist), Don Brash making mention of the PM not having children (some gall given National's tax cuts across the board focused on more to the haves while Labour targeted tax credits to lower income families) then the campaign closed with the Herald demanding there be no coalition involving the Greens in the most obnoxious editorial in a generation. And then ended with NZF'S leader WP saying they were going with Labour, as they had the most votes (he had said they would go with the largest party).

    A government in power for two terms faced with National identifying itself as militantly white and middle class and the Herald getting in behind.

    It will something like this in 2023.

    IWI KIWI 2.0

    The landlord class and those advantaged by tax scale adjustments trying to sell a place as one of the priviliged to the rentier generation via “equal citizenship” unity against the indigenous people.

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  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
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    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • My Lovely Man.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
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    2 days ago
  • Putting children first
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The days fly by
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
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    4 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
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    4 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
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    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    5 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    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). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    6 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
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    6 days ago
  • Our House.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago

  • Government to consult on regulation of shooting clubs and ranges
      The Government is consulting New Zealanders on a package of proposals for simple and effective regulation of shooting clubs and ranges, Associate Minister of Justice, Nicole McKee announced today.   “Clubs and ranges are not only important for people learning to operate firearms safely, to practice, and to compete, ...
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    1 hour ago
  • Successful New Caledonia repatriation winds up, need for dialogue remains
    Over 300 people have been successfully flown out of New Caledonia in a joint Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operation.   As of today, seven New Zealand government aircraft flights to Nouméa have assisted around 225 New Zealanders and 145 foreign nationals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
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    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
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    4 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
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    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
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    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
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  • New Zealand’s minerals future
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    5 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
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  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
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  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
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    5 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
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  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
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    6 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
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  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
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    7 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
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  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
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    7 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
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    7 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
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