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John Key: let me eat cake

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 8th, 2011 - 68 comments
Categories: class war, cost of living, election 2011, john key, labour, national - Tags: ,

As I move around the Wairarapa electorate people are telling me the same story. They are struggling just to make ends meet. It is something I am aware of personally. My Subaru costs me around $110 to fill the tank. Last year it cost only around $68. For a lot of people this is a struggle in itself. One woman told me that her grocery bill has now gone up by $60 more than it did before last years budget. Labour wants to help these families that’s why Labour undertakes to remove GST from fresh fruit and vegetables. Two weeks ago pensioner after pensioner told me the same thing. No matter how hard they try they cannot make ends meet.

National laughs at this – that is not surprising they are out of touch but who can blame them? The Prime Minister for example is a man of immense personal wealth. High earning people like him get the most from tax-cuts. The irony is that he obtained his wealth while working as a wheeler-dealer at Merrill Lynch, one of those business houses implicated in the global financial crisis. But he got out with $50 million before it hit the fan. At a time when a large number of Kiwis are struggling to put food on the table our leader thinks nothing of paying $14,000 for himself and his wife to enjoy a six-course dinner prepared by British chef Heston Blumenthal. Worth noting is that a pensioner’s annual income is only $14529 to $19425 before tax. This only serves to underscore the real separation between National and real people. John Key smiles and waves for the cameras in Christchurch then jumps on a plane to Cape Kidnappers to spend the equivalent of a pensioner’s yearly income on one-off novelty dining with his wife – you can’t get more different than that.

National’s plans for asset sales are dangerous. The private sector got us into the global financial crisis and to flog off wealth creating assets to the private sector who will have to rely on borrowing to purchase the assets is folly. To talk about the size of total debt, then to advocate a policy of privatization which will involve the incurring of more debt is nuts. Further if the offer to buy is for New Zealand investors only, they will be sold at a discount as the prospective market of purchasers will be artificially reduced. As I have said previously we just can’t trust National that only 49 percent of each asset will be flogged off, after all National promised they would not raise GST in the first term.

It is seductively easy to overstate the scale and imminence of economic threats and then exaggerate “shock doctrine” arguments for instant radical change. That’s where Think Big, Rogernomics, Ruthenasia and the current reversal of the Welfare State come from. The essence of this approach is to laud the existence and inherent wisdom of the market economy. Yet in reality it was this same unrestrained market that created the global financial crisis in the first place.

The upshot of all this borrowing is now whenever our economy looks like recovering, the benefits of any growth are to be shipped offshore as profits and dividends from now foreign-owned assets, and as interest payments on the debt incurred over the last decade. Last year, New Zealand paid $15.5 billion in profits and interest payments to foreign investors and creditors. Only $3.3 billion was reinvested. That is unsustainable. National has no plan for growth, they are divorced from the every day reality of New Zealanders. Labour put New Zealand in a sound position to weather the financial crisis and only Labour will provide a way out of the mire that National has created.

Michael Bott – Labour’s Candidate for Wairarapa

68 comments on “John Key: let me eat cake”

  1. higherstandard 1

    http://wairarapalabour.org/

    Ye Gods a DPF doppelganger

  2. Daveski 2

    He’d should have climbed African mountains because that’s what the working class do, eh comrades!

  3. Robb 3

    Some valid points for sure, but a 61% increase in costs to fill his Subaru. I know fuels going up and it hurts but hell that can’t be right.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Yeah, unless he was talking about the very start of last year or something. Petrol going from $1.70 to $2.18/l is an increase of 28%.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Petrol was hovering just over $1.40/L at the start of last year. Amazing huh. Started climbing fast and vicious soon after that. And yes it did sit through a lot of the year around $1.70.
         
        $1.40 to $2.20 that’s a more than 50% increase and almost matches the OP’s numbers.

  4. [Key] paying $14,000 for himself and his wife to enjoy a six-course dinner prepared by British chef Heston Blumenthal…. a pensioner’s annual income is only $14,529

    disgusting isn’t it. yep, that dinner is going to cost Key a lot of votes

    • fizzleplug 4.1

      I can’t see why it should. It’s his money, he can spend it how he wants. Or does it not work like that?

      • Bright Red 4.1.1

        gee. do you have the same attitude to poor people drinking and smoking?
        And, remember, Key voted himself at least $23,000 of tax cuts so far. All borrowed money. So, whose money was he really spending?

        • the sprout 4.1.1.1

          I can’t see why it should

          i’m sure you can’t. i’m sure Key can’t either.
          but there are many thousands of voters who can

          • fizzleplug 4.1.1.1.1

            So now we should approve what everyone spends their (private) money on? Because it’s certainly sounding like you are advocating for that.
             
            Had he charged it to his ministerial credit card, then yes, justifiable anger. But his own money? Envy.
             
            And to Bright Red – if poor people want to drink and smoke, it’s up to them. But if they do, they shouldn’t complain when they have no money to eat every night. And the “voted himself tax cuts” refrain gets rather tiresome. He voted every other member of Parliament, and a number of people outside Parliament, tax cuts as well. But I don’t actually think there’s any point trying to make you think outside your narrow world view – and it is a narrow world view. So go fuck yourselves, the lot of you.

            • Tangled up in blue 4.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m against tax cuts for the rich, but yes, people should be able to spend their own money as they see fit. (On things legal of course)

            • RobC 4.1.1.1.1.2

              No need to go and fuck myself when the Govt is taking care of my needs in that area.

              ASW: lay 😀

            • Galeandra 4.1.1.1.1.3

              But his own money? Envy.

              No, fizzleplug, not envy but legitimate anger in my case. The rich are easily able to manipulate the game in order  to protect and to further increase their wealth- the RW think tanks and phony institutes in the States give clear examples of how. The wealth gap everywhere  has widened enormously and conspicuously excessive  consumption is not reasonable or ethical when there are others in the community who are materially far to the wrong side of poverty lines.
              The invitation to ‘go fuck yourselves’ shows why any response to your complacent willful ignorance is without point except that 
              what  you unintentionally  offer  is to illustrate the kind of mindset that infects the me-at-any-cost greed of NZ’s petit bourgeoisie. So hang around and troll some more.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.4

              Had he charged it to his ministerial credit card, then yes, justifiable anger. But his own money? Envy.

              Envy? Fuck off mate its anger quite a different thing. Anger at the inequality in this society and anger at how our leaders are so comfortable in the lap of luxury even as their subjects are cold and hungry.

              Ah I love it, rule for the rich by the rich. If you have money good on you, do what you like no matter how indecent or outrageous, the paupers can eat cake.
               
              I think that was the point of the post, no?

              • PeteG

                If money is so important to you you should channel that anger into earning and saving more. It does need a bit of determination though.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Better distribution of the wealth would be far better. John Key really isn’t worth $50m. He’s not produced any wealth at ever in his life.

                • Mac1

                  Justifiable anger drives political change. It is the channelling of this liberated energy which drives me into political action. That needs determination. PeteG, beyond a certain necessary amount, some people don’t get that interested in the process of making money. Most of what I do in the community is free/gratis- including the politics. Screw the money. It is people, it is people, it is people. And people need money to do the necessary things. When they are denied, short-changed, screwed; then that is anger-making.

                  This anger and political action is partly for me. To do nothing would be personally shameful. I don’t want to live in a world where I don’t give a stuff, care and do something to help my fellow. And injustice fuels anger, as does waste. Having too much while others starve is unjust.

                  Envy is another emotion. I have no envy for a rich man. There is a lifetime of difference between envy and anger.

                  • Carol

                    Well said, Mac1.  I’ve never understood why some people seem to want so much money. There’s far more important things to do, than focusing on gaining excesssive money.  I’ve pretty much always felt I’ve had enough, and am happy with a modest income, while also having done and achieved some things that are important to me, and some that I have felt have been an attempt to make a contribution to society, or to helping others.  But, it’s a real indictment on our society that many people are struggling just to survive.

                    • M

                      Carol

                      On the same page with you regarding having loads of money – why? Content with my small house and a bit of land my one desire would be to have a bit put by to cover my funeral expenses and something on hand for a rainy day. Increasing food prices mean that a little more income would be welcomed.

                      I tend to be quite wary of those with loads of money because often it is used as an unfair leverage against others. I have female friends who dream of meeting some rich guy whereas I’m the complete opposite and would be concerned with the potential for control and abuse that money seems to inculcate in some men. I’m a listening ear to a friend at the moment whose guy is controlling her with money as she’s out of work and of course can’t tell her what to do but just say to her that I’d be outta there in a heartbeat.

                      If you dare voice that you’re mostly content with your lot people tend to look at you funny and ask why you don’t want to be wealthy as though it’s a character flaw.

                • Colonial Viper

                  If money is so important to you you should channel that anger into earning and saving more. It does need a bit of determination though.

                  Uh Pete, in case you haven’t heard, I married into significant wealth.
                  I get a decent (although not stupendous) monthly allowance from the in-laws, and anything else I happen to come across during the week is just a bonus to be blown on a fancy Michelin chef cooked meal.

            • The Economic Illiteracy Support Group 4.1.1.1.1.5

              That continual tugging of the forelock to your betters must be getting pretty painful, fizzleplug, ‘cos you’ve had to do a heck of a lot of it since Key was elected.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1.6

              Had he charged it to his ministerial credit card, then yes, justifiable anger. But his own money? Envy.

              No, not envy, disgust that anyone would waste so much on something so little.

            • Gina 4.1.1.1.1.7

              Key can do whatever he likes with his money true but some voters will be repelled and do whatever they like with their votes simple. He hasn’t done anything illegal but struggling kiwis won’t like hearing about this sort of grossly wasteful indulgence escpecially when the Nats preach belt tightening to the rest of us.

      • Deadly_NZ 4.1.2

        It’s not the money (as far as most of us are concerned he can spend his money any way he likes.)  It’s the hipocracy Here he, and Blinglish are spouting all the platitudes about belt tightening YADA YADA YADA.  Also the fact that he rips off the taxpayer of NZ for thousands with the great tax switch.  So it goes Tax Switch, Platitudes, Excessive spending.  And now it seems that it’s not just his personal hipocracy it’s the whole NACTS Hipocracy Preach belt tightening whilst bailing out yet another company thats backed its self into a corner.

    • well I certainly hope so Sprout ,but how get this out to the voters.
      The Daily papers will not have a word about this . It should be front page news, so tell me how do we educate the mainstream votes on such titbits.

  5. todd 5

    $120 to fill my Subaru, same time last year it was $80 for a better octane… So the calculation isn’t far off for me.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Yes, but why are you running a Subaru? They’re one of the least economic cars on the market.

      • todd 5.1.1

        I run three vehicles. I got the Subaru for safety reasons, the comparison to that vehicle seemed most relevant. If anybody feels like giving me enough money to replace it with a hybrid, I would be happy to accept.

  6. infused 6

    Downsize then. Time to get a better car eh? National are not increasing the price of food. It is increasing world wide. GST hasn’t gone up %15, it’s gone up %2.5 That doesn’t add $60 to your food bill.

    So much shit talk here. There are other facts at play rather than national. Dropping GST on fruit and veg will cost more. It’s a nightmare in aussie and will be here.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      hahahaha. Sucks being in government huh. Resign.

    • Kaplan 6.2

      The Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk but the proximate cause of most of the deaths was too much faith in a badly designed ship and a lack of life boats.

      Do you see the similarities between that and the economic situation we are in? 

      In short, National actually need to do something about our problems, not just sit back and blame everything on them.

      • Bright Red 6.2.1

        actually the iceberg was the proximate (direct, immeidate) cause but the fundamental cause “was too much faith in a badly designed ship and a lack of life boats”

    • todd 6.3

      Unfortunately most shops used the rise in GST to also increase their prices. It is not as simple as changing vehicles. My Subaru is already economical to run, in relative terms. I have no problem with changing my lifestyle to use less but this comes at a cost, a cost that is unaffordable while the cost of living inhibits people from saving to make a change to lower usage vehicles etc.
       
      Thinking that the price of our food should be relative to what overseas markets pay when there are less transportation costs involved seems rather silly. We’re paying in more than one way as it is our environment that is being polluted by these industries. National has increased the price of food along with nearly everything else.
       
      Subsidizing good foods like fruit and vegetables will do more than just making them affordable so people wont need to go to food banks. Whether this is through taking GST off or imposing measures to remove market dominance is irrelevant to the fact that people will eat more food that is good for them. This will reduce our obesity epidemic and many other associated diseases.
       
      The only shit talk here is yours infused and your blame the victim meme that pervades right wing thinking.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.3.1

        Subsidizing good foods…

        Doesn’t need to be subsidised – just a ban on selling the first x amount produced here overseas. This would force prices down to cost price on the local market but farmers would still be able to sell the excess overseas for the global price.

      • Vicky32 6.3.2

        Unfortunately most shops used the rise in GST to also increase their prices

        That’s certainly true. Everything’s gone up by much more than 2.5%..

  7. ianmac 7

    “National made the promise that things would be better with National. John Key you promised. Well we are worse off than ever! I don’t want excuses. Unemployment. Petrol. Food. milk. Democracy. John Key has let us down!”
    That’s what I hear anyway.”

    • PeteG 7.1

      Yeah, damned right. Key secretly used Ken Ring predictions and timed his run at PM to coincide with likely earthquakes. He set in place the 2008 crash while he was working in NY. He revs his car at the lights and has run the world short of petrol. He leaves food on his plate while Africans (and some Kiwis) starve. He’s let us all down. Bastard!

      • Bright Red 7.1.1

        don’t make promises you can’t keep.
        The earthquakes didn’t put us in this hole, unsustainable tax cuts did. The earthquakes just made it deeper.

        • PeteG 7.1.1.1

          Ah, so Labour are to blame too. What did Key have to do with that, did he make Cullen do it?

          • Lanthanide 7.1.1.1.1

            Labour’s tax cuts were unwise, yes, but National’s are far worse. Labour’s were spread pretty equally across all income earners whereas National’s were skewed heavily towards the top end income earners.
             
            Of course you know all this and you’re just trolling.

          • mickysavage 7.1.1.1.2

            The word for today is unsustainable.
             
            The country’s current experiences really vindicate actions taken by Michael Cullen as Minister of Finance.
             
            Don’t you miss him PeteG?
             

            • PeteG 7.1.1.1.2.1

              If you think combined tax cuts were not affordable and should be rolled back should consideration be given to rolling back some of WFF?
               
              Or is that an ideological no go zone?

              • Draco T Bastard

                I’d be more than happy to drop WfF as it’s a subsidy to businesses that don’t pay enough in wages. We’d have to make sure, after dropping WfF, that people are paid enough. I would suggest a Universal Income.

                • todd

                  What gets me is all this talk of us being broke and having to cut all these things that help our poor and society in general and then National come up with billions of dollars to bail out their rich mates.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.2

        He set in place the 2008 crash while he was working in NY.

        Yes, that’s right, he did. He was in charge of overseeing the toxic assets that caused the GFC for one bank.

  8. Bill 8

    National has no plan for growth, they are divorced from the every day reality of New Zealanders.

    The essence of this approach is to laud the existence and inherent wisdom of the market economy

    Labour put New Zealand in a sound position to weather the financial crisis

    The essence of this approach is to laud the existence and inherent wisdom of the market economy

    Sorry. That’s a slightly dishonest cut and paste. But only slightly.
    Yes, Rogernomics and Think Big and all the rest of it is essentially lauding the existence of the market economy. But all governments essentially laud the existence of the market economy.
    And all political parties are out of touch because all political parties have a central focus of managing a market economy. If all political parties had a central focus on…oh, I don’t know…developing software programmes, then they would be no more or less out of touch than at present.
    Government has become a preserve of rather elite economic managers and might as well be the preserve of rather elite geeks as far as all those strange ‘others’ (whose stories aid the privilaged and out of touch to gain an intellectual understanding of struggle) are concerned.

  9. lefty 9

    OK. We get the point about National. But what is Labour going to do?
    How are they going to reduce the price of oil or food?
    What are they going to do to stop profits being shipped offshore?
    How will they create more jobs?
    Will they encourage and support workers to strike for decent pay instead of giving WFF subsidies to employers?
    Will they repudiate free trade deals and refuse to sign anymore?
    Will they get rid of the Reserve Bank Act and take control of our currency?
    Will they start taking climate change seriously instead of pissing around with emissions trading or carbon taxes?
    Ah! So many questions.

    • Good questions Lefty.  IMHO:

      1.  They will not reduce the price of oil.  They will hopefully put policies in place so that good quality food will be supplied but this may take more than the invisible hand of the market.
      2.  By preventing the further sale of strategic assets overseas they will accomplish this.  And the Cullen fund could have stemmed the tide.
      3.  They will create jobs in the same way they have been in the past.  By being active.
      4.  Yes.  WFF was a stop gap measure.
      5.  Not sure.
      6.  They will change the Reserve Bank Act.  There will no longer be a preoccupation with inflation.
      7.  Yes, as far as their coalition partners will allow.

      • PeteG 9.1.1

        3.  They will create jobs in the same way they have been in the past.

        50% extra jobs in the public service again?

  10. Peter Bains 10

    I have done well since 2008, my salary has gone from $83K to $96 now. I also enjoy my tax cuts and my mortgage will be paid off by October. So I know where I will be voting.

    The economy was always going to be rough from 2008 because of the GFC. However, it will get better from 2012, not because Labour will be in, that is when National will do what they should have done in 2008, stayed with ACT and revive the economy.

    Come 2014 we will be in a better position with a growing economy and jobs better due to Chch plus other exports such as mined products. (This will increase wages as well).

    On Key’s dinner, it was his money, not yours or mine. Something the left do not seem to get at all.

    • LynW 10.1

      Could I quote logie97?

      ‘might just come down to how much the voter has become more selfless or selfish in his/her approach to the world – traditional left/right ne ce pas.’

      anti-spam word   revealing!

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      You obviously didn’t notice that we’ve gone back into recession (if we ever actually left it) due to NACTs bad fiscal management. If NACT get back in they’ll make it even worse.

    • Galeandra 10.3

      Something the left do not seem to get at all.

      Something like 96K a year and a paid off mortgage.

      Don’t look too hard in the mirror. Maybe your ethical skin will be thickening at the same rate as your waistline. Guess you could always help out at a local food bank to find out how the other 80% lives.

      • Peter Bains 10.3.1

        I have a 7 year old Autistic son to help look after so people at the food bank are better off as most of them have a fully functioning brain. Whether they use these functions or not is another issue………….. Hence I need to be selfish and think of my sons future once I am gone. Anyone fancy to swap my position?

        • McFlock 10.3.1.1

          “Anyone fancy to swap my position?”
          Someone who has an autistic son but isn’t on $96k a year?

    • Carol 10.4

      Something the right don’t seem to get is that people don’t always get paid what they deserve, and some people get money they don’t deserve, through swindling, paying their workers wages that are too low etc.  How did Key get rich?  Not by producing anything useful, but by gaming the system, at NZ’s expense.  Is it all really HIS money?
       
      Workers have tended to work harder than ever over the last 30 years, and yet the rich have got richer and the poor have got poorer.  So where did all that excessive money come from that is now in the hands of the wealthy?

    • Colonial Viper 10.5

      On Key’s dinner, it was his money, not yours or mine. Something the left do not seem to get at all.

      His money? So you are saying that he can just waste it or use it to shit all over the poor and hungry in this country, just to show us that he can?
      Nice to know.

      • Peter Bains 10.5.1

        Yes he can CV. Just like you can spend your money on anything you like.

  11. Samuel Hill 11

    Mass protests during World Cup has got to be the go.

  12. Vicky32 12

    Ironically, from what I have seen on his TV show, Heston Blumenthal’s food is rubbish! (Every time I see his programme, it makes me further determined to move from semi-veg to vegetarian…)
    Yes, the inequality is simply appalling.
    Vicky

  13. Tanz 13

    Cat food anyone? While Key dines like a king, many people are survivng on noodles, soup, or worse.

    It is his money yes, but what decadance to spend so much on one dinner while his country men/women and children look on. Bad taste in the extreme? I hope it does cost him many votes.

    Finally, it’s only money and he can’t take it with him. Éye of the Needle…

    • todd 13.1

      I hope he chokes.

      • Mac1 13.1.1

        I  don’t. I want him to see the repudiation of his ethics and philosophy, such as it is, on November 26.  And the people on noodles, soup or worse have to be energised to see that happen; as do we who are better off lest we become like John Key- bereft, barren and to be pitied.

    • rosy 13.2

      I see the Brit PM has the message that he needs to pretend we’re all in this together…  appearances count At least we can get a laugh out of knowing that all that money can’t be used when you’re preaching austerity to others.

  14. red rhebelghirly 14

    The point I would say is the hypocrisy of Key and his flamboyant spending whilst pensioners and others are barely surviving..
    The Government tax cuts which only benefit those on higher Income.The increasing costs.. (subaru or no subaru) that are hitting the lower income earners..
    The selling off of our countries private assets.. to Large overseas capitalist Corporations.. which as Mr Bott pointed out is indicative of keys background.
    The fact that keys said gst would not go up and that he would not be selling off N.Z assets.. shows keys and his government for who they really are….
    Nice hat Mr Bott
     

  15. BevanJS 15

    One woman told me that her grocery bill has now gone up by $60 more than it did before last years budget. Labour wants to help these families that’s why Labour undertakes to remove GST from fresh fruit and vegetables.”

    I wonder if she spends more than $30 per week on fresh fruit and veg? My wife and I don’t usually and we’re vegetarians.
    0.15 * 30 = Go Labour, build a system at what expense to give her $5 back?  I believe she said she was missing $60.
    Oh that’s right, it’d create completely non-productive public service jobs – wonder who that sector typically votes for?

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    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    7 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    18 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    7 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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