John’s dead seal

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, December 7th, 2007 - 128 comments
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Um, why does John Key have a picture of a dead seal on his flickr page?

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128 comments on “John’s dead seal ”

  1. Robinsod 1

    Quick! Find out if it’s a parliamentary seal! I want to know if http://www.youpaidforit.co.nz

  2. Lampie 2

    Nah robinsod, it’s another dead beat policy

  3. the sprout 3

    umm, is it the level of on-screen charisma he’s aspiring to?
    personally i think it’s a little too ambitious for key.

  4. Long time listener 4

    Nah robinsod, it’s another dead beat policy

    From John Key’s flickr site? I think that’s called an own goal mate.

  5. Long time listener 5

    oops, just got it. sorry lampie, i’m a moron.

  6. Marcus Lush took the same picture when he did his series to Antarctica. It’s one of the most celebrated fossils on the ice.

    Morons.

  7. Robinsod 7

    It’s almost a metaphor for their health policies…

  8. James Kearney 8

    That’s just… that’s just weird. Nice choice of holiday pics John.

  9. Matthew Pilott 9

    He’s not dead sir, he’s resting!

  10. rjs131 10

    Why if you hate John key and national so much are you looking at their flickr site?

    Are there pictures on the labour site of judith tizard doing any work? Or some of taito philip field’s handyman work

  11. Robinsod 11

    It’s one of the most celebrated fossils on the ice

    It is a metaphor for their health policies! And their education policies, and their employment policies, and their welfare policies…

  12. James Kearney 12

    IP, I ain’t never heard of nor seen that fossil pic. Just looks like a regular dead seal to me.

  13. Lampie 13

    No worries Listener 🙂

  14. Yeah, a regular seal, some 40 miles from the nearest ice floe. It’s celebrated because it’s so far away from anything else. It’s in the middle of nowhere.

  15. Lampie 15

    Are there pictures on the labour site of judith tizard doing any work? Or some of taito philip field’s handyman work

    Good idea rjs131, go find some and then come back when you do

  16. Robinsod 16

    it’s so far away from anything else. It’s in the middle of nowhere

    Oh my god, it’s like the best metaphor for National policy ever!

  17. Adam Smith 17

    “It’s celebrated because it’s so far away from anything else. It’s in the middle of nowhere.”

    Perfectly describes John Key.

  18. Lampie 18

    Perfectly describes John Key.

    John who?

  19. Robinsod 19

    Some guy I saw on a DVD or something…

  20. outofbed 20

    Shouldn’t that be John Key’s Flipper site ?

  21. James Kearney 21

    The Ambitious One.

  22. Lampie 22

    John Key’s Flipper site

    another flip flop?

  23. Matthew Pilott 23

    Or some of taito philip field’s handyman work

    rjs how is your own blog on workers’ rights going ? Can you give me a link?

    P.S. I didn’t know Field did handyman work 😉

  24. r0b 24

    Its not dead. Its resting.

    [runs for cover ]

  25. ***Weak pun and old joke alert***

    cool pic

    Eskimo goes to the igloo garage, his skidoo is playing up.
    Mechanic agrees to take a look immediately, eskimo walks over to the local 7-11 to wait.
    Comes back half an hour later to see how the mechanic is getting on.
    Mechanic says……… You have blown a seal…
    Eskimo retorts… No I have not I have just eaten an ice cream..
    Ba da Boom.

  26. Robinsod 26

    I wonder if he gave it a copy of his DVD – if he did I hope he can get it back.

  27. Matthew Pilott 27

    ‘es probably pining for the fjords!

  28. Thi is about as classy and informed as the music reviewer from the Daily News who criticised Andrea Bocelli for never looking his audience in the eye.

  29. r0b 29

    It’s Friday afternoon IP. Do you have a sense of humor at all? Even a little one? Would it vrooom if I put 4 million volts through it?

  30. Lampie 30

    copy of his DVD

    the 15min Cold Play single Clocks?

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    Oh crap, HIGH HORSE ALERT HIGH HORSE ALERT

    It’s Friday afternoon, have a laugh. Maybe a beer or two. Read BB’s joke – he actually made me snort with laughter, most unexpected.

  32. James Kearney 32

    Prick you’re not nearly as funny as Barnsley Bill.

  33. Robinsod 33

    Bill you bastard! I actually laughed out loud at that! I think my boss may have heard…

  34. Lampie 34

    shhh rob, this is a serious thread tut tut

  35. Robinsod 35

    Oh of course, serious, sorry I forgot a seal has died for this thread…

  36. r0b 36

    Sorry Lampie, I’ll try and be better behaved. I never wanted to be a blog commentor you know…

  37. Lampie 37

    Thats better, let us all remember the poor seal who listened to that DVD. May God have mercy on his soul. Amen.

  38. Matthew Pilott 38

    R0b – I don’t think so, It has ceased to be! It is no more!

  39. Matthew Pilott 39

    I’m actually waiting for Lee C to relate it to the EFB – he did so just brilliantly with the Turducken post, and I want to see if it was a fluke or if he can pull out another one.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=752#comment-5621

  40. Tane 40

    I’m actually waiting for Lee C to relate it to the EFB…

    ‘After January 1 this photo will be illegal’?

  41. the sprout 41

    After January 1 this seal will not be able to use a megaphone?

  42. Tane 42

    After January 1 this seal will have to limit its third party election spending to $120,000?

  43. Gruela 43

    That seal looks more like a typical NZ First voter than a National supporter.

  44. the sprout 44

    i don’t know, that smile is pure Stephen Franks

  45. Gruela 45

    I believe this is what happens when you stare directly into Heather Roy’s eyes.

  46. Malcolm 46

    IP said

    “Marcus Lush took the same picture when he did his series to Antarctica. It’s one of the most celebrated fossils on the ice.

    Morons.”

    Fossilised? No, mummified.
    Morons? Try the singular.

  47. all_your_base 47

    Matthew, I think you’ll find ees restin’ – prefers kipping on his back.

  48. redbus 48

    IS THAT DON BRASH???

  49. The Double Standard 49

    I’m sure Key is appreciative that you pay so much attention to his photo’s. Did you like this one as well?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nznationalparty/2051462533/

    I’d give that my seal of approval!

  50. Gruela 50

    Is that you in the middle, Double?

  51. the sprout 51

    wow, with eye-candy like that they won’t need any policies… we’re doomed!

  52. Gruela 52

    I wonder how many of those (frog)marching were soldiers, or ever have been? Reminds me a bit of when Michael Moore bailed up those Republican politicians and asked them if they’d be comfortable with having their kids drafted and sent to Iraq.

    Righties never volunteer to do the work themselves. That’s what the poor are for

  53. Hi you scumbag lefties communist pc spittles – ready to go a few rounds you fucked up wankers ?

  54. Gruela 54

    dad4justice is funny 🙂

  55. Except it isn’t dad4justice. Evidently you’re just trying to find excuses for Robinsod, Sprout and Nih’s abhorrent behaviour, that you have to steal dad4justice’s name and writing stuff for him.

  56. Gruela 56

    How do you know it isn’t dad4justice, then?

  57. You know it’s not d4j, Gruela. You wouldn’t have reacted like that if it had been him. It’s not actually something d4j would say. He’s more verbose than that.

  58. Gruela 58

    Honestly, insolent, cross my heart, it’s not me. I don’t know who it is. And I reacted like that because I wanted to wind him up, but you’ve blown that now, haven’t you? It might have been funny.

    More verbose? 10 point for use of classy word.

  59. I don’t think it was you, Gruela, but it was a pretty poor imitation of d4j’s writing style. I have never seen d4j enter a thread and offer to fight somebody.

    It would have been much more plausible if somebody had just cut and pasted one of his more irrational comments. There are plenty of them out there.

  60. Gruela 60

    Okay, so maybe it wasn’t D4J. I don’t go to The Bog very often, so I wouldn’t know his writing style from Lassie’s. Bit whoever it was obviously isn’t going to continue posting, tho.

    P.S. The EFB will allow NZ to finally have the first fair election in it’s history, and there’s nothing National or the Business Roundtable can do about it.

  61. the sprout 61

    sadly i’d have to agree with IP on the identity of ‘d4j’. pretty funny caricature though, would’ve been fun to carry it on a bit.

  62. Gruela 62

    Don’t you have to register your name to post? Guess that means it either was D4J, or he’s never posted on the standard before.

  63. I don’t take no prisoners as fox hole friends are hard to find !

  64. Tamaki resident 64

    This is definitely more entertaining than the ‘Friday Free for all’ over on one of the other channels!

  65. Hey Tane – you want a dead seal eh !!!!

  66. roger nome 66

    um, the handle links through to D4J’s blog?

  67. nome I want to shove that dead seal up your fucking aids infected cake hole you twisted #### !!

  68. roger nome 68

    ok, i’ll test to see if it’s D4J for reals. Ok, D4J – listen carefully, What is the name of the 15 year old boy that you threatened with GBH? …. Clock’s ticking…..

  69. roger nome – you are going to regret calling me a kid fucker – that I can assure you #### !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. You fucked up coward – wait for it because its coming – haha – to late now Mason !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. roger nome 71

    Yep, it’s D4J alright. BTW D4J you used to go around saying that James Sleep called you a paedophile. He never did, and neither did I. You really should stop defaming people you know.

  72. Gruela 72

    He’s pretty boring, tho…

  73. roger nome 73

    D4J – cup of tea and a lie down mate. There’s a good dad.

  74. Gruela 74

    Is that his whole routine? Cause there’s a documentary on Insolent Prick that’s just started on Prime…

  75. the sprout 75

    odd. why would you be happy to write “fucking aids infected cake hole” and “fucked up wankers” and then put in “#####”s?

    it’s not Failed Dad, it’s an imposter. unless as nih suggests he’s really gone off for being chucked out of the bog, and has maybe had a few. but then his spelling is pretty accurate which isn’t typical for him either and wouldn’t presumably improve if he was in such a state?

  76. roger nome – you are going to Court as two barristers have said I have more enough to have police charge you. Your call ##### !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Roger nome – I am for real , I went to my lawyers today with your comments and they have said ligation time . See in Court nome #### !!!

  78. the sprout 78

    “ligation time”?
    don’t you mean litigation, or are your “barristers” also surgeons?

  79. roger nome 79

    hmmmm – now I’m unsure as to whether it’s D4J or not. Apart from the litigation/ligation confusion his spelling has been uncharacteristically accurate. He is threatening un-winnable/groundless law suits that would cost him tens of thousands to pursue though, and he has been known to do that in the past. So the dury’s (sorry bout the pun) still out for me.

  80. r0b 80

    OK, catching up on this thread too, I don’t think its really d4j.

    But whoever it is, can I suggest just not engaging. Just let it blow over.

    So, how about them Red Sox eh? No – that won’t do. That All Blacks coach fella – what’s his name?

  81. illuminatedtiger 81

    It represents his political career 😉

  82. burt 82

    This thread is a good example of the standard of debate encouraged at the standard. Just in case anybody here hasn’t managed to find this link to deface, here it is.

    Sam Dixon & Rob Owen’s play ground

    You guys are really lowering the standard, just like the party you support has done in parliament.

  83. Robinsod 83

    From Burt’s link: [Kiwiblog] receives three to four times as many comments as any other New Zealand blog

    This is obviously untrue as the standard now carries at least as many comments as Farrar’s blog. In the interests of accuracy I would suggest someone with Wiki edit rights should make this change.

  84. burt 84

    Robinsod

    Good point, perhaps ‘The Standard’ could get itself a Wiki page, given the support that Sam Dixon and Robert Owen get here and at kiwiblogblog I’m sure the standard would be more than happy to have it’s page wrecked by small minded people unable to make their point any way except through being wreckers and haters.

  85. the sprout 85

    lucid as ever i see pretend FailedDad. how sad to you have to be to imitate d4j?

  86. IrishBill 86

    Dad: you’ve had your chance. From now on we will be treating your posting as spam.

  87. hinamanu 87

    Thank you Irish Bill .

  88. the sprout 88

    brt, being small minded myself – i think the term is “haters and wreckers”.

  89. hinamanu 89

    [Tane: Comment deleted – possibly defamatory. Hinamanu, please conduct your feud with Dad4Justice elsewhere.]

  90. burt 90

    Tane

    I wish you hadn’t done that, I’ve never been called a pedophile before and the cut-n-paste I did of himamanu’s comment has been sent to my Lawyer.

    Messengers don’t live long on the standard with folk like hinamanu around. Perhaps if he apologises to me for a completely unprovoked outburst of unjustified hate speech there won’t be a legal request sent to the standard for access to his/her IP address.

  91. hinamanu 91

    [Comment deleted: you’ve been told once, Hinamanu.]. I was not stating you were involved in any activity like that burt . Sorry if you took it that way .

  92. burt 92

    hinamanu

    Thank you for that, I instruct my Rotweiller to sit. I think you will have enough trouble fighting off D4J’s with comments like.

    hinamanu said:

    [comment deleted]

  93. roger nome 93

    hinamanu:

    Do you have evidence for that claim? If so could you point me to it? I’m intrigued.

  94. roger nome 94

    oh and burt – surely you’ve got better things to do with you time than to pursue a venal legal crusade against hinamanu? It’s kind of sad to just threaten such a thing really.

  95. burt 95

    roger nome

    Right back at you buddy – surely you have better things to do than pursue a venal crusade against D4J. You not that good at that “thinking” thing are you nome.

    You may not have seen the comment before Tane moderated it, if you did then you might have paused before you pulled the gun out and shot yourself in the foot trying to shoot the messenger.

  96. roger nome 96

    Burt:

    I have no “venal crusade” against D4J. Often D4J goes out of his way to be offensive and abusive to left contributors at KB, so sometimes I’ll give him some stick back.

    This is quite different than threatening legal action for an insult that wasn’t even directed at you. (BTW- D4J has threatened me with violence on line plenty of times so I’ve had the opportunity).

    Oh and one last thing – don’t you often criticise people for trying to defend their actions by using the “but they did it too” line of defence.

    Seems you’re not to hot at this “thinking” thing yourself ya old hypocrite.

  97. roger nome 97

    Shoulda been…

    Burt:

    I have no “venal crusade” against D4J. D4J often goes out of his way to be offensive and abusive to left contributors at KB, so sometimes I’ll give him some stick back.

    This is quite different from threatening legal action for an insult that wasn’t even directed at you. (BTW- D4J has threatened me with violence on line plenty of times so I’ve had the opportunity).

    Oh, and one last thing – don’t you often criticise people for trying to defend their actions by using the “but they did it too” line of defence.

    Seems you’re not to hot at this “thinking” thing yourself ya old hypocrite.

    Your move Kasparov

  98. burt 98

    roger nome

    Did you read the comment you are making a reference to ? Do you think hinamanu would have apologised if there wasn’t some substance to my claim he had defamed me? Are you so stupid that you think I’d threaten legal action to defend something said to D4J ?

    Come now nome… keep up, I’m sure hinamanu just got a little excited and posted something about me that was completely wrong – he apologised and I accepted his/her apology. It’s got nothing to do with you.

    As for “he did it to” – yes I was pointing out that you were accusing me of a crusade as you were in the middle of yours. Glad you are starting to realise that “he did it to” is a 4 year olds logic – I look forward to your developing reasoning skills delivering some insightful comments.

  99. roger nome 99

    Burt – You mistakenly thought that the comment was directed against you, then you threatened legal action.

    Oh and by he way, I think it’s fine to point out someone’s hypocrisy when they’re accusing someone of something that they’re guilty of. It shows the argument to be hollow and without conviction of principle. The only problem is that you don’t think this is ok, so when you used this style of argument (and erroneously I might add) it was hypocritical. Sheesh, talk about having to state the obvious.

  100. burt 100

    roger nome

    burt you’r a,, [self-edit] just like D4J…

    Sure you know what you are talking about roger ?

  101. illuminatedtiger 101

    And I thought I was the one that set the benchmark for moderation on The Standard. Obviously you all have been exceeding it today!

  102. roger nome 102

    I was not stating you were involved in any activity like that burt . Sorry if you took it that way.

    hmmmmmm, sure you haven’t had a few to many wines old fella?

    In any case, threatening legal action against an anonymous internet persona for a flippant comment made against your anonymous internet persona would be a tad pathetic no? Especially for a man of your age.

  103. burt 104

    roger nome

    Try this: Hey burt I waded in like a fool about something I knew nothing about – sorry ya drunken old fool.

    I’d accept the ‘drunken old fool’ in that context, but in the context you use it all you are doing is showing that you’ll continue shooting the messenger long after you have embarrassed yourself for shooting your mouth off about something you know nothing about.

  104. Spectator 105

    Hinamanu, if you have evidence for the claims you have made, you owe it to any children this person may be in contact with, now or in the future, to bring this evidence to the attention of the Police and CYPS staff in his area. That would do much more good than merely repeating it in a blog comments section.

  105. roger nome 106

    Burt – You threatened legal action against an anonymous internet persona for a flippant comment made against your anonymous internet persona. Even if Hinimau said what you allege, you come out looking like an idiot. Which was my original point.

  106. burt 107

    roger nome

    Burt – You mistakenly thought that the comment was directed against you…

    Then we are equal when it comes to looking like idiots. I look like an idiot because I’ve got very strong views on people calling people pedophiles. You like an idiot because you just wanted to have a crack at me over something you knew nothing about.

  107. roger nome 108

    To be fair burt, that part of it was deliberately designed to get a rise out of you. Looks like I succeded 🙂

  108. burt 109

    roger nome

    This is quite different from threatening legal action for an insult that wasn’t even directed at you.

    Good try nome, you just wanted to shoot the messenger and you got caught. As I stated some time back, hinamanu apologised and I accepted the apology and it’s got nothing to do with you.

    If you want to try and justify being a twat by saying it was just to get a rise out of me, it helps if the ‘get a rise’ hasn’t been the mainstay of your argument across multiple posts.

    You are entertaining – I’ll give you that.

  109. hinamanu 110

    HEY EL STUPIDO- CACOFINIX .

  110. robert owen 111

    I edited by inserting one word “hypocrite’
    Which could be argued was a legit edit
    Farrars wiki page does not belong to Farrar.
    Any way there is going to be some serious editing of the page soon to more accurately reflect his position and stance see yesterdays post
    http://kiwiblogblog.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/lolnatz/#comment-2862

  111. Santi 112

    Robert Owen you’re the lowest of the low.

  112. roger nome 113

    Burt – it wasn’t the mainstay of my argument, just an entertaining distraction. But do keep digging.

  113. robert owen 114

    santi Low ? maybe but lower then this lot

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/12/a_second_wikiped
    ia_vandal.html#comments

    I think not.

  114. burt 115

    roger nome

    You may not have seen the comment before Tane moderated it…

    Did you read the comment you are making a reference to ?

    Still you persisted – trying to get a rise – yeah right !

  115. hinamanu 117

    Hi roger nome , what are you giving burt a hard time for ? I was only attacking that #### Cacofixin , remember you and stan called him what he is , a [deleted] . We got him real good . He won’t be back .

    [IrishBill: Hinamanu/D4J – It has come to my attention that, on the standard at least, “Hinamanu” is Dad. Please take your feud with yourself elsewhere, Peter. Your comments will be deleted as spam]

  116. The Double Standard 118

    Robert, we already know you’re a loser. Why continue to advertise it?

  117. burt 119

    robert owen

    I edited by inserting one word “hypocrite’
    Which could be argued was a legit edit

    Perhaps if you had not been banned from DPF’s blog for calling him a fat ugly c##t you would have had your chance to put your case on the merit (or not) of that edit in the context that you applied it. Sam Dixon’s (apparently) edited links to point to a neo-nazi site, that was low.

    I agree that DPF was a bit unreasonable not mentioning the minor nature of what you did to offend him compared to the other twisted chump. To be mentioned in the same post with no qualification would piss me off as well.

  118. robert owen 120

    Burt,
    Whilst he and you have only my word to go on
    I actually did not call anyone a fat ugly cunt as I have documented on this site b4
    Although someone [who should know better] from my household did. (shit happens)
    I think I was banned from the bog because I called DPF up on being “economical with the truth”.

    Now I could spend time here arguing that altering the wiki site to include the word hypocrite was justified. and certainly his response to it would lend credence to that claim.
    But who can be arsed (yes i know)
    If anybody can honestly think that my comments come any where close to the Nutjobs on this thread
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/12/a_second_wikipedia_vandal.html#comments

    Then it is they, not I that should be pilloried
    thankyou and goodnight one and all.

  119. the sprout 121

    “”Hinamanu” is Dad. Please take your feud with yourself elsewhere, Peter”

    now that, is tragic comedy. so d4j has been going berzerk over him calling himself unpleasant names. hilarious. but i suppose his main intention was to try and attack the host, so glad to see the Ed.s taking their stuff down.

  120. The Double Standard 122

    “so glad to see the Ed.s taking their stuff down.’

    What, no frothing about censorship? And the management checking IP address now?

    Inevitable really, I suppose.

  121. IrishBill 123

    TDS, you can do better than that. We have an extremely open comments section and posting policy. Unlike other blogs we have never moderated commenters for attacking our blog or our posters but I am not going to provide a forum for Dad to air his illness.

    If you want to try to score cheap points off this decision you are welcome to do so but I would suggest you are not doing your own credibility any favours.

  122. Pascal's bookie 124

    Nicely done Irish.

  123. Thank you Irish Bill ,
    I have made my point and will comment within the correct internet acceptable standards unlike some others I can mention . For all intensive purposes , I do hope that sorts all matters after a rather tire some week on blogosphere . Talking about credibility ? Oh well , why bother eh .
    Kind regards
    d4j

  124. illuminatedtiger 126

    Correct internet acceptable standards? We live in hope.

  125. No bright tiger, after being called a kid ?….blah …blah ,,,Cacofinix and kids ,,, well you know what, by stan , roger nome and hinamanu I am more than happy to be a rational adult . I have exposed who I wanted . They will face the music in the future ?

    Must go, as I am going to the talk to the seals at the beach and I do hope no dead ones are lurking in the rockery ? We live in hope .

    Bye bye friends .

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  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
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  • Distractions and Inaction.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Public Service Day
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
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    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
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  • National says “fuck you”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
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    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
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    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
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  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
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    5 days ago
  • Cancer
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
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    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
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    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
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  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • The end for the Air Force 757s
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    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
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    1 week ago
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  • Some “scrutiny” II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    1 week ago
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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    1 week ago
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
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  • Dissecting Tickled
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    1 week ago
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  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
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    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
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  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
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