Joining the (blue) dots

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, February 27th, 2008 - 41 comments
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golf.jpgPerhaps you’ve heard about the Blue Chip blues?

The company is in the news again today, and not just for allegedly breaking a sting of laws.

The couple featured in the article have lost their home and hundreds of further ‘mum and dad’ investors may still lose their savings.

The photo at left (no, it’s not from Lockwood’s infamous calendar) is of Blue Chip chairman Jock Irvine, Greg Turner, Blue Chip Managing Director Mark Bryers, Larry Graham and the Honorable Lockwood Smith.

Blue chips associations with the National Party don’t end with Lockwood though. It turns out that Blue Chip has more than its fair share of National Party connections – and not just casual ones forged over a couple of rounds of golf by the looks of things.

I wonder how much knowledge Burqa Bob had of Blue Chip’s dodgy investment practices when they sponsored his stadium. We’d certainly see his crocodile tears in a different light.

And I wonder how all these National Party connections were made… Perhaps an introduction by former National Party politician and Deputy Prime Minister Wyatt Creech who was once an independant director of the board (PDF)? Or perhaps it was former National Party cabinet minister John Luxton who served in the same position (PDF)?

I wonder if Blue Chip or the people associated with them ever donated to National Party campaign funds by way of an anonymous trust?

I wonder if they ever donated to any individual candidates?

Given National’s recent apoplexy over the non-issue of a fully disclosed donation of $8000 by Owen Glenn it would be good for the sake of transparency if National MPs came out and said what kind of contacts they have had with the Blue Chip board members.

For the sake of completeness it might also be good if the ex-National Party MPs outlined their roles in the events leading up to the collapse of the company.

The investors who have lost money are at least owed that.

41 comments on “Joining the (blue) dots”

  1. You are over reaching here. firstly that is a pic taken at gulf harbour when blue chip sponsored a major golf tournament. Lockwood is the electorate MP for that area. Blue Chip as a company did not even exist prior to labour being in govt so maybe we can spray insinuations about labour being to blame? No that would be silly just like your insinuations.
    Blue Chip is and has always been a huge rip off. This will be a bigger disaster for ordinary kiwis than the Bridgecorp collapse. When finance companies go broke people lose savings. The blue chip collapse has seen people lose money they borrowed to invest and in some cases left with enormous liabilities they have no hope of covering.
    Trying to tangentially insinuate national culpability in this disgraceful ripoff is a new low for this blog.

  2. toms 2

    If you want a right wing corruption, keep an eye on the Hawkes Bay DHB. Hawkes Bay has traditionally had a mildly corrupt squattocracy that sees itself as having feudal rights to running things in the Bay. Since about the beginning of the decade they’ve been aided by a local paper whose editors have turned have turned it into an attack rag that would make Fox blush. The connection colusion between the extremist Christian agenda of the local newspaper editor, the Exclusive Bretheren, the National Party candidate Tremain and the smear campaign against Labour in Hawkes Bay has gone uninvestigated for to long. The DHB is heavily politicised by the peculiar brand of feudal reactionary right-wing caudillos in the Bay who clearly consider the place to now be a fortress for their political agenda.

    All Hawkes Bay needs is a researcher of the likes of a Nicky Hager to draw the strands.

  3. That’s one theory TomS, another might include Annette King, her husband and peter hausmann getting uncontested tenders awarded and then rescinded. This will not end well for the health ministry and it’s new sheriff. Perhaps Nicky the trustafarian Hagar might like to look into that particular barrel of croneyism.

  4. Lockwood
    Luxton
    Clrkson
    Creech

    …god with that many associations with senior National MPs it’s like a trading subsidiary of the National Party.

  5. Adolf Fiinkensein 5

    You dozey pricks don’t seem to realise that nobody takes any notice of anything you say. You are like a bunch of dead mutton birds on a rock off Stewart Island. where? who? What? All grease and sinew with no feathers or muscle.

    Welcome to opposition.

  6. Dean 6

    “god with that many associations with senior National MPs it’s like a trading subsidiary of the National Party.”

    It’s just a shame Owen Glen isn’t in there, or else you’d be steadfastly ignoring and/or trying to say it was ok.

  7. Phew eh, not bad research if I do say so myself. Where’s Robinsod to screech “research unit” when you need him?

    Lets see, Creech and Luxton haven’t been MP’s since 2002. I guess that 6 years isn’t that much of a disconnect for you guys?

    Since BCFS seems to have only started up during Teh Party’s reign, it might be more likely that the anonymously donated to them instead, looking for (and apparently getting) a rather lax regulatory environment.

    Finally, I thought you would of held this one off until Phillip Field appears in court to face 15 counts of bribery and 25 of attempting to pervert the court of justice, while he was a Labour MP ?

  8. Tamaki resident 8

    Well Adolf, it got your attention!

  9. randal 9

    ITS ONLY WORDS AND WORDS ARE ALL I HAVE BUT NOW I’VE GOT THE CASH!

  10. Sheeeee-it! You guys are really scraping the barrel now. As Barnsley Bill pointed out, the photo is from a golf tournament – you’ve also smeared Greg Turner, organiser of Golf Tour NZ, and Larry Graham who was at that point the CEO of NZ Golf. Then again, throw the shit hard enough, far enough and often enough, and some is bound to stick – it’s a wonder you hadn’t photoshopped John Key in there as well!

  11. insider 11

    Taito Philip Field. Need I say anymore?

  12. insider 12

    BNZ. Wasn’t there some Labour inovlement in its near bankruptcy? The name is on the tip of my tongue…

  13. insider 13

    That should have said “in concealing its near bankruptcy”

  14. John 14

    Toms

    Right wing corruption at the Hawkes Bay DHB eh would you like to elaborate and while you at it if it’s so reactionary and right wing why on earth do they have a CEO with a CV as below.

    Chris Clarke, Chief Executive Officer

    Chris Clarke’s background of top-level health appointments, backed by accountancy and law qualifications make him well suited in his position of chief executive officer of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. He has strong strategic and leadership qualities, and is a good communicator.

    Prior to joining HBDHB Mr Clarke was director of health services development at Capital and Coast District Health Board. He holds degrees in law and commerce from Canterbury University.

    His experience in the health sector is extensive, including general manager of public health and hospital services of the Southern Regional Health Authority, and general manager of strategy and communications for the same organisation. In 1994 he spent a year with the World Health Organisation working with developing nations in Eastern Europe. He also worked in the UK for the national health service in Wales, as part of a New Zealand health service exchange fellowship. Chris Clarke also worked as executive assistant to the then, deputy prime Mmnister, Helen Clark, from 1989 to 1990.

  15. insider 15

    I wonder if Sovreign Yachts has donated to Labour?

  16. Chemist Peter 16

    Remember boys 32%. Bluechip were able to trade under laws overseen by Labour, after 8 years we have more crooks after our money, this of course does not include the thieving pricks from the present govt. Yet again, the sub standard sets new levels of BS, man I can smell it from here.

  17. Insider, you are clearly confused. it was the labour party and it’s tame numpty Anderton that made the donation to sovereign yachts via the public purse. Or as I like to call them Sovereign Property developers, allthough they did build Owen Glenns boat Ubiquitous .

  18. insider 18

    So Barnsley are you saying that Labour’s largest donor was connected to one of Labour’s largest receivers of largesse?

    Quel dommage! How murky can you get? Where will these red dots lead?

  19. Gooner 20

    This is utter codswallop Eddie.

    The stadium sponsorship was because Bryers’ dad played Rugby for BOP and also for NZ Maori All Blacks.

    Creech and Luxton resigned as directors years ago.

    It is clear from the newspaper articles that Blue Chip had cashflow problems so it is absurd it would then donate to political parties or candidates.

    Isn’t February of election year a little early to be panicking with trash like this?

  20. milo 21

    All this stuff is starting to remind me of spitting image, back in late 1980s. Two classics – one on Reagan; turning “The President’s Plane is Missing” motif into a running gag about “The President’s Brain is Missing.” 🙂 But even better, the dead Politburo members being propped upright and wheeled out to deliver important speeches by ventriloquism. Now I wonder who that reminds me of in the New Zealand parliament?

    I can sense a comedy series coming on about the attack dogs of a failing party …

    (But don’t worry, the wheel will turn! This is the worst part of the cycle, after almost nine years in government, it gets pretty tough.)

  21. r0b 22

    What a lot of righties here tonight with their nighties in a bunch. Methinks they do protest too much!

    I don’t know anything about Blue Chip, or the local circumstances. To me the main issue is the one alluded to at the end of the post, the utter secrecy regarding National’s donors. I can’t put it any better than Colin Espiner:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/politics/2008/02/22/time-to-tell-us-about-your-donors-national/

    After a week of climbing into Labour boots and all over the Owen Glenn saga, one thing has become abundantly clear: the Nats have lost any defence of their right to keep their own campaign donations secret.

    It is the height of hypocrisy for National to claim, as both its leader John Key and deputy Bill English have done this week, that “Labour’s relationship with its largest donor looks very murky indeed’ when National’s own relationship with its donors is not so much murky as totally hidden.

  22. r0b 23

    (But don’t worry, the wheel will turn! This is the worst part of the cycle, after almost nine years in government, it gets pretty tough.

    Sure enough, it all goes round on the wheel. I think there are a lot of young folk here, who haven’t seen many turns of the wheel yet, and they do tend to get quite excited.

  23. r0b 24

    But don’t worry, the wheel will turn! This is the worst part of the cycle, after almost nine years in government, it gets pretty tough.

    Sure enough, it all goes round on the wheel. I think there are a lot of young folk here, who haven’t seen many turns of the wheel yet, and they do tend to get a mite excited.

  24. Paul 25

    Keep up the good fight guys, as there is no way in the current idol worshiping environment that the media has got itself into that the hypocrisy and lies of National will ever see the light of day.

    Which is what makes Espiner’s piece even more remarkable.

    Funny how the first comment on Espiner’s piece is by a one A Fiinkensein, the very same A Fiinkensein posting here claiming that no one cares about Nationals murky dealings. Sorry mate, message to you, plenty care and there is one hell of a long road between here and the election.

    Labour isn’t allowed to be transparent, yet national is allowed to be murky. We’d love some standards (sorry for the pun), as National has already suggested some bloody high standards for Kiwi Parents with the threat of financial punishment or incarceration.

    National has no credibility, but as long as the media is down on all fours with their mouths open taking whatever Mr Key and his merry band of liars tell them, and as long as the people are willing to buy what the media are selling them, there is no chance for us all.

    Keep it up guys, the attacks from the likes of A Fiinkensein show that you are getting through.

  25. Camryn 26

    National’s blind trusts aren’t murky. The intention is to shield the political party from knowing who the donors are, so favours and policy adjustments can’t be granted. The left makes constant insinuation that National just uses the system to pretend not to know who their donors are, but that’s just speculation. The blind trust system itself is a good one.

  26. The intention is to shield the political party from knowing who the donors are…

    I nominate this for funniest statement anyone has made on this blog ever.

  27. Camryn 28

    Well, that *is* the intention. You assert that the system is being subverted, but it’s up to the accuser to provide evidence.

    Do you think that the ‘large donor is known to the party and openly expects government positions from them’ model is a better design?

  28. AncientGeek 29

    Do you think that the ‘large donor is known to the party and openly expects government positions from them’ model is a better design?

    Yes – because it is open to public scrutiny.

    With the blind trust system, the design is wide open. People can give a donation known to the party. But for plausible deniability reasons, putting it through a blind trust. It gives you the worst of possible solutions. There is no paper trail to follow, and therefore no way of correlating donations with subsequent government actions.

    A better design is to make all significant donation’s public.

  29. Camryn 30

    r0b – No, I still haven’t. I don’t have access to a copy in the US. I understand it contains emails, but that they can’t be verified. Still, I’m open to the possibility the blind trust system was being abused but I stand by my defence of the intentions of those who built it in the first place. I still think it is a better system, and I’ll elaborate next…

    AncientGeek – The ‘large donor is known to the party and openly expects government positions from them’ model clearly did *not* mean that the donation is public. Some of Owen Glenn’s lending was not public. Pre-EFA, Labour never had a system to separate itself from its donors in any way, nor to open them to scrutiny either except on it’s own terms. You can argue that National’s system to prevent corruption was abused at one point in time, but at least it had one.

    Basically, I’d rather that politicians not know who is making large donations to them. For that to happen, the wider public can’t know either (obviously). If politicians are to know, then the public must also know. It can’t be “politicians know, we don’t”.

    The EFA allows for large anonymous donations, but has replaced the blind trusts with Helena Catt. It’s a point in that legislation that I can actually agree with (while noting that Labour often claimed that the legislation was actually going to stop them, but only limited them to an amount they chose for partisan reasons).

  30. Jeez – National in bed with dodgy money-men. Who would’ve thunk it?

    Oh and TDS? I see you’re still trying the old misdirection game. You must be getting hot under the collar though – it’s “would have” not “would of”. I guess you need another Robinsod schooling…

  31. Tamaki Resident 32

    “I understand it contains emails, but that they can’t be verified.”
    Camryn – the fact that National refer to them as “stolen emails” verifies that the emails did exist.

  32. r0b 33

    You assert that the system is being subverted, but it’s up to the accuser to provide evidence.

    Camryn, have you read The Hollow Men?

  33. Matthew Pilott 34

    Camryn – you make interesting points regardign donations. if it were possible to have no party know where any of their donations came from, that would be ideal. You’re then supporting a party because of what they’re doing, not what you want them to do.

    However, while the money side can be kept tight (you can hide the source from a financial perspective) there’s nothing that could ever stop people simply calling a politician/party and saying “I’m willing to make a million dollar donation, if you’re going to do X”. In reality, it will be more subtle and complex than this, but you see my point.

    With public donations, everyone knows, and everyone can decide whether there is something more (sinister) to it. It also may restrict donations as wealthy groups will realise they’d get less influence for their dollar under greater public scrutiny!

  34. deemac 35

    surely the standard has made it if the right are having to draft in trollers from the US to attack it? of course they may not know anything about the situation in NZ, but ignorance of the facts never prevented them from having an opinion!

    [lprent: He definitely isn’t a troll – goes for debate rather than flames. Besides I know him – worked with him before.]

  35. r0b 36

    r0b – No, I still haven’t. I don’t have access to a copy in the US.

    Then with respect Camryn, you don’t know who or what you are defending here.

    I understand it contains emails, but that they can’t be verified.

    Brash resigned for purely unrelated matters I take it?

    Still, I’m open to the possibility the blind trust system was being abused

    Yes, and its possible that the sun comes up in the morning too.

  36. To be fair to Camryn he’s not a troll – he makes good contributions and I doubt very much if he is being paid for this (unlike TDS!)

  37. Camryn 38

    Thanks Robinsod.

    deemac – I’m in the US for work, but I’m 100% Kiwi and was living in NZ until 2006. I’m getting paid by a US employer to do something else while I’m doing this.

    rOb – I intentionally used vague and hopefully non-inflammatory language as I’m trying to talk about the system that I thinks works best, and not get sidetracked on one instance where it may have been subverted but that I don’t know enough about. To you, who’ve read more about it, I probably sound cautious about something you consider obvious.

    In light of that, I accept Matthew’s good point re: sunlight. I’m saying “I’d prefer total blind if possible” and Matthew’s say “I understand where you’re coming from, but it’s not possible so let’s go to your next best… everybody knows everything”. That’s a line of argument I can get on board with…

    My issue after that becomes that people who want to be anonymous then try to find other ways to donate that aren’t donations e.g. 3rd party campaigns. Then we start to get into the debate that has been done infinitum on blogs re: the EFA period.

    In that debate, I don’t particularly like either option – I don’t like that people have restrictions on what they can say and how they can spend their money, but I don’t particularly like that the alternative (no restriction) is we’re back to square one with regards to potential anonymous assistance to political parties via spending on their behalf with the added risk that politicians might actually NOT know about campaigns to “assist” them and so the messaging that would’ve been moderated through the party by an anonymous donation to the party is now going direct to the public in a more partisan or destructive form. Not cool.

    So, I know it’s a tightrope, but I think the EFA erred too far in terms of restriction, and is also poorly drafted, and was pushed through in a way that was unnecessarily divisive.

    Uh… I think I got off topic.

  38. Steve Pierson 39

    Camryn. There’s no doubt the emails in the Hollow Men are correct, no-one has ever denied their contents are true. The real questions is who inside National leaked them, bringing about Brash’s resignation: as the Romans would say Cui bono?

  39. r0b 40

    Uh I think I got off topic.

    Agreed.

    Also agreed that there are no good solutions to this mess (its politics after all), only varying degrees of bad.

    But let’s get back on track, and back to specifics. Do you agree with Colin Espiner in his recent article (extract below). If not, why not?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/politics/2008/02/22/time-to-tell-us-about-your-donors-national/

    After a week of climbing into Labour boots and all over the Owen Glenn saga, one thing has become abundantly clear: the Nats have lost any defence of their right to keep their own campaign donations secret.

    It is the height of hypocrisy for National to claim, as both its leader John Key and deputy Bill English have done this week, that “Labour’s relationship with its largest donor looks very murky indeed’ when National’s own relationship with its donors is not so much murky as totally hidden.

  40. AncientGeek 41

    Cam:

    Basically, I’d rather that politicians not know who is making large donations to them. For that to happen, the wider public can’t know either (obviously).

    I don’t think that there is any way to prevent politicians from knowing who is giving them donations if the donor wishes them to know. It is a ‘chinese wall’ solution that relies on the donor not whispering over the wall.

    If someone says I’m going to give you $500k, because I think that you’ll be nice to me (or even worse when you’re nice to me) with a date, then the money turns up around that date….

    Besides you have to remember that most of the donations will be solicited – thats what party presidents spend most of their time doing from what I understand. So they would usually have a good idea about who is giving donations. A lot of the time senior politicians will be dragged along to help get the donation. It isn’t particularly different from any charity.

    I feel extremely uncomfortable with that happening at the back end of the political process – there is just too much room for unsavory things to happen.

    I think the only effective long-term solution is to make it that there is always a person and/or organization known to the public in the appropriate accounting cycle.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    6 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    7 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago

  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    6 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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    6 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    6 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
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