Key breaks flip-flop world record

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Can’t put it any better than Jafapete has:

Seems that John Key has done it again. Announced policy off-the-cuff and back tracked later. TV3 reports that, speaking to an Auckland families forum yesterday, Key ‘veered away from a written speech appearing to announce in off the cuff remarks that National would axe the commission.’

‘He said there was ‘a ton of money being spent on it’, and he would rather give the money to non-government organisations delivering front-line services.’

Someone must have reminded him later that he might need the suport of Peter Dunne and the United Future Party, whose baby it is (its establishment was a key condition of the Party’s support agreement with Labour after the 2002 election).

Today we have the inevitable backtrack:

‘ National would merely ‘rebalance’ the commission and he expected United Future to find the changes acceptable. [Key] refused to comment on the details of National’s policy, but said there was still a place for advocacy for families somewhere in the bureaucracy.’

Inexperienced, muddled, duplicitous. For a righter future, vote National.

67 comments on “Key breaks flip-flop world record”

  1. toad 1

    …he would rather give the money to non-government organisations delivering front-line services.

    Hmmm. Like Mission Australia.

    He seems to like the Aussies – Aussie banks, Aussie social service providers…

  2. Dom 2

    Will Dunne accept any major changes to the FC? His vote is likely to require it remains pretty much as is, I suspect.

    And yes Toad, Mission Australia would be a major beneficiary of the FC losing funding…

    Also, I wonder how the Maori Party would feel about Mission Oz coming over here…anyone know?

  3. toad 3

    Well, the Green Party certainly wouldn’t be keen.

  4. Dom 4

    Thanks Toad, useful link. Didn’t know Collins had said she wouldn’t use MA here. Of course, knowing National an MP saying that is likely to be contradicted by Key or English later on so it’s effectively meaningless.

  5. Lampie 5

    ho hum

    September 9, 2008 at 8:23 am
    Correct me if I’m wrong. National now supporting “anti-smacking’ bill unless evidence suggests otherwise. I thought they were against it? Any case, another “me too’ and “cover my ass’ no leadership example from John Key.

    Mr Key, for God sake, actually show what you stand for, grow some balls!!

  6. I don’t want to post off-topic and link-whore but Farrar is on bloody Radio New Zealand again this arvo and I want to get a campaign going to get Clint Smith up as a commentator. I’m sick of the only lefties in the MSM being idiots like Trotter…

    Anyone else who wants to see some fairness and balance please contact me through my blog.

    /off-topic linkwhoring

  7. Bill 7

    Parents Inc, not MA.

    Key said he liked the work of Parents Inc, run by evangelical Christian Ian Grant.

    “The current Government won’t touch them because they’ve got a Christian-based perspective,” Key said.

    “I personally think they happen to deliver fantastic results, and I’m going to make sure they get some money to run their programmes far and wide.”

  8. Anita 8


    As was established in another thread Parents Inc does, in fact, receive government funding.

  9. Tara 9

    I’m starting to feel sorry for John Key as his own party deserts him to his delusions of grandeur.

    Thats dangerous. He might get the sympathy vote.

  10. Bill 10

    yeah I know. Was me pointed that out on the other thread.

    The reason for putting in the quote I did here with the link was ’cause Dom and Toad were speculating on MA being direct beneficiaries of a Nat Government.

    I was merely signposting the probability it would be Parents Inc and not MA who would get tha dosh/ contracts/whatever.

  11. Johnty Rhodes 11

    See Hurricane Owen has dropped Labour in the shit. Must be a senior moment by OG.
    How are Mike W and H1 going to spin this?

  12. I think his biggest demographic will be those who are tired of liars.
    Cullen’s attempts to claim that it was not Winston who answered his own phone this afternoon were a new low.

  13. Daveski 13

    Anyone else who wants to see some fairness and balance please contact me through my blog.

    Well said ‘Sod.

    After all, the Standard is the only forum in NZ that realises John Key’s flip flops is the most important political story today.

    As for unfair and balance, everyone in the free world (ok, everyone at the Standard) knows that the Winston story is a non-issue compared to secret agendas, flip flops, policies, lack of policies or any other attempt to take the focus away from the real issues.

  14. Tane 14

    This blog has covered Winston plenty, and frankly I’m bored of it. In fact, apart from the press gallery and Farrar’s hangers-on, I think everyone else is too.

  15. Tane you are channeling again.
    move along, nothing to see here.

  16. Anita 16


    I continue to follow it with a kind of horrified fascination. If Peters doesn’t miraculously get out of this squeaky clean it’ll be like the death of Father Christmas. Aren’t you at least a little curious about how he’ll magic his way out of this one?

  17. Daveski 17

    To be honest, Tane, I think we all are. However, my point which I think we disagree on is its relative importance.

    Frankly, I’m bored also with the side shows of flip flops and leaks.

    Can someone PLEASE ask Helen to set the election date so we can end the phony war?

  18. Anita 18


    The date is 8 November, it always was.

    How does that change anything?

  19. Daveski 19

    LOL at my own sanctimonious post!

    I just checked to see what the latest news was on the Big Story … and found that the Big Story is now “Ritchie Returns”. (Nothing to do with Happy Days either but the All Blacks)

    Perhaps Stuff is over it too?

  20. Johnty Rhodes 20

    Daveski, How can H1 run a campaign with bars in front of her?

    [Tane: I’ve been following your comments and they’re classic troll material – completely off-topic, inflammatory and with no intention of engaging others in discussion. If you carry on like this I will ban you. This is your final warning.]

  21. Daveski 21


    Has it been announced? If so I’ve missed it.

    Once it is official, then we can expect both Labour and National to front up with genuine policy and not play this extended game of blink.

    Tane is of course right (although I would expect he would see the attacks on Key as being somehow different). The point is that we need to move on to the formal part of the election process to force the games to stop.

  22. Tane 22

    Anita, na, I figure he’s likely out after the election anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. The last confidence vote has passed, the numbers on the ETS are sweet – that’s all I’m really interested in. The rest of it I just find a bore.

    Daveski, yeah, the news media has a funny idea of what’s newsworthy sometimes. I can see why the press gallery find this so fascinating, from their own perspective, but I think by putting so much focus on Peters at the expense of other issues this close to an election campaign they’re doing the public a disservice.

  23. Tane 23

    The point is that we need to move on to the formal part of the election process to force the games to stop.

    Bro I’d like that to be the case but somehow I think the games are here to stay, formal election campaign or not.

  24. Billy 24

    but I think by putting so much focus on Peters at the expense of other issues this close to an election campaign they’re doing the public a disservice.

    But I understood that the influence of big money in the electoral process was something close to the Labour Party’s heart. So evil was it that we needed to ram through electoral reform. Did I get that wrong?

  25. Anita 25


    But we all know it will be the 8th of November. So why not behave as if we know that?

    Tane, There’s a piece of me that agrees with you about Peters, but another part admires his Houdini-like qualities, his gamesmanship and his sense of humour. I’ve always secretly believed that one could find documentary proof that he eats babies and he’d blame them media, feign anger, and three months later NZF would be up in the polls and he’d be giving out tax breaks to his racing buddies, or raising the minimum wage or persecuting Muslims. Maybe it’s my age but he seems eternal somehow, and watching him grow old and lose his edge is just plain sad.

  26. Tane 26

    Billy, the Peters saga only confirms my views on electoral finance. But somehow I don’t think we’ll see the right-wing press calling for a strengthening of the anonymous donor provisions of the ERA.

    Anita, yeah, there’s a bit of that. But any lingering sympathy I had for him died yesterday when I received a NZ First press release entiled “Rapist Refugee: Out!”

  27. Billy 27

    So Tane,

    If it were the National Party in the position Winston’s in, you’d be shrugging your shoulders and asking for more debate on policy? Given that last year we had four posts a day on the music at the last National Party conference, somehow I think I know the answer to that question.

    [Tane: Na, if it was National I’d be interested. They’re a major party with the power to do serious damage. I think Winston’s kind of irrelevant.]

  28. randal 28

    sod I agree completely…so how about it the standard. put one of the jimmy olsens on the case, do some research and lets get some decent commentators on the airwaves instead of the endless parade of pseudo gentrified rover 90 wannabees

  29. I have been away from The Standard for a week and I see you are still ignoring the main political news.

    Even given that The Labour Party is now at the centre of it.

    Mike Williams knew about the Glenn donation to Peters because it was put past him for approval before it was made.

    It begs the question whether he told Helen Clark back in 2005.

    It isn’t in Clark’s style for her not to know.

    Id like to see the Standard take on this latest revelation.

    Cheers, Darren

    [Tane: Darren, someone may as it suits them. I’ve explained already that I’m bored sick of it, so it won’t be me. We’re an opinion site, not a news service.]

  30. Tane – don’t count your chickens on the ETS yet, The Greens may yet realise that by standing firm on a point of principle, they could become the opposition in November. Labour and NZ First are now joined at the hip in this cesspit, and left is there for the taking if the Greens play their cards right.

  31. Wondering 31

    [Tane: I’ve been following your comments and they’re classic troll material – completely off-topic, inflammatory and with no intention of engaging others in discussion. If you carry on like this I will ban you. This is your final warning.]

    So what is considered trolling here? Daring to take a dig at your beloved Labour Party?

    [Tane: Don’t be absurd, people dig at Labour all the time on this site, myself included. I’m neither a member nor a voter. What I object to is a pattern of disruptive behaviour as outlined above. We’re not going to have this place turn into a cesspit.]

  32. Darren – Clark’s “no surprises” policy makes a maockery of any suggestionsthat she wasn’t told by Williams, who she reminded us a while back “is one of my oldest friends”.

  33. higherstandard 33


    “…….. the Peters saga only confirms my views on electoral finance. But somehow I don’t think we’ll see the right-wing press calling for a strengthening of the anonymous donor provisions of the ERA”

    Why would anyone donate “non-anonymously” after Owne Glenn has been over the course of a year maligned by the political right, effectively called a liar by Winston Peters, maligned and ridiculed by Labour and had the PM not take him at his word.

    The man has been treated appallingly badly and I see he has made another very generous donation today this time to the Millennium Institute on the Northshore. If parliament had any semblance of dignity left it would offer apologies from the House to Glenn over this fiasco and allow him to give a free kick to the pants of both Winston Peters and several others.

    [Tane: So long as people donate transparently there’s nothing to fear. Glenn chose to make an anonymous donation. But as I say, this helps motivate the case for public funding of political parties. It’s time to get money out of politics.]

  34. Ben R 34

    “But any lingering sympathy I had for him died yesterday when I received a NZ First press release entiled “Rapist Refugee: Out!’

    Why did that destroy your lingering sympathy? That is fairly consistent with NZF’s general position? And they have a point, deporting rapists might even be a good idea.

    [Tane: It’s the racist dogwhistle I object to.]

  35. Billy 35

    Actually, Wondering, it is quite possible to bag the Labour Party here and not be accused of trolling. I have done it not less than four times a day for 10 months and have not been accused of it once. And I’m not even clever.

  36. Phil 36

    “But we all know it will be the 8th of November”

    Anita, I really don’t think the 8th is a smart date for Labour – having the election two days after the announcement of what will, in all probability, be a rather nasty unemployment rate announcement just seems really dumb. September quarter is traditionally ‘bad’ because of the seasonal impact.

    A lot of people have forgotten that the All Black game on the 1st is in Hong Kong, and will probably be televised around midnight.

  37. r0b 37

    I have done it not less than four times a day for 10 months and have not been accused of it once.

    It’s all in the delivery.

    And I’m not even clever.

    Clever enough to be an artist with the possessive apostrophe (recent minor boo boos not withstanding).

    On Glenn HS said “maligned and ridiculed by Labour”. I actually missed that in all the excitement (not) – does someone have the actual quotes? Glenn seems to me a very generous person, and I wouldn’t like to think of him being maligned and ridiculed by anyone. I do see, however, why those on the Right would like to create a big enough stink to drive Glenn away from the idea of political donations.

  38. Oh you are too clever Billy – just not as clever as me…

  39. Tim Ellis 39

    r0b and Billy I agree that people can engage in constructive debate, taking an opposite view here. I’ve done it on numerous occasions as well. I think the moderation that goes on here is quite robust and justified. I get annoyed with trolls from both sides who wander in and add nothing to the debate except abuse and I applaud the Standard’s moderators for dealing with it.

    Tane, you might be bored with the Peters saga, and I agree that many New Zealanders probably are. But like it or not, it’s still the biggest game in town. Just because some of us got bored with the Olympics coverage doesn’t mean the media stopped reporting it.

    I think the real point is that irrespective of how boring you might find it, there are many more hits against the Labour Party that have emerged from it this week. The big game in town hasn’t been Trevor releasing National Party leaked policy (although he’s made a good fist of trying to distract the media from it, unsuccessfully). The Glenn evidence at the Privileges Committee was really quite stunning. I think you’re dreaming if you think there isn’t going to be any major political fallout from what took place this afternoon.

    R0b, I haven’t seen any direct quotes about Owen Glenn being ridiculed and maligned, except from comments Winston Peters, Dail Jones, and Michael Cullen have made in the House suggesting Glenn was “confused”. There are also claims from John Key today that he received a text message from a senior Gallery journalist, stating that a senior Cabinet Minister had claimed that Owen Glenn had received electro-shock therapy, and that his brain surgery earlier in the year had affected his judgement. You might call that hearsay, or second-hand hearsay at best, and you’d be justified in saying that. But it has obviously got back to Glenn, and irritated him no end. If it’s true that Mallard said that, it’s a pretty awful thing to say about your biggest financial donor, and it’s not surprising that he would feel ridiculed and maligned.

    [Tane: There may be fallout, it’s just I don’t find it very interesting. Maybe other Standardistas will.]

  40. r0b 40

    In haste and in transit, but if that is all there is to go on then shame on you HS for spreading FUD. Later…

  41. higherstandard 41


    “I am aware that members of parliament who are members of this committee have questioned the authenticity of the letters that I have written. I am also aware that it has been said that I am ‘confused’ and ‘a liar’.

    “These remarks are damaging to my reputation. These comments are wrong, as the documents I have produced show,” Mr Glenn said.

    and from the Herald

    Mr Glenn earlier today indicated he was offended by the way he had been treated by Mr Peters and Prime Minister Helen Clark, who he told of the donation in February. Helen Clark did not reveal she was told until recently, instead saying she took Mr Peters at his word that he had not been given a donation.

    Asked if he was offended, Mr Glenn said “well, wouldn’t you be?”

  42. The Glenn interview on campbell live was the most explosive interview I have ever seen.
    Clark, Williams and peter’s will go down as people completely without honour over this.

  43. randal 43

    eshilly (sic) this is the best show on tv at the moment. a whole lot of dancing fleas on a hot plate arguing over a few grand here and there, getting exposure on teeev and resolving nothing. the kayonedoubleyewone way! never fails.

  44. BarnsleyBill: “The Glenn interview on Campbell Live was the most explosive interview I have ever seen.”

    Well, let’s face it, anything that can be construed in some way as detrimental to Labour is going to get you wetting your pants, BB. I’ve just now checked the Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, RadioNZ and TV3 — just in case there was something explosive in the interview — and… nothing. Not a mention.

    Oh, and Darren, having someone run something past you doesn’t put you at the centre of anything. At that point Williams would have known that Glenn was seriously considering donating to Peters. Maybe even that he intended to. Send the lynch mob home, please someone, before they hurt themselves.

    If you want a more balanced account, BB, you know where to find it:

  45. vto 45

    jafapete, really.

    the reaction to this by the left is amusing to say the least

  46. Hi JP, I shall look shortly, however perhaps this link might be more usefull.
    Reader advisory. Contains hatemongering.
    sorry for the link whoring guys, however it is a fantastic interview. Even more so when you consider it is the ponsonby communist conducting the interview

  47. Pascal's bookie 47

    “There are also claims from John Key today that he received a text message from a senior Gallery journalist, stating that a senior Cabinet Minister had claimed that Owen Glenn had received electro-shock therapy, and that his brain surgery earlier in the year had affected his judgement. You might call that hearsay, or second-hand hearsay at best, and you’d be justified in saying that. But it has obviously got back to Glenn, and irritated him no end. If it’s true that Mallard said that, it’s a pretty awful thing to say about your biggest financial donor, and it’s not surprising that he would feel ridiculed and maligned.”

    That’s pretty shocking Tim. If true I want to know who said it. That Rovian smear artist wishart shit pisses me off. Are key’s comments online anywhere? Hooten is making similar, but even more disgusting, claims. Though he flies off the handle as per his style.

    The whole scenario is pretty fishy though, and no-one comes out of it with any credit. For all we know Key is making it all up, which would be just as disgusting I’m sure you’ll agree. And a textbook Rove ratf*ck operation. C/T likes them some Rove. Just sayin.

    If he’s not making it up he should tell us who said it, who his journo source is and so on. It’s a pretty serious allegation to just put out there, and I’m wondering if Key provided any evidence that it took place. I suspect he might be inventing things after the fact. (To use a phrase I heard recently, and responded to, to no avail. sigh)

  48. Tim Ellis 48

    PB, John Key did mention a name in the House today, if my recall is correct. I cannot remember specifically which name he used, but it was either Michael Cullen or Trevor Mallard. That will be revealed obviously when the questions for oral answer are published.

    Guyon Espiner wrote in his blog this morning: “Labour interests have been privately discrediting Owen Glenn, painting him as befuddled, confused and unreliable.” I would link it, but it will get caught as spam.

    The SST reported on Sunday: “It can hardly have helped when Labour’s deputy, Michael Cullen, started describing Glenn as “confused’, and when rumours began to circulate in political circles that perhaps Glenn’s memory wasn’t quite what it was since his surgery last year to treat a life-threatening subdural haematoma (bleeding on the brain), something Glenn had openly discussed with the Herald in February.”

    There have been rumours circulating for weeks that Labour ministers have been putting around that Glenn is a drunk, confused, losing his memory. In Parliament the other day he was reported as being “well into his 70s”. The clear inference from the line of questioning from Labour MPs at the Privileges Committee–that Glenn didn’t know who he was talking to on the phone–confirm the line that they’ve been pushing, that Glenn is gaga.

    Rumours I have heard, and again I agree that they’re just hearsay, are that Labour ministers were putting around the news that Glenn was drunk when he was at Karaka, and confused Howard Morrison with Winston Peters. Utterly preposterous, if you read the evidence Glenn presented to the Privileges Committee: Morrison was clearly an old friend of Glenn’s. You have to be very, very, very drunk to confuse somebody you know very well, with somebody else.

    I would like to see some documentary evidence of this smearing of Owen Glenn as well. I would like to see affidavits from reporters who were allegedly told this, with the ministers named. If it’s true, it is an utterly vile and contemptuous way to speak of your largest donor.

  49. Pascal's bookie 49

    “I would like to see some documentary evidence of this smearing of Owen Glenn as well.”

    Indeed. Without evidence it’s just another smear of it’s own. So much crap gets peddled under the guise of rumour. Put up or shut up I reckon.

  50. Anita 50

    Tim Ellis,

    1) I put in links all the time and they don’t get trapped as spam. Perhaps there’s a threshold for how many you could try one and see how it goes?

    2) I’ve only heard rumours about Glenn from the right (told as stories about the left smearing Glenn).

  51. r0b 51

    Plenty of rumour HS, but then rumours are a dime a dozen. No actual confirmed quote however, beyond a mention of possibly “confused”. It’s a long way from suggesting that someone may be “confused” to “maligned and ridiculed”, hence you are spreading FUD.

    Looks to me like a Crosby Textor play to drive a wedge between Labour and its biggest donor. Spread rumours that Labour MPs are badmouthing him privately (which, let’s face it, would be a daft thing for them to do). Glenn takes offence, no more donations to Labour. Very cynical, very smooth.

  52. Tim Ellis 52

    rob, that argument would only be valid if it weren’t the journalists saying they had heard the rumours from Labour MPs. Guyon Espiner and the Sunday Star Times have already confirmed it.

  53. Anita 53

    Tim Ellis,


    Sorry to be a pain, but I know that Hooten wrote it in the SST, I’m not sure whether an actual journalist did.

  54. r0b 54

    Well Tim I’d be fascinated to know if these journos actually heard Labour MPs saying such things themselves, or are repeating what they have been told by Nat MPs.

    Maybe Labour MPs have been running off at the mouth, though it would seem like a chronically stupid thing for them to do, and quite uncharacteristic of such a well disciplined team. Whereas National have abundant motive to spread these rumours, to try and piss Glenn off so that he washes his hands of donating to NZ politics.

    But I do know that all that can be factually attributed so far is one mention of possibly “confused’. It’s a long way from suggesting that someone may be “confused’ to “maligned and ridiculed’.

  55. Tim Ellis 55

    Anita, I ignored the Hooton quote in the SST. The SST quote is at .

    Rob, Guyon Espiner is pretty clear that it is Labour insiders who are peddling the Owen Glenn is confused line. He says that Labour people are privately spreading it around. I very much doubt he has reason to rely simply on National MPs saying that Labour MPs are privately saying it. These are journalists. They don’t take things that politicians say about politicians at face value. A credible journalist simply wouldn’t rehash that nonsense without hearing it themselves. It’s a nice idea that the National is peddling this “Labour MPs are privately saying this…” stuff around, but it simply doesn’t wash.

    John Key stood up in the House today and said he’d had a text message from a journalist who had heard it. You might not take John Key’s words in the House very seriously, but if what he said was untrue, don’t you think a journalist would have pinged him for it already?

    DPF has said on his blog several times that he has heard this as well, that press gallery journalists have told him that Cullen and Mallard have been smearing Glenn, by referring to him as “well into his 70s”, “confused”, suggesting he’d been suffering memory loss since his brain surgery at the beginning of the year, and again we saw at the privileges committee today an attempt from Fairbrother and Cullen to suggest that Owen wouldn’t know the difference between Wayne Peters, or Winston Peters, on the other end of a cellphone.

    I understand that you will take Farrar’s information with a grain of salt. Fair enough. But you were quite happy, the other day, in presenting your argument that John Key is slippery, by providing 90% of your evidence through links back to articles published at the Standard, so fair’s fair.

  56. Paul Robeson 56

    Glenn is loving the attention. He wanted to be honororororary consul so he could get a bit of oddball glory in Monaco. Now here he comes a-rolling into town, the biggest story.

    Showboating, that’s what I call it, and I would know.

  57. r0b 57

    The SST quote is at

    What quote? Seriously – what in that article is the proof of these rumours? The article describes the relationship as “sceptic”, but doesn’t provide any proof of this opinion. It repeats Cullen’s “confused” comment, but that’s hardly a vile personal attack (and as the article notes itself: “In fairness to Cullen, some of Glenn’s statements about the timing and motivation of his donations to Labour have been demonstrably incorrect”). So where’s the evidence Tim?

    Guyon Espiner is pretty clear that it is Labour insiders who are peddling the Owen Glenn is confused line

    Source please? And if it was true, is “confused” – which Glenn apparently has been on occasion – the same as “maligned and ridiculed’?

    DPF has said on his blog several times that he has heard this as well

    Has he indeed. Heh. Pardon me I do often link to facts cited on The Standard. Facts don’t become untrue just because they appear here. But the rumours spread by DPF I will take with more than just a grain of salt.

    So I’m no further ahead. There are rumours and rumours of rumours, but still no verified quote from a Labour MP maligning and ridiculing Glenn. Maybe they have been doing such a thing, but I see no motive for it. I do see a motive for Nats such as yourself to push this line though.

  58. Dean 58

    “Whereas National have abundant motive to spread these rumours, to try and piss Glenn off so that he washes his hands of donating to NZ politics.”

    I think the best exchange from todays hearing was:

    Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen asked whether the person talked like Mr Peters usually did.

    Mr Glenn repeated that he was very sure.

    “I knew it wasn’t you Dr Cullen…you already had your $500,000.”

    Absolutely priceless! I guess it just goes to show that one shouldn’t set about to annoy one’s foreign bag men aye r0b?

  59. r0b 59

    to annoy one’s foreign bag men

    That’s a rather mean spirited way of describing a generous philanthropist don’t you think Dean? Seems to that the ones disparaging Owen Glenn are those on the Right.

  60. Dean 60

    Oh! So if he donates to the left, hes a generous philanthropist, but if he donates to the right, hes a foreign bagman.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  61. r0b 61

    Glenn is a generous philanthropist not because he donates to the left, but because he donates to many causes.

    As to donors to the right, no one knows if they are philanthropists or not, because their identities are hidden behind secretive shell trusts. Who are National’s donors? The public don’t know – while Glenn cops all this flack from mean spirited nonentities like yourself simply because he makes his donations openly and publicly. The hypocrisy is sickening.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    Sure, glad I could help.

  62. T-Rex 62

    “These are journalists. They don’t take things that politicians say about politicians at face value. A credible journalist simply wouldn’t rehash that nonsense without hearing it themselves.”

    Ah hah! AhHHAHAHAHAHA!

    I take it you live in a parallel universe NZ in which journalists aren’t being over worked and thrown out onto the street as fast as Fairfax can print off dismissal notices.

    Dean: “Oh! So if he donates to the left, hes a generous philanthropist, but if he donates to the right, hes a foreign bagman.”

    Fair call.

    I think Glenns response to Cullen was pretty whiny though. Simply plays on the fact that people seem increasingly unable to differentiate between money donated, and money donated in secret by special interest groups. Probably the same people who vote for NZF in the first place.

  63. Dean 63

    “while Glenn cops all this flack from mean spirited nonentities like yourself simply because he makes his donations openly and publicly.”

    How about the open and public donation he made to NZF? You know, the one the deputy PM today suggested was asked for by Winston’s brother?

    Give me a break, r0b. There’s no way of spinning out of this one.

  64. T-Rex 64

    You mean the one that NZF/Peters didn’t disclose right?

    Since when were Glenn or Labour responsible for the actions of NZF w.r.t electoral funding? Oh, that’s right, since never. Glenn is a donor, and Labour championed a law ensuring transparency. So maybe you should direct your ire where it belongs.

  65. T-rex 65

    Hey Tim, look, it’s a journalist not taking something a politician says about another politician at face value and instead doing some analysis and citing sources!

    comments that National says senior ministers including Michael Cullen and Trevor Mallard have been spreading socially and among journalists.

    Oh wait, nevermind, false alarm, they just took it at face value.

    Not to say it’s not true, but you’re deluding yourself if you think the average journalist in this country these days bothers to fact check… well… almost anything.

    I know. I flatted with one. Wrote most of their stories at the 11th hour and didn’t even bother spell checking, let alone fact checking. Plenty of fact embellishing. Facts can be so boring if you let them chain you down. Sad part is I think they were probably not too bad by most standards – editor was much worse.

    I’m sure there are some fantastic reporters in NZ, but I don’t think they’re in the majority. And I’m not even really blaming the ones who are – as I said earlier, accuracy is no longer a priority of the organisations paying them; staff cuts are.

  66. Dr Sigmund 66

    We have a lovely bed ready in the ward for Miss Clark and a toilet for Peter.

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    Over the past month we've heard some horrific stories about bullying in the police. The police's response? Try to bully people into silence:The police have told a whistleblower to retract his statements to RNZ about being bullied or face legal action. The demand came just hours after Police Commissioner Mike ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 5
    Today is a Member's Day, which should see the final part of the committee stage of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. The big question today is the referendum clause: will it be necessary, or can the bill pass without it? While the majorities for his amendments during the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 hours ago
  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
    One of the key arguments used by trans ideologists is that some male-bodied people (ie men) are women because they ‘feel’ they are women.  To make this hocus-pocus sound a bit more credible, some will argue that such men have a ‘female brain’.  But this is thoroughly anti-scientific too. . ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 hours ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    19 hours ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    20 hours ago
  • A prediction
    There was another police chase in Christchurch this morning, resulting in a crash which killed one person and injured five more. Because someone died, the chase is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. And based on previous reports by the IPCA, we know how it will go: the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 day ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    1 day ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    1 day ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    2 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    5 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    6 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    7 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    5 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    6 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    21 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    23 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    1 day ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    1 day ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
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