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Key has cried wolf too often

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, July 13th, 2011 - 98 comments
Categories: capital gains, john key, tax - Tags: ,

John Key is getting shriller and shriller on the topic of capital gains tax (CGT). How’s this for starters:

Key: Tax system envy of the world

New Zealand’s tax system is the envy of the world and does not need Labour’s capital gains tax which would prove to be “a dagger through the heart of growth”, says Prime Minister John Key.

Our tax system is the envy of the world [citation needed]? Probably explains why all those other OECD countries are rushing to drop their CGT. Probably explains why so many businesses and wealthy individuals are flocking to our shores. Hang on, wait, those things didn’t happen.  As for “a dagger through the heart of growth”, oh please. It’s Key vs just about every economist, analyst and commentator in New Zealand on the wisdom of a CGT.

Further Key scaremongering is summarised in this Sunday Star Times piece.  But notice how writers (and cartoonists) are not taking Key seriously any more, they’re openly making fun of his hysterics:

A capital gains tax is the end of the world. It will “crush everyday New Zealanders”, says John Key. It is “economic vandalism”, says Key’s twin, Transport Minister Steven Joyce. It will send New Zealand “screaming backwards”, says Key, and force Kiwis to “flee” abroad. It will strangle little children in their beds (or something like that).

This kind of nonsense is nothing new for Key.  Here’s a sample of the same from before the  last election:

“I’ve had nine years of being told what lightbulb I can screw into the house, what shower I can take, what food I can eat, what things I can do, what thoughts I am allowed to have.

What is new is that Key isn’t getting away with it any more.  The teflon is long gone, and Key has cried wolf too often.  His popularity hasn’t followed his credibility into the downwards spiral yet, but it will.

98 comments on “Key has cried wolf too often”

  1. “Lookout! Sri Lankan pirate-rapist-thieves on the horizon steaming DIRECTLY AT YOU!!!”

  2. Gosman 2

    So because you are stating he has cried wolf too often does this mean that you actually believed him at some stage in the past?

    If you didn’t believe him in the past then what evidence do you have that his crying wolf days have exceeded this magical limit you have identified that qualifies as ‘too often’?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Wha…

      Not everyone was enchanted with the pied piper of Hamlin from the start you know.

      what evidence do you have that his crying wolf days have exceeded this magical limit

      The final evidence gathering stage ends on Nov 26.

      Next.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        So you would agree that if a National led government is the result of the upcoming election then this post is a load of nonsense?

        • Blighty 2.1.1.1

          I think having to make that concession over some old blog post would be the least bad outcome of such a result.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.1.2

          I take it from this question, that if the opposite occurs and National lose, you will agree that this post is correct?

          Why did you even bother asking such a petty schoolyard question?

          • Ianupnorth 2.1.1.2.1

            Because he is a retard, as pointed out by his inane troll like posts?

        • Akldnut 2.1.1.3

          So you would agree that if a National led government is the result of the upcoming election then this post is a load of nonsense?

          Beside the scare mongering trend which is spot on the mark, it would only take a slight downward show in the polls (which I believe is highly likely to happen) for the theme of this post to be correct so will ya come back and eat “Humble Pie” if it happens!

    • Pascal's bookie 2.2

      The evidence is right there in the post Gossy. And in the media. Commentators in the media are starting to mock his statements.

  3. Bored 3

    The brilliance of Shonkey is that he spouts crap that aligns with the “aspirations” of his followers. So far its worked, more people think what is not true is good for them. How they will rage when reality bites!

    • bbfloyd 3.1

      at least half of them will be open to the theory that it was labours fault for letting him in in the first place.. and so the cycle keeps going…..

  4. sdm 4

    But to Joe Public, he is still a) believed and b) popular. It seems to be what the left dont get. Middle NZ is voting for Key, bar any major event.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      “Middle NZ” earning $29,000 p.a. is voting for Key? Really?

      Or is that “Middle NZ” on a combined household income of $60,000-$100,000 p.a.?

      BTW I know Green Party supporters who like Key. *Shrug* every one has their faults.

      • Polls keep showing Key has about two thirds support – that must cover a fair amount of the middle.

        Trying to paint Key as a wolf in sheeps clothing has not been very succussful to date, that suggests a disconnect with the electorate (on the part of the criers).

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Polls keep showing Key has about two thirds support – that must cover a fair amount of the middle.

          About 2/3? Which polls? Polls of NAT members?

          • queenstfarmer 4.1.1.1.1

            Well, 2/3rds of decided voters:
            Although National’s support has dropped, backing for Mr Key as preferred prime minister has risen from 67.7 per cent last month to 70.6 per cent of decided respondents.
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10735604

            On that basis I think polls of NAT members would be somewhat higher than 2/3rds.

          • Luva 4.1.1.1.2

            CV

            Are you trying to say that some median or below median income earners don’t support Key?

          • Puddleglum 4.1.1.1.3

            I think it would be interesting – so far as polls go – to have a Likert response on these ‘support’ questions, whether for Key, Goff, National, Mana, etc., etc..

            Something like ‘Strongly support’, ‘Support’, ‘Neither support nor not support’, ‘Don’t support’, ‘Strongly Don’t support’. It would go some way to indicating where there is room for movement in future.

            Perhaps there’s a poll that does that? Maybe they all do and I just haven’t noticed. 

            On the other hand, maybe it’s not a good idea to feed this appetite for polls. 

    • Bored 4.2

      As I said, therein is his brilliance. Watch how people respond when the snake oil proves to be crap.

    • Tom Gould 4.3

      @ sdm, get real please. “Joe Public” only know him through the telly, and the telly keeps telling them he is a) believable and b) really nice, so what do you expect. Then the telly polls “Joe Public” and announces the shock news that Key is seen as a) believed and b) popular. These are the same ‘telly people’ who say Goff cannot win an election. So, go figure?

      • sdm 4.3.1

        Joe Public vote.. I know that for many on the left, its hard to comprehend how the middle thinks. Too long in ivory towers, or perhaps sipping a latte in ponsonby.

        I laugh at bomber when he posts a picture of John Key drinking a beer – as if he is mocking him. What he is actually mocking, or holding in contempt, is middle New Zealand.

        There is, and has been since about 2007, a disconect between the left and middle NZ. You wont win an election until you have reconnected.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Not only is Key getting shriller and shriller so are his supporters. Calm down Gosman and stop your crying.

    • Murray 5.1

      Crying. What crying?
      All the crying, whinging and whining appears to be coming from the left

      • bbfloyd 5.1.1

        the real whinging is yet to get underway.. that doesn’t start until the dupes that voted national figure how badly they were suckered. THEN it gonna get loud and repetitive.

        it’s obvious you don’t actually read the posts completely.. or you don’t understand the difference between whinging(which is what righty’s do when their fantasy world gets disturbed by reality), and researched information put here for the benifit of any who choose to be educated on the truth of john key’s fraud, and the sad reality of life under a national socialist govt.

  6. queenstfarmer 6

    What, cartoonists not taking politicians seriously anymore? Quelle horreur!

  7. vto 7

    His other problem, besides being shrill and inconsistent, is that he really quite lacks an amount of simple knowledge on many many things that should be standard fare for a PM. He is just kind of shallow.

    • Tiger Mountain 7.1

      Whats to like? flabby, boozer, flash Hawaiian bach in contested land rights area, oodles of ill gotten (even if legal) dosh, so many shares he hasn’t had time to count them accurately, spits on conflicts of interest, a quick to surface mean and nasty streak, little eye for detail, script reader, busting to sell our assets, hangs out with scum (Vietch etc) and yes shallow.

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        He was voted hottest politician in that durex survey a couple of years ago.

        I think he’s aged quite a bit since then.

      • queenstfarmer 7.1.2

        oodles of ill gotten (even if legal) dosh
        Care to explain?

        • travellerev 7.1.2.1

          I’d love to!
          Here are a few links to some video’s you might need to watch to get up and running with what the reserve banking system and who owns it is all about:

          Money as debt 1 and 2 and Money Masters 1 and 2 (They’ll set you back about 5 hours but it is very entertaining and instructive)

          Here is the link to a series of articles written by William Engdahl, a German economist, journalist and and writer about the recent banking history and the financial Tsunami heading our way. (that’ll set you back another 5 hours but again is very instructive)

          And last but not least here is a link to my blog which has some links to articles I published about my research on John Key and some flyers which you might want to read and if you like them feel free to download, print and give them away. (might set you back a day or two but I promise is again very entertaining and instructive)
          I hope this helps!

          • queenstfarmer 7.1.2.1.1

            So after I watch 10+ hours of video, and then read a great deal of blog posts (which I see are on such highly relevant topics as anti-Zionism and Elliot Spitzer), I might or might not get an explanation?

            How about you give the executive summary instead, or is that too much to ask?

            • travellerev 7.1.2.1.1.1

              OK, Let’s start with Derivatives. Warren Buffet called them financial weapons of mass destruction.

              They were illegal after the great depression (because they were the major cause for the Great depression) until they were re-legalised in the early 1980s and one of the first speculative attacks on a currency with a Derivatives tool was in 1987 by a gentleman called Andrew Krieger. John Key was the guy who serviced this attack on the other side making his first mark in the derivatives trade (see flyers on my blog).

              When the bankers trust collapsed as a result of a court case from Proctor and Gamble against said bank because of fraudulent derivatives trades (The bank had a word for their un-transparent crappy derivatives gains: the ROF or Rip off factor) he was head hunted by Merrill Lynch were he became the global head of Forex and the European head of Derivatives and bonds (According to his own website and the beehive website ) for Merrill Lynch were he became involved in the collapse of the LTCM hedge fund scandal after which he had to fire just about all his colleagues earning him the nickname the “Smiling Assassin”. 

              Legal perhaps but thoroughly unethical and downright dangerous and currently a time bomb waiting to go and blow up whatever is left of the financial system.

              No try to blow that one up in my face and do your own research. I spent the time and so should you.

              By the way Spitzer was a going after the banksters which is why he was unceremoniously exposed for the hypocrite that he is to bring him down.
               

              • queenstfarmer

                So how does all this support an accusation of “unethical-ism” or “ill gotten-ism (for want of better words) against John Key?

                • Colonial Viper

                  NZ Rail shares. Look it up.

                • Tell you what Q, I’m not going to waste more time on you but why don’t you ask the Greek and the rest of Europe in the months to come? Here’s Max Keiser on the crisis and remember he’s got a huge amount of shares in BoA giving him a huge conflict of interest in keeping this country financially healthy.

                  His choice is keep the banking system floating and keep my fortune intact or go bankrupt but help Kiwi’s keep their country.

                  Have a nice day!

                  • queenstfarmer

                    I see. So John Key is somehow linked to the Greek crisis, and all will be revealed “in the months to come”. That settles that, then.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    There’s really no point T.Ev, queenstfarmer just doesn’t want to believe that our present socio-economic system and his hero Jonkey is unethical.

                    • queenstfarmer

                      Not a case of “not wanting to believe” anything. Just a case of where are the facts to support a serious allegation against John Key?

                      So far, there are no facts to support it, just a strange conspiracy theory involving future events in Greece and Elliot Spitzer.

                      Though I now see you’ve implicated the entire socio-economic system, so I guess facts about one particular person are neither here nor there!

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      If you’d bothered going and reading/watching what travellerev had linked to then you would see the facts. As you immediately decided not to watch/read them it can only be supposed that you just don’t want to know.

              • Gosman

                Derivativs were illegal after the Great depression were they???

                What evidence do you have for this?

                • Cowboy hat boy,
                  Read up on Roosevelt’s New Deal! All kinds of derivatives, be they exchange traded or over-the-counter, were strictly banned and outlawed in the United States between 1936 and 1982. (Webster Tarpley)
                   

                  • Gosman

                    So what was the CBOT and CME doing during the years 1936 through to 1982 if the items they specialised in were in fact illegal?

                    I don’t think you really understand derivatives travellerev. You have read a bunch of left wing bollocks on the internet which you regurgitate but your level of knowledge is seriously lacking.

                    • I have no idea what CBOT and CME stands for but I’m sure some form of very regulated derivatives were still available. As the article of Webster Tarpley states “most” forms i.e. the ones causing the great depression because they were just fancy forms of gambling just like they are now were made illegal.

                      Have a nice day, cowboy hat boy! ( I wonder, do you take this shit to your dad to give you hints as how to be as obnoxious and ignorant as possible? LOL)

                      Oh and again what’s with hte left wing shit, don’t you know that I’m right wing, at least according to most around here! ROFL.

                    • Gosman

                      CBOT and CME are just two of the biggest derivatives exchanges in the world. But why would you be expected to know that when you spout absolute nonsense about derivatives being illegal from 1936 to 1982.

                      You do realise that derivatives are essentially a form of insurance don’t you? Do you wish to make insurance illegal?

                    • Sigh!!!, For those off you who want to know what the hell we are talking about here are a couple of useful links:

                      Derivatives, Bucket shops, Financial Weapons of Mass destruction, New Deal. Enjoy!

                      Have a nice day Cowboy hat boy and say hello to your dad from me!

                    • Gosman

                      My dad??? Why would I be speaking to my father?

                      You didn’t answer my question which just highlights your ignorance about a subject you continue to pontificate about.

                      Are you against the idea of insurance, which essentially derivatives are a form of?

            • freedom 7.1.2.1.1.2

              Roger Waters says it well

              “A Banker in Manhatten reaps what he has sown
              Whilst a farmer in Ohio was just repaying a loan”

              Key made his money by not producing anything,
              but like all parasites in banking he profited from the earning potential of another’s efforts

  8. This is what Max Keiser has to say about Financial vandalism. ROFL!!!

  9. Murray 9

    Wow! Here you all go again, obsessing over John Key
    You guys have some serious psychological issues

    • ROFL, I just did a quick search on this site with your name and Helen Clark combined. Talk about obsession!

      F&*ck off Murray or come back with some real arguments as to why we should all crawl up John Key’s backside!

      • Murray 9.1.1

        Yea Right! Your a bit light on search accuracy.
        Doesn’t take long for the nastiness to show through, does it.
        Bit of a conspiracy theorist are we travellrev

        • travellerev 9.1.1.1

          I don’t do theories Murray and what does it have to do with you calling John Key critics obsessive? no mate, the nastiness is all on your site.

        • Gosman 9.1.1.2

          travellerev is the queen of the Conspiracy theorists. Even many left wing posters here back away quietly from her when she starts frothing at the keyboard about some wackier aspect of her beliefs.

          • travellerev 9.1.1.2.1

            Left wing, right wing, make up your mind. ROFL.
             

          • Vicky32 9.1.1.2.2

            Even many left wing posters here back away quietly from her when she starts frothing at the keyboard about some wackier aspect of her beliefs.

            It seems to me it’s not the left who back away from her, but the faux left, people who are at bottom, libertarian, like VoR…

    • r0b 9.2

      I can certainly see why you’d rather everyone forgot about him just now Murray.

    • Frank Macskasy 9.3

      Ok, Murray, do you have anything constructive to add to the debate?

  10. davidc 10

    Murry, they are obsessed with Key because they know they dont need to worry about Goff! afterall he is the leader that will carry them forward to victory!

    (Even if only 3% of voters think Goff is going a great job!)

    • Deadly_NZ 10.1

      And don’t forget KY said if he lost the next election he’s gone back to Hawaii (oh yes he’s a for real kiwi ). I did read somewhere (and i’ll try to find it) that the Bank of America was under the gun and the speculation is that KY has a lot of his $$$ tied up in them, the spec was he could lose 25-30 million. Fuck wouldn’t I laugh then!!

  11. policywonk 11

    Espiner claims Labour’s own in-house polling on the CGT shows strong disapproval of the notion of a capital gains tax:

    – 43% disapproving or strongly disapproving of the proposed tax
    – 14% approving and 17% strongly approving

    This has to be concerning for tomorrow’s announcement

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      Not really, because if you read the comments on stuff.co.nz you will see that many people really have no idea what the CGT proposal actually is. A lot of people think it’s on the family home, or only on investment properties and nothing else, etc.

      • That highlights a potential danger – that the proposed CGT policy addresses “many people really have no idea” with a simplistic populist approach rather than a proper revamp to a broader more simple tax and welfare system.

        Will Labour anounce a bold and innovative long term paln? Or just aim for rescuing November?

        • Lanthanide 11.1.1.1

          They have no idea because the policy hasn’t been formally announced yet and was instead leaked to the media. The initial media reports on Tues/Weds didn’t specifically rule out the family home and didn’t specifically rule in all capital gains not just investment properties.

          Assuming the media actually reports the policy properly tomorrow, people will be more informed about what the proposal actually is.

    • Lanthanide 11.2

      Turns out policywonk deliberately didn’t include the findings that put National’s plans in a bad light:

      “When they were asked about the Government’s intention to partially sell state-owned assets, 17 per cent approved, 21 per cent weren’t sure and 58 per cent disapproved.

      Asked to choose between the two policies, 55 per cent picked a capital gains tax and 32 per cent asset sales.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5280754/CGT-preferable-to-asset-sales-poll

      • lprent 11.2.1

        Interesting. I think I should start viewing policywonk’s comments. Being partisan is one thing. Deliberately trying to mislead tends to be a bit more idiotic?

        Ummm yes, old attitude – new handle. But no bans

    • kriswgtn 11.3

      Espiner is doing what hes told and spinning his masters wishes round like the circus clown he is

  12. randal 12

    Key was a ring in right from the start. I think he thought he could commute from hawaii and stil be PM but it just isnt that easy. He has just turned into one of boagey and roger mutts creations and unfortunately there is no substance.

  13. jackal 13

    What people don’t seem to understand is that they wont be voting for Key to be Prime Minster after the next election, he’s apparently leaving.

    It is hard to know who from the National rank and file has the same smiling assassin qualities needed in a right wing leader. Clearly he’s one of the best liars amongst them.

    Shonkey will probably be employed by Merrill Lynch again with a nice big bonus for the privatisation con.

    Key’s popularity seems to be the only argument the RWNJ have at the moment. It’s a very weak argument considering the polling is probably conducted in Remuera.

    I find it puzzling that polling for preferred Prime Minster is showing Key to be that popular. It’s my belief that the recent Joyce Mediaworks bribe of millions of dollars might have something to do with it.

    It’s also relevant to note that people don’t vote on preferred Prime Minster, so there will be no way to verify how accurate the polling is.

    Here’s an example of inaccurate polling in New Zealand.

    • marsman 13.1

      One can imagine the deeply creepy, sneaky Stephen Joyce taking over from Key so that the Nats can do as much underhanded damage to this country as possible and shovel the spoils into their chums’ pockets.

  14. Hi folks! Has anyone already done some homework with the FACTS about the existing Capital Gains Taxes that are already in operation in other countries?
    EG:

    Australia
    Canada
    UK
    USA

    Preferably with links to the critical actual pieces of CGT legislation for each of those countries?

    If not – I will make the time to do it myself – but would prefer not to ‘reinvent’ the research wheel if anybody else has already done so?

    Fight IGNORANCE with FACTS!

    Thanks!
    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

  15. alex 15

    Excuse me Colonel Viper, but as a Green Party supporter, I would just like to point out that we have been proposing a capital gains tax for years. And your assertion that you know people who support Green and like John Key? Who cares if they like him? He’s a likeable guy, if a little smarmy. However, if you are voting Green you are probably intelligent enough to realise that you should vote based on policy, rather than personality. The Greens are the real intellectual heavyweights in parliament at the moment. Pity they tend not to have pretty faces.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      The Greens are the real intellectual heavyweights in parliament at the moment.

      Labour actually needs to move away from the intellectualism to simply getting the job needed done, and done fast and practical-like.

      I would just like to point out that we have been proposing a capital gains tax for years. And your assertion that you know people who support Green and like John Key?

      Yes I know. All credit to the Green Party for actually pushing it years ago. You helped create the receptive ground that Labour is now leveraging off to actually make it happen.

      Good Lefty teamwork.

    • vanakast 15.2

      “intellectual heavyweights” excuse me why I cough for five minutes. There is nothing intellectual about the greens, have you seen the comments they make, it’s on a level of unprecedented stupidity. They nothing about the environment, the true science of global warming, about the biotechnology industry they so vehemently hate. They are ignorant in almost every relevant way.

      • lprent 15.2.1

        I’d have to agree about a lot of them in parliament and what I have seen of some of their policy. Much of it is shallow and designed more for sector votes than for implementation.

        But what did you expect – they’re politicians – they argue what gets them elected as much as what is correct. Look at the politicians on the other side. John Key spent the entire last election being a vacuum for policies, and has spent most of this term being vacuous about policy and direction. For that matter, even my favorite party Labour has had some pretty terrible policies at various stages. I tend to be scathing about them in private, and mostly grit my teeth and don’t mention them in public…

        I wouldn’t agree about all of the green supporters. Some are around here and they are really capable of holding up their end of a argument with and understanding of the science and the trade offs. Same for the other parties

  16. Chris 16

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Just realized that you are actually on a ban for another 4 days – removed my response. Added an additional 3 weeks added for violating the ban and wasting my time. ]

  17. tombstone 17

    John Key also said that ‘people would find a way around it’ which to my mind is as good as admitting that his rich mates will do as they have always done – avoid paying their fair share but any means necessary. That line from Key speaks volumes as far as I’m concerned.

  18. vanakast 18

    We have a great solution to this problem. All the leftwingers can move to the great country of Australia where they can have the capital gain tax legally implemented that they want so bad, it’s almost like they’re a bunch of spoilt brats stomping their feet because they don’t get as much of other people’s money than they would like. I look forward to giving Labour a message this election, that message involving my middle finger.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Sorry mate did you miss the bit where taxes pay for the running of civilised society, and where every dollar you don’t take in taxes you end up borrowing from the Chinese?

      And having to pay back? With interest?

      it’s almost like they’re a bunch of spoilt brats stomping their feet because they don’t get as much of other people’s money than they would like

      The taxes you owe aren’t your fucking money.

    • mik e 18.2

      You should go to Saudi Arabia or some other feudal state where your idea of only a few deserving rich have any rights or opinions . Australia has had 30 years plus non stop sustained economic growth through better economic management London school economics research ! New Zealand has had only one 8 year period of sustained growth go to a library look at the New Zealand year book financial section going back to 1976 . Bill English is the worst performing finance minister followed by Bill Birch Followed by Roger Douglas they all managed to get less than 1% per annum or less Bill English managing only 1% in volume [the true measure of sustained growth] over 5 years 98-99 & 09,10,11.

  19. gnomic 19

    Recently saw Key at a public meeting. This man is a glib facile fool who should not be in charge of a country. Did you know the Prime Minister gets to sleep after midnight and is on deck by five as he toils for the nation? That tells me he is suffering from chronic sleep deprivation and is probably incapable of effective decision making on that basis alone. When asked where all the jobs would come from to get the people of the benny back to work the man who purports to be our leader said there were plenty of jobs in New Zealand. Then he dragged out the famous 170,000 jobs over the next 4 years predicted by the utterly reliable Treasury. I didn’t roll on the floor laughing because it was too sad. On asset sales the great financier said that $7 billion worth of assets would be flogged off to the mums and dads, so that somehow we could acquire $33 billion of unspecified assets in their place. At least I think that’s what he said, incomprehensible as it seems. Call it alchemy. Was this a reference to holiday highways? Not terribly fast broadband. Who can say?

    The reason I call him a fool is that he pins his hopes on ‘growth’. He just doesn’t get it. He’s not alone in that of course, but that’s no excuse.

    John Key is not fit to be Prime Minister of New Zealand. Nothing good can come from his tenure of this office.

    • Gosman 19.1

      Wow a left winger who thinks a right wing Prime Minister is not fit to lead the county. Who would have thunk it?

    • Did you see him in Hamilton?

      • gnomic 19.2.1

        It was the gathering at Wintec which the Waikato Times described as one of his usual slick performances or somesuch sycophancy. Don’t seem to recall any mention of cycleways. They’ll be desperate to retain the Hamilton seats of course which are notorious swingers. Both the current MPs are nonentities but it looks as if they hope that Brand Key will get them through. Posters feature local man and that nice John Key.

        There was some mention of the debacle at Maungatautari. John’s on the case. He is stopping a treaty settlement until they see reason.

        • travellerev 19.2.1.1

          LOL. Yeah, I couldn’t make it. Had car problems. :-(. Mind you it he would have gotten on my wick so bad. Some friends of mine went and said the audience seemed to lick his shit up (euwh) but I reckon only his most ardent followers came to glimpse their hero. And of course some people like my friends and you who came to see the turd for real (oh, euwh again)

  20. gnomic 20

    Came upon this comment on the archdruid’s blog. It reminded me of our misleader. He needs to be sent away to pursue other business opportunities pronto. Luckily for him, he’s fully vested or so they say. Never needs to work again. He could be on holiday in Hawaii permanently. It must be a bit boring for a man of his scope in this backwater.

    ‘But I have a lot of confidence in the people who are currently running the system: They are totally amoral; they are shameless; they are arrogant; they are greedy; they are desperate; and as long as there is anything left to loot, they will keep the game going as long as they can so that they can grab as much as they can.

    But when they run out of people to defraud and there’s nothing of value left to steal – then the real trouble starts.’

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  • The Message From Messenger Park.
    Coasters Turn Out In Droves: It’s precisely the widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park on Sunday, 17 November 2019. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions ...
    1 day ago
  • JFK’s assassination: a bit of physics
    There are perennial arguments about the circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and in particular whether more than one shooter is required by the evidence (such as the Zapruder film). Those who know little about physics frequently claim that the sharp backwards motion of JFK’s head as ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 day ago
  • Is car washing so bad we need to ban it?
    Apparently, some people enjoy washing their cars. Each to his or her own, I suppose. I mean, some people like duck shooting, some people follow Coronation Street, and some people’s idea of a good day out is to sit on a grass bank at Seddon Park and watch cricket all ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • If Shane Jones isn’t corrupt, he is trying very hard to look it
    Last week we learned that New Zealand First had apparently tried to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Today in Question Time Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones had his ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    2 days ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    4 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 weeks ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    17 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    19 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    2 days ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    4 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    4 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    4 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
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