web analytics

Key to work rights activist: you’re an idiot

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, November 6th, 2008 - 97 comments
Categories: election 2008, john key, workers' rights - Tags:

You know, you can fly around acting all presidential if you like in a cheap attempt to wow the press gallery but that doesn’t make you the Kiwi Obama.

Obama, for one, is a big proponent of work rights and raising the minimum wage. Key is not. His party’s vague work rights policy looks like a move back to the dark old days of the Employment Contracts Act.

Obama, also, can handle the stresses of campaigning and his is civil to everyone. Key cannot and is not.

When a protester asked Key today to “tell the truth” on the changes he would make to the Employment Relations Act, Key responded “the truth is you’re an idiot”. If you’re cracking under the pressure of a few plane trips and campaign stops, you’re not up to the real job.

Way to spike your own pre-victory tour, Johnny. Very Presidential.

97 comments on “Key to work rights activist: you’re an idiot”

  1. Vinsin 1

    I wonder if this will get any air time – doubt it – and if it does i imagine it’ll be painted as Labour’s dirty politics.

  2. higherstandard 2

    Yep lovely activists – what wonderful dignified people shouting and screaming and pushing pensioners around.

  3. Billy 3

    In fairness, the guy does sound like an idiot.

  4. Sounds like Key was telling the truth: the protestors were idiots.

    [lprent: weird. You keep getting moderated. Looking at back record. I guess that was old, was in moderation list]

  5. Vinsin 5

    Maybe Key should just stick to getting pictures taken with dogs and babies then HS. Because that’s what truly shows off the skills of a leader.

  6. Daveski 6

    How true SP.

    Better Key told the idiot that he bet shouted everyone down at home. That’s truly presidential.

  7. way to paint half a picture.

    To elaborate:

    “with a very noisy group of about 20 Labour supporters also waving placards and nearly drowning him out as he spoke to the crowd through speakers on Ilam MP Gerry Brownlee’s campaign van.”

    “The Labour supporters crowded in around Mr Key as he shook hands with his followers, continuing to chant “vote Labour, vote Labour”.”

    “One Labour supporter repeatedly asked Mr Key to “tell the truth” about the changes National would make to the Employment Relations Act.”

    “National supporter Judith Parrot, 75, said she had been pushed by Labour supporters and she had pushed back.”

    “At one point exchanges between opposing supporters became heated, with placard bearers clashing over standing positions.”

    Activism at it’s usual worst. Shout over the top of someone you dont agree with, push supporters – glad their on your side. You dont see National supporters interferring with Helen’s walkabouts, not letting her speak to her supporters and trying to yell her down.

    What a joke.

  8. vidiot 8

    So why wasn’t the said ‘workers rights’ activist at work ?

  9. Vinsin 9

    Wellingtonian, No, you just have National supporters trolling every conceivable internet avenue calling people idiots, losers, dole bludgers and more.

    Yep, a much more civilised form debate.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck….

    You were the lot criticising Key for not being honest. Now you’re criticising him for being too honest.

  11. Vinsin – same came be said about left wing supporters – rich pricks, idiots, capitalists, selfish, greedy, sheep etc – so thats a draw.

    I see Jeanette Fitzsimons got to say her piece at the same venue that day without the nat supporters shouting her down and trying to stop her getting her message across. Same curtesy wasnt extended to anyone on the right though.

    And vinsin – even if this got msm coverage, it isnt going to change the minds of swing voters, it will just appeal to activists.

  12. Matthew Pilott 12

    He was talking about Australian idiots.

    Why is someone an idiot for asking the leader of the party that brought us the ECA what he will do to the ERA? Seems a very sensible question.

    Nice distraction from the right – were you guys there, and can you confirm the person Key called an ‘idiot’ was jostling with National supporters? I think not.

    Edit: Wellingtonian – you reckon ‘capitalist’ is an epithet?

  13. milo 13

    And that sums up another problem with this campaign. The completely precious reaction to innocuous events. He called a guy and idiot? SO WHAT?

    Would it have been better if he’d called him a hater and wrecker? Or cancerous and corrosive? Or untrustworthy?

    You lot really need to get out of the nursery a bit more.

    Or to put it another way: diddums.

  14. burt 14

    Relax people. All activists not wearing red shirts have been arrested for not putting their residential address proudly on display to show their approval of how Labour want to control activism.

  15. Matthew Pilott 15

    “Or untrustworthy?”

    Protester: What are you going to do to the ERA?

    Key: You’re untrustworthy!

    milo – that would have been a brilliant response. By the time we figured it out, it would be Monday.

  16. Vinsin 16

    Wellingtonian, I know it wouldn’t change the mind of swing voters, however it might erode that carefully manipulated image he’s been showing us for the past couple of months, which can never be a bad thing.

  17. Scribe 17

    MP,

    Why is someone an idiot for asking the leader of the party that brought us the ECA what he will do to the ERA? Seems a very sensible question.

    It is a sensible question — for a meet the candidates meeting or to send to TVNZ for the debates. To continually scream and shout while a candidate is addressing the party faithful is pretty poor form. Some might call is classless.

    I’m sure Young Nats yelling while Helen was speaking at a rally would be ignored by Labour supporters. (Tui)

  18. burt 18

    Vinsin

    If there were such a thing as a “carefully manipulated image” contest then the PM won it last night at the debate.

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    To continually scream and shout while a candidate is addressing the party faithful is pretty poor form. Some might call is classless

    Classless? That’s what us lefties are all about! Need some nationalisation first, though.

    It’s not poor form,let’s be honest. It’s par for the course, let’s not pretend it doesn’t happen the other way around either. The left are just better at organising these thigs.

    Retorting that the person asking a sensible question (repeatedly) is an ‘idiot’ is pretty poor form. You could say it is distinctly lacking in class.

    Edit – bollocks Burt. How do you know that wasn’t the ‘real’ her? That’s what your mates throughout the media are suggesting… I’m not one to agree with their opinions often but…

  20. and helen’s image isn’t carefully manipulated and then contradicted by her actual personality?

  21. Daveski 21

    Anyone else bored with what’s happened to the level of political debate from both sides of the divide or rather the “issues” we are debating.

    SP – can we please have one of your specials with graphs, stats and other data spun like a top to demonstrate Labour’s … oops – the left’s superiority. Ideally, it might have something to do with policy.

    That is NOT a dig at SP either – we’ve all ended up in the sandpit kicking sand in each other’s eyes. Actually, some of you have been doing something else too and I’m going to tell teacher. Where’s my mate randal?

  22. higherstandard 22

    thigs – or thugs ?

    The person was not asking a sensible question Mat – they were screeching like some kind of demented harpie.

  23. burt 23

    Matthew Pilott

    If that was the real HC last night then she has had the worst possible advice for the last 20 odd years on how to present herself… Somebody needs to be sacked!

  24. “Retorting that the person asking a sensible question (repeatedly) is an ‘idiot’ is pretty poor form. You could say it is distinctly lacking in class.”

    I think when you’ve been shouted down for 20 minutes and watch pushing and shoving going on down below, you’d be in a less than charitable mood to be answering the questions of the angry mob.

    This could of been done a lot better, and the left could of made themselves look a lot better without the pushing, shoving and screaming, and just hammering John with the question.

    The way theyve done it they just look like radicals, and thats how alot of people watching the news tonight will see it.

    People have the right to protest, just as they have the right to make themselves look a little silly doing it.

  25. burt 25

    higherstandard

    Key should have said nothing and a National party supporter should have bashed the woman with a megaphone. Then the standard line would be that National supporters are just copy-cats.

  26. vidiot said “So why wasn’t the said ‘workers rights’ activist at work ?”

    vidiot – activists don’t work mate. If they did, they wouldn’t have time to be activists!!

  27. Ianmac 27

    Put Key’s meeting a handful of young activists and his angry reaction, against his chickening out of having to meet Winston face to face.
    How would John handle a large mob of protesters which is what he would have to do sooner or later. He can’t hide forever. Meeting babies and puppies doesn’t count.

  28. burt 28

    Ianmac

    He might cry and not go back to the place where it happened for a few years…..

  29. bobo 29

    Helen Clark definitely has been the most approachable hard working PM in NZ history, look at how just about every weekend over the last 9 years she has been out and about to community events opening halls and mixing with real people, she has set the standard high in extracurricular activities that John Key is struggling to match even on a short campaign let alone being a PM with massive workload.. he has looked tired the last week or so which doesn’t bode well for if he actually becomes prime minister this is just a tiny taster of things to come John..

    John Key is a typical corporate where people communicate via email avoiding face to face, watch the film “Office Space” John is just like the boss in that..

  30. Scribe 30

    burt,

    priceless

  31. milo 31

    Matthew: 🙂

  32. insider 32

    Ianmac

    If faced with a large protest he should do what Helen did – hide in his office and call them names through the media.

    bobo

    Someone analysed the meeting schedules of the two leaders a couple of weeks ago and Key was doing way more and doing it outside his safe electorates.

    Matthew

    I think the left are better at this because they are more interested in doing it, being generally younger and passionate (not a characteristic solely of the left just of young people in general). The conservative Nat activists probably are just too polite and aware of the concept of a fair go to go and shout down their opposition.

  33. bobo 33

    Insider – I’m talking spread over the last nine years , not just the last couple of weeks of token trips to malls, markets and schools that media are invited to take shots of John at.. John himself has said Helen Clark is a hard working prime minister he can’t deny that.

  34. gobsmacked 34

    Actually this (minor) incident raises a pretty important point about Key, and it’s one of the reasons why I’ll happily bet my left Clarkson that if he gets in, he won’t be PM for long.

    He’s had a dream run. He’s never been associated with a single unpopular decision. Contrast with Bill English and Helen Clark. They’ve been prominent members of unpopular governments, they’ve both been opposition leaders who lost an election badly (2002 and 1996 respectively). They’ve been through the fire. They both know how to cope with – shock, horror – being unpopular. And yet they battled through. In politics, success is for survivors.

    John Key’s sole message is: you want it, I promise it. Everything will get better under John. We’ll be richer and safer and happier, and all we have to do is choose it.

    Now we all know (OK, all of us except fools and spinners – please don’t bother) that in 2009 things will not get better. They will be tough. The Prime Minister will be held responsible. He/she will be … oh no! … criticised. People might even shout a bit.

    How many mass protests have you seen on the steps of Parliament? Take a moment to recall: Farmers, Maori, god-squad, students, every pressure group, all kinds of issues, in their thousands, railing against the government. (Never mind whether you agree with the protestors or not: the point is, it’s what people do, and always will). That’s not going to change after Saturday.

    How is John Key going to cope? He seems to need to be popular. He soon won’t be. And I can’t see him battling through the toughest of times, like English or Clark.

    In politics, success is for fighters. Not players. You fight for what you believe in. But if you don’t really believe in anything, you just quit the game.

    Key will be gone before the next election. What’s more, the Nats know it.

  35. Jeeves 35

    This says it best:
    “Despite the loud opposition, Mr Key was mobbed by supporters who wanted to shake his hand, chat and get their photo taken.”

    Sorry guys, you can yell whatever offensive things you like, but ordinary people aren’t buying it, and frankly I was relieved when he called the idiot an idiot. It shows he is human. Why don’t you people go back to doing what you’re good at – filling up the policy vacuum with personal attacks.

  36. More importantly….
    “Pre victory tour”
    Not having doubts are you Steve?
    Just as well Len Richards wasn’t there, somebody could have been smashed in the face with a megaphone.

  37. marco 37

    Calling someone and idiot is very Rob Muldoon and Winston Peters like, I would have thought Bill English would be the more likely successor to their well worn thrones.
    Still, if the group was jostling old ladies as has been reported then calling someone an idiot is pretty lite.

  38. Kerry 38

    Oh i cant wait to see how Johnny boys looking in 6 months if hes elected PM…HAHAHAHAHA am looking forward to see the crap this guys gonna end up in……

    Hes a lightweight and wont be able to hack it!

    Yes everytime i see “supporters”around John I realise what happend to all those turfed out of the mental health institutions that the nats shut down in the 90’s.

  39. gobsmacked 39

    Mr Key was mobbed by supporters

    The winners of NZ Idol get mobbed. A few months later, their CDs are in the bargain bin.

    Real talent endures. Media-manufactured stardom doesn’t.

    There’s nothing there.

  40. Jimbo 40

    Unlike this article’s author, I do not believe that any politician in the world – including John Key – is “against” higher wages.

    You are either missing the point or deliberately misrepresenting his position in order to score points.

    What Key is against is artificially increasing the statutory minimum wage in a way that has a negative impact on the economy. Obama is against that too – I bet you my left nut he will not pass a law making the minimum wage US$50 per hour. Why not? Because it would not work…

    Some people have a genuine and carefully considered belief that governments cannot magically raise the market price of labour (i.e. wages) by passing a law saying “You must now pay $X”.

    For example, it would make not one ounce of difference to Africa’s poverty if their governments decreed that the minimum wage should suddenly be $50. In fact, it would obviously drive away whatever foreign investment there currently is.

    The statutory minimum wage is about making sure there is no exploitation of the lowest earners in society. It is not a magic bullet that makes the poor better off or materially increases average earnings.

    The only way that the poor get richer in the long term is if DEMAND for labour grows, which happens when PROODUCTIVITY increases and the economy expands.

    Some people believe in a different road to Rome – you belittle yourself if you keep mischaracterising John Key’s motives and refusing to engage on substance.

  41. Akldnut 41

    Smacks of the hypocrisy that national supporters think its ok for their crew to ambush helen at Christchurch uni last election but this is over the top. Hellooo……………. are we little bit fucking arrogant or what?

    Inventory2 & vidiot.This is the sort of bullshit generalisation that keeps National Supporters thinking that they are superior to anyone else. I’ve got news for you……..and it’s all bad

    I’m glad Key hasn’t come around here cause he might want a picture with my baby or dog. They’ed be scarred for life, I’d never subject them to that!

  42. Francois 42

    Poll results from TV 3. Not good news for the Left at all…

    Combined Left vote (excluding Maori Party) at 59 seats/

    Combined Right vote (exluding Maori Party) at 64 seats.

    Maori Party on 4 seats….

  43. Jeeves 43

    Hey Akldnut, if Labour doesn’t have to take responsibility for that bearded secret-recording guy, then National doesn’t have to take responsibility for Canterbury University Act on Campus members circa 2005. You’re really in no position to be talking about arrogant generalisations.

  44. Akldnut 44

    Jeeves I have read all the blurb on it as well as you may have, SP covers it fairly well in this link

    Definately arrogance and hypocrisy!!!!!

    Don’t make unsimilar comparisons cause they don’t stack up

    protest = protest
    Secret tape = protest …….nah I don’t think so

  45. KiwiGirl 45

    bobo
    November 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm
    Helen Clark definitely has been the most approachable hard working PM in NZ history, look at how just about every weekend over the last 9 years she has been out and about to community events opening halls and mixing with real people, she has set the standard high in extracurricular activities that John Key is struggling to match…………

    bobo, John Key is a husband and father. I would sincerely hope he has his life in balance so that he spends quality time with his family.
    I thought the Labour party fought for the rights of workers, that they weren’t required to give their whole life to the ‘boss’.
    We (New Zealand) are the bosses of the Parliamentarians. We have a duty to allow them to have a life apart from their ‘work’, don’t you think?

  46. Kerry 46

    Every country elects idiots every now and then…eg USA in 2000 got George W and looks like in 2008 we get John!

  47. Ianmac 47

    Kerry: True but not for long. Poisoned chalice? John has only implied that his team can do marvels. It might be an opportunity to carry out his Ruth Richardson plans under the guise of economic imperatives, but then what?
    Cheers

  48. randal 48

    kerry…I think you area right wing troll.
    key is definitely not going to be elected
    to suggest otherwise is a bit like being a mccain supporter
    the country has come to its senses and realised just what sort of nitwit and nincompoop key is
    bye bye johhny keys

  49. Quoth the Raven 49

    Yep lovely activists – what wonderful dignified people shouting and screaming and pushing pensioners around.

    Completely unlike when Gerry Brownlee assualted a pensioner. Aye HS. Or did you forget about that. Go back to kiwiblog HS.

  50. Roflcopter 50

    Randal = Baghdad Bob… dude, turn around…

  51. Carol 51

    TV3 poll tonight – aren’t the changes pretty much within the margin of error? Doesn’t actually tell us too much then about seats in parliament.

    On right-wingers preferring to communicate by email than face-to-face: well I think I’ve had leaflets in my mail box from all the main parties, except maybe Nats & the MP. Haven’t been door-knocked by anyone fr any election here.

    Tonight I go a call on my landline between 7.30pm-8pm. As usual I let the answerphone take it as I’m sick of the endless tele-marketers invading my privacy, interupting me doing chores or relaxing – REALLY HATE IT.

    So the message tonight starts: “This is an automated message, I’ll just take 1 minute of your time….economy…blah, blah blah crime…. blah blah blah…. we can all have a brighter future..” So I quickly put the automaton out of his misery. So annoying. He didn’t even ring in person so I can tell him he and his party will never get my vote.

    Mr Nat Guy, please don’t get your bot to call my phone again – it’s not appreciated!

    [lprent: I don’t get telemarketers. My phone was removed from the whitepages lists and made private ~15 years go. It is a growing trend]

  52. randal 52

    rofflecopter= brownbag karangahape bill
    stop standing on your head
    your brain has become pressurised
    you arethinkign that your fantasies =reality
    no such luck dudeo

  53. Carol 53

    If a Labour protester deliberately pushed a woman, especially an older woman, that’s shameful. But do we know that’s what happened? More evidence needed, before I can finally judge. The report said there was a lot of jostling amongst the protesters. Sometimes when there’s a crowd milling about, a person can get pushed by accident. I’m sure we’ve all had that happen just walking down the street.

  54. Ianmac 54

    Didya notice that the clip used om TV3 Campbell Live of the protesters, was to show how well John handled protest – with joking! No sign of the “idiot.”
    Carol You are right on the margin of error. We have been told for ages that movement within the margin of errors is meaningless. A poll is such a broad stroke and I am sure that it is not over yet by a long shot. Fine weather over the country on Sat forecast good for Labour, might yet swing it Leftwards. Really too close to call in MMP. Glass half full?

  55. Carol 55

    Yes the MSM seem to be really talking up key’s chances right now.

  56. Carol 56

    Hmmmm TV One’s latest poll shows a left-right draw & the Maori Party likely to be the decider. Sooo, I will be interested to see how close to the polls the election results actually turn out to be.

  57. Ianmac 57

    Carol: Trying to work out if that works for us or ag’in us.
    Does a bad spin activate those who are casual about voting?
    Does a bad spin discourage those who are casual about voting?
    On balance I think that if the average casual or floater thought that there was a chance that their vote might make a difference, they just might help. Help the “underdog” perhaps.
    Ever the optimist eh!

  58. Ianmac 58

    Someone said the Morgan poll is due out tomorrow and that is usually much more comforting to read. Like reading a Horoscope and making out of it what you want it to. Don’t read the latter and should treat polls with the same skepticism. Cheers

  59. bobo 59

    Kiwigirl – thats right play the husband and father card , if he wants quality time with his kids he wouldn’t be getting into politics, maybe he could start the job as minister of tourism with a trip to fiji on a fact finding tour? There’s no avoiding that the job is 24/7 and families do come second is a sad reality of the job as retiring MPs like Dover Samuel’s would say. I hardly think John Key is going to be exploited on long hours for the minimum wage either as you compare it to workers rights…

  60. KiwiGirl 60

    “thats right play the husband and father card ”

    You are really something else, bobo.

  61. Janet 61

    Re bullying by Nats. I just heard about some large and threatening Nats who intimidated some gentle older women who had a little support stall for Labour candidate Grant Robertson in Wellington. They stood over them with their placards and had very intimidating behaviour. Nat candidate Stephen Franks was nearby but didn’t call them off. It was witnessed by a member of the public who found it very unpleasant.

  62. Carol 62

    Yes, Ianmac. I wonder about those motivations too. The best thing is to encourage as many lefties as possible to vote. It is crucial.

    It’s not so much that it’s too close to call (that might be true), but that it’s hard to know how accurate the polls are. So basically it’s to difficult to call at the moment.

  63. randal 63

    janet…thats par for the course for the natty dreadfuls
    they like bullying and standing over
    its what makes them ‘them’

  64. Janet 64

    http://www.muffinbreak.co.nz Muffin break poll this week has Nats down to 44% and the Greens with 11% and Labour 32%. NZ First is on 4%. Act barely registers. This poll is by people who have time and money for coffee in shopping malls.

  65. Janet 65

    Kerry
    Your comment about people who were deinstitutionalised in the 90s is offensive. I know several of them and no way would any of them vote National.

  66. Dan 66

    I love the story from Key tonight which is a desperate innoculation against the inevitability of Douglas in Cabinet if the Right get anywhere near government. He forgets that if he says “No!” to Douglas, it will be “Bye bye John!”, not Douglas.

  67. gobsmacked 67

    Well done, Dan. Can we make you MSM political editor?

    Douglas getting into Parliament is a huge story, and some of us (modesty forbids … ) have been saying for a long time that ACT would pick up enough support from National to get him in – maybe more.

    Is there any political journalist who can be bothered to explain to voters what “support on confidence and supply” means? (Sadly, it seems not).

    It means: Roger Douglas votes for National’s budget. And if John Key is to keep his promises, that means voting for a lot of extra spending – more than Labour in some areas. Roger will love that.

    He’ll hold his tongue for, oh, a week maybe. Then it’s all on.

  68. Pascal's bookie 68

    Anyone see 3news? Thought I heard them say that Kees has been getting death threats from the uncivil libertarians that are all upset about the secret taping of National Party truths.

    Could have been mistaken though as I was defending the goldfish from the death threat posed by the two year old.

    Nothing on their website yet.

  69. bobo 69

    Kiwigirl – Have you thought that Helen Clark might actually enjoy spending time with people and community groups at weekends and doesn’t see it as just a job that involves overtime.. My point was that she was the most approachable PM I can remember , I can’t remember Jenni Shipley doing the same but thats just an observation, and having children has nothing to do with being more involved than just at election time.

    Dan – yeah the Lange warning to Key story about putting Douglas in cabinet was very well timed to put voters mind at ease, I wonder if it was a press release..

  70. Janet 70

    Kees and Key – they must by karmically linked.
    Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing from Jeremy Well’s psychics on Eating Media Lunch.

  71. bobo 71

    yes Pascal he had received them I didn’t catch it was from any group as such, not sure if he was not going to release the rest of the tapes either now.. seems an over the top response threaten to kill someone for some squidgy tapes.

  72. Pascal's bookie 72

    thanks bobo, I guess it’s just some of whale’s more excitable readers. lovely bunch.

  73. gingercrush 73

    Looking at the two polls tonight. And I am a National party supporter.

    Even if the Maori party won six or seven seats. Under Tv One’s poll that gives National-Act-United Future 62 seats. Labour-Green-Progressives-Maori would be 62 or 63 seats.

    In Tv 3’s National-Act-United Future 64 seats Labour-Green-Progressives-Maori 61 or 62 seats.

    Under that scenario TV3’s poll would be better for National supporters. But I don’t see Maori picking up six or seven seats. I think they may pick up five. Which on TV One’s is National-Act-United Future 62 Labour-Green-Progressive-Maori 61. TV3’s National-Act-United Future 64 Labour-Green-Progressives-Maori 60.

    And clearly if Maori keep the current number of seats that is even better and shows no path for Labour to govern. And even if worse case scenario Maori does get seven seats and poll results are what TV One had today. Maori may still side with National. And one reason they may decide to have some type of arrangement with National, is that the public won’t rest easy if Labour is somehow manage to win the election. I know the experts and commentators etc think we should be talking about blocs. But to me, the public doesn’t see it that way whatsoever.

    Of course if the polls are wrong and a left-wing block gets a higher percentage. I still think Maori will side with National.

  74. burt 74

    bobo

    The death threats are probably also from Labour supporters who are pissed off with the damage Kees is doing to the Labour party campaign. Remind me again who this guy is really supporting?

    Either Kees is a Labour insider about to be the scapegoat for the negative implications or he’s scuppering Labour. The plot thickens.

  75. Vinsin 75

    Burt, you’re talking utter bollocks as usual. He’s a left-wing activist, not involved with Labour. Death threats would more than likely come from the people that seem to follow your particular values.

  76. Kees should look both ways when crossing the road for the next few days, and especially keep an eye out for large seven series beemers with govt plates. The damage he has wrought on labour rivals the bumbling twit that is Mike Williams.
    Luckily for kees the danger should pass within a week or so, the BMW fleet is likely to change hands next week.

  77. Outofbed 77

    Labour 44
    National 58
    Greens 12
    Maori 5
    ACT 3
    United 1
    Progressive 1

    TOTAL 124 (4 seat overhang)
    If its 62 each then what happens ?

  78. Maori do a supply and confidence with the nats and the wheels fall of the tired old red bus.

  79. gobsmacked 79

    Speaking of death threats, the Taranaki farmer Doug Hancock, who told Helen Clark to “get out of the country while you still can”, in a letter containing a white powder initially feared to be anthrax (as he intended), was up for sentencing on Nov 5. He caused major disruption in Wellington earlier this year.

    But when he was caught, tried and convicted, naturally the media ignored the story.

  80. gingercrush 80

    Hmm I would think the Maori party has no choice but to be in some arrangement with National. Because on your seat numbers, National-Act-United Future-Maori would have 67 and a clear majority. The only other way would be for United Future to switch to a Labour-led coalition giving them 63 National-Act 62.

    If the Maori Party or United Future refused to move there’d be no choice we’d have to go back to the polls.

    But basically either United Future has to side with Labour or more likely the Maori party has no choice but to side with National.

  81. burt 81

    If Maori and Nats do a supply and confidence then ipredict=myfriend.

  82. gingercrush 82

    I mean if United Future switched to Labour. That would be Labour led 63 National-Act 61

    (Couldn’t seem to edit)

  83. Vinsin 83

    Ginger, the maori party has no choice but to side with national?” Um, that’s not really how it works: if their constituents say no to National, they would have to say no to National – otherwise their party wouldn’t be the Maori party and they would be contributing to their own demise.

    Oh, unless their constituents say yes, then it’s done and dusted. But in my opinion their constituents siding with john key is still highly unlikely.

  84. gingercrush 84

    They would have to explain to their constituents that otherwise there can be no government meaning they’d have to go back to the polls.

    I actually think, the Maori people are going to go back to their Maraes etc and ask what they want in the government. I’m not sure they’re gonna go back and ask their people do we go with Labour or National. Now that could do harm to their future, sure. But I think if it was 62-62. Either United Future has to break or the Maori Party has to break. If neither were willing and we had to go back to the polls. I would suggest that it is Labour who would be punished. If it really is 62-62 the media will place so much pressure on the Maori party they have to come to some relationship with a National-led government.

  85. Robin Grieve 85

    The labour people sound like those really pathetic no friends type who have to crash other parties because they are so lonely.
    The labour bus has left town, just sad sacks left stewing in their own negativity and bitterness.

  86. Vinsin 86

    ginger, i would actually think Dunne would break before the maori party. He just wants to be in government, period.

  87. tsmithfield 87

    I think the undecideds will fall into line with National to ensure a clean result. It would not surprise me if there is a landslide and National can govern alone if it wants to.

  88. John 88

    Don’t be surprised to see the Maori Party and the Greens in government with National after next week. The Greens will want the ability to effect policy after being shut out last time.

  89. Positive and ambitious 89

    Having scored the highest marks in the country in the old school C days, I’ve always struggled with the dimwittedness of the average punter.
    It’s great that there is a party for the slow and deluded to vote for, I’m just disappointed that there seem to be more than three people that would vote for someone as obviously unsuitable to lead as Key. I feel embarrassed and ashamed to be a New Zealander.
    Anyone with a job (for now), a child, or a mortgage who thinks they will be better off under National/Act deserves all the misery that will be heaped upon them next year if we end up with a sub prime minister.

    Good luck to everyone tomorrow!

  90. Julian Garrett 90

    “When a protester asked Key today to “tell the truth’ on the changes he would make to the Employment Relations Act, Key responded “the truth is you’re an idiot’. If you’re cracking under the pressure of a few plane trips and campaign stops, you’re not up to the real job”

    And Clarke would have torn the guy limb from limb. If you want to talk about someone who is not up to the real job, take a look at Clarke after the first leaders debate having a cry the next day. If you want poor behaviour, there it is.

  91. Swampy 91

    Y’know what? I probably won’t be any better off next year as a result of the election. I will be better off as a result of my own hard work. That’s what the real message of life should be. Anyone can make their life better by their own efforts and hard work. I’m voting for a government that rewards hard work instead of taking my tax dollars and giving them to people who don’t want to.

  92. Carol 92

    Yeah yeah. Do you know how hard some people work for low wages? And I’ve seen some high paid free-loaders who gain from others hard work. Life under a right government would be far less fair than now.

  93. Matthew Pilott 93

    I’m voting for a government that rewards hard work instead of taking my tax dollars and giving them to people who don’t want to.

    A government that rewards hard work? What with? A K-mart gift certificate and a gold star in your report card? Why do all these righties talk about independence and hard work, and then say they want to be ‘rewarded’ for it by the state? Nanny state says: “Good on you swampy. Well done! Nanny is so proud of you.”

    Dripping sarcasm aside, you think that a government will be rewarding you for hard work by reducing your tax by $1000 if you earn an extra $100,000 on top of your first $100,000? I’d have thought the extra $61,000 would be the reward. What an absolute crock, swampy. Those tired old lines bear no semblance to reality, and shouldn’t fool anyone able to earn a decent sum.

    To be a bit more on topic: if you believe that, you deserve Key’s own words: “You’re an idiot”.

  94. higherstandard 94

    Relying on any government to make “life fair” is delusional – get off your chuffs people life is what you make it.

  95. Dom 95

    Oh my god, this whole ‘the poor are poor because they don’t work as hard as me’ line is SO 1990s…

    Key looked like a tosser as he tried to compare himself (again!) to Obama…honestly, the guy is clueless.

  96. Tim 96

    “you think that a government will be rewarding you for hard work by reducing your tax by $1000 if you earn an extra $100,000 on top of your first $100,000? I’d have thought the extra $61,000 would be the reward.”

    The point is that I EARNED the extra $100,000. My employer PAID the extra $100,000. And through my extra value to my employer the government gets an extra $39,000 to redistribute? Never mind that on my first $100,000 I’ve already paid around $34,000 to the government to redistribute. Perhaps I could argue that I’ve already paid my share of infrastructure and welfare costs and all income over $100,000 tax-free? Do you think I use more public services as I earn more? I wouldn’t be using the roads more than I already do, I’d probably have private health cover and maybe private schools for my kids so perhaps I’m actually costing the country less.

    By the way, I actually earn way less than $100k, this was theoretical.

  97. Chess Player 97

    Tim,

    If you are trying to stimulate debate on this topic, you are going about it the wrong way, with your logic and reason.

    This is why the trail ended after your comment.

    My suggestion would be to insert some personal invective or even better, some trite dogma into your posts – that always works and gets attention.

    Have a nice day…

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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
    24 mins 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
    2 hours 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 ...
    3 hours 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
    6 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week 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?" ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks 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 ...
    22 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago