Key withdraws promise to resign

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PM won’t give assurance NZers not caught in eavesdropping

Key says he won’t quit if mass collection of Kiwis’ communications proved

NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER RETRACTS VOW TO RESIGN IF MASS SURVEILLANCE IS SHOWN

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102 comments on “Key withdraws promise to resign ”

  1. Al 1

    More truth from Mr Key’s mouth – does he actually have any credibility at all – well judging by the election results he does. National voters are so gullible or do they not mind a corrupt and deceitful leader and government? It appears the answer is yes to both assertions.

  2. No worries J Key.

    The points against you are stacking up by the day.
    You will not need to worry about resigning because you will be tossed out on your ear and the sooner the better.

  3. saveNZ 3

    He really is a puppet of the US.

    • Murray Rawshark 3.1

      I’ve seen claims that he’s a US citizen. Wouldn’t surprise me. Can an alien buy property in Hawaii? If he is a US citizen, he would have sworn allegiance to bald eagles, American exceptionalism, and apple pie. This could conflict with his swearing in as PM. Maybe he crossed his fingers behind his back?

  4. Anne 4

    National voters are gullible because they have covered their eyes and blocked their ears. They are in denial because the don’t want to have to face the truth.

    They are the ‘purely’ political version of Climate Change deniers.

    • Unicus 4.1

      Just like year one kids defying Mum – eyes closed – hands over ears – shouting bla -bla-bla-bla !

    • Tracey 4.2

      He has made them look foolish, so instead of changing their minds they convince themselves they have not been made fools…

    • Amanda Atkinson 4.3

      I don’t think it’s helpful to assume you have superior intelligence to someone who has voted differently to you. Extreme left and right voters both believe they have superior intelligence to those less enlightened (vote differently to them). Get over yourself.

      • Tracey 4.3.1

        Do you think National voters of the last few years just don’t value honesty Amanda? (genuine question).

        • Amanda Atkinson 4.3.1.1

          Doesn’t matter. Claiming superior intelligence is just pure arrogance. Claim the moral high ground, sure. But assuming you have higher level of intelligence to someone who has a different political view, is just silly. Both extremes of the political spectrum as bad as each other for this.

          • Tracey 4.3.1.1.1

            it doesn’t matter if they are gullible? If they are not gullible, then one alternative is they don’t value honesty, so find it irrelevant whether Key is honest or not.

          • Colonial Rawshark 4.3.1.1.2

            Amanda – the “claiming superior intelligence” assertion is yours alone and it is inaccurate. Anne was talking about gullibility. Don’t mix the concepts up. Every propagandist knows that smart people and educated people are just as gullible as everyone else, and history shows that is so.

            • Tracey 4.3.1.1.2.1

              some research suggests they are most gullible, in relation to propaganda, and great conduits cos they can’t wait to pass it on (see Jaques Ellul).

            • Bill 4.3.1.1.2.2

              Although, to be fair CV, that fucking annoyingly stupid assertion is made on a fairly regular basis by some here. Just saying…

            • Amanda Atkinson 4.3.1.1.2.3

              Assuming gullibility is an assumption that someone does not have the intelligence to see through the smoke and mirrors, when you can see through it. You are playing with words.

              • Grant

                Are you really trying to argue that intelligent people can’t be naive?

                • Amanda Atkinson

                  Oh Grant don’t be so silly, you can clearly (very) see that is not my point. The author is assuming that half our fellow Kiwis are gullible, and less intelligent than the author, just because they voted for the Nat’s. That’s a pretty big assumption. That’s all my point is.

                  • Colonial Rawshark

                    People voting for the NATs is commonly about their class interests and about their financial interests, and plenty of intelligent educated people choose to ride that caboose.

                    The Left has to accept that its been doing a pretty shite job of letting people know where their best interests correctly understood actually lie.

                    Assuming gullibility is an assumption that someone does not have the intelligence to see through the smoke and mirrors

                    Again, that’s not how propaganda works. Intelligent people who keep up with the news every day are just as, or even more, susceptible to propaganda.

                  • Grant

                    You’re the only one here who is insisting on equating gullibility (naivety) and intelligence whilst being too silly to realise that you are conflating two separate concepts.

              • Anne

                Actually I was replying to AI who said @ 1:

                National voters are so gullible or do they not mind a corrupt and deceitful leader and government? It appears the answer is yes to both assertions.

                You must not take these things to heart sweetie. We can see you are upset that your beloved leader is in a spot of bother but that’s politics. (sarc)

        • Amanda Atkinson 4.3.1.2

          You assume they are gullible. Pure arrogance. Same as Slater’s mob. Thankfully most Kiwis are in the middle and do not value other Kiwis more or less (or make assumptions about their intelligence) according to their vote. Good grief.

          • greywarshark 4.3.1.2.1

            Amanda Atkinson
            And you can make a sweeping statement on behalf of all of a measurable and observable class that you consider you belong to? ‘Most Kiwis..do not value others….according to their vote.’ Very confident you are. That amount of assumption indicates the extent of your ignorance. The feelings of distaste expressed by many of The Smug about the Green Party is a good yardstick.

            Good grief, there are a lot of unthinking numpties out there if you do represent the vast majority. (Another generalisation to call out your one!)
            edited

          • Grace Miller 4.3.1.2.2

            Zip it, sweetie, the grownups are trying to talk 😉

      • Anne 4.3.2

        What the hell is this silly Amanda talking about? 😛

        Got a right wee bee in her bonnet hasn’t she…

  5. BLiP 5

    Sure, John Key said he would resign if there was “mass surveillance” – but what’s going on at the GCSB is “mass collection”. No need to worry your little heads about these things, Daddy State is making sure everything is legal. Now, go back to sleep.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1503/S00076/john-key-on-mass-collection-versus-mass-surveillance.htm

  6. Colonial Rawshark 6

    Great material to attack Key with, but the reality is that there is a whole security and surveillance establishment behind him for which he is only the (temporary) front man for.

    • felix 6.1

      Yeah, but it wasn’t the whole security and surveillance establishment that promised to resign.

    • infused 6.2

      Not really. This would happen under any govt. You won’t see Little attack the spying stuff. you will see him attack Key.

      • felix 6.2.1

        Key promised there was no mass surveillance of NZers and promised to resign if there was.

        Turns out there is, according to the bloke who used to run it.

        Key is yet to announce his resignation.

        How do you figure that “would happen under any govt”? Any govt stupid enough to put Key in charge of the spies I suppose.

        • Tracey 6.2.1.1

          Labour, apparently also promised to resign if there was mass surveillance of NZers… infused just forgot to link to it.

  7. emergency mike 7

    Like any good sociopath, Key understands that promises are just words that you say in a given moment to get what you want. These words are not real things, they can’t hurt you. Amazingly, people seem to believe these words, and you get what you want. If someone tries to hold you to that promise later, you can just find a way to BS your way out of it.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    What’s the chances that National would be able to hold on to Helensville if he resigns? Considering the way that Northland is going I’d say very, very slim which means that this government would collapse and there’s no way that National or Key would let that happen if they can help it.

  9. Bea Brown 9

    I much prefer Andrew Little’s honesty and directness when he says on TV, “I don’t have to be upfront with the Northland voters”.
    Now there’s a politician we can trust!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      😆

      …but but but but but but Lllllaaaaabbbbbooooouuuuurrrrrr!

      Personal responsibility is a right wing lie: whenever they’re called upon to own anything they start whining.

      • Redbaiter 9.1.1

        That is actually quite delusional.

        A true right winger would have halved govt spending and reduced debt.

        Key has taken the National Party way into Labour territory. He has increased govt spending and he has increased debt.

        Given this clear fact, how could anyone describe Key as “right wing”?

        Sure Key bends the truth, but its not becasue he is right wing. He isn’t. He’s actually far left on any real political spectrum (IOW not confined to 25% of the left hand end.)

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          Another liar: Labour always decreases government debt.

          • Redbaiter 9.1.1.1.1

            A comment that does not address the point of Labour/ National sameness and makes a cowardly allegation that is only designed to smear.

            Why in most cases its pointless trying to debate anything rationally with leftists.

            • Lanthanide 9.1.1.1.1.1

              “A comment that does not address the point of Labour/ National sameness”

              It did, by refuting your claim.

              You said National has gone into Labour territory, and your example was because they increased government debt.

              Your example is flawed, because Labour reduce government debt.

              In other words, National is doing exactly what they always do, and are right wing.

              “and makes a cowardly allegation that is only designed to smear.”

              No, that was you, by claiming Labour increase government debt, when they don’t.

              “Why in most cases its pointless trying to debate anything rationally with leftists.”

              Yes, because you make things up, don’t believe in reality and accuse everyone else of doing what you’ve just done. I can see how that would make it difficult to debate with others.

            • adam 9.1.1.1.1.2

              That’s because you almost always descended into personal abuse Redbater. It’s best to slap you and yours in the side of the head first – as disingenuous, is normal for you and your ilk.

          • alwyn 9.1.1.1.2

            You really do get carried away when you make a claim don’t you?

            Remember about a month ago when you claimed that unemployment under HC was the lowest it had ever been in New Zealand’s history?
            http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-03022015/#comment-962084

            You’ve done it again. Have a quick look at New Zealand Government debt at the end of 1972 and at the end of 1975. Google will find you the numbers.
            It rose spectacularly didn’t it?
            Or go back to the source and look at the figures for 1935 and 1949. Lot more isn’t it?
            Why don’t you qualify your claims. Finding counter-examples to your claims is like catching fish in a barrel.

            • lprent 9.1.1.1.2.1

              You should look at that against the unemployed figures?

              There was a rather expensive war in 1939. And another one in 1973.

              And didn’t the debt keep rising after 1975? How do you account for that?

              • alwyn

                Of course. That’s why I chose them. I was pretty sure they would qualify as having increased, they were easy to check, and you will note I am not blaming the then Governments for any of it.

                I was only commenting on “One Anonymous Bloke” who is incredibly quick to throw the epithet “liar” at people who says things he doesn’t approve of and then indulges in hyperbole himself.

                Why doesn’t he stick to things that are right, or at least arguable, instead of making wild extrapolations to his claims and which are so easily disproved by the facts?

          • Colonial Rawshark 9.1.1.1.3

            Another liar: Labour always decreases government debt.

            Yep. National spend up big on their supporters, Labour goes stingy on theirs.

            And we wonder why the NATs keep winning.

          • Murray Rawshark 9.1.1.1.4

            Labour is hardly left wing.

        • Tracey 9.1.1.2

          “into Labour territory. He has increased govt spending and he has increased debt. ”

          Proof that the last Labour government increased govt spending and debt from 1999?

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.3

          A true right winger would have halved govt spending and reduced debt.

          Now that is truly delusional. Everything that the right-whingers have tried has always resulted in higher government spending and higher government debt. Probably has something to do with paying their mates out with taxpayers money.

    • freedom 9.2

      I missed whatever interview that was from, would you mind supplying a link please Bea?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 9.2.1

        She’s lying. It’s all part of her dishonest lip service to personal responsibility.

    • Bill 9.3

      Context.

      Tova O’Brien: You’re speaking in nods and winks, why aren’t you just being up front with Northland voters?
      Andrew Little: I don’t have to be upfront with the Northland voters, they are capable of making that decision themselves.

      Well done OAB and Framu for throwing a heap of oxygen on some shit and, through the making of a baseless allegation, ensuring that the added oxygen got fanned.

      See, this is what pisses me off. You made a baseless allegation that I’d to waste my fucking time checking on, seeing as how blatant lying would bring a ban on down. Not impressed with either of you.

  10. emergency mike 10

    Worth listening to the Espiner interview. Asks: “Do NZers have a right to know if the govt is collecting their digital info?” answer: “In general, no.”

    Key seemed unable to grasp that Espiner seemed to be asking him about a fundamental ‘right to know’, but Key was rather only interested in describing the GCSB’s legal limits. Thus Espiner kept trying to get a straight answer for the NZ people, and Key kept on sounding like a lawyer representing the defence of the GCSB.

    Well done Espiner for pushing the point, 10mins of Key saying he can’t answer a simple question because he can’t be expected to know what other people mean when they use words.

  11. Bea Brown 11

    Last night on the news – I can’t remember if TV1 or TV3 but he definitely said it and I thought at last we have a leader who is honest.

  12. Bea Brown 12

    Watch TV3 News on Demand last night – interview with Tova.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      I did. You’re lying. Like you always do.

      • Bill 12.1.1

        No OAB, she isn’t lying. Andrew Little uttered those precise words as a segment of a sentence in that interview at about the 2 min mark.

        Now you can argue over context and intent etc, but how about you desist with that particular accusation now? ta.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.1

          I’m arguing about context and intent. Quote mining is lying.

          “I apologise for being a man…”

          “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.”

          Is Bea reporting Little’s intent honestly? If you say so.

          [There wasn’t a word on context or intent in any of your previous comments. All you did was make a blunt accusation. Repeatedly. Somebody in your shoes at this moment might reflect on the wisdom (or lack of) in pursuing this exchange in any way, shape or form given that I’ve already stated I’m pissed off with the time wasting occasioned by your nonsense.] – Bill

          • veutoviper 12.1.1.1.1

            I have just relistened to that video – and Little does use those words at about 2 minutes BUT in the context of repeatedly telling Tova that Northland voters are capable of making up their own minds, and sending a message to National etc.

            IMO Bea B was being disingenuous in taking them out of context going on her previous form here (and in the Herald opinion comments) – unless she has had a road to Damascus experience which I somehow think is unlikely.

            SNAP – Sabine has quoted the context much more clearly/fully below.

            • Bill 12.1.1.1.1.1

              She was being disingenuous.

              And Sabine has offered context but through equally bad quoting (if she’s quoting from the two minute mark). That part of the interview is what I wrote above. (Added in the entire answer up to the next question here)

              Tova O’Brien: You’re speaking in nods and winks, why aren’t you just being up front with Northland voters?

              Andrew Little: I don’t have to be upfront with the Northland voters, they are capable of making that decision themselves and they’ll make that decision. They know what the issues are and if they decide that they’ve had enough of being neglected by National MPs and National Governments then they’ll vote accordingly on the 28th of March”

              • Colonial Rawshark

                that first sentence is not really a well crafted thing to start off with to a reporter eh.

    • framu 12.2

      then link it liar

      • Bill 12.2.1

        OAB has provided the link at 12.1.

        All of you. Cut the ‘liar’ crap.

        • Sabine 12.2.1.1

          Actually Bea is lying in her interpretation of what Andrew Little said.

          the reporter asked Andrew Little repeatedly if he wants to instruct Northland voters to vote for Winston Peters. (i don’t think this stenograpgher from TV3 had any other question prepared)

          and Andrew Little repeatedly said: The Northland voters are capable of making up their own mind, and if they are over being neglected by National they will vote accordingly. (i did like his eyeroll….a very patient man he is)

          Reporter than asks: why are you not upfront with the Northland Voters

          Andrew Little: I don’t have to be upfront with the northland voters as I don’t get to vote in the election. It is up to the Northland voters to make up their mind, look at the issues, listen to the candidates and if they want to send a message to National that they had enough of neglect and disregard they vote accordingly.

          So in fact he is saying, that he believes that Northland voters are able to send the national candidate home packing, by NOT VOTING FOR NATIONAL.

          the bit where Andrew just said he does not have to be upfront – Full stop ….is only in Bea’s head.

          In fact this whole interview is a disgrace. This was not about the Northland election, about the reasons for the Northland by election, about the cost of the Northland by election to the Tax payer, about the disruption to government cause by the hubris of this national government running a candidate they knew could end up in prison, but about Andrew Little NOT endorsing Winston Peters.

          Better trolls please, these are not fun, not witty, and have poops for brains.

          • Bill 12.2.1.1.1

            Yes Sabine, Bea is twisting the intent and should definitely have inserted the customary three dots at the end of the segment she pasted to indicate it was a partially quoted sentence. She’s not the only one who quotes like a monkey around these parts though 😉

            But anyway, neither OAB or Framu accused anyone of twisting context or any such like. They simply stated boldly that the person was lying when they claimed Andrew Little had uttered those words.

            Anyway. I don’t know why Labour haven’t run with something along the lines that voting Labour and not voting National are not necessarily two of the same thing. Might have been less open to ‘Gotcha’ type questioning?

            • Sabine 12.2.1.1.1.1

              No she is not twisting anything. What she said is clear. Anyone who reads this comment and does not know about the interview would believe that Andrew Little just said: I don’t have to be upfront with Voters.

              That statement of hers was a lie. simple as that. The intent was to promote a false hood. Also called a lie.

              Labour has not reason to say anything more than what Little said.
              A. We have a candidate, her name is Jean Willow Prime, she knows the issues, she is qualified, she is campaigning, she is talking to the voters, she is doing her thing with the support of the Labour Party and volunteers.

              B. The Northland voters knows the issues, they can speak to the candidates, they can make up their own mind and vote accordingly. If they want to send a Message to National about neglect and the likes, they can send a Message by NOT VOTING FOR NATIONAL>

              Now i know how Natbots can have a sad over Point B: DO NOT VOTE FOR NATIONAL…..but answer me this. Why on earth did National run a candidate that being investigated by the police. did they really think that it would not matter, and that Mike Sabin would just get to stay MP and all would be pink n glitter?

              This is not about Labour and Andrew Little, this is about the ineptitude of the National Party, their atrocious choice of candidates for MP, and their squandering of our taxpayers money on by elections a few weeks after a general election.

              Anyways, Bill/Bea I am bored with you know. Better Natbots please.

              [ You’re free to be bored for a week for insinuating that I’m a ‘Natbot’. Goodbye] – Bill

              • her name is Jean Willow Prime

                I appreciate Sabine will not be able to reply to this, but gosh I have to 🙄 at the number of people who want to attack Little’s behaviour in Northland but can’t even get the candidate’s name right.

              • Anne

                I saw that interview and came to a similar conclusion Sabine. Tova O’Brien was angling to get Little to say something that could then be misrepresented and used against him. That is why she persisted with the same question over and over again – albeit from slightly different angles. She’s been having “gotcha” lessons from her political editor, Patrick Gower.

                BB is an unpleasant – as opposed to the less unpleasant – NAct trole. What do you get in return for your efforts here Bea?

        • framu 12.2.1.2

          kind of trying to get Bea Brown to do the work there bill – if a person with a history of certain behaviour refuses to provide their own link why should we believe them?

          and how are we to know that the link OAB put up is the same thing BB is referring to?

          as people have established its not an outright lie – then sure – i’ll stop using the word. But to date Bea Brown still hasnt proven themselves in any way on this one and its taken others doing the work for them.

          So we just let people make claims without back up now?

          • Bill 12.2.1.2.1

            Choosing to simply not believe what somebody is saying is different to accusing them of lying.

            So we just let people make claims without back up now?

            Pot. Kettle. Do you think I should sanction you for making something up that was subsequently disproven?

            OAB provided the link that proved Bea wasn’t lying. And yet…

            • One Anonymous Bloke 12.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah, it was my bad: I actually watched the interview and still missed the reference Bea & Bill spotted.

              Apologies to all concerned, apart from Bea, who deserves it for quote mining.

            • Sabine 12.2.1.2.1.2

              In her misquote, selective reporting and cherrypicking of the quote she was lying. She was implying that A. Little said something he did not.

              [See next comment up] – Bill

            • framu 12.2.1.2.1.3

              well apologies bill and others (thats an honest one)

              i was trying to prod someone who usually never backs up anything they say, even when you ask nicely

              and now that its been pointed out, i acknowledged and desisted – as soon as it was pointed out.

  13. Bea Brown 13

    But he did say it and our household cheered at the honesty from a politician. And I didn’t interpret it at all just repeated what he said.
    However, I guess there’ll be no more misquoting or selective reporting or cherry-picking from anyone else from now on including statements from the Government.
    And I expect it’s always easier to shout Liar but most of us got over that at primary school.

    • Sabine 13.1

      If you don’t want to be called a liar, you could/should

      a. add link to your comment
      b. type out full quote

      the only one that misquoted, selectively reported and cherry picked quotes from an interview that was over 5 minutes long and only consisted of two questions was you.

      simple as that. You got called out. Poor you.

      [See above comment] – Bill

    • Tracey 13.2

      As your household cheered at honesty from a politician, none of them voted National in 2011 or 2014 or their support parties, right Bea?

      This thread is about John Key lying. How about your comments on that?

  14. Amanda Atkinson 14

    Perfect timing for the Food Terrorism threat to the dairy industry. Now Key can say, that’s why we need mass surveillance, look at what nut jobs we have amongst us, these terrorists will kill babies in China by putting 1080 poison in the baby powder. Is this a jack up by John Key to justify mass surveillance? I wonder who will be the first nutter to claim that?

    • Tracey 14.1

      So, what do you think about Key’s apparent u-turn on resigning over mass surveillance? Did he lie or not?

    • felix 14.2

      How is the threat “perfect timing” though when it’s three months old?

      It’s only the release of the information that appears conveniently timed.

  15. fisiani 15

    Who cares about the foreign intelligence service doing foreign intelligence? This is hardly news.
    Why quote Honest John Key out of context? Oh that’s right, trying to bag John Key. It has not worked. Still think it will resonate with the public? Keep trying – it merely shows how good he is. I suppose it cheers up the radicals. Self righteous twats.

    • felix 15.1

      Mass collection of thousands of NZers’ communications by a NZ agency is not “foreign intelligence” work, fizzy, it’s domestic spying.

  16. Ecosse_Maidy 17

    Genralissimo Keys withdraws promise to resign if GCSB/Gestapo found guilty of mass surveilance?
    Why are we surprised at this? Why is this news?

    This is what he does and Kiwis have been conditioned to accept, shut eyes, fingers in ears and told to concentrate over there on 1080 or Brave Men & Women sent to Iraq to please his Golf Buddie or Fruit Flies being give contracts to build Bridges….

    Don’t Look Here! Look Over There People!

    Also It Wasn’t Me, I Didn’t Do It!

  17. John 18

    Surveillance, by it’s very definition, is a “close watch” on someone.

    When someone is being surveilled, there is normally a whole team doing it. So by it’s very definition, mass surveillance is virtually impossible.

    If you call data sieving mass surveillance, then you’d also have to say facebook, google, apple, twitter, amazon, ebay, trademe, tripadvisor, booking ,com, and almost every major website on the internet is conducting mass surveillance.

    • Murray Rawshark 18.1

      I’d say collecting all your communications is a pretty close watch. As for your rubbish about a team, this just means that Key won’t be happy until 80% of us are spies, watching the other 20%.

      Now run away and help Osborne in Northland. He needs it.

      • John 18.1.1

        My computer and phone also have all my communications. They’re not carrying out surveillance on me – for that to happen a someone needs to actually have a close look at them.

        And spark and google also have all my communications.

        That doesn’t mean they’re carrying out survellance either, even though I’d bet they’ve found had a significantly deeper look into my communications than the government ever has.

        Even by using news websites like TV3, you agree to allow software to be installed on your computer to track what websites you visit.

        • Murray Rawshark 18.1.1.1

          No I don’t. I block tracking. I can choose which sites I access and how much I use a cellphone. I can’t choose what the government does and I don’t trust them to make good decisions. As a responsible adult, I like making my own. No dominatrix state for me, thank you very much.

          Osborne still needs your help. He’ll need it even more after the 18th.

  18. John 19

    Just by visiting sites like TV3 you are agreeing to let them use browser fingerprinting which can track what sites you look at, regardless of whether you are blocking tracking , have cookies turned off etc.

    And just by having you cellphone turned on, your provider can track where you are.

    • McFlock 19.1

      That’s nice.
      Remember when the biggest worry people had with the government was lightbulbs or how fast a car was going? Rather than illegal mass surveillance by a government department that seems to largely work for a foreign government?

      • John 19.1.1

        If that’s a huge worry to you, then you’re either a crook who deserves to get caught, or paranoid.

        Like most people, I don’t really care, and find it amusing that some people try to make as big a deal as possible out of something that has such inconsequential effect on our daily lives.

        On my list of things to be worried about, being surveilled by the govt comes in somewhere just below worrying about what colour my next tooth brush will be.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Media chiefs struggle to understand democracy
    Graham Adams writes — Listening to Sinead Boucher speak last week at a parliamentary hearing on the Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill, it was easy to be captivated momentarily by her rhetoric about democracies requiring a strong and free media. Addressing the select committee MPs, she said: “A strong, ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    2 days ago
  • Do We Take Regulatory Impact Statements Seriously?
    The Sorry Story of Earthquake-Prone Buildings.The Treasury requires that when new or amended legislation is proposed, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) be provided – ‘a high-level summary of the problem being addressed, the options and their associated costs and benefits, the consultation undertaken, and the proposed arrangements for implementation and ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Enjoy your weekend in the best little country on the planet in a fragile state under new management
    1. What did the Atlas Network do in Aotearoa this week?a. Got a tobacco whistleblower firedb. Got Michael Bassett to ghost-write legislation c. Planted Kompromat on John Campbell d. Sent Cameron Slater flowerse. None of the above2. According to our one-liner Prime Minister the state of the nation is what?a. Fickle  b. Fragile c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Comings and goings – McClay heads for Abu Dhabi while our leaders prepare to welcome Indonesia Vic...
    Buzz from the Beehive Not too long after we posted Geoffrey Miller’s article about the challenge facing Trade Minister Todd McClay in Abu Dhabi, the minister announced he will be travelling today to attend the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation where he will take up his role ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Garrick Tremain’s view…
    ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Bought and paid for
    Candidate donation returns for the 2023 election are out, and surprise, surprise - Shane Jones has been taking money from the industries he is now responsible for regulating: Newly released donation information for 2023 election candidates show the Fisheries Minister received $5000 from West Food Seafood (Westfleet Seafoods Limited). ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s dilemma at the WTO’s big meeting in Abu Dhabi
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s new trade minister is a busy man. Just weeks after taking office in late November, Todd McClay was also elected as vice-chair for the upcoming 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A major gathering of trade ministers from the WTO’s 166 members, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What if Generative AI isn’t the ‘benefit’ or ‘existential risk’ to humanity that it’s be...
    This is a fascinating conversation about the roots, the dangers and hype around AI. Both of these thinkers are so insightful about the issues, and raise issues in context with such clarity.I appreciate them so much. Watch the video from Al Jazeerah English at YouTube or below, and I have ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW: Kiwi populism… and future shock
    Mike Grimshaw writes – The last decade has seen the rise of populism across the Western world as well as more authoritarian populist offshoots in Latin America. Populism occurs on both of (what were) the traditional Left and Right, combining a charismatic leader, socio-economic change and challenges, and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Are You Old Enough?
    Ten years in the jailer's eyeAnd I'm thinkin' 'bout my babyLooking at my life go byFalling in the streets, I'm brokenAnd I'm laughing at the poor man talking to the blind manIf you could choose anybody to lead Aotearoa, who would it be? Maybe you’d like to see Jacinda back, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Article Link. “South America’s Strategic Paradox” in MINGA.
    The Latin American multidisciplinary journal MINGA just published my article on “South America’s Strategic Paradox.” I was surprised that they wanted to do so because they have a very clear left-leaning orientation and my article was pretty much a straight-forward … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the perils of joining AUKUS Pillar Two
    The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:We’ve been gratified ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s dilemma at the WTO’s big meeting in Abu Dhabi
    New Zealand’s new trade minister is a busy man. Just weeks after taking office in late November, Todd McClay was also elected as vice-chair for the upcoming 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A major gathering of trade ministers from the WTO’s 166 members, ‘MC13’ will take ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 23-February-2024
    It’s Friday and here are some of the things that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt asked if the upcoming Regional Land Transport Programme will be another debacle. On Wednesday we ran a guest post from Nick Reid on why the CRL ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Democracy Denied.
    Political Intervention From Above: From the early-1970s on, lobbying firms and think-tanks have grown like Topsy all across the capitalist world. Had the progressive middle-class not drawn its teeth and clipped its claws, an angry working-class might have risen to meet the Robber Baron’s challenge as it did in the ...
    2 days ago
  • “I Was Hacked!”
    Hi,“I was hacked” is a wonderful excuse for a variety of sins, and it was used to perfection this week by Brian Houston, the New Zealand founder (and disgraced former leader) of toxic megachurch Hillsong.Ladies and girls kissing” Brian tweeted at 11.41pm on Tuesday.It was four words he’d clearly meant ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Child poverty progress reverses to 2019 levels
    It was touted as a focus by the previous government, but what progress was made on reducing child poverty has now been eroded away back to 2019-levels. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Six ‘newsy’ things that stood out for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy and beyond from my reading over the past ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume V
    Time for another D&D update. Session XI Gunderlun. So the party is back on dry land. First dealings were with the harbour master, who not only requested his fee, but also noted that if Sir Goatslayer (Goliath Monk) is going to have people lugging around his giant tome ...
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #8 2024
    Open access notables Transition from positive to negative indirect CO2 effects on the vegetation carbon uptake, Chen et al., Nature Communications: Here we investigate how the impacts of eCO2-driven climate change on growing-season gross primary production have changed globally during 1982–2014, using satellite observations and Earth system models, and evaluate their evolution ...
    3 days ago
  • Gravity wins, everybody loses
    This government should come with a whiplash warning. Did you hear the Prime Minister just go off about the Black Hole They Left Us? - how much was it, 20 billion? 200 billion? Or was it 2 gazillion billion? God he just gets so excited doing his we were going ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Gravity wins, everybody loses
    This government should come with a whiplash warning. Did you hear the Prime Minister just go off about the Black Hole They Left Us? - how much was it, 20 billion? 200 billion? Or was it 2 gazillion billion? God he just gets so excited doing his we were going ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Willis tells us before dawn about her travel plans and – early this afternoon – she reports on h...
    Buzz from the Beehive Finance Minister Nicola Willis – and press secretary Nick Venter, too, we may suppose – were up and about before sparrow’s fart. Her bags would have been packed and her passport checked. We report this on the strength of an email from Venter which landed in ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH: Grant Robertson’s new job sends an awful message to students about meritocracy in ...
      The appointment of Grant Robertson as Vice-Chancellor of Otago University has raised hackles – and questions – among academics.  Robertson’s credentials for the job is one issue.  The appointment process is another.  University of Auckland economics professor Rob MacCulloch has posted these three articles in the past few days ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Govt's Budget 'just like a household,' says Willis
    TL;DR: Flying in the face of comments from a ratings agency and a mountain of demand for a new long-term sovereign bond issued yesterday, Finance Minister Nicola Willis has again characterised the Government’s finances as too fragile to borrow in its own right to solve Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure deficits. She also ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • How oil sands undermine Canada’s climate goals
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Now in his ninth year as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has sought to position Canada as a global climate leader, touting one of the world’s highest taxes on carbon pollution, clean fuel regulations, and clean technology tax credits. Yet Canada’s per-person climate pollution remains stubbornly ...
    3 days ago
  • Untold back-stories: the little things media don't tell us but which are nevertheless pertinent
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.In an article entitled "School donations continue to yield millions of dollars for wealthier schools" on RNZ's website on 19 February, Data journalist Farah Hancock reported on the fees ("donations") that (some) schools were ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Untold back-stories: the little things media don't tell us but which are nevertheless pertinent
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.In an article entitled "School donations continue to yield millions of dollars for wealthier schools" on RNZ's website on 19 February, Data journalist Farah Hancock reported on the fees ("donations") that (some) schools were ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Efeso Collins – Gone Too Soon.
    My wife’s breathing was heavy beside me as I woke this morning, still dark. Yesterday, and it’s awful news, came crashing into my head and I lay there quietly crying.Thinking of Efeso’s family and loved ones. Of so many people who knew him and were devastated by the shocking news. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins spoke in Parliament only yesterday on bill which will regulate social workers (and vot...
    Buzz from the Beehive Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and other party leaders have been paying tribute to Green MP Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, who collapsed and died during a ChildFund charity run in central Auckland this morning, . The event, near Britomart, was to support local communities in the Pacific. Collins, ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • This is corrupt
    Earlier in the month, a panel of "independent" experts in Wellington produced recommendations for the future of housing in the city, and they were a bit shit, opposing intensification and protecting the property values of existing homeowners. Its since emerged that they engaged in some pretty motivated reasoning on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins
    God, life can be cruel sometimes can’t it?If only everyone was like him. He was so very warm, so very generous, so very considerate, so very decent. Plenty of people have those qualities but I can think of hardly anyone I've met who had them as richly as he did.Let me ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Is applying “tough love” to a “fragile” nation the right answer?
      The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer:  How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • DON BRASH: Is an independent foreign policy really feasible?
    Don Brash writes – A week or so ago, Helen Clark and I argued that New Zealand would be nuts to abandon the independent foreign policy which has been a characteristic of New Zealand life for most of the last 40 years, a policy which has seen us ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • YVONNE VAN DONGEN: So proud
    Ratepayers might well ask why they are subsidising people who peddle the lie that it is possible to be born in the wrong body and people can change sex. The preponderance of events advertising as ‘queer’ is a gender ideology red flag. Yvonne Van Dongen writes –  It ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • S&P slams new Govt's council finance vacuum
    Wellington Water workers attempt to resolve a burst water main. Councils are facing continuing uncertainty over how to pay to repair and expand infrastructure. The Wellington Regional Council was one of those downgraded. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlooks for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Resigns.
    Yesterday the man that I admire most in NZ politics called time.Around the middle of yesterday news began to filter out. People were posting unconfirmed reports that Grant Robertson was taking a new role as Vice-Chancellor at Otago Uni. Within an hour it became clear that he was indeed retiring ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    5 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    5 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    5 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk
    This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article written by Christian Turney, University of Technology Sydney and Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge and first published on February 14, 2024. Adrien Demers/Shutterstock Last year, the world experienced the hottest day ...
    1 week ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • Government backs police to crackdown on gangs
    The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell.  “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase. At the same time, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Northland’s new Kāeo Bridge officially open
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed the official opening of the new State Highway 10 (SH10) Kāeo Bridge, which will improve safety and traffic flow for people heading to and from the Far North. “This is an important piece of infrastructure for the Northland region that will help members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Dry weather triggers extra support for farmers and growers across the top of the South Island
    The coalition Government is providing support for farmers and growers as dry conditions worsen across the top of the South Island. “Conditions on the ground across the Marlborough, Tasman, and Nelson districts are now extremely dry and likely to get worse in the coming months,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trade Minister heads to Abu Dhabi for key WTO negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today, to take up his role as Vice Chair of the negotiations. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body within the WTO and meets every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Appointment round for King’s Counsel announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced an appointment round for King’s Counsel will take place in 2024. Appointments of King’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint King’s Counsel in recognition ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Retiring Chief of Navy thanked for his service
    Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia.  “I would like to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Indonesian Vice President to visit New Zealand
    Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnership,” Mr Peters says.  “The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boost to fight against caulerpa
    The battle to contain the fast-spreading exotic caulerpa seaweed has today received a $5 million boost to accelerate the development of removal techniques, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The time is now to really lean in and build on the work of Biosecurity New Zealand, mana whenua, communities and local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister attending Australian data, digital meeting
    Minister for Digitising Government Judith Collins is in Sydney to attend the first Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting of 2024.  “This is a great opportunity to connect with our Australian counterparts and identify how we can work together on digital transformation,” Ms Collins says.   “Both our nations are looking into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Appointments to Antarctica New Zealand Board
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appointed Leon Grice and Heather Simpson to serve on the Antarctica New Zealand board.  “Since taking office, the Coalition Government has become concerned about the direction of the Scott Base Redevelopment Project,” Mr Peters says.  “It is vital that Antarctica New Zealand has the right ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strengthening the Single Economic Market
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Government to address business payment practices
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