Labour’s broadcasting policy: public service TV-RNZ

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 pm, August 31st, 2014 - 39 comments
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I’ve been at the Broadcasting debate in Auckland tonight, organised by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting.  There was strong support from most of the speakers for public service broadcasting to be reformed and/or strengthened in NZ.  For the parties of the left particularly, the manipulations exposed by Dirty Politics has intensified many people’s desire for for a new version of public service media.  This is necessary to ensure democracy thrives.

Speakers

The biggest news at the debate was that Labour will be setting up a new public service TV channel if they lead the next government.

Kris Faafoi’s idea is to locate it with RNZ.  Tracy Martin said NZ First already had such a policy on their website. Actually, further questioning showed there was a difference. NZ First want to bring RNZ and TVNZ together.

RNZ

  • Combine Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand under one state-owned enterprise known as New Zealand Broadcasting (NZB), modelled on similar public broadcasting systems overseas, and with clear aims that include promoting our nation’s unique qualities, and the coverage of significant national events.

  • Re-establish a non-commercial public service free-to-air channel with a concentration on quality programming based on the TVNZ 7 model.

Faafoi said that TVNZ and RNZ have totally different cultures, so they couldn’t be integrated.

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Labour wants to locate their new public service TV channel with the long established values of RNZ.

Labour’s broadcasting policy

  • Establish a working group to report on funding options to re-establish a Public Service Television Station.

  • Continue its strong commitment to the New Zealand content sector and a platform for free-to-air regional TV.

  • Work alongside the media industry to set up a new omnibus self-regulatory standards body to cover all media complaints and standards issues.

More details here.  This includes:

Labour will:
establish a working group to report on funding options and the cost of re-establishing a commercial Public Service Television Station paralleling and probably within Radio New Zealand(RNZ).

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ring fence television spectrum for regional and public broadcast

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support the development of Pasifika television content to ensure its ongoing production and availability.

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investigate, as part of our wider commitment to public broadcasting, and set a timeline for the establishment of a Pasifika television channel to celebrate our talentsand diversity.

Julie Anne Genter said that the idea of a new channel located with RNZ, would be something the Greens would be open to exploring.

Genter also produced this great line, which Miriam Prieard included in a tweet:

Genter said we need good public service broadcasting to achieve the Green Party election priorities of a fairer society, a smarter economy and a clean environment. She said we need a proper non-commercial TV channel with adequate funding.

Laila Harre focsed strongly on industrial relations: many of the problems we have now with the media and journalism are due to the demise of collective bargaining.

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With collective bargaining a collective sense of professionalism develops. This produces a team environment, with senior journalists supporting and mentoring junior journalists.  This helps to develop and protect professional standards.

She also had an idea of providing funding for regionally based journalists to enable them to do the necessary research and analysis. And talked of the paper produced during Helen Clark’s term in government that proposed a public service radio network. It got sabotaged by commercial interests and Clark gave up on it.

The speakers also showed a strong understanding that broadcasting of the future will be integrated with digital and online capabilities.

Colin Craig talked in general about having good quality broadcasting for all New Zealanders, but was short on practicalities.  He did say there were funding limitations.  I felt he did Kiwi talent down by saying it wasn’t possible to produce good quality programmes here for children – eg of the quality of Dora the Explorer. He also wanted some sort of gateway to the Internet, where adults would have the capability to let children through.

Maggie Barry defended the abolition of TVNZ 6 and 7, saying it was all Labour’s fault: they had set the channels up only to be funded for a short period, and would also have axed them if they’d stayed in government.

The most heated response came from the audience when Barry responded to a question about the Dirty Politics of National and its allies.  She resorted to a diversionary tactic, saying the dirtiest politics in NZ was Kim Dotcom, a non Kiwi with a dubious/criminal past, funding a New Zealand political party.

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It was a very interesting evening, with some good ideas expressed about ways to achieve a better, more democratic NZ media.

 Update: RNZ report

National Party MP Maggie Barry and Internet Party leader Laila Harre clashed head-on at a public meeting last night, with personal insults flying in each direction.

RNZ report

The clip also reports on Faafoi talking about sustainable funding for the public service TV channel and RNZ; on the Greens policy for a minimum level of free to air children’s TV, and on NZ First’s support for free to air broadcasting of major sports events.

Martyn Bradbury asks a question, Maggie Barry and Laila Harre respond.

39 comments on “Labour’s broadcasting policy: public service TV-RNZ”

  1. weka 1

    I agree with Labour, the cultures of TVNZ and RNZ are too different to merge. I would also be concerned that such a merger would leave RNZ more vulnerable to influence and possible privatisation later. Which brings up the question of how Labour’s idea of RNZ/TV would be Tory-proofed.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      The culture at TVNZ needs to be remade from the ground up. No one in that building should be on over $500K pa. The monies saved need to be ploughed back into journalism and news reporting.

      • S 1.1.1

        My view is TVNZ is to toxic to be saved. The best thing to do would be to sell it off for whatever you can get, minus it’s frequencies and name. Then rebuild public TV from the ground up on the same channels and name but with a completely different organisation and culture.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1

          It’s probably not worth much without it’s frequencies.

        • millsy 1.1.1.2

          I doubt that there is anything at TVNZ worth selling (apart from the frequencies).

          25 years ago, it had a transmission network, studios in the all the main centres, (and in Hamilton, as I understand the history books) a drama production unit, a doco unit, a sports unit, a childrens TV unit, and much more.

          Now all it has is is a building in Auckland and a few media studies graduates that do live crosses in the middle of the night. If you want an example of asset stripping, you need to look at our broadcaster. It has outsourced and sold off most of its.,,,pretty much everything.

          The years 1 April 1975 to 30 June 1989 are/will be agreed by most media historians as broadcasting’s golden age in this country. We had a wide range of content, from news to current affairs, documentaries, drama, comedy, satire, childrens TV (Colin Craig would have been brought up with Play School, Spot On, 3:45! Live, After School, What Now? and the likes, all childrens shows vastly superior to Dora the Explorer, which seems to be targeted at a US Hispanic audience). TVNZ/South Pacific TV/TV1/TV2 litterally made something for everyone. And the reigons were well covered.

          We may have only had two channels and bugger all radio stations, but the quality was better.

          • weka 1.1.1.2.1

            Or let TVNZ generate revenue for the govt as a commercial station and use that to fund public broadcasting. At least in the interim.

      • Ron 1.1.2

        We need a public trust createf a bit like The Guardian. Trustees could be appointed for 10 years and with some consensus from public. They need a guaranted funding based on a public ratio maybe a multiple of the PM’s salary. It must have a charter that dictates quality programming for both radio and TV arms. We want the best of breed for on air staff not middle aged women pretending to be teenagers by using vocal fry on every word. Heard Ryan lately?
        Out also should have sufficient capital that it can experiment and Terry new ideas. We need digital radio now. We need free view boxes wiith CAM slots so that the new channel can have a public pay channel.
        Above all keep the pollies hands away from it.

    • adam 1.2

      Seeing as there are no right wing trolls – I’ll do the trolling.

      How to Tory-proof public broad casting? A armed workforce with open carry rights. Guns for everyone. That way people being interviewed knowing a gun is not very far away, and employment relations can get back to a even footing. Indeed claymores at the entrance so any Minister or MP who talks about privatisation can take collective load of shot on the way out. Heat seeking missiles, not sure what for – but they go boom.

      What we need is a change in mind set away from neo-liberalism – it really is a failed ideology. It has become nothing more than dogma. NZ now feels like some recreation of the cultural revolution. John Key the happy leader, telling kiwis what to think, and purging all who oppose him, by any means necessary.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Work alongside the media industry to set up a new omnibus self-regulatory standards body to cover all media complaints and standards issues.

    /facepalm

    30 years of getting rid regulations and leaving it to the market and self-regulation and they haven’t learned a bloody thing. Such a body would be just as ineffective as the one we have now. We’d need a statutory body with teeth enforcing real regulations and standards.

    • tc 2.1

      Start by looking at the acts Oz use for abc and SBS and factor in how abbotts crew are now interferring into any design.

      they are altering the independence starting by stacking the board that oversees appointments and slashing the funding….sound familiar.

    • Sanctuary 2.2

      +1 LIKE

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.3

      +1

      • Tigger 2.3.1

        +100 – when did the BSA last uphold a meaningful complaint? A self-regulator can be effective if designed properly.

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.1

          there always needs to be the final step of official governmental sanction, if the self regulator does not do its job. Strong public and governmental representation within the self-regulation process is a must any way. Its the only way to keep the industry on its toes.

    • Tracey 2.4

      Self regulation means media manipulation by the wealthiest

  3. disturbed 3

    Thanks for the cover of this important event Karol, I do apologise for delving into my fight down below but using it as an example of how important public media is it is a useful effort for you.

    Weka made a good point

    “Which brings up the question of how Labour’s idea of RNZ/TV would be Tory-proofed.”

    Christ we have to make a constitutional document to achieve this and it is about time we did have a constitution like many others have.

    Such a part of that constitution could be a clause stating that a Public service radio and TV service would remain available in perpetuity for providing a voice for all community social public purposes.

    To give an example here of the importance of public media services;

    We have been fighting this Government to save our Gisborne rail service now mothballed and no current media wants to bullhorn our cause, so when we have a public service with regional journalistic integrity this could help our cause to save the rail before the rails are chopped up and used for a cycle track.

    Rail would lower greenhouse emission’s and protect residential suburban communities from truck noise vibrations and air pollution.

    This whole subject was over ridden by Joyce/Brownlee using MSM to brainwash the country against us all and we never had any media to fight back with.

    • karol 3.1

      That pretty much gets int what Julie Anne Genter said as quoted in my post. Some asked about how public service broadcasting, including a new TV channel, would be funded. Genter said something about it being central to democracy.

      To say we can’t afford public broadcasting is like saying we can’t afford to hold elections

      It’s that essential to democracy, that it must be maintained at a sustainable level, and be independent of vested interests.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Genter is OK with that comment but she also misses the point.

        Put another way:

        How well are your new public broadcasting channels going to fare through 3 terms of Tory budget cuts, privatisations and attacks?

  4. disturbed 4

    I will cast the issue of this discussion of how to future proof public media back to 1998 when I was sitting on a beach in eastern USA listening to RNZ on Short wave, and heard that the National Government was considering closing down the RNZ network stations entirely.

    I was horrified as then it was my only link to my country of birth and thought as of right a Kiwi has an overseas news service as all other countries did of a news media always available.

    Short wave radio is a freedom of revenue service from wherever one comes from.

    That should my previous belief in the National Government as a Political force for the people of the country as the term Nation implies.

    Our position is we need to begin to form a constitution with similar statutes as USA has of all rights under their constitution and one can be as I said on my last blog,

    “Such a part of that constitution could be a clause stating that a Public service radio and TV service would remain available in perpetuity for providing a voice for all community social public purposes.”

  5. Paul 5

    Marcus Lush on Radio Live this morning explaining how the privatisation of the media has affected its ke quality. (Around 6.55 a.m.)
    Seems like there’s a mood for change…

  6. tc 6

    So the Nats sent maggie Barry and her bag of slogans to show they care, isn’t she a lusk/slater candidate ?

    TVNZ should have the foundations however it’s been compromised and looted since it removed all it’s production capability and embarked on a commercial agenda.

    Strip it down into a more profitable entity as any muppett can read an auto cue so start with the expensive script readers and wasted upper and middle management, you’d be surprised how many millions annually are blown there before we look at such flops as TiVo.

    • karol 6.1

      Maggie Barry used a lot of words to say very little of substance: and she said it with unwarranted confidence. She was about little change for the National Party’s broadcasting policy (or it’s anti-broadcasting policy). She claimed RNZ was great as it is and was in good heart.

      She was all corporate speak: making a “business case” for whatever, and having a broadcasting summit to get some ideas about what the public want from broadcasting. Summit to me means a top down talk fest.

      Others talked about real flax roots consultation with the public.

  7. Once Was Tim 7

    All good comments above …. I see this as a good FIRST step.
    I’m concerned that issues surrounding stacking boards through political appointments (a la ABC and SBS, and now even BBC) are not effectively addressed;
    NOR is the SKY monopoly and cosy TVNZ relationship – which serves to drive up content prices;
    and NOR has the fact that EVERY NZer is entitled to access the content that appears on channels such as Heartland and Kidzone24,
    As for funding, Peter Thompson of Vic Uni, and others who used to attend the Save TVNZ7 meetings offered viable options that operate elsewhere.
    A good FIRST step, hopefully in the first year.
    I see no reason why the NZ Public of 4.5 million can’t have a channel such as proposed, as well as Kids and Heartland type channels, as well as a youth oriented radio network, as well as regional interests being catered for.
    Part of TVNZs problem – cultural and cost – is partisan dead wood hacks on over-inflated salaries who (even when a charter existed) were more concerned about delivering a ‘return’ than they were catering for its audience.
    /endrave
    ( I get very frustrated when talking about PSB in NZ because its something that’s been fucked around with over and over, over many many years by politicians and self-interested hacks). I wish I’d been able to attend the Auckland event.

    • karol 7.1

      Kris Faafoi was talking about the new channel with RNZ as a first step – one that involves building a framework around which to develop public broadcasting.

      Some in the room (I think by or agreed to by Greens, Labour, Mana) talked about the importance of getting shows on freeview that are currently on the Sky platform.

      Faafoi and others talked about making such public broadcasting financially sustainable. ie so that it could continue indefinitely with the funding it needs.

      I thought Harre had some very good ideas about re-building journalism and the media in such a way as a pub;ic interest culture is built into – with a system grounded in the regions, and through the collaborative approach that comes with a unionised media workforce.

      Edit:There may be a video of the debate coming online. There was a video camera at the back of the room. Martyn Bradbury live tweeted from the event, and said a video will be up soon.

      • Once Was Tim 7.1.1

        Thank you Karol.
        When I met Grant Robertson 2 or 3 weeks ago whilst he was door knocking, he alluded to this upcoming announcement. He also agreed with some of the fundamental issues I have (and still have). Issues around funding are very important, however to solve them – they’re actually going to require (pardon the expression) ‘balls’ – not token gestures that allow partisan cliquey overpaid hacks to continue on as they are. I’m picking Faafoi is well aware of the people I mean – often only present on the grounds of longevity and their ability to arse-lick, spin, and come across ‘reasonable’. (they’re like a Joyce to an ardent Natzis mind). Bype tw Chris – I mean the hacks – not you, but you do really need to offer this as a “rome was’t built in a day” type approach

        The issue of constant tampering with PSB is very serious – and probably not to hard to resolve (e.g, an umbrella PSB organisation with CEO and SNR Management/Board Members are appointed by a panel comprised of cross-party/all party representatives & community reps …. JUST one idea – I’m not a constitutional expert though I had been considering options such as part of a GG/or President’s mandate requiring such representation. The power of veto is probably one of the most powerful means of sanctioning the anti/undemocratic – even tho’ it does contribute to a democracy being cumbersome – IT IS INTENDED TO BE just that way.

        You know – TVNZ is munted and Chris has concerns about amalgamation because the organisational ‘cultures’ are incompatible.
        …… CHANGE the culture by whatever it takes FFS! It’s a publicly owned enterprise – either that, or don’t feign concern.

        RNZ is under threat (by the very mechanism we’re all concerned about – SEE ABOVE and CHANGE it!

        The umbrella organisation I envisage is one that acts in the public interest, manages the finances derived from the public – and any other SOE/COE enterprise. (We own airwaves, just as we own air and water, and we have a right to determine what’s recieved, what is emanated in our name, what is funded in out name ……. Kordia anyone?)
        One (using a couple of easy steps) could actually resolve SKY’s dominant position ( JUST As an example).
        I don’t really want to discuss them in great detail atm but as a teaser:
        1. Bandwidth
        – Use it or LOSE it. The practice of buying it up to prevent a competitor’s occupation shouldn’t be too hard to swallow for the most ardent capitalist who supposedly loves competition. Using techniques such as simulcasting the same content across satellite channels OTHER than for the purpose of ensuring adequate audience reception should be outlawed
        2. Output.
        – Anything, intended for broadcast that emanates from a programme source/master control/playout – i.e. just prior to feeding a transmitter – can reasonably be deemed as intended for a WIDE audience. (anyone? please offer your arguments as to WHY not). Given that, the reception of unencrypted material intended for a wide audience, then processing it with encryption techniques) is basically not on. It’s merely ticket clipping.

        There are a shitload of other ideas – most of which the most ardent capatilist (not the crony ones we’ve become accustomed to), can’t possibly object to.

        I’d actually go further though, even given the liklihood of those same hacks squealing like stuffed pigs whilst banking their over-inflated salaries. I’d determine WHO made decisions such as we see. and point out that their ‘soon to be disestablished positions’ are not compatible’ with the principles of public service broadcasting OR the use of resources that are publicly owned.
        They seem to think there aren’t people available to establish PSB in NZ – even people who’re not going to demand the world.

        sorry @ Karol – again /endrave

  8. philj 8

    How can Government implement any policy for the common good ( including Public Broadcasting ) if it’s corrupt at the top? There needs to be a serious shake of Democruptcy in NZ. Let’s try Democracy.

  9. Peter 9

    Do we need Public Broadcasting? Well we cannot rely on our most read newspaper for consistent balanced reporting. Here we see it has a section covering Mr Bryan Gould’s articles.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bryan-gould/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=804

    Conveniently the latest articles, since Dirty Politics hit the headlines have not appeared in The Herald. To read them you need to go to http://www.bryangould.com/

  10. grumpystilskin 10

    LOL,
    Has anyone noticed that NZ Firsts’ proposal is what we used to have before the bean counters took over?
    Actually, pretty much everyone is wanting NZBC back by the sounds of it.

    • millsy 10.1

      …and guess who broke up the NZBC in the first place.

      His name starts with “R” and ends with “S”.

      The tactics that he used for this would become a sort of signature for him..

      • karol 10.1.1

        I don’t know who you are talking about. The NZBC was dissolved in 1975 – at that time there was a Labour government. Rowling had taken over from Kirk (following his death) in 1974.

        • millsy 10.1.1.1

          Christ Karol, youre dense today…

          Roger Douglas was Minister of Broadcasting in the Kirk/Rowling cabinets. It has him who split the NZBC up into TV1, TV2/South Pacific Pictures and Radio NZ (with the NZ Broadcasting Council presiding over all 3 of them). He did it in the same manner as he did in the latter half of his career.

          His plan was to have TV1 and TV2 compete with each other, and be at arms length from the government, which would only be accountable on engineering and financial issues.

          I think there was a plan for an educational TV service initally, but it came to nothing.

          • karol 10.1.1.1.1

            millsy, I wasn’t in NZ at the time. I thought the R****s was the family name of the person you were referring to. So I didn’t think Roger Douglas fitted.

            Thanks for the clarification. And it was indeed the wrong turn for public service broadcasting.

    • Once Was Tim 10.2

      Well I sure as hell don’t want an NZBC back again – other than maybe in name only.
      What I’m talking about doesn’t mean A RNZ with a CEO and Board of political appointments, AND a TVNZ with same; AND a Kordia with same; AND a NZoA with same; and a film Commission with same …… etc/
      Far fucking from it. The old NZBC with a Muldoon as PM is a prime example of what NOT to do.

  11. Rodel 11

    I enjoy advertisement free RNZ including the diversity of opinions ( Farrar & Hooton not withstanding). I enjoyed TV7 and would happily pay a bit more tax to have public broadcasting TV back.

    • Kiwiri 11.1

      Quite frankly, I would rather pay tax and have an independent public broadcast instead of dishing out monthly subscriptions to SKY, watching rubbish and then listening to the PM telling me what The Average NZer thinks and wants to move on from.

  12. Aerial 12

    I do not understand “locate with” or “content sector”. On the one hand, Labour says TVNZ and RNZ have different cultures and can’t be integrated. At the same time Labour says it will “locate their new public service TV channel with the long established values of RNZ.” What on earth does this actually mean?
    Is it another euphemism like “content sector” which presumably covers both broadcasters and production companies. Does the “content sector” include South Pacific Pictures and will Labour continue to give strong support to that company now that it’s being swallowed by the Liberty Global/Discovery Communications conglomerate with revenue equal to a quarter of NZ’s GDP?
    As for funding, taxpayers are already paying close to $250 million a year for “public broadcasting”, much of it going into the production of “quality telelevision” broadcast at obscure times and watched by tiny audiences — the exact opposite of the goal of the broadcasting system established by the fourth Labour government. Helen Clark and Michael Cullen rejected the chance to restore non-commercial broadcasting to TVOne in 2000 and now the next Labour, if there is one, seems ready to screw the whole thing completely.

    • grumpystilskin 12.1

      Don’t forget the bread & circus’s (is that a word?) to feed the masses.
      ie: my kitchen rules , dream home, Xfactor etc..
      Yep, our taxpayers dollars are paying for this shit.
      No wonder I watch less then an hour a week of TV in the average week. Crikey, I even work with guys that proudly state they haven’t read a book since school but they know every contestant on those shows.. Sums it up really.

  13. matt 13

    if any such tv channel could provide an alternative to the biased, shallow and pc reporting of current world events which completely overshadow our petty issues it would be most welcome

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    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    5 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    5 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    6 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    6 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    7 days ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three 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. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • US imperialism, Huawei, racism and imperial anxiety
    by Tony Norfield US political opinion against China has two solid bases. The first is the longstanding racist and protectionist sentiment in the white working class; the second is a more recent anxiety about China’s economic prowess in America’s ruling elite. This article notes some historical aspects of anti-Chinese racism ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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