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Latest Comar Brunton poll result

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, December 10th, 2017 - 88 comments
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The latest Colmar Brunton poll has been released and there has been little movement since the election.  The figures are Labour 39%, National 46%, Greens 7% and NZ First 5%.  Improvements for the major parties have been at the expense of minor parties and New Zealand First who have all gone backward.

Some pundits are decrying the lack of bounce.  My personal view is that it shows how divided the electorate is.  And there are some really helpful associated results.

Jacinda is now by far the most preferred Prime Minister.  She is up 6% points and English is down 9% points from the last poll.

And the country by a significant majority thinks things are heading in the right direction.

The poll is interesting in that 50% of the calls were made to cellphones. Time will tell if this has had an effect on the result.

Some will paint this as a disappointing result for the Government. For me it looks pretty solid. As long as Labour and co can show significant improvements in important issues I expect there to be a general trend favourable to the Government.

88 comments on “Latest Comar Brunton poll result”

  1. mango 1

    It’s worth looking at the RNZ poll of polls analysis. Interestingly two other recent polls have national much lower than colmar brunton.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/345867/poll-voters-broadly-say-yes-to-new-government

    • alwyn 1.1

      You did notice this line in the report.
      “The big difference in the three polls was that the 1 News Colmar Brunton had a much stronger result for National (46%) than the two earlier polls”.
      This Colmar-Brunton result would indicate that the honeymoon is already over and there is a swing back to National.

      Hardly surprising given that the performance of the Government to date has been appalling. They really weren’t ready for the job, having wasted the last nine years when they should have been developing new people and new ideas.

      A new Government usually has a large swing toward it in the early polls. Where did it go this time?

      Toby Manhire on the Spinoff had an article on what might be expected from the poll.
      https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/08-12-2017/the-first-big-poll-for-ages-is-due-what-would-be-a-good-result-for-labour/
      He suggested, for National. “If they can hit 42% or better on Sunday, they’ll be thrilled.”
      I suppose they will be.
      For Labour he proposed “Anything under 40% will be a disappointment. Anything above National will be a relief”.
      Oh dear.

      • marty mars 1.1.1

        2 time loser billshitter must be sad – he stuffed the gnats up and now long long years in oblivion await – oh well luckily Labour, NZF, and the Greens are a stable successful grouping and the public are happy with the direction. Yay it’s all going well.

        • Grantoc 1.1.1.1

          You sound like Pollyanna, Marty.

          I note that NZ First sit on 5% in this poll. The coalition won’t look especially stable or successful if NZ First fall below the 5% threshold. In fact if this were to build into a trend they won’t be around in 3 years. The coalition will then be facing ‘long years of oblivion’

          • marty mars 1.1.1.1.1

            Sadly for that proud party the gnats the slide is on. Support partners? Nah, Enough to govern alone? Nah, Toast? Yup, bills fault? Yup – Supporters? Running, Proof? They want to talk about anything other than the gnat election debarcle.

            • Grantoc 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Maybe this week the Nats will ‘talk about’ that bunch of overstretched, inexperienced, un engaged, bitter and twisted, back stabbing happy campers propping up the coalition; also known as the Green Party.

              When you put the hapless Greens alongside NZ First potentially disappearing into the uncertainty of life beneath the 5% threshold, then coalition stability and success really does look fragile.

              Don’t you think Marty?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                No, you have it the wrong way around – that is what David Farrar thinks, and you are his mouthpiece.

                • Grantoc

                  Well thank you for that insight OAB and merry christmas to you.

                  Do you know what, I actually don’t know what David Farrar thinks; but clearly you do. Sounds like you follow him closely;maybe hanging off every word of his?

                  Maybe you’ve got it wrong; maybe you’re his mouth piece.

                  Anyway it doesn’t change the accuracy of my comment.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    If you’re not a mindless sponge, how come you never say anything original?

                    And yes, I agree, your comment is still witless drivel, motivated by hate: that hasn’t changed.

                    • Grantoc

                      OAB; Your insights into the behaviour of those with whom you have no knowledge are quite awe inspiring. How do you do it?

                      I am so impressed that you understand what motivates me; it is quite extraordinary given that you have no idea who I am.

                      Perhaps the explanation is that actually all you do is to project your own emotions, motivations and attitudes onto the wider world. You crawl out from under whichever rock you’re currently lurking beneath; spit venom full of self hate at whatever is challenging your point of view and then crawl back again.

                      You almost deserve to be pitied.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Speaking of spitting venom:

                    overstretched, inexperienced, un engaged, bitter and twisted, back stabbing

                    The conclusion that these words are motivated by hate is inescapable.

                    • Grantoc

                      Wrong again OAB

                      Rather these are the kinds of conclusions that can reasonably be made based on the letter leaked by someone in the Green Party to the media, which describes life in the Green Party right now.

                      Typically these are the behaviours associated with workforces that are significantly disengaged; which is the current state of the Green party. Ironic as that is.

                      But you may be right to the extent that these words are motivated by hate (although probably too strong a word – frustration/disappointment maybe even envy more accurately describes how they are feeling) etc – but that emanates from Green Party staffers/members/politicians; I’m simply observing and recording.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      😆

              • Sadly that strategy didn’t work for the gnats – they burned off their support partners and found themselves floundering as gnatnomates – pretty poor politics whichever way you look at it.

      • Muttonbird 1.1.2

        Toby Manhire is a comedy writer. This piece reflects that.

        • alwyn 1.1.2.1

          “a comedy writer”
          Is he really? It does sound appropriate of course as this Government is so badly prepared for the job that they are a joke.

          • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.1.2.1.1

            “this Government is so badly prepared for the job that they are a joke.”

            And yet despite that, they are making some positive moves that the previous lot with 9 years in power, couldn’t. But early days.

          • NewsFlash 1.1.2.1.2

            Alwyn, the only joke is the fact that this Govt is having to put out a fire for every policy that the Nats left burning out of control, and that’s most of them, if National were so popular they’d be in Govt now, but they’re not are they?

  2. mosa 2

    Colmar Brunton despite other reputable polling analysis that has has their party vote much lower has always had the National party well ahead.

    Colmar Brunton is here to over inflate the National parties position and send the message that they are still popular and loved on the Sunday night 6pm news instalment that still peddles right wing propaganda.

    Case in point was Jacinda meeting Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten who is on a weekend visit.
    No mention on Newshub and a ten second news bite on One News.

    The Californian fires destroying wealthy neighbourhoods in L.A got at least three to four minutes and in depth analysis of the celebrities affected.

    Strange when Key met anyone who could give him a selfie moment it was all over the news no matter how inconsequential that person was.

    • alwyn 2.1

      You’re right.
      Key met a lot of inconsequential people.
      Who was that American who thought so highly of him.
      Some name like Obama I think. Quite unimportant.

      Make the most of meeting Shorten though. I was in Oz a few weeks ago and Mr Shorten may be in very big trouble for unauthorised expenditure of Union funds on his political ambitions.

      • savenz 2.1.1

        Must be why Key put all that huge million dollar donation into the Clinton foundation on behalf of NZ taxpayers, I mean we don’t need the money here for locals. Life is like a box of chocolates for all, we have no crisis we need to worry about here under National’s reign, better for Key to help the Clintons they could really do with some dough.

        And that nice man Thiel can get that sweetheart multi million deal on those shares cause he could do with a donation and Key can give him citizenship to add to the EU and US citizenships he already has. 11 days in NZ, he really needs another multi million dollar residence in Queenstown to rest his weary head.

        I love how generous our politicians are in this country to those who most need it. (and a bit less generous to those that do need it).

      • NewsFlash 2.1.2

        Stop LYING Alwyn, I live here, the only political party in trouble right now is Turnbull, who wont last another election, stop LYING.

    • Ed 2.2

      Follow the money….

      Who are the shareholders of Colmar Brunton?

      Colmar Brunton is owned by Kantar Millward Brown
      Kantar Millward Brown is owned by WPP Plc

      Some of the shareholders of WPP Plc are :

      Massachusetts Financial Services Co.
      Harris Associates LP
      The Vanguard Group, Inc.
      Norges Bank Investment Management
      Nordea Investment Management AB (Denmark)
      Martin Sorrell
      Aberdeen Asset Investments Ltd.
      MFS International Singapore Pte. Ltd.
      BlackRock Fund Advisors
      First Pacific Advisors LLC

    • Unicus 2.3

      Quite true both TV One an Three have continued their slavish pre-election support for National that will continue until the John Key appointed board at TV one is replaced.

      Both channels have minimised Jacindas profile an at same time providing As much exposure possible for the National Party has- been’s and their dead in the water leader .This is also reflected in Fairfax publications where Jacinda is given only life support oxygen while Bill and co are weirdly over bloated with it .

      When Key was elected his grossness was sold daily in the media as everything from ” the new Kennedy ” To Obamas closest friend and the Queens most treasured confidant – that bullshit lasted the whole time he was leader –

      Today’s Prime Minister was forced to release her governments new education policy on face book because the MSM are still busily behaving as a salve for the losers of the election

      Underlying the election result is an excruciating fact most Tories have yet to face .Even with The support of TV Ones National stacked board and the belligerent electioneering by Fairfax and Radio Networks – National was still soundly beaten.

      The days when scurrilous media tyrants like Murdoch could impose their right wing preference s on free democracy’s is over . Suck it up Tories your favourite plaything is toast – Jacinda and the Internet have done for you bastards once and for all.

  3. Matthew Whitehead 3

    I’ve translated the CB into seats, and made projections on how likely it makes various governing arrangements on twitter:

    It looks like this, if we don’t account for margin of error:

    Labour – 48
    Greens – 9
    NZF – 6
    ACT – 1
    National – 56
    Total: 120, 61 seats needed for a majority
    Current coalition would be re-elected.

    Out of 2,000 simulated elections: (assuming 95% chance of ACT retaining epsom, and 50% chance of Māori Party re-election)

    Current coalition wins a second term: 49.1%
    Labour-Greens can choose to ditch NZF: 7.4%
    Māori Party can replace NZF, or Labour-Greens can flex between the two: 8.1%
    Māori Party needed for either bloc to form a government: 13.4%
    Outright National-Act Government chance: 22.1%

    NZF under threshold chance: roughly 50%

    edit: As for the cellphones thing, this is just Colmar Brunton catching up to Roy Morgan in terms of methodology. Reid Research is probably correct that a partial internet panel is a more robust option.

  4. Kat 4

    Its fairly obvious that until such time the coalition “owns” the MSM and the lion-share of positive media narrative Labour will lag. On a positive note at least Labour is trending up, not down and they are in govt.

    A word to National supporters, the next real poll is the next general election. If thinking that this coalition is going to implode with an early election then dream on if it helps with the grief process.

  5. Tanz 5

    Over at Kiwiblog they are very very happy with National’s huge lead, especially as there is no real bounce for Labour. This is awesome for National, they are still the preferred biggest party, and NZ First are fading fast. Made my day, despite the rain. Not so important who the preferred PM is, it’s parties people vote for. There will be much rejoicing in the National camp. No honeymoon bounce for the new govt, NZ First near wipe out. Thank you Santa. National are actually up post election, an amazing feat for a third term govt. Champers time. No wonder English was so happy being interviewed!

    The Daily Blog says Labour should be freaked out by this poll. I like Martyn Bradbury, he always says it as it is.

    • ianmac 5.1

      Grow up Tanz. Even if NZF get to 1%, they are still part of Government. Come back in 2020.

      • Anne 5.1.1

        The loss of her beloved National govt. has temporarily deranged Tanz. Either that or she thinks she’s provoking Standardistas. Perhaps she’s deaf and can’t hear the laughter….

        Best she be ignored until sanity once again prevails.

        • fender 5.1.1.1

          Tanz used to be a huge Colin Craig fan, so I’ll never take her unhinged rantings seriously. She’s desperate and comes across as one of those headless feathered creatures IMO.

    • Dv 5.2

      Can’t count a kB either

    • Incognito 5.3

      Over at Kiwiblog they are very very happy with National’s huge lead …

      This is awesome for National …

      Made my day, despite the rain.

      There will be much rejoicing in the National camp.

      Thank you Santa.

      Champers time. No wonder English was so happy being interviewed!

      This epitomises the National Paradox: they already have so much and are happy with so little and yet they take (away) so much from those who have much less and so very little …

    • red-blooded 5.4

      Tanz, National are not a third term government – you’re living in the past. They’re the opposition. And they’re not in the lead – or not in a meaningful way, anyway. They’re still the biggest single party, but in NZ single parties don’t form governments.

      (And, BTW, Labour are up 6% of their election results, Nat are up 3%.)

      And when Martyn Bradbury was saying what a dreadful liar John Key was and what uncaring, arrogant arseholes your beloved Nats were while in government, did you love him then for “telling it like it is”?

    • McFlock 5.5

      Gosh, Labour should be panicking: if these trends continue, National will be on 60% polling when the next election comes around! lolz

      • Michael 5.5.1

        What “trend”? It’s one poll. If I was invested in this government’s future (and I’m not), I’d be worried about that NZ First rating: they are being overtaken by the Greens, with whom Labour appears much more comfortable working in government. How long before Winston and his crew wake up to that? Time for some wins for NZ First, I think.

        • BM 5.5.1.1

          If the Greens start polling back over 10% they’d have to be seriously starting to think about renegotiating the current arrangement, especially if NZ First is hovering around 5%.

          • Incognito 5.5.1.1.1

            I reckon the PM must call for a snap election if that happens; we cannot have a Parliament that does not reflect the polls as that would be a travesty of democracy.

            • BM 5.5.1.1.1.1

              Don’t be silly.

              Facts are Labour did a hatchet job on the Greens and reduced them to a position where they had to beg for whatever scraps they were given while Winston Peters gets to sit at the head of the table and feast on this enormous banquet.

              How long do you think it will take before the Greens start to get a bit pissy about that arrangement and demand more than scraps?

              • Incognito

                Don’t be daft.

                Fact is that National lost. You’re only giving us your mischievous opinions, not facts.

        • McFlock 5.5.1.2

          I was taking the piss.

          Frankly, the polls are pretty much irrelevant for probably the next 18 months. NZ1 is well positioned to straddle the LabNat divide, provided national have learned their lesson about how to deal with partners rather than supplicants.

          Labour can work with either greens or NZ1 or both. Where it gets interesting is if Labour get to the position where they can choose between the two – yes, prog lefties want Labour to go with greens, but Lab might go with NZ1 instead.

      • DoublePlusGood 5.5.2

        Yeah, National 60%, Labour 112%, Greens 28%, NZ First -12%, ACT a single vote across the whole country…something like that anyway.

      • alwyn 5.5.3

        That sounds about right.

    • Ed 5.6

      Do some research.
      Who are the owners of Colmar Brunton?

  6. ianmac 6

    In spite of English and co getting huge platforms to undermine Jacinda and team, they still look like loosers. Government go go go full steam ahead.

  7. adam 7

    How does this affect working people in any meaningful way?

    All it does do is remind us we now live in a society run by polls. We just had 9 years of a government deeply committed to doing everything via a poll result. And look at the mess we are in – the coalition will start doing the same, the short term and blissfully ignorant poll will win on the day.

    This is no way to have a society.

  8. Tanz 8

    I think you mean losers. Who cares. National will be back in 2020, with no need for NZ First (who will be wiped out, they will go down from here, not up), and will get to govern for a long long time after that. This is a three year break for them, or less. They have been awesome in Opposition. Question Time used to be a bore, now it is high entertainment. Winston did the dirty on National this time, but justice always wins in the end! As always, God is the real one in charge, His Sovereignty is forever

    • Muttonbird 8.1

      God is in charge? You’ve just outed yourself as a complete lunatic. As if we didn’t already know.

      • James 8.1.1

        What happened to not making comments to exclude others ?

        Whilst I might not agree with the god view – people should not be mocked for their views on the subject.

        There is enough trouble having femail voices on this blog without people like you being rude to them.

        Try commenting on the post and. It attacking the person.

        • Incognito 8.1.1.1

          You make very good points except for this one:

          Try commenting on the post and. [sic]

          You may want to view this educational clip: The Alt-Right Playbook: Never Play Defense https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmVkJvieaOA (HT to Ovid /open-mike-02-12-2017/#comment-1421409)

          Put differently, if you get served an utter shambles in a restaurant you don’t start unpicking (unpacking) what’s wrong with it but you just send the whole lot back to the kitchen with a few critical comments about the chef. And they better redeem themselves or they will lose your custom and personal recommendation (poor online review?).

        • McFlock 8.1.1.2

          Personally, be it a magic book or true story, I’ve never understood how people reconcile the New Testament with being a tory. Unless they took “suffer the little children” as an order, of course.

          • ropata 8.1.1.2.1

            If you are a barely literate hillbilly, you believe what the preacher man says.

            Forget separation of church and state, the Gospel has been replaced with flag waving militarism, capitalist bootstraps, and a cult of US exceptionalism.

            (The actual teachings of Christ have a tendency to demolish the establishment power structure, that’s why he was killed)

            • In Vino 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Sorry, but the church since its adoption by the Roman Empire has adapted the teachings of Christ to turn them into a means of social control.
              What you call the actual teachings of Christ has become a fuzzy grey area, whatever the presumed original Christ may have intended.

              • ropata

                Haha, the biblical texts are the best preserved ancient documents we have. The church has definitely gone astray throughout history but there is little significant change to the biblical canon.

                Variants are listed in critical editions of the text, the most important of which is the Novum Testamentum Graece, which is the basis for most modern translations. For over 250 years, Christian scholars have argued that no textual variant affects key Christian doctrine.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_manuscript#Textual_criticism

    • Kat 8.2

      What stage of the grieving process do you reckon you are at Tanz?

    • David Mac 8.3

      If I was God I’d vote Green. Stupid to go to all that effort and not back it.

    • Incognito 8.4

      As always, God is the real one in charge, His Sovereignty is forever

      Huh? @ 5 you said:

      Thank you Santa.

      Now, we all know that Santa is doing the bidding of gluttonous profiteering capitalists whom you worship but I am confused now as to whom or what you worship most: Santa, God, Bill, Capitalism, or Gluttony?

      • the pigman 8.4.1

        First Santa, then God. Next it’ll all be John Key’s great work. Too much “champers” I’d say.

        Makes me long for the days of that bored alcoholic LARPing housewife from the SF bay area who used to post here… sweet remembrances.

    • fender 8.5

      “….God is the real one in charge….”

      bukowski by modest mouse

      “…..If God controls the land and disease
      And keeps a watchful eye on me
      If he’s really so damn mighty
      Well, my problem is, I can’t see
      Well, who would wanna be
      Well who would wanna be such a control freak?…..”

    • mary_a 8.6

      @ Tanz (8) … please explain how Winston “did the dirty” on Natz.

      I agree question time is indeed high entertainment. Very entertaining in fact, watching the opposition prove what a vindictive, opportunistic, petulant bunch of sore losers they are.

      “As always, God is the real one in charge, His Sovereignty is forever.”

      Really? Who says? Evidence please!

  9. Muttonbird 9

    I was in my local neighbourhood today and saw that Denise Lee is opening her electorate office on Main Highway in the middle of Ellerslie. This is the type of shop front branding National candidates will employ in an effort to sway voters on visual recognition rather than socially beneficial policy.

    Her office will mirror the Harcourts, the Barefoot and Thomson, and Ray White offices across the street. They sell the same service, after all.

    • indiana 9.1

      Is this sort of branding worse than say posing for Vogue?

      • dv 9.1.1

        At least Vogue gives NZ designers a platform.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.2

        Good question.

        Mimicking real estate developers vs. a Vogue cover. It’s all a matter of perception I guess.

        For instance, which of them is employed in service of “an effort to sway voters on visual recognition rather than socially beneficial policy”?

      • Incognito 9.1.3

        Well, if posing for Vogue is causing a deepening and worsening of the housing crisis then I’d say the branding is no better or worse.

    • Anne 9.2

      Maggie Barry has her electorate office next door to the local police station. It’s quite a big building and hard to distinguish from the police building. It’s been painted in similar colours which I suspect is an attempt to associate themselves with our fine, upstanding policemen and women of the Police Force who never put a foot wrong – oh no. It’s all imagery and little substance with the Nats.

  10. Marcus Morris 10

    The failures of the last nine years are exposed almost daily. Latest of course was the revelation of the dismal consequences of the much vaunted National Standards. The housing crisis is worse than expected, gridlock in Auckland has lessened little since the opening of the Waterview tunnel and so on and so on. The challenges faced by this government are massive. As mentioned above, the real poll is in three years time and most decent New Zealanders will be hoping that we will be seeing positive improvements. I am just relieved that English and his cohorts didn’t have another three years to continue the damage they were bringing onto our once egalitarian society. (Did I mention water quality?).

  11. Upnorth 11

    Jacinda will not want Winnie to drop that low…watch for a headline by Winnie in a few days or weeks to show is boss

    • lurgee 11.1

      Unfortunately, Ardern has little control over Winston, and he has the self-preservation instinct of a possum in a motorway.

      I fully expect Winston’s arrogance and ‘flexible morality’ to bring about the demise of his party, again. I’m very worried it will damage Labour as well and bring about the return of Zombie Bill for a third instalment in the series.

      2002 – The Night of Bill English
      2017 – The Return of Bill English
      2020 – The Revenge of Bill English?

  12. ropata 12

    Fucking poll results are not significant news. Political horse races and mindless tribalism with zero discussion of policy. It’s just doofus personality shit, Bill vs Jacinda vs Winston. What a waste of news. Please Labour, pass a law to make this tabloid fodder illegal to publish on the front page or lead the news. Especially during elections.

    Do we have to be subjected to more Nat sycophant stupidity? All they care about is kicking the other tribe, notice that Tanz and Alwyn make zero mention of how the Nats have anything useful to offer NZ. They don’t give a shit about the suffering that the Nat regime caused, or its sordid record of corruption and lies. The future of NZ is at stake and all the RWNJ’s have to offer is Trumpish bile.

    • Ed 12.1

      Agreed.
      Ban polls.

    • In Vino 12.2

      With you now, Ropata.

        • red-blooded 12.2.1.1

          There has to be a pretty extreme damage to society and individuals in order to actually ban something, guys. Look at the damage done by tobacco, or alcohol – neither of these is banned. You might find polls annoying (solution – ignore them). You might think they become self-fulfilling, locking in a particular narrative in people’s minds, and maybe the solution is to control them (some countries don’t allow polls just before an election). I’d argue that polls are just part of the political landscape and that they’d have to be doing a lot of proven damage before any government should take an extreme step like banning them. Think how that would play out in public discussion: stifling political discourse, trying to keep people in the dark… Not good.

          • David Mac 12.2.1.1.1

            Yep, polls are fun. It’s placing too much weight in them that is wrong. Someone predicting our current government via the election polls would of finished up very wrong.

            • David Mac 12.2.1.1.1.1

              It’s a situation compounded by the Flim Flam men.

              Paddy Gower: “on these numbers…WE HAVE A BRAND NEW GOVERNMENT!”

  13. mosa 13

    I see the ever reliable One news covered the poll result and that C.B finally realised that calling people on the landline and not their mobile phones means they are missing out adding even more right wing idiots to the total for National because no one has a landline any more.

    If you ignore the hype of Nationals result Labour has climbed to 39 well above the early twenties that had become the norm and was a useful negative news headline for years and now under MMP that is vital for government formation and that Jacinda is most prefered PM.

    What One news deliberately left out was the important mood of the country.

    The majority think it is going in the right direction.

    Not that it is as important as Nationals largest party position and that it must surely on that basis be the government.

    We have changed the government now it’s time to change the media.

  14. lurgee 14

    Jacinda is now by far the most preferred Prime Minister. She is up 6% points and English is down 9% points from the last poll.

    I thought referring to Ardern by her first name was a belittling tactic deployed by the condescending curmudgeons of the right?

  15. lurgee 15

    As for the poll, NZ 1st’s dangerous flirtation with the 5% line should be noted. National aren’t the only major party in need of friends.

    • Matthew Whitehead 15.1

      Actually in this poll, the demise of NZFirst doesn’t hurt Labour because they and the Greens are ahead of National, but they’d need to feel relatively confident of that result. (RM’s result of Labour and Greens having a majority between them last month would indicate that they probably can be confident in that hypothesis, but they’d probably want to wait for the next RM to be sure. Usually results are somewhere between where CB and RM suggest, and CB is probably back to favouring National now it correctly has started adding non-landline respondents to its poll)

  16. Chris 16

    Not really surprising for NZF

    What ever he did he was going to piss off about 50% of his supporters, so losing a clump is hardly surprising

    Doubt they will be in the reckoning by next time if Winston chucks it in anyway

  17. Brian Tregaskin 17

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/345867/poll-voters-broadly-say-yes-to-new-government
    Colin james has written a great informed article

    Poll of Polls – Voters have broadly endorsed the new government in three polls taken since the government was formed.”

    “All three polls had a weaker result for New Zealand First than in the election.
    That may reflect the preference of a minority of New Zealand First supporters in two polls, one before and one after the election, for New Zealand First to go with National.
    That preference amounted to 1.9-2.0 percentage points out of New Zealand First’s 7.2% election result. If those voters have deserted New Zealand First since its choice of Labour, that would suggest it might be expected to be polling around 5.2%-5.3% – that is close to the Poll of Polls figure.”

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    The CivilianBy admin
    6 hours ago
  • Winston Peters claims vindication after not being charged in National Party SFO investigation
    Today’s boastful press conference hearkens back to 2012, when New Zealand First celebrated not being charged in relation to the murder of Scott Guy. New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is claiming total exoneration this afternoon after the Serious Fraud Office did not charge him with ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    8 hours ago
  • Charged
    The Serious Fraud Office has filed charges against four people over National's donations scam. No-one has been named yet, because name suppression hasn't been dealt with yet, so I guess we'll just have to wait for completely coincidental resignations (cough name suppressed cough) to see if any of them are ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • So much for raising the retirement age
    For the past twenty years, the right has plotted to raise the retirement age, supposedly because preventing old people from starving to death is "unsustainable". Of course, it would also let them deliver an enormous tax cut to their cronies, which tells us that its financial sustainability is simply a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • A squandered opportunity
    Late last year, in the face of economic bad news, the government announced a massive $12 billion infrastructure spending programme to keep the economy ticking over. Given shortages of housing and public transport, and the pressing need to decarbonise our economy, this could have been a massive opportunity to fix ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak: what is R0?
    There are a few misunderstandings about the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan getting around. Below is a short explanation of one of them: what is R0, and what does it mean. Current estimates for R0 centre around the mid 2s—call it 2.5 or thereabouts—not the higher values some are scare-mongering online. ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    19 hours ago
  • Global warming is happening here and now
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Signs of global warming are being observed all over our planet. Thermometers measure surface warming. Buoys sunk to ocean depths measure heat building up in our oceans. Ice is melting across our planet, with ice sheets crumbling and glaciers ...
    1 day ago
  • Whiteness, class and the white working class
    This essay by Kenan Malik, on the controversy over the funding of scholarships for white working class boys, was originally published in the Observer on 5 January 2020, under the headline‘Bursaries don’t help when it’s not their colour that thwarts these boys’. There is a scene in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • We have a date
    The Prime Minister has just announced the election date as 19 September. So, its a Suffrage Day election, and well before the Trump hits the fan in the US. The no-longer-new practice of announcing the election date well in advance is good, and puts everyone on a more even footing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • With the En-ROADS climate simulator, you can build your own solutions to global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Killer hurricanes, devastating wildfires, melting glaciers, and sunny-day flooding in more and more coastal areas around the world have birthed a fatalistic view cleverly dubbed by Mary Annaïse Heglar of the Natural Resources Defense Council as “de-nihilism“. One manifestation: An increasing number of ...
    2 days ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak in China: what a difference a week makes
    When it comes to emerging infectious diseases and outbreaks, so much can happen in a week. In the case of the coronavirus outbreak in China, I’ve gone from not being too alarmed, to thinking “oh, crap!”. But that still doesn’t mean we should all panic. As I’m writing this on ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • National cries wolf over Coronavirus
    Opposition MP Michael WoodhouseLast week, the current National Party leader, Simon Bridges, claimed that the Minister of Health wasn’t leading on ‘significant issues that matter to New Zealanders within his Health portfolio’ when commenting about the Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.This silly comment was made despite David Clark working ...
    3 days ago
  • Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared
    All the recent research anti-fluoride campaigners promote as “evidence” of harm from community water fluoridation amount to cherry-picking a very few statistically significant results from a large number of non-significant results. The whole exercise is a bit like the “Mouse that Roared.” Credit: The Mouse that Roared – TMTR Intro ...
    3 days ago
  • Leave Neve alone
    Neve Te Aroha Gayford at RatanaI’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that the Ratana birthday celebrations this year were a well-attended event that went off without much of a hitch. This is in stark contrast to previous years, where some form of controversy has usually taken centre ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 19, 2020 through Sat, Jan 25, 2020 Editor's Pick The companies that have contributed most to climate change Thought-provoking readings on those most responsible for the pollution. Sometimes, ...
    4 days ago
  • The swimming pool paradox
    It’s another warm day, but the breeze isn’t helping much, so off I go to the inviting outdoor swimming pool (banner picture) at the other end of campus. It’s an unheated pool (well, there’s no artificial heat source), which means one thing: It’s going to feel cold when I get ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • 100 seconds to midnight
    The Doomsday Clock is a tracker created by he Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for how close we are to global destruction. Created in 1947, it got worse as the Cold War started, then improved as it cooled down, then got worse again as Ronald Reagan tried to confront the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A multitude of drops: Social tipping points in climate action
    If you’re here, you probably know that the climate crisis is upon us, that it’s getting steadily worse, and that attempts to address it haven’t worked yet. People are still driving and even advertising SUVs with impunity, and oil companies are exploring like crazy, even in New Zealand. Politically, socially, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • The Thoughtful Mr Parker.
    Stunningly Wrong-Headed: So blinded are the “left-wing” believers in free markets and free trade (like Trade Minister, David Parker) that even when they are staring directly at the wreckage of the lives and communities which these “unconscionable freedoms” (to borrow Marx’s telling phrase) have left in their wake, they cannot ...
    6 days ago
  • What’s the problem with all science being “done” in English?
    I’ve been listening to a wonderful podcast this morning which left me thinking. The podcast was a 30-min well-spent break, in the company of Daniel Midgley and Michael Gordin.  You might know Daniel Midgley from the Talk the Talk linguistics podcast. Michael Gordin is the author of “Scientific Babel”, which ...
    SciBlogsBy Andreea Calude
    6 days ago
  • Snakeflu?! An intriguing source suggested for new Chinese coronavirus
    The whole world is on edge over a coronavirus outbreak that started in early December in Wuhan City, China. The virus is thought to have first infected people working at a seafood and live animal market. So what could the original source have been? There’s no official word yet, but ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Simon’s Philippine jaunt: #LittleBoysPlayingToughguys
    Not too far back, Simon Bridges the Leader of the Opposition and National Party, went on an excursion to China. This was arranged not by MFAT (NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), but by their MP Jian Yang – a man who also just happened to “forget to mention” ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Will Turia ever forgive Labour?
    Dame Tariana Turia with former PM John KeyWhat is it about Tariana Turia’s grudge against the Labour Party? Not content with attacking the Government over Whānau Ora funding, which was increased by $80 million in 2019, she has now made it personal by saying that Jacinda Ardern is out of her ...
    6 days ago
  • What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
    Scaremongering graphic currently being promoted by Declan Waugh who is well known for misrepresenting the fluoride science This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020
    Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come  to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set.  A ...
    7 days ago
  • Oxfam Report: Time to Care – Unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis
    January 2020 Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • How to avoid being a cunt to hospo workers’
    Working hospo is hard mahi for many reasons, from long hours and gruelling high-volume weekends to customers who treat us as their servants. There are always lovely and polite customers who treat hospo workers with respect and kindness but, throughout my 15-years in the biz, I’ve collected a number of ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • 2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
    Probably yes to both but don’t panic yet. There is a plan. What is this virus? 2019 novel coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV, belongs to a family of viruses called coronavirus. These are very common viruses that infect a wide range of animals including humans and can cause mild to severe disease, ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
    Judy Kavanagh Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world than the world of today. Along with huge social shifts there have been big changes in the New Zealand economy and the work people do. There are occupations unheard of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
    Back in December, when the government was introducing new secrecy legislation on an almost daily basis, I posted about the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The Bill establishes a new class of public entity, "special purpose vehicles", which collect and spend public money and enjoy statutory powers. Despite this, they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Still a criminal industry
    More evidence that the fishing industry suffers from pervasive criminality, with Forest & Bird highlighting some odd numbers in the annual statistics:The Annual Review Report For Highly Migratory Species Fisheries 2018/19 (Pg 4, Table 4) showed only 4% of commercial long lining trips for tuna and swordfish reported non-fish bycatch ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
    By now you’ve probably heard of the new virus causing an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China. The question on most people’s minds is, how worried should we be, especially as hundreds of millions of people will soon be travelling across China and beyond to visit family for the Lunar ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
    Its summer, so people naturally want to go for a swim. But in South Canterbury, you can't, because the rivers are full of toxic goo:As of Monday, the Waihi River at Wilson Street footbridge, Geraldine, the Waihao River at Bradshaws Bridge, and three spots on the Opihi River - at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
    Late last year, NZ First was caught trying to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Regional Economic Development Minister shane Jones' "explanations" were patently unconvincing, and his recusal from deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BIG idea physics
    This morning I’ve been having a quick look through some documentation from The Ministry of Education on proposed changes to NCEA Level 1 Science. For those not familiar with the NZ secondary education system, a typical student would complete NCEA level 1 at the end of year 11.  In this ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
    No Fires Thanks, We're Kiwis: For the moment, in those close-to-home places where revolutions are born, there may be tetchiness and resentment, frustration and complaint, but nowhere is anybody uttering the cry that will bring a New Zealand revolution into being: “We have found the way to make tomorrow better ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of ...
    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
    by John Smith  Britain’s exit from the imperialist bloc known as the European Union (EU) is now irreversible. The crushing electoral defeat of the Labour Party has dismayed many workers and youth who had placed their hopes in Jeremy Corbyn, its left-wing leader. This article assesses these historic events, neither of which ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections, and has been adapted into a new myth rebuttal on climate-wildfire connections with the short URL sks.to/wildfires Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
    There’s been a lot written about the 2020 Oscar Nominations and their apparent lack of diversity. It’s true, there are in fact no women nominated for the Best Director and very few nominees of colour across the board. But is this a result of a biased process or a symptom ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
    Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
    Unfinished Republic: Though the United States' crimes against democracy are legion, most Americans are blissfully unaware of them. The brutal realities of American life: the officially sanctioned violence; the refusal to hold racists accountable for their actions; the seemingly endless tragedy of African-American suffering; of which White America is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
    Michael Schulson For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. And for years, despite the criticism, Goop has just kept growing. Now the company, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
    Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward (Image: Courtesy of John Cook) When it comes to climate change, it seems every family has its own version of the proverbial Cranky Uncle. An uncle, cousin, grandparent, in-law, neighbor, whatever. Just think back to the recent holiday season’s large ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
    I am pleased to say that I have been granted NZ citizenship. I need to do the ceremony for things to be official, but the application was a success. I now join my son as a dual NZ-US citizen. To be fair, very little will change other than the fact ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
    The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
    Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott  At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
    Anybody who looked into the Dirty Politics saga knows all too well that honesty is often in short supply within the National Party. You would think that after the exposure the John Key government received over their untruthful attack politics, the National Party would learn from its "mistakes" and leave ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
    Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire ...
    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
    I’m back at work following a nearly three-week break over Christmas. We were fortunate to be offered a house to stay in for a week over Christmas, which enabled us to have a holiday in Dunedin and see the extended family reasonably cheaply. But the house came with a catch:  ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
    Blank And Pitiless: Having ordered the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, President Donald Trump promised to reduce the cultural monuments of Iran’s 3,000 year-old civilisation to rubble if a revenge attack was mounted. A breach of international law? Certainly. A war crime? Indisputably. Who’s going to stop him? Nobody.WHAT ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
    This interview is from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) and is the first of an ongoing series of interviews they plan to do with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. They begin with an educator in Southland. Due to the attitude and actions ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
    This article was submitted to Redline by Seattle-based activist Lucinda Stoan J.K. Rowling recognizes repression when she sees it.  That’s why the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books recently tweeted in defense of Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her job for stating that sex is real and immutable. A judge ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
    Empires rise and fall, and the American Empire is absolutely no different. But while an Empire, in order to further the footprint, it seems to pay to do one primary thing above all else: project that everything – everything – is “simply for the good of the world” at large, ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
    Over on Newsroom, Professor Jacqueline Beggs writes about the action she is taking on climate change. Its the usual list: reduce meat, don't fly, consume less. I'm doing some of this myself, and none of it hurts - but the way our economic system is constructed means the impact of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    3 weeks ago

  • FAQ – Everything you need to know about the Big New Zealand Upgrade
    Today, our Government announced the biggest infrastructure investment in a generation. We’re investing $12 billion to upgrade and build rail, roads, schools and hospitals across the country – modernising our infrastructure, preparing for climate change and helping to future-proof our economy. Find out everything you need to know about the ...
    14 hours ago
  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    6 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    7 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    7 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    1 week ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    1 week ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
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