Launch of Drinking Liberally NZ

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, May 15th, 2008 - 67 comments
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If you’re down in Wellington and of the Left, you’ve probably heard people talking about Drinking Liberally New Zealand. Drinking Liberally is an international network that grew out of the US, where people from throughout the Left, greenies, union-types, feminists, anarchists, Labourites, and everyone else, get together at a bar in their town, have a drink, listen to a speech from a guest speaker, and talk about politics and ways we can work together.

Drinking Liberally New Zealand is launching on Wednesday next week (the 21st) from about 6pm at the Southern Cross. It’s fantastic to have Nandor Tanczos as the first guest speaker and it should be a really good time.

So if you’re wanting to find a way to get more active in politics or you’re like me and you’re active but you keep on hearing about all this other great work other people are doing and thinking ‘man, we could do some great stuff together’, then come along on Wednesday. It’s totally non-partisan and relaxed; it’s about having a good time and building ties. Hope to see you there (I’ll be the one with the beard, not it that that narrows things down much).

What: Launch of Drinking Liberally New Zealand

Who: Guest speaker Nandor Tanczos, lefties galore

Where: Southern Cross, Abel Smith St, in the garden bar

When: From 6pm, Wednesday, 21st May

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67 comments on “Launch of Drinking Liberally NZ ”

  1. Lyn 1

    Is there something like this in Auckland? Or any thought of starting it?

  2. Sam Dixon 2

    So, it’s bascially a chance to meet people who are active and maybe doing stuff you are intersted in but whom you don’t know? And maybe get some kind of cooperation happening?

    Sounds like a good idea. Is this what the right call senergy?

  3. Patrick 3

    This sounds like a great idea, sadly I’m busy next Wednesday but hopefully it will become a regular event!

  4. polaris 4

    “Synergy” maybe, probably not “senergy”.

  5. There’s no Auckland branch yet. – I haven’t had much to do with the organisational side of getting it set up here in Welly but the guys said it was pretty straightforward. Drinking Liberally US has some software for planning and stuff they give you.

    If you, or anyone else is interested in being part of setting it up in Auckland, flick me an email at the thestandardnz@gmail.com

  6. Sam.

    Yeah for some people it’s a way to network, for others it might just be a chance to have a good time in like-minded company and have a chat with people about issues they care about.

  7. Phil 7

    If you’re of a centre-right persuasion and looking for something similar, you can’t really go wrong with http://www.youngnats.org.nz/

  8. Phil 8

    It should be pointed out that political action groups or public forums held in bars tend to be very bad places to pick up a date…

    The green party “I only date green guys” t-shirts with the lovely ladies (wearing one size too small?) is false advertising on the same scale as the Lynx ad’s

  9. Patrick 9

    Thanks for the link Phil. I found the page on the Young Nat’s executive particularly enlightening. What a diverse bunch of people. I’m so glad that the minority that is white upper-middle class males finally have proper representation.

  10. Benodic 10

    Great idea, I’ll try to make it along. This is just what the left needs.

  11. Macky 11

    Isn’t Farrar a life member of the Young Nats? ‘uff said.

    See you there Steve.

  12. I’d love to show up but I fear it’ll attract psycho-righties like Whale’s creepy mate playing spot the leftie. Given the fact people know my name and the threats I’ve had made against my personal safety I simply wouldn’t feel safe…

  13. MikeE 13

    Does drinking liberally support liberalisation of drinking laws?

    [Drinking Liberally has no political positions whatsoever. It is purely a forum.]

  14. Billy 14

    What did Michael Laws say about the Young Nats? He’d never seen a group of people more in need of a bl*wjob?

    Captcha: the apr “Scull quantities”

  15. Billy 15

    “apt”

  16. Phil 16

    AFAIK, membership isn’t withdrawn, there is only a restriction on signing up before you get ‘old’. So I guess Farrar still counts…

    Anyway, by all accounts he’s actually a good sort once you get a couple of beers in him, but I’m not convinced he’d make a decent wingman.

  17. Saw the US version on Faux News recently, and it looked a little lame. If you know much about American political culture, being a left-liberal is almost an underground thing in many places (think Kansas), so that was hardly surprising.

    We already have a bunch of lefties meeting at Galbraiths of a Friday, but it is a pretty popular time at NZ’s best brew pub…

  18. Ah, there you go Lyn – talk to jafapete.

    You mean Fox News didn’t give glowing coverage of a bunch of lefties getting together? Shock! 😉

  19. mike 19

    “Given the fact people know my name and the threats I’ve had made against my personal safety I simply wouldn’t feel safe ”

    I think you might be taking yourself a bit too seriously Sod.

  20. higherstandard 20

    Yes Patrick – almost as diverse as the posters on this site – at least there is one woman on their executive.

  21. I think you might be taking yourself a bit too seriously Sod.

    You’re not the one clearing threats out of your inbox on a regular basis mike.

  22. HS. Bro. Don’t go attacking the writers of this blog like that, it’s not necessary.

    We have writers an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds – men, women, different ethnicities, sexualities, ages, political leanings, an array of different jobs from business owners. fellas straight out of uni, people whose highest qualification is bursary, people with multiple degrees, all kinds of professional backgrounds, people who grew up in an array of family settings and different sectors of society, people who have never been politically active before and people who have been around the traps for years.

    Our commentators represent an even broader array of people throughout our society and from abroad.

    So don’t you come on this site and say we’re like those privileged, ‘entitled’, little toryboys.

  23. It would be cool if you could come ‘sod.

    Don’t worry about the tories, they’re all talk.

  24. Billy 24

    “So don’t you come on this site and say we’re like those privileged, ‘entitled’, little toryboys.”

    Telling little piece of bile.

  25. higherstandard 25

    Billy

    Isn’t it though !

    Steve always reverts to ‘Bro’ when he’s peeved

  26. Did you see the pics that the youngnats had up last election? Have you met them? All rich, paheka, born to rule, male, kids, studying finance but don’t need a student loan becuase daddy’s paying for it – they have no empathy or understanding of what most people’s lifes are like yet they feel themselves destined to rule.

    I am not like them, nor are my fellow standardistas. We are diverse and we embrace diversity.

  27. They are born to rule??? Oh shit. I thought I was. I wonder if I can get my deposit back on that crown and throne set…

  28. Matthew Pilott 28

    Well, I do like to drink, er, liberally. On occasion. Did you all know Tuesday can be an occasion?

  29. higherstandard 29

    Steve

    Glad to know you embrace diversity and have such empathy and understanding of other people Steve at the moment though you appear to be a bile spitting lunatic

  30. HS. Nah I called you bro because I like you and you had crossed a line that I didn’t want to see you crossing. Where I come from, Bro’s what you call a mate. You’re one of the best commentators we have here and I said bro, as a shorthand for ‘bro, you crossed a line in calling me and my fellow standardistas undiverse like the toryboys’ because you don’t know us, you don’t know our backgrounds, our genders, our sexualities, our ethnicities.

    And I’m proud that I get to write with such a diverse group of people who all truly believe in social and economic justice, and I was genuinely insulted by your remark.

  31. Ari 31

    Mmm. Maybe I might trot over. It’s always awesome to hear from Nandor.

  32. higherstandard 32

    You’re right Steve I don’t no the backgroung and proclivities of you and your fellow posters apart from your leaning to the left which you’re all very up front about .

    However your assumption that you know the backgrounds, sexualities, ethnicities and proclivities of the young Nats is bizzarre – I can oly assume you had a bad experience with one or more of them.

  33. higherstandard 33

    Feck must spell check !!

    captcha To pharmacist – bizarre I am off down to the hospital pharmacy !

  34. F*&k, I’d love to come over but I live in Rag town, way out in the wops.
    I met Nandor a while ago and he is smart and honest.
    If you guys want me to give me a presentation about 911 just let me know, all I need is a bed and food. HS and Billy are invited.
    By the way did you know that most 911 thruthers are republicans and two time Bush voters?

  35. Billy 35

    Careful, ev, it might be a trap.

  36. Patrick 36

    higherstandard – you might want to take a look at the page I referenced, sure it doesn’t go into detail about their sexual preferences, but it does have a bit of background about the Young Nat executive. That is what I based my comment on.

    I particularly enjoyed this from their FAQ page:

    Are the Young Nats all male?

    No definitely not. Yes, the Executive members at the moment happen to be male, but the Young Nats as a whole are not. There are plenty of women involved in Young Nats, including the one writing this answer. We believe in electing people based on merit not gender, and women have previously held positions right throughout all levels of the Young Nats.

    So yeah, they wouldn’t mind electing more woman, if only any of them were any good. Well, I for one am glad that the Young Nats take this issue so seriously. ffs, if I were a female Nat supporter I would be seriously offended.

  37. oh by the way, I love drinking liberally.
    Did you know that while you can use just about anything in Holland, you cannot distil your own.
    Guess what, you can here. I love NZ

  38. Billy you’re a jerk, but quit possibly a loveable one.
    I don’t know until I meet you.
    And by the way; just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

  39. higherstandard 39

    Pat I might be getting on a bit but one of the young Nats executive does appear to be a woman !

    Eve – thanks for the invitation but it’s not my cup of tea I’d also suggest that most 911 ‘truthers’ as you call them probably make up the vast amount of all Americans both of the left and right persuasion

  40. Patrick 40

    hs – and how is their ethnic diversity looking? Do they have any representation from Maori? Anyone who isn’t white? No, they just have a token female, that should shut those pesky liberals up.

  41. HS, I am sorry to read your message.
    I thought you where the kind of person who was keen on staying informed of everything of real importance.

  42. higherstandard 42

    Pat

    I’m sure if they had an appropriate Maori, or a Lesbian Mongolian amputee, etc etc etc who wanted to be on the executive they could be if a position came up.

    Your remind me of the lunacy we have to put up with in the Health System wherein every time we open a new ward or surgical unit every lobby group and ethnicity have to have their say and perform a blessing.

  43. you’ve got it backwards HS. The young nats’ lack of diversity isn’t being criticised as an evil in itself but is being pointed to as a indicative symptom of the narrowness of the agenda they represent and thus their lack of ability to speak representatively on behalf of a broader section of society (as a political movement should be able to do).

    Captcha: “cycle Hoffman” – steal that book… and then ride away…

  44. Patrick 44

    Yeah it’s really terrible when communities want to be involved in things like the health system isn’t it. I don’t see why they can’t just buy their health care at market rates.

    The fact is, I think it’s pretty ridiculous that one of the two major parties only represents such a narrow view of New Zealand.

  45. lprent 45

    Galbraiths is ok. But I have to go under a pseudonym otherwise the room clears. Seems like the political types don’t like talking systems, computers and general tech all that much. 🙂

    Actually I’m too anti-social to turn up. It is like being a doctor – everyone has a sick system somewhere.

  46. Patrick 46

    I feel your pain Lynn! It used to be as simple as telling people how to reset their iPods, but recently it’s been getting as full on as: “Soooo… what do you know about The Linux?”.

    I should just pretend that I’m a policy analyst.

  47. lprent 47

    Ummmmm… Don’t think that works either. I’ve seen policy people surrounded – for some reason people seem to think that they have some kind of influence.

    Something boring. Accountant (nah everyone has tax problems – not just the righties), lawyer (nope), businessman (how many crackpot ideas do you hear a day), teacher (umm bloody parents), …. I have it

    Librarian!

    One of my hassles is that I know a hell of a lot about computers and almost everything else. Being a vicarious reader & getting a bit over the top with degrees does that to you. It is rare to hear conversations about things I didn’t know when I was in my 20’s or 30’s. But you have to say that the beer is good at Galbraiths, and a bit of alcohol is good at shutting down the higher brain functions. (But it makes writing code a bit harder later on).

  48. Billy 48

    Go with real estate agent, lprent. Apparently, pretending to be a real estate agent is all the rage…

  49. lprent 49

    Billy: In the current housing market? You have to be kidding. They’ll surround you trying to find out how to offload the mortgage.

  50. Or politely ask you to leave…

  51. randal 51

    hey hs did ya get ya thorazine down at the pharmacy…chill out dude.

  52. randal 52

    hey hs again if they wanted a certified moron they would get someone like you!!!!!!! make that exactly like you…hahahahahaha

    [lprent: That was over the bounds – did you forget which blog site you were on?]

  53. higherstandard 53

    Sadly no Randal

    I’m neither young nor a moron, you on the other hand appear to fit one of those categories.

  54. Ruth 54

    Lyn said ‘Actually I’m too anti-social to turn up’

    Same here! The thought of having to make conversation with people I don’t know sends my anxiety levels off the Richter Scale…so I often say I’ll come to events and then not turn up…which isn’t a good look.

  55. Ari 55

    Just to check- the drinking part is optional, right? 😉

  56. If it was a Labour-run thing the drinking would be complusory.

    If it was Green-run, drinking would be banned.

    But the idea is that it’s a meeting place and forum for all on the left, so, drinking is voluntary.

    Ruth. Don’t be scared. We met once and you struck me as a perfectly socialable type.

  57. lprent 57

    Ari: Drinking is always optional. But the beer at Galbraiths is very good. I’m sure that there must be beer in wellington as well (it is in the suburbs a bit 🙂 ).

    Ruth: I find meeting people is interesting. After I figure out what they’re likely to say next, the amusement value wanes and it starts getting boring. But thats me – over-educated and arrogant (to paraphrase my namesake). As a general rule I find the more people together, the lower the average intelligence level. Yawn – I think thats a reaction to being at a meeting this evening…

    Thats why I like programming – a guaranteed 30% learning curve every year. I’m sure in this day and age someone would want me on drugs for hyper behavior in my youth.

    captcha: scare recessions
    sounds like the news today

  58. Matthew Pilott 58

    Not that it’s all about the drinking or anything, but…

    http://www.thecross.co.nz/menus/beers

    Billy and ‘sod, please note the god-awful misplaced apostrophe in “Tuatara Ardennes”. Ardenne does not own the beer, FFS! If it were my family, such a misplaced apostrophe would be enough to ensure a veto of the venue.

    That aside, it’s a damn good beer.

  59. Lew 59

    The irony of having a rasta launching a drinking-and-arguing club is truly awesome.

    In my very limited experience out drinking with Standardistas, there’s a fair diversity of opinion. And it’s always interesting to see if people talk as big in public as they do on the interwebs.

    A double-header with this and Back Benches looks like it might be the ticket.

    L

  60. Can I bring my Toby Keith Cd’s?

  61. Phil 61

    Steve’s comment back up the thread…

    “Did you see the pics that the youngnats had up last election? Have you met them? All rich, paheka, born to rule, male, kids, studying finance but don’t need a student loan becuase daddy’s paying for it – they have no empathy or understanding of what most people’s lifes are like yet they feel themselves destined to rule.”

    Bullshit. As a former Young Nat who loosely fits about half of those classifications, and doesn’t at all fit into the other half, I can tell you that there is more ‘we have a right to rule’ drivel coming from posts and comments on TheStandard than anything that was ever spawned in YN’s.

  62. Steve:

    In regards to the comments “All rich All rich, paheka, born to rule, male, kids, studying finance but don’t need a student loan becuase daddy’s paying for it”

    Dont you find that a bit bigoted and what is wrong with studying finance?

    Imagine if someone here wrote, that “Labour supporters from South Auckland are mostly Unemployed Samoan immigrants, who dont feel like working and believe that whitey owes them a house”

    Your comment is just as bigoted.

  63. When im back up in wellington, I shall definatetl pop my head in..

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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