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Len is standing again

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, July 16th, 2013 - 40 comments
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Len Brown formally announced on Sunday that he will again seek the Auckland Super City Mayoralty.

His chances appear good.  His opponents to date include rich American John Pallino, who is not known locally and whose comments are simplistic in the extreme, John Minto whose policy platform will and should invoke intensive discussion, and Uesifili Unasa who may cause some difficulty for Len in the South but probably not much.  Of his opponents one has money but no substance, one has substance but no money and the last is struggling with both.

The right has either shattered or is planning a cunning stealth campaign to hide their right wing nature.  Last time they ran a city wide campaign under the Citizen and Ratepayer banner and more recently changed their name to Community and Residents.  They have been unable to settle on a Mayoral candidate and now former C&R chairs George Wood is standing as an independent on the North Shore and Mark Brickell is standing on a new ticket out west.  Linda Cooper, who is number 75 on National’s list and stood as a C&R candidate in Albany last time, is standing as an independent in the Waitakere ward.  Noeline Raffills has left C&R and will stand as an independent in Whau.  Des Morrison is standing down in Franklin.  He has had a reputation for being a moderate and thoughtful councillor and apparently was somewhat put off by the more extreme behaviour of some of his C&R colleagues.

C&R is therefore down to two councillors, Christine Fletcher and Dick Quax.  Fletcher is apparently in dispute with C&R about who her running mate should be and Quax, how can I say this politely, is someone who makes Jami-Lee Ross appear to be balanced and reasonable.

So the election for Councillors will be interesting.  Beware of a number of right wing wolves dressed in the sheeps’ clothing of independents trying to get your vote.

The event which appears to have stunned the right and vastly helped  Len’s re-election chances is the Government’s commitment to the Inner City Loop.  I understand that various draws dropped when the announcement occurred.  The right at Council level had bitterly fought the proposal but in the end the logic behind the project was far too strong.

Len has his critics amongst the left.  He failed to sort out the MUNZ dispute quickly.  The corporate structure was against him but he could have at least gone and stood on the picket line.  He has been reticent about supporting the living wage campaign even though the cost is minimal, and involves a 0.2% rates increase.  And he has been neutral about the pokies for the Sky City convention centre deal but being neutral is sometimes not good enough.  The whole deal has a stench to it and he should have found a way to express disquiet with what is happening.

He has had some major successes.  He has built a coalition amongst the councillors that has held together for the duration of the term.  The Spatial Plan and draft Unitary Plan are brave future looking proposals.  The Unitary Plan is not without its faults, the herculean job of amalgamating 14 plans and trying to affect the future at the same time will not be without incident.  But the general thrust which is to control urban sprawl and to concentrate development around transport nodes will help Auckland grow in a more sustainable way.

Len’s style is impressive.  He is as much as could be hoped for in the circumstances in control of his agenda, knows what he is talking about and has generally led the city in the most exemplary way.  He is approachable, keen to represent all of Auckland, and is always seeking a consensus.

I am sure some will have a strongly held alternative view but I think that we should vote Len Brown for Mayor.  The city could do far worse.
UPDATE:  I should also include the tireless, staunch, peerless and fearless veteran anti corruption campaigner Penny Bright who is also running for the Mayoralty.  Her website is here.

40 comments on “Len is standing again”

  1. muzza 1

    MS – How close are you to some of the names you refer?

    The city could do far worse

    And that’s really the crux of the problem!

  2. karol 2

    Oh, look! John Pallino is from NY and wants Auckland to become like that US city. And look, there is is standing with that other US wannabe, John Key.

    I’m certainly happier that we got Brown instead of Banks. And would take Brown over Pallino.

    However, I am concerned that Brown has moved somewhat rightwards – probably inevitable under the undemocratic structure of Hide’s supercity. And i am wanting to see more solid and vocal left wing input into the council debates. So I am contemplating voting Minto, though I am not totally decided yet. It would be more a protest vote than anything. I’ll be watching to see if there’s a strong opponent against Brown.

    On the local wards – I am looking for more – actually, compared with last election even ONE- left/progressive candidates in Whau ward, and especially some left wing representation of the New Lynn section of the ward.

  3. unicus 3

    I agree – warts and all Len now has the range of skills necessary to hold the city together while it continues to adjust to the inoperable model forced on it by the excreble Rodney Hide .

    Hides is agenda of private ownership of city assets is dead in the water as is his nutty policy of more motorways at the expense of rail development

    However Len is still saddled with a gaggle of Hide’s stooges in the executive team notably his CE Mackay and his planning boss Blakely . The rest of the senior executive team is riddled with national/act friendly operatives . – Len should give them notice he will review all central government executive appointments in his new term . .

    Len made some wise decisions when he found himself in the unfamiliar world of regional and national politics . One was to embrace the expertise developed by pre-existing councils , notably by the ACC and the ARC . His elected councillors were s very average apart from Mike Lee and Sandra Coney who’s collective experience and regional knowledge were critical to his survival .

    Lens brief for the next term – give us back our democracy – take direct control of the CCOs and sack Hide’s appointees from his exec team .

    • karol 3.1

      Lens brief for the next term – give us back our democracy – take direct control of the CCOs and sack Hide’s appointees from his exec team .

      Excellent point!

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    “The right has either shattered or is planning a cunning stealth campaign to hide their right wing nature.”

    They already have defeated the left.

    Cities are always left wing strongholds, which is why the Nats have castrated our city governments. (the Auckland manger run Super City and Brownlee the Czar of CHC.)

    There is no need to beat the Left if the contested positions are virtually powerless.

    • muzza 4.1

      Correct AK!

      Someone finally states the obvious!

      Folk here could do worse, than read Penny Brights posts when she puts them up. Many of them, go a long way to illustrating where the control base inside the council , resides!

      It’s not with the elected members, that’s for sure!

      The council is a cess pool of dirty dealings, bullying and incompetence, at every, and all levels!

      The only reason it works at all, is because there are doers, working overtime, to ensure that the lights remain on!

      • TightyRighty 4.1.1

        Quoting penny bright as a reliable source of information as to what is really happening at the council? Only those on the extreme left, and even then only the delusional ones, believe anything that penny writes. She has zero credibility and is only half a sandwich From wearing a tinfoil hat. No true line of reasoning, tenuous links to evidence. Always thought you were a retard,, thanks for confirming it muzza.

  5. Hilary 5

    Don’t overlook the mayoral campaigns in other cities. Wellington’s is looking interesting with the well-resourced John Morrison trying to marshall the right wing white man vote but making some serious errors, including plaigarising the new CE’s speech in a newspaper article and now some leaked emails.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8921890/Email-suggests-councillors-strike-deal-with-CEO

  6. Sanctuary 6

    People who criticise Len Brown to the sort of hysterical levels you often read here are the usual suspects who always seem to regard good as the enemy of their personal perfect.

    I can easily imagine Len Brown leading the Labour Party once he finishes with the mayoralty, and doing a better job than anyone who is currently in the parliamentary Labour party. he gets things – good, progressive things – done in a way that ensures they’ll “stick”. I agree, MUNZ was a disaster but he was handed an absolute dogs breakfast of governance by that half-wit Rodney Hide and the National government are implacably hostile to him.

    Talk to anyone on the council, and you quickly realise just the ho-hum fact that the basic governance of Auckland has gone on smoothly (to the public) after Hide’s botched shotgun merger of the different councils would, in a better informed world, ensure Brown’s reelection.

    Personally, I think any judgement on Brown should wait until he gets a chance to work with a sympathetic government in Wellington.

    • Wayne 6.1

      The Nats are not implacably hostile to Len. That should be obvious from the deals they readily do with him.

  7. Olwyn 7

    There are things that I would have liked Len Brown to have done differently, but I do not know whether he could have without losing out somewhere else. However I do trust that he is a man who cares about his city and chooses his battles accordingly. I also see him as a man whose allegiance is to Auckland rather than his own status among the local and international elite.

  8. Auckland would be well served by John Minto as Mayor as his banner says – ‘You know which side he’s on’. I think it is poor that, as you say mickey – he has substance but no money – bloody money can buy you anything apparently even the office. If you look at the policy platform for Minto what do you see – traffic gridlock, rates and council, Who runs the supercity – Auckland or Wellington?, A Living Wage For Aucklanders, Affordable Rental Housing – all pressing issues for the city and its inhabitants. Anyway it’s not what you stand for and who you stand for that is important in that city apparently – it’s how much money you can put into your spin.

    • Sanctuary 8.1

      Using the Auckland mayoralty so you can grind your multiple axes with show downs all over the place with central government? No thanks.

      Running anything requires a bit more than megaphone policy and a little red book. Minto is fantastic as a community activist. He is an unflagging agitator. As mayor what makes him a good agitator would make him a terrible mayor. He’d be an unmitigated disaster that would see Auckland being run by a government appointed commissioner within two years.

      • marty mars 8.1.1

        Rubbish – that is just your bias showing sanc. Minto is a man of principle and Auckland could use someone like that to stand up for those discarded by the system. If that (under your assumption) means facing off against central government and their agenda then that would be a good thing not a bad thing. The commissioner would come because the governance wasn’t up to the standard of discrimination and division that central government wants. His skills are much wider than holding his little red book (lol) and using a megaphone but I agree he’s pretty good with those.

        • muzza 8.1.1.1

          Marty – should anyone who is not able to be controlled, somehow get to a position of, interference, the governance structure, as it has already shown, will simply adjust to further reduce the already benign position, that is, the mayor!

          The effect would be, further carage!

          • marty mars 8.1.1.1.1

            Well I’m not sure I agree that there will be the slaughter of great numbers of people – the preferred method is slow diminishing through starvation, poverty, treatable sickness and diseases, loss of hope and belief, fear and deprivation.

    • mickysavage 8.2

      Agreed Marty that the depressing reality is that the campaign needs money. The city is just too big to campaign in without money.

      I have a great deal of time for Minto. His idea of free public transport is one that should be debated strongly because although it is radical it could be transformative. And affordable rental housing is vital.

      It was interesting to compare Minto’s website to Pallino’s. His was obviously a cooperative effort of love but lacked the slickness of Pallino’s which is one of the better designed sites I have seen. But Pallino’s policy comments were gimicky and superficial in the extreme whereas Minto’s let you know exactly what he thinks about the big issues.

  9. Santi 9

    The living wage campaign will never take off. dead in the water, kaputt, finito.. as it should be.
    No way to encumber us ratepayers with spending of this kind. No way.

    • framu 9.1

      but spending of other kinds is acceptable?

      of all the items in any councils budget – the living wage increases would comprise a fairly small %

      (thats what ive heard anyway)

      what if the increase was “fiscally neutral” – would that be OK?

    • Pasupial 9.2

      Because you say so? No attempt at referencing reality at all?

      I question your sanity Santi.

    • muzza 9.3

      Santi, your comment is as stupid as it sounded to you, when you throught it up. wastage, is going on, huge wastage, and it’s not by those who would be inline for any, living wage!

      Good to know where people with such view as yours are, please keep posting, we need to keep tabs on you!

      PS – Your rates bill is not coming down, EVER, and if the books were opened, it would be very clear where the continued rises, are attributed to!

      • Draco T Bastard 9.3.1

        wastage, is going on, huge wastage, and it’s not by those who would be inline for any, living wage!

        Most of the wastage seems to be from central government as they force unneeded and unwanted roads on us.

        Your rates bill is not coming down, EVER, and if the books were opened, it would be very clear where the continued rises, are attributed to!

        QFT

    • Draco T Bastard 9.4

      Yes, because people should work for less than it costs to live.

      /sarc

      It’s this attitude, this belief, that we can get everything for less than it costs that is destroying our society.

  10. Sable 10

    Hey could be worse-Banks for example?

  11. fambo 11

    From an admittedly very distant perspective, Len Brown has probably taken the best viable approach to dealing with an intransigent extreme right wing Government. He appears to have approached the Government as if they are as sincere in their intentions as he is, where someone like myself would be deeply cynical. In this way he, and his council, has undermined them in a way that no political party has. He and the Deputy Mayor have maintained hope where others can only experience dispair, looking to the long term when many others can only see a huge obstacle in the way. I call it the “thin end of the wedge” technique. Putting the axe into the smallest possible crack and applying pressure. The end result is that the Government has consistently looked like it is not on the side of Aucklanders.

  12. karol 12

    And how much more of this cronyism do we have to put up with?

    Major bank position for Auckland council CEO

    It may fulfill conflict of interest rules on transparency, but it is still unacceptable for the non-elected council CEO to be part of the corporate banking unacceptable influence over governance.

    Just more jobs for the boys.

  13. Lionel 13

    Is Jamie Lee Ross look a like Cameron Brewer standing he seems like a dangerous piece of work

  14. Lionel 14

    Is Jamie Lee Ross look a like Cameron Brewer standing he seems like a dangerous piece of work

  15. Were you not aware Greg, that I was also an Auckland Mayoral candidate?

    (I find that rather difficult to believe 🙂

    FYI
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Press Release from Auckland Mayoral candidate Penny Bright:

    “The ‘Conned Senseless’ Building Group report on Auckland transport funding options is fundamentally and fatally flawed”.

    16 July 2013

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/OurAuckland/News/Pages/keepaucklandmoving.aspx

    “Over the next 30 years, the number of people living in Auckland is expected to increase by up to one million – mostly due to natural population growth. Along with this comes the need to expand and improve Auckland’s transport system.”

    “MYTH ONE: Here we go again, this ‘million more people’ myth and urban legend is now being regurgitated as a primary underpinning reason to expand Auckland transport infrastructure,” says Auckland Mayoral candidate, Penny Bright.

    “No disrespect, but are / were all the members of this ‘Conned Senseless’ Building Group, aware that the use of the Department of Statistics ‘high’ population growth projections, ( the one million more people coming to Auckland in the next 30 years), instead of their recommended ‘medium’ population growth projections, is now being investigated by the Social Services Select Committee?”

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Presented/Petitions/5/0/5/50DBHOH_PET3157_1-Petition-of-Penelope-Mary-Bright-requesting-that.htm

    Petition of Penelope Mary Bright

    Requesting that Parliament declines to proceed with the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill until the lawfulness of the reliance of Auckland Council on the New Zealand Department of Statistics’ “high”population growth projections, instead of their “medium” population growth projections for the Auckland Spatial Plan, has been properly and independently investigated, taking into consideration that both Auckland Transport and Watercare Services Ltd, have relied upon “medium” population growth projections for their infrastructural asset management plans.

    Petition number: 2011/64
    Presented by: Holly Walker
    Date presented: 30 May 2013
    Referred to: Social Services Committee
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    ‘Supplementary Evidence’:

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Housing-Accord-and-Special-Housing-Areas-Bil-Supplementary-Evidence-13-Juna-2013.pdf

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    “MYTH TWO: The only sources of monies available for ‘improving Auckland’s transport system’ are: road tolls, or higher rates and fuel taxes’,”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898450

    ” How about checking with a ‘fine-tooth comb’ EXACTLY where Auckland Council (and Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) rates monies are currently being SPENT, and cutting back rates SPENDING?”

    “No disrespect intended, but are / were all the members of this ‘Conned Senseless’ Building Group, aware that Auckland Council ‘books’ are still not open, and citizens and ratepayers do not know exactly how much public rates monies are being spent on private ‘piggy-in-the-middle’ consultants and contractors?”

    “No disrespect intended, but are / were all the members of this ‘Conned Senseless’ Building Group, aware that in an an Auckland Council Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) reply dated 21 November 2011:

    (QUESTION)

    “1) Is the Auckland Council, in a truly ‘open, transparent and democratically-accountable’ way, going to ensure that citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region are going to be given the
    ‘devilish’ detail, so we can see exactly where our rates monies are being spent on private sector consultants and contractors?

    2) a) .Are the names of the consultants/contractors; the scope, term and value of these contracts going to be published in the Auckland Council Annual Report so that they are available for public scrutiny?

    b) if not- why not?

    (ANSWER)

    Not at this stage. There are 5,000, contracts related to 12,500 suppliers. To collate and pub!ish these would be a major exercise logistically and cost~wise. ….. ”

    [See Item 6 ]

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OCCUPY-AUCKLAND-APPEAL-APPLICATION-BY-APPELLANT-BRIGHT-TO-ADDUCE-NEW-EVIDENCE-pdf.pdf

    “I checked today on the Auckland Council website, and can still find no such publicly available details of ‘contracts issued.'”

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/HowCouncilWorks/Pages/working_with_council.aspx

    “Did the ‘Conned Senseless’ Building Group investigate how much public money could be freed up to serve the interests of the public majority, (including Auckland transport funding), by CUTTING OUT THE CONSULTANTS and PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, and returning core Council services ‘in-house’?

    “If there is no ‘cost-benefit’ analysis which proves that private provision of Council services is more cost-effective for the public majority, then as an Auckland Mayoral candidate, I believe that this long-term corporate welfare must cease forthwith.”

    ” My recommendation is that citizens and ratepayers in the Auckland region do your own ‘cost-benefit’ analysis. Since this so-called Auckland ‘$upercity’ was forced upon the Auckland region, have YOUR rates gone up or down?”

    “See? The public majority of the Auckland region have been ‘CONNED’ by the CONsultants, and the CONtractors, and those who serve their interests – arguably the NZ Property Council and the Committee for Auckland,”

    “As an Auckland Mayoral candidate – this is where I stand:

    NO road tolls/ fuel taxes or rates increases to fund Auckland transport infrastructure.

    Open the books.

    Cut out all the consultants and contractors who are effectively on ‘corporate welfare’.

    Get rid of these ‘corporate-controlled’ CCOs, with their appointed Boards of arguably self-serving business people.

    Bring core Council services back ‘in-house’, and employ Council Officers who have a ‘public service’ background and ethos, not private sector functionaries who are now running Auckland Council as if it were their own private company.

    Take back public ownership, operation and control of Auckland passenger transport.

    Why should the public subsidise what we no longer own?

    Change the uniforms and the business cards, and Auckland Council take back operation and management of Auckland Rail, from French multinational Transdev, (formerly known as Veolia Transport Auckland)

    Use public monies for the benefit of the public majority, not the private sector, particularly multi-national corporations.”

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption, anti-privatisation’ campaigner

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • mickysavage 15.1

      Apologies I was aware Penny but did not include you in the article. Will do so now.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.2

      Not at this stage. There are 5,000, contracts related to 12,500 suppliers. To collate and pub!ish these would be a major exercise logistically and cost~wise. …..

      Which would indicate that these people are incapable of doing their job and thus should be fired.

  16. Yes 16

    National love Len, easy to move into their way of thinking and good for a slap down if he goes too far of track.

    As for Penny Bright – people who poll low poll low for a reason.

    As for the Pastor from South Auckland – hmmm, charity starts home

    Uncle Sam candidate – agree

    if i was in auckland i would vote Len

    • mickysavage 16.1

      Stop trying to put us off …

      National do not love Len. The amount of shin kicking and arm twisting that has gone on is incredible, as is Len’s sunny response to it.

      The Inner City Loop shows that despite National’s refusal to do it, logic and perseverance sometimes wins.

  17. jaymam 17

    Since putting tolls on existing roads is extremely expensive and unfair and very stupid, I will not vote for anyone who suggests doing that. In fact I will help to campaign against them. A tax on fuel is fairer, if more money is really needed.

    • Yes 17.1

      good point!

    • Draco T Bastard 17.2

      A tax on fuel is fairer, if more money is really needed.

      It’s not. Really, we just need to spend the money better by building better public transport. It’s cheaper and more effective than building more roads.

  18. millsy 18

    The hard working South Auckland cleaners who slide into Auckland Central in the middle of the night, and litterally clean up after the movers and shakers will be disappointed to learn that the man they supported and voted for is pretty much going to go all out and price them off the road.

    Brown likes to go on about closing down pokie centres and bottle stores, but will he put libraries, community centres, and other community amenities in their place? Doesn’t look like it. Not with the fiscal prudence he goes on about, already, he has threatened to close libraries around the city, and is starving parks of funding. I’m not a big fan on liqour stores on every corner, but there is a fine line between reducing substance addiction in vulnerable communites and keeping booze out of the reach of poor people. And I am starting to feel the line has been crossed.

    The head of Auckland Transport has implied that there is nothing to stop the buses from being taken into public ownership. Alas, I fear that Brown isnt bold enough to build up a New Zealand version of New York’s MTA.

    As for a living wage, I am of the belief that public sector organisations (as well as co-ops, etc) should set benchmarks in wages and conditions, and the fact is, that council workers contribute a lot. They keep our streets clean, our gardens, parks and public toilets tidy and looking good, they ensure that dangerous dogs are kept off the streets (copping a lot of abuse in the process). They help out at our pools, ensuring our kids swim safely, they ensure that we dont get food poisoning (or worse) when we have our Friday night fish and chips,they ensure that our buildings are safe and resilient for years to come, and they also are only too glad to help us if we want to track down that elusive libary book. They have a part to play in this world.

  19. BIGDOG 19

    Don’t be to hard on Dick Quax.An interesting theory I heard at a meeting the other day was that all the running he’s done starved his brain of oxygen,thus turning him into the nasty piece of work that he appears, when really he would rather be helping old ladies over crossings etc.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
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    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    4 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    54 mins ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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