London attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 92 comments
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A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London. Guardian:

Here is what the Guardian has been able to confirm so far:

• Four people have died, including a police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, police said.
• At least 20 other people were injured in the attack, some with “catastrophic” wounds.
• The alleged assailant drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing it and then trying to enter the complex, armed with a knife.
• He was shot by armed police inside the security cordon of the Houses of Parliament.
• Police currently believe there was only one attacker, but have locked down the area around Westminster and are searching the area.


Update:

Britain’s Channel 4 News has backtracked on a report naming a known “hate-preacher” as the man behind an attack on parliament in London.

Channel 4 claimed Abu Izzadeen, also known as Trevor Brooks, from Hackney in London, was the suspect. The news was quickly also reported by mainstream newspapers including the Independent and the Daily Mirror.

But claims soon followed that the man is in fact currently serving time in jail.

Izzadeen’s solicitor was quoted by US channel ABC as saying his client was still in jail and could not have been the attacker.

92 comments on “London attack ”

  1. r0b 1

    The dead appear to include school kids. Horrible – condolences to the families and friends of all victims.

    Naturally the identity of the attacker will be politically significant. Brexit Britain is an explosively fearful place. Likewise – when something like this happens in America, Trump will use it as an excuse to go nuts.

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      How has Brexit Britian got anything to do with this?

      • J'Accuse 1.2.1

        “How has Brexit Britain got anything to do with this?”

        Britons rallying around the flag in the context of a fearful and dangerous world => easily manipulable.
        Oldest trick in the book, conditioned on the playing fields of Eton.

        One problem. Scotland has the same idea, as do the Irish and the Welsh.

        Is the concept of Britain still tenable ?

        We need another warrior queen. Ah, Teresa .. there you are. Are you sharpening something .. ?

        • Cemetery Jones 1.2.1.1

          Britons rallying around the flag in the context of a fearful and dangerous world => easily manipulable.
          Oldest trick in the book, conditioned on the playing fields of Eton.

          Well the oldest trick in the book is having your intelligence agencies infiltrate radical groups and goad them into doing it, so you can then rally everyone around the flag. It’s over a century since Joseph Conrad wrote his novel the Secret Agent, which was about just such things taking place in the capital cities of Europe by anarchist radicals making useful idiots of themselves in order to make such manipulations possible. Yet some still believe that radical Islamic terrorism isn’t from the same root: deep state agitators giving these groups the necessary nudge. And as for the playing fields of Eton, those were the playing fields which produced the likes of Lord Palmerston and Lord Lothian, who funded and turned loose those radical groups in the late 19th century and let them set Europe ablaze in the name of their controlled ‘revolutionary’ causes. Radical Islamists are just the deep state’s latest rubes.

  2. Keith 2

    Another terror attack, this time in Nigeria. You probably won’t find that in our media.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/multiple-bomb-blasts-rock-nigeria-maiduguri-170322074812422.html

  3. Neil 3

    “A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London” is not really correct as reported by several news websites, the title should really read as “A person has carried out an attack outside Parliament buildings in London”

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      It was an attack directed at parliament and thus an attack upon parliament.

      The fact that it didn’t succeed doesn’t change that.

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        How do you know it was directed at parliament? It is just a public place with special meaning for people, but it was on a bridge wasn’t it?

  4. One Two 4

    Numbers and dates are significant when seeking to identify the nature of the attack, and the intended purpose

  5. saveNZ 5

    Shocking!

  6. Sabine 6

    Maybe we should do a post on all the terrorist attacks that happened in the last few days, and that would include any bombing sorties by western forces.
    Would be interesting to see?

    sad, so sad all around.

  7. Siobhan 7

    Why is the Standard covering a story about one individual going on a rampage?. I know some of us may still consider the UK to be the Mother land, and we still have the Queen and all that….but we need some perspective
    If this is worth covering then we are going to need a whole extra blog covering such things.

    • r0b 7.1

      Because of its political significance in a tense Brexit / Trump world.

      • james 7.1.1

        10 to 1 it has nothing to do with Brexit or Trump and everything to do with religion.

        • Sabine 7.1.1.1

          are you saying the same about christian nutters that would kill a doctor for providing much needed abortion? Or about some christian nutters that would blow up a planned parenthood facility?

          Just asking.

      • One Two 7.1.2

        The claim of significance can only be weighed up once an irrifutable ‘position’ has been verified as to WHAT and WHY!

        Until that is established and ‘independently verfied’, the significance is under review…

        In the world of lies we are forced to exist within, it would be wise that people should take a neutral perspective as default

    • Motherland and Queen bollocks. It’s covered because stuff happening to people much like yourself in a country much like yours is of greater interest than stuff happening to people you have little in common with in countries you know little about. That’s true regardless of which ethnic group you belong to.

      • Siobhan 7.2.1

        Are you serious. That’s an amazingly sad comment. People is people…but lets go down that path shall we…as someone who doesn’t like the thought of being blown to smithereens and as a mother and someone with a close family I tend to relate to families…like these ones

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/dozens-dead-in-us-led-syria-airstrike-al-mansoura

        • Psycho Milt 7.2.1.1

          Are you serious. That’s an amazingly sad comment.

          Some people do find realism sad, but I’m not one of those people.

          People is people…

          Er, yes. I haven’t suggested otherwise. Every human having equal value != it’s wrong to have more personal interest in one human than another.

          • Siobhan 7.2.1.1.1

            “stuff happening to people much like yourself in a country much like yours is of greater interest than stuff happening to people you have little in common with in countries you know little about”

            ” Every human having equal value != it’s wrong to have more personal interest in one human than another.”

            Are you actually following what you’re saying here or is it one of those days???

            • Psycho Milt 7.2.1.1.1.1

              You imply some inconsistency between those statements but I’m not seeing it myself. What is the inconsistency you believe to exist?

          • Adrian Thornton 7.2.1.1.2

            Why would one persons sufferings have more interest to you because they have a similar cultural background and live in the same type of house or neighborhood as you, have more interest to you than another person sufferings who does not share this perceived cultural similarity with you?

            Is making those cultural and ethnic divisions a natural reality that you just make instinctively?

            And BTW you are exactly right “People is people…” I think that is our point.

            • Psycho Milt 7.2.1.1.2.1

              I get that it’s your point, but don’t get how it’s relevant to my comment, unless you’re using “people is people” as shorthand for “family, ethnic and cultural differences don’t actually exist,” which would just be silly.

              • Adrian Thornton

                Of course ethnic and cultural differences exist, however National radio (for example) making the call to spend half it’s morning on 3-4 deaths by some loon because ‘we’ can relate to those deaths, while failing to report a single word on the 33 civilians killed in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria….or the dead and dying in Nigeria from multiple suicide attacks in a refugee camp is the problem ( that you seem to endorse).

                We all know that if violence and war are covered with at least a semblance of impartiality in the media, real positive outcomes can be forced to happen..Vietnam is a good example of this, not that the the coverage ended the war, but it certainly changed public perception toward the North Vietnamese people in the US, and helped bring the conflict to an end.
                I know that Vietnam was only covered because the US were involved, but it shows that if people of one culture are made to walk in another cultures shoes and see their suffering in an equivalence of their own…then empathy and solidarity will naturally develop…because people are people, and given the chance will usually relate to one another as just that…another human person.
                This is why the ‘news’ needs to cover world news events evenly and without cultural bias..to encourage and build this cultural and ethnic understanding and not entrench ethnic/cultural/religious singularity.

        • Muttonbird 7.2.1.2

          You have to understand what Psycho Milt is going through at the moment. As a supporter of Western interference in the Middle East he’s conflicted after learning that the National Government may have sanctioned a SAS hit on Afghani civilians.

          It must be very very confusing for him.

      • One Two 7.2.2

        “…is of greater interest to stuff happening to people YOU have little in common with”

        Are those people subhuman in your mind?

        The comment says , yes but in case it was the musings of a poorly written thought process…

        Clearly state what you meant…

        • Psycho Milt 7.2.2.1

          Are those people subhuman in your mind?

          No. Are they subhuman in yours?

          • One Two 7.2.2.1.1

            Clearly state what you meant then. Go on

            I know you read the request, and I know you deliberately ignored responding to it, and instead ran with the ‘cowards choice’

            It was your comment…own it!

            • Psycho Milt 7.2.2.1.1.1

              How much more clearly could it be stated? People are more interested in the doings of people they feel they have things in common with or have some relationship with. What exactly do you find confusing about that?

              • One Two

                I am ‘people’…We are ‘people’

                And I do not view events the way you so ineloquently claimed

                Looking through the archives, shows you have previous when it comes to using generic stereotypes which could be interpreted in ways which expose you…

                Explanation of ‘why’ the icon you use, is less than convincing…

                There is nothing to confuse about what it is behind your handle…

                You know what you are, and so do I !

      • Adrian Thornton 7.2.3

        That my freind, is the most fucked up thing I have ever seen you come out with, it is so offensive and deeply racist that I don’t even know where to start….so I won’t.

      • McFlock 7.2.4

        Well, I think I understand what you’re saying, and I think I generally agree with what I think you said, but maybe your use of the second-person pronoun has thrown some folks.

        My understanding is that it was merely an observation of human nature that is generally true: the more things someone has in common with a news event, the greater attention one tends to pay to it, regardless of the relative significance in the greater scheme of things (and insert a feedback loop of public attention into significance).

        A tendency that probably had no small part in the contrasting responses to Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

        • Psycho Milt 7.2.4.1

          It would be pretty funny if the commenters proudly declaring themselves above such things had made the mistake of thinking the generic terms “you” and “yourself” could only mean White people.

        • weka 7.2.4.2

          If people on TS truly thought that everyone was equally interested in everyone we would spend as much time talking about earthquakes overseas as we do about Chch and Kaikoura.

          I see it at the smaller level. People look after themselves and their families before others. When themselves and their families are taken care of, compassionate people extend their care outwards.

  8. Bill 8

    And the ‘fear beast’ is poked from its slumbers to shuffle forth yet again.

    Tweet from the Met – “Incident in #Westminster: We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise
    4:32 AM – 23 Mar 2017”

    and from Metropolitan Police acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley

    “Looking forward, people of London will see extra police officers on our streets, and we could call on the support of military,”

    I’m not the only one who’s becoming utterly sickened by the playing of the terrorist card every time something shit happens, right?

    I mean, a guy mounts a crowded pavement in a car and then proceeds to stab someone with, it wouldn’t seem unreasonable to assume, the intention to stab others. What’s the initial take on that?

    Something along the lines of some arguably poor deranged person has flipped out and inflicted fairly random hurt, anguish and death? Or T for Terror and let’s make like Doctor Zoidberg?

    • McFlock 8.1

      “lone wolf” sounds so much better than “final act of desperate person who slipped through the cracks of social or mental health services”

      • Bill 8.1.1

        And “lone wolf” requires no reflection whatsoever – demands no questions * whatsoever. Shoot them. Return to ‘normal’.

        *caveat. How do we deepen and broaden the reach of the surveillance state into society because security? Questions revolving around that one get asked. And answered. And acted on.

    • weka 8.2

      “Looking forward, people of London will see extra police officers on our streets, and we could call on the support of military,”

      wtf?

      I think terrorism now means for the Police etc any act of violence that looks politically motivated. Not is politically motivated, but looks. MSM too, who have a pretty big chunk of culpability in this, esp regards needing to be first with the breaking news. Ffs, why do we even need to know what happened in the first day? Unless it’s a big, ongoing attack, let the authorities investigate and see what happened before parading it across the flatscreen.

      It’s not really any wonder that someone wanting to kill themselves might choose to take out others and shout some stuff as they do it. Reality TV.

    • Gabby 8.3

      Sure, let’s wait and see if the murderer was part of a bigger attack. Good thinking.

      • weka 8.3.1

        Assuming you are being sarcastic, it’s not our job to judge if the murderer was part of a bigger attack. Unless one is in London in the vicinity of Parliament, it’s not going to affect ‘us’ and we have no need to know immediately.

        It’s the job of the Police and govt agencies to determine what is going on. It’s not their job to up the ante and scare the fuck out of everyone again.

        • Gabby 8.3.1.1

          Job? What are you talking about?

          • weka 8.3.1.1.1

            I used the word job in a couple of instances, you’d have to be more specific. I suggest you don’t troll me, the moderators are out with the ban hammers this week.

            • Gabby 8.3.1.1.1.1

              To be more specific, in the comment to which I replied. How could that not be obvious?

              [Just had a look at your comments for March and I’m seeing a lot of similar 1 line smart arse trolly type comments. 1 month ban for wasting my time. Might want to up your game when you get back – weka]

      • McFlock 8.3.2

        That’s the funny thing about attacks: if the dude were part of a bigger, more organised campaign, he would have had more than a car and a knife.

        Heck, you get enough drivers running amok, you might even cause a statistical blip in the UK road toll /sarc

        Really, I’d be waiting for information as to whether the individual was someone in extremis who had targetted parliament because of some random legislation, and then asking whether there were any ideological motives (and if they were, did the individual merely fixate on them as a product of their pre-existing issues around power and notoriety) before getting all worked up over the t-word.

        The Australian authorities seem to have a much more reasonable approach than the yanks or English.

        • MikeS 8.3.2.1

          “.. if the dude were part of a bigger, more organised campaign, he would have had more than a car and a knife.”

          Not necessarily. Use of a car can be far more fear inducing in a population because it is such a common everyday thing which anyone has access too. Most people will live their entire lives and never even see a real ak47, let alone one brandished by a criminal. Cars of course are everywhere so it brings the violence that much closer to everyday people. Use of a knife, well, many people find knives / blades scarier than even guns.

          So assuming the purpose of the attack is to terrorise the population then cars and knives are excellent choices.

          • McFlock 8.3.2.1.1

            Up until a cop with a gun arrives, this being a case in point.

            Compare with Orlando, where armed folk were actually on the scene when he started, ISTR.

    • One Two 8.4

      Not so much sickened (anymore), as it has become predictable by the numbers

      322 has meanings for those who represent ‘fear beast’

      An event was a literal certainty…once enough time has been spent observating the cycles and patterns

  9. millsy 9

    Oh god, more terrorism hysteria.

    • Bill 9.1

      Dunno why you’d be thinking that millsy. /sarc

      Here’s some measured comments/quotes from a quick scroll down ‘The Guardian’s’ “Westminster Attack Live” thang.

      Metropolitan Police acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley.

      Terrorists have a clear aim and that is to create discord, distrust and to create fear.

      We ask the public to be alert and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling 0800 789 321, or dialling 999.

      Boris Johnson

      Heartbreaking. This is not the first attack on London or our Parliament – and won’t be the last – but our values will prevail.

      Donald Trump pledged the “full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice”.

      The leader of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives, Nancy PelosiThe American people share in the outrage and horror at this brutal terrorist attack in London.

      Theresa May I have just chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee, Cobra, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon…

      The terrorist was also shot dead. The United Kingdom’s threat level has been set at severe for some time and this will not change.

      The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city…

      Jeremy Corbyn This was not only an attack on innocent people. It was also an attack on our democracy.But I know that Londoners and people across the country will stand together in defence of our values and diversity.

      Justin Trudeau Today’s attack on the UK parliament is an attack on democracies around the world.

      And sickeningly on it goes…framing, pushing and hyping.

  10. Siobhan 10

    “Terrorists have a clear aim and that is to create discord, distrust and to create fear.”

    Is he calling a goodly number of politicians, Government officials, media organisations and journalists – terrorists??

    Because if the perpetrator turns out to be some marginalised individual with the usual array of social and mental health issues then I guess you could argue that the real terrorists in this situation are the people calling this ‘terrorism’ before any actual facts about the individual and their motives have been established.

    • Bill 10.1

      I didn’t know that a petard was a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder, used to blast down a door or to make a hole in a wall.

      Anyway, Hoist and petard and all of that, while looking at the general tone of many of the comments here when compared to (my memory of) a few years back…..;-)

    • Bill 10.2

      Meanwhile, some of the very same outlets that are hyping stuff in line with their agendas are condemning Tommy Robinson for…exploiting a situation in order to hype stuff in line with his agenda.

      The hypocrisy…the lack of…. Me head hurts.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tommy-robinson-london-terror-attack-islamic-extremism-westminster-bridge-a7644676.html

    • Poission 10.3

      Because if the perpetrator turns out to be some marginalised individual

      The Guardian is saying he was known to the counter terrorism authorities.

      The Germans are now invoking the precautionary principle.

      http://www.dw.com/en/two-german-born-terror-suspects-to-be-deported-from-country/a-38060107

      The word of the day is Jus sanguinis

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_sanguinis

      • weka 10.3.1

        That’s confusing. Are they not Germans because place of birth doesn’t establish citizenship?

        • Psycho Milt 10.3.1.1

          Yes, German citizenship is based on ancestry rather than place of birth. If you’re an ethnic German whose ancestors moved to Romania 300 years ago, you can get citizenship easily. If you’re a Nigerian born in Germany, you’ll be pushing it uphill wanting citizenship.

          EDIT: I see they changed the law since I lived there, making it easier for non-Germans to get citizenship. Still not guaranteed though.

          • weka 10.3.1.1.1

            “If you’re a Nigerian born in Germany, you’ll be pushing it uphill wanting citizenship.”

            You mean if your parents were Nigerian who didn’t have German citizenship?

            • Psycho Milt 10.3.1.1.1.1

              Yes. My son was born in Germany, but that just made him a New Zealander or Brit who happened to have been born in Germany. That situation wouldn’t have changed over time. But when I looked it up earlier, they changed the law a few years after we left – non-Germans born in Germany are now entitled to citizenship if they meet certain criteria. Presumably the two in the news story didn’t.

              There are paths to naturalisation for immigrants, but Germany doesn’t allow dual citizenship with most non-EU countries, so a lot of immigrants remain citizens of wherever their family emigrated from. The Turkish people I worked with in Germany all considered themselves Turks, even the ones born in Germany.

      • Siobhan 10.3.2

        Be interesting to see a list of people ‘known to counter terrorism authorities’. probably more than half the population in some areas of London. An entirely pointless approach to any problem.

        • Bill 10.3.2.1

          Various animal rights activists, probably some greenpeace members, probably a few quakers… and just keep adding more or less anyone with any political involvement that runs counter to the interests of established power in any way.

          And the more paranoid or insecure the state portrays itself to be, the longer the list of ‘likely suspects’ will become.

  11. Yeah, wildly implausible it was a terrorist attack – from the Guardian:

    The attacker’s identity was already known to counter-terrorism officials. Rowley said investigators were trying to establish the attacker’s associates and his preparations for the attack.

    Mind you, I doubt the “preparations for the attack” are going to make riveting reading:

    Car? Check!
    Knife? Check!

    Er… preparations complete!

    • weka 11.1

      Being already known doesn’t make it a terrorist attack.

      London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London is the greatest city in the world and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”

      I guess that makes some people feel better. Less macho might be called for in this situation though.

      • Psycho Milt 11.1.1

        Being already known doesn’t make it a terrorist attack.

        It doesn’t necessarily make it a terrorist attack, no. But then, if a guy caught kicking over headstones in a Jewish cemetery is a known neo-nazi, that doesn’t necessarily make it an anti-semitic hate crime, and yet I’m going to consider it an anti-semitic hate crime until someone demonstrates otherwise. Even I can only take pedantry so far.

        • weka 11.1.1.1

          I was thinking more about someone who was on the fringes of a terror network, who robs a dairy. Is that a terrorist attack if he goes off an edge and kills people? (not suggesting in this case that there was a different kind of crime being committed, just looking for a situation where it’s clear that being known by the authorities doesn’t make one’s violence automatically terrorism).

          In other words, I think it’s far to soon to call it terrorism, although I can certainly understand why the authorities would be erring on the side of caution until they know for sure. But if we are talking about the public good here, it’s pretty clear that upping the ante and broadening what terrorism is, is part of the play. It’s not like there is going to be the same kind of coverage or interest in the MSM or public if it turns out he had a mental health crisis. Nor much focus on the overlaps between terrorism and mental health crises.

          • gsays 11.1.1.1.1

            I had a yak with a mate today and 2 things came up:
            A terrorist is a person with a bomb/gun/knife who doesn’t have an airforce,
            and how the word terrorism did not come up describing our SAS ‘botched’ raid in Afghanistan.

            • weka 11.1.1.1.1.1

              I haven’t read the book nor followed the details, but if it was a revenge raid, then terrorism seems to fit.

              Of course ultimately all war is terrorism 🙁

            • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.1.1.2

              … the word terrorism did not come up describing our SAS ‘botched’ raid in Afghanistan.

              Well, yes – just like the word “pizza” does not come up describing that curry I made. Different things have different words for them, even when both things fit into some broader category.

      • Tui 11.1.2

        my very close friend Carol says lets not rush and call it a terrorist attack because then we’re giving power to real terrorists.

        ~ Tui

    • McFlock 11.2

      Which also shows the actualisation problems that many less-healthy individuals have with their plans: they get the car, turns out they can’t drive a manual.

      Like the Sydney guy bringing the wrong flag to his event.

      • MikeS 11.2.1

        Yea, like all those Saudis years ago not being able to fly Cessna’s suddenly having to fly jet airliners.

        • McFlock 11.2.1.1

          They weren’t having serious mental health episodes, though. They were just massive dicks.

          Contrast their efforts with samuel Byck, who had a similar plan but major coherence issues when it came to specifics.

          • weka 11.2.1.1.1

            That was a sad read.

            Presumably terrorist organisations won’t work with people in those states, so let’s see what the actual connections are with the London guy.

  12. Adrian Thornton 12

    Just sent this to RNZ morning report…

    I assume you won’t read this out….

    When is RNZ going to show the maturity to treat the suffering of people from all races and cultures with the same level of reportage and understanding as we do white cultures?, or is RNZ happy to be entrenching cultural divides, and relentlessly portraying one peoples lives and suffering as having higher values than others…because that is exactly what RNZ now does, and is now doing re; London attacks.

    RNZ instantly reads out the names of the London dead this morning, however, even though RNZ has the names of the innocent civilians killed in the NZ SAS debacle, no names where given…not even the little girl…just faceless, nameless foreigners killed in what for them,and their families, must have been a moment of pure final terror.

    This week….

    -At least eight people killed, including refugees, by series of explosions along highway in Maiduguri..not a word

    -Dozens of people were killed earlier this week in a suspected US-led coalition air raid that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Raqqa….not a word

    -Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers….Not a word…..or maybe just not white skinned enough for RNZ’s interest.

    This must change, RNZ has a serious social responsibility to help break down these ethnic and cultural divides..not further entrench them…if not RNZ in NZ then who?

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    I live my life (woo-ooh-ooh)With no control in my destinyYea-yeah, yea-yeah (woo-ooh-ooh)I can bleed when I want to bleedSo come on, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)You can bleed when you want to bleedYea-yeah, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)Everybody bleed when they want to bleedCome on and bleedGovernments face tough challenges. Selling unpopular decisions to ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Casey Costello gaslights Labour in the House

    Please note:To skip directly to the- parliamentary footage in the video, scroll to 1:21 To skip to audio please click on the headphone icon on the left hand side of the screenThis video / audio section is under development. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on a textbook case of spending waste by the Luxon government

    Given the crackdown on wasteful government spending, it behooves me to point to a high profile example of spending by the Luxon government that looks like a big, fat waste of time and money. I’m talking about the deployment of NZDF personnel to support the US-led coalition in the Red ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 24

    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 7:40 am on Wednesday, July 24 are:Deep Dive: Chipping away at the housing crisis, including my comments RNZ/Newsroom’s The DetailNews: Government softens on asset sales, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • LXR Takaanini

    As I reported about the city centre, Auckland’s rail network is also going through a difficult and disruptive period which is rapidly approaching a culmination, this will result in a significant upgrade to the whole network. Hallelujah. Also like the city centre this is an upgrade predicated on the City ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 day ago
  • Four kilograms of pain

    Today, a 4 kilogram report will be delivered to Parliament. We know this is what the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care weighs, because our Prime Minister told us so.Some reporter had blindsided him by asking a question about something done by ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 24

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 24, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Beehive: Transport Minister Simeon Brown announced plans to use PPPs to fund, build and run a four-lane expressway between Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Luxon gets caught out

    NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking, who can usually be relied on to give Prime Minister Christopher Luxon an easy run, did not do so yesterday when he interviewed him about the HealthNZ deficit. Luxon is trying to use a deficit reported last year by HealthNZ as yet another example of the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • A worrying sign

    Back in January a StatsNZ employee gave a speech at Rātana on behalf of tangata whenua in which he insulted and criticised the government. The speech clearly violated the principle of a neutral public service, and StatsNZ started an investigation. Part of that was getting an external consultant to examine ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Are we fine with 47.9% home-ownership by 2048?

    Renting for life: Shared ownership initiatives are unlikely to slow the slide in home ownership by much. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:A Deloitte report for Westpac has projected Aotearoa’s home-ownership rate will ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Let's Win This

    You're broken down and tiredOf living life on a merry go roundAnd you can't find the fighterBut I see it in you so we gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsWe gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsAnd I'll rise upI'll rise like the dayI'll rise upI'll rise unafraidI'll rise upAnd I'll ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Waimahara: The Singing Spirit of Water

    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    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 Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    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
    19 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
    21 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
    21 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
    21 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
    1 day 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
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