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Lowering his standards ever lower

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Just when Farrar had made me happy, as I explain in this post, and had even been quite funny in his retort, he goes and reminds me I should never put anything past him.

Today, he’s attacking the welfare system by running a post about a invalid beneficiary who he reckons can’t be an invalid because she was up to wrestling with the Police and growling at them. Using all his medical expertise and a short Dompost article, Farrar concludes WINZ has stuffed up.

David, you know as well as I do that people with severe personality disorders or psychological conditions that mean they can’t work go on the invalids’ benefit. That looks to be the case with this woman. This woman’s actions were not right and I don’t defend them but WINZ is completely in the right in delivering income assistance to those who are unable to work.

Your dog-whistling is as disappointing as is it transparent. Still, got to throw some meat to the dogs every now and then, eh?

59 comments on “Lowering his standards ever lower”

  1. SBlount 1

    Who doesn’t have a ‘severe personality disorder’?

    We’re all examples of something in a psychology textbook yet we’ve managed to build this country.

    We can’t pick and choose a world that fits our ‘psyche’ to live in, we have to deal with this one.

  2. Rex Widerstrom 2

    As I see it there’s two possible underlying narratives to this story.

    Kiwiblog’s – the woman is a parasite, capable of working, but who has – whether by by manipulatin or threats – convinced the system to hand her a large amount (over time, I mean) of taxpayers’ money so she can enjoy an indolent lifestyle and raise at least one, probably more, dangerous and destructive children.

    Or

    The Standard’s – the woman has a personality disorder or severe psychological condition which prevents her from successfully gaining, or holding down, a “normal” job. But rather than do anything practical to improve her situation or assist her to overcome this disorder, the system instead hands her a large amount of taxpayers’ money so she can enjoy an indolent lifestyle and raise at least one, probably more, dangerous and destructive children.

    Assuming you’re right, Steve, such people can be helped. In the 80s I worked for Morehu Social Services (which ran work skills programmes till the incoming National government decided they were a waste of time). There was a trainee who looked almost exactly like the woman in question, except her charms were added to by a glass eye that kept popping out whenever she lost her temper, which was often.

    All we could give her to do was to push a broom round the office but she came to work each day and did so with enthusiasm. It took a long time and a lot off effort (all of it government funded) to get her personality disorder under control but eventually it happened.

    When I last heard of her she had married, had a daughter, and was holding down a private sector job.

    And before you lay the blame for all this at the feet of 90s National government, Labour did nothing to restore those community-run training programs (which also doubled as a way to support organisations like Morehu and the Salvation Army) and scorned sheltered workshops as un-PC when they too offered such people some sort of productive life.

    So whatever speculation holds true – yours or DPF’s – there’s absolutely no excuse, IMHO, for this woman being allowed to lead the life she’s leading and the blame lays squarely at the feet of decades of politicians and public servants.

  3. ak 3

    Meat for the dogs? Flies around a flatulent pig’s arse works better for me (and v disappointed in one particular fly – I’ll put it down to temporary heat delirium…)

    Dunno why you go there at all except for the laxative effect – still, we should be grateful to have such skilled savants and diagnosticians among us: obviously vastly superior to the poor health professional who assessed the lady. An entire profile, life history and prognosis for the country from a single photograph – sheer brilliance.

    Farrar should go mainstream: “Sensing Bigotry: Dr Dave summons the underworld from beyond the pale” (R12: Lack of rational content may offend: not suitable for mature audiences)

    (Edit: just noticed your comment above, Rex: much better. Would dispute the contention that programmes have been significantly gutted – got any concrete suggestions as to what could be done better? Back when the cricket dies down)

  4. She anit starving that is for sure.

  5. David 5

    she is barking mad

  6. IrishBill 6

    “Who doesn’t have a ‘severe personality disorder’?”

    SBlount, you’ve been spending too much time in the blogosphere. On the other hand with a mental condition like that she could probably do whatever it is that sustains the bank accounts of posters on nominister.

    Rex, I agree that there is a failure to properly fund and run the mental health system, and have written on the issue in the past, but I take exception to your claim she is in receipt of “a large amount of taxpayers money”. The invalids benefit isn’t exactly living off the hog’s back.

    Brett, obesity is often a sign that a person isn’t able to access a healthy, balanced diet. Often due to poverty. Of course there are some people who are wealthy and obese (some of whom are bloggers). I’d suggest that that is a more likely an issue of personal responsibility.

  7. Borderline Personality disorder should not preclude you from working. However, the woman in question could have any number of conditions, such as asthma or depression, that might stop her working but leave her strong enough to assault police officers.

  8. SBlount 8

    “Brett, obesity is often a sign that a person isn’t able to access a healthy, balanced diet. Often due to poverty. Of course there are some people who are wealthy and obese (some of whom are bloggers). I’d suggest that that is a more likely an issue of personal responsibility.”

    Oh My God!

    The worst example of doublethink I’ve heard.

  9. Peter Burns 9

    Half of the local chapter of the mongrel mob are on the invalids benefit.
    They got a patched up doctor in their back pocket eh bro.

    To unstable to work, but excellent at swinging a machete when they don’t get their criminal way!

  10. lukas 10

    SP, for someone who has claimed many times that you never visit the “sewer” you seem to be very well versed in what is being published by DPF.

  11. SBlount 11

    MacDoctor

    Asthma stops you from earning a wage?!

    I have this disease like 1 in 3? other NZ’ers. Another 2 people in my immediate family have been hospitalized with it. We all have jobs.

    Is not working one of the best things you can do for depression?

  12. will 12

    Worst blog ever.. I will only read it three more times…………today

  13. Julie 13

    I concur Steve, I’m going to try to write something about this in the morning. Mind you sadly this thread includes some pretty awful comments too (not your fault).

  14. will 14

    Clearly you have no idea how debilitating depression and personality disorders can be… it is not even about if it is good for them, (when it often is not). Depending on the strength of disorder, some people simply cannot work, and even if they can, one look at a person like her would make an employer want to run the other way.

    Mental Illnesses make some people unemployable, lets make their lives worse by condemning them for it.

  15. Tim Ellis 15

    I partly agree with you SP, it is quite possible that this woman has a personality disorder which would make her legitimately on an invalid’s benefit. I don’t know where you got the information that she actually has a personality disorder, though. Is this the reason she’s on an invalid’s benefit? If so, how do you know this? Have you got access to her medical records and/or her WINZ benefit application?

    Her actions in the Court do sound a bit unhinged. Since the article states she was jailed for contempt, and there’s no evidence that any submissins were made by counsel to the effect that her actions were driven by a personality disorder, I think the onus is on you to establish that this is the case, and that this is the reason she’s on a benefit.

    Further reading of the DomPost article suggests that this woman was not “barking like a dog” due to some bizarre, random behaviour, but that rather it is a common show of support to Mongrel Mob members.

  16. Felix 16

    If anyone’s interested, I know the truth about this woman’s medical history and financial situation. And the truth is that it’s none of your fecking business.

    Seriously, you all look pathetic sitting in judgment on someone you know next to nothing about.

  17. ak 17

    Ur onto it will: salient behaviour demonstrated in this thread is the tendency for right-wingers to construct an entirely fictitious class of inferiors, ascribe membership thereof to anonymous individual victims based purely on appearance, all the while claiming to support the individual and the non-existence of class. Drearily predictable, incredibly damaging, and thankfully, like all glaring inconsistencies, doomed to extinction.

  18. SBlount 18

    “Clearly you have no idea how debilitating depression and personality disorders can be ”

    Yes I do.

    Clearly you have no idea about other peoples experience.

    “Depending on the strength of disorder, some people simply cannot work”

    But not all people. This argument cannot be used to justify all situations in which it is claimed a person is unable to work, otherwise we’d all be on a sickness benefit.

  19. SBlount 19

    “If anyone’s interested, I know the truth about this woman’s medical history and financial situation. And the truth is that it’s none of your fecking business.

    Seriously, you all look pathetic sitting in judgment on someone you know next to nothing about.”

    Clearly people are interested, but we don’t know what you might know, and you aren’t telling us which may be fair enough.

    What is apparent here is that a person on an invalid benefit has shown herself to be physically capable in fighting off the police. A court has held her mentally and emotionally accountable for contempt of court. This would seem to be in contradiction to her status as an invalid benefit.

    “Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’

    In this situation it is not apparent that justice is being done. And unless there is some clarification or assurance taxpayers will eventually remove the source of funds.

    In justifying the use of taxpayer money the burden of proof resides with the spender, not the provider of taxpayer money.

    I am not generally in favour of ‘beneficiary bashing’ because I currently have confidence that the people entrusted with overseeing benefits are doing their job. We will always have some degree of white collar crime, we just need to make it as hard as possible to get away with.

  20. DeeDub 20

    Farrar is just a fricking sicko…. and most of the sick-minded rightie posters defy their own humanity with some of the things they say. The same kind of people who would have been avid readers of Völkischer Beobachter and Der Stürmer in another time and place. Frightening, reactionary and it’s hard to believe I’m reading it all in NZ?!

  21. Felix 21

    What is apparent here is that a person on an invalid benefit has shown herself to be physically capable in fighting off the police.

    Nonsense. If she was capable of fighting off the police she wouldn’t have been arrested.

    A court has held her mentally and emotionally accountable for contempt of court. This would seem to be in contradiction to her status as an invalid benefit.

    The courts don’t make decisions on benefit entitlements. That is the job of Work & Income, based on information supplied by the person’s doctor and specialists. The court’s concern is that a person is mentally capable of understanding the charges brought against them. This has nothing to do with being fit for work.

    In justifying the use of taxpayer money the burden of proof resides with the spender, not the provider of taxpayer money.

    No-one has to prove anything to you. This is between the woman, her doctor and Work & Income. Idiots on the internet don’t come into it.

  22. SBlount 22

    DeeDub

    A 100% hypocritical statement.

  23. SBlount 23

    “decisions on benefit entitlements. That is the job of Work & Income”

    On behalf of the taxpayers.

    No-one has to prove anything to you. This is between the woman, her doctor and Work & Income. Idiots on the internet don’t come into it.”

    doctor = employee of the taxpayer

    Work & Income = taxpayers

    The spending of WINZ is accountable to the taxpayer and relies on the confidence of taxpayers to continue its function.

  24. Felix 24

    Yes, on behalf of. That means they do it because it’s not realistic to run every decision by you, me and the rest of the country.

    Do you really not understand that? Are you really that Thick? Are you Burt?

    You get to vote for governments who will promote the type of policies you support but you don’t get to run an inquisition on someone you saw on tv because you reckon you know better than everyone else.

    If you want to make operational decisions for a government department then get a job in one, work your way up and try to influence policy. Otherwise you’re just another moron on the internet bitching about things that you don’t understand.

  25. burt 25

    Love you too Felix. I wasn’t passing judgment on this woman and haven’t passed comment in this thread. You should seek professional help for your obsession with me. Perhaps you want to meet, shall we get a room?

  26. ak 26

    Thanks burt, and sorry to interrupt, but in the absence of a dedicated Waitangi Day thread, may I humbly suggest, to whomever may be in a position to pose it, that the following question be put to our Prime Minister?

    “Do you, John Key, as Prime Minister of New Zealand, wish to close the gaps between pakeha and maori with regards to life expectancy, incarceration rates, and educational achievement? And if so, what concrete steps will you take to achieve this?”

    Funny old world, innit burt: an admitted atheist, former Orewa One supporter leads prayers at Waitangi to the fawning of former “maori radicals”, just as a “nigra” assumes the mantle of world leader and chooses the path that will determine our fate.

    Wake up, Harawira: you’re only there as ACT insurance: put the question now or forever rue our main chance.

  27. tsmithfield 27

    I personally know someone who has approached various doctors until he managed to find one who would sign off on him having depression for the purposes of obtaining a sickness benefit. For him this means none of that annoying job-hunting stuff. He fully acknowledges that he is quite capable of working but doesn’t want to. But he has someone in the medical establishment to back him up.

  28. AK,

    Even as a recent import here I can see it. Bloody hell, how did they do it? Getting someone who is reasonably smart like Hone to completely buy into JK’s schmarm.

    I was reading the stuff about him leading a prayer and was going WHAT? He is an admitted atheist from Jewish (If you believe in the Jews being a race perhaps this would be interesting for you to read because that is what a lot of Orthodox Jewish people thing of that one) descent and here he is leading a Christian prayer. How is that for Hypocrisy. I hope they remember that when they get shafted in the next three years.

    At least Helen Clark never stooped to that.

    It just goes to show you that John Key has absolutely no morals and is happy to give the punters what they want so he can screw’m good later.

  29. Peter Burns 29

    trev, how can John Key lower the standards any further as the vile Miss Clark and her delirious absolute power regime obliterated all known acceptable standards to the point where society has become devoid of accountability and respectability? Miss Clark should be in a cell.

    Your blame the Jews routine is so finger in the dyke boring crap. Do try and get a life you stupid tulip muncher.

  30. Ah, the old “you are a Jew hater” argument.

    No Peter, I have the greatest respect for Judaism and it’s adherents. The link I gave was to a group of people who live their life in love for their fellow human beings through the wisdom they find in the Torah. You can’t be more Jewish than that. They are the ones pointing out that Judaism is a religion and not a race and that the Torah is their guiding spiritual principle.

    I have the same respect for Maori who follow that principle of love and respect for their fellow humans through the wisdom they find in the Bible.

    If JK as a practising Jew had joined the Maori in a prayer to Jaweh as they had to God I would have thought that a beautiful thing and a powerful building of mutual Mana.

    I was merely pointing out that in the Wikipedia entry on JK, JK is quoted as saying that he goes to church a lot with the girls but that his attitude towards religion is easy and that he is technically a Jew because his mammy was.

    That is a close as saying “I don’t give a flying fuck about religion” in politicians language. Helen Clark said the same thing when she said I’m not a morning person as her reason not to attend the morning prayers but at least she wasn’t soiling the spirituality of the attending Maori with some fake prayer drivel. I find it insulting to those who for true spiritual reasons where there at that time.

    I’m glad to you being back to your old form Peter, I was beginning to miss the tulip muncher moniker. Funny how the “Jew” word no matter how innocently used triggered your racist bone.

    However to get back to the thread, the lack of compassion here is truly staggering. I don’t know the lady in question and to be quit honest my revulsion was triggered by her slug white belly bared on the photos. It triggered instant Oh Yuk feelings but a soon as I read the “on benefit” thing I was reminded of the way our MSM stigmatises and manipulates. Felix is right, we don’t know her and therefore we should not judge.

    That’s another one for ya Peter; “He who is without sin shall cast the first stone.”
    Are you without sins Peter?

  31. Peter Burns 31

    Dear Eve I sin everyday. Yes I feel better now as dad4justice but he is banned? To much bad sin I think? Whatever, I don’t give a flying f. Yes, you and felix are dam right, we should not judge. Give me that gavel judge and I”ll whack that soldiers ear off. Oops, silly me, must go and sin, then visit the loony bin.

    Rock on Jesus for I am sinner and the judge a binner.

    Love Adam xx

  32. higherstandard 32

    Eve

    I believe Key was asked to lead the prayers at Waitangi, he is not an atheist but in his own words “not a heavy believer” …….. the words and the temerity both he and Clark showed when asked the question on TV about belief has a lot to do, in my opinion, with people in this country being scared of admitting they believe in a God/higher power.

    Good on him for treating the people there with respect and actually fronting up to lead the prayers and saying the following

    ‘Soon after the congregation was told the service was not a political service and that political arguments should stay at the lower Te Tii marae, Mr Key led the prayer.
    “As we gather here this morning on this most historic of sites at dawn, we can give thanks.
    “We give thanks to the fact that out country is still one of the most amazing places in the world to live, where our oceans are teeming with fish, where our land is arable and can deliver for our people, where we see opportunities for all New Zealanders and where we can live in peace.
    “We also give thanks for those who came and signed the treaty 169 years ago, those iwi leaders who showed two of the most important human characteristics – hope and courage.
    “The hope that they could deliver on the promise of New Zealand, the belief that New Zealand could go forward – two people, shared beliefs, shared values – and the courage to take a step that they couldn’t be sure would be right but that they hoped would deliver on the promise of our land.”

    I would have thought that this was a sentiment that everyone could agree with regardless of their religion, race or political leaning ……… sadly you have proven me wrong.

  33. andy 33

    My Reading of DPF is that when the Boss (john Key) does something that goes against the narrative he does not post about it till its off the front page (when key fell down the stairs he waited till ‘the hard man shook the hands of 120 people with broken arm’ meme was in the papers).

    In this example Waitangi was spun to be a National and Maori love fest. It did not go according to script, JK almost had a moment, he looked frightened for a brief moment and right fully so. This did not fit the National narrative of being Hard men and women.

    So today John Armstrong writes a column running the National hard man John Key line, this gives DPF the cover he needs to post.

    DPF’s post could have written itself and the comments were very predictable, why the surprise? He has admitted vie Whaleoil that he works in the research unit, its a classic misdirection.

  34. Felix 34

    Me too hs, I give Key his props on this.

    He’s not very religious but he can still take part in a religious ceremony. I think that’s perfectly appropriate – in fact I think it’s part of the job, really – he’s the PM for everyone, not just for people who happen to share his faith or lack thereof.

    It’s a good thing, in my opinion, that we don’t give politicians’ religious beliefs too much weight in this country.

  35. DeeDub 35

    SBlount, please explain why my statement was “100% hypocritical”?

    In my opinion the kind of uninformed bile spat out by most posters at KB is every bit as vile as the stuff I have read in the NS rags of the 30s and 40s – certainly just as loaded with violent/threatening language and ignorance..

    So to call my statement hypocritical you would have to be asserting that my statement was uninformed, violent, and hateful to a defenceless minority?? I don’t believe it was..

  36. Akldnut 36

    Felix you’re right to give Goober credit for being able to front up, and he handled the whole weekend quite well especially the idiots who attacked him (totally unecessary) but as far as being everyones PM!!! He’s as much my PM as is that bitch in England my Queen. I wouldn,t cross the road and piss on the pair of them if they were on fire. lol

  37. coge 37

    The people at Kiwiblog just don’t get it. This mongrel mob woman recieves state assistance to which she is rightfully entitled. These substantial & comprehensive benefits are abley provisioned through WINZ & HNZ. Now her sons accomodation & feeding requirements will be fully met by the Dept of Corrections. Thank goodness for tax funded state benefits.

    IrishBill: the “people” at Kiwiblog are a bunch of ignorant fanatics who have already made threats of violence against Steve for posting on this issue.

  38. higherstandard 38

    alkdnut

    Do you often cross the road to piss on people who are on fire?

    I would also note that –

    1. John Key is your Prime Minister just as Helen Clark was the Prime Minister for those odd people who had a pathological hatred of her.

    2. Calling the Queen of England a bitch is as offensive as making similar disparaging comments about the Maori King.

    3. You are a tool.

  39. IrishBill

    Ignorant fanatics????????

    Isn’t that slightly exaggerated?

  40. Peter Burns 40

    “IrishBill: the “people’ at Kiwiblog are a bunch of ignorant fanatics who have already made threats of violence against Steve for posting on this issue.”

    Has this thread become a police matter?

  41. DeeDub 41

    “…a couple of lone protesters..”

    Nice, John Armstrong…. nice.

  42. I have read the thread at kiwiblog and cant find one threat against Steve?

    (lprent: email? Some of the loons did that once to me. For some reason they didn’t like the backtrace)

  43. Akldnut 43

    HS
    I would if I had no water , but for those two and what they represent to me, extremely doublful.

    You can also note that –

    1. I’ve got nothing against Key as a man. Like I said – Its what he represents to me.

    2. She is the figurehead of an organisation/group/party/country (call it what you want) that have “Royally” screwed over my people and just about every other race they have ever come into contact with. Then I’ll call her a BITCH any time thanks.
    If Tuheitia Paki who I presume you’re referring to, had done that to my people which he hasn’t, then I’d be calling him a similar name! (BTW he’s not my king either)

    You might also note the LOL on the end of my entry – this means laughs out loud, obviously a light learted comment that is lost on you.

    3. You are a tool by taking it as you have.

  44. Peter Burns 44

    Steve – threats of violence should not be tolerated? Make a complaint to cops if you have the evidence? Surely, it’s your public duty to stamp out any anti social behaviour.This is a serious allegation you make.

  45. higherstandard 45

    BD

    Ignorant fanatics????????

    Isn’t that slightly exaggerated?

    Nope the blogs are full of them what IB has failed to acknowledge is there’s just as many here as at Kiwiblog – it is a worrying tendency that all blogs tend to put up with nutters to a greater degree if they come from the same political bent, while proceeding to attack anyone who’s perceived to come from the other side of the political tracks.

    C’est la vie … I’m feeling quite positive after yesterdays Waitangi celebrations I thought Key, Goff, Tuheitia Paki and their hosts at Waitangi and all involved (apart form a couple of dickheads) did the country proud.

    Alknnut

    You’ve got nothing against Key as man …… right OK … that’s why you feel it’s necessary to refer to him as goober etc etc.

    ……. and your assertions regarding the British as a people screwing over all and everyone they have come in contact with is also rather telling and pathetic.

    I repeat you are a complete spanner despite your protest otherwise you also appear to be a bigot – one would hope you are not representative of your people whoever they are ?

  46. So what was the threat about Steve made at kiwiblog? Because for the life of me, I cant find any threat over there.

  47. IrishBill 47

    HS, we run a tight ship here where threatening people gets you banned. Whether you are left or right. In fact I’ve currently got the ‘sod on a five week ban for personally abusing a right wing commenter.

  48. Felix 48

    Hi burt, ha ha I just found your comment from last night.

    I wasn’t addressing you, I was asking sblount if they were you. Sorry, I can see now that it wasn’t very clear.

    As for your kind offer, thanks but I think it would kill all the romance.

  49. Wow Felix,

    This is getting serious, you’re actually agreeing with HS on something.

    Tell you what gentlemen if in three years time JK and his new found Maori friends are still feel blissfully happy with each other I’ll eat humble pie. That would mean I judged John Key totally wrong and to be honest I sincerely hope I am.

    To me actions speak louder than words.

    Getting laws though parliament under urgency that will inevitably damage race relations and promote inequality will stand while beautiful words evaporate.

    But hey, if in three years time we all live better lives in harmony with one another I’ll happily concede.

    Who knows by than we might even invite those of other religions and backgrounds who have recently arrived such as out Muslim brothers and sisters and our Chinese Buddhist brothers and sisters to the same service to make this a truly all embracing and loving ecumenical congregation of all people races and creeds living in this country trying to get along and work towards a common future.

  50. travellerev:

    Dont forget our Jewish brothers and sisters.

  51. higherstandard 51

    Eve

    I don’t think there is anything prohibiting Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus etc attending the service at Waitangi.

    I suspect a number of the people up there were of these denominations or were atheists who really cares what religion or lack of they choose as long as they behave well to each other ?

  52. Akldnut 52

    HS
    My people are English & Maori and if I’m wrong with my comment “screwed over my people (meaning Maori) and just about every other race they have ever come into contact with.” then you could prove me wrong and I’d gladly retract it but I don’t think that will be happening.

    If by British you mean the British Crown as an entity then you’d be right on the nail but if you mean the people, then you’re way off the mark.

    As for being a bigott – now you really are being a dork.

    .

  53. Brett,

    I heard there was a Klesmer band playing during the festivities. I love Klesmer music.
    Beautiful, haunting and wickedly funny at times and great to dance to if you like the Jewish circular style of dancing (I did once and had a great time).

    HS,

    Yes, as far as behaving in public is concerned JK does it by the book. Open anger I have noticed is not the Pakeha Kiwi way. They always smile and behave in public while stabbing each other in the back. John Key did great yesterday: he smiled and told the punters what they wanted to hear. He did the backstabbing a while ago when he and his National mates pushed all their crap through during “Urgency”.

    And of course when we can’t hear him he says what he really means like how the tax payers are going to have to pay for the banksters and the hedgefunds gambling.

    Sucker

    Captcha: Washington voted. I wonder what he would have voted here in NZ?

  54. higherstandard 54

    Alkdnut

    You said “she is the figurehead of an organisation/group/party/country (call it what you want) that have “Royally’ screwed over my people and just about every other race they have ever come into contact with. Then I’ll call her a BITCH any time thanks.”

    You then state that you are English and Maori …. a kiwi let’s say.

    I think the majority of Maori would find it abhorrent that you would call the Queen of England a bitch, let’s leave aside the issue of you having an english heritage also and have chosen to lambast the figurehead (as you have called her) of that same country as a bitch ….. all in all rather an odd position to take especially the day after we’ve celebrated Waitangi day …………. I find your attitude and demeanour to be somewhat Mugabesque.

    Eve

    Nice to know that your opinion of the vast majority in this country (including yourself is so low)

    Making facile bigoted comments like that only serves to make you look even sillier than usual.

  55. I wonder what the good people of the hand mirror would think about you calling a woman a B***.

  56. There you go HS,

    Stabbing the back very politely. And no, I have a very high opinion about a lot of NZers and I am very happy with myself thank you.

    It’s when they go all huffy puffy hoity toity British in the so called “Civilised behaviour” department I get those oh puke feelings.

  57. higherstandard 57

    Eve …… does that make you a bilious bitcher ?

    Can you explain to me how I have stabbed you in the back after I commented

    ” facile bigoted comments like that only serves to make you look even sillier than usual.”

    in relation to your comment…

    “Open anger I have noticed is not the Pakeha Kiwi way. They always smile and behave in public while stabbing each other in the back. ”

    I suggest you go and have a chunder and then depart back to your alternate reality blog.

  58. Quoth the Raven 58

    You guys should put all those threatening emails into posts so the unbelieving right can see what some of their comrades can be like.

    [lprent: Kind of pointless – all it does is extend the knowledge about the ‘rules’ of harassment. There are all of those interesting rules about what is threatening. Ask Peter aka d4j about how many cell phone calls before vodaphone will treat threatening phone calls as a problem. My niece Rochelle got some calls from some interesting numbers. Such brave ‘people’…. ]

  59. Joe 59

    I loved g his standards ever lower at The Standard 2.02!

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    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    19 hours ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    21 hours ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    23 hours ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 day ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    2 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    2 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    2 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    3 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    4 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    4 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    4 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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