Mediawatch on Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, April 10th, 2017 - 77 comments
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Mediawatch is one of the best shows in NZ. The weekend episode on Hit and Run was excellent:

Hit and Run: claims and counterclaims

The PM says there is no basis for an inquiry into the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, yet editorial opinion in the media overwhelmingly backs one. Has the meaning of book Hit and Run been obscured by all the claims and counter-claims in the media?

Yes of course it has, and that is a deliberate strategy on the part of people who are desperate to avoid an inquiry.

Indeed, some in the media dismiss what Nicky Hager says just because it is him saying it.

After the book’s release, Newstalk ZB weekend host Andrew Dickens wrote that fellow hosts Mike Hosking and Leighton Smith had said they don’t like Nicky Hager and therefore don’t believe him. Talkback callers followed suit, he noted.

“Despite having never read the 120 -age book, the majority of callers were prepared to dismiss it just because Hager had written it,” said Andrew Dickens.

Dickens is right of course, and the “journalists” behaving in this way are a disgrace to their profession. Read on for a description of other spin tactics (exploiting the book’s acknowledged but minor error, making up nonsense about what it did or didn’t say). Despite all this the majority of editorial opinion was (bravo) solidly in support of an inquiry:

The Listener, The Press, The New Zealand Herald, The Gisborne Herald, The Northland Age among others have all called for an inquiry in recent editorials. The Dominion Post has done so twice.

Here’s another couple of opinion pieces that are well worth adding to the list:

Why can we have an inquiry about a dead dog, but not a dead child? Because bread and circuses.

English has treated us like morons over SAS allegations, yes he has. All a Nat government ever has to do is wait, and they get away with anything. Unless we the people care enough come the next election, of course.

77 comments on “Mediawatch on Hit and Run ”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    All a Nat government ever has to do is wait, and they get away with anything.

    There’s this thing called culpable negligence which we probably need to be able to apply to government when they’re not doing something that should be done.

    • saveNZ 1.1

      +1 – but they get away with it because the MSM support the National government – they even seem to be creating off shoots like Spinoff to control certain messages for development clients, among others….

  2. Gosman 2

    This is in part Hager’s fault. He isn’t a journalist in the traditional sense of the term. He is an activist pushing a particular agenda. If he was actually a journalist he would attempt to get both sides of the debate rather than pursue the ‘Gotcha’ style expose. While he does a reasonable job the way he does it allows others to dismiss it as being of no consequence.

    • r0b 2.1

      He isn’t a journalist in the traditional sense of the term

      He is one of NZ’s few journalists “in the traditional sense of the term”.

      If he was actually a journalist he would attempt to get both sides of the debate

      As he learned early on, if you let people know that you’re investigating them, you get tied up in injunctions.

      Hager puts the facts out there, he’s very ethical and careful about it. Real journalism.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        What injunctions did Hager have to face early on in his career?

      • Gosman 2.1.2

        When I did a google search on this topic I came up with the following

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00108.htm

        “Great was my surprise when, a few days later, Mr Nicky Hager announced that the injunction was blocking the publication of his book. Hager’s book was never the target of the injunction, and as a result I asked the court to lift the injunction as soon as possible.”

        This strongly implies that far from being stopped from publishing by injunctions they have been lifted as a result of him being involved.

        • r0b 2.1.2.1

          When I did a google search on this topic

          Bravo.

          This strongly implies

          Brash’s self-serving denials will imply whatever you want them to I guess. Hager called him on it and he backed down.

          It was a lesson to Hager about what can happen when the subject of an investigation knows about it prior to publication, and (as he has said) it has influenced how he handles the release of his books ever since. Can you imagine what KeyEdeSlater would have done if they knew that Dirty Politics was coming?

          Doesn’t stop vested interests from trying to use it to discredit him though. Of course.

          • Gosman 2.1.2.1.1

            If Hager was the subject of the injunction why did Brash back down? Also that seems to imply that the injunction argument has no power over Hager as he just ‘calls it out’ and the injunction is lifted. Where is you evidence that Hager’s work has been hampered in any meaningful way by an injunction?

            • r0b 2.1.2.1.1.1

              If Hager was the subject of the injunction why did Brash back down?

              Because he judged the damage from the negative publicity of the injunction to be greater than the damage of the contents of the book. Of course.

              Also that seems to imply

              Seems to imply = whatever you want.

              I’ll ask again, since you ignore it, what do you think KeyEdeSlater would have done if they had known about Dirty Politics in advance?

              Where is you evidence that Hager’s work has been hampered in any meaningful way by an injunction

              I never said his work was damaged, I said he learned a lesson from the attempt. Learned it well.

              • Gosman

                You are just making excuses for Hager’s poor journalistic ethics. Regardless though his actions mean he will not likely get the outcomes he demands. Those he attacks will just point out that he is biased and is pushing a political agenda and many people will agree and then nothing will happen.

                • “You are just making excuses for Hager’s poor journalistic ethics”

                  Pfffft!

                  Keep banging on. Here, your snide comments sound puerile.

                • r0b

                  I like it how you are living proof of your own assertions. Never change.

                • dukeofurl

                  What journalist ethics are you talking about ? You seem to be aggrieved he didnt run with the NZDFs lines in his book. They arent one of the ‘little people’ who dont have a voice, in fact they have previously seen journalists as the enemy- probably still do.

                  Cant find that ‘ethic’ in this code
                  http://www.epmu.org.nz/journalist-code-of-ethics/

                  Thats because Gosman ‘made it up’

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    The right-wing have to lie because reality is never what they want it to be.

                    • dukeofurl

                      I seem to think the BSA ‘standards’ have a right of reply amoung them. Balance being another one
                      Thats only for those holding TV and radio licenses.
                      Never been a situation for print journalism, of which Hager is ,where you have to take your story and all your sources to the ‘target’ for them to know in advance.

                      Another twist of the journalist ethics of course is TVNZ and Mike Hosking. To get around having any sort of ethics apply to him, they have deemed him to ‘not be a journalist’
                      Im sure Hoskings fact free fabulations aggrieve Gosman as no journalist standards apply ( even those of broadcast media )

    • roy cartland 2.2

      Both sides? Like, the NZDF’s side as well as the Afghans’?

      • Gosman 2.2.1

        Yes the NZDF side not just the Afghan’s

        • Hanswurst 2.2.1.1

          This is just bullshit. He states that some sources are from within the defence forces. He isn’t obliged to get an official line from the NZDF, not least since their official position has been in the public domain for years. They, like anybody else involved, have a right of reply, which they have exercised with some telling results. Before anyone could take your point seriously, you would need to answer at least the following convincingly:

          1. What do you mean by “both sides of the debate” when criticising a book that already presents evidence from multiple “sides”?

          2. What subsantive changes do you think might have been made to Hager and Stephenson’s research if they had approached the NZDF officially?

          3. Do you seriously believe that the NZDF would simply have provided Hager and Stephenson with information and wished them luck with publication, rather than trying either to get in first or (more likely) to prevent the book’s publication?

          • Gosman 2.2.1.1.1

            He states he has got comment from (some) NZDF personnel but he didn’t attempt to get comment on the specific allegations from official sources. I’m not sure why you think he shouldn’t have done this. It makes sense even if it is to highlight how the official sources are so much at odds with other evidence presented.

            • RJL 2.2.1.1.1.1

              This is pathetic Gosman.

              NZDF and government have produced official statements in the past about the events in “hit and run”.

              “even if it is to highlight how the official sources are so much at odds with other evidence presented.”

              Exactly. Congratulations. This is the whole point of the book. Have you read it yet?

              The whole point is that NZDF/government statements about the raid contradict the statements Hager and Stephenson have from individuals in NZDF (i.e. SAS soldiers and others) and from the villagers who got shot at.

              • Gosman

                A proper journalist would have attempted to elict a response from the NZDF even if it was only ‘We have already commented on this case and have no further comment’. Hager did not because it is clear what he wishes to do.

                • dukeofurl

                  Rubbish. There is no journalist standard that requires him, as a print journalist, to hear or present the NZDF ‘side’

                  You are confusing BSA standards which only apply to radio/TV

                  • Gosman

                    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/90981368/karl-du-fresne-let-truth-and-falsehood-grapple-over-the-hagersas-stink

                    “He insists on calling himself a journalist, but all the journalists I’ve worked with made it their business, before bursting into print with damaging allegations against anyone, to seek a response from the person or persons accused.”

                    This from a journalist who thinks there should be an enquiry.

                    • McFlock

                      So you agree with du Fresne’s assessment about Hager’s journalistic claims, yet disagree with du Fresne’s assessment that there still needs to be an inquiry.

                      Or as you put it:

                      I don’t see why Stevenson and Hager’s demand for an enquiry should be entertained when they didn’t do a proper job in the first place.

                      Maybe you should finish reading your du fresne link and find out why there should still be an inquiry, even if we discount hager and Stephenson as “journalists”.

                    • dukeofurl

                      Nonsense
                      heres Fairfax journalism charter.

                      Not a peep about seeking responses from other parties ?
                      http://www.fairfaxmedia.co.nz/pressroom/NZ/fairfax-media-new-zealand-journalism-charter

                      Du Fresne has made it up too and he writes for Fairfax. Maybe various editors have wanted run of the mill stories with a response.

                      Looking at the NZ press Council they require ‘balance’

                      ‘Accuracy, Fairness and Balance

                      Publications should be bound at all times by accuracy, fairness and balance, and should not deliberately mislead or misinform readers by commission or omission. In articles of controversy or disagreement, a fair voice must be given to the opposition view.
                      Exceptions may apply for long-running issues where every side of an issue or argument cannot reasonably be repeated on every occasion and in reportage of proceedings where balance is to be judged on a number of stories, rather than a single report.
                      http://www.presscouncil.org.nz/principles

                      That doesnt apply to authors of books of course.
                      And is ignored by Kiwblogger DPF, who claims he is bound by the Press council.

                • RJL

                  NZDF *have* commented on this specific raid previously. Their previous comments appear to be lies. That is the whole point of the book.

                  NZDF presumably have a whole platoon (or whatever) of press officers. If NZDF wants to say something it doesn’t need to wait for Hager and Stephenson to provide it with an opportunity.

            • Hanswurst 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Okay, don’t answer the questions then. You’re the one who looks silly.

              • Gosman

                I answered your questions but here they are for you again.

                1) Hager did not attempt to get comment from the NZDF so he was not presenting both sides of the debate or even giving a right of reply.

                2) It doesn’t matter what changes they would have made if any. The point being is that the NZDF would have had the ability to respond and we would have a better understanding if there was something they were trying to hide.

                3) If they attempted to stop publication (unlikely in my mind for the same reasons that impacted the Hollow men book injunction being raised) then there would be a much stronger case for an enquiry than there is now.

                • Hanswurst

                  1) isn’t an answer, it’s just ignoring the question and restating your vague comment above.

                  2) That isn’t an answer either. The NZDF has now responded. What would we know in your scenario that we don’t now?

                  3) Generally, the government and NZDF adopt the line that any information about deployment could endanger troops. Works, too. Why would that be any different in this case?

                  • Gosman

                    You asked what all sides or both sides in this are. I stated it is the NZDF view which is missing. Why do you think that they shouldn’t be included in this?

                • Andre

                  In their statements about this raid, how many times did the NZDF give right of reply or the other side of the story to the Afghan villagers that were being called insurgents and getting shot at?

                  Personally, my expectation of journalists is that they make an honest attempt to get the facts correct and don’t publish until they’re sure they have got the facts correct. Your expectation of “balance” and “right of reply” just gives people with something to hide the opportunity to try to do so. And if they can’t hide it in time, they try to introduce doubt and misdirection, and argue about irrelevancies.

                  • Gosman

                    The NZDF is not pretending to be an investigative journalist.

                    I love how you think a right of reply will only allow someone to hide something. Yeah because that is what a right of reply is all about [/sarc]

                    • McFlock

                      The NZDF is not pretending to be an investigative journalist.

                      The NZDF is barely pretending to even try to tell the truth.

                    • Andre

                      The NZDF has plenty of opportunity to put their story, and presumably has professionals on staff whose entire job is to do that. Yet the first time someone seriously looks into the villagers side of the story and finds credible evidence the NZDF haven’t been presenting the full honest truth and have been hiding important facts, you expect the NZDF to be given yet more opportunity to obscure the the facts?

                      Particularly bearing in mind that while Hager was producing this book, he was also challenging the police search of his home and seizure of his equipment. IIRC, that was found to be an illegal action by the police, and certainly looks to me like it was intended to intimidate Hager.

    • @ Gosman.

      Nothing to do with what your blathering on about.

      Just some entertainment about your slavish obsession with protecting the National party at all costs. And indirectly attacking Hager. Screw you and your un-analytical sycophancy..

      Black Sabbath “Tomorrow’s Dream” – YouTube

      • Gosman 2.3.1

        This has very little to do with National. It is more to do with Hager and the NZDF.

        • WILD KATIPO 2.3.1.1

          Still pulling pud, and a total fail as to the philosophy you endorse.
          That pride of winning the argument overcomes you and is the greatest weakness you display. Thus it is easy meat to pick you off.

          If you cant see the imagery and the message which is pretty damn blatant, pity help you and the sycophancy you display. Most normal individuals can.

          What happened to you ?

  3. adam 3

    This book points out peoples obsession with war porn. It puts into question their fetish for this violence. It also questions the role of the state and private enterprise have to bring them such war porn on their tv’s on a regular basis.

    So it is no wonder great wads of journalist want to cover it poorly, it’s bread and butter to drag this out as unthinkingly as possible. Ratings, war porn and more machismo for everyone.

    We went down the rabbit hole, and we got shafted.

  4. gsays 4

    In my opinion, Mr Hagar is a journalist by any definition.
    especially if that definition includes holding the powerful to account, or speaking truth to power.

    • Gosman 4.1

      Journalists should seek to get accusations presented to those who are the target of them and ask for responses. Or don’t you agree this is something a journalist should do?

      • An enquiry would give them just that. Full opportunity to explain their position and have those claims checked, along with the claims of Mr Hagar and Mr Stevenson.
        Fair as, open and honest.
        How about it, Gosman, you like fair and open, don’t you?

        • Gosman 4.1.1.1

          I don’t see why Stevenson and Hager’s demand for an enquiry should be entertained when they didn’t do a proper job in the first place. They seem to be wanting the enquiry to cover the gaps they decided not to look at themselves.

      • Here’s a scenario for you to consider, Gosman. Imagine you are a journalist, researching and writing about violent gangs. You unearth dreadful details of previously unknown horrors, perpetrated by the gang, details that the public, for their own safety, should be told. Will you pop round to gang HQ and run your findings by the boys before going to print?
        “Or don’t you agree this is something a journalist should do?”
        Or could it be that there are circumstances where, for the public good, it’s best to publish first, for the sake of the story and the people it concerns?

        • Gosman 4.1.2.1

          Are you comparing the NZDF with a violent gang that will likely mess someone up for daring to ask difficult questions?

          • Robert Guyton 4.1.2.1.1

            “Mess someone up”?
            No. The two organisations are very different. What do you say to my questions?

            • Gosman 4.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t know why they couldn’t ask for comment on the points of concern they raised before publication. If the NZDF slapped an injunction then they could equally have done what Hager did in the Brash case AND it would look worse for them. In fact they would have more of a case if the NZDF slapped an injunction on as it would then look like there was something to hide.

          • xanthe 4.1.2.1.2

            “Are you comparing the NZDF with a violent gang that will likely mess someone up for daring to ask difficult questions?”

            Yes Gosman you are starting to “get it” now, scary eh?

  5. You don’t know why? Can’t help your inability to understand stuff, Gosman. Numerous commenters here have a very clear understanding of that issue. In any case, the book has been published, the claims are out there and there are serious questions to be answered. All the fluff you are wrapping around the NZDF is just that – fluff, designed to obscure and wrap your favoured party in insulation from the cold, hard facts of the matter. Yes, I know, you’ve found an error, but it’s blindingly obvious that the rest of the claims are to be hidden by whatever means possible, by you for whatever purpose, and by those who should be taking the opportunity to clarify the situation to New Zealanders, who they serve.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Good on you Robert, taking on Gosman. You are a dedicated lifesaver, giving CPR
      to a headless horseman.

    • Gosman 5.2

      And I am explaining why the Government feels it can safely ignore the calls for an enquiry. Hager’s failure to adhere to the usual practice in journalism means officials can brand him as a biased activist not a serious journalist. The Government will be taking the public opinion pulse on this and will know a significant section of the population feel this way.

      • “The Government will be taking the public opinion pulse on this…”

        Yes, Gosman. For Bill English, National, you and your ilk, it’s not what really happened that matters, it’s whether the exposure of those issues can be avoided and the state of “public opinion” serves as the perfect “get out of jail free” card, over and over again. I wonder how you can operate in this way – I see repeatedly, that you do, and that National does, but for those who don’t buy into that strategy, it just looks dirty and low. It’s your bottom line and the great weight of evidence becomes a mere feather to you as you apply it. Very effective, there’s no doubt, but admirable? Not to me.

        • Gosman 5.2.1.1

          I don’t know if there is a case to be answered. I do know that the way Hager and Stevenson have gone about this makes it unlikely they will get an enquiry.

          • Robert Guyton 5.2.1.1.1

            Gosman – “I don’t know if there is a case to be answered.”
            Do you think that there’s strong evidence that there is a case to be answered? Do you think the work of Mr Hager and Mr Stevenson is alarming enough, professional enough, thoroughly enough researched, representative of the views and experiences of real people to form a case that should be answered?
            Because those of us engaging with you here do believe there is a case to be answered and we find your disingenuous trolling distasteful, self-serving and revealing. You reveal yourself, not so much by what you say, but by the vast field of discussion that you avoid, don’t mention, shy away from, studiously ignore. Those things don’t show in the thread, but they are bellowing at you from behind the scenes and we can all hear the racket.

      • left_forward 5.2.2

        I couldn’t help but be curious when considering what the ‘usual’ practice in journalism would look like to you.

        Please indulge me – who are the serious journalists in your world?

        I guess that they would have these qualities:
        1) must be able to persuade but not be critical of officials (particularly the army!)
        2) honour the pulse of public opinion
        3) be very brave (e.g. be able to walk into a gang headquarters and challenge behaviour)
        4) not be obsessive about the truth

  6. McFlock 6

    Glad to see the tory propagandists are diligently ignoring Hit and Run, Gossy.

    lol

  7. saveNZ 7

    Many people do not trust the media anymore. For years we have had dubious reports telling ‘the other side’ such as there is no such thing as global warming.

    Yep, 95% of Scientists were concerned about global warming, but the 5% paid by industry to say the opposite view were treated the same as those opposed and used by government and industry to ignore all the signs.

    We heard about the WMD in Iraq that mean’t we had to start the war apparently. But less so when the WMD were never found.

    Don’t like unemployment figures – just change the parameters.

    So many voters have just switched off to the ‘expert’ views and ‘reports’ because they are often a paid semi-fiction from those who stand to benefit.

    Even someone who had little power like Cameron Slater was very successful in fooling the media and even the National party (such as his ‘help’ for Mark Mitchell who’s done VERY well for himself on the back of it). When it came out the media were played they still did not learn their lesson for very long.

    So the right wing view that Gosman talks about of ‘the other viewpoint’ is often just ‘noise’ and just takes away people’s ability to comprehend the message.

    And the media have just suckered themselves out of a job and industry, because less and less of the public believe them any more.

    The polls and elections are a surprise these days, cos voters themselves could do anything on the day.

    I personally believe Nicky Hager any day over the lying National Government.

  8. tom 8

    Gosman
    I know is little point in pointing this to you, as you are not here to have a rational discussion, just to be a troll, but here goes anyway.
    BBC a few years ago totally sick of whenever they had a Climate Change story, of having to go to PR reps for the Oil industry for comment, made a decision to not ask Big Oil for comment on Climate change, as they knew they would get more of the same diversion and spin as they had for 20 yrs previously, so there is a precedence of one of the biggest MSM in the world sites doing what Hager Stevenson have done, and what you say is heresy for media to do.
    When you know you are going to either be spun in a web as you have for as long as the sun has shone, or have an injunction slapped on you to prevent, delay and give time to spin, then a reasonable person will take a reasonable response to make sure the important info is provided to the public.
    Also we on the left would love media to be balanced and provide both sides points of view on topics, funny thing is if i watch actual journalism on say Democracy Now for example, i get a totally different angle on all the news than i do on any RW MSM in NZ or across the globe, so if you want balance in media, fine, then start by asking MSM to provide it to us.
    If you only want it when Hager writes a book then you are a hypocrite and not worth a moments notice
    Thankyou now go and do something productive with your time rather than troll people who can see way past your pathetic Trolling and spin

    • Gosman 8.1

      I believe the issue with the Climate change story (although I’m not sure you can back this up with a link) was that the science around AGW has been accepted by the vast majority of Scientists and therefore there is little point in getting viewpoints which aren’t accepted as actual science. Are you stating that the NZDF’s views on what happened in this Afghan raid are not in any way supported by facts and therefore whatever the NZDF states should not be even looked at?

      • NZDF are unwilling to subject their story to real scrutiny. People can see that for what it is. The authors of Hit & Run are willing to have their claims tested by official enquiry and people can see that for what it is. We here can see Gosman for what he is. He’ll rabbit on, drag red herrings, obfuscate, accuse and do those things trolls of his sort do, but we can see him clearly and it’s not an uplifting sight.

        • Gosman 8.1.1.1

          Do you think there will be an inquiry this side of the election?

          • McFlock 8.1.1.1.1

            Part of me hopes English puts it off as long as possible, in the face of legal complaints both here and in the ICC.

            But then part of me just wants NZ to stand up, sort its shit out, have the inquiry and be honest about what happened – and if the book is full of crap, let that come out. If NZDF has been covering stuff up, that needs to be sorted.

          • Robert Guyton 8.1.1.1.2

            Dragged across the path of the discussion.

      • tom 8.1.2

        No that is not what i am saying, please re read
        also i am not engaging with a troll, so F off buddy, no offence, but have not the time for pathetic trolling, read some books from a left perspective as i have with the right so you can understand what you oppose, and can reasonably discuss with us valid perspectives, until then i do not have time for you, just wanted to make a point to you.
        I really only come on here to engage with people that want to discuss the way forward for the left and to get news that MSM does not cover at all, that was a once off to see how you would react to a reasoned response, and you proved my point.

        • Gosman 8.1.2.1

          You’ve read books from a right wing perspective and think you understand it do you? I’d be fascinated in your thoughts on that. Post them on Open Mike.

          • Robert Guyton 8.1.2.1.1

            I read “Dirty Politics” from a right-wing perspective and what I felt was fear, raw, gut churning fear. Thank goodness we had Honest John Key here to pour his special brand of sticky deceit into the works of that one! Nearly got caught, we did!

          • tom 8.1.2.1.2

            Trolling is absolute loser behaviour, wake up to yourself man, and do something productive with your time.
            it is actually impossible to have any less respect for you and yours, i hope you are happy with what you do in life, seeya would not want to be ya

        • Robert Guyton 8.1.2.2

          When trolls like Gosman say, “Do you think…”, or, “Are you saying…” you can immediately dismiss their comment as worthless trolling. Attempting to force you to defend something you didn’t claim is a technique as old as trolls themselves.
          Are you saying, Gosman, that the claims in Hit & Run are true and that the NZDF and Bill English know this and are burying the issue as deeply as they can, shielding those responsible from scrutiny? Are you? Is that what you are saying? If so, congratulations; you have, at this late hour, developed a spine and some credibility here on The Standard.

  9. Is what, what I believe? That “When trolls like Gosman say, “Do you think…”, or, “Are you saying…” you can immediately dismiss their comment as worthless trolling.”
    Yes, I certainly do!

    • Gosman 9.1

      No, the claims in Hit & Run are true and that the NZDF and Bill English know this and are burying the issue as deeply as they can, shielding those responsible from scrutiny. Is that what you are stating is true?

  10. Pete 10

    The perspective of Mike Hosking (once again) was put in the light.

    saveNZ says “Many people do not trust the media anymore.” When we have media dominated by someone with so many obvious limitations that’s natural.

  11. mosa 11

    Hit and Run has been buried by the media with English saying NO to an inquiry and once again sullied Nicky Hagar as a liar and a left wing conspiracy theorist.

    The usual suspects have done their work and put enough doubt in peoples minds with regards to the truth here just like three years ago when the corruption by Key and his henchman was exposed.

    Attack the message and the messenger and bypass the serious issue at hand.

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 25, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry published its final report yesterday.PM Christopher Luxon and The Minister responsible for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 hours ago
  • A tougher line on “proactive release”?

    The Official Information Act has always been a battle between requesters seeking information, and governments seeking to control it. Information is power, so Ministers and government agencies want to manage what is released and when, for their own convenience, and legality and democracy be damned. Their most recent tactic for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • 'Let's build a motorway costing $100 million per km, before emissions costs'

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:Transport and Energy Minister Simeon Brown is accelerating plans to spend at least $10 billion through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to extend State Highway One as a four-lane ‘Expressway’ from Warkworth to Whangarei ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • Lester's Prescription – Positive Bleeding.

    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
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

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

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

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

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

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