Medicinal cannabis

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, October 12th, 2015 - 50 comments
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Seriously – what are we waiting for?

Helen Kelly says Government needs to get real about medicinal cannabis

The Government needs to get real about better access to medicinal cannabis for Kiwis, says terminally ill Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly. “I’ve tried (cannabis oil). I’m not promoting it as a curative but as a pain relief it’s incredibly effective for me and it doesn’t make me feel sick, which morphine does.”

After exhausting all legal pain reliefs Kelly resorted to the black market for cannabis oil but says she didn’t like putting people in that position to help her. “It just seems absolutely insane that I’ve got no idea what I’m taking, how much I should take or how it’s manufactured – it’s crazy.”

Prime Minister John Key has previously said he wouldn’t support a parliamentary debate on broadening access to medicinal cannabis because there are alternatives available.

Kelly said there were plenty of other countries saying medicinal cannabis was useful for pain relief and New Zealand needed to “stop being a fishing village”. …

50 comments on “Medicinal cannabis”

  1. tracey 1

    What are we waiting for?

    The Right people to need it?

  2. Bill 2

    Is there a market to be captured? Nope.

    Pharmaceutical companies already control 100% of the pain relief market and are finding it exceedingly profitable. So government will drag its heels for as long as it can to protect those profits and that market. It’s what it’s there for. As a side note to that obvious statement, does anyone still believe government exists to advance or protect our interests?

    • northshoredoc 2.1

      While I support the availability of regulated cannabinoids for medical use, your comment regarding the other matters is factually incorrect.

      • tracey 2.1.1

        What pain relief is available outside of that supplied by phramaceutical companies?

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          The things that aren’t patentable like herbal medicine, massage, accupuncture etc.

          • tracey 2.1.1.1.1

            Okay.

            Are herbal dispensers allowed to sell it as “pan relieving”?

            • weka 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes and no. There are limits on the claims that can be made and I think it depends on who is saying it, their credentials, and the claims being made.

              Haven’t looked at this for a while but the law in NZ is unclear on this, with much push from the power holders to gain tighter control over herbal medicine. The therapeutic goods act keeps returning every few years, with some saying that ‘supplements’ should be regulated like pharmaceuticals. This has been successfully fought by consumer groups and practitioners, but there does seem to be a move now to put it all in the hands of practitioners.

              The other way to look at it is that they don’t have to. You can buy a bottle of whatever herb over the counter and all it has to do is have the ingredients labelled. Most herbs being sold in NZ don’t have the same kind profit imperative attached to them that pharmaceuticals do. They also don’t have the same kinds of requirements in terms of trials and testing and associated costs.

              Having said that, while I think most complementary medicine doesn’t need more regulation, I do think that pain relief for people with cancer is complex and needs a good degree of experience and support from practitioners (which makes it doubly shameful that the medical profession won’t get on board with this).

              Legalising cannabis for home use makes a lot of sense to me, but I suspect that what will happen is that cannabis will be given to the drug companies and become more expensive.

              • Sacha

                Agreed. For medical use, it will be supplied by the same companies – so they stand to win if it is approved by our timid politicians. As more of their ageing friends find a need, maybe they will find some resolve?

                • weka

                  we are pretty bad in NZ at dealing with illness and pain. I suspect that there are some deep seated attitudes that need to change around that. It might take until the younger generation are older and more in positions of power for legislation to change.

                  • Sacha

                    This seems more about old irrational beliefs that some drugs are OK and others aren’t. Inevitable death may be our friend, politically.

            • lprent 2.1.1.1.1.2

              I hardly think that we need to get rid of minor greek deities?

              😈

      • Kay 2.1.2

        Doc- given BigPharmas longstanding reputation of “influencing” government pharmaceutical policies it’s quite feasible that is a contributing factor to the NZ situation. Of course it’s not something we mere mortals can easily prove, but Bills comments are perfectly reasonable given our awareness of how governments behave. You say they are factually incorrect- so do you know 100% for sure that Pharma isn’t playing a role in stalling medical cannabis?

        • northshoredoc 2.1.2.1

          Kay it is very difficult to 100% prove a negative.

          The fact that pain relief medications in NZ are supplied by generic companies and have patent that are long gone suggests to me there is little interest in pharmaceutical companies engaging in any ‘blocking’ not that they would be able to do so.

          The key issue is the legal classification of cannabis and the lack of a regulated product for medical practitioners to prescribe so it is more of a regulators issue (Medsafe) at this point in time.

          • The Chairman 2.1.2.1.1

            “The key issue is the legal classification of cannabis and the lack of a regulated product for medical practitioners to prescribe…”

            Surely that could be overcome if there was a genuine will?

          • Bill 2.1.2.1.2

            Those so called ‘key’ issues could be resolved ‘by lunchtime’ if there was a political will. But there are companies with skin in the game, yes? Or are you determined to play the role of the wide eyed innocent this evening and maintain that neither pharmaceutical companies nor governments are anything but neutral arbitrators bent on achieving what is the best of or for the public good?

            • northshoredoc 2.1.2.1.2.1

              Bill although you are determined to try to find some big bad pharma company at the back of this there is not one.

              The oral morphines and oxycontin have been generic in NZ for some time and are supplied on a cost plus basis not at high margin.

              The biggest issue is the legal scheduling of cannabis and its derivatives and the lack of a registered product via the medicines regulator for clinicians/hospitals to supply.

        • Shane Le Brun 2.1.2.2

          Most of the blocking in the USA, or at least financing of Anti med pot lobbies were actually the Prison unions… there are a few pharmaceutical companies that were financing it, but nothing to the scale of the prison unions.

      • Bill 2.1.3

        Factually incorrect you say? Gimme the counter factuals then.

    • weka 2.2

      “does anyone still believe government exists to advance or protect our interests?”

      Given the government provides me an income (and has provided me with an education and healthcare), then yes I do. If you mean this particular government (National), then no. If you mean does it advance/protect out interests well, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

      In respect of cannabis legislation, there are many people in NZ who believe that ‘our interests’ aren’t served by legalisation in general and too many people that see medical and recreational use as intertwined.

      btw, the govt could just hand medical cannabis to the pharmaceutical industry, making it only available on prescription, which negates the idea that the main issue here is protecting profits (although with Key himself I’m sure there is a layer in there about that).

      • Bill 2.2.1

        The working and non-working population provide me with an income through taxes accruing to the public purse…same for health care and education. That the government controls the purse strings does not mean ‘the government provides’…

        btw, education was only ever about providing business with people possessed of useful levels of numeracy and literacy; that and ‘correct’ attitudes/ ways of thinking. It’s true that the envelope got pushed, particularly in the 60s and 70s, but it’s safe again for now. MAybe consider the shutting down of the arts throughout our Universities…and that most kids at uni these days are from already suitably ‘socialised’ backgrounds – ie, not poor and working class.

        All that’s by the by and for another time I guess – and yes I’m in a particularly cynical frame of mind atm.

        Handing cannabis over. Which company? And how much profit would they be foregoing as current, highly profitable, pill sales got displaced?

        • weka 2.2.1.1

          “The working and non-working population provide me with an income through taxes accruing to the public purse…same for health care and education. That the government controls the purse strings does not mean ‘the government provides’…”

          That’s one perspective. Another is that the government currently requires the people in society that would deny you and I an income to pay their fair share despite their beliefs.

          As for education, I was thinking about primary and secondary. I’m of the generation that was allowed to be educated without so much of an emphasis on jobs, but I agree that has changed in recent decades. I studied Latin at high school, pretty sure that was useless at getting me a job from the perspective you are arguing.

          I can see why you would be so cynical, I’m just answering the question you originally asked 😉 I’m grateful that the government still protects me from the society I live in to the extent that it does. That’s my cynicism. (and I’m sure there’s various class and gender privileges tied up in all that, plus the fact that I can’t see much useful alternative. We can take this to Open Mike if you like).

          “Handing cannabis over. Which company? And how much profit would they be foregoing as current, highly profitable, pill sales got displaced?”

          Pretty sure there’s enough of a new market to keep them interested if the govt restricts who can sell and where and how.

    • Anno1701 2.3

      cant have us growing our own medicine now can they ….

  3. Chooky 3

    +100 “Kelly said there were plenty of other countries saying medicinal cannabis was useful for pain relief and New Zealand needed to “stop being a fishing village”. …”

    GO Helen Kelly!…it is your body and your life and your well being ! We love you !

    ….I know a number of people who say they would like to have the opportunity to use it if they got ill !

    ( we really do live in a wee society run by some very small minded fascist authoritarian people who think they are experts)

    • northshoredoc 3.1

      🙄

      • marty mars 3.1.1

        which part of the comment are you ‘rolling’ – I cannot see any of your usual triggers in that comment.

        “we really do live in a wee society run by some very small minded fascist authoritarian people who think they are experts”

        this sentence seems especially pertinent to me

        I also agree with the second to last sentence as I also know some people who would be grateful for the opportunity to utilise medicinal cannabis for pain relieve and nausea control especially.

  4. The Chairman 4

    Helen Kelly also wants the right to die.

    Is their a political will to allow that?

    Would the right to die be a vote winner ?

    • weka 4.1

      the right to die has nothing to do with winning votes.

      • The Chairman 4.1.1

        Yes and no. Directly, no. Indirectly, yes.

        Substantial public support would be beneficial swaying the political will.

        An issue with substantial public support generally helps to win votes.

  5. grumpystilskin 5

    Info on producing your own medicinal oil.
    http://phoenixtears.ca

  6. weka 6

    Colorado popped up on the radar this week because it has legislation that limits the amount of tax it can collect and recent marijuana sales have generated so much tax that it’s having to look at refunds.

    Both recreational and medical cannabis are legal, allowing for small amounts of home growing, or supply via non-medical dispensaries. The population of Colorado is 5 million. In 2015 the monthly sales for both categories reached $100 million.

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28947869/colorado-monthly-pot-sales-pass-100-million-mark

    That’s potentially a good earner for the NZ govt.

    I have no idea if big pharma is lobbying against medical cannabis in NZ but without some kind of evidence it makes more sense to think that they’d prefer medical cannabis to be legalised on prescription. I think that MP attitudes are more about gateway drugs and that medical cannabis will open the door for recreational legalisation. Plus the general ignorance about it.

    National won’t want to go down that track because it’s a contentious issue for voters. And yeah, the inherent bias towards things that favour rich people (eg big pharma shareholders, doctors’ attitudes etc), but I can’t see that there would be anything active on that.

    • Stuart Munro 6.1

      I don’t really see what’s stopping them myself – it’d be infinitely more popular than the flag debacle, and it’s not as if any Gnats have any principles whatsoever. Maybe competition with Dunne’s son’s legal highs gravy train? But surely that’s over by now.

      Major reallocation of police and court time – yeah now that’s a big economy – Gnat voter base and staunchly anti-weed. Probably the only people who like Key at all…

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.2

      When are the Colorado dope farmers going to launch an ISDS action against NZ because we won’t let them do business here? 😈

  7. Shane Le Brun 7

    Please guys, Check out United in Compassion NZ, who have been in touch with Helen Kelly allready.

    http://unitedincompassion.org.nz/

    They need you support.

  8. Stev 8

    Hi my name is Stev. I was a professional jockey for many years in NZ and was a big user of marijuana for medicinal benefits not that any body new. As I suffered epilepsy and my seizers were getting bad at times and the Dilantin pills that I was taking were just making me depressed. I used to walk around like a zombie at times. As my doctor could not proscribe me any other pills to help me I turned to marijuana to help me wind down and slow my brain down as it was working overtime. My seizure decreased and my epilepsy in time eventually was cured. From the time I was in my twenties l have not had a seizure since. I am now 56 years old and loving life due to the help of marijuana. So let’s hope that this drug that everyone is dead against can be used for medicinal purposes.

  9. emergency mike 9

    We are waiting for the focus groups to give the go ahead. Until then the people who are suffering from conditions that could be helped can continue to swallow John Key’s ineffective, side-effect ridden, liver and soul smashing ‘available alternatives’.

    • shorts 9.1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the focus groups weren’t pro medicinal cannabis alongside some liberalisation of our drug laws too – if the questions are being asked (with any regularity)

      we’re currently one of the least progressive of the usually progressive nations – leading from the rear is the new way forward for NZ

      • Hey shorty 9.1.1

        You have always been so logical, and smart in your thinking.

        Considering K has started a new life, surpassed all expectations, and superseded T, on all levels within her career, it seems she is a survivor and a very successful, capable and beautiful girl.
        My spirit is content, with a beautiful serene inner self. You cannot kill me, you try, but you can’t. How can a mere human be more powerful than you?
        B is shallow, depressed, scared, lost and has no self-confidence. T is angry, meek, and vile and is so frightened (never stepped out of his own shadow) and has absolutely no inclination on how to heal himself.

        Hey Blue Eye- how’s the green eye? How’s it working for ya?
        Bet you have it all sussed- I’m sure you do.

  10. Shane Le Brun 10

    Peter Dunne will be on Radio Live with Duncan Garner in 5 mins regarding MC

    • dukeofurl 10.1

      Oh yeah lets lightly regulate it and have communities decide if they want the shops.

      What could go wrong with that !

  11. Yoza 11

    It does seem a little odd when two mainstream websites –Kiwiblog and The Standard-, both heavily influenced by the main parliamentary blocks, come out in support of medicinal marijuana, yet there is no movement whatsoever in parliamentary process.

    Sometimes I wonder if sites like this operate more as a pressure valve, where the illusion of people being heard is promulgated as a means of allowing parliamentary members to do nothing to upset the status quo.

    [lprent: Read the policy and the about. “The Standard” doesn’t have opinions or support anything. It is some dumb programs running on dumb hardware providing a website that runs as a cooperative of authors without a editorial policy. ‘We’ don’t generally have group decisions, apart from those behaviors listed in the policy. So you can’t say that ‘we’ support anything except what is in the policy.

    You can only point to the views of individual authors and commenters. This is made quite clear in the about.

    This is a warning. Attributing a groupthink on such a bunch of rampant individualists tends to get one of them (often me) booting your arse off the site just to emphasize what a bad idea that was. That is our “prsssure valve” about people who don’t read about the site before making assumptions about it ]

    • lprent 11.1

      Political change is a generational project. I usually tell people running campaigns to be prepared for them to take 30 years and plan accordingly.You might get lucky and have things happen faster than that – but that is usually because people weren’t there at the start.

      Medical marijuana is already possible in NZ. Problem is that the procedures for it are so long that people are often dead before they get it.

      Perhaps you’d better define what goalpost you are trying to get to?

      • Yoza 11.1.1

        Yeah, thanks for the warning. I posted exactly the same thing on Kiwiblog and nothing happened. I didn’t think it was out of line, but you’re the boss.

        The drug laws in New Zealand operate as an opportunity for the domestic security apparatus to harass anyone at the bottom of the socio-economic heap fortunate enough to draw their attention, the disproportionate number of those on the sharp end of such attention are Maori, PI and po’ white trash, …so no one who really matters. The only time we hear how unfair drug laws are is when they cause problems for important people, I don’t recall Helen Kelly advocating for a more liberal approach to marijuana legislation until its illegality personally affected her. I could be wrong, so if anyone could post a link directing me to Helen Kelly’s previous stances on drug legislation in New Zealand I would appreciate that.

        There is no sane reason marijuana should be illegal, those who make excuses for its prohibited status are the enemies of those on the bottom tiers of the economic structure, the same can be said for all ‘illicit’ drugs. This war being waged against drug use is only creating misery for the working poor, stratospheric profits for criminal organisations and a sense of smug self-indulgent indifference amongst those who support it.

        Johann Hari’s, Chasing the Scream, should be the basis from which to formulate a rational approach to accommodating drug use within society. If the Greens, Labour and their various support networks don’t understand this they are part of the problem.

        [lprent: Single author (or mostly) blogs operate differently to cooperative multi-author blogs. Know your blogs. ]

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  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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