Mike Hosking – The case of the vanishing journalist

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Mike Hosking’s salivating Nat bias is attracting attention as conduct unbefitting a journalist. Since he can’t plausibly deny it, he is trying a bold line of spin, Am I biased? Well, who’s asking?:

I am not a journalist. Much commentary was served up on the basis I was. … So, as many a story went, because I was a journalist I was then supposed to be upholding some age-old tradition that balance wins the day, no editorialising should ensue, and having an opinion is out of the question.

A journalist is a person who has a bit of paper that tells us they are a journalist. They will have been on a course, or have a diploma or a degree. I have none of those things. I have UE in a handful of subjects, at which point my formal education ended, and the real-life one began.

Given I am not a journalist I can, like most people, say what I like. Perhaps the most sensible bit of commentary I read about the whole subject was from the person who suggested that my glass half-full view of the world might just happen to coincide with the glass half-full view of the Government.

So Mike can’t be held to any standards because he isn’t a journalist? Odd then that his standard bio says that he is. I wonder when he had his 7 Sharp page changed?

Google “mike hosking is a new zealand television and radio journalist” to see plenty of other pages that have had or still have that description.

That Hosking would try and disown journalism speaks volumes to his character and all his happy clappy bullshit.

84 comments on “Mike Hosking – The case of the vanishing journalist ”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    AS I have found, the idea that there is some speacila code of ethics for the journalism profession is a farce. Unlike Australia where there is a contact body and how it works is readily available, NZ doesnt even bother.

    Not that it matters when it comes to opinion work anyway.

    My thoughts are that Hosking is a ‘Spruiker”, quite common still in Australia in large stores or outside small shops in very busy areas

    • cyclonemike 1.1

      There are a number of codes of ethics covering New Zealand journalists, adhered to to a greater or lesser degree.
      The original one was developed by the New Zealand Journalist Union and is maintained by members of the successor union, the EPMU.
      Beyond that,the major publishing companies eventually were embarrassed into creating their own codes.
      Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how noble the code if it is not followed.

    • D'Esterre 1.2

      Hosking will claim that he’s not a journalist until his employer deems him too old to do his current job. Then, when he needs to get work where his age is of less moment, he’ll suddenly rediscover his journalism chops.

  2. vto 2

    I think he needs to think on the old saying about being in a hole and digging……

    he has nowhere near the smarts to out-think himself, funnily enough

  3. RedLogix 3

    I guess it’s worth asking then if Hosking has ever been paid to be a journalist. And if so – did he fake his CV or accept payment for professional services he was never qualified to provide?

  4. Ad 4

    Much easier to think beyond the category of journalist, to simply all being media commentators, some of whom will use facts, and some won’t, and some will simply be on the spectrum of simple commentators.

    Each kind of media commentator will gravitate to the media outlet who in turn has a market segment that either:
    – likes facts
    – likes some facts
    – likes a few facts with a lot of entertainment, or
    – simply likes no facts at all and wants just entertainment.

    That’s pretty much how it works already.
    Especially if you are an advertiser, seeking a particular audience segment to pitch to.

    The total population segment interested in listening to or watching the evening news is also declining.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    A journalist is a person who has a bit of paper that tells us they are a journalist.

    Only when a bit of paper defines a person rather than what a person does and when a person acts as a journalist then that person is a journalist.

    I have none of those things. I have UE in a handful of subjects, at which point my formal education ended, and the real-life one began.

    Actually, it would be more that he left school thinking he knew everything already and hasn’t learned anything since.

    Given I am not a journalist I can, like most people, say what I like.

    Not when acting as a journalist and reporting news. As that’s your job then you should act as a journalist. If you don’t want to be a journalist then I suggest you quit your job.

    • cogito 5.1

      I distinctly remember Mike Hosking co-presenting Morning Report with Geoff Robinson. What was he doing there if he was not being employed as a journalist?

  6. Amanda Atkinson 6

    Who cares what Hosking thinks? Who is actually influenced by his views? Of course he is right bias, for him to say otherwise is a joke, but so friggin what? There are just as many lefties in the media. The Standard say the Media is a corporate right conspiracy infiltrated by the corporates. Whale Oil say the media is left wing conspiracy infiltrated by academic lefties. Fuxake. Do you both realise how ridiculous you sound? The media is just a reflection of society. Some left, some right, some in between. Some media people are openly left or right. Others pretend they are neutral when they are not, just like the general population. Last survey I saw, the media is the least trusted profession in NZ, so most Kiwis obviously have a brain, and can make up their own minds on things. So whether there is right or left bias in the media is a non-issue, unless you assume that the bulk of Kiwis cannot think for themselves.

    [lprent: “The Standard says…”? You are a complete idiot. It is a machine. It doesn’t think and it doesn’t have opinions on anything. People have opinions, which are usually massively individualistic. Point to their individual opinions rather than being a lazy fool trying to label individuals as being a machine.

    Banned for 4 weeks. I think that it will give you time to read (if not understand) the policy including the bit that reads:-

    Attacking the blog site, or attributing a mind to a machine (ie talking about The Standard as if it had an opinion), or trying to imply that the computer that runs the site has some kind of mind control over authors and commentators is not allowed. Making such assertions will often get the sysop answering you, because he considers that those are comments directed at him personally. As a computer programmer he knows exactly how dumb machines are. If you’re lucky he will merely give you an educational ban. But sometimes when time is available, he does like to point out in a humiliating manner that machines are not intelligent – and neither is the person expressing that fallacy. .

    My italics.

    Damn good thing that I’m sick at present (which is why this ban comes so late) otherwise I’d have some fun. ]

    • vto 6.1

      ha ha what a classic amanda atkinson rant – all hot air disappearing up to the stars …. ridiculous

      • Amanda Atkinson 6.1.1

        What is your view? Do you believe there is a left or right wing bias/conspiracy in the media? If there is, do you think that (a) the outcome of that, is that Kiwis are unknowingly influenced by it or (b), most can think for themselves and are not influenced by it any anyway? A or B?

        • dukeofurl 6.1.1.1

          “most can think for themselves and are not influenced by it any anyway”

          What a load of bumpf. They are called opinion leaders because that’s what they do.
          Why does he have his opinions on his shows at all if it ‘did not influence anybody’

          Its the same old story with advertising , it works because it changes peoples minds. naturally its all soft soap style, nothing harsh and uncompromising, but thats where his journalism skills come in ( yes he does have them)

          Day after day Hosking choses to spout the governments lines, Im sure they have specially written ones for ‘his style’ to make it easy for him to make it appear they are his own

          • Amanda Atkinson 6.1.1.1.1

            I choose to have more faith in the intelligence of my fellow Kiwis, and their ability to make up their own minds.

            • infused 6.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s part of the lefts problem that they still have not got their head around.

              They think New Zealanders are stupid and have been hoodwinked.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                The fact that you think the current largest minority is synonymous with “all” says something about your cognitive abilities.

                Edit, oh, and by the way, it’s dear leader who abuses his opposition by saying they’re “misinformed”. No doubt you think that’s part of his problem. No?

              • Stuart Munro

                Not most New Zealanders – but trolls prove the point ad nauseum.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1.1.1.2

              Your opinions are all faith-based? Thanks, now I know they can be discounted without a second glance. There have been quite a lot of findings in neuro-biology regarding “free” will”. You’ll remain ignorant of them though, so I won’t bother linking.

            • Big Dog 6.1.1.1.1.3

              Good luck with that!

            • Chris 6.1.1.1.1.4

              It’s your sort of thinking that suits the right because it assumes we’re all the same when we’re not. Bennett responding indignantly when challenged about her attacks on beneficiaries, increasing numbers of benefit sanctions for so-called non-compliance with draconian work-test requirements, throwing people off sickness and invalid’s benefits (often unlawfully) etc, with “how can you just relegate people to the scrapheap like that. I’m not so ready to write people off as having nothing to offer. You should be ashamed of yourself”.

            • greywarshark 6.1.1.1.1.5

              @Amanda
              Personally I like to look at what people believe in and check it for quality before I go giving them my full commitment. That sounds very sixties cult-brain-washed sort of thinking. Ensure that your intelligence is working well, and perhaps take your temperature while you are at it. There is a lot of flu around.

            • North 6.1.1.1.1.6

              Yeah, Amanda…..”I don’t give a fuck” …..Atkinson. So glib, so ‘now’, so ‘tuned-in’, so ‘once-over-lightly’, so lazy with the facile false equivalence – the classic wank – “they all do it…..”

              So ‘Hosking’ actually. Are you in love Amanda ? Which one ? It may be that you have some extremely fierce competition.

            • North 6.1.1.1.1.7

              “I choose to have more faith in the intelligence of my fellow Kiwis, and their ability to make up their own minds.” Yeah, when it suits you disingenuously to say so. This is a moment when it suits……actually you’re bullshitting.

        • b waghorn 6.1.1.2

          I’d be happy if the nats got kicked out and stayed out for the next thirty years ,yet if that was to happen I would be desgusted to see any media hack being so openly biased. What ever shade of government in power I expect the media to be keeping the barstards honest.!

    • infused 6.2

      Well said

    • Keith 6.3

      “The media is just a reflection of society”. You’re damned right there, the ones in society that can and have bought the media!

      And so when New Zealand Media and Entertainment’s Newstalk ZB’s Hosking says it, along with WIlliam’s and Smith accompanied by their NZME Herald counterpart “journalists”, O’Sullivan and Amrstrong and Mediaworks Henry/Garner and Gower say it, this subliminal and not so subliminal wall of propaganda can just be ignored? Whatever!

      • Amanda Atkinson 6.3.1

        OK. So that I do not assume the wrong thing here. Simple question. Do you believe that the people of NZ cannot think for themselves, and that they are (in general), under the spell of subliminal manipulation of a right bias media?

        Do you believe there are no left bias media commentators? If not, why are they are not on your comprehensive list?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 6.3.1.1

          Luckily, there are academic studies of just this topic: media bias in New Zealand. Ignore them and go with your gut.

        • greywarshark 6.3.1.2

          The people of NZ can think for themselves but the ones who want to be thinking intelligently used to look to the media to give them hard factual information.

          Now they get what could be termed historical romance. farce, fantasy, comedy or horror! File it under fiction anyway. It cannot stand up to the harsh sunlight, or the critical light of day and be called non-fiction.

    • Lanthanide 6.4

      Just because person A says something, and person B says the opposite, doesn’t mean they’re both wrong or should be ignored because they’re making conflicting statements.

    • Hanswurst 6.5

      The Standard say the Media is a corporate right conspiracy infiltrated by the corporates.

      You’ve completely missed the point. The media consist by and large of corporations. Why would they need to infiltrate themselves?

    • D'Esterre 6.6

      @ Amanda Atkinson: “……so most Kiwis obviously have a brain, and can make up their own minds on things.”

      You can’t make up your mind on things until you have information to help you do that. So the left-right bias in the media is very far from being a non-issue; that bias critically influences what information you get. Or don’t get.

  7. Keith 7

    How can anyone be surprised. If you want a problem to go away then you simply make something up, and there’s no better example than Hosking’s fantasy date, John Key!

    Key’s latest focus grouped favourite is blaming Labour for the growing shortcomings of his 7 year long government. Health damaging levels of mould in state houses is Labours fault! But hang on John, have you not been the leader of this government for the past 7 years, in charge of state houses? Are you not THE one person in New Zealand in a position to change that? Yes you are but you don’t give a fuck and you never have, so when you are exposed for this uncaring attitude and it makes you look bad, as it should, you make some shit up and blame someone else. Job done in Keys self centred mind!

    That Hosking pretends not to be a journalist for a day to divert attention away from his bias as a journalist, it is simply learned behaviour from the man he holds in the highest esteem.

  8. Perhaps then Mike Hosking should start each of his bouts of commentary with a disclaimer to the following effect:

    “There’s no particular reason why you should believe or even consider what I am about to say. The content will be highly selective and largely uncostrained by relevant facts or the discipline of careful and critical self-critique.”

  9. red-blooded 9

    To an extent, I agree. There is no “The Media”; there are a range of people doing a range of jobs, with a range of skills and opinions, all working with limited time and resources and many going down the easy route and not doing much digging because of that. Having said that, the IS (supposedly) a public television broadcaster (TVNZ), funded on the basis that it will provide at least some public good (albeit much diminished and harder to define since our friend Mr Key abolished the TVNZ Charter). I would argue that any public broadcaster has a responsibility to present news and current affairs impartially and to clearly signal the difference between these and opinion-based “commentary”, with commentary presented from a range of perspectives and viewpoints (perhaps in one show or perhaps over a period of time or a range of shows). If you think about shows like “The Nation” or “Q+A”. that’s what they (mostly) do.

    Mike Hosking is given free reign and there’s no opposing viewpoint or balancing voice. It doesn’t help, either, that he’s such a dominant force across a range of different media outlets.

    Plus, while people may say they don’t trust the media, that doesn’t mean that we’re not influenced by them. people don’t trust advertisers, wither, but one suspects they wouldn’t spend all that money persuading us about the benefits of their soap powder and soft drinks if they had no measurable impact on our thinking and spending habits.

  10. DH 10

    It might be worth pointing out that Winston Peters didn’t use the word journalist once in his shellacking of Hosking. He just said that Hosking was biased and a National Party stooge. It was Hosking who brought up journalism, as a smokescreen by the look of it

  11. Sans Cle 11

    Spare a thought for the victim in all of this – one Mike Hosking. The victim of bad career advice at school, not to encourage him to try to collect more paper.
    Who’d a thunk it?

    • repateet 11.1

      Collect more paper? I agree. I reckon he’s go damned well at being a litter-picker-upper. All the paper, fast-food wrappers would be gone from streets and parks since he’d work so assiduously. A sort of a total career change – instead of creating rubbish h’ed be ridding us of it!

  12. kiwigunner 12

    Journalist is not the word I use to describe Hosking.

  13. weka 13

    So Mike Hosking isn’t a journalist, but Cameron Slater is (or isn’t, I can never remember which way that is going at any particular time). This is a perfect exemplar of the deadly serious farce that National has turned NZ into. Up is down, or whatever your local commentator/scientists says it is. Democracy is whatever you want it to be. There is no depression/racism/corruption in NZ. The TPPA is for our own good. Trust us, we know how to tell a good lie, but ooh, look over there, flag!

    On the other hand, people at the standard have been pointing out for some time that Hosking isn’t a journalist. Perhaps now is the time for the state broadcaster to front up and tell us where its news journalists actually are.

  14. Morrissey 14

    Hosking’s been at it since the 1990s….

  15. Bill 15

    I’m thinking it doesn’t matter a toss whether Mike Hosking’s calls himself a journalist or not, or whether others call him a journalist or not. His, or others’, unstated bias also doesn’t matter. Not in this society at the present.

    The entire ‘news’ machine is broken. All we get is brief ‘lock-stepped’ info on important news – if there’s any mention at all. I guess it happens in a society that’s ‘normalised’ a heap of ideology to the extent that it’s taken ‘as read’ or ‘the way it’s always been’ or ‘the way it has to be’.

    So we get murder and sport and tittle tattle because that really is all that’s happening or worth reporting on in a world that’s accepted as a ‘given’ a certain view point or perspective. The viewpoint or perspective becomes unquestionable and obviously true and proper and right and so there’s nothing to see. The sky is whatever colour the sky is.

    So bring on the murder and the scandal and the politics as personality cult. Everything else is in order and in its correct place.

  16. Greg 16

    The fourth estate gave up the ghost a few decades back, if it ever existed except in text books, a lot like feminism is about equality for women & men. Its just not evidenced by fact. Hosking isnt a broadcaster either, presenter & spin commentator are accurate discriptions. You can bet you wont see #HoskingWarCorrespondent accompanying Prime Minister Key to Camp Taji before Xmas, oh wait thats another broken promise.

  17. Paul 17

    For once I agree with him.
    Hosking is not a journalist.

    The trouble is that TVNZ think he is and pay him on the public expense.

    • JanM 17.1

      But why?

      • b waghorn 17.1.1

        Because a journalist looks at both sides of a story and tries to give a balanced account of all the facts and causes of the story their telling.!
        Something hoskings never does.

  18. Treetop 18

    If Hosking wants to be a National Party MP he needs to seek nomination. He will have a drop in pay.

  19. b waghorn 19

    If any more proof is required of the slant to the right in nzs media just look how predominant the national blue is , hoskings radio adds are one example Is it driven by national or is it being done by a bunch of sycophantic creeps.?
    Edit I just noticed the colour of seven sharp page at top of the post !!

    • weka 19.1

      Have you seen the flag short list and how many have 2/3 National blue and 1/3 red?

      • b waghorn 19.1.1

        I hadn’t noticed a bias but it wouldn’t surprise me, I have thought that party colours should be avoided on the new flag if it happens (although it doesn’t leave much) and TV stations should definitely avoid them around news shows.

  20. mac1 20

    Great discussion above.

    Hosking and Key are very much alike and are for me examples of what can be achieved by charm and ambition.

    I was interested to read Hosking’s dismissal of his lack of formal education. Some, like Norman Kirk, well overcame that lack by intensive reading and exposure to ideas.

    Others missed out on the powerful influence that a formal university education can impart- the ability to argue coherently using logic and evidence; the respect that one has for one’s teachers and the their wisdom, experience and respect for academic, intellectual rigour; and most of all, having your own ideas tested and debated by your peers and your teachers and knowing that when shown to be wrong in your own faulty reasoning, your own views have to change.

    Or be seen to be biased, ignorant and uneducable.

    Hosking and Key both don’t seem to heed that.

  21. Reddelusion 21

    Is mac1 assuming that every one who has a university education is left wing

    • mac1 21.1

      reddelusion, mac1 is old enough to know differently. Some people went to university and survived the process of inculcation of thinking practices. Some of them were left wingers. Some right wingers I know actually do know how to think critically.

      There are another components, though- like self interest overcoming academic or intellectual scruples and training; or emotion overcoming rationality. This is the position that I see Key and Hosking occupying.

      Another point to make is to make reference to the research that shows left thinkers have higher average IQ, a point made by other commentators on this blog.

      There are also recent studies that show that right wingers view the world differently, having different reactions, typically less empathetic than left thinkers, to situations.

      • BM 21.1.1

        I find left wingers to be a bit binary and robotic in their thinking.
        All variables have to be a specific type in lefty world otherwise they just can’t cope.

        This is probably why most are found in academia and not out in the real world .

        • mac1 21.1.1.1

          BM, you’re sounding like Hosking with your disrespect for academia and your belief in the real world as a teacher.

          It does depends on the receptivity of the learner. Academia is better trained at teaching and learning than the real world. Academia is also part of the real world, just not visited or cared for by the deliberately biased, the ignorant and the uneducable, mentioned above.

          A belief in ‘Academic Pointyheadism’ , as you seem to espouse, is a self-serving construct, designed to justify one’s own beliefs, ‘thinking’ and lack of respect for real education, and the challenges that makes.

          It’s on a par with a belief in “PC-ism” which I consider a cop-out on good manners; manners being a proper respect for people and their rights.

        • appleboy 21.1.1.2

          Simply put:

          Right wingers equals greedy and self and money first and fuck you to everyone who is not well off.

          Left wing says we want a fairer society where the rich are less so so hundreds of thousands of kids don’t live in poverty.

          Oh and right wingers also want everyone who works in retail , pumps petrol, cleans houses, collects the rubbish, works in a library or teaches to be paid as little as possible so BM and his ilk can have MORE MORE MORE. There is no social consciousness in right wing land is there?

          Only a right wing f**ker like you would find that funny.

        • Tricledrown 21.1.1.3

          Blinkered Monetarist,Research on the difference between left wing and right wing brains has been done the conclusions are quite damming.
          Left wingers tend to be more flexible adaptable open to change.
          While right wingers tend to be blinkered and dogmatic in their thinking not open to change.
          Keep your head in the sand BM.

          • BM 21.1.1.3.1

            Left wingers tend to be more flexible adaptable open to change.

            Lol, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a while, obviously the majority of individuals who post here aren’t very left wing then.

            • weka 21.1.1.3.1.1

              And yet we have the terms and concepts of conservative and progressive, which mean retaining the same and changing.

        • Tricledrown 21.1.1.4

          Boughtoff Media.
          You have painted your self into a corner.
          Admitting you are not an academic,
          But putting down people of much higher intelligence than yourself is a slap on your own face.
          Typical propaganda of Goebbels style.
          Trying to undermine intelligent debate by denigrating those more intelligent than your self.

      • The lost sheep 21.1.2

        If Left thinkers as a group have a higher intelligence than Right thinkers, how is it that the Right consistently produce more successful electoral strategies than the Left?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1.2.1

          How is it that you’ve convinced yourself of that? I don’t recall Bill English consistently coming up with more successful election strategies.

          Perhaps the answer is that you’re just running your mouth.

        • mac1 21.1.2.2

          The lost sheep,
          Third last paragraph should answer that- self-interest and emotion. Both well pandered to by the National election strategy, the media and biased ‘journalists’ like Hosking.

          The point should be considered, though. How do we use “enlightened” self interest and emotion in the Left’s campaigning, and better than National?

        • Tricledrown 21.1.2.3

          More money for propaganda aye sheep shager.

        • Tricledrown 21.1.2.4

          The lost sheep is posting from Saudi Arabia where any dissent is dealt with a swift beheading.
          Following his National party propaganda lines like a Lost sheep.

        • weston 21.1.2.5

          because the right pay smarter people to design them for them and theyre not just smarter theyre also dirtier

          • lprent 21.1.2.5.1

            Never noticed that they found people who were smarter. Quite the contrary in fact. The pay and dirtier parts are correct.

            But I guess it is a way of making complete arseholes like hoskings compliant…

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.2

      Reddelusion, projecting his flaccid delusions onto everyone else, thinks that anyone who can cope with “having your own ideas tested and debated by your peers and your teachers and knowing that when shown to be wrong in your own faulty reasoning, your own views have to change” is a lefty.

      Own goal, dickhead.

  22. Nick Morris 22

    I remember as a kid listening to Parliament on the radio.
    One by one the members would speak.
    Each time I would think “good points, they win the argument!” Then the next member would speak and I would be convinced the other way.
    I came from a Labour household but I essentially knew nothing.
    For all my faults I wasn’t stupid, just ignorant and perhaps insufficiently cynical.
    Now eliminate one side of the discussion on your preferred platform: TV, radio, internet.
    The power of presenters and talkback hosts becomes clear: either only one opinion is presented or the host gets the last word.
    Those of us who now largely know our own minds and harbour evidential support are unaffected but the influence on the disconnected, uninformed and unformed minds is incalculable.
    Sure you can find many competing opinions, expressed in a lively and more or less accessible manner, particularly on-line, but first you must want to seek those opinions out.
    Before long the easy selfishness of a Mike Hosking and the seductive sleepwalk to neoliberalism of John Key becomes the default crypto-creed setting.
    As Hopeful Christian’s refugees will attest, it is hard to change your programming once it is in the tripes.
    It isn’t that a Left-leaning mainstream broadcaster is needed, rather that the right of contestation or reply must be re-introduced into the mix – especially as part of the licence requirements for network operators: Newstalk, National Radio and Radio Live – perhaps under a broadcast ombudsman, or there may be no coming back.

  23. “This is probably why most [left wingers] are found in academia and not out in the real world .”

    The great value of right wingers is they not only know what the ‘real world’ is, they get to define it.

    A great value of radiotv jock oiks who flaunt their lack of formal academic qualifications, is they then demand that if their own children don’t have the capacity for the said formal qualifications or don’t achieve them, it is the fault of left wing teachers who don’t live in the real world.

  24. ropata 24

    Someone’s created a blog archive of Jeremy Wells’ “Hosking Rants”
    https://hoskingrants.wordpress.com/

    It would be a worthy addition to the TS sidebar
    https://hoskingrants.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/winston-peters-accusations/

  25. PR=Propaganda

    “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

    ― George Orwell

    Seems to me that Mike Hosking can now safely be categorized as what he is; A Government/Corporate propagandaist. Just like in any totalitarian state throughout history

  26. Neil 26

    Hosking just like Key, wears whichever hat that suits them & their motives at the time.

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    14 hours 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
    15 hours 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
    15 hours 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
    15 hours 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
    17 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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, ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but important read. IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the Greens had egg on their faces. At the time, Christopher Luxon said ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    4 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    9 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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