Mount Albert Labour goes active

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labour-candidates-for-mt-albertOn the way to the Question & Answer session for the Mount Albert Labour selection candidates, it was clear that the campaign has kicked off.  The hall is slowly filling up, and it looks like the seats are all full. You’ll see a photo (from the iphone) of candidates on the front table just as the meeting started.

It is likely that local issues are going to be a very strong part of this campaign. Issues like the NACT super-city botch-up, the stalled train station upgrades after NACT stopped the financing, the changes to the state highway 20 where NACT is ‘reviewing’ the existing design to something that is noisier and far more intrusive to the local community, the doubling of the size of St Lukes mall using the NACT minimal protection RMA, etc. It will be interesting to see what the candidates for selection have to say.

Mt Albert Labour HoardingThe first hoardings are up from Labour (left), and I’m sure that I saw some from other parties at Point Chev. Apparently the door-knocking, pamphlets and phone canvassing is all underway for this seven week campaign. Don’t wait for the selection of a candidate, if you want to volunteer, then the Labour by-election is all ready to use your support effectively.

It will be exhausting.

So far the Q&A has been very interesting. The choices will be hard, but I’m sure that I will get a great candidate from it.

I managed to get a copy of the initial hoardings. Looks like a very local campaign, but that is my ‘home’ electorate. The waffle that John Key likes to push won’t work too well here. However I’m sure that he will turn up doing publicity stunts in support of whichever candidate National selects.

68 comments on “Mount Albert Labour goes active ”

  1. Good billboards. Simple message and effective I reckon.

    However, just a point about the St Lukes expansion. The Plan Change for it is currently in the notification period so it will all be conducted under the existing RMA rules. But who am I to let the facts get in the way of a good story 😉

  2. mike 2

    You should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decsion to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • lprent 2.1

      mike: I didn’t mention the greens? Why did you? Trying to divert away from the post?

      This was a post on a Labour meeting I was attending.

  3. Sarah 3

    And was David Shearer able to answer a single question on local issues? Brian Edwards calls him a carpetbagger in his post today!

    • And what is Melissa Lee? or Russell Norman. (if not carpet baggers).

    • lprent 3.2

      Sarah – you are wrong. David Shearer has had a house in Kingsland for a while.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a public fool of yourself.

    • FALEFONO 3.3

      I was at the meeting yesterday and I have to say I was disappointed by Shearer. He came across as lacklustre, dithering, completely out of touch with any of the issues, and like he was treating the selection as just a formaility.

      Fryer and Varianathan were both quite good.

      But the clear winner of all three rounds was Bates. She was stunning, like Clark Mk 2 but with good looks and a GSOH.

      That will put Goff in a very awkward position if he still wants to support Shearer after the Q+A embarrasment. If he does it will be clear to at least the 100 members there that talent was not the deciding factor.

  4. The Shearer phenomenon is particulaly interesting and has invited accusations of carpetbagging. Which is rather different, Sarah, from calling him a carpetbagger. I didn’t. See http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/04/mt-albert-musings/ I was responding to Matt McCarten’s piece in today’s SST.

    • I find it interesting that Matt always talks as if he knows what is going on inside the Labour Party (I wonder who he gets his information from?). He often turns out to be very very far from the truth.

    • Tane 4.2

      McCarten’s a funny one. I don’t know whether it’s the concering amount of time he spends in the company of the lunatic right or if it’s his just his usual sectarianism, but he certainly gives the impression these days that he’s unwittingly running lines for the right.

      Why else do you think David Farrar quotes him at length on his blog nearly every week and Hooton boosts him in his columns and radio appearances at every opportunity?

  5. outofbed 5

    Mike spot the difference
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the Labour party as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • Outofbed

      I do not understand.

      It is a Labour held seat and the Greens are putting up probably their best candidate. This increases the chance of National winning it. If National does then the centre left will not win the next election. The sort of idiocy that we have seen towards environmental action over the past 6 months will continue and probably be enhanced.

      I have been scratching my head trying to think why and the only justification I can think of is that the Greens want to supplant Labour as the majority left wing party. New Zealand’s history has had other examples of such titanic battles, interestingly National was or became the government during the time of each of these.

      The Green’s miscalculation IMHO is that they can now be painted as National’s poodles, willing to side to a reactionary government that does not believe in climate change so that its members can have the occasional cup of tea with Ministers.

      • QoT 5.1.1

        micky,

        I don’t necessarily agree with outofbed’s position, but the fact remains that just because Mt Albert is currently a Labour-held seat it doesn’t give Labour dibs on standing the only left-wing/left-of-centre candidate.

        Sure, we can say “the Greens standing Norman splits the vote giving National a greater chance.”

        But it is equally true that Labour is just as capable as the Greens of *not* standing in the seat. Yes, it’s ridiculously unlikely. But it takes two to split a vote.

        Besides which, this is like the posts about people voting for the Workers’ Party or RAM at the last general election, and some writers here basically blaming those voters for Labour’s loss. These voters aren’t stupid. If they want to elect a Labour candidate they’ll vote for the Labour candidate. If they don’t want to, they won’t. Strangely, not everyone on the left considers a Labour-led government their default goal.

        • mickysavage 5.1.1.1

          QoT

          I think it is different because this is a FPP election and the Greens are standing their leader. They could fight the good fight and go for John Carapiet who I understand is respected or they can go with Russell Norman and it then like they want to maximise their vote.

          They have chosen to do this, it is beyond what could reasonably be expected. It could damage Labour’s chances.

          RAM and the workers are small enough they will not do any damage. The Greens can campaign as hard as they want at a MMP election, no problems. But this is FPP. This reminds me of 1975 when an enthusiastic dedicated group formed Values and let Muldoon into power.

          For those on the left like it or not Labour has to be the default goal. After 6 months of environmental policy destruction, fire at will and tax cuts for the rich only, dare I say it, there is no alternative.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.1

            And … exactly what reason is there for the Greens not to stand Norman?

            Because seriously, this argument seems to come down to “Labour has dibs on Mt Albert!”

            No one’s forcing Labour to stand a candidate either. This is FPP. They could, just like the Greens, just like ANY party, stand a strong viable candidate to maximise their vote. Or they can not.

            End of the day, Mt Albert voters get to choose who they want as their member of Parliament. And just like RAM voters and Workers’ Party voters, they’re not morons who need their field of candidates narrowed to a single left/right choice in order to know what they’re doing.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.2

            QoT,

            Local electorates are local electorates. By carpet bagging the Greens are treating the electoral process and the voters of Mt Albert with the contempt that is traditional from Labour and National.

            IMO the Greens should run a hard campaign for Mt Albert with a Mt Albert candidate.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.3

            Sure, Anita. Because National and Labour are both going to totally run their Most Genuine 100% Mt Albertonian candidates, and not the ones with better campaigning skills or higher profiles or anything.

            While we’re speaking on a “pointing out the fucking obvious in a condescending tone” basis, just because you call something carpet bagging and state that it’s a bad thing does not actually make it either.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.4

            QoT,

            As I think I said, i wouldn’t expect any better from Labour or National. Yeah they both carpet bag, yeah it bugs me, but as I have pretty low opinions of both it doesn’t strike me as worth commenting on. I like to imagine that the Greens hold themselves a little higher and behave a little better; not in this case 🙁

            I’d be interested to hear an argument that Norman is not carpetbagging.

            As for why I think it’s bad MMP is designed to be a blend of proportional and local representation. The point of the local electorate is solely to provide local representation about local issues without affecting the overall proprtionality of the house. So if, for example, I lived in Motueka I could expect the Greens to represent my political views, but Chris Auchenvole to make sure my local issues were handled. Carpet bagging leads to poor prioritisation of local issues (which the Greens are supposed to believe are very important) and can lead to deliberate distortion of proportionality (which the Greens…).

  6. Just a quick piece of feedback.

    Please put “Vote Labour” on the election hoarding. It’s just not very clear which party we should be supporting just by looking at them.

    Cheers,
    Francois

  7. Sweetd 7

    Mickysavage

    I foresee the greens fate worse than you predict. They will become the new NZ First. That is, easily moving from left to right depending on what way the wind is blowing, but in doing so they will explain to the public, this is to further green cause; in effect it will be to be distrusted by both labour and national.

    The greens want to not been seen as mini labour, and putting in a strong candidate are showing that. But, I think they may be cutting off their nose to spite their face, in that the long term waves of this action will echo for a very long time and they will forever be on the outer no matter what party is in.

    Or, maybe its just too much cab sav…

  8. outofbed 8

    In some ways we see Labour and National as both side of the same coin
    put really simply
    Both want to grow the economy at the expense of the environment
    The way they cut up and share the pie is the difference.

    How can we get exposure for our brand of politics if we do not take this
    kind of opportunity
    We are an independent party after all

    As I tongue in cheek said before if the Labour Party wanted to achieve Socail justice, one way would be to want a Green electorate MP in Mount Albert as that would strenghten the Greens who are more a natural ally to Lab then Nats

    I disagree that National winning MA would make any difference to the centre left winning the next election.

    What is more likely to let the Tories win Is Labour not be an effective opposition with a poor choice of leader as is the case now

  9. gfraser 9

    Anyone else think that the MSM are doing a top job for National for the upcoming by election?
    I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose”
    Ralstons column in the Herald today could have came straight from the Nats HQ and finally this evening TV3 trumpeting the fact the Goff is 3rd in the preferred PM stakes.
    I hope that the voters of Mt. Albert are not as easily swayed as the rest of the country was by this B.S.

    • I agree GF, it feels like a fight on many fronts at the one time …

    • Daveski 9.2

      I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose’

      So the MSM now gets it for accurate reporting?? Which part of that is unreasonable or indeed erroneous?

  10. Doug 10

    gfraser
    Why blame the MSM when Labour are doing such a good job of making fools of themselves, fancy starting a campaign without a Candidate. If Labour thought Judith was to old, Shearer is even older the party seems to be going backwards.

    • lprent 10.1

      Why not. The candidate is not likely to win the campaign, although they could lose it.

      The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

      I think that the Nats just have sour grapes because they don’t know how to get working early enough. Incidentally in Mt Albert terms, this is a really short campaign. We usually start about a year out from the election.

  11. Julie 11

    Do you know when the selection is likely to be finalised for any of the candidates lprent?

    I would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian 😉

    • lprent 11.1

      From memory Labour and the Nats are end of next week. I don’t get all that fussed about candidates. If they’re any good then they’ll trust people to do what needs to be done.

  12. Julie,

    I heard from the grapevine that it will be finalized by Sunday at the latest.

  13. outofbed 13

    “would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian”

    throws hands in air and gives up

    • BLiP 13.1

      Yeah, me too, OOB. I’ve given up on the political process as being the best medium for promoting environmental iniatives while the current bunnies flop around and get subsumed into a Blue-Green tinge. Direct action is where its at. Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.

      • The Baron 13.1.1

        “Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.”

        God, I didn’t realise that Mt Albert was such an ecological wasteland. My oh my, BLiP – you standing outside the Kingslander pointing at cigarette butts is bound to swing the vote your way.

        Head for the hills Ma – environMENTAL catastrophy is a-comin!

  14. Tim Ellis 14

    I think it’s good that Labour have got their hoardings up, but it looks like Labour were more interested in getting sites established and a monopoly on public hoardings rather than getting the proper message across. A good strategic move in that respect.

    As for the message itself, I think it is pretty lame. It looks very much like it could have been on behalf of the NZ First party. It doesn’t have any clear association with Labour. If the party was really proud of itself, then it would have a big Labour association.

    It’s amusing to note two things relating to the authorisation statement: firstly, it refers to Mike Smith, who’s based in Wellington. I think this is ironic, given that Labour is promoting itself as having a local candidate to “put Labour first”. Secondly Labour has done away with the home address requirement for authorisation statements that Labour defended so vigorously under the EFA. They’ve put up Mike Smith’s work address rather than his home address.

  15. I don’t know much about them but I’m inclined to agree with David Farrar that it’s a 2 horse race between

    Shearer, darling of the Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10568104

    and Bates, who’s getting this kind of ultra vitriolic attack from the arch right
    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=19786816&postID=5347170598605038758

    hmm, i wonder which candidate the right are actually worried about?

  16. Pat 16

    The great irony is that Labour’s strongest candidate was Twyford. No-one, left or right, doubted that he would win the seat.

    Look’s like Shearer has 3 votes out of 7 already, so it all comes down to the local party admin who have the ability to nobble him if they can all back someone else like Meg Bates.

  17. the sprout 17

    I’m not so sure Shearer has unanimous Head Office backing. I agree he looks great on paper, but looking at her website I think Bates would clearly be the better candidate to canibalize the Green vote – which I think is why the right are so septic about her. Well, that and the fact she reminds them of their greatest nemesis!

    • Tim Ellis 17.1

      That is an interesting analysis sprout. Bates certainly would seem to be the ideal candidate for Labour if the Greens weren’t running a candidate, to unify the left-wing vote, but that prospect seems to have gone out the door with Russel Norman standing.

  18. Pat 18

    Once again, I think Labour are in danger of falling into carefully laid traps by reading too much into what is posted on Right-wing blogs. i.e. the right are septic about Meg Bates, therefore she must be the best candidate.

    I think the Nats would be overjoyed to see Meg Bates get the nod ahead of Twyford and Shearer.

  19. cassidy 19

    Yeh go Meg Bates – or should I say Megabates! Brains, confidence, knowledge, youth and a woman what more could Labour want for its rejuvenation. A second Helen Clark in the makings. The Labour Party needs both Meg and David – excellent candidates BUT why stand David in a electorate that he knows little about and has no current feelings for…Don’t push Meg aside Phil, give David another electorate to stand in so you get both!! Mt Albert is Meg’s town as she showed with much aplomb in the Qand A session.

  20. Stephen 20

    I think Mt Albert-ers would be a little cautious about installing a professional student as their MP…

    edit: whoops, tutor too.

  21. the sprout 21

    you mean like Helen Clark was when they first elected her?

  22. Stephen 22

    the sprout,

    I should’ve said I was aware of that! Things change – I think Melissa Lee’s record compares very favourably when measured against Bates’, but then in the end it’ll all be about policies…right right right. I think Bates’ youth will probably count against her a bit too…

  23. dave 23

    Lprent
    The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

    AMAZING!. candidates are there just for baby kissing and debates. This is a by-election Lynn. People will vote for and and elect a candidate to ” put Mt Albert first”. Not put Labour first, National first

    No candidates, no by-election.By-elections depend on having candidates. Got it? Labour has no confirmed candidate. That Labour billboard is bit like saying “go to the back of the line” when you don’t know which line you are talking about. You just know you have to go to the back of the line.

    • lprent 23.1

      After the candidates are selected it will be 6 week campaign in an electorate of 45,000 registered voters. Do the maths. A single candidate will not be able to contact more than a small percentage of the electorate. However the parties will. It will largely be a party campaign

  24. Meg 25

    Hi Stephen, just by way of clarification, I am the Head Tutor in the Politics Department.

    This means I am involved in the hiring of a staff of up to 18 that I then train, manage and advocate for. This involves all of the things people like to attribute to the “real world”- budgets, contracts, HR skills, and involves my teaching experience within the discipline of politics.

    I have also been lecturing in New Zealand politics. Please feel free to check out my site to prevent further confusion.

    Cheers

    • The Baron 25.1

      Tally ho, sounds like you’re uniquely suited to parliament then. Surely the theory can’t be that different to reality, right?

    • had enough 25.2

      HI Meg have you got some real life skills with which you can actually relate to the real people of MT Albert with?

      • QoT 25.2.1

        Because the people of Mt Albert totally have a history of rejecting candidates bagged by the nutters of the right for their tertiary education experience.

        Captcha: National voguish. Worrying.

  25. Sarah 26

    You’re a rude little fellow, aren’t you, Iprent? If you read it properly, you’ll see there are no “facts” in my comment, other than a reference to a post. And John Key has a house in Hawaii – does that make him an expert on Hawaiian affairs?

    • lprent 26.1

      I was correcting you saying that he was a carpet bagger. Brian Edwards didn’t as he explained above, and he was was who you attributed the ‘fact’ to. Therefore the ‘fact’ can only be attributed to you.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a fool of yourself in public.

      • Tim Ellis 26.1.1

        I find the whole carpet-bagging accusation a bit tiresome, to be frank. Auckland has a very high proportion of transient people who come in and out of electorates anyway. People don’t normally live in the same houses all their lives. Many MPs on both sides of the House didn’t live in their electorates before representing them: Annette King, Trevor Mallard, and probably a few National MPs as well. John Key, David Cunliffe, and Phil Goff don’t even live in their electorates now.

        lp, have you got verification on whether David Shearer has recently lived in the electorate?

  26. gobsmacked 27

    If we’re talking head office versus locals, why is National’s two-time local candidate getting shoved out by a sitting MP?

    There are already a few rumblings of discontent in the sizeable Mt Albert Indian community at this prospect. Something missed by Pakeha MSM commentators (who think Asians are basically all the same, but do serve nice food).

  27. Sarah 28

    Might be a good idea to work out the difference between a fact and an opinion. I didn’t say Shearer was a carpetbagger – others did. And that’s opinion.

  28. Stephen 29

    Thanks Meg. I had read your website bio, but it didn’t really say what you just said about what being a head tutor involves, which is more than I thought. What I do like about ‘real world’ (read private sector) experience is that it involves more than a little exposure to issues that the tax base who provide our salaries faces (I work at a uni too). Just a small personal bias of mine – you’re obviously no idiot, so we’ll see what happens!

  29. Stephen 30

    I think the weird Wall Street stuff should be a different sector in its self.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    7 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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