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Nat MP runs over TPP protester’s foot

Written By: - Date published: 4:04 pm, March 24th, 2016 - 82 comments
Categories: crime, national - Tags: , , , ,

From the video this doesn’t look like a deliberate attempt to injure, but it does look like dangerous and aggressive driving. Not the first time this sort of thing has happened.

I/S at No Right turn discusses the potential consequences.

Update:

I hope the Police discuss with Chester the obligations of a driver if they are involved in an injury accident, no matter whose fault it is.

Section 36 of the Land Transport Act 1998 states:

36 Contravention of section 7 or section 22 involving injury
(1) A person commits an offence if the person—

(c) without reasonable excuse, contravenes section 22 by failing to stop and ascertain whether any person has been injured, and render assistance, after an accident where a person has been injured or killed.
(2) If a person is convicted of an offence against subsection (1),—
(a) the maximum penalty is imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $20,000

Mickysavage

82 comments on “Nat MP runs over TPP protester’s foot”

  1. Ovid 1

    Wasn’t this a scene in the UK version of House of Cards?

  2. NZJester 2

    Who wants to bet that all of National’s pet media will be digging into the poor guys background right now and we can expect even the tiniest bit of dirt from his past to be in hit pieces published in tomorrows paper. They will try to nail the poor guy to the wall for being the victim of a National Minister’s bad driving and try and make out that the minister was the victim.

    • Chooky 2.1

      Nact spin ? …He put his biggest foot in the way… and his biggest claw spike toe nail out …in order to puncture the MP’s tyre…and impede his progress

      btw it looks like a boy racer car…crusher Collins should confiscate it

    • Macro 2.2

      No I won’t take up your bet… I agree this is exactly how the MSM will play it. Poor old Chester that scumbag protester jumped out in front of his car and thrust his foot under the wheel.

  3. Given the he had the option of waiting until the police cleared the driveway, a matter of a mere few seconds delay, I’d say Borrows has no credible defence to a driving charge. It was his decision to drive into the victim and his alone.

    • weka 3.1

      +1. It’s pretty obvious that he was using his car to force the people out of the way.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Yep, looks like assault with a deadly weapon to me and needs to be prosecuted as such.

      Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen.

    • Given the he had the option of waiting until the police cleared the driveway…

      Meh. If he had waited for that, this thread would have consisted of wailing about Police brutality and the willingness of law enforcement officials to act as personal praetorian guards for Nat politicians. This version is much funnier.

  4. Chris 4

    Cops think the law doesn’t apply to them. Once a cop always a cop. That said, poor old Chester’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Never destined for greater things, poor old sod.

  5. Bill 5

    Okay. Driving a car very slowly into a person standing in front of it is highly fucking dangerous. What can and does happen is that the bumper of the car presses against the shin, at which point it’s well nigh impossible to withdraw your foot from just under the front end of the car….it’s kind of gets forcibly rooted to the spot. The result is you get ‘poll-axed’ backwards, smacking the back of your head on the ground at a fair rate of knots. It all happens in a second.

    • tinfoilhat 5.1

      Looks like her foot was run over.

      • Bill 5.1.1

        Yes tinfoilhat, her foot was run over.

        But if you watch the video again, you’ll see that he was driving forwards with people directly in front of the car facing directly at him. I’d be saying that it’s fortunate someone only got their foot run over, because at the speed he was going, that jammed leg scenario I’ve described could have been the death of someone.

        If you don’t believe that what he did was incredibly dangerous, then find yourself a piece of very, very soft ground – maybe put on a hard hat too (seriously), face a car head-on, and have someone drive it or nudge it into you at 2 or 3 kph.

        • weka 5.1.1.1

          He certainly looks like he is driving considerably faster than I would be ok with with if I was driving and there were people standing in front of me.

          • Chris 5.1.1.1.1

            If it was Bennett in what she calls her “tart-cart” she would’ve tried to bowl the lot of them. Would’ve been Wicked!!!

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      As I said, assault with a deadly weapon.

    • James 5.3

      Standing in front of car is also dangerous , not to mention stupid.

      • North 5.3.1

        James get your dangerously stupid fucking head outa here ! That driver had the chance to stop, indeed had nearly stopped. That driver then decided to icebreaker human beings. That is criminal behaviour right up to injuring with intent to injure/assault with a weapon. Both carrying maximum five years imprisonment. Ex-cop Chester’s in shit Baby James. However ya wanna spin it Baby James. In shit. All the evidence is there. Inconvenient but true Jamesy Baby. Go to bed and hug yourself Darling. The Man-Child PM’s world is collapsing, you with it. No Divine Right here dog !

      • Bill 5.3.2

        The take-away lesson is that you sit in front of a vehicle if you want to bring it to a standstill.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.3.3

        Standing on the footpath is quite normal. A driver running over someone standing on the footpath is psychopathic.

  6. Chuck 7

    Don’t try and block the drive way, and you won’t have your foot run over. Pretty simple really.

    The police will tell Chester to be more careful, and the protester not to try and block cars in the future as she will always come off second best.

    • mickysavage 7.1

      There are two other charges that may need to be investigated, failing to stop after an injury accident and failing to ascertain injury after an injury accident. It does not matter whose fault the original injury was, a driver is meant to stop and check up.

  7. Pro tip: your foot doesn’t make an effective roadblock. Don’t try and use it as one.

    • fender 8.1

      Cars have brakes. Watch the video again and when the car comes into the frame concentrate on one of the two visible mag wheels.

      As you can see, the car never stops. That’s a crime.

      • Psycho Milt 8.1.1

        Everyone who’s had kids is familiar with wailing that boils down to “I was doing something stupid and I got hurt!” The sensible parent suggests that not doing stupid things would help. Apparently some kids never got that message. In this instance, being an arsehole isn’t a crime but may result in sore feet.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1

          It was the person in the car that committed the crime. People on the footpath have right of way.

          • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.1.1

            I doubt “right of way” extends to deliberately obstructing other road users. Regardless, we’re in agreement – being an arsehole isn’t a crime. Might get you a sore foot though.

            • weka 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Pretty sure that standing in front of a car isn’t criminal and knowingly running into someone standing in front of your car is.

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1.1.2

              The person in the car was both an arsehole and committed a crime. One that deals significant jail time.

              BTW, peaceful protest is all about disrupting people so not only did that person have right of way due to being a pedestrian they also had right of way due to protesting.

              • International Rescue

                Since when was peaceful protest about disrupting people? Seriously have a think about the logical consequences of that and the least you have to worry about is a sore toe.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Since when was peaceful protest about disrupting people?

                  Always.

                  Protest is about making noise and if you’re not disrupting people then not making enough noise.

                  think of the truck protest. If the truckies had stayed home rather than park on the motorways then nothing would have happened.

                  • International Rescue

                    Sorry, I disagree. Disrupting law abiding citizens achieves nothing other than antipathy or outright aggravation towards the cause. Protest is about making your point known, not forcing it down other peoples throats.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      The protesters are law abiding citizens. And, no, it doesn’t create antipathy or outright aggravation towards the cause. What it does is bring the cause to light and make people think about it.

                      Protest is about making your point known…

                      And that can’t be done without making a noise as I’m sure you’re aware. So that brings up the question as to the real reason why you’re against people protesting.

        • McFlock 8.1.1.2

          ahahahahaha on no,wait, you’re not allowed to assault people even if they’re being stupid.

          • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.2.1

            Well, duh – that explains the Police investigation, then. I’m happy to leave the question of whether hurting the foot of someone who’s trying to obstruct your vehicle warrants criminal proceedings or not to the cops. Trying to block a car with your foot, though, that’s comedy gold.

            • weka 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Yeah, it’s like that woman last year who broke her own arm trying to get the police to arrest her 🙄

            • McFlock 8.1.1.2.1.2

              comedy gold is the “tough on crime” side of the house and its disproportionately large collection of alleged [suppressed], alleged secret recorders, alleged vehicle assaulters…

            • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.2.1.3

              I’m happy to leave the question of whether hurting the foot of someone who’s trying to obstruct your vehicle warrants criminal proceedings or not to the cops.

              The charge isn’t ‘hurting someone’s foot but either attempted murder or assault with a deadly weapon.

              And, no, it’s not comedy.

              • McFlock

                oooo – leaving the scene of an accident…

                edit- ah, ms beat me to it

                • mickysavage

                  Obviously knowledge and intent will be important but to leave the scene in the way that he did needs to at least be investigated.

              • Attempted murder? Assault with a deadly weapon? You seem determined to mine this for all the comedy value it’s got…

                • fender

                  Is there any speed at which you think it’s unsafe to intentionally drive into pedestrians or protesters?

                  Really epitomises the National approach though eh.

                  • Is there any speed at which you think it’s unsafe to intentionally drive into pedestrians or protesters?

                    A more relevant question would be whether there’s any speed at which I think it’s safe to intentionally drive into pedestrians or protesters. There isn’t. However, the Police have that one covered – my interest is in the comedy value of an adult doing something stupid and getting hurt in the process. That’s been funny throughout history.

  8. tamati 9

    What a crap driver.

    Missed her by a mile and got her toe.

  9. AmaKiwi 10

    The protestor was from Rent-a-Crowd so eligible for work related ACC coverage.
    /sarc/

    • weka 10.1

      Lol.

    • Lloyd 10.2

      My understanding is that rent-a-crowd was at the celebration for the new flag. The handful of persons who turned up for that event could only be there because they were paid, surely?
      Right-wingers don’t realise that people go to protests on principle, as most right wingers don’t have principles, only interests.
      Right-wingers also don’t realise that if you don’t have a job, you have a lot of time to follow your principles.
      If you don’t like protesters, pay more taxes to create jobs to get the protesters off the street. Running them down will just stir up more unemployed people to protest. Check out the Russian revolution.

  10. McFlock 11

    Process that resulted in not changing a flag: $26million
    Chester Burrows’ driving lessons: worthless.

  11. Naki man 12

    That’s a fail Chester only five points out of a possible one hundred.

  12. mary_a 13

    There was a police officer present at the scene. So why didn’t Chester Borrows stop and wait for the officer to clear the way of people first, instead of pushing forward into the protesters? That’s what any good, responsible driver would have done.

    Now we wait to see what the outcome will be! Despite the obvious photographic and video evidence, I’m picking Borrows will get off, while the protester (also a pedestrian by the way), will possibly feel the full force of the law come down on her instead! In other words, she will be blamed for causing obstruction, or something similar and suffer penalties!

    • fender 13.1

      Any obstruction she may have caused briefly was being removed.

      Borrows was being too hostile in his ramming through approach reminiscent of the whole TPPA shit-burger.

    • dave 13.2

      did burrows do a hit and run why wasnt he arrested

  13. Observer (Tokoroa) 14

    .
    Man in a hurry

    Mister Chester will not be the first male driver to impress a chick with his impatience and his crash through approach to getting rid of unwanted people.

    Impressionable Paula, Mr Chester’s adoring passenger, may have been thrilled to bits with his “knock the slut down” method of crowd control.

    We already know Paula is a “crash through” girl herself, when it comes to getting a woman to “shut the F …k up” by releasing highly confidential information from private Government Files. Her methodology is basically advance bullying – summa cum laude.

    It takes a big man with a tiny brain to bully and crush a flesh and blood person with a moving motor car. Paula may have been an accessory to the man who failed to stop when hitting a pedestrian. Her “whole truth and nothing but the truth” will need to be tested closely in court.

    The secretive, poorly negotiated Tpp Agreement is a major concern to many New Zealanders. Politicians – even if they are only Chester and Paula – have no right to run rough shod over disenfranchised non consulted citizens. This TPPA is a dog devised by mutts.

    Shame on the two honourable wretches.

  14. saveNZ 15

    Although this investment banker was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard he only go community service. But at least he was prosecuted.

    The question to be asked is do we have a fair police system if Borrows is not charged and in light of police harassment of Hager.

    “Hallwright was found guilty by a jury in June of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard over the incident in September 2010 in which he hit Mr Kim with his Saab.

    He drove off, but later called police about the crash.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10830677

  15. Observer (Tokoroa) 16

    .
    The Strugglers in shades of Blue

    .
    I do not wish to knock the Police. They are under loads of stress. They do not even attempt to solve burglary crimes in our major cities. Such is the volume of crime in a pathetic New Zealand that is losing the struggle against gangs and Asian Triads.

    We are an utter paradise for crooks of all kinds, resident and immigrant.

    But I do feel the Police should prosecute Politicians and other idiots who deliberately drive through groups of people. The very attempt to bulldoze people should be enough to land the drivers in prison. No ifs or buts.

    It is commonly said that the Police have a poisonous biased affection for National.

    I do not know how true that is, but On behalf of National the Police even broke very serious law in the raiding, the stealing of property and the demonising (without charge )of Journalist Hager.

    The Minister of Police would have been very aware that the Police were acting criminally. Further, the Minister would have been in close touch with the Commissioner throughout the prolonged crime.

    Quite simply, The Minister should be prosecuted for allowing the police to break the law.

    Until we get Politicians acting lawfully we do not have the hope of protection that is our right as citizens. The punishment for any crime committed by a Politician (or a Policeman) should be Prison.

    I am not even asking for High Standards. In a Democracy we should be under the safe unbiased Rule of Law.

  16. Richard Christie 17

    This warrants, at very least, a charge of careless driving.

    I won’t be holding my beath waitng for the NZ Police to act ethically.

  17. North 18

    There is not the slightest doubt that in the North wilfully driving into people as this goon did would be met with an assault with a weapon charge on top of a dangerous driving charge. My money’s on discretion not to prosecute being exercised in this goon’s favour. Because he’s whom he is and because Paula Benefit was sitting in the passenger seat. And because the cops look after Tories. Because by and large they are Tories. No equality under the law here.

  18. mpledger 19

    Before I saw the video I imagined that the car was inching forward slowly and he hadn’t realised the last person wasn’t clear of the car. That it was an honest mistake and totally unintentional.

    But that wasn’t like that at all. The car came barrelling up, slowed down, didn’t even wait for the police to clear the people away before ramming his car at them. It was quite obvious that the police hadn’t cleared people away – pretty much all of them were still in front of the car and … what’s more … they were obeying police commands. That has to be dangerous driving.

    It’s not only appalling because it shows the low regard that he has for people not like himself … but it’s also appalling that the police didn’t see a traffic accident as a cause for immediate action on their part. It’s like they have completely lost their sense of right and wrong.

  19. Red delusion 20

    Don’t deliberately stand in front of vehicles and you won’t get run over, simple The above is a load of bleating nonsense, our poor protester is enjoying her 15 minutes of martyrdom

    • fender 20.1

      Yeah cars driven by arseholes have the right of way, they aren’t obliged to stop, especially if the pedestrian doesn’t share the drivers political views.

      Will you complain if someone runs Borrows over?

  20. Refelusion 21

    She wasn’t an innocent pedestrian, thus must take a fair bit of responsibility for her stupid action that led to her injury. If burrows is stupid enough to do the same thing, no complaints from me

    • fender 21.1

      A protester on foot is still a pedestrian.

      But thanks for the insight, though it was already well known RWNJ’s are keen on violence.

      • Refelusion 21.1.1

        Ok will just ignore context and facts to suit your warped LWNJ view. A pedestrian who runs onto the motorway under your reasoning is just a pedestrian and has no responsibility for thier action at all. Possibly if they are left wing diminished cognitive ability may be a defense against such responsibility as might be the case in Wanganui, And accordingly we can agree

        • fender 21.1.1.1

          “A pedestrian who runs onto the motorway under your reasoning is just a pedestrian and has no responsibility for their action at all”

          No that just sounds suicidal. However, a driver who makes no effort to stop for such a person is just an arsehole like Borrows.

          • Red delusion 21.1.1.1.1

            Ok we agree then, it’s just a question of degree and facts and the applicable law, glad we got that sorted On this basis I suggest police action won’t go much further Been a left wing loony or national party mp has nothing to with it, albeit part of your your arguement ( the emotive, irrational part) suggest otherwise of which I will give you the benefit of the doubt and choose to ignore

            • fender 21.1.1.1.1.1

              The irrational part is assuming the driver is under no obligation to avoid hitting the pedestrian. Only Chester can explain why he never brought his car to a complete stop while waiting for a clear passage onto the street.

              • Red delusion

                And that is what the police will determin, most comments assume guilt already and no responsibility of the injured protester

                • North

                  If you had half a brain Delusion you’d distinguish between mitigation and the guilty/not guilty question. Spin it how you like the goon driver (1) almost stopped then (2) stopped stopping. The goon driver made the decision deliberately to drive the weapon at and through people.

                  You like that Mr Trump Delusion ? That self-important scum can just run people over ? Haiti and Papa Doc Duvalier styles ? You align with scum Mr Trump Delusion.

            • Andre 21.1.1.1.1.2

              Seems to me being an MP actually is relevant. That protesters will sometimes try to disrupt your day is part of the job for an MP, but not for Joe Bloggs private citizen. Which is why police were already on the scene to deal with whatever situation might arise.

              Similarly, the threshold for libelling/defaming a politician is somewhat higher than for a private citizen.

              • Red delusion

                Facts yes. Material in regard to wether a law has been transgressed I don’t think so

                • Observer (Tokoroa)

                  To: RED DELUSION – – (Mr Quaint)

                  . How noble of you to agree to be run over by a Politician wherever you may be. He driving; you standing or walking.

                  Which asylum tries to help you out of your deluded nonsense?

                  Whichever, I send them my best wishes.

        • mpledger 21.1.1.2

          A person walking on the footpath has right of way – I asked the police this many years ago when some nut in a car tried to intimidate me out of the way as he was coming out of a service station.

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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    5 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    6 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    7 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    7 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    7 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago

  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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