Nat tactics Ngaro and third term arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 24th, 2017 - 41 comments
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Nat MP Alfred Ngaro gave the country a reminder of Nat tactics when he threatened Labour list candidate Willie Jackson with losing Government support for his Manukau Urban Māori Authority interest in a charter school and Whānau Ora contract. Being quite so open about it was a PR disaster:

It’s a third-term thing – why Alfred Ngaro hurt National

Alfred Ngaro has apologised to his Cabinet colleagues for his conference blunder. But the damage has already been done. The junior minister delivered a speech at the weekend where he openly bragged about him and his colleagues having the power to punish anyone that bagged the Government by withholding their taxpayer funding.

How can it hurt National? Because it feeds the perception of third-term arrogance and bullying that are the enemy of any third-term Government.

Ngaro might be sorry now but the circumstances of his original threat – not one delivered il sotto, in a smoky room, but from the stage to a crowded National Party conference – leaves worrying questions over whether his is an isolated view, or reflective of a wider culture among his colleagues. …

Oh it’s a wider culture among his colleagues. National has a long history of this sort of attack, going all the way to the top (and it’s still happening: “Five of nine NGOs contacted by Checkpoint with John Campbell today said they strongly believed being critical of the government could affect their funding.”)

Yesterday, more than a week later, Ngaro grudgingly fronted up with another apology directed mainly at the embarrassment he has caused the Nats. It’s not enough (Bill Ralston of all people):

Nine year itch: What Alfred Ngaro revealed about the National Government

Did Alfred Ngaro accidentally reveal the way the Government controls its critics?

A third-term government is a little like a bad marriage. It all started out lovey-dovey cuddles and kisses and then, by the ninth year, the itch set in with a large dollop of complacency and arrogance.

That may explain the behaviour of Alfred Ngaro, the Cabinet minister whose speech to a National Party regional conference last weekend contained a none-too-subtle threat that the Government would deny funding to individuals and organisations that were critical of them in election year. “If you get up on the campaign trail and start bagging us,” he said, “then all the things you are doing are off the table. They will not happen.”

How any politician could stand up in a forum attended by note-taking journalists and boast about threatening, say, a Maori partnership school or the Salvation Army and still remain a minister is beyond me. His backside should have had a smouldering imprint of Prime Minister Bill English’s boot on it. Instead, he was mildly rebuked and an internal audit made of funding that he had not yet granted or denied during the five months he had held the voluntary sector portfolio. …

English should have fired Ngaro and it speaks volumes that he hasn’t.


See also Alfred Ngaro refuses to apologise for claims media manufactured housing crisis

41 comments on “Nat tactics Ngaro and third term arrogance”

  1. Bearded Git 1

    English has cut the funding to Environmental Legal Assistance from several million to $750k a year which means small community groups can now very seldom get legal or expert assistance in the Environment Court where they usually opposed landscape-spoiling plans by developer mates of the Nats.

    It was too controversial to delete the fund totally, so he has made it next to useless.

    The Labour/Green bloc needs to reinstate this funding on September 24th.

  2. Jilly Bee 2

    It appears that Alfred’s sister hasn’t endeared herself to her travelling group – can’t find any mention on the NZME or STUFF websites. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/331438/traditional-artwork-lost-during-trip-of-a-lifetime-gone-sour

    I’ll refrain from making a comment – I may get a tad defamatory!

  3. Sacha 3

    If the Nat caucus had more than one PI ready for cabinet, Ngaro would be gone.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Nine year itch: What Alfred Ngaro revealed about the National Government

    It’s not a nine year itch at all – it’s National’s Modus Operandi. Anyone who says otherwise is either delusional or trying to find excuses for their objectional behaviour.

    • tc 4.1

      +100
      Leopards and spots

    • McFlock 4.2

      Well, I think the itch might be at the electorate/media side. Petulant Bean got away with petty abuses of power for vengeance, and wasn’t forced by the boss to pretend to apologise. But the nats have been scratching this media scab for days.

  5. ‘ English should have fired Ngaro and it speaks volumes that he hasn’t. ‘

    This,…. tactical downplaying by Bill English is typical of his modus operandi – particularly with a general election only months away. Even more reason to fire English and the National party in September.

    We don’t want a ‘yes’ minister PM and a govt full of toadies – we want an actual govt. This country’s got big problems now and we want to start seeing them get fixed.

  6. David Mac 6

    Governments have no money, they’re broke. We entrust them to operate the zipper on our purse.

    I think Alfred forgot to disconnect his brain from his mouth and spat out an embarrassing Freudian Slip. Burnt the cakes.

    At the beginning of their reign I believed when they said “We” they were thinking in terms of Team New Zealand, all of us, the owners of the purse. Now when they say “We” it feels like they’re talking about the people that were at the meeting that afternoon.

    It’s not your money Alfred, none of it is.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      National never talks about all of us – they only ever talk about themselves and those they consider ‘important’.

      • David Mac 6.1.1

        Yeah…but can you see any other colour than ‘Blue jersey, stink’ /Red jersey with green stripes, cool?

        I thought they did ok at the kick off. At that time other governments were gutting social expenditure, they borrowed money to keep the welfare machine ticking over as it was prior to all the bankers getting caught with their pants around their ankles.

        At the time I recall thinking, team NZ, ok, cool. I haven’t felt that way for some time.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1

          but can you see any other colour than ‘Blue jersey, stink’ /Red jersey with green stripes, cool?

          Yes I can because I look at what people do and not what they say. Everything that National does benefits themselves and the rich.

          I thought they did ok at the kick off.

          They didn’t. Right from their assumption of power they started going wrong. Like the tax cuts that they gave to the rich while increasing taxes upon the poor and then had to borrow to cover basic government expenditure.

          At the time I recall thinking, team NZ, ok, cool. I haven’t felt that way for some time.

          You must be one of those ones that never thinks about how policies affect other people and only about they make you better off. It is this selfishness, this blindness that destroys societies.

          • David Mac 6.1.1.1.1

            Government policy adjustments have next to no bearing on my personal life Draco. I realised pretty early on that if I was going to lead the adult life I wished for I would die waiting for a government to make my dreams come true. I care about policies because of how they influence the lives of those I care about. I’m a socialist Draco, I stand for us, not me.

            • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I see we, the people, as the government not some pratts in suits in the Beehive and that part of being the government is that we work to make society viable for everyone and making a few people rich, as National does, does the exact opposite.

  7. Ad 7

    More a “young Minister thing”.
    The extreme contractarian social welfare government we have leaves no room for real politics.

    Politics meaning accountability to democratically-elected people. In a democracy, not a vast set of commercial contracts.

    I look at what Willie Jackson and the whole vast media+urban Maori chief he is, and he is up to his neck stinging all sides to gain maximum coin for himself.

    He’s no milquetoast. And I don’t think he has enough accountability to anything.

    If I were Minister, I wouldn’t issue the threat in public, but sure as he’ll I’d issue it. Often.

    Because they either answer to mere contract representing only law, or as Minister they answer to me, representing taxation and the Public.

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      What an idiot comment. ‘If you were minister, that’s what you’d do’?

      I’m beginning to understand you more and more – morally corrupt and very suited to National who you praise quite a bit.

      • Ad 7.1.1

        We are too used to the funder-provider contractarian model here.
        And it’s all far too cosy.

        Note Auckland Transport have now agreed to put out to the public every single contract no matter how large or small. They are responding to very serious corruption charges, from which two staff are now in jail. Penny Bright may be a total nut job, but she was prescient on this one.

        Note also the Auditor General is going to be very lucky to keep his job, because he was supposed to come under high parliamentary scrutiny ex-MoT. But that failed.
        And the reverberations of that are still going on around Wellington.

        There is insufficient political scrutiny for the contracts that now keep our entire social welfare system afloat. And of course you will have realised that the cash-for-services relationship between iwi organisation and the state is codependent. Meaning, addicted to each other.

        The smell of corruption has been sinking into this country for a while. Need I mention Serco. Need I mention how we are sinking in the global corruption rankings. Lack of direct political accountability is at the root of much of it.

        Hold a freaking blowtorch to them all.

        • Muttonbird 7.1.1.1

          That’s fine but not what Ngaro was saying. Nowhere did he talk about increased scrutiny on the efficiency of NGO contracts, rather that they’d better not criticise the government because their funding might be cut.

          I find it strange you’d equate Serco with the Salvation Army and I find it strange you lament the fall in NZ corruption rankings while advocating Ngaro’s Sicilian approach to government contracts.

          • Ad 7.1.1.1.1

            The net effect of Ngaro was the same: every NGO is on notice to perform. This is what political scrutiny feels like. He shouldn’t have done it in public. Others like Joyce and English are more subtle.

            You only find the equivalence strange because you don’t understand the funder-provider model inserted into public sector life in the 1990s. It infects every NGO that takes a contract from the government. From the Salvation Army to the fishing industry, from Whanau Ora to some minor weeding contractor.

            • Muttonbird 7.1.1.1.1.1

              No. The effect of Ngaro’s outburst was that every NGO is on notice to perform the National government’s agenda without criticism or complaint.

              Somewhere you have become confused and accept the falsehood that the National government represents the best interests of all New Zealanders.

              • Ad

                Wait till there’s a change of government. Everyone who supports the Coalition will expect the same as Ngaro.

                Jackson is just a rich snowflake with entitlement issues and a megaphone.

                Ngaros only problem was getting caught.

                NGO’s understand Goethe’s Faust more than most.

                • Muttonbird

                  That the work and philosophy of social NGO providers aligns more closely with the values of Labour and Greens that National is not the fault of Labour, nor the Greens.

                  I expect a Labour Green coalition to encourage efficiency in social NGO providers rather than threaten like you and the National government seem to prefer to do.

                  • Ad

                    You have a grand veil of foolishness over your eyes if you think NGOs are necessarily more Labour or Greens oriented than they are National. They are, after 30 years of it, deeply built to withstand them all. They understand how gold silence really is.

                    Even more foolish if you think this kind of behavior doesn’t happen behind closed doors across both sides of the house. Only the Greens have yet to be introduced to ruling in the hard sense. And I think they will take to it like the proverbial to water.

                    The depth of the state-NGO codependence means that if the whole country is to be changed – i.e. manifesto policies – public sector reorientation is the easiest bit. If they don’t, National’s cartoon advertisement of no-one rowing together will be true. Those reminding within Labour who have had Cabinet experience know what needs to be done, and it’s as pretty as making sausage.

                    • Muttonbird

                      You’ve been defended here by moderators as being ‘complicatedly left leaning’ but all I see is the same jaded, corrupt, bureaucratic, and frankly right-wing thinking which has plagued New Zealand over the last 9 years.

                    • mickysavage []

                      Believe me he is way more complex than that …

                    • Muttonbird

                      It’s all a bit of a secret, isn’t it? For what it’s worth I think Ad’s inconsistent and rambling utterings don’t contribute to a change of government and in fact seek to preserve the status quo.

                      So I don’t see how he can be considered of the socially conscious left, complex or otherwise.

                    • RedLogix

                      @muttonbird

                      Personally I would like to see way more political diversity here. Ad is well within my comfort zone.

                    • Muttonbird

                      Yeah right RedLogix. You’ve got all the political diversity right there in one poster, Ad, who swings from anarchic left one day to NGO bashing ACT right the next.

                      I just see no consistency and therefore no consistent values or vision.

                    • Ad

                      Muttonbird, have a sit down and really, really learn how government works. You are just out of your depth and it’s painful to watch.

                      If there is to be a change in government, and if it is to be anything more than tinkering, they are going to have a fight nearly as hard as that which faced Roger Douglas in 1986, and it will be stilettos at dawn every meeting. And they will last a term, tops.

                      If there is to be a change in government which instead does its best and does some good – just like Helen Clark and Michael Cullen – then they are going to let them know that the joint has changed.

                      Sure, bite the hand a little. It’s part of democracy. But draw blood, and next morning they will wake up with their balls in the fridge.

                      That is not jaded. That is the definition of reform.

                    • greywarshark

                      AD
                      Why does Ad at 6.43 have a different icon/gravatar to the one at 7.50?
                      Is there another Ad? Or are you coming in from different email addresses?

        • greywarshark 7.1.1.2

          Try not to run down people who are working for a better system and government please Ad. It is hard enough to make any way against the mean-spirited RWs without a LW mouthing off about other LWs who are doing different things.

          • mickysavage 7.1.1.2.1

            I believe Ad is saying pick your targets. Shouting corruption loudly continuously will not have the same effect.

            • Ad 7.1.1.2.1.1

              Aye.

              Fuck I hope Robertson does a decent job tomorrow.

              It’s all to play for out there.

  8. Michael 8

    As Jan Logie pointed out, Labour has form for this behaviour, too. It found threatening NGOs highly congenial whenever they wanted to point out that its actions did not match its rhetoric. Perhaps the phenomenon is endemic within politics. Anyway, the people to watch are not Ngaro and his ilk, but the National Party cronies appointed to various quangos, like Community Trusts: they have immense power over funding allocations to NGOs, very little accountability, and a keen appetite for taking revenge on people who do not display fealty. A serious problem, but one that existed under Labour too. The absence of any serious plan to change the status quo is another reason for not voting Labour in 2017 – it won’t change the government.

  9. Keith 9

    National don’t fire anyone for the plethora of reasons they should. That would be an admission they are wrong. They don’t do wrong. There would have been half the caucus dismissed otherwise. Offenders instead go to the naughty boy/girl corner for time out and are them promoted.

    Anyway Alf is THE most honest individual in the National Party. Whether he wanted to be or not!

  10. John 10

    Didn’t Shane Reti the MP for Whangarei do something similar in the Northland by election when voters were complaining about dusty roads affecting their kids health. Somebody recorded his phone call exposing him.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      Got link?

      • North 10.1.1

        Shane Reti denies bullying……..

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67441372/whangarei-mp-shane-reti-denies-bullying-group

        Words chosen cleverly with deniability allowed for. ‘Consequences’ still firmly out there though.

        • North 10.1.1.1

          Re 10.1.1……..all the worse for making himself the interface. Paraphrasing – ‘I, me, Dr Shane Reti, I can help you. But then, depending [???], maybe I can’t help you’. How stink they are…….little soldiers of the font of their power. Not for anyone but them, their powerseeking selves.

      • Jason Warrington 10.1.2

        “If you think there is no drug and gang problem in Northland, you haven’t been talking to police, teachers, health workers, social workers, forestry workers, local contractors, prison warders or rental owners. So Mr Reti, you seriously need to get out more.”

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503447&objectid=11814421

        One nasty guy is Reti. The columnist got fired after this recent opinion piece was published in the local paper. Very inconvenient a columnist having a crack at you closing in on a general election. Plenty of local tories whispering about this latest incident. Cannon fodder for opposing candidates, be watching with interest what develops given he has prior form.

  11. Tracey Martin fired this cracker of a broadside at National M.P.’s over their colleague Alfred Ngaro.

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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    7 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    7 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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