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National Ltd™ – Rotten To The Core From Top To Bottom

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, June 26th, 2017 - 25 comments
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On 15 September 2009, Labour MP Pete Hodgson asked the Prime Minister: “Does he believe that in all matters his Minister of Finance [Bill English] has followed that part of the Cabinet Manual that reads: “… Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards?”

The question was asked after Bill English had reorganised his personal affairs so as to be entitled, he claimed, to receive about $1000 a week to pay the rent for a house which was owned, via a trust, by his wife. The rort was predicated on the tissue-thin premise that, although Bill English and his family had lived and worked in Wellington for more than ten years, his primary residence was in Dipton. During the years he and his family lived and worked in Wellington prior to him becoming a minister, English had received, in total, an estimated $300,000-plus for his alleged out-of-town housing costs. Then, shortly after the 2008 election, the legal tweaks were done and the paperwork submitted for the much more valuable “Ministerial” housing allowance. The matter hit the headlines when ministers’ expenses were published and public interest was piqued by the blatant hypocrisy exposed. Publicly, Bill English had been softening up the country for a period of stringent economic austerity while, privately, he’d set about obtaining as much public funds as he could lay his tiny grubby hands on. In addition to the $1000 per week housing allowance, he also managed to wangle an extra $20 a week on top of the maximum allowed for house cleaning on the basis that his $1.2 million home was so large. And all while he was collecting a $10,400 a fortnight salary.

Because only politicians make the rules about politicians’ expenses, there’s no suggestion that English acted unlawfully. And because “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” is the fundamental basis of National Ltd™ ethics, English was, amongst his peers, indeed upholding their highest ethical standards. Where English came a cropper, though, is in the clause that Cabinet Ministers must “be seen” to be upholding the highest ethical standards. Most New Zealander could see immediately English was not upholding even a semblance of actual ethical standards. He wasn’t even trying. In short, the situation English found himself in was “not a good look”.  And so, like all good National Ltd™ MPs who find themselves in a tight spot, he lied repeatedly hoping things would get better while attempting to bully into silence those making things difficult for him.

That didn’t work out too well. The fundamental lie at the base of his troubles was no longer sustainable for the simple reason that it was so obviously a lie.  Also, English never had sufficient support from National Ltd™’s main shareholders. Within that milieu, English was considered to have committed the unforgivable sin of having been caught, which is more serious than any actual crime. The public was mightily pissed off about the situation, that was reflected in polls which, in turn, pissed off John Key. Eventually, the Auditor General whipped up a quick report which ostensibly gave Parliament and The Speaker a sharp poke in the eye about the sloppy state of the rules concerning allowances and expenses. Hidden in the report, though, was an indication that English may not actually have been fully entitled to the Ministerial housing allowance after all. Surprise surprise. Despite his oft repeated and plaintiff refrains to the contrary, English was found by the OAG to have had an interest in the trust from which his wife’s house was rented. In the end, English had to give some of the money back and, finally, admit that he didn’t live in Dipton.

The housing allowance kerfuffle left English a tad battered and bruised but entirely unrepentant. As a man imbued with National Ltd™ ethics, it was obvious to him that he had done nothing wrong. The only concern he publicly articulated, using it as the reason why he gave some of the money back, was that there was a “perception” he had attempted a fiddle. Of course, the opposite was true. English was attempting a fiddle and it was him who was attempting to create a perception that there only ever was a “perception”, nothing real. So obdurate was he in his righteousness, he was quoted as saying . . .

At all times my decisions have been driven by my desire to keep my family together and provide them with as much stability as possible. It’s now clear that the system has struggled to deal with my circumstances

. . . get that? Risible bullshit in the first sentence and then being caught double-dipping is not his fault, blame “the system”. No “sorry” or “I have learned my lesson” or “I’ll be careful going forward”. Just attempting to manufacture by deceit an “its all about family” and “I’m the victim here” perception.

“I’m not sorry at all. Problem?”

Just as his double-dipping scandal was dying down leaving English all alone to lick his wounds, a beacon of hope miraculously appeared. Seemingly out of nowhere, TVNZ popped up with the idea to produce a documentary series on its TVNZ 7 channel all about demystifying the economy. What a piece of luck. A chance to re-engineer his public perception by selling his neoliberal agenda to the nation! And, even better, the segment designed for him will be called “Plain English”. How neat is that?

Well, not neat at all. Its deeply flawed and highly unethical.

The byzantine ins and outs of this slice of crazy from TVNZ is a whole other spectacular display of English’s underlying contempt for Parliament and the public. Lies were stacked upon lies, public funds were misused and wasted while the audience was left spell bound by the magical morphing of a public-owned broadcaster into the marketing department for neoliberal ideology. And English just loved it. He was the star. Over the course of a couple of weeks, his happy smiley face spouted a 30-second promo on TVNZ channels 65 times. Complete with enthusiastic platitudes calling for all New Zealanders to pitch in and help him bring deliverance from the financial crash, the promo amounted to a publicly funded advertising campaign just for him.  A month later, TVNZ admited the whole pantomime was a serious misjudgment on its part but, by then, the rehabilitation of the “Bill – Blokey But Beneficent and Brainy” brand was well underway.

And so ended Bill English’s first year as Finance Minister. Since then, he’s largely kept his head below the parapet but the lies and unethical behaviour never stopped. He was caught out lying publicly after signing the supah sekrit executive order used to try and keep the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom under wraps. Most of his lies now are the half-truths and magik-thinking sprinkled liberally throughout the policy underpinning the economy. The national accounts and annual budgets are largely works of fiction serving more to promote himself and National Ltd™ than to inform New Zealanders. Billions of dollars are missing from everyone’s retirement savings, more billions which would have come in were it not for privatisation have been lost from the public purse,  the social investment scam is reducing humans to commodities, the right to privacy has been killed in order to feed corporations profitable data, public housing has been rebranded “social housing” and thrown over to under-resourced communities to provide for themselves, education has been reduced from the status of a human right to a business opportunity, same with health, our primary industries are committing slow-motion suicide as they poison the environment which sustains them, the government agencies designed to protect us from all manner of threats barely function, the rest of the public service is a playground for largely idle but “ideologically sound” consultants, the rich have got richer, the poor have got poorer, and there is no budget surplus, just the fabricated “perception” that it exists. And we have this state of affairs because John Key and now English along with the rest of the National Ltd™ crew have been lying to us every day for the past nine years.

So why is it that the MSM is telling us English’s latest fit of lies is somehow out of character or something of a surprise? Heather du Plessis-Allan writing in the New Zealand Fox News Herald tells us . . .

“English came into the job of Prime Minister seven months ago looking squeaky clean. Even hardcore lefties warmed to him a little. He seemed progressive. He believed in policies to help the most disadvantaged. He alone spoke out against the Dirty Politics behaviour when everyone else ducked and ran during that crisis.”.

. . . bullshit. English has never looked squeaky clean, he’s always been dodgy and thuggish. No hardcore leftie I know thinks otherwise and we all know full well what English is really up to. It ain’t progressive, its oppressive. He had nothing to say about John Key’s direct, hands-on involvement with Dirty Politics and never made a statement to the police about it. His total contribution amounted to muttering  “pooh-pooh take it away”.  Hardly meritorious.

Audrey Young, also in the New Zealand Fox News Herald and someone who should know better would like her readers to think . . .

“But English’s fall from grace is much higher because over many years he has earned himself a reputation as the conscience of the party. It was mainly through his devotion to the social policy issues but the flow-on effect has been that he has been regarded as a man of substance and principle. Voters have been weighing up whether to give the once-failed leader a second chance. But now Ethical Bill looks a whole lot less ethical.”

. . . Ethical Bill, ORLY? FFS. The idea that English has “fallen from grace” carries the implicit assumption that he was in a state of grace to begin with. He never was. His “devotion to social policy issues” is nothing of the sort. Its more of a blind devotion to the imaginary Invisible Hand which will cradle us all if only we leave The Market to do its job. You know, like, there are so many homeless New Zealanders only because of an accumulated present time imbalance in the supply and demand dynamic actioned to self correct when market variables deliver stakeholder incentives. Yadda yadda yadda. The sort of principles espoused by English are that poor and hungry children scamper off to school without raincoats in winter because their parents made bad choices. But, hey, as the governors of society, we can deliver those vulnerable kids to The Market as an additional vector for the transfer of wealth from the state to the corporations. Wottaguy.

That’s just two easy-to-gather examples. Yet, this meme that the principled man of substance, Bill English, has only recently and only by a coincidental connection to Southland become embroiled in Barclay issue is all over the place. And its a lie. So far, “Ethical Bill” has lied by omission every day for year since Barclay told him he had recorded a staff member. He lied when he said he couldn’t recall who told him there had been a recording. He lied to Parliament and to New Zealand when he said he had reported the matter to the police. He lied by omission to the police by deliberately not mentioning Barclay’s offer to play the recorded conversations. He lied when he said no one realised Barclay had committed a crime. More lies will be exposed as we go on. The Board of National Ltd™ is now being exposed.

Heather du Plessis-Allan is correct in her contention that the rot in National Ltd™ goes right to the top. The rot has become its defining feature. It can be observed every where, from the bully-boy grunt MPs like Shane Reti, cabinet member oiks like Simon Bridges, up past senior thugs like Gerry Brownlee, through English, up to Peter Goodfellow, and out into the public membership. Among that latter group are individuals happy to express more concern about having to select another candidate for Southland than for the well-being and delivery of justice to an emotionally brutalised servant of their party who dared speak truth to power.

It doesn’t matter which National Ltd™ Minister is asked the question posed by Pete Hodgson about upholding the highest ethical standards because the answer will always be “yes” and it will always be a lie. That’s because National Ltd™ really is rotten to the core. The only sure fix is to dismantle the whole thing, burn all its structures, and salt the earth upon which they stood.

 

 

 

25 comments on “National Ltd™ – Rotten To The Core From Top To Bottom”

  1. Sabine 1

    bravo

    claps hands

    bravo

    the day this guy disappears to retire into a convent for massive repentance and seeking of forgiveness for greed, false testimony, taking from the poor to give to the rich and such will be a good day indeed.

  2. Keith 2

    Did the filthy rich Peter Goodfellow become the Prez because he felt an overwhelming need to give back to the community?

    Or did the filthy rich Peter Goodfellow become the Prez because he and many other excessively wealthy men like him concluded the National Party was the perfect vehicle to further enhance their wealth?

    His – I couldn’t give a flying shit about Toddy – when all and sundry salt of the earth Nats in English’s old seat were truly worried about where this arsehole was leading them, seems to be indicative of the latter.

  3. Cinny 3

    Excellent and informative post.

    Keith, having worked for excessively rich men in our fishing industry, I strongly agree with these words of yours..

    Or did the filthy rich Peter Goodfellow become the Prez because he and many other excessively wealthy men like him concluded the National Party was the perfect vehicle to further enhance their wealth?

  4. Ad 4

    This scale of ethics “gotcha” is not going to change the vote one bit.’
    Sure won’t change anything in Southland.

    This party – and this government – have made one notable political mistake in an entire term. That’s better than any leftie government since Nordmeyer.

    Even if the Police really do charge the hapless MP for Southland, there will be a new candidate, so it doesn’t stick to the Nats much.

    Who know maybe it will shave off a percentage point or two.

    Otherwise this whole episode is only notable to politicos and the media.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Thanks Ad – we need to bring things into perspective and view it dispassionately after giving it some passionate comment about principles, fair behaviour and practice.
      Onwards with the fight out of the bog, it can just drag us down if we don’t be cool and careful.

    • Andre 4.2

      Couple of counterpoints: Bill’s been doing a lot of looking like a shifty billshitter on national tv over this. For a part of the electorate, confidence in the person matters a lot more than policies, so if the solid, honest facade cracks it will put off those people.

      Second, the heart of the deBarclay is a shit boss doing shitty things to an employee, then the shit boss getting backed up by his bosses in hanging out the employee and the whole load of crap swept under the rug. That’s a pretty relatable experience for most people, and it doesn’t make for happy memories.

      So it’s qualitatively different on a personal level that most kinds of political misconduct.

      • Ad 4.2.1

        Bill English is doing a far worse job of handling this than John Key.
        And I agree with you on the confidence point.

        He is a qualitatively weaker political manager – but it’s not in the Theresa May scale.

        • Andre 4.2.1.1

          “but it’s not in the Theresa May scale.”

          Yet.

          May was looking pretty solid until the campaign started in earnest. Fingers crossed for a bigger meltdown than May’s.

  5. Bearded Git 5

    Brilliant post-thank you BLIP.

    Now how, in the next 3 months, do we get this across to the people who have been fooled by the TVNZ propaganda?

  6. Kevin 6

    +1 Blip.

    Love your work.

  7. patricia bremner 7

    Oh come on Ad. If they charge the candidate from Southland, then they have to look at John Bill Peter and Glenda, in my imo.
    4% would bring this unholy web down.
    Dirty Politics has become Filthy Politics.
    Most people look at how Bill treated someone who worked for him for 17 years!!
    Did he support her?
    Did he Hell!!
    He followed the money? Phillip Morris? We suspect “influence” by big money.
    After all, enough is not what it’s about!!
    More is better, and blow the truth.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      If they charge the candidate from Southland, then they have to look at John Bill Peter and Glenda, in my imo.

      That shouldn’t be an if but a when.

  8. greywarshark 8

    Excerpts that struck me from Blip’s thorough forensic survey of Bill Engligh. A run-through and summation of our indignant response to the way that NZ has and is till being rorted, rogered and raped. My strong adjectives come after watching NZ politicians at play for 30 years, the sort of people who use the term ‘game players’ for real life activity.

    Publicly, Bill English had been softening up the country for a period of stringent economic austerity while, privately, he’d set about obtaining as much public funds as he could lay his tiny grubby hands on. …

    Where English came a cropper, though, is in the clause that Cabinet Ministers must “be seen” to be upholding the highest ethical standards. Most New Zealander could see immediately English was not upholding even a semblance of actual ethical standards. He wasn’t even trying….

    … English never had sufficient support from National Ltd™’s main shareholders. Within that milieu, English was considered to have committed the unforgivable sin of having been caught, which is more serious than any actual crime….

    Eventually, the Auditor General whipped up a quick report which ostensibly gave Parliament and The Speaker a sharp poke in the eye about the sloppy state of the rules concerning allowances and expenses. Hidden in the report, though, was an indication that English may not actually have been fully entitled to the Ministerial housing allowance after all. …

    English was found by the OAG to have had an interest in the trust from which his wife’s house was rented. In the end, English had to give some of the money back and, finally, admit that he didn’t live in Dipton…..

    The housing allowance kerfuffle left English a tad battered and bruised but entirely unrepentant. As a man imbued with National Ltd™ ethics, it was obvious to him that he had done nothing wrong…. Of course, the opposite was true. English was attempting a fiddle and it was him who was attempting to create a perception that there only ever was a “perception”, nothing real….

    … Seemingly out of nowhere, TVNZ popped up with the idea to produce a documentary series on its TVNZ 7 channel all about demystifying the economy. What a piece of luck. A chance to re-engineer his public perception by selling his neoliberal agenda to the nation!…

    And English just loved it. He was the star. Over the course of a couple of weeks, his happy smiley face spouted a 30-second promo on TVNZ channels 65 times. Complete with enthusiastic platitudes calling for all New Zealanders to pitch in and help him bring deliverance from the financial crash, the promo amounted to a publicly funded advertising campaign just for him…

    Most of his lies now are the half-truths and magik-thinking sprinkled liberally throughout the policy underpinning the economy. The national accounts and annual budgets are largely works of fiction serving more to promote himself and National Ltd™ than to inform New Zealanders.

    Billions of dollars are missing from everyone’s retirement savings,
    more billions which would have come in were it not for privatisation have been lost from the public purse,
    the social investment scam is reducing humans to commodities,
    the right to privacy has been killed in order to feed corporations profitable data, public housing has been rebranded “social housing” and thrown over to under-resourced communities to provide for themselves,
    education has been reduced from the status of a human right to a business opportunity,
    same with health,
    our primary industries are committing slow-motion suicide as they poison the environment which sustains them,
    the government agencies designed to protect us from all manner of threats barely function,
    the rest of the public service is a playground for largely idle but “ideologically sound” consultants,
    the rich have got richer, the poor have got poorer, and
    there is no budget surplus, just the fabricated “perception” that it exists….

    More lies will be exposed as we go on. The Board of National Ltd™ is now being exposed…. That’s because National Ltd™ really is rotten to the core. The only sure fix is to dismantle the whole thing, burn all its structures, and salt the earth upon which they stood.

    That seems a relevant suggestion.
    Understanding what game playing in politics is, and that it is going on is helpful for the bemused voter and citizen.

    Psychological attitudes and knowing how to ‘play’ with citizens minds is a useful tool for politicians and their connections.
    (Psychologist Oliver James identifies the dark triadic personality traits (psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism) to be of central significance in understanding office politics. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workplace_politics)

    Definition of game playing is here from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/literature-and-arts/performing-arts/film-and-television/rules-game
    (“Rules of the game” are, therefore, essentially normative and procedural. The concept is rarely used to refer to formal or written rules—statutes, constitutions, court decisions, and the like—but usually refers to informal or unwritten rules, attitudes, and expectations.)

  9. Anne 9

    Thank-you BLIP for returning to TS and giving us the benefit of one of your marvellously erudite analysis. You have been sorely missed.

  10. dukeofurl 10

    Add to the deceit by Bill English is the deception over his pretending to be a “Southland farmer’ when all along he was a Wellington treasury bureaucrat. [ A falsehood that was repeated by TVNZ on their news Sunday night of the conference]

    For goodness sake, he grew up on a farm ( as did Helen Clark) but he left to go to boarding school in Wellinton and from there to Otago and Victoria, where his majors were medieval english and economics. Not even a degree in anything related to farming as of course he had no intention of having the farming life.

    With something like 11 or 12 brothers and sisters and a modest sheep farm in Dipton that really meant it was going to support only one sibling. That was Hamish, a brother who did stay on the farm and eventually took over ( as one of his sons has taken it on now and the change over to dairying)

    • Tamati Tautuhi 10.1

      The guy hasn’t really had any real world experience apart from the closet at the Reserve Bank and the Beehive to be honest ?

    • Stuart Munro 10.2

      Above all an ineffectual treasury bureaucrat – the kind of non-performing wonk that triggers rumours of inbreeding.

      Take away his migrants and his faked or ungathered stats and what’s left really is worse than anyone off the street could do.

  11. mosa 11

    Blip thank you for your analysis and it presents a very clear picture of the MSM and its claim that English was somehow ” whiter than white ” and a ” straight down the middle ” type of guy to start with a total fabrication.

    But that is how he is being ” marketed ” to the population at large since this ” attack on his credibility ” began with even ex Labour people ( if they were ever Labour in the first place ) saying how ” how honest he was ” says a lot.

    They are just as complicit as the whole corrupt system that keeps the National party in office.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 11.1

      Bill and John are proteges of the Rothschilds and the face of Globalisation and the New World Order.

      Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson had/have close ties with the Monte Perelin Society and John Key is closely aligned with the Bilderberg Group of which Peter Thiel is a member.

      New Zealand since the 1980’s has been directed and controlled from outside of New Zealand, once we lost control of our Banks and key strategic financial assets we have been under the influence of offshore bankers and lenders like the IMF.

      Our economic direction is built around immigration, finance and property, new world economic thinking. We are following directives from our Offshore Bankers and the IMF.

      Gone are the days of economic export productivity, manufacturing and full employment supporting a healthy caring community, today’s society is focused on speculative housing markets, high finance, high immigration and offshore manufacturing in the sweatshops of Asia.

  12. Ross 12

    Some people have short memories when it suits them, hence HDPA’s comments.

    Even now the Herald are telling us that “Many will be as surprised as Barclay probably was to discover it is illegal to make hidden recordings of conversations in your own office unless you are a party to the conversation.”

    The Herald apparently never covered the Teapot scandal.

    If Barclay had told the truth from the get-go, he might still have a political career. It was the cover-up which sealed his fate and it should seal English’s too.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11882231

  13. Korero Pono 13

    Excellent piece of writing. It is a nice change to see the Natz getting the honest exposure they deserve.

  14. Neil 14

    #nzheraldwherebalancedjournalismgoestodie
    #nzheraldholdingtheoppositiontoaccountsince2008
    #Billshut

  15. Gaey Morris. 15

    You mention MPshane Reti as being a bully boy. I would love to know why? Any examples?

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  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 mins ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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