National’s next leader?

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 20th, 2019 - 112 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags:

If twitter is any guide the next leader of the Parliamentary National Party may have been announced.  Although he is not yet an MP so his ascension will not be immediate.

From the Herald:

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has hinted at a move into politics as he resigned from the national carrier this evening.

“I would like to think more about how I can best use my skills, abilities and experience to make a further contribution to the success of New Zealand whether that be through corporate life, politics or a not for profit,” Luxon said in a statement.

Luxon has regularly been talked about as a possible National Party candidate.

But in May, Luxon dismissed claims he was considering standing for National in the Botany seat.

Air New Zealand’s chairman Tony Carter also previously dismissed such claims, telling NewstalkZB that Luxon had told him he remained committed to the company.

National Party leader Simon Bridges said he had not yet spoken to Luxon yet “but we are always looking for talented people.”

Certainly Heather Du Plessis-Allan thinks that Chris is the man.  Yesterday she said this:

Christopher Luxon is said to be firmly focused on becoming PM. I’m told he’s considered how to time his run in order to maximise his chances at becoming PM. He’s said to have studied Jacinda Ardern’s elevation from MP to leader to Prime Minister – with a view to emulating it.

You can never really call these things with accuracy, but Luxon may well have what it takes.

He’s good on TV. He’s got warmth and likeability. That counts for a lot. It’s what makes Jacinda Ardern popular.

He’s got economic credentials. He’s spent seven years running one of the most popular companies in the country. Economic credentials matter, especially to National voters. It’s at least part of what made John Key popular.

He has green credentials. Under his leadership, Air New Zealand has pitched itself quite aggressively as something of a “green” airline. That matters to the National Party which is keen on neutering any suggestion they’re being left behind on climate-change politics.

And he’s got conservative credentials. He’s a Christian and a family man. Again, that matters, especially to National Party voters.

Clearly there is a lot of media management going on with this announcement.  And if it happens it will be a vote of no confidence in both Simon Bridges and Judith Collins.

This morning Luxon said that he would consider the matter over summer and that politics is something that he is interested in.

He is running …

 

 

112 comments on “National’s next leader?”

  1. Neville Winsley 1

    So , the guy in charge of those awful safety videos huh?

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Heh!

    • ankerawshark 1.2

      Yes really object to those videos.  some ie. the super models one was darn right sexist (maybe earlier than his watch)…….Try to avoid flying Air NZ at all costs.  Stingy with a n meal trans Tasman.  Probably catering jobs gone as a result……

      But anyway, back to Christopher.  National must now know they have no one who can beat Jacinda.  I wonder how Judith's (and Pukish) is doing with this news??????

      I hate the idea of NZ being run again by a CEO.  I don't think that is a good fit for the role.  NZ is not a business.  Its a country.  I don't know the guy, but imagine him dealing with CHCH.  We owe so much to Jacinda.

      • Phil 1.2.1

        Try to avoid flying Air NZ at all costs.

        I've literally never met a single person who would avoid Air NZ when the other option available to them is Jetstar. 

        • ankerawshark 1.2.1.1

          Phil,  I honestly prefer Jetstar.  Have never had a problem with them.

    • woodart 1.3

      so ,does this mean air NZ planes have parachutes?

  2. "Conservative credentials .. a Christian.."
    That puts me right off him immediately.

    • Phil 2.1

      There's 'Christian' and then there's "Christian", ya know?

      Thankfully we don't have the infestation of Christian Taliban here like, say, the US Republicans (perhaps with the notable exception of Brian Tamaki?)  

    • Enough is Enough 2.2

      Do you care to elaborate on that?

  3. Stuart Munro. 3

    Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from unsettling dreams to find the leader of the opposition had been transformed into a monstrous vermin.

  4. Sacha 4

    Interviewed on the TVNZ Breakfast show, Luxon said he does not currently belong to a political party but that National would be the most logical fit, and that he has not been discussing a role with them, including with his "friend" the ex-PM.

    • ankerawshark 4.1

      Sacha @4,  yeah right…………he's a liar

      • michelle 4.1.1

        he will fit in good with national another liar to add to their pool of  liars 

    • lprent 4.2

      Sure looks like a PR organisation not doing the across media – doesn't it?

      Jez this is starting to get repetitive and desperate. How many dangling baits have we seen for just the last month. Act on the weekend. Some random christian MP last month along with his Destiny

      Someone in National is really having a conniption at the thought of depending on just Simon and just National for the next election.

      • greywarshark 4.2.1

        Dangling baits.  Good one.  I have this vision of a trailing fishing line with a tasty bait to see if we'll jump and hook ourselves.    Are they after rainbow trout, kingfish, hoki tokey, parrot fish, flying fish etc?

      • Kat 4.2.2

        And this comment "Luxon said National leader Simon Bridges could win an election" I guess his saving grace is he didn't say what kind of an election but one would assume it was the general one we have every three years to elect a govt that he was thinking of. The powers that be at National will have to have their hands down a few more rabbit holes before they find the right bunny.

    • Janet 4.3

      Better he join TOP and then we have a fresh new party and a fresh new man beginning. 

  5. bwaghorn 5

    ""green airline"" 

    Bit of an oxymoron for the morons.

     

    Must mean hes good at bullshit 

  6. Dukeofurl 6

    He seems to have  jumped on the fetish for those little badgey things on the lapel.

    • WeTheBleeple 6.1

      It's all about image

      A premature ejaculation in a suit, or:

      A premature ejaculation in a suit wearing a silver fern badge.

      A christian. Great. Jesus is gonna ride in on a cloud, like a politician being helicoptered in but way cooler… so no need for these pesky alarmists and their global catastrophe concerns. Armageddon will save us.

      Thoughts and prayers and growth.

      • higherstandard 6.1.1

        'A christian. Great. Jesus is gonna ride in on a cloud, like a politician being helicoptered in but way cooler… so no need for these pesky alarmists and their global catastrophe concerns. Armageddon will save us.'

        Yes because all Christians must be climate change deniers…

        🙄

    • greywarshark 6.2

      When Luxon gets into the international melee of Chief Overseers, financial finaglers, strutters and spenders overseas at one of the wealth conferences such as Bilderberg they look to see what branch the person belongs to.  It's probably the main distinguishing feature for a lot of them.

      Just looked up Wealth Conferences and saw one being held by the CFA Society in Toronto.    Couldn't find the actual name.    This is becoming a regular occurrence of acronym jargon that communicates nothing to the uninitiated. I did a separated search and apparently it means Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.    But this is CFA Society.    Could it be Canadian….?   

      So looked further and got the information.    All this just to find a name.   How many people are able to get informed with that much effort when they are working with a cellphone, even the device as big as a paperback?   We sure do need Wikileaks when information about a company name is designed to be obscure, or just aimed at the in-group. 

      And we are so disorganised and scattered we citizen thinkers, in comparison with the 15,000 financial analysts all sitting the same exams with the same diplomas – the suits army of the capitalists really.

      CFA Societies in Canada is an alliance of the 12 Canadian member societies of CFA Institute, with over 15,000 combined members in Canada. CFA Institute is the global body that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst exam and sets voluntary, ethics-based performance-reporting standards for the investment industry.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFA_Institute  (Interesting that there is a banner at top of Wikpedia page advising of a LGBT Photo Drive encouraging photos to celebrate Pride.)

      And they are relatively comfortable – salaries at 2015:

      Toronto, August 11, 2015 – Canadian professionals holding the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation earned an average of $280,454 in 2014 up from $239,215 in 2011, according to the results of a compensation survey released by CFA Societies Canada. Notably, the median compensation level among survey participants was $147,550

      https://environicsresearch.com/insights/cfa-compensation/

       

       

    • Phil 6.3

      those little badgey things on the lapel

      Pocket squares are making a comeback and I will only consider voting for a male MP if they know how to wear one well.  

  7. Kevin 7

    Nice suit.

    If you like shiny.

    • Anne 7.1

      I wonder if it has tiny specks of green-stone weaved into the fabric like John Key's suit?

      Edit: or was it paua shell?

  8. Chris T 8

    Luxon will run and probably end up leader of the party at some stage, but it won't be till after the next election.

    And unless something outrageous happens with Soimun, no one in National is stupid enough to try to take the leadership atm as after Ch Ch Labour should walk it and it is currently just a poison chalice job.

    • Shadrach 8.1

      Of course.  But it's still the best comedy of the day reading the hysterical reactions of some contributors here.

      • higherstandard 8.1.1

        True that, if however he'd come out and professed a deep desire to join Labour or the Greens, all and sundry would've no doubt been doing the bumhole remora dance.

        • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.1

          If, however, the conservative Christian CEO had professed a deep desire to join Labour or the Greens, it would mean either that Labour or the Greens were no longer leftist or environmentalist parties, or that ice skates and sleds had suddenly become popular in Hell.

          • higherstandard 8.1.1.1.1

            NZ Labour and the NZ Greens are leftist environmentalist parties ?

            Magic mushroom omelets for breakfast again Milt ?

            • mauī 8.1.1.1.1.1

              What number 'shroom are we up to today? Seems there's a problem understanding the written language.

            • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.1.1.2

              It's all relative.  To me, National is a rightist and anti-environmentalist party.  To a conservative Christian CEO, Labour and the Greens are leftist and/or environmentalist parties.

          • Shadrach 8.1.1.1.2

            "…it would mean either that Labour or the Greens were no longer leftist or environmentalist parties…"

            The horse bolted on both accounts some time ago.  Welcome to 2019.

          • solkta 8.1.1.1.3

            lol

      • Chris T 8.1.2

        Lol

        True

        • greywarshark 8.1.2.1

          A lovely triad of terminators Chris T, Shadrach and bendigo – ah no,  higherstandard.     All trying for higher standards, and oh so trying.

          • Stuart Munro. 8.1.2.1.1

            Actually I feel they've been gazumped – Gozzie too – the Chairman has left them and their vacuous spite in the dust.

            • higherstandard 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Eh Up Don Quixote…how's it hanging today ?

              • Stuart Munro.

                Ah the titterati have joined us.

                Why don't you have a good scoff at something lower standard – you know you couldn't make an actual argument to save your trivial life.

            • greywarshark 8.1.2.1.1.2

              A race to the bottom eh!

              • Stuart Munro.

                They remind me of that old story about the sons whose brother's horse crossed the finish line last would inherit their parents' wealth – they take extraordinary pains to go nowhere at all.

                They need to change horses essentially, they'd do a much better job than incumbent National (a mighty low bar admittedly). 

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    What a wanker!

    Another know it all from the corporate arena–though that will likely make no odds for certain New Zealanders.

    Air New Zealand, rescued at various times by the taxpayer, refuses to cough up a social dividend via cheap flights to the regions, so it is reasonably easy to predict who this latest bald headed wannabe will be representing in Parliament. 

    • tc 9.1

      he's well qualified to be a nat MP after his slash and burn corporate work and being part of the chch old boys club is a bonus.

    • Chris T 9.2

      So then why did Ardern chose him to be head of her business advisory panel?

       

  10. AB 10

    A 'maximum net worth' restriction on who can become an MP has some appeal. It places some restraint on people who already have economic power from doubling-down and adding political power on top. Obviously it's anti-democratic on the surface – but you can't have a proper democracy where there are wide disparities of pre-existing economic power.

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Every well-run system has some practical rules.    And every system needs its rules to be reviewed at certain times, and changes made to keep it fit for purpose.

      Note:   Westminster system seems to need one.   USA Constitution seems to have weakened over the centuries, cough, cough.   They should remember that old quip about death – 'It's not the cough that carries you off, It's the coffin they carry you off in'.

    • Shadrach 10.2

      And while we're at it, we'll ban anyone who has been a beneficiary, because they've already taken enough money off the tax payer.

      And we'll ban anyone who has been a union leader, because they already have power and influence amongst organised labour.  

      And we'll ban anyone who has previously spoken in support of socialism, because everything it touches turns to shite.

      By the time we've finished, it will just be a small handful of people voting who are approved by a Wellington politburo.

  11. mauī 11

    That would be one way to trash a legacy. Preside over people dying waiting for ops, bulldozing houses of the vulnerable and doing dodgy deals with a straight face. But the shareholders in "NZ" would be ok. What a way to leave your mark on the country.

  12. Incognito 12

    It is a dire reflection on National’s “green credentials” that they need to import these through an ex-CEO of an airline. If their policy portfolio and party values were not good enough as they are, a person who is seriously concerned about climate change and the environment would never be a ‘natural fit’ in the party. Enough said.

  13. Sabine 13

    surely this is good news for Paula Benefit

     

  14. Under his leadership, Air New Zealand has pitched itself quite aggressively as something of a “green” airline.

    What next, a "green" coal-fired power station?  Still, if he can sell journos on the idea of an airline having "green" credentials, he should be able to handle the tough job of selling voters on the idea of National giving a shit about the environment. 

     

  15. I've run into Luxon briefly a couple of times and liked him on a personal level. I could see him as PM, and he'd probably be quite good, whatever party he joins. Dunno why he'd want to join National, it's a dysfunctional nest of vipers. A tilt at the mayoralty of Auckland would be a better move IMO

    • tc 15.1

      National have the resources and Luxon's a corporate mercenary. Follow the money as always.

    • Sacha 15.2

      Mayor of Ak has less real power than a member of the kitchen cabinet, plus have you seen those braying dingbats from the eastern bays they have to deal with?

  16. Red Blooded One 16

    Lord Luxon is the man who oversaw the slashing of staff wages to save a buck, pulled out of the regions to save a buck, and now sees his work has taken the airline from consistently top in airline ratings to not even in the top ten this year, he is an ideal National Party Leader and the epitome of the phrase 'a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.'

    • Phil 16.1

      …taken the airline from consistently top in airline ratings to not even in the top ten this year.

      I don't think that's a reflection of Air NZ getting worse, more that everyone else just coming up to a similar level of service/quality as Air NZ always has.

  17. Dean Reynolds 17

    What this says to NZ is that National, the biggest caucus in Parliament, is so full of Joe averages & useless time servers that they need an elaborate scheme to helicopter in a potential leader from outside – what a bunch of losers

    • Higherstandard 17.1

      'What this says to NZ is that National, the biggest caucus in Parliament, is so full of Joe averages & useless time servers that they need an elaborate scheme to helicopter in a potential leader from outside – what a bunch of losers'

      Why on earth would you expect the talent pool in National to be any different to that in other parliamentary parties in NZ ?

      • Incognito 17.1.1

        Quite! I’d expect National’s talent pool to be inferior and heavily skewed towards ‘real life’ experience such as farming, property investment, finance, and corporate management.

      • Dean Reynolds 17.1.2

        National's talent pool is different to most other parties, because when, like National, you have been enslaved for the last 30 years to the vile doctrine of neo liberalism, you finally reach the bottom of the barrel. National is now like Act before it imploded – a party of crooks & psychopaths, (Shipley, Key, Collins). The neo libs are social darwinists – the strong claw their way to the top on the backs of others, the weakest go to the wall & the rest are left struggling for a foothold. Over time, this drives out of the Nat Party, anyone with true ability or any decency & leaves what we now see – the Nat caucus, full of delusional, dog eat dog nobodies. Want further proof? Look at the feral leadership in the other neo lib parties of the West – Trump, Boris Johnson, Dutton & Scomo in Australia

    • Enough is Enough 17.2

      What a ridiculous comment.

      Probably a quarter of the National MPs that were there at the beginning of this term will have moved on to better things by the time the next term begins (English, Joyce, Findlayson to begin with)

      Who replaces them?

      Why not try and attract an exceptional CEO?

  18. ianmac 18

    So true Dean.

  19. Gabby 19

    He looks like the lovechild of Rob Muldoon and SirPonyboy. Is there a lab somewhere?

    • Prickles 19.1

      Mirror image the left side of his face and then the right – you'll see two completely different people. Himself – and then the face he shows to the world. But which is which?

  20. Aaron 20

    Interesting that they're citing Jacinda's elevation to PM as a role model. Obviously looking to appeal to the "middle" voters who decide each election and appear as a 'moderate'.

    Equally obvious is; he's actually following the John Key model – and it wouldn't surprise me to hear he has been actively headhunted by National Party insiders who are dismayed at the talent on offer in the current crop of MPs – just like they were after 1999

    I mean, who would follow a plan that involves pushing your party popularity down to disasterous levels and then hoping your leader will step down at just the right moment to gain a winning momentum but not long enough to be properly tested on policy issues?

    anyone?

  21. SHG 21

    “Conservative credentials .. a Christian..”
    That puts me right off him immediately.

    Careful comrade, under Little’s proposed new Human Rights Act you would now be guilty of hate speech.

  22. observer 22

    This really doesn't help National at all. Better if he'd just quietly finished up at Air NZ, and got on the party list for 2020. He may well prove to be a capable MP long-term, we'll see.

    But no, he's in a very obvious hurry: doing the round of media interviews (all channels today) and boosting his profile. So both Bridges and Collins are being undermined. The Nat caucus will be saying "We support the leader!" and then when he is dumped before the next election, "We support the new leader!", while speculation continues about leader number 3 and which seat he'll be given.

    Some Nat voters are even getting excited about a by-election before the 2020 election, which would be even worse: "Hello, I'm Simon/Judith/Amy, I want to be the next PM but nobody thinks I can win so I want you to vote for Chris so that I won't be PM."

    Great message, eh?

    • greywarshark 22.1

      Could work.    You could be advisor to the stars.

    • Graeme 22.2

       doing the round of media interviews (all channels today) and boosting his profile.

      Going by the piece on RNZ it looks more like he's trying to dampen down the speculation.  https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/392520/air-new-zealand-boss-christopher-luxon-weigh-options-for-future  

      He said the speculation about whether or not he would stand for the National Party was only that, although he was not ruling it out.

      "And so I know, there's a lot of conjecture, but there's been no conversation about that whatsoever."

      Looks more like another case of National’s friends leaping in to try and hold the narrative.

      • observer 22.2.1

        "damping down speculation" … heh. Because that's how it's done, right?

        "I am not a candidate for President of the United States. Even though people keep telling me they want me to run, I am not running. Even if they were to sign the petition (available at Totally-Not-Running-Dot-Something) to beg me to run. I do not seek office for myself, I only wish to serve, but if the people continue to beg me to serve who am I to put myself first? Excuse me, I have a dozen other interviews lined up, must go …"

        He's on TV3's Project right now. Not running.

        • Graeme 22.2.1.1

          Idle thought.  Two CEO's answerable to John Key depart in a couple of days, one of them for being a rather naughty boy, the other is looking for utu?

          This is getting bizarre 

           

  23. greywarshark 23

    Someone who advertises that he is a Christian to elevate himself as having integrity as part pf his 'cv' immediately rouses my suspicions.  There are many types of Christian, some more hopeful than others.   The sort who advertises it is unto self-advancement and considers s/he sits at the right hand of God – and is prepared to act as locum at any time.

    • observer 23.1

      The columnist's words are not his.

      • greywarshark 23.1.1

        So does she/he watch his Saturday and Sunday movements?   Or has he been pictured ineeling and kissing the earth for another air-accident free day?

    • RedLogix 23.2

      Someone who advertises that he is a Christian to elevate himself as having integrity as part pf his 'cv' immediately rouses my suspicions.  

      On the other hand what if was he a Muslim do you think? Would it be Islamophobia to hold such irrational suspicions? 

      • greywarshark 23.2.1

        There would be different reactions.   Capitalism has turned Christianity into a brand, which has been marketed in the USA by televangelists and those who seek 'high purity' ratings, ie against abortion, for literal bible stuff.

        There are different levels of Christianity and the goodness and with to show love to humanity in general.    Noticeable in their absence among some.

  24. Fireblade 24

    The National Party desperately need an effective Finance Spokesperson, Amy Adams is really struggling. I'm certain Mr Luxon would do a better job.

  25. Peter 25

    Flying Luxon in?  Check out Judith Collins' face after 3:30. 😊

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=207426

  26. Adrian 26

    He'd be better off in the Judean Peoples Front… or was it the J…..

  27. rod 27

    How much is he worth?

  28. CHCoff 28

    National, the retirement economy party, is a polite way of putting it.

    • CHCoff 28.1

      A citizen dollar that spends on NZ business association member groups out of all the walks of economic life, which then elects a third of parliament would be far more useful, competent and free market than the revolving door party approach

  29. R.P Mcmurphy 29

    he is not a leader, just another cost accountant.

  30. Jackel 30

    Speaking of personality politics, name me one bald elected world leader? 

  31. Richard@DownSouth 31

    Judith Collins will be pissed… hed not have done this if he hadnt gotten the nudge from some senior National members

  32. peterlepaysan 32

    Lot of Natz  clearly think they need a leader.

     Why do they not advertise in the classifieds?  The tory press are languishing for advertising dollars.

  33. Ad 33

    Labour could only ever fantasize about a leader of this calibre coming up through its ranks from either business or a major NGO.  Was Lange the last Labour leader to have an actual job outside the Wellington beltway?

    Christopher Luxon has all the impressive marketing tools one could wish for in a politician. He would be an excellent 2023 leadership candidate, so long as he has the patience to wait out this Labour-led government's tepid and directionless effort.

    I'd be interested to see him go head to head with Ardern in a tv debate.

     

    • Graeme 33.1

      Is the direct entry of a highly qualified candidate possible in Labour, either constitutionally or culturally?

      National have that ability, but it is usually done rather quietly, rather in public through media speculation.  Last ones would have been Key and Joyce.

      • Ad 33.1.1

        The closest was Little from the unions. Bad luck there.

        Labour haven't done succession planning well for 20 years now. 

         

        • Graeme 33.1.1.1

          Not entirely convinced about the succession planning after the Ardern transition.  That came off a little too well for a last minute cobble-together.  It wasn't a linear, public succession, but worked the constitution to it's intent, putting the right person in the right place at the right time, and the Party left National floundering.  Well played.

          But are National really any better, once you take their parachuted ones (Key and Joyce) out it becomes a morass of squabbling factional muppets.  Hence the clamour to parachute another leader in who can bang some heads together.  There's not many, if any, quality candidates that come up through National's selection process either.

        • Dukeofurl 33.1.1.2

          Cunliffe

          Shearer

          Clarke

          Moore 

          Palmer

          [lprent: Probably help if that was spelt correctly. ]

      • Sanctuary 33.1.2

        Labour these days selects it's candidates via a crippling institutional process of box ticking for it's various factions. The candidates primary qualification is that they fulfill the particular factions requirements (woman, Maori, gay, academics, whatever) and assessing their actual ability as a politician is entirely tangential to the selection process.

        It is why they have produced an endless array of politicians drawn from a narrow set of sectional interest groups who all have excellent qualifications and previous bright careers as Apparatchiks in the various organs of the party, the unions or various civic governance organisations. 

        Almost inevitably, these candidates then prove to be mediocre technocrats and average to incompetent tin eared politicians once elected.

        • Dukeofurl 33.1.2.1

          Have you seen Nationals list, its full of captains picks for  candidates,  all from the right ethnic groups, balanced off against each other

          1 Korean

          2 Indians inc 1 sikh

          1 chinese

          1 Filipino

          1 Samoan

          1 Cook Is

          All these people dont come through the partys electorates but are head hunted by the hierarchy and guaranteed a list spot

    • Dean Reynolds 33.2

      Luxon is simply John Key mark 2. You claim he 'has the impressive marketing tools one could wish for in a politician.' FFS, we don't need a politician with 'marketing tools' – Key had plenty of those & nothing else. We need leaders like Jacinda – compassionate & steel when its required.

      • Anne 33.2.1

        Luxon is simply John Key mark 2.

        Yep. They reckon it worked last time so it will work again.

        And right on target John Key starts prattling on about his bloody flag again. Are that brand of Kiwi-kind so hollow inside they think a change of flag is going to make one iota of difference to people?

        They are knee deep into branding, playing the global money market, slashing budgets and spending on social services while lining their own pockets and living the rarefied life of the rich and famous.

        This Luxon fellow with all his so-called Christian values (and old boy networks to fall back on) is no different.

      • michelle 33.2.2

        plus 100 dean reynolds 

    • Muttonbird 33.3

      It was angry Ad day yesterday.

      Let's see if he can drag his bottom lip of the ground today.

      I think if you want to see how Luxon would run the country you only have to look at what he’s being praised for and that is profitability. He’d run the country as a business like Key did, and that involves cutting services and maximising short term income.

  34. The pretences of an actual political party are becoming harder and harder to see,

    essentially now seeking to emulate United Russia as "the party of crooks and thieves".

  35. observer 35

    There is an ad in the NZ Herald today (print edition) for "Luxon 2020":

    Somebody thinks we have American presidential elections in NZ.

    • observer 35.1

      BTW, others more qualified than me have pointed out the legal problem for National here. The ad specifically encourages a vote for the party in 2020. Therefore, it must be approved by the party.

      Oops.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Counting Barretts
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    16 hours ago
  • Bullying their critics
    Over the past month we've heard some horrific stories about bullying in the police. The police's response? Try to bully people into silence:The police have told a whistleblower to retract his statements to RNZ about being bullied or face legal action. The demand came just hours after Police Commissioner Mike ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 5
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
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    RedlineBy Admin
    20 hours ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • A prediction
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    2 days ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Punishing the young
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
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    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
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    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
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    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
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    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
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    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
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    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    47 mins ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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