Nats politicising earthquake response

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 18th, 2016 - 74 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, disaster, national, same old national, spin - Tags: , , ,

John Armstrong is back with a column at One News (or whatever they’re called this week). John sees everything in terms of political horse racing – even earthquakes. – Government knows how to play a disaster

During such national emergencies, Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition becomes irrelevant.

Its component parties have no power. They cannot do anything that helps the victims of a natural disaster.

If Opposition politicians are critical of something that the Government has or has not done to start fixing things, they risk being accused of exploiting people’s misery for political profit.

On top of that, the public expects politicians to take a bipartisan stance during national emergencies.

That is the high ground. Andrew Little has wisely chosen to occupy – at least for the time being.

In the Government’s case, the supposed politics-free zone is a charade.

By definition, action taken by a government has a political component or political motive.

No-one inside the Government would ever admit it, but dealing with the after-effects of a natural disaster of the current proportions allows National to reinforce its leadership and competence credentials without looking self-serving.

The Prime Minister has got this down to a fine art.

You can’t blame the Nats for trying to look good for the cameras on this, any party in power would do the same. But you can blame them for naked politicising government earthquake response. What is National’s logo doing on taxpayer funded government responses?

74 comments on “Nats politicising earthquake response ”

  1. Incognito 1

    Making the most out of other people’s plight; no different from a pseudo-Bishop then …

    • SomeName 1.1

      JK and his party are doing the same as the Trumps making the most of others misery pretty low really but too many NZers are so naïve

  2. Ad 2

    I think the government are doing a good job on this one and there’s no point complaining about it. Sorry.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      The public service is doing an outstanding job and the Government will get the credit for it …

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.1

        And if the Public Service is doing a poor job then who gets the blame…

        • Muttonbird 2.1.1.1

          And if the Public Service is doing a poor job…

          You certainly won’t see the National Party logo anywhere near it.

          • Brendon 2.1.1.1.1

            I am one of the mental health professionals providing a response to the earthquakes and I am certainly not doing it because of the National Party and if I saw any of that sort of party polical signage around my workplace they would get removed pretty darn quickly.

      • Anne 2.1.2

        Working on the RNZAF Base, Whenuapai during the Cyclone Bola disaster… I saw first-hand the enormous role the army and airforce played helping the regions affected get back on their feet again. For the first couple of weeks the Hercs were moving equipment to Gisborne all day and night – from blankets/food parcels to huge earth moving machines. As fast as one took off another would arrive back to be reloaded. In the ensuing months they continued to cart materials/personnel back and forth although not at the initial pace. It brought home to me how indispensable the Defence Services are in times of extreme need.

        If I recall correctly, the appropriate ministers in the 4th Labour govt. were profuse in their gratitude to them and others. I don’t recall them attempting to take any of the credit. How times have changed. (sigh)

        • Puckish Rogue 2.1.2.1

          They certainly have:

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/86547308/mayor-goff-auckland-congestion-costs-outstrip-kaikoura-quake

          “Thank you for the work you’re doing with those wonderful NH90 helicopters I bought as minister that are evacuating people from Kaikoura and for the multi role vessel Canterbury which I hope is in the process of getting large numbers of people out”.

          • Anne 2.1.2.1.1

            Don’t forget the previous sentence:

            Goff, a former defence minister, also expressed admiration for the New Zealand Defence Force’s efforts aiding and evacuating Kaikoura while taking some credit.

            Note: He’s taking credit for something (prob. a bit tongue in cheek) 28 years after Cyclone Bola disaster. As I say… how times have changed.

          • Muttonbird 2.1.2.1.2

            Where was the Labour Party authorisation and logo on that statement?

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    • locus 2.2

      no body’s complaining about the government response, just about the blatant advertising logo on a government notice

      • save nz 2.2.1

        The government made a lot of promises in Christchurch too. They look great on TV, make sincere promises (Key I will get the Pike River bodies out), but somehow after the election it is slowly revealed that only cronies and Nat voters seem to be helped out, poorer areas don’t get the same help, help that was promised never comes etc.It’s always someone else fault.

        I bet Wellington recovery is pushed a lot faster than CHCH ever was, and that Kaikoura will play second fiddle to Wellington recovery.

        • Ch-ch Chiquita 2.2.1.1

          Yes, the government is great at announcing things, but no one ever goes back and check if it is actually done.
          Our school is a rebuild; a rebuild that is being delayed again and again and again. This week we already started discussing the possibility it will never happen, not with all the money that has to go to Kaikoura now.
          But hey, the government had a scapegoat to blame for it’s huge debt and used the disaster for great announcements and photo ops and got elected again, so all good on planet key.

      • wellfedweta 2.2.2

        The pictures above are taken from the National Party Twitter feed. The actual ads I’ve seen don’t feature the logo. I think this is just mischief making in the face of a serious disaster.

        I have been watching Parliament the past few days and I have been impressed with MP’s from all sides. The opposition questions have been considered and probing, the government responses detailed and informative. All in all, a good job being done all round.

        • Sacha 2.2.2.1

          “The actual ads I’ve seen don’t feature the logo.”

          Without the logo, the items match Nat branding (colours, fonts, layout) and they have a promoter statement. Nice try, though.

          • wellfedweta 2.2.2.1.1

            These are from National’s Twitter feed. If they were from Labour’s they would carry Labour’s branding and promoter statement. I really can’t believe you are silly enough not to understand this.

      • Wayne 2.2.3

        Almost certainly this will be from the National Party website, which is funded by members and many members will be have chosen to get National Party posts. Presumably the National Party thought it a good idea to tell members what the govt was doing. They do this with pretty much all govt announcements of any significance.
        As most people will know there is NZ Govt website paid for by taxpayers. All political parties have their own websites paid for by members. Each party can put out the stuff they want.
        So no big sin here.

        • Sacha 2.2.3.1

          The *government* has acted, not just one of the coalition of parties that form it. Hardly a matter of differentiated policy either – whoever was in power would have done the same.

          It’s like the Nats trumpeting every time the govt commits business-as-usual funding for things like more schools and hospitals and roads to meet population growth. Just seems more distasteful in this case.

          • NZJester 2.2.3.1.1

            The National government does love to trumpet the fact that they have given more funding to a lot of various services over and above what they got under the previous Labour government. The thing is however when you adjust a lot of that so called higher funding for inflation and the rise in population needing access to those services you find that far from actually increasing the funding for a lot of services, in real terms they have actually shrunk their inflation adjusted budget per head of population that require the services. Most of our emergency services and hospitals are having to rely on the good will of those civil defense workers and healthcare professionals to cope with these emergencies while severely under funded.

    • adam 2.3

      Sorry for what exactly, that national put there logo on a public service? Confused by the sorry…

      If the labor party or the Greens did this, it would be blue bloody murder and people on the left would be wringing there hands going – “that was a bad move” . Yet, now we have people going, ‘no point complaining about it’.

    • Well, if you bloody lived here you would not be saying that.

      Dorks like you make me sick.

    • simbit 2.5

      Govt model for disasters: reduce, ready [event] respond, recover.

      As a nation we’re awesome at response, poor at recovery, criminal at reduction, miserly in readying.

  3. Keith 3

    Wow, the NZ Government logo has morphed in the “Partys” logo.

    When it all starts going rotten, when the spot light is off and the Nats slip back into doing nothing mode, will the helpful signs remain?

    Still it’s a prime opportunity to overthrow local councils for Party related business and I’m sure thats in the planning too!

    • ropata 3.1

      Why is it that democracy is the first thing thrown out the window in a crisis?

      • tc 3.1.1

        Because its worked brilliantly since 2008 and they manufactured a non existant crises about ACC funding.

        That issue set a template they’re msm shills have stuck with since.

      • Puckish Rogue 3.1.2

        I think its because democracy only works in perfect conditions, for example your country needs to have reached a level of education otherwise democracy simply turns into voting for a person from my tribe

        Also when things turn to custard democracy isn’t always the best form of government however not having elections should only be done in the direst of circumstances ie no election in NZ in 1941

        • ropata 3.1.2.1

          Rhetorical question, the answer is actually “because then National can implement a scorched earth policy and strip mine public assets with no opposition”. It’s called disaster capitalism.

    • Leftie 3.2

      “the NZ Government logo has morphed in the “Partys” logo”

      It’s not the first time National have done this.

  4. alwyn 4

    Surely Andrew Little can follow the example of one of his predecessors in the temporary leader of the Labour Party role?

    Phil Goff claimed the credit for the work being done by the defence force because of the helicopters that were ordered when he was Minister of Defence. Everything that is being done is because of his magnificent foresight.
    He isn’t, of course, taking any responsibility for the crappy Freyberg House they occupy which was also a product of his reign at Defence but one never did expect consistency or a good memory from someone who was an MP for as long as he was.

    Shape up Andrew. Learn from Phil and claim that everything being done is because of you.

    • Leftie 4.1

      Andrew Little is (thankfully) not like photo ops John key and unlike John key is not wanting to milk another disaster for his election campaign.
      IMO, It is in very poor taste how National party sycophants have once again politicized a disaster and have tried to make it all about John Key.

      BTW Alwyn… Being Prime Minister is a temporary job too.

      • alwyn 4.1.1

        “Being Prime Minister is a temporary job too”
        Absolutely correct. I don’t expect John Key will have it for more than another 2 or 3 years and he will then retire.
        So far he is up to 8 years and has had Clark, Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe and Little as being Labour Party leaders during his time. Somehow being PM doesn’t seem to be quite as temporary as being the Labour Party leader does it?

        • Leftie 4.1.1.1

          Alwyn. 2 or 3 years is a stretch, key won’t get past the next election.

          Little is still Labour’s leader.

          How many leaders did National go through when they sat in opposition for 9 years?

          • alwyn 4.1.1.1.1

            Well 4 actually.
            Shipley, English, Brash and Key.
            That’s one less than Labour are already up to and I can visualise Robertson having a turn before the next election.
            That is unless he decides it is already a lost cause and doesn’t want to get caught as the loser next year.
            At the moment I think Key will be PM after the election. I don’t particularly like it but there is no competent alternative around to form a Government.

            • adam 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Deflection, and off topic alwyn.

              The point, which I notice you ignore, is your boy the ponytail express is milking this. And using what is a public service and state funding to advertise for themselves.

              Oh wait you know it’s morally wrong, so you deflecting – the new amoral at work?

              • Leftie

                +1 Adam.

              • alwyn

                Then you tell Leftie off for being “off topic”.
                He brought the subject of being a “temp” in the job up, not me.
                Are you like him and didn’t like my response?

                • Leftie

                  Alwyn. Read your original comment that I responded to, it was you who brought up “temporary leader” remember?

      • james 4.1.2

        Little will take photo ops when they are there – its just that the media dont think him that important to photograph.

        • Leftie 4.1.2.1

          That’s not true James, the media know their place and have to promote John key, it will cost them their jobs otherwise.

          Besides wasn’t it a few years ago that John key hired his own official taxpayer-funded photographer and videographer to capture all his smiles and waves?

  5. Wensleydale 5

    It’s actually a gift from the heavens for National. Everyone’s talking about the rickety buildings in Wellington and the poor folk in Kaikoura, and no one’s talking about the ongoing housing crisis and the resulting swarms of homeless. This is a chance for Nick “Incompetent” Smith to shine (when he’s not telling the Pike River families to suck it up and move on), and Paula Bennett must be grinning like a loon.

    There’s nothing like a natural disaster to distract and deflect, distract and deflect…

    • ropata 5.1

      The National Party has been a major cause of the housing crisis, it is a disaster on a similar scale to the earthquakes, but poor people suffering in NZ are not a shocking enough headline.

      If someone’s fancy building falls down that’s big news. But 1000 kids have no breakfast and no shoes, that’s just another day in John Key’s neoliberal paradise.

      • Anne 5.1.1

        … but poor people suffering in NZ are not a shocking enough headline.

        It’s not that they’re not shocking enough but rather they are not National voters so they don’t count. It’s that simple…

  6. adam 6

    Just don’t talk about one, one, one. Just don’t mention pike river. Just don’t utter about the rail network. Just don’t point out they got so much wrong in Christchurch. Homelessness has fallen off the radar. All is forgiven for a utterly bereft and borderline corrupt government. What panama papers. What climate change.

    No, john key looks good on camera, go nz you good thing, our prime pony tail puller is helping, you feel safe with his usual spin. Who cares they will under fund a recovery, and that some people will miss out, that the price of doing business. And anyway it’s only the poor right, the under employed, those who should have pulled there sox up in the first place.

  7. Tarquin 7

    The person who did try to politicise things was Gareth Hughes trying to get more funding for RNZ using the earthquake as leverage the other day.

    • adam 7.1

      I’m going to call you on that Tarquin. Give me proof of what you are saying.

      • alwyn 7.1.1

        Too easy.
        Question 9 on Tuesday 15 November.
        You’ll have to skip through this a bit as the changes they have made to the Parliamentary website make it harder to be selective for a given question.
        Look here.
        https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard-debates/rhr/combined/HansD_20161115_20161115
        The original question was
        “9. GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will she join with me to acknowledge the work of all media in New Zealand, which is so important in times of natural disaster and crisis; if so, will she consider increasing our public broadcaster Radio New Zealand’s funding in Budget 2017?”
        Then he gets rather more pushy.

        • Tarquin 7.1.1.1

          Thanks Alwyn, been out just got back. Your thoughts Adam?

          • adam 7.1.1.1.1

            Is this is all you got, question time. How much more beltway can you get? I thought you had somthing substantial, but no, question time and an opposition doing it’s job.

            How sensitive you lot have got? Sad both of you, just sad. This is the time to be asking hard questions, from a government who has cut the budgets across the board. Imagine for one minute if you will, that RNZ was not broadcasting after the quack? How bad would that have been? But instead you get all touchy over a politician doing their job.

            • alwyn 7.1.1.1.1.1

              “How bad would that have been”.

              I must admit that I found out about the earthquake from the following media outlets, via their websites.
              Stuff
              NZ Herald
              TVNZ
              Newshub (TV3).
              I didn’t get anything from Radio NZ.

              Would it have mattered if Radio NZ hadn’t been there?
              I don’t think so. As you so felicitously put it with your line “broadcasting after the quack” they merely quack like a love-sick duck.

              Meanwhile of course you are going to ignore the fact that Gareth did exactly what Tarquin said and that there was a complete answer to your request to “I’m going to call you on that Tarquin. Give me proof of what you are saying”.

              • Robertina

                Stuff in particular did a great job this week.
                But RNZ is essential in the immediate aftermath tsunami watch statutory duty stuff, and for coverage after the live-blogs finish.
                And did it occur to you that people who don’t have power for days or weeks can’t visit Stuff or NZ Herald, because their phones run out of battery, but they’re likely to have a battery-powered radio?
                Some news outlets moved away today from leading with earthquake coverage but it still led Checkpoint.
                No doubt John Campbell will be leading with this story long after it’s slipped off the front pages of Stuff and NZ Herald.
                Already Campbell has run a piece asking why the SH1 corridor was so fragile when a Govt report in 2010 said alternatives were needed for just this scenario.

              • William

                alwyn wrote
                “I must admit that I found out about the earthquake … via their websites.”

                Were you near enough to feel it?

                “Would it have mattered if Radio NZ hadn’t been there? I don’t think so. ”

                If you were near the epicentre of an earthquake (or other disaster) large enough to knock out the mains power supply you will be relying on radio for your information. Perhaps you should aquaint yourself with the Civil Defence recommendations

                http://www.getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/emergency-survival-items/

                second item on the list “Radio with spare batteries”.
                They even list the networks to listen to

                http://www.getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/radio-stations-to-listen-to/

                First on the list Radio NZ.

                Yet another myopic commenter that can’t see beyond their own immediate needs.

                • Muttonbird

                  Like all other RWNJs, he’s positionally against any kind of public broadcasting for some reason.

                • alwyn

                  I do live in Wellington you know.
                  The quake didn’t wake me up. I guess I must be one of the righteous and Proverbs 3:24 applies.
                  And yes I am well aware of the Civil Defence recommendations. I am probably a great better prepared than most. There are other radio networks you know. You don’t really have to listen to Radio New Zealand you know, even if it is now the home of the platitude spouting John Campbell.

                  • William

                    You may be confusing righteous with rightwing.
                    I know of two others that slept through it. One relies on sleeping pills to get to sleep, the other had over indulged in alcohol.
                    Being able to sleep through an earthquake with that level of shaking is potentially dangerous for your safety.

                    I very rarely listen to National Radio, I’ve never heard John Campbell there. I’ve also never listened to Mike Hosking or Paul Henry anywhere, but from what I’ve heard of their reputations I don’t have any trust that a network that hosts them would be providing correct information during an emergency.

              • Muttonbird

                No. RNZ was easily to go to website for live information in the early hours of Monday morning.

                That you were forced to rely on Stuff and the Herald says a lot about your selection of information sources.

              • Doogs

                Take a look, alwyn, at the “news” outlets you mentioned. Take a good hard look at them. Not one has an unbiased and even-handed approach to reporting. RNZ on the other hand almost always has.

                You are, as are most of the supporters of our corrupt and awful administration, not taking a balanced view. Then you take a self-correction typo and use it as a pathetic joke against adam, or tarquin, or whoever your aiming your shit at. Enough of the small-minded nit picking.

                BTW, how come the puffed with their own importance natzis didn’t also put on their announcement the logos of United Future, Act and the Maori Party. Make sense if they did. But, oh no, we have the droit de seigneur.

                They make me embarrassed, ashamed and sick to the core.

                • alwyn

                  “didn’t also put on their announcement the logos of United Future, Act and the Maori Party”.

                  Don’t be so silly. Are you suggesting that they should release announcements that purport to be made by other political parties?
                  Ask Mickysavage, who is apparently a lawyer, what the Labour Party would have to say if I issued a Press Release that I put a Labour Party logo on, and a statement that it had been authorised by whoever does that sort of thing for the Labour Party. and thereby appeared to be issuing an official opinion by the New Zealand Labour Party.
                  I really don’t think they would be terribly amused.

                  “They make me embarrassed, ashamed and sick to the core”.
                  You are clearly very easily upset. I suggest you keep well clear of politics.

          • mauī 7.1.1.1.2

            Much rather the party that knows its not all about them to be politicising an issue, than the self obsessed, win at all costs party.

          • Sacha 7.1.1.1.3

            “The person who did try to politicise things was”

            Which implies nobody else politicised something. Nice try.

  8. mary_a 8

    Question no 1 on Government’s Helpline …

    “Before proceeding to your request, how much are you prepared to donate to the National Party to receive assistance?”

    Followed by …

    – “People donating $1,000 or less will go into the queue to wait for notification of future assistance, which could stretch to several years.”
    – “People donating $5,000 – $9,000 will be contacted at a later date.”
    – “People donating $10,000 – $99,000 will receive a reply after the weekend.”
    – “People donating $100,000 to $500,000 will receive notification of a possible guarantee of assistance.”
    – “People donating $1,000,000 upwards will receive immediate attention without delay.”

  9. Brendon 9

    The other aspect of National politicizing the earthquake is how National get to be both generous and ‘fiscally sensible’ at the same time. It is kind of like the double message of dirty politics where Key gets to play good-cop while others played bad-cop.

    John Key is making vague promises to build back better SH1 and main trunk line transport corridors north and south of Kaikoura. Key gets a lot of feel good fuzzy’s from this and if following thru this would be a commitment of many, many $billions in infrastructure spending.

    Yet Bill English talks about how the rebuild will be funded by debt -not by extra taxes or a reallocation of infrastructure spending -such as cancelling or delaying a RoNS project -which was of course the National tactic for rebuilding Christchurch. Bill English gets to act all Mr Sensible Finance Minister-Man.

    Of course later on (and they know this now) -the financial imperatives of debt funding and the need to get back to surplus will be used as a excuse for cutting corners on the rebuild. We have seen it all before….

    Everyone should be looking at the man who holds the purse not the smooth talking guy with nice smile. If there is no extra money allocated, there will be no building back better….. despite the warm fuzzies Key is giving out.

  10. Sacha 10

    The government is making a good job of the earthquake response, informed by what we have all learned from Christchurch. Shame the Nat party is desperate enough to try to claim credit for that.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    You can’t blame the Nats for trying to look good for the cameras on this, any party in power would do the same.

    Nope, only the psychopathic/narcissistic ones do.

  12. mosa 12

    Quite frankly the earthquake coverage is bad enough and the effect on the people of Kaikoura and Wellington without having to endure Key greasing his way around more photo opportunities and bullshiting everyone he meets like the families of Pike River and telling them what they want to hear with no intention of carrying anything out he has just promised.

    The man has zero credibility and after 8 years he is still torturing the population.

  13. Neil 13

    One would think that with National claiming to be fiscally prudent managers of tax payers money, that the fiscally prudent thing to do would be to put the 20bn defence department spend up on hold & put that money into getting SH1 & the main trunk rail line back up & running, which in turn would have economic benefit to the earthquake affected areas & the country as a whole.

  14. Guerilla Surgeon 14

    Why should small businesses get subsidies? According to neoliberal theory which I assume they support, they should have taken out insurance.

  15. mosa 15

    Its that good old kiwi sense of entitlement that in this case small business feel they can put out their hand and be given government money, a bit like on a smaller scale with corporate welfare.

    Yet they will vote to deny others the same help in different situations.

    What a contradictory little country this is.

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    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

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    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

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    3 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    3 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

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    4 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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