New posters/leaflets

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 pm, October 20th, 2008 - 66 comments
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I have to say, these are my favourite so far. There are some talented people out there.

There’s eight versions of this new one on the Campaign Hub, each with an example of Key flipping-flopping

Keep getting them out there guys. The people deserve to know.

66 comments on “New posters/leaflets ”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    Gosh. That’s exactly the same theme of the John versus John TV ad I saw from the Labour Party just a minute ago.

    Good on you for authorising it appropriately SP. I realise you’ve gone with black and white to keep costs down, but it’s unfortunate that the colours you’ve used make it look like an NZ First pamphlet.

    At least that was my initial impression.

  2. randal 2

    it might look like somebody elses poster but there is no mistaking the dick cheny sneer

  3. lprent 3

    TE: Everyone should highlight the things that others are good at.

    I’m good at programming. John Key is good at flip-flopping.

    He does feel a bit like a classic black and white portrait of a politician – old school style. Good smile, likeable, two-faced, and with a limited vision and understanding.

    But maybe that is just the effect of having advice from Crosby-Textor. They like cartoons for candidates.

    So maybe the colours are appropriate for both politicians, both Winston and John Key. I have problems telling them apart.

    captcha: wreck because
    ha ha. well the poster says it all…

  4. Rex Widerstrom 4

    It’d hold up a bit better if the quotes allegedly said by Key were referenced (small print in the corner somewhere would do).

  5. QoT 5

    Agreed with Rex – that’s actually the strength of the similar Labour TV spots for me, the fact that every single “he said this” is referenced for all to see.

  6. randal 6

    boring

  7. burt 8

    lprent

    So maybe the colours are appropriate for both politicians, both Winston and John Key. I have problems telling them apart.

    There is a quick cheat you can use to tell them apart. One is loved and supported by Labour irrespective of what he does and the other is denigrated by Labour irrespective of what he does.

  8. Doug 9

    Labour’s coilition partner New Zealand First Winston Peters has put forward a radical proposal to float shares in Kiwibank. Is this Labour policy?

    [lprent: Don’t be silly. Tell me does the party you support consist completely of idiot trolls, just because you are one. Read the About and the Policy at the top of the page. It usually pays to look at the local policy and comments before getting moderated for stupidity.]

  9. Pascal's bookie 10

    ooh look, burt made his comment again.

    Funny how he spins on and on and on about two ticks long enough to curdle water, but still doesn’t understand that in MMP big parties will have coalition agreements with small parties. And that this will involve compromise, (ooh dirty word. Impure. Unclean. Bring out your dead.), or that the parties in coalition are in tactical/strategic arrangements, not moral or even, necessarily, ideological ones.

    I actually think that he feels that if it wasn’t for the two ticks strategy of the big parties, ACT would be getting enough votes to have their policies taken seriously. He just can’t accept that no one likes ACT’s policy program. That can’t be it, it’s all the fault of those darstardly two tickers and the unions. Always the bloody unions. Every comment is a retrospective of his comments past.

  10. lprent 11

    burt: I’m a strong Labour supporter. I’ve never said a good word about either national or NZF (that I can remember).

    Of course I also have the same opinion about the strange obsession that some of the politically naive of the right have with assuming that different parties of a coalition have the same policies. It speaks of a type of simple minded view of the world that must be hard to carry off. Reality, especially political reality, must be very hard for you to endure. It is no wonder that that most on the right seem to have problem with MMP. It makes things too complex for their simple minds.

    Tell me, does your opinion also apply to the Bolger/Winston coalitions of the past?

    (Man you left yourself wide open for that)

    BTW: anyone notice that randal and d4j are in agreement. Now that is scary.

  11. r0b 12

    BTW: anyone notice that randal and d4j are in agreement. Now that is scary.

    More than scary – isn’t it one of the portents of the apocalypse?

  12. burt 13

    lprent

    As Winston was ex-National the coalitions with National didn’t register as ‘unlikely’ to me then as it would now with the passage of time allowing more specialisation of the NZ1 brand. I’ve never been a big Winston supporter, I’ll be honest.

    Additionally Bolger never defended Winston through a period of parliamentary privilege censure to keep his happy face on for the election.

  13. burt 14

    Pascal’s bookie

    You listen to what I say, I’m flattered.

  14. randal 15

    so what?

  15. milo 16

    There is some great entertainment coming out of all this, and some very pithy sayings. “Tranzrail eyes” was fantastic. And “Don’t let the Green-eyed Labour Monster loose on the streets” was almost as good.

    I’m hoping for more – there’s still weeks to go!

  16. G 17

    Speaking of flip-flopping, let’s have a squiz at the all-time biggest election flip-flop ever — tax cuts:

    Helen: “Tax cuts are a path to inequality and underdevelopment in today’s circumstances. They are the promises of visionless and intellectually bankrupt people.’

    Helen again: “We are not prepared to lash out with across the board tax cuts which would throw New Zealand back into debt, increase mortgage rates, and cut important public services.’

    Cullen: “We just don’t believe in tax cuts – it’s against our fundamental philosophy – after all we are socialists and proud of it.’

    Cullen again: “So, when anyone promises tax cuts, you need to read their lips carefully, because what they are actually saying is longer waiting times for health care, longer queues for public services, lower pensions, fewer police and so on.”

    Nine years — nine freaking years without a tax cut. But when it looks like this one’s going to be all about tax cuts…

  17. G,

    Yep, if National gets in the upper crust will get their tax cuts while the mugs will fork out for the almost half trillion NZ dollars John Key wants in place to help his banking buddies.
    Funny how bankers embrace Capitalism when it’s them scamming the suckers and cry for Socialism when their scams fall flat and they need to bailed out.

    r0b,

    Yep, I thought it was scary too. LOL

  18. randal 19

    ev…justa cosmic coincidence or if one was to get suspicious ummmmmmmmmmm and just a note to all you infantilised co dependents I dont do co-dependency or fuzzy wuzzy feelgoods.

  19. G 20

    Anyone here have the integrity to admit Labour has flip-flopped on tax cuts…?

  20. Phil 21

    Trav,

    Would they be the same wholesale interbank deposits that Cullen has now decided to include in the current scheme?

    You missed a trick there, when you didn’t ‘out’ him as being part of the global money-master conspiracy… you’re slipp(ery?)ing.

    Seriously though, I personally don’t like the scheme at all. But we live in an interdependant world, and if we don’t commit to a course of action, EVERYONE loses out – small businesses, mortgage holders, consumers, mum-and-dad investors, so on and so forth. One area where you and I have always been in agreement (I think) is that, going forward, there needs to be a serious review of how banks operate.

  21. Matthew Pilott 22

    Anyone here have the integrity to admit Labour has flip-flopped on tax cuts ?

    You’re spoiling for a fight aren’t you, wee fella? Anyone have the integrity to conceed to a false dishotomy? .

  22. G 23

    This thread is about flip-flopping on policy, Matthew — care to concede Labour has flip-flopped on what was the biggest political issue prior to the meltdown?

    And “conceed (sic) to a false” what?

  23. randal 24

    nah..this thread is about john keys fundamental flaws…dishonesty and flip flopping. so tell me g what do you think about privatising ACC and selling kiwibank or do you prefer to remain in the land of projected blank pottlekettles?

  24. appleboy 25

    G – I’d like to respond to your post on whether Labour have flip flopped on tax – after you provide the links to the full unedited source to your posted quotes. I believe you are trying to deceive us in providing selected/edited quotes out of context.

  25. burt 26

    G

    Yes they sure have flip-flopped. They were always going to. Labour stupidly painted themselves into a corner on this one. If thresholds don’t adjust and earning inflate over time more and more people are paying rich prick thresholds. It’s not rocket science.

    Cullen also laid out the four way test, another great flip-flop. Dr Cullen told us how prudent it was to stick to these basic principles. Then he ignored that when polling reality gave his belligerence a kick in the teeth. Not be outdone on just ignoring the 4 way test to win this election he threw caution to the wind completely and legislated to forget about his four way test completely for the next 3 years.

  26. randal 27

    burt..pottle..kettle…blank..project.

  27. Tane 28

    G, burt. As usual you leave out the key qualifier:

    “in today’s circumstances”

    But I’m guessing that kind of subtelty is beyond people like you who think the answer to any question, in any circumstances, is sweeping tax cuts across the board.

  28. burt 29

    randal

    I just think the ‘flip flop’ line is a stupid one to run in a campaign for any party that has build a solid history of such behaviour. It’s pointing a gun at your own head, the public are not completely stupid. It’s not as black and white as Steve P. wants us to think it is.

  29. appleboy 30

    and i am still waiting to hear from dad4justice – a few days ago he was claiming Labour would slide to 25% in the polls on the back some immigration scandal. 24 hours later we all found out that the chinese gentleman concerned met 3 times with John Key, donated $5K to National, and had Patsy Wong write a letter of support. How does it feel to such a prat? I think d4j you may be one of those who wears swimming trunks in the bath to stop themselves looking down on the unemployed.

  30. burt 31

    Tane

    Hello again. It’s been awhile. Labour just did tax cuts across the board, why is across the board tax cuts suddenly about me?

    I’ve been a big advocate on this blog for regularly reviewed thresholds, seems Cullen has partially caught up with my thinking that they need regular adjustment. The difference is I think policy should set the thresholds as a percentage of earners and thresholds should be tweaked to maintain integrity of the policy settings on an annual basis.

    Dr. Cullen seems to think that he can predict the economy 3 years into the future and lays them out. How will his 4 way test be applied Tane? Or is that something we don’t talk about these days?

  31. Tane 32

    Hi burt. It has indeed. I’ve been rather busy with work and with helping the real life campaign, so the blog’s kind of taken a back seat.

    My point is that Labour’s policy has always been to build surpluses in the good times to allow for deficits in the bad times. Cullen’s paid down our debt and put us in a good position to handle deficits without having to slash services, cut benefits and reduce wages – a course of action that we know from experience would only drive the country even further into recession.

    I’m not saying I agree with everything Cullen and Labour do. I’m just saying there’s a logic to their surpluses and it’s the same logic that applies to their tax cut package. The supposedly contradictory quotes from your mate aren’t contradictory at all.

  32. G 33

    Appleboy, that quote from Cullen, “We just don’t believe in tax cuts – it’s against our fundamental philosophy – after all we are socialists and proud of it” was a direct lift from his inaugural budget speech in ’99, and cannot be taken out of context.

    The others are all well documented but I’m not wasting my time searching for them. I don’t care if you concede the point or not — it’s obvious to the rest of us in the world outside this blog that, after nine years of denying us a tax cut, Labour has flip-flopped and given us one a month before the election.

    To point fingers at the opposition and cry “flip-flop” is hypocritical, plain and simple, and the fact that none of you socialists are willing to concede it exposes your lack of integrity.

  33. burt 34

    Tane

    That surplus is stored in the form of lower debt.I have no argument with that, sadly though the lack of productive developments created by the surplus has left us poorly prepared. Now we need to borrow (remember that incredibly expensive thing we must not do) to fund tax cuts. A growing economy also produces opportunity to repay debt, without making the people poor to do it.

    I’ll tell ya what. In late 2009 the 2008 tax year stats will be available. I’ll wager a beer that over 20% of workers (employed people who paid tax – not working age people) have been classified as rich under the Labour-led govt before tax cuts were finally given. This is the result of the ‘top 5%’ tax policy.
    (can we remember to check this late 2009?)

    Teachers being taxed as rich bastards was not a good look for the govt, Labour should have seen that coming and made inflation adjustments in 2005. It was a stupid mistake for Labour to take such a principled stand that tax cuts were bad when it was bloody obvious something had to change soon.

  34. burt 35

    Tane

    20% is my lower prediction from way back here.

    burt on thresholds at the standard

  35. r0b 36

    it’s obvious to the rest of us in the world outside this blog that, after nine years of denying us a tax cut, Labour has flip-flopped and given us one a month before the election.

    G, your quotes re Labour on tax are mostly 9 years old, and in some cases explicitly contextualised to that time. Now after 9 years of inflation, bracket creep and so on, Labour have decided that it’s time for a tax cut (which fixes 9 years of creep for incomes over 47K and gives a bit more to those under it).

    You can call that a flip flop if you like – knock yourself out – it’s obvious to the rest of us in the world outside your head that it’s responding sensibly to circumstances that have changed after 9 years in office. To be unable to adapt to a changing world is a mark of stupidity wouldn’t you say?

    Compare and contrast with National and Key, who hasn’t been PM for even 5 seconds (expect perhaps in his dreams), and has already racked up a far larger number of flip flops on a far wider range of issues than is really seemly. Just sayin.

  36. Matthew Pilott 37

    G, people not conceding to your point isn’t through a lack of integrity, but an understanding that your points aren’t vaguely valid.

    It’s really quite simple. Labour doesn’t ‘believe in tax cuts’ in the respect that they don’t believe in a progressive weakening of the ability of the state to provide where required. Against that is Cullen’s economic philosophy Tane outlined above.

    The two are not irreconcilable. It’s your shortcoming that you lack the ability to see that (I’m sure your response to this will illustrate that clearly, specious rhetoric about ‘waiting nine years’ notwithstanding), so expecting an admission based abon your flaws is not a little bit unreasonable.

    The question about a flase dichotomy? It’s well documented (i.e use a dictionary) and I’m not wasting my time researching for you. Are you wearing ignorance as a wee badge of pride?

  37. Daveski 38

    I think the Labour strategists have done a wonderful job of spinning the flip-flop line – again, it’s all about perception, not reality.

    I compare HC’s attitude to Key over the tour with HC’s track record in earlier Labour govts particularly in terms of asset sales. It’s remarbable that National hasn’t tried to turn the heat on HC given the consistent line of attack on Key and National. Add to that the barbs about National’s front row when Labour’s core four are even older and more institutionalised!

    As for Cullen’s flip flop, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t an election bribe given Cullen’s philosophical opposition and the timing of them. If it wasn’t a bribe, why not wait until 1 April when every other tax change is planned? At the time the changes were announced, there was no crisis so the timing was purely about maximising votes.

    Having said all that, I think the commitment to policies is less important under MMP than it was under FPP. Commitment to bottom lines is most likely more helpful to voters.

    Much of the debate here gets polarised along Labour/National lines which is less relevant in an MMP environment.

  38. Matthew Pilott 39

    Daveski, you could try and run the line that it’s a flip-flop that Labour isn’t selling assetts, but why stop there? Why not say they’re flip-flopping because in 1939 they put New Zealand in a state of Total War production? They sure didn’t do that this time. We haven’t even declared war on Germany! Flip-Flop!

    At the time the changes were announced, there was no crisis so the timing was purely about maximising votes.

    I could maybe agree with you there – the specific timing of the cut was most likely to make it take effect before the election, but we’re talking here about a few months. At least you’re conceding that that’s not why they had the tax cut in the first place, only that the timing was pushed forward a bit.

  39. vto,

    Sad, really the baiting. John Key’s lies are enough for me. Lying about his career timeline trying to disconnect him from Andrew krieger and his NZ dollar raid, about his involvement with the LTCM scandal and his ice little business with subprime derivatives, his shares and his policies.

    Are you perhaps a closet case masochist and do you like being abused with lies and dishonesty? Someone lies to me and he’s out. You go and hug your banking scum mate and enjoy his abusive lying.

    So far I’ve only been able to find a commitment for upto 150 billion and John Key just wants to tripple that to 450 billion.

  40. Randal,

    Just joshing mate, I think your comments are generaly hilarious and to the point.

  41. randal 42

    labour= I block of cheese now
    national= 1/2 block of cheese maybe in 2010
    what about the non cheeze eaters
    what do they get
    and when do they get it?

  42. Daveski 43

    MP – my point was that events in 1981 were used in an attempt to damage Key yet more recent events that involved HC doing things diametrically opposed to her current position have been overlooked.

    In terms of the tax cuts, I expect that Cullen was still opposed to them based on his dogmatic principles but was overruled by those worried about the election.

    Trying to be constructive here – Labour fairly can be acknowledged as being a safe pair of hands over the last 9 years although there is a debate about whether they could have been expected to have done more.

    So the question has to be why is Labour struggling to get re-elected particularly when I agree that National hasn’t put a compelling case for election.

    I wonder whether the attacks on the flip-flops are actually counter productive in the sense that most of the flip-flops are things that the general punter supports??

    It will be interesting to see how the next debates pan out given that Labour definitely under-estimated Key’s ability to compete. I would expect the flip-flops to be a line of attack and will be interested to see how Key responds.

  43. burt 44

    Economy over the worst: Cullen – NZ Herald. 12 Sep 2008

    Finance Minister Michael Cullen thinks the worst of the economic recession is probably over – and that Labour’s tax cuts will help to push the economy back into positive growth just as voters head to the polls.

    Labour has good tax cuts, they are powerful. National tax cuts are bad – I’m getting how this works.

    Cullen is just a talking head isn’t he, there are the frequent sharp quips from this man but he has no idea what is going on. He is, as he said himself, out of his depth.

  44. Felix 45

    I don’t think I want to be paid in cheese anymore randal.

    It’s more than I can eat and stay in good health, no-one accepts it as currency, the house is getting overrun with rodents and the bank won’t let me store it there.

    Gonna be a stinky summer if this goes on much longer.

  45. lprent 46

    Daveski: Incorrect. Cullen stated the rationale for when tax-cuts were appropriate a long time ago. I can’t remember the exact list or a link (and have no time to locate them). But they went like this

    1. Get government debt down to an acceptable level. In 1999 it was something like 37% of government revenue mostly from stuff carried from muldoon in the early 80’s. Now it is about 17% and is operational rather than long-term.

    2. Fund the forward obligations of current tax payers. ie fund the superannuation bulge that really kicking in between 2020 and 2050. That is partially done by the Cullen fund and Kiwisaver. However the Nay’s now wish to plunder then destroy both.

    3. Start putting in the physical infrastructure that had been deferred since the late 1970’s. This is partially done and more is underway. Currently the Nay’s appear to want to defer most of this until they have a chance to shift the projects to PPP and make the public part as plunder from the Cullen fund.

    4. Stop wasting people in unemployment. Train them so they can be employed and then make sure the economy is able to employ them. ie Upgrade our human infrstructure.

    Quite simply the morons calling for a tax-cut are short-term idiots who are trying to throw debt onto their children. They haven’t understood or more likely choose not to understand what has been going on in the government for the last 9 years. What they want is consumption now rather then building a sound economy.

    The Nay’s are pandering to that by feeding them carefully selected numbers from the books and stats.

  46. Phil 47

    Tane,

    G, burt. As usual you leave out the key qualifier:

    “in today’s circumstances’

    But I’m guessing that kind of subtelty is beyond people like you who think the answer to any question, in any circumstances, is sweeping tax cuts across the board.

    2005 called – asked if you could pass on a message to Helen about her pathetic attempt to suggest Brash didn’t want anyone to own a house.

  47. Daveski 48

    LP Happy to agree to the fact that Cullen did propose some tests. However, the substantive point I made in my post was the timing which undermines the constructive case.

    Why else were the tax cuts scheduled for 1 October? In fact, the other two cuts are scheduled for 1 April … just not the first one.

    Cullen seems hell bent on not being a populist so the decision I suspect seems to have forced on him. You may be able to comment further.

  48. Matthew Pilott 49

    felix – the bastards are paying me in stilton. If this goes on any longer I’m off to aus.

    Daveski – the attacks over the flip-flops are useful especially when you see what follows them. Key hates WfF, then professes to like it, then acts to negate it. The flip-flops are all populist ones (don’t scare the horses) but underlying that has to be a suspicion that they are ones of convenience, not resolution, and will easily be forgotten out of some future percieved necessity.

    Why is Labour doing badly? A few scandals involving ministers, interspersed with some dedicated research into the performace of the public sector helped to create a perception of the government that isn’t effective, and National’s spin was set to capitalise on that – well they would be since it was clearly the National Paty digging all the stories up. And so they should – just interesting that when Labour does the same, it’s noted that the information came from Labour, thus somewhat negating the attacks. There’s a myriad of small things that have added up to a medium ‘mood for change’. Labour’s support has not diminished a great deal, but National’s has coalesced. If National’s policy was as good as their spin they’d probably easily get a majority, but behind the slick media manipulation and effective attack tactics lies some pure idiocy. Can research programmes? Remove incentives for reform in prisons? $50 rape/murder levies? They’re probably lucky their spin has done as well as it has – I just hope people see that lack of substance before it’s too late.

    Burt – find me someone in a similar position who did predict the recent economic troubles. Good luck with that.

  49. Daveski 50

    MP – a fair and reasonable analysis for the part. I would add the *perception* that Labour has lost touch and to an extent I think it is true. It was fascinating to see some constructive criticism around HC’s performance in the debate here for example.

    As I’ve noted more than once, I think there is post-Brash a much greater similarity between National and Labour – including some of the flip-flops.

    But the attacks on Key have been signalled for some time (SP created the template) but they don’t seem to have gained any traction, at least not yet.

  50. G 51

    Matthew: “The question about a flase dichotomy? It’s well documented (i.e use a dictionary)”

    First you wanted me “to conceed a false dishotomy,” Now it’s “a flase dichotomy?”… and you want ME to use a dictionary?!

    I couldn’t make up this stuff! 🙂

    Okay, so when National adopts Labour policy it’s a flip-flop, but when your lot do it it’s a-okay. When National wants to give us a tax cut it’s irresponsible and inflationary and it’s gonna cost jobs on the frontline — goodbye doctors, nurses, teachers and cops! But when Labour gives us a tax cut “it’s responding sensibly to circumstances.”

    I honestly couldn’t make up this stuff!! 😀

  51. Matthew Pilott 52

    Well done, you’re picking up spelling mistakes as if they are important. I guess it’s one way to deflect attention away from the fact that you’re having trouble understanding what I was getting at, but you could eat a little humble pie and admit it – I’d be happy to help you out there. Otherwise you’ll actually answer the point in your next post, instead of trying to divert. I won’t be holding my breath!

    If you think a tax cut is for one reason and one reason alone, then I can see how you’d reach your conclusion. In doing so, you’re admitting that “Labour believes in tax cuts”, I guess, very kind of you. Even if you’ve got it somewhere between backward and reality.

    No, I honestly don’t think you could. I could make up everything you say, though, with an absolute minimum of fuss. I hope Lynn programmes a troll to do it as he’s been threatening, I reckon it could be better than debating with the real thing!

    [lprent: I will, I will. After the election and probably before xmas. I’ll trial with a wingnut and then the same with (bugger can’t remember the name) and left wing troll. If they pass acceptance testing, I’ll try some blind trials with an IP relay]

  52. Felix 53

    “First you wanted me “to conceed a false dishotomy,’ Now it’s “a flase dichotomy?’ and you want ME to use a dictionary?!”

    But G, you have been using a dictionary – online ones and several of them. And even then it’s taken you bloody ages to realise you were looking for the wrong word.

    The funny thing is you think no-one knows.

  53. Pascal's bookie 54

    Lynn.

    It’s wingnuts vs moonbats I think.

  54. lprent 55

    Daveski: I suspect that many politicians in labour would have preferred them last year in 2007 or early in 2008. However the debt only crawled down to the acceptable target rate towards the mid-end of 2007.

    They were announced in this years budget, and typically pay systems require 6 months to get the changes in place – it takes that long to get everything updated. Thats why it was October. Of course that was political as well…

    The point I’m making is that Cullen was doing the fiscally responsible thing based on plans made before the election in 1999. The Nay’s look extremely fiscally irresponsible, especially in their plan to plunder the future returns of my superannuation savings with both the Cullen fund and Kiwisaver to pay for taxcuts.

  55. G 56

    I won the English prize at school, Felix, I’m pretty good at spelling. Though I do admit to the odd error, which I usually spot on the printed read and unfortunately can no longer correct (what happened to the edit function Sysop?).

    But you have to admit, it’s pretty funny that Matt was telling me to examine a dictionary and couldn’t spell his own sentence. Twice. 🙂

    Nice one though guys on The Double Standard: Labour tax cuts good; National tax cuts bad. Hilarious.

    [BTW, there was no ‘false dichotomy’ in my statement — he’s completely misused it]

  56. G 57

    “The Nay’s look extremely fiscally irresponsible, especially in their plan to plunder the future returns of my superannuation savings with… the Cullen fund…”

    Ha! You guys are really cracking me up these days!

    Market meltdown costs Cullen Fund $881m

    I say give it to me now, you prick, and let ME decide how to plan for my retirement.

  57. Oh G, G, G – There is nothing more I would like to see than you be given your own money to fuck up with but alas we live in a society that is designed to save even idiots like yourself from yourselves…

    Is it just me or is the joy one would get from watching stupid libertarians (if I may indulge in tautology) get devoured in a free market the only arguable case for libertarianism?

  58. lprent 59

    G: You’d just waste it speculating on something and then expect me to pay for your wastral ways. I’ve seen your type of idiot investing before.

    Slightly less than 5% loss on the Cullen is very good in the current market. That is pretty much the same as the NZX and a lot less of a loss than the US/UK and almost everywhere else. I haven’t been monitoring because I dropped out to wait out the recession a while ago. The speculators were getting over-excited yet again….

    I’d expect that they will take some more losses over the next 6 months, but it sounds like they’ve been investing the money in the right types of companies. They should also be able to pick up some useful stakes now that the prices have fropped.

  59. randal 60

    g…calm down or they will come and take you away!

  60. randal 61

    g..just been going over your other stuff and the indications are delusions of grandeur with incipient megalomania. just dont let it show in public eh…for your own benefit like.

  61. vto 62

    randal why is your picture a gladiator?

  62. randal 63

    Nosiness leads to the same sort of mental problems that g suffers from.

  63. G 64

    Nosiness is socialism’s middle name, randal little-letters — you guys simply kant keep those sticky beaks out of other people’s business.

    BTW, when Labour got in back in ’99 I invested my savings in gold at a tad under $3, liquidated when it hit $9.50 in July and bought a shit-load of property at really low prices. I could retire but I like my job too much. 🙂

  64. G – in my experience there are no rich libertarians. Only libertarians who think the reason they’re not rich has something to do with the government…

    For any libertarians (other than G) reading this comment – some advice:

    You’re not rich because you are stupid and unpleasant to be around. Neither the government or the Zionist conspiracy have anything to do with it.

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    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 hours ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    17 hours ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    24 hours ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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