Now who’s the f*ckwit?

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, November 12th, 2010 - 86 comments
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Pansy Wong has been stood down resigned over her abuse of her ministerial status and perks for her husband’s private business dealings. I expected that Key act ‘relaxed’ and hope for this blow over. That he hasn’t indicates they’ve uncovered something more.

Stuff reports: “It is understood the investigation by Key’s office brought to light fresh information about Wong’s travel.”Will we find out what it is, or will Key pull another Richard Worth on us?

Updates will come, Key is speaking in Japan on the matter.

It looks like Pete Hodgson and Labour have been completely vindicated. He also handled the timing of this very well. Rumours about Wong’s travels have been circulating since last year but they were never going to get a fair hearing during the government’s honeymoon period.

Questions will have to be asked about how the Minister of Spider Petting lazy attitude to managing the government lets this corruption go on until the evidence is brought to the public by the Opposition.

I have to say I can’t think of anyone who will be sad to see the back of Wong as a minister. She was completely useless and a disgrace both in Parliament and as an advocate for women.

86 comments on “Now who’s the f*ckwit? ”

  1. She has also apparently committed fraud. Every time she claimed that travel discount when she shouldn’t have, she misused a document for pecuniary advantage. Its no different from benefit fraud, and people get dragged to court for that. We can’t apply a lower standard to Ministers.

    • bobo 1.1

      Pathetic benefit bash diversion tactics…. I wonder if GC will retract his grumpy f*#kwit comment. I will miss watching Pansy’s long winded ramblings in the house and so will labour.

    • The following is a comment from Wong on Stuff:

      “This action follows questions about use of my parliamentary travel entitlement to pay for my husband to travel within China at the end of 2008.

      Although the trip was a holiday, my husband did conduct some business. Further, I am not able at this point to give the Prime Minister an assurance that this is a one-off situation.

      I can hear those OIA applications being filed as we speak …

      • Idiot/Savant 1.2.1

        I can hear those OIA applications being filed as we speak …

        Nope. This is about parliamentary, rather than Ministerial, travel. And Parliament is exempt from the OIA. Another example of how self-interested politicians protect themselves.

        I need a patsy, BTW, to lodge a criminal complaint with police about Wong’s behaviour. Any takers?

    • I/S – not only is it no different from benefit fraud, it is no different from Parliamentary Travel Fraud. Given that both David Butcher (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=125344) and Roger McClay (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10668683) have been convicted for using Parliamentary Travel to fund private business, it is hard to see how Wong can avoid prosecution.

    • Jim Nald 1.4

      I read:

      “As a 14-year veteran of Parliament, Wong qualifies for the gold-plated travel perk scheme – including a lifetime entitlement to subsidised travel for herself and her spouse.”

      As taxpayers who have contributed to the salaries, perks, lifetime entitlements, etc of our honourable ministers, we should like to see a new rule introduced to lift standards by Squeeky Clean, Straight and Ethical Key.

      If the member is found to have repeatedly abused her ministerial status and perks, she will lose her lifetime entitlement.

      • What a sterling idea, Jim. A Private Members Bill from Labour proposing such a regime would be a brilliant way to show they’ve at least learned the lessons, even if National clearly haven’t.

        I was shocked to realise Wong has been idling her way through 14 years of taxpayer-funded lavishness without achieving anything (aside from semaphoring ‘vote for us, we even like that rare species, the incompetent Asian’, to the Asian community, the way Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi also does, and Ashraf Choudhary does for Labour).

        That’s one advantage of being a serial non-achiever I guess… people forget you’re there, bleeding them dry like a tick.

    • Reading her apology bought tears to my eyes. This poor woman who had such a hard life in Hong Kong but overcame it by her hard work . Just like Key who was bought up by his poor solo mum , my heart bleeds for them .
      They have no idea how the majority of working people live . They are a hypocritical lot of sleaze bags. However after reading Wong’s explanation somebody should donate a couple of violins to her and Key.

      • Jim Nald 1.5.1

        14 years as MP?
        Not 1, not 4, but 14!
        Pray, tell me, what has she been doing?
        9 years on the opposition benches and ….
        Busy with her electorate (oh, she was list till recently).
        Advocacy for women’s affairs (oh, kiss my bras).
        Policy development for ethnic affairs (oh, let’s fly out and do some field work).

  2. The Voice of Reason 2

    What fantastic work from Pete Hodgson and the rest of the Labour caucus! The shine is really coming off Team Key. Who’s next, eh? Tolley’s folly suggests it should be her, but she’s just incompetent. Nope, keep following the money, there will be more of these creeps playing fast and loose with the rules. And as Treetop pointed out on the earlier thread, if Lockjaw Smirk had got his way on the flights perk, this might well have been buried.

  3. Richard 3

    So that’s three ministerial “resignations”. Have I missed out any?
    Worth, Heatley, & Wong. Sounds like a 70’s prog rock group.

    • Bright Red 3.1

      the music would be awful.

      Heatley, with that permanent terrified but helpless expression, would be lead singer I’m guessing in the style of Ian Curtis.

      • artist not on the dole 3.1.1

        i know you jest but in all seriousness, please don’t compare a great artist to these common criminals

      • Daveosaurus 3.1.2

        … Actually, the thought of Ian Curtis singing for a prog-rock group… it could be awesome, it could be terrible, but it couldn’t be uninteresting.

        • RobertM 3.1.2.1

          I was always an Echo and Ian McCulloch fan. I don’t know why he gets such a bad press from Alan Jones. The Manchester sound was uninteresting. Curtis is too much the classic working class tragedy, wasted talent, the disastrous early marriage. I prefer the militarism of the Bunnymen and their inversion of the Doors.
          On Pansy Wong , in my humble opinion its just Chinese bashing and Key should have shown the same leniency as Lockwood usually does. If anything Pansy was not PC and could say things no other MP could get away with.
          Well its essential Mellisa stay high on the list if the Nats can make any serious claim to multiculturalism.

      • IrishBill 3.1.3

        Don’t be using Ian Curtis and these people in the same sentence,

    • bobo 3.2

      I heard Creme Brulee might be getting back together 🙂

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.3

      It should have been a 60s quartet- Worth English Heatley and Wong

  4. insider 4

    Looks like Wong resigned over travel costs. Hodgson never asked about them. How can he claim credit? Given the attention on such it seems an obvious question. Maybe he was letting it drift out?

    • The Voice of Reason 4.1

      Well, I’m not sure that Hodgson is claiming credit, but I’m happy to assign it to him! It looks to me like Hodgson used the lawyers trick of asking one question to get another answered. Or to put it another way, he let Key have just anough information that he could be relied on to react defensively and give Wong full support and therefore have no option but sacrifice her when the full story came out.

      I really think Hodgson has pulled off the greatest stitch up in recent parliamentary history. And in less than a week from go to whoa. Brilliant!

      • mickysavage 4.1.1

        I agree that this is way more effective the way it has worked out.

        Hodgson gets roundly abused and then gets handed Wong’s head on a platter within a couple of days.

        And Key goes from staunchly defending his minister to meekly accepting her resignation within the same period.

      • insider 4.1.2

        Actually in retrospect it is a stupid question; he’s a politician, of course he’s going to claim credit! 🙂

      • Jim Nald 4.1.3

        A very big thank you for keeping them honest, Pete Hodgson.
        I’ve said it before* and will say it again: thanks, ‘fork wit’.

        *http://thestandard.org.nz/captain-potty-mouth/#comment-269357

      • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.4

        And a week before the Mana byelection ?

        Taking the gloss off Keys APEC visit gets bonus brownies

  5. SHG 5

    If Pete Hodgson actually played it this way – rather than this being something that came to light as a result of Hodgson being a fuckwit – then kudos to him 🙂

  6. Jim Nald 6

    And Double Dipton was shooting from his mouth during question time a couple of days ago, accusing Pete Hodgson of being ‘disgraceful’. I thought Pete’s questions might have touched a rotting rorting nerve.

    Will DD retract? Come on, DD, you know you don’t want to.

    • Jim Nald 6.1

      Why did Bill English not do his homework properly before abusing another member of Parliament and the other side of the House? Who was really being disgraceful? Who should now not be believed? And who should be ashamed?

      This is now available:

      Hon BILL ENGLISH: .. The fact is that the member’s allegations are disgraceful, and they have impugned a member of Parliament in a way that is absolutely unnecessary and unjustified. It is more from the nasty, smearing Labour Party members, who believe that if they keep saying it eventually someone will believe it. The member should be ashamed of himself.
      (http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/1/2/6/49HansQ_20101110_00000010-10-Ministers-Compliance-with-Cabinet-Manual.htm)

      p.s. I am not suggesting that Pete should press the point. But people need to be aware of the blatherings that come out in response to questions.

  7. felix 7

    She’d get booted out of some political parties for this, wouldn’t she?

    • The Voice of Reason 7.1

      Probably depends on whether the passport she used on the trip is in her name and not that of a dead baby.

    • Bright Red 7.2

      in the first presser from Pansy Wong the title was

      “Minister to resign from Parliament”

      3 minutes later

      “CCN – Minister to resign Portfolios”

      I assume it was just a stuff up. Pretty funny.

      Or I wonder if she misinterpreted the orders from the 9th floor?

    • Chris Carter didn’t get booted out of Labour for being a trougher Felix. He got booted out for undermining the leader. As a National voter most of the time since 1975, I am pleased to see Pansy Wong resign; a rort is a rort regardless of who commits it.

  8. higherstandard 8

    Now who’s the f*ckwit?

    Seems to me it’s the long suffering public yet again this vile pile of shit has rorted the taxpayer but the absurd thing is if it had been a trip up there for pleasure with pansy there’d be no case to answer.

    [deleted] , we’d save a heap of cash and the world wouldn’t come to an end.

    [Calls for violence will be deleted. If you really must return to commenting here HS you need to lift your game. — r0b]

  9. Gotham 9

    It’s almost a shame that Wong wasn’t stood down earlier from her ministerial role on the simple fact that she is totally incompetent. Ever heard her answering a question in the House?? Almost farcial. Goes to show how totally uninterested in women’s issues this government is, to have such a useless person holding the portfolio.

    Now, who’s going to pick it up I wonder?

    • QoT 9.1

      Well that’s the point. I think even a National party with vague amounts of depth in their talent chart would still have given Women’s Affairs and Ethnic Affairs to Wong, just to establish that they’re not immigrant-loving femin@zis like Labour.

      • Treetop 9.1.1

        I think that Wong was totally unsuitable to be the Minister of Women’s Affairs as she did not remedy the issue of her husband booking air fares to go on a business trip. Were I in her position I would have stood up to my partner. Is there a cultural reason for her to not have stood up to her partner regarding him making the travel booking/s?

  10. bobo 10

    Seems Wong wasted no time in rorting if this happened in 2008 just like Worth, was the trip at the time actually a private holiday or ministerial trip to China ? Would we have known about this without parliamentary expenses being opened up?

    • insider 10.1

      bobo

      I think the travel benefit is available to all MPs not just ministers. She’s been in Parliament since 96.

      • bobo 10.1.1

        I guess its more than just the actual travel expenses with a MP using their time to pursue private business matters on public money. Wow shes been there since 96 only been a electorate mp since 2007?

        http://www.pansywong.co.nz/
        her pic looks like shes been caught red handed 🙂 Naughty Pansy

  11. tc 11

    I’ll miss Pansy and her intelligent debating and razor sharp humour……wonder which superstar the nats have ready and waiting to go in her high profile portfolio…..how about that bastion of equality and reason Hekia Parata, having seen her on backbenchers she’d be great, intelligent, humorous and best of all thinks Shonkey is the messiah.

    • Jim Nald 11.1

      Melissa Lee, with her huge asset of formidable intellect, deep sensitivity and wisdom, would be ideal to be parachuted into the Women & Ethnic Affairs portfolios.
      Pansy, who featured in the National campaign ad with Melissa, should support Melissa.

    • pollywog 11.2

      wonder which superstar the nats have ready and waiting to go in her high profile portfolio

      I’d give Big Tau the job just for a laugh…

      • Gotham 11.2.1

        Just read that Georgina Te Heu Heu is going to stand in to Wong’s ministerial role. She has more cred with me than most Nats – after standing aside following Brash’s Orewa speech.

      • Richard 11.2.2

        Stranger things have happened……remember when Gerry Brownlee was the Maori Affairs Spokesman when the Nats were in opposition?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 11.2.2.1

          Thats because he was a teacher of Maori ( and woodwork) at St Bedes College.
          Not sure he was qualified for either

        • Jim Nald 11.2.2.2

          Umm umm umm … how about resorting to the sophistication & expert safe hands of Tony Ryall?

          As bonus, the Women’s & Ethnic Affairs portfolios should, for formal or ceremonial occasions, bring some interesting additions to his wardrobe.

      • ak 11.2.3

        (Big Tau! Luvit Poll, ta – right up there with Mauler Bennett)

    • Bright Red 11.3

      actually, they might try that – to give her a last minute publicity boost.

      assuming the new person gets both Wong’s portfolios – women’s and ethnic affairs – and you want a minister to represent those groups, the only other non-pakeha woman in National who isn’t already a minister is Melissa Lee

      • toad 11.3.1

        Now, that would be fun! You are joking. Surely? Aren’t you, BR?

        Mind you, the cunning plan might be that elevating Lee to Cabinet would make Tolley look competent.

  12. Lanthanide 12

    Oh well, looks like my ignorance of Wong’s ministerial-ship has corrected itself naturally 🙂

  13. Gotham 13

    Aside from the overseas rebate, all MP spouses are ‘entitled’ to unlimited ‘free’ domestic travel for any reason other than private business purposes.

    From what I understand, the Greens are the only party to have their own guideline that spouses only travel with their MP partner, when the partner is on official parliamentary business. But, may be wrong about this – anyone know if Labour instructs their MPs in a similar way??

    I bet if someone was to look into whether domestic travel for spouses was never used for private business interests all hell would break loose…

  14. Irascible 14

    I understand the next question in the House as a followup to Pansy’s resignation wil be to the Minister of Tourism: ” Will the Minister of Tourism be advising the PM to take a long holiday in Hawaii to be perfectly relaxed about Ms Wong’s admission of corrupt behaviour as a Cabinet Minister and will the Minister of Tourism be offering the PM rent free use of his residence in Hawaii?”
    The PM is expected to accept the offer but the MoTourism will be unable to answer the question as he is not presently in the country.

  15. Vicky32 15

    I had heard something about it on the radio this morning, but not that she had resigned her portfolios. Great news!
    Deb

  16. Anne 16

    Radio NZ political editor, Brent Edwards (think it was Edwards) is suggesting there may be more to come on this issue and that Wong could be forced to resign from parliament. That makes for an interesting scenario. The Nats will try hard to drag things out for as long as possible so that they don’t have to call a by-election. It would almost certainly see a drop in National’s Botany majority.

    • artist not on the dole 16.1

      “It would almost certainly see a drop in National’s Botany majority.”

      shouldn’t that be National’s Mushroom majority
      the one where they keep everyone in the dark and feed them bulls#!t

    • Vicky32 16.2

      Interesting! It’s jolly well about time that one of *them* is out of Parliament… not just out of their portfolio…
      Deb

    • Carol 16.3

      NBR is also reporting that Hodgson is hinting at more to come. Goff on TV3 news said he thought there was a possibibilty of Wong having to resign from parliament altogether. I think he was suggesting there might be legal action against Wong.

      http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/hodgson-suggests-more-wong-revelations-ahead-133151

      Mr Hodgson said it was not for him to pursue the matter further, but suggested that the police or SFO might take an interest in the affair.

      When pressed by reporters, Mr Hodgson referred to Labour MP David Butcher, who was convicted in 1999 for fraudulently claiming MP’s airfare rebates.

      But also on TV3, people in the Botany electorate said Wong had been a hard-working electorate MP, and was well regarded prior to the admission of guilt. I also got the impression a few years back, when Wong was an opposition MP, that she seemed to engage with and represent south east Asian people well. ie speaking for them on various issues.

      She hasn’t impressed me as a minister.

  17. Anne 17

    Hi Gina
    Excellent comments but think this might be the wrong post. 😉

    [Gina’s comment deleted at her request — r0b]

  18. Gina 18

    Hi Anne. Yep I have no idea how that happened. I tried to post it about 5 times to the “High pay” thread with no luck then the page jumped and it somehow ended up here. Tried to post a comment several minutes ago but couldn’t get a anti spam word to appear. My mobile broadband is crap right now so I’ll point the finger at Vodafone.

    • Anne 18.1

      Yes, I’ve had a few problems in the past too. I blamed it on Lynn (lprent) playing around with the site and messing things up in the process. 😛

  19. Hilary 19

    Jim McLay was once National\’s Minister for Women’s Affairs so anything is possible. I think Pansy Wong also deputises for Tariana in her Disability Issues portfolio. They could ask Rodney to do that now since he’s bizarrely become minister of special education.

  20. Irascible 20

    As a Botany resident I have NOT been impressed with Wong as our local MP. She is distant, unapproachable and incomprehensible. One of her first acts as an MP was to tell the Howick College prize giving that National had no intention of implementing National Standards as there were excellent reporting systems already in place. That statement was quickly revealed to be nothing more than a deliberate mis-speak in order to curry favour with the audience.
    Hard-working for the electorate?? A qualified Yes, if you live on the Howick peninsula and a definite NO if you live in the South Auckland end of Botany.
    The sooner she goes the better for Botany and the country.

  21. ianmac 21

    Just arrived back and catching up. Has this been said?
    If a beneficiary cheats and gets money by abusing the system he/she is prosecuted in court for obtaining money for pecuniary advantage , or something.
    The Speaker’s statement was that Pansy Wong has promised to repay any money that she was not entitled to. It did not say that prosecution would follow if there is a case to answer! (Phillip Field?)
    Please don’t tell me that if she repays the money, that will be the end of the matter. Please?

    • bobo 21.1

      Hasn’t it always been the case with politicians or the “elite” in general? They lose their “public standing” as punishment where the common kiwi serf gets jail time.. Mr “I do a lot of work for charity” Roger McClay is a good example.

      So if I shoplift a plasma tv at Harvey Norman and get caught by in store security, just say “fair cop” and hand it back and walk out the store, no harm done aye.. or say your allblacks management and autograph their shirt… and have the hdmi cable thrown in..

  22. roblyn 22

    This is quickly turning in to a “hand in till” government.

  23. Drakula 23

    I think that Pate Hodgeson should be put on the New Years Honours List for a knight hood!!!!

    What am I saying!!!!!! No No not the honours list: that is is just a gallery of rogues!!!!!!!

    If he is made a knight that will absolutely ruin his credibility with the left!!!!!!!

    I will Have to think of another reward; Any suggestions out there?

  24. tea 24

    Corruption in our cabinet!

  25. Pascal's bookie 25

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10687306

    In 2008, Mrs Wong’s husband, Sammy Wong, helped broker a deal between Mr Preest and Auckland businessman Terry Yang which involved moving Mr Preest’s hovercraft company to China. Mr Wong is a shareholder in the joint venture. But the deal went sour and Mr Preest is suing Mr Yang in China.

    Mr Wong told the Herald that in hindsight it was foolish to involve his wife – the only reason she came to China to visit the company was because he spent so much time there.

    But Mr Preest said yesterday that Mrs Wong’s involvement was far greater than just witnessing official documents related to the deal.

    He said she visited the company twice, and made it clear she was there as a Government minister.

    Wonder if the PM’s office spoke to Mr Preest before making the official announcement re fuckwittery.

  26. Frank Macskasy 26

    If I may…

    I’m no friend of National. To me, this is the most lack-lustre, do-nothing, unimaginative, and pointless government we’ve had since… since… well actually, I can’t think since when.

    To me, the Key administration fails not because of what they’re doing wrong, per se, but what they are not doing well. Point in case; unemployment.

    Unemployment isn’t “just” 164,000 of our fellow New Zealanders out of work. It has flow-on effects much greater on our economy, society, and touches practically every facet of our country.

    John Key’s pet-project, the cycleway, was his ambitious answer to addressing – in part – our high unemployment. Well, Mr Key, if you or any of your staff are reading this, here is a question for you;

    * If the cycleway was a means by which we could reduce a small part of our unemployment – why on Earth have you not applied the principle on a grander scale? Why not provide more than just 70 jobs by instigating projects that could “soak up”, not 70, not seven hundred, but perhaps SEVEN THOUSAND unemployed?

    We have a waiting list of thousands of people – families – on NZ Housing’s books waiting for a home.

    Let’s “connect the dots” on this one: 164,000 unemployed plus a waiting list of thousands for housing plus a stagnant economy.

    If it’s good enough to have a cycleway built, at tax-payers’ expense (and I’m not agin it), then why not for heaven’s sake expand the concept on a bigger scale?

    Initiate a crash building programme. Build ten thousand state housing “units” (homes, to us lesser mortals). Employ thousands of people currently out of work. Train new apprentices. And get the economy moving again.

    Because you sure as hell won’t do it with tax cuts for the highly-paid. The stats are pretty clear on that.

    If Canterbury’s economy is going to grow as a result of rebuilding ‘quake-damaged homes, imagine what the country could experience if we implemented a building-programme country-wide?

    To be honest, I’m not overly bothered by Ms Wong’s mis-use of taxpayer’s money.

    Neither am I terribly fussed at Warner Bros extorting a further $15 million out of our wallets to pay for Jackson’s toys.

    What does concern me is that John Key has wasted three years doing nothing to alleviate the worst recession since… since… I do know that one: the Depression.

    Mr Key, in the final analysis, voters will judge you next year as to what you’ve achieved. And if the best you can offer is (a) give more money to the rich (b) make it easier to cycle from Bluff to Cape Reinga – then I wouldn’t be holding out much for your chances for re-election.

    C’mon, John – inspire us!!!

    • Jim Nald 26.1

      Dear Mr Frank Macskasy

      Thank you very much for your message which has been passed to the Prime Minister.

      In the meantime, we have a response for you:

      *Fart*

      Yours sincerely
      Need-to-change pants

      captcha: noisy (!!!)

    • Treetop 26.2

      Oh Frank, you are expecting far too much for the government to employ the unemployed to build housing to house the most vulnerable and needy. Is there a difference between Labour and National in not suitably housing people e.g. one person being allowed to live in a three bedroom home and a family of six living in a two bedroom home? The biggest waiting list in my area is for single people.

      There is also the unfairness of people being housed by Housing NZ being $8,000 better off a year and those recieving the accommodation supplement being $4,000 better off a year than those not recieving any housing assistance.

      Wealthy people do not need housing assistance and the unwealthy are off the housing radar as far as National is concerned.

    • handle 26.3

      But Frank, that would depress house prices! It would be morally wrong to impede the wealth of National/Act voters or the freedom of the market to do nothing.

      Of course, handing over billions to construction companies to build motorways for trucks while creating hardly any jobs is another matter altogether. Campaign donation, you say?

  27. Herodotus 27

    Eddie, there should be another by-election if Pansy is found to have been a recidifice offender (I am sure that she will be found out to be one), perhaps the IRD should also investigate to see that there has been no double dipping regarding Mr Wongs business expense claims that may have also been covered by the state. But the difference is that she is an electroate MP and so could hang around with delay tactics, or even resign from Nat and operate as an independant e.g. CC
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=806Z42bqBGE
    But the The Stranglers could do a best of to describe this:
    Hanging Around- their passing comment is very 70’s leftish perspecitive 😉
    No More Heroes
    Nice n Sleazy
    Walk on By
    Something Better Change

  28. Irascible 28

    Has Key begun washing his hands of Pansy, softening her up to fall fully on her sword and resign from Parliament?
    TV3 certainly suggests the possibility.
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Pansy-Wongs-political-future-in-jeopardy/tabid/419/articleID/186134/Default.aspx

    Mind you Key is still being “coyly indecisive” about the use of the travel privilege by the Wongs even though there is evidence that the Wongs were knowingly booking their travel through her office and using the perks.

  29. Irascible 29

    The rats are leaving the ship. Key is drawing the distance from the Wongs alright.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4341155/Pressure-goes-on-Wong-to-quit-Parliament-too

    When do the police start asking questions?

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    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 ...
    2 days ago
  • 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

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    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

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    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

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    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'?

    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. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    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

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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