web analytics

Now who’s the f*ckwit?

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, November 12th, 2010 - 85 comments
Categories: corruption, national/act government - Tags: , ,

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.

85 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’.

        */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

    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?

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The Message From Messenger Park.
    Coasters Turn Out In Droves: It’s precisely the widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park on Sunday, 17 November 2019. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions ...
    3 hours ago
  • JFK’s assassination: a bit of physics
    There are perennial arguments about the circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and in particular whether more than one shooter is required by the evidence (such as the Zapruder film). Those who know little about physics frequently claim that the sharp backwards motion of JFK’s head as ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 hours ago
  • Is car washing so bad we need to ban it?
    Apparently, some people enjoy washing their cars. Each to his or her own, I suppose. I mean, some people like duck shooting, some people follow Coronation Street, and some people’s idea of a good day out is to sit on a grass bank at Seddon Park and watch cricket all ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    17 hours ago
  • If Shane Jones isn’t corrupt, he is trying very hard to look it
    Last week we learned that New Zealand First had apparently tried to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Today in Question Time Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones had his ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    1 day ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 day ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
      The Council of Disobedient Women has learned that the Prefect of Aro Valley has been promoted to a new role with the blessing of the Pope of Wellington. Softy Jejune Parson has been appointed Mother Superior of Woke Wellington for the work she has been doing calling out heretics, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    7 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    21 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago