NZ first in the world!

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NZ. First in the world for domestic violence. And now for housing unaffordability…


46 comments on “NZ first in the world!”

  1. Detrie 1

    This is what happens when you have a leader who is also a multi-millionaire / investor in his spare time. He sees rising prices as a good thing and something to be proud of…. And we know that violence is all to do with drug use too…

    All praise to Key and the National Party, for their wisdom and exulted leadership.

    • aerobubble 1.1

      Nz is very very rich. Water, soils, educated pop. Etc etc. In order to maintain an economy so far from markets the economy needed lots of fiscal interchange with the world, so to reflect the distance a risk premium was added to borrowing. This explains why during deflation the nz economy still has very high comparable borrowing rates, we have a record of rich, stability, and wealth sharing globally.
      It was then no surprise that a gate keeper to broking the currency to the world is now the pm. However as humans get better and better at putting themselves out of work while racking up profits, the imbecility of sharing wealth upwards is exposed.
      If only Key started to walk the talk, and back his PR spin of being nice to poorer nz.
      Unfortunately its not been imbued, rather the cult of the age neo lib misaligned wealth creation with personal ability rather than just crazy amounts of Arabian cheap fuel. The promise of a better society was stolen by the thatchites and hoarded as a personal status symbol of their brilliance. The growth of the financial sector, out of proportion, to the actual size or merit, was nothing short of growing new cult members to the ponsi scheme of the century.

      We have lots of money, but little small minded bigots in charge of it who would rather spend it in super yatchs, empty penthouses, than better global humanity, the planet or our collective endevour.

  2. Expat 2

    Not really surprising to read that, and it’s not like NZ has the most expensive housing in the world, it’s just the fact that the incomes are so low for so many, an inditement of the Nats economic policies and ideologies, low wages is a “drag” on the economy, using high unemployment as a mechanism to keep wages low.

  3. Tc 3

    Exactly as planned by the hollowmen, no cgt, unchecked speculation, residency for cash, flog off state housing stock, dont build enough new ones etc etc

    It doesnt help that thanks to the oligopoly in building supplies (fletchers,chh) the cost of building is a cosy cartel driven affair.

    Maybe this is what shonky meant when he said he wanted us to be the next ireland.

  4. Danhob 4

    It fits so well with all other NZ stats, poverty, violence, ignorant population massive inaquality. It’s a credit to John Key and his band of blind followers that we are now ranked number one in this category. The longer the hypnotised floc stay dazed, the more number one rankings we’l have. Key will be cheering from his home in Hawii

    • Expat 4.1

      Hi Danhob,
      “John Key and his band of blind followers”
      Maybe NZ needs a lot more optometrists (lol like that would help).

      These number one rankings are really new records that have been broken (mostly negative) , no other govt has stooped so low to receive so many (number one rankings)

  5. fisiani 5

    This is exactly what happens when councils do not permit developers to build the houses that people need. The multiple restrictions and petty rules on housing makes it hard to build affordable housing especially in Auckland. Every reform in housing regulation has been opposed by the Greens so they have a real cheek to even mention it. Auckland has to grow up literally. Apartments in inner cities and more land for growth. are needed
    Just checked the link. Typical Green bullshit. I should have known. Auckland is not New Zealand.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1


      Fitch are communists, probably.

      • Neil 5.1.1

        That’s a standard right wing response to something that don’t fit their agenda is to label them communists..

    • Neil 5.2

      The only bullshit round here emanates from your brain washed mind through your mouth.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      This is exactly what happens when councils do not permit developers to build the houses that people need.

      The councils aren’t stopping people from building houses.

      Every reform in housing regulation has been opposed by the Greens so they have a real cheek to even mention it.

      You mean they oppose every reform that you support because that would actually make things worse.

      Apartments in inner cities and more land for growth

      And you show your ignorance yet again. Green policy:

      Housing developments should optimise land use, reduce car use and be built to sustainable building principles.

      So, yeah, I’d say that they do, as a matter of fact, support inner city apartment buildings and higher density in general. They don’t support more sprawl though as more sprawl is really bloody stupid because it costs more. Of course, because it costs more means that there’ll be higher profits for National’s rich mates.

    • ropata 5.4

      this is what happens when central government policy permits non resident overseas investors to buy up all the land and houses using untraceable fiat currency (laundered money, i.e. proceeds of crime) and is too chicken to use the proper legislative structures that every other government in the world uses. (CGT, LVT, restrictions on land banking & foreign buyers, or any other mechanism to restrain idiot speculators and market manipulators)

      another failure of the “free” market, but a victory for crony capitalism and the filthy rich 10% of nz. incidentally these are the same people who oppose the Auckland Unitary plan because it includes more density. fishy is either a NIMBY or a numpty who doesn’t care about the greater good

    • appleboy 5.5

      Hilarious – nothing to do with National running the country for three terms – it’s councils.

      • mac1 5.5.1

        For fisiani, having used the standard blaming others excuse, the proper solution then is to sack the Auckland council, having already been reformed by this National government, and appoint another autocratically selected kleptocracy.

        Fisiani, and Key, should remember Winston Churchill’s famous remark regarding democracy, that whilst it has its faults, it sure beats whatever comes in second place.

        As a whimsical by-line , I should record for posterity my first attempt at typing this- “Nztional”- for which I blame a second glass of epononymously named whisky.

        • Whispering Kate

          I agree, why is it the Government always have to blame everybody and everything else for what is currently happening under their watch. I would have thought with such a clever clogs of a money trader running the country the present government would have “amended any anomalies” that were currently in practice when they took over the treasury benches in 2008 and had the country humming by now. Especially as he was supposed to know everything financial that mattered – had accumulated such wealth that it was obvious he knew how to save and grow assets. What a bloody laugh – he keeps the wages so low that most people cannot even afford to get their rent paid each week. He has a distaste for children and allows them to live in uninhabitable homes and go to school hungry. Give us a break please and vote him and his cohorts out at the next election. And please Fizzi and others stop blaming Labour for the country’s plight, it’s becoming boring and you are being immature with no vision – if this Government can’t sort it out in its third term it doesn’t deserve the Treasury benches.

    • Keith 5.6

      Dear oh dear Fisiani, what utter bullshit. Even if coucil rules ceased to exist all that building more houses achieves under the current regime, ecouraged by the dumb arses in the National Party, is more fuel for investors to add to their stinking greedy “portfolios”, be it local or overseas!

      FIrst home buyers and in fact any poor bastard renting are and will be permanantly shut out until this greed is dealt to by way of tax or other major disincentive.

      It certainly isn’t the “Brigher Future” renting in the land of your birth!

  6. Neil 6

    Not only that New Zealand has reached the pinnacle of world number one in domestic violence, now New Zealand has become number one in the world for being the least affordable place to buy a house, relative to income. If this is the brighter future that Key & the national party told us we would get if they were elected back in, I would hate to see what they have in store for New Zealand should they win the next election.

  7. righy right 7

    this is the genius of john key high house prices are sign of how good the economy is new Zealand truly is a rock star economy new Zealand would be Greece without john key captaining the ship . here in gods own we have found the midas touch of the new economic para dime just like Hitler did john is delivering for new Zealand john key would rival the fuhrer in awesomeness

  8. Muttonbird 8

    These two firsts are linked.

    Housing unaffordability is indicative of a society under stress and so high alcohol consumption and violence ensue.

    NZ house prices a ‘catastrophic regulatory failure’

    Even the “shocked” Property Council have finally cottoned on to the the fact the current government has been found asleep at the wheel…'catastrophic-regulatory-failure

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.1

      Funny that. I was chatting with a couple of North Shore real estate agents just over a year ago who were saying exactly that….catastrophic regulatory failure.
      Despite the fact these two were rolling in an embarrassment of wealth, they were kind of hinting that the failure of the National Government to regulate to protect the interests of New Zealand buyers was criminal, and the perpetrators should be treated like the traitors they are.

      • sabine 8.1.1

        Guess what Rosemary, non of their children can actually afford a house in their neighbourhoods and they have finally realised that.

        A few of my customers are real estate agents, and that is the gist of the conversations, a. they can sell but not buy, b. they can’t buy in the first place, c. their children have to move away and they miss out on kids and grand kids, d. the neighbourhoods are changing and getting dangerous cause no one knows any one, and the renters only stay for a few month and the house sell every few month and it is just ‘not safe’ any more.

        Money is a nice comfort thing, until you don’t have enough. At the moment the comfortable middle class in Auckland is waking up to the fact that they are not quite as comfortable as they thought they were, they are waking up to the fact that infill, high density, urban zoning etc is all coming to their leafy suburbs and they don’t have enough cash to just up and move as they previously suggested to others.

        karma, circles, etc etc etc

      • BM 8.1.2

        If you read that correctly, they’re pointing the finger at the Auckland city council.

        “Decisions were made years ago to artificially constrain the availability of land and it’s the golden law of economics that when you, through regulation, constrain the supply of a commodity it drives the price up.”

        That’s a council issue, if Aucklanders want affordable housing they need to get rid of the current council and vote in people willing to fix the mess.


    • Sacha 8.2

      “Even the ‘shocked’ Property Council have finally cottoned on to the the fact the current government has been found asleep at the wheel…”

      They get to proclaim (again) that the only problem is those nasty councils regulating sprawl according to worldwide urban planning expertise. And Labour go along with them now (thanks Mr Twyford).

      Let’s just ignore all the systemic financial incentives for overseas credit to flow into our residential housing ‘market’. Nothing to see there, move along. The PM has no blood on his manicured paws. Bankers are swell.

  9. Muttonbird 9

    And this from the Property Council’s own website…

    “Only last year at our event Prime Minister John Key highlighted the benefits of apartment living, which we agree with entirely. But at this rate, how can we expect to get young working couples in apartments when they’re selling for more than what you would pay for a decent 4-bedroom house in Los Angeles or the Gold Coast?

    Even the (I assume) very conservative Property Council is starting to put the boot into Dear Leader.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    NZ houses least affordable in the world!

    Labour Government 2008 Edition

    Jan 21, 2008

    New Zealand has the least affordable houses in the world.

    It scores worst in an international survey of the world’s six most expensive housing markets, passing Australia for the first time.

    Demographia, an international survey business run by Hugh Pavletich of Christchurch and Wendell Cox of the United States, today issued its fourth annual report, showing New Zealand has slipped drastically on an international scale.

    The United States, Australia, Britain, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand were studied, and the results reveal NZ house hunters face the biggest gap between earnings and house prices.

    Wages are so low and house prices are so high that it takes 18 years and six months of a household’s entire annual income to pay for a home, Demographia found. That measure is based on median house prices compared to median wages.

    Let’s face reality here.

    Cullen and Clark leveraged the “wealth effect” from rapidly rising house prices during their entire term in power for their own benefit. And didn’t give a shit that workers on the minimum wage and the median wage were being totally locked out of home ownership.

    MPs from all sides of the House are profiting handsomely – tax free – from continuing increases in house prices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

    And note that Labour will never take measures to reduce the value of NZ houses to anything remotely affordable to a worker earning $60K pa, let alone someone on the minimum wage.

    • vto 10.1

      “And note that Labour will never take measures to reduce the value of NZ houses to anything remotely affordable to a worker earning $60K pa, let alone someone on the minimum wage.”


      Time to give up on political parties… the ‘free market’ is about to do the job anyway ha ha

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        That’s the way it looks to me.

      • linda 10.1.2

        i agree a lot of people are about to get wiped out its a bubble we were only few years behind the rest of the world property will return to a level supported by this economy and NZ incomes. sadly when the tide goes out its going to be ugly but those of us who weren’t greedy it will be time to get out the popcorn and say we told you so all round and of course NZ mortgages are recourse loans i guess the bankruptcy courts will be working over time. the thought of all those over leveraged nat voters going bust fills me with happiness

    • ropata 10.2

      Never say never. Cunliffe had some good policies for 2014.
      Who will be our Bernie Sanders/Jeremy Corbyn/Justin Trudeau?

    • Muttonbird 10.3


      • Scott M 10.4.1

        Another reason why National and Labour should just combine so that at next election we actually have a choice rather than the same old shit from the same old parties.

  11. Paul 11

    ‘All it takes for young people to get a foot on the Auckland property ladder is hard work, determination – and months-long domination of US music charts.’

    Are the Herald meaning to take the mickey?

    • Paul 11.1

      Well, it seems to be the uber-wealthy from overseas can afford our housing.
      ‘Magnate’s island retreat’

      The article again seems to promote Ollie Wall of Graham Wall Real Estate, featured only the other day in their paper.
      Is the Herald following his facebook/twitter/instagram account?

      Is this country being the escape ‘bolthole’ for the world’s wealthy in case real trouble goes down with climate change and/or the collapse of capitalism?

      This article would suggest so…….

      ‘Where your boss will be come the revolution: ‘Boltholes with airstrips’ in New Zealand that are being bought by world’s super-rich who want a hideout in case of ‘civil uprising’

      As world events threaten the comfortable lifestyles of the West’s super-rich they have begun buying up fabulous ‘bolt hole’ properties in the far-away safe haven of New Zealand.

      The world’s elite are snapping up properties in the tiny country, which they see as a shelter from the threat of terrorism, civil unrest and instabilities in the financial markets.
      Interest in pricey land and homes in the North and South Islands has soared in recent years following terrorist strikes and civil disobedience in North America, the UK and Europe.

      Financial experts attending the recent World Economic Forum in Davos this month revealed many wealthy hedge fund managers have already started planning escapes for themselves and their clients should life in the northern hemisphere descend into chaos.

      Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, said: ‘I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.’

      Pointing out that the gap between the rich and the poor was increasing even in wealthy countries, Mr Johnson added: ‘People need to know there are possibilities for their children – that they will have the same opportunity as anyone else.’

      Already, several billionaires have bought themselves homes in New Zealand.

      Russian industrial magnate Alexander Abramov, who lives in Moscow, has transformed a farm in Helena Bay, two-and-a-half hours north of Auckland, sparing no expense to build five homes on the land. The entire project – which included a warren of underground passages, to be used by staff, and its own power station in case of cuts – is thought to have cost £24 million, according the New Zealand Herald. But he isn’t planning on living there full time. Instead, two of the homes will be used as a luxury resort, with visitors about to travel to it by helicopter.

      American billionaire William Foley is one of several who have snapped up vineyards, buying Te Kairanga, in Martinborough, in 2011.

      Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel also has property in the country, as does Tony Malkin, whose family’s property portfolio includes the Empire State Building.’

      Read more

    • Sacha 11.2

      “Are the Herald meaning to take the mickey?”

      That’s Nippert slipping one past his editors. Heh.

  12. savenz 13

    Maybe someone should bother to work out, that wages are very low for locals, so now locals can’t afford to compete for our own houses.

    There is so much talk in the media about houses, but not much talk about Low wages!!!

    That’s more of a problem in my eyes or at least needs to be looked at in unison 50/50 with high house prices.

  13. Peter Lewis 14

    Town planners are trained at University.

    University academics hate Property Developers.

    So town planners then work in local councils and translate that hatred into trying in every way possible to block property developers.

    “Hey, success! We’ve got rid of all the property developers – Universal Homes, Beazley Homes, Keith Hay Homes – all gone. Those terrible developers were turning blocks of land into residential wastelands unfit for the watersnails, the pukeko and the kiwi to live in”.

    “What do you mean, there is a housing shortage? Nothing to do with us”.

    Without property developers you get no property development.
    Is that a hard concept to grasp?

    • Scott M 14.1

      As a town planner I can say “what a load of bollocks”.

      There is definitely some blame relating to the fact that urban limits were imposed without the corresponding changes being made to allow intensification to occur.

      But rampant immigration and poor bank lending practices share the Lions share of the blame IMO.

  14. Smilin 15

    Lazy money politics of JK a winner everytime who works these days anyway yeah right u fc Key

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    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    7 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy
    7 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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