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NZ should be a proud world leader on nukes

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 pm, April 13th, 2010 - 49 comments
Categories: International, us politics, war - Tags: ,

What an amazing thing it is to have an American President campaigning to get rid of nuclear weapons. And he is being so clever about it.

I believe his opposition to nukes comes from a personal belief that these weapons are abhorrent and their use can never be morally justified. Yet, Obama is clever enough not to go out and argue that point. Instead, he has used terrorists as a specter that all nuclear powers can jointly fear, and thereby convinced them that reducing and better securing nuclear arsenals and stockpiles of fissile material is the way forward.

New Zealand is at the conference because we have led the world. While the powers were jousting in a tense peace maintained only by the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, New Zealand rejected the madness of that logic altogether and, at a very real cost, we declared ourselves nuclear-free.

Our Prime Minister should be celebrating that fact and pointing to our achievement as a model for the whole world.

What a shame, then, that John Key is not even mentioning our nuclear-free status at the conference. One wonders why he is even there if not to set New Zealand as an example. And one wonders if he really believes in a nuclear-free New Zealand if he is not willing to talk about it. Could you imagine David Lange, Helen Clark, or Phil Goff as Prime Ministers going to a nuclear disarmament conference and not wanting to talk about our country’s achievement?

Some say Key is scared of being seen to ‘tell off’ other countries that haven’t followed our lead. What rot. We’ve been invited because we are world leaders. Talking about what that means for us does not have to mean attacking others. Our Prime Minister should have the pride to spread the word, especially as the weight of the President of America goes behind our cause.

While we’re on the topic, here’s French Letter by Herbs:

“Let me be more specific, get out of the Pacific” Still one of the best lines ever.

49 comments on “NZ should be a proud world leader on nukes”

  1. Salsy 1

    And in true Key style – gets invited to a nuclear disarmament meeting as an innovative leader in this area, expected to make another “it takes a raindrop to start a flood” speech, but no… He stands around looking like an uncomfortable, out of depth moron, desparate for another smile and wave opportunity to add to his facebook page.

  2. gingercrush 2

    Or Obama basically legitimises Israeli attacks on Iran. But you know you soft-lefties go on ahead and pat yourselves for being so deluded. Also it doesn’t matter what Obama believes because the politics in American political institutions and America’s relationship with Israel and traditional conservative orthodoxy means nothing will ever change.

    • Marty G 2.1

      I don’t see Obama endorsing anything Israel does.

      Israel didn’t even send its PM, so they don’t have much claim to use this as a pre-text for ‘involuntary disarmament’.

      If anything, this is a slap in the face for Israel, which doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of its own nuclear arsenal.

  3. Jim Nald 3

    Heh ! John Key, the reluctant beneficiary of NZ’s nuclear-free policy.

    He should start by thanking his predecessors who had the spine, eloquence and vision.

    Oh well … some backpedalling or a time-out pause required for now.
    Not gone by lunchtime. Not today’s lunchtime.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Recent developments really put a new light on Brash’s “gone by lunchtime” remark.

  4. Steve 4

    What Jonkey is finding hard to stomach is he is there because of the guts a Labour government had to stand up and be counted. To stand up and show vision. And he can’t speak out on that because he’d have to acknowledge the likes of David Lange and Helen Clark as visionaries who could see that our day would come. I might be doing the PM a disservice but he might actually feel embarrassed that he’s being patted on the back for something he’s given not a jot of notice to in his life except to criticise it. He’s admitted to never having gone on a march in his life where he had to peg his colours to the mast and actually stand up for something. What he shows though when he stands up next to his buddy Obama (on the lineup to shake his hand…and that’s his “off to the side meeting” we’re hearing about!!) is a man who looks out of his depth, looks nervous, looks like a stage/star struck teenager in front of the stars!

    We might be small but by God, what a coup to be 25years ahead of these so called 1st world countries. When Key says we have to close the gap with Australia shouldn’t he be looking at the things like our nuclear policy which we’ve actually achieved in a quiet, independent way and stepped way ahead of our Tasman cousins.

    Key and the Nacts are so focused on monetary gains that they forget how morally bankrupt Australia has become since the John Howard days. And he wants us to join them. No, give me a country with a ramrod strong moral fibre any day ahead of one which sells its soul for a short term monetary gain.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    And one wonders if he really believes in a nuclear-free New Zealand if he is not willing to talk about it.

    Jonkey doesn’t believe in NZ and neither does the rest of National. This can be seen in the “NZ Sux” campaign that they continuously run. In their attempts to copy other, larger nations especially the US.

    He stands around looking like an uncomfortable, out of depth moron, desparate for another smile and wave opportunity to add to his facebook page.

    Yeah, I noticed that as well. He definitely didn’t have the confidence that you’d expect of a nations prime minister.

  6. the sprout 6

    How wonderful that Mr Key should be basking in the glory of our n-free status. Now that he’s such an acolyte of our world-leading nuclear free ways, someone should ask Mr Key:

    When did he convert to supporting nuclear free legislation?

    Did he oppose his preceding National Leader’s “gone by lunchtime” stance towards our nuclear free status?

    What did he think about the N-ship protests that brave, visionary New Zealanders staged in the 70s and 80s, or is it, as with the Springbok Tour, that he “can’t remember what side he was on”?

    And does he not think Pete Bethune an equally brave, visionary New Zealander?

    • felix 6.1

      Anyone else wondering when Key is going to show how “ambushuss for new zilnd” he is? Cos I ain’t seen it yet.

      In fact it seems like every time he has an opportunity to stick up for us kiwis he sides with anyone but. Any nat supporters got any examples of positive proof of his “ambushion”?

      This is a prime example: on the choice of song for the rugby world cup, Key said “using an international song that’s so well known makes a lot of sense”.

      Leaving aside the obvious falsehood of his premise – the song he refers to was only a hit in a few English speaking countries i.e. England, NZ and Australia – is that any kind of an expression of national pride? Is that the extent of his “ambushion”?

      The idea of using the world cup to promote kiwi songs or artists is completely lost on him because at a fundamental level he simply does not identify with us. He doesn’t see himself as one of us. In a very real sense isn’t one of us. His money has allowed him to exist outside of the confines of such archaic constructs as “nationhood”.

      Remember when he went to America and proudly boasted about how he’d spent a lot of money there shopping because ‘they really need it’ or some such. No thought for our own businesses who could just as easily use his cash – no, this is a global man with no loyalty but to whoever’s being the boss.
      I’m left with the distinct impression that he’d prefer

      • the sprout 6.1.1

        well put

      • luva 6.1.2

        “ambushuss for new zilnd’

        Are you mocking John for his broad Kkwi accent. If so why?

        Some on the left get very upset when Ms Clark is mocked for her broad kiwi accent and her bloke like monotone.

        Lets play what he says rather than the way he says it aye Felix.

        • luva 6.1.2.1

          Edit not working….Kkwi should read Kiwi

          [lprent: Off because of a conflict with the cache. Will fix when we upgrade the server in a few days. ]

        • Exaggeration is a common part of humour, Luva. Think about newspaper satirists. Where would Tom Scott be if he had to draw accurate portraits, not cartoons?

          Key has a weirdly broad accent for someone who hasn’t lived in NZ for most of his adult life. I reckon he puts it on, much as Jim Bolger affected an American accent in the years after he went to Washington.

          Still, what annoys me most about the things he says is not the accent, it’s the bullshit. Dollars to donuts, Obama did not say NZ had “well and truly earned our place at the table” as Key claimed yesterday.

      • Rob 6.1.3

        So you think he selected the song?

        • felix 6.1.3.1

          No. I quoted his comments. Do I stutter or something?

          • Rob 6.1.3.1.1

            I am not sure , do you.

            You are coming across a little obsessed , producing a rambling story from a one line quote that does not even relate to the thread is a little desperate.

            • felix 6.1.3.1.1.1

              So either respond to it substantively or forget about it and stop wasting your time.

              • Rob

                Ok don’t get unglued here, but a little rational thought might go a long way before you jump directly into slagging someone who had no choice in the matter but understands the bigger picture about RWC2011 a lot more deeply than you do.

                With the song selection issue, you are a little confused as to its role. It is theme music to support a 45 sec TVC to drive international ticket sales, which will be flighted through many diverse international media’s.

                The selection of theme music was driven by a consistent advertising strategy that would gain cut through in over 90 international markets. The role of the add is to sell tickets, which is crucially important to the financial success of the event. By choosing music that was already known makes the whole issue a lot easier for international markets to understand.

                I know you will come back with the wasted opportunity line about how we can showcase a unique local talent etc. The fact remains that there is a much bigger issue here and you have 45 secs to get a ‘call to action’ response from audiences that span UK, France, Sth Africa, Sth America, USA, Canada etc.

              • felix

                Exactly. Playing it safe trumps ambition every time.

                I think you’re getting it.

  7. LilyM 7

    He looks uncomfortable because they never have been committed to New Zealand’s nuclear free status and would have changed it in a second if it hadn’t been political suicide. Their antics with mining are on a par with tinkering with nuclear free … Kiwis will not wear it. How sick making to watch John Key take credit for New Zealand’s conscience about nuclear issues. Well it was good for a laughing, snorting start to the day.

  8. Good post Eddie.

    David Lange had IMHO the most poignant description of the madness of the nuclear bomb race. He talked about “refining an existing capacity to make the rubble bounce and bounce and bounce”. This was in the 1980s when New Zealand’s actions were very brave and we were subject to the most intense pressure by the US.

    With the benefit of hindsight it is very clear that NZ was right. This is a legacy that Key should accept graciously and talk about continuously. Why so quiet John?

  9. Hi SYSOP

    Can you correct my title, it defaulted to my email for some reason.

  10. Name 10

    NZ’s “nuclear-free” policy goes much further than prohibiting nuclear arms – which, let’s face it, NZ was never going to get anyway. It prohibits all things nuclear, including nuclear power-plants and nuclear-powered shipping.

    Is this really something we should feel warm and fuzzy about? Yes early nuclear technology was dirty and dangerous, and mistakes were made. Now it’s far less dirty and dangerous, and lessons have been learned from the mistakes. Sure it would be better not to have them, but if you want electricity to power your cars and your life you have to generate it, and the only alternatives to nuclear (which is cheap and reliable) are dams across rivers, coal boilers, diesel generators, vast, expensive and unreliable or solar wind-farms or hydrothermal schemes. For Key to stand up in the US and say that everyone should follow the example of NZ and ban anything nuclear is akin to asking India, China and the other developing nations to power that development with coal and environmental destruction just as we and the West did.

    The inability of the people of New Zealand to differentiate between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, reflected in its Government and this article and its commentators, is childish, stupid and neurotic.

    • But nuclear is neither cheap nor reliable. It is the most expensive power there is to produce and that is before you have to factor in the cost of storage and disposal of the radioactive residue. It is also not carbon neutral if you factor in the amount of CO2 produced in the mining of Uranium and in the construction of the power stations. Wind and Solar are way better and have the added benefit of having no radioactive residue to dispose of.

      Why is it that there have been no nuclear stations built in the last couple of decades? The reason is that they were required to provide fissionable material for bombs and once the nuclear arms race stalled they were no longer required.

      Hear about Three Mile Island or Chernobyl? If nuclear is so cool then why are there no nuclear power stations being built apart from one in Iran the motivation for which is of concern?

      • nzfp 10.1.1

        Hey mickysavage,
        You said “If nuclear is so cool then why are there no nuclear power stations being built apart from one in Iran the motivation for which is of concern”. you may be interested to know that the Guardian UK reported 16/Jan/2009 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is “in line to become first Arab country with nuclear power”. The UAE’s desire is identical to Irans. Both Iran and the UAE are rich in oil and gas resources & both Nations intend to build a nuclear power program to reduce their requirement for domestic consumption in order to increase the volume of Oil & Gas for export & profit.

        The world Nuclear Association reported in March 2010 “Mainland China has 11 nuclear power reactors in commercial operation, 20 under construction, and more about to start construction soon”. We know that China has an estimated arsenal of 300 – 400 nuclear weapons and do not need to hide the fact they are building them as a deterent.

        What is of grave concern is that Israel with an estimated 200 – 400 nuclear weapons and a nuclear power station (Dimona) has decided not to attend.

        • Rich 10.1.1.1

          I can think of two reasons why the UAE wants nuclear power plants.

          The first is that their rulers will get a shitload of bribe money from the construction companies (see Al Yamamah).

          The second is that they will have the opportunity to divert fuel for nuclear weapons. Maybe not immediately, but once you have a powerplant, the next step is to reprocess the spent fuel into plutonium. If you don’t have the powerplant and decide you want to make nukes, you’d have to start by building the plant.

          • nzfp 10.1.1.1.1

            Hey Rich,
            You said “[…] they will have the opportunity to divert fuel for nuclear weapons”, would you elaborate on this please? How would a nation like Iran or the UAE divert the material when the IAEA can account for every gram of nuclear material going into or out of the enrichment facilities?

            Scott Ritter, former Marine Corps intelligence officer and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq and author of numerous books, including “Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement” and “Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change” best describes the IAEA inspection routines and the IAEA’s ability to account for all of Iran’s nuclear material in the recent 30 Sept 2009 interview with Scott Horton on antiwar.com. Ritter also outlines possible total war scenarios following an Israeli or US strike on Iran. You can find the interview here:
            http://antiwar.com/radio/2009/09/30/scott-ritter-9/

            Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues describes US wargame scenarios following an Israeli or US strike on Iran. You can find the interview here:
            http://antiwar.com/radio/2010/03/25/lt-general-robert-g-gard-jr/

            It should be noted that neither Scott Ritter or Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. describe positive outcomes following a US or Israeli strike on Iran, and neither of them expand their scenarios to include N.A.T.O, Russia or China.

          • nzfp 10.1.1.1.2

            Hey Rich,
            If you are interested, Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses Israel’s underwhelming representation at the Nuclear Security summit, the 1960s diversion of highly enriched uranium from Pennsylvania to Israel’s nuclear weapons program on today’s edition of antiwar radio. You can find Scott Horton’s interview with Grant F. Smith here:
            http://antiwar.com/radio/2010/04/14/grant-f-smith-7/

            Smith is the author of many books including “Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy”, “America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government” and “Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal”.

      • Lanthanide 10.1.2

        Basically everything you’ve said in your post is wrong, but I don’t have time to refute it point by point.

        However; “According to a 2007 story broadcast on 60 Minutes, nuclear power gives France the cleanest air of any industrialized country, and the cheapest electricity in all of Europe”

        Read, and be informed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power

        • mickysavage 10.1.2.1

          Munch, munch …

          [The sound of MS eating humble pie]

          Agreed Lanthanide and NZFP, my statements were not properly researched and based on an impression which was probably formed in the 1990s when it was true.

          Although I stand by the comments concerning the cost, difficulty to deal with the residue and the fact that it is not “Carbon neutral” generation.

          • Lanthanide 10.1.2.1.1

            I will grant you cost to build the initial plant is high, a lot of which is to do with red tape and greeny objections. But over an expected lifetime of 40-60 years, nuclear power can be the cheapest form of electricity – cheaper than coal and hydro. It can also be one of the most expensive, depending on the particular plant, where funding came from, etc, etc.

            As far as difficulty to deal with the residue – actually the task is very easy, the problem it is that it is very politically fraught. The nuts and bolts of it are quite simple, easy, and effective, it is the political side of it that is difficult. If “next-generation” reactors are built, a lot of the existing waste could be re-used as fuel. Nuclear plants also put out far less (volume) radioactive waste than coal plants do, and their waste is all contained in nice lumps whereas coal plants belch it into the air for everyone to suffer from.

            If you are going to claim that nuclear power isn’t carbon neutral because you have to dig up uranium, then solar panels and wind mills aren’t carbon neutral either because you have to dig up the materials to build them, and same goes for hydro plants. Obviously nuclear power plants are going to have higher on-going fuel costs than wind mills and solar panels, but that depends on how broad you are being with your definition of ‘fuel’. I would suggest that nuclear power plants tend to be situated closer to major residential areas than wind mills (in the country on hilltops) and most industrial solar plants (in deserts and areas with low land values), so if you’re looking at whole lifetime costs, you need to be including the fuel used by engineers that have to drive to and from the sites for maintenance etc, which would generally be lower for nuclear plants.

            • Salsy 10.1.2.1.1.1

              The issue wth Nuclear power plants is that they are incredibly dangerous in a all forms, expensive as HELL, and largely un-green. Uranium is a scarce resouce, and will be gone in as little as 30 years, the radioactive waste and potential for disaster outweighs any pros in terms of green based efficency. Hydro IS sustainable, wind IS sustainable, solar IS sustainable.

              Despite your attempt to explain the safety of powerstations i.e radio active waste is easy get rid of – once we invest the next generation machines to do it (er how about a time machine??), the most critical point worth making here is this:

              Nuclear power plants as well as nuclear waste could be preferred targets for terrorist attacks. No atomic energy plant in the world could withstand an attack similar to 9/11 in Yew York. Such a terrorist act would have catastrophic effects for the whole world.

              http://timeforchange.org/pros-and-cons-of-nuclear-power-and-sustainability

            • Salsy 10.1.2.1.1.2

              @Lanthanide

              The issue wth Nuclear power plants is that they are incredibly dangerous in a all forms, expensive as HELL, and largely un-green and certainly not sustanable . Uranium is a scarce resouce, and will be gone in as little as 30 years, the radioactive waste absolutely IS dangerous and difficult and the potential for environmental disaster outweighs any pros in terms of green based efficency. Hydro IS sustainable, wind IS sustainable, solar IS sustainable.

              Despite your attempt to explain the safety of nuclear energy, perhaps the most sobering arguement in it all lies here:

              Nuclear power plants as well as nuclear waste could be preferred targets for terrorist attacks. No atomic energy plant in the world could withstand an attack similar to 9/11 in Yew York. Such a terrorist act would have catastrophic effects for the whole world.

              http://timeforchange.org/pros-and-cons-of-nuclear-power-and-sustainability

      • nzfp 10.1.3

        TO: Moderators, lprent?

        Hi there,
        I posted a response to mickysavage this morning but as yet it hasn’t appeared. Is there any reason why the comment was blocked? This is a genuine question because I’d like to know if I commented on something, referenced something or did something that is regarded as inappropriate for this forum. I would like to continue contributing to the forum so I would like to know what I did so as to avoid doing so in the future

        -nzfp

        [lprent: Got caught in the spam trap, probably because of too many links.
        We’ve been getting a lot of spam, so have been a bit slow to clean it up. ]

      • Rich 10.1.4

        before you have to factor in the cost of storage and disposal of the radioactive residue

        Yup, and the insurance (most nuclear states get round this by not indemnifying nuclear plants from risk, which basically means the taxpayer carries the risk of any accidents. Then there’s decomissioning the plant after 50 or so years, which typically costs more than construction.

  11. Joe Bloggs 11

    interesting to hear Sir Geoffrey Palmer over last weekend proposing the resumption of US ship visits.

    Could it be that he recognises the modern generation don’t give a toss about our nuclear-free status?

    Or is it because continuing to thumb our nuclear-free noses at America will compromise our ability to lift our economic standard through a free trade agreement with the Great Satan?

    Either way, Phil Goff should be taking note – he could learn a few things

    • Wrong on two counts Joe.

      1. The nuclear free policy was about standing up and saying that the Nuclear Arms race was insane. It made everyone less safe, still has the world one mistake away from utter devastation, and the resources invested in it could have made a huge dent in world poverty if they had been redirected.

      2. A FTA with the United States will not improve our quality of life. Ask Canada or Mexico how they fared after entering into FTAs with the Grand Satan.

      Captcha Rubbish!!

      • Bill 11.1.1

        The nuclear arms race was insane….sure. Right up until Goff refused to use NZ’s veto on non-proliferation issues and gave the green light for sales of nuclear technology by the US to India…in return for talks on a FTA with the US.

        That’s the same India that sits next to a nuclear Pakistan and a nuclear China with all types of disintegrations happening around the region.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/565225

      • Joe Bloggs 11.1.2

        Wrong on which counts?

        Geoff Palmer DID propose the resumption of ship visits didn’t he?

        I’m not debating the original intent behind the nuclear free policy and shame on you for suggesting I am. I’m pointing out the fact that to the modern generation of kids coming into the workforce, the issue is not a priority or of any particular relevance to their daily lives.

        If you want to poor-mouth Mexico then look to the internal corruption in the country that has created such disparities in wealth between the peons and Carlos Slim – that’s not the result of an FTA.

        As for Canada, interesting that Canada came through the global economic crisis better than other countries because it’s a primary producer with a strong commodity export industry to USA. Incidentally Canada doesn’t have a true FTA with USA even now – US funds major transportation projects from Washington and Canada doesn’t get a clear look at these..

        • Pascal's bookie 11.1.2.1

          Well one of the counts you are wrong on, is that Palmer doesn’t suggest we were thumbing our noses at the US, or that we should stop doing so if that is in fact what we were doing.

          What he said was that we should keep our policy, and that the world has changed so much that our doing so should no longer be an impediment to US naval visits.

          Mexico is rapidly sliding towards narco-state territory, a fact not unrelated to US efforts and hypocrisy. This is far more relevant to the Mexican economy than NAFTA.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      The US empire, like all previous empires, will disappear into the dustbin of history. I don’t see any point in joining it there.

  12. Cnr Joe 12

    Awesome, just awesome,
    we plainly got asked along because of our substantial stockpile of nukes..no…invited because of our strategic american bases….no….our reserves of uranium, plutonium, unobtanium…no…because we have this Nuclear Free status?
    Wtf can Pin-The-Policy-On-The-Jonkey have thought on the plane over? ‘Gee they must’y luvved me on Letterman?’

  13. Bill 13

    So Obama wants rid of nuclear arms but is too clever to argue for getting rid of nuclear arms.

    Seriously?

    How about as an alternative take, an ‘internationally agreed’ control of materials offers a pretext for bombing the shit out of Iran or anyone else that comes up on the radar who is not one of the 40 countries signed to the ‘international agreement’ allowing the US to call the shots and possibly circumventing any pesky UN objections to proposed courses of action?

    No. That’s too convoluted. Obama is a smart boy. Obama is not arguing anti-nuclear in order to secure an anti-nuclear agenda.

    Which is also why JK isn’t mentioning NZs anti nuclear stance. He’s being clever too. Obviously.

    Or it could just be that ‘anti nuclear’ has as much to do with this National Security Summit as the price of cheese.

  14. felix 14

    He’s just such a Brian.

  15. tc 15

    Maybe Obama just wants some feelgood statesman like event after the bruising healthcare reform process and with a jab at those war-mongering beligerent Israeli’s thrown in who could resist.

    Presidents come and go but the military keeps on keeping on as the real issue for terrorsism is enriched uranium and it’s manufacture/use rather than stockpiled weapons they’d struggle to deploy anyway…..aside from all those missing suitcase A bombs the russians can’t account for that is.

  16. The Voice of Reason 16

    This is the White House briefing note re: Key’s meting with VP Biden. The last sentence is interesting as I don’t recall John Boy mentioning that he talked with Biden about starting World War 3.

    The White House

    Office of the Vice President

    For Immediate Release April 12, 2010
    Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
    Earlier today, the Vice President met with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key who is in Washington to participate in the President’s Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). New Zealand is an important partner in Afghanistan, on global issues ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to climate change, and on trade as a negotiating partner in the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Key for his close cooperation on the NSS agenda and goals, and expressed his appreciation for New Zealand’s strong support in Afghanistan. The Vice President and Prime Minister Key also discussed how our two countries can cooperate further on regional and global matters and work closely together at the United Nations, including on issues such as Iran.

    • Jim Nald 16.1

      @ VoR

      National’s logic is fundamentally that which has been expressed by Simon Power:
      “we go where America goes”.

      Just try to live with it, dear

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    2 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
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    3 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
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    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
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    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…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    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
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago

  • New measures for wood processing boost
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    57 mins 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 ...
    1 day 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

  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours 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
    8 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
    21 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
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