One law for all?

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, August 5th, 2009 - 46 comments
Categories: corruption, john key, law and "order", national, richard worth - Tags:

Are you?

  1. a disgraced former minister who resigned from Parliament in shame?
  2. a National MP who rents from a National minister (Judith Collins or Anne Tolley for example), claiming that expense back from the taxpayer while the minister simultaneously rents another place, again on the taxpayer’s tab?
  3. a private citizen who dares to publicly oppose a government policy?

If you answered 1 or 2, your privacy will be cited as a reason for the Government to refuse to answer questions about you.

If you answered 3, the Government will release your personal information without permission from you or even request from the media , information that is held in confidence by a ministry, which never should have released such information to the minister in the first place.

Ostensibly, that will be to get ‘all the facts on the table’ (note – that concern doesn’t apply to National MPs and ministers) but in reality it will be an attempt to bully you into silence.

Welcome to life under the Tories.

46 comments on “One law for all? ”

  1. BLiP 1

    Welcome to the new standards promised by John Key.

    Thanks National Inc.

  2. Gordon Shumway 2

    Eddie – this sort of post is a waste of time. Why not say:

    “Are you a criminal fraudster who exploits the most vulnerable members of society for personal gain? If so, the Labour party will protect you including a whitewash investigation and helpful lines in the media. Welcome to life under Labour.”

    You are so one-eyed on this sort of stuff. It makes your constant carping at the mainsteam media for their bias look a bit deranged.

    • Bright Red 2.1

      So, just checking, you do think it’s unacceptable that the Government has done the things in the post and you want to add other bad things to that list?

      • Gordon Shumway 2.1.1

        No. I think it’s less than ideal. I’m not yet convinced anyone has acted illegally or unethically.

        But calling this situation an example of “life under the Tories”, when the last PM, amongst other things, missed fraud carried out by her minister then wasted taxpayer’s money trying to whitewash it, is a joke.

        My only point is that Eddie works up to rant-speed for anything that National does, while snuggling behind the blindfold for anything that Labour does. While you always expect commentators to have some sort of bias, Eddie’s is so extreme that the main reason for popping in here now is to have a bit of a laugh (see the Field posts recently). Eddie on one hand blasts mainstream media for a perceived conservative bias, then demonstrates the most extreme and unthinking one-eyedness you could possibly imagine at a site intended (I think) to encourage rational discussion and debate.

        For what it’s worth, I believe (1) MPs probably aren’t paid well enough to attract decent people for short periods of 6-9 years (as opposed to career politicians who do well out of pensions etc over 15+ years service), (2) English looks greedy, (3) English looks like he’s acted within the law, (4) English looks like he’s acted in a way that gives him a financial benefit at the expense of the taxpayer, (5) the system needs an overhaul and increased transparency, but let’s not pretend that ONLY the most recent Govt MPs have done anything wrong.

        It you’re going to get wound up over this, you also need to be balanced and accept that this sort of “structuring your affairs” behaviour includes the Greens and their pension fund housing arrangements.

  3. Tim Ellis 3

    Are you:

    1. An anonymous blog poster who repeats shameless lies, spin, and revising history on behalf of the Labour Party?
    2. A person who goes onto blogs and attacks politicians from National while patently ignoring that the National politicians are doing exactly what the previous Labour government MPs did?
    3. posting under the pseudonyms Eddie or r0b?

    If you are either 1, 2 or 3, then you win today’s hypocrisy awards.

    • The Voice of Reason 3.1

      Kewl, Tim. I presume there’ll be a public ceremony and Farrar, as the current holder of the hypocrisy award, will be handing it over.

      Just had a look at his apology on Kiwiblog and while I’m not sure if ‘liar’ is appropriate, incompetent certainly is. Fancy mistaking a precis of a comment for an actual quote. Quite an error for a media professional to make, don’t you reckon?

    • BLiP 3.2

      So, apart from your attacks on the messengers, what’s your response to how life is now that National Inc have had nine months to put in place the new standards that were promised?

      We have a Prime Minster that lies, we have a Minister of Social Development that has used the powers of the state to crush dissent from clients of her department, we have a Minister of Education that doesn’t understand the difference between metaphor and literal, we have a Minister of Police that wants to sell jails so prisoners can be kept in containers, we have an Minister of Internal Affairs sacked for philandering, a Minister of Finance using legal technicalites to rort the public purse for personal gain . . .

      And you’re pissing your pants about a couple of bloggers you disagree with.

      Hahaha – the captcha sums up your raison d’être: MISLEADING.

      • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1

        “a Minister of Social Development that has used the powers of the state to crush dissent from clients of her department”

        When did this happen? Wonderful emotive language, BLiP, but not what happened was it?!

        • BLiP 3.2.1.1

          Basher Bennett, the Minister of Social Development, illegally accessed private information to stir up another round of beneficiary bashing, this time against two women who dared question government policy.

          The criticism from the two women centered on changes to the Training Incentive Allowance. Bennett, however, felt that such dissent was unacceptable and unliterally released the income details of the two women who were then given a good kicking by the talk-back filth and blog beaters. No consideration was given to the personal circumstances of the women concerned and nor was important supplementary information (eg, DBPers can’t get a student loan, WWF and Disabilty Allowance and Accommodation Supplements top ups in equivalent situations for the employed) provided. And, it may well transpire, that the income details for one of the women subject to this public battering, were incorrect. The bullying by National Inc continues; John Key, just yesterday and rather than addressing the issue, was attempting to silence another sole parent. Where will it end?

          Here’s a considered post about the impact Basher Bennett’s piece of petty bullying has.

          Such are the standards National Inc have put in place.

          • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.1

            BLiP – you won’t even describe what she did accurately, so it’s a waste of time trying to engage with you.

            I say again, when did she “use the powers of the state to crush dissent”?

            Two people complained that they were not receiving enough state assistance. The Minister released details of exactly how much state assistance they were receiving (she did not release details of their privately-earned income). Some people reckon that information is “private” and others reckon it’s totally relevant to the question of whether or not the complainants were indeed receiving “enough”.

            The complainants can continue to complain. Their dissent was not censored, deleted or ignored. If people think less of the merits of the complainants’ arguments, then that’s on the merits of the situation, surely?

            At worst, she “used state powers to put up a relevant counter-argument”.

            Now the Minister’s actions may have been illegal (unlikely), naiive (yes), foolish (perhaps), but to call that action “crushing dissent” is hyperbolic bullsh1t.

            You know damned well that HC carried out clandestine character assasinations of a number of people who dared to cross her government. To talk about “standards that National has put in place” is comedy gold.

            It’ll be a long hard time in opposition if every Govt action is interpreted in this skewed and non-sensical way.

            • BLiP 3.2.1.1.1.1

              I’ll spell it out for you: Rather than debate or defend the reasoning behind the trashing of the TIA, Basher Bennett used her position as a Minister of the Crown to release illegally-accessed, government held, legally protected information to foment public odium against two people in receipt of the DPB to silence their dissent. There was no reference to why the women were receiving the level of income and there was no mention of the fact that existing government top ups are available for people in the same situation. The result was a public savaging by the great mass of ignorant souls that populate talk back.

              Unless being deliberatley set up as a lump of meat and thrown to the dogs of talk back is encouraging debate?

              Seeking to minimse Basher Bennett’s vilification of the weak by saying “they did it too” or that Basher’s action was “foolish not intentional” is a misdirection.

              What is your source that that Aunty Helen used legally protected information – are you attempting a further smear on her character?

              National Inc began the silencing of dissent when getting Dr Salinger sacked and today is carrying on with John Key attacking another sole mother dissenting from climate policy. That’s three acts of personal attack. Can you see the pattern?

              If not, then you’d better make sure your house is in order before going public should you ever happen to disagree with the government. As far as National Inc is concerned, any information it can glean from what ever source is fair game. Look out.

            • BLiP 3.2.1.1.1.2

              To talk about “standards that National Inc has put in place’ is comedy gold.

              Sure is – but its black comedy. When John Key promised he was going to bring new standrds to the behaviour of his politicians no one but him and his crew realised it was going to mean new lower standards.

            • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.1.3

              Each time you restate your position, you ramp up the hyperbole to greater and greater heights. There was no “crushing dissent” and it’s moronic to keep claiming that there was.

              If someone says “I am not getting enough from the Government”, is it, or is it not, useful to understand exactly how much that person IS getting from the Government?

              Any reasonable person accepts that the information released by the Minister WAS relevant to the issue at hand and would usefully contribute to the debate. There’s a question around whether of not releasing the info in this way was lawful – I gather a complaint’s been made to the Privacy Commissioner so we’ll find out about that in due course.

              But by all means carry on frothing at the mouth over it, if you like.

            • BLiP 3.2.1.1.1.4

              . . any reasonable person . .

              Is that Right Troll talk for “everyone that agrees with me”?

              The information Basher bennett released was incomplete – she chose not to mention the number and ages of the children, their illnesses and the costs involved in travelling to and from treatment, the cost of the treatment itself, the rent paid, the fact that one of the women herself has disability costs . . .

              Also deliberately omitted was the fact that people in the same circumstances could top up their incomes via Government assistance.

              Is that information not relevant to the debate? Would releasing all that information as well as just the income details have tempered the talk back bile? Could the debate have been handled in a manner more fitting a Minister of the Crown? Will other beneficiaries feeling aggrieved now be willing to publically voice their criticism? The next time I see the Business Roundtable arguing against tax legislation an we expect the IRD to release its returns so as to round out the debate?

            • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.1.5

              So you do accept that the information released by the Minister was relevant, but reckon it was incomplete. Is that right?

              That’s a bit different from saying that the Minister’s release “crushed dissent”.

              • lprent

                The source that she got the data from (SWIFT) is not one that the minister should have had access to. The data was given to WINZ for a purpose, it had an expectation of being private to WINZ by the people giving it. From memory there is a bloody great big document that states all of this when you give info to WINZ.

                No where on it can I recall a statement that the purpose that it was given for was not to allow fuckwit politicians to score political points. As far as I’m concerned in an ideal world Bennett should have charges laid against her and in an ideal world be convicted.

                Tell me, what is so hard to understand in that?

          • BLiP 3.2.1.1.2

            No – it was not relevant. The discussion was about the TIA, not the benefit rate. My point was that Basher did not release ALL the information that was RELEVANT, she chose to release only enough to get the talk back filth riled up. Her tactics served their purpose, the women were silenced, their dissent crushed (heard anything more about the TIA), and is a warning to others who might dare criticise National Inc.

            Trying to put words in my mouth won’t work – there’s no room! 🙂

            • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.2.1

              If you geuinely believe the Minister was “crushing dissent”, then I really wonder what you reckon goes on in China, the Middle East, etc.

              I’d recommend a nice cup of tea and a lie down.

            • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1.1.2.2

              “Not as bad as the Chi-Comms” is not that good a slogan actually.

            • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.2.3

              Fair enough, but using the words “crushing dissent” to describe this latest release of information by the Minister is empty sloganeering and does nothing to advance debate about what actually happened.

            • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1.1.2.4

              Sure it does. It just doesn’t advance the debate in a direction you like. I agree that it’s a very loaded phrase, and an exaggeration because of that loading, but I don’t think you can plausibly maintain that the release was not intended to shut these women up, and make others hesitant.

            • Gordon Shumway 3.2.1.1.2.5

              Of course I can plausibly maintain that the release was not intended to “shut them up”. You just keep ignoring the counter argument because it doesn’t suit the direction you want to take things:

              1. The complainants said they weren’t getting enough from the government. They went public to garner sympathy to their cause.

              2. The minister told everyone what the complainants WERE getting from the government. This allowed the public to compare with their own circumstances. Some of the public (absolutely understandably) reassessed that sympathy.

              3. The minister then personally made contact with the two complainants and thereby kept the story running.

              What’s not plausible about the fact that the information released was 100% relevant to the issue at hand? (Something you refuse to properly argue because you know it’s correct)

              “Crushed dissent” is a nonsense phrase designed to beat this up into something far greater than what it was.

              The strategy you’re following is simply to rant and rave about the release of information by the minister so we might all forget what that information was (i.e. that the complainant was receiving a SHITLOAD of government assistance but went public demanding more).

            • BLiP 3.2.1.1.2.6

              Your position is fallacious. The two women were not complaining about the income they received from their other entitlements. In fact, they expressed gratitude for it. What they were complaining about was the changing of the TIA rules. (Have you actually read what they had to say?)

              Now, perhaps if Basher Bennett had released details of what money the women received from the TIA I might accept that that was partially relevant. However, Basher illegally accessed the private information and released it to the talk-back asylum knowing full well the opprobrium heaped upon them would result in their silence. In what way is one woman’s failed attempt to start a business relevant to her TIA?

              Geddit?

            • Armchair Critic 3.2.1.1.2.7

              GS – what BLiP said, and
              they didn’t complain they weren’t getting enough, they complained that an allowance that they had previously received was being cut.
              This would mean they would not be able to complete a course of study that would help them return to employment. Which was totally inconsistent with previous statements the government made.
              The Privacy Act is quite clear about what can and can not be done when any organisation collects, stores and uses personal information. Implied consent is a ruse, the minister broke the law. The resulting storm of public opinion, well, let’s not go there. IMO Ms Bennett’s behaviour was unministerial, at best.
              So, in your opinion what would she have to do to be crushing dissent? Sending undercover police around to talk to them quietly? Getting the IRD to audit them and their family? Cutting their benefits completely? Something more than this? Totalitarianism has to start somewhere. Illegally releasing personal information about people who point out the government’s words and actions do not match, in order to ridicule them, gets there in my book.

            • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1.1.2.8

              Further to BLiP and AC, Bennet did not release ALL the information about what these women were receiving. She only gave out the total amount. She omitted why these amounts are what they are, so the public cannot actually have an informed view about it.

              Instead, as she knew would happen, the public just gasped and all the nutjobs ranted and raved and had a little tanty. When justifying herself she falsely claimed that she just wanted to fill in the picture, but she did not fill in the picture at all, she merely released one aspect of the picture without context. She also made saw fit to make mention that this sort of ‘filling out of the picture’ should be a ‘lesson’.

              So no, you can’t plausibly’ claim that she wasn’t trying to shut them up, but carry on.

    • snoozer 3.3

      you sound like you’re going to cry mate.

      Do you have any worries about the government acting like it has? Or is that OK in your book because the labour government wasn’t perfect?

      Are you running for that hypocrisy award too?

  4. Life under the Tories is grand if for no other reason that to witness the metamorphis of the Standard from a shrine to Saint Helen to daily rants and ravings.

    • lprent 4.1

      Actually if you’d look back over time to 2007/8 you’ll find relatively few mentions of Helen or even Labour. The site has tended to focus on how gormless the right are. Have a look at the archive page cloud sometime. It doesn’t change much.

      You’re just attempting the usual inaccurate myth-making

      • Daveski 4.1.1

        Actually, not my usual type of post and I almost deleted it.

        My point was that the last couple of months have seen a lot more hysterical ranting rather than the more issues based approach prior to the election.

        Some of that I put down to the change in contributors – SP in particular was a hard act to follow. However, a lot is opposition-mode kicking in some we get mindless negating and point scoring – the nadir being a couple of recent posts on Field.

        The other point is that any discussion on politics must reflect the politicians and I’ve got to say on both sides it’s hard to find any real inspiration figures.

  5. burt 5

    How could you be so racist Eddie? Shame on you – joining the hollow men of National suggesting that we have one law for all.

  6. burt 6

    So all this fallout with MP’s looking like the self serving trough snuffling pigs they are is why Helen never allowed her promised new standard of openness and accountability to be implemented.

    The adjusting period is interesting – no parties or individuals are smelling of roses at the moment and to point fingers at the very same govt who have allowed the sunshine in is to be expected from people who defeneded the status quo of non disclosure that Labour maintained.

    Long live the accountability (and openness) under a new standard.

    • BLiP 6.1

      Yep, sure is – sole mothers across Aotearoa, be they in receipt of the DPB or Hollywood stars, can now take part in the open political discourse made available by National Inc. – just so long they are prepared to have their private information fed to talkback or their contribution internationally ridiculed by the Prime Minister.

      Thanks National Inc. I’m lovin’ it.

  7. Timothy 7

    For goodness sake – why do people keep harking back to the previous government for an excuse?!

    A new government has been elected.

    Anything they did wrong in the past can’t justify what wrong this current government does. Anyone who thinks it can isn’t worth taking notice of.

  8. toad 8

    Sir Double Dipton is now offering to pay back at least some of the allowance.

    All about “perception”, apparently.

    Interesting to see if any other Ministers follow suit.

  9. Ron 9

    That’s hilarious, Toad. The funniest thing id Double Dipton saying “there’s a perception that I’m getting more than ordinary MP’s” No, no, no ,no, no Bill.
    The PERCEPTION is that you’re a hypocritical bastard who while working with a government which uses the economy as an excuse to destroy ordinary poeple’s jobs and slash services, you quietly get on with ringing the system for everything you can get.

  10. CuriO 10

    I like the idea of having MP’s with big families get more. It’s totally unfair to compare Bill English with say Micheal Cullen or Norman Russell. Sure a single MP can live in an apartment they may be able to rent for $500. But how can you expect a family of 8 like Bill’s to find suitable accomodation in Wellington, for $750! Unless you want MPs living in Levin or NaeNae or something, the cost of representation for far flung electorate MP’s has to correspond to reality. The country shouldn’t punish families or people from small towns in all of this hysteria. Good on Bill for taking a big hit in the pocket and paying this money back, I think it transitions him straight back into the moral high ground. It’s galling to think that Labour Ministers spent 9 years blissfully if legitimately using supplements and now the National party and Bill English yet again has to be the honourable party and take the hit for the collective malfeasance of politician’s behaviour, both Left and Right, here and overseas, for the past 50 years. Its will be interesting to see what changes are implemented. Now that English has paid the money back he actually looks good. The public accepts he has been getting the same as all the Labour Ministers and the other National Ministers, but is still paying back cash as he respects public perceptions. The Prime Minister looks very very good for his swift and adroit handling of the entire affair. Labour now has to concede yet again that it is the Tories who have instigated ethical and appropriate change in Parliament. They have done so here in the administration of Ministers and MP’s allowances. The Tories promoted and allowed for the publication of expenses whilst in Government, even knowing they were putting their necks and bank accounts on the line to the public. You didn’t see the Greens clamouring for transparency in the media consistently while Labour was in government. The Tories placed in the House a speaker who in comparison to Helen’s former admirer is fair in the House and demands accountability from Tory Ministers. It was the Tories who are also in the process of bringing back appropriate change to electoral law in NZ after the outrageous Electoral Finance Act. The difference is simple. Taito Phillip Field placed in Lange’s old electorate is going to jail for corruption and bribery. Bill English is paying back $25000! to the taxpayer having sat on the opposition benches for 9 years watching Labour Ministers act the same as and worse then him, even though the vast majority don’t have the considerations of a family. Isn’t it great to have a clean party on board that accepts mistakes and respects public perceptions? And to have individuals who take responsibility? And isn’t it galling to know the vast majority of the public think like me and don’t get out of bed in the morning obsessing over this stuff? Go THE STANDARD!

    • Amused 10.1

      You actually believe that rant?

    • exbrethren 10.2

      I also think its totally unfair to compare English to Cullen or Norman. Cullen and Norman aren’t money grabbing cheats.

    • Ianmac 10.3

      So amongst all that Curio, you are saying that Bill got caught out “using” the system. After days of denial and months with hands in the cookie jar, he now hands back some of the money and is entitled to the moral high ground. Reeelly??? After months taking from the cookie jar all you have to say is “Sorry.” Must try that out on my good wife!

  11. BLiP 11

    Blah blah blah blah . . . families . . . blah blah blah blah . . . punish . . . blah blah blah blah . . . National honourable . . . blah blah blah blah . . . Labour bad . . blah blah blah blah . . . moral highground . . . blah blah blah blah . . . appropriate change . . . blah blah blah blah . . . the public accepts . . . blah blah blah blah . . . the difference is simple . . . blah blah blah blah . . . family . . . blah blah blah blah . . . Prime Minister swift and adroit . . . blah blah blah blah . . . National clean . . . blah blah blah blah . . . Labour MPs don’t have families . . . blah blah blah blah . . . everyone thinks like me . . . blah blah blah blah . . .

    Who turned on the talk back?

  12. Swampy 12

    Are you Phillida Bunkle or Marian Hobbs, dismissed from the Labour Cabinet over allowances claims, or are you the current Green MPs getting the taxpayer to pay their superannuation scheme for their residences.

    Are you the Labour Party buying a big and expensive fleet of limousines so that Phil can ride around in one as much as he likes.

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    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 weeks ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    5 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    5 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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