Open mike 01/10/2022

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  1. Ad 1

    I do not wish ill upon any citizen of the United Kingdom, and it is very difficult to see lead investor analysts decline to support investing there.

    But with the Conservative Party conference on its way, this is very well timed.

    Is Britain becoming a Banana Monarchy? – POLITICO

    "You've heard of banana republics, but what about a banana monarchy? Moderator Susan Li, from Fox Business, was moved to ask on Milken's main stage if the U.K. remains investable, following the market and currency routs that have greeted the country's recent mini-budget.

    Asked if Britain was becoming erratic and more like an emerging market, Gardner did not hesitate: “That would be an insult to emerging markets.” He added that while Britain isn’t in control of some factors dragging its economy down, like Russia-driven energy shocks, it's making a mess of what it does control: “Brexit is a significant damage to the long-term prospects of the U.K.”

    A senior economist at a panel moderated by Global Insider lamented that the British cabinet appeared to be “losing its mind.” The Economist magazine is running a section this week on the actions of Prime Minister Liz Truss’ team: “How not to run a country.”

    • Blazer 1.1

      There are over 75 tax havens around the world.

      Central control of many of the most infamous lies in the private City of London.

      Admittedly it is not part of the U.K….but BAU for 'investors'.

  2. Jenny are we there yet 2

    The Russian Federation is losing the war in Ukraine.

    There can be little dispute about this.

    Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin has made threats of using nuclear weapons to prevent the Russian defeat.

    Putin's latest effort to reverse Russia's military failure, the "Partial Mobilisation" of 300,000 conscripts is not going to plan.

    Russian Federation mouthpiece, RT (Russia Today), has run more than one article reinforcing Vladimir Putin's nuclear threat.

    RT's latest essay is the most explicit yet, in saying if the West does not "withdraw" its support for Ukraine Russia will use nuclear weapons. The RT author writes, military victory for Ukraine is "impossible", If Conventional Warfare cannot achieve victory for the Russian Federation armed forces, Russia will use tactical nuclear weapons. RT even threaten the use of intercontinental ballistic weapons if the West retaliates against Russia's use of a tactical nuclear weapon.

    The West fails to understand that Russia’s atomic arsenal is the fundamental basis of its ‘Great Power’ status

    By Sergey Poletaev, co-founder and editor of the Vatfor project.

    By raising the stakes and again mentioning nuclear weapons, Russia is telling the West:

    • The harder you push us and the more you drag us into this conventional conflict in Ukraine, the closer the nuclear scenario will be, both tactically (strikes against specific targets in the theatre of operations) and strategically (intercontinental missiles). The more you try to pin us down, the less choice you will leave us.
    • There can be no winners in a nuclear war. So, your military victory in Ukraine is impossible. Thus, you have two options: either continue to help Kiev or withdraw your direct backing. Ukraine will lose either way, and you can lose with it, or you can limit your involvement – and survive.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/563706-nuclear-weapons-moscow-west/

    • Blazer 2.1

      I heard that Russia recently annexed 4 eastern Ukrainian states.

      Is this evidence that they are…losing?

      The rapid advance of Ukrainian forces seems to have stalled.

      Some think that Russia withdrew to consolidate their positions,prior to the referendum.

      • Barfly 2.1.1

        Psst I've got a great deal on a bridge for you mate!

      • Jenny are we there yet 2.1.2

        Blazer

        1 October 2022 at 9:24 am

        I heard that Russia recently annexed 4 eastern Ukrainian states.

        Is this evidence that they are…losing?…..

        Pretty much.

        I saw Putin hosting celebrations with all the pageantry and pomp to rival the Queen of England's funeral in London, wait for it, in Moscow. What?

        Distance from Donetsk to Moscow?

        1,712 km – 18 hours by car

        Couldn't Putin find somewhere further away?

        If Putin had really conquered and secured the Donbas I would expect that is where Putin would have celebrated his victory.

        World leaders and politicians are visiting Kiev. Boris Johnson attended Ukraine independence celebrations there.

        Meanwhile Putin calls his Donbas puppets to Moscow to stand either side of him pledging their allegience to the Russia dictator on a podium far from the lands they are supposed to be in charge of.

        • Blazer 2.1.2.1

          My post was about ..are they really losing?

          Moscow is alot closer to Donesk…than..Washington.

          'World leaders and politicians are visiting Kiev. Boris Johnson attended Ukraine independence celebrations there.'-so what?

          As I've said before..Russia cannot afford to…lose.

          The U.S does not want to negotiate.

          • Jenny are we there yet 2.1.2.1.1

            Blazer

            1 October 2022 at 2:09 pm

            …..'World leaders and politicians are visiting Kiev. Boris Johnson attended Ukraine independence celebrations there.'-so what?

            As I've said before..Russia cannot afford to…lose.

            As I've said before..Russia Putin cannot afford to…lose.

            There you go Blazer, fixed it for you.

            Y'know Blazer, even Hitler went to Paris during the German occupation of France.

            The Russian dictator Putin has never dared, not even once, to go to the occupied territories of Ukraine he has now declared are part of Russia.

            Imagine that.

            • Blazer 2.1.2.1.1.1

              France rolled over.

              Russians do not see Putin as the West does.

              Truss,Johnson and Biden are embarrassing.

              • Jenny are we there yet

                '

                ….'World leaders and politicians are visiting Kiev. Boris Johnson attended Ukraine independence celebrations there'-so what?

                Blazer 1 October 2022 at 2:09 pm

                ….Y'know Blazer, even Hitler went to Paris during the German occupation of France.

                The Russian dictator Putin has never dared, not even once, to go to the occupied territories of Ukraine he has now declared are part of Russia.

                Jenny are we there yet 1 October 2022 at 2:43 pm

                France rolled over.

                Blazer1 October 2022 at 3:16 pm

                Blazer, Ukraine will not 'roll over'

                If I can speak personally, Blazer. I feel sick to my stomach having to defend Ukraine against apologists for this vileness.

                11 hr 45 min ago

                At least 30 killed after Russian missile hits civilian humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine says

                From CNN's Mick Krever, Idris Ibrahim and Olga Voitovych

                "People were in line to leave for the temporarily occupied territory, to pick up their relatives, to deliver aid."

                Images and video from the scene show wrecked vehicles and some bodies on the road.

                Among the dead are an 11-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, according to Ihor Klymenko, head of Ukraine’s National Police.

                Ivan Fedorov, mayor of the occupied city of Melitopol, said on Telegram: "People leave Zaporizhzhia every day to support their relatives, deliver vital medicines to the civilian population and return back.

                It is impossible as of now to even count the number of dead and wounded people."

                https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-09-30-22/h_7b936e41381bad5f5e4f54e10972f15a

          • Jenny are we there yet 2.1.2.1.2

            Blazer reinforces RT Russia today's message that Putin will use nuclear weapons to stave off defeat in Ukraine.

            Blazer, "As I've said before..Russia cannot afford to…lose."

            Blazer, Russia is losing and will lose. Putin and RT hope that nuclear weapons will turn this around.

            Let's be clear about this Blazer; Weapons of Mass destruction, WMDs are misnamed. They are Weapons of Mass Murder.

            Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapon of genocide. No need for pesky cattle trucks and concentration camps and gas chambers. If you can't defeat a people then commit genocide against them the cheapest quickest way possible.

            Genocide is in the toolbox of every empire. The British Empire used genocide in Australia. The British Empire used genocide in India. The German Empire committed genocide in Europe. The Japanese Empire committed genocide in Nanking. The Russian empire is threatening to commit nuclear genocide in Ukraine.

            Blazer by repeating what you said before that [Putin] "Russia cannot afford to … lose" you and the other pro-Putin commentators on this site are sotto voce cheering on nuclear genocide. (You are just the most explicit of them.)

            P.S. Blazer you may have noticed that in my comment I have inserted Putin's name before your quote. I did this deliberately and for a reason. Every dictator autocrat identifies their persona with the nation state under their dominion. The same with Putin. Russia can afford to lose. Putin can't afford to lose. Putin knows it. You know it. Russia will survive this war. Putin won't.

      • Bruce 2.1.3

        those russians have got a strange way of winning.

        https://youtu.be/1gQAymJvsTU

    • mikesh 2.2

      By raising the stakes and again mentioning nuclear weapons, Russia is telling the West:

      • The harder you push us and the more you drag us into this conventional conflict in Ukraine, the closer the nuclear scenario will be, both tactically (strikes against specific targets in the theatre of operations) and strategically (intercontinental missiles). The more you try to pin us down, the less choice you will leave us.
      • There can be no winners in a nuclear war. So, your military victory in Ukraine is impossible. Thus, you have two options: either continue to help Kiev or withdraw your direct backing. Ukraine will lose either way, and you can lose with it, or you can limit your involvement – and survive.

      That's true, isn't it.

      • Jenny are we there yet 2.2.1

        What's true?

        That a Ukraine victory is "impossible"?

        Or that Russia will use tactical nuclear weapons to prevent it?

        Take your time.

      • Jenny are we there yet 2.2.2

        Putin may think he can prevent a Ukrainian victory with nuclear weapons, but he would be wrong.
        Wars are won by people not super weapons. Genocide is a way of getting rid of vast amounts of people. Nuclear weapons are good at doing that. No need to bother with pesky cattle cars and extensive extermination camps. Even if Putin was prepared to commit nuclear genocide and irradiate the whole country and a good part of Russia as well. He still wouldn't win.
        Nixon realised when he was considering dropping a nuclear bomb on Hanoi that the American people would people would tear his to pieces. Not figuratively, literally. And no amount of protection would stop them.
        The same would happen to Putin. It is not that far from happening now.

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/could-vladimir-putin-e2-80-99s-partial-mobilisation-lead-to-revolution-in-russia/ar-AA12iyGk

  3. Mac1 3

    Reading Ken Douglas’s obituary in today’s The Press, came across this, "There was a downside. Because of his political beliefs, his wife and children suffered abusive phone calls and death threats. In the 1970s the Young Nats set up a group to phone his house every half hour during the weekend to abuse whoever answered."

    And from their ranks rose the leaders of the future.

    • weka 3.1

      Dirty Politics training ground.

    • weka 3.2

      please provide the link for others, ta!

      • Mac1 3.2.2

        My link, " in today’s The Press", was a hand-typed reference from an actual, physical, delivered, printed-on-paper medium source…….

        • Anne 3.2.2.1

          Is the Trades Hall bombing in 1984 mentioned Mac1? I have a special interest in that incident.

          • Tiger Mountain 3.2.2.1.1

            A few people I know had a near miss that day with the suitcase in Wgtn. Trades Hall.

            For whatever reason I have always felt that the “powers that be” did not have a great appetite for solving the Ernie Abbot murder and Trades Hall Bombing.

            • Anne 3.2.2.1.1.1

              For whatever reason I have always felt that the “powers that be” did not have a great appetite for solving the Ernie Abbot murder and Trades Hall Bombing.

              Personal experiences of mine – which go back to the years prior to the bombing incident and in the few years that followed – indicate you might be correct Tiger Mountain.

              I say no more for fear of the consequences.

          • Visubversa 3.2.2.1.2

            So have I – I was working in Trades Hall in Auckland at the time. The TUC next door got door security -we got nothing.

            • Tiger Mountain 3.2.2.1.2.1

              Yes, I worked at the TUC for a period and attended Union Executive and other meetings for years. The Admin staff and organisers did appreciate the door security, even though a few members did not like it.

              • Visubversa

                If G.H.A had spent time with all the assorted people who wanted to "see" him, he would have not had any time for other work. The door person was definitely " security" and not "reception".

                • Tiger Mountain

                  It is interesting who comes out of the woodwork online, that's for sure Visubversa.

          • Mac1 3.2.2.1.3

            No, Anne, not mentioned. The obituary was written by David Grant who wrote the biography, "Man for All Seasons:the Life and Times of Ken Douglas". A decent obit of some 35 column inches and three photos.

            Page B7, The Press, Saturday October 1 2022.

            I always had a special feeling for Ernie Abbott having begun my working career as a cleaner while at Uni and then ending it as a general cleaner. I once paid a visit to the site of the bombing to remember him.

            • Anne 3.2.2.1.3.1

              Hi Mac1,
              It was never meant for just Ernie Abbott of course. It was an attempt to take out the union leadership of the day. The suitcase was placed in a narrow corridor off the main entrance opposite a door leading into a room where the leadership normally had their meetings. However there was an extraordinary meeting called after Muldoon announced a wage freeze and it took place at another venue. Had it occurred in the usual meeting place they would all have been gone-burgers.

              The police imo got it wrong. They were convinced it was the work of an embittered loner. If some knowledge and experiences of mine are anything to go by, it was the work of a small right-wing group of what I will term 'semi professional thugs' with extreme views. They were covert operators and there may also have been off-shore influence involved.

              How I came by this conclusion is a story in itself.

              • Tiger Mountain

                I’ll bet it is Anne!

                Most of my political friends that applied for their NZSIS files when then Director Tucker ran his “openness” regime were declined under the 1969 Act which basically puts informants and snitches privacy rights–who was at what meeting etc.–ahead of those snooped on rights.

                • Anne

                  Yes TM I was snooped on big time but it went much further than that. It was all based on false premises and the 'informant' (who turned out to be someone I knew well) told porkies which the recipients chose to believe.

                  On and off over the past 30 years I have researched as much as I can. There had to be a reason why I was targeted. It pretty much came down to two major events which occurred in the 1980s. As far as I can tell the group were acting independently of any Public Service entity and probably had overseas contacts.

  4. Stephen D 4

    A fascinating read about why we still need to teach handwriting. If you’re not taught to write it, you can’t read it.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/10/gen-z-handwriting-teaching-cursive-history/671246/

    • Molly 4.1

      Interesting article.

      For me, handwriting of loved ones is often as distinctive and evocative as photos.

      Decades later, I can discern teachers from their handwriting in old exercise books.

      I have my grandparents handwritten invitations to the Bachelor's and Spinster's balls.

      They married in 1935.

    • Stephen D 4.2

      Think of all those post grad students who will struggle to read and understand old primary sources.

      • newsense 4.2.1

        Will open up specialist research assistant positions for those who can read cursive!

  5. Sabine 5

    Reinhard May was an artist since the 60s, he was part of my childhood. By german standards he is witty, political, and he boarded the peace train a long time ago.

    This is a new anti war song that i just stumbled across. A collaboration of germans from the music world. It will of course make no difference. When the powerful have quarrels, the poor die.

    Nein, meine Soehne kriegt ihr nicht. No, You do not get my sons.

    In Germany military services is still very much confined to men, or men would be the first ones to be drafted in a military response under the auspices of Nato.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-Ga3myTP4

    • Sabine 5.1

      edit:

      the title should be : NO, I am not giving you my sons.

    • Molly 5.2

      Like this song. Thanks, Sabine.

    • Jenny are we there yet 5.3

      A sentiment Russian mothers agree with.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrdLGg72Rao

      • Sabine 5.3.2

        you still don't understand Jenny.

        • Jenny are we there yet 5.3.2.1

          What could I not understand about this, there is no possible ambiguity.

          What is it you possibly think, that I don't understand about this, Sabine?

          ….

          (a) That we shouldn't send our sons to fight in another country?

          (b) That we should send our sons to fight in another country?

          …..

          (a) That we shouldn't slam rockets into apartment buildings?

          (b) That we should slam rockets into apartment buildings?

          …..

          (a) That we shouldn't reduce cities to rubble?

          (b) That we should reduce cities to rubble?

          ….

          (a) That we shouldn't invade sovereign countries?

          (b) That we should invade sovereign countries?

          ….

          Which is it Sabine? (a) or (b)?

          I know I support (a) every time, and I hope you do to.

          What is there not to understand about this?

          • Sabine 5.3.2.1.1

            if you had checked the credits

            you

            would

            have

            seen

            that

            this song

            has nothing do to

            with Germany

            having to offer their sons

            but that it is the world that offers their sons

            This song was not created in regards to russia my dear Jenny.

            But then, you don't understand at all what so ever, what this diverse mix of germans – indiginous and the children of migrants and migrants themselves have to say about War.

            And fwiw, another thing that you dear Jenny don't seem to understand, the Germans understand war.

            • Jenny are we there yet 5.3.2.1.1.1

              "….you don't understand at all what so ever, what this diverse mix of germans – indiginous and the children of migrants and migrants themselves have to say about War." Sabine

              I understand very well, Sabine.

              So do the mothers of the Russian indigenous minorities,

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhamf8yWg8w

    • JO 5.4

      This is how I felt when Robert Muldoon offered to send a frigate to the Falklands to help the grocer's daughter win her next election. My mother was shocked when I told her he would never have my two sons.

  6. Molly 6

    Keith Bennett, the 12yr old victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley may have been found:

    EXCLUSIVE: Skull found in hunt for Ian Brady and Myra Hindley's last victim: Police dig up Saddleworth Moor in search for 12-year-old Keith Bennett – 58 years after he was snatched by moors murderers

    "Police are today digging on the Moors for murder victim Keith Bennett for the first time in 35 years to investigate suspected human remains.

    In an extraordinary breakthrough in the notorious case nearly six decades after the schoolboy was snatched by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, a skull believed to be that of a child aged around 12 has been found on Saddleworth Moor."

    A detailed article, with the author who identified the possible burial site recalling his efforts over the years

  7. Robert Guyton 7

    Best 3 Waters explanation ever!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2cDX9GKhd0

    • higherstandard 7.1

      Lots of racists are opposed to it, bless …… was this his NCEA media project ?

      • Robert Guyton 7.1.1

        Should he have said, "All racists are opposed to it"?

      • newsense 7.1.2

        School strikers should shut the f up? Nothing the kids write can be pertinent? Or do you mean NZ is a post-racial paradise under David Seymour’s leadership?

        More gasoline and tax cuts please?

        You’re the little ACT troll? What does that party stand for? Small government, except for the handouts to us? No vaccines? Hate those socialist cows? Give us more sweet heart deals so we can lecture those we’re cutting out?

        Why are you so worried about being a racist? Billions are excessively pro their own ethnicity or nationality.

    • roblogic 7.2

      Pompous little twerp is painful to watch. He might be correct but if "the medium is the message" then the message has failed.

    • Stuart Munro 7.3

      A mate of mine is concerned by the boards – they are, evidently, large. Probably stacked with non-performing deadweight like most NZ boards. Excessively remunerated, delivering little in the way of value – basically Luxon Minimes.

      I think boiling the water is going to be safer. On the bright side, global warming is likely to do that for us.

      • Graeme 7.3.1

        Have a read of the Water Services Act, particularly the criminal penalties that could apply to officers and employees. (Sec 177 – 192) They are pretty steep, and will get the attention of anyone appointed to those boards, and their insurers.

        Also look at sec 29 that outlines the responsibilities of officers and employees and note 29 (3) which exempt elected officials form criminal responsibility

        Despite subsection (1), a member of the governing body of a local authority elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001 does not have a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that any council-controlled organisation complies with its duties under legislative requirements, unless that member is also an officer of that council-controlled organisation.

        My understanding is that this clause is there because it's not possible to prosecute an elected offical for making a bad decision in New Zealand. And councils have made plenty with respect to our water infrastructure provision and operation. Councillors will act in the interest of getting re-elected which in NZ means keeping rates increases at a minimum, and spending money on things people can see, generally above ground.

        The new entities, and their boards will have a strong motivation to do a much better job of managing our water than the current elected Council arrangement, which in most cases has been abysmal. There's a few exceptions but these aren't the normal NZ town.

    • weka 7.4

      the first 7 1/2 mins are very good. After that he loses me. The solution to low local body voter turn out isn't to remove democracy from local bodies even further. Labour could instead have brought in legislation that increases it.

      No problem with co-governance, but many people aren't ok with this or are unsure, and we need to get this right. The conflating rural objections to 3 Waters with racism is a bad move and will just divide politics further.

      • Robert Guyton 7.4.1

        "The conflating rural objections to 3 Waters with racism is a bad move and will just divide politics further."

        Do you (in general terms) feel that rural objections to 3 Waters are not underpinned by racism?

        • weka 7.4.1.1

          some are, some aren't. I live in the country, I don't like 3 Waters, I have no problem with co-governance. My objections sit entirely separately from the co-governance aspects.

    • alwyn 8.1

      "we won't ever get any more of it".

      That isn't actually true. It is continually being created on earth by alpha particle emission in the decay of radioactive elements. The only reason it is fairly rare on earth is that unconfined helium is lost off the top of the atmosphere because it is so light.

      New Helium production on earth is simply a by-product of the natural gas industry. Most natural gas contains some Helium produced by the radioactive decay of other elements. We certainly waste a lot but it readily available at the moment and there is still a lot more around. The Helium in MRI machines is only required to keep them cold enough to get superconducting magnets. Higher temperature super conductors would make it unnecessary but progress in that work seems to have stalled in recent years.

      In the Universe as a whole approximately 25% of the mass is Helium, second only to the 73% that is Hydrogen. All the other matter comprises only 2%. Most of that Helium was created at the time of the big bang of course but Helium is created, now, at a rate of approximately 600 million tons/second in the sun. That is what keeps the sun shining.

  8. Anne 10

    If anyone has any doubt as to who to vote for in the Auckland mayoralty race:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/auckland-mayoral-race-candidate-wayne-brown-attacks-nz-herald-journalist-simon-wilson/3MPJE3JNOHKOG3CX7XBDW5AO2I/

    NZME managing editor Shayne Currie said: "We're not really interested in commenting on Brown's pathetic remarks but we stand by Simon Wilson as a highly skilled, experienced journalist who brings much required scrutiny to the policies and character of potential mayoral candidates."

    I watched the Nation this morning. It was the first time Wilson had heard the comment. In his response he admitted to being shocked but he was polite and did not respond in kind. Bravo Simon Wilson.

    • Barfly 10.1

      Well I've done voting and I voted for the brown guy not the Brown guy cheeky

    • AB 10.2

      Poor old NZ Herald. The need to support the person employed to partially obscure their right-wing bias, (i.e. Simon Wilson), might force them to be critical of their preferred right-wing candidate, Wayne Brown. What a delicious dilemma to watch.

      Approach will be to 'support' Wilson without too explicitly condemning Brown, then move on as quickly as possible. Down the line sometime, there may be a restructuring at the Herald that magically no longer sees a need for Wilson.

      • Anne 10.2.1

        Herald editor did call Brown's remark "pathetic" so it doesn't sound like he's too enamoured of the right wing candidate. We'll wait and see….

      • tinderdry6 10.2.2

        Funny how impressions are subjective. I had come to the view that the Herald has become a cheerleader for Efeso. Certainly Simon Wilson has.

        • Incognito 10.2.2.1

          You would say that. I’d strongly suggest you leave this alone or my next action will be another Mod note for you.

          • tinderdry6 10.2.2.1.1

            Excuse me? A comment about the media get's a moderator warning?

            • Incognito 10.2.2.1.1.1

              There we go again, problems with reading comprehension. Anywho, at least you now know.

              • tinderdry6

                Know what? I made a comment about the media, specifically our perceptions of media bias. I really have no idea what your angling at.

                • Incognito

                  Sure, whatever.

                • Robert Guyton

                  I'm supporting tinderdry6 on this one – can't see any indiscretion. I like your comment about impressions being subjective – this is a fascinating and difficult-to-pin-down phenomenon that exhibits so often with written comments, as seen on blogs and often with people who are otherwise very astute. Perhaps we all suffer it, to some degree. Detecting one's own is the challenge!

                • weka

                  I'm also puzzled by what the problem is. Seemed like a straightforward expression of belief.

                  • Incognito

                    I’ve got this in hand.

                    • weka

                      I think you should explain so that they and others can understand. On the face of it you just threatened a commenter with moderation for something they don't get. You've basically told them to shut up on a topic but not given a reason. It's impossible for people to respond positively to moderation if they don't know what they are being modded for.

                    • Incognito []

                      Nobody has been modded, yet.

                    • weka

                      You told them to shut up or be modded,

                      You would say that. I’d strongly suggest you leave this alone or my next action will be another Mod note for you.

                      It's unclear why they should shut up or why they would be modded next.

                    • Incognito []

                      Well, he hasn’t shut up and he hasn’t been modded. The irony is that my first comment was to allow him to keep on commenting, hard as that may be to believe.

                    • weka

                      But they have shut up about the NZH etc. And I would advise them to if they won't want to get modded, because it's entirely unclear what the problem is and where the boundaries are. So they are free to talk about other things so long as they don't talk about this one? We still don't know why.

                      When you said " I’d strongly suggest you leave this alone" what did you mean and what were you referring to? Because to me it read that they had to stop expressing an opinion about the NZH/Simon Wilson.

                  • tinderdry6

                    You're puzzled. How do you think I feel! I've pretty much identified myself here with my recent posts about Ōwairaka. To the best of my knowledge I've not broken any site rules, and yet I have one moderator (I assume I is a moderator) coming after me for the second time (after the Western Springs discussion). It's a bit creepy actually.

                    • Ad

                      Think of it like interpreting Calvinist theology: best left for definitions of predetermination that will only be made clear once the dead rise at the coming of the Lord.

                      Put keyboard away and return tomorrow.

                    • tinderdry6

                      "Put keyboard away and return tomorrow."

                      Or put keyboard away and not bother.

                      But thanks for the Calvinist analogy.

                    • weka

                      I hope you stick around, we need new voices and ideas.

                    • Incognito

                      So, I gave you a hard time before in the tree threads, as a commenter. Not once did I warn you, as a Mod, in those threads, as there was no direct reason to – it was a robust discussion that taught me a few things. You seem very defensive.

        • Patricia Bremner 10.2.2.2

          Tinder? Damp squib!!

        • Jester 10.2.2.3

          I agree with your comment. It is very subjective as I see the NZH as very left wing whereas AB sees it as right wing. I think your comment is fine. Moderators can be quick to threaten moderation if they do not like the opinion expressed, without explaining why.

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  • The only thing we have to fear is tenants themselves
    1. Which of these acronyms describes the experience of travelling on a Cook Strait ferry?a. ROROb. FOMOc. RAROd. FMLAramoana, first boat ever boarded by More Than A Feilding, four weeks after the Wahine disaster2. What is the acronym for the experience of watching the government risking a $200 million break ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    16 hours ago
  • Peters talks of NZ “renewing its connections with the world” – but who knew we had been discon...
    Buzz from the Beehive The thrust of the country’s foreign affairs policy and its relationship with the United States have been addressed in four statements from the Beehive over the past 24 hours. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters somewhat curiously spoke of New Zealand “renewing its connections with a world ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    17 hours ago
  • Muldoonism, solar farms, and legitimacy
    NewsHub had an article yesterday about progress on Aotearoa's largest solar farm, at "The Point" in the Mackenzie Country. 420MW, right next to a grid connection and transmission infrastructure, and next to dams - meaning it can work in tandem with them to maximise water storage. Its exactly the sort ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • NZTA does not know how much it spends on cones
    Barrie Saunders writes –  Astonishing as it may seem NZTA does not know either how much it spends on road cones as part of its Temporary Traffic Management system, or even how many companies it uses to supply and manage the cones. See my Official Information Act request ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    19 hours ago
  • If this is Back on Track – let's not.
    I used to want to plant bombs at the Last Night of the PromsBut now you'll find me with the baby, in the bathroom,With that big shell, listening for the sound of the sea,The baby and meI stayed in bed, alone, uncertainThen I met you, you drew the curtainThe sun ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    19 hours ago
  • Welfare: Just two timid targets from the National government
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  The National Government has announced just two targets for the Ministry of Social Development. They are: – to reduce the number of people receiving Jobseeker Support by 50,000 to 140,000 by June 2029, and – (alongside HUD) to reduce the number of households in emergency ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    20 hours ago
  • The Hoon around the week to April 12
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above features co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale, along with regular guests Robert Patman on Gaza and AUKUS II, Merja Myllylahti on AUT’s trust in news report, Awhi’s Holly Bennett on a watered-down voluntary code for lobbyists, plus special guest Patrick Gower ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • A Dead Internet?
    Hi,Four years ago I wrote about a train engineer who derailed his train near the port in Los Angeles.He was attempting to slam thousands of tonnes of screaming metal into a docked Navy hospital ship, because he thought it was involved in some shady government conspiracy theory. He thought it ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Antarctic heat spike shocks climate scientists
    A ‘Regime Shift’ could raise sea levels sooner than anticipated. Has a tipping point been triggered in the Antarctic? Photo: Juan Barreto/Getty Images TL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above that was recorded yesterday afternoon between and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    24 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #15 2024
    Open access notables Global carbon emissions in 2023, Liu et al., Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Annual global CO2 emissions dropped markedly in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing by 5.8% relative to 2019 (ref. 1). There were hopes that green economic stimulus packages during the COVD crisis might mark the beginning ...
    1 day ago
  • Everything will be just fine
    In our earlier days of national self-loathing, we made a special place for the attitude derided as she’ll be right.You don't hear many people younger than age Boomer using that particular expression these days. But that doesn’t mean there are not younger people in possession of such an attitude.The likes of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
    Buzz from the Beehive People working in the beleaguered media industry have cause to yearn for a minister as busy as Todd McClay and his associates have been in recent days. But if they check out the Beehive website for a list of Melissa Lee’s announcements, pronouncements, speeches and what-have-you ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place as a fully hybrid conference in both Vienna and online from April 15 to 19. I decided to join the event virtually this year for the full week and I've already picked several sessions I plan to ...
    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
    Grim old week in the media business, eh? And it’s only Wednesday, to rework an old upbeat line of poor old Neil Roberts.One of the larger dark ironies of it all has been the line the Prime Minister is serving up to anyone asking him about the sorry state of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
    That's the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights today: Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
    David Farrar writes –  There has been a 34% increase over six years in the size of the public service, in terms of EFTS. But not all agencies have grown by the same proportion. Here are the 10 with the largest relative increases between 2017 and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's day. First up is James Shaw's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Sustainable Environment) Amendment Bill, which does exactly what it says on the label. Despite solid backing in international law and from lawyers and NGOs, National will likely vote it down out of pure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
    Luxon in 2021 as a new MP, before his rise to PM and subsequent plummeting popularity. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the 10 things that stood out for me from me reading over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Must read: Tova O’Brien describes ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want to “avoid the news”. But who ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
    Buzz from the Beehive Targets and travel were a theme in the latest flow of ministerial announcements. The PM announced a raft of targets (“nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders”) along with plans to head for Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. His Deputy and Foreign ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
    Hello! There has not been an omnibus for about three weeks because covid and bereavement got in the way.Here’s what you may have missed if you’re not a daily reader.Life’s Little Victories - I think I’ve dodged COVIDTwo Bar Blues - I haven’t Relentlessly Negative - Things seem to be ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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