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Open mike 01/03/2011

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  1. prism 1

    Shonkey was quoted on the radio as addressing Christchurch people saying that the best thing for them would be to get back to work. I don’t know in what context this was said but it sounds patronising as if they want to sit around and live in misery on benefits – not. It would be good if he could do some real work apart from pontificating, sympathetic speeches.

    One necessary thing would be to expand other universities enrolment capacity by lifting the cap imposed before this disaster. Another would be to have numbers of mediators freely available to people who feel they cannot stay in Christchurch yet are tied by tenancy contracts entered into in good faith that there was a livable house, city and occupation for them. I was astonished at the crassness of the firm managing tenancies that he didn’t understand that. He just saw the matter as people wanting to duck out of their obligations. The human needs as well as the financial plight of landlords that arises from broken tenancies must both be considered.

    Nigel Lundy said some tenants were using the earthquake as an excuse to avoid their responsibilities.
    Mr Lundy, manages 160 tenancies through his firm Metro Advances and said he would not allow any renters to break their contracts if their homes were still habitable. His company was charging six weeks rent as a break fee for those wanting out.

    rental manager

    • Vicky32 1.1

      As the Am,ericans would say “what a prince!”
      Deb

      • prism 1.1.1

        Yes, and I notice a surname with unpleasant connotations that matches his lack of princely noblesse oblige (the supposed obligation of nobility to be honourable and generous).

  2. prism 2

    One more sad story to think of today at 10 to 1. Owen Wright who was on his way home to his family in Lyttelton in his vehicle and delayed ending up being caught in a rockfall from an aftershock.

    So as he passed tired, scared people trekking on foot up the Bridle Path, he stopped time and time again to pick them up. He would drop some off at the top – then go back for more.

    samaritan

  3. For those interested in the struggles of various peoples around the world, I offer this

    http://intercontinentalcry.org/underreported-struggles-47-february-2011/

    We are all connected and community is the answer to most of our issues.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    Someone in CHCH, probably the mayor, needs to step in and announce when businesses are going to have limited access to the CBD. There were stories on Closeup last night of businesses trying to get back in and first being allowed in, and then later having that rescinded (Mace engineering, whom my boyfriend (who has had dealings with them) has a very low view of). Meanwhile an architects firm was able to get in and get their computer equipment.

    They need to come out and say that there will be an organised and orderly system set up, ASAP (next week would be best) where companies can register there interest of returning to the city, a brief list of what they want and their address. Then official escorts can be organised and businesses can get access to their buildings for 30 minutes where safe to do so, to remove critical systems and paperwork.

    Otherwise we’re going to continue to see frustration and anger, more economic stress than really necessary, and people getting into a whole “well how come that company was given special permission – we should be able to get in too!” shouting match.

    • weka 4.1

      Won’t it depend on which street and which building? There will be places that are safer than others. Some people with homes within the cordon have been refused entry, others are living there. I’ve not seen a clear delineation of that either.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        I think Lanth is saying that the authorities need to set up a framework and process for businesses to access their offices, and yes for determining what access can be allowed and is safe.

        Currently it seems there is no framework and its all very ad hoc.

        This is the kind of measure which could make the long term survival of the CBD feasible.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Frankly the guy who has been showing up around the place as the CBD business guy should stop bleating about how bad everything is and set up this registry himself.

          If he comes to the mayor with a list of businesses, their addresses and what they want to get out, it’ll make it a lot more likely that this will actually happen sooner rather than later.

    • prism 4.2

      Yes, it is not sufficient to leave the management of the sites to contracted firms who have to focus on their tasks but have no responsibility beyond the doing and ensuring safety for the community. It is not the task of the contractors to be making rules and setting up systems but the authorities should be seeing to this and assisting people and business not so much talkfest and photo opportunity waffling on about the spirit of Christchurch etc etc.

      It is a bit sick-making to wonder if John Key will get re elected because he was so visible at and about the earthquake, a Bob Parker situation again.

    • Janice 4.3

      I am amazed that these businesses don’t have a daily off site back up for their computers and claim that they have to get back to their offices to get their business data. It is hard to believe that a large company doesn’t do this as part of their daily routine before leaving the office. It’s not rocket science.

      • lprent 4.3.1

        I do it for this site. There is a hot backup site that keeps updating continuously. Then there are the cold backups.

        Every night the entire database compresses itself into local backup (about 120MB compressed – text is tight). The site files do a delta of changes (the total number of images and videos are so big that I find it impossible to do a full backup each day). The whole lot ships itself to the backup systems across the net and reconstitutes itself into a tip version. The old tip versions compress themselves. Older versions selectively zap themselves.

        I learnt my lesson after losing some images early last year, and I actually run the cold backup site at least once every couple of weeks to make sure I have a complete working backup.

        I do about 450MB per night to keep our words of wisdom safe in multiple locations… 😈 The net is a wonderful backup instrument. But I’d have to say that its limiting factor is images and video. The bulk of our sites volume is the immense number of images that we use. Whenever I have to work on Lyn’s systems it crawls because it has terabytes of video.

      • Lanthanide 4.3.2

        This.

        The chamber of commerce, after the 4th of September quake, should’ve got involved with several IT backup companies in CHCH and put together a plan where all members could access discounted backup consulting and services etc. Set up presentations by the companies to the businesses to get them to understand what it was all about and how cost effective it was in the long term.

        No vision.

        • McFlock 4.3.2.1

          Not just IT – my workplace is re-examining our safety practises and who knows what to do. It’s one think to have all the forms and signs, but not many people know things like who the floor warden is – and if we have one (the worst one like that was back when I was working security – an audit found some of the emergency a/h contacts were in different roles, retired, or in at least 2 cases long deceased). Shit slipped, and we’ve woken up to it.

          IT-wise, we already have offsite data backup, but I think it might only be 3 buildings away. That’s next on the tick-sheet, given that we’re entirely IT based.

    • The Voice of Reason 4.4

      My work’s Chch office is in the CBD exclusion zone. A couple of my colleagues were allowed in this morning to retrieve lappies, data cards and phones that were abandoned last Tuesday. However, it’s a newish building and was green stickered. My recollection of Mace Eng is that it’s housed in a couple of older buildings a block or two away from the brewery. It may be that all or part is not regarded as safe to enter yet?

  5. Bunji 5

    Danyl has covered this story at Dimpost.

    Judith Collins appears to be dog-whistling prison-rape for looters. From our Corrections Minister. Anyone else see something wrong with that? Can some journo please take her to task?

    • weka 5.1

      There was some discussion in a previous open mike. Someone could phone the journos on the Herald that wrote the original piece.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      She’ll weasel out of it. But it’s not a good look.

      • felix 5.2.1

        Yeah that’s the idea – to make her weasel out of it in public.

        It won’t make her revise her horrible views but it lets people see her for the weasel she is.

      • People across at Kiwiblog (and some of the usually rational people, at that) were claiming it was a reference to double bunking. Christonapogostick.

        • logie97 5.2.2.1

          Understand Collins has suggested some instant shelter solutions. Converted shipping containers. Easily portable, convertible and apparently very comfortable…

  6. joe90 6

    What we have and haven’t learned from ‘Climategate’.

    It’s a numbingly familiar pattern in media coverage. The conservative movement that’s been attacking climate science for 20 years has a storied history of demonstrable fabrications, distortions, personal attacks, and nothingburger faux-scandals — not only on climate science, but going back to asbestos, ozone, leaded gasoline, tobacco, you name it. They don’t follow the rigorous standards of professional science; they follow no intellectual or ethical standards whatsoever. Yet no matter how long their record of viciousness and farce, every time the skeptic blogosphere coughs up a new “ZOMG!” it’s as though we start from zero again, like no one has a memory longer than five minutes.

  7. joe90 7

    Aljazeera: A revolution against neoliberalism?

    The political economy of the Mubarak regime was shaped by many currents in Egypt’s own history, but its broad outlines were by no means unique. Similar stories can be told throughout the rest of the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Everywhere neoliberalism has been tried, the results are similar: living up to the utopian ideal is impossible; formal measures of economic activity mask huge disparities in the fortunes of the rich and poor; elites become “masters of the universe,” using force to defend their prerogatives, and manipulating the economy to their advantage, but never living in anything resembling the heavily marketised worlds that are imposed on the poor.

    Unemployment was a major grievance for millions of Egyptian protesters [EPA]
    The story should sound familiar to Americans as well. For example, the vast fortunes of Bush era cabinet members Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, through their involvement with companies like Halliburton and Gilead Sciences, are the product of a political system that allows them — more or less legally — to have one foot planted in “business” and another in “government” to the point that the distinction between them becomes blurred. Politicians move from the office to the boardroom to the lobbying organization and back again.

  8. Deadly_NZ 8

    Did anyone see the pic on the from page of Stuff yesterday ? The one taken in CHCH of wrecked buildings with 2 CR plated Beemers driving thru?? It was not there for long, I grabbed a copy of the pic but not the link..

    Oh and speaking of scary pics this in stuff today.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4717764/Whaleoil-blogger-appeals-suppression-conviction

    can they double the fines???

    Please

    Pretty Please
    With sugar on top

  9. higherstandard 9

    Good on ya wiz ! …… we need more people like you in the world.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_cid=1&gallery_id=117051

  10. Since it’s all so damned depressing of late, this might cheer up some of yous 🙂

    Very clever take on a brilliant movie. I wonder if “The Kings Speech” will become the new “Downfall”, parody-wise?

  11. Carol 11

    Just caught bits of the Beatson interview on Stratos (yay! It’s on Freeview from today). The interview tonight was with the National & Labour candidates for the Botany by-election. Apart from the differences between Labour and Nat policies, it was clear that Woods (LAB) had been out and about talking to people in Botany and knew what issues were important for them (eg fluctuations and uncertainty in immigration policies & cuts to local early childhood centres) – Ross (NAT) claimed that National had put loads more money int ECE than Labour had. He hadn’t heard of any issues with immigration, in spite of the fact that Beatson began the question saying he had heard that, for the Asian community, immigration policy is an important issue.

    In contrast to Woods grasp of local issues, Ross tried to shamelessly play on Key’s popularity and on sentiments about the Christchurch earthquake. At one point in the qu & a’s, Ross said that Key had been planning to be on the ground campaigning in Botany with him, but had to deal with important Christchurch issues. However, Ross assured Botany voters that Key cares about them.

    Woods was asked first for a final word. He said that National, throughout the country and in Botany, had been taking voters for granted. Whereas he (Woods) said he wouldn’t be taking anyone for granted and, if elected, he would be out their talking with & listening to the people of Botany and working for them. He also said stated he would be following the Labour policy in supporting the low and middle income people who were suffering right now … and some other stuff.

    Ross said his final word wasn’t going to be about Botany (of course, he already showed he was out of touch with opinions on the ground in the electorate). Ross said the important issue right now was Christchurch and urged everyone to put their hands in their pockets to donate. He said Botany really wasn’t that important at the moment while everyone is focused in christchurch.

    • toad 11.1

      Jami-Lee Ross reminds me of Michael Lhaws.

      Into politics at a young age, no experience of real life, and perpetrating all the prejudices that appeal to this country’s bigots (apart from those about Asians, which Ross obviously can’t afford to voice, given the demographic of the electorate he is standing in).

      A total scumbag imo. But a certainty to be elected, unfortunately. Let’s hope his ego gets the better of him and he succumbs to an “Antoinette Beck” moment and like Lhaws is banished to a lifetime on talkback radio.

  12. lprent 12

    There has been an interesting (ie disheartening) problem with Brian Edwards site today. It has been running as slow as a wet week on exactly the same day that there was a (ummm) difference between Brian Edwards and John Campbell.

    John Campbell, tonight you were a disgrace to the interviewer’s trade.
    and now
    A Gracious Apology from John Campbell

    It is all rather amusing. But I was more interested in the problem of running a website when the bloody database access is somewhat unreliable under fairly heavy loadings. Because Brian asked me to have a look at it. I’ve added (very slowly) a full blown caching system that should make the web pages fast and minimize the delays for comments despite the database. I have also added some tracking in case it is the bots causing issues. But it really just looks like the database at the hosting company (and they are trying to fix that).

    As part of that – please go and hit the links. I’ll be monitoring traffic to see if the site has been fixed or the tweaks alleviate the problem.

    Let me know of any obvious errors please…

    Thanks.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      Loaded real fast for me

      • lprent 12.1.1

        That was what I was seeing as well (flicking it on and off). Really really fast when giving a cached version.

    • Rosy 12.2

      No problems for me either. This little exercise led me to look at a few links about that interview and to an excellent debunk of Ring’s (and other psuedo-science) ‘predictions’ (being on the otherside of the world means it’s taken a little bit of time to catch up on this controversy).

      • lprent 12.2.1

        Thats Ok, I am the same. I completely ignored Ring a while back after I detected a couple of his points that seemed to require some interesting (and impossible) timescales for the energy requirements. Can’t even remember what they were now. Just remember that they’d have required that much of Canterbury didn’t exist any more if they’d happened.

        BE wasn’t really looking at the theories. He was just looking at the interviewing as far as I can see.

    • lprent 12.3

      It is a trivial annoying to test, but does appear that I have the caching on. But there isn’t enough load on the SQL server at present to cause issues.

      If they have failed to fix it tonight I will be able to see tomorrow.

  13. kriswgtn 13

    I am in Paraparaumu and we just had a earthquake 3 mins ago
    me and my flatmates felt it befor arrived was like a nudge then a little kick

    quite nerving

    • They say they don’t predict anything of greater magnitude following… here’s hoping “they” are right. Good luck mate.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.2

      Felt it here (Wellington) too. The Geonet sites are reading it a 5 on the Mercalli scale. I’m hoping it wasn’t chch again, but the radio isn’t telling me anything.

      • Rosy 13.2.1

        ‎4.5M 20kms NW Wellington 40km depth, at a guess just a common garden Wellington quake – hope so anyway – It certainly woke up my family who are living there. The youngest used to love it when the house ‘jumped’. Since Christchuch not so much. Is now in bed with his dad 😉

      • Lanthanide 13.2.2

        Was saying to my bf that it must be quite unnerving. That’d equate to something like an 8+ in CHCH wouldn’t it?

    • Vicky32 13.3

      My niece just mentioned it on Facebook, she’s in Khandallah… My son in Newtown didn’t feel anything, and I’ve just sent a message to my sister in Johnsonville.
      We left Welly in 1990, because the earthquakes got on my last nerve. I wish the rest of the family had too, but they were cool about it. And then my son had to go and move back there! 🙁
      Deb

      • Vicky32 13.3.1

        Update – my sister in Johnsonville and her son and daughter felt it as well… My niece in Khandallah is so laid-back about it it’s ridiculous. She says there’ve been 5 since Christmas and she’s not bothered. (She was sodding well in Blenheim til a week ago!)
        Deb

  14. kriswgtn 14

    20 KMs? north west of wgtn is Tawa?

  15. swordfish 15

    Yep, definitely felt a sharp jolt here in the Capital. Brief look of dismay from one or two people in the Internet Cafe – was this Wellington’s turn ?

    On an entirely different note, I just want to briefly pay tribute here to Tom Gregory who has just died in the last few days. Tom – father of my old mate Jane Gregory from Mana College – was a loyal unionist and Labour supporter. Remained staunch throughout the 51 lockout. A very progressive man who – like my own parents – opposed the Vietnam War, Nuclear Warship Visits and Springbok Tours. Tom was 87.

    Like my parents, I see Tom as yet more evidence that highly progressive, humanitarian ideas did actually exist before the heavily self-promotional first-wave Boomer (Hippy) Generation claimed to have invented them.

  16. Drakula 16

    My chief concern is how the mainstream media is handling the Christchurch earthquake and as Rex has pointed out it really is so damned depressing.

    Just after the earthquake Radio NZ and some of the TV media were running hot the Christchurch earthquake issue constantly for twenty four a day, and a lot of it was sensationalised and repetitive.

    Could they not have put some soothing music on instead of the repitition? It would have even benefited the staff to take stock, calm themselves and broardcaste the news as it comes.

    Even over the week-end the only other news that I got from that particular station was the terrors of Libya’s Gaddafi!!!!

    So what kind of psychological effect must that have on the victims of the quake? So why do they do this?

    My next door neighbour lived in Belfast during the troubles and he said that in the 60’s you got some bloody good music between the terrorist shootings.

    Should there not be some civilised rules of engagement here? Is blanket coverage necessary?

    • Vicky32 16.1

      I listened to the BBC world service (I always do) during the day, and got some relief from the blanket coverage. It’s just so repetitive, and scary….
      Deb

  17. Draco T Bastard 17

    Podcast

    Naomi Oreskes on RNZ about her new book Merchants of Doubt. A look at how people and PR firms are hired to cast doubt upon scientific consensus.

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  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    6 days ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    6 days ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
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  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
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    1 week ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
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    1 week ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
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    1 week ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    1 week ago
  • The rise and collapse of classical political economy
    The feature below is the conclusion of A History of Economic Thought, whose author was a leading Marxist economist in Russia in the early 20th century, Isaac Ilyich Rubin.  The book arose from a course he ran at Moscow University following the Russian Revolution.  First published in Russian in 1929, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman
    There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great.  As a minor planet (synonym: asteroid) spotter, I have ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Some cheap soundbites i thought up while reading about the underwhelming Conservative manifesto
    Tory manifesto: big on austerity, low on promise, non-existent on delivery. The Tories: the party so big on ambition they couldn't be arsed writing a manifesto. MLK: "I have a dream!"BJ: "I'll just have a nap." Labour: Broadband!Tories: Narrow minds! Labour have hope, dreams and ambition. The Tories will save ...
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  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
    The Ministry of Health has announced that “people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji” are now on the list of national priorities for MMR vaccination. Given the outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Giving the finger to Beijing
    Hong Kong has been protesting for six months for, demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to police violence. Today, they went to the polls in district council elections - a low-level of government with virtually no power, similar to community boards in New Zealand. But while the positions themselves ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia’s national strike
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On Friday 22nd of November a curfew came into effect and troops were deployed on the streets, here in Bogota. It was the first time since September 1977 that a curfew had been imposed on the city. The decision was a cynical pre-planned ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National supports slavery
    Meanwhile, while the government is planning to restore voting rights to prisoners, National is promising to turn our prisons into US-style slave-labour camps:The Opposition is proposing compulsory education, training or employment for prisoners who are serving sentences of two years or more. [...] On Sunday, National Party Leader Simon Bridges ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Erasing the infamy
    Last year, the Supreme Court confirmed that National's prisoner voting ban - a law so shoddily passed that it brought Parliament into disrepute - breached the Bill of Rights Act. This year, the Waitangi Tribunal added that it also breached the Treaty of Waitangi. And now, the government has finally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade unions that never fight the sex industry bosses
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the second part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • A Team Approach to Tackling the Psychology Replication Crisis
    Dalmeet Singh Chawla In 2008, psychologists proposed that when humans are shown an unfamiliar face, they judge it on two main dimensions: trustworthiness and physical strength. These form the basis of first impressions, which may help people make important social decisions, from who to vote for to how long a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownership
    Claas Kirchhelle, University of Oxford; Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource. Decisive action is needed if we are to retain access to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bloody Great Political Story (From A Parallel Universe).
    Things That Make You Go - Hmmmm: “All right. Let me come at this another way. I’m guessing that what you’ve got in that box contains names, dates, bank account numbers – all the details you need to put Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern squarely in the cross-hairs. So, the first ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Submit!
    The Environment Committee has called for submissions on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Friday, 17 January 2020, and can be made online at the link above. The bill makes a number of changes to the ETS, including linking it to the carbon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Message From Messenger Park.
    Coasters Turn Out In Droves: It’s precisely the widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park on Sunday, 17 November 2019. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions ...
    2 weeks ago
  • JFK’s assassination: a bit of physics
    There are perennial arguments about the circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and in particular whether more than one shooter is required by the evidence (such as the Zapruder film). Those who know little about physics frequently claim that the sharp backwards motion of JFK’s head as ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Is car washing so bad we need to ban it?
    Apparently, some people enjoy washing their cars. Each to his or her own, I suppose. I mean, some people like duck shooting, some people follow Coronation Street, and some people’s idea of a good day out is to sit on a grass bank at Seddon Park and watch cricket all ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • If Shane Jones isn’t corrupt, he is trying very hard to look it
    Last week we learned that New Zealand First had apparently tried to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Today in Question Time Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones had his ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
      The Council of Disobedient Women has learned that the Prefect of Aro Valley has been promoted to a new role with the blessing of the Pope of Wellington. Softy Jejune Parson has been appointed Mother Superior of Woke Wellington for the work she has been doing calling out heretics, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
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    2 days ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
    The next phase of the Pike River Re-entry project is underway, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little says. “Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Insurance contracts to become easier to understand and fairer for consumers
    New Zealand consumers will have greater certainty about their insurance cover when they need to make claims as a result of proposed government changes. “Insurance is vitally important in supporting consumers and businesses to be financially resilient when unexpected events happen,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said. ...
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    2 days ago
  • A new opportunity for Ngāpuhi collective and regional negotiations
    The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The Crown is also ...
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    2 days ago
  • Referendums Framework Bill passes third reading
    A Bill enabling referendums to be held with the 2020 General Election has passed its third reading. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Act is important for upholding the integrity of New Zealand’s electoral process. “The Government has committed to holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis at the next ...
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    3 days ago
  • Referendums website and initial cannabis Bill launched
    The first release of public information on the two referendums to be held at next year’s General Election was made today with an informative new Government website going live. Additionally, the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has been released, showing the strict controls on cannabis that will apply if ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government to ban foreign donations
    The Government is taking action to protect New Zealand from foreign interference in our elections by banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. “There’s no need for anyone other than New ...
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    3 days ago
  • Governments and tech converge to strengthen joint response to online terror events
    Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will ...
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    3 days ago
  • Cancer Control Agency to drive improved care
    The new independent Cancer Control Agency has formally opened today, delivering on the Government’s plan to improve cancer care in New Zealand.         Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health David Clark marked the occasion by announcing the membership of the Advisory Council that will be supporting ...
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    3 days ago
  • Supporting small business to prosper
    Small businesses who deal with government departments are set to be paid faster and have improved cash flow as a result, under a new strategy released today. The Government is backing recommendations from the Small Business Council (SBC) and has agreed to implement three initiatives immediately to support business and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bill has biggest education changes in decades
    The Education and Training Bill 2019, introduced in Parliament today, proposes the biggest education changes in decades and is an important step towards improving success for all our learners, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “The Bill’s rewrite of education legislation is long overdue. Indeed one Education Act, parts of which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bali Democracy Forum to focus on democracy and inclusivity
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Bali to represent New Zealand at the 12th Bali Democracy Forum that will be held on the 5-6 December. “The Forum is a valuable opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to share experiences and best practice in building home-grown democracy and fostering ...
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    4 days ago
  • Innovative technology and tools to better manage freedom camping
    A package of new and expanded technology and other tools will encourage responsible camping and help communities and local councils better manage freedom camping this summer, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. “Our Government has been investing to improve the freedom camping experience for everyone because we want to support ...
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    4 days ago
  • Improving wellbeing by understanding our genes
    The government is laying the groundwork to understanding our genes – work that can help us tackle some of our biggest health challenges, like heart disease and diabetes, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. $4.7 million has been invested in the Genomics Aotearoa Rakeiora programme. The programme will ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government investing to future proof school property
    Nearly every state schools will receive a capital injection next year valued at $693 per student to bring forward urgent school property improvements, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.  The one-off cash injection is the first project to be announced from the Government’s infrastructure package ...
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    5 days ago
  • Infrastructure investments to be brought forward
    The Government has decided to bring forward major investments in New Zealand’s infrastructure to future proof the economy. “Cabinet has agreed to a significant boost to infrastructure investment. I have directed the Treasury to help bring together a package of projects that can be brought into the Government’s short and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Future-proofing New Zealand
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa track opened – an asset for the West Coast
    New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa Track, was officially opened in Blackball today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage alongside the family members of the Pike 29 and Ngāti Waewae.  Local mayors and MP for the West Coast Hon Damien O’Connor were also in attendance. “Paparoa National Park ...
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    6 days ago
  • P-8A Poseidon base works commence
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark turned the first sod of earth on the infrastructure works for the new P-8A Poseidon fleet at RNZAF Base Ohakea today. “The Coalition Government’s investment in Ohakea will ensure the Royal New Zealand Air Force can manage, maintain and task the new fleet efficiently ahead ...
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    7 days ago
  • Launch of the National Emergency Management Agency
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency from 1 December 2019.  The National Emergency Management Agency will replace the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. It will be an autonomous departmental agency, hosted by the Department of the Prime ...
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    7 days ago
  • NASA 2020 Internship applications open
    New Zealand tertiary students with top grades and a passion for space will once again be offered the opportunity to work with the world’s best and brightest at NASA, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Recipients of the New Zealand Space Scholarship are nominated by the Ministry of Business, ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to send more medical staff and essential supplies to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further support to Samoa in the wake of an ongoing measles outbreak in the country. Additional medical supplies and personnel, including a third rotation of New Zealand’s emergency medical assistance team (NZMAT), further nurse vaccinators, intensive care (ICU) specialists and Samoan-speaking medical professionals, will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cost less of a factor for Kiwis seeking GP care
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new data showing a sharp drop in the number of people who can’t afford to visit their GP is a sign of real progress. One year after the Government made it cheaper for about 600,000 Kiwis to visit their doctor, results of the New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Trade for All Board releases recommendations
    The Trade for All Advisory Board has released its recommendations for making New Zealand’s trade policy deliver for all New Zealanders.  The report was today welcomed by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker.  “Trade is crucial to this country’s economy and well-being, and the benefits need to flow to all ...
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    1 week ago
  • Porirua housing partnership to improve housing in the city
    A partnership signed today between the Crown and local iwi, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira (Ngāti Toa), will improve the quality of state housing in western Porirua, says the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi. Contracts have been signed at a ceremony at Takapūwāhia Marae, in Porirua, between Ngāti Toa, ...
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  • Prime Minster Delivers Erebus Apology
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    1 week ago
  • PGF backing Southland skills
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