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Open mike 01/05/2011

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  1. Carol 1

    So the recent apparent drop in recorded crimes at least in part disguises the real proportion in crime because of changes in the way crimes are recorded, making it hard to compare previous crims statitsics with the present ones:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4947289/Odd-crime-stats-valid-say-police

    But it also involved more use of “representative charging”. Previously, a fraudster who made 30 transactions on a stolen credit card would face 30 charges, but now he or she would face only one, with all the counts listed in an attached schedule.

    Auckland police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said the drop could, in part, be explained by the fact that as of early last year, those on bail were no longer required to report to police.

    Police national statistics manager Gavin Knight said many breaches of bail, such as curfew violations, were formerly recorded as offences when they should have been recorded as “incidents”. Education of frontline staff was resolving that.

    The two big movers – fraud in Auckland and Manukau, and bail breaches in Auckland and Waitemata – account for 14% of the overall national drop in crime.

    Cosgrove said if there had been a change in the formula of recording crimes, it should be explained to preserve “the integrity of the figures”.

    Kelly said: “The most important message is that crime last year fell in nearly every category, and all districts recorded reductions. It would be extraordinarily difficult to make any case that police somehow conspired to influence the way in which offences were recorded.”

    Collins did not return calls.

    This reminds me of when I lived in the UK in the time of the Thatcher government. The methods of recording unemployment constantly changed over time, disguising the real rise in unemployment.

    • ianmac 1.1

      While it might be a more useful way of reporting data on crime, using for instance “representative charging” for politicians to use the new style to claim a drop in crime is downright dishonest. As Mr Cosgrove said the changes and effect on data should be explained.
      Who decided on the changes in reporting? Police or politicians? Great spotting Carol.

    • Aye Carol. Something smells.

      The statistics do show a decrease across most categories but the biggest decrease was in the Auckland region. Nationwide there were 25,060 fewer offences, while the decrease in Auckland was 5,605, in Counties Manukau it was 4,137 and in Waitemata it was 3,720. So the bulk did come from the Auckland area. If a change of prosecutorial policy was the cause then there is no reason to celebrate.

      The statics are at http://www.stats.govt.nz/tools_and_services/tools/TableBuilder/recorded-crime-statistics/ASOC-offence-calendar-year-statistics.aspx#National.

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        Some statistics are damn lies do you suspect MS?

        • ianmac 1.2.1.1

          By the way interesting that: “The homicide offence category is particularly broad in New Zealand. It includes murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, infanticide, illegal abortion, and aiding suicide. “

    • Deadly_NZ 1.3

      Shhhh or Paula Bennet will find that policy by trolling the Net..

  2. As is to be expected – the corporate media campaign to undermine the new ‘Mana’ Party has begun – by attacking the $500,000 (?) cost of the by-election which will be triggered by Hone’s resignation.

    Just posted this on Kiwiblog – FYI:

    “Let’s have a bit of consistency applied to to the cost of by-elections – shall we?

    National Party ex-MP Pansy Wong caused a by-election in Botany after being effectively forced to resign over her arguably ‘corrupt’ practices?

    This has triggered another by-election – both of which are costing taxpayers AND rate payers money.

    National’s Jami-Lee Ross effectively caused the current Auckland Council Howick by-election when he CHOSE to stand, then won the Botany by-election.

    If Dick Quax were to win the Howick Auckland Council by-election, then would not that cause yet ANOTHER by-election at local board level?

    All triggered by EX- National Party MP Pansy Wong’s arguably corrupt ‘misuse of public office for private gain’?

    (Don’t forget – we’re still waiting for the Office of the Auditor-General to complete their investigation, which should, as I understand it, include the changing of the company address of ‘Shipley & Wong Ltd’ to that of Pansy Wong’s electorate office on 11 June 2010?)

    How much will all this cost taxpayers / ratepayers and who is pointing the finger at National – if we’re looking at the costs of by-elections being a waste of public monies?

    Hone is seeking a mandate from his electorate for the new Mana Party – which has a position of opposition to neo-liberalism and monopoly capitalism.

    (A different position to that of the Maori Party from which Hone resigned.)

    To seek a mandate from his electorate for this new Mana Party with this new, ‘more radical’ platform seems fair enough to me.

    Of course I can understand why supporters of neo-liberalism and monopoly capitalism are pulling out all the stops to undermine a party of this nature getting off the ground?

    (However – I guess it will help take the heat out of the corporate media campaign to undermine support for Labour/ Phil Goff and NZ First /Winston Peters ?)

    (Eeeek!

    SCARY thought!

    What if the Mana Party gets electoral support from a number of those who usually don’t bother voting?

    There are quite a number of them – aren’t there? ………………..

    So what if the Mana Party didn’t necessarily ‘cannibalise’ votes from the Greens or Labour Party – but mobilised a new, effectively ‘forgotten?’ voting base?

    EEEEK!

    Now – that thought must be TRULY scary to a lot of Kiwibloggers?

    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Penny, I think your analysis is astute. Harawira is going to pull in a lot of supporters that do not normally bother to get out and vote, and further, those supporters are not going to mind in the least that he is forcing a by-election. The people who will look down on the by-election are people who were never going to support Mana anyways.

      So a solid, high risk, high return strategy by Hone and his team.

      Good to see some guts on the field of play this year; compare that to the painfully choreographed dance around sinking Rodney Hide and installing the Right Wing undead from the 1990’s.

    • Deadly_NZ 2.2

      Careful Penny or that clown DPF will give you 10,000 demerit points and tell you off, for being off topic. What a Joke, but after I have scanned their posts I usually feel like a shower, what a nasty bunch of trolls they are.

    • Thomas Forrow 2.3

      Yes its interesting reading the attack lines on Kiwiblog
      Apparently its OK to force a by election a year out from an election as was the case with a certain Maori co leader ,but not OK when its 7 months, I wonder which , 8 9 10 or 11 months would be acceptable?
      I guess that is why we have a law that gives an exact time, namely 6 months.

      I as a tax payer would much rather fund an an MP actually getting a mandate when they changed sides
      then helicopter trips for photo ops or Camper vans from hell. But hey that’s just me

      The Mana Party being formed is great . It might give a few on the left somewhere to go that are uncomfortable in the Greens or are just not bothering, now that Labour has lost the plot

      Having a Party to the left of the Greens I would think is a good thing, let the Greens have a more environmental focus and mop up a few Blue/Greens in the process.
      It should be said that the Greens will always have a strong focus on Social Responsibility as
      their charter states
      “Unlimited material growth is impossible. Therefore the key to social responsibility is the just distribution of social and natural resources, both locally and globally.’

      Interesting times methinks

      • Anthony 2.3.1

        The funny thing is that they can cry and cry and peddle all the lines they like, but it won’t effect Mana’s support.

        They will most probably try and paint Goff into a corner about working with Mana, but as long as he echoes John Key’s vague “Brash will not be finance minister” arms-length rhetoric he should be fine. But no doubt Espiner and Garner will be a lot more aggressive in trying to get Goff to categorically rule out working with Mana.

        • Jasper 2.3.1.1

          Goff shot himself in the foot, yet again, when he said that Hones by election was nothing more than posturing.

          A clever leader would have made noises about how it’s good he’s exercising the democratic option and giving people the opportunity to ensure that Hone has a MANDATE to continue to operate in Parliament as a leader of a new party.

          Of course, no one ever accused Goff of being a clever leader.

  3. todd 3

    Obama Moves Against Oil Subsidies

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/05/obama-moves-against-oil-subsidies.html

    After many years of complacency concerning climate change, America under the leadership of Barack Obama has finally started to make sounds about changing their behaviour. Far be it from me to be disparaging about such statements as the one the White House sent out today, but after Americas influence has destroyed every agreement under the sun concerning emission reductions, I’m not holding my breath. Until there is evidence to the contrary, I will take whatever they say with a grain of salt.

    • millsy 4.1

      Old attitudes never change, dont they?

      Mind you these rednecks are all talk. They dont seem to have the courage to actually take their gun, and actually have a go at shooting Obama…

  4. PeteG 5

    I thought Phil Goff had a reasonable interview on The Nation yesterday. But it highlighted a contrast.

    When Goff is talking about something he believes in he sounds very reasoned and even a bit passionate and comes across very well.

    His response to other questions was a launch into the same old electioneering slogans, one tacked onto another, and that is a real roll-your-eyes turn-off. I don’t know when he’s just slipped into robot mode and when he’s avoiding answering the question – it may often be both.

    • Campbell Larsen 5.1

      At least Phil can be reasoned and passionate and actually answer questions sometimes – unlike Nationals bimbo MP’s (you know who they are) who can’t seem to utter anything but spin and slogans, and only seem to be there because they approximate (vaguely) a pretty face.

      • PeteG 5.1.1

        unlike Nationals bimbo MP’s (you know who they are) who can’t seem to utter anything but spin and slogans, and only seem to be there because they approximate (vaguely) a pretty face.

        The same could often be said of Goff (except the bimbo tag).

        • Campbell Larsen 5.1.1.1

          Dodging questions and resorting to T.V. soundbites is just plain ugly, no matter who is doing it – The practice is quite widespread and most politicians are guilty of it theses days – Should we accept it? NO – does it work? YES – not for people interested in the question perhaps but for the rest certainly – otherwise the technique would not be so widely used.

          Selecting your MP’s and your party leader on the basis of looks (and yes I am pointing the finger at National) is a very cynical and calculated move to prey upon rudimentary psychology in order to win votes.

          Another cheap trick is spinning like you have just done in your post:

          When talking about the opposition:

          1. Start with an assertion that you think so and so did well in such a such context
          ‘I thought Phil Goff had a reasonable interview on The Nation yesterday. But it highlighted a contrast.’
          2. Further qualify it with by limiting the scope of your praise.
          ‘When Goff is talking about something he believes in he sounds very reasoned and even a bit passionate and comes across very well.’
          3. Then make the statement(s) that you wanted to all along
          ‘His response to other questions was a launch into the same old electioneering slogans, one tacked onto another, and that is a real roll-your-eyes turn-off. I don’t know when he’s just slipped into robot mode and when he’s avoiding answering the question – it may often be both.’

          Your real intent – to portray Goff as a robot or evasive. Yawn. If you want an evasive robot look no further than your great (mis)leader Smoozer Shonky

          • PeteG 5.1.1.1.1

            The point of my post was to point out the contrast – when he looks good, and when he doesn’t. It’s not spin, it’s observation.

            Something else that stood out from the interview – it was highlighted how Goff was a seamless successor to Clark, there was no examination of what would best suit Labour going forward, it was a tidy continuation of the past. That’s how it still appears – and I don’t have a problem with Goff or anyone else keeping in touch with Clark, I’d be surprised if they didn’t.

            This “same old” is running parallel to Goff’s talking point slogans about what needs to improve, most of which is little changed from when Labour were in government except for a bit of recessionary accentuation. Nothing is being offered about what Labour would do different to the Clark years, so the slogans can only be compared to memories which showed that not a lot of gains were made in things like fights against poverty, and disparities in education, health and justice.

            Goff will continue to look like old Labour until there is some sign of what a new Labour might do differently.

          • MrSmith 5.1.1.1.2

            Thanks Campbell, Perfect assessment of PeteG’s behavior.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.2.1

              yeah, follows the scripted sales process designed to hook the listener in, build a bit of credibility then deliver the actual sales message. Perfected by Crosby Textor, applied by PeteG.

              • ianmac

                And like Hootten on National Radio. He sounds quite reasonable at times but wait there is the attack line coming and repeated X3.

    • felix 5.2

      I agree with Pete. When Goff is fired up about something he believes in he’s a force to be reckoned with, but when he’s not and reverts to slogans he could put a meth head to sleep at midnight.

      Maybe Labour should keep him in a box and poke him with sticks and just let him out to feed.

  5. Draco T Bastard 6

    Sharples may work with Brash

    The Maori Party may work with a National-led Government that is backed by Don Brash.

    Speaking on TVNZ’s Q and A Maori Party Co-leader Pita Sharples refused to rule out working with the new ACT Party leader.Sharples may work with Brash.

    Sharples added the secret of Maori development is to be part of the government.

    Well, I think that will prove beyond any doubt that the Maori Party is just for the rich and powerful the same way that National and Act are. In other words, they’re out to screw over the poor.

    • millsy 6.1

      The Maori Party just lost all the Maori seats.

      All the Mana Party needs to do is replay that clip over and over again, and the Matua Toms are finished.

    • ianmac 7.1

      Pascal. I had a momentary pang for Hide but then had a recollection of the Hide assassination of Peters in 2008 and the relish it gave Rodney. What goes around …….
      They were talking on Media about the sub-editing as a panel dislocated from journalists who actually write the stuff.

  6. Draco T Bastard 8

    US so wanted s92 implemented that it offered advice on how to write it, advice on spin to sell it and to offer advice on enforcing it.

    During this hiatus we’ve proposed holding DVC(s) between NZ and U.S. interlocutors to possibly help with drafting and as a public diplomacy tool to dispel public misperceptions about proper role of IPR protection. U.S. agencies have the benefit of 10 years worth of experience in enforcing the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act that may serve useful to New Zealand officials in their effort to implement section 92A.
    KEEGAN

    Can we tell these meddlesome arseholes to fuck off yet?

  7. marsman 9

    Here’s one for Bill English, Obama balancing the Budget and talking about ‘nice to haves’ ,for some:
    http://www.myvidster.com/video/1551132 /Weekly_Address_Ending_Taxpayer_Subsidies_for_Oil_Companies

  8. felix 10

    I’ve been wondering lately how Peter McCaffrey’s fruity little club will deal with being led by Brash.

    Here’s an organisation advocating things like liberal drinking laws for young people, the legalisation of drugs, gay marriage, and they’re nominally pledging support to Brash, a man so conservative he couldn’t even bring himself to vote for civil unions let alone gay marriage.

    What a terrible position to be in I thought, but as it turns out they have a solution. Unfortunately it consists entirely of denial and bare-faced lying.

    ACT On Campus, folks. The liberal liberal party party.

    Oh and guess what else. John Banks. lol.

  9. ianmac 12

    “THE MINISTRY of Justice has suggested that provisions in the Criminal Justice (Reform and Modernisation) Bill will mean that 300 to 600 fewer cases will proceed to trial by jury, as they will be dealt with by a judge alone.

    Originally, Justice Minister Simon Power claimed that there would be a saving of 1100 trials.

    All of the above claims are untrue.” And “Not so. The ministry’s own figures put the number at 140 per year. So the maximum “saving” would be 140.”

    So is this a case of Simon Power claiming a clever major cost saving process which is really a very very minor fiddle around the edge. And the cost of the Select Committee in acting on faulty info? Priceless. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/opinion/4894373/Errors-in-jury-trial-reforms

    • MrSmith 12.1

      Talking to a couple of Lawyers the other day about Power, they and many in there profession are starting to get very pissed off with Simons meddling in our justice system.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Wait until Power sets up his own law practice using all the ins and outs he knows from his time as A.G., and starts cornering clients for himself using those advantages.

        Your lawyer mates will be wearing real frowns then I bet.

  10. joe90 13

    Colour me surprised, a lucid, interesting Russell Brand is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman about celebrity, fame and life.

    • M 13.1

      Nice one Joe90.

      He’s very animated but seems to ponder things many celebrities would never give thought to.

  11. Carol 14

    The last segment of Mediawatch section on RNZ this morning has some very good stuff about the state of NZ journalism. It starts at about 20 or 21 minutes into the audiofile:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/20110501

    There’s a guy with a facebook page, and Brent Edwards (the RNZ political editor), speaking about, and on behalf of, the journalists’ union (or print and media council) that he is involved in.

    Edwards talks about how when he starteed in journalism, journalists stood up and told their bosses when they thought stories were not being treated properly. Now he says jour nalists, especially younger journalists are afraid to put their heads above the parapet.

    • Vicky32 14.1

      Edwards talks about how when he starteed in journalism, journalists stood up and told their bosses when they thought stories were not being treated properly. Now he says jour nalists, especially younger journalists are afraid to put their heads above the parapet.

      That relates to a book I am just not (re)-reading – John Pilger’s ‘Hidden Agendas’ published 1998. It’s quite weird how well it relates to today!
      The chapters about Rupert Murdoch and the media, especially the one called Cultural Chernobyl are particularly relevant to your comment..

  12. aj 15

    Seeing the light

    http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/d/17442.html

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:

    “We have learned that unemployment and inequalities can undermine the achievements of the market economy and, therefore, sowing the seeds for instability and crisis. And when we look how dangerous this cocktail of unemployment and inequality can be, while also associated with sometimes, often, some political tension, we can see how it’s playing out in Middle East and North Africa.”

    “For the recovery is here, but growth, at least in advanced economies, is not creating enough jobs and clearly it’s not the recovery we want. Many people in many countries are facing a social crisis that is every bit as serious as the financial crisis.”

    “The job crisis is hitting the young especially hard. What should have been a brief spell in unemployment is turning into a life sentence. And we are facing, really, the risk of a lost generation.”

    “Stability depends a lot on a strong middle class that can propel demand. And, we will not see this if growth does not led to decent jobs. So, we will not see this if growth rewards the favored few over the marginalized many.”

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    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    7 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    18 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    7 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Resource management reform options released
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    19 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    1 day ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
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    2 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    2 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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