Open mike 02/05/2023

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  1. PsyclingLeft.Always 1

    Ministers have announced an urgent review of KiwiRail after major disruption to train lines in Wellington this week.

    Transport Minister Michael Wood today called KiwiRail to the Beehive to provide an explanation on what happened and the plan to fix it.

    In a statement this afternoon he said the disruption was "not good enough and follows other similar instances of service disruptions to commuters on KiwiRail's network".

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/489052/ministers-order-urgent-review-of-kiwirail-after-wellington-failure

    Absolutely. Its way past time for this. I kinda wonder how many mis- "managers" are embedded in KiwiRail. Been said before : Time for a major cleanout.

    Hope its not too late…

    • Ad 1.1

      I would rather Kiwirail were absorbed into NZTA, forming a unified land transport system.

      This would require shifting Kiwirail from SOE to Crown Entity, getting rid of its commercial imperative. ALso would require stronger changes to LTMF.

      If Chippie went down in a screamer at the October election, Labour could do worse than be led by Michael Wood. Just radiates competence and calm.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.1.1

        I would rather Kiwirail were absorbed into NZTA, forming a unified land transport system.

        Been said before..In NZ, and, on The Standard (incl by me) that Rail should be NZ Rail. Get Coastal Shipping in there too. Michael Wood ( I personally rate him highly) ..must get on to it.

        If not now, never …

        • Ad 1.1.1.1

          Don't think it's too late to make a run at a remit for Conference or direct into Policy Council in time for the Manifesto.

          Though I recall Cabinet revisited this structural issue early last year and passed on it.

          At minimum shifting it into NZTA would provide some protection from a future National government choking rail to death like they usually do. Or selling it off again.

          • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.1.1.1.1

            would provide some protection from a future National government choking rail to death like they usually do. Or selling it off again.

            Thats my fear (Prob a lot of other NZers too… : (

            Still…I'm optimistic. Some positives..and Mr Wood leading the Rail reset (incl Coastal Shipping! )..could be the needed

        • Tiger Mountain 1.1.1.2

          Mr Wood has already proved he can get results such as Bus Drivers pay and officially revisiting Coastal Shipping.

          Jacinda passed the baton directly to one of her inner circle without the wider partys involvement, so Michael will have to wait till next time…if there is one after the PM’s “nothing to see here” reaction to David Parkers powerful tax report on what the ruling class have been up to.

          • Tricledrown 1.1.1.2.1

            Hoarding the printed money the government threw at the economy when Covid 19 lockdowns when the NZ economy was shut down to keep money flowing.but a few hundred benefited more than $14 billion tax free gains while the rest of us have used savings and gone without guess who paying the overdraft and the cost of inflation. Not the very wealthy who benefited the most.Money hoarders don't spend most of their money in tax free speculative investments like land banking

    • Sanctuary 1.2

      You gotta laugh though. Wellington has one screw up from Kiwirail and the government hauls in Kiwirail management for a please explain.

      Meanwhile, Auckland's rail network users have been treated absolutely shabbily and with complete distain and… crickets.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.2.1

        Really? Think theres been more than one…Anyway,IMO this latest has been the tip of the KiwiRail shitberg. Can only hope there is some clearance. Before the below surface shit hits the…

        • Belladonna 1.2.1.1

          Large chunks (more than half) of the Auckland rail network have been shut down for 18 months or longer (knowing the pace of work, here in Auckland, it will almost certainly be longer).
          At a time when the bus system is buckling under pressure – with more than 1,000 services cancelled – and AT (and contractors) unable to deliver reliably on the edited timetable. It is completely unreasonable to expect that the bus service will be able to take up the patronage slack (and, indeed, the buses have not been able to do so).
          Why anyone thought it was a great time to shut down the network for a non-urgent replacement of tracks, beats me.
          Not arguing that it may be needed – but arguing that now, was demonstrably not the right time.
          Wood came out swinging, defending the shutdown, as 'better to do now, quickly – than to have it dragging on'. Not a message that went down well with even the most rail-obsessed supporters.

      • mpledger 1.2.2

        You'd actually think there had been a lot of govt focus on Auckland rail given they are spending $5.493 billion on the City Rail Link, on top of all the work they have previously done to link up the south and east/west rail networks. But Aucklanders gotta whinge about their new roads and their new rail systems.

        And the reason Wellington trains have to go slow – Aucklanders broke the equipment that is needed to do the safety monitoring.

      • Stephen D 1.2.3

        We can thank the Act part for that.

        I agree with very little the mayor says. But reformatting the CCO structure is a must.

    • Mike the Lefty 1.3

      Recently one of the train guards told me that one of the biggest problems is Kiwirail trying to save money by not stocking spare parts, leading to supply problems when certain parts are urgently needed. Time for a few heads to roll in Kiwirail management I think.

      • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.3.1

        And yep, KiwiRail..IMO has never really inspired confidence here…

      • Cricklewood 1.3.2

        Close, theyre not stocking parts due to managers making it look like theyve hit or exceeded budget targets kpi's etc thus ensuring performance bonuses are forthcoming.

        Same issue with the ferries.

        • Ngungukai 1.3.2.1

          Useless pr*cks, same in most companies in NZ, nothing is done properly.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Listening to Simeon Brown on RNZ frantically shroud waving to cook up a culture war between city and country over electric vehicles and sell his magical thinking cockameme alternative…

    These are not serious people.

    • AB 2.1

      I escaped from the sound of the radio to avoid Simian. They are not serious about solving problems, but very serious about avoiding paying for them.

    • Mike the Lefty 2.2

      A culture war!

      To add to the war on farmers and landlords.

      I thought we lived in a peaceful country

      Apparently not according to National.

  3. arkie 4

    The Greens have a petition to hold Labour to their 2017 promise of no new mines on conservation land:

    The Labour Government promised in 2017 that there would be no new mines on conservation land, yet more minerals permits have been granted, including to Mineralogy International Limited – directed by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer. The permits allow the company to prospect and explore for minerals in some of our most precious conservation land in Tai Tokerau Northland and over thousands of hectares of Te Tai Poutini the West Coast.

    Sign our petition calling on Minister for Conservation, Willow-Jean Prime to honour the Government’s promise and protect Papatūānuku by supporting Eugenie Sage’s Members’ Bill to stop new mines on conservation land once and for all.

    The purpose of conservation land is to protect our wild and wonderful natural places and all the amazing native plants and creatures that call them home.

    https://action.greens.org.nz/hands_off_our_ancient_forests

  4. Ed 5

    The Greens are history. Thoughts?

    Chris Trotter.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2023/05/02/is-it-game-over-for-the-greens/

    In sharp contrast to the leadership of Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald, who, respectively, embodied the movement’s fidelity to science and its duty to challenge the economic status quo, the leadership of James Shaw and Marama Davidson would seem to embody constant compromise with the Powers That Be, accompanied by a wholesale rejection of rationality itself. As election day approaches, it is becoming increasingly difficult to construct a rationale for remaining loyal to the off-putting political force that the Greens are turning into.

    The brute psephological fact, amply demonstrated by the fate of Values, is that no political party has a core vote below which it cannot fall. The moment small-g green voters feel that a vote for the Greens is no longer a meaningful act of faith in the planet’s future, the party will be over. Ultimately, it is not the members who make or break a political party, but the reaction of the voters watching them.

    Martin Bradbury.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2023/05/02/the-true-madness-of-the-green-woke-clique-exposed/

    The new constitution adopted by the party in 2022, expanded the guidelines for selecting candidates whilst allocating voting rights to previously informal interest group networks. One effect of this has been to de-prioritise talent, effectiveness and electoral appeal in the list-ranking process in favour of a kind of horse trading over how to fit in the right quota of geography, ethnicity, ability, youth & gender into the various positions on the list.

    It is this new network that a far more puritanical woke clique have seized upon and manipulated to ensure their identity candidates have most influence……

    …….Folks, that’s not a ******* candidate list, that’s a journey of the damned into madness!

    Normally I wouldn’t give two shits about watching these fools destroy a Party I love, but with the election around the corner, their **** up could destroy any chance of the Left holding onto the Government.

    • Ad 5.1

      The Labour list process has been at least as fraught as this for over a decade.

      Democracy is messy, but we are remarkably good at tidying up.

    • Sanctuary 5.2

      Worth noting that for some reason (probably their success in a space he thinks should be occupied by his genius) Bradbury hates the Greens with a passion and he is complete know nothing.

    • RedLogix 5.3

      I long ago concluded the Greens had become irrelevant as an environmental lobby, and now they've morphed into something that is an obstacle to sorting out the planet. And this despite the fact of me voting for them more often than not throughout my adult life.

    • roblogic 5.4

      The Greens have always been a niche party, it remains to be seen whether the uber woke clique have an actual constituency that will turn out to vote. Personally I think the Greens are making themselves irrelevant and alienating most people, but I'm not in the wellington twitterati so perhaps they know something I don't.

    • Bearded Git 5.5

      Complete rubbish…Trotter has always hated the Greens and regularly writes them off. But they get voted in again and again and the latest polls have them safely back in parliament this year.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023_New_Zealand_general_election

      Incidentally, the last 5 polls have all pointed to Lab/Gr/MP forming a government….just.

      • pat 5.5.1

        Theres something to be said for confidence….their best result was as part of the Alliance….30 years ago. Since then they have flirted with the threshold. and historically have performed worse at elections than they poll.

        I wouldnt be getting too cocky at this stage….there is no doubt there are problems with the traditional support base.

  5. Seymour getting ratio'ed (again) with a moan about Sepuloni's ute tax, and unintentionally doing PR for the government laugh

    https://twitter.com/dbseymour/status/1653179673072013312?s=20

  6. weka 7

    Entertaining read (unless science illiteracy raises your blood pressure). Someone OIAd NIWA about geoengineering and NZ weather.

    https://fyi.org.nz/request/20271-geoengineering-and-impacts-on-nz-weather#incoming-84506

  7. ianmac 8

    Damn. I listened watched Luxon's interview with Kerre Woodham. It showed Luxon at his best. With leadership guidance from Woodham who banned any "anti government rants" or any of the "What I am trying to tell you…" remarks, he had cleaned up his act!

    The result was strangely coherent and fairly succinct. I had been hoping that they would keep him on, but now…. Bugger! Mind you he is hard to treat as warming/likeable.

    • Anne 8.1

      Damn. I listened watched Luxon's interview with Kerre Woodham. It showed Luxon at his best

      Doesn't matter. He's only talking to the converted. In fact its probably ZB hosts who have been giving him private tuition on the side.

      • Incognito 8.1.1

        Exactly! We’re always at our best when nobody is watching.

        • ianmac 8.1.1.1

          I realise that he was with a strong supporter in Kerre, but his sentences were strung together and coherent – sadly, very sadly. If he does that in public, voters will actually get to understand what he is on about and I would rather have the incoherent word salad.

          • Incognito 8.1.1.1.1

            I’m fine with a strong Opposition and a true contest of ideas and genuine robust politcal discourse here in NZ. Luxon doesn’t have what it takes, he thinks he does, but he’s wrong.

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  • Come on Darleen.

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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

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  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

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    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
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  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

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  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

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  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
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  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

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  • Bullet the Blue Sky

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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
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  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
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  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
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  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

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  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
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  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
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  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
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  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
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  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
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  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

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  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

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  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

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  • District Court judges appointed

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  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

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