Open mike 02/08/2021

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  1. Anita 1

    When did The Standard become a space for bigotry and intolerance?

    It's offensive to see one person's attempt to define who is an adequate woman in her view given this kind of prominence and status.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • weka 1.1

      Please read the Policy and About so you know how things work here.

      • Anita 1.1.1

        It was entirely relevant to the post it was made in.

        In a post about a women's space you chose to limit commenters to the subset of women you consider to be adequate. I called you on that.

        For what it's worth, the site rules state in the second paragraph

        "What we’re not prepared to accept are pointless personal attacks, or tone or language that has the effect of excluding others."

        Your post completely deliberately excluded others.

        • Molly 1.1.1.1

          (Note: a women's safe space excludes men, but you have made no comment on that so I assume that exclusion is OK to you.)

          One of the difficulties that has occurred recently on many forums, including TS is a shouting down of concerns being raised around legislation changes.

          Instead of being able to identify and address these concerns and resolve them to the benefit of all, women are being told to be quiet and stop being bigots. The discussions are not taking place.

          Within a space where a good proportion are women, and thankfully some who have a considerable amount of knowledge and experience with historical and current women's rights issues, conversations can get into detail and possible resolutions faster.

          Globally, there has been considerable bombardment against feminists lately (which isn't new) but the level of threats and the violence of them from what I believe to be a very small number ofver active Transactivists has made public discussion really difficult, if not impossible.

          Like you I would like a society where this space is not needed. But I don't think we are there yet.

          • weka 1.1.1.1.1

            Yes to the increase of aggro/violence against feminists, and yes to women being able to get more done when we have our own space.

            I see women's space as something incredibly positive and it will always be needed, even after the end of patriarchy. Women can do things when they get together on their own that they can't do with men in the room. That's not even about men, it's about the fact that women's culture is a positive force in human society (men's culture is too, and I hope that trans culture gets the chance to be once the war is over).

            I can also see a huge potential for collaboration between women and trans women once women are allowed their own politics again. It goes without saying that trans women should have their own politics too.

            • weka 1.1.1.1.1.1

              as an example, women getting together and supporting each other in giving birth is something women have always done and always will.

            • Molly 1.1.1.1.1.2

              "

              Like you I would like a society where this space is not needed. But I don't think we are there yet."

              Admittedly, in my head I added, "… and I don't think we ever will." wink

        • Molly 1.1.1.2

          Sorry for the duplicate. Can't delete on phone.

          Grateful if the moderator wishes to.

        • weka 1.1.1.3

          Your post completely deliberately excluded others.

          Are you arguing that some exclusion is ok and some isn't? Or do you think that women shouldn't have any space free of men? Should trans people be allowed to have their own spaces separate from cis people? Should TS exclude trolls? Should or shouldn't we have any boundaries on what gets said here? Who gets to decide?

          There's nothing wrong with exclusion or boundaries. They're necessary for civil society. The bit you quoted in the Policy is about how people engage with other commenters here eg creating a hostile environment for specific groups of people. The personal attacks bit would be ad hominems or direct abuse. Both will get called out here. We've been doing this a long time and there is a reason why TS balances robust debate with not being a complete shit show that most people can't stand.

          • Anita 1.1.1.3.1

            I think I probably would argue that some exclusion is ok and some isn't, but in this case I wasn't. I was arguing that calling it a "Women's Space" and then excluding some women is wrong. If you had called a a "Cis-Woman's Space" or a "Genetically Female Space" or something similar I would have less (but maybe not no) problem with it.

            To your question, though, I am troubled by some men's only spaces – like the traditional men's clubs – as I think they reinforce existing power structures but I am comfortable with, and have argued for, women's spaces. Similar but not the same while I'd be comfortable with a Māori or Pasifika space I would look askance a White New Zealander's one.

            I have also been uncomfortable with women's spaces when they are intended as a space for mothers with small children for activities other than breastfeeding, and no space is provided for men with small children. It bothers me in the same way that finding the changing table in a women's toilet rather than a unisex one bothers me; it reinforces an unhealthy gender norm.

            Perhaps part of my view is that, except for specific purposes, it's disadvantaged or less powerful or safe groups that are the ones that need the safe spaces created for them. Maybe that's why the creation of a Cis-women's Space would bother me a little, I totally get that we need that space away from male gaze, but I'd wonder who was advocating or creating a space for our non-cis friends.

            • weka 1.1.1.3.1.1

              I think I probably would argue that some exclusion is ok and some isn't, but in this case I wasn't. I was arguing that calling it a "Women's Space" and then excluding some women is wrong. If you had called a a "Cis-Woman's Space" or a "Genetically Female Space" or something similar I would have less (but maybe not no) problem with it.

              I could call it the bio-female space, but the problem there is that a) it would still piss of a bunch of gender activist people and b) I value language and I'm not going to bend it to that degree.

              Many people still consider 'woman' to mean female. So what you are asking is that feminists stop using the word in the way that many people use it for the sake of trans women. Given we can instead use words with more than one meaning, I'm not sure how it's a problem to use 'woman' other than for the people who insist that everyone believe TWAL(literal)W.

              One of the reasons why TWALW is a problem is that trans now has such a broad definition that we are including cross dressing men, including part timers, in the definition. I also see people saying NB males should be allowed into women's space. We're at the point when any man can say they are a woman, and that the definition of woman is anyone who says they are.

              To your question, though, I am troubled by some men's only spaces – like the traditional men's clubs – as I think they reinforce existing power structures but I am comfortable with, and have argued for, women's spaces. Similar but not the same while I'd be comfortable with a Māori or Pasifika space I would look askance a White New Zealander's one.

              I've been thinking about this too and agree with the general idea here that power is a factor. The push to get men to open up men's spaces wasn't because men's space is wrong, it was because men were using those spaces to organise patriarchy and that needed to stop. I'm ok with men's sheds, or even men's clubs theoretically if the old boys network thing could be resolved. As I said in the original post, I support groups of people to have their own spaces as they need to.

              Agree also about White NZer, but that's because of the association with racism. Would it be ok to have clubs based on ethnicity though?

              I have also been uncomfortable with women's spaces when they are intended as a space for mothers with small children for activities other than breastfeeding, and no space is provided for men with small children. It bothers me in the same way that finding the changing table in a women's toilet rather than a unisex one bothers me; it reinforces an unhealthy gender norm.

              True, but I see the solution to that is to put the changing table in men's and women's rest rooms, rather than creating gender neutral ones and not having the changing table in women's space. Women still do most of the care giving of young children, for a range of complex reasons not solely related to regressive gender roles.

              Perhaps part of my view is that, except for specific purposes, it's disadvantaged or less powerful or safe groups that are the ones that need the safe spaces created for them. Maybe that's why the creation of a Cis-women's Space would bother me a little, I totally get that we need that space away from male gaze, but I'd wonder who was advocating or creating a space for our non-cis friends.

              It's not only about safe space though. I consider women's culture to be a thing in and of itself, a positive phenomena irrespective of men. This is one of the core reasons for me for supporting female only space. Trans women change that, as do men.

              I don't believe it's wrong to acknowledge the differences between trans women and women.

              I will completely support trans women having their own spaces. What bothers me is that the men arguing that women should let trans women and other GNC males into our spaces aren't actually supporting trans women to have their own space. Just like they didn't with women, we had to make our spaces, grass roots up. This makes me mistrust left wing men on this at this time. I don't see a great solidarity with women or trans women, although I do see an empathy with trans women.

              I also see a great potential for women and trans women to work together and share spaces in many situations. I guess the main difference between you and I is that I see TW as an allied group that faces discrimination and oppression alongside women, rather than seeing women as higher up on a hierarchy and being oppressors of trans women.

              So for example I can see Rape Crisis being an organisation for women that collaborates with organisations set up for TW (or trans people generally, because where are TM going for support?). So much potential there including setting up rape survivor support that is culturally appropriate for trans people. This is what should have happened in the Vancouver Rape Relief case originally. So much wasted time, energy, resource and potential.

        • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.4

          …subset of women….

          And that just about sums up the whole shebang, doesn't it?

          We, biological women, are now a subset of the category "woman".

          • Sabine 1.1.1.4.1

            Men will be men, and men will be women, and women are to shut up and put up.

            This is not the first time in the life and existance of women where women are explicitly are not asked for consent but simply be ordered to submit, silently, as complaining may very well become a 'criminal act'.

            We have always only ever been a 'subset' in the category of humans.

            As someone else said, Women have NEVER been given rights by men, they had to fight for them every single time. Men have however taken rights from women, if they have not totally denied them. As for the NOT all men, have a look at the many countries on this planet, and yes all men. There is no difference between 'begnign misogyny and outright misogyny. Sugar coating it is not changing it.

            • RobbieWgtn 1.1.1.4.1.1

              "…and yes all men. There is no difference between 'begnign misogyny and outright misogyny".

              And no difference between benign misandry & outright misandry. But not all women, thankfully my wives still appreciate me…

          • Molly 1.1.1.4.2

            Sometimes it seems we are not even that:

            "Women are ciswomen. Transwomen are women. "

            We've bumped out of our own space to another created not by us, but for us.

            • Sabine 1.1.1.4.2.1

              I reject that label, and no one better call me that.

              If we all can self identify then these people need to accept that. OR else, I am a cis women, and transwomen are men who present as women. Simple as.

            • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.4.2.2

              "Women are ciswomen. Transwomen are women. "

              That's what I was getting at. Gone beyond 'creep'.

              I think I heard the sound of a gauntlet hitting the ground.

            • weka 1.1.1.4.2.3

              there's a lot of hypocrisy in that social dynamic. Trans people are allowed to self ID into sovereignty, women aren't. What's wrong with having a female only space? It doesn't in and of itself harm trans women. And where there is a conflict of rights or needs, women will generally meet other people half way when there is a fair deal on the table.

              • Forget now

                "Deal"? "Table"? Has there been a hypothetical armistice in the metaphorical war, that has not been announced to the general public; Weka?

                What then would be in; such a deal, on such a table, at such a place. and time, that people might be discussing specific issues rather than generalities?

                There was some upthread discussion about the cis prefix between Molly and Sabine, is that problematic now? Do you use NonTrans Women (you had a Stock interview in a while back – though don't know if she used her catchphrase in that), or what? Trans and Cis seem as natural antonyms to me as; Super and Sub, or; antonym and synonym.

                Also unsure whether you GCFs (if that's still the TLA? Have to distinguish you from GC Fascists like the Proud Boys, and GC Fundamentalists too) are representative of even those women in Aotearoa you would call women (let alone those I would). Surely Collins' press secretary (or whatever O'Brien is) could get her to put a bill in the biscuit barrel? Though she didn't much for women when she was Justice minister – if GCF's had a golden chance to exclude trans people from public spaces (after the retraction of Beyer's 2004 private member bill in light of supreme court ruling of 2006), that was it.

                • Molly

                  Women have been given a category to rename themselves 'ciswomen' in order to then accommodate the 'Transwomen are Women' movement. Conflating the most widely understood meaning of women as a biological sex class, with gender identity.

                  The phrase "Transwomen are Transwomen", can also be validated as social class without misunderstandings arising from previous and current etymology of the words woman and/or women.

                  What the discussion is about is how changes are imposed without reflection or regard to the already existing members of the biological sex group of women. Unless there was a consultative process with half the people on the planet and I just missed it?

                  It would be really good if you could instead address some of the concerns, instead of cherry picking parts of comments, and not following through.

                  • Molly

                    In my admittedly succinct posting on two sentences that reflect current gender ideology, I did forget to include Lesbians are Women and some bisexuals and polyamorists are Women. I don't know whether the current gender orthodoxy has renamed them, or they have been given a rebrand of their own. Perhaps not.

                    I do know that lesbians who affirm their attraction simply to those of the same biological sex are being held up for public outrage as being transphobic. Given that the same criteria could be used for opposite sex attraction, and same sex attraction for gay men that's a pretty broad criteria. It makes all those with a sexual attraction to a specific biological sex – transphobes. And yet, the criticism is once again more often attached to lesbians. Why? (Could it be that they are regarded as women denying biological men the sexual rights to their body as if they possess autonomy? Surely not.)

                    This blatant disregard for other classes or categories of people, attached to a legitimate request for dignity and human rights is what is at the core of the disquiet.

                    Note: Once again attributing different meanings to words might lie at the problem of understanding that the Gender Critical Feminists movement, probably holds vastly different views to the Proud Boys. I don’t even know what their gender ideology is, (you might wish to expand) but misogyny seems to lie at the heart of their movement. Don’t conflate two separate groups without identifying how they are similar, its lazy rhetoric.

                    • Molly

                      Apologies for the error in conflating sex with gender as Anita pointed out on another thread. in the leadup to the persecution of some lesbians who reierate their same sex attraction, I did not take care.

                      That implies cis women are only heteronormative, rather than biological sex and gender identity matched. I apologise for the error, and will take greater care. Thanks, Anita for pointing it out.

                • weka

                  Is there an actual question or even point in that comment or is it rhetoric?

                  I'm still on the fence as to whether I'm a GCF, because I disagree with the fundamental premise that gender should be abolished.

                  You can think I am a fascist, but if you start calling me one on TS you'd better have a bloody good argument to make or I'll be getting into moderation mode. Throwing out a bunch of questions ain't it.

                  The reason that GC discourse in NZ is represented by SUFW and Ani is because No Debate has shut down the full range of women's voices on the issues. If we end up with a reactionary, right wing backlash on trans people and other GNC people, that's on liberals not feminists. This is exactly what happens when you ostracise, ridicule and marginalise people who would otherwise be allies. We already knew this before, so it's beyond me to understand the GA tactics here.

                  Collins has nothing to do with other than she will use whatever she can for her own ends. Again, this isn't on GCFs.

                  Gender Critical Feminism remains largely left wing and progressive. People trying to tie it to the right either don't know what GCF is, or they're being disingenous.

                  The takeaway from the Stock post was to know your enemy's position so you can argue against it meaningfully instead of going round in circles taking cheap pot shots.

                  • Forget now

                    My point was more that the GCF initialisation is being creatively misinterpreted in a variety of (offsite) memes, with the Proud Boys being pretty unequivocally; a fascist gender critical group (rather than anyone on this site). But if it is not currently regarded as an insult on TS, I will continue to use it. The degree of opposition to "Cis" just seemed to have got more intense of late, and I wondered if there was preferred jargon now.

                    Could you please, simply, define what you believe Gender Critical Feminism means to you; Weka? Because I haven't been reading the posts from which I am excluded from commenting, and so might have missed it if you have done so in your Women's Spaces.

                    • Molly

                      I would use the phrase wilfully misinterpreted rather than creatively.

                      And once again, you fail to outline what the Proud Boys stance is, so I don't know if you are accurate or not in your accusations. As you seem to be au fait with their beliefs enough to label them fascists – not that I disagree on that point- you should be able to give a brief synopsis so that we can assess your comparison.

                    • McFlock

                      Not familiar with the proud boys?

                      Your day just got worse. They suck.

                    • weka

                      My point was more that the GCF initialisation is being creatively misinterpreted in a variety of (offsite) memes, with the Proud Boys being pretty unequivocally; a fascist gender critical group (rather than anyone on this site).

                      I don't know what you are saying there. Are you saying that the PBs are using the term GCF negatively? Or are you saying that the PBs are GC? Do you understand that GC covers the whole political spectrum and is different from GCF?

                    • weka

                      Could you please, simply, define what you believe Gender Critical Feminism means to you; Weka?

                      Here's how I understand it, bearing in mind I'm not an academic or widely read in terms of academic texts. What I know comes mostly from following GCFs online and from my own long feminism and understanding of second wave feminism.

                      GCF is a branch of feminism, closely tied to radical feminism. It is distinct from liberal or choice feminism, which tends to fight for rights within neoliberalism. GCF wants to end the whole patriarchal system and has a particular focus on the ways in which the patriarchal system uses gender roles and stereotyping to control women.

                      There's an aspect to that the ties in with standard leftist thinking about class analysis. In this case, women are a class based on biological sex, not gender identity or gender roles, and as such are oppressed by the dominating system that uses women's reproductive and other labour for the benefit of the system without due regard for women themselves.

                      GCFs are usually left wing/progressive, although some have abandoned traditional politics and will form alliances with whoever they can to meet their own political ends.

                      Seems to me that there are a lot of GC women who are probably not GCF philosophically but support GCF's fight on these particular issues (women's space, right to language, concern about over-medicalisation of children and teens, concern about pressures on lesbians to transition or not be homosexual etc).

                      Most of the GCFs I know are in the UK, Australia or NZ. The US is a different kete of ika, really fundamentally a different scene and set of politics.

                      In addition to that there are many GC people who cover a wide range of views nothing to do with feminism. eg there's a bloke in the UK taking a university to court for dumping him for GC views on biological sex (biological sex is immutable) and the need to safeguard child services when dealing with gender dysphoric kids.

                      Edited to add: GCF doesn’t have a problem with trans people. It’s rejection of gender stereotyping says people should be free to express themselves how they want. As with any movement, there’s degrees of prejudice of all kinds including transphobia, but the principles are not in and of themselves anti-trans. The problem is where there is a conflict of rights. Many GCFs want trans people to live good lives and would happily support that were it not for the push to remove women’s rights. The issue is with gender activists.

                    • Molly

                      @McFlock,

                      Got absolutely nothing from that into how they align with Gender Critical Feminism.

                      Forget Now is using the Proud Boys comparison deliberately, I'd like to know their reasons why.

                    • McFlock

                      the group admits only "biological men".[65]

                      Sounds a bit gender-critical, no?

                      Not "Feminists", another "F". Hence the apparently somewhat flippant remark about TLAs that was probably borne from frustration.

                      But apparently it was so much more than that? Damned if I can see it, but then I still can't figure out how "conflict" and "opposition" aren't basically synonymous when talking about the rights and interests of different groups.

                    • weka

                      Don't know what you are talking about here. Gender critical is a term applied to a wide range of beliefs around gender.

                      GCF is branch of feminism that includes specific gender critical beliefs. Nothing to do with the PBs other than both movements have ideas about gender.

                      I also wish someone would say plainly what they think the connection is.

                    • weka

                      Damned if I can see it, but then I still can't figure out how "conflict" and "opposition" aren't basically synonymous when talking about the rights and interests of different groups.

                      I lost track of that convo the other day. It's pretty simple. GCF takes issue with aspects of gender activism where it impacts on women's rights. It doesn't take a fundamental opposition to the politics of trans people or trans people themselves.

                      GCFs, being left wing, are otherwise on the side of progressive politics for trans people. Compared to say religious fundamentalists who believe that being trans is wrong and are opposed to them and their politics generally.

                    • McFlock

                      GCF takes issue with aspects of gender activism where it impacts on women's rights. It doesn't take a fundamental opposition to the politics of trans people or trans people themselves.

                      If there's no conflict where those aspects impact on women's rights, there is nothing to take issue with. An impact might be "oh look, someone is in our space who wasn't before".

                      If the following sentence is "I'm cool with that", there is no conflict and nothing to take issue with.

                      If the following sentence is "this makes me uncomfortable and is should not be allowed", then there is a conflict, no?

                      As for GCF vs PB, from the outside one lot excluding trans people because they don't count as "biological men" seems to be the opposite side of the same coin as the another lot excluding trans people because they're not "biological women".

                      I'm sure you can go into a massive discussion about one versus the other. All I'm saying is that from the outside, it looks like the same thing, and I suspect that was FN's point, too. Not that it appeared to be the substantial part of their comment, but that seems to be how these things go on this issue.

                    • Molly

                      @ McFlock.

                      The All Blacks only admit biological men. Do you equate them with the Proud Boys for that?

                      Don't be so lazy and reactionary.

                      Forget Now wrote of the alignment with Gender Critical Beliefs. I would like them to pay the same courtesy that weka has given to them, and articulate what they consider those alignments to be.

                      Forget Now using TLA because they are frustrated to be asked to clarify, when they have asked for clarity and been provided with it many times without reciprocation. How ironic that they are credited with the excuse of frustration.

                    • Nic the NZer []

                      Do the All Blacks actually exclude women?

                      There are a small number of Women playing at club level in mens competitions I believe (with dispensation to do so).

                    • McFlock

                      This bullshit is why there's no "deal" ever going to be on a metaphorical table.

                      So the All Blacks exclude trans men. Meh. I'll take your word for it. If it's because NZR are philosophically opposed to including transmen in the group "men", then yeah, it's just as fucked up in that aspect as other examples of arbitrary exclusion.

                      If it's just because NZR have some genuine safety or accessibility concerns, then that deserves discussion and attempts at inclusion by people who know shit about rugby.

                      If you can't see the similarity between groups excluding transpeople on the basis of "biological sex" at birth as the sole delineator, I think Forget Now has had just as productive an approach as anyone else could manage.

                    • Molly []

                      @McFlock

                      Thing is McFlock, there still has been no details from Forget Now apart from lazy equivalence. That you admire their approach is obvious, you have the same bad faith discussion going on yourself.

                      "If its just because NZR have some genuine safety, or accessibility concerns, then that deserves discussion…"

                      Discussion being the telling word.

                      People = not only women – are being shut down from discussion regarding any concerns they may have. Your comment regarding discussion around the All Blacks discussion strikes me as somewhat hypocritical as you continue to deny any physiological differences between biological men and women, and how this confers benefit in sports competition. You keep shutting that discussion down, without even looking at links or data patiently and repeatedly supplied to you.

                      As for specific groups. Negative impacts on biological women might occur because of badly written legislation that quite rightly seeks to provide dignity and protection for the trans community. Any attempt to discuss this or other matters in an open forum is bayed down, usually by men who have both no understanding or skin in the game.

                      I would have no concern with a transwoman only forum regarding their concerns, because I have nothing to bring to that table, other than allowing them that space to share their lived experiences and views.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Laurel Hubbard: Who is the transgender weightlifter making history at Tokyo 2020? [2 August 2021]

                    If we end up with a reactionary, right wing backlash on trans people and other GNC people, that's on liberals not feminists.

                    Liberals and their cheap shots eh. Will be interesting to see just how many "reactionary, right wing" NZers there are, act least regarding the 'issue' of trans women. Trans men seem relatively safe, for now.

                    Labour's promise to ban conversion therapy is being welcomed by the Greens, rejected by ACT, but National is staying tight-lipped. [6 October 2020]

                    https://policy.nz/topic/community-and-inclusion#Rainbow%20community

                    Some interesting opinions below – might some apply / fly in NZ?

                    The Growth of the Anti-Transgender Movement in the United Kingdom. The Silent Radicalization of the British Electorate

                    Can the Labour/Greens pro-trans ‘agenda’ be leveraged against them? Accusations of anti-semitism certainly did a number on Corbyn.

                    Sex wars and (trans) gender panics: Identity and body politics in contemporary UK feminism

                    Remembering Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘ethics of ambiguity’ to challenge contemporary divides: feminism beyond both sex and gender

                    Is there more that unites 'us' than divides us? I hope so.

                    Ties that bind
                    The continued conflation of sex, sexuality and gender
                    Few in the humanities and social sciences will doubt the long-standing historical conflation of sex, sexuality and gender both within and without academia. Despite research and socio-political movements aiming for the contrary, it continues even now. This paper discusses the ongoing conflation between these interrelated but independent social categories in current linguistic research, including how it can serve to reflect and reinforce socio-political antagonism outside of academia. I propose two potential directions of travel: (1) welcoming ideological pluralism between scholars on the primacy of either sex, gender or sexuality; and (2) horizontally disaggregating the three categories. I argue that engaging with both strategies in tandem serves to benefit researchers, participants and the public. The former encourages trust in academic research during a time wherein that trust is waning. The latter enables an analytical distinction between sex, gender, and sexuality in linguistic research, whilst continuing to acknowledge their interrelatedness. Implemented together, they will allow researchers to embed research in the 21st century, which entails pluralistic and competing socio-political activism between equally deserving groups.

                    • weka

                      mate, I have no idea what you are saying. Why are you @ing me a bunch of random links?

                    • Rosemary McDonald

                      All very interesting…but not really relevant to the issue du jour is it?

                      What we really need is an academic type to parachute in and explain to us mere mortals what the difference is between "sex" and "gender".

                      Because there is a difference.

                    • Molly

                      From what I understand of the third link, Simone de Beauvoir actually recommends that best practice to protect all groups would be to record all three datum points:

                      Biological sex, gender identity and sexuality.

                      In which case, I agree. All research and data for medical purposes and otherwise would have a clarity and depth to their data that would allow the most appropriate conclusions and recommendations to be drawn.

                      Is that also your belief?

                    • Nic the NZer []

                      Simone de Beauvoir is talking about multiple disciplines of linguistics. Essentially just knowing which field an academic is starting from so the words they use can be interpreted in context.

                      However I don't think GA academics will be going along with disaggregation because they see their purpose as 'challenging' to begin with.

                      I don't think three categories does much good, 2 of the 3 are usually irrelevant depending on the context. Other than biological sex two are often just ill-defined. If gender means anything its an interpretation of how society interacts with somebodies projection of their biological sex. Usually we collect personal information rather than information about how somebody wants society to see them. Also most individuals are not that fussed about how they are perceived. Also that categorisation by gender may be simplistically based on two biological sex categories, but those fundamental categories still inform that societal categorisation. Discarding that foundation of gender just makes nonsense of gender as a more sophisticated concept.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      Weka, apologies if the links appear random.

                      They relate to public perceptions of transgender NZers, political (mainly Labour/Green) party policies on rainbow community issues prior to the 2020 general election, and the increasingly acrimonious discussion/debate/divide/war between mainstream feminism and transactivism in the UK/Aussie (that's the last 4 of 7 links).

                      The title of Lexi Webster's paper, "Ties that bind", particularly thought-provoking, given some of the meanings of 'bind', e.g. to unify (bind together), and to restrain ("To exert a binding or restraining influence.")

                      I'd hoped that there is more that unites 'us' than divides us. That's a theme running through the last 3 links (trying to chart a path to 'win-win' from a no-win situation), but maybe my hopes were misplaced and we’re in a bit of a bind. If only there was a progressive way out.

                • Shanreagh

                  There was some upthread discussion about the cis prefix between Molly and Sabine, is that problematic now? Do you use NonTrans Women (you had a Stock interview in a while back – though don't know if she used her catchphrase in that), or what? Trans and Cis seem as natural antonyms to me as; Super and Sub, or; antonym and synonym.

                  So I take it there is no objection to the phrase cis men who are men born men biologically, live as men and whose birth certificate records them as male?

                  Cis women is the most meaningless ugly word to describe a bio woman that I have read to date. It was foisted on us as part of the trans debate. The sound is like a snake and I have no desire to sound like a snake.

                • weka

                  There was some upthread discussion about the cis prefix between Molly and Sabine, is that problematic now? Do you use NonTrans Women

                  or what? Trans and Cis seem as natural antonyms to me as; Super and Sub, or; antonym and synonym.

                  Good for you. What I don't get is how you can support trans sovereignty around language but deny it to women. If a woman doesn't want to be referred to as cis, how is that different from a trans woman not wanting to be referred to as he?

                  I use woman and trans woman, man and trans man. Most people know exactly what I mean when I say that.

                  • Shanreagh

                    Got it Weka.

                    I use woman and trans woman, man and trans man. Most people know exactly what I mean when I say that.

                    Perhaps in defence of cis I could see it in a highly specialised and technical piece of research work teasing out say health differences across women…..eg such as we do with longevity across races, where we drill down to longevity in Maori etc.

                    In day to day convo 'nah'.

                    • Sabine

                      No we don't need the bullshit cis label at all.

                      We are whom we are. Men, Women, children, Transwomen Transmen, Gender queer, Non binary etc. This labeling of people and putting them into neat boxes is going to be the dumbest thing someone ever thought up.

  2. KSaysHi 2

    Good on ASB for developing this, since obviously the govt isn't going to. Still, the mind boggles…30K? That's a shitload of people from one bank – 1.8% of total customer base.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300370946/asb-30000-customers-entitled-to-benefits-but-not-getting-them

    The bank’s research showed 39 per cent of customers were living from one pay day to the next, and another 18 per cent of customers were spending more than 80 per cent of their income every month.

    Support Finder is available to all customers in the ASB Mobile app.

    “While customers experiencing personal or financial setbacks right now may benefit the most, it is still valuable for any Kiwi to know what financial support may be available to them.”

    Support Finder currently includes 12 government financial assistance options from the Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue, with plans to add more in the coming months. ASB will also be training its staff to help identify customers that may be eligible for these benefits.

    • Patricia Bremner 2.1

      Well I am glad they are doing this, for they need the training, after staff and management failed to act on a power of attorney until the ombudsman ruled.

  3. Sabine 3

    oh this was fun to read ………….

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/identities-revealed-of-two-kiwis-charged-after-global-sting-of-the-century/WUKODSFPUUXZZBGZLTQ7BEMKRE/

    The identities of the senior Comanchero and Waikato Mongrel Mob gang members alleged to be running the New Zealand branch of an international drug smuggling syndicate can now be revealed.

    Junior Heart and Josef Armani Heart, both 32, were arrested in June as part of the so-called "sting of the century". Operation Trojan Shield, a global investigation led by the FBI and the Australian Federal Police, led to hundreds of arrests around the world.

    Name suppression lapsed yesterday for the two men, who each face more than 100 charges including importing and distributing methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA.

    well its all good a little drug cooking and distributing, so as long as the gang members don't get themselves addicted and then need government paid for rehab. Lol.

    In the meantime elsewhere

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/rent-crisis-people-stuck-in-motels-as-investors-sell-out-of-fear-and-the-rental-pool-shrinks/6ERRK4IDPQ5OJHSILNUX5F3ANU/

    Renters in the Bay of Plenty are ''too scared to move'' and staying put with others still holed up in motels or sleeping on couches – as the rental crisis deepens.

    New figures show median rents have gone up $2860 in two years to $29,900 a year in Tauranga while in Rotorua it has jumped by $4680 to $25,480 a year over the same timeframes.

    the rest of this rental article is a bit of a whinge fest for the poor put upon landlords, but it nevertheless shows the madness that has become our rental market.

    NZ Politics. some making out like the bandits they are, while many others are warehoused out of sight out of mind.

    • RedLogix 3.1

      This Labour govt has consistently imposed increased costs on rental businesses and then – despite being told that the profit margins are much lower than you think – you wonder why the price goes up.

      The reality is that modern housing in NZ is not cheap and there are a lot of reasons feeding into this. But for ages the bottom end of the rental market, those older houses in the last 20% or so of their economic life, were always a kind of safety valve. If you had no other choices there was always a cheap and not necessarily very cheerful rental that would put a roof over your head. Well that option has pretty much gone now – and no-one has thought what to replace it with.

      The reality is that anything built more than 40 – 50 yrs ago (and a fair whack of newer houses) probably falls short of current standards and expectations – from the day they were built. They lacked intelligent sun orientation, thermal mass, ventilation, moisture control and insulation. Double glazing was rare and little consideration given the the climate zone. And I could add to this list of deficiencies in many directions. Heterodox voices have been speaking to them for decades but were largely ignored.

      Now we have a country with a large fraction of it's housing stock not really fit for the purpose we want it to serve now. And most of our cities are either land-locked or if they expand it would be onto otherwise valuable agricultural space.

      Plus fundamentally NZ is one of those relatively successful nations that people want to live in if they get the chance. Also household size keeps dropping for a variety of often unhappy reasons – resulting in a persistent demand constantly puts pressure on our housing stock.

      Honestly I think we need to stop thinking there is a single magic solution that everyone will agree on. The problem is complex and has taken generations to get to this stage – and the solutions aren't going to emerge from people yelling at each other.

      Personally I'd suggest three broad principles :

      1. The state needs to put considerably more energy into building and supporting the standards and skill base in the industry. (BRANZ for instance is absurdly under-powered for the task it faces).
      2. The cost of both land development and building in NZ are absurdly high. This entire sector needs a re-think. And the way we fund housing (and yes the way we've come to over-rely on it as an investment vehicle) all need reshaping over time.
      3. We lack the variety of home occupancy models that are common overseas. At present we only have three options, and one of them – social housing – is limited in supply. These haven't changed in generations, yet the society we live in and our housing needs have changed dramatically.

      Most other aspects of the our housing crisis derive from these three broad starting points. Everyone knows the problem – time to start advocating for actual solutions.

  4. Sabine 4

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/exclusive-30000-overdue-for-hospital-treatment-covid-19-recovery-work-off-track-in-some-services/GCSOXRYLXXHLE7DAXZDC54ESBM/

    Nearly 30,000 New Zealanders are caught in delays for hospital treatment and Covid-19 recovery plans to get services back on track are lagging in some regions.

    The recovery plans were sent to the Ministry of Health last summer and estimated how quickly delays for planned care, including elective procedures, could be reduced.

    Progress has been slower than anticipated for some services, the ministry confirmed to the Herald, but it wouldn't provide details about which services, in what areas.

    • RobbieWgtn 4.1

      No worries, just ring Aunty Helen to get to the top of the queue

    • Anne 4.2

      Nearly 30,000 New Zealanders are caught in delays for hospital treatment…

      I'm one of them. Been waiting nearly 18 months. Due to have the operation on the day the nurses are currently planning to go on strike. If it happens you will forgive me for not seeing them in a very good light.

      RobbieWgtn @ 4.1
      It has always been standard practice that NZ will assist the UN when a serious problem occurs in the Pacific region. The same practice applies to many other first world countries when UN problems arise in their region of responsibility. Helen Clark was merely the messenger.

      Your snarky response suggest stupid and ignorance.

      • gsays 4.2.1

        Like a lot of industries, the response to Covid has put a spanner in the works. This is exacerbated by a full ED, looking to transfer patients to the wards in a full hospital. This leads to surgical appointments being delayed, further pushing times out.

        I have empathy for your plight, not knowing when a needed procedure will occur.
        It is pretty short sighted to blame nurses for your 18 month wait and possible postponement of your procedure. Rather, they are your allies with their industrial action. Wanting safe staffing levels is something we can all support regardless of our political hue.

        From where I sit, any opprobrium should be aimed at local Hospital Governance and Board level or at the Ministry itself for their penny-pinching, neo-liberal ways.

        • Anne 4.2.1.1

          Sorry gsays, I have much respect for your contributions here but I don't agree with you on this one.

          I see the DHB's are going to take the nurses to court. That might be a good thing. If, as I suspect, a relatively small group of politically motivated firebrands are placing pressure on the nurses then maybe such a case will expose who they are.

          https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/448286/nurses-to-strike-again-on-19-august

          And let me say again, thanks a million nurses. How many thousands of people like me who have been living in discomfort (in my case daily anti inflammatory and pain killing tablets to allow me to move about) have had their ops and recuperation plans left in disarray?

          • gsays 4.2.1.1.1

            It is hard to watch someone in discomfort. I have just spent a week with a buddy who had a hip replacement 2 yrs ago and is now overdue the other to be operated on. Hobbling and groaning…

            I can assure you, to the best of my knowledge, the firebrands putting pressure on the majority is not the case. I was quite surprised and impressed when the offer was not ratified.

            There are, as you probably know, a lot of migrant workers in the workforce. One of the comments during the last strike was about how scary it was to be going on strike. If that were to happen in India, they would be black-listed and not be able to work for the state again. For the nurses to not ratify and go ahead with with-drawing their labour speaks to how much of a gutsful they have had.

            Also, this proposed court action is hardly in keeping with good faith bargaining. I can't help but feel if Coleman or Ryall tried this sort of dirt we would be hearing about it.

            • Anne 4.2.1.1.1.1

              I value your knowledge on the subject gsays and don't doubt anything you say.

              My take is: that all sectors of society are under enormous strain due to Covid… teachers, nurses, farmers, retail companies, orchardists, council workers, shop assistants, cleaners, drivers, public servants (bless their cotton socks 😈 – yeah I was one once) tinkers, tailors and candlestick makers etc.

              The nurses are already among the better paid and over and above they have been offered a salary rise of $13.000 per annum. That is big time in the scheme of things. Sure, I think I understand their concerns re-the DHBs. They have become self-serving fiefdoms (and a few have shown they are not up to the job) whose promises are to be viewed with apprehension. But given the government's intention to do away with the 'fiefdoms' and replace them with a handful of more centrally operated health entities who will be under much stricter guidance, that should help to eliminate the fears of the health sector hierarchy reneging on those promises.

              • gsays

                "The nurses are already among the better paid and over and above they have been offered a salary rise of $13.000 per annum."

                I have had many jokes over 'nurse's math'.

                I am dead keen to see the arithmetic for your assertion.

          • Cricklewood 4.2.1.1.2

            Nah… there's actual anger around staffing and promises havent been kept re staffing levels.

            Freind of mine has been assaulted in ED twice this year. Big issue is that nearly every damn shift she does isnt adequatly staffed and she finds herself alone dealing with intoxicated and uncooperative indvidiuals.

            Its a shit situation.

      • Sabine 4.2.2

        How dare the Nurses strike.

        Labour 2023

        Sorry mate if you miss out, but then i missed out on three appointments last year, leading to my 'medical need' scheduled in August to finally happen in June. Each time was 'time off' for me and the partner to drive me about all drugged up, and all cancelled at the beep of the telephone. And all that to some 'lockdowns' in Auckland. And that has happened for so many people that literally who cares. I mean the Ministry does not even care to elaborate and who, why, when, where.

        But really who do these Nurses think they are? Don't they know that they are to be at service at demand at the price offered. Who do they think they are.

        • gsays 4.2.2.1

          Your last paragraph touches on something that has been at the back of my mind. Pay parity is part of these negotiations.

          I realise the gender self ID/what is a woman issue is occupying time and energies currently. Getting behind the nurses and their pay parity would be a great unifying prize to achieve for women.

          Without telling women what to do of course…wink

          • Sabine 4.2.2.1.1

            well then, just get behind the nurses, and don't tell women what to do. 🙂

  5. weka 5

    politics

  6. Forget now 6

    Now that the occupying ("caretaker") HRPP government has finally conceded, FAST are living up to their name in their speed of getting stuff done – or undone in this case:

    Samoa's new prime minister has opted not to proceed with a China-backed port development project championed by her predecessor.

    Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said the $US100 million ($NZ139m) project would have significantly added to the country's exposure to China which already accounts for 40 percent of its external debt…

    The Vaiusu Bay port project was one of the early items on the FAST government's agenda. According to Fiame, the project would increase debt exposure to China by 70 percent.

    She said government officials confirmed last week the project had not gone beyond feasability testing and that it exceeded Samoa's requirement.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/448264/samoa-govt-confirms-china-backed-port-project-shelved

    It's been a year for Fiame! On top of the Pandemic (that everyone has had to deal with), she has gone from – in August last year; " Samoa's first woman minister and deputy prime minister", to abandoning the party of her father (Samoa's first PM) over the then-PM's power-grab attempt to change the constitution to; "alter the power of the land and titles court", in the context of an influx of China cash. Joining (and eventually leading) in September 2020 {parentheses mine}:

    Several MPs {who} had already quit the party over the bills, including the former speaker of Parliament La'auli Leauatea Polataivao, who has since formed his own political party.

    That party, the Fa'atuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST), has since consolidated with two other opposition parties to form one of the most significant {and ultimately successful} challenges to the HRPP in decades.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/425809/samoa-s-deputy-prime-minister-quits-cabinet-over-controversial-bills

  7. Jimmy 7

    This Labour government should listen to advice especially when it comes from one of their own who is probably more experienced than the whole front bench.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/michael-cullen-advises-labour-to-ditch-auckland-light-rail-for-electric-buses/PTCRODXSOHV6HIV35DKA2NJ4FY/

  8. McFlock 8

    Covid vax updates are now every weekday.

    Totals for week ending last night: a quarter million jabs, averaging 36k a day (based on it being a full week rather than partial as flagged in the data).

    • KSaysHi 8.1

      And as yet no update on the backup plan should the vaccines fail for any reason (ADE, side effect as yet unknown but too risky, found to facilitate mutation due to the absense of sterilized immunity..), Too many eggs in the vaccine basket.

      We need to be focusing on getting out population as healthy as possible. Since obeasity the worst risk factor, followed closely by fear disorders NZ should be encouraging people in those catagories to lose weight and seek treatment asap to reduce the risk of hospitilastion and death. It would have the wonderful side effect of lowering the cost of weight related disorders in our health system. Now is the time!

      • Matiri 8.1.1

        Re getting our population as healthy as possible, the health reforms announced recently included a stronger focus on Public Health. I hope that tackling NZs obesity problem will be a major focus.

        https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/major-reforms-will-make-healthcare-accessible-all-nzers

      • McFlock 8.1.2

        Vaccine "failure" will still be far more effective than "encouraging" people to lose weight.

        • KSaysHi 8.1.2.1

          Vaccine failure should be anticipated. Right now the public has an expectation that this is the right solution and the only concern is getting the vaccine hesitant over the line. smh.

          • McFlock 8.1.2.1.1

            Mate, I don't know of any immunologists or public health professionals who believe that the vaccines are guaranteed to be a magic 100% accurate bullet against all current and future variants of covid. It would be great, but if that doesn't happen it's not "vaccine failure".

            Worst realistic case scenario, it ends up like influenza with a new jab every year, and even the occasional lockdown. Because having a needle doesn't mean throwing out the rest of the epidemic response playbook.

            Shake your head all you want, but even vaccines needing booster shots or new batches will still be more efficacious than getting everyone to a healthy BMI.

            But keep hawking your vaccine-futilism (and whatever other quackery is common amongst the chicken-littles this month).

            • Rosemary McDonald 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Worst realistic case scenario, it ends up like influenza with a new jab every year,

              Well, that all depends doesn't it?

              How about every six months?

              Demand for the third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was high across the country, Israel’s health maintenance organizations reported on Sunday, the first official day of the rollout for people over 60.

              Still, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urged healthcare providers to administer the shot — available to all those over 60 who received their second dose more than five months ago — even faster.

              “The situation is good, but we have to pick up the pace,” Bennett told the heads of Maccabi, Meuhedet, Leumit, and Clalit on Sunday evening. “Our daily rate needs to be five times what it is now…. Our goal is to vaccinate everyone by the end of the month. It’s ambitious, but it’s possible.”

              Running to stand still.

              • The Al1en

                Running to stand still

                Ass opposed to standing still and waiting to get sick with a higher likelihood of being dead.

                As an immune deficient, I'll have a jab every month if I have to, thanks.

              • McFlock

                A year, six months, big deal, if it's a booster rather than a new vaccine. A new one might start pushing crap uphill, logistics-wise.

                Still better than losing weight to beat covid.

  9. cricklewood 9

    Have to wonder when we reach the point where the world decides to 'globalize' the covid vaccines for public good. Price gouging and profiteering during a crisis effecting humanity…

    Pfizer raised the price of its Covid-19 vaccine by more than a quarter and Moderna by more than a tenth in the latest EU supply contracts

    Pfizer last week raised its guidance for annual vaccine revenue by nearly a third to $33.5bn, after sales of the shot helped almost double sales in the second quarter.

    https://www.ft.com/content/d415a01e-d065-44a9-bad4-f9235aa04c1a

  10. gsays 10

    I have just heard on the 2pm news that DHB's plan to take the NZNO to court because they will not guarantee appropriate staffing levels during the planned strike.

    What chutzpah!

    What incredible gall. Safe staffing levels is at the heart of negotiations now.

    Not what I would call bargaining with integrity and this sort of tactic is beneath Minister Little. No link as yet, will put it up when I see it.

    Triple the irony, as the management at our local hospital have proposed a unit to handle any overflow when things get busy. When asked, 'By whom would this unit be staffed?', the sound of crickets after a long awkward silence…

    Time to break out the unicorn fart powered rainbow generator.

    • McFlock 10.1

      yeah, the hypocrisy is pretty impressive.

      If the DHBs were like "this is the budget we have from the government", they'd have a bit of sympathy. But this move is tone deaf.

      • Sabine 10.1.1

        Initially there were 21 DHBs, and this was reduced to the current 20 organisations in 2010. DHBs receive public funding from the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Crown, based on a formula which takes into account the total number, age, socio-economic status and ethnic mix of their population.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_health_board

        Maybe they should actually start pointing the finger at those that control the budget strings. And that would be the Ministry of Health.

        But then maybe it is not advised to be unkind and ungentle to the hand that feeds?

      • Chris 10.2.1

        Do you think Little's behind or supportive of the DHBs' claim? Would it be more likely the DHBs are off on one and that he'll tell them to pull their heads in?

        • gsays 10.2.1.1

          I think enough of the man to think your second proposal is more likely.

          The tactics are not what I would expect from a decent union man.

        • pat 10.2.1.2

          I dont see DHBs taking legal action without the approval of the Minister somehow.

          • Anne 10.2.1.2.1

            If it is seen as an operational decision on the part of the DHBs then the minister cannot get involved. The Urewera police raid was an operational decision which meant the police minister of the day, Annette King could not get involved.

            I originally thought a court case might be a good idea – get the truth out into the open – but that is way too simplistic.

            • pat 10.2.1.2.1.1

              And yet the Minister appears to have been involved for sometime in these negotiations.

              • Anne

                Ministers are often involved in major Public Service pay negotiations and related settlements. They are the ones who control the purse strings. But if a public entity or group of entities choose to take a specific course of action outside of formal negotiation procedures, then I don't think the minister can interfere.

                I don't know whether this court action by the DHBs falls into that category or not.

                • pat

                  The Minister may not be able to 'interfere' but as said I dont see the DHBs taking this to court without the Ministers approval ….he will have been appraised before the event and I'd suggest if he was strongly opposed it wouldnt be happening.

                  • Anne

                    If you turn out to be right then I imagine his attitude is:

                    Let the employment court decide. I've got too many other things to do. Personally I think Little is overloaded. He's very intelligent, reliable and efficient but there are only so many hours in the day.

            • gsays 10.2.1.2.1.2

              I need to raise a point of order to clarify what I stated earlier.

              It is the employment court the DHB's are taking the NZNO to.

    • KSaysHi 10.3

      Someone needs to reign the DHBs in. A pissed off judge can do it.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    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. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    5 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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