Open Mike 02/10/2018

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  1. bwaghorn 1

    Landlords are selling up because they have to make houses livable sounds like a win win to me
    A part from the pets thing labour is getting it right .

    • Sanctuary 1.1

      Sourced from Tauranga.

      That is a hilarious story.

      Getting out of rentals will free up the market for first home buyers.

      Really, all we have there is bourgeois rent seekers getting pissy at a government that doesn’t hold their class interests as sacrosanct.

      • Ankerrawshark 1.1.1

        Cry me a river land lords……

      • SaveNZ 1.1.2

        It will free up for home buyers but what about a significant amount of renters left, who are highly unlikely to ever save up a $50k deposit and be in a position to have a mortgage for 30 years with a secure salary so a bank will lend?

        (Increasingly renter will be more and more kiwis who were born here on the lower salaries or no salary and no access to foreign money and jobs – the new underclass in NZ)

        NZ has had over 1/2 million new residents in last few years via immigration, many wealthy or able to access significant amounts of money from family/dowrys who are now the new ‘kiwi’ Home buyers, plus the Singapore investors can buy up our residential property as well as the Aussies (although less interested due to having land to buy themselves in their own country unlike other nationalities, NZ commercial real estate for Aussies, another story) .

        • McFlock

          the houses they can rent from won’t make them sick.


          • SaveNZ

            All for houses that won’t make people sick McFlock, but where are the renters going to live as we already have a shortage and it seems significant amounts of renters (judging from the link where 900 people applied for a 1 bed house) needs are unmet, plus they may have other issues aka criminal record or bad references… we used to have state house rentals, now we have Kiwibuild aimed at those on over $100k salaries… with significant savings… what happens to those outside of that when there is already massive strain at the bottom end for housing and still more obstacles are out there…

            • McFlock

              As you point out, kiwibuild is aimed at increasing the housing stock. So those people who get a kiwibuild house will also vacate rentals.

              So some of the shit rentals will be taken off the rental market. Most of them will be bought by poorer homeowners, who willat least have an interest in slowly upgrading them (unlike slumlords). Some will be upgraded, but because the market stays the same size the landlords will have to wear that investment.

              Kiwibuild will take renters out of the market. Even taking higher-end renters out of the market will keep rental prices flatter than otherwise.

              Oh, and yes, the government is increasing the state housing stock. So yay.

              • SaveNZ

                Well see what happens,McFlock, or people will buy them, renovate them at great cost and re rent them at double the rent… that’s what has happened in Auckland.

                I had a fabulous time as a student in damp, cold villas that so many on the Standard seem to disapprove of, sadly now they are all renovated in Grey Lynn, gone are the students, atmosphere, pacific multiculturalism, and instead we have beautiful houses that only People with 2 million plus can afford who read the Spinoff and are the new lefties, blue greens and natz lovers.

                Totally feel for my renting mates who struggle to afford the rents and have to fight off so many applicants to live centrally with a bit of green space.

                Personally feel it’s a middle class fantasy of what people who live in studio apartments want crossed with construction dollars and the elite want that vision because it is keeping the economy looking good but the price is going to be the future of our country, freedom to live a consumer less life and the poorest 30%.

                One of my favourite NZ movies, ‘this way of life’ – clearly not working with the middle class housing one size fits all policies

                • McFlock

                  Not even houses that are all that beautiful.

                  This is a problem that has been decades in the making, it won’t be solved overnight.

                  Thing is, if some of the people who can afford to pay double the rent end up buying their own homes, the rent won’t double.

                  I guess I’m a bit more patient about the entire thing because I’ve lived close to a local renting market that fluctuates wildly. Some years renters pay hand over fist, other years the landlords are shitting bricks and installing spa pools to attract tenants. Swings and roundabouts.

        • KJT

          State houses by the thousands, like the fifties and sixties. We can even “print” money for the houses, as we did then, and stop the hemorrhage of money to overseas banks.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.2

      Fewer blood sucking leeches. Good riddance.

      • OnceWasTim 1.2.1

        The biggest rat I’ve ever seen lived in one of those BoP shitholes a couple of years ago. The dump didn’t even have the most basic of amenities and a couple of tenants were bed-sharing so that collectively they could afford the rent. It did have natural ventilation – ruddy great holes all over the place caused by rodents.
        A couple of months ago, it looked like it had been abandoned.

      • Alan 1.2.2

        umm, what happens to renters when there are fewer properties to let available?

        • mpledger

          Then there are more houses to buy, so the prices drop, so more people can buy to live in.

          • Alan

            you are ignoring the high number of people that do not have the means to buy – ever.

        • SaveNZ

          Napier rental gets 900 inquiries

          Alan don’t be so practical!

          • SaveNZ

            Bear in mind that asking for simple things like a reference check and a police check whittled off over 850 applicants…

            So where do the 850 applicants that presumably can’t pass the ref check or police check live?

            And what happens to the unsuccessful 49 other applicants? Compete for the next rental with another 900 people?

          • Draco T Bastard

            He’s not and neither are you.

            It really is bad for the country to have rentier capitalists with huge income from making society sick.

            • SaveNZ

              Obesity makes people sick, pollution makes people sick, those cruise ships make people sick that Auckland council are so keen on attracting, North Havelock water makes people sick, quite a few things make people sick, living in cars and one room hotels make people sick, lucky the construction industry and developers seem to have the ear of government… weird that so many baby boomers were bought up in old houses and were completely well, with no insulation and so forth, high literacy etc in those days, but in those days one wage was enough to survive on, wonder that has changed? …

            • Alan

              Draco, flying in the face of logic and reason again.
              Do you ever get out into the real world?????

              • Draco T Bastard

                I’m always in the real world. Those who believe in capitalism are delusional.

                • David Mac

                  Does anyone else live in your real world?

                  It’s a real world with a population of one.

            • David Mac

              Disagree Draco, the vast majority of landlords own one, sometimes 2 rentals. They are Mum and Dad superannuation policies.

              As per usual, you’ve got own foot on your throat.

              • Draco T Bastard

                They are Mum and Dad superannuation policies.

                That doesn’t make it anything less than bludging. Unearned income is always bludging.

                • David Mac

                  Yes, I’m aware of how you view it. How would you suggest someone organises to pay for weddings, replacement vehicles etc when they are no longer able to work and forced to bludge?

    • BM 1.3

      An average 2.1 people live in owner-occupied housing in New Zealand, but there is an average 3.9 people per rental property. Every time a rental property is sold to an owner-occupier, on average 1.8 tenants still need a home to rent.

      Combine that with no interest in investing in new rental developments and we’ve now got a housing crisis magnitudes greater had what we had before.

      The government is creating an environment where a huge proportion of renters will have to be housed by the state but Housing NZ is in no position to do that.

      Labour is making a bad situation 10 x worse.

      • solkta 1.3.1

        That statistic is as misleading as the average wage.

        • BM


          First home buyers tend to consist of 2 adults, that’s why you buy a house to have your own bit of space, create a nest.

          Think there were 4 people living in our first house, that went to two when we brought it.

          • AB

            The primary reason for getting landlords out of the market is to reduce demand, and therefore price. It won’t on its own do a hell of a lot for supply. That’s why Phil T has to get lots of extra houses built too.
            It’s a pincer movement BM – lower the demand and increase supply simultaneously. With luck, a substantial reduction in your wealth is in the wind. Cheers

            • BM

              That will take years and years if he can even achieve that, what will people do in the meantime? live under bridges? live in tents in parks?

              Labour seems to forget that NZ isn’t China, we’re a democracy, we have elections, Labour has a very short time to come up with the goods otherwise they’re out and out for a long time.

              • mauī

                Ever thought about claiming refugee status for the next wee while just so you can get through?

              • ankerawshark

                BM people are already living under bridges, in parks……………………it happened or expanded hugely under National.

                • BM

                  It’s going to get a hell of a lot worse.
                  Cost of living has gone through the roof in the past year.

                  • Macro

                    A 1.5% increase in the CPI is hardly “going through the roof”

                    • BM

                      Tell that to the people who are currently renting.

                    • Macro

                      You were referring to the cost of living – which is measured by the CPI. The cost of renting is another measure entirely. But good to see that you are so concerned about the rising cost of housing over the past few years, and I’m sure you will be right behind the current Govt which is actually attempting to do something about this, and address the resultant homelessness; rather than the previous one which was dilatory, and indeed downright neglectful of this matter.

                    • BM

                      The current government is making the situation a lot worse.

                      Why would I want to support these amateur arse hats?

                  • Stuart Munro

                    Of course it’s going to get a lot worse – there are decades of bad policy behind this shipwreck – it won’t be turned around quickly or without substantial action.

                    A captain whose ship is headed for the rocks is advised to take early and substantial action sufficient to avoid the collision. For reasons that may be summarized as ‘politics’ or ‘vested interests’, politicians have got out of the habit of doing the same.

                    The minimum requirements to contain the burgeoning housing crisis:

                    No foreign buyers.

                    A state funded building program not dependent on foreign investors.

                    Capital gains tax and penal taxes on accumulating domestic property.

                    Significant workplace reform so that there are plenty of permanent jobs which pay enough for ownership.

                    Reform of the real estate industry who created much of the problem.

                    Rigorous enforcement of immigration rules and mandatory deportation of scammers.

            • SaveNZ

              @ AB Only the demand is not lowered because NZ is still having huge immigration gains and people from Singapore and OZ can buy them too…in fact the construction industry alone is hoping to bring in 35,000+ migrant workers for their industry alone…

              The houses they are constructing cost more than the existing houses therefore not lowing prices at all. The construction is increasing prices, plus with zero focus on quality and nothing real in place to stop bad workmanship/materials/resource consents that plague NZ building, how likely is it that a significant amount of new construction will need remedial work and who is going to pay for that work (typically the ratepayers of the councils..)?

              Added to this there is nothing stopping people buying residential property through another party who might be a citizen in NZ….

            • Herodotus

              Crap, the 2 major Kiwibuild announcements involve demo state houses. So no increase to state housing stock. Increase state housing and that will reduce demand for private rentals, and reduce the wasted transfer of state wealth in Accomodation Allowances
              IMO Labour are selling off state assets to both: private developers and Kiwi build is to keep their Balance Sheet neat and comply with Budget Responsibility Rules.
              For some non accountants
              A balance sheet is a listing of assets, debts & Capital
              Borrow to build additional state houses increase both Assets and debt by the same amount. Nett Result Govt is in the same position as before, but with an increase of State houses.

          • Muttonbird

            Perhaps we should just ban all sales to first home buyers. They are obviously the problem.

      • ScottGN 1.3.2

        Isn’t that opinion piece by the same guy who recently claimed that tenants actually like the rent bidding wars that some landlords are encouraging at their properties because it lets richer tenants muscle out competitors?

      • SaveNZ 1.3.3

        +1 BM “Combine that with no interest in investing in new rental developments and we’ve now got a housing crisis magnitudes greater had what we had before.

        The government is creating an environment where a huge proportion of renters will have to be housed by the state but Housing NZ is in no position to do that.

        Labour is making a bad situation 10 x worse.”

      • miravox 1.3.4

        “Every time a rental property is sold to an owner-occupier, on average 1.8 tenants still need a home to rent.”

        Every time a rental property is sold to an owner-occupier, on average the number of people living in an owner-occupied home increases.


        Not a bad thing, 2.1 people/owner-occupied housing is on average an under-utilisation of our housing stock.

        • BM

          Every time a rental property is sold to an owner-occupier, on average the number of people living in an owner-occupied home increases.

          And another rental disappears and 2 people have to find another place to live.

          I’m not quite getting your point?

          • miravox

            Every time a renting family buys a home (e.g. 2 adults, 2 children) instead of renting, the number of people per household in private dwellings increases.

            I just don’t think that statistic you quoted means very much on it’s own.

      • ankerawshark 1.3.5

        So BM should we just allow landlords to let cold mouldy etc houses that don’t meet basic standards?

        There will be a solution to any rental shortage that comes out of many landlords leaving the market. Personally I hope they have to sell their rentals at really low prices. Next landlords can buy them and have enough capital to make them warm, dry etc. Problem solved.

        Was a landlord once myself, didn’t buy for investment, let out my own home when I moved city. I put in a lot of improvements such as insulation, DVS that I couldn’t afford when I lived there. It was only right I did that. These people were paying me money.

        • BM

          Nothing wrong with improving the housing stock, it’s the draconian laws Labour wants to introduce that’s making landlords leave the market.

          As AB wrote at this is deliberate, Labour wants to make being a landlord as unattractive as possible.

          • Stuart Munro

            Draconian Pfft.

            Of course they want to deter landlords. They contribute nothing to society.

      • bwaghorn 1.3.6

        Na there will always be land lords what labour is doing is weeding out the scum slum landlords .

      • Chris T 1.3.7

        Would think that would be because people tend to buy houses where there is a spare bedroom while the majority of renters rent the house with the perfect amount of rooms for how many people there are. eg the mass amounts of uni students renting

    • SaveNZ 1.4

      I just hope when millions of people don’t have a rental they descend onto parliament and live in their cars their until the state finds them a house to live in, maybe then it will become… r.e.a.l

      Oh sorry, petrol prices and public transport links plus the prices of travel will probably mean unlike the farmers they can’t get there so instead will what… what is what I wonder… where are they going to go???

      Pretty cruel thought to talk about delivering warm dry houses, when actually a significant proportion and most of them with other problems will be worse off because they won’t have a house at all to live in…

      I’m sure some private practise or ‘charity’ will rush to the rescue with massive tax dollars spent on the issue, so just another way to divert funds to a go between to house people when we used to have a much simpler system of housing NZ for poorer folks or private rentals for richer folks…

      • David Mac 1.4.1

        I agree savenz, I recently helped a friend let a property.

        The amount of enquiries we fielded was staggering. We immediately discounted applicants with children, weren’t working, had pets, poor credit histories or limited references. This left us with about 20 interested parties.

        He selected a retired couple that live in Auckland and wished to have a base when they visited their coastal block of land every fortnight. This couple are paying a weekly market rent and only living in the house approx 2 of every 14 days and holidays.

        • Pingao

          Crikey! When I let out my house I immediately discounted people who were without children and dogs and had well paid jobs. Dog owners make great tenants as they want to hang onto their tenancies.

          • David Mac

            I love dogs, I have one but of the 8521 rental properties currently advertised on Trademe only 1190 are ‘Pets OK’ why do you think this is?

            I think it relates to minimising risk/wear and tear and the manner in which the Tenancy Tribunal deals with claims for damage done by dogs.

            “You allowed the dog to live at the property, that’s what dogs do, suck it up.”

      • OnceWasTim 1.4.2

        I do find it a bit strange, now that we’ve acknowledged there is indeed a housing ‘crisis’, that every time I’ve crossed the Desert Road how quick it was that new Army housing had sprung up off in the distance.
        Is it “a crisis”, or is it not especially when we’re worrying about the possibility of more people living under bridges or in buzzniss doorways.

        • SaveNZ

          There is not a housing crisis so much as an affordability crisis for housing.

          The houses going up in Auckland are more expensive than existing housing and new spec houses of over 1 million dollars.

          A few years ago existing housing and apartments were half the price of the new builds that the government seems so keen on, especially in areas like Henderson or Auckland city apartments..

          • David Mac

            I don’t think it’s a problem of $. The government will pay all of a family’s move in costs and the lion share of the rent. I think it’s a problem of sliding discernment.

            10 years ago to not be considered for a private rental property required something like repeated rent arrears evictions. These days, a child is enough to get me off the short-list.

          • OnceWasTim

            “There is not a housing crisis so much as an affordability crisis for housing.”

            Wow @ SaveNZ. You’re now telling me that all the growth in immigrant numbers we see as being a problem (whether those on shitty student visas or work visas for example), can be accommodated in existing stock? It’s all just a question of affordability?
            I’d say it’s numbers, AND affordability, AND properties laying empty AND probably a few other reasons (including existing stock kept vacant or being UBERed in order to maximise ‘investment’).

            By the way, that shithole I mentioned previously is/was owned by an absentee landlord living offshore – now vacant. In my immediate neighbourhood there have been 3 properties I know of that have been kept vacant for months

            The common denominator though appears to be that property is regarded as an investment asset class rather than as a means to put a roof over people’s heads.
            All the above of course, assuming that housing stock numbers we have is fit for habitation,

            • SaveNZ

              OnceWasTim, Yes you are right, but around Auckland there is a lot of talk that all the new builds will stem demand but the problem is, the houses they are building are more expensive than the exisiting houses and so I can’t see them being rented and if they are they will be expensive.

              If it becomes illegal to rent properties because they fail to meet the standards (and lets face it the many standards banded about in NZ are very subjective and often being led by lobby groups and impractical committees that profit in some way from the standards aka apparently 90% of all houses FAILED the rental WOF – my house that I live in would have failed it and it’s a warm, dry house, it’s getting like the Meth standards that were later found to be fictitious and a scam).

              So if 90% of houses fail whatever standards are bought in, guess what, 90% of rentals many of them perfectly warm and dry might be left empty so adding more standards ain’t going to increase rental availability.

              Government can’t have it both ways, either houses are rented or they are empty waiting to be renovated… just like the Meth houses… we have a ‘meth’ house in our street been empty for 2 years. It’s not owed by a landlord it was bought by a developer cheaply because they got a Meth test and then everyone else was scared off buying it at the auction, now it’s sitting there empty doing nothing.

              The Labour government and the National government seem to both be equally keen to sell off housing NZ rentals or land… and neither to significantly increase government rental stock in high demand areas…

  2. OnceWasTim 2

    And let’s hope Megan Woods ‘takes on board Geoff Bertram’s analysis going forward rhubarb rhubarb’

    Trustpower just informed me that their electricity prices are “changing”.
    I’m about to ditch them on the basis of that bullshit alone. They’re going up!

  3. Morrissey 3

    “Israeli cynicism and western cowardice…”
    Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom by Norman Finkelstein
    (University of California Press, 2018)
    Reviewed by NOAM CHOMSKY.

    To plumb the depths of human savagery is a formidable task, and not a pleasant one. The task is undertaken with rigorous argument and scrupulous scholarship in Norman Finkelstein’s monumental “inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom.” And with undisguised passion. As he writes, “this book rises to a crescendo of anger and indignation.” It is hard to see how anyone with a shred of humanity could react differently to the bitter record unraveled here.

    There have been evocative, often shattering, accounts of the tragedy of Gaza. Some of the most infuriating are live testimony from the scene during the periodic escalations of the crimes: among them the reports by the remarkable Norwegian surgeon Mads Gilbert from the trauma wards of al-Shifa hospital and the painful daily reports by the courageous Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer. There have also been studies by prestigious commissions of inquiry and by the major international human-rights groups, all mined in Finkelstein’s inquest. Understanding has also been enriched by work of fine journalists and scholars. But in its comprehensive sweep, deep probing and acute critical analysis, Finkelstein’s study stands alone.

    Concluding his inquest, Finkelstein cites warnings by UNCTAD and other international monitors that Gaza could become literally uninhabitable by 2020 “due to ongoing de-development, eight years of economic blockade and three operations” from 2009 to 2014. The grim figures on the availability of potable water, energy and housing, on unemployment and dependence on humanitarian aid even for food, depict all too clearly the nature of the catastrophe as 2020 approaches.

    Responding to the imminent catastrophe, President Trump ordered that the U.S. contribution to UNRWA — “a lifeline for Palestinians” — be cut to one-sixth the scheduled funding. As he explained, he saw no reason to fund people who show “no appreciation or respect” as he dangles before their eyes his “ultimate deal” while handing Greater Jerusalem over to Israel.

    The idea that nearly two million people, median age 17, are locked by force in a small cage that is soon to become uninhabitable while the world looks away is almost unfathomable. True, there is sometimes a reaction of disgust; in one recent case, on May 14, 2018, when, on the eve of Nakba Day, split-scene photographs appeared showing Israeli snipers expertly murdering desperate Gazans protesting their martyrdom, alongside images of Ivanka Trump smiling happily with a beaming Netanyahu at the celebration of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. But such moments are rare.

    Visiting Gazan health centers after the Israeli atrocities of spring 2018, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl found scenes that were “shocking and deeply disturbing,” including “a pattern of entry and exit wounds that indicates ammunition used caused severe damage to internal organs, muscle tissue and bones.” One hundred seventeen were killed by Israel forces during peaceful protests and 1,200 injured, many at a distance from the troops and posing no imaginable threat — even a young woman bravely tending to the injured. What he found is “truly staggering,” Krähenbühl reported.

    Read more….

  4. Cinny 4

    There’s a really interesting article on Newsroom this morning about the conflict of interests with the meth cleaning companies. Well worth a read.

    Conflicts of interest

    At the same time, government policies around meth-testing were themselves partly shaped by the industry that stood to profit from them, two companies in particular. One was Forensic and Industrial Science Limited, the company behind Kim Gouk’s ordeal. The other was MethSolutions, run by Miles Stratford.

    • Macro 4.1

      Oh Dear! Surprise! Surprise!* How come it has it taken the media that long to figure out? That was just Nat policy at work – “I’ll piss in your pocket if you piss in mine”. JFK’s mates were creaming it.

      * not directed at you Cinny. The above reported conflict of interest has been obvious to anyone with their eyes and ears open for as long as this travesty has been in progress, aided and abetted by the Nats. Meanwhile our “erstwhile” media have stood aside and reported nothing until now.

  5. Pete 5

    The Herald’s carrying a story about the PM being questioned by Mike Hosking about the cost of employing someone to take photos in New York. Photos provided to NZ media.

    Don’t go through the archives trying to find Hosking questioning John Key or Bill English on incurring costs for doing the same thing. Especially after boldly being critical of the activity.

    That’s because he didn’t, he wasn’t . Maybe his view was obscured by being up the orifices he resided in at those times.

    • Ed 5.1

      The media is a tool of the establishment.
      And Hosking is a tool.

    • chris73 5.2

      Wasn’t the ad agency contracted to take the pics also a Labour party donor?

      • Pete 5.2.1

        Are political parties to not engage any individuals or companies who make political donations? Is a government not to engage any individuals or companies who make political donations?
        If anyone from a government communicates with any outside person or company should they ascertain whether they have made political donations?

        When the ‘backroom’ negotiations were taking place for the Auckland Convention Centre did the politicians involved ask each and every individual involved if they were political donors?

        • chris73

          Perception is everything, had National done the exact same thing I’m pretty sure Labour wouldn’t have just let it go

          • Ed

            One only perceives it if you read and believe Hosking.
            I don’t.

          • Bearded Git

            Key paid to go on US TV….were we told at the time? Of course not. He portrayed himself as the lovable hero that was in demand.

            Jacinda is the real deal.

          • Dukeofurl

            “d National done the exact same thing I’m pretty sure Labour wouldn’t have just let it go”

            They did let it go, when Key advertised for a videographer on the leaders office payroll. And would take that person on overseas trips.

            As Ardern said, ‘it was cheaper than bring someone along from NZ’

      • Macro 5.2.2

        Have you any evidence to prove that they were?
        Is there a conflict of interest if they did?
        Does the National Party employ photographers who donate to them?

        • chris73

          “Have you any evidence to prove that they were?”
          Assuming its the same company then yes (thanks kiwiblog)

          “Is there a conflict of interest if they did?”
          If they donated money to Labour and then got a contract from Labour then possibly, although I won’t discount the possiblity of legal finagling to show it isn’t

          “Does the National Party employ photographers who donate to them?”
          Beats me

          • Draco T Bastard

            If they donated money to Labour and then got a contract from Labour then possibly

            Did you say the same thing when a company that donated $100,000 to National then got a $7.2m government contract to run a hotel?

            • SHG

              The most depressing thing about this government is just how quickly it has pivoted from optimism to a position of “look this is just how things have always been done, National did it, we do it, nothing to see here”.

              • David Mac

                I think they have their eye on the big prize, an election win and no need to talk to Winston. Push too hard left and that’s not going to happen, with or without NZ1st.

                Labour/Greens don’t need to win the hearts of those with a left bias.

                • Stuart Munro

                  Don’t count on it.

                  Bullshit like 1080 will cost the Greens a lot of votes.

                  • David Mac

                    Hi Stuart, yeah I think that’s a valid point but I think the Nats would need to adopt a ‘We’re going to ban 1080’ platform to get them to shift over and I think that’s unlikely.

                    • Stuart Munro

                      For the Gnats it’s enough to suppress the left vote. They won’t stop the 1080 – it was their policy after all.

            • Chuck

              Get with the times Draco…

              Labour leader Andrew Little apologised to Earl and Lani Hagaman back in April 2017.

              • Draco T Bastard

                So, such actions are fine for National to do but not for Labour?

                Personally I think that this sort of corruption needs to be stopped by simply banning donations of any kind to political parties.

            • chris73

              Ask Jacinda Arderns father about that

          • Macro

            Conflicts of interest

            At the same time, government policies around meth-testing were themselves partly shaped by the industry that stood to profit from them, two companies in particular. One was Forensic and Industrial Science Limited, the company behind Kim Gouk’s ordeal. The other was MethSolutions, run by Miles Stratford.

            and of course we should never forget Niue,

            A hotel group that won a contract to run a Niue resort has denied any conflict, despite its founder making “numerous donations” to political parties.

            During the 2014 election, Scenic Hotel Group founder Earl Hagaman donated $101,000 to the National Party.

            A month later, the company won a contract to manage the Niuean Matavai Resort, heavily funded by the New Zealand government. Last year, $7.5 million in aid funding was announced to expand the resort.

            of course no conflict of interest there /sarc

            Pot, Kettle, Black?

      • veutoviper 5.2.3

        This was discussed in detail by the PM in her weekly interview with Guyon Espiner on Morning Report this morning. Starts at 5 mins in.

        Apparently. it had been proposed that they take a photographer to the UN GA in NY as previous PMs have done in the past including Key. Ardern had looked at the costs and vetoed taking someone from NZ. Instead she had set the expectation to the team that the cost of using local photographers in NY must not exceed the costs of taking someone from NZ.

        The company used was Augusto, an Auckland based hybrid production and creative agency set up by young NZers who are in the process of starting up a branch in New York.

        Espiner suggested that the company had given a donation to Labour during the 2017 general election campaign of $18,274.49. Ardern queried whether he was insinuating a cash donation and said that from her recollection that would have been “in kind” support provided during the campaign as they had done promotional work for Labour.

        With regard to the images etc taken in NY the costs of employing Augusto would be paid from Ardern’s Leader’s fund. In accord with the rules on use of the Leader’s Fund, the photos etc could be used for general promotion at any time in the next year or so – except during the 2020 election campaign period.

        In other words, they had appeared to have done their homework to ensure that everything was above board.

        Personally, I think it is great to see her support young entrepreneurial New Zealanders rather than the big overseas based PR corporates.

        • chris73

          “from her recollection”, is that like how she didn’t know Derek Handly and had barely spoken to him, apart from giving him her personal email address that is

          • veutoviper

            Provide a link to where Ardern said* that “she didn’t know Derek Handly (sic)”.

            Go on, we’re waiting …

            * by that I mean where Ardern herself said that – not what was reported by someone else (eg media or Bridges or the man in the moon)

      • Gabby 5.2.4

        Wasn’t Early Haggyman a gnatz donor christy?

    • Cinny 5.3

      It was cheaper to contract someone in NY, than fly a kiwi over to accompany her and take photos.

      Pete you are so right re hosking not questioning the pm who quit on the same. Crikey many of us have only recently discovered that key paid $10k to get on the tonight show.

      Little mike really hasn’t been handling the election loss, it’s been a year now, maybe when the coalition wins again in 2020 he will accept it.

      Besides the $ for said photography came from Jacinda’s leaders fund.

      Any word on the leaker, wonder how much simon has spent via his leaders fund chasing that tail.

      • Ffloyd 5.3.1

        Jamie Lee Ross is taking leave for health reasons. Personal and private so no details. Simon wants to give him some space. Nothing to do with being incontinent apparently.

      • riffer 5.3.2

        Same interview Bridges also says he does not know who the leaker is. I doubt you rule out anybody at this stage.

      • Chuck 5.3.3

        All political parties like to spend public $, especially those on the left.

        However, you miss the point Cinny – Ardern paid for the PR blitz via the leader’s fund. Then Ardern says the photos/movie will be used amongst other things for electioneering. Now that is illegal to do so, her office had to correct Ardern’s statement the following day.

        Was it a slip of the tongue by Ardern? either she had no idea of the rules or hmmm she was busted.

        • veutoviper

          “Then Ardern says the photos/movie will be used amongst other things for electioneering. Now that is illegal to do so, her office had to correct Ardern’s statement the following day.”

          So where and when was ‘ this correction the following day’ made? Please provide a link as this does not align with information provided today.

        • Sacha

          Electioneering? The word she used was “campaigns” – which is a term common to both marketing and politics.

        • Cinny

          But couldn’t any footage of a PM potentially be used in the future for a campaign?

          Plenty of footage of the PM who quit was used for such.

          As footage is being captured wouldn’t the people involved be thinking of all the different applications said footage could be used for? Would that not be forward planning/brainstorming?

          It’s all in the wording.

          • Chuck

            “It’s all in the wording.” Indeed so.


            For Sacha (above post) it means marketing and politics.

            crusade, fight, battle, work, push, press, strive, struggle, agitate; promote, advocate, champion, speak for, lobby for, propagandize
            “a movement campaigning for political reform”

    • Tiger Mountain 5.4

      …in reply to Pete @ #5
      Winston Peters in the recent past–while our glorious ex leader Mr Key was PM–called Hosking “a National Party stooge whose jowls are up the Prime Minister’s cheeks”

      which while a mangled version of “cheek by jowl” as Brian Edwards pointed out, makes the point quite well of the extent of Hoskings “Key Love”

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    Looks like we will have to get real about the threat posed by young male islamic immigrants. “Party leader Winston Peters said there was sexism in some migrant communities, where women were treated “like cattle”.

    “If Winston is saying women should be treated better we agree, across cultures and communities. Domestic violence and other women’s rights abuses are pervasive across the world and occur in New Zealand at record rates, and the Green Party are working to address that,” Ghahraman said.

    Too bad she seems intent on avoiding the issue that NZF are pointing too. When a religion indoctrinates the young with the belief that patriarchy has a divine mandate, and we import lots of foreigners who believe accordingly, on what basis can we expect them to respect the civil rights of kiwis that are incompatible with their faith??

    That’s the problem that NZF are seeking to legislate a solution to. Having the Greens join the Nat/Lab duopoly in denial of this problem is unacceptable. The Greens must reposition themselves as part of the solution. Using their brains would be a good start.

  7. The Chairman 7

    Was Labour’s Electricity Price Review a whitewash?

    Seems it was:

    Labour, the party the left can count on to let them down.

    • Ed 7.1

      Labour is not a socialist party.
      It is an extreme capitalist party.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Labour has always been a capitalist party so we really shouldn’t be surprised when it supports the capitalists ripping off the community.

      • David Mac 7.2.1

        Since the coming of the white man we have been a capitalist country. Alternatives struggle to win 1000 votes.

        • Ad

          We should expect at minimum a well regulated economy.
          We don’t have it. We should.

          • David Mac

            Yeah, I agree.

            A culture of self regulation would be ideal. An enhanced sense of ‘Am I doing the right thing here?’

            • Draco T Bastard

              A culture of self regulation would be ideal.

              That’s what the capitalists have been telling us for the last few decades as they’ve removed almost all of our ability to hold them to account for when they fuck things up.

              An enhanced sense of ‘Am I doing the right thing here?’

              And that’s why we have regulation. So that they don’t have to have a sense of it but can read it in black and white.

              • David Mac

                A dozen policemen on every corner is a crap aspiration Draco, aim higher.

                • David Mac

                  What a double edged sword a cashless society would be. So much to be gained under that ominous cloud of Big Brother.

                  As far as taxation goes, we wouldn’t need policemen shining torches up our affairs.

                  If there was no cash, when I habitually spend or save more electronic money than I’ve paid tax on, unless I’ve registered an exception, I don’t get a knock on the door, I get a summons to appear in court to face damning evidence.

                  Wages: When Ravi is being regularly paid $2 per hour below the minimum wage, an algorithm prints a court date for Ravi’s boss.

                  If Ravi’s boss is here illegally, he could score a summons and the chance to see his Mum again.

                  But Geeeez, the Big Brother thing…

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    If Ravi’s boss is breaking the law as you say then he obviously needs to face the consequences.

                    Do you think that police shouldn’t hide speed cameras as well? You know, adhere to the idea that people should be able to break the law just because they can’t see a policeman?

                    As far as cashless society and cameras on roads go the recording isn’t the problem – it’s when it’s used for nefarious purposes which really only requires the necessary processes in place to prevent.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  You seem to be using exaggeration to induce fear into people while not adding anything to the discussion.

    • Ad 7.3

      Yes I agree with you Chairman it was a whitewash.

      A really active government would have cleaned out the Board of the Electricity Commission and Transpower as soon as it got into government.

      On about a million fronts this government is not tackling governance issues, when it is a core part of what this coalition government should be doing. There are plenty of good candidates for the government of replace them with, who would also generate fresh thinking. Clearly there’s enough candidates to fill the review committees, think-tanks, and advisory boards churning forests of paper through Wellington right now.

      Vector sending me and hundreds of thousands of others a $30 cheque from their profits instead of reinvesting it in their network that broke down so catastrophically across Auckland in April beggars belief.

      There are no instruments to hold electricity prices to account other than occasional checks of the spot market, which is a joke. There’s not even a decent price regulator, let alone a body that speaks for the electricity consumer.

      Even Australian generators get more scrutiny than this.

      You can go through not only electricity, but the whole of the State Owned Enterprises schedule and find the majority still stacked with National Party acolytes.

      We sure aren’t going to get governance accountability of the system at this rate.

    • Ed 8.1

      An old Standard thread includes comments by a contributor called Blondie suggesting Ross is a puppet of Slater’s.

      All I know is this: on numerous occasions, I witnessed Cameron with my own eyes and ears, telling Jamie Lee to do this or that – and then the next week it’d be reported that he’d done exactly as Cameron Slater instructed him. Usually in relation to asking Len Brown a tricky question. And then the Whaleoil site would say how wonderful he was for calling Len to account – and then it’d get picked up by the MSM.

      Furthermore, Cameron himself told me how involved he was in Jamie Lee’s campaign. Having witnessed that FIRST HAND, it’s not rocket science to work out who’s pulling Jamie Lee’s strings.

      Jami-Lee Ross runs scared

      • Muttonbird 8.1.1

        An OIA asking for recent communications between Ross and Slater wouldn’t go amiss.

    • Ed 8.2

      A NBR article points to links with Simon Lusk.

      The Prime Minster says he has not read secret documents which detail plans to form a hard-right wing faction within the National Party, essentially forming a party within a party.

      The plans are reportedly the work of political consultant Simon Lusk, who has managed the campaigns of several National backbenchers, including Sam Lotu-Iiga, junior whip Louise Upston, and Botany MP Jamie Lee Ross.

    • Ed 8.3

      According to contributor ghostwhowalksnz

      The released email details point out a conversation where Slater comments about what Jamie Lee Ross would do in a certain situation:

      He will do as hes told

      Careering to the right

    • Ad 8.4

      The only “medical personal issue” Jamie Lee Ross needs to cure is the fact that he’s a total asshole.

  8. Pete 9

    “Mr Bridges said the decision had nothing to do with the party’s ongoing leak investigation, and he would not be making any further comment on Mr Ross’ health issues as it was a private matter.”

    I wonder if the private information will leak out.

    • Muttonbird 9.1

      Talk about being economical with the truth, Mr Bridges!

      • ScottGN 9.1.1

        Timed for the parliamentary recess too.

        • Muttonbird

          How cynical. I expect Farrar to be all over the timing of this.

          • Dukeofurl

            Ross could hardly be both attending parliament and be in a ‘fragile emotional position’, so this is a way of aligning the ‘optics’ for Ross and for Bridges means the issue largely goes away for 2-3 months as he ‘cant comment’.

            Is also a way to neuter any reveals that Peters my try in parliament.

            • Muttonbird

              The wider optics are that to draw attention to Bridges wasteful spending means you aren’t mentally fit.

            • Ffloyd

              Expect to hear Guyon all over this in the morning. Could be waiting a while though. Won’t be holding my breath. Bridges ‘owes it to all NZ ers’ to tell us the reason.

  9. Pete 10

    It is sickening to be sitting on that side of the House. Not just for those in the House. The ailing each day flaunt the maladies induced by it.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    The World’s Most Beautiful Battery

    The Kaprun hydroelectric station may be 70 years old, but Helmut Biberger’s job is to ensure it can handle the rapid swings in modern electricity markets. He’s helped rig the facility to generate power at a moment’s notice, using a network of winding tunnels and reservoirs built into the side of the country’s tallest mountains.

    The station functions as a giant battery, by using energy when it’s abundant–and cheap–to pump water to a mountaintop reservoir. There it sits in the bluest of blue Alpine lakes until power demand spikes. At that moment traders 250 miles away in Vienna open the dam, spilling that same water downhill to spin those turbines, and selling the resulting electricity at higher prices.

    Which why solar and wind power in NZ is both viable and almost easy to put in place – we already have a large number of hydro-dams. Just need a bit of modification to turn them into batteries.

    Of course, we’d still be better off if it was all state owned with no dead-weight loss profit involved.

    • McFlock 11.1

      If you look at the diagrams, they involved two reservoirs, not our single-reservoir systems. Got to maintain river flows.

      Whereas we’re already too intensive in hydro – we need to diversify into other renewables, because droughts happen.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1

        If you look at the diagrams, they involved two reservoirs, not our single-reservoir systems. Got to maintain river flows.

        I did say that they’d need some modification. And each of our rivers has multiple dams on it. Each damn is a reservoir.

        Whereas we’re already too intensive in hydro – we need to diversify into other renewables, because droughts happen.


        • McFlock

          Each dam has a reservoir, but the reservoir array in the article was significantly smaller and closer than our clutha river dams, for example. Pumping up from Roxburgh to Clyde in reasonable quantities is a bigger prospect than the dam in that article: 30km rather than 1km, and then there’s the volumes required. The entire complex in that article is a smaller generator than the Roxburgh dam alone.

          That solution was right for them, but one size does not fit all.

          • Draco T Bastard

            Pumping up from Roxburgh to Clyde in reasonable quantities is a bigger prospect than the dam in that article: 30km rather than 1km, and then there’s the volumes required.

            Or it could be that the water is pumped from the bottom of the dam to the top and not from the next dam and thus being only a distance of a few hundred metres.

            That solution was right for them, but one size does not fit all.

            I have constantly said that modification would be required and am thus not promoting a one size fits all solution. That modification would be based upon detailed research which may come to the conclusion that it’s not worth doing at all or maybe only doing in some places.

            It’s an idea which, by all indications from the real world, has merit which makes worthwhile looking at for NZ considering our large number of hydro-dams.

            • McFlock

              But they go into rivers, not other reservoirs. The most you can pump up is what you let through at the time, and then you have to maintain river flows.

              but if you pump up from a reservoir, you can pump up water that has been stored for weeks. If you’re pumping from the river flow you’re letting through at the moment, why not just let less through?

              And you’ve merely said “some” or “a bit” of modification to do the repumping idea. I suspect “some” is a 30km pipeline requiring resource consent and probably land purchases.

    • Dukeofurl 11.2

      “Just need a bit of modification to turn them into batteries.”

      Duh . They are allready batteries , thats what lake storage does. Hint batteries store power.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.2.1

        I was thinking about the ability to pump water back up to a higher reservoir using excess power from other renewables to make them better batteries.

        • David Mac

          Yes, I like this system too Draco. It addresses the primary shortcomings of solar and wind. It doesn’t matter if there is no wind or sun on a particular day, you just need to pump enough water up to a higher reservoir when there is.

    • David Mac 11.3

      It would be good to have our growing fleet of electric cars recharging when we have an over supply. eg: Cheaper power to recharge the car from midnight to 6am.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.3.1

        Cars, even electric ones, are still a waste of resources and even when autonomous will still cost the country billions every year in congestion.

        • David Mac

          Yeah, the trick would be banning all personal transport and winning an election. Good luck with that reality.

          About 100 years ago cars weren’t the problem, they were the solution.

          “Towards the end of the 19th century, London was virtually unliveable. The city had 11,000 carriages, several thousand buses and a variety of carts, wagons and buggies—a vehicular density unprecedented in history. And while the challenges of congestion and hygiene are not dissimilar to those we face today—19th century vehicles were horse-drawn and that brought with it a uniquely different set of issues. Horses generate a not inconsiderable quantum of solid waste. The average draft horse produces 10kg of manure per day. As a result, toward the end of the 19th century, the city of London was generating over 20,000kg of horse dung every month. Manure soon began to pile up on the streets faster than it could be cleared away and by the end of the 19th century, London was literally carpeted with a warm, brown matting . . . smelling to heaven. Leaving aside the filth and the smell, this gave rise to numerous other problems like sanitation and the rapid spread of communicable diseases—so much so that residents in the 1890s were literally being killed by the streets they walked on. In 1894, the Times of London predicted that within 50 years, every street in London would be buried under 9 feet of manure.

          This was the Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894, an urban catastrophe that, at the time, was the bane of every large city in the world, from New York to Sydney. At the very first International Urban Planning Conference convened in New York in 1898, horse-dung was the only topic on the agenda—and it was such a fraught subject that the conference was disbanded in three days without a solution. At the time, it seemed as if life on earth would end, not due to a collision with a meteor or other cataclysmic events—but under an ever-rising pile of dung.”

          • Draco T Bastard

            Yeah, the trick would be banning all personal transport and winning an election.

            Why would anyone ban bicycles?

            About 100 years ago cars weren’t the problem, they were the solution.

            And now cars represent a much bigger problem in climate change and congestion. Electric ones may address the climate change issue but they don’t address the congestion as private motor vehicles are the cause of that congestion.

            • David Mac

              Ha! You’re contrary for the sake of being contrary, get an argumentative girlfriend.

              “Great news everyone, cars are outlawed but it’s ok, you can get a push-bike.” It’s election suicide Draco.

              I hear you but I think you’re a long way from a viable solution to congestion. I think we should be looking at things like strong motivation for us to spread out. Moving Auckland’s port to Whangarei, that sort of thing.

      • KJT 11.3.2

        Close Tiwai pt and we have enough excess off peak electric power for a huge fleet of electric cars, trucks and trains

    • Exkiwiforces 11.4

      Have a look at this battery from Tesla down in South Australia, no wonder some of the Righties here in Oz are carrying on like a bunch of green pork chops that gone off past use by date atm about the cost of renewable energy and saying coal fired power stations are more a efficient. They have shares in coal thermal coal mining and coal fired power plants.

      • Dennis Frank 11.4.1

        Looks like a big improvement in infrastructure resilience & efficiency. You’d need expert analysis from electrical engineers employed in our regional systems management to provide advice to our govt on potential relevance here, eh?

    • Ad 11.5

      Even under a state owned system, Lammamoor wind farm was refused.
      As was a single turbine in Blueskin Bay.
      As were plenty of others.
      Even the single marine generator in Kaipara Heads was too hard.

      The biggest dead weight loss we have to energy sustainability is democracy in the form of the RMA.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.5.1

        The biggest dead weight loss we have to energy sustainability is democracy in the form of the RMA.

        Ah, so you’ve bought into the lies of the RWNJs.

      • Molly 11.5.2

        “The biggest dead weight loss we have to energy sustainability is democracy in the form of the RMA.”
        No, more in the way that the RMA is implemented, and the changes that have been made to that legislation in the last 27 years or so, that have reduced the effectiveness of it.

  11. ankerawshark 12

    Ok Jami Lee Ross standing down for a few months for health reasons, but” he isn’t the leaker”

    Sincerely wishing him all the best.

    • Muttonbird 12.1

      I do too. In the very very very remote chance what Bridges said is true then I hope he’s able to overcome his personal problems.

      In the very very very likely chance Bridges is lying on this and Ross is the leaker then I salute him for drawing attention to Bridges’ arrogant, wasteful, and narcissistic spending on crown limos.

    • BM 12.2

      I read that his wife is ill.

    • riffer 12.3

      Entirely possible that both scenarios are true.

  12. Dennis Frank 13

    Gordon Campbell alerts us to this emerging future: “who is the best hope of ridding the world of Trump? Over the past six weeks, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has emerged from the pack as Trump’s likely Democratic rival in 2020.”

    Warren’s agenda is to transform corporations: “Warren is not offering the left’s usual solutions i.e. new and costly government programmes to compensate those left behind by unfettered market capitalism. Instead, and as set out in the Accountable Capitalism Act she launched in August, Warren aims to rein in those market forces. In future, large firms and multinationals will no longer be able to act as sociopaths with no obligations to anyone (or anything) but their own shareholders.”

    “Firms with an annual turnover above $1 billion will be required to register as United States Corporations and obtain a federal charter of corporate citizenship: Warren wants to eliminate the huge financial incentives that entice CEOs to flush cash out to shareholders rather than re-invest in businesses. She wants to curb corporations’ political activities. And for the biggest corporations, she’s proposing a dramatic step that would ensure workers and not just shareholders get a voice on big strategic decisions. Warren hopes this will spur a return to greater corporate responsibility, and bring back some other aspects of the more egalitarian era of American capitalism post-World War II — more business investment, more meaningful career ladders for workers, more financial stability, and higher pay.”

    “This charter won’t simply consist in warm and woolly good intentions. Under the charter, United States Corporations will be required to allocate 40% of seats on their board to workers, roughly in line with Germany’s ‘co-determination’ rules for business. Also, 75% of the board and 75% of the shareholders will have to endorse the firm’s political activities and donations.”

    Warren is positioning herself as that most unusual kind of leftist: one capable of replacing slogans with serious political intent of the radical kind. If she can get Sanders on board with this agenda the Democrats will start to look like winners for a change. Their corporate funders will be aghast, of course. Wall St will seek an establishment democrat to oppose her, fast!

    • Bewildered 13.1

      Trump will be her biggest fan supporting her to stand all the way. Pocahontas vs the Donald

  13. eco maori 14

    Kia ora The Am Show Our education system needs a over haul start teaching mokopuna trades at 13 make the place a magnet for all children including the ones who wag change are need .
    I say they would need more money . There is a phenomenon that I did not add into my thought’s on why there are many strikes the last lot using Thompson & Clark & co to intimidate the protester’s won’t be happening NOW.
    That’s my thought’s on the wedding good on them .
    Wild Journey’s is story’s from our past it will be a cool read.
    Our personal Data one need to view Truth & Power that’s a eye opener .
    I have my morel’s never kick a person who’s down.
    Ka kite ano P.S I know a neo liberal capitalist will not have these morel’s

  14. eco maori 15

    Our Tangata whenua Australian couisn’s have been treated worse than Maori .
    Our culture’s have a lot in common bad health stats crime education we have the same views on Papatuanuku her environment and beautiful creatures .
    I encourage all Indiginous cultures to be proud of your selves and cultures
    Promote and support your strong wahine to run for elections local state and national .
    This is the only way you will speed up the long walk to equality for you and your mokopuna’s .I beleve in a balance live its self in a fine balancing act ying/yang
    Our world is thrown out of balance by to many men in power and that phenomenon can be linked to all the problem’s we face.
    If one has to much power they take all and just leave what drips off there plate for the smaller powers I see this happening all around the world. Kia kaha indigenous peoples
    Ka kite ano link is below

  15. eco maori 16

    I did say that humane caused climate change will cause more suffering for the poor people here is a link that proves that it is not a fable it quite a easy scenario to work out
    Link below ka kite ano

  16. eco maori 17

    Apogees to Aretha Franklin and family I got the song mixed up

  17. eco maori 19

    This is a better Idea having wild life sanctuaries all over Aotearoa instead of trying to wipe out all predators from Aotearoa I say that Idea being publicized was a silly play from shonky.
    Link is below ka kite ano

  18. eco maori 20

    Maori staff back Uni vic chancellor and so do I .
    Now don brash mite be a polite person and he thinks his view on Aotearoa should be heard but if one look’s into his past one can see he has a view that has been let behind in our history book’s .
    Yes it would be nice for everyone to be treated the same and have no need to promote maori culture maori tikanga maori TV Te treaty of Waitangi he is dreaming untill everyone is treated equally in all aspects of life in Aotearoa incomes housing health wealth education that dream will never be achievable.
    Maori have been TAX and suppressed in Aotearoa for 150 years so we still have a long walk to Undo the injustices of bygone era Kia kaha ka kite ano link is below.
    P.S that muppet was opposed to Maori TV.
    I have been watching Barry Barclay auto biography on NZONSCREEN he was a great leader like Merata for Maori movies and documentarys

  19. eco maori 21

    Kia ora Newshub synthetic drugs need to be controlled it is a man made poison.
    There you go the poor are suffering the most in Indonesia kia kaha
    I have been following company for a few years prouducing fuel from carbon capture and used to grow algae to be refined to fuel.
    Yes its cool that Cook is taken of Titirangi and put in the museum there should be statues of Great Maori Ariki .
    Well there you go on trump enough said
    Our scientists are still finding new thing in space a new planet ka pai.
    Iwi the Kiwi is a huge ballon some people around the world don’t like the popularity that New Zealand is getting at the minute it’s not hard to see who this could be how were it has turn up would be as good as any.I read it weights a few ton one must be determined to fright that around the world.
    Many thanks to the Auckland council for putting up rail crossing barriers and gates around Auckland.
    Cool the extra tax write off for research funding this is a must I know the last lot cut that who Knows why but it was not a intelligent move.
    That’s sad that te Maui dolphin dying she was pregnant to only 60 left in Tangaroa lets hope they can rebound in numbers in the near future .
    Ka kite ano.

  20. eco maori 22

    Kia ora The Crowd Goes Wild James & Mulls .
    I heard a bit of hollering going down on the Rock Mulls.
    I had a skipper he was called old yella he would scream and swear when the gear was coming up and being set everyone new this about him I was 15 I tryed to work for him when I was 20 he started yelling I look at him and told him were to stick his job
    he did not stop yelling lol .I learnt his bad habit but I got it under control as the teeth got longer
    Youth Olympics a Wairangi does it make you feel young hope the team does well.
    Conner looks like a determent young fella good race driver a.
    I brought my first car at 15 could not even drive that good I soon learned one of my car is in the Waiapu black EH Holden 1967.
    Was Jeremy and Mike Havoc around in Dunedin at that time Mulls.
    Ka kite ano

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  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
    One of the key arguments used by trans ideologists is that some male-bodied people (ie men) are women because they ‘feel’ they are women.  To make this hocus-pocus sound a bit more credible, some will argue that such men have a ‘female brain’.  But this is thoroughly anti-scientific too. . ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • A prediction
    There was another police chase in Christchurch this morning, resulting in a crash which killed one person and injured five more. Because someone died, the chase is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. And based on previous reports by the IPCA, we know how it will go: the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    2 days ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    7 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    1 week ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to progress Control Orders for community safety
    The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill will have its first reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. “The control orders Bill will mean our community is better protected from the risks of the very small number of New Zealand citizens who have engaged in terrorism related activities overseas. ...
    2 hours ago
  • World-first plan for farmers to reduce emissions
    The Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to a world-first partnership to reduce primary sector emissions in one of the most significant developments on climate action in New Zealand's history. Today farming leaders and the Government announced a plan to join forces to develop practical and cost-effective ways to ...
    2 hours ago
  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    6 hours ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    20 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    21 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    23 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    1 day ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    6 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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