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  1. Radio New Zealand reports that public private partnerships in the Education Sector are expected to save if implemented $800,000 in the next 30 years …

    And cost $6,000,000 to implement …

    And there is significant commercial risk that the department will not have the expertise to do the job properly …

    And the first contract is expected to be put up for expressions of interestt in the next couple of months …

    One simple question, why are they doing this?

    • Bored 1.1

      To skin a cat you must invest in a knife and start somewhere. NACT have shown their intent to feudalise everything they can, which takes time and costs our money, before by tax and after by user pays.

      If the electors of NZ are so fucking dumb that they will vote for their reduction to serf status they deserve it.

    • JS 1.2

      My child went to school which had a big building project in the late 1990s. Basically privatised and the Ministry had very little to do with it, except set a budget limit, as they were not required to have any other oversight to at the time. Consequence – one very large leaky building problem.

      • millsy 1.2.1

        To be honest, whoever decided to kill off the MOW (and sell its successor SOE), really needs a [deleted — r0b].

        The MOW would have over seen the design and building of a school much easier and cheaper than these dodgy cowboy builders.

  2. jcuknz 2

    I think DPF sums up political blogs rather well this morning with ….It reminds me of the old saying that if John Key walked on water, then the headline would be “John Key can’t swim”.

    • lprent 2.1

      Actually I think he was talking about TV3 news.

      • killinginthenameof 2.1.1

        Yes, it was when he was having a cry about an unfavourable story on tv3. As usual claiming leftwards bias, no sense of relativisim that man. Just like Clark though, if she cured cancer they would be complaining that she was putting doctors out of work.

        Also illustrates the depths to which the quality of the reasoning and critical thinking that the right has dropped to. First picking out a single story to claim an entire channel is biased, secondly, and much more a feature of current right wing discourse, working back from the output. I have a feeling it might be called ex post facto, basically when someone says something they dont like, its not because its true, its because they are bias. very little intellectual rigour

        • jcuknz 2.1.1.1

          I am sure the reporter got full marks for doing an ‘in depth’ story when actually all it justified was a 20 second clip, such is infotainment on a short of news night. It is nothing particularly about left wing bias but rather as I wrote it sickening bias on blogs of both sides. One could well say if Goff walked on water they would report he couldn’t swim. And appropriate blogs would echo.

  3. vto 3

    I was particularly perturbed by Christchurch Judge Jane Farish and her decision on the men who diddled the Marriage Celebrant rules. Or rather, her decision on one of the men.

    Judge Farish discharged the maori man without conviction on the basis that;

    1. He received most of his income through government contracts and if convicted he would lose that income stream.

    2. A conviction would weigh heavily on his ancestors.

    3. A conviction would weigh heavily on his children.

    Farish is a relatively recent appointment. Her judgments have been watched with interest. This one sticks out like dogs balls for being a more extreme example of some of her eyebrow-raising judgments.

    Perhaps a more astute (or rather, less worn out) legal mind can explain whether a persons ancestors or children have been used to justify a discharge without conviction before??

    And it would also be worth discovering whether or not such ancestor and children effects can be applied to non-maori.

    And one more further, is the state not meant to be secular??? Farish’s judgment directly means that the state is recognising that the man’s ancestors feel the effect of his conviction. So the court recognises life after death (of a form).

    I don’t about others but this judgment is particular disturbing is it not??? It seems to fall short in several areas.

  4. Treetop 4

    Over for the Berrymans, but at a great personal and financial cost. The fact that 150,000 was paid out indicates that the government are accepting some liability for the army. Dr Moodie now has to decide whether or not he is going to pursue the judges for culpability of the armys construction of the bridge and the secrecy that surrounded/’s the construction. The transoms on the bridge gave way due to their construction and I think it was unreasonable for the Berrymans to know the transoms were rotten due to the bridges age.

  5. Yay…Kiwibank increased it’s penalty rate for missed direct debit and automatic payments from $7 to $15 yesterday ?

    so on top of making up the missed payment, you now have to reimburse the bank double the previous rate for doing fuck all except punish you for it…

    How does that work. Whats the justification ?

    • ianmac 5.1

      Most other banks had been charging $25. They were forced to bring it down to $15 while good old Kiwibank lifted theirs up to the standard $15. Good on them.

      • pollywog 5.1.1

        …but why does it cost 15 dollars to start with ?

        It’d be different if they honored the payment gave you a weeks grace and charged you for it.

        As is, it doesn’t cost the bank anything to do nothing but they’re charging us for it

        it’s just another gouging tax on the poor cos the power companies do it too…

        • infused 5.1.1.1

          Because you fucked up? They are trying to stop you from fucking up in future?

          • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1.1

            The fuck up may be completely out of control of the person the bank is penalising, though.

            What if you had a really large AP or DD coming out the day after you were paid, like $2,000 or something which worked out to be 60% of your total pay. And for some reason your work is 1 day late paying you – you end up bearing the brunt of a $15 fee for your work’s mistake.

            If your answer is “you should have enough money in your account to cover your DD/APs at all times”, then that’s not very realistic is the DD/AP is actually a very large part of your monthly income and you have all of your savings in term deposits.

      • KJT 5.1.2

        It should not cost anything more than a $2 filing fee.

        I think Kiwibank has now been instructed to match their prices to the Cartel as they were embarrassing them by charging much less and still making a profit.

        Couldn’t have a State owned bank running more efficiently than private ones. It spoils the picture.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Solution – don’t use automatic payments or direct debits. With internet banking there is no need.

      The one that really pissed me off is when I got charged an overdraft fee of $15 after the bank put me in overdraft of $2. I just closed the account on that one.

  6. So the Savings Working Group have decided that ‘Kiwi’ mums and dads are broke as and fairly much living hand to mouth cos they don’t make enough to save…

    …then how the fuck are we supposed to invest in shares when National privatise the power companies ?

    take a fucking loan out yeah ?..but aren’t we supposed to be paying down debt not getting our selves deeper into it ?

    • ianmac 6.1

      Some others have named the “Mums and Dads” whom will be able to invest like , Fay, Ritchwhite, Brierly, Key, etc. Sorry but Pollywogs are not eligible. Or those of us on Super.

  7. Deadly_NZ 7

    And as usual here the Granny Herald with more political Bullshit and NO comments section. They are driving this 85% of GDP bullshit really hard.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10703487

    Lets hope that the real message is getting out and people are now awake to the fact that this government could not lie straight in bed.

  8. r0b 8

    Moved several comments to new post on the election announcement.

  9. William Joyce 10

    The inept, do-nothing, toadie Murray McCully…”said commercial flights were still the preferred option, as taxpayers would be disgruntled if they had to pay for an expensive aircraft to evacuate a handful of citizens.”

    Yeah, right!
    Because we really would rather pay Children’s Commissioner John Angus $4500 over six months so he can get to work earning $199,00 including “unspecified benefits”.
    Or paying Supreme Court Judges to go quietly so people wont look too hard at their blatant conflicts of interest.
    Or paying for more unnecessary research into a 0.05 drink driving limit.
    Or funding business trips to China for the Wongs.
    Or double dipping for the double dipping douche of dipton
    Or paying the salary of the beneficiary bouncer while she gets an education in the US (she should stayed here – I could have lectured her on a thing or two)
    Or paying Walking Access Commission Mark Neeson over $11,000 to visit Canada, Scotland and England to research the high-tech, economically strategic world of walking.

  10. Lanthanide 11

    NZIER review shows 90-day fire-at-will bill has increased employment and jobs:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4608499/90-day-trials-boost-labour-market-NZIER

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Data are now available to analyse these impacts in the policy’s first several months in operation.1 NZIER has conducted an initial analysis of the publicly available data from Statistics New Zealand’s Linked Employer-Employee Database (LEED),

      Except that no such data is available as the government made no provision to collect data about the fire-at-will bill so the data that they’re using is analysed out of the actual data collected and then saying that their analysis says something that the data wasn’t collected for.

      Basically, they’re guessing.

    • millsy 12.2

      Yes, working well at turning workers into expendable units, to be thrown away at will.

      What does that tell people if employers will only hire people if they can get rid of them. This law effectively sends the message that loyalty towards workers do not matter.

      Soon as we chuck this mob out the door, the better

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      We really need to stop these sell-offs. If we don’t we’re going to be screwed.

  11. Tigger 14

    Key’s ‘fuck-list’ comments hit England.

    Best quote: PR expert Claudia Macdonald, managing director of Mango Communications, agreed with Key’s approach, saying his comments were “refreshing” to hear from a Prime Minister.

    “The days of tightly buttoned-up politicians with carefully managed facades are waning,”

    Oh come on! As though the revelation of this list wasn’t carefully managed. The list stunk of artificiality.

    • Lanthanide 14.1

      Yeah, maybe our journalists might give this the attention it deserves, now.

      • Tigger 14.1.1

        Key’s committed to a weekly session with Veitch. Desperate for friends now that his bff Henry has abandoned him.

        Who on earth told him cuddling up to a woman-beater was a way to cement his appeal among teh female vote? Even my right-wing sister is horrified by this news – and she’s true-blue.

        • marty mars 14.1.1.1

          oh dear – goff has come out with this – “Meanwhile, Labour leader Phil Goff said Liz Hurley “was pretty close” to being on his top five hot women list.”

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4609295/Sexist-row-Key-stands-by-hot-Hurley-comments

          what sad losers key and goff are

          • Pascal's bookie 14.1.1.1.1

            ffs

          • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1.1.2

            Oh, ffs, didn’t he learn from all the negativity that going on about who’s “hot” or not doesn’t look good?

          • The Voice of Reason 14.1.1.1.3

            Well, at least he’s not the only Labour MP with a problem engaging the brain before the tongue:

            http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0202/1224288769977.html

            And I predict the slogan halfway down the page will get an airing at the election. Gotta be a shoo in for the Vote Norml campaign!

            • just saying 14.1.1.1.3.1

              Spookily Goff’s response was all but predicted by Scott at Imperator Fish in his satirical evisceration of Key entitled ‘Key Captures Critical Demographic after radio show’.

              “A Labour government would be an inclusive one,” said Mr Goff yesterday, standing at the bar in Showgirls with his hands in his pants.

              “We are a party for all New Zealanders. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, brown or yellow, rich or poor. If it’s female and hot then I’ll tap it.

              “My message to ordinary New Zealanders who are struggling through these hard times and who happen to be female and sexy is this: show us your tits, love!

          • higherstandard 14.1.1.1.4

            Who cares ?

          • orange whip? 14.1.1.1.5

            So can we get rid of Goff now or do we just throw the election?

            Seriously, I don’t care either way but if I find out later that I campaigned for a left-wing govt and all the while the biggest left-wing party wasn’t even playing, I’m gonna be hella pissed.

            Labour, you don’t have so many friends that you can afford to fuck them around.

  12. Pascal's bookie 15

    Radical cleric calls for ethnic cleansing in middle east.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      He said any peace agreement has to recognize that “the Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.”

      Sure, they held the land 3500 years ago – the Romans kicked them out about 2000 years ago. I think that pretty much annuls any claims that the Israelis can make to the Fertile Crescent.

  13. Chris73 16

    Anyone seen the findings of the NZIER on the 90 day trial?

    Its over at kiwiblog if anyones interested

    • BLiP 16.1

      Economists doing what they do best – in the absence of evidence and with a pro-market bias, have a guess.

    • mcflock 16.2

      I won’t bother to guess whether they love it over there.

      Personally I was somewhat underwhelmed – I felt the assumptions and evidence were possibly not as reliable as the trumpeted outcome. But what the hey.

      • Chris73 16.2.1

        No doubt if the results had been the other way round I’m sure the comments might be different 🙂

        • Draco T Bastard 16.2.1.1

          Any conclusion that they could reach would be doubtful because there is no specific data being collected about the fire-at-will bill. It has to be extrapolated out from the statistics that are collected and that would mean controlling for more than just the three variables as they’ve done. The reality is that they can’t say that the fire-at-will bill has changed anything.

          • Chris73 16.2.1.1.1

            Just remembering when this was announced the unions and the labour party were saying this was going to lead to mass sackings etc etc even though they didn’t have any data/findings at all

            But thats their job I suppose

            • Draco T Bastard 16.2.1.1.1.1

              Actually, they said that it would be abused and, lo and behold, it has been.

              • Colonial Viper

                Also you can cause fear amongst a group of people simply by brandishing a potent weapon around, you don’t actually have to fire it that often.

        • mcflock 16.2.1.2

          Hang on – does the smiley face mean that you don’t really think that if a study by paid economists was so vague but supported left wing interpretations, we’d all be crowing about a slim statistical test run under some pretty questionable assumptions?

          Generally what I seem to recall around here when the stats support the left (and reality has a well known liberal bias 🙂 ) is that usually there’s someone pretty middle of the road who can put the breaks on enthusiastic over-interpretation. It might be a positie “hmmm” as opposed to a negative “hmmm”, but the few times I’ve been on kb it’s seemed to be an emotional rollercoaster, with dramatic swings between mania and depression at the release of monthly results.

          • lprent 16.2.1.2.1

            …but the few times I’ve been on kb it’s seemed to be an emotional rollercoaster, with dramatic swings between mania and depression at the release of monthly results

            I always get the impression there that it is populated by people with their long-term memory having been suppressed. It has obviously been replaced with a borg style myth repetition device. Bores the hell out of me.

            I actually find that big bruv is one of the more readable commentators at kb because his borg transformation appears to be faulty 😈

  14. logie97 17

    For those of us who might use Microsoft Explorer, when do we say enough is enough and source alternatives

    http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/almost-two-million-risk-being-hacked-4011823

    captcha: conclusion

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    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
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    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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