Open mike 03/11/2023

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  1. kejo 1

    Had a flash of the new "business" way of government.

    This afternoon Lxn realises he has to phone Winnie.

    " All lines are busy at the moment. Your business is important to us. Current wait times are 2 hours 45 minutes. Please hold the line." (Continuous racing commentary plays).

    Anyone want to take it from there/

  2. Barfly 2

    "So you are sending Brownlee to the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting without consulting me?"

  3. Sanctuary 3

    And so today we get the final results of the election, 20 days after the closing of the polls.

    Unpopular take but the critics of the delay – and the overall competence of the way the election was conducted – have a point. The MSM political journalists seem to largely to be having a childish junkie's tantrum over being denied their fix, so as per usual they can't see the issue for their egos.

    But there were big issues that need answers from the electoral commission. The use of technology – in particular the reliance on an app that crashed – didn't scale particularly well, leading to delays – often long ones – as the election volunteers were insufficient in numbers and training to fill the gap. Why it was decided to adopt an app based approach at all (solution looking for a problem?) needs to be answered, especially when you consider the also online technology led fiasco that was the census.

    The running out of ballot papers in some South Auckland electorates is a basic competency scandal that, had it occurred in Herne Bay and Remuera, you'd have heard trumpeted on the front page of the Herald for weeks.

    The confusion over closing advanced voting places on election day – which common sense should have told the electoral commission people would have noticed leading up to polling day and filed away as a voting location – was an act of almost bovine stupidity.

    But the biggest concern has to be the delay over announcing the final result. Three weeks is an unacceptable delay in the transfer of power. People might think it inconsequential, but we've seen in the USA what happens when you dawdle over an immediate transfer of power. There is a reason the second old QEII breathed her last Charlie became King. What would stop an errant Trumpist right wing government deciding via a flurry of orders in council to abolish ministries, mass fire employees and stop civil service pay in the three weeks it takes to form a government now? Convention is well and good but as the USA demonstrates, it is actually a constraint on anyone. We have to come up with a quicker way of getting the final result.

    • AB 3.1

      We need to be a bit careful what we wish for. Luxon may well use the 3-week wait this time as an excuse for changing the rules and not allowing voters to enroll on the day. That would surely save some time. The right is always keen to shrink the franchise to people with stable, predictable lives.

      • Sanctuary 3.1.1

        They hate same day enrolment, they won't need an excuse to axe it if they want.

        • Bearded Git 3.1.1.1

          I think you are wrong in this case Sanc. By complaining about the 3 week delay you are helping Luxon and Seymour to stop same day enrolment, which is an important plus for democracy in NZ.

          The 3 week delay has little effect. We have a caretaker PM/government that consults with the PM elect. Government goes on in this period.

          Meanwhile Luxon has said that he has had meaningful (but secret) talks with ACT and NZF in these 3 weeks that will have already sorted out most of what will happen after we receive the final result at 2pm today.

          What's the problem?

          Having said that, if some of the accuracy checks, where they are extremely unlikely to affect the final result, could be done later, they might be able to get the results out more quickly.

      • Grey Area 3.1.2

        Rimmer was suggesting exactly that this morning on RNZ I think but Golriz Ghahraman was quoted in response saying something like people should be given as many opportunities to vote as possible.

    • Ad 3.2

      Agree. Do they really have to re-could the whole thing?

      • Sanctuary 3.2.1

        I think it plays to a wider and ultimately I think very damaging criticism of the last Labour government – lack of delivery despite copious funding and the frustrations that grew from that.

        Richard Harman notes today in Politik:

        “…The number of pure Public Servants has increased by 7255 from the number employed when National left office in 2017.That is an increase of 35.64 per cent to bring the total in the capital to 27,612. Over the same period, public sector education and health workers in Wellington have increased by only 16 per cent. They very slightly outnumber the bureaucrats with a total of 29,000. The Public Service Commission yesterday also released public service salary data, which showed the average public service pay was $97,200, which suggests that the Wellington increase since 2017 has added $705 million to the government’s annual wage bill…”

        Continue reading at https://www.politik.co.nz/public-servant-numbers-jump/ | Politik

        Now, nobody minds a big jump in bureaucrats if they deliver results. But the sinking feeling is the electoral commission went with an app because it created work for a project manager who they quite like and would rather not let go, for the Wellington based IT industry who need fat government contracts to survive, and it meant they could justify increasing head count in the IT delivery team. Ditto for the census. In other words, it isn’t hard to imagine a lot of the increased spending was just to create a giant middle class make work scheme designed mainly to enrich a mildly incompetent Wellington government feedback loop.

        • Ad 3.2.1.1

          There's sure plenty of those kinds of dead or dying expensive i.t. projects across a whole bunch of Departments. Just wait for the health one to metastasize.

          I find it hard to believe National+Act can make massive financial cuts without bringing consultants in to assist. Will make for a fascinating 100 Day Plan, since Labour forgot to do one in 2017.

          Wellington is going to be a bloodbath of thousands of woke carcasses. They can occupy parliament grounds and see if the opposition will come out to rally them.

          • Rolling-on-Gravel 3.2.1.1.1

            "Woke carcasses"?

            That's just disgusting language tbh.

            Stop demonising people in public service, these are usually people who are trying to keep government going smoothly and we don't know who or which jobs or organisations will be axed under the incoming government that will affect the functioning of the country or not.

            I don't like the disdain and dismissiveness of that language.

            Public service is an important aspect of governance and the idea of the language that they're all airy-fairy angers me because a lot of them are behind the scenes trying their best and they are usually part of many a health/disability community advocacy push.

            We need many people who are willing to work for the best of New Zealand/Aotearoa and we cannot afford to play silly buggers with what may happen in the future.

            Smh. Sometimes I just hate reading this blog.

            • newsense 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Ad is the best and asking Ad, the brightest the Labour Party has to offer…

              I don’t actually know if he’s (sorry I’m actually not sure on Ad’s gender or if the posters under the handle are many) a Labour voter and supporter. Or if he’s the only one left.

              Seeing he’s an author he rarely seems to get censured for his extravagant style. It’s Cullen-lite. Large attempts at wit, but much less knowing everything despite all that!

              Not in the best vein this morning, old chap. Too much partying with your other undead rogernome buddies for Halloween…

    • mikesh 3.3

      We have to come up with a quicker way of getting the final result.

      That's the problem with this world. It's rush, rush, rush; everything has got to be done 'yesterday'. Everybody's too bloody impatient.

      • Incognito 3.3.1

        Agreed! Checking and accuracy come second to expediency – the vibe matters more than the fact.

      • Ad 3.3.2

        Yes let's bring back candlewick snuffers tripping through the rooms at midnight, paper bus tickets on trolley buses, nightcart soil pullers, handwritten receipts from the smiling butcher, looped cursive cheque writing, A0 newspapers stretched across the breakfast table as Dad puffs his pipe, wringer washing machines for Mum to stay busy, milkmen whistling the milk of human kindness to your door, dial phones attached to your wall, and of course a basement of bright yellow preserved peaches.

        • Sanctuary 3.3.2.1

          Sounds like Timaru, the place where the inhabitants are flattered when they come to Auckland and discover MOTAT has an entire exhibit dedicated to their town.

        • Belladonna 3.3.2.2

          I'm gonna agree with the last one. Home bottled peaches…..Yummmmm

          • newsense 3.3.2.2.1

            Need the climate to grow the trees and have those that are there already not to die off…

        • Adrian 3.3.2.3

          At least all that shit worked and did the job it was supposed to.

      • Hunter Thompson II 3.3.3

        Correct.

        Some things, such as counting votes in a general election, must always be done properly. There is no other way unless you want to live in a corrupt nation.

    • Peter 3.4

      "We've seen in the USA what happens when you dawdle over an immediate transfer of power?"

      Do you mean we've seen what happens in the USA when you expect the traditional (over a couple of hundred years) transfer of power when the loser in the election is a narcissistic megalomaniac with a cult following roused to be violent?

      • Sanctuary 3.4.1

        The 1984 constitutional crisis occurred over four days when a narcissistic megalomaniac with a cult following refused to devalue the NZ dollar. Imagine if that had been dragged on for almost three weeks, it would have wrecked the economy.

        • mikesh 3.4.1.1

          it would have wrecked the economy.

          How do you know? There are some who said that, but it may have just been propaganda. Douglas, in one of his books, said that he favoured devaluation, but that may just have given rise to a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy. There were no doubt people in the economy who figured to make money from a devaluation.

    • tsmithfield 3.5

      I agree with you with respect to the delay. If 1,000,000 plus votes cast on election day can be counted that day, then why on earth should we have to wait three weeks for approx half that amount?

      • Grey Area 3.5.1

        As I tried to point out to you mid last month processing special votes is a more complicated and time-consuming process than counting the votes of people who cast an ordinary vote on the day. For ordinary votes there is a preliminary count on the night and they are re-counted later for the official result.

        Each person who makes a special vote has to make a special vote declaration to the returning officer in the electorate they believe they are entitled to vote in. The declaration is checked and witnessed by the issuing officer in the voting place who issues them a ballot paper which goes into an envelope with two pockets along with the declaration and is returned to the home electorate. If someone is enrolling and voting their enrolment form is processed separately post voting day. There are seven options as to why someone is making a special vote.

        From what I understand (as we just did the declaration checking and witnessing and ballot issuing) the specials are returned to the home electorate where each one has be be checked to confirm it is a valid special vote. I think this is what takes the time. The counting is the easy bit at the end.

        Of course one way to speed it up would be to employ more people to do the job but that would obviously cost more which would probably stick in the throat of small government proponents.

      • Craig H 3.5.2

        There are a lot more people available to be hired for one Saturday (the public service encourages public servants to do it) plus some people for advance voting, than people for 2-3 weeks.

    • SPC 3.6

      The running out of ballot papers in some South Auckland electorates is a basic competency scandal that, had it occurred in Herne Bay and Remuera, you'd have heard trumpeted on the front page of the Herald for weeks.

      Thus it is fortunate in a way that National got a mandate to form a government, but will be still be denied a NACT majority – otherwise this would be a much bigger issue.

    • Incognito 3.7

      I enjoyed the break after the pre-election madness. The relatively quiet time of this 3-week interregnum allowed for some much-needed reflection and introspection without the usual cacophony from the bread & circuses from and through MSM & SM. It felt like the calm after and before the next shitstorm. To some people the result and sub-sequent wait may have felt like an anti-climax but to me it felt cathartic.

  4. Ad 4

    Sorry to see Redline folding. Sometimes it's good to be annoyed.

    BTW could sure do with more writers here people.

    • Sanctuary 4.1

      They seem to have got sucked into the culture war thing over trans rights and having brought into that narrative they eventually exploded.

  5. Ad 5

    If anyone wonders why Egypt and Saudia Arabia or frankly any arab country isn't offering to take in Palestinian refugees, here's a few of their excuses set out here:

    https://apnews.com/article/palestinian-jordan-egypt-israel-refugee-502c06d004767d4b64848d878b66bd3d

    • AB 5.1

      Their primary reason for not accepting Palestinians will be because of the economic and political effects in their own countries. But the reasons they give here are not silly – knowing that fleeing to neighbouring countries is an option would simply embolden the Israeli government to complete the eviction process started in 1948. And as the Israeli government doesn't care, they will try to push and push until the international pressure on the Arab states makes them cave in.

  6. Mike the Lefty 6

    The last "new song" we will ever hear from The Beatles called "Now and Then" has been officially released.

    Warning – if you are a Beatles nut like me you may get tears in your eyes.

    • Peter 6.2

      Just last week I found a new version of an oldie which had me reflecting on the variety of their songs.

      • pat 6.2.1

        great find.

      • Descendant Of Smith 6.2.2

        The live Cavern Club album recorded by someone in the audience and found years later has some great unexpected covers. Some Ray Charles in there….

        It's low-fi and the quality isn't great but does give some insight into that early part of their career. I quite like putting it on now and then.

        I Saw Her Standing There
        Roll Over Beethoven
        Hippy Hippy Shake
        Sweet Little Sixteen
        Lend Me Your Comb
        Your Feet's Too Big
        Twist And Shout
        Mr. Moonlight
        A Taste Of Honey
        Besame Mucho
        Reminiscing
        Kansas City
        Ain't Nothing Shakin' Like The Leaves On A Tree
        To Know Her Is To Love Her
        Little Queenie
        Falling In Love Again
        Ask Me Why
        Be-Bop-A-Lula
        Halleluja, I Love Her So
        Red Sails In The Sunset
        Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
        Matchbox
        Talkin' 'Bout You
        Shimmy Shake
        Long Tall Sally
        Remember You

    • Descendant Of Smith 6.3

      I had tears in my eyes all right.

      Felt and sounded like a funeral dirge with lyrics as silly as Fat Mattress's Petrol Pump Assistant.

      Can see why it was never finished. They should have left it alone.

      Though it could go well as a lament for the Labour Party to it's voting base who only now and then seem to need its poor and working class.

      Now (Now) and then (And then)
      I miss you (I miss you)
      Oh, now (Now) and then (And then)
      I want you to return to me
      Now (Now) and then (And then)
      I miss you (I miss you)
      Oh, now (Now) and then (And then)
      I want you to return to me
      Now (Now) and then (And then)

      Sad cause some post John Lennon stuff has been really good. The stripped back version of Woman was brilliant.

      Fat Mattress’s Petrol Pump Assistant.

  7. adam 7

    6 seat for Te Pāti Māori and overhang baby!

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      Yeah…

      Te Pati Māori has increased from four seats to six, after their candidates defeated two seasoned Labour candidates. The Green Party also gained one seat, up from 14 on election night.

      Takutai Kemp won the Māori electorate seat, Tāmaki Makaurau by four votes over Peeni Henare while Mariameo Kapa-Kingi won Te Tai Tokerau with a majority of 517 votes over Labour Party deputy leader Kelvin Davis. As a result, there will be overhang in Parliament by two seats because Te Pati Māori won more electorate seats than it would otherwise have from its share of the party vote.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/301001429/live-final-election-results-imminent

  8. Dennis Frank 8

    NZF in control:

    National lost two electorate seats. Labour’s Rachel Boyack took Nelson, and Phil Twyford, has won Te Atatū in Auckland, overtaking the National candidates by 29 and 131 votes, respectively.

    This leaves National with 48 seats in Parliament – down from 50 on election night. Even combined with the ACT Party’s 11 seats, which were unchanged from election night, this is short of the majority needed for the parties to form a coalition government.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/301001429/live-final-election-results-imminent

    Dunno where Stuff got it from: I was watching this:
    The Electoral Commission will have the official results for the 2023 General Election published here on Friday 3 November 2023. https://www.electionresults.govt.nz/

    Finals still not posted @ 2.11pm…

  9. Sanctuary 9

    So who made it in for Labour?

  10. adam 10

    Trump the complete ass he was, has enabled another dick waving ass to play dangerous games.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/03/putin-revokes-russias-ratification-of-nuclear-test-ban-treaty/

  11. Sanctuary 11

    Here I was waiting for Sue Grey to be catapulted into the Beehive!

  12. observer 12

    In 3 years time the lessons we learn every 3 years will be forgotten once again, and it will be the same misleading picture.

    Election night is not the election result. It never is. Learn, forget … Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat.

    Around 8 pm on election night National were on 42%. So a lot of people in TV studios said silly things and kept on saying them. National plus ACT were 65 seats, and then 64,63, 62 … and finally 59 (which will be 60 after the by-election).

    I suppose nobody wants to say "let's wait, let's wait", coz it's boring telly. But it is accurate reporting.

    • lprent 12.1

      My on the night guesses at midnight for the final were

      Nat ~38% (close) they kept going down as the bigger booths gave results Just slipped below 40% when I was going to bed.

      Lab ~28% (not close) obviously not as much as I expected

      Greens ~11.5% + from specials

      NZF ~6% – never move much on specials

      I expected Act to fall a little bit and TPM to remain the same (outside of electorate seats).

  13. Rolling-on-Gravel 13

    The results thus so far:

    26 – Labour

    11 – Greens

    3 – Te Patī Māori

    (40% seats)

    38 (soon to be 39) – National

    8 – Act

    6 – NZ First

    (52-3% seats)

    The highest non-overhang seat percentage is:

    2 – The Opportunities Party

    My source?

    https://elections.nz/media-and-news/2023/official-results-for-the-2023-general-election/

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  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
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    4 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
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    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    5 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
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    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
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    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
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  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

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

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

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    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

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    1 week ago

  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    3 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
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    4 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    4 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
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    5 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    24 hours ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

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    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    3 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    4 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    5 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    6 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

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    7 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    7 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

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  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
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