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Open mike 03/02/2011

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  1. just saying 1

    I think more and more people are coming to sadly accept that the slo-mo train wreck that is New Zealand’s biggest mouthpiece for the left, really is happening, that it is unlikely that anything will stop it, and that the consequences for most New Zealanders will range from the catastrophic to the merely awful. Lew at kiwipolitico sums up his in latest blog:

    Perhaps it is not too late. Perhaps Key has overplayed his hand; perhaps Goff has a secret weapon. Perhaps a young Turk is fixing to roll Goff and his cadres and make a break for it. I do not think any of these are likely. So it may be that the one good electoral thing to emerge from 2011 is a heavy and humbling loss which would see the Labour party reduced to a meagre husk. An exodus of the lively and creative thinkers of the party to another vehicle; or the enforced retirement of the deadwood responsible for the present state of affairs; or both would clear the way for a thoroughgoing rejuvenation of the movement’s principles and its praxis and its personnel. While it would be cold comfort to the generation of New Zealanders who will bear the brunt of the Key government’s second and third-term policies, it would be a crucial and long overdue lesson in political hubris, never to be forgotten, and infinitely preferable to another narrow loss and the moribund hope that next time it’ll be different.

    • Perhaps brothers and sisters we need to avoid the doomsayers like Lew and do something that the left are much better at.

      Organise campaigns, do the hard analysis, show that the current policy direction is dangerous and damaging. Then get out on the street for your favourite progressive party whether it is Green or Red, knock on doors, enroll people to vote, hand out brochures, organise protests, and take our country back.

      As a starter what about a mass mobilisation for May day against privatisation.

      And lets avoid incessant analysis of Goff’s hair colour or Key’s top 5 list. And avoid endless debates about the qualities of the leaders. Politics should be about policies and outcomes, not personalities.

      It is clear to me that when we engage in politics in the way that the right want us to, that is concentrate on the banal and the idiotic, then we lose because they are much better than us at that. But when we engage in politics on our terms then the right have nothing to counter with.

      • orange whip? 1.1.1

        Micky, while I know you don’t speak directly for The Labour Party, you’re closer to them than many here.

        May Day is 4 months away. Don’t you think that’s a bit frickin late for “a starter”?

        Do you not see that sleepwalking into election year is exactly what’s making people on the left have serious doubts about Labour being up for it?

        ps it’s Goff who needs to stop engaging on his “top 5 list”. Another day another gormless blunder.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.2

        Politics should be about policies and outcomes, not personalities.

        I’d argue that politics is about changing society for the better, for leading and generating that change. Policies and legislation are just some of the tools in that respect.

        • grumpy 1.1.2.1

          Hi CV, it’s the “changing society” bit that has people worried. Last time we had Labour in they certainly did their best to “change society” in ways they didn’t let on before the election.

          Labour needs to tell the country exactly what they will do and stick to it, the lies and hidden agendas of the Clark years turned the voters away – and Goff and King were part of that.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.1

            Hey. Same could be said for the ‘secret’ direction NACT has been taking us in, could it not? A sink or swim society benefitting the Few in particular, not the many. Couched in terms of “individual responsibility”, “free choice”, “rewarding success” etc.

            Neither NAT or LAB want to scare the horses so what do we get? Creeping incrementalism one way or another.

            • grumpy 1.1.2.1.1.1

              If they get chucked out next election thay should well reflect on the causes. In this post we are looking at Labour and why they are “a train wreck”.

              either they learn from their mistakes or…….

              [lprent: It is OpenMike – we don’t enforce diversion restrictions here. ]

              • grumpy

                OK, while we at it, Labour’s new lineup looks like an improvement but still the same old ex Clark front bench (mainly). Goff could have done one thing to show he had thrown off the old guard and was serious about attracting mainstream NZ back – sack Dyson.

          • higherstandard 1.1.2.1.2

            How about we take it a step further and vote for policies completely removed from the party political process and then have a separate vote on thos people we’d like to implement those policies…….. I realise it’s too cumbersome and will never happen but it would be interesting to see a vote based on policy/bribes rather than personalities and historical party voting patterns.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.2.1

              We could do something like that. Vote in government as now but have online voting of direction/policies at the select committee stages. I’m pretty sure that NACT won’t have anything to do with such a broadening of democracy though being that they’re a bunch of psychopathic authoritarians.

              • KJT

                The Swiss have managed to do just that for centuries.
                Much easier with modern communications.
                It would be over the dead bodies of all stripes of politicians though.

          • the pink postman 1.1.2.1.3

            What lies and secret agenda ?. Labour under Clark was moving towards a decent society . Social Democracy was slowly but surely being put in place. Big business and the powerful rich did everything to stop Labour. The anti Labour groups that suddenly popped was scary . They had cash by the sackfull. The media campaigned full time for the Nats. So of course Labour lost. Now what have we got? where just a couple of years back we had the best employment records in the OECD we now have run away unemployment. The health and education budgets have been cut yet the rich have large tax cuts. Private schools that are amass with money now have a payout from the taxpayers of $35 million plus.
            Its sick and sad . The kid bashers have had their way , the fast junk food outlets are allowed to kill our kids, and because of the nuts like the Sensible Sentencing Trust the prison are overflowing.
            Its not true that Labour is not producing policies they are but they are certainly not going to reveal all just yet. Wait and see.

  2. NickS 2

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/earthquake-commission-too-scared-criticise-victims-4011930

    What is it with former ACT MP’s and saying really dumb things? What might be a minor DIY thing for one person is often a lot more complex and expensive for another, especially if they lack the tools needed to pull off the job. And more so, some of the houses that could be fixed, probably also need more larger scale work on the piles and superstructure of the house to prevent a repeat in the next big quake. Basically Frank’s is full of shit as he hasn’t bothered weighing up the actual costs of repair compared to building/buying a new house, as well as a basic inability to show an empathy.

    Though that last thing is pretty universal amongst ACToids.

    • Deadly_NZ 2.1

      Not only that you start fixing things and then the insurance co says you have voided your policy somehow, Yeah right so much for the little DIY if it costs you your policy payout. And we all know how they insurance companies hate paying out.

  3. Lindsey 3

    I see Maggie Barry has her eye on a couple of other Auckland National held seats she thinks might be nice to try for. She is becoming a bit of a “garden bagger”.

  4. prism 4

    David Cameron is now talking about selling off England’s forests to make up for the excesses and failures of their financial system. He is thinking of selling off bits of the common weal and weald from those left after confiscating the commons in recent centuries. These no doubt represented the idea of Britain in the minds of WW2 fighters – my country, my place.

    But the wealthy are always willing to take more from the national assets when they can. It is interesting that some Brit politicians have been visiting here recently now we have a right-wing government. Mercury rolls together, shiny and poisonous, like right wing politicians, or terminators!

    • millsy 4.1

      What gets me is why Maggie, Geoff and Nigel didnt sell them. Didnt anyone tell them about the forests?

  5. Deadly_NZ 5

    Now watching TV3 news and they are saying that some schools are making laptops and net-books compulsory. This on top of the Purely voluntary fees of about 300 that if you don’t pay then your teen cant do some subjects. Then there’s Books and other stationary. It’s yet another expense. When I went to school Calculators were Banned. Now I can’t afford a laptop for my teen and she fights me about it, she has a desktop of her own that I built her. But now the Government says I have to no get a net-book for her education, and of course as I want the best for her I have to comply.

    • Treetop 5.1

      Requiring a lap top or a net-book to attend school has a downside. Watch the truancy rate go up for low income households and to replace the laptop or net-book when stolen or the cost of repairs. Transporting a laptop is not light work and it takes up room on the bus, neither is keeping it dry in wet weather. Are students still given a locker at school? Does the laptop have to run by battery?

      Some households are struggling just to put dairy products in the diet.

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        Yip, agree with all you’ve said above.

        The other interesting thing is apparently the schools are making it a requirement for year 9 students. If they’re specifically leaving out other years, it sounds to me like they’re expecting these laptops bought in year 9 to still be functioning by the time they get to year 13, which is a rather dubious expectation, especially if they’re promoting net-books which will really be showing their age by then (as they are, by-design, underpowered).

        Any schools implementing a one-laptop-per-child scheme *need* to also put in extra IT resources to ensure that the laptops stay in working order.

        • higherstandard 5.1.1.1

          Lunacy – if the schools MOE are going down this track you’d think they’d be best to decide on the specs required and then put out a tender for supply to all schools and screw the suppliers down as much as possible in relation to price and provision of servicing, upgrades etc

        • Deadly_NZ 5.1.1.2

          No that will be another expense put on the Parents, I’m lucky I can fix most little probs but a hardware failure in a laptop Oh dear thats not so easy.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      Under the education act, schools are required to provide the same level of education to all, regardless of their socio-economic status. If they require laptops and some families can’t afford them, the school will have to pay for them.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        I’m of the opinion that the school/government should be supplying them anyway. They don’t have to be top of the line/latest and they could run Linux to save on costs.

    • Vicky32 5.3

      Good heavens! I could never have afforded one for my son when he was at high school (he left in about 2005)…
      Deb

  6. Lanthanide 6

    Survey of Maori Party voters shows that only 48% of them believe the National-MP coalition has been beneficial.

    50% of all Maori voters interviewed think the government is going in the wrong direction.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10703853&ref=rss

  7. Pascal's bookie 8

    evanchill Someone here just landed a molotov on the overpass and a big cheer went up
    11 seconds ago · reply

    evanchill The protesters have set up their barricade just beyond the throwing reach of most of the pro govt crowd
    2 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill There’s a line of skirmishers in front of me throwing rocks with little cover, but the pro mubarak crowd is really thin
    5 minutes ago · reply

    AJELive The mood in Tahrir Square is “fatalistic” with anti-government protesters certain pro-Mubarak forces are “there to eliminate them” #Egypt
    8 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill The spectators have left the bridge, it seems, now its just rock throwers
    9 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill Ppl throw a rock, then yell allahu akbar, another calls for more of the exclamation, yelling ‘takbeer!’
    10 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill Crouched behind the varricade, a man throws a rock over my head, abother shuffles by offering water
    15 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill Just went live from tahrir on AJE. Reported the seriousness with which anti govt ppl r treating this showdown. Some worrying about dyinge
    20 minutes ago · reply

    AJELive AJE Web producer reports: A line of tanks in front of the national museum, facing the Tahrir Square #Egypt

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/201112523026521335.html

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    Was going to put this over here until I realised that most of the article was about taxes.

    Two-thirds of NZ want holidays ‘Mondayised’ – survey

    Over 65 percent of New Zealanders think public holidays which fall on a weekend should be transferred to a Monday, according to a Research New Zealand survey.

    That’s all it says about mondayising. All the rest of the article is about the tax changes that Labour have announced.

    “I suspect what’s going to happen is if there’s a Labour-Greens-NZ First government there’ll have to be a capital gains tax, and I suspect that’s what (NZ First leader) Winston Peters is signing up to with Labour and the Greens,” he said.

    “National won’t be putting on one.”

    So, NACT are saying that they will keep the economy imbalanced. Unfortunately;

    Mr Goff has said a capital gains tax isn’t on Labour’s agenda.

    So is Labour.

    “But I think retired New Zealanders can understand the position the country’s in. They understand that putting more debt on their children and grandchildren is not a good thing.

    For some strange reason John Keys words don’t marry up with his rhetoric as he’s presently borrowing billions just for the tax cuts he gave to himself and his rich mates.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      No CGT from Labour?!

      Oh that’s just great. Welcome to the NZ Moneyocracy.

    • Just in case we had any doubts, that line of Key’s that “putting more debt on their children and grandchildren is not a good thing” seals the question of whether or not Key and English will be running the ‘strategic deficit’ rhetoric all the way to the election. As Argin puts it:

      ‘Moreover, strategic deficits can enable opponents of public investments to sound compassionate — “We can’t steal from our children to pay for our short-term desires.”‘

      How about “We can’t steal from our parents – by selling off the assets they built up – to pay for our short term desires”? (i.e., wanting tax cuts). Those who inherit wealth always fritter it away.

    • ianmac 10.1

      joe. I thought that I was watching Onion by mistake. Amazingly weird stuff!

      • joe90 10.1.1

        Indeed Ian, bizarre, they seem to live on a different planet but following the real world at #Egypt has been heartbreaking.

        • higherstandard 10.1.1.1

          I’ve often thought that Glen Beck was the best new satire since the office……………… what’s that he’s serious ?

        • joe90 10.1.1.2

          Also, #Tahrir.

          • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.2.1

            Wonder if Murray “present” McCully will update:

            http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1102/S00038/mccully-welcomes-a-new-beginning-for-egypt.htm

            I’m picking: nah.

            • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.2.1.1

              Evan Hill (al-jazeera-english producer) seem to still be positive

              Most everyone else, not so much.

              This is a good backgrounder on the various power blocks that, whatever happens, will be seeking to fill the vacuum:

              http://bullybloggers.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/why-mubarak-is-out/

              • joe90

                Thanks PB, reads like the Dagestani wedding cable but with bells on.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  heh 🙂

                  I guess that’s the thing with authoritarian regimes. They look monolothic, especially to outsiders, because the regime needs it to look so. the ability to appear in control is its source of legitimacy. But to maintain power it also needs to semi-privately manage the lesser power blocks within society, using divide and rule, enemy lists, graft and all the rest of it. When the regime looks like it can no longer hold it all together, the bets are off and the groups need to renegotiate a power structure.

                  • joe90

                    http://wikileaks-a.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post_30.html?spref=fb

                    Google translation:

                    Wikileaks Arabic – revealed a close and we received and attributed to the overalls the Egyptian Interior Ministry of Egypt and developed a plan to spread chaos and looting during demonstrations Fri anger prompted the departure of the Egyptian regime, and that the Egyptian regime was betting on the fear demonstrators and retreating as a result to show the chaos of the country and the fall of the security.

                    The document, issued by the Office of the Egyptian Interior Minister; that the plan to deploy elements of subversive and exciting payment in return for acts of disorder in conjunction with the withdrawal of a deliberate and intended for police and security forces from the street.

                    Revealed as well as approved methods to broadcast rumors intensified through the media and the Egyptian Foreign Affairs on the looting and the decline of security, by Women’s Voices.

                    The number of different media have already been published during the period of time past since the events on Friday, news about the lawlessness since Friday night and the work of an attack on government facilities and the public, including the storming of the Egyptian Museum and the burning of a number of buildings, said one of those news that a number of the releasers fire on Saturday night they roam the streets with police cars in Egypt.

                    Despite the uncertainty of the authenticity of the document but the sudden emergence and rapid and the emergence of acts of sabotage by surprise in conjunction with continuing demonstrations opens at least the door to ask about the involvement of the Egyptian regime in the works in an effort to persuade the demonstrators to continue their careers and forcing them to retreat from their demands under the security considerations

                    Text of the document:

                    Ministry of the Interior:
                    Minister’s Office
                    Circular No. 60 / B / M
                    Secret and very important

                    Topic: Plan to address the mass demonstrations
                    Strategies

                    1 – Allow to pass demonstrations in the streets of cities and villages of the state as of the date. And non-objection to their careers and to exercise extreme caution in live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas Alabomr Ivlk of competent jurisdiction according to the table you have a blogger.

                    2 – employ a number of thugs and pay them amounts rewarding and meet with them in their role in the sites gatherings and in private by the elements authorized to do so without an official status, it and surrounding the deployment plan according to the attached table of the site entitled to 1 and tell them the time of the move and plan to wreak havoc scalability mentioned in the statement ,

                    3 – Control members of organizations and parties, and coordination with the printing presses and publishing houses and communication devices and the imposition of a complete record of messages and incoming and outgoing Almkalamat and clarify the content of the report of the direct case Tgaykm information.

                    4 – will be cut off means of communication (Mobile – Internet) As of six o’clock am on Friday, 28/1/12011 with services to keep the ground for it to be assigned to all officers and personnel the use of wireless communications devices, manual and make sure it is in the development of encryption.

                    5 – the planned deployment of police and detectives and security agents in civilian clothes, according to the annex, entitled B-2.

                    6 – Inventory march demonstrations on Friday, 28/01/2011 in public squares and major parts in the event of demonstrations and access to areas of the warning by the attached map entitled by 3.

                    7 – make sure to arm members of the civilian elements in civilian clothes with a wooden stick and sticks, iron small-scale (manual) for use in the arrest of the main elements present in the demonstration without showing any violence.

                    8 – firing rubber bullets and tear gas without the use of live bullets and a warning that unless absolutely necessary.

                    9 – show partial disability as of four o’clock on Friday afternoon said the police for demonstrating the superiority of the demonstrations and to allow penetration of the elements of item 2 to make a mess during the demonstration and limited according to the plan agreed with them to do so.

                    10 – a full withdrawal of police and security forces of the Central and wanted to organize the traffic and the guard and all categories of officers and individuals to protect government sites, businesses and institutions with the wearing of civilian attire and presence beside roads, around trees and engagement between the lines of the organizers of the demonstrations and the parking without interfering in any negative phenomena, and without revealing the identities their non-interference in the street until you tell you so.

                    11 – Empty the police stations of arms and ammunition and prisoners and transferred to the central prison and placed under heavy guard and the introduction of private security guards and security elements to the prisons, instead of them and the elements of the living and the members of the follow-up and criminal investigators, and collaborators from informants.

                    12 – broadcast the rumors through all the media, the existence of acts of looting and by contacting the elements of women at all different media with hearing the cases of strong panic and cry and plan according to broadcast rumors attached to you.

                    13 – broadcast messages directly through the personnel or indirect messages distributed leaflets to the media only external private located near events the existence of acts of looting and breaking of the banks and shops and police stations to coincide with the deployment plan thugs item 2, in order to broadcast a state of panic and terror in the street and the existence of a claim eligibility and the popularity of the presence of military and public security and public presence in these locations.

                    14 – Tips to issue directly and indirectly through the media of internal and external committees formed to protect the popular neighborhoods in order to guide members of the demonstration to go to their sites without the imposition of force by the army.

                    15 – send false rumors and false information through all means of media stations outside only be corrected by the local media stations in order to gain the confidence of the public to divert attention from these stations and discredit all incoming connections to the local media stations.

                    16 – strong rumors broadcast across all media, local and external existence of chaos and escape of prisoners and determining the number and big fake registrants, as well as the danger and they were seen within the residential areas.

                    17 – claims all the people across all media and the formation of popular committees watches day and night to protect the living and the composition of the claims by the voices of women members of the security as agreed in the meeting with you earlier.

                    18 – Follow-up situation on the ground by the security forces of civil and uploaded to us the approximate numbers of demonstrators and knowledge of their group to send item 2 to their neighborhoods until you absorb them and empty spaces of the demonstrators.

                    19 – extensive contacts and personal calls and the presence of all the media shows a marked improvement after a presence of the People’s Committees for the protection of neighborhoods and residential and commercial complexes.

                    20 – start to show solidarity with the leadership gradually after that show logos on time and according to what is to inform you of it

                    Genuine?, who knows.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Amazing shit. From a security apparatus experienced at manipulation and control.

                      All the media is are tools to be used by the powers that be – and interesting that womens’ voices are seen as more credible and hence also to be used by the (male) regime for the consolidation of their own power.

  9. Seti 11

    The vitriol spewed forth by many posters on this site about John Key finding a few certain celebrity women attractive is now notably absent with the revelations that Phil is also human.

    “Not wanting to be out-bloked, Goff joined in saying Hurley was also near the top of his list which would include Elle Macpherson, Julia Roberts, and his wife, Mary.”

    How do you spell retraction?

  10. Draco T Bastard 12

    I’m working my way through James Galbraith’s The Predator State and in the chapter labelled Corporate Crisis he has this paragraph (after discussing some of the issues with Enron):

    The same problem was also apparent at the end of the internet boom, when valuations collapsed overnight and the wreckage exposed the fantasies that had taken control of investors’ sensibilities while the going was good. Shortly after, it emerged (just for instance) that capital markets had financed fifty times the optical fiber cable that was actually required, a record that would have embarrassed a Hungarian central planner of the 1950s. The scandals, however, raise the issue in unmistakable form, posing a question that cuts to the heart of the system: Can financial market govern corporations? Are they suited to the power that they actually exercise over the future of business firms?

    So the capitalist markets instead of efficiently distributing limited resources it over supplied to one small sector of the economy and then the whole thing crashed.

    Why do we seem so intent upon following this failed model?

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Why do we seem so intent upon following this failed model?

      Because it allows small numbers of people to make stacks of (largely worthless) money in the form of profit and bonuses.

      That’s what this game has become. Its not about building information infrastructure for the future, its about getting the profits and bonuses you think that you deserve.

      • higherstandard 12.1.1

        We follow the failed model because no-one has come up with an alternative that has captured the public’s imagination and more importantly will allow them to accumulate the irrelevant clutter they need to feel fulfilled.

  11. M 13

    Self-immolation up

    http://www.africanaonline.com/2011/01/self-immolation-protests-in-egypt/

    Stop the austerity craze – the section on the mining company’s failure to rescue trapped miners in Chile is eerily similar to Pike River here.

    ‘But you don’t hear about that much, not outside of the subculture of anti-globalization protesters and fans of Naomi KIein’s reporting. Thanks to inane but heavily funded propaganda, Hayek’s experiment in Chile is constantly called a success story. When a private mining firm was too inefficient and corrupt to rescue its own trapped miners last year, the private company got the state mining company to bail its trapped workers out. Nevertheless, the story we Americans got through the Wall Street Journal was that the rescue of the miners was somehow “proof” that Hayek and Friedman’s free-market experiments that Generalissimo Pinochet tested out on Chile were somehow responsible for saving those trapped miners. The logic goes like this: The private company got their miners trapped and couldn’t rescue them; the state mining company rescued them; therefore, free unfettered markets rescued the trapped miners. It’s the logic Hayek used to argue that phantom Big Government New Dealers brought about the Nazis, rather than Bruning’s austerity measures.’

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/149659/stop_the_austerity_craze!_massive_budget_slashing_can_lead_to_economic_disaster,_violence_and_repression/?page=entire

  12. Shazzadude 14

    So how about today’s Roy Morgan poll?

    National 49%
    Labour 34.5%
    Greens 6.5%
    New Zealand First 5.5%
    Maori Party 3%
    ACT 1%

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    4 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    4 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    4 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    5 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    5 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    6 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    6 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Courthouse redesign a model for the future
    The Government will invest $100 million on a new courthouse in Tauranga which will be a model for future courthouse design for New Zealand, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. The courthouse will be designed in partnership with iwi, the local community, the judiciary, the legal profession, court staff and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Government enables early access to 5G spectrum
    The Government has given the go ahead to enable further development of 5G networks by making appropriate spectrum available. The Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has confirmed Cabinet approval for the allocation of short-term rights to an unused portion of 3.5 GHz spectrum. 3.5GHz is the first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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