Open mike 03/03/2011

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  1. Anthony C 1

    What the f*ck is going on:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10709836

    The final case of the morning was Aaron Blair Peoples, for an offence under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act.

    He was found heavily intoxicated and bleeding in Cranmer Square at 8.30pm Tuesday – inside the police CBD cordon – needing medical help from St John ambulance staff.

    His house was also destroyed in the quake and he had spent the afternoon drinking at his mother’s house on Champion St.

    Mr McCormack said Peoples left on his bicycle, but was so drunk he could not remember how he ended inside the cordon.

    He asked Judge Couch to remand the matter to another date without entering a plea.

    Judge Couch responded: “Why is he asking for a remand without plea when what you’ve told me is an admission of the offence?”

    He told Peoples to reconsider his position, as it was unlikely he would be granted bail, and could therefore be in custody until May. But if Peoples pleaded guilty immediately, Judge Couch indicated a “short period of imprisonment” as a sentence.

    After a short adjournment, Peoples took the offer. Two weeks in prison was his punishment.

    • prism 1.1

      It’s good we can’t have Hanging Judges now. A significant number of them would use this sanction – to set an example for others.

    • higherstandard 1.2

      “What the f*ck is going on:”

      Good sentencing by the look of it……. as the judge said.

      “We all know that this community is in crisis,” said Judge Couch.

      “You took the time and resources of emergency services that ought to be devoted to more worthy causes.

      “This legislation is there to ensure that people and property are protected and to ensure that essential work is not impeded by people being unnecessarily in the way.

      “It must be enforced strictly and firmly, that is what the public expects.”

    • weka 1.3

      What’s the actual offense? Breaking curfew? We’re putting someone in prison for breaking a curfew?

      • Colonial Viper 1.3.1

        Sounds like the guy wanted to be put in prison because he did not know what to do next, where he was going to stay, or how he was going to feed himself.

        Sad, but I think this is the likely scenario.

        Our society is slowly failing our people.

      • higherstandard 1.3.2

        I suspect he was prosecuted for wasting police time.

        • felix 1.3.2.1

          ?? Are you reading a different report to the rest of us? Doesn’t say that at all.

        • mcflock 1.3.2.2

          Nope, by the look of it he was guilty because he was arrested.

          Subtle difference.

  2. pentwig 2

    What a great judgment.
    Judges do get it right occasionally.

  3. Interesting post at Pundit about Cactus Kate’s and Farrar’s indignant criticism of the left’s desire to debate how Christchurch’s rebuilding is going to be funded.

    The comments are interesting, it looks like it could be a hum dinger of a debate.

    The debate is at http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/farrar-and-cactus-appoint-themselves-taste-police#comment-6288

    • weka 3.1

      By all means let’s argue about what we should be arguing about. In the meantime there are fairly desparate people in Chch who could do with our help.

      I still think someone could set up a central online networking point to be helping people in Chch esp the eastern suburbs. If half the energy that’s gone into post and commenting on blogs went into that, those people might get food, water, support sooner.

      • Tigger 3.1.1

        hs and pentwig – right on, brothers! Why they didn’t just shoot this man and leave his carcass to rot in the rubble as a message to other deviants? Why waste the justice system’s time with this pitiful excuse of a human being?

        Just further proof we’re sliding into a fascist state…wake up NZ, you’re next.

    • ianmac 3.2

      Whenever NAct are vulnerable they send out the attack dogs. Must have a sniff at why they are so reactionary?

    • RedLogix 3.3

      Oh it’s quite simple really.

      Lots of high profile right wing bloggers like Farrar, Cathy Odgers, and Slater have relatively independent incomes.

      Many of us blogging on the left are ordinary working folk with ordinary jobs. Given that I have CEO who is a well-known and quite active National Party supporter, I’m not that comfortable with him knowing my views.

      In a word.. power imbalance.

      • lprent 3.3.1

        I can’t be bothered answering Cactus Kate’s posts because they tend to be somewhat fact free when it comes to this site. However it did come up over at Tim Watkins on pundit. So I have been making those points over there.

        http://pundit.co.nz/content/farrar-and-cactus-appoint-themselves-taste-police

        Similarly I’ve been correcting MacDoctor who seems to think that we should be responsible for the opinions of commentators in OpenMike. I’ll moderate behavior here or things that will lead to bad behavior. But the whole point about OpenMike is that it is an open forum specifically put in to allow people to comment on things that we haven’t written anything on.

        http://www.macdoctor.co.nz/2011/03/01/the-eloquence-of-effluent/

        I do wish that some of these people would switch their brains before they write bullshit about the site. It looks like I now need to write something about DPF. I really don’t have time to monitor the comments in the sewer so it will have to be a post here.

        • prism 3.3.1.1

          macdoctor criticises other bloggers ideas as lacking credence. S/he takes the possibilities to a really fatuous level.

          • Anthony C 3.3.1.1.1

            I always wonder if people who are all about ‘real names’ online were just late adopters of the internet/forums/blogs etc.

            • The Voice of Reason 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Or lead lives where publicly broadcasting their opinions has no consequence or impact on their jobs, friends or family. I’d say they fall into two categories; paid bloggers or people whose opinions nobody cares about.

            • Deadly_NZ 3.3.1.1.1.2

              But as in the real world employers and prospective employers snoop on workers faceboook and other social network pages. What is to stop them from firing or censuring you at work ? If ‘Joe Bloe’ was a top employee, until they find out that he’s a rabid righty/ lefty by his ‘net postings’. Then he’s gone. Personally I don’t give a rat’s arse what people think about me or what I think, I would prefer that they judge me for being a caring partner and dad to my family, not on my politics. But we live in a real world and after reading Kiwiblog, Whaleoil, and Cactus Kate, the one and only thing I want is a shower,

              Oh and if anyone is Interested my real name is David Harrison.
              Deadly_NZ is a very, very, very, old gaming name from the days of network parties, Now those were the days.

              • Carol

                There’s pros and cons for using both real names and pseudonyms online, but, on balance, I prefer that people are left to chose one way or the other. I think there’s a strong element of control in people wanting everyone to use their real names on blogs & forums. This is stated explicitly by those who say it will stop the trolls and frivolous comments. However, I think there’s a bigger downside to this control, especially on political forums. Deadly_NZ has stated some of them above. Like RL says, it’s about power.

                I also think if real names are required, then people who are confident and/or formally educated will be more likely to participate. People who feel their views are a bit unusual, or radical will be less inclined to post as well. There’s also evidence that knowing more about the participants can bias the way they are received. For instance, in online gaming, some women say they present themselves as male because they get taken more seriously that way and/or treated more as an equal by the guys. In some forms of peer review processes, the reviewer doesn’t know the name of the author, as a guard against bias. That way, they look at the arguments and evidence rather than focusing on the personality.

                So, ultimately if it’s real names only, I can see the blog/forum being more dominated by confident, middle of the road, middleclass, white guys. This is not to say that others won’t participate, but they’ll be a noticeable minority.

                • Herodotus

                  Why dont all the Jafas just organise to meet at a pub- then it would be like mystery date, as we all attempt to match faces with pseudonyms. Then find out the hardened lefty wears a suit and the RWNJ is an everyday Joe or Josphine. And that irrespective of political beliefs most want the same thing. Just we all can recognise the problem just have different basis to the answer.
                  ps Love all your work !!!!

                • just saying

                  Completely agree Carol.

                  I would be unlikely to comment under my real name, even though it is one of the most common in the english language so I’d be almost as anonymous. It’s not because I’m anyone important or well-known. It would just make me feel a little vulnerable. And I’d probably feel I should run a spell-check, and stop mixing and torturing metaphors, or talk about anything which affects me personally…. and it’d all be more like a hassle and less like a conversation.

                  As a card-carrying member of the “great unwashed” I like being able to have my say.

                  And anyway we aren’t entirely unaccountable. I’m sure the admin here knows who we all are and could track us down if there was any reason to bother.

                  [lprent: could if there was enough reason. never had a reason to date. ]

  4. Adrian 4

    The lies keep coming. RNZ at 4am had a Key quote that the quake is going to cost the economy 15billion. Bullshit: First off most of the cost is going to be covered by EQC ( already in the bank ) and international insurance. Much like a theft, the quake will long term CONTRIBUTE to GDP, if anything, the Government could even make a “profit” out of it, and I’m sure that their are a few economists out there who can make a case for that. I haven’t been able to find a follow up to the news report, admittedly I was a bit sleepy, but has anyone read a version of this?

    • Adrian 4.1

      I’ve just heard the 9am bulletin and the BS gets deeper and thicker. Key is quoted as saying that the quake will cause a 5 BILLION hit to GST returns, this costs the quake at 34 BILLION. How did this idiot ever get a job in finance, essentially he is saying that all of the costs of rectification are going to be zero rated and 3 times every other estimate. His lies have to be challenged.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        The NACTs are finally implementing the recommendations from the US and UK Disaster Capitalism specialists.

      • Bill 4.1.2

        Read Naomi Kline’s ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and reflect on the upcoming cuts to social provisions (WFF etc)… the focus of recovery on business and market functionality over the comparitive silence regarding the daily struggle of working class, Maori and PI in the Eastern suburbs (shades of New Orleans there in my mind)…probable privatisation of social services (obstensibly to pay off costs associated with the earthquake)…and the resignation of Power (in cabinet meetings was a proposed game plan for a roll out of ‘disaster capitalism’ on the back of the quake too much for him to stomach?)

        Key’s figures won’t be challenged. Not by the ‘our’ corporate media at any rate. The perception of financial dire straits will be encouraged and fed and a TINA ‘solution’ applied.

        When the middle class of Christchurch indicate that they are more or less okay, everything on the ground that is being done for ordinary people will slip into low gear and the gouging of society and state provisioning for the benefit of private business will click into high gear.

        edit. If petty thieves are to be labelled as looters and be banged up…with a cell mate, as Collins put it, then can we expect the major looters…Key, Brownlie and the rest… to be sharing modified containers sometime soon?

    • Deadly_NZ 4.2

      They probably could after Shonkey’s talking down the NZ Dollar by saying that financial markets had taken into consideration that the reserve bank may cut the interest rate, And what do you know the Dollar drops, Still and ever more a currency trader and a waste of political space.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    From Hone Harawira FB page, various people I know have responded via comments so one assumes it is straight up.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hone-Harawira/190930584261449

    “Everyone really keen for the new party to get started. So I’m going to be heading round the country on a promotional tour in acouple of weeks, and I’ll let you all nknow there where and the when we we got it all locked. K?”

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      No hint as to the make up of the party, policy etc. And won’t it’ll be a waste of time if he has agreed not to stand in the Maori seats?

      • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1

        And won’t it’ll be a waste of time if he has agreed not to stand in the Maori seats?

        How so? As I understand it the deal is he won’t campaign for the other Maori electorate seats. He can still campaign for list votes.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.1.1

          I think the problem is the mixed message, bookie. ‘I’m not actually standing, but vote for me anyway’ is confusing for voters who don’t get the difference between electorate and party votes.

          Of course, I don’t know the detail of the actual agreement reached between Hone and the MP, but if it was drafted by Matt McCarten then I’m guessing there will be some wriggle room. For example, if it just says ‘Hone will not stand’, that doesn’t stop members of his new party standing in the other Maori seats. I’m guessing Matt’s next SST article will probably an announcement of its formation, given the timeline Hone uses in his FB post, so perhaps we’ll learn more there.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.2

        Yes Voice, all very vague. Will it be a fresh maori nationalist party somewhat influenced by class politics or a full Alliance mkII? In any event I await with interest how Te Tai Tokerau local Hone supporters handle a switch from ‘identity’ politics to at least a strong flavour of class politics. Will they? should it be assumed that Hone is home and hosed in the seat? Dunno, but if the switch happens it will be right up there as an organisational feat.

        The ‘no stand’ thing is certainly rather incomprehensible in an electoral sense, and too high a price for Hone’s Matt managed exit from the MP.

        That said, Labour should have ripped John Key up for toilet paper by now using events in recent months so it is understandable why some left social democrats are supporting moves to a new party.

    • Deadly_NZ 5.2

      Well before signing up to him wholesale I would wait and see what he actually has to say.

  6. aj 6

    Today’s Poll on nz.yahoo.com/

    Where should the money come from for earthquake funds?
    1/ Student loans
    2/ Working for families
    3/ Big spending projects

    Funny the options of a levy or reversing the tax cuts are not there.

    Ps overwhleming majority for option 3

  7. todd 7

    Asshole of the Week Award goes to Catcus Kate.

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/03/asshole-of-week-award.html

    Catcus Kate has this to say: Let us see how much New Zealand has overspent on welfare in the past decade whereby we cannot afford to help those most in need. Let us have the figures.

    OK Catcus, firstly that is a contradiction in terms. The welfare dependent are the most in need. Here’s a few calculations to see where all the money has gone:

  8. Armchair Critic 8

    A couple of earthquake-related points have come up and I have to disagree.
    1. A geologists suggests no rebuilding should start until the faultlines are mapped.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4725618/Fault-risk-crucial-to-rebuild
    Specifically he says
    “This illustrates how important it is to know the location and length of other faults in the vicinity of Christchurch and offshore before we even discuss putting billions of dollars into a rebuild. This can be done relatively inexpensively with existing technology.”
    No! And for so many reasons.
    The critical factor is the timeliness, not the cost.
    People need somewhere to live right now and can’t wait for geologists to map faultlines to get an understanding of risk.
    Understanding the risk doesn’t get us that far along the road to rebuilding. Understanding the consequences of the risk is much more important, because engineers need to design to deal with the risk. The two recent earthquakes have provided a graphic understanding of the consequences of the risk presented by the faultlines.
    So in the early parts of the rebuild, which should be of the most important infrastructure, design for what was recorded and add a nice big factor of safety. Update the factor of safety as more information comes to hand over the next couple of years.
    The risk identification, planning, construction and commissioning phases need to run in parallel.
    2. Doug McKay, CEO of Auckland COuncil, provides evidence that he is sadly lacking in local government experience.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/69777/staff-told-to-keep-fund-raising-away-from-work
    No!
    This is a milesone in the history of New Zealand and it is not unreasonable for people to express their desire to help. Where it is done in an intrusive or inappropriate way, deal with it on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, leave them to it.

  9. lprent 9

    The winner of the 250,000th comment was Bright Red on Thursday at 10:26

    Does he now owe us all a beer?

  10. prism 10

    Thinking about saving historic buildings. The old churches have borne and fund- raised much to keep their grand old piles standing. A group who used to lunch in a nearby Christchurch park commented about the nearby church hoping that it could be restored. (It’s pretty munted). The question “Would you give a contribution to the costs” got a strong negative.

    I hope that the Council and Historic Places Trust don’t try and heavy such charitable organisations to rebuild. Doing this would be costly, but also the restored building becomes a white elephant. The old sects are over-shadowed by their historic buildings and only central features like the Cathedral should be retained. Christians who spend on expensive properties have their religious life diminished and individual sects would be better off to take an ecumenical interest and share the costs of a few historic edifices like the Cathedral.

  11. prism 11

    Just a little smile in the day. Seems to be about Christchurch. An Ogden Nash musing –

    Thar She Blows
    Indoors or out, no one relaxes
    In March, that month of wind and taxes,
    The wind will presently disappear,
    The taxes last us all the year.

    (But that’s a moot point.)

  12. randal 12

    when it comes to taxes it pays to remmeber that every one wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.

  13. joe90 14

    The truth about water wars.

    Are Water Wars a Myth or an Imminent Threat to Global Security? Our Panel Responds:
    Mark Zeitoun, environmental engineer
    David Hatton, Australia’s “water czar”
    Fred Pearce, environmental journalist
    Tobias Siegfried, environmental physicist and international relations scholar
    Michael E. Campana, hydrogeologist
    Sandra Postel, water analyst and author
    Peter Gleick, scientist and global water security expert

  14. randal 15

    just read the op ed in the dompost.
    caption reads “republicans admit Obama can win”
    I dont really think it is their decison somehow.
    anyway the last paragraph mentions that in wisconsin the right wing madness is facing stiff oppostion as the governor there tries to strip away the collective bargaining powers of unions.
    and even though the democrats got a shellacking from the electorate in the mid term polls the poeople are still not going to hand over complete power to the zoobies in the tea party.
    the sooner new zealanders come to their senses and realise what the nats have in store for them if they get re-elected and start moves to turf them out the better.

  15. todd 16

    The Gulf of Mexico Revisited

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/03/gulf-of-mexico-revisited.html

    In just over a month we will mark the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A good time to catch up on what has been going on…

    • ianmac 16.1

      Maybe those distant ideas about tankering ex-Manapouri water for sale might umm …. resurface?

  16. Rob 17

    My wife and I saw an old friend in the street today – she’s been working as a meter reader and was p’d off at her employer …. been there nearly 3 years and the boss is baulking at her demands for a pay increase to a whopping $15/hour.

    3 years service and the boss doesn’t want to pay $2/hr above the minimum wage … gotta love this country

    • Deadly_NZ 17.1

      And if the Government start pitching people off the benefits and making them get jobs at ANY cost then the wage bargaining begins yes your friend may want an extra 2 bucks an hour (actually should be more after 3 years.) But how would she and others cope with an influx of people that have been kicked off a benefit (By the Marriage of Key, Bennet, and their bastard child Blinglish.) and going to same employer and offering to do their job for 50c an hour less. And so it begins

  17. Jellytussle 18

    Is it true that it is policy in social welfare buildings not to provide any form of toilets? So people (often waiting for up to six hours with families beside them) are forced to walk down the road to a gas station or other public facility. Is it even legal? Wouldn’t it be a health and safety matter? Is this a case of demoralising those behind the poverty line?

    Haha……..anti spam…….feelings

    • Deadly_NZ 18.1

      Yes. I have seen a lot of different WINZ offices around the country and I have never seen a toilet in one of them. Just another way to drive home the feeling of helplessness you have when you visit the place for the weekly war with red tape and bullshit, when all you want to do is get a job or need help with what ever. It is an adversarial system if there ever was one. And I once got a letter of apology from them, and it now hangs framed, in my lounge. My one victory.

    • Vicky32 18.2

      Very probably! I remember being told when I had arrived for a seminar that that the toilet was ‘in the shopping centre’ which wasn’t actually true. AFAIK there are no public toilets at all in Ponsonby, although there might have been once.

      • lprent 18.2.1

        The underground toilet at Three Lamps is still there by the old post office? Mind you I think you are required to be an XY and the one time I used it in desperation I resolved to never ever use it again.

        There is one in Western Park at the other end of Ponsonby Road. I remember it because of a guy who fell out of it one day with some medical problems (probably illicit ones). But that one was probably a bit far away.

        Umm… The library at Three Lamps would be the best bet…

    • weka 18.3

      In Dunedin Central there is a toilet, but it’s locked with one of those keypads. You have to ask to use the toilet (they give you a wee ticket with the number on it). It’s probably because the entrance, by the toilet, comes off a public carpark and they don’t want any old person using their toilets (wouldn’t that be terrible). But it’s still demeaning. Often people make sure they leave the door open, or put the ticket on the keypad.

  18. aj 19

    Is it me, or is the search function not working?

  19. todd 20

    Now I’m confused. Is the $190,000 the families of those killed in the Pike River mine “accident” paid from donations made to the families through the Council, or is that actual settlement money from Pike River Coal?

    • Draco T Bastard 20.1

      That sounds about the amount that the donations came to but I don’t know if that’s the money you’re actually talking about.

  20. Armchair Critic 21

    Turns out that the High Court says that the control freak nanny-statist National and ACT parties can’t tell you what not to wear. Finally!
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10709990
    No doubt this will be appealed, and no doubt some spurious arguments justifying the appeal will be bandied about.
    The hypocrisy of the two parties who nominally champion individual rights and freedom of expression fighting to squash individual rights and freedom of expression will be disappointing, once again. Though no as disappointing as their failure to address the real issues, which are not some patterns on a textile, but the behaviours of a group of people.

  21. Afewknowthetruth 22

    The ‘earthquake’ below will demolish most of what remains of the NZ economy over the next few years..

    UK Independent headline: Market turmoil as IEA warns ‘age of cheap oil is over’

    [lprent: completely off topic despite the facelift. Moved to OpenMike ]

  22. Pascal's bookie 23

    Lulz

    Mike Hucksterbee, god fearin conservative GOP loon often described as being a nice guy and totes not crazy, got in a little strife when he said recently that Obama grew up in Kenya.

    When making his apologies and corrections today, it went thusly:

    Friendly interviewer: “”what got lost in all the shuffle was the legitimate point that you were making is that we may have a president who has some fundamentally anti-American ideas, that may be rooted in a childhood where he had a father who was virulently anti-colonial, hated the British.

    Huck: “Well, that’s exactly the point that I make in the book, and I don’t know why these reporters — maybe they can’t read.”

    That is the point Huck was making alright. That Obama has some unamerican, I say, Un-American views with regard to British imperialism and colonialism. This is his point, the point that he stands by.

    I know the GOP is a bit uncomfortable with some aspects of Lincoln’s legacy, for example. The whole ‘states rights’ thing. That’s kind of ugly when you dig down into it, but still. The federalist debates are a legitimate part of US history, and even though the federalists won, intellectually, politically and eventually on the battlefield, the antifederalists are a part of the USian tradition.

    So disagreeing with Lincoln on states rights has a long history; but throwing Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Paine and the rest of that elder generation under the bus?

    This is some new conservatism. How can you be more American that being virulently anti-British colonialism. It’s the whole fucking point.

    I expect all them there tea baggers with their three pointed hats will be denouncing the Huck any day now.

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    3 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    4 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    4 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    5 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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