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Open mike 03/07/2014

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  1. North 1

    http://topinfopost.com/2014/06/30/ultra-rich-mans-letter-to-my-fellow-filthy-rich-americans-the-pitchforks-are-coming

    An eye-opening read. Set aside 15 minutes.

    Sad that on top of the trickledown lie castigated by the author we are biddably complicit in a weird theism, centred on a sham Everyman who is donKey deep in the lie. Who yet himself never created a thing.

    For the likes of SSLands and FizzyAnus, particularly FizzyAnus – your God is small change and small brained compared to this guy. Beware the pitchforks. If needs be they will penetrate the gated citadels of greed !

    • Tiger Mountain 1.1

      SS and Anus used to rile me, but as long as they abide by the site guidelines their babble will serve as a reminder for others.

      Re North’s link; there have often been those (including third way Labourites) for whom the holy grail is capitalists behaving themselves. “rising tide floats all boats” and other variations. Good luck with that one.

      • greywarbler 1.1.1

        @ Tiger Mountain
        +1

        • blue leopard 1.1.1.1

          I’m going to throw this one back to you Grey Warbler:

          Your comment (which I agree with):

          ‘Why bother to make negative comment to a reasonable opinion even if overblown? The narky censorship and constant critiques of some people on this site stifle concerned opinion. People are being taken to task because they don’t think the same as the particular leftie-righteous who knows all and is so superior, and controlling. Picky, picky, and attacking in swarms at times and bloody officious.

          If it isn’t blatant right wing bullshit, lies and left-hating stuff, leave it alone for pete’s sake.’

          Now would you please explain why you take such a different stance toward TM’s comment than you did toward Stephanie’s (below)? Because I was about to write a very similar response to TM’s comment that you wrote to Stephanie’s.

          I think North’s article makes a fair point and supports the type of issues that the left are pretty keen to address – i.e. addressing issues with a system that is not providing benefits to all people (or classes). Yet these days, it appears that noone can make a fair suggestion as to how to address these problems without a trite comment from a lefty of a slightly different view point undermining the intention.

          There is nothing like working toward some sort of unity to get the focus required in order to get an aim achieved.

      • blue leopard 1.1.2

        Tiger Mountain,

        This is actually the core of the problem isn’t it? i.e. no system will work if the people in that system act in a short sighted manner and/or in bad faith. Please show me an example of any system that works without this qualification.

        Good luck with that one

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1

          Sorry the problem with capitalism as it has been practiced for 200 years is that short sightedness and bad faith is explicitly rewarded with power, position and standing in society.

          • blue leopard 1.1.2.1.1

            Actually CV, that is the problem with ‘purer’ forms of capitalism.

            The purer the version of capitalism that is pursued – the more increasing numbers of people become disadvantaged – the more mixed version of capitalism we pursue the more increasing numbers of peoples’ interests are addressed.

            Social democracy was going pretty well, as I understand it from history books – then it came to a glitch after the post-war boom died down – for which noone seemed to have any quick answers and this allowed some wacky and un-thought-through approaches to be aggressively pursued by persons who were most likely to be advantaged by them – these people marketed them well (ignoring some already established facts) and now it appears that social democracy nor its advantages ever existed – despite the fact that we continue to be advantaged by social democratic approaches in existence in our country and that we aren’t living under an entirely purely capitalist approach.

            Please supply me with an example of a system where cheats aren’t advantaged; I would have thought this is the problem with cheating – it advantages the person cheating at the expense of everyone else.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Social democracy was going pretty well, as I understand it from history books – then it came to a glitch after the post-war boom died down

              It reached Peak Internal Market. Essentially, productivity in the rich nations had made it so that everyone could actually afford to buy everything and everyone actually had (The same was actually happening in the poor nations as well). This meant that demand and thus profit were dropping while inflation was still going up meaning that the rich were becoming less rich. To combat this the rich got the politicians on side and spread the lie, helped by the rather stupid economists, that a free international market would make everyone richer.

              So the politicians opened up the borders and dropped the protections that had built up the rich nations so that the rich could increase the size of the markets that they could sell to. This has, inevitably, dropped wages and living standards for the many in the rich countries as those people now compete with people in the poor countries for the same job. Has slowed down the development in many poor countries which now solely import high tech gear rather than seeking to make it themselves from their own resources and their resources are extracted at higher and higher rates to be shipped to the rich countries for less and less money and worsening working conditions.

              Please supply me with an example of a system where cheats aren’t advantaged;

              When cheats aren’t stopped and incarcerated then society pays and pays. When those same cheats are not only not incarcerated but are openly rewarded and celebrated as they are in our society today then society is fucked.

              • Tiger Mountain

                “The tendency for the rate of profit to fall” (over time and cycles), as Marx put it, is part of what is at the root of the capitalist systems inbuilt flaw. Many bourgeois economists have tried and failed to disprove this assertion.

                Finance capital, the out of control once paper now digital money arm of capitalism is another major flaw. I was not having a go at North but at the subject of his link. It is interesting when capitalists do step back and observe.

                • North

                  Never thought you were TM. Taking the argument one step further it’s the mindless ‘theism’ attaching to the cheats mentioned by DTB and more particularly their political proxies which really worries. The ‘GodKey’ number for example. It’s a direct path to totalitarianism.

              • blue leopard

                +1 DTB,

                This is fairly well exactly the way I understood things had gone too and what you write fairly well points to the major problem in our society that appears to continue to be being majorly deflected from and effectively ignored; that the wealthy are not willing to drop their wealth a bit – drop their irrational need for more and more – so that society can continue to function healthily.

                This is why I thought the letter North linked to had merit and is why I believe Tiger Mountain’s comment misses the mark in a big way.

    • vto 1.2

      Exactly.

      What he says is nothing new and widely known – push more money into the hands of the lower incomes and the economy does better. This is the way to prosperity and healthy society. This whole wealth-creator, trickle-down idea is hocus-pocus.

      What is new though is that a rich bastard is acknowledging it and doing something about it.

      Great stuff.

      • Gosman 1.2.1

        He’s entitled to do whatever he wants with his wealth (within reason) as are any wealthy people. If he wants to give it to the less fortunate good for him.

        • vto 1.2.1.1

          interesting lack of comment on the substantive points of his letter gosman… wonder why that would be? because he pierces your ridiculous ideas on how an economy needs to work perhaps?

          • Gosman 1.2.1.1.1

            Because it is full of the same extreme leftist spin that I have seen and responded to time and again. For a start he states inequality is getting worse all the time. There isn’t actually a lot of evidence supporting this view. Yes inequality rose greatly in the 1980’s and 1990’s but it has been pretty much consistent since then.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Gosman. The time that people will listen to the spin is coming to an end. What kind of end – well that billionaire Amazon.com foundation investor sees it coming to a very bad end for the elite.

              He even makes a comment that when the brink comes there won’t be enough time to get on their private jets to head out to New Zealand.

              (Although some clever ones like James Cameron took an early flight).

              • Gosman

                What tosh. Revoultions need certain conditions to be successful in the modern world. Two of these are effective revolutionary organisers and the second is broad based support or at least a significant section of society willing to overthrow the State. None of these currently exist in the US. When or more proababy if they do then the wealthy will have plenty of time to move away.

                • the hubris is strong in that one…

                  ..very late-stage edwardian..

                • Colonial Viper

                  What tosh. Revoultions need certain conditions to be successful in the modern world. Two of these are effective revolutionary organisers and the second is broad based support or at least a significant section of society willing to overthrow the State. None of these currently exist in the US.

                  Yes they revolutions require certain pre-requisite conditions. The US fulfils most of them right now. (The two factors you list are facile and incorrect).

                  When or more proababy if they do then the wealthy will have plenty of time to move away.

                  Yes they are trying to build up the equivalent of their Versailles or Forbidden City to hideaway in. But history shows that only a small portion manage to get away in the end (how did it work out for Marie Antoinette and friends?).

        • North 1.2.1.2

          How you deliberately and self-indulgently miss the point with your comment @1.2.1 Gosman. As you well know Hanauer doesn’t focus on questions of charity. His point is that exponentially advancing inequality being the result of the (neoliberal) capitalist economy as presently pursued will be its cancer and will precipitate uprising against it. The pitchfork metaphor makes his point very clear.

          Do you agree or not ? And why, however you see it ?

          Edit: just flicked over your comments above. The ultra-wealthy Hanauer entertains far-left, extremist dogma ? Are you mad ? Is reason not your bedfellow ?

        • aerobubble 1.2.1.3

          Nobody is entitled.

          Wealth is underwritten by everyone.

          We all work together to make a efficient society.

          Following the road rules keeps roads efficient for society.

          Obeying the Law keeps retaliation and revenge from overtaking us.

          And progressive taxation keeps the wealth in their place.

    • yeah..that’s a recommend-read..

    • Molly 1.4

      North, the author Nick Hanauer is the one who gave the supposedly “banned” TED Talk: Rich People Don’t Create Jobs.

      A five minute watch.

      • phillip ure 1.4.1

        that also is highly recommended..

        ..i put that up you-know-where way back when it happened..

        ..and how about that you-know-where..!..eh..?

        ..always first with the best..

  2. labour deserves ‘ups’ for their school-donation policy..

    ..the principal of a low-decile school says currently they only collect $3,000 per yr in donations..because parents ‘can’t afford them’..

    ..this policy means the school will not only be able to stop putting poor parents thru that ongoing humiliation/added-stress..

    ..but that the funding they will receive from this will be $20,000 per yr..

    ..(which..as the principal pointed out..will mean ‘a huge’ difference’ to what they will be able to offer their pupils..)

    ..hard to fault the policy on any level..really..

    ..labours’ best yet..

  3. northshoreguynz 3

    Has it not occurred to any political journalist that the reason behind the latest MFAT stuff up, is the restructuring that McCully rammed through. Fewer staff=more pressure=inevitable mistakes. We’ve seen it at home, and over the China wharf fiasco. Yet no-one connects the dots.

    • wyndham 3.1

      Absolutely right nsg. One can only wonder what is happening in the rest of a once effective public service. Isn’t the figure of 8,000 the number of redundancies pushed through govt. departments since 2008 ?

    • ianmac 3.2

      Me too. The stuff ups with EQC in the early stages were because of gutting the Public Service. Mr McCulley didn’t do too well this morning and it is the first time that I can remember him being held to account.
      I don’t remember any stuff ups when Winston was Foreign Minister?

  4. Jenny 4

    Can a successful and abundant species whose numbers measure in the millions be put on the endangered list?

    Yes

    Passenger Pigeon

    Tricolor Blackbird

    Emporer Penguin

    Time to take drastic action before we have to add another numerous and successful species to the endangered list?

    (for those who can’t get the hint, I am talking about Sapiens sapiens, the worlds most successful and abundant primate)

    • False equivocation. There aren’t just “millions” of humans.

      • greywarbler 4.1.1

        Why bother to make negative comment to a reasonable opinion even if overblown? The narky censorship and constant critiques of some people on this site stifle concerned opinion. People are being taken to task because they don’t think the same as the particular leftie-righteous who knows all and is so superior, and controlling. Picky, picky, and attacking in swarms at times and bloody officious.

        If it isn’t blatant right wing bullshit, lies and left-hating stuff, leave it alone for pete’s sake.

      • Jenny 4.1.2

        I get what you’re saying Stephanie, human numbers are measured in the billions, so no matter how appalling the slaughter gets, some should survive.

        Hmm?

        • Jenny 4.1.2.1

          Long as it is not you or your family, eh Steph.

          • Jenny 4.1.2.1.1

            PS. And for the record Steph if you had bothered to go to the link you would read that the Passenger Pigeon numbers were also measured in the billions, but this didn’t save them.

            (Over population’ may even be part of the puzzle of what condemned them. Lessons here for us maybe, that is if we care to look. It is possible that though overhunting is cited as the main reason for the demise if the Passenger Pigeon, problems of disease epidemic and famine that stalk unusually large populations under crisis conditions also played a role)

            • Lanthanide 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Historical evidence suggests that passenger pigeon numbers oscillated wildly in response to changes in their environment.

              The primary difference between pigeons and humans is that humans constructively change their environment to suit their needs. Pigeons don’t.

              • Poission

                The primary difference between pigeons and humans is that humans constructively change their environment to suit their needs. Pigeons don’t.

                Both humans and pigeons have a predilection to find patterns (ordered structures) in the world around them even when the patterns are incoherent eg (Gilovich 1993,chapter 2).

                The tendency to impute order to ambiguous stimuli is simply built into the
                cognitive machinery we use to apprehend the world. It may have been bred into us through evolution because of its general adaptiveness

                The ritualistic behavior in Skinners superstitious pigeons (a response to chance events) is a good example.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._F._Skinner#Superstitious_pigeons

                it is also widely seen in money market brokers,who try to explain on the news wraps,variations in various indices when the variances are still well within the range of noise.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.2.2

          If 99.9% of humans were to die, there’d still be 7 million left.

          Hardly ‘extinction’.

          • Jenny 4.1.2.2.1

            If 99.9% of humans were to die, there’d still be 7 million left.

            Hardly ‘extinction’.

            Lanthanide

            Applying this same simplistic logic Lanth, there should be about 3 million passenger pigeons hiding about somewhere.

            “The Passenger Pigeon”. Encyclopedia Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution. March 2001. Retrieved February 28, 2012. estimated this species once constituted 25 to 40% of the total bird population of the United States. It is estimated that there were 3 billion to 5 billion Passenger Pigeons at the time Europeans discovered America.

            And as you mention Lanth there is historical anecdotal evidence that Passenger Pigeon numbers oscillated wildly in response to their environment. This has been backed up by genetic evidence of something called Ne, a genetic marker of genetic variation of effective population size, the greater the amount of genetic variation the greater the chance say of surviving something like a runaway epidemic for instance. Unfortunately for us low Ne is a genetic characteristic shared by Passenger Pigeons and human beings, which indicates that these hugely abundant species were in recent evolutionary time scales quite small. Meaning we are more susceptible to black swan extinction events than one would suppose just by our numbers, especially in the event of the climate becoming so unstable that it does not allow agriculture capable of supporting a civilisation with the ability to support socialised mass public health care and the industrial scale production of vaccines.

            <

            blockquote>These legendary North American birds’ flocks were so numerous that they blocked the sun from view for days when they flew over in the early and mid-1800s; yet less than 50 years later, they were gone.

            “The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in the world, and suddenly it disappeared totally from the Earth.”

            Mind-boggling.

            But how could this be possible? Why did these birds disappear? Was this event due solely the murderous efficiency of gun-toting humans, or were there underlying factors that contributed to the demise of this species?

            These are more interesting questions than they may appear to be at first glance. On one hand, it’s obvious that rare species with small geographic distributions are more likely to go extinct than are abundant, widespread species. But on the other hand, passenger pigeons had clearly defied all logic. Perhaps there was something special happening to the super-abundant and widespread birds that made them especially vulnerable to extinction? Would it be possible for the researchers identify what that could have been?….

            ….The researchers sequenced the aDNA using high-throughput technologies and managed to piece together high-quality genomic sequences for the passenger pigeon — the longest genome sequence with the highest quality ever obtained for an extinct bird.

            Co-author Pen-Jen Shaner, an assistant professor in the the department of Life Sciences at the National Taiwan Normal University, and her colleagues, Wei-Chung Liu and Te-Chin Chu, used two different mathematical approaches to estimate the passenger pigeon’s genetically effective population size (Ne). The genetically effective population size is an estimate of the total genetic variation found within a given population (doi:10.1017/S0016672300034455). Increased genetic variation is associated with a greater capacity to survive challenging circumstances. Genetic variation arises through mutation and recombination, whilst natural selection removes variation from a population.

            Since the passenger pigeon’s census numbers were between 3 and 5 billion individuals in the mid-1800s, the researchers were surprised when they discovered that the passenger pigeon’s genetically effective population size (Ne) was remarkably small. The genetically effective population size Ne was just 3.3 × 105 (95% credible interval = 3.25–3.32 × 105), which is approximately 1/10,000 of the estimated number of individuals from the mid-1800s.

            This small genetically effective population size suggests that passenger pigeons were not always super-abundant. Instead, their population changed by a thousand-fold over time, a situation seen under two circumstances. First, a low genetically effective population size is characteristic for species that experience wide population fluctuations that only occasionally number into the billions during an “outbreak” phase (doi:10.1017/S0016672300034455). For example, most people are familiar with several outbreak species, particularly lemmings, Lemmus lemmus, and snowshoe hares, Lepus americanus, in the Arctic, and Australian plague locusts, Chortoicetes terminifera.

            But an alternative explanation for a low Ne is seen for species that historically had small numbers and only recently experienced a population explosion — a situation occurring in humans today.

            http://www.scilogs.com/maniraptora/journal-club-passenger-pigeon-extinction-its-complicated/

            • Jenny 4.1.2.2.1.1

              Add to to the above what we should remember is that last year super Typhoon Haiyan or Yolander as it was called by the people of the Philippines, the strongest storm ever recorded over land, made 4 million people homeless overnight.

              Just imagine recurring super storms like that all over the face of the earth, how long could civilisation as we know it survive that?

              But this is what is predicted to happen if the planet hits 3 degrees. And on present emissions levels we are expected to blow past 4 degrees, when the IPCC says we should not go past 2.

              • Jenny

                Over 18,700 and climbing

                Add your vote

                • Jenny

                  I have mentioned black swan events like famine and epidemic and infrastructure collapse, any of which if severe enough under the right conditions could under the conditions of a severely degraded climate see off humanity.

                  There is one other I forgot: If forgot to mention, insurrection, violence, chaos.

                  WAR

                  Let us take the traditional accepted microcosm of human society facing a terminal crisis.

                  Take your ticket and board the Titanic

                  I am a first class passenger, should I take my place in a lifeboat, or give it up to others?
                  (some did)

                  I am crew, should I stay at my post to give everyone else a better chance to escape?
                  (most did)

                  I am captain, should I commit ritual suicide to atone for my inaction, should I go down with the ship?
                  (He did)

                  I am the bosun, should I order the 3rd class passengers be locked below decks to give the first class passengers better chance of escape?
                  (He did)

                  I am a third class passenger should I violently overthrow the bosun and his armed officers, locking me and my family below decks?
                  (knowing that this will not create any more life boats or greatly increase the overall survival rate, though it might make the cull fairer. Most didn’t and died in far greater numbers because of it. Much like climate change which is hitting the poorest nations hardest)

                  What if the 3rd class passengers had refused to accept their lot, and violently revolted. As the violence erupted, the professional crewmen needed to lower the lifeboats would have been scattered, or become involved in the fighting to beat back the 3rd class passengers trying to storm the lifeboats. No lifeboats would be lowered. In the ensuing chaos could anyone survive at all?

                  On a global scale as delta nations become flooded and super storms and heatwaves make the tropic regions uninhabitable, this fighting for survival will not be done with clubs and rifles but with every modern weapon to hand, napalm, high explosives, delivered by high level bombers or drones possibly even delivering gas, nuclear and even biological weapons to beat back the doomed millions locked in the worst affected areas and trying to bust out. There is even the possibility that some of these worst affected nations will have these weapons too.

                  If you accept the reality of climate change then you must accept the possibility of human extinction, whether by war, famine, or disease.

                  To us of course this is all academic, by the time things get this bad those of us writing and reading here will have faced our own individual personal extinctions. The point is, we are the ones who could prevent it getting that bad, those who come after us won’t have that luxury.

                  Should we do something about climate change is a moral question. We need to put it into terms we can understand on a human level. What if instead of in the future and happening to millions it was happening in the next room to only a handful, and only we safe and comfortable in our room, were the only ones with the means to stop it. Would we? Or would we not get involved because it doesn’t affect us?

                  Let us be the first ones to get up out of our armchair and say enough, this stops here. Let us be the ones that give a lead to the world. We could do it easily. Remove the $155 million subsidy to Solid Energy and distribute to the workers to start new lives outside the coal industry. Remove the super cheap secret subsidised price that Comalco pays for the electricity and their other tax payer subsidies. Let that electricity flow into the National grid allowing us to close down every fossil fuel generator tomorrow. Switch the millions ear marked for Roads of National Significance (ie motorways), into public transport. Cancel all plans for deep sea oil drilling, ban fracking, stop Denniston and Mangatangi and all other proposed new coal mines. Become the first country in the world to declare war on climate change, challenge all other nations to join us.

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    The Prime Minister is a big-noting lightweight fool.

    • Once was Tim 5.1

      ….. and look at the comments section of the 7 so far. Alert alert alert @ Gosman, Fizz, Srylands and co – action needed on Stuff.co.nz

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      The most interesting point in that article is this:

      shows the attack was discovered on the evening of May 22, when a systems engineer working on the $12.7 million FitzRoy supercomputer at Greta Point spotted an “anomaly”.

      Action was taken to combat the attack, and analysis carried out to determine its impact.

      Niwa – the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research – later said the unauthorised attempt to gain access was unsuccessful.

  6. polling released today in pennsylvania shows 84% support for legalising medical-marijuana..

    (and i will repeat my contention that should the internet party come out with a colorado-model of legalisation/regulation/taxation of cannabis..

    ..that they will take votes from labour..from the greens..and from the soft national underbelly…

    ..and anyone doubting the potential for soft national votes..

    ..should recall the recent poll showing that 45% of national party supporters support ending prohibition..

    ..and given the seachanges in public opinion on this issue over recent years..

    ..and the galloping legalisations in america/globally..

    ..i am puzzled that labour so shy away from the issue..

    ..and the greens are so shy about promoting their medical-marijuana policies..

    ..there are all those votes up for grabs..(?)

    ..and it looks like they are there for the taking..

    ..by the internet party..

    • and of course the mana party has a medical-marijuana policy..

      ..so there will be no policy-clash/friction there…

      • marty mars 6.1.1

        Mana have said this

        The Mana Party is softening its stance on marijuana and will support its decriminalisation, in spite of leader Hone Harawira’s staunch opposition to the drug.

        and on another topic

        He was still to speak with other left-wing parties about potential electoral accommodations though he planned to do so and he called for those parties not to criticise each other going into the election as they tried to form a bloc large enough to change the government.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10227887/Mana-supports-decriminalising-marijuana

        This shows the mana of Hone and the fact that Mana isn’t a one man band. Changing the government is the focus – they have to go!!!

  7. Chooky 7

    ‘Unaffordable homes and outsourcing community housing for the poor to a community that can’t house the poor’

    By Martyn Bradbury / July 1, 2014 /

    “So Massey University’s Home Affordability Report latest survey shows wages have risen $35 per week on average in the past year while house prices have jumped $38,000.

    How a $35 wage increase per week is supposed to offset a $38 000 jump in housing prices hasn’t been explained by the Government and the media still seem to be hunting for magical bottles of $100 000 wine to bother challenging Key on his do nothing but sprawl urban planning.

    A market with no capital gains tax to reign in domestic speculators and no restrictions for foreign speculators to buy property has created a housing bubble that is great for baby boomers and crap news for every other NZer.

    While this Government robs two entire generations of any possibility of home ownership, they are also busy destroying beneficiaries in state housing.

    Sweeping the problem of housing for the poor into the hands of religious charities is an abdication of political responsibility, it is the Government’s obligation to house the poor, not the bloody Church!

    It is a sad day when the Prime Minister of NZ can own a Parnell Palace and a Hawaiian mansion while a vast chunk of that PM’s citizens can’t afford the deposit on one house.”

  8. greywarbler 8

    Coming up soon on Radionz.

    Professor Shambaugh was the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre on Wednesday 2 July, which contemplated the radical policy reforms that were proposed by the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee at the 2013 Third Plenum. His talk is titled: “New policies – has China done enough to secure its future? China at the crossroads.”

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    So Labour stuck in the high 20s, that’ll be a concern for those on the list.

    • Nakiman 9.1

      Yes but I am sure its just another rogue poll besides there is still plenty of time until the election.

    • Bearded Git 9.2

      Latest Roy Morgan: Lab/Green/IMP 42.5% Nats 48% (down from 52.5 a month ago).

      After McCully, school donations policy and the Congress it will be 44% v 46%.

      It’s all on for the campaign.

      • bad12 9.2.1

        Despite the ‘polls’ Bearded it has always been my opinion that ”its all on” and has been so since the Slippery lead National Government barely slithered in for a second term…

        • Bearded Git 9.2.1.1

          Yep Bad agreed: what I liked in parliament yesterday was that when Key called Cunliffe “tricky” Cunliffe came straight back at him with “slippery”.

          • bad12 9.2.1.1.1

            Lolz, yeah that was definitely ‘laugh out loud’ stuff from David Cunliffe, i commented on it in yesterday’s Open Mike,

            Worth pointing out again tho to David or His advisers that to save confusion among the Government Benches, all of them looking pretty much like ”johns” from where i sit, that it might be far less confusing should the need arise to just refer to Him as Slippery the Prime Minister thus leaving no-one in doubt to exactly who is being addressed,

            Some might see this as a denigration of the Parliaments standards, i would suggest tho that Slippery Himself has already achieved this standard, aided and abetted by the Speaker of the House, with the constant use of ”Tricky” as an epithet repeatedly applied by the PM to David Cunliffe on the floor of the Parliament,

            My view is that David Cunliffe need to take the fight to the PM on any level, gutter included, that the Prime Minister wishes to drag the Parliament down to…

            PS, watch the Speaker suddenly find that such personal epithets, should the press begin to repeatedly use that which David Cunliffe applied to Slippery, are out of order…

            • tinfoilhat 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Key calling Cunliffe tricky… Cunliffe calling Key slippery…. pity neither of them do much of anything for those in NZ on struggle street.

              • blue leopard

                How can Cunliffe do ‘much of anything’ for those struggling while in opposition?*

                How does Cunliffe get to be in government when people are so happy to spread right-wing propaganda that “regardless who is in power noone does ‘much of anything’ for those struggling?”

                _*Actually the way he is spreading the idea that everyone should get a share in the country’s wealth is a highly advantageous idea to have spread around our country – particularly for those struggling – and this is being done even while in opposition.

              • bad12

                Tinfoil, you will have to expand upon that quite a bit to make it a point worth debating, ie: there is likely/unlikely to be gains for those on ”struggle street” by having David Cunliffe as the next Prime Minister simply because such a position will require Him to negotiate with any number of coalition partners who may be able to force those ”gains” as part of either coalition or confidence and supply arrangements,???…

                • tinfoilhat

                  Sorry Bad just alluding to the fact, or should I say my opinion that there ain’t too much difference between Key and Cunliffe (Nat and Lab) except at the very thin margin.

                  If a government of the left is to make much of a difference in NZ it is going to have to be very heavily influenced by the Greens and Mana otherwise it’s just going to be more of the same even if Labour/Cunliffe get to form the government.

                  • bad12

                    To a certain extent i would agree with you Tinfoil, but, to make such a blanket assertion i would suggest is doing your argument a disservice,

                    Agree with you vis a vis Green/InternetMana, to make some real gains for those stuck out on the margins/marginalized it would be pretty much a given that we need a Labour/Green/InternatMana Government which if NZFirst is also included, seriously weakens any role NZFirst may have as ‘kingmaker’..

      • Tiger Mountain 9.2.2

        yes Bearded Git…

        plus there is the newly extended voting period from September 3 through to September 20,
        and the union “Get Out and Vote” campaign is now active http://www.getoutandvote.org.nz
        and the anticipated IMP media campaign
        and IMP is at 2.5% in such short time compared to ACT, Colon and Hairdo
        and the TV debates and general mayhem
        and a party for virtually everyone that can be engaged

        the right wing dickheads, sheepshaggers, pud pullers and brown nosers don’t seem to even listen to their own dear leader who recently warned the tory faithful about complacency.

      • Nakiman 9.2.3

        Don’t forget the missing million who will all pop up on election day dressed in red.

        • Te Reo Putake 9.2.3.1

          We only need around 50,000 of them to turn up and vote for parties that aren’t National or National proxies to turn NZ around. Key and his cronies only scraped in with a one seat majority last time and that majority disappeared with John Banks. Key goes into this election as lame a duck as Muldoon was in ’84.

          • Tiger Mountain 9.2.3.1.2

            Yes TRP, this election is finely balanced as anyone that has been paying attention and makes an effort to be informed knows, and Crosby Textor and the Hollowmen pay some of the closest attention of all.

            The polls are somewhat true in their own habitat but not totally correct or absolutely predictive.

            • Te Reo Putake 9.2.3.1.2.1

              Yep, TM, all sorts of political insiders are acknowledging that it’s in the balance. It’s a shame that the likes of nakiman, gossie, srylands and the rest aren’t capable of agreeing that National is ahead in the polls at the moment but this election is going to be much, much tighter than many people realise.

              • Gosman

                Ummm… who states we can’t acknowledge that. I have stated here that I’m surprised that National is leading by as much as they are given the last election result and the election result will be close when it really shouldn’t even be a contest. Labour should be a show in. The fact they are not speaks volumes.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Fair enough, but I’d disagree that National is leading. Key is leading, National are nowhere. That much was made clear at the conference on the weekend.

                  • Tiger Mountain

                    Agree with TRP

                    The Nats have so touched lucky with Key up till recently, “nobody knows where love goes but when its gone; its gone gone gone”.

              • srylands

                Really?

                I agree that National is ahead in the polls at the moment but this election is going to be much, much tighter than many people realise.

                • Colonial Viper

                  And here you have it, even a broken clock can be right twice a day

        • freedom 9.2.3.2

          “Don’t forget the missing million who will all pop up on election day dressed in red.”
          and green and purple and black and white
          but blue with those yellow streaks? probably not so much

  10. ianmac 10

    So the Lou Vincent disaster continues. Listen to the interview with Tony Vietch.
    Vincent is pretty explicit about his “hero” being involved to a very high degree. The threat he says, of the bat threatening over his head sounds compelling. He does not name his “hero” as the police are still investigating. But not hard to join the dots.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_cid=1&gallery_id=143949

    • The Al1en 10.1

      Kicked her so hard he put her in a wheelchair. Thanks but no thanks to the listen to woman beater Vietch.

      • Rosie 10.1.1

        It still amazes me he was returned to a job in broadcasting. His victims life in tatters and business as usual for him – a further injustice to the victim on top of what she had already been through.

      • ianmac 10.1.2

        Tony Veitch is not the story here. Ignore him.

        • The Al1en 10.1.2.1

          Can’t do it ianmac, he’s tainted meat, and even if I wanted to ignore him, the rot smell in pervasive.

          On the cheat Vincent’s claims, if he went public and named the ‘hero’, would the ‘hero’ take up a libel action? And ultimately, who would the court believe?

        • Rosie 10.1.2.2

          True ianmac, you were discussing Lou Vincent, not Tony Veitch.

          But it’s kind of hard to ignore that Veitch is there, in his job, as if nothing happened. How can people listen to him? What kind of a society thinks its ok for a violent abuser to retain his privileged position in broadcasting?

          • tinfoilhat 10.1.2.2.1

            For goodness sake Rosie do we on the left believe in rehabilitation for offenders or don’t we.

            • The Al1en 10.1.2.2.1.1

              “do we on the left believe in rehabilitation for offenders or don’t we.”

              Feel free to let him date your daughter, sister or mother.

              • tinfoilhat

                So that’s a no from you then.

                • Colonial Viper

                  First time I’ve seen you take a pro-stance on rehabilitating violent offenders. From your comments I take it you’re in favour of in-community rehab for privileged white male violent offenders.

                  • tinfoilhat

                    I’m in favour of rehabilitation of any and all offenders, otherwise we’ll continue to reap the cycle of repeat and even intergenerational offending.

                  • The Lone Haranguer

                    As opposed to a privileged brown male multiple offender like the Maori Kings son who got discharged without conviction today as it might hurt his “career” prospects?

                    And his fellow thieves all got discharged without conviction in Gisborne the other day too.

                    It pays to go thieving with the Maori Kings son……..

                • freedom

                  I am not commenting here on the Veitch situation as I do not know the details of his sentence as well as I know others.

                  But I have a couple of questions for you tinfoilhat, do you believe that just because a person has done time they are rehabilitated and deserve to be completely forgiven for their wrongdoing?

                  When a person refuses all rehab programmes, violence prevention programmes, literacy programmes, psychological therapy assistance and other offers of rehabilitation when inside, yet still get paroled, would you call that justice for the victim?

                  • tinfoilhat

                    ” Do you believe that just because a person has done time they are rehabilitated and deserve to be completely forgiven for their wrongdoing?”

                    No

                    “When a person refuses all rehab programmes, violence prevention programmes, literacy programmes, psychological therapy assistance and other offers of rehabilitation when inside, yet still get paroled, would you call that justice for the victim?”

                    A far more difficult question and certainly might depend on the particular circumstances of a specific case but if you are looking for a simple yes or no I would veer towards a No.

            • Lanthanide 10.1.2.2.1.2

              Not sure that Veitch ever really showed guilt or remorse for what happened, or suffered too much in the way of penalty for it.

              • Kevin Welsh

                Exactly Lanth. And that is the point here. The victim has the rest of her life to deal with this while Veitch has his little stint in the wilderness, the it is back to BAU.

                • tinfoilhat

                  And a no from you.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    I believe in rehabilitation when the perpetrator shows remorse and changes his actions. Vietch doesn’t appear to have done either. IIRC, he actually got rather snarky about it at the time of the trial.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Sorry mate you can’t have special favours for your mates and call that “rehab”

                    In this case with Veitch it looks more like a consequence free ride with no payment of his dues to society or his victim.

              • McFlock

                agreed, lanth. I seem to recall he did the crying-on-tv thing, but it mostly revolved around the effect his offending had had on him.

                Rehabilitation varies from offender to offender.

            • Rosie 10.1.2.2.1.3

              I was wondering how long it would take for someone to put the rehab word up. Condemning his actions and questioning the wisdom in reinstating Veitch in his former role does not automatically equate to “don’t believe in rehabilitation for criminals”.

              There’s a big leap from a restorative justice type process where the criminal begins to understand and fully own the consequences of their actions and the community enabling and supporting them through changing their behaviours TO brushing the victims experience aside and allowing some one guilty of committing violent crime (who, apart from crocodile tears, seems to have shown little remorse) back into a public facing role. Can you put yourself in the victims shoes? Her life changed forever, her abuser’s life, business as usual.

              I get quite sick of the double standards we appear to have in our country. On one hand you have a group like the sensible sentencing trust who constantly demonstrate appalling ignorance around the complexities of crime and have a simple mantra “lock em up and throw away the key”. A revenge/punishment type orientation is promoted over rehabilitation.

              On the other hand, sporting personalities, and I’m including Veitch as a broadcaster here, seem to have excuses made for their behaviour by the media and their peers and the harm to the victim is minimised. Guildford and Savea come to mind as rugby players who, perversely, get sympathy after complaints are made to police about their behaviour. The situation is quickly forgotten, brushed under the carpet, so they can get back to the important business of being heroic rugby players.

              • freedom

                To emphasize your point Rosie,
                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11286426
                I refuse to accept there is a single youth with a licence in this country who can claim to be unaware that if they drink they cannot drive. Especially when the youth concerned is a member of such a well structured organisation as the Blues.

                What are the odds I wonder that a conviction will not be entered ?

                The Blues do look after their boys
                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/driving-offences/news/article.cfm?c_id=179&objectid=10902579
                “He was pulled over on Auckland’s southwest motorway in April, on his way to a Blues team appointment.

                Saili had only just received a notice that he had been suspended from driving for 28 days after racking up too many demerit points.”

                • Draco T Bastard

                  What are the odds I wonder that a conviction will not be entered ?

                  Unfortunately, very high. Getting sick of seeing a few people treated differently from the rest of us because of their profession/wealth.

                • Rosie

                  Wow. Drink driving = minor misdemeanour. Not so much if he has killed someone. It was just “lucky” he didn’t. A good example freedom of how the sports professions close ranks and protect badly behaved players from criticism and fall out. Their status seems to exclude them receiving the same treatment as regular folks would.

                  PS: Hope you’re doing ok after last weeks ignorance attack from King Kong. I did leave a message of support for yourself and Nick S, (as a reply to Nick), but I was a bit late to see the conversation develop and hence my response was delayed.

                  • freedom

                    Thank you Rosie. It was not a great week and I sincerely appreciated your words of support, as I appreciate it every time I see Standardistas support each other.

                    I should have replied there and then but didn’t really know what to say. I do not enjoy exposing people to those events and withheld the more disturbing details of the attack but KK’s ignorance certainly warranted the reply, abridged as it was. We all have a past and mine is no more special than anyone else’s despite the Tarantino like aspects, but every now and then a little truth can shed a lot of light. And without light we do kind of stay in the dark. 🙂

                    • Rosie

                      I kind of wondered if even someone like him, like KK, after reading of your experience, may have gone away and reconsidered his lack of understanding and the harm that expressing such ignorance can do. It wouldn’t be deep thoughts, more a “holy crap” sobering kind of reflection. He may have learnt something from what you said. We can only hope. I’m just sorry you had to go through a difficult time because of him

                      No need to have replied either _ I wasn’t expecting you to. I think sometimes comments can be left for others, after a long or tiring discussion that can just be left at that. Not every comment needs a reply and I get the feeling that most people do follow up and read responses, but don’t always require a further response in return.

                      Hope this week is shaping up better. Take care.

  11. I guess the carefully constructed tearful mea culpa and persistent advocacy from Deaker didn’t help.

  12. Rosie 12

    Seems our weather observations here on TS a few weeks back were on the mark. Warmest June since records began in 1909 – with 9 of those warmest years being post 1970, and 5 of them post 2000

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1407/S00007/june-climate-summary-warmest-june-on-record.htm

    • bad12 12.1

      Yeah Rosie, even yesterdays ‘polar blast’ lacked the blast bit, a normal Wellington Winter usually delivers up a series of three day events but so far this year these are happily lacking,

      i fear tho for my garden at the start of Spring when the crop gets to experience the great outdoors for the first time,

      Normally i plant in the first week of November and if last years conditions are likely to repeat again this year i am thinking that i might better serve my babies by delaying that planting for a week…

      Edit: Perhaps in global terms the retreat of the ice sheet and the growth in depth/volume of the East Antarctic ice pack are what is lessening the frequency/ferocity of the Southerly blasts we get to feel here…

      • James Thrace 12.1.1

        El Nino prediction for 2014 Bad.

        Probably means that getting the seeds growing indoors first week of September for planting Labour Day won’t be too far off the mark as summer 2015 should probably be drought ridden.

      • Rosie 12.1.2

        “Normally i plant in the first week of November and if last years conditions are likely to repeat again this year i am thinking that i might better serve my babies by delaying that planting for a week…”

        Might be a good idea bad. Last summer was definitely the windiest I remember in Wgtn, and as James Thrace points out below we have the El Nino pattern predicted for summer (I thought we were in it already). I saw on the telly that it will most likely be windier on the west coast and dryer and hotter on the east coast. So get set for some more summer winds. Everything we grew last summer failed but the plants that survived are now thriving in our warm still winter………..

        And yeah, that “polar blast” was a pretender of a polar blast yesterday. A poor effort for Wellington.

  13. Weepu's beard 13

    Random thought, but one that has nagged me for a while (not my wife, btw).

    Arguably, the two most successful business/performance entities on the global stage from NZ are Fonterra and the All Blacks.

    I saw a pie chart somewhere around here the other day which showed that NZ (read Fonterra) produced, by volume of dairy products, 26.1% of global dairy trade. More than the whole of Europe and significantly more than the USA. I know there are valid eggs-in-one-basket concerns that this trade relies too heavily on one market and that focus has been drawn away from our developing of other export technologies but nonetheless, generating over a quarter of the world’s dairy trade is quite a statistic from a nation as small as ours.

    The All Blacks are the undisputed pinnacle of all rugby on the planet both historically and, more importantly for the purposes of this discussion, currently. Overall they have a 76% winning percentage, and I would say higher than that since the game went professional in 1996. They have lost just the one game since the end of August 2011, three years ago. They have held the IRB number one ranking continuously since November 2009, nearly five years ago. It appears they are only getting stronger. All this again from a nation of just 4 million.

    Now, I know not everyone is into rugby and I know some are concerned with dairy farmers’ attitude to the NZ environment but it’s occurred to me that the business models of these two NZ success stories are collective and dare I say it, communist. I say “communist” as a political/business lay person (it’s a heavily weighted description with a lot of baggage) and am happy to be corrected there.

    But, it’s hard to escape the irony that in an increasingly capitalist world, Fonterra, a farmers’ collective, and the NZRU with it’s central contract system, are killing it on the world stage right now.

    Do collective arrangements work better?

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Do collective arrangements work better?

      Yes they do especially when they’re backed by the entire community as both the NZRU and Fonterra are.

  14. Tracey 14

    Interestingly skycity wont release its plans for the convention centre until after the election. Of interest is the traffic chaos IF The rail loop goes ahead on schedule. Could explain the govt attempts to stall the rail loop…

    So, auckland, chchch, wellington, queenstown all building international convention centres…just what we need.

    ” Fairfax Media understands final design plans for the NZICC are expected to be publicly unveiled later this year, likely to be after the September 20 General Election, with applications for resource consents to follow.

    The agreement between the Government and SkyCity calls for construction of the NZICC to be completed by September 30, 2017.

    Disruption for Auckland commuters from the NZICC construction project could combine with more traffic chaos if the City Rail Link project starts early, as is being pushed for by the Auckland Council.

    The CRL would require the entire city block opposite the Britomart transport centre to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch in order to allow the digging of tunnels.

    Stuff

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    Internet Mana road trip in Far North, starts July 15 in Kaitaia.
    https://www.facebook.com/InternetPartyNZ

    • Nakiman 15.1

      Do you think they will wear bullet proof vests?

      • Te Reo Putake 15.1.1

        You’re quite the coward, nakiman.

        • Nakiman 15.1.1.1

          “Coward” How would Hone wearing a bullet proof vest make me a coward?
          Will the fat German fraudster be there or will he be in court?

      • Tiger Mountain 15.1.2

        Steven Wallace could have used one eh when Constable Abbot dispensed some lead poisoning in your neck of the woods Nakiman.

        Checked out Batemans and some other New Zealand History sources and it appears the Taranaki has the highest count of WWI memorials and one of the worst track records on relations with Māori. Nothing to be proud of.

        • Nakiman 15.1.2.1

          I was in waitara early the following morning before they had opened the road.
          Abbot was also a neighbour of mine a few years earlier.

          • Weepu's beard 15.1.2.1.1

            Hope you didn’t practice your short game in the back yard.

        • Puckish Rogue 15.1.2.2

          Constable Abbot is a good man and did what he had to do, I hope he got good support and councilling so it doesn’t affect him negatively for the rest of his life

          • Te Reo Putake 15.1.2.2.1

            Yeah, if he hadn’t have shot him Wallace might have smashed even more windows. Good call, that man.

            • Puckish Rogue 15.1.2.2.1.1

              Or he might have killed someone else we’ll never know but what we do know is Abbot was on the scene and made the call

              • joe90

                Because no one was ever tested we’ll never know who was half cut when they arrived at the scene or if someone under the influence of alcohol decided to settle an old score. Will we?.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What we know can lead to conclusions. Such as: “police resources are worse than useless when inadequate”, and “stop arming agents of the state with anything more powerful than harsh language and pepper spray” and a whole-of-government-approach, as opposed to putting public servants into positions where they feel there is no alternative.

            • Nakiman 15.1.2.2.1.2

              I think the only window Abbot would have been worried about was the windscreen of his car as the golf club came through it towards his head.

              • Te Reo Putake

                ‘cept that didn’t happen. Abbott wasn’t in the police car, he arrived separately, in his own vehicle. Doofus.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Reality’s Liberal bias strikes again.

                • Nakiman

                  “Wallace rampaged like a man possessed. Leaving golf clubs at various scenes he smashed and beat windows and cars. 3 cars were damaged. A taxi with passengers, a private car with 6 youths in it, the third car was a police patrol car. It has been said that night Wallace was intent on killing either himself or someone else and that the Senior Constable was an unwitting pawn in his game.

                  Collecting his pistol from the police station, Senior Constable Keith Abbott arrived at the scene of destruction. Beaten cars and 140 smashed windows a testimony of the Suspects State of mind. Steven Wallace began to aggressively advance on Abbott armed with a golf club and a baseball bat. Negotiation with the man proved fruitless. Wallace was warned that the policeman was armed and a warning shot was fired. With still no sign of the danger of the attack lessening Abbott withdrew 50m but was circled by Wallace and was cut off. When he reached 20m away Wallace threw the golf club at the Constables head causing him to duck and continued advancing with the softball bat. Abbott shot four shots before the man fell at 5-6m from the constable.”

                  At the end of the day feral scum always blame the police for there fuckups.
                  The only good thing about this is no innocent people where hurt.

                  • Tiger Mountain

                    People more objective than Nakiman might like to read some of the cross examination records from Abbott’s murder trial.

                    I make no apology for choosing a piece framed by a writer critical of Abbott who had options available other than lethal force that he chose not to take. The IPCA and other arse covering documents on this case are too nausea inducing to present here.

                    http://murderpedia.org/male.A/a/abbott-keith.htm

                    And Nakiman, your comments on Hone Harawira are despicable.

                    • Nakiman

                      I read your link, I was appalled that they called the police officer the killer.
                      There should never have been a court case and trying to wind people up by playing the race card is a disgrace, how does that work when they are both Maori.

                    • felix

                      Usually when one person kills another, the one who does the killing is called the killer. That’s just how the English language works.

                      You went to Auckland Grammar, nakiman. You ought to have learned some of these basics.

      • Rosie 15.1.3

        “Do you think they will wear bullet proof vests?”

        Incredibly callous and insensitive remark there. Shame on you GoNaddy Man.

    • bad12 15.2

      Must keep an eye on their facebook page to see when the roadshow reaches Wellington, might be a good chance to have a talk with Hone about growing the presence of the Mana movement here in the capital…

    • that is a good idea…

      ..the internet/mana voter-drive/election-campaign is going to kick-arse…

      ..and will be a multi-pronged beast..

      ..awesome to behold..

      ..i’m still calling sub-10% (just.!.)..and feeling conservative with that..

      ..stand aside..!..coming thru..!..

      • bad12 15.3.1

        Ever the optimist Phillip, i am calling 4%, should they poll higher than the 2.5% of the recent Morgan Poll tho i will adjust my calculation accordingly…

        (admittedly tho, such a calculation does not include the likes of something like the ‘worm phenomena’ occurring, taking everyone by surprise)…

  16. greywarbler 16

    September 3rd to 20th for voting! How can anyone believe that dragging out the time like this is going to be better for this most important event for NZ. Do it at your leisure, at your convenience! Don’t put yourself out.

    Over three-four days maybe with weekend in the middle. Special votes for special people not able to make it. But then finish and we have a count and something definitive, not with something that drags on and in which all sorts of compromising mischief can be carried out.

    It demeans our big election and our decision-making into an easy peasy might get round to it thing. This is a disgraceful move and no ‘reasons’ can support it.

    • bad12 16.1

      i see nothing disgraceful about ensuring that as many people as possible can get to vote considering that we all have different lives,

      There could be any number of reasons for an individual not being able to cast their votes on a specific day and there could be any number of reasons why an individual might not know in a given time frame that they cannot cast those votes on a given day,

      Has postal voting ever been compromised in this country, if not i see no reason why postal voting should not be included in the individuals ability to participate in the General election just as i see no reason, IF security of the vote can be assured, that voting via the internet should not be included as a means of casting our votes…

      • Tiger Mountain 16.1.1

        A lot of people still do not know that you can go on the unpublished roll if you are worried about someone tracking you down for whatever reason (use your imagination), or that an employer must give you reasonable paid time off to vote on the main advertised day.

        The extended early voting is to try and engage more people to vote. The final printed roll date is a bit of a spanner in the works as I understand it, but there should still be a clear week at least for unions and others to organise special polling booths in areas of reasonable concentration of voters.

        Some of the permutations are for the future maybe-like the ban on prisoners voting and online voting is a really leap, but even paper forms are not perfect given the hanging chads of Florida thing from 2000 that the Supreme court allowed Dubya in on. And I often wonder about some of the old tory cows that seem to get the sweet little earner every three years and misguide people on casting special votes if they are not on the printed roll. (Basically if you are not in the system, even if late, your special vote may be wasted).

        • Ergo Robertina 16.1.1.1

          ‘A lot of people still do not know that you can go on the unpublished roll if you are worried about someone tracking you down for whatever reason (use your imagination),’
          There appears quite a high threshold for acceptance: http://www.elections.org.nz/voters/get-ready-enrol-and-vote/unpublished-roll

          The commission used to allow voters to stay in their home electorate. No-one bothered me for 12 years about being enrolled where my parents lived, despite not living there since I left school. I liked the connection with home through making a special vote, and not being on the roll in the same place I worked. But after 2011 I was told I would be removed from it if I didn’t confirm where I lived. Breaches do not seem to be prosecuted, and I wonder how many people have dropped off the roll in the past couple of years since this was tightened up.

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.2

        IF security of the vote can be assured, that voting via the internet should not be included as a means of casting our votes…

        See above.

        • bad12 16.1.2.1

          And your point is Draco,???…

          • Draco T Bastard 16.1.2.1.1

            That it’s obvious that such security can be assured.

            • McFlock 16.1.2.1.1.1

              the thing about a successful breach is that it wouldn’t have been detected.
              Nuclear facilities are probably as well protected as anything, and stuxnet still got in to trigger its payload.

              • Draco T Bastard

                So you’re not looking for assurance but a guarantee. No system can be guaranteed. And the chances are that the actions leading up to a possible breach could be detected, as they were in this case, and the breach stopped.

                Stuxnet was introduced to a targeted network by USB flash drive and not a breach through the internet. Of course it’s still a concern but adequate processes and security software should keep that possibility to a minimum as well.

                • McFlock

                  A vector is a vector is a vector. USB or internet or a stolen drive with the voter database.

                  And yes, when it comes to the very essence of democracy – one person, one vote – I want a little more than an “assurance“. I want to know that the new system is as safe as, or an improvement on, the old one.

                  I’m sure each of those examples was preceeded by an “assurance” of security.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Well, you won’t find me in favour of either voting machines (because they’re too open to abuse from the manufacturers) or postal voting (because it’s just too easy for the vote to be lost or forgotten) and I’m sure that online voting can be made as secure or better than the present system of going into a polling station.

                    And, yes, a vector is a vector and the present system has it’s own vectors. Some vectors are more easily monitored than others.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      and I’m sure that online voting can be made as secure or better than the present system of going into a polling station.

                      Fucking stupid idea mate as I have said so before and I’ll fight you every inch of the way on this.

                      It’s almost like you haven’t read any of Edward Snowden’s revelations on security compromises embedded in every level of networks and PCs (from the microcode used in Intel PC and server CPUs on up), and you haven’t watched a single presentation Jacob Appelbaum has made on how PCs, networks and the internet can be attacked and compromised.

                    • McFlock

                      some vectora also enable thousands of ballots to be added, changed, or discarded.
                      Whereas one’s ability to do that with paper ballots and booths to a similar scale requires massive resources and us usually painfully obvious.

                      And online voting is as vulnerableas electronic voting machings, only more so because the fraudster has complete control over their hardware, without oversight.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Appelbaum on the Tor Project

                      Not Even the NSA Can Crack the State Dept’s Favorite Anonymous Network

                      The Tor network is somewhat inefficient because a) every PC on the network has to become a server and b) most PCs on the network are connected via low speed asynchronous connections. The latter is the big problem.

                      But still, the big problem exists – the storage of essential data. We really do need to be able to determine that the person voting actually has the right to vote (we can’t have a few thousand people come in from out of country to vote in our elections). We do need to be able to ensure that, though they have the right to vote, that they’re not voting twice or voting in the wrong place. Access to that data is the problem but that data can be accessed through the corruption of the present systems. The Liu saga and how the PM knew weeks beforehand that it was coming out and how the letter was released with, essentially, no warning to Cunliffe shows that quite clearly.

                      The Tor Project doesn’t address any of that because it fails in to accept that you cannot be anonymous within a society. In fact, I’d say that anonymity allows and even encourages criminal activity.

                      revelations on security compromises embedded in every level of networks and PCs (from the microcode used in Intel PC and server CPUs on up),

                      Then we build the stuff here and make sure that the NSA (or our own GCSB) don’t get their sticky hands on it.

                    • McFlock

                      if we build te stuff here, we’re at the mercy of whomever we trust to provide security “assurance”.

                      the penalty for failure is just too great when you’re talking about elections.

                    • felix

                      “the present system has it’s own vectors”

                      What are the vectors in the present system that justify changing to a less secure system?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      some vectora also enable thousands of ballots to be added, changed, or discarded.

                      What a load of bollocks. Didn’t you notice that such attempts on computers are easily found out?

                      Such an attempt as the one you linked to would be picked up even easier. It would, in fact, be automatic rather than relying upon anyone realising that an address was cropping up a bit too often.

                      And online voting is as vulnerable as electronic voting machings, only more so because the fraudster has complete control over their hardware, without oversight.

                      The fraudster does have control over their hardware – they don’t have any control over the server. Now, if the fraudster managed to get control of thousands of machines (security set up so that it would require a Man in the Middle attack) as they’re voting and change the vote to be what they want it to be then we’d have a problem – except that the person would actually be informed as to how they voted and that they have a right to change it if it was recorded incorrectly. Such a request would have an automatic investigation attached to it.

                    • McFlock

                      some vectora also enable thousands of ballots to be added, changed, or discarded.

                      What a load of bollocks. Didn’t you notice that such attempts on computers are easily found out?

                      more handwaving.
                      Heartbleed.
                      Previously-assured and well-respected security had vulnerability, extent of compromises not known unless hacker did something obvious, and included weakening Tor nodes.

                      And hackers also like to change log files and rollback states to hidetheir activities, just FYI.

                      Such an attempt as the one you linked to would be picked up even easier. It would, in fact, be automatic rather than relying upon anyone realising that an address was cropping up a bit too often.

                      And online voting is as vulnerable as electronic voting machings, only more so because the fraudster has complete control over their hardware, without oversight.

                      The fraudster does have control over their hardware – they don’t have any control over the server. Now, if the fraudster managed to get control of thousands of machines (security set up so that it would require a Man in the Middle attack) as they’re voting and change the vote to be what they want it to be then we’d have a problem – except that the person would actually be informed as to how they voted and that they have a right to change it if it was recorded incorrectly. Such a request would have an automatic investigation attached to it.

                      lol because “I’m right and the computer is wrong” arguments are funny. And it also reduces “secret ballot” to “secret until telecom yahoo accounts get hacked again”.

                      Seriously, we’re talking about secure online voting when the government can’t even ensure that kiosks in winz offices don’t compromise sensitive personal information, or departments email thousands of details to members of the public.

                      When you say “security set up so that it would require a Man in the Middle attack” you’re looking at it from a viewpoint doomed to failure, and probably guided by google.
                      There is no such assurance that says “the only way to attack this system is MitM”. It’s one tactic. There are many, including paying someone to drop off a USB or compromise in some other way. Any e-voting system needs to demonstrate it’s as secure as or better than ballots and booths. And that will not happen until people plausibly exploit ballots and booths in as effective way as IT is frequenty compromised.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yes online voting is a solution lacking a problem. Well strictly speaking, it’s not a solution at all, its a quagmire of total predictable fail from the very start. Big bucks for some big consulting/IT firm though.

                      Not sure why you used TOR as an example Draco. The anonymity network is a crucial anti-surveillance tool despite you bagging it for no good reason. Its also not an example of what Appelbaum has talked about via Snowden’s releases which has relevance to online voting. You don’t want or need an anonymity network with regards to online voting. You need to know who everyone is, when and how they voted in online voting.

                      This de Spiegel article reveals more useful info. To summarise:

                      • the NSA has defeated the security architectures and firewalls on nearly all the network hardware made by the big players CISCO, Huawei, Juniper, as well as network hardware by big players like Dell.
                      • This opens the network door wide open for other malicious programmes, exploits and special applications to be loaded up on to the target system.
                      • This malware can survive through multiple reboots, operating system re-installs, hard drives replaced, etc. A compromised BIOS is often key to this.
                      • Data to and from network devices, computers, servers and even smart phones can be diverted, re-directed or even altered before reaching their intended destination. (Nothing like your vote being changed between you casting it and it being counted, right).
                      • Hardware like rigged monitor cables, rigged keyboards etc, can let the NSA see everything typed by users or network admins managing online voting infrastructure.
                      • The NSA specialise in creating tailor made programmes which operate invisibly to virus detection and security scanning software.
                      • Many of these software exploits are “remotely installable.” If your online voting hardware has to be linked to the internet to receive votes, it can be easily exploited and compromised from overseas.
                      • The de Spiegel revelations are from 2008 and they believe the technology has advanced significantly since those days.

                      The Tor Project doesn’t address any of that because it fails in to accept that you cannot be anonymous within a society. In fact, I’d say that anonymity allows and even encourages criminal activity.

                      That’s a line straight from NSA or GCHQ PR. That is: that only terrorists, criminals and dangerous people with something to hide would want privacy and use security tools like encryption, TOR, etc.

                      With all due respect Draco, you are a fool.

                      http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/catalog-reveals-nsa-has-back-doors-for-numerous-devices-a-940994.html

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Yes online voting is a solution lacking a problem.

                      The problem is the lack of democracy. Or perhaps you prefer living in an elected dictatorship that answers only to the rich?

                      Not sure why you used TOR as an example Draco.

                      I used Tor because it’s a way to get around network sniffing. In other words it’s negates the NSA’s grab bag tactics. They’d have to work directly with the server or the client. But it also brings it’s own problems.

                      That is: that only terrorists, criminals and dangerous people with something to hide would want privacy and use security tools like encryption, TOR, etc.

                      You said that, not me. I said it allowed and encouraged criminal activity and provided an example.

                      The de Spiegel revelations are from 2008 and they believe the technology has advanced significantly since those days.

                      So has the countering technology.

                      (Nothing like your vote being changed between you casting it and it being counted, right).

                      Except that you can see what your vote is and change it. Kinda defeats the purpose of changing the vote en-route.

                      If your online voting hardware has to be linked to the internet to receive votes, it can be easily exploited and compromised from overseas.

                      That’s up for debate and I don’t think it’s as easy as some believe.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Except that you can see what your vote is and change it. Kinda defeats the purpose of changing the vote en-route.

                      What are your web app skills like Draco? Mine are non-existent. But even I know that you can programme someone’s local web browser to remember what they actually voted on the web voting form. When that user queries for confirmation of how their vote was registered by the electoral system, you can simply send the voter what they expect to see based on what is stored as a local record. Which doesn’t have to match what was recorded in the ballot box voting database at all.

                      Now of course that’s a clutzy way of providing a voter with a false record/confirmation. Someone who actually knew what they were doing could do it a million times better.

                      My point – you are advocating for a system which is nothing less than a cannery for worms, which is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and which is going to undermine our democracy at every level.

                      The problem is the lack of democracy. Or perhaps you prefer living in an elected dictatorship that answers only to the rich?

                      It seems that according to you, it would be impossible to operate a true democracy in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s i.e. before the age of the world wide web.

                      Totally false dichotomy.

      • McFlock 16.1.3

        Has postal voting ever been compromised in this country,

        almost.
        If they’d done it smarter it might have worked, or at least it might not have been traceable to them.
        Say put mailboxes up on vacant lots, or registered one or two “voters” each on a bunch of rental properties over the three year period, so it gets lost in the short-term rental churn. Then downloaded the forms somewhere public.
        Basically, it might be traceable on IP address that 500 people all used the library free wifi to download their forms, but it would take a bit more effort to detect fraud.

        • bad12 16.1.3.1

          Yes But, if we all are issued with a specific number as an enrolled voter then it should be easy to design a program that identifies if two votes sets of votes have been cast using the same voter identifying number, or, if votes have been cast using a false voter identifying number,

          The Auckland Council election incident tho didn’t seem to have specifically compromised the postal voting system per se,

          The General electoral system is open to such a compromise where if i can provide an address in say Hone’s electorate, without ever having lived there befor, i can conceivably vote in that electorate,(i would obviously have to know someone who lived at the address, or, rent a PO box, so as to receive information that i was enrolled)…

          • McFlock 16.1.3.1.1

            You just need to know the basic details of a non-voter.
            And provide a plausible address and phone number (I think the auckland guy pinged the EC sonar because all the names were registered at one address). But if you own a block of flats you can say “previous tenant, I’ll forward it”.

            The thing about giving everyone a number is that it’s great for indexing, but lousy for fraud detection.

            • bad12 16.1.3.1.1.1

              Mac, Re: fraud detection, a personal voting number tho could only be used for fraud if the perpetrator of the fraud were to know that the rightful user of the number was not going to vote???,

              A mass fraud would then require the perpetrator to know of 100’s or 1000’s who were not going to vote???…

              • McFlock

                Depends.
                First step is the issuing of the number – is it as difficult as currently enrolling? If so, then it’s a pointless exercise.
                Second step is how easy it is to go “oooo I’ve forgotten it, how do I reenroll online without it?”
                Third step is how easy is it to find out.

                And then lastly, the flipside is what we saw in the US: how many voters of the other side can we turn away if the hoops are too onerous to jump through? Or if we add a double vote to a legitimate voter, would both be declined?

                And that’s before we get into “errors” or hacking of voting software/hardware.

                The thing about voting in person is that if the same person turns up fifty times to vote, a scrutineer or polling official will probably notice. Not so much online or through the mail.

                • bad12

                  God Mac, that all sounds so fraught i am off to hide under my bed, the present system tho can be easily gamed if you have knowledge of a registered voter who will not vote and that voters details,

                  The multiple votes need only be cast in multiple booths to avoid the scrutiny of scrutineers,

                  Lolz, i had better stop this or sooner or later i will be forced to recommend that voter identification occur as a matter of having bar-codes tattooed on the foreheads of the individual…

                  • McFlock

                    lol

                    • Colonial Viper

                      As you pointed out, it’d be a massive effort to try and rig 1000 votes this way. With an online voting system, altering 100,000 votes to change an election result is a piece of cake and requires only keystrokes.

                    • McFlock

                      the real art would be in skewing the votes at a smaller number in different electorates, over several elections, so it wouldn’t even raise any stats flags.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yes I suppose the contractors used would have to earn their pay 🙂

                      Also Draco makes a serious error saying that intrusions or interference in a computer system is easy to detect. It might be, it might not be.

                      But imagine what would happen if after an election day, forensic evidence of widespread computerised vote rigging was found which had likely altered the result of the election 6 months previously. Utter pandemonium and chaos. Basically why would you even go there.

                      (There might not even have been any vote rigging on election – the “evidence” could have been constructed and introduced into systems later on to make it look like it had simply to cause scandal and chaos).

                • ianmac

                  When DRO for about 12 of our elections I worked on the principle that if you turned up, not on the roll I gave a Special vote instead. The bosses would sort out after the election if it was valid or not.
                  In NZ every vote is checked off the Electoral Roll after the Election. This throws up any duplicate or multiple votes from one individual. The name on the roll is visited and any crime is discovered. Foolproof when using paper polls.

  17. In reaction to the five people fined for not or partially filling in their census form up in North land this week the following musings: On Census Forms, The Right To Remain Silent And Boiling Frogs. Enjoy!

  18. Draco T Bastard 18

    Fifty six percent of John Key’s followers found to be fake.

    • Rosie 18.1

      lol. (Not very) dedicated followers of (outdated) fashion.

    • ianmac 18.2

      Well Draco. Imagine the team of astroturfers and the trolls with down time so since they are being paid to work they must fill in time by being the many false followers of Mr Key.

  19. dimebag russell 19

    it takes something like 20 miles for a supertanker to even respond to the wheel but I do believe I see a swing coming.
    John Keys thought he was being smart calling an early election but the people have already seen what a fraud he is and he will be gone soon like an evil spirit that has been exorcised or a boil removed off the body politic.

  20. ianmac 20

    Anyone notice a new column just up, by Jared Savage showing that Damien O’Connor “intervened” in the Liu application? Not sure what that shows as it is official and above board I think. Everyone knew Liu was granted residency against advice. And what has the 2005 Election got to do with it?

    A former Labour Minister intervened three times in the immigration bid of Donghua Liu including waiving the English language requirement for the millionaire businessman.

    Damien O’Connor, in his role as the associate Immigration Minister, wrote three letters to Liu’s advisor Warren Kyd – the former National Party MP – before deciding to grant residency against the advice of officials the day before the 2005 election.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11287104

    • blue leopard 20.1

      Hi Ianmac,

      Whilst I am sure you will not be falling over in surprise over this; it looks to me that Mr J Savage is doing the National Party’s bidding:

      West-Coast Tasman is one of the electorates that the National Party intend to target in this year’s election.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11284798

      (Note the ‘marvelous’ choice of photo they chose…)

    • Blue 20.2

      Breaking News: We have just discovered something that is common knowledge and of no importance!

      Everyone knows Damien O’Connor granted Liu residency against official advice. No one knows why, and the Herald has not found an answer. They haven’t even really found a question yet, but they keep on trying.

      I’m not sure how they will convert this non-story into a call for David Cunliffe to resign, but if they put John Armstrong on the case I’m sure we’ll be enlightened in no time.

      • Ant 20.2.1

        Everyone knows why, the amount of money he promised to invest outweighed the english language requirement.

    • McFlock 20.3

      I wonder if the letters of support from national mps have been released yet?

    • freedom 20.4

      but now the other questions can be asked, here are some starters

      Why was a former National MP lobbying so hard on behalf of Mr Liu ?
      Is the former National MP, Warren Kyd, still the advisor for Mr Liu?
      Is the former National MP, involved in any of Mr Liu’s businesses?
      How did Mr Liu meet the former National MP, Warren Kyd?

      • ianmac 20.4.1

        That does raise questions on Mr Kyd’s involvement.
        Will Jared release the name of his informant? Doubt it.

        • freedom 20.4.1.1

          maybe he just did 😉

          • Anne 20.4.1.1.1

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Kyd

            Despite a tradition that sitting MPs are not challenged if they seek re-selection, Kyd was defeated by newcomer Judith Collins, with allegations being made that controversial party president Michelle Boag played a part in the decision.

            Something went badly wrong didn’t it.

            • Anne 20.4.1.1.1.1

              Nicely timed eh Herald? Another round of Labour /Liu hysteria designed to reach its peak this coming week-end?

              Labour’s Annual Conference (called Congress in election year) is this coming week-end.

  21. w.t.f. is seymour from act doing taking part in that celebs sleeping rough thing 2nite..?

    ..how deeply cynical is that..?

    ..when acts’ policies/core-beliefs are to tear away support from the weakest/poorest/sickest..

    ..fucken rand-ite scum that they are..

    ..i hope to fuck someone calls him out 2nite..

    ..and asks him:..’w.t.f. r u doing here..?..’

  22. ianmac 22

    I see what you mean Freedom. I expect that Mr Kyd is away on some safe holiday somewhere – like Hawaii perhaps?

  23. Jack 23

    Obviously Jared has been instructed to rewind the Dong Liu Saga, to take the heat of the Malaysian Sex Scandal.

  24. bad12 24

    Under pressure???, Slippery the Prime Minister yesterday physically removed a RadioNZ National reporter from in front of Him, first saying ”get out of my way” and then pushing the reporter from His path as the reporter attempted to ask questions surrounding the PM’s involvement in the removal from New Zealand of the Malaysian diplomat,

    Bet we see nothing of this on our TV’s tonight,but, expect more of the same from the PM as the pressure goes on leading into the election…

    • BM 24.1

      Should have gone Bob Jones on his arse.

      • bad12 24.1.1

        Definitely BM, why don’t you dial up the Lair in Chief and suggest He do just that, it will be perfect having the PM being investigated for assault leading into the election…

        • BM 24.1.1.1

          It’s why I’m not in politics, I just don’t have the patience for that sort of bullshit.

          You get a warning ,if you don’t comply, you’re picking up your teeth.

          • bad12 24.1.1.1.1

            BM, that’s just wankers talk…

          • felix 24.1.1.1.2

            “You get a warning ,if you don’t comply, you’re picking up your teeth.”

            Bahaha you dick. You think people have to “comply” with you?

            • BM 24.1.1.1.2.1

              Absolutely, if you were here right in front of me, [Come on BM you can do better than this – MS]

              • felix

                Ok tough guy.

              • McFlock

                that’s what you tell your mates at the pub wine bar, anyway…

                • BM

                  Wine bar, LOL, I don’t think there’s been a wine bar in NZ in 20+ years.
                  Anyway, better things to do than drink at the pub.

              • felix

                “Come on BM you can do better than this – MS”

                [citation needed]

              • I happen to know Felix in the flesh and I really like him as a human being and as a man who knows how to stand his ground intellectually like no other on this blog. I don’t know you but playing at being the tough guy on a public blog threatening violence is, as far as I am concerned, the path of the LOOSER.

                So if I where you I’d pull my head in because when push comes to shove (Oh pun! 😆 ) Felix commands a lot of respect here and that means you just upset a lot of people.

                LOOSER.

                • BM

                  It’s loser, you loser.

                • thecard

                  “I don’t know you but playing at being the tough guy on a public blog threatening violence is, as far as I am concerned, the path of the LOOSER.”

                  Banks found guilty of Electoral Fraud

                  • Wow, I’m flattered!!

                    Here is what comes a bit lower in the same comment:

                    24.2.2
                    5 June 2014 at 8:11 pm

                    Travellerev advocates violence against convicted criminals. I didn’t get to read Naki Moran’s response but I’ll wager he was just lashing out like a person with a severely limited understanding of personal responsibility 😈
                    Reply

                    travellerev 24.2.2.1
                    6 June 2014 at 8:53 am

                    ” Actually I advocate state sanctioned violence against the worst offenders. It worked wonders for moral during the French revolution.”

                    Not the same as threatening to beat someones teeth out of his mouth just because you don’t like what he says. Dickhead.

                • felix

                  You’re too kind 😀

              • fender

                Yeah I always suspected BM meant Big Man in your little brain.

                “It’s why I’m not in politics”

                HAHA, there’s more than that preventing you, fuckwit.

    • ianmac 24.2

      Did Mr Key use the immortal words, “Get out of my way. Don’t you know who I am?”

  25. Ennui 25

    The Maori Kings boy escapes conviction because he is “royal” and “Maori”.

    So if it were me? White. Commoner!

    I fekken hate this racist divine right crap.

    • bad12 25.1

      Were you there Ennui, at the court hearing that is, if you were a young man attending University who made a number of stupid errors of judgment and wound up befor the court it is just as likely that you would have been granted the same leniency as occurred here,

      In fact, statistics would suggest that had this particular youth been Pakeha instead of Maori he would not have appeared befor the court at all, instead being offered diversion…

      • Ennui 25.1.1

        Yes, the court and justice system are racially and class biased big time, thats a fact. Here I am giving them shit for the reasons the Prime news reported for the non conviction…royalty and race. Read below.

    • putting yr heavy-breathing to one side..

      ..the stats will show that ‘white/commoner’ has a far better chance of discharge without conviction..

      ..than brown/commoner..

      ..so if u were thinking of using this as a racism-trampoline..

      ..as in ‘po’ white-boy!”..’

      ..you really wd b just full of it..eh..?

      • phillip ure 25.2.1

        and of course the most famous ‘white/commoner’ currently angling for one of them..

        .. is john ‘what helicopter-ride?’ banks..

        ..i wonder how he’ll get on with that promise..?

      • Ennui 25.2.2

        As you commented the other day Phil ” .and we were smoking poisonously strong weed..and i was ripped off my tits..as was my practice. seems your brains fried from the practice.

    • marty mars 25.3

      but bored

      His accomplices to the thefts… were sentenced in the Gisborne District Court last week.

      The trio was ordered to each pay prosecution costs of $400 and were discharged without conviction.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10229216/Maori-Kings-son-avoids-conviction

      were they also ‘royal’?

      It seems like the judge is giving this young man a chance to sort his shit out and it appears that he has strong support to deal with all of the issues a 19 year old has – with a baby coming I really hope he gets the alcohol sorted and doesn’t become another nz statistic of shame – in jail or the grave.

      • Ennui 25.3.1

        Mars, the judge got it 100% right with the young men, that is exactly how it should be dealt with, including the heir to the Maori “throne’. If we are to believe the news media and Tuku on the news that’s not the case with this lad. The excuse was that “if he were convicted he would not be able to ascend the throne” and that “a Maori King has to be purer than pure”…….

        Now maybe I am very Bored but I hate with a passion hereditary title and any claim to it. And the concept that a Maori (or any other) kings purity was something special. The excuse is just lame bollocks. And perhaps I am more than a little jaded with that part of the establishment which fawns and slips into supplication to things Maori in a most PC manner when it suits their ends. I see that as just privileged gits teaming up, just look at the Maori Party and National wiping one another’s arses. You wont see any of them them doing anything for the under-privileged and needy be they white, brown, Martian or what ever. And that is what pissed me off most !

        • marty mars 25.3.1.1

          Fair enough. I only read the comments but they seemed to be designed for a future audience. I went to a seminar the other night about protecting children from abuse – physical, emotional and sexual and it really hit home that night how this digital culture we have really means that nothing is lost and everything will come back and haunt them once it is up on the net. That was where my head was at. I agree with you about helping the under-privileged and needy whatever ethnicity or apparent skin colour.

          • Ennui 25.3.1.1.1

            Thanks, I should have said about the excuse first up, I’d just watched Tuku and wanted to re arrange his visage (metaphorically of course).

        • karol 25.3.1.2

          I had a search for discharge without conviction. The main people awarded such seem to be sportsmen for drink driving offences – because it might ruin their sporting careers by being barred from going to certain countries.

  26. fisiani 26

    Another Roy Morgan shocker for Labour. Stuck in the 20’s

    • bad12 26.1

      Another shocker for Fisiani, stuck like a cracked record parroting that which is of little consequence considering the pollster’s ability to have National 4–5% above the actual vote on the day…

    • Weepu's beard 26.2

      Labour voters are too busy making ends meet to answer the phone. National voters sit by the phone waiting for pollsters to ring. It’s the highlight of their day.

      Seriously though. We know there will be a swing to Labour and away from National on the day. That coupled with a “yes we can” type campaign should see a welcome change of government.

      • fisiani 26.2.1

        Fabulous optimism there sir. National are quaking and know they will lose. The Cunliffe will easily win all the televised debates. The GOTV will easily get out 1,000,000 extra votes. All the signs are showing that JK has just 79 days left. What on earth are you drinking?

        • Weepu's beard 26.2.1.1

          All the signs are showing that JK has just 79 days left.

          I certainly hope so. This country deserves better.

  27. JMG, as usual, is excellent

    Meanwhile, the political scene in the United States is primed for an explosion. One of my regular readers—tip of the archdruid’s hat to Andy Brown—is a research anthropologist who recently spent ten weeks traveling around the United States asking people about their opinions and feelings concerning government. What he found was that, straight across geographical, political, and economic dividing lines, everyone he interviewed described the US government as the corrupt sock puppet of wealthy interests. He noted that he couldn’t recall ever encountering so broad a consensus on any political subject, much less one as explosive as this.

    http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/in-handful-of-dust.html

    I suppose we are still running a few years behind the states – perhaps when they hit the wall we will bang into them because we are following so closely.

    • Colonial Viper 27.1

      The States is beset by massive internal culture wars which the elite have used as a distraction to take attention away from the class war that they have been waging on the 95%.

      But it’s not working any more. And people are pissed off. And many of them have guns. And combat experience in Iraq or Afghanistan.

      Thing in NZ – we have this massive advantage – our culture wars are piddly and although there are a million guns in this country, we hardly ever kill people with them.

  28. dimebag russell 28

    if you saw Keys on the telly tonight you would know that he knows the game is up.
    His government hasn’t really been a government at all.
    Just a rabble sorting through the books to see what they could get their hands on.
    begone foul spirits.

  29. For those who facebook – check out the group ‘barry jenkin saved my life’ – some great bands, tunes and memories, like this one – it seems very apt for the gnats and keyworld

    “This is the happy house, we’re happy here in the happy house
    Oh, it’s such fun, fun, fun
    We’ve come to play in the happy house
    And waste a day in the happy house, it never rains, never rains

    We’ve come to scream in the happy house
    We’re in a dream in the happy house
    We’re all quite sane, sane, sane
    This is the happy house-we’re happy here

    There’s room for you if you say “I do”
    But don’t say no or you’ll have to go
    We’ve done no wrong with our blinkers on
    It’s safe and calm if you sing along, sing along, sing along

    This is the happy house, we’re happy here in the happy house
    To forget ourselves and pretend all’s well
    There is no hell

    I’m looking through your window
    I’m looking through your window”

  30. ianmac 30

    Anyone having trouble loading/sending comments or is just my Firefox?

    • karol 31.1

      You mean after all the cuts in funding to women’s refuges under the watch of Team Key?

    • Weepu's beard 31.2

      Another ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, you mean.

      Where is the commitment to tackling the causes? Why does this government persist in treating symptoms and passing it off as policy?

      • fisiani 31.2.1

        to PREVENT family violence is NOT ambulance Duh!

        • McFlock 31.2.1.1

          cluebat for the local moron:

          when all seven of the bullet-point actions in your link involve “sentencing” or “victims”, it’s not “prevention”.

          If it was genuinely about “prevention” there would be no “victims” and no need for “sentencing”.

  31. Tom Jackson 32

    Oh look. The Herald has another Liu story. What’s the bet that one of their hacks calls for another Labour resignation whilst defending McCully?

  32. Colonial Viper 33

    NZ Herald – John Key edition

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    RedlineBy Admin
    14 hours ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    16 hours ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
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    2 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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