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Open mike 03/08/2013

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148 comments on “Open mike 03/08/2013”

  1. Jenny 1

    John Key goes soft on Terror.

    So suddenly, Soft on Terror John Key can’t bring himself to detain or even name the terrorists, who he says are at large in NZ or in terrorist training camps in Yemen.
    (Something the security services had no problems with in the Ururewa, with even less alleged cause. What was the explanation then? “We have to act before they do, do something.” What did leading police officers say? “The public would never forgive us is something did occur and we had not acted” Blah, blah, blah.).

    If he feels he can’t bring himself to arrest these “terrorists”. There is nothing stopping John Key from acting to name and shame them. It is the very least he could do.

    What is he worried about?

    Is he worried that these “terrorists” might sue him for defamation?

    That in fact they aren’t terrorists at all?

    More likely they are government opponents like TPPA activists and environmentalists acting quite legally within the law to oppose government policies they disagree with.

    If they really are terrorists, (which I doubt). If we all knew who they were. These “terrorists” would be so constrained as to be unable to act or go anywhere without being recognised.

    Probably the worst thing about John Key raising these fear mongering allegations of terrorists being at large in New Zealand without naming them. Is that he is putting many innocent Islamic and Middle Eastern residents and citizens in this country under a cloud of suspicion.

    Come on John Key stop protecting terrorists in our midst. Name Them!

    • Jenny 1.1

      It is a shame that the concern that John Key has for the civil liberties of Terrorists does not extend to the rest of us. The suppression of the right to protest at sea. The plan to allow the collection of Metadata on all New Zealanders exposes a contempt for civil liberties. Contempt for everyone’s civil liberties, except of course for his touching concern for the civil liberties of terrorists.

      • Jenny 1.1.1

        Talking about being soft on terror. David Shearer goes soft on John Key.

        With John Key’s allegations of terrorists in our midst. Here was David Shearer’s chance to skewer John Key but he refused to do it.

        The Labour Leader who could be privy to information on whether John Key is lying or not. Refuses to tell.

        Labour leader David Shearer would not confirm whether he had been briefed about an al-Qaeda presence in New Zealand,…..

        Rebecca Quillam, Claire Trevett NZ Herald

        A simple question. It deserves a simple answer.

        What’s with this David Shearer?

        Why is he protecting John Key’s credibility?

        Depending on what he had, or had not been told in briefings, the number of possible options that David Shearer could give to this question, taking into account security matters, are limited.

        No, I have not been briefed on this matter.

        Yes, I have been briefed on this matter, and can tell the public that the Prime Minister is correct there are terrorists at large in New Zealand.

        Yes, I have been briefed on this matter, and can tell the public that the Prime Minister is wrong in saying that there are terrorists at large in New Zealand.

        David Shearer explained his refusal to answer the question, saying his talks with the security services are in confidence and he would not break that.

        What a dereliction of duty as an opposition MP.

        Shearer’s excuse for not answering the question, is so weak as to be no excuse at all.

        None of the three possible answers breach national security. (Though they might breach National’s security)

        If David Shearer has been briefed by the security services, that there are Al Qaeda operatives at large in New Zealand, he would not be revealing anything that the Prime Minister had not already publicly divulged.

        So why can’t he answer the question?

        The only other possible reason apart from national security is, that David Shearer can’t answer. He is incapable of answering.

        This inability to answer even simple questions under pressure, will prove to be disastrous if David Shearer is ever to go head to head in an election debate with John Key.

        • JK

          Jenny – can you put up the link, or URL, to the comments from David Shearer about ………

          ” John Key’s allegations of terrorists in our midst. Here was David Shearer’s chance to skewer John Key but he refused to do it.
          The Labour Leader who could be privy to information on whether John Key is lying or not. Refuses to tell.
          Labour leader David Shearer would not confirm whether he had been briefed about an al-Qaeda presence in New Zealand,…..”

        • blue leopard

          @ Jenny
          Read the parliamentary debate for Wednesday (I think it was), better yet watch it and you will see why Mr Shearer has responded the way he has in the article you link to.

          He stated with a great deal of passion, (that is often sorely missing from his presentations), that if there really were people doing what Key said there was in NZ, that he considered it downright dangerous and irresponsible for Key to have said so. He considered Key’s actions as creating a threat to security to speak, because if such ‘elements’ exist it is giving them information that they are known by the intelligence agencies and being spied on. He said it was an incredibly ‘dumb’ thing to do.

          It is clear, therefore, the Mr Shearer would play down any opportunity to do the same by confirming such threats.

          I agree with a lot of what you have expressed in your comments above, however, take care to be accurate in your accusations, otherwise your position, which I consider to be expressing valid concerns over the motivation of our politicians, can be seriously weakened/discredited by the ‘elements’ in our society that wish to leave us all in a fearful and unquestioning state so that their interests are met and ours aren’t.

          • Jenny

            He stated with a great deal of passion, (that is often sorely missing from his presentations), that ifthere really were people doing what Key said there was in NZ, that he considered it downright dangerous and irresponsible for Key to have said so. He considered Key’s actions as creating a threat to security to speak, because if such ‘elements’ exist it is giving them information that they are known by the intelligence agencies and being spied on. He said it was an incredibly ‘dumb’ thing to do.

            It is clear, therefore, the Mr Shearer would play down any opportunity to do the same by confirming such threats.

            blue leopard

            So David Shearer gets passionate about the need to hide the secret identities of terrorists alleged to be at large in our country. And he would do much the same as Key and play down confirming their identities with the public.

            Ask yourself, Why?

            It doesn’t surprise me that David Shearer supports John Key and the GCSB keeping the identity of alleged terrorists secret. It also doesn’t surprise me that David Shearer gets passionate about this, whereas he has never revealed passion or even joined up thinking about anything else.

            Pardon me Blue but just as Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson gets passionate about keeping the truth away from the people he claims to be protecting, reveals his contempt for ordinary people. Similarly, so do Shearer and Key.

            They may patronisingly claim that they are the only ones who can handle the truth.

            But the arrogance and contempt they display for the public, the people they are paid to represent is encapsulated in the view ‘that we can’t handle the truth’ and that it best left to them to secretly decide who is a terrorist and who is not.

            Personally I think it should be up to the public and the legal system. Not some secret unacountable bunch of spooks who seem to owe more loyalty to Washington than Wellington.

            Any evidence of terrorism needs to be exposed and rooted out. Not kept hidden.

            Most probably the real truth is that, the epithet of terrorist that they bestow on the people they have been illegally spying on would not stand up to any public scrutiny.
            And that is the truth of why they seek to hide from us, the identities of those they have been spying on.

            John Key and David Shearer may claim that we can’t handle the truth. But from what we have seen, the public could do a darn sight better job of handling the truth than they have shown.

            • blue leopard

              @ Jenny
              I don’t need to ask myself why; I can see the two possibilities for why this information isn’t shared. a. it doesn’t exist b. doing so blows the cover of any surveillance being conducted on such groups.

              And due to the nature of your comments I was under the impression that perhaps you hadn’t heard the more indepth response from Shearer, in which I believe Shearer provided a reasonable explanation for why he wouldn’t discuss such things via the media.

              I agree re legal system needs to decide re terrorists* or not; Do they not?

              *I really don’t consider ‘terrorist’ a useful term at all; it has been well over-used and should have been made obsolete 10 years ago.

              I don’t buy into the whole ‘terrorist’ thing, considering it largely an attempt to keep us all in fear. If there are people out there furious with Western interests, it isn’t surprising; what is more surprising is that there aren’t more of them.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      If he feels he can’t bring himself to arrest these “terrorists”. There is nothing stopping John Key from acting to name and shame them. It is the very least he could do.

      Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty?

      Is he worried that these “terrorists” might sue him for defamation?

      That and the fact that he’d be made to look a fool.

      Is that he is putting many innocent Islamic and Middle Eastern residents and citizens in this country under a cloud of suspicion.

      Divide and conquer – the normal National Party tactic. Pity it works so well.

      • Jenny 1.2.1

        Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty?

        Draco T Bastard

        They are finding these people guilty in secret with no right of response.

        And if they really are terrorists, (which I suspect they are not), they are endangering us all, by hiding them from the public gaze.

        If they had any real evidence that they were terrorists they would charge them. New Zealand’s Suppression of Terrorism law is very wide ranging and comprehensive, with a very low threshold of proof, even allowing “secret evidence” to be produced.

        And by not naming them you admit that they are throwing a cloud of doubt over many innocent people, but you don’t make any point about this, other than it “works so well”. Do you support this or oppose it?

        If you opposed it. You would be calling for the guilty to be named to let the innocent live without being suspects just because of their ethnicity or origin.

  2. Red Rosa 2

    Shearer is the gift to the Nats who just keeps on giving.

    Every time his name is mentioned, Key’s grin just gets wider.

  3. Jenny 3

    Is this a good idea?


    In an age when the icepack is thinning and shrinking due to climate change and opening up large swathes of dark open water where there used to be reflective ice starting a feedback effect. Is it that wise to try and speed up that process, by also physically attacking and breaking up the ice pack as well, exposing even more of the Arctic Ocean’s surface to the feedback effect of dark water over that of reflective ice?

    Surely this is crazy.

    No doubt the dozens of these long lanes of open water pathways cut across the pole, will be widened even further through the actions of storms .

    That this is being done to help the passage of oil tankers seems even more crazy.

    And that’s without even an oil spill. But what if there was an oil spill?

    Would an oil slick stop the ice forming in the first place? And will all that dark oil also attract even more solar heating to the icepack?

    It is like these people are deliberately out to wreck the planet.

    • srylands 3.1

      I would see it more optimistically. Climate change is happening. Attempts to reduce emissions have failed abysmally, which was predictable. We should put more efforts into adapting. Opening up new sea lanes is one of the few positives.

      Luckily NZ is one of the countries set to enjoy some benefits from climate change. Our emissions are tiny. We should do enough cosmetic things to stay sweet with trading partners, and then put our efforts into adapting. The Government has moved in the right direction with the ETS – it is there but it imposes almost no costs on the economy but we can still say to the rest of the world that we are doing something.

      Next step should be more research on impacts on NZ and how we are going to cope. If we can start planning now the costs will be lower. Problem is people are short sighted.

      • red rattler 3.1.1

        Srylands are you going to be the one with the technical fix for humans so they can survive without oxygen?
        You are several hot years behind the endgame. We are headed for extinction, not just in Kiwiland but Earthwise.

        • weka

          rr, I think srylands responding well to McPherson is about as likely as NZ choosing to do something useful about AGW 😉

      • tricledrown 3.1.2

        Srylands its about time you went to specsavers

      • johnm 3.1.3

        Hi Srylands

        Your comment: ‘Luckily NZ is one of the countries set to enjoy some benefits from climate change.’ is completely out of touch with reality! 🙁

        “This is not “climate change”… that phrase is the innocuous little euphemism devised by the M$M to make the deadly threat sound as harmless as possible.
        The name that accurately applies is “climate damage” – as Jeremy Grantham, the British manager of billions in funds has pointed out.
        Remember – “damage” not “change”… this is not a shift in the weather, it’s a vicious disruption in the earth’s climate that is a severe existential threat to civilization as we know it.”

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.4

        Luckily NZ is one of the countries set to enjoy some benefits from climate change.

        Yeah, more drought is such a Good Thing.

        it is there but it imposes almost no costs on the economy

        Except for the few hundred million per year of tax payer dollars that it’s costing us.

        Next step should be more research on impacts on NZ and how we are going to cope.

        Simple, we’re going to cut farming down to the point that we have enough solely to provide for NZers in NZ.

        Problem is people are short sighted.

        Says the person going for short term profits and long term collapse.

        • Jenny

          “Stronger winter winds, heavier rainfall and more droughts, they’re just some of the effects of climate change the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser is predicting by the turn of the next century.

          The report by Sir Peter Gluckman also projects greater acidification of the seas, average temperatures to rise by 2 degrees by 2090 and at least two more droughts a year.

          Now the report doesn’t suggest what should be done to tackle climate change….

          Simon Mercep interviews Sir Peter Gluckman, Morning Report, Radio New Zealand

          Listen to the full audio of the Simon Mercep’s interview with Sir Peter Here

          Peter Gluckman is a public servant. People close to him have told me that he would say a lot more if he could. Specifically; As well as calling for the country to prepare to get ready to adapt to climate change, Gluckman would call for a extreme claw back in emissions.

          Something which his parliamentary masters are deathly opposed to.

          As we all know, both Labour and National are in support of more oil drilling, fracking and coal mining.

          The last thing these political parties would allow, is for their top science adviser to publicly oppose their current policy direction.

          But what Gluckman says on the government website is that New Zealand’s greatest contribution to fighting climate change will be symbolic.

          “New Zealand is a small emitter by world standards – only emitting some 0.2% of global greenhouse gases. So anything we do as a nation will in itself have little impact on the climate – our impact will be symbolic, moral and political.”

          Professor Sir Peter Gluckman http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/climate-change/

          That “symbolic” impact, needs to be something big, something great, something that will grab the world’s attention.

          The most dangerous of all fossil fuels is coal. Worldwide coal contributes the largest percentage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide into the atmosphere NASA scientist and climatologist James Hansen famously said; “If we can’t stop coal it is all over for the climate”.

          As both an example and a warning. New Zealand needs to completely shut down the coal industry. Not in ten years not in 5 years. But Now.

          Our biggest contribution to fighting climate change will be to show the world that a modern industrial country can completely rid itself of coal from its economy and still maintain a decent standard of living.

          Of all the industrialised countries we are already the least reliant on coal. If we can’t do it no one can.

          New Zealand needs to be a test bed to show that with the right political will it can be done.

          We once had a large and thriving asbestos mining and manufacturing industry. We successfully closed it down. We need to do the same for coal.

          We led the world on votes for women. We led the world on anti-nuclear and anti-aparthied.

          We need to lead the world on this.

          Coal Kills. Kill Coal.

    • karol 4.1

      So this is how Armstrong explains the way journalists like him have spent a long time cheerleading Key and his government:

      Thrown together in the rabbit warren which passes for the parliamentary complex – a veritable hothouse fuelled by rampant ego, unrequited ambition, never-ending rumour and constant intrigue – MPs and media nevertheless have to establish a degree of trust for their mutually parasitic relationship to function effectively.

      That trust works on many levels, be it MPs feeling they can talk off-the-record confident they will not be shopped to their superiors, to journalists respecting embargoes, to Cabinet ministers not blocking the release of sensitive documents sought by media under the Official Information Act.

      That trust can take a long time to establish. It can be destroyed in a matter of seconds.

      Gotta laugh at the self-serving delusions.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Helping the Nats play the country like a fiddle, not realising that you’re being played too.

      • wyndham 4.1.2

        Nevertheless Karol, an amazing criticism of the Key Party from John Armstrong, don’t you think? Even to the point of saying that Key is not ‘off the hook’ and has been treating matters less than seriously.

        • JK

          Yeah – I thought so too, Wyndham. When John A gets critical of Key, that is really something !

          • Paul

            But Mike Hosking is still a shill for the government.
            His analysis..it’s Dotcom’s fault. Does he have a brain or a conscience?
            Or just an ego?

            • North

              Hosking is a joke…….a made man of class and elegance and mutton dressed up as lamb. Dork !

            • Saarbo

              Yes, regarding Mike Hosking, in his early days on ZB (could be 15 to 20 years ago), he was having a conversation with Paul Holmes and he high lighted the fact that he didn’t believe in reading widely, he simply didn’t believe in reading. I remember Holmes being disgusted by this admission. For me it explained everything about Hosking, I have never wasted my time listening to him, he is as thick as 2 short planks.

              • tricledrown

                hosking is just a snobby egotistical narcissist.

              • Hami Shearlie

                But so overwhelmingly fastidious with his clothes and coiffure, Saarbo – You’re overlooking the important stuff! LOL

            • muzza

              Hosking is married to Hawksby, whose brother is married to the step-daughter of Graham Hart!

              Hosking is playing a role, alright!

      • Blue 4.1.3

        From Armstrong’s article:

        It goes without saying that journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians and the motives which drive them – and vice versa.

        It’s funny, I’ve never seen a NZ journalist who was at all suspicious of John Key. On the contrary, they tend to ascribe the best possible motives to him and cheerfully gush about what a great bloke and talented politician he is.

        I think Armstrong lives in a fantasy-land of his own making where he is a journalist rather than a shill.

        • Draco T Bastard

          I think Armstrong lives in a fantasy-land of his own making where he is a journalist rather than a shill.

          Planet Key.

    • Paul 4.2

      John Armstrong only concerned about the governement when it affects him personally.

      • North 4.2.1

        We can tick them off on our fingers……..the Fart Estate.

        Caught only a bit of it on TV3 News last night but got the sense that even Potty@Gower had the teeth out. The hands were pretty animated too which doesn’t look good for the emperor sans vetements.

        Any impressions from those who watched the whole thing ?

      • marty mars 4.2.2

        He sounds frightened in that article

        to always leave just the tiniest question lurking at the back of everyone’s mind as to who else might be listening, reading or watching.

        There must be a few in the press gallery sweating on this I think

    • Draco T Bastard 4.3

      It goes without saying that journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians and the motives which drive them

      Says the John Key apologist and National Party spin-meister.

      His reward from Key for making a more than reasonable fist of a job he never wanted…

      Fist? Doesn’t he mean fuckup?

      A head had to roll. The resignation of Geoff Thorn, the general manager of the Parliamentary Service, was deemed necessary to restore confidence in an administrative body which had long ago relinquished any confidence that both journalists and MPs might have placed in it.

      More of the Blame Labour meme. After all, it couldn’t possibly be 5 years of National’s corruption and posting of their mates that could have caused the degradation of the public service.

  4. muzza 5

    How Reuters and AP control global, news/fears on the lates global terror warning

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/02/us-usa-embassies-idUSBRE9710V320130802 – Reuters

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10907672 – AP

    http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/us-issues-global-travel-alert-cites-al-qaeda-threat-5525775 – Reuters

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100935417 – AP

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/10219346/US-issues-global-travel-alert-amid-al-Qaeda-terror-fears.html – Chris Irvive – But AP quoted

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/02/us-issues-global-travel-alert-over-al-qaida-threat/2611999/ – Natalie DiBlasio – But an AP quoted

    Just a quick search revels the reach, which extends around the globe via Reuters/AP releases, who now control the narratives globally. Links above simply a brief selection, but the same was seen in OZ, Japan, Canadian press et al!

    • muzza 5.1

      But wait on, what’s all this about, rebels with Imperialist supplied weapons preceding a dog whistle about AQ, regionally linked terror warnings !!! – Oh, I see how this works, and the more it happens, the greater the numbers who also see through this charade of BS!

      CIA to arm, train Syrian rebels;

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/25/us-syria-crisis-usa-idUSBRE96O1H020130725 – Reuters

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10893712 – Daily Telegraph UK


      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/15/cia-will-lead-us-effort-to-arm-train-syrian-rebel-forces-fox-confirms/ – AP

      Did key have a heads up about this latest, warning, which lead to his comments about AQ less than 48 hours ago?

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Ahhhh very good question.

      • bad12 5.1.2

        It’s taken the mainstream a while to catch up then, i remember a few bitter little exchanges which took place in the pages of the Standard where some of us pointed out that US armed and funded ”rebels” were being poured into the Syrian conflict from surrounding Gulf states…

    • Of course you are correct – it is ‘good’ to see the machine in action if only to reconfirm the truth of their manipulation and creation of global narratives – thanks muzza.

      • muzza 5.2.1

        Hey Marty,

        While I appreciate that giving it oxygen repeatedly might not be seen as the best approach, it can cause some folk to shrink away and take a defeatist attitude, while others simply shrug it off, as if there is is nothing they can do, and get on with, getting on. Both of these are understandable response mechanisms, but it’s another response which I am hoping will eventuate..

        Myself, I feel its best to keep such blatant activity front and center an often as required to reach as many people as is possible, based on my, still alive optimism in the human condition of “survival”, which will eventually lead to people rising up (peacefully but forcefully), and making it very clear, they will not tolerate the way the world/NZ is being run, we will not tolerate it, and will take back what has been stolen, from all of us!

        That’s the primary reason I post the style of content that I regularly do!

        Have a good one!

    • Populuxe1 5.3

      Goodness me, you mean when the US issues a worldwide terror alert it isn’t world news – or are you really that daft and parochial?

  5. tc 6

    Unrelared techy question. How do you stop mobile devices like my android pad from using the mobile theme as its painful and crashes chrome and samsungs built in browser.

  6. muzza 7

    {Not sure this one requires my opinion]

  7. Rosetinted 8

    I had a wonder this morning – what if a whole lot of once-Labour supporters pulled away at the next election and voted for Winston Peters to get someone who is as centre as present Labour and is a a better and more forceful speaker. Whether Labour won or lost wouldn’t matter, as the end would be the same as they would go into coalition. And it would be an option for those who don’t feel drawn to the Greens.

    Labour is so damned complacent at the top with a reliable bunch of supporters who at present won’t go anywhere else. But Winston is better than what they have now, and No Worse despite any convolutions he may have been involved in. We’ll get as many from Labour elite.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      I had a wonder this morning – what if a whole lot of once-Labour supporters pulled away at the next election and voted for Winston Peters

      Analysis of booth by booth data show that is precisely what many thousands of (usually) Labour voters did in 2011. Those voters thought it through and did not want to see Winston coming in just under 5% again. Hopefully next time around he will have a more solid, less dick head party list behind him.

      • weka 8.1.1

        Labour voters supporting formation of a NACT govt. It’s a bloody weird world we live in.

        • Colonial Viper

          I think the more politically savvy are starting to use MMP in interesting ways. Wait until the threshold gets lowered to 2.5% or 3%. That’s when things are going to get bloody weird 🙂

          • weka

            How so? People that would otherwise vote Labour, but see NZF potentially dropping below 5%, who then vote NZF to keep them above the 5%, because they want NZF to keep Labour inline, but knowing that NZF might form govt with NACT. Bit of a crap shoot isn’t it?

            • Rosetinted

              Don’t like playing with crap weka. But often get that feeling of mixing with the real stuff when reading politicians guff. So if I’m to be covered in it when they follow their preferred routes mixing them up and giving them a scare would be no worse. Getting an agreement from Winston to go to Labour would be necessary. He would consider it because he is politically centrist, doesn’t have to go to NACT.

              • weka

                “Getting an agreement from Winston to go to Labour would be necessary”

                Rt, Peters has categorically stated at every election that he won’t say before the election who he will go with. It’s his special thing. Why would he change now?

            • Colonial Viper

              Brand new players in the political party eco-system (or perhaps ressurection of old ones like the Alliance or Democrats for Social Credit).

              When MMP was first introduced some detractors said that voters would be confused if there were more than two or three parties to vote on. In fact, its now been proven that NZers cope very well with the situation.

              • weka

                Not sure about the CV. Some do, others don’t. I still hear people confused about how their list vote affects things compared to their electorate vote.

                • Rosetinted

                  Someone’s saying – Don’t get lost in the shuffle, shuffle along with the lost. It has to be accepted that a good percentage of people never understand what systems drive the parameters of their lives, and that there are alternatives. A small percentage have little idea at all, just feelings that something’s wrong somewhere and the loudest voice saying the most negative things about some recognisable, and unpopular people is what penetrates their minds.

                  Some vote for National, some for Labour, some dither about who to vote for – of those some genuinely apply their minds to trying to understand what’s best, and some just can’t get their heads around it all and make a snap decision based on their last snap decision, some freeze and stare into the headlights. Some just get on with things as everyday life is something they feel they have agency over, and if they haven’t then they are fully occupied in coping with the consequences.

                  I think that is a masterful summation of the mind of the population if I may say so, and I do!

          • bad12

            Definitely, i would not have described myself as a floating voter until last election, but now that is exactly what i am,

            Mana is the party of interest to me for the 2014 election whereas last time seeing that a very weak Opposition was the likely result of a Parliament without NZFirst, and to a certain extent wanting to give the ‘govern alone’ and ‘a vote for NZFirst is wasted’ crowd a fright, i spent my energy promoting the fact that NZFirst would be in the Parliament after that election,

            Lolz, i think the choice of NZFirst’s List was carefully thought through, by Winston alone or Winston with help, with Brendon Who gone there’s little chance of a leadership coup happening within that Party this side of a government funded walking frame,

            Mana tho has fired my imagination to a certain extent via a couple of simple policy’s which in effect would have in my opinion a relatively large positive effect upon society,

            Of course the ‘numbers’ surrounding Mana’s chances are of definite interest to a floating voter, 1940 votes will get Annette Sykes into the Parliament and Te Ururoa Flavell out should She stand in 2014,

            A few thousand party votes will add a list MP to Mana’s Parliamentary MP’s which isn’t a bad prospect for a floating voter like me,

            Lolz, i like the idea of the the party vote needed to gain MP’s being lowered, the lower that needed party vote is in my opinion translates to a more democratic Parliament from a wider cross section of New Zealand society…

            • idlegus

              yes, i have been a floating voter, but always left parties (labour, greens, alliance, mana & the maori party once when i thought they were left before they joined national & others), but last election i gave my vote to mana & i probably will again next election. they have some great policies, i was drawn to the one that encourages community work as a good way to connect with your community, work for the young unemployed, its just so simple. i was genuinely shocked when i saw the results & only 62 ppl in my electorate voted mana, im right in the middle of south dunedin & i know for a fact there would be more support than that here, so for the next election im going to get way more involved & encourage ppl round here to vote.

              also, a bunch of us have some other ideas, trying to get an guerilla ad campaign down here, got an idea along fo the lines of ‘want to give john key the fingers? then vote!’ kinda thing. but one thing to say about all these govt f*k ups, its certainly waking a few ppl up on the importance of voting (going by social media & the like)

              • bad12

                Yes even in Wellington Mana only has a small ‘presence’, only having one small branch in the City, the Green Party is where the more ‘radical’ in Wellington have gathered,

                My view is that Mana only needing those few thousand votes to gain an MP off of it’s list is also to a certain extent good news for Labour and the Green party as gaining those votes is likely to come from the continuing disembowelment of the Maori Party as their reward for having supported National in two terms of Government,

                Yes leafleting with a message that is starkly different than the normal ‘stuffed shirt party line’ is an excellent means of attempting to ‘switch on’ those who might not otherwise vote,

                Having been engaged in ‘guerilla politics’ befor there is sure as hell a lot of joy in operating outside of the ‘square’ and half a dozen people can cover an electorates letter boxes in a day with a simple message using cheap second hand photocopiers as the printing medium,

                Lolz, i even become quite adept at pulling those machines apart and putting them back together with no previous experience in that field whatsoever,

                If you are going to get your crew together and leaflet whole electorates a good tip is to study the map and use your vehicle to take the crew to the top of all the hills so that they are always walking downhill and never trudging up them,

                Makes the job that much easier and a lot quicker…

      • Chooky 8.1.2

        +1 Colonial Viper… I suspect many voted for Winston last time strategically…because they saw him as possibly winning the election for the Left or Labour in coalition….however ….Winstons MPs are a liability….once people woke up as to who they were and what they stood for ….it could be a reason many may not vote for him again

        • Colonial Viper

          he’ll get access to much better candidates this time around, as a sitting party in Parliament. Well, one hopes.

          • Jackal

            In some respects he couldn’t do much worse if he tried.

            • Chooky

              @ Jackel….agreed…They are shockers ….Lets hope he does better.next time ..ie turfs them for some Greenies ( ha ha)…Can you imagine Winston as a Greenie?!

              • Rosetinted

                Are all the NACT and Labour MPs good ones? What about just the ones at the top of both larger parties? Don’t rate Winston’s against an exemplar standard, cf them to the sitting ducks now in gubmint. Or the carnival heads with big open mouths that have been used as pictures on TS to illustrate Pura Banefit items.

      • Chooky 8.1.3

        @ Colonial Viper …..still doesn account for the approx 800,000 who didnt vote at all for Labour

    • weka 8.2

      “Whether Labour won or lost wouldn’t matter, as the end would be the same as they would go into coalition”


      Peters already gets disaffected Labour voters everytime NZF bounces at election time. And he is likely to go with NACT. How will that help?

      I’d like to know how you see NZF and the GP working in coalition together.

      • Rosetinted 8.2.1

        What’s the GP? Winston could be wooed to the remnants of Labour if he was offered the Prime Minister position. It goes against everything that I have once considered, but what is happening now does also. So going along with what has been done in the past is not the only way – keeping on keeping on over the cliff. Time to consider changing paths. At least scare the smug and self-serving Labour types, by looking at other options.

        • weka

          Green Party.

          Peters ain’t going to live forever, and there is no way in hell that the left would support him as PM. There is a good reason why NZF sits around the 5% mark – Peters betrayed his leftwing voters in the election where he lead them to believe he would go with Labour and then he went with National. Don’t think he ever got those voters back. He can’t be trusted by people on the left.

          • Rosetinted

            All the present leaders are unreliable. Don’t pick on Winston. Make it worth his while to join Labour and shake off all the incumbents sitting on the sheep’s back, or now the dairy one. Mooove them.

            • weka

              If you can’t understand the specific traits that make Peters unreliable compared to other politicians, then you will fail to understand why your suggestion doesn’t really make sense.

              You could list examples where Shearer, Norman and Turei have each betrayed their core voters.

              • bad12

                A list of where Turei and Norman have betrayed their core voters, yes please, please produce said list of betrayals…

            • Draco T Bastard

              Really, you’re better off voting Mana or Greens.

          • Chooky

            @ Weka …I thought that for long time too..(.ie I was duped by Winston because i thought my vote for him was to the left of the Labour Party and against State Asset sales etc)…when he went into coalition with National after the first MMP election I was gutted.

            ….But if you watched the Helen Clark documentary you would realise he didnt go choose Labour to go into coalition with because New Labour under Jim Anderton refused coalition…. and NZ Labour Party didnt have the numbers for leadership….

            Also Winston brought down that first MMP coalition with National by refusing to go along with more asset sales…..so the Nats hate him even more than certain Lefties like yourself.

            He is a brilliant debater and thorn in the side of National….go on admit it!

            • weka

              To be honest, I think politics in NZ will improve when Peters is off the scene (only a matter of time).

              “….But if you watched the Helen Clark documentary you would realise he didnt go choose Labour to go into coalition with because New Labour under Jim Anderton refused coalition…. and NZ Labour Party didnt have the numbers for leadership….”

              Someone with a better political memory than me can correct this, but afaik, Peters wanted power and so chose the deal that suited him best. He could have supported a leftwing govt, but didn’t get the baubles he thought he deserved, so he went right.

              • yeshe

                That’s not what the doco explained for the first time … Labour could not get the numbers to rule when Jim Anderton refused coalition. Peters then went to National. WP always said he would go where the numbers were to create a secure government. IMHO, he only did what he said he would do, though I hated it at the time.

                Also, worth noting Peters’ comments about Helen Clark in Part 2 this week … he openly admitted his admiration of her ethics and abilities and how easy it was to do his work at Foreign Minister. He grew to trust her 100% it seems. Oh, those were the days when we really had a PM !!

                • weka

                  “Labour could not get the numbers to rule when Jim Anderton refused coalition. Peters then went to National.”

                  Would like to see others back up that perspective before I take it as truth.

                  • yeshe

                    weka — I understand that — you could try going to TV3 on demand and watching Part 1 .. and I would think the programme’s producer and/or director would have other footage … most certainly it was presented clearly and as fact in an otherwise careful programme.

                    Actually, both parts are worth viewing .. but here is link Part 1 for you ..


                    And I seem to remember ( but not 100% on this) that Jim Anderton said elsewhere in the doco that he had refused to go into coalition …

                    • weka

                      Don’t have the data to watch that, but even if I did, I’d still want to hear some other credible opinions. You seem to be saying that Peters had no choice. I’m saying he did, and he chose for his own political expediency and this betrayed many of his voters.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Peters is similar, but not the same man today. He has a legacy to think about, and unlike Dunne, that is a thing which actually means something to Peters.

                    • yeshe

                      weka .. maybe write to jim anderton ?

                    • yeshe

                      weka .. it is covered in the first four minutes of pt 2 if you have that much data … it is very clearly stated .. and not in ref to winston, but to anderton.

                    • weka

                      “And I seem to remember ( but not 100% on this) that Jim Anderton said elsewhere in the doco that he had refused to go into coalition …”

                      The bit you refered me to (first 4 mins of part two) says almost in passing that Anderton had refused to go into coalition in the 1996 election. It’s not Anderton saying that, and I’d still like to see some back up for it from another (credible) source that says that it wasn’t down to Peters.

                    • weka

                      In the 1996 elections, the Alliance gained 10% of the vote. Under the new electoral system, this secured the party thirteen MPs. New Zealand First, however, had obtained seventeen MPs, and held the balance of power between Labour and National. Eventually, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters opted to form a coalition with National, leaving both Labour and the Alliance in opposition.

                      The Labour Party, now led by Helen Clark, had moved away from the policies of Roger Douglas – both Douglas and his strongest supporter, Richard Prebble, had left Labour to found the ACT party, and Clark’s more traditional faction had taken over. This allowed a gradual reconciliation between Labour and the Alliance, a process assisted by the impression that lack of cooperation had cost both parties support. Eventually, this led to an agreement between the two parties, with both sides agreeing to cooperate in forming a government should election results allow it.


                    • Colonial Viper

                      But with Anderton, McCarten, Harre et al in the mix, of course it was going to blow into smithereens unnecessarily. As a nation we are much worse off that they didn’t choose to hold the Alliance ship together.

                    • weka

                      “of course it was going to blow into smithereens unnecessarily.”

                      ‘it’ being what? Didn’t the Alliance split happened later after the GP had left.

          • Rosetinted

            Thanks weka my brain couldn’t think of that simple thing – GP Green Party. I was thinking of the USA GOP and couldn’t get past that somehow. I guess they always get called greens for short and I’m not used to GP. Still WGOUH?

  8. weka 9

    Bomber upgrades the Labour Party Coup Watch

    My gut tells me it is left wing because i just don’t think Matthew Hooten, Cameron Slater or David Farrar would know who Billy Brag was. Textor-Crosby maybe, but not our local Death Star residents.

    For the first time in NZ Political history, someone has launched the first social media coup attempt of a Political Party.


    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Fonterra said it first identified a potential quality issue in March, when a product tested positive for Clostridium. There were hundreds of different strains of Clostridium, most of which were harmless.

      “Product samples were put through intensive testing over the following months.

      This is very odd. 4-5 months to get to this result after first noting there may be a problem?

      • weka 10.1.1

        See my comment below. I think the risk was judged relatively low, otherwise they would have been going hard out with the recall.

        • Colonial Viper

          Ahhh I see. Journalists these days simply don’t have enough time and contacts to write a thorough article. Ideally, a food microbiologist from a university etc would also have been asked for a view.

      • Rosetinted 10.1.2

        Botulism is an unpleasant word to hear in the same sentence as dairy and Fonterra. Leaping into fast action would be the best action – red alert straight away. Four months is too long and could lead to concerns about carelessness especially when the stuff has been exported and has to be traced.

        There was something on Radionz the other day about laxness in our bio security and a list of the things that have slipped through. These business-maximisation, regulation-cutting, cost-saving, less-government bozos are ruining our countries natural resources and advantages, one of which is isolation from diseases and organisms.

        The palm kernel remainder that is being imported was mentioned as an important one. The drive to profit from dairy, which may not even be a credit in the nation’s accounts if it is owned by overseas entities, has over-ridden our long, big selling point of natural pastures. Our butter quality has been queried because its yellowness was thought to have been caused by dye, but no. I think it is a result of the type of cow breed, but also I think more vitamins from the green fresh feed. Which is now sullied by this environment destroying palm-feed industry.

        The rabbit calci virus was imported illegally and spread at the wrong time so that immunity was able to build.

        • weka

          Botulism is an unpleasant word to hear in the same sentence as dairy and Fonterra. Leaping into fast action would be the best action – red alert straight away. Four months is too long and could lead to concerns about carelessness especially when the stuff has been exported and has to be traced.

          Only if you don’t know what botulism is. Did you read my comment below?

          When the bacteria are under stress, they develop spores, which are inert. Their natural habitats are in the soil, in the silt that comprises the bottom sediment of streams, lakes and coastal waters and in the ocean, while some types are natural inhabitants of mammalian (e.g., human, cattle, horses) intestinal tracts, and are present in their excreta. The spores can survive in their inert form for many years.[6]

          Toxin is produced by the bacteria when environmental conditions are favourable for the spores to replicate and grow,….

          The spores require warm temperatures, a protein source and an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment and moisture in order to become active and produce toxin.


          Fonterra are talking about whey powder as far as I can tell. So, no moisture and no anaerobic conditions until the whey powder gets made into something else. If we’re talking about infant formula and sports drinks that you make up at home, then I’m guessing that the risk comes from those foods once in liquid form being stored at warm room temperature for a period of time.

          Someone who knows more microbiology than me can comment, but I’d guess that it needs more than a day or so for the spores to become active and toxic. So yes, there is a risk to people who are making up the whey powder and not taking good care of that food (eg drinking it straight away or keeping it in the fridge), but it’s low.

          There is also the issue of how long it takes for the powder to get to other companies to be processed into a product that then goes through the supply lines to supermarkets etc.

          I am guessing here a lot, but it looks like Fonterra assessed the risk as pretty low, hence the length of time. Infants would be most at risk from botulism, so it’s extremely unlikely that Fonterra would not be rushing things if the risk was in any way serious. Had the bacteria been in liquid milk I’m guessing they would have moved fast.

          Is Nick our resident biologist?

          • Rosetinted

            I repeat “Botulism is an unpleasant word to hear in the same sentence as dairy and Fonterra.”

            That is a fact, and the buying public, the consumers and their suppliers, won’t like it and the connection with Fonterra’s name will not be good. Surely you can understand that. No amount of scientific or knowledgable information can stop negative bells ringing in consumer’s heads.

            • weka

              Here’s what you said

              Botulism is an unpleasant word to hear in the same sentence as dairy and Fonterra. Leaping into fast action would be the best action – red alert straight away. Four months is too long and could lead to concerns about carelessness especially when the stuff has been exported and has to be traced.

              Are you suggesting that Fonterra should have leaped into action fastly, because the public are ignorant? Wouldn’t it be better to follow proper proceedure, and to educate people about what the problems are instead of pretending they are much worse?

              The media could quite easily have informed the public about the actual risks (as opposed to perception of risk).

              • Rosetinted

                You haven’t put your mind to the realities of marketing and consumer reaction.

        • srylands

          “The drive to profit from dairy, which may not even be a credit in the nation’s accounts”


          • Colonial Viper

            What’s lol about it?

            The dairy money comes into NZ, and the farm mortgage payments flow straight back out to Australia.

            Grow a brain will ya.

        • Molly

          The PKE/biosecurity issue was also highlighted for me in the June 25th issue of Straight Furrow.
          Front page article “PKE discovery as ‘low’ biosecurity risk claim”.

          Reading past the convoluted headline we find:
          An entire shipment of PKE (Palm Kernel Expeller) should have been recalled after a limb of an exotic animal was found in it, Federated Farmers seed and grain vice-chairman, Dave Clark says.

          The cloven limb, believed to be that of a deer or goat, was spotted on May 12 by a dairy farmer, who immediately contacted biosecurity officials.

          Mr Clark said it had taken the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) until June 17 to confirm the limb was of exotic origin.

          “There should have been an immediate recall of all of that shipment of PKE, but the MPI decided to get it tested… Now that is negligence” the Canterbury farmer said….”

          Article follows on with likely number of dairy farms affected (100) and with the current (and full of holes) procedure for importing PKE.

          Didn’t hear this on any news items or mainstream media over the following weeks, but since I don’t read the print Herald much anymore and avoid the television news, more than likely I missed it. But does make me wonder about the ability of biosecurity to deal with actual potential breaches, rather than the normal standard operating practices.

          • Colonial Viper

            It was also reported on National Radio.

          • Rosetinted

            I think that it was found to be part of a sheep. If so that doesn’t mean that Palm Kernel Extract PKE or whatever the acronym stands for is something that isn’t extremely hazardous. Even worse than falling from the jungle jim at school. Strange how some hazards are to dangerous to contemplate an injury, yet when it’s our national commerce at stake – well for a betting man it’s one in five or something. The casino culture of the RWNJs.

            Samples of recent to months old news. on Radionz.

            Ship crawling with exotic beetles seized – New Zealand biosecurity officials have discovered an infestation of plague soldier beetles on a vessel arriving at Port Wellington from Australia this week.
            Updated at 6:03 am on 24 November 2012
            and more recently
            Signs of resistance to varroa bee mite treatments – assoc
            The National Beekeepers Association says the battle against the varroa mite may cost almost $1 billion over the next three decades.
            Labour calls for new thinking on palm kernel
            The Labour Party says there is now clear evidence that the palm kernel expeller supply chain is broken and that foreign organisms are making it to New Zealand.

    • weka 10.2


      Fonterra said it first identified a potential quality issue in March, when a product tested positive for Clostridium. There were hundreds of different strains of Clostridium, most of which were harmless.

      “Product samples were put through intensive testing over the following months. On Wednesday 31 July 2013, tests indicated the potential presence of a strain of Clostridium (Clostridium botulinum) in a sample, which can cause botulism.”

      “We are doing everything we can to assist our customers in ensuring any product containing this ingredient is removed from the marketplace and that the public is made aware,” Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said.

      “Our focus is to get information out about potentially affected product as fast as possible so that it can be taken off supermarket shelves and, where it has already been purchased, can be returned.”

      Working fast? Seriously? It took them over four months to test the bacteria strains.

      I”m guessing the risk is relatively low. I think Clostridium botulinum spores are not uncommon, but you need specific conditions for them to grow into something that harms humans (anaerobic conditions and warmth I think). Would it have been too much to ask Stuff to report on that rather than just regurgitating Fonterra’s press release?

      • bad12 10.2.1

        Ah that explains why the local supermarket is selling a certain brand of Yoghurt 12 at a time for the price of 6,

        i should flush the lot down the drain but think i might save it for a while to see where this story develops to so i can take it back to said supermarket and throw it all in the Managers face…

        • Rosetinted

          That would be bad12 – why not do it to the checkout operator? But both are not responsible.
          Save your ire for the right person. Yoghurt is good, pie in the face is bad.

  9. aerobubble 11

    So just after the govt backs down on using animals
    to test recreational drugs, and backs off
    recreational limits on snapper, we will have an election.

  10. yeshe 12

    So it can be done … Angela Merkel cancels spying pact with US with power of Germany’s privacy laws …


    Thought .. is the new GCSB bill in breach of our privacy laws in any way ?

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      It’s amazing how an upcoming election concentrates politicans’ minds.

    • weka 12.2

      “Thought .. is the new GCSB bill in breach of our privacy laws in any way ?”

      Unlikely. Privacy doesn’t apply when the state grants law enforcement certain rights. That’s why the police can search your bank or phone records, under certain circumstances. The new GCSB law gives spies more circumstances in which it’s acceptable to access information. At least that’s how I understand it.

      • Colonial Viper 12.2.1

        That’s why the police can search your bank or phone records, under certain circumstances

        That’s the key. It’s a vital protection from sliding into a police/surveillance state.

  11. http://whoar.co.nz/2013/the-nation-a-review-you-cant-have-it-both-ways/


    “….and what came from that..

    ..is that either peter dunne or the inquiry-head henry are lying..

    ..both of them cannot be telling the truth..

    (ed:..and to be honest..tho’ having a high level of contempt for the man..the facts seem to favour dunne as the truth-teller on this particular aspect of this clusterfuck..)..”

    phillip ure..

  12. Rosetinted 14

    Hadn’t heard much about Helen Clark’s lectures.
    Neslon Mail report –
    The pulling power of former prime minister Helen Clark is so strong a 700-seat venue in Nelson has been booked out within a day.
    It is the second time the full-up sign has gone up, first at the Nelson School of Music and now at the Rutherford hotel conference centre…

    Miss Clark is to give the Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture on August 21. The Cawthron Institute Trust Board booked the Nelson School of Music, which can seat 380. However, within 24 hours of a Nelson Mail story about the free lecture it was oversubscribed by 200…

    Nelsonians will also be able to join Miss Clark for a brunch the next day, to hear how the UN Development Programme is making a difference to people’s lives and support the charity “In the Business of Hope”.
    The charity was formed by Nelson business people and is raising funds for simple mechanisation for the people of Polesgo in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world. Visit http://www.inthebusinessofhope.org

    The brunch will be held at Trailways, Trafalgar St, from 9 to 10.30am, on Thursday, August 22. Tickets cost $60 + GST with $40 going direct to the charity, contact commerce.org.nz or phone 5481363 or email support@commerce.org.nz

    Looked on google and can’t find anything about this charity In the Business of Hope.

    • Molly 14.1

      Purely NZ charity(?), set up last year by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce after Helen Clark’s last speech in 2012.

      Their website is here.

      Looks pretty ad-hoc at the moment, one small project. Can’t find the name registered at the Companies Office, Charities Register or Incorporated Societies in NZ.

      • Rosetinted 14.1.1

        Thanks Molly. Thanks for the link. I am curious about charities, like to know about them. If they sound religious inspired, whose? Business inspired who? Why? I think Tindall and Sustainable Business are going in right direction. But good helpful development and charity to the people is not always what is the end result. So I just wondered.

        I like this piece from the Nelson Tasman CofC –
        Throughout the world many families and communities struggle to make ends meet. One such village is Polesgo, in Burina Faso, ranked 191st place out of 197 countries with over 82% of the population living in poverty. Simple mechanisation will transform their lives, freeing up hours of manual labour for education and other economic opportunities.

        Love that bit of fluff, freeing up hours of manual labour for education and other economic opportunities. Might as well sing together “Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down”.
        Just sounds like snake oil to me. Basic education yes, economic opportunities good, but don’t give up the manual labour folks. And keep your vegetable beds and cows and goats that are your basic providers.

        NZ doing development work in the Pacific, has often had money coming from the country but the materials being bought from us, so nicely balanced so that we did all right. Which was a bit self-interested and may not have resulted in the most useful, suitable assistance.

    • Chooky 14.2

      Re Helen Clark popularity now.
      ….. Remember the “Helengrad”, “Nanny State” and “Time for a Change ” slogans and campaigning ….directed against Helen Clark, as well as the Exclusive Brethren stalking……and the even nastier misogynist ,sexist innuendos……

      I always thought Labour did not value their best asset enough….There was a concerted and disgraceful attempt by the right wing ( and even some notable left wing journalists) to down Helen Clark .

      …well they got their wish….and look what we have now

      …on the positive side …if we had David Cunliffe as leader there is obviously an electorate out there wanting a good left leader of the Labour Party

  13. gobsmacked 15

    TVNZ are releasing their poll results tomorrow, but in a new way.

    The “preferred PM” results will be on Q & A in the morning. Usually they are part of the 6 pm bulletin.

    Presumably they’re doing this to pep up Q & A. which makes you wonder if the results are … interesting.

  14. jaymam 16

    John Key’s artwork needs many captions:

    How many finger joints does he have?

  15. Tigger 17

    Who’s tiny hand is that?

    Clearly he thinks gummint should be small. Problem is it also looks deformed.

  16. jaymam 18

    Does anyone know about the economics of cement production in NZ? How come they can make cement cheaper overseas? Is it perhaps because of a carbon tax that is not payable overseas? (Cement manufacture is one of the largest commercial emitters of CO2).


    Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd will spend more than NZD 100M over the next three years constructing an import terminal and related infrastructure that will allow it to import and distribute bulk cement for supply to the New Zealand market.

    Once operational, cement imported through the new terminal will replace local production at the company’s Westport cement plant. Holcim New Zealand has signaled for some years that the Westport plant was not sustainable long term. The decision also means that the proposal for a new cement plant at Weston, near Oamaru, is on hold for the foreseeable future …

    • NickS 18.1

      Cement requires cheap raw materials (clay + limestone) + cheap power (and often coal) to bake (dehydration + chemically alters) and grind the cement feedstocks, and lax pollution regs also help as cement production is pretty environmentally dirty.

      So given the costs of power here in NZ + lack of cheap coal (most of the stuff here is high grade), plus decent pollution regulations and the RMA act, it’s quite possible Holcim thinks it can increase it’s margins significantly by importing from overseas. Though with longterm projections on the costs of marine diesel not looking good, this may come to bite them on the arse, even if they’re importing it from Australia, or more likely China.

      It also doesn’t help that the Westport facility is pretty damn old and sited at one of the more “interesting” harbours in NZ to get into for large ships.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.2

      Is it perhaps because of a carbon tax that is not payable overseas?

      There’s so many variables that it’s hard to say. That may be one of those variables, another will probably be lower wages and then there’s probably less environmental protection as well. Wouldn’t be surprised if worse working conditions also contributed – keeping the workers safe costs money.

  17. Foreign Waka 19

    I have been asked on a number of occasion’s over the years whether I know why the fascists were able to come to power in Europe as it all was so obvious what is happening (being of European descent seems to provoke this question). By what I see on the news I don’t belief that any thinking person needs to ask me anymore.

    • weka 19.1

      Comment of the month.

    • joe90 19.2

      Same as it ever was:

      A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government, and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. Aboard ship a prominent executive of one of America’s largest financial corporations told me point-blank that if the progressive trend of the Roosevelt administration continued, he would be ready to take definite action to bring Fascism to America.

      William E. Dodd.



      • Draco T Bastard 19.2.1

        I find it amazing that people don’t realize that the people at the top don’t like democracy and will do pretty much anything to stop it. The first that they did to prevent it was to put in place representative democracy.

  18. Pascal's bookie 20

    And now this:

    “Herald on Sunday ‏@HeraldonSunday 11m
    First Jon Stephenson, then Andrea Vance. Now, we reveal a third journalist who has had an entire dossier of text messages seized by police.”

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Fuck. The rot has really set in. On the Fourth Estate’s watch. Looks like they are finally standing up.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    23 hours ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    24 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    1 day ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 day ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    2 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    3 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    3 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    5 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    7 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    7 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
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