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Open mike 03/11/2012

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99 comments on “Open mike 03/11/2012”

  1. Logie97 1

    Oh dear PM. There is many a slip twixt cup and lip.
    Wondered how long it would take to be in the British media …

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4624295/Becks-is-as-thick-as-batst-according-to-NZ-Prime-Minister.html

    Instead of commenting on the poor lack of judgement by the PM, the Herald would appear to be making a lame excuse for him …

    “Mr Key would not be the first person to question Beckham’s intelligence. One of his celebrated quotes is: “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10844806

    • karol 1.1

      Busy day yesterday from the Shonkey one insulting many people:
       

      Prime Minister John Key had insulted the thousands of New Zealanders who had lost their jobs in manufacturing through comments he made in Dunedin this week, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said yesterday.

      Ms Curran was particularly incensed by Mr Key visiting Dunedin’s Farra Engineering and declaring there was “no crisis in manufacturing”.

      That had become a catch phrase of the Government, she said. …

      It was lucky Mr Key stopped his visit in Dunedin and did not travel further south where the future of meatworks and the Tiwai aluminium smelter were at the forefront of people’s minds, Ms Curran said.

      “He’s got front, I will give him that. Turning up in Dunedin and telling us there is no crisis in manufacturing takes some front.”

       
       
       

      • tc 1.1.1

        Ms curran only has herself and colleagues to blame as Shonkey will be cock a hoop the latest polls show the placement of DS as leader is working a treat.

        Key will keep doing this as there appears no alternative to him and his backers so bravo Clare.

        • OneTrack 1.1.1.1

          Not to forget, what would the Greens do with Tiwai Point. That’s right, they would close it down before lunch-time. It will probably be part of the coalition agreement with Labour. No wonder Rio Tinto want to sell.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            Don’t worry mate, Rio Tinto will close it down first.

          • weka 1.1.1.1.2

            “what would the Greens do with Tiwai Point. That’s right, they would close it down before lunch-time.”
             
            Citation needed. Can’t find anything on the Greens website that includes policy on Tiwai.

            • OneTrack 1.1.1.1.2.1

              I think from what they have said for a number of years, that that would be the likely policy. No citation needed – Logic will tell you that. Thy don’t need the overseas fund now, they will just print more money. It worked for Greece and Zimbabwe – what could go wrong.

              • Colonial Viper

                “No citation needed” ie you’re making shit up and calling it Greens policy.

                “It worked for Greece and Zimbabwe” and the US, UK, Japan, EU,…

                Where do you think money comes from anyway???

              • weka

                “I think from what they have said for a number of years, that that would be the likely policy.”
                 
                Lolololol. Can you make that sentence any more vague and wishywashy in your attempt to cover the fact that you made shit up.

                • fatty

                  What OneTrack meant to say is – there is a possibility that if something happened, then the likely outcome could be…you know what I mean, the sandal-wearing hippies want to destroy businesses

              • Murray Olsen

                What control did Greece have over the printing of the Euro? Even though it will hurt, please try to think.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.3

            Rio Tinto have three options with Tiwai Point: 1) Upgrade it to new technology, 2) Sell it or 3) Persuade the government that they should get millions more per year in subsides. They want to 2) but probably can’t find any buyers as the buyers will have to do 1) anyway which means it would be cheaper just to build a new smelter and so they’re trying for 3) by crying Look!, Jobs!!!.

            • OneTrack 1.1.1.1.3.1

              So what should happen? Look NO jobs.

              • Draco T Bastard

                The government buys it, upgrades it and pumps several million dollars per year into R&D to keep it up to spec. Also, we should be looking to see if it can be used to smelt our titanium reserves which would be another goal of that R&D.

      • Dr Terry 1.1.2

        He shows plenty of “front” alright, but I am sure he carefully watches his back!

    • rosy 1.2

      Jeez. Loving the last line in the Sun article.

      • karol 1.2.1

        OLO: quality journalism, that.

        • karol 1.2.1.1

          Whoops.  Should be LOL.

        • rosy 1.2.1.2

          Shows Key’s relevance. What an embarrassingly nasty, conceited and self-centred little man he is.

          • Jackal 1.2.1.2.1

            The Prime Minister has been an embarrassment lately. His irrelevance is exhibited within international media by the continuous misspelling of his name. Here’s the latest one, in an article about his contemptuous comments on David Beckham:

            NEW Zealand’s Prime Minister has branded David Beckham “as thick as bats***”, reports said yesterday.

            John Key made the stinging remarks – reported on Radio New Zealand – to a group of schoolchildren in the city of Dunedin yesterday.

            […]

            The office of David Key refused to comment also.

            Beckham is internationally liked and such juvenile comments by Key will damage his and New Zealands international standing. And what was the point? Badmouthing a sports star to a group of kids. What a nasty prick!

            • Dv 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Why is he using that sort of language to teenagers?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Because he probably thinks it’s risque and will thus impress the teenagers.

                • QoT

                  See also the really clumsy way he pronounced “texts” during the Richard Worth scandal. He’s obviously got marketers/focus groupers advising him to use language to connect with his audience. He needs to fire them, because it’s really obvious when he’s not speaking naturally.

              • Reagan Cline

                Because he knows the sort of language teenagers use and he wants to turn them off Beckham – a useless bloody media pin up boy who should actually work for an honest living for a change.

                • Jim Nald

                  “a useless bloody media pin up boy who should actually work for an honest living for a change”

                  – of course, he should have used a more appropriate example: himself. The Prime Batshit of NZ.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Because he knows the sort of language teenagers use and he wants to turn them off Beckham

                  John Key was jealous that some teenage girls liked Beckham more than they liked him. So he had to say something.

                  Basically, Key is the middle aged father figure Kevin Spacey from American Beauty.

    • David H 1.3

      Pot – Kettle – Black.

    • Deborah Kean 1.4

      Oh dear PM. There is many a slip twixt cup and lip.

      The most amusing thing is that he got the idiom wrong…
       

  2. karol 2

    Lyndon Hood: the MSDtrix
    MSD hacking Trinity-style!

  3. Jenny 3

    Climate change spurs superstorms

    stuff.co.nz headline

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/7893092/Climate-change-stirs-superstorms

    But it doesn’t spur political action.
    (even in an election campaign)

    Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods in New York City would soon happen every three to 20 years.

    He blamed global warming for pushing up sea levels and changing hurricane patterns.

    Political leaders here and in the US, despite the best scientific advice, like unaware morons are determined to keep plodding along down the same old worn out “Business As Usual paths“, unperturbed by the New Reality.

    For more than a dozen years, Oppenheimer and other climate scientists have been warning about the risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York.

    A 2000 federal report about global warming’s effect on the United States warned specifically of that possibility.

    One must wonder at the sheer bloody minded stupidity and irresponsibility and lack of leadership on public display here.

    “The ingredients of this storm seem a little bit cooked by climate change, but the overall storm is difficult to attribute to global warming,” Canada’s University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said.

    Some individual parts of Sandy and its wrath seem to be influenced by climate change, several climate scientists said.

    First, there’s sea level rise. Water levels around New York are a nearly a foot higher than they were 100 years ago, said Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann.

    Add to that the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean, which is about two degrees warmer on average than a century ago, said Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. Warm water fuels hurricanes.

    And Sandy zipped north along a warmer-than-normal Gulf Stream that travels from the Caribbean to Ireland, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground.

    Meteorologists are also noticing more hurricanes late in the season and even after the season.

    But while national politicians Romney and Obama seem determined to ignore the issue of climate change, those on the ground, both Democratic and Republican, may have a different view.

    On Tuesday, both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo said they couldn’t help but notice that extreme events like Sandy are causing them more and more trouble.

    “What is clear is that the storms that we’ve experienced in the last year or so, around this country and around the world, are much more severe than before,” Bloomberg said.

    “Whether that’s global warming or what, I don’t know. But we’ll have to address those issues.”

    Cuomo called the changes “a new reality”.

    “Anyone who says that there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality,” Cuomo said.

    “I told the president the other day: ‘We have a 100-year flood every two years now’.

    So why isn’t President Obama taking the opportunity to explicitly challenge his opponet to come to a bipartizan concensus around climate change?

    When if Romney refused to rise to this challenge he would be finished?

    When if Romney refused to rise to the challenge of coming to a bipartizan agreement on climate change there are other more rational Republican contenders waiting in the wings to replace him who would?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-storm-sandy-obama-idUSBRE89U1EJ20121031

    (Reuters) – Putting aside partisan differences, President Barack Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey on Wednesday,….

    …..Despite being a top surrogate for Obama’s rival Mitt Romney in the November 6 election, Christie kept up his compliments about Obama for guiding federal support during and after the devastating storm, which also crippled New York City and other parts of the eastern seaboard.

    “I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and his compassion,” said Christie, known for his blunt, in-your-face political style, after the two men completed their tour.

    Is Obama a contender for the title of ‘most disapointing president, ever’?

    In history when Obama is remembered, (if he is mentioned at all). It will be of this week, in which it will be said, a president who could have been great, chose mediocrity instead.

    • alex 3.1

      Hopefully Obama will start taking serious action on climate change once the pressure of re-election is off. If he loses though, he better not do an Al Gore and start going on about how much we should do about AGW once he no longer wields political power.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Hopefully? No way man. The US is determined to make Canadian tar sands a major strategic source of oil, and its full speed ahead with Alaskan and deep sea drilling.

        American global dominance economically and militarily depends on fossil fuels.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 3.1.2

        In the same way as he promised before the previous election to bring back troops, he is now committing to the environment.

        There is a higher probability that Obama will announce alien life has been confirmed on earth.

    • OneTrack 3.2

      “So why isn’t President Obama taking the opportunity to explicitly challenge his opponet to come to a bipartizan concensus around climate change?

      When if Romney refused to rise to this challenge he would be finished?”

      Why doesn’t Obama do something for himself. He is the president NOW. He has been for the last four years. And now its Romney’s fault. FFS.

      • mike e 3.2.1

        Obama has had his hands tied by a repulican congress and house of representatives
        Old timer that’s why he has tried to reach out to the right!

      • Jackal 3.2.2

        I haven’t heard Obama blame Romney for climate change OneTrack… Is that what you’re trying to say? The fact that Romney is in the back pocket of big businesses means that if he wins, it would be less likely the United States does anything substantial about its GHG emissions.

        Obama on the other hand has succeeded in improving standards for vehicle emissions and supported green energy investment. However this is too little too late in my opinion, and the United States has mostly failed to address the issue of climate change while Obama has been president.

        Romney will be even worse. The Republicans are full of vehement climate change deniers, including Romney’s right hand man Paul Ryan. Here is a list outlining some of Ryan’s actions that clearly show he’s an Ostrich with his head firmly burried in the sand.

        Obama is nowhere near the most disappointing US president ever btw Jenny. That title has been firmly won by George W. Bush. He makes Obama look entirely competent concerning the United States’ climate policy. Bush jnr was and is still in denial about the effects of GHG emissions. Thankfully, in the face of such devastation, they’re a dying breed. At least something good might hopefully come out of hurricane Sandy… But I’m not holding my breath.

  4. alex 4

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7901838/Social-Development-Ministry-knew-of-kiosk-risks

    Paula Bennett is in the shit big time after it emerged that there were 4 recommendations to the MSD that they look into the security of their kiosks. My personal favourite bit of this article is the photo of Bennett, with the desperate looking quote ‘I cannot be held to blame’ underneath.

    • OneTrack 4.1

      Yeah, Bennett should have been in all the project meetings, personally checking what they all do.

      Don’t you trust public servants to actually do their job? Do you know too many of them and think that they are all incompetent, hence Bennett has to hold their hand.

      Or are you suggesting that the public service model is obsolete and technical roles (at least) should be outsourced to the private sector. The bad private company told the project about the problems ages ago, but all the Sir Humphries ignored them – “we know best”

      And what will be the penalty for these incompetents – transfer to another department, move away from the window desk, they have to buy the drinks at lunch,…

      • weka 4.1.1

        One of a Minister’s core roles is to make sure that the government department they are responsible for is functioning competently. Bennett obviously has failed to do this. She doesn’t have to know everything that goes on, but she needs to ensure that systems are in place so that her and her office are aware of any problems. Again, big fail. She should be sacked.

        • AsleepWhileWalking 4.1.1.1

          +1
          Actually Bennett promised to personally oversee the rollout of the kiosks. Personally. Oversee. The. Rollout.

          • Dv 4.1.1.1.1

            AND why did NO manager say
            Hey you know that security report we had done on the Kiosks what did it say? Was it all OK?

          • aerobubble 4.1.1.1.2

            Bennett, had she been a competent minister, had she taken responsibility for her own privacy breaches, would have realized that every public servant in MSM would have been demoralized by her stance. Privacy does not matter!

            Then a senior MSD executive turns up from England? spend a few weeks in the job and ups and resigns. A few weeks later the whole MSD implodes in farce over privacy.

            Key wants his cake, the abuse of power, yet doesn’t want to be held responsible for the consequences of that abuse.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.2

        And what will be the penalty for these incompetents – transfer to another department, move away from the window desk, they have to buy the drinks at lunch,…

        Probably the same as for the incompetents at (private sector) KPMG…promotion to full partner and a Cayman Islands bank account.

      • just saying 4.1.3

        Apparently Bennett and the rest of the management are looking at some bottom-rung workers to fire because they apparently didn’t report the consumer advocate’s advice about kiosk (lack of) security. One report amongst many reported to higher levels, but hey ho.

        Those paid generously to actually be responsible will enjoy the ritual sacrifice, I’m sure.

      • mike e 4.1.4

        Bennett has had 4 years to get things right no more excuses!

        • Fortran 4.1.4.1

          mike e

          It appears now that the systems fault is many years old, and that the four under investigation are not lower rung mortals, but senior managerial level.
          Let’s wait and get a bigger picture

      • alex 4.1.5

        Um, no, I think that a minister should be responsible for their department, and there was plenty of warning that wasn’t acted on.

    • David H 4.2

      How can it not be her fault?? the Kiosks were rolled out under her watch.

      “The kiosks were set up two years ago to allow Work and Income clients to search job listings, create CVs, apply for jobs and make appointments.”
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/119790/msd-staff-%27to-be-held-accountable%27-over-breaches

      And yes it looks like the poor workers will get the blame as usual.

  5. Jackal 5

    Zero tolerance for racism

    People are educated into being racist. It’s not a natural condition. Therefore it’s imperative that racism within popular media is stamped out. There should be zero tolerance for racism, especially when idiots are trying to publish and promote it. Only then will we ensure the next generation doesn’t perpetuate the mistakes of the past. Only then will we have a truly progressive and inclusive society…

    • OneTrack 5.1

      That’s why you promote biculturalism – to accentuate the differences between people and put them into neat racial categories.

      Yes, educated into being racist is right – the only place we disagree on is by who.

      • PlanetOrphan 5.1.1

        Multiculturalism actually.

        As for the rest …… take a look @ yourself M8!

      • weka 5.1.2

        There’s not such thing as race. Biculturism simply acknowledges that this country was founded between two peoples – Maori and non-Maori. Only racists see that as putting “them into neat racial categories”
         
        “to accentuate the differences between people”
         
        And racists want everyone to look the same (ie white). Personally I celebrate diversity. It’s also much healthier than the monoculturalism that you espouse.

        • OneTrack 5.1.2.1

          “There’s not such thing as race” – Semantics. Meanwhile, maori seats, statutory boards, anybody who suggests no racial laws gets decried as a racist, someone calls someone “white mofos” and the response of the race relations conciliator (if there is no such thing as race, why does that office exist) is to look the other way – I think he said it was whiteys fault anyway. If a pakeha did the same thing he would be tarred and feathered and probably in court.

          Everybodies equal – except, as is usual in the socialist nirvanas, some people are more equal than others. But, I know, I should just STFU and keep working and paying my taxes. There are more treaty claims that need topping up.

          • QoT 5.1.2.1.1

            someone calls someone “white mofos”

            Truly, such a horrible injustice, let it never be forgotten, I mean it’s right up there with land seizures, forced assimilation, attempted annihilation of language and culture, disease, institutional discrimination …

            • weka 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Even worse! He said it in a private email!!! Truly horrendous violation of human rights.

              • QoT

                Shit, weka, don’t you realise that makes it WORSE? That means that, right now, other brown people could also be saying mean things about white people! To each other! In some giant anti-white-people conspiracy which we can’t even see!!!!!! Jesus Christ, next thing you know immigrants will be talking to each other in their first language in the workplace!!!!!

          • felix 5.1.2.1.2

            “Everybodies equal – except, as is usual in the socialist nirvanas, some people are more equal than others.”

            Yep, white people 99.999999% of the time.

      • mike e 5.1.3

        Cultural differencess don’t count when you play the race card OT .
        Pathetic!

    • ianmac 5.2

      The purpose behind Social Studies in School was or should have been to look at groups of people and find the things that are the same as “us”. Most people of the World have the same hopes and dreams and celebrate similar things. The differences are very small unless you are condemned to only search out the differences.

  6. KhandallaMan 6

    As a Labour member, who supported Cunliffe last December, I accepted the outcome of the process and fully backed Shearer as the new Leader. Had the vote gone the other way I’m sure his supporters would have done likewise.  Cunliffe was adamant that the person and the position deserved the respect of true party members.
    So what has happened? At one level: nothing.  The behaviours that held us back, under Goff and King, continued. The negative stifling of anyone with fresh ideas continued. No change. 
    At a another level the gap between the promise, the back-story, the team-builder image that Shearer and his promoters painted and the real Shearer we began to see was glaringly huge. 
    The unsettled leadership situation in a factor of the behaviour of Shearer and his close circle.  They did not want fundamental change. The membership does. The membership will now force that very necessary change.  

  7. weka 8

    From another link in another thread
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10836450

     
    [Bob] Parker, who has met producers, is set to detail his own account of the earthquakes through his upcoming book Ripped Apart: A City in Chaos.
    At the time of the quakes, Parker praised the Christchurch community for coming together. But in a publicity blurb for the paperback, Parker says he will reveal “the arguments, indecision, petty jealousies, power struggles and policies” that emerged around the quakes. Critics query the wisdom of this as Parker is seeking re-election. The mayor could not be reached for comment.
     

    Does anyone else find it odd that Parker has had the time in the past year to write a book? Isn’t there a major housing crisis in Chch that is now leading to what was called this morning on NatRad a public health issue? Not to mention all the other struggles going on with recovery there, including the fact that many people have yet to have the conditions in their lives improve sufficiently to recover from the traumas.

  8. There should be signs around parliament to remind government politicians not to feed the corporates, they’ll only get sugar highs and want even more.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/feeding-fat-corporates-just-produces.html

  9. joe90 10

    Dear Homebrew Crew,

    could you please do a cover version of Pete Wylie’s The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies!.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards, Joseph N Marionette.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    Gar Alperovitz on Cooperative Economy: “I’ll Bet My Life on It”

    We don’t have an economic problem, we have a problem managing the wealthiest economy in the world.

    He said this after pointing out that the US produces enough for $192k/year income for every family of four. He’s talking about the US of course but the same could be said of New Zealand.

    • weka 11.1

      Produces enough what?

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      NZ has nearly $50K of economic activity (GDP) for every single man woman and child in the country.

      Yet hundreds of thousands still go cold and hungry. I mean, wtf.

    • kousei 11.3

      Came across Interesting comment made on Alperovitz page

      Buckmister Fuller said
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”

      It could be well past the time to brush off the neo-liberal/conservative fantasy. What is there to debate there. They live in a dead end street similiar to the Ayn Randian cul de sac Pascal’s Bookie described the other day. It’s not worth debating because it is grounded in too many false premises.

      Another idea is that we ought to Care for and respect people and ecology and try as I may I can’t make that sound silly no matter how I look at it.

      In some cultures around the world greed is veiwed as a serious psychological problem. As is the idea that you would dispoil the gifts of nature, the very things that sustain life.

      I’m not talking about a preservationist mentality. It’s about taking a broader systems veiw of the world, not a narrow technocratic one. By thinking the wilderness starts here and farming or industry sits on the other side of the fence, the whole point of the interrelatedness of everything is missed. This is what worries me about the Greens.

      By looking after our soil and forests, we are looking after our water, and in turn looking after ourselves and the sustainable future of the whole system.

      Good strategy is long term and combines knowledge, wisdom and an understanding of history and will hopefully ensure some resilience against challenges. I think I might have strayed off the point somewhere but hey WTF is open mike for anyway?

      WTF are the deep thinkers in our political landscape? WTF aren’t they making a case for an ecological economy?

  11. prism 12

    Queensland is trying to pass new laws that increase the denial of welfare already experienced.
    Australia is declaring war on us. There is no place for NZs in Queensland as I heard it on the news. And just after a sort of triumphant tv program the GC or something about Maori NZs doing well in Brisbane. Poor NZs – our own country that denies and deprives us from having a lifestyle and being able to improve because social mobility is so lacking, and now our supposed ally and friendly nation Australia is treating us as outliers.

    When is our government going to express some strong disapproval of this hostility? Helen Clark didn’t speak up much when the social security rules changed to close us out on the basis that there were more NZs going to Oz than coming from the other direction. Considering the differences in populations this would be expected. Working, earning and tax-paying NZs can’t receive equal welfare treatment unless they became naturalised Australians, which can not happen for two to three years of occupation and then is often refused. And all this time NZ declines while Australia continues to carry off profits and squeeze us dry like a blood orange.
    Herald

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Australia is getting ready for a downturn. NZ provided cheap skilled labour for them. Now the jobs are disappearing they will be shipping the unemployed back to us by the tens of thousands.

      • prism 12.1.1

        So Australia has a downturn. That Queensland quickly cut NZ citizens’ rights is an indication of the state’s spongey, opportunistic approach to relations with NZ. We shouldn’t forget our export of Joh Bjelke Petersen who became a top pollie there, a prize RWNJ. His malady lingers on. After Ansett there was a groundswell of hostility that was whipped up by some pollie there. Eventually they extended their hand to us again because NZ tourist numbers had dropped off noticeably. We should do this again. Boycott Queensland!

        And Australia in general needs to raise its present low level of commitment and respect for us so we have an ongoing political relationship that doesn’t get changed whenever someone throws a hissy fit because we don’t agree over aspects of defence for instance.

      • Jim Nald 12.1.2

        Can’t wait for John ‘Batshit’ Key to take credit for the numbers coming back this way.

        • Dv 12.1.2.1

          DunnnoBatshitKeyo

        • R 12.1.2.2

          I like it! He did say that Winston didn’t have a ‘dog’s show’ in the last election. ‘Batshit Key’ has a nice ring to it IMO.

          • fender 12.1.2.2.1

            Yep Batshit Key is paying the price now, if he had of had toilets on his planet he may have avoided the spontaneous leakage from his cake hole.

    • karol 12.2

      The Queensland government is taking a serious “austerity” turn – mass lay offs in the public sector.  It’s not just Kiwis they are waging war on.

  12. xtasy 14

    Por refleccion por favor:

    el pueblo unido jamas sera vencido valparaiso

  13. xtasy 15

    missed that one

    Viva el pueblo, viva Chile!

  14. xtasy 16

    THIS is the problem NZ and the rest of the world suffer from: Divide and Rule. It sadly always works, the Nazis were prfessionals in it, so were the British Imperialists, colonisers of NZ, same as the US and many others. It goes back to the Roman and even earlier times. Divide, create division, competition, hatred, suspicion, and so forth. It is all over NZ society. The Nat ACT brigade, and even before the treacherous Labour governments of last 2 decades heavily engaged in this, so we have the mess we have now. Where to move from here, I ask? I see little hope, as many small battles are going to be fought. The least the left (what is left of it) can do, is to ally with others, to put a stop for the worst of it all.

    Good night or morning, wherever you are.

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    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 day ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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