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Open mike 03/12/2010

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  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    It’s really shocking and bad about them there wikileaks. That AsStrange fellow sure is like unto a terrist. Leaking these sensitive and confidential documents is a a crime against law and order. How can civilisation be protected from evil doers if governments cannot be 100% sure that their sensitive and private communications will not be smeared all over the front page of the muck rakers braodsheets?

    Take the citizens of Spain and the United States of America for example. How can their respective governments work shit out if their people were privy to what the fuck.

    http://harpers.org/archive/2010/12/hbc-90007836

    The cables show that the embassy was briefed in detail about the pending cases, receiving information that was not publicly accessible and would have been known only to the prosecutors and the magistrates handling the cases. The embassy engaged Spanish authorities in detailed discussions about the specific judges handling these cases and on at least one occasion extracted a promise from prosecutors to seek to have one sensitive case—in which former U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales, former vice presidential chief of staff David Addington, John Yoo, Jay Baybee, Douglas Feith, and William J. Haynes figured as potential defendants—reassigned to a judge they considered friendlier to the United States. In fact, around the time of the cables in question the prosecutors acted just as the cable suggests they would.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-obama-quashed-torture-investigation

    Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six. He said, “I don’t want to get involved in hypotheticals.” What he didn’t disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation. Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.

    Leaks are bad for diplomacy mmkay.

    Mood: sick of this shit.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Ah, Don’t you just love the smell of corruption in the morning?

      I do hope that the USAsians are waking up to the simple fact that they can’t trust their government.

    • ianmac 1.2

      But but but… They do these things for our welfare. They have the foresight and the vision for things that rilly rilly matter. And you peasants just don’t know! Trust them because their god is guiding them for a wonderful heaven on earth.

  2. BLiP 2

    BELLYACHING BY BLiP

    So, here I am stuck in my corporate cubby hole in an office stacked wall-to-wall with typical torpid tories. Smokos Tea breaks are a bit nuisance these days in that I have had to learn to bide my tongue for fear of startling the drones by accidentally kick starting their brains. Just to make sure that doesn’t happen today, I’m going to have to get a few things off my chest. Where to start . . . hmmmm . . . I know:

    John Fucking Key – what hollow, nasty, grubby, money-changing, venal excuse of a PM he really is. These days, one can almost expect vested interests to exploit the Pike River tragedy, but his speech yesterday really was disgusting. There he stood, before the people of The Coast telling them that the children who have lost their father will be okay because he lost his father and he turned out alright. What the prick didn’t point out is that when his mother was widowed, the benefit levels were sufficient. There was no under-pressure, half-trained, underpaid, overworked public servant whipping her arse into a minimum wage, unsuitable job. She didn’t have to wait 2 years to get a state house. There wasn’t a government in power demonising her “bludging” and trashing her privacy for political ends. School fees . . . ha bloody ha!! Fucking rich pricks soaking of the benefits offered by New Zealanders only to pull the the ladder the moment they get their manicured hands on the levers.

    And then there’s Peter Bloody Jackson. His Hollywood mates score $550 million for their mediocre movies yet the world acclaimed NZSO has to “make do”. You gotta wonder about the average Kiwi; Are we really a race of uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle-draggers? Chris Finlayson and his Cabinet mates certainly seem that way inclined.

    As for National Radio – sssup with today’s Morning Report? Of all the stories in all the world, the best they can come up with for the lead item is a sports story. Even worse, its soccer. Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and, even for the half a dozen Kiwis that do, why isn’t the story tucked into the sports bulletin at the end of the news where it belongs. Right before the weather.

    Anyone getting a bit worried about our primary industry? News last week about the kiwi fruit industry doesn’t look good, it would appear oyster farming is in real trouble, there’s still an international glut of grapes so the wine industry is left to rort the locals as overseas returns continue the downward spiral. What, with the millions and millions of dead fish turning up in Northland, news that a third of our lakes are poisoned, the summer droughts coming early, and initial moves towards the wholesale privatisation of our water, things are not looking good. Would climate change have anything to do with it? Nick Smith wouldn’t have a clue.

    And the Labour Party – do they want to win in 2011 or not? I sometimes get the feeling the MPs have given up and are just going through the motions waiting for the lolly scramble for positions when Goff and Cunliffe resign to accept some Board of Directors’ sinecure. Pull your finger out, you lot!! BIG improvement required.

    The missus. I told her that the world is going to end on December 21 2012 , but do you think it got me out of painting the house over the Christmas Break? Yeah right.

    Whew!! All better now. Thanks for listening. As you were.

    Regards

    BLiP.

    • r0b 2.1

      If it’s any consolation – and it probably isn’t – that beautiful rant has made my day! You know what? I think I’m going to try that trick on painting the house too…

      • BLiP 2.1.1

        heh! Cheers mate. I think I might have said it before but The Standard is my de facto support group while I’m at work. And, look . . . its nearly morning tea. Okay, let me see:

        – false bonhomie programmed . . . ✔

        – fixed grin in place . . . ✔

        – remembered to ask the boss to borrow the site waterblaster over the weekend . . . ✔

        – prepared for the usual jokes about my preference for herb tea . . . ✔

        . . . should be sweet now ; )

    • With you there most of the way Blip …

    • ak 2.3

      Rant ‘o the week! made my day too, onya BLiP!

    • Tigger 2.4

      Why wouldn’t you want your house looking good for the apocalypse, BLiP? Remember, God is watching. I believe his favourite colours are white, off-white and eggshell…

      Great rant, rather stirring even!

    • just saying 2.5

      12:41 am, November 19th, 2010

      As key might say, it’s funtastic stream of conshitness (Nald, J. 2010).

      That little beauty just had to be resurrected!

      Kudos Lprenet for the brilliant search engine.

      You write so well I’m often green with envy as I LOL (even when you are accusing me of being a jandal worshipping yoghurt mucher or some such).

      Far be it for me…. but have we uncovered the Standard’s new columnist?

      ps there’s only one solution when the house needs painted – you gotta move!

      • lprent 2.5.1

        Not mine. It is a program called Sphinx that does the legwork as a daemon, and a plugin called Sphinx Search that does the interface. I hacked Sphinx Search to remove its ability to actually control Sphinx for extracting the data because I found it was too simplistic – it was easier to set up cron jobs. I also changed the display interface a little. (And I really should get these up on the net as a plugin and instructions).

        But it is awesomely fast and doesn’t chew much of our scarce resources. The previous search engine was starting to kill the server as the posts and comments kept increasing.

        I do need to actually put in some instructions about how to really use the engine.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.6

      Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and…

      More people in NZ play and watch soccer than those who play and watch rugby. Considering this fact chances are there’s more people in NZ that are concerned with where the SWC is played than where the RWC is played. Other than that, yeah, sports is not news and shouldn’t be a lead item.

      Hmmm, look at that Dead Zone that just so happens to cover the north of the North island. Time to look for a primary industry that doesn’t damage the environment so much.

      • prism 2.6.1

        Sports in the news this morning – FIFA seem to have the world soccer by its short and curlies and decided that they would extend their tender touch right through till 1922 and Qatar, where outside the playing stadiums the temp will be 50o C! They have a strong religious bias against alcohol but the journo informs us, FIFA has the right to over-ride a nation’s laws on such social behaviour and immigration. I wonder when an Indian-cricket-offshoot organisation will seem a good idea for soccer bodies?

        • Jeremy Harris 2.6.1.1

          Are we really a race of uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle-draggers?

          In the choice between a boring 3 hr movie watching trees walking next to elfs carrying rings and a boring 3 hrs watching a fat guy play a tuba, I’m a uncultured pop-corn munching knuckle dragger…

    • ianmac 2.7

      Blip you sure can sort the wood from the trees.
      “There he stood, before the people of The Coast telling them that the children who have lost their father will be okay because he lost his father ……………”
      You surely don’t think that this was a crafted comment to connect all those nice West Coasters with the theme of State House fatherless kid made good as in the theme for the 2008 election? Surely you are not suggesting that there is a cynical advantage taken of a tragic event as a bit of electioneering for the 2011 election? No way! No way???

    • BLiP,

      Hot damn mate, I finally understand my husband about them smoko’s and the thundering stupidity surrounding him. He just had a weeks holiday and is dreading to go back to what we call the other paradigm.

      For what it’s worth any plans I had about getting him to paint anything this Christmas I will postpone awhile so you saved at least one poor bugger from that this summer.

      Thanks for the rant.

      Cheers

      Trav

      Captcha: CONTRIBUTION. And yours surely is.

    • bobo 2.9

      Great rant thanks blip 🙂 shame you didn’t cause an awkward outburst at the watercooler would have made for good viewing. Careful mentioning the NZSO.. finlayson might outsource it to a cheaper eastern block countries orchestra.

    • LynW 2.10

      Wow, it is said ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ but my afternoon just got a whole lot heavier! Being reminded of all that in one go ( but grateful I can minus the house painting, which is one thing I personally don’t have to worry about!) really is such a downer! TGIF!
      Seriously though, I do wonder what the tipping point will be?

    • Vicky32 2.11

      “Of all the stories in all the world, the best they can come up with for the lead item is a sports story. Even worse, its soccer. Who really gives a single flying fling where the next soccer world cup gets held and, even for the half a dozen Kiwis that do, why isn’t the story tucked into the sports bulletin at the end of the news where it belongs. Right before the weather.”
      Seconded!
      Deb

    • M 2.12

      BLiP

      I salute you! Didn’t have a chance earlier to check in.

      Adored your spleen venting on Key – [deleted, not a wise comment — r0b].

      All that shifty SOB needs is a trenchcoat, gaaa, he makes my flesh crawl.

      Anti spam: crashes – with Key helming the country that is what will come to pass.

  3. Red Rosa 3

    Go BLiP! TGIF….

  4. Tigger 4

    Famous Aussie cook on the Oxford dictionary’s claim that the pavlova was invented in NZ “most Australians would agree with me that the true pavlova belongs to Australia,”

    So what, our pavlova is ‘false’? Damn Aussies. Why do they remind me of torys? Oh, because no matter what evidence you throw at them they still think everything is theirs by right of birth.

    • prism 4.1

      I didn’t know that early on there was some jelly concoction called pavlova. Discussing it on radio it was pointed out that meringue has been around for yonks but we know that our version called pavlova is NZ as it is made with good NZ cream and topped with good NZ kiwifruit (an immigrant once called Chinese gooseberry). It’s an icon and it’s ours!

  5. Anne 5

    Parliamentary Service’s report on Pansy Wong is due to be released today. Will it be a whitewash?
    Will she resign from parliament? Will there be a byelection? Maybe we’ll have the answers by the end of the day.

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      I’m told that, despite the rumours, Wong has not been ordered out of the country by Key. Her absence is apparently entirely due to shame and her unwillingness to be publicly ridiculed in the streets of Howick. She has agreed, however, that her resignation will be announced during the Xmas/New Year snooze fest. The by-election will be in February and National’s candidate will be AK councillor Jami-Lee Ross.

      • prism 5.1.1

        JL Ross would seem an appropriate facsimile for that NACT position.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.1.1

          I gather there’s some debate in Labour as to who their candidate should be, given that a by-election in a National held seat can genuinely be seen as a referendum on the Government’s performance, unlike Mana. Raymond Huo ticks a lot of the boxes and may be capable of pulling off an upset. Actually, it’d be funny if Labour win on the night by 1080 votes; imagine the frantic spinning from the right of how that’s really a major victory for them, just like in Mana.

      • Lanthanide 5.1.2

        Doesn’t sound like she’s going to be resigning.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.2.1

          Not yet, anyway! I have to say this report is a surprise, Lanth. My Tory mole told me that there were so many trips, both in Government and opposition, that it was near impossible to determine what was legit and what was shameless moneymaking. Perhaps the fog of confusion has saved her, but, like Worth, there may be more to come that will eventually see her off.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      One rule for politicians, one for the rest of us
      It appears that it was a whitewash.

      • Jim Nald 5.2.1

        Can’t trust whatever comes out of either end of the donkey

        Wong can return to multi-tasking. Business as usual

        • Jim Nald 5.2.1.1

          To clarify, that second line of my 2:18pm comment is not at all an endorsement of the latest news.

          The report is here.

          Can someone explain more about the form, manner, process, etc adopted for the investigation? I was under the impression the Speaker himself would conduct the inquiry. Looks like jonkey and him have just kicked the ball to touch, passed it to someone else, and then have the ball handed neatly and easily on a plate. Who is “Hugh McPhail, Consultant” re first thing that can be read on the first page? Why him? Why the choice of doing it this way? How can this be acceptable? How can the public be confident whether there was robust questioning, examination, investigation or scrutiny? What other public offices or officers are there who can do an independent job of inquiring into the issues? How can folks trust that the matter has been investigated properly?

        • Irascible 5.2.1.2

          The “double-standard” machine has rolled out its findings on the Wongs’ business & politics mixing and discovered surprise, surprise low level malfeasance and, therefore, a possibility of Pansy being rehabilitated into the Cabinet of double diptons and associated rorters by the member for Hawaii when he returns to his postal address in Helensville.
          The discovery that it’s OK for the Wongs to use a taxpayer funded office as their business address is another of example of Key allowing a generous abuse level for his MPs as a mark of transparency… the “findings” don’t add up although they do reveal Pansy as being damaged goods and a “confused” representative of this present government.

          • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1

            Wow, Wong must really be a big money earner for the National Party.

            But that is all history now.

            I don’t think that Key has figured out that with her mana publicly tarnished, a lot of Chinese business people are never going to go near one of her fund raising events again.

  6. just saying 6

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/

    ‘The Unlucky Generation’ – the latest from Trotter is worth a read IMO

    • Jum 6.1

      “This generation’s curious passivity has opened a yawning gap between the rapidly ageing rebels of the 60s and 70s and the generation of young New Zealanders only now entering their 20s. Not even the threat of global warming or the biggest financial disaster since 1929 have been able to shake the Rogernomics Generation’s conviction that all intervention is futile.

      But, if the dangerous fatalism of this zombie generation isn’t overcome, then very soon the luck will run out for all of us.”

      Such an accurate assessment of my two.

      ‘Jennycide’ LOL

      • prism 6.1.1

        There have been such amazing gadgets invented in Generation X’s time, first you buy them, then you find out how to use them, then you get addicted to using them. Or you go on magical journeys and fight little wars facing your computer and you are wholly involved with what you are doing in a more self-indulgent way than ever before.

        Young people tend towards a preoccupation with self and sorting a life. And getting a credit card and having the consumer life you want to have Now. (That was before things went pear-shaped, and now they are treading water.) None of this stuff leaves much time for individual thought about wider issues that aren’t summarised and triviallised by mouthy but charismatic media personages.

  7. After my personal re-evolution, where on my birthday of 20/12/2012 i withdraw my money from the bank, cancel my AP’s and close my account.

    I will travel to Farewell Spit to see in the new age. I hope no one else is there.

    where do you plan to be BLiP ?

    • BLiP 7.1

      At the end of the world?

      Southside, bro. Playing pool, winding up me mates, casting fond glances over at Mrs BLiP as she nails another triple-twenty trio of arows to gales of laughter and hearty cheers from her crew, keeping half an eye on the barbie as the young uns cook our dinner whilst flirting amongst themselves in anticipation of the arrival of the band booked to party us on into the wee small hours. Same ole ; )

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    Likelihood of Govt cutting KiwiSaver contributions increasing, NBR says.

    It is becoming increasingly likely the Government will cut state KiwiSaver contributions as it looks to get its books under control, the NBR reports this morning.

    What a surprise, more financial mismanagement from those idiots in the Beehive.

    • BLiP 8.1

      Its like they’ve all inherited their money or made their fortune via leveraging. None of them at all seem to value the idea of saving for the future. Its all about now, now now. I’m beginning to wonder about the three-year parliamentary term. Does its relatively short period engender a sense of “hurry-up” about the actions of a Tory crew who are prepared to do anything for power? Would five or even six years make a positive difference, or is it better for democracy that “the people” maintain a veto over the short term??

      Questions, questions, questions . . . hmmm . . . any good links in this regard?

      • prism 8.1.1

        Don’t know links Blip but I think we should trial having a four year term, gives long enough to introduce policies and evaluate them. Looking at 100 years we would go from 33 elections to 25, not a great difference. A 5 year term would cut numbers severely.
        But as commentators say that many politicians are in constant election mode, going to a four year term would give them more time to concentrate on working for the country not just furthering their own, and party interests.

        We could also set a two-term rotation of leader. This is used elsewhere and it stops accretion behind a vote-winner who can get concreted into a holding position favourable for the party rather than dealing with the country’s needs and problems.

        • Lats 8.1.1.1

          I agree Prism. A 4 year term would mean that govt might actually have to achieve something in order to get re-elected, rather than spend the first 12 months blaming the previous administration, and the rest in the build up to the next election. Or it might not, that really depends on how good their spin doctors are I suppose, and how gullible the sheeple are towards leaders like our “beloved” Mr Smile-and-wave.

          The only downside to the idea of restricting terms for leaders to 2 is that should we ever get a truly visionary leader who succeeds in uniting the people and actually serving the country exceptionally we would be forced to abandon said leadership after 2 terms. I think Helen is probably the closest we’ve come to that in my time as a voter, and after her the cupboard looks a little bare. So I think this is a sufficiently unlikely occurrence that it isn’t really worth worrying about.

          I also think it is high time we broke out of our fixation with the 2 party system. Looking at the MSM you’d hardly know sometimes that we have more than 2 parties. I suspect that constantly referring to Labour (or Nat when Labour holds the reigns) as “the opposition” reinforces this view in the public’s mind that only 2 parties really matter. I understand that currently Nat and Labour garner the vast majority of votes, but there really is no good reason for this. Under the old FPP system this made sense, but MMP allows for much greater flexibility in voter preference.

          • prism 8.1.1.1.1

            Two party fixation is likely to continue in NZ I think. In other democracies too the public can’t seem to go beyond dual thinking and I note closely balanced percentages amongst the mass of voters.

            And what other parties? Greens are an important minor vote, Jim Anderton seemed to me to be as close to true Labour as any but his party wasn’t able to get traction apart from his Sydenham electorate. Then the Maori Party tries to find its point of leverage. Then there are race and culture connections such as P.I. or Asian.

            As for the two-term rotation I thought someone would refer to Helen Clark. She was good but I think she had done most of her dash in the first two terms, certainly if those amounted to 8 years she would have had a good opportunity and perhaps more stability in numbers to advance useful policy. Going back further if Muldoon had been rolled earlier we would have lurched on successfully, fine-tuning as we went. Probably without the cleansing of the stables approach of the Neo-Labourites we would have achieved the necessary change following the Oz example and stayed closer to their various economic trend lines.

            Lanthanide – I thought that 4 years would be about right – 5 years is such a long time and only gives 20 elections a century rather than the 33 we have now.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.2

        My aunt who lives in the UK and works in the public health system over there was very disparaging about their 5-year electoral cycle. She says that all the current government has done is decided to do the austerity pain in one big hit for 4 years in a row, so in the last 6 months before the election they can have a lolly scramble to encourage the punters to vote for them again.

        She also said that the propaganda coming out about the health budget not being touched is a load of rubbish – she has to cut her department’s expenditure by 25%, which because her costs are 95% wages means her team is going from 5 members to 4, and none of them are getting pay rises for the foreseeable future, compounded with having to pick up the slack because the workload isn’t magically going to decrease by 25%.

        I think any length of term that you go for is going to have it’s advantages and drawbacks, as long as the people you are electing are human and therefore afflicted by the human condition.

    • KJT 8.2

      It would not be a bad idea if the money was reinvested in a sustainable energy saving future for New Zealand.

      The idea that we are going to get endlessly compounding interest for our monetary savings is impossible in a finite world.
      Savings invested in US dollars are going to disappear when they have to crash their currency to pay their debt’s anyway.

      We are just investing in a monetary bubble. We all know what happens to the small investors when it bursts.

      Have a think to what will happen when all the boomers retirement assets worldwide are liquidated over the period of their retirement. How large the NZ economy would have to be to allow that spending without inflation eating up the savings.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        It would not be a bad idea if the money was reinvested in a sustainable energy saving future for New Zealand.

        It’s being used to “save” more. In other words, the NACTs are seeing it as spending rather than saving.

        The idea that we are going to get endlessly compounding interest for our monetary savings is impossible in a finite world.

        Yeah, I know. The present financial system doesn’t work but, while we’re still within that paradigm, we have to play by it’s rules. I’d much prefer to see the government issuing money at 0% interest instead of borrowing and defining the Renewable Resource Base so that we could get to being sustainable and equitable faster.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    Roy Morgan Poll:

    “The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has risen to 55.5% (up 1.5%). Support for Prime Minister Key’s National Party is 51% (up 1%), the Maori Party 3% (up 0.5%), ACT NZ 1.0% (unchanged) with United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

    Support for Opposition Parties has fallen to 44.5% (down 1.5%) with Labour Party 33% (up 0.5%), Greens 7% (down 2%), New Zealand First 3.0% (unchanged), Progressive Party 0.5% (up 0.5%) and Others 1% (down 0.5%).”

    One interesting aspect of the poll is that the number of respondents refusing to name a preferred party more than doubled to 4.5% of those canvassed. That indicates a growing ‘undecided’ camp, which must be encouraging to Labour.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4610/

  10. felix 10

    So much for frickin aliens. Another bug hunt.

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    Those that have enjoyed the dubious delights of anti-malarial drug mefloquine (Lariam) might like to imagine getting a massive dose in a time frame when one is also subject to sensory deprivation, solitary confinement and intensive interrogation with no prospect of being released.

    http://www.newshoggers.com/blog/2010/12/gitmo-residents-routinely-given-psychoactive-drug-study.html

    people got themselves hanged for doing this sort of shit during wwii.

    meh.

  12. bobo 12

    So Pansy stays and pays back a few hundred, nothing to see here… move along now..

    • gobsmacked 12.1

      That month-long investigation, in full:

      “Sammy Wong, did you, by any chance, conduct any private business at all, on those many taxpayer-funded trips to China?”

      “No.”

      “Well, sir, that’s all the evidence we need! Sorry to have bothered you.”

      • Tigger 12.1.1

        If it was this cut and dried why couldn’t she confirm all this weeks ago? But happy to have her hanging around. Like Lee, Wong is damaged goods – keeping her in the party does National far more harm than setting her adrift…

        • bobo 12.1.1.1

          Yep I raise my glass to Pansy may she live wong and prosper in National. Look forward to more of her incoherent rants in the house.

        • Lanthanide 12.1.1.2

          Damaged goods in the public eye, perhaps, but if she’s still pulling in all those large donations, ultimately she is still of great benefit to the party.

          captcha: philosophy

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    No time to take in the view on Waterview

    Local people found out on 18 September that they had 20 working days to put in a submission to the project,

    The umbrella group representing local interests managed that significant hurdle, and are now obliged to present their expert evidence to the Board of enquiry no later than 17 December.

    The Waterview community group has applied for funding from the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund, but because the application and approval time lines for that process are typically (at least) some 4 -6 weeks,

    Sounds like what I was expecting from the NACTs EPA. It’s not there for environmental protection but actually stopping such protection so that the capitalists can make even more profit without accountability.

  14. Santi 14

    Any comments about this article in todays Dominion Post? http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4418030/Union-asked-to-explain-36k-debt

    Why the silence from the left?

    • just saying 14.1

      Quite right Santi.
      Let’s have a whip round eh?

    • lprent 14.2

      I’m puzzled why you (or the DomPost) think it is an issue of much interest.

      The IRD has rather a large amount of power to collect anything that is owed. It is clear that they’re aware of it from the mention of accumulated penalties. That is why they have penalties and I can’t recall a business or organisation that has employees or revenues that I’ve been involved with that hasn’t picked up a few at some time or another for late payments.

      It isn’t like unite is doing a Pansy and misuses money from taxpayers (ie me).

      Just looks like another boring dogwhistle to me. It may make you salivate but I can’t see anything newsworthy or even discussable about it.

  15. john 15

    UK being hit by climate change big time its getting the worst winter in 100 years and its only just begun.

    Millions endure second nightmare journey home from work as forecasters predict EIGHT INCHES of snow tonight In London for Pete’s sake!

    * Woman dies after falling into freezing lake in West Yorkshire
    * Body of man in his 50s pulled from stream in Surrey
    * Eight inches of snow forecast tonight for London and South East
    * 900 flights cancelled as Gatwick and Edinburgh airports close
    * Shops running out of basics as lorries struggle to deliver
    * Passengers stranded overnight on freezing trains in South East
    * Police advise people not to go out unless absolutely necessary
    * Temperatures set to fall to -6c, with winds making it feel even colder

    Refer link for report:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334410/Snow-frozen-Britain-grinds-halt-57-workers-arrive-late-work.html

    [lprent: Off topic. Weather is not climate, the topic was on climate, and this is a weather report. Moved to OpenMike. ]

  16. Vicky32 16

    What gives with Julian Assange? I don’t trust the old American reporter woman on TV3….
    An article I am reading about it all..
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26963.htm
    Deb

  17. outofbed 17

    wiki leaks is back up http://213.251.145.96/

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  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
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    5 hours ago
  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead
    The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. “Effective contact tracing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response,” Minister of Health Chris Hipkins said. “While manual processes remain the critical component for contact tracing, we know digital solutions can ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
    The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament. It proposes a limited new discretionary power for Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (ToKM). ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Bill introduced to fix National’s Family Court reform failures
    The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins.  The Bill arises from the report of the Independent ...
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    11 hours ago
  • DOC takes action to adapt to climate change
    A new Department of Conservation (DOC) action plan tackles the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s biodiversity and DOC managed infrastructure including tracks, huts and cultural heritage. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says extreme weather events around the country have really brought home our vulnerability to changing weather patterns. ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Reduced international Antarctic season commences
    A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” Mr Peters said. “Throughout the global pandemic, essential operations and long-term science have continued at ...
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    11 hours ago
  • New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt
    The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Govt keeps projects on road to completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today transport projects currently in construction will continue at pace due to extra Government support for transport projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To keep the $16.9 billion 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme going the Government has allocated funding from the COVID Response and ...
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    13 hours ago
  • First project utilising $50 million ‘shovel ready’ fund for rural broadband announced
    $50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. The investment will go to boosting broadband ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Ultra-fast Broadband programme hits major milestone with more than one million connections
    The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has been 10 years in the making and demonstrates the popularity of the UFB network. “Uptake ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
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    1 day ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
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    1 day ago
  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
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    1 day ago
  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
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    1 day ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
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    1 day ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
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    1 day ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
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    1 day ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
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  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
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    2 days ago
  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
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    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
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    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
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    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
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    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
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    3 days ago