Open mike 04/07/2024

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  1. Ad 1

    How's the feedback to Labour from Aucklanders going?

    Anyone here involved?

  2. joe90 2

    She seems nice.

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    A justice of the peace retired not long after ordering a young mother to remove a scarf, worn in solidarity with Palestinians.

    Barbara Moses, a prominent member of the Jewish community, refused to verify the woman’s divorce papers until she put away her black-and-white keffiyeh.

    The incident, at Remuera Library in March, was referred to the Royal Federation of NZ Justices’ Associations, the Ministry of Justice and Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith.

    https://www.thepost.co.nz/nz-news/350322920/justice-peace-resigns-after-ordering-young-mother-remove-palestinian-scarf

    https://archive.li/ePXxx

    • Sanctuary 2.1

      Good job she retired, if you can't do your job impartially then fuck off.

    • tWig 2.2

      Worthwhile reading the end of the story, which gives Moses's account. She says she asked her to take off the scarf because she felt unsafe. Tangling up pro-Palestinian support with anti-semitism is the emotional tangle she seems caught up in.

    • Bryan Dods 2.3

      Moses is the family name.

      After reading the The Post link it looks as though Barbara made an 11th Commandment.

      What a classic example of bigotry.

    • SPC 2.4

      DPF has a post on Kiwblog today making the case that because some Jews see the river to the sea chant as anti-Zionist, it should be seen as anti-Semite.

      https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2024/07/greens_believe_in_sensitivity_for_everyone_but_jews.html

      Because, some see it that way, is the classic launch to justifying censorship of speech. Given DPF does not support restraint on free speech, it is an insincere criticism of the Green co-leader.

      River to the sea..

      Both Jews and Palestinian Arabs have sought a river to the sea state since the end of the Ottoman empire. However The UN devised a partition because Arabs opposed Jewish migration.

      There are Jews who support a unitary river to the sea state (some with Palestinians as citizens, others a continuing river to the sea occupation and others WB Palestinians in self governing townships associated with Jordan with Gaza a separate state (however this is under review because of the offshore gas, so might be delayed until the fields are depleted).

      DPF seems to support a continuing river to the sea occupation.

      https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2024/07/hamas_and_terrorism_still_wildly_popular_with_palestinians.html

      Polls also show a majority of Israelis do not support two states. And some members of the coalition government support the ethnic cleansing of Gaza and seizing land of Lebanon to the Litani river. Netanyahu has never supported a Palestinian state (he opposed the Oslo Accords).

      It seems the Palestinians have become the Kurds, a people without a state. Until they are led by those who want a state, rather than the defeat of Israel, they will not have one. Their champions Iran and to a lesser extent Turkey, Syria and Iraq deny the Kurds a state. Saladin lies in his grave (his son spent decades trying to dismantle one pyramid and gave up).

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Marxist philosopher Richard Seymour is damning on the Democratic party and Biden today –

    "…The most powerful man in the world, entrusted with the commission of great crimes of state, ushered into his candidacy for a second term by a Democratic leadership desperate to avoid a real primary, is and evidently has been for some time incapable of tying his own shoelaces, or colouring inside the lines, or remembering the president’s name. His condition, despite an omerta observed by whispering courtiers and lobby journalists that wouldn’t be out of place in Pyongyang, been impossible to completely hide. But still, knowing his opponent is a television sadist who makes the audience laugh like dogs by deriding weakness, his viziers shuffle him into the studio when he is clearly in a fugue state, and push him out in front of the cameras, somehow not thinking to plead illness and cancel….

    …Because the bipartisan gerontocracy, having so efficiently selected for mediocrity, obedience and venality among its juniors that it trusts no one else with the historical consciousness necessary to run the state, and clings to the reins of power, crying: from my cold dead hands!.."

    • Ad 3.1

      Imagine if Republican Senators had the "courage" to rail against Trump like the Democrats and their "theorists" are to Biden.

      Democrats are losing by defeating themselves.

      • Bearded Git 3.1.1

        I watched the first hour of the debate (that was all I could stomach)….Biden has to go.

      • bwaghorn 3.1.2

        Kinda the highlights the difference between left and right, the right unite behind greed for riches and power,

        The left pull themselves apart with honesty and ideology

  4. newsense 4

    Labour slowly losing support on the media and housing I think. I can see the same happening on the cancer drugs issue. The Nats’ll bleed short term, but long term they’ll have enough of a fix the issue(s) won’t be a live one come the next election.

    Goldsmith looks to be a capable minister and is running the Nats side of the two track with ACT very well on the media. Similarly on housing noises that prices have dropped and the minister isn’t unhappy will play well with the youth, even with massive asterisks attached.

    Remembering that the key thing here is not to change everyone’s minds, but to change enough to win the next election, or to neutralise an apparently contentious issue so that few, if any votes are decided by it.

    Labour had a chance to hammer home their wins here. I think the same way that the polls were kind of okay for a little while after Hipkins took over, Labour had a bit of an opportunity. Here the Nats started out right and are now taking a bit to the left to cover all bases. Hipkins moved the party right, but did nothing to excite the base.

    Goldsmith seems like a David Parker, but with leadership support.

    Labour’s public face has been Kieran McAnulty and occasionally Barbara Edmonds, but the Nats are in to their solid middle order, the above and Collins ,and the pitch is flattening out. I know a test cricket analogy is risky, but how can Labour counter this and did they make the most of the new ball and a green pitch?

    • tc 4.1

      Start with a new ball as hipkins is damaged goods then pitch left.

      IMO his arrogance cost them any chance with the captains calls on wealth tax and he didnt properly sell 3 waters or the other policies remaining after his policy bonfire.

      As you state they had a chance to hammer home their wins and didnt. Epic fail.

    • tWig 4.2

      I find Hipkins still credible (see BigHairyNews, from 3-33 min). What he is leading currently is a bottom-up consult with Labour members. There are enough Labour spokespersons, like McNulty and Willie Jackson, who come out swinging. That's the sign of a collaborative leader, who (re-)builds strong teams.

      To my ear, a lot of the 'Hipkins is a poor opposition leader' actually comes from right-leaning commentators.

      • newsense 4.2.1

        I guess I wanted to see perhaps a few obvious lines drawn loudly in the sand.

        We will never accept shady back room deals approved by fiat. We will repeal the legislation. We reserve the right to cancel projects approved or to seek further costs to mitigate the affect on the community.

        We will keep the freight rail connection to the Mainland open!

        We will set up a fair advertising revenue stream to keep NZ content funded and locally available. We don’t work for big corporations in the States!

        Except better than those…

        Something to lead the conversation so that if they adopt it you can say you’re glad they’re taking our ideas- cut out the middle man and elect us. Or a point of difference if they don’t.

        The polls were positive, set the agenda.

      • Vivie 4.2.2

        tWig – I agree with you. As I have previously commented, blaming Chris Hipkins for Labour's election loss seems simplistic. Evidently most people weren't voting for a capital gains tax or a wealth tax, because more would have voted for Te Pāti Māori or the Green Party if these were the main policies of concern. Clearly many people voted against their own interests.

        Huge donations assisted National with a relentless attack campaign against Labour. According to information in the following link, in 2023 National received $10,383,230.39 in donations.

        https://elections.nz/democracy-in-nz/political-parties-in-new-zealand/party-donations-and-loans-by-year/

        tc – How could Chris Hipkins "properly sell 3 waters or the other policies remaining after his policy bonfire" in the face of a constant, misleading attack by the Right, which appealed to many voters' fears, prejudices and resentment towards Maori?

        "If we subtract negative posts from positive posts, about 63 percent more Labour posts included positive self-presentation than negative attacks. In comparison, when we do the same for National, it had a net positivity score of just 5.5 percent…..

        Negative campaigning criticises socially relevant topics, uses stereotypical traits, highlights shortcomings as well as criticises and attacks qualities and behaviour of parties, politicians, and related issues. Exaggerations and evoking negative emotions such as fear, envy, blame, and anger are also considered as negative campaigning".

        https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/news/2023/10/negative-campaiging-in-the-2023-new-zealand-election

        Following repeated challenges about the affordability of National's tax plan from Labour, the CTU, the media, and analysis by economists, Nicola Willis admitted the following:

        https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/10/election-2023-national-admits-it-knew-all-along-its-maximum-tax-cuts-would-only-go-to-3000-households.html

        It seems many people knowingly voted for a party that lied by omission and implication, about the supposed benefits of a major policy; also likely due to resentment over Labour's planned water services reforms and the COVID-19 mandates, which reportedly saved the lives of about 20,000 people.

        https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/499516/new-zealand-s-covid-19-response-saved-20-000-lives-research

        Chris Hipkins has a higher approval rating than other MPs, so why are supposed Labour supporters suggesting that he should be replaced?

        https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/06/26/poll-hipkins-outscores-luxon-in-approval-ratings

        • newsense 4.2.2.1

          This is…

          we should be able to point to current leadership, not re-litigate the tax issue or other pre-election issues.

          There are (were?) a lot of things that Labour can clearly oppose and in fact lead on.

          There was momentum in the country when it wanted to hear the alternative.

          Waiting for the Tories to destroy themselves with arrogance so you can run a fairly RW third way is not a strategy. And a guy whose sales pitch is former human rights lawyer is starting from a better place than previous government bovver boy and border enforcer.

          Part of the credit Goldsmith is getting should be Labour’s.

          And if Hipkins doesn’t want criticism he’s in the wrong job. The moment there’s no criticism he’s failed utterly and no one cares anymore.

          He needs a Labour team for the whole country which he leads, not a safe Chippy team he has vetted. Labour needs to go further left than his personal politics. We can see the Stanfords, Bishops, Collins and Goldsmiths. They are getting comfortable in office. Who’s making them uncomfortable? Mitchell has been messing up- is he being pressured?

          Listening is all very well, but with the resource management overhaul we are now seeing productive land as fair game for crap developments that are not well served by public transport or infrastructure. Surely Labour doesn’t need to wait on that? Just cutting the rural/urban border is massive and unnecessary. Haven’t all the councils just done these unitary plans?

          There was a lot of public consultation on the resource management bill, right? Does it need to be redone to have a position?

          On Auckland you need to get Michael Wood back on side and back as MP in waiting. Hipkins looked best when he and his Auckland MPs and councilors turned out post the flooding. There is a Labour history of service at local and state level from Goff bequeathed to Wood. Whatever BS it was was not a hanging offense and Hipkins is equally culpable of failed leadership in not managing it. The same way he was connected to Mallard and the Clark Labour government, so is Michael Wood. Starting from scratch there is a massive ask. Being able to say I knew something was up with the flooding because I went and checked our local stream is credibility.

          Now he’s got no core Auckland team, just a Westie one. Now he’s cap in hand asking Wayne Brown about electorates which have been Labour’s for a long long long time.

          Get the Auckland team back together and get the ground game functioning.

          If there’s no alternative, what happened in Italy will happen here. The far right will jag right, and the right will cover the centre.

          No one will want a fiscal hawk party of the left without a team of diverse experience and skills, if compassionate conservatism is winning the day, they’ve got tax cuts and the searing missteps are being corrected or somewhat smoothed over by experienced and relatively likeable ministers.

          The PM is inexperienced, but has some strong team members who are relishing power. What’s Labour got? Without government resources and out in the cold. The resources are their people. Give them something to rally around. Or at least communicate some clear points of opposition. And stick a few lines in the sand when the government does something wrong. Cutting all of Seymour’s play ministry could be a start. The bureau of bureaucracy to count the bureaucrats. No thanks.

      • SPC 4.2.3

        Bill English polled well after the 2017 defeat, as did Bridges till the lockdown. They were waiting for NZF to fall in 2020.

        The CofC is dependent on NZF (never more than one term in government) staying above 5%.

        Goff should have stayed leader after 2011 and moved on if defeated in 2014 (division has a cost). Moore would have won in 1993 under MMP, Clark won at the second go.

    • bwaghorn 4.3

      Similarly on housing noises that prices have dropped and the minister isn’t unhappy will play well with the youth, even with massive asterisks attached.

      Got to have a job to be able to afford a house, the economy is tanking , unemployment is rocketing, national applied a tourniquet to stem perceived bleeding of government spending but are to stupid to realise if you don't release it the limb will rot and kill its owner

    • SPC 4.4

      Labour should not oppose for the sake of it.

      It can agree on granny flats, on media negotiating with on line platforms use of content and having a tax on digital advertising as well (- a stick, the size dependent on online platforms acting in good faith).

      And they should criticise such as on cancer and lack of action on anti-stalking legislation to get better outcomes. And on the need for rail enabled ferries.

      Prices have dropped because of the number of homes consented in 2022 and now coming on market. This includes rentals. Labour should make this clear.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    That “Joe has to go” becomes more obvious by the minute–not to forget multi thousands of butchered Palestinians, that he could have saved with a phone call if so inclined.

    The Yoo Ess Ayy is on a dark road towards authoritarianism given the millions of alienated non voters, industrial strength Gerrymandering, voter suppression of myriad kinds–some states forbid giving queuing voters a bottle of water! for chrissakes, and a bent Electoral College and FPTP system.

    The only hope is demographic change with millions of eligible younger potential voters coming on stream, and maybe even MAGA women will vote on the basis of the Roe vs Wade roll back of female rights.

    • Ad 5.1

      You may as well be running Republican script.

    • Dennis Frank 5.2

      The only hope is

      I'm hoping that Biden's doing a machiavellian strategy: play the fool by simulating a mental defect. Worked like a dream for Trump so no surprise if Biden's controller is coping the formula. Plan B: run an AI cyborg at the convention as a positive alternative to tempt the progressives.

      You could program it to do a tap and dance routine when it gets up onstage to front the media. Yanks love that shit – been swallowing it since the 19th century.

    • Obtrectator 5.3

      "The only hope is demographic change with millions of eligible younger potential voters coming on stream …. "

      That's making the rather large assumption that there'll be a candidate allowed to run and for whom they can vote (if indeed they're still eligible to vote at all). When did Poots last allow a real opponent into the contest?

  6. newsense 6

    Smaller apartments are not family homes. Reducing minimum apartment size doesn’t solve the housing crisis. It makes hen crates for people and trading chips for property investors, stalling until foreign investors can buy them to cram in foreign students.

    Before we get too carried away with flooding the market once more we need to make sure we have the correct insurance and materials so that people aren’t entirely invested and left high and dry. They don’t buy a house, see it written off by a disaster and then have their life put on hold for years while their capital is held ransom by councils and insurance companies.

    We don’t want to take people from old mouldy housing and put them into new sunless soon to-be-mouldy ground floor apartments that are too small for their 3 seater sofa and their washing.

    Get it right first time, don’t make people pay their savings to fix the mistakes made in haste and to stand still.

    Agree with Hipkins here, but curiously only the sales pitch (made uninterrupted on Morning Report) made it to the midday news, not the response.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/521250/loosening-build-rules-comes-with-big-risks-chris-hipkins

    • tc 6.1

      RNZ know where their breads buttered.

      • tWig 6.1.1

        And again, criticism of Hipkins being weak, where some of the issue is media story choice. If you don't make an emotive, fact-free critique, a al National before the election, then you don't get the front-page soundbite.

        • newsense 6.1.1.1

          Criticising RNZ for running Bishop’s sales pitch at least twice without proper context! No criticism of Hipkins here.

        • gsays 6.1.1.2

          He is weak.

          Gotta talk to Aucklanders to find out what his values and principles are for next election.

        • newsense 6.1.1.3

          It’s his job to get coverage. And his shadow ministers. And it’s a difficult time with a splintering media, sure. And then the gatekeepers who are left in jobs.

          But the message doesn’t have to get to everyone, just the voters likely to change. But the message has to be symbolic as well as spoken. A large diverse, competent team, some fresh and some experienced, harrying the government’s fly by the seat of their pants approach, behind the boss.

  7. Georgecom 7

    The COC wants standardised testing for all primary students. One more step of requiring schools to report students achievement against national norms and we are bacl to their national standards policy of 2008. Bacl then it did little at all to lift literacy and numery levels but costs 10s of millions of dollars. Are we again seeing Act and National about to waste a load of time and money on a failed scheme, as we are seeing with a return of charter schools.

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    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
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    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

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    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
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    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
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    2 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
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    17 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
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    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
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    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
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    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
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    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    6 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    6 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    7 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    1 week ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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