Open Mike 04/05/2017

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  1. The decrypter 1

    picture of sewer cleaner in herald.i dont know how to copy it to here but see it has potential for nicks rivers or similar . help please.

  2. Pete 2

    I usually listen to zb from 5 to 6.00am. This morning in the brief moments before 6, before I could switch over, Hosking came on and did a little spiel. It was about how brilliantly NZ was doing.

    He said we are a country with full employment. In the streets of Kaitaia today do you think they’ll buy me a coffee when I deliver the good news? And Kaikohe?

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      According to Bill English full employment = six percent plus unemployment.

      • AB 2.1.1

        Not sure he would describe it as ‘full’ employment but in private would view the optimal level as 5-6% as that is pretty much what National seems to aim for whenever they get into power.
        High enough to suppress wage growth, not so high as to cause widespread unrest.
        Also if you treat beneficiaries appallingly enough you can possibly suppress wage growth with slightly lower levels of unemployment – as everyone is terrified of landing on the doorstep of the sadistic WINZ.
        Rigging the statistics also helps enormously on the PR front – you can claim unemployment of under 5% when effectively it is somewhat higher.
        Throw in the PM claiming that the unemployed are “pretty useless”, the ceaseless work of National Party boosters like Hosking and high net immigration – then you have a pretty powerful package that keeps unemployment where National’s supporters in business want it without creating much fuss.

    • tc 2.2

      The ZB target market isnt chock full of critical thinking and hoskins isnt a journo hes a dog whilstling shock jock paid big bucks to deliver messages.

      Predictable and effective.

      • Johan 2.2.1

        He is a mere delivery boy. Ask him to talk about the people who are struggling and Hosking comes across as a total failure, sincerity is not his strength.

    • millsy 2.3

      So we can quit our jobs and be able to walk into another one then right? Right?

    • North 2.4

      I’d like wahanui Hosking to take me on a tiki tour Kaikohe, Kaitaia and around the North. Pop into a few places where he can spiel his spiel in those terms in front of those living completely different lives. Let Hosking dis’ THEM to their faces with his shit……..

  3. dv 3

    AND isn’t the definition of being employed is working 1 hr per week?

  4. greywarshark 4

    Another animal going into extinction as we write. Avaaz is encouraging people to vote support for saving a small porpoise that lives in the Gulf of Mexico, the vaquita.
    Here is a Science link from Feb 2017 that informs. They have a complex but workable plan to trap some and take them somewhere to breed safely but can’t start until October.
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/world-s-most-endangered-marine-mammal-down-30-individuals

    They get caught in gill nets, that are set for another declining fish, but bans on the nets are either ignored or the new ones are sabotaged. Jobs strapped Mexico is a breeding ground for criminal gangs and they are into these fish. And the lack of modern medicine acceptance or availability in Asia lurks in the background with them paying up to $100,000 for the fish’s swimming bladder.

    There were only about 30 left by estimates early this year. Now? And if anyone likes fables about people and fish I recommend Peter Benchley’s book The Girl of the Sea of Cortez.

    About the Vaquitas? Don’t know if there is still a tale to tell. Obama has been working with the Mexican government who can pass laws but the crims smell money and that’s the principal drive bugger the principle of leaving something for the future.

      • greywarshark 4.1.1

        Kevin
        This raises the point as to whether as high-functioning beings who are potentially very intelligent, and competent with abstract thinking and mobile but tending to destruction, we suffer more from our own attainments, being ‘hoist with our own petard’ than amphibians who do not have many alternative behaviours available to them, and so are limited in their understanding of their own, or the vastness of the destruction looming and apparently inescapable.

        In other words perhaps I would be better off, in the long run, if I was an amphibian and facing unrealised destruction because it is bloody hard watching it virtually helplessly as a human knowing it is happening.

  5. joe90 5

    Priorities.

    .

    It is hard to believe this is happening, but it’s real: The US Department of Justice is literally prosecuting a woman for laughing at now–Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year.

    According to Ryan Reilly at HuffPost, Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz was arrested in January after she laughed at a claim from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) that Sessions’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”

    Sessions, in fact, has a long history of opposing the equal treatment of all Americans under the law. He has repeatedly criticized the historic Voting Rights Act. He voted against hate crime legislation that protected LGBTQ people, arguing, “Today, I’m not sure women or people with different sexual orientations face that kind of discrimination. I just don’t see it.” And his nomination for a position as a federal judge was rejected in the 1980s after he was accused of making racist remarks, including a supposed joke that he thought the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.”

    Given this history, Fairooz laughed at Shelby’s claim.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/2/15518574/desiree-fairooz-justice-department

  6. joe90 6

    Linda Tirado puts the slipper into Ivanka’s new book.

    And I am drinking free gin and tonic, and we are ready to commence The Introduction. It opens with Ivanka's journey through Patagonia.— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) May 2, 2017

    Ivanka, it turns out, was worried in Patagonia. She was thinking of going to work for the Trumps and what if she wasn't, like, a Trump?— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) May 2, 2017

    […]

    Ivanka believes "every woman should thoughtfully architect a life she'll love" which I 100% agree with but at $7.25 architecture ain't it.— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) May 3, 2017

    https://twitter.com/KillerMartinis/status/859586391969329152

    https://thestandard.org.nz/tag/linda-tirado/

  7. Gosman 7

    If people want to see the dramatic turn around in economic performance of NZ over the past 8 years look at the graphs at the start of this document

    https://www.nzdmo.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/media_attachment/Investor%20presentation%20-%20June%202016.pdf

    • Turnaround from what? The GFC? Well, you’d hope so, wouldn’t you? There doesn’t seem to be any other dramatic turnaround to show there.

      I did notice that under “Economic Performance,” they credit increased performance under Labour to a “housing boom,” while no similar mention of a housing boom occurs for increased performance under National, despite the rather-frequently-mentioned housing boom of the last six years. I guess he who pays the piper calls the tune.

    • McFlock 7.2

      Where’s the measure of homelessness or poverty? Oh, right…

      • Gosman 7.2.1

        Have you got statistics for those?

        • McFlock 7.2.1.1

          yup. Via statsnz and msd, as you well know.

          Apparently allocation of the scarce housing resource isn’t relevant to the economy, though. Otherwise the tory jerk who links to powerpoints from NZDMO would have linked to them to persuade us the nactoid future really is “brighter”.

    • Johan 7.3

      …and the trickle-down concept is still working? Yeah Right. Let’s borrow some more overseas money, bring in cheap labour, manipulate the figures and National will pretend to look like the best gov’t in history.

    • Cinny 8.1

      Aussies won’t change their mind, maybe NZ should follow their example towards ‘cousins’.

      Wondering how many $ p/a ‘perks’ aussies have here compared to us there.

      Brownlee and Bishop? She will dominate that relationship every single day of the week.

      • Chris 8.1.1

        I agree that the Australian government won’t change its mind. We just need to accept that and get on with things. That includes treating Aussies in NZ and those who want to come here exactly the same as we’re being treated over there. Stuff the economics of it. It’s not until we reciprocate will Australia see the silliness in what they’ve being doing. It’s undoubtedly going to take a few tragic stories about Aussies in NZ, Aussie families ripped apart and so on, before Australians (followed by their government) to get the message. And if they don’t, whether that’s because there isn’t enough of them or whatever, then so be it – the ‘special relationship’ is over, simple. We just have to accept that. And any political party that adopts Brownlee’s ‘bend over and ask for more’ approach will pay the political price. Beware, fat Gerry, beware, you filthy and gutless and spineless piece of bullying scum, beware. And add hypocritical scum to that, Gerry, because you ain’t so bullying now, you coward.

  8. “Knowing thathuman beings have, basically, remained unchanged for at least 40,000 years,how can we say that our remote ancestors could not observe the subtle celestial shifting ofprecession? Our concept of how difficult this might be is tempered by the problems of ourown age, when the skies are obscured by smog and light pollution, when basic math skills arethe property of the few, and no one has the time or inclination to read and explore the obscure depths of human history. If we can admit that our remote ancestors were intelligent enough to conceive of this majestic and complex doctrine of World Ages, we might allow ourselves to be smart enough to let go of destructive tendencies and move into a healthier new era”

    Heard of Hamlet’s Mill?

    Here’s an intro:

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/852437/Hamlet-s-Mill

  9. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster 10

    @ greywarshark

    Your brilliant idea of a ‘book society’ of a month or so ago, doesn’t seem to have been followed through with – which is a pity.

    I know its just been published and therefore is probably quite expensive, but could I suggest Kate Raworth’s book Doughnut Economics.

    I’ve just listened to an interview of her by Thom Hartman on RT (yes, the dreaded propaganda mouthpiece of Putin!) and her book seems very pertinent – so much so that I may buy a copy.

    The interview is here: well worth a watch – 12 minutes or so.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EugDXiIDnUA

    Also relevant to Wild Katipo’s New Right links!

  10. AsleepWhileWalking 11

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O520GohyDqw

    “France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs Merkle” – Le Pen declares.

  11. The Other Mike 12

    Poorest Kiwi households face much larger cost of living increases than big spenders

    A recent jump in the cost of living hit the lowest paid Kiwis much harder than the big spenders, new figures show.

    In the first three months of the year, inflation for all households jumped one per cent, bringing annual inflation to 2.2 per cent, the highest since 2011.

    On Thursday Statistics New Zealand released the household living-costs price indexes, giving a breakdown of how price increases hit different groups.

    The figures showed that the rise hit the lowest earners the hardest. Beneficiaries saw their overall costs rise by 1.4 per cent, almost three times the increase faced by the 20 per cent of households with the highest spending.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92220976/poorest-kiwi-households-face-much-larger-cost-of-living-increases-than-big-spenders

    Beware the usual Stuff rednecks in the comments.

  12. adam 13

    “There are no homosexuals in Chechnya. You cannot detain and persecute those who do not exist,” Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, told the Interfax news agency.

    Well this is becasue they have done this

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya

    Now we have this

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4470166/Chechen-parents-told-Kill-gay-children.html

    And were the quote is from.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/tortured-electricity-chechen-gay-men-recount-days-abuse-n753796

    So much fun, how great it is to have a disorganized left, being destroyed by liberalism. So next it will be the lesbians, then….

    oh wait already happening — it’s the JW’s

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/world/europe/merkel-putin-russia.html

    Thank God for a free Catholic press.

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/05/01/russian-catholic-official-criticises-ban-on-jehovahs-witnesses/

  13. Ad 14

    Prosaic though the language is, I think English’s pre-budget speech yesterday has taken lessons from Theresa May on how to sound more like a Labour government than Labour:

    “As well as a growing economy, we have an increasingly diversified one.
    Between 2014 and 2016, global dairy prices fell markedly, and as a result annual dairy exports fell by $3.3 billion.
    Once, that would have thrown our economy into decline.
    But in fact over that same period non-dairy exports grew by $5.9 billion.
    IT exports have more than doubled since 2008.
    Tourism is at record levels and the construction sector is booming, with over 30,000 new houses being built a year, compared with just 13,000 six years ago.”
    (…)

    “At the core of it, surpluses mean choices.
    They mean we can help people through difficult times – like in Christchurch, Kaikoura and Edgecumbe – without having to cut public services elsewhere.
    They mean we can increase wages for 55,000 low-paid health care workers through a $2 billion pay equity settlement, as we announced last month.
    And they mean we can invest in new infrastructure, like the $800 million to rebuild State Highway One through Kaikoura, as Simon Bridges announced last week.
    We know that to keep growing we need to invest in infrastructure to support that growth.
    In 2007 John Key stood in the 35,000-seat Westpac stadium and said the number of New Zealanders heading offshore every year was enough to fill it.
    Nine years later that 35,000 is down to almost zero.
    In fact, in the 12 months to March the net outward migration of Kiwis was at its lowest level for any March year since 1964.
    That’s a vote of confidence in New Zealand.”
    (…)

    “We’ve made improvements across the board:

    Over 50,000 fewer people are now on a benefit than in 2011.
    We’ve reduced rheumatic fever by 23 per cent.
    94 per cent of 8 month olds are now fully immunised.
    Crime is down 14 per cent, with youth crime down by a third.
    And 85 per cent of 18 year olds now have NCEA Level 2, meaning 6000 more young New Zealanders each year are getting the start they need to move into a job or further training.
    These targets were deliberately meant to be challenging, so although not everyone has been met yet, I’m proud of what we have achieved, alongside New Zealand families.

    Each of these statistics represents tangible improvements for real people, with a flow on effect to their families and communities.

    Their success inspires me, and my ministers, because we’re achieving results that only a few years ago seemed impossible – and we now know we can be even more ambitious.”

    (…)

    “Today the Government is publishing the specific, measurable targets we want to achieve in each of these 10 areas. Most targets are new while some build on existing achievements.

    We are persisting with our existing targets to reduce welfare dependency and serious crime because we want to achieve more alongside the New Zealanders and their communities whose lives are blighted by these issues.

    Every six months we will publish an update on our progress, so you can see exactly how your money is making a difference.”

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/pre-budget-speech-0

  14. joe90 15

    Pre-existing conditions in the draft of Trump’s scheme to replace the ACA.

    – domestic violence
    – sexual assault
    – C-section
    – postpartum depression

    But hey, bringing down liberalism.
    /

    https://mic.com/articles/176092/under-the-gop-s-health-plan-sexual-assault-would-be-considered-a-preexisting-condition#.Bp69IVp8v

  15. greywarshark 16

    Of course we all know about quantum theory. Do we?
    Quantum theory is used in a huge variety of applications in everyday life, including lasers, CDs, DVDs, solar cells, fibre-optics, digital cameras, photocopiers, bar-code readers, fluorescent lights, LED lights, computer screens, transistors, semi-conductors, super-conductors, spectroscopy, MRI scanners, etc, etc.

    By some estimates, over 25% of the GDP of developed countries is directly based on quantum physics. It even explains the nuclear fusion processes taking place inside stars.

    How much of NZ GDP is based on quantum theory, and how much on taking water, turning it into milk, taking energy and turning liquid into powder? And like Jesus, we can also turn water into wine. So quantum theory, bunkum we don’t need you.

    • Incognito 16.1

      Quantum Mechanics does offer very useful explanations for many things.

      I’m sure you’ve heard of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle which states:

      If you know exactly where the turd is you won’t know exactly how fast the shit hits the fan

      • greywarshark 16.1.1

        Incognito
        You have a unique definition there I think. Is it the approved explanation of the theory?

        • Incognito 16.1.1.1

          No, I’m afraid this is just one high school version of it and not one you’ll find in the textbooks.

          As I said, QM is good at explaining many observations but it is much harder to explain QM. In fact, uncertainty is intrinsic to QM because of the dual nature of matter.

          A turd, for example, can be seen as a particle but it also is and behaves like a wave, a ‘wavicle’. This why you get the characteristic (interference) pattern when shit hits the fan.

          For some reason this type of experiment is not popular with Physics teachers; they prefer electron beams and other such esoteric methods. I favour the more hands-on approach that involves all the senses.

  16. greywarshark 17

    Over in Oz the pollies have perfected the art of getting out of difficult political positions by grinning like the Cheshire cat as the galahs do their sleight of hand, and then as people reach out to shake or grab their hands, they gradually recede till all that is left is beamish teeth floating in the air. False, of course.

    Their housing policy has the good old Aussie fairness to the bloke in the street, wait on reading further….
    The introduction of negative gearing in 1985 by the Hawke/Keating government and the introduction of the capital gains tax discount by the Howard government in 1999 were the most significant changes that shifted the policy settings for housing. It went from a principally public good to a commodity that could deliver handsome returns for those already in the property market.

    Labor justified the scheme at the time by arguing that negative gearing would stimulate the economy via the construction industry and drastically reduce the need for governments to supply housing stock.
    The reality is that vested interests and property speculators have had a field day at the expense of those seeking a home.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/04/21/scott-morrisons-claytons-housing-affordability-plan/
    and

    https://newmatilda.com/2017/03/21/10-years-on-the-northern-territory-intervention-continues-to-cause-harm/
    21/3/17
    Howard and his ilk, produced a grand putsch whereby they put the Army into aborigine lives and lands and at the same time introduced a card they could use that almost replaced cash. This meant that most of their purchasing had to go through business and the ability to buy things from locals, trade with others, give their kids money for school lunches even, has been nearly impossible. Yet with subterfuge, the Federals have found it pleasing, and extended it. Some see this a backdoor to the cashless society altogether.

    In the comments Roslyn says:“If we allow this to continue people won’t have to imagine how it would feel – they will find out starting with different groups of welfare recipients then it will be expanded to aged pensioners and I wouldn’t be surpised if the ultimate agenda would be to find a way to have working peoples wages paid onto a card, They would start with criminals then it would be expanded to include peole with a history of drug or alcohol abuse or gambling.

    But that would just be the excuse. The goal would to control peoples purchasing decisions – keeping money in the hands of big businesses and killing off micro businesses handmade and second hand and farmers direct selling markets. Another wealth transfer scheme. Trickle up economics. People need to realise how a government treats the most vulnerable and disavantaged ultimately becomes how they treat everyone except the very wealthy.”

    The New Matilda say they are not a popular rag and ask for subscribers. As we don’t have a feisty NZ there with a NZ flag tattooed somewhere out of sight, perhaps in John Clarke’s memory (Fred Dagg) we should help this worthy cause.

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    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 ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    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

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    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

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    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. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    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 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    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 ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    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

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    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?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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