web analytics

Open mike 04/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 4th, 2015 - 93 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

openmikeOpen mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

93 comments on “Open mike 04/12/2015”

  1. BLiP 1

    TFIF

  2. Morrissey 2

    If Reeva Steenkamp had been a dead Iraqi woman, this canting
    hypocrite would not have tolerated any expressions of support for her.

    Paul Henry, Friday 4 November 2015, 6:15 a.m.

    sanctimonious adj. 1. showing or marked by false piety or righteousness; hypocritically virtuous; 2. excessively or hypocritically pious.

    Big news of the day: Oscar Pistorius gets 15 years for murder…..

    PAUL “KILL THEM ALL” HENRY: The internet will be going mad about this. What are they saying, Charlotte?

    CHARLOTTE RYAN: There’s relief all over social media. A lot of people are tweeting, simply, “Her name was Reeva Steenkamp.”

    PAUL “KILL THEM ALL” HENRY: [gravely] Mmmmm.

    CHARLOTTE RYAN: Just to remind people, you know, who she was.

    Here’s a slightly less reverential approach by Henry to the dead…

    Open mike 27/05/2015

    • ianmac 3.1

      The applause from the Media for Benn is to try and destroy the credibility of Corbyn. Probably works too.

      • Morrissey 3.1.1

        Benn’s raving has also won the support of at least one of the insiders on this very site.

  3. Bearded Git 4

    What is Labour doing voting in favour of the RMA reforms? Let me repeat my post of a couple of weeks back:

    The Nats and there friends at the Herald are spinning the line that there are only minor changes to the RMA proposed. See here:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11552680

    This is NOT true. Let me repeat; NOT true.

    The changes proposed to S.95A of the Act mean that NO residential subdivision and/or development will be able to be publicly notified regardless of adverse effects. This means that the checks and balances of public submission and the ability to appeal to the Environment Court will be removed completely from ALL residential subdivisions and developments.

    The result will be that in places such as Queenstown or Wanaka visually intrusive residential developments promoted by well-resourced developers will inevitably gain consent from (specially chosen, often poorly trained) commissioners without any public input. This is a disaster for NZ’s landscapes in the making.

    Why on earth have the Maori Party signed up to this?

    S.95A should be kept as it it is. In its current form it does not hold back residential development. The Nats are simply using this as an excuse to change it.

    One can only hope that Dunne and the Maori Party realise the the disastrous effects of this change before it is too late.

    • BLiP 4.1

      As well as S 95A, have you seen the wee tweak hidden in the depths of the reams of RMA legislation regarding environmental protection of the EEZ? There’s lots and lots of such sneaky devices scattered in there.

      I’m sorry you’re surprised with Labour’s support for the changes but its not exactly new news that Labour couldn’t give a fuck about the environment. It was Labour which opened Pike River Mine on conservation land, put tax breaks for fossil fuel corporations into law, and, and and. But don’t panic: Labour has got its media spin in place. Its all about “jobs first” and, believe it or not, “values”.

      The Maori Party has been bought off with more money for “social investment” and will probably just hitch a ride on Labour’s excuse when it comes to defending its position. As for Dunne? Who knows, except that Dunne will do what’s best for Dunne.

      • Bearded Git 4.1.1

        I know they are smoke-stack socialists where jobs matter and all other considerations pale, but surely Labour can’t support the destruction of NZ’s landscape in this day and age. For one thing it is actually a long-term loss to the economy.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          but surely Labour can’t support the destruction of NZ’s landscape in this day and age.

          Apparently they do.

          IMO, Labour are still operating as if we’re in the 19th century and that all of the knowledge gained in the 20th century doesn’t exist. This is somewhat better than National who are trying to take us back to the 15th century and serfdom – but not by much.

          • Sacha 4.1.1.1.1

            Worst thing is Twyford being stupid enough to parrot libertarian nonsense about land supply being the main problem with housing affordability. Genius strategy.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, that’s a big one. Build upwards and the land supply issue goes away but so does the land-bankers unearned profits.

    • Kiwiri 4.2

      Dunne, ACT and Green voted against it (didn’t think those three would ever end up in one sentence!).

      NZ First abstained.

      The bill went through first reading by 92 votes (14 against). Natz Govt doing well as political managers in the House.

  4. Tory 5

    Boots, Bombs and Bullets. Well done to those Labour MP’s who crossed the house in the UK to do what was right. Shall now sit back and watch the Marxist Corbyn and his brown, I mean red shirts “Movement” attempt to intimidate and harass those MP’s that are now classed as traitors. How very socialist.

    • North 5.1

      Foolish Tory. Let’s sit back and watch Pigcreant Cameron preen.

    • Chooky 5.2

      John Pilger on the British warmongering Labour Party amongst other things:

      ‘John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda (280)’

      https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/323420-paris-isis-daesh-uk/

      “Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger. Award winning journalist and author, John Pilger talks to us about how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS-Daesh. Plus we examine the media’s role in spreading disinformation ahead of a vote in Parliament for UK bombing of Syria. Afshin looks at the Autumn Statement and why in a time of high alert we are cutting the police force and buying drones. Also we look at which companies are benefitting from the budget. Plus Afshin is joined once again by former MP and broadcaster, Lembit Opik, to look at the weeks news from a cyber sinking feeling over Trident to budget boosts for the BBC.”

    • One Two 5.3

      I sincerely hope there is a not a human being behind that handle

      Lauding death and begging for the blood of more innocent civilians who will die, is beyond ugly

    • DoublePlusGood 5.4

      If you consider killing people is what is right, then you have no decency.

    • Morrissey 5.5

      Is that you, Te Reo?

  5. What you can do about reducing carbon emissions in a country of only a few million people if your leadership isn’t something out a Dilbert cartoon: in less than 10 years, Uruguay has shifted to 95% of its energy from renewables.

    Méndez attributed Uruguay’s success to three key factors: credibility (a stable democracy that has never defaulted on its debts so it is attractive for long-term investments); helpful natural conditions (good wind, decent solar radiation and lots of biomass from agriculture); and strong public companies (which are a reliable partner for private firms and can work with the state to create an attractive operating environment).

    But, perhaps, the biggest lesson that Uruguay can provide to the delegates in Paris is the importance of strong decision-making.

    That first paragraph could be describing New Zealand. The second paragraph… not so much.

  6. Tinakori Road 7

    Hi John. I told you that you would have to step down. When?

    I’m waiting. Do you want me to destroy your party? Step aside, John. You know what I have. You know that you are finished. Bye-bye.

  7. Manuka AOR 8

    Donald Sutherland: War is for profit

  8. Stuart Munro 9

    If you are interested in the MPI fisheries review you have about a week to make your views known.

    https://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/fisheries/fisheries-management-system-review/have-your-say/

  9. Penny Bright 10

    Folks – what is ‘PUBLIC’ about so-called ‘public transport’ in Auckland?

    There are 10 private bus companies, 4 private ferries and a French multi-national which operates and manages Auckland trains.

    How much public subsidy is/ has been provided to these PRIVATE passenger transport providers since Auckland Transport came into existence on 1 November 2010?

    Auckland Transport won’t provide that information in an ‘open, transparent and accountable way’ – claiming this information is ‘contractually confidential’.

    (I know because I asked.)

    In my view – that’s outrageous.

    It’s PUBLIC money – where EXACTLY is it being spent?

    If the private sector are so ‘efficient’ – why do they need public subsidies?

    Why should the public subsidise that which we no longer own, operate or manage?

    Where’s the ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, which PROVES that public subsidy of private passenger services is a ‘cost-effective’ use of public money?

    How can you do a proper ‘cost-benefit’ analysis if you don’t know exactly (and accurately) where the costs fall?

    Why aren’t bus, ferry and train services brought back ‘in house’ under the ‘public service’ model?

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      How much public subsidy is/ has been provided to these PRIVATE passenger transport providers since Auckland Transport came into existence on 1 November 2010?

      Every single cent of profit that they’ve taken. After all, the government (ACC in this case) could have done it with the same people using the same principles and without profit. Actually, as there would be a reduction in bureaucracy the council simply running the PT would be cheaper.

      Profits are the biggest tax on all of us.

    • Ad 10.2

      It’s only Hong Kong that has a public transport system that doesn’t need public subsidy. Way it is globally.

      Car drivers need subsidy too, but most of that is indirect ie through CAPEX not OPEX.

    • Grindlebottom 10.3

      Folks – what is ‘PUBLIC’ about so-called ‘public transport’ in Auckland?

      Ah…Simple. They may be private companies, but their buses & trains are for the use of “the public”. Therefore, it’s “public transport”. Thus said, all those unconcerned may resume their slumber.

  10. Rosemary McDonald 11

    Log prices rise…..

    Workplace safety falls..

    The last time prices were this high there were thirteen killed in forestry…in ONE year.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/north-island/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503932&objectid=11555043

    And then there’s the increase in logging trucks on the road over what is forecast to be a hot, dry summer.

    More fatal crashes.

    More damage to the roads.

    • BLiP 11.1

      Massive, crazy deforestation on the way, folks. Just as well John Key changed our emissions target to “conditional” before heading to Paris.

  11. woowoo 12

    former act mp’s calls for a ban on muslim migrants is really a call for a police state:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/david-garretts-dystopia.html

  12. Bill 13

    The first question is on emission reductions. I’m putting the link here, not because I have strong attachments to either this or that side of the inevitable political point scoring that’s going on, but because it’s an example of an OECD country/parliament having a somewhat grown up debate about CC during First Minister question time. A very stark contrast to NZs theatrical Prime Minister’s question time and (I suspect) streets ahead in terms of addressing CC.

    http://www.scottishparliament.tv/Archive?categoryId=c4f18fbd-ff17-4f07-a265-37a0c452db4f&parentCategoryClicked=False&pageNumber=1&orderByField=ScheduledStart&queryOrder=DESC

  13. joe90 14

    Former Pike River chair John Dow is above the law.
    /

    previously on TS

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on a misdemeanor charge sends a message that “no mine operator is above the law.”

    Perez made the statement in a news release Thursday after the verdict was announced in Blankenship’s criminal trial in Charleston.

    Perez said there “must be accountability when people lose their lives because of the neglect of their employer.”

    Blankenship was convicted of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards. The misdemeanor charge carries up to one year in prison. He was not found guilty of a more serious conspiracy charge. He was also acquitted of making false statements and securities fraud.

    The case centered on West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

    http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article47706670.html

  14. ianmac 15

    “Who is this?”
    “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one and, if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it.”

    ” That’s from a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler prepared by the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA.”

    Are there others closer to home who subscribe to this?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11555496

  15. Peroxide Blonde 16

    “Will Andrew Little turn 2017 into a re-run of 1999? Will he use the occasion of Labour’s 2016 centenary conference to invite James Shaw and Metiria Turei to join him on the stage for a symbolic group hug? Will the three of them then invite the New Zealand voter to bring centre-left politics into the Twenty-First Century by electing a Labour-Green Coalition Government? The “optics” – as the spin-doctors say – would be compelling.”

    Cuddly Chris of Bowalley fame muses. http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/

    Would you turn up to a Labour dinner that has Roger Douglas and Michael Basset as headline? NOT ME!

    Nash and Douglas have a lot in common. They both are deeply in love with themselves.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      Stacking the Deck

      It’s a process that also puts a lot of potentially excellent Labour candidates off. Someone confident in their understanding of industry, agriculture, science, or (God forbid!) running a business, rightly feels affronted at the prospect of being figuratively pinched, poked and prodded by people whose experience of the world is often extremely limited and narrow.

      Translation: Some with an extremely narrow view of the world is put off when others don’t hold their limited view of the world.

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        Hmmm.
        Apparently the Alliance going down 2.25% in the polls from 1996 had nothing to do with the Greens gaining 5% in 1999, according to Trotter.

        I did like the phrasing “someone confident in their understanding of”, though – that doesn’t mean “someone with an accurate or competent understanding of”. Subtle difference.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      How Economists Are Failing Society: Professor Robert Wade At The Ika Seafood Bar & Grill.

      But if Orthodox Economics pays no heed to the real world and cannot predict an event as devastating as the GFC; if it scorns all those who posit a different interpretation of the economic data; if it guards the tenets of its economic faith as jealously as any member of the Roman curia, and punishes heretics with equal severity; then what, exactly, is the orthodox economics profession?

      The answer lies in the word “faith”. Wade himself said that there is a religious quality to the thinking of the men and women in economic institutions like the NZ Treasury. And this, of course, is exactly what the orthodox economics profession has become – a modern priesthood.

      And that really is what modern economics is – a religion and it’s just as wrong as all the other religions.

      • Colonial Viper 16.2.1

        F-off with your anti-religious slant Draco.

        When the world becomes Godless and Soulless men will still need something to believe in and then they end up choosing poor substitutes like “economics” and “consumerism”, with the new temples “business schools” and “shopping malls.”

        • McFlock 16.2.1.1

          Oh, bullshit.

          Some of the biggest economic criminals claim to be religious. And likewise, most athiests/agnostics are decent enough without needing to follow the instructions of a magic book.

          • Colonial Viper 16.2.1.1.1

            Mate, I didn’t say that people only believe in one thing at a time.

            • McFlock 16.2.1.1.1.1

              Nope. But you did say that without belief in the supernatural people ended up making poor choices to substitute. My third sentence addresses that point.

              • Stuart Munro

                Faith based belief is inevitable because the universe is too large to readily be rationally comprehended. Few people do as Newton did and calculate the basis for what is assumed to be reality – they repose their trust instead in an authority of some kind. Church, Science, Media, Politics. While the institution is self-critical and unambitious this does relatively little harm, but transitions, like NZ’s from an actual local democracy to a US style corporate polyarchy tend to be painful.

                • McFlock

                  Meh.
                  It’s the idea that we’ll all turn into vapid creatures of greed without some sort of magic book scaring us with an afterlife to stop us that I find irritating.

        • Ad 16.2.1.2

          Atheists are in full retreat across the world.
          Being religious is the world’s preferred way of being.

          • McFlock 16.2.1.2.1

            That doesn’t make it right.

          • Grindlebottom 16.2.1.2.2

            I wonder if that’s true, Ad. And even if it is, whether things will stay that way.

            Religions were particularly strong when nobody knew how things worked in the universe, or when people were/are suffering or under threat eg war and needed comfort. Fat lot of good praying to God or Allah or whoever does when you’re all killing each other and praying to the same God for support & deliverance from your enemy.

            The belief in an afterlife and a God who will reward dead believers might be strong in some (for whatever reason – most commonly through forced installation into young or uneducated, unsophisticated, or otherwise susceptible minds – but the evidence for its truth is piss poor, in fact, non-existent.

            And there seems to be a rising trend in hostility between religions again in places where they are reported to be growing.

            The more widely educated people become, I reckon the faster the “I don’t believe in God” or “I don’t know” or “there may be some higher power but I don’t believe any of the established religions” categories will grow.

          • Grindlebottom 16.2.1.2.3

            This also worth a read Ad
            http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/humanisms-rise/

  16. adam 17

    I wonder if this would be worth doing here.

    http://statesatrisk.org/

    And reaction to the housing crisis in Auckland.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/968941989813586/

  17. Muttonbird 18

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/74727957/malaysian-envoy-defecated-outside-womans-house–crown

    This is the guy Cameron Slater defended while attacking his victims.

    • Puckish Rogue 18.1

      Didn’t defend him, was concerned about the trial and conviction by media and wanted the full story to come out

      You know the old innocent until proven guilty thing

      • Muttonbird 18.1.1

        Pity he didn’t apply the same innocent until proven guilty policy to Tania Billingsley when he attacked her and her supporters.

        • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1.1

          http://www.smh.com.au/world/malaysian-diplomat-muhammad-rizalman-pleads-guilty-to-indecent-assault-20151129-glb5oe.html

          Rizalman, 39, was initially charged with indecent assault, assault with intent to commit sexual violation and burglary by remaining in a building

          However, in a pre-trial hearing on Friday, Rizalman’s lawyer, Donald Stevens QC, told High Court Justice David Collins that his client would change his not-guilty plea to the charge of indecent assault.

          Crown prosecutor Grant Burston offered no evidence of the other two charges and the judge discharged Rizalman on both.

          Theres more to this story then was first presented by Tanias supporters

          • Sacha 18.1.1.1.1

            including a steaming pile on her porch?

            • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t get me wrong, the guy should definitely be in prison but the way that people, Jan Logie especially, were going on about this case and the reality of what happened looks like two different things

              • Sacha

                I’m not hearing anything different in the crown case than was said at the time (except the pooing). Guy needs serious help.

          • McFlock 18.1.1.1.2

            So they pled down. Like Veitch did.
            What’s your point?

            • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1.1.2.1

              My point is that what was stated to have happened and what the courts have decided sound like two different things

              It sounds more like it was a political point scoring exercise

              • weka

                You’ve said that but you haven’t provided any evidence or even explanation.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  The use of the phrase “rape culture” and linking John Key to the case says to me it was more about political point scoring then it was about finding out what happened

              • McFlock

                and yet you’ve come to that conclusion before the facts of the case have been decided by the courts, no?

          • Muttonbird 18.1.1.1.3

            Amazing that Slater would back a Muslim in Rizalman, who is a a serial liar and guilty of indecent assault, over an ordinary kiwi not much older than his own daughter.

            One suspects that Slater hates women and people of the socially responsible left more than he hates Islam.

            Staggering if true.

  18. adam 19

    Reflecting on Little’s little shuffle. Do the left inside labour realise they have been stab in the back…..again?

    How many times is that now?

    I really have lost count.

    Are you really willing to keep deluding yourselves?

    The left is dead inside labour.

    A socialist elements is a old dead dream.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Meanwhile the newly ascendant Stuart Nash and the Labour Party treats Douglas and Bassett like VIPs.

      What does it all add up to? A party which sold out its soul a long time ago and is proud of it.

      • Chooky 19.1.1

        +100…adam and CV

        …and I dont care how many sky jumps Little does …it is cheap publicity coverup for what the Labour Party really is today …not a left wing party for the grassroots

        …a bit like jonkey posing with the All Blacks in an All Black jersey ( phony)

        …can you imagine Norm Kirk doing this?…he was a genuine left Labour politician and not a poseur

  19. BLiP 20

    What a good idea . . .

    First, Iceland jailed its crooked bankers for their direct involvement in the financial crisis of 2008. Now, every Icelander will receive a payout for the sale of one of its three largest banks, Íslandsbanki.

    If Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has his way — and he likely will — Icelanders will be paid kr 30,000 after the government takes over ownership of the bank. Íslandsbanki would be second of the three largest banks under State proprietorship . . .

    . . . why didn’t we do that here? Oh, right. Damn.

  20. Morrissey 21

    Anyone else hear Leighton Smith’s wandery rant about San Bernadino this morning?
    It ranks with other NewstalkZB classics, like the 2003 “cheeky darkies” one.

    NewstalkZB, Friday 4 December 2015, 8:45 a.m.

    Although he is a staunch supporter of massacres perpetrated in the Occupied West Bank, Gaza, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, NewstalkZB’s morning host Leighton Smith (New Zealand’s closest equivalent to Bill O’Reilly or Alan Jones) is not quite so keen on massacres perpetrated in Australia, or in England, or in the United States. Yesterday’s massacre in San Bernadino really got his fertile mind fertilising, and he delivered a memorable lecture about the state of the world. First up for condemnation, of course, was his bête noire, the man whose election in 2008 enraged Leighton Smith as much as it enraged any Klansman in the most backward reaches of Mississippi or Alabama…..

    LEIGHTON SMITH: Ummmmm, errrrrrr, ummmmmm….. Obama was hoping—I could TELL he was hoping—that the people who did this would turn out to be white Christians. He was HOPING for that! So did the liberals at CNN. Ummmm, errrrrrr, ummmmmm…. That’s the way they think. They wanted it to be Christians, not Muslims, that were responsible for this. But I KNEW right away that it wasn’t Christians. I KNEW it would be TERRORISTS that did this. Ummmm, errrrrrr, ahhhhhhmmm….. And their names were Syed Farook. ….[he pauses to let the ethnicity of that name play on the mind of his listeners]…. Syed Rizwan Farook, to be precise… [another meaningful pause]…. and his wife Tashfeen Malik. Ummmm, errrrr… Obama was HOPING they would be Christians so that he could push his anti-guns agenda. Obama TALKS TOO MUCH. …. Ummm, errrrr, ummmmm…. But they were Muslims, of course. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. [He puts on a high mocking voice] “But Leighton, it might have been a HYBRID!” Give me STR-R-R-RENGTH! Ummm, ahhhh, ummmmmmm…. By the way, did you know he was an ecologist? It has to do with the ecology type of thing. BE CAREFUL OF ECOLOGISTS! Ummm, errrrr…. Time for a commercial break.

    ….continues ranting all morning….

    INTERESTING FACT: Two of this station’s slogans have included: “NewstalkZB: Tune Your Mind”, and “NewstalkZB: Fair and Balanced.”

  21. Macro 22

    This is just appalling!
    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/despair.html
    When are we going to call on the Australian ambassador and ask him to tell his government to get their shit together! When are we going to say to Australia unless you do something about your blatant abuses of Human Rights we will not cooperate with you militarily and your products are no longer welcome in this country – and more importantly don’t bother with sending your Cricket Team here next year.

    • ianmac 22.1

      Pretty awful stuff for Australians but apparently the public support the stance/actions taken by this and previous Aussie Governments. Sad reaaly.

      • Macro 22.1.1

        yes it is – and that is why we have to as a country stand up to out nearest and dearest and say “Hey Mate – that’s not good enough! And we are going to take our bat and ball home with us, and you can’t come to our place and play cricket until you learn to behave yourself and treat people decently!
        Sometimes, It’s only when your best friends start to become concerned with your behaviour that one starts to think …”hmmm maybe what I am doing is wrong?”

        • ianmac 22.1.1.1

          There was an ad in NZ recently about speaking up when we see violence in families. Maybe need one for speaking up about those Aussie injustices.

          • miravox 22.1.1.1.1

            Sadly, the only speaking up about about refugee detention this government will do is to applaud it. It will ignore the inhumanity.

            • Macro 22.1.1.1.1.1

              We once banned a rugby tour to South Africa over Apartheid (1985). Maybe its time to Ban a Cricket Tour over a similar abuse of Human Rights.
              ICC Banned tours of South Africa between 1982 and 1990

              • weka

                sounds like a good plan to me.

                • Macro

                  I’ve just been watching the test match between South Africa and India being played in Delhi – the composition of the South African team is so multicultural its amazing. 🙂 That would not have been the case 30 years ago.

              • miravox

                Sounds good to me to. I doubt the PM has moved on from the days when he couldn’t remember which side of the apartheid protests he was on. Maybe this could be a wee reminder.

  22. Xanthe 23

    The tide starts to come back in for DotCom we just might see a few of these corrupt prosecuters get their just deserts… remember it was Sony lawyers who advised against involvement because it was not unimaginable that DotCom might prevail

    • ianmac 23.1

      I read that he will retrieve some of his money from Hong Kong but is there something else looking promising?

  23. Penny Bright 24

    Any folks here concerned about the proposed Auckland Transport changes to Eastern Suburbs bus services?

    FYI

    Public Meeting

    “Have your say on Auckland Transport proposed changes to Eastern Suburbs bus services.”

    WHEN: Saturday, 5 December 2015

    TIME: 10.30am – 12.30pm

    WHERE: Tamaki Ex-Services Association Hall
    Corner of Turua St and Polygon Rd
    ST HELIERS

    MAP:
    http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/venue/auckland-tamaki-ex-services-hall

    This meeting has been convened by Penny Bright, assisted by concerned local residents.

    “There has been a considerable amount of work that has gone into recommendations to Auckland Transport’s proposed changes, by local residents, and their residents and community groups, these proposed changes being supported by the Orakei Local Board Chair, Desley Simpson.

    The purpose of this Public Meeting, is to give the Auckland Transport representatives, (who will have an opportunity to explain their proposed changes), a clear and positive message, that will help improve Eastern Bays bus services for those who use them.

    I look forward to ‘facilitating’ a very constructive Public Meeting, which helps result in a ‘WIN / WIN’ outcome for both Auckland Transport and the residents of the Eastern suburbs and their communities.”

    Penny Bright

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

  24. greywarshark 25

    Coming up in Auckland. The pleasure of December festivities and music.
    Don’t miss:

    “WHEN SINATRA WAS A RED”
    THIRSTY DOG, K RD.
    SATURDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 12
    8PM.
    $10 at the door (What an affordable price – give yourself and friends a gift!)
    . :
    Saturday December 12 is Frank Sinatra’s birthday.
    In Auckland he’ll be remembered on his birthday at the Thirsty Dog on K Rd.
    And remembered as—Ol’ Pinko Eyes.

    Saturday is Frank Sinatra’s birthday. And not just any old birthday,
    his centenary birthday.
    Frank Sinatra was born on that date in 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey,
    and died in 1998, aged 82.
    In that lifetime he was the winner of nine Grammy Awards.

    While Linn Lorkin & Friends sing Sinatra standards, the crowd at the Thirsty Dog will hear an account of Sinatra in the 1940s when he was named 12 times in communist witch-hunt hearings in Washington.

    Featuring:
    Justin Horn, vocals
    Linn Lorkin, vocals
    Hershal Herscher, piano and accordion
    Stuart Grimshaw, bass
    Dave Powell, tenor sax
    Dean Parker, narration

    Today he’s known as an entertainer who sided with Republican politicians like Nixon and Reagan, hung out with mobsters and swaggered about Las Vegas with his cronies singing, “I did it my way…”

    But there was another side to Sinatra, an early radical Frank.
    He emerged from a political and historical context—the great flood of poverty-stricken European immigrants washed up on the shores of America at the end of the 19th century, the catastrophic economic depression that followed in the 1930s, then a world war meant to establish a peace worth fighting for.
    At the height of his popularity, in the 1940s, Sinatra was branded a Red, a commo—Ol’ Pinko Eyes.

    He was one of the first major stars of the era to stand shoulder to shoulder with the poor and the oppressed.
    While Bing Crosby was crooning to a Republican tune, Sinatra was backing Roosevelt’s New Deal of state-funded work schemes and nationalised industries.
    Asked by a reporter in 1946 what he considered the biggest problem America faced in its post-war world he replied, “Poverty… Every kid in the world should have his quart of milk a day.”

    The great bandleader Duke Ellington remembered Sinatra in the 1940s as
    being the leader of the campaign against race hatred..
    And the Popular Front, the United Auto Workers’ sit-down strike in Michigan…
    And the 1947 number that pinned Sinatra’s politics to his lapel,
    “The House That I Live In”—

    “The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street
    The grocer and the butcher, and the people that I meet
    The children in the playground, the faces that I see
    All races and religions, that’s America to me

    “The place I work in, the worker by my side
    The little town or city where my people lived and died
    The ‘howdy’ and the handshake, the air of feeling free
    And the right to speak my mind out, that’s America to me…”

    Linn Lorkin, Justin Horn and Hershal Herscher will be singing Sinatra standards, with Herscher joining Dave Powell and Stuart Grimshaw in Auckland’s Frank Sinatra Big Band.
    “Fly Me To The Moon” … “I Get A Kick Out Of You”… “Strangers In The Night” .
    At –
    “WHEN SINATRA WAS A RED”
    THIRSTY DOG, K RD.
    SATURDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 12
    8PM.
    $10 at the door

    AND ON SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER –

    WHAT : THE JBB IN “CHANUKA IN THE PARK”
    WHERE: Albert Park at the top
    WHEN: Evening of Sunday December 13th
    Live entertainment on the rotunda 5.30pm – 8.30pm

    MORE INFO: A celebration of Chanuka (sometimes called the “Jewish Xmas”).
    Food and gift stalls.
    Live entertainment on the rotunda 5.30pm – 8.30pm. The groups Truppman, Sababa and Simcha will perform, as will a choir, and The Jews Brothers Band with maestro guest violinist James Sneyd will be adding to the mix, doing a nice long set 7.15 – 8pm
    Come join in the special festivities!

  25. Ad 26

    For those in need of a good leftie weep; try:
    “The Rise of the Illegitimate Authority of Transnational Corporations”, by Susan George.

    http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/33890-the-rise-of-the-illegitimate-authority-of-transnational-corporations

    A barrel-o’-laffs, but still if you want high fibre truthiness, here it is.

  26. Morrissey 27

    Remarks on Hilary Benn’s “extraordinary” pro-war speech
    by JOE EMERSBERGER, Friday 4 December 2015
    https://zcomm.org/zblogs/remarks-on-hilary-benns-extraordinary-pro-war-speech/

    The UK’s establishment press (i.e. the pro-war press) has been raving about a speech that Labour MP Hilary Benn made in support of joining the US, France and Russia in bombing Syria.

    The Spectator published the text of the speech with the headline “Full text of Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech in favour of Syria airstrikes”

    Below are some quotes from it and my comments.

    The speech opens with a call for Prime Minister David Cameron to apologize for calling Jeremy Corbyn a “terrorist sympathiser”. That’s the high point of Benn’s speech. It’s all downhill from there.

    …we have a moral and a practical duty to extend the action we are already taking in Iraq to Syria…We now have a clear and unambiguous UN Security Council Resolution 2249….because every state has the right to defend itself – why would we not uphold the settled will of the United Nations”

    He uses third rate sophistry to insinuate that the UK has some kind of legal obligation to bomb Syria. The UN resolution he refers to is not a chapter VII resolution. The U.K. would therefore have a very dubious legal authorization – never mind obligation – to bomb Syria.

    …can we really stand aside and refuse to act fully in our self-defence against those who are planning these attacks?”

    He simply asserts that dropping bombs defends people in the UK rather than exposing them – never mind innocent bystanders in Syria – to even more risk.

    And if we do not act, what message would that send about our solidarity with those countries that have suffered so much – including Iraq and our ally, France….It has been argued in the debate that airstrikes achieve nothing. Not so. Look at how Daesh’s forward march has been halted in Iraq.”

    Ah yes Iraq – that stunning success that continues to embarrass anti-war activists. Damn. Was hoping he would not bring it up. Didn’t Tony Blair say in 2003 that – twelve years invading Iraq to get rid of non-existent WMD – the UK would be bombing a terrorist group with a foothold in Iraq, Syria and Libya? Was over a decade of bombing “acting in self-defence” as has been constantly claimed, or was it acting in self-destruction by enflaming the threat of anti-western terrorism – to say nothing of the destruction unleashed on the people in those war ravaged countries?

    Now, I share the concerns that have been expressed this evening about potential civilian casualties. However, unlike Daesh, none of us today act with the intent to harm civilians. Rather, we act to protect civilians from Daesh – who target innocent people.”

    Well that makes all the difference in the world to people who watch their loved ones get blown up by UK bombs doesn’t it? The lack of concern is why a moronic speech like this is widely hailed by the establishment press. Consequences for UK are brushed aside, never mind Syrians.

    But I’ll tell you what else we know, is whatever the number – 70,000, 40,000, 80,000 – the current size of the opposition forces mean the longer we leave taking action, the longer Daesh will have to decrease that number.”

    Here we have pathetic delusions of military grandeur – as if no other countries were bombing Syria and the UK’s contribution was going to be a game changer. The nineteenth century is over. Please move on.

    Benn closes with the stupid but obligatory and predictable WWII analogy below. Surprised he didn’t work in a warning that the UK must not risk being like Neville Chamberlain.

    And we are here faced by fascists. Not just their calculated brutality, but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this chamber tonight, and all of the people that we represent. They hold us in contempt. They hold our values in contempt. They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt. They hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision tonight, in contempt. And what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated. And it is why, as we have heard tonight, socialists and trade unionists and others joined the International Brigade in the 1930s to fight against Franco. It’s why this entire House stood up against Hitler and Mussolini. It is why our party has always stood up against the denial of human rights and for justice. And my view, Mr Speaker, is that we must now confront this evil. It is now time for us to do our bit in Syria. And that is why I ask my colleagues to vote for the motion tonight.”

    https://zcomm.org/zblogs/remarks-on-hilary-benns-extraordinary-pro-war-speech/

    • greywarshark 27.1

      Thanks Morrisey for that headsup on Hilary Benn. With Labour friends like that who needs enemies.

      You say it was surprising they didn’t resurrect Chamberlain. (I used to think of him as having made a bad move, but in hindsight his appeasing was said to have enabled Britain to speed up its defences and armaments program, and if war had been declared earlier Britain would have been overwhelmed, outgunned etc.)

      I started thinking of all the togetherness and alliances of countries that led to WW1. The shooting of one noble of one country by a gunman from an opposing group, was inflated to be a declaration of hostilities (could be compared to France blowing up the Rainbow Warrior in our port). In 1914 the bellicose and the over-active anxieties of countries led to a domino-like fall to war, so horribly.

      This post points out the dangerous side of alliances. He lists the various moves of countries who felt uneasy about their neighbours’ intentions.

      Alarmed by this strong central bloc:
      a. France in 1894 made an alliance with Russia, and
      b. In 1904 France made an agreement with Britain called the Entente Cordiale (= ‘Friendly Relationship’ – not a formal alliance, but a promise to work together).

      c. In 1907, Britain made an entente with Russia, thus forming the Triple Entente (France, Russia, Great Britain).
      d. In 1902 Britain made a naval treaty with Japan.

      The Triple Entente alarmed Germany, which felt itself surrounded by the France-Russia alliance.

      The countries of Europe thought that the alliance system would act as a deterrent to war; in fact it tied the countries together so that, when one country went to war, the others felt themselves obliged to follow.
      (The map shows in two colours red and yellow the position, red for Britain, France and enormous Russia and in between in yellow Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy..
      http://www.johndclare.net/causes_WWI2.htm.

  27. Reddelusion 28

    There’s monsters under the bed as well Ad😀

  28. Chooky 29

    there is hope yet

    ‘Bernie polling better than Obama was in 2007’

    ://www.rt.com/shows/big-picture/324219-bernie-obama-presidential-elections/

    “Tonight’s Politics Panel discusses how the Republican presidential candidates are inciting violence and hate, Bernie’s poll numbers today compared with Obama’s in 2007, and whether the rumors surrounding Rubio’s extramarital affairs are true. Thom discusses how the Republican Party promotes misogyny in America with People For the American Way’s Marge Baker and the National Abortion Federation’s Vicki Saporta and Facebook’s expanding of paid parental leave with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Rome Aloise”.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    5 hours ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 hours ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    9 hours ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    9 hours ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    12 hours ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    12 hours ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    13 hours ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    2 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    4 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    6 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    7 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago