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Open mike 05/08/2019

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77 comments on “Open mike 05/08/2019”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    We're getting reassurance that common sense is prevailing, and Marama remains onside.  Leftist alignment isn't necessarily incompatible with centrist praxis!

    "Jack Tautokai McDonald, number 9 on the party’s list last election, announced that he would be stepping away from his party roles because in his view there had been too much of a “centrist drift” under James Shaw, reports Radio NZ. It is a very significant move, as he was the policy co-convenor and one of the party’s leading Māori voices – here’s his full thread outlining his reasons why he’s made his decision. McDonald used to work closely with Marama Davidson, and this morning Radio NZ reported that she rejected the accusation of the party becoming too centrist."  https://thespinoff.co.nz/the-bulletin/05-08-2019/the-bulletin-greens-push-policy-to-rumbling-party/

    "But there was also widely reported member discontent at the conference. The NZ Herald’s Jason Walls spoke to Newstalk ZB about it, saying there were factions each pushing for the primary focus to be on environmental policy, or social policy. Many members would no doubt reject that it is a binary choice, saying both are important."

    Non-binary people show the way to the future.  Both/and logic applies.  Activists fresh out of kindy will struggle to attain that level of sophistication – that's normal.  Cruise on up that learning curve, you'll get there eventually.

    • Robert Guyton 1.1

      You're either non-binary, or you're not.

      smiley

    • gsays 1.2

      I would have counted myself amongst the folk who are upset the Greens aren't radical enough (bring back Bradford).

      I have come to the conclusion that if we are to have a meaningful governmental approach to CC, we need key communities at the table i.e. farmers.

      James Shaw and Green leadership have done well to get our rural cousins involved in finding consensus.

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    James Shaw on RadioNZ live now, addressing Jack McDonald's accusations now. Sounding secure and intelligent. Looking at the long-term. 

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    "A form of climate denialism" campaign of lies and misinformation that's being spread… Bridges' claims an evolution of denial…National "attempting to virtue-signal" to lower-socio-economic groups…"I was asked if I would support Simon Bridges over Jacinda Ardern…"

  4. Nottingham has lost his appeal against conviction and sentence. 

    The Crown appeal was sort of successful, with an increase\to 31 months in prison calculated by the Court of Appeal, but with home detention already served this allows him to miss prison by a whisker, with a new 12 month home detention sentence and 18 months altogether banned from internet use.

    Paywall: Blogger’s convictions for ‘malicious and misogynistic attacks’ on former MP, business people stick

    Cameron Slater also gets a mention, who supported Nottingham's claim that using an overseas based website gave them immunity from NZ law, but the courts have disagreed.

    More detailsDermot Nottingham appeal fails, sentence increased

    • Sacha 4.1

      Impressive listing of court rulings in your post, thank you.

    • lprent 4.2

      Thanks for that.

      Cameron Slater and legal dimwit Nottingham – they really were and probably still are just complete time wasting arseholes with not moral compass and just born to fritter away money and resources.

      That list of public judgements and decisions is just from 2015 onwards. The history goes back a lot longer than that.

  5. Muttonbird 5

    Repost from yesterday's How To Get There:

    'Fundamental human right': Green Party releases housing policy

    We'll be offering a pathway to home ownership for people who rent and cannot afford to save for a deposit.

    – Marama Davidson

    This is crucial to the success of housing reform as it caters for those outside current Kiwibuild criteria.

    In my view, every single person in this country should have access to healthy, stable housing no matter what their income or status. That is the way to strong communities and better outcomes.

    The Greens also said:

    The Green Party is also fighting for reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act, and a mandatory Warrant of Fitness to enforce proper standards for rental homes.

    "We have a plan to shift New Zealand's approach to private rentals as well. We'll be reforming the Residential Tenancies Act this term, and we believe that no-cause terminations must end," Davidson said.

    Any progressive government in this country today needs to "shift New Zealand's approach to the rental market"

    We need to get amateur landlords out, and professional landlords in.

    Hope they can work together with Labour on this in the next government. What a formidable government that would be!

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/08/fundamental-human-right-green-party-releases-housing-policy.html

  6. Chris T 6

    I thought I would have a go at listening to Peter Williams on Radio live last week and today, as he has always come across as a good bloke.

    Far out.

    He comes across so conservative, he makes Sean Plunket seem liberal.

    Pretty funny though.

    • Dennis Frank 6.1

      Yeah, no surprise.  I worked with him a few times in the '90s when I was an editor in the TVNZ newsroom.  Never even thought of talking to him about interesting stuff.  I know an arch-conservative when I see one, takes just a fraction of a second.

      He's human though.  Showed that recently when he was on Garner's show panel one morning, surprised me.  People can change, but arch-cons do it real slow.  Like driving a car with the hand-brake on.

  7. mosa 7

    Mass Surveillance update.

    Unionist crusader Andrew Little will always protect out rights!

    Yeah right.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/08/02/guest-blog-ross-meurant-oh-how-the-worm-turns/

  8. mosa 8

    How can we have mature road safety when we have so many immature idiots holding licences.

    There will be no serious consequences for this type of road safety stupidity !!

    Our whole approach is childish and that includes the police.

    This is treated as a joke.

    Many drivers take risks and refuse too follow the road rules as there is no fear of the consequences of their actions.

    How many motorists would have been warned to turn on their lights in the lower south island this morning so they could be seen by other drivers and pedestrians due to the conditions.

    The answer is 0

    No enforcement on the basics.

    It is time the ” she will be right approach ” and i will drive how i like and the ” don’t be naughty “approach of the police is given serious attention.

    That would be a start.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114753778/hot-cakes-warning-dont-eat-and-drive

    • greywarshark 8.1

      I remember reading that the justice system doesn't make sure that drivers before the Courts for driving offences, including drunken driving and who are required to take refresher, remedial courses or study of some sort, actually complete these courses.    And that applies to repeat offenders; apparently they just turn up, get some fine, or sentence and are able to not complete a course.    There should be a jail sentence with hard labour for such slithery non-compliers to bring them to their senses.   And some reward for doing so, and for coming back once a year for three years to do a test.   Also I would like vehicle simulators to be used, and discussions with an instructor about what they have done wrong, and how they could drive better in that  situation.   Everyone enjoys simulators, and they might learn something to change their possibly automatic behaviour.

      Another traffic problem on Radio nz this morning, more vehicles in accidents have no wofs.   The crash may not have been caused by a vehicle fault, but it seems that there is a fault in the driver or company in being careless about maintenance and wof, and no doubt the driver is not being properly looked after either!

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/395973/increase-in-unwarranted-vehicles-involved-in-serious-crashes-concerning

      I wonder also if the old easing of regulations meme that has caused us problems since NZ went for deregulation, is still hanging over us with its tendency for slack attitudes continuing.    The change in 201q4 for some vehicles to only need wofs every 3 years or so, may have indicated that she'll-be-right is the way-to-go.

      I see for new:  An initial WoF inspection, another one at three years old, then one per year for the lifetime of the vehicle.

      Considering that there is usually a consensus that every regulation should be as simple as possible (so even a child can understand),  I can't see why the 3 year thing is there – make it one year throughout and no confusion!! 

      https://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/vehicle/warrants-certifications/docs/wof-changes.pdf

      • Gabby 8.1.1

        Sure, of course, if the problem is the rising cost of everything, then raising the cost is bound to work like a charm.

        • greywarshark 8.1.1.1

          But there is no lucky charm Gabby.   Just doing what seems practical.  No magic to that but it would likely work, and that might be its charm.

    • Challenging the capabilities of the average driver is taboo @ mosa. It's like 'The War'. Don't mention it!

      It's everybody else's fault – always. Despite what we think, I reckon we're among the world's worst drivers – probably because of our laid back yea/nah attitude and uber competitive nature.

      Certain things no longer seem to be enforced, and I guess that comes down to the idea that the slower one goes, the less the damage when it does happen.

      Trouble is, not only are there now more distractions, but generally people's spatial awareness has lessened over the recent decades along with an increase in traffic, and the cult of the individual and the self.

      The 2 second rule gets reduced to a 1 second rule; the right hand (passing lane) is MINE to own; indiscriminately changing lanes is my prerogative because my needs to get ahead are more important than yours; I'm considerably more accomplished at driving than you; Indicators are optional extras and you should have been able to read my mind; that bloody traffic light changed to red too quickly; etc.

      It's not just immaturity either. Grey haired old blokes that've been driving for 40 years or so just KNOW that anything that happens is someone else's fault – even if they're owning the right hand lane and yakking on their cell phone telling Mrs Bloke (Mertle) to put the kettle on. And Christ! – just bloody wait till Mertle has a go behind the wheel!

      And of course, it hasn't yet dawned on most that they're a bit of a hassle to others WALKING down the street in a straight line whilst trying to txt, let alone trying to be clever doing so with the cellphone in their laps – just below the windscreen/window line of the vehicle.

      I'm knocking on having driven for 50 years mate! Some of it professionally – without an accident.  You can't fault me (/sarc)

      • AB 8.2.1

        Speeding is a middle-class misdemeanour. (A bit like owning rentals). Attempts to police it result in outrage and claims that the 'real' issue is cellphones/poor roads/slow drivers/Asians etc. Anything except an overweening sense of entitlement and self-importance . Not to mention a refusal to own the psychological and economic truth of that Smashing Pumpkins line: "despite all my rage/I am still just a rat in a cage"

        • greywarshark 8.2.1.1

          Speeding when I am travelling 100s of kms and am on a clear road in good light and go up over 100km or am passing a behemoth or a slowish van and have to go over 100 kmh to do so safely.   I find it wrong that should automatically be punished.    My happiest moment behind the wheel was when I was in front of a group winding down the hills and managed to stay at appropriate speeds and not be passed.  No-one behind me had anything to complain about and I could see where I was going and moved along at the speed limit when possible.

          But in town I think we should be driving at 40 kmh tops.   I go at 50 km because I can, but often think it would be better if we all dropped a bit.  

          One thing I don't like is that approaching a narrowed bit of road – cars parked at sides for instance, drivers don't slow down even a bit.   It's I can dodge through here and my side is clear.    If you give way to them to make sure there is room, they charge forward at full legal speed and don't even look at you or raise a hand.   Just a small wave would make driving more pleasant.    And when it is wet, and humid and fogged up inside and out, why not slow down and be safe and give pedestrians a chance to dash over and get out of the rain.

      • mosa 8.2.2

        Excellent points.

    • greywarshark 8.3

      Mosa – I note your  same comment on todays The Daily Blog – 3 minutes apart.    I don't think that this blog would appreciate being used as a broadcasting medium for your multiple messages.

  9. Cinny 9

    Standing ovation for Mr Andrew Little….. way to go to make me cry, that's a good thing.  THANK YOU FOR THIS !!!!

    'Little is asked why he is giving the Government power to set 150-metre "safe zones" around abortion clinics. These would stop people protesting and handing literature to people seeking abortions in these zones.yesheart He says these would be created on a localised basis.

    "Approaching a woman going to an abortion clinic and throwing leaflets and pamphlets in her face or chanting various dreadful epithets at them for going through with that health decision is pretty dreadful," Little said.'

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/114751896/live-government-announces-abortion-reform

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Cinny – Mr Little  +100

    • Rosemary McDonald 9.2

      Its great that abortion will be removed from the Crimes Act…hopefully this will mean that we won't need special abortion clinics. Terminations can be done like any other medical procedure at the local public hospital.  Usual patient security applies, and protestors will not be able to distinguish a woman going in for an abortion from one going in for any other elective procedure.

    • Wensleydale 9.3

      Stand by for Bob McCoskrie and friends to crank up the outrage generator.

    • A 9.4

      Fantastic news!

    • +1  Andrew is a good man,  Cinny.

  10. mosa 10

    It would be a breakthrough if this appalling case of intimidation, corruption of the law and personal rights is taken up by the MSM 

    If you care about journalism and the freedom to express an opinion in New Zealand with out fear of what will happen if you do then this story needs exposure.

    Or have we really turned that corner and no longer value or encourage the freedom of investigative journalism  and commentators like Bradbury and Hagar to do their job without the fear of harassment ?

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/08/05/my-trial-against-the-nz-police-starts-this-month-in-wellington-an-invitation-to-nz-media/

    • Anne 10.1

      This establishment mindset had existed for decades mosa. There have been a lot of victims over the years including me.

      I still find it hard to believe that the 'powers that be' were/are willing to believe crackpots and malice driven arseholes over ordinary citizens going about their business in a lawful way but it happened time and again. In the meantime the real culprits (eg Cameron Slater and co.) were running around committing unlawful acts and slandering people right left and centre and they were allowed to get away with it. The reason is because they had the backing of influential people. 

      If Bradbury is successful he will set a precedence which might encourage others to come forward with their stories. 

      • mosa 10.1.1

        " If Bradbury is successful he will set a precedence which might encourage others to come forward with their stories "

        Let's hope so Anne.

        Kind regards

         

         

  11. lprent 11

    Testing comment.

    Just about to update the RSS feed tool.

    • lprent 11.1

      Needless to say, there are several problems.

      Muppets.. Oh well that is why I go on holiday. That and to make sure I don't have to bike to work in the really bad weather.

      • Sacha 11.1.1

        You picked a great day for the latter.

        • lprent 11.1.1.1

          Yeah – the first week of August is when my personal weather records say that it is great time to be idle at home or having holiday with hot sun and a beach. 

  12. greywarshark 12

    NZ and Biodiversity.   Scoops Hivemind invite you to watch the vid and read the details and send your thoughts about it.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1908/S00012/the-nz-biodiversity-strategy-discussion-document-explained.htm

    then

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1908/S00014/scoop-hivemind-restoring-and-protecting-biodiversity.htm

    (I have come in here at the time and date indicated 1.40 pm – but see johnm’s two comments for 5 August 2019 with times of 7.21pm and 7.28pm. I have done a search for johnm and they come up as the same time and date and I have been taken to them but the time is not right, so a glitch here.)

  13. greywarshark 13

    Here is a chance for men with good attitudes to community and respect for people and kindness, to come to the aid of the party.   A party without alcohol that is.

    Men are needed to help other men over their urge to use violence when they are stressed and need to act strong to manage their life, and protect themselves from feeling inadequate.   There is the funding but where are the decent men who want to put something into society and help other men?    The help is needed, and it should be respected and honoured as much as firefighting is.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/395998/more-men-needed-to-help-combat-domestic-violence

    But there must be training for it and rules about the way it is carried out. Otherwise there can be misunderstandings leading to more problems.

    Here is what seems an excellent report from Stuff reporter Harrison Christian 9/6/2019 which would give a background on the difficulties of many offenders.    To read it is to understand the depressing impact of the things coming up regularly on the news about low-income existence.  But the younger men needing help to break their cycle of offending may not be gang members as the media lead us to believe.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111969648/once-were-warriors-25-years-on-gangs-and-being-poor-then-and-now

    Gangs expert Jarrod Gilbert said the gang scene in New Zealand had become more subdued since the battle-worn days of the 80s, as memberships have aged.

    "Those gang members in Once Were Warriors were all fairly young men," the senior lecturer at Canterbury University said.

    "Nowadays if you took a snapshot of a gang, you would see guys aged in their 50s and 60s – sometimes their 70s."

    Crime data shows older men are much less likely to commit violent crime and to be recidivist offenders.

    "They've slowed down a bit. They don't have the overt violence; they are looking to create better lives for their members and families rather than just be hardcore, all-out violent and antisocial as they used to be in the past."

    It's evident in the growing involvement of New Zealand's traditional street gangs in community initiatives, and their willingness to set aside old rivalries and co-operate with each other. 

     

    This is about a relatively recent look at the issues of violence and criminality commenting on the support and leadership by PM Jacinda Ardern and Min of Justice Andrew Little by Denis O'Reilly,  27/8/2018.

    https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/the-justice-summit-and-the-road-from-populism-to-principle/

  14. greywarshark 14

    Another take on Brexit from the Irish Examiner via Yanis Varoufakis. 31/7/2019

    Jeremy Corbyn must expose Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit as a Trump-deal Brexit and put forward Labour’s plan to end the interminable Brexit ordeal immediately, suggests Yanis Varoufakis…

    Theresa May’s failure reflected an inability to distinguish between the EU’s broader interests and the specific motivation of its establishment. Given a choice between securing the profits of continental exporters and reaffirming the bureaucracy’s modus operandi, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the political leaders behind him will unfailingly opt for the latter. Every proposal of significant changes to the withdrawal agreement negotiated by May’s government, even those in the EU’s long-term interests, will thus be rejected.

    Johnson is unlikely to repeat May’s error. To be sure, he may be tempted to try out his rhetorical skills on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. But Dominic Cummings, his effective chief of staff (and the cunning campaign director of Vote Leave in 2016) would undoubtedly remind Johnson that the last thing he needs is to expose the British public to another scene of their prime minister returning from the Continent empty-handed….

    Corbyn’s second task is to offer an alternative for ending the humiliation of the ongoing negotiations.
    That means committing to revoke Article 50 to allow a Labour government time to implement a green-investment, anti-austerity policy agenda in tune with the party’s progressive internationalism, while simultaneously organizing a Citizens’ Deliberative Assembly to formulate the question(s) to be put to voters in a second Brexit referendum.

    A general election fought over these two unequivocal alternatives, Johnson’s and Corbyn’s, would empower the UK’s people, at last, to determine their country’s future.

    https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2019/07/31/jeremy-corbyns-finest-hour-irish-examiner-project-syndicate/

  15. Muttonbird 15

    Amazing that a message board like 8chan could still operate after Christchurch but there does seem to finally be some movement in the capital of the free world to face up to their addiction to violence and hatred.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/396011/cloud-site-terminates-8chan-after-el-paso-shooting

  16. Robert Guyton 16

    "When it goes into trees that's it; dead, done – gone forever. "

    "There's a psychological shift happening, Worsnop says. Rural people face a permanent change in land use, and in their way of life. "When it goes into trees that's it; dead, done – gone forever. "

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/114010655/rural-life-under-threat-as-forestrys-canopy-grows

    • Robert Guyton 16.1

      ""But now you're starting to see quality properties for sheep and beef going into trees, and that's a real shame.""

      Who're selling the farms??

    • vto 16.2

      that's what the forests said when the man came along with his fire and his sheep… "there's a psycho shift happening" they said… 

      it will transpire that the anomaly will be the sheep

      and plants will rule… after all, horticulture is far more productive

    • Pat 16.3

      dead ground that grows trees?….odd

      • Robert Guyton 16.3.1

        Primal fear of the forest; it's Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham!

  17. Robert Guyton 17

    I wonder if…over time, plantations of pine, neglected because of climate or economic difficulties, could become valuable nurseries for native trees…pasture doesn't do this, as sheep keep eating …and eating….everything that tries to sprout and grow.

  18. Puckish Rogue 18

    Geez it sounds like some in Labour think they're owed access to whatever body they want 

    They're not too impressed with the Labour bigwigs either…cue concerned frown and head tilt combo

    Might be time for another cover magazine shoot…😏

  19. johnm 19

    We're now in non linear exponential climate change. Michael Mann's hockey stick curve upwards. What is the outlook for the future?

    Guy McPherson @ Mother Foucault's Bookstore in Portland 3 May 2019

  20. greywarshark 20

    Edit:
    An interesting piece from last Sunday Radionz on how UK politicians are de-formed at their upper class boarding schools. Dr Nick Duffell, talks about the conditions as 'privileged abandonment and has written two books on the subject about which he has had personal experience.'

    These schools perpetuate an entrenched English class system, he says.

    “What they do is they develop a very strong esprit de corps for their class.

    “This is what you've seen in Britain with the Brexit situation, that here is a class who will do anything to save the Tory party, and the wider global implications of what they're doing is completely cut off for them, they don't even see it.”

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018707127/dr-nick-duffell-why-boarding-schools-produce-bad-leaders

    (I have also put it in How to Get There on Sunday 4/8/2019.   I was interested in the development of the personality, and the deprivation of affection and family life affecting many of these boys and teenagers at boarding schools.)

    Tom Sharpe satirised a Cambridge college in his book Porterhouse Blue, and there was a second called Grantchester Grind.

    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/s/tom-sharpe/porterhouse-blue.htm

  21. Eco maori 22

    Kia ora The Am Show. 

    Stop trying to talk the house market down I though that to the housing market slows in winter the great phenomenon about the smaller cities housing prices riseing is that more Maori own homes there so they will be better off. 

    simon the Greens party is Green on the outside and intelligent on the inside they no national will shaft them in a Coalition government. 

    Crap if the employer followed due process the fine would not have stuck. Employers have the wellbeing of employees in their hands so they need to respect that if they fire people at a wim they are putting them in hardship. 

    Good on That young fella for donating his money from the sale of his paintings to charity. 

    Off to cut wood whanau look for new wood selling being advertised on trademe and small news papers and the Saturday paper for us our wood is tested with moisture meters so complying with councils law less than 25 % moisture and because we have heaps of wood from the forests harvest we give HUGE cords of wood like the size of the old days everyone who has bought our wood is smiling  when we leave. 

    Ka kite ano 

  22. Eco maori 23

    Any person in power whom denies Human Caused Climate Change is putting the 99.9 % of us lives at great risk as some people believe the lies hence they don't plan or prepare for Global Warming next minute they are in a disaster unprepared that is not a good place to be.  With a little bit of changes on can minimize the effects Global warming will have on them .I am doing my small bit my carbon foot print has dropped dramatically now I live off grid with solar power and composting TOILET solar power water supplies to .

     

    Australia’s climate stance is inflicting criminal damage on humanity

    The government opts for conflict rather than change, while suppressing details on the implications of its climate 

    The top priority of government is security of the people. Yet on the greatest threat of all, most governments are failing abysmally.

    As the global influence of western democracies wanes with the ascendancy of China, India and other emerging countries, the resulting power struggle is diverting attention from the great issues the world faces, to their symptoms

    The neoliberal market economy, with its unregulated consumption and rapacious short-term outlook, is destroying modern civilisation. The warning signs are obvious, not least burgeoning high-consuming populations, massive biodiversity loss and multiple resource scarcities. Yet rather than reform an unsustainable system, political leaders scramble to prop it up and compound the problem. The result is Brexit, Trump’s Mexican wall, escalating Middle East tension, the US-China trade standoff, a global arms and space race, Amazon deforestation and much more

    Ka kite ano link below. 

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/03/australias-climate-stance-is-inflicting-criminal-damage-on-humanity

  23. Eco Maori 24

    Some Eco Maori music for the minute.

  24. Eco maori 25

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute. 

  25. Eco maori 26

    T

  26. Eco maori 27

    Kia Ora Newshub. 

    The  ORC interest rate  has been cut thats cool it will save a lot of money for mortgages on housing etc. I no someone who won't be happy. 

    Negative interest rates is not good the banks could end up changing for holding savers money like they did in Japan. 

    That's cool Pharmac is looking at funding more drugs for cancer sufferers. 

    Cleo that gives Me a sore face PEE dealer's getting snapped by the Police ka pai that stuff is wrecking some Maori whanau. 

    Mike I know that coffee  hypes me up. 

    Cool Rocket Lab is going to try and recover and recycle there Electron rocket that is going to save Peter money and lower his carbon footprint maybe one day I will get a CHANCE to have a look at his operation.

    Condolences to Toni Morrison whanau. 

    A huge parrot was discovered in Otago that is awesome 1 meter tall what a cool find. 

    Ka kite ano 

     

  27. Eco maori 28

    Kia Ora Te Maori News. 

    Taina having a meeting with Wally quite a long meeting to Mana Wahine. 

    Travis gone bush back to the whenua  hunting fishing like te tipuna did in the old days awesome  its good that he is advocating for mental illness Maori is doing a similar thing living with a small carbon footprint. 

    Ka pai te hippe for getting heaps of signatures to help stop the building of a jettie on Waiheki  Island we need to be wize with new developments especially when it involves Tangaroa. 

    Ka kite ano P.S what happened to the captions I could guess. 

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • So much for raising the retirement age
    For the past twenty years, the right has plotted to raise the retirement age, supposedly because preventing old people from starving to death is "unsustainable". Of course, it would also let them deliver an enormous tax cut to their cronies, which tells us that its financial sustainability is simply a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    14 hours ago
  • A squandered opportunity
    Late last year, in the face of economic bad news, the government announced a massive $12 billion infrastructure spending programme to keep the economy ticking over. Given shortages of housing and public transport, and the pressing need to decarbonise our economy, this could have been a massive opportunity to fix ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak: what is R0?
    There are a few misunderstandings about the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan getting around. Below is a short explanation of one of them: what is R0, and what does it mean. Current estimates for R0 centre around the mid 2s—call it 2.5 or thereabouts—not the higher values some are scare-mongering online. ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    22 hours ago
  • Global warming is happening here and now
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Signs of global warming are being observed all over our planet. Thermometers measure surface warming. Buoys sunk to ocean depths measure heat building up in our oceans. Ice is melting across our planet, with ice sheets crumbling and glaciers ...
    1 day ago
  • Whiteness, class and the white working class
    This essay by Kenan Malik, on the controversy over the funding of scholarships for white working class boys, was originally published in the Observer on 5 January 2020, under the headline‘Bursaries don’t help when it’s not their colour that thwarts these boys’. There is a scene in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • We have a date
    The Prime Minister has just announced the election date as 19 September. So, its a Suffrage Day election, and well before the Trump hits the fan in the US. The no-longer-new practice of announcing the election date well in advance is good, and puts everyone on a more even footing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • With the En-ROADS climate simulator, you can build your own solutions to global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Killer hurricanes, devastating wildfires, melting glaciers, and sunny-day flooding in more and more coastal areas around the world have birthed a fatalistic view cleverly dubbed by Mary Annaïse Heglar of the Natural Resources Defense Council as “de-nihilism“. One manifestation: An increasing number of ...
    2 days ago
  • The coronavirus outbreak in China: what a difference a week makes
    When it comes to emerging infectious diseases and outbreaks, so much can happen in a week. In the case of the coronavirus outbreak in China, I’ve gone from not being too alarmed, to thinking “oh, crap!”. But that still doesn’t mean we should all panic. As I’m writing this on ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • National cries wolf over Coronavirus
    Opposition MP Michael WoodhouseLast week, the current National Party leader, Simon Bridges, claimed that the Minister of Health wasn’t leading on ‘significant issues that matter to New Zealanders within his Health portfolio’ when commenting about the Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.This silly comment was made despite David Clark working ...
    3 days ago
  • Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared
    All the recent research anti-fluoride campaigners promote as “evidence” of harm from community water fluoridation amount to cherry-picking a very few statistically significant results from a large number of non-significant results. The whole exercise is a bit like the “Mouse that Roared.” Credit: The Mouse that Roared – TMTR Intro ...
    3 days ago
  • Leave Neve alone
    Neve Te Aroha Gayford at RatanaI’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that the Ratana birthday celebrations this year were a well-attended event that went off without much of a hitch. This is in stark contrast to previous years, where some form of controversy has usually taken centre ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 19, 2020 through Sat, Jan 25, 2020 Editor's Pick The companies that have contributed most to climate change Thought-provoking readings on those most responsible for the pollution. Sometimes, ...
    4 days ago
  • The swimming pool paradox
    It’s another warm day, but the breeze isn’t helping much, so off I go to the inviting outdoor swimming pool (banner picture) at the other end of campus. It’s an unheated pool (well, there’s no artificial heat source), which means one thing: It’s going to feel cold when I get ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • 100 seconds to midnight
    The Doomsday Clock is a tracker created by he Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for how close we are to global destruction. Created in 1947, it got worse as the Cold War started, then improved as it cooled down, then got worse again as Ronald Reagan tried to confront the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A multitude of drops: Social tipping points in climate action
    If you’re here, you probably know that the climate crisis is upon us, that it’s getting steadily worse, and that attempts to address it haven’t worked yet. People are still driving and even advertising SUVs with impunity, and oil companies are exploring like crazy, even in New Zealand. Politically, socially, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • The Thoughtful Mr Parker.
    Stunningly Wrong-Headed: So blinded are the “left-wing” believers in free markets and free trade (like Trade Minister, David Parker) that even when they are staring directly at the wreckage of the lives and communities which these “unconscionable freedoms” (to borrow Marx’s telling phrase) have left in their wake, they cannot ...
    6 days ago
  • What’s the problem with all science being “done” in English?
    I’ve been listening to a wonderful podcast this morning which left me thinking. The podcast was a 30-min well-spent break, in the company of Daniel Midgley and Michael Gordin.  You might know Daniel Midgley from the Talk the Talk linguistics podcast. Michael Gordin is the author of “Scientific Babel”, which ...
    SciBlogsBy Andreea Calude
    6 days ago
  • Snakeflu?! An intriguing source suggested for new Chinese coronavirus
    The whole world is on edge over a coronavirus outbreak that started in early December in Wuhan City, China. The virus is thought to have first infected people working at a seafood and live animal market. So what could the original source have been? There’s no official word yet, but ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Simon’s Philippine jaunt: #LittleBoysPlayingToughguys
    Not too far back, Simon Bridges the Leader of the Opposition and National Party, went on an excursion to China. This was arranged not by MFAT (NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), but by their MP Jian Yang – a man who also just happened to “forget to mention” ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Will Turia ever forgive Labour?
    Dame Tariana Turia with former PM John KeyWhat is it about Tariana Turia’s grudge against the Labour Party? Not content with attacking the Government over Whānau Ora funding, which was increased by $80 million in 2019, she has now made it personal by saying that Jacinda Ardern is out of her ...
    7 days ago
  • What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
    Scaremongering graphic currently being promoted by Declan Waugh who is well known for misrepresenting the fluoride science This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020
    Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come  to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set.  A ...
    7 days ago
  • Oxfam Report: Time to Care – Unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis
    January 2020 Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that values the wealth of the privileged few, mostly men, more than the billions of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • How to avoid being a cunt to hospo workers’
    Working hospo is hard mahi for many reasons, from long hours and gruelling high-volume weekends to customers who treat us as their servants. There are always lovely and polite customers who treat hospo workers with respect and kindness but, throughout my 15-years in the biz, I’ve collected a number of ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • 2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
    Probably yes to both but don’t panic yet. There is a plan. What is this virus? 2019 novel coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV, belongs to a family of viruses called coronavirus. These are very common viruses that infect a wide range of animals including humans and can cause mild to severe disease, ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
    By now you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan City, China. The number of cases is rising, up to about 300 with six deaths. Cases have been reported in several more Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Educating New Zealand’s future workforce
    Judy Kavanagh Do you remember your first day at school? The education I received was for a very different world than the world of today. Along with huge social shifts there have been big changes in the New Zealand economy and the work people do. There are occupations unheard of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A casual attitude towards transparency
    Back in December, when the government was introducing new secrecy legislation on an almost daily basis, I posted about the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The Bill establishes a new class of public entity, "special purpose vehicles", which collect and spend public money and enjoy statutory powers. Despite this, they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Against a carbon bailout
    If we are to avoid making the planet uninhabitable, we need to cut carbon emisisons fast. Which basicly means putting the fossil fuel industry - coal, gas, and oil - out of business. But this means that the banks and other lenders who have bankrolled the industry's environmental destruction will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Still a criminal industry
    More evidence that the fishing industry suffers from pervasive criminality, with Forest & Bird highlighting some odd numbers in the annual statistics:The Annual Review Report For Highly Migratory Species Fisheries 2018/19 (Pg 4, Table 4) showed only 4% of commercial long lining trips for tuna and swordfish reported non-fish bycatch ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Controversy? Or Manufactroversy?
    A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
    By now you’ve probably heard of the new virus causing an outbreak of severe pneumonia in China. The question on most people’s minds is, how worried should we be, especially as hundreds of millions of people will soon be travelling across China and beyond to visit family for the Lunar ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • How did climate change get so controversial?
    An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers are ruining Canterbury’s rivers
    Its summer, so people naturally want to go for a swim. But in South Canterbury, you can't, because the rivers are full of toxic goo:As of Monday, the Waihi River at Wilson Street footbridge, Geraldine, the Waihao River at Bradshaws Bridge, and three spots on the Opihi River - at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Sack Shane Jones
    Late last year, NZ First was caught trying to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Regional Economic Development Minister shane Jones' "explanations" were patently unconvincing, and his recusal from deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BIG idea physics
    This morning I’ve been having a quick look through some documentation from The Ministry of Education on proposed changes to NCEA Level 1 Science. For those not familiar with the NZ secondary education system, a typical student would complete NCEA level 1 at the end of year 11.  In this ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • Revolution in New Zealand? Not Even Close!
    No Fires Thanks, We're Kiwis: For the moment, in those close-to-home places where revolutions are born, there may be tetchiness and resentment, frustration and complaint, but nowhere is anybody uttering the cry that will bring a New Zealand revolution into being: “We have found the way to make tomorrow better ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of ...
    1 week ago
  • Britain exits the European Union and takes a sharp right turn
    by John Smith  Britain’s exit from the imperialist bloc known as the European Union (EU) is now irreversible. The crushing electoral defeat of the Labour Party has dismayed many workers and youth who had placed their hopes in Jeremy Corbyn, its left-wing leader. This article assesses these historic events, neither of which ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change influenced Australia’s unprecedented fires
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections, and has been adapted into a new myth rebuttal on climate-wildfire connections with the short URL sks.to/wildfires Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Gender Identity Ideology – A Partial Bibliography of Online Coverage
    This great resource has been contributed to Redline by Janie Doebuck. Janie made some notes on the bibliography: 1) It is by no means exhaustive. There are tons more gender critical posts, essays, articles, podcasts, youtube videos, etc. online. 2) There are links in the bibliography that are behind paywalls. There ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • About those biased Oscar Nominations
    There’s been a lot written about the 2020 Oscar Nominations and their apparent lack of diversity. It’s true, there are in fact no women nominated for the Best Director and very few nominees of colour across the board. But is this a result of a biased process or a symptom ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How New Zealand media reports chronic pain
    Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Still Waiting For American Democracy.
    Unfinished Republic: Though the United States' crimes against democracy are legion, most Americans are blissfully unaware of them. The brutal realities of American life: the officially sanctioned violence; the refusal to hold racists accountable for their actions; the seemingly endless tragedy of African-American suffering; of which White America is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • In Outrage Over Its Bunk Science, Goop Finds Fuel for Growth
    Michael Schulson For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. And for years, despite the criticism, Goop has just kept growing. Now the company, which was valued at $250 million in 2018, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward
    Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020
    Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS,  Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism  (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Cranky Uncle’ smart phone game will show you how to disarm climate deniers
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward (Image: Courtesy of John Cook) When it comes to climate change, it seems every family has its own version of the proverbial Cranky Uncle. An uncle, cousin, grandparent, in-law, neighbor, whatever. Just think back to the recent holiday season’s large ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Science in the ’20s – part 1
      Outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. That’s a description of the lifestyle of women “flappers” in the 1920s. Could it apply to science (and scientists) in the 2020s? Actually, you could look back at the past decade and see those, or similar terms, used about some science and scientists. Sometimes ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Postscript: Citizenship Granted.
    I am pleased to say that I have been granted NZ citizenship. I need to do the ceremony for things to be official, but the application was a success. I now join my son as a dual NZ-US citizen. To be fair, very little will change other than the fact ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming
    It will be no secret to longtime readers that I, Russell Brown, love the disco.   So I'm pretty excited by the fact that one of the greats of the game is returning this summer – and also pleased to say I have tickets to give away.Legendary mixer and DJ ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there
    The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • The timely death of the British Labour Party
    Below is an article submitted to Redline by Alec Abbott  At its inception, the British Labour Party was a vehicle for the propagation of racist and imperialist views within the working-class. Such views are still widespread in the party, as they are in Europe’s Social-Democratic parties, though, in the case of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus
    Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, koalas are cute – but should we bring them to NZ? Errm, no
    It’s been hard to miss the extreme fires raging across Australia and the tragic plight of the animals – human and otherwise – affected by the fires’ insatiable spread. I know I’ve been captivated and concerned by the tales of how Australia’s famous wildlife has been coping. Koalas approaching cyclists ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s negative campaigning
    Anybody who looked into the Dirty Politics saga knows all too well that honesty is often in short supply within the National Party. You would think that after the exposure the John Key government received over their untruthful attack politics, the National Party would learn from its "mistakes" and leave ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending the government’s charade over water
    For the past decade, the government has been responding to the obvious Treaty issues raised by water allocation with the mantra that "no-one owns water". But last year, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled that actually, Māori owned it, and that those rights had never been extinguished. They recommended that iwi bring ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Northern Ireland joins the civilised world
    Same-sex marriage has finally become legal in Northern Ireland. But not through any decision of the Northern Irish Executive or Assembly, which has only just reformed after a three year walkout by the DUP; instead, Westminster made that decision for them. I've talked before about the constitutional impropriety of this, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I had an intense conversation at work today.
    Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire ...
    2 weeks ago
  • French transport workers take on Macron over pension reform
    by John Edmundson Starting on December 5th, 2019 workers in the Parisian rail network commenced an open-ended strike in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to their pension scheme. Rail workers in the Metro Underground have, for decades, had retirement conditions that compensate them for the low wages, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • What a difference the decimal point makes
    I’m back at work following a nearly three-week break over Christmas. We were fortunate to be offered a house to stay in for a week over Christmas, which enabled us to have a holiday in Dunedin and see the extended family reasonably cheaply. But the house came with a catch:  ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Who’s Going To Stop Him?
    Blank And Pitiless: Having ordered the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, President Donald Trump promised to reduce the cultural monuments of Iran’s 3,000 year-old civilisation to rubble if a revenge attack was mounted. A breach of international law? Certainly. A war crime? Indisputably. Who’s going to stop him? Nobody.WHAT ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A worker’s story
    This interview is from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) and is the first of an ongoing series of interviews they plan to do with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. They begin with an educator in Southland. Due to the attitude and actions ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media   As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ...
    3 weeks ago
  • J.K. Rowling, the Seattle Library, and the Issue That Must Not Be Named
    This article was submitted to Redline by Seattle-based activist Lucinda Stoan J.K. Rowling recognizes repression when she sees it.  That’s why the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books recently tweeted in defense of Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her job for stating that sex is real and immutable. A judge ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 weeks ago
  • Rules of Empire: Laws simply do not apply and “National Security” excuses all else.
    Empires rise and fall, and the American Empire is absolutely no different. But while an Empire, in order to further the footprint, it seems to pay to do one primary thing above all else: project that everything – everything – is “simply for the good of the world” at large, ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 weeks ago
  • Indian lessons for NZ workers – the January 8 general strike
                    by Phil Duncan On Wednesday (January 8) another massive general strike took place in India.  Some 250 million industrial workers, white-collar workers, agricultural labourers struck against the government’s economic policies and attacks on the Muslim population through new proposed citizenship rules. This ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The action that counts
    Over on Newsroom, Professor Jacqueline Beggs writes about the action she is taking on climate change. Its the usual list: reduce meat, don't fly, consume less. I'm doing some of this myself, and none of it hurts - but the way our economic system is constructed means the impact of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and ...
    3 weeks ago

  • FAQ – Everything you need to know about the Big New Zealand Upgrade
    Today, our Government announced the biggest infrastructure investment in a generation. We’re investing $12 billion to upgrade and build rail, roads, schools and hospitals across the country – modernising our infrastructure, preparing for climate change and helping to future-proof our economy. Find out everything you need to know about the ...
    16 hours ago
  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    6 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    7 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    7 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    1 week ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    1 week ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Statement on evacuation of New Zealanders from Wuhan
    “I spoke with Prime Minister Morrison again this afternoon and we have confirmed that we will work together on a joint ANZAC assisted departure of Australians and New Zealanders from Wuhan,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Specific details of the evacuation plan, including the medical protocols that will be applied to returning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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