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Open mike 05/12/2020

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  1. Ad 1

    US evangelical preaching done the right way.

    Rock on Ken. 🙂

  2. Adrian Thornton 2

    This is pure gold…Alex Jones Is Very Very Hungry

  3. francesca 3

    Oh God Adrian

    What the hell???

    Flashbacks to "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

    • Adrian Thornton 3.1

      Yeah it has definitely got a bit of McCarthy about it, also a bit of Ravenous about it, which is also a pretty damn good movie….

  4. Rosemary McDonald 4

    So. If you're wandering around in a fog of 'What the fuck are they on about?' when the topics of transactivism, TERFS, lesbians and feminism (be it 1st, 2nd, 3rd waves) arises and you swiftly sidestep because you're too scared of being labeled a bigot to express an opinion invest an hour or so out of your life and listen to the podcast provided to us by the good folk over at Redline.

    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/julie-bindel-talks-about-woke-misogyny/

    • Philip Ferguson 4.1

      Thanks for the mention Rosemary.

      We actually have scores of articles on Redline, putting forward a materialist and marxist analysis of transactivism and why it has appeared now, historicising it and critically reviewing it, including the misogyny (including violent misogyny), anti-gay elements of it, the postmodernist ideology that underpins so much of it.

      As well as our own writers in NZ, we have material written for us by left-wing activists in Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada. . . socialists, women's liberation and gay liberation activists.

      Phil

    • gsays 4.2

      Thanks Rosemary, a tough hour but worth it.

      Julie Bindel is a good communicator.

  5. Phillip ure 5

    the benefits of short bursts of energy/exercise are being discussed on kim hill..

    I can talk to the method I have found works..

    I have a set of 5kg dumbbells..and my 'bursts' are doing a set of 100 curls..sometimes a few times a day..sometimes once…occasionally not..

    ..(this is no-pressure exercise..no regimes to contend/wrestle with..)

    other benefits are that you need no special shoes etc..you don't need to go anywhere/do anything time-consuming..join anything/any group activity..

    they just sit there..ready to be burst all over..if/when you feel like it..

    you just pick them up..burst..and put them back down again..easy as..and not time-consuming..

    and it works..you build muscle-tone/drop fat…and you feel good after doing it..

    (to those ends I would recommend early in the morning burst/s..it just sets you up for the day..)

    and you don't have to start doing a hundred…start with 20…you will acquire the natural desire to increase that number..and use smaller/larger dumbbells..if you like…

    and finally…I started doing this from not a very good physical place..(I started doing 20..)

    and it has just become (a very small) part of my day..

    and given I am currently living a celibate life..with the only other exercise I get walking the hounds..

    (leaving me to do what I really like doing…lying around..reading books/listening to whatever..)

    I hafta say that I am living testimony to the fact that it works…I am quite a long way from the not-so-good place I started this regime..

    and I wouldn't go as far as saying I am 'cut'..like some gym-bunny…

    but ..y'know..!

    (this has been a public-service announcement)..

    and I hope it inspires others to give it a go ..

    (I repeat) ..it works..

    ..and is so easy to maintain..

    • The Al1en 5.1

      I am 'cut'

      Terrible spelling at the end 😆

      But what are your dumbbells made of?

      • Phillip ure 5.1.1

        the full sentence you selectively quoted from..says the exact opposite of what you claim in yr quote…

        but..it is you..after all..

        dumbbells made from (organic/hand-pressed/free-range) plastic..

        plus..I am pretty sure they are vegan…eh..?

        • The Al1en 5.1.1.1

          Link to the dumbbell product page.

          I want to know the interior composition.

          • Phillip ure 5.1.1.1.1

            unbranded.,purchased from op-shop..

            it's great how you focus on the really important stuff..

            shine on..!.. you crazy diamond..you..!

            • The Al1en 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Just noting after your rambling climate change rant in another thread today how you can advocate for using a product that has probably been mined and processed at great energy costs, when a brisk 30 minute walk is the better for the environment option.

              How do you know these "unbranded.,purchased from op-shop.." are made using "(organic/hand-pressed/free-range) plastic.."?

              • Phillip ure

                allen..allen..where to start..?

                I’ll ignore yr final paragraph..

                ..but would note that I found walking regimes weren’t enough for me..

                as noted by the expert on kim hill it is the short bursts of higher energy that works ..

                plus..as I said..I walk the hounds I care for..

                • The Al1en

                  And while you ignore the question of how you know the "unbranded.,purchased from op-shop.." dumbbells are made using "(organic/hand-pressed/free-range) plastic.." and how they are most likely containing heavy metals or concrete, both the antithesis of climate change reduction, if it's short bursts of high energy that works, walk faster for 15 minutes, or 5 in 15, and all at no cost to the environment or risk exposing hypocrisy.

                  • Phillip ure

                    Heh..!….(again..)..

                    someone probably bought them from the organic/free-range/hand-pressed plastics emporium…eh..?

                  • Phillip ure

                    I have this image of you..

                    furiously marching up the hill..

                    ..and then furiously marching back down again..

                    • The Al1en

                      Which still sounds better than fake preaching your way up only to die on the hill when caught in a lie.

                    • Phillip ure []

                      Heh..!..

                      we'll leave it there..eh..?

                      but do let us know yr conclusions after visiting the organic/free-range/hand-pressed plastics shop in your vicinity ..eh..?

                    • The Al1en

                      we'll leave it there..eh..?

                      “We should”. After all, there's no added value after already showing your hypocrisy. To carry on would just be gratuitous and no doubt catch the eye of the mod team.

                      We’re not in 2014 anymore, Dorothy.

              • Adrian Thornton

                Hang on there Al1en, Phillip stated quite clearly that he had brought the dumbbells from an op shop, thereby is responsibly reusing that product whatever it's original origin..so where is your problem with that?

                • The Al1en

                  He also said it was made from "(organic/hand-pressed/free-range) plastic..", which we know isn't true, so any claim of being from a thrift store has to be questioned, yet the point in how consumption of highly inefficient materials as a wasteful way of getting an exercise buzz, even if second hand, remains true.

                  Using that logic, as the farmed cow already exists, it’s no problem if I eat it.

                  • solkta

                    I really don't think you want to eat second hand meat. Just saying.

                  • Adrian Thornton

                    @ Al1en, sorry didn't catch a whole lot of logic in your reply there pal….maybe I am bit slow off the mark or something.

                    • Shanreagh

                      Blow the logic what about the waves of humour and good advice from Phillip Ure reinforcing the concept of short bursts and doing more of what you like doing exercise-wise.

                      At first I thought it was a sustained burst of teasing from Alien but perhaps not so?

                      'Each to our own' and 'one size does not fit all' (that's enough of cliches) as far as exercise goes is what is recommended. From being a runner then doing relatively long distance lap work in the pool I have taken a while, like years, to get used to walking as exercise. Still doesn't feel like really. But I do it, mostly.

                    • Adrian Thornton

                      Anyway, I have just finished work and am going to ride a lovely original 1980 Mercier (ex Miko Mercier team bike ridden by Pierre-Henri Menthéour) up Te Mata peak then around the Tuki valley to home in Napier (at work in Hasting at the mo) about 50km, I try and do this ride about 4-5 times a week and then a big one on Sunday…for me it's not exercise it's one of the ways I get my enjoyment out of life.

                      But I will say this, exercise, especially exercise that gets your heart rate up is (IMO) not only good for your body but really really good for your mind.

                      So just to bore you all with some cycling manuti and prove what a rivet counting cycling nerd I am here is Pierre-Henri Menthéour losing to Pascal Simon in the 1984 Tour de France..Menthéour’s one chance for a stage victory blown in the final seconds…

                      https://video-streaming.orange.fr/sports-extreme/victoire-d-etape-de-pascal-simon-a-orcieres-merlette-CNT000001e1dgo.html

                    • Incognito []

                      for me it’s not exercise it’s one of the ways I get my enjoyment out of life.

                      QFT

                      But I will say this, exercise, especially exercise that gets your heart rate up is (IMO) not only good for your body but really really good for your mind.

                      That was the point of the interview by Kim Hill.

    • Incognito 5.2

      I think you do need to do more high intensity training because you ‘forgot’ to add a link 🙁

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018775835/high-intensity-training-and-the-brain-david-moreau

      I don’t think your 100 biceps curls are the kind of ‘high intensity training’ that was discussed.

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    Another stuff story blaming the boomers rather than heavy migration and no housing plan for the increase in house prices. We've issued about 34000 building permits this year. But back in March 20 newsroom ran a story about the number of empty homes in Auckland – some 36000. Other cities and provinces overseas have taxed empty homes and it seems to work. Vancouver did it when they had only around 1000 empty houses. Although I'd also favour compulsory acquisition and resale by the local body if a property is vacant for more than X years. It would help to ease overseas domiciled boltholers out of our property market.

    So why don't we make this possible here starting with Auckland. With the borders closed it helps reduce the possibility of fudging occupancy by people coming in and out of the country. We could do this by xmas – it would equal our total building for the year. And if we start unwinding Auckland then the flow of Auckland money outwards would start to stop and provincial prices would level off.

    Can't see that there will ever be a better time than now.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/300175287/how-past-generations-pulled-up-the-property-ladder-on-todays-youth

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/03/12/1077724/cat-maclennan-on-ghost-housing

    • Phillip ure 6.1

      @ r.b..

      a big 'yes!' to all that…

      it all seems extremely do-able..

    • Adrian Thornton 6.2

      @RedBaronCV, “Another stuff story blaming the boomers rather than heavy migration” …Who do you think loved John key so much that they gave him 3 terms? and who you think that the Labour party shiver in boots about offending with a CGT now?….I'll give you a clue, it's not the Gen Zers and not the millennials.

    • Foreign waka 6.3

      yeah, nah….. vested interests and all.

      Firstly, the regions need some of the tax payer billions that should be paid back to us from those corps with mega profits and payouts to facilitate infrastructure and its repair. Water, power, internet. Than make the land bankers pay premium tax if the zoned property is not being used to specs within 12 months. Than get more multi storey buildings build with 2-3 bed room apartments/flats for first time owners and retirees wanting to shift down. If some 40 000 in Auckland and some 20 000 in Wellington are available within 3 years it will bring the market off the boil.

      Where there is a will there is a way. It is the will that is lacking. Lots of lofty words like " we focus on poverty and the housing market" Meanwhile another emergency is called out, because we are soooo good dealing with those. It will take the eye off the ball and with education being in the doldrums, no chance of reading the small print.

      As for Mr Hickey, whose opinion I respect, please look at the issues each generation actually faces. The older ones will have a 3 bed room house but nothing to eat because the rates are so high and the pension so low. A cynic could argue that this will increase available housing stock.

      The younger generation will be boxed out of the market by not having neither, house nor money. Automation will create some workplaces but certainly not as many as were "restructured". Why else would any company do this?

      The minimum wage is going up but the current "middle earner" does not get any increase. Thus the middle class is effectively phased out by monetary policy.

      If we go further down this part we will have the pre-Victorian age with a lot of gadgets and a new gentry.

      • RedBaronCV 6.3.1

        Why do we want to build 40000 units when in Auckland alone there are some 36000 sitting empty. a bit of tax persuasion to put them back into the pool would help. And yes don't disagree that there are other issues around wrong sized housing etc that would respond to a range of other measures. But high rise housing as it is currently set up is not necessarily cheaper than running a smaller house in a more distant or provincial suburb

        • Foreign waka 6.3.1.1

          The empty houses are a bit of a legal minefield, but with time could be made to either be occupied or sold. Once the boarder reopens, this could be the housing stock available. Meanwhile, prices need to be at least stabilized if not gradually brought down to realistic levels. This can only be done with supply. For that you need to get cracking first on the infrastructure, i.e. water, sewerage, roading etc. This has to be done with central finance and local planning otherwise this will never ever be solved.

      • Incognito 6.3.2

        The older ones will have a 3 bed room house but nothing to eat because the rates are so high and the pension so low.

        As Einstein once said, make it as simplistic as possible, but no more simplistic.

        • Foreign waka 6.3.2.1

          What you are saying is in essence: "it is desirable to keep even complex things as simple as they can be, without losing something of the essence of those things, but that some things cannot be reduced to something simpler as they lose something of vital importance"

          Yes, lives.

  7. george.com 7

    As National Party leaders at the last election, Judith Collins and Gerry Brownlee were as useful as:

    1. an ashtray on a motor bike, or
    2. a chocolate fireguard, or
    3. a fart in a space suit, or
    4. a rubber beak on a woodpecker?
  8. joe90 8

    Danes must be rolling in it.

    https://www.maritime-executive.com/features/underwater-tunnels-revolutionize-the-faroes

    • Phillip ure 8.1

      I found out something very cool about the danes the other day..

      under german rule in ww2…

      ..and the Nazis made plans to round up all of the Jews in denmark in one quick operation…

      but a nazi..for whatever reason…tipped off the leaders of denmark about these plans..

      what happened next is the cool bit..

      with very short notice the danes sheltered/set up escape routes etc for the Jews..

      and the Nazis had to give up on their extermination plans.

      and the stat that underlines this happening/act of courage/compassion by the danes..

      ..is that 95% of the Jews living in denmark @ the start of that war…

      ..survived that war..

      ..and I reckon that is really fucken cool..

  9. Jester 9

    Pretty bad publicity stunt from the Safety warehouse preying on desperate people.

    Anger, violence after fake money handed out in '$100k cash drop' | Stuff.co.nz

    Mind you I would be too embarrassed to show my face if I was the bloke that spent $120 in petrol driving from Palmerston North to Auckland to try and grab a handful of cash! Surely any one with half a brain would guess its a promotional stunt.

    • Treetop 9.1

      To think people can pull a con like this for amusement and people turn up.

      • Jester 9.1.1

        Hopefully the company gets done for false advertising. As for the people that travelled from Palmerston North and Levin……..it is frightening that these people are allowed to vote.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Judith's Last Stand.
    Going Out With All Guns Blazing: Why didn’t Judith Collins stick with the strategy that had kept her, National’s most improbable of leaders, in power for more than a year? One might just as well ask why Rob Muldoon (that other unforgiving right-wing populist National Party leader) got drunk and ...
    6 days ago
  • Act’s Precarious Ascendancy.
    On The Lookout: It is easy to imagine how closely Seymour has been watching the National Opposition for the slightest sign of a Clark figure emerging. A respected politician, who enjoys broad support across the party and, much more importantly, who impresses the ordinary centre-right voter as having what it ...
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #47, 2021
    104 articles by 574 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Delayed impacts of Arctic sea-ice loss on Eurasian severe cold winters Jang et al. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 10.1029/2021jd035286 Observations of climate change, effects Divergent responses of terrestrial carbon use efficiency to climate variation from 2000 ...
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  • Labour’s Eyes Wide Shut To “Unruly Tenants”.
    Not Seeing The Problem: They say there are none so blind as those who will not see. And, right now, Kāinga Ora is studiously not looking. It is clear to everyone that the Minister responsible, Poto Williams, has (like so many of her colleagues) been entirely captured by her officials. ...
    6 days ago
  • Is the mob coming for Charles Darwin?
    Richard Dawkins recently noted the giants of the past are being sanctimoniously judged by nonentities of the present whose only qualification is still being alive to do so. How will the future judge our own time when we are not around? Peter Franklin from Unherd examines whether the woke can ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Blowing a Hole in Your Own Wall: Idiotic Tampering with MIQ
    Managed Isolation/Quarantine has been a fact of life for New Zealand for eighteen months. It’s not popular – there are only so many spaces available at any given time, and the process is famously opaque – but it is the key to saving New Zealand from rampant Coronavirus. That, ...
    6 days ago
  • Now Labour wants secret trials
    Today, the government introduced the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to the House. The Bill would allow the government to use classified information in civil or criminal proceedings and keep it secret from the other party. So people suing the government for human rights abuses could lose, and defendants ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The end of a toxic leader
    If there's one thing that Judith Collins is usually good at, it's using scandalous information about other people to her advantage. Not above undermining her own political party, Collins has been known to even leak against her own fellow MPs, particularly those who posed a threat to her as the ...
    6 days ago
  • A transformative government in Germany
    Back in September Germans went to the polls, and handed the politicians a tough job, with no easy majorities for anyone. The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens agreed to work together in a "traffic light" coalition, but given their political differences (its basicly ACT/Greens/Labour), expectations for real change were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political Harakiri
    The National party must always have known that they were taking a risk when they elected Judith Collins as leader. There were, after all, good reasons why they repeatedly declined to accept her candidature when she offered herself – as she frequently did. She was always an inappropriate person to ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Thanksgiving advice, 2021: How to deal with climate change-denying Uncle Pete
    This is a re-post from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Richard Somerville “Birds of a feather flock together,” so I am sure that nearly all of those reading this article accept the main findings of climate science. Yet many people don’t. Instead, they believe a variety of climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the demotion of Simon Bridges
    So Simon Bridges has been bounced from the front bench and stripped of his shadow portfolio responsibilities for the crudely “inappropriate” comments that he allegedly made to a female colleague, Jacqui Dean – and personally apologised for – about five years ago. After years of mocking Labour for its supposed ...
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  • NZ Politics Daily: 25 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Rosemary Wette, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland: “I’ve been browsing regularly through NZ Politics Daily for several months now. It gives me access to a range of views on current issues (helpfully organised by topic) that I wouldn’t otherwise have time to look up, or ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • The bizarre case of the Royal Society investigating academics defending science
    The Royal Society has begun a disciplinary investigation against a group of academics. The academics were defending science and in the past would have expected support from the Royal Society. The Free Speech Union has launched a campaign to defend the academics and academic freedom. Māori professor under investigation for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand
    In the around 35 years I worked for unions (over 30 with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and earlier with the New Zealand Educational Institute) I often cogitated over the distinction between unions and unionism. They are intertwined but not inseparable. I associate unionism with collective consciousness able to ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Today’s constitutional disgrace in Parliament
    This Government has a problem with urgency. Critics from both left and right have long complained about their lack of urgency on issues such as climate change, housing, and inequality. Likewise, in terms of the Covid response, there’s been a chorus of criticism that Labour has been complacent and sluggish ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Vaping needs much tighter regulation as we approach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Two new studies
    Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Jennifer Summers, Driss Ait Ouakrim, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards, Tony Blakely* Two recent studies provide new insights into the impact vaping may have on public health. The first estimates that use of modern vaping devices could be around a third as harmful to health as smoking. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Strange Defeat: A Guest Post By Dr. Chris Harris.
    They Did Things Differently Then: And we might still be doing things differently, if the world these "Country Lads" were fighting for, and which endured for nearly 30 years after World War II, had not been supplanted by the world we inhabit now. In spite of its reality, New Zealand's ...
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  • More than 147km – the transformative potential of the Wellington bike network plan
    Feature image by Luke Pilkinton-Ching, University of Otago Wellington   Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak, Ryan Gage* Wellington City Council is currently consulting on a cycle network for Wellington. This is a big deal. WCC are proposing a 147km cycle network around the city, the vast majority of which is new. ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 24 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Liz Brown, Senior communications advisor, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists: “The NZ Politics Daily is a fabulous resource providing a comprehensive one stop shop on what’s making news and how stories are being covered. I look forward to seeing it pop into my inbox every morning.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
    Agricultural emissions has been an oozing sore in our climate change policy for over a decade. Exempted from the ETS in 2008, farmers were meant to be brought in and start paying for their emissions in 2012. Of course, National put a stop to that, and exempted them forever. When ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: An industry in denial
    Over the past few years it has become clear that coal has no future in Aotearoa. Rising carbon prices, a ban on new boilers and a legislated phase-out for existing infrastructure are going to drive it out of the market. To reinforce this, the government signed up for an anti-coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The “most open and transparent government ever” again
    The government is about to pass new vaccination mandate legislation under urgency. So obviously, they'd want to ensure it gets the best possible scrutiny in the limited time available by releasing the supporting policy documents, right? Of course not: On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
    Among the farming lobby groups, the good cop/bad cop routine has been working a treat. It suits Federated Farmers to keep daylight between itself and the Groundswell movement. Month in, year out the Federation continues to engage with the government over the very same water degradation/climate change regulations that Groundswell ...
    1 week ago
  • Important People
    The Herald has returned to form with a vengeance. In today’s issue, Barry Soper snipes at Jacinda’s handling of her regular press conferences. It seems that she did not give him an early chance to ask his very important question and took no account of his need to depart immediately ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Parliament, the Courts and the end of three strikes (for now)
    Last week, Parliament embarked on the process of repealing the so-called “three strikes” provisions in the Sentencing Act 2002. Given that Labour, the Greens and Te Paati Māori all supported this repeal Bill at first reading (and that NZ First no longer is in government to block the move), three strikes’ eventual legislative demise seems ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 23 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Martyn Bradbury, Editor, The Daily Blog “’NZ Politics Daily’ is one of the most important news and political resources run in New Zealand. The expert collation of opinion and news makes it an invaluable day to day resource as well as an incredible treasure for researchers in the future. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan
    By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan Fifty years ago, on 26 November 1971, the film “Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington”, directed by Paul Maunder, premiered on Wellington TV. The narrator asks if Wellington’s future will involve suburban sprawl, traffic, motorways, suburban shopping malls, and the decentralization of employment; ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Dissing The Farmers.
    Neale vs The Revolting Farmers: One has to admire the way Capital Government Relations CEO, Neale Jones, covers-off all the bases of the current political zeitgeist. In a masterfully composed tweet, he lambasts the Groundswell protesters as sexists, racists and reactionaries, clinging for dear life to “a purely extractive economic ...
    1 week ago
  • How will carbon pricing impact inflation?
    This is a re-post from the Citizens' Climate Lobby blog Inflation — the decline of purchasing power as prices rise — is currently at its highest level in 30 years. This has led to concern among the public and policymakers about the rising costs of many important products like food, shelter, gasoline, ...
    1 week ago
  • (Lack of) Public Service Announcement: The National Library of New Zealand, Internet Archive, and Al...
    The National Library of New Zealand has not covered itself in glory in recent times. The decision to axe most of the Overseas Collection (some 600,000 books) in order to make way for more New Zealand items (which it collects already, and which amounts to some 3,000 items ...
    1 week ago
  • Game over for the HRPP
    Since its election loss earlier this year, Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party has been pinning its hopes on the upcoming by-elections to regain power. That was a pretty forlorn hope - with 18 seats, they would have had to win all seven by-elections and have two additional women appointed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Chinese influence and American hate diffusion.
    Over the last decade concerns have been raised about Chinese “influence operations” in NZ and elsewhere. Run by CCP-controlled “United Front” organisations, influence operations are designed to promote PRC interests and pro-PRC views within the economic and political elites of the targeted country as well as Chinese diaspora communities. The ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    Its official: the Marsden Point refinery, source of more than 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, will be closing down from April: Refining NZ has confirmed its decision to close the Marsden Point oil refinery, which will shut down in April. The company announced on Monday that its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Real Interests Of The Country.
    Off Message: Into the extremely fraught relationship between Town and Country, the Groundswell organisers have blundered like an Aberdeen-Angus steer in an organic vege-shop. Unreasonably proud of their rural economic virtues, and dangerously forthright in their enumeration of the cities’ political vices, these Kiwi equivalents of America’s “good ole boys” ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Minna Reid, Law student, Victoria University of Wellington “As a Uni student, staying up to date with current affairs is always important. The Daily Politics & Democracy Project by Bryce Edwards is of great service for this. It offers varying news sources I would not have found myself ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Free speech is a people’s frank confession to itself
    by Daphna Whitmore The government is devising new “Hate Speech” laws to save New Zealand from something that has not been defined. When asked what is hate speech the Prime Minister replied “You know it when you see it”. The Human Rights Commission is supporting the law change and sees ...
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    1 week ago

  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
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    12 hours ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
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    12 hours ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
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    18 hours ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
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    1 day ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
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    2 days ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
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    2 days ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
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    2 days ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
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    3 days ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
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    4 days ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
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    4 days ago
  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
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    5 days ago
  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
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    6 days ago
  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
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  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
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  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
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    6 days ago
  • Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Minister of Justice has confirmed the introduction of the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to Parliament. National security information is information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s security, defence, or international relations. “This Bill adds to the Government’s work to strengthen New Zealand’s protections ...
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    6 days ago
  • Shortcomings revealed in power cut investigation
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  • COVID-19 Protection Framework supported by new testing and contact tracing strategy
    Wider use of rapid antigen testing from 1 December Increasing daily laboratory capacity to 60,000 PCR tests Q1 2022 A new national telehealth case investigation service with 475 investigators A nearly $1 billion investment in testing, contact tracing and case investigation A new national testing strategy will provide better protection ...
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  • Supporting New Zealanders to recover from COVID-19 in the community
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  • Additional support for people isolating at home
    New regional MSD COVID-19 welfare teams to coordinate social service support for those isolating at home Regional teams working alongside other government agencies, iwi/Māori and community providers for housing, food and income support Government investment of $204.1m into welfare system support for Care in the Community Minister for Social Development ...
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    7 days ago
  • Tax bill provides vital support for families
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  • New text service to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations
    Efforts to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations go from strength-to-strength with the launch of a new text service, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The service, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is in response to feedback from the disability community and is an ...
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  • Proactive Calendar Release – October 2021
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