web analytics

Open mike 05/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 5th, 2016 - 39 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

openmikeOpen mike is your post.

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

Step up to the mike …

39 comments on “Open mike 05/05/2016 ”

  1. r0b 1

    Test

    Some kind of outage this morning but lprent seems to have fixed it – ta!

  2. Anne 2

    Ahhh date “Open Mike 05/05/2016”.

  3. adam 3

    This is a major worry, I don’t care who you support. It gets quite sickening watching these suits later in the video, just dismiss people.

  4. adam 4

    And then the scary scary stuff.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      You must be a tin foil hat conspiracy theorist this kind of thing would never happen in real life the people in charge would never allow it etc. etc.

      • Wensleydale 4.1.1

        Yes, nothing to see here. Move along. Wait! Look over there — “Real Housewives Of Auckland!”, and they have pandas!

        • Whateva Next 4.1.1.1

          Recent disappointment in Wellington when voters were told they will NOT be allowed to use electronic voting for local elections…..didn’t have time to rig them?

  5. Tautoko Mangō Mata 5

    Just a couple of TPP matters.

    1. Is US putting pressure on other TPP countries?
    A note on the World Trade website

    Singapore Envoy: Fixing Congress’ TPP Complaints Not Up To Partners
    Singapore Ambassador to the U.S. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri on April 29 squarely placed the onus on the Obama administration to resolve outstanding congressional complaints over the final outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on biologics and other issues, while making clear that partner countries view negotiations as firmly concluded.

    http://insidetrade.com/

    2. The MFADT select committee minority reports from Labour, Green and NZ First pages 11-20 are worth a read. The Opposition MPs on the committee have done some excellent work and really engaged in the process, listening with respect to submitters and giving due consideration to the points raised. http://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-nz/51DBSCH_SCR68965_1/017c7d1eedfaa46cda74da3faa83982cee1ab4d3

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Thanx for keeping an eye on this Tautoko Mango Mata – it is easy to get distracted by what in the end are more trivial matters. You remaining staunch on keeping up is invaluable. Kia kaha.

      • Tautoko Mangō Mata 5.1.1

        Thanks greywarshark. This might also cheer you up. We sharks need to keep circling on this issue until even the wilfully ignorant start to listen.
        McConnell Casts Serious Doubt Over TPP Lame-Duck Vote, Says Deal Will Hold For Next President
        Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this week strongly downplayed the chances for a congressional vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a lame-duck session, though he stopped short of completely ruling it out.
        http://insidetrade.com/

        Petition calling for referendum on TPP
        http://itsourfuture.org.nz/whats-rush-halt-tppa-ratification-process/

  6. tim 6

    if you people hadn’t noticed we had the gfc an earth quake and export markets have collapsed and all you can do is run down john key.
    by running down and questioning john key you are committing economic vandalism which should be a crime. there is no unemployment new Zealand is a rock star

    • save NZ 6.1

      Hope you are being sarcastic there Tim, but if not, there is job openings in North Korea for marketing which would suit your talents down to a T.

    • dv 6.2

      AND tax cuts!!!!

    • greywarshark 6.3

      Great satire little tim. There is no depression in NZ and it is humourists like you who keep the rest of us worrying types going, and refusing to believe the bad news we hear is becoming un-news, ie. not new.

  7. save NZ 7

    From no right turn…

    Another amazing coincidence!

    Returns of political party loans and donations are out today, and they expose another amazing coincidence in the National Party’s donations. In 2015, the party received $15,800 in donations from Christine Che. By utter coincidence, Mrs Che was awarded a QSM “for services to the Chinese community” (a newsletter from the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association makes it clear that this is indeed the same person).

    What an amazing coincidence! In fact, its amazing just how often this happens! But I’m sure that, like the PM’s personal lawyer lobbying and getting policy changes, we shouldn’t read too much into it.

    Posted by Idiot/Savant at 5/04/2016 02:54:00 PM Links to this post

    • Halfcrown 7.1

      So these honours are for sale now, I always suspected Knighthoods were, but not the lower honours that are there to appease the peasants.

      • alwyn 7.1.1

        You would hardly regard a QSM as being something anyone would bother to buy.
        Now if you want an honour that appears to have been a reward for a very large donation have a look at this story. Warning. Not for the squeamish.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10484810

        • Halfcrown 7.1.1.1

          Ah, so labour does to AGAIN
          Nothing squeamish about that mate, and if I remember correctly and I am not going to Google it to make my point but we had the right squealing their heads off about it at the time. Like Clarkes signed painting.

          Personally honours are decadent, time they were all done away with
          Though I wouldn’t mind a ” Call Me God” or “God Calls Me God”
          Not really but I had to work in the humorous titles for the CMG and the GCMG

          • alwyn 7.1.1.1.1

            You propose ” if I remember correctly and I am not going to Google it to make my point but we had the right squealing their heads off”.
            You didn’t have to Google it. You only needed to read the article I linked to.
            It says
            “The National Party had no comment on Mr Glenn’s honour, a spokesman said yesterday.”

            Hide had a go at them but National didn’t.
            Your memory is clearly not correct is it? In fact it is completely wrong.
            One of the major differences between National and Labour of course is that Labour throw shit at anyone who supports their “enemies”. National doesn’t.
            They treat people from the left as being honest, if somewhat stupid.

  8. save NZ 8

    From no right turn…

    Highly ethical”

    According to John Key, his personal lawyer Ken Whitney is “highly ethical”. Yeah, right:
    John Key’s lawyer, Ken Whitney, was criticised by the High Court after creating a sham trust for a bankrupt property developer then failing to disclose it to authorities probing his client’s insolvency.

    When asked during cross-examination if he had concerns around setting up structures to allow a bankrupt to continue in business, Mr Whitney told the court: “No, not particularly. It’s a common thing for people to do. It may not be morally as white as it could be but it’s normal practice.”

    According to the article, Whitney lied repeatedly to the Official Assignee, and falsely claimed to have witnessed a signature. There don’t even meet the ethical standards of lawyers, let alone ordinary kiwis. In fact, some but even call it criminal.

    But clearly, Key has different definitions of “highly” and “ethical” from the rest of us.

  9. Sabine 9

    And then this. Heavy downpours in the lower North Island have caused heavy flooding in Porirua, closed schools in the city and disrupted traffic on state highways.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/303107/a-river-runs-through-it

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Brilliantly fine, sunny, warm and dry in Dunedin. Has been for days. I’m sure this is all very normal…

    • Rosie 9.2

      From January through to April we’ve averaged 30mm rainfall per month, two thirds less than normal for Wellington and now we get 31mm of rain in one morning. Porirua is the worst affected area.

      Our temperatures have been floating around the 5 degrees higher than average mark for this time of year. Same for other regions according to a newshrub report the other night. Should be around 15 degrees during the day and around 10 at night here. Been getting 19, 20 degree’s during the day. Last night it was 17 degrees overnight and went down to 13 when the southerly came through about 9.30am.

      Forecast to back up to 19 tomorrow………..

      Saving on firewood but it would much more preferable if we weren’t living in the anthropocene.

      • Paul 9.2.1

        Media reports the weather. No mention of climate change.
        They must be owned by serious shareholders in the fossil fuel industries.

    • maui 9.3

      I think what we need is more hard surfaces. More asphalt driveways and roads that are great at collecting water. Then ban people from collecting water off their roofs. We’ve being doing this kind of smart stuff for decades now, so lets keep doing more of it.

  10. Whateva Next 10

    On Stuff Business today, John Key responds to Panama Papers…..

    “He said businesses did not think about how likely it was that “someone, somewhere in the world is coming after them”.

    ….if you are not paying your taxes, or laundering money, or illegal arms trading etc, isn’t this a good thing John?

    • whateva next? 10.1

      except he’s probably “pretty relaxed” about money laundering, illegal arms trading and not paying taxes eh John?

  11. Tautoko Mangō Mata 11

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has lashed out at Trans-Pacific Partnership opponents, saying without trade deals like it, New Zealand won’t be able to afford better medicines.
    And to secure such treatments, Dr Coleman says it will come down to money.
    “It’s things like TPP which makes the country richer so we can afford these things. All these people who oppose things like TPP but want every drug under the sun, they’re not being realistic.”

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/health/health-minister-tpp-will-bring-better-drugs-2016050511#axzz47fR6QxKp

    But…but…but…

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s longer data protection for biologic pharmaceutical makers will push up the cost of the fastest growing primary health treatment in the country, the Medical Association says.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1604/S00797/tpps-biologics-data-protection.htm

    Summing up, Jonathan Coleman thinks the 0.9% increase in GDP by 2030 due to the TPP will give us more money to buy biologics which will cost more for longer under the TPP. It appears the Medical Association have a different viewpoint.

    • Jack Ramaka 11.1

      I think Coleman is getting hysterical comparing the cost of medicines to the TPPA Agreement, the TPPA is an arsehole agreement which won’t do an ounce of good for NZ.

      National need to manage the economy better get the wealthy and multinationals paying their fair share of taxes and get some growth going in the economy, rather than asset stripping it and relying on overseas borrowings to fund the Government shortfalls.

      By the way were has national spent the $110 Billion?

      Coleman is trying to relate apples to bananas?

    • greywarshark 11.2

      How are things going in hospitals towards privatising the health service? There’s a gravy train there, and Compass are doing the food. Which companies are going to perform the lobotomy and share the rest of the body parts between them? And how are the tech services, are there any other Southland DHB rorts going on? There is an amalgamation between south island hospitals of some sort, but its proceeding slowly.

  12. Gangnam Style 13

    ‘There is no crisis in housing’ script prob the best $25,000 Barfoot has ever spent.

  13. maui 14

    Government doing nothing while looking like it’s doing something on electric vehicles. Straight from the Nat playbook.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/govt-charges-ahead-to-get-electric-cars-on-nz-roads-2016050515#axzz47kjhadh2

  14. Jenny 15

    “Te Tai Tokerau MP survey highlights Māori opposition to deep sea oil drilling”

    “Although this isn’t a scientific survey, this is the largest survey undertaken of this nature. 6000 people responded as to whether they supported deep sea oil drilling or not. There is no other survey as large as this. “ Kelvin Davis.

    Kelvin Davis says most of the 6000 people in the survey are opposed to oil drilling. 9% said they needed more information to make a decision on the issue, while only 4% supported deep sea oil drilling.

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/te-tai-tokerau-mp-survey-highlights-maori-opposition-deep-sea-oil-drilling

    Will the Labour Party listen to their Maori Caucus?

    Will the Labour Party reassess their support for deep sea oil drilling?

    Will Labour and the Greens finally have a concrete basis for building a united front against the Right?

    Will Winston Peters be put on the spot by a united Left, over his support for deep sea oil drilling in Northland in the upcoming election, forcing Peters to state his position, either for the Left or the Right?

    “I did this survey to find out what the people of Te Tai Tokerau think. The issue I have is that if a national survey is carried out, the concerns of Māori will be lost.” Kelvin Davis.

    Kelvin needn’t worry, polls show that the majority of Pakeha New Zealanders oppose deep sea oil drilling too!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago