Open mike 06/04/2022

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  1. Tony Veitch (not etc.) 1

    I don’t think many people on the centre and right realise just how good our PM is at Question Time.

    Not only has she an impressive, a really impressive command of detail across many portfolios, she also has a witty tongue: for example, her parting shot –

    "I could speak at great length about what we have done in office to repair the damage of that time in office by the National Party, so if the member wants to ask more patsies, I would welcome it."

    If the election in ’23 was based purely on the merit of the debating skill of Jacinda and Luxon, there would be no contest.

    Unfortunately, blind adherence on failed Chicago School economics means that the emotional and empty appeal of ‘tax cuts’ and ‘more money in the pockets of hard-working kiwis' will still be a factor.

    • Bearded Git 1.1

      Exactly right Tony V…she is excellent at PMQ. Contrast this with Luxon's chronically bad performance on Radio NZ’s Morning Report this AM.

    • gsays 1.2

      TBF, Robertson and Ardern are both adherents of that same failing neo-liberal experiment. Just a nicer spin put on it

      I would love to see this new Health Authority ditch the sub-contracting model favoured by the current DHB's and bring most roles- security, meals, grounds, laundry, in-house.

    • MickeyBoyle 1.3

      I'll take results over rhetoric thanks.

    • Tony Veitch (not etc.) 1.4

      Wednesday update: another embarrassing question time for Luxon.

      Reading from scripted questions which simply allowed the PM to catalogue the many achievements of her government.

      Though, to be fair – maybe the contrast is so marked because Luxon (who used to run an airline, don’t you know) is so appallingly bad.

      • mac1 1.4.1

        Luxon got a serve from the PM who said she would not be lectured by a party (on new house builds) which built only 100 houses in 9 years and instead sold off state houses.

        She also reminded the House that National had children living in cars during last time in office.

        We must remember back to those times as to what National was like in its last term in office, and then consider how they would have dealt with pandemics and the other crises and issues which have come up since 2017.

        Then, having considered all that, ponder how bad it will be for us if National get back into office.

        I have, and I'm back into helping out in the party organisation, to work to get this government re-elected. I'd sincerely ask that all Standardistas do the same, in whatever party suits their style.

        • Tony Veitch (not etc.)


        • alwyn

          Did she tell the truth in any of her scripted comments?

          • mac1

            Alwyn, you obviously didn't watch or listen. So why such a question?

            If you had watched, then you would have known that 1. she handled her questioners with skill and knowledge (if that is what you mean by 'scripted 🙂 ) and 2. she has now twice challenged Luxon to debate with her, 'toe to toe' today, and guess what? Luxon did not stay for or participate in the general debate.

            I am sure that Luxon would be able to point out the truth of her statements. I mean, he’s really good at deadpan reading out of prepared questions……

            • alwyn

              You never answered my question did you? Instead you quote some b**s about National building only a 100 houses in 9 years.

              The actual figures for their time in office, and I have included the fiscal years from 2009/2010 to 2017/2018 as being their term are as follows.

              2009/2010 372. Then for the following years they were 165, 123, 100, 173, 408, 732, 419, and in 2017/2018 841.

              !00 homes in 9 years? b**s. So that statement you have quoted was a lie. Were any of the other lines she parroted any closer to the truth?

              The numbers are from the bottom of page 3 of this document.


              • mac1

                Alwynm I first read your OIA requst and thought I must have misheard ot misremembered the PM's words in Q1 yesterday. I didn't. What I quoted was correct. That is what the PM said.

                You have produced a document that refutes that. Your argument therefore is with the PM.

                looking at the figures in the OIA request, provided in July 2019, Labour built 2801 houses in six years from 2002-2008. National built 2953 state houses in 9 years 2008-17.

                Total state housing stock fell from a high of 69,489 in 2010, to 67,245 in 2015 and down to 64,607 in 2019.

                Figues from Kainga Ora for 31/12/21 state that 68,459 bedrooms have been provided by KO mostly state rentals, but also Lease, Community group and transitional housing.

                Like is difficult to compare with like. I presume that the OIA figures refer also to total bedroom numbers, as do the 2021 figures.

                So, numbers have come back up to within 1030 of the 2010 high.

                Putting aside Ardern's figures, there is a clear case to be made by the figures that you supplied and followed by the 2021 figures that numbers of state provided housing had dropped under National and have climbed back to 1000 by the end of 2021 and presumably have improved in 2022.

                • mac1

                  citation for the Kainga Ora figures above .

                  I should add, and this compounds the difficulty I am having comparing like with like, is that some 1700 housing 'units' are owned by, but currently untenanted, at 31/12/2021. These possibly should be added to the 'total housing portfolio administered by the state'.

                • alwyn

                  " Your argument therefore is with the PM"

                  Not really. It is now quite a long time since I did argue with a PM and then it was on the basis of "Yes Prime Minister but with respect I suggest that………..".
                  That was quite a number of years ago and I am not talking about anyone in the last decade or two.

                  I now don't have to be extremely polite and I can describe her as I think she is, a liar. I wouldn't consider saying that " she handled her questioners with skill and knowledge" when was she did was lie.

                  I also wouldn't say "I am sure that Luxon would be able to point out the truth of her statements". The word you should be using is not "truth" by the way. It is "untruth" and it is actually not easy for him to do that. The rules of the House don't allow you to say, or even hint, that she is lying. The mad duck in the chair will kick you out.

                  I am disappointed these days in how people are so eager to accept things she says as being gospel. They aren't.

                  • mac1

                    Alwyn, was there any follow up reaction from the opposition to the PM's figures?

                    I did hear on ThursdayQuestion Time Minister Megan Woods say something along the lines of if National while in government had built houses in the same volume as did Labour then there would be 22000 more houses today and that therefore 85% of the current waiting list would have been already housed.

                    • alwyn

                      Follow up? Not that I know of and I don't think they would try if they couldn't do it instantly. I doubt that anyone would have both picked it up instantly and actually known what the answer would be on the spot. After all it had nothing to do with any of the questions they had been asking at the time.

                      You couldn't really bring it up now. Try thinking of a question that would be in line with the rules. If they didn't want to say anything Trevor would simply rule a question out of order on the grounds that "The PM is not responsible for the actions of the previous Government".

                      As for Woods remark! What is that meant to mean. I suppose National could ask whether she really thought National was to blame because they didn't allow for how terrible their successors were going to be? It might be accurate but again Trevor would say she wasn't responsible and shut them off.

                      It does sound like a pretty stupid comment from Woods though doesn't it?

                    • mac1

                      Alwyn, here is what she said, from Hansard. Question 12.


                      "One of the points of both sadness and frustration for us as a Government, however, is that we are making up for the squandered opportunities of the previous Government. Not only did they end up with 1,500 fewer houses than they started with, but if they had built at the same rate as we did, there would be over 22,000 more public houses in New Zealand today, accounting for 85 percent of the current waiting list. So while we are pulling every lever, unfortunately we are playing catch-up for the gutting of public housing by the previous National Government."

                      That might better explain her point.

          • mac1

            Alwyn, I've just read your reply to McFlock on Daily Review and what you said is so accurate. With appropriate revisions you wrote, "I think you will find that this is simply alwyn saying he doesn't like Labour or its leader." How perspicacious.

  2. tsmithfield 2

    For those who want to push the Russian narrative that the Bucha attrocities were faked:

    1. The atrocities have been geolocated to when the Russians were in control of Bucha.

    2. Drone footage showing a Russian tank firing on a civilian walking with a bike in Bucha.

    3. This DW report debunking Russian claims about "evidence" of staging.

    This situation is absolutely repellant, and probably only the tip of the iceberg I expect.

    • Sabine 2.1

      Good, that means now there is evidence that is more then just some grainy photos.

      And that means that with evidence at hand charges can be laid. Properly. As for war yes, war is repellent. The war in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, and so on and so forth. All repellent and all full of various atrocities against humans by humans.

      Maybe next time more effort is spend on actually preventing war – and that includes Nato and the US/UK/"free western world".

      • RedLogix 2.1.1

        Maybe next time more effort is spend on actually preventing war

        At present it is clear from their actions that neither the Russian nor Chinese regimes are in the least interested in this. As long as this remains the case then you need to distinguish between weakness and appeasement – and strength and deterrence.

        If you genuinely want to prevent war, then I have written to this many times over the years here – but no-one ever shows any interest.

        • weston

          Lol the old "I always you never " line

        • Jenny how to get there


          6 April 2022 at 8:34 am

          Maybe next time more effort is spend on actually preventing war

          At present it is clear from their actions that neither the Russian nor Chinese regimes are in the least interested in this…….

          Just as you say Red, the Russian and Chinese regimes, may be least interested in stopping war, but neither were the Americans in Vietnam.

          But that interest in war can be changed.

          "1,2,3,4, We don't want your bloody war"

          "2,4,6, 8, Stop the killing, Stop the hate"

          America lost interest in prosecuting the war in Vietnam, not just because the US army got bogged down in the jungles of South East Asia, but because of a powerful anti-war protest movement in America.

          The same thing could happen in Russia.

          Thousands Detained At Anti-War Protests Across Russia

          Last Updated: March 06, 2022

      • Byd0nz 2.1.2

        Maybe next time more effort is spend on actually preventing war – and that includes Nato and the US/UK/"free western world".
        Agree, though one should include the UN and it’s member states, as they had the chance to address the legitimate concerns that Russia had and has regarding security issues, but instead of debating these concerns they chose to cave in to the US and it’s war diseased machine called NATO that the war mongers on this site clearly follow.

        • tsmithfield

          Instead of trying to deflect, minimise, and justify this situation, how about you and Sabine actually expressing revulsion for what is actually happening right now, without qualification.

          Really, Byd0nz, someone who tacitly tries to justify what Russia is doing in Ukraine is more of a war monger than anyone else who posts here as it is lending support for Russia's aggression.

          • Byd0nz

            Nowhere on any of my comments have I supported Putin, I have however expressed the hope that with the next Russian election, the people vote in the second most popular party, one that has been consistently against this war, that is the Communist Party. Let’s hope this comes to fruition.

            • tsmithfield

              If the communist party is against the war, I actually hope they do get into power in Russia. As much as communism is an anathema to me, they certainly can't be worse than the current situation.

              Do you seriously believe that Putin has any chance of losing given his ubiquitous control of everything in Russia? What do you think of the chance of "free and fair" elections over there?

              • joe90

                If the communist party is against the war,

                Nah, they're in.

                The Communist Party of the Russian Federation strongly condemns the heinous joint provocation of Ukrainian and Western politicians and demands a comprehensive thorough investigation not of staged fakes, but of numerous real crimes of Nazi Bandera, including the brutal torture of Russian military personnel.


              • Byd0nz

                I don’t know if it will be the end of the Putin Regime, but let’s just wait and see how the voters react.

                despite GI Joe’s 2pence worth, the Communist Party believes in dialogue in the first instance to avoid conflicts, something NATO and the UN fail to grasp.

                • McFlock

                  despite GI Joe’s 2pence worth, the Communist Party believes in dialogue in the first instance to avoid conflicts, something NATO and the UN fail to grasp.

                  First time I've ever heard someone claim the UN doesn't do enough talking

            • aj

              Another thoughtful article on the atrocities being committed in the Ukraine, but many minds are closed.

              Byd0nz, you should know by now that you can't deviate a mm from the mainstream line without being called a putin supporter, or being called on Whataboutism

              "Whataboutism" – a term created to extract western warmongers from the difficult position of having done All The Bad Things they accuse others of doing. When someone uses it on you, it means you just killed their argument and exposed their moral bankruptcy.

              The allegations at Bucha and western foreign policy

              It would of course, be morally wrong and deeply inappropriate to write off these allegations at face value. It is true that such claims should be taken seriously, investigated properly and be treated with the sensitivity they deserve especially in respect to the victims. However, at the same time the scenes of shock, outrage and repulsion in the western political discourse make a proper assessment of these events of course impossible at least in the short term. Undeniably so, the insight cannot be dismissed that such allegations are being politicized on a grand scale and even if not unfounded, are being utilized as a means of war propaganda. What has seemingly happened cannot be condoned if true, but one should always be mindful of the tactics which the West uses.


              • Byd0nz

                thanks for that link and have read it and I do understand your comment below
                Byd0nz, you should know by now that you can't deviate a mm from the mainstream line without being called a putin supporter, or being called on Whataboutism

                "Whataboutism" – a term created to extract western warmongers from the difficult position of having done All The Bad Things they accuse others of doing. When someone uses it on you, it means you just killed their argument and exposed their moral bankruptcy.

                All to true, these people seem to misread the point one is making which backs up the above statement.

                thanks for your posts

        • Tricledrown

          Crimea river Putin is s nasty meglomaniac

    • RedLogix 2.2

      Thank you for patiently this ts in a patient manner I could not have without invoking the wrath of Incog. You have done a fantastic job on Ukraine generally.

      My answer to the Russia apologists here is simple – on Feb 24 when Putin ordered his military over the Ukrainian border – he was from that moment on accountable for all blood, brutality and chaos that would inevitably flow. Everything else is semantics.

      • tsmithfield 2.2.1

        Thanks for the nice comments Red. You have been making great comments as well.

        I think it is important that we counter the sort of narrative that Russian apologists put up because I think it is a concerted strategy to minimise what is going on.

        You might enjoy this guy who is part of the military in Kiev. He gives regular short videos on the situation.

        In the video the link above connects with, he does a short Q & A video. He responds to a question from someone who identifies as a poor student who has nothing to contribute financially, but wants to know what he can do to help.

        The response given is that the student could look out for Russian misinformation and advised of several sites the student could report the misinformation so that it could be taken down.

        So, I guess we can all be doing something.

        • Anne

          I know you are right of centre and I am left of centre tsmithfield, but I have found your posts here helpful. It shows there are many facets of life where there is no real disagreement between us.

          It is disappointing Helen Clark lost her campaign to become UN Secretary General. No disrespect to the incumbent, but Helen planned to overhaul that bureaucracy and give it more teeth than it appears to have these days. That just might have helped to avoid the more horrific aspects of this war:

          • tsmithfield

            Thank you Anne. I think there are issues like these that make our differing political perspectives seem quite trivial.

        • Tony Veitch (not etc.)

          I suppose the BBC can be considered a 'reliable' source of info on the war?

          If that is so, this short documentary on a Russian Special Elite force is damning indeed!

    • Ad 2.3

      I'm looking forward to Russian military leaders being put on trial for this.

      • tsmithfield 2.3.1

        It might be a bit easier to identify the direct culprits of this brutality as Anonymous has published the names of the Russian soldiers in Bucha.

      • Sanctuary 2.3.2

        It will never happen.

        It looks increasingly like the Russian will make some gains in the Donbas, seize Mariupol, declare victory, end active hostilities and sometime in the future annex all occupied territory to Russia after a fake plebiscite. They'll use their nuclear arsenal to threaten anyone who dares to challenge the de facto post bellum outcome of this war.

        The current Russian strategy now appears to be if the troublesome Ukrainians insists on not being "de-Natzified" and fighting furiously then they'll make sure it has no industry or economic base left when the active fighting stops.

        They'll then keep Ukraine fighting a low intensity, debilitating war in the east of their country designed to forever keep the country poor and leave the West to fume in public and rebuild energy and money laundering links in private. Whether or not Putin will still be around is an open question. If they can brazen it out he might hang on, or it may be convenient for the authoritarian oligarchs who run Russia to organise a coup and replace him with someone else so everyone can blame him and the west can move on with a new leader in the Kremlin, "someone they can work with."

        But there is no way under any scenario Russia will let it's generals or soldiery be put on trial in any western court for crimes committed in the Ukraine.

        • tsmithfield

          Yes, I am sure that is the Russian plan.

          However, it is not a slam dunk that this will happen:

          Firstly, the performance of the Ukranian military, the poor performance of the Russians, and the horror at the atrocities in Bucha is motivating the West to provide the heavy weaponary Ukraine needs to defeat the Russians (along with bountiful donations from the Russians themselves.

          For instance, the Czechs are providing tanks to Ukraine. The British is looking to provide anti-ship missiles so Ukraine can defend against the Russian ships firing cruise missiles. And I have also seen reports that the US is trying to facilitate the supply of weaponary the Ukranians know how to use.

          Secondly, waging war is expensive. This is where sanctions will start to bite in a big way so far as Russia's ability to sustain the fight for the long haul. Especially if Ukraine is provided with weapons that can cause them major damage.

          Finally, Another problem is that Russia is increasingly finding it difficult to replace the weapons they are using because a lot of the components are made in Ukraine. Ukraine is naturally unwilling to supply those components at the moment.

          • tsmithfield

            Here is a report on the effect of sanctions on the the ability for Russia to keep waging war.

            • Sanctuary

              The chief outcome of this war will be to expose Russia as an aggressive second class power with an outsized legacy nuclear arsenal of limited practical use that is a threat to all it's smaller neighbours but completely unable to compete with other first class powers.

              Putin’s miscalculation means he has reinvigorated NATO, got the world cheering German rearmament and paved the way for a wider anti-Russian alliance in eastern Europe.

              His only friend of substance will be China, and that will be a relationship akin to that of the crumbling Austro-Hungarian empire to the Germans in the Great War – the shots will be called in Beijing.

              • tsmithfield

                Yes, I have said in previous posts that Russia just ends up as a vasal state for China out of this.

                I think Putin is so obsessed with Ukraine, and is overly focused on the short-term objective of not being seen to lose. But what ever happens, he has lost strategically. Russia will never be a great power again after this.

            • Francesca

              In a globalised world, all sanctions and measures to punish can have unforeseen consequences .

              Incidentally, the ordinary Russian people are just loving seeing the almighty oligarchs getting their comeuppance

      • aj 2.3.3

        I'm looking forward to all living military and political leaders being put on trial for all war crimes committed under their watch.

      • aom 2.3.4

        Ad, you may be looking forward to Russian military leaders being put on trial. In addition to this, some of us want to see the US put on trial for the millions of people whose existence is being threatened by the starvation and the deliberate denial of life saving drugs. These sanctions are imposed without UN approval and enforced by the US and its proxies. Such sanctions are without doubt WAR CRIMES and like the alleged war crimes in Ukraine are ruthless. One can only assume that the western world turns a blind eye because the victims are not blue eyed Europeans.

        You might also consider which parts of the world have no skin in the NATO/Russian confrontation but will be consigned to premature deaths in the pile on to impose sanctions.

  3. Ad 3

    Day 3 in bed, binge-watching The Watchers on Netflix (recommended).

    • tsmithfield 3.1

      Part 2 of the final series of Ozark starts on 29th April as well for anyone who is into that.

    • weka 3.2

      I just finished Bel Air (TVNZ), that was good.

    • Tony Veitch (not etc.) 3.3

      I hope the nasty Omicron doesn't lay you too low Ad. Get well.

    • Ad 3.4

      My bad it's actually called Secret City.

    • Macro 3.5

      Make sure that you take it easy Ad. The fatigue stage is something else that has to be experienced to fully understand.

      On the subject of visual entertainment can I recommend a 2019 English comic drama. "years and years". Not sure if it is on Netflix but it is on dvd and maybe the library has a copy. Our local library here has it. It's very topical including refugees from Ukraine, and really good for political tragics such as us on TS. One of the teenagers communicates with her parents through a digital filter, and thinks that she is trans – transhuman and wants to become digital data.

      Something for all. 😏😊

    • Stephen D 3.6

      If you don't mind a bit of violence, and haven't caught up with Peaky Blinders, watch it. Some of the best TV ever!

  4. Right is Right 4

    I want some of that stuff you are on! You make Lala Land sound so cool!

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  5. Barfly 5

    He says that it should be 57 for Maori and I think he has a point however

    "• The gap between Māori and non-Māori period life expectancy has fluctuated, but over the
    long term narrowed. For the period 2012-14, period life expectancy at age 65 for Māori men
    was 15.4 years, and women 17.5 years. The non-Māori figures were 19.1 and 21.6 years,
    implying a gap for that period of 3.8 years for men and 4.1 years for women"

    Now of course there are more ways to divide a population than by race I would be very confident to wager a fair portion of my puny wealth that rich people live longer than poor people and the same for disabled versus the abled. But as the co-leader of a race based party I can see why his priorities appear to be only for Maori outcomes.

    • Jimmy 5.1

      Perhaps men should get the pension sooner than women because women tend to live longer.

    • swordfish 5.2


      But it's not just the Māori Party … ethnic-based preferential treatment is very much the goal of Labour & Green Party elites & activists, heavily influenced by Critical Race Theory & its various bastardized ideological manifestations … (the doctrinal maxims handed down by Archbishops DiAngelo, Kendi, Applebaum, Coates & so on) …

      A highly, highly selective 'equity' … in which poorer Pakeha, Asians & other non-Polynesians are outrageously labelled "privileged" & systematically scapegoated into second-class citizenship, largely by stealth … with all the dire health consequences, lifestyle degradation & early death that that process entails.

      Quite possibly an inevitable corollary of an ultimately self-interested Professional Upper-Middle Class capture of the 'Left'.

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      I would be happy enough to offer a reduced pension from 60 if a) it was means tested and b) normal super payments kicked in at a slightly older age, like 67 or 68.

  6. Sanctuary 6

    It's a big thank you to Ashley Bloomfield, he has achieved his opus magnum in public health and bigger, but perhaps not as important, stations are calling him after a well deserved break. He departs a hero of public health practitioners everywhere and one would imagine almost any public health related job he wishes will be his for the picking.

    I wonder what the bookies are offering on Ashley Bloomfield being on the Labour party list in 2023? Andrew Little does little except be grumpy, Jacinda may need a genial new health minister.

    Anyway, if he isn't doing politics it'll be arise Sir Ashley come new year mark my words.

    • Johnr 6.1

      Well said Sanctuary. Having a Sir Ashley would be a very welcome and well deserved honour, as opposed to, the all too often party donor business troughers.

    • Belladonna 6.2

      AFAICR, when he was asked the question, about whether he'd like to be a politician, the answer was very much in the negative.
      I don't think he has any ambitions at all for a 'public' life after the last 2.5 yearrs.

  7. Woolly Mammoth 7

    Ad, tsmithfield and others: can you explain why the U.K is delaying a meeting of the UN Security Council?

    Nebenzia & co have have put out information contrary to the official western/Ukrainian line. Is it not in the best interests of us all to test the evidence presented in both narratives?

    • Ad 7.1

      Trying to read UNSC politics right now is next to impossible with Russia toxic to all but China, French Presidential elections days away, and all the current non-permanent members studiously avoiding strong support of Europe right now.

      It's not a parlour game I want to observe.

  8. Byd0nz 8

    why the U.K is delaying a meeting of the UN Security Council?
    Because they’re complicit in the NATO proxy war using Ukraine as a pawn to topple Russia, this being a last ditch attempt to keep the West as the drivers of World Order.

    they are pouring tax payers money in weaponry to keep their war going at the same time ignoring the well being and infrastructure badly needed by those tax paying vassals.

    • Barfly 8.1

      Wow mate you excel yourself – so this is a NATO proxy war designed to topple Russia dam those NATO guys are so clever getting Ukraine to attack and invade Russia …oh hang on a minute….

    • Tricledrown 8.2


      Putin didn't need to invaded now he is in danger of being toppledev.

      A corrupt regime poisoning murdering those who speak out.

  9. Reality 9

    I hope the way the business sector and National/Act have prioritised their selfish demands over the health and well-being of people has not contributed to Ashley Bloomfield deciding to step down. Their constant lack of backing up and support for his recommendations would not have made his job easy. His calm, intelligent demeanour has been amazing in the midst of all that has been thrown at him to deal with.

  10. Francesca 10

    A comprehensive look at the four different locations in Bucha.

    On the same day, 2 April 2022, the head of Kiev’s territorial defense, Sergei Korotkikh, nicknamed Botsman (who fought in the neo-Nazi Azov regiment), publishes several videos of the work of ‘his guys’. In the second video of his post, at 6 seconds you can clearly hear one of the guys asking if he can shoot the “men who don’t have blue armbands” (Ukrainian army armbands). To which his commander (Botsman) replies positively.

    Interesting that the guys in the "torture cellar," and some of those with their hands tied on the road, have visible white armbands(signalling non hostility to the Russian military in a Russian occupied area)

    Also has a video of war victims being buried in a mass grave outside the church.The video makes clear the dead are the victims of bombing from round about the 13th March, and says there are about 67 people buried

    Someone recommended Meduza as being reliable(read a pro western outlet …thought they'd been banned)

    Finally, to complete the picture, in an interview given to the media outlet Meduza (classified as a foreign agent in Russia), a woman living in Bucha and a member of the territorial defense (so not a pro-Russian), says herself that “the people lying on Yablonskaya died because of chaotic shooting”, and she does not report any cases of Russian soldiers shooting civilians during the time they controlled the city. Rather odd.

    So, to my mind , the Russians are in the wider sense, responsible for the carnage , by initiating the war , but they have not perpetrated all the deaths themselves by a long way., and I am highly suspicious of those deaths where the victims are wearing white armbands and have their hands tied behind their backs.

    • Bearded Git 10.1

      Francesca-Are you saying the West/NATO are spreading propaganda? Perish the thought. After all this never happened once in 5 years of the Second WW.

      Wait a minute…..

  11. Stephen D 11

    The Security Council is a mess. Russia, Ukraine, and the USA do not recognise the ICC.

    The chance of Putin or anybody being held accoutable are pretty much nil.

  12. Siobhan 12

    I was interested to read about these Russian soldiers/mercenaries today.

    The terrible thing is I have never heard of them and their atrocities before ..but then I see the line…

    "Images taken yesterday show a soldier wearing the insignia of the paramilitary group which has been active in civil wars in Africa"

    and I am reminded, yet again, how little we care about other people who we deem to be less than..

  13. Woolly Mammoth 13

    Stephen D – Is bringing the issue to the Security Council about holding "Putin or anybody" accountable or about trying to establish the truth of the matter?

    Russia has said it's a false flag and they have evidence to that effect. I don't know if that's true or false. Do they have the right to be heard or don't they?

    • Stephen D 13.1

      If atrocities can be proven, Then someone should be accountable.

      But don't count on it.

  14. Ad 14

    The resignation of Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield has spooky weirdness to it.

    He has nothing to go to. ie lost half a mil a year with not so much as a Director's appointment.

    He's centre and middle of the largest health restructure we've ever done, which he's leading, and none of it's ready except the Maori entity Board appointments.

    He's leaving when the pandemic remains the highest it's been in the entire two years.

    He did not see his own term out, nor the political term, nor have a successor in place for the Number 1 King job. Surely it would have been his for the taking.

    The thanks from the Prime Minister was sweet but brief and his own Minister Little has said nothing.

    And now there's this. The Treasury has just released its Investor Confidence Review into the Ministry of Health which collapsed into a D rating. The DHB's which Bloomfield had had ripped apart by his attack dog Lester Levy all actually were shown to be strong and should not have been attacked. There go the careers of the key leaders of Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau, and Canterbury. No need to wonder why key managers don't want to stay in Health here.

    This is all set out in rigorous detail over three posts by Ian Powell previous Exec Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. Each of them is detailed and worth the time to read. This degree of sustained bureaucratic knifing is rarely exposed.

    GUEST BLOG: Ian Powell – More than egg running down face; it’s an entire poultry farm’s yolk | The Daily Blog

    Treasury's evaluation results of Bloomfield's Departmental performance are all in black and white here, also going through all key Departments and all DHBs.

    Investor Confidence Rating Results Analysis: Round 1 and Round 2 (

    Granted we will see more blood spilled as all those DHB Board directors really air out their dirty laundry one by one.

    Like Ardern, Bloomfield looks like he was great in a crisis but when that started to wear off the truth of his actual operation has come out.

    I doubt too much more will come out from around him as his immediate circle will all be angling for the jobs that are in contest now, including his own.

    Wellington looks a shade darker today.

    • psych nurse 14.1

      I would imagine all the failings you describe Ad could be attributed to one Chai Chuah the previous Director General. Didn't we dodge a bullet by not having a National appointed accountant in charge of health in the time of a pandemic.

    • weka 14.2

      two simpler explanations.

      1. he's burned out (look at him)

      2. he can't support the government's current pandemic plan because it fails public health.

      or both.

      • aj 14.2.1

        I think he's burned out. Do you recall the interview (about a year into the pandemic) where he spoke of the stress he felt carrying the burden of responsibility in those first hectic months? And the pressure hasn't let up. That takes a toll.

        I could see it in Chris Hipkins as well at the end of last year. I suspect many people throughout health and government are feeling drained, to say the least.

        • weka

          I don't remember that but it makes sense.

          Ardern looks like she needs a break too.

    • McFlock 14.3

      He's leaving at the end of July.

      Basically, after reading the links and then the previous posts in the DB link, I still have no idea what the dude is one about, let alone whether an alleged "coup" in one DHB is enough to be a career-ending debacle.

      But I suspect that the DG-Health job has been a particularly tough one over the last couple of years (in both workload and responsibility), and as a still-registered doctor I doubt Bloomfield will be on the dole queue any time soon.

      I wish him well.

    • Craig H 14.4

      Maybe, but apparently the previous 3 Director-Generals of Health also didn't finish their 5 year terms, so it would almost be more unusual if he did finish the term.

  15. Poission 15

    Christchurch has introduced changes to Airbnb et al.Often council changes have negative outcomes for many (cost plus) here this will provide positive outcomes while disadvantaging few.

    With over 2000 units in CHCH city,for short stay accommodation ,unconsented and paying residential rates (and probably residential insurance etc) not meeting the requirements of the building act,these units have an unfair disadvantage over entrenched accommodation providers.

    The possible outcomes are an increased rating income for CHCH,from existing inventory for those who remain.

    Even a minor change in inventory use will have a large outcome in CHCH,say for example if we see 10% become available on the rental market,this will be a 25% increase in rental listings,and if 10% become available on the housing market that increases inventory by 5%.

    Accommodation (motels etc) is around 35% down at present in CHCH,so there will be no short term constraints.

    Nationwide it would have substantive benefits ( without a single nail being used)

  16. tsmithfield 16

    Hmmm it looks like Ukraine is about to get a major boost to both its air force and its battle tank forces.

    Poland has just signed a deal for purchase of both US tanks and warplanes.

    The significance of this purchase that Poland had been reluctant to give its current Soviet era tanks and Migs unless they could be upgraded by the US. So, this deal suggests Poland may release its older stuff to Ukraine.

    Looks like that is happening now, so Ukraine could soon have a major boost for ejecting the Russians

  17. Francesca 17

    From your link (did you read it?)

    As part of the modernization of its military, Poland is also buying US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets in a deal signed in 2020. Those 32 warplanes are scheduled to begin arriving in Poland in 2026.

    2026 is a bit of a long wait!

    • tsmithfield 17.1

      Yes. I noticed that as well. It was under the Ukraine page for CNN, so I assumed there was an implied deal being done.

      Not that we would necessarily know. I saw one of the US government guy saying they don't state everything they are giving Ukraine for obvious reasons.

    • Adrian Thornton 18.1

      "Ukrainian soldiers reporting having found boxes of condoms in destroyed russian IFVs"… are off the fucking hook man, you, without even the slightest doubt in your mind, link us to a Ukrainian propaganda TV channel, a place where all opposition political new sources and political parties have been banned, WTF…is your bullshit detector completely broken…or did you turn it off yourself?

      I thought this was where serious political debate took place.

      Opposition political parties banned in Ukraine and ‘unified information policy’ imposed

    • JeremyB 18.2

      Olympian sportsmen & women are supplied with condoms while in the Olympic village. So does this mean they came prepared to "gang rape girls"?

    • Byd0nz 18.3

      Just the Red Army doing Red Army shit.

      you really are an ignorant dick head GI Joe. there is no Red Army, there is no Communist Russia.
      Maybe with the next election they may make a comeback being the second most popular party by far and with a big swing against Putins version of Capitalism. In the meantime, educate yourself

      • Francesca 18.3.1

        And if Joe wants to go back to Red Army days, he might like to remind himself of the OUN's slaughter of jews, Poles, and Roma in the second world war, under the leadership of Stepan Bandera.That Bandera who is still revered in Western Ukraine today

        • aj

          I was watching a Real Crime documentary a few days ago on SKY – Catching The Nail Bomber. (It's on Youtube)
          Just a Nazi doing Nazi shit.

          David Copeland:

          "I bomb the blacks, Pakis, degenerates. I would have bombed the Jews as well if I'd got a chance." Ryan writes that Copeland's first idea had been to bomb the Notting Hill Carnival after seeing images of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. When asked by police why he had targeted ethnic minorities, he replied, "Because I don't like them, I want them out of this country, I believe in the master race."

    • Francesca 18.4

      6 April 2022 at 2:31 pm
      Just the Red Army doing Red Army shit.

      Gosh, I remember that happening in Libya, where Gadaffi’s men were give viagra to enable them to be rape machines. .Remember that Joe?

      oh, hang on

      Amnesty International also said it was unable to find evidence for the accusation that the Libyan government had given Viagra to its troops and encouraged them to rape women in rebel-held areas. Then-Secretary of State Clinton, among others, had contributed to this unproven myth.

      propaganda got to propaganda

      • Byd0nz 18.4.1

        Exactly. Lies get found out later on, not that the Joe’s of this world get enlightened.

        Is the world better off for murdering Saddam Hussain. Ask the parents of depleted uranium child victims.

        same as Gadaffis’ Libya which had no foreign debt and where all were entitled to accommodation at a just rent. Talk about a war crime.

        keep up the good work Francesca

        • joe90

          After Afghanistan, Chechnya, Georgia, and Syria, nothing the Russians have done in Ukraine comes as a surprise. And without doubt, you and your ilk's defence and deflection of Russia's crimes makes you complicit in their murderously indiscriminate brutality, cruelty and sexual violence.

          For shame.


  18. Molly 19

    Have found the updated (mātauranga Māori inclusive) Curriculum matrix for NCEA Level 6, and posting the link to the page and the pdf here for anyone interested:

    I've only briefly looked, but I already have concerns. Substitution of Te Reo Māori phrases and terms where there is no direct translation, thereby muddying language and concepts.

    eg. Under Big Idea

    (Mauri1. (noun) life principle, life force, vital essence, special nature, a material symbol of a life principle, source of emotions – the essential quality and vitality of a being or entity. Also used for a physical object, individual, ecosystem or social group in which this essence is located.)

    Mauri is present in all matter. All particles have their own mauri and presence as part of a larger whole, for example within a molecule, polymer, salt, or metal. When matter is broken into smaller particles each particle remains as part of the taiao, for example when a substance is burnt or dissolved the particles remain, with their own mauri. They do not just disappear.

    • joe90 19.1

      They do not just disappear.

      Conservation of mass, huh.

      • alwyn 19.1.1

        Nah. They've just rediscovered quintessence, or the fifth element, also known as aether.

        In this case I guess it would be the ancient Greek version

        " Aether – personification of the sky or upper air breathed by the Olympians; son of Erebus and night or of Chaos and darkness. Greek deity – a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks. "

        I doubt if they are really up to the medieval version which was supposed to provide the transmission of em radiation described as

        "aether, also known as the fifth element or quintessence, is the material that fills the region of the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere. The concept of aether was used in several theories to explain several natural phenomena, such as the traveling of light and gravity."

        Whichever one "mauri" is it is just as mythological and non-scientific as the various forms of "aether" turned out to be.

  19. Adrian Thornton 20

    Here is a real journalist doing their job….

    • Stuart Munro 20.1

      Meh – a celebrity motoring journalist telling one side of the story – and rather badly at that – Might as well listen to Mike Hosking. Reporting from the Donbas region – large numbers of local casualties. Well you will get that when you rise against your government and provide a springboard for hostile Russian forces.

      Are we to take it Adrian, that you are so blind you have no knowledge of the many Ukranians killed in Russia's phony war in Donbas? How about you show us some thus far never demonstrated evenhandedness and learn those numbers – or are we to suffer your pathetic pandering to Putin ad nauseum as usual?

    • Stuart Munro 20.2

      13000 killed and 30 000 wounded as of 2019 – since we all know that you are too pathetic a Putin worshipping fascist to look for those numbers yourself.

      [This is getting far too personal, again. I don’t want to have to step in and break up shit fights, so why don’t you two stop replying and referring to each other for a few days. Hopefully, this will calm the mind & temper and lower the levels of acrimony between you two – Incognito]

      • Adrian Thornton 20.2.1

        "since we all know that you are too pathetic a Putin worshipping fascist"…..find just one time when I have condoned or defended won't you fucking idiot.

        I am getting a little tired of your unhinged always slightly hysterical ad hominem attacks on me… I am an easy guy to find on in internet, so why don't you contact me directly, and I will tell my address so you can come here and say that shit right to my face…or is saying this stuff just something you are only brave enough to do online when it doesn't mean nothing…as I suspect it is.

        [This is getting far too personal, again. I don’t want to have to step in and break up shit fights, so why don’t you two stop replying and referring to each other for a few days. Hopefully, this will calm the mind & temper and lower the levels of acrimony between you two – Incognito]

      • Incognito 20.2.2

        Mod note

        • Stuart Munro


          However – I have a policy of intolerance of fascists. Popper explains it best:

          This Paradox of Tolerance, as it came to be known, argues that intolerant behaviors, irrespective of any judgement of the values that underlie them, ought to be actively fought against in order to preserve an inclusive society.

          The Putin dupes are not progressives. They are really only Putin's version of the Hitler Youth. They don't know, and thus can neither argue nor explain a Russian viewpoint.

          Instead they resort to whataboutery, a tactic familiar to households with feuding four-year-olds "He did it first", they cry, a tactic that gets short shrift from experienced parents.

          The crowning arrogance is for Adrian to complain about being bullied. He or she is proudly championing a genocidal monster, at length, ad nauseum, on a progressive site. I should damned well hope they being bullied – until they desist.

          I'd've preferred if that function were undertaken by the Mods – but I don't set the policy.

          • Incognito

            Thank you. Below is my reply intended for general audience as well.

            The kaupapa (aka ‘policy’) of this site is debating not bullying. The couple of Mods around here each have their own areas of expertise and special interest. Moderation is predominantly on poor/bad behaviour and not on content or topic; Mods can only skim the most obvious and blatant offences, because of limited time and because of lack of familiarity with the matter under discussion. This site is as lenient as possible to allow commenters as much freedom to debate each other as they wish.

            My advice is not to waste time on closed-minded ‘dupes’ and save your energy for commenters who are genuinely interested in debate even, or rather particularly, when you might not agree with them – debating people with whom you 100% agree is an oxymoron (aka echo chamber).

            • RedLogix

              My suggestion is that we start a new daily post titled 'Special Operations Post for Putin Dick Suckers' and all their posts get moved there – where the rest of us can safely ignore them.

              It irks me that TS is wasting pixels on their drivel, but free speech and all.

              • Incognito

                Yup, nobody has ever said that free speech is as beautiful as the smell of roses at a moonlit night.

                Some here act as horny teenagers (M & F) masturbating at war porn as if their lives depend on it. It is pathetic, embarrassing and off-putting, IMHO.

                • KJT

                  To me. The USA can do no wrong, fan boys, the ones who say if "you are not for us you are against us", AND the advocates for Putin, can be put in their own thread entitled "Baby Killer" fanboys!

                  There are people I work with now, who are very worried about relatives involved in several wars. It is not a joke!

                  I find the bloviating and War Porn, obnoxious.

  20. Peter 21

    I know workers are needed for a range of jobs in the country. In the news today:

    "Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi last year launched the 2021 Resident Visa – a one-off pathway to residency for migrants affected by the pandemic.

    At the time it was estimated there would be 110,000 applications and 165,000 people would become residents through the scheme, in what was labelled the biggest change to immigration in recent history.

    Yet just over halfway into the application process being open, 86,000 applications covering close to 170,000 people have come in – already more than estimated. Applications opened in December and finish at the end of July."

    Housing. How will 165,000 people find houses? I’d heard there was a bit of a housing problem.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket. to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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

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

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

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    11 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    11 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    13 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    14 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    14 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    15 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    15 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    16 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    6 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    6 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    6 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    6 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    6 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    6 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
    7 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    7 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    1 week ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    1 week ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    1 week ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    1 week ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    1 week ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    1 week ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    2 weeks ago
  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    2 weeks ago

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