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  1. “..The Latest Cannabis Science The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You to Know..

    ..Five new cannabis-centric studies that warrant major attention..”

    (cont..)

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/latest-cannabis-science-mainstream-media-doesnt-want-you-know

    • Richard 1.1

      My Dr recommended cannabis when I went through a mild form of Chemo for Hep C to counteract the side effects of the medication.

      From waking up wanting to spew all day, feeling sick as a dog, no appetite. 1 joint and I was better immediately.

      Getting tired of hearing the arguments. it’s natural, it’s not man made. It has beneficial properties and for medical reasons it SHOULD be available.

      Good on my Dr for giving me the quiet wink.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        There’s probably too much gang money flowing into the National Party via eg: Sky City for this to get much traction.

      • phillip ure 1.1.2

        there is a question i wd like some journalist to ask key..

        ..that is seeing the large chunks of time he spends in hawaii..a state where cannabis has been medicalised..

        ..could he please detail for us the negative outcomes from such a policy..

        ..as observed by him while staying in his holiday home..?

        ..and if there are none..

        ..why can we not have a similar regime here..?

        ..aside from the logic-fails/costs of prohibition..

        ..it is cruel and inhumane to deny nz’ers who are suffering in many different forms..

        ..the proven salve that is cannabis..

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1

          🙄

          ’cause when you go on holiday, you know everything about the political framework of the place you’re visiting, and how each policy independently impacts the public?

        • David H 1.1.2.2

          Key notice anything? they just take him there, and plug him in, and give him his new instructions from Obama.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.3

        it’s natural, it’s not man made.

        That’s not actually an argument. I’m all for legalisation of marijuana but can we please keep the arguments based in science rather than feel dogoodery?

        • Richard 1.1.3.1

          Oh picky picky Draco.

          But point taken. Ta.

          • weka 1.1.3.1.1

            Yes and no. It’s good to not assume natural = safe. On the other hand, there are distinct differences between using a whole plant vs using single plant constituents (synthetic or extracted). While science is crucial for understanding pharmaceutical drugs, it isn’t the be all and end all of understanding whole plants, and quite often fails (for a whole range of reasons).

        • TheContrarian 1.1.3.2

          What Draco said.

          “Because Natural” is a terrible argument. Alcohol is a natural substance too

          • weka 1.1.3.2.1

            Yes and no. It’s good to not assume natural = safe. On the other hand, there are distinct differences between using a whole plant vs using single plant constituents (synthetic or extracted). While science is crucial for understanding pharmaceutical drugs, it isn’t the be all and end all of understanding whole plants, and quite often fails (for a whole range of reasons).

            Alcohol is or isn’t a natural substance depending on what you mean by alcohol. If I leave some grapes sitting in a bucket, some alcohol will form naturally. Vodka can’t be considered a natural substance.

            • TheContrarian 1.1.3.2.1.1

              That’s like saying weed is a natural substance but it isn’t once make it into hash.

              • weka

                not really. Unless you are comparing that to grapes in a bucket being manufactured into brandy. Which wasn’t the comparison I was making. I was comparing the natural fermentation of sugars to the distillation of such. AFAIK distilled alcohol doesn’t occur in nature.

                • TheContrarian

                  “AFAIK distilled alcohol doesn’t occur in nature.”

                  neither does hash

                  • weka

                    yes it does. Hashish, the product, is just the compressed resin of part of the cannabis plant. The resin exists in the plant and it exists in the hash cake. Of course not all hash is equal (there are different ways of preparing for consumption), so some hash is going to be more natural than others. Myself, I think this is probably a fruitless line of debate, because the line between natural and manufactured is very fuzzy and broad. Some people want black and white, but it doesn’t work like that.

                    However, did you read my comment properly? I’m not sure you understand what I meant yet.

                  • joe90

                    neither does hash

                    The only thing that isn’t natural is the 155 mesh.

          • David H 1.1.3.2.2

            Yep, there is a place in the Universe, where the stars are born that has more Alcohol than the whole world could ever make.
            Number 22 is the Alcohol one
            http://list25.com/25-crazy-facts-about-the-universe/

        • Rob 1.1.3.3

          Yes, asbestos is “natural” as well. Just because materials are available in a largely unprocessed form does not mean they are without issues.

      • David H 1.1.4

        It helps me in stopping the sick feeling from all my tablets too. it also means i don’t have to take as many,

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Details Leak On How Secret Global Treaty Will Force Countries To Further Deregulate Financial Sector

    One of the most worrying features of the TISA proposals is the following:

    The crucial provision is Art X.4, which would apply a standstill to a country’s existing financial measures that are inconsistent with the rules. That means governments must bind their existing levels of liberalization for foreign direct investment on financial services, cross-border provision of financial services and transfers of personnel. The current rules will be the most restrictive of financial services that a government would be allowed to use. They would be encouraged to bind in new liberalization beyond their status quo.

    This is the familiar “ratchet” that we see in copyright law. Here, it means that restrictions on the financial industry can only be reduced, never increased, no matter how badly they screw up the global economy (again). Doubtless proponents of TISA will claim that signatories to the agreement will — of course — retain their sovereignty and ability to take “prudential measures” for the good of their people, just as they have said regarding corporate sovereignty in TPP and TAFTA/TTIP. But as Kelsey points, part of the leaked document shows that is simply not true:

    the article is comprised of two sentences that contradict each other. If a government takes a prudential measure that is inconsistent with the agreement, it cannot do so as a means to avoid its commitments under the agreement! So any prudential measures must be consistent with the other provisions in the agreement.

    This is the TISA that the US is negotiating with the EU but what’s the chances that the TPPA will end up with the same or similar?

    Governments are no longer working for the benefit of countries but for the benefit of corporations and by doing so are causing significant harm.

  3. mickysavage 3

    Wow I have just counted the number of posts tagged “David Cunliffe” over at Slater’s site and he has written 971 of them this year. 971 …

    That is 3.5 posts a day, every day this year …

    Unsurprisingly none of them are flattering. They are all attack posts.

    Dirty politics is alive and well. There has to be a better way.

    • Barfly 3.1

      Heh …don ‘t you mean he has put his name to 971 posts?

      • mickysavage 3.1.1

        Haha yep I meant that 971 posts tagged “David Cunliffe” have been posted on his site.

        • ianmac 3.1.1.1

          971 ! No wonder David had his work cut out. (David Farrar was of course much more discrete?) But of course MSM did not join in – much!
          So where to from here? Whoever gets voted in as Leader will face a terrible uphill battle.

        • anker 3.1.1.2

          Mickey is there anyone sympathetic to Labour in the media who would write an article on this ie. the 971 posts. It is following on from DP the book (and of course it sure is hell is DP’s), but I am serious about this. An expose of the vilification of DC.

    • David H 3.2

      Hell Micky, I applaud you in going where most of us don’t want to go. And after that marathon effort, I hope you gave your self a Gold Star (lol), and a long hot shower! 9712 that’s one hell of a stalker David has there.

    • Undecided 3.3

      Well if you go back over the last few months you’ll see Cameron Slater featuring prominantly on posts

      I’m thinking it might be time to ignore him, starve him of oxygen maybe

      • Bill 3.3.1

        If Slater was just running a blog, then sure, starve him of oxygen. But whaleoil isn’t simply some guy running a blog. It’s the conduit that the National Party and industry lobbyists use to access the greater reach offered by major newspapers and TV/radio outlets.

        Any attempt by who-ever to starve or ignore would be ….ignored. And the operation that both whaleoil and kiwiblog are a part of would continue as effectively as ever.

        I don’t know how to stop major newspapers and TV/radio outlets taking their cues from whaleoil and kiwiblog, but until they are, the NZ public will be fed a diet of shit and bile, and all the consequences of that diet will continue.

    • Hami Shearlie 3.4

      Certainly proves that the right see David Cunliffe as THE threat!!!

      • Draco T Bastard 3.4.1

        Yep. If the RWNJs in the MSM and National are singing the praises of any particular candidate then that’s proof that the Labour Party should be avoiding that person as leader and vice versa.

  4. Adrian 4

    If one looks at the special votes and makes a big presumption that people overseas etc have not been subject to the negative press and tv/radio attacks on Cunliffe and the left in general that voting patterns are what we would hope they would be.
    I have not seen an accurate breakdown ( has anyone got one?), but I understand Labour was close to 29% Green13+% and NZF 7%.
    So throwing shit works.

    • bearded git 4.1

      nats 39.9 lab 28.2 greens 15.4 on specials.

      if only the whole result had been like this…..

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      Ahhhhhh that’s a very very good observation.

    • Blue 4.3

      I was thinking the same thing. The specials show the results I expected to see on election night.

      National 39.9%
      Labour 28.2%
      Greens 15.4%
      NZ First 7.4%
      Conservatives 3%
      Internet Mana 2.5%
      Maori Party 1.6%
      Act 0.7%
      United Future 0.2%

      This seems much more sane to me than the results we actually got.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.3.1

        Goes to show just how much the propagandising of the MSM for National actually affects the outcome of the election.

  5. Marksman33 5

    Yes I hear Donkey on RNZ this morning saying he is going to get his flunkies to have an extra look at these specials because it would appear that on election night the Natz had 49 percent and appears the sprecials only 40 percent.He is very perplexed. Just shows what a concerted effort by anti left media can do to a country.l

    • mickysavage 5.1

      I have been thinking about this. All the way through the narrative from National which the media bought into was that Labour may go further backward when past experience is that Labour actually improves. It let the “Labour is in a real mess” narrative continue even though this particular narrative was based on a mistruth.

      A further insight into how the media is working. Radio New Zealand was particularly bad in running this theme which is disturbing and disappointing for a state owned media outlet.

      • bearded git 5.1.1

        the same thing happened in 2011 when the myth of the national party’s comprehensive/easy win was born. after specials it became clear that the nats had scraped home but by then the media response was set in stone.

      • Chooky 5.1.2

        radionz Morning Report was a disgracefully biased towards John Key and Nactional and against David Cunliffe…( someone should do a media research study on this )

      • greywarbler 5.1.3

        @micky savage
        +1

      • Clemgeopin 5.1.4

        I have this intuition/theory that the Abbot raids on ‘terrorists’ in Aussie just a couple of days before our election drew a lot of votes into National and away from Labour….That and the backlash for the ‘MOTruth’ affair.

        • Chooky 5.1.4.1

          @ Clemgeopin….i agree…it was a set up! ( some predicted it beforehand) …and nothing much has come of it except a couple of young 18 year olds shot !.. when all they probably needed was a bit of POD and counselling …at very most a spell in a correction facility

          (thanks ex Jesuit Priest, Tony Abbott )

      • ropata 5.1.5

        +9^9^9^9
        NZ media’s woeful coverage of Greenwald, Snowden and Dirty Politics was generally a hopeless exercise in missing the point.

        Spinbin reckons that twitter and comments on the Herald website will supersede our self serving media. I’m not so optimistic.

        • SpinBin 5.1.5.1

          Hi Ropata
          Really great that you shared the link. Disappointed by the misnomers re “Twitter and comments on the Herald website” though. (Wondering whether you read the article or just skimmed it?)
          The comments in the article are from PublicAddress not the NZ Herald, and appear as part of an analysis of responses to Dirty Politics, MoT and the election.
          Twitter is noted for its “democratisation of voice” in the context of the bewilderment of mainstream media in discovering it is a level-playing field for public sentiment in which MSM are not insulated from open dissent in the way they often are in their IRL social classes.
          The “optimism” you refer to is outlined in the final section of the article called “A New Vanguard” which isn’t about Twitter or comments, but about the growth of paid and unpaid independent media as a whole.
          Still rapt that you shared the link though. Thanks for that!

  6. anker 6

    On a somewhat related note, I have been particularly bothered about Stuart Nash’s friendship with Hooton. Hooton from day one trashing DC. And on election night pumping for David Shearer………………….

    Is this a long term strategy for Labour orchestrated by the right? i.e. they know eventually Labour will govern again, so they accept that, but all the while maneuvering
    to make Labour as right as possible?

    • @ anker..

      “..Is this a long term strategy for Labour orchestrated by the right? i.e. they know eventually Labour will govern again, so they accept that, but all the while maneuvering
      to make Labour as right as possible?..”

      ..yes…and yes..

      ..this what this whole cunnliffe hate-campaign has been all about..

      ..and that is why this contest for the labour party leadership is so important..

      ..it will decide if labour is captured by the right..

      ..or if labour truly is a progressive political party..

      ..and of course you can often tell which camp labour mp’s are in..by who supports them..

      ..and as an example..stuart ‘thanks garth mcvicar!’ nash singing the praises of the former head of the most conservative/rightwing union..little..

      ..should set off alarm bells for anyone hoping for a progressive future for the labour party..

      ..and little is another of those union heads who said not a word/murmer in dissent at the demonising/ignoring of the poorest for those nine long years of the clark labour govt..

      .not a fucken word…

      • Chooky 6.1.1

        +100 anker and pu

        imo… the right wing see Cunliffe as a threat because he is the most able politician
        …and he is his own man and he genuinely wants to lead a Left Labour

        ..it is a worry that Michelle Boag supports Andrew Little …and Hooton is friends with Nash and Shearer…and who supports Grant Robertson from the right wing

        …in order to know who should be the Labour leader , one only needs to look at their support or not from the right wingers

        ….Cunliffe, given his hounding, is definitely the man to support!

    • AsleepWhileWalking 6.2

      I think Nash’s friendship with Hooton is a positive leadership quality which may mean that he is open to hearing all sides of an argument rather than just follow a vague party agenda.

      • phillip ure 6.2.1

        ..you’re funny..!

        ..got any bridges you’d like to sell us..?

        ..but seriously..no..

        ..nash is resolute in his neo-lib/fuck-the-poor! arguments/beliefs..

        ..he only sees one side..and it is a side that marries with the beliefs/prescriptions of slater/farrar/lusk/hooton..

        ..that is the ‘side’ that nash is on..

        ..he is a manchurian candidate for the right..

        ..and one blatantly so..

      • greywarbler 6.2.2

        AWW 9.39
        Very funny. Great satire.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.3

        I think Nash’s friendship with Hooton is a positive leadership quality which may mean that he is open to hearing all sides of an argument rather than just follow a vague party agenda.

        By why be open to hearing the wrong sides of an argument?

        • Brutus Iscariot 6.2.3.1

          ^This post illustrates the problem perfectly.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 6.2.3.1.1

            Yes, considering that Matthew Hooton’s “opinion” is for sale, and his trade in death threats, he leaves a stain on his associates.

      • Not a PS Staffer 6.2.4

        Hoot is a hired propagandist. He does not engage in argument.

        “Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. Propaganda can be used as a form of ideological or commercial warfare.” wiki

        If you or Nash think there is anything to be gained by “listening” to the propaganda that is disseminated by the hirelings of your enemy you are either deluding yourself or you are trying to delude us.

      • anker 6.2.5

        Asleep While Walking…………………..interesting name by the way.

        If you mean all sides of an argument, like Hooton saying that he thought there wasn’t a problem with NZ’s minimum wage because it was higher than minimum wages in many other countries. This sort of argument is BS and disgusting and not worth listening too.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.6

        The only sides of an argument that need to be heard are the facts. What comes from Hooton and the right-wing in general is spin and is completely removed reality.

    • Princess 6.3

      More likely all the manoeuvring by the right is to make Labour lose the next election as much as possible and what better way than with the blundering David Shearer at the helm.

      • Olwyn 6.3.1

        Or to alter its focus as a party, so that even if it gets into office, it will share the same information networks as National, will have taken on the same framing, and will be distinguishable only by brand, thus not posing any real threat to the status quo.

        • greywarbler 6.3.1.1

          @ Olwyn 10.12
          +1 People need to be reminded that just getting Labour into power is not a reasonable goal, it is what does it do when there. Some seem to be just thinking of personality and attractiveness to the public at present.

          The leader who gets in has to have real power and commitment from the Cabinet to carry out left policies is vital. And no drongo MPs else they are out. Also they would be considering some swingeing policy on the economy and exchange settings, and inflation, and lifting punitive taxes on savings and secondary tax, ,

          On Radionz the common taters are doing a forensic examination and Matthew says we always said it would be close and if, if, and then it would have come down to a difference of 1500 votes between the two mammoths. Matthew sticking the knife in David Cunliffe, got to say something negative. Mike Williams hears that unions voted for David as most likely winner but thinks that if Little stands well they may think again.

          Mike Williams seemed to be saying we should have troops along with the others in the Middle East. Hooton about how evil the present fighters are. Has any thinker prepared a chart of regimes for evilness, and which ones are the worst?

      • phillip ure 6.3.2

        @ princess..

        ..shearer was the mark one model..(the prototype..that was rushed prematurely onto the market by hoots..with the faults/hiccups in the model soon showing up..)..

        ..robertson the mark two…(the beltway-model..)

        ..and little now is the mark three (union) model..

        ..and they have some longterm/future hopes/plans for the li’l nash rambler..

        ..he who keeps going ‘beep..!..beep..!’..).

  7. Chooky 7

    Why the Greens should stay Left

    ‘Why the Green Party should not go to the centre’

    By Keith Locke / October 6, 2014

    “A truly green party can’t avoid taking stands to the left of both Labour and National when both those parties are reluctant to bring to heel the main corporate despoilers of our environment…

    – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/10/06/why-the-green-party-should-not-go-to-the-centre/#sthash.pyr62Cqi.dpuf

  8. left for dead 8

    Hello out there,is it me or what,having problems posting comments.

    [lprent: Yes. It is hitting a small group like you, weka, and a few others. I’m still trying to find out the common factors – looks like IP ranges from this morning’s catch. At present it looks like one of the automatic processes thinks that your IP range is spam. I’m going to turn off all of those to see if you startgetting through.. ]

    • weka 8.1

      Ok, seems to be getting through now.

      I had my internet turned off overnight, but it’s on telecom at the mo, don’t know if they use static or dynamic IPs.

    • left for dead 8.2

      cheers Lynn.testing testing

      [lprent: Looks like removing the spammer lookup lets you through. Ummmm… 😈 ]

  9. Adrian 9

    971 attacks is the very reason why David Cunliffe is the only possible person for the job. He is case hardened and was able to keep his humour and cool while putting up with that. Somebody else and it’s just another christian thrown to the lions and who knows how they will handle it.
    Besides DC now has a secret weapon, The Wife, the great Karen, let her loose on those arseholes on the other side and I’d pay good money to see that !.

  10. yeshe 10

    NZ ON SALE AT DISCOUNT PRICES !! as dollar drops, more overseas investors want to buy us.

    Sickening, and with no evidence this govt will ever establish a register of ownership.

    Wide open plunder and pillage. Farewell, NZ as we knew it.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11337467

    • Chooky 10.1

      +100 yeshe…sickening alright!

    • bearded git 10.2

      Yep I loved the way Key said the NZ$ should be USD 65 cents AFTER the election, having taken the benefit of all the cheap flatscreens, holidays etc before the election

      A bit of honesty on this for the voters might have been useful. Wait, what am I thinking……..

    • infused 10.3

      Yes, all these idiots brought down the dollar on purpose.

      Look at all the doom and gloom articles out there about the NZD.

      Don’t kid yourself, this was for one purpose.

  11. weka 11

    test

    [lprent: see here. ]

  12. bearded git 12

    Key is reported in the Herald as saying on Newstalk ZB today that “we got about 48% of the vote across the country”.

    Err no John, 47%. Special voters are people too. Is that his first lie of the 3 years?

    Help blip!

  13. left for dead 13

    Just testing

    [lprent: I see that you changed IP and got through. Good – make me think that I am on the right track. ]

  14. Marksman33 16

    On a lighter note, Alex Swney getting his comeuppense, couldn’t happen to a nicer prick.

  15. Ron 17

    UK on brink of sliding into right-wing chaos according to http://goo.gl/8m1CzV
    Could this happen to here?

  16. Clemgeopin 18

    During the recent election campaign, Key said that he feels we are on the cusp of something really big. May be this is it!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10584987/NZ-brilliantly-located-for-lunar-eclipse#comments

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    NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking, who can usually be relied on to give Prime Minister Christopher Luxon an easy run, did not do so yesterday when he interviewed him about the HealthNZ deficit. Luxon is trying to use a deficit reported last year by HealthNZ as yet another example of the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • A worrying sign

    Back in January a StatsNZ employee gave a speech at Rātana on behalf of tangata whenua in which he insulted and criticised the government. The speech clearly violated the principle of a neutral public service, and StatsNZ started an investigation. Part of that was getting an external consultant to examine ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Are we fine with 47.9% home-ownership by 2048?

    Renting for life: Shared ownership initiatives are unlikely to slow the slide in home ownership by much. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:A Deloitte report for Westpac has projected Aotearoa’s home-ownership rate will ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Let's Win This

    You're broken down and tiredOf living life on a merry go roundAnd you can't find the fighterBut I see it in you so we gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsWe gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsAnd I'll rise upI'll rise like the dayI'll rise upI'll rise unafraidI'll rise upAnd I'll ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Waimahara: The Singing Spirit of Water

    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    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 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    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 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 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, ...
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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 ...
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  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

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  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

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  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

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  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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  • 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 ...
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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    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 ...
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  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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