web analytics

Open mike 07/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 7th, 2013 - 126 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

126 comments on “Open mike 07/07/2013 ”

  1. Morrissey 1

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/05/the-servility-of-the-satellites/
    The Servility of the Satellites
    by DIANA JOHNSTONE, in Paris.

    The Snowden affair has revealed even more about Europe than about the United States.

    Certainly, the facts of NSA spying are significant. But many people suspected that something of the sort was going on. The refusal of France, Italy and Portugal to allow the private aircraft of the President of Bolivia to cross their airspace on the mere suspicion that Edward Snowden might be aboard is rather more astonishing.

    Together, these revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the “Western democracies” into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name.

    The outrage against the Bolivian President confirmed that this trans-Atlantic entity has absolutely no respect for international law, even though its leaders will make use of it when it suits them. But respect it, allow it to impede their actions in any way? Certainly not.

    And this disrespect for the law is linked to a more basic institutional change: the destruction of effective democracy at the national level. This has been done by the power of money in the United States, where candidates are comparable to race horses owned by billionaires. In Europe, it has been done by the European Union, whose bureaucracy has gradually taken over the critical economic functions of independent states, leaving national governments to concoct huge controversies around private matters, such as marriage, while public policy is dictated from the EU Commission in Brussels.

    But behind that Commission, and behind the US electoral game, lies the identical anonymous power that dictates its desires to this trans-Atlantic entity: financial capital.

    This power is scheduled to be formally extended in the near future by…

    Read more….
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/05/the-servility-of-the-satellites/

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1

      Which “International law” would that be? The one that says sovereign nations have no rights to control their own airspace?

      Come on, be specific: which “international law”. Put up or shut up.

      • Morrissey 1.1.1

        Again, you are out of your depth. You are now starting to make a spectacle of yourself.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1.1

          Got nothing? Say goodbye to “got nothing” misery with all new ad hominem drivel.

          • Morrissey 1.1.1.1.1

            You are clearly, sadly, way out of your intellectual depth. Nothing ad hominem about it, my floundering friend.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Then why can’t you answer the question? Which international law has been broken?

      • Foreign Waka 1.1.2

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyover_rights#First_freedom
        It can get very convoluted and tricky hen it comes to rights of flyovers. However, preemptive commitments as those mentioned are very suspect.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.2.1

          The Chicago Convention on International Air Aviation, articles one, five, six and sixteen.

          The fact that the treatment of President Morales plane was despicable does not mean it was illegal.

          • muzza 1.1.2.1.1

            Argh, man made constructs, legal, illegal, live by them, and all will be a-ok!

            Nah, it’s taking us all in the wrong direction, rapidly!

            • UglyTruth 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Permission vs reason, legal vs lawful, enslavement vs liberty.

              Like counterpunch says: “awareness of the scope of this power is the first step toward liberation”.

      • Rogue Trooper 1.1.3

        interesting teasers at Conterpunch;
        -‘The New Japan, militaristic, aggressive and nostalgic for the old empire’ (there are similar aspirations within sections of China).
        -‘Kuala Lumpur- rising Islamist movement’. Interesting, just over the sea.

        • Populuxe1 1.1.3.1

          Indonesia in Aceh and Papua ( I have GRAVE concerns about what is going in Papua and why our government isn’t more concerned)

      • Populuxe1 1.1.4

        The international law of gravity perhaps?

      • Bill 1.1.5

        @ OAK So diplomatic immunity is to be seen to mean nothing and kidnapping as just fine?

        • Populuxe1 1.1.5.1

          No one got kidnapped – a country has every right to refuse passage through their airspace. Austria stepped up, bit the bullet, and sorted – but then had he taken a passenger jet rather than squandering Bolivian tax-payers money on a private plane, he probably wouldn’t have found himself in that situation in the first place.

          • Bill 1.1.5.1.1

            So the next time Airforce One gets diverted from its flight path because flight permissions get withdrawn, forced to land elsewhere and foreign officials from a third country arrive on the scene demanding to search the plane…?

            • Populuxe1 1.1.5.1.1.1

              Maybe if it was Iranian, Russian or Chinese airspace, but otherwise boo hoo the dispensation of power in the world is assymetrical. Quelle surprise. Why don’t you have a we cry about tthe fact than many Middle Eastern countries won’t let El Al fly through their airspace and North Korea won’t let anyone fly through their airspace.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.5.2

          Yes, Bill, that’s exactly what I said, isn’t it? That’s what despicable means, after all.

    • muzza 1.2

      an entity that as yet has no recognized name.

      It’s got a name Mozza, the same it’s always been.

      The name which people associate with labels, such as Godwin!

      As the technology dictatorship strengthens, and the self delusional cling to any sense of understanding, they can relate to, so the fables and fabrications will accelerate!

      How so few, can control so many: Technology, and lies!

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1

        …and yet be so ineffective and incompetent as to leave the world in the state it’s in?

        Or perhaps these simplistic models don’t come close to an understanding of the state of affairs.

        • muzza 1.2.1.1

          Bloke, I agree with your comment, but it doesn’t change the landscape, re: few, controlling many!

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1.1.1

            Apart from the fact that the “control” is ineffective and incompetent to the extent that it isn’t worthy of the name.

            “He put me in hospital me because I made him angry – that was deliberate! I’m the one in control here!”

            • Rogue Trooper 1.2.1.1.1.1

              not sure what you are referencing muzza, but I noted this from Coro the other day (always topical 😉 ) – “if I didn’t fight back, it wasn’t rape”. – Carla. says it all really. Kinda like, Norris ‘the Sartre, and Rita, the de Beauvoir” of The Street. – Norris Cole. 😀

              • muzza

                Hi RT.

                My response was to a comment from Morrisey, the first of this OM.

                I don’t watch tv, so have no idea what you’re referring to, and OAK, seems to have blown another valve.

                Peace

        • blue leopard 1.2.1.2

          “…and yet be so ineffective and incompetent as to leave the world in the state it’s in?”

          This depends from what perspective you are assessing the situation, One Anonymous Knucklehead.

          One could see the way things are being organized currently as extremely effective and competent.

          How masses of people’s interests are being so categorically ignored, and for those of us in the Western world, to have more and more rights and freedoms that we have been enjoying (so much so that sadly, we have taken them for granted it appears), rights and freedoms being categorically decreased – lost, and while this utter degeneration is occurring, it is being managed in such a way that hardly anyone is speaking out, in fact whole swathes of each community are cheering

          …and thus, the few who are causing and benefitting from the chaos that is our current corrupt state of affairs can continue in the luxury that they have been accustomed without being held to account for the increased misery and undermining of our civil society.

          The only reason this is continuing is because not enough people are stepping up and saying NO! People are slow to believe it could ever get as bad as those who are warning them are saying it is.

          And what of the individuals who do speak out?

          ….Illustrating how bad things have really got; now those benefitting from the utter corruption of what was a pretty well organized society, can now openly squeal from the rooftops “Traitor” about a person speaking out truthfully on yet another absolute violation of our trust (trust, in actuality, being the cornerstone of our ‘civilized society’).

          wtf??

          It is utterly absurd that this is being allowed to continue.

          This state of affairs could be seen as involving pretty effective and competent manipulative techniques when analysed from the perspective of those small-minded inhumane dunderheads whom are benefitting from the state of corruption we are experiencing.

          • muzza 1.2.1.2.1

            So effective, are the techniques, BL, they have have people believing that their mind is their own, including the thoughts generated, and the resultant decision/actions!

            The techniques are transparent, but require inner understanding, otherwise the blinkers, stay in place!

            People have always had the power, they still do, but the techniques have distracted the people, and kept them busy little slaves!

            Meanwhile, human kind races towards its own extinction, with the transhumanists, on the levers of control!

            • McFlock 1.2.1.2.1.1

              another little experiment of yours, muzz?

              • muzza

                McFlock, we have had this conversation, before.

                It’s nothing to do with me, I am merely an observer!

                @BL – Trust, yup, the trust has been handed over to agents of the *elite*, whose intentions/desires can be seen sprayed around inside/outside NZ.

                So far in the mess are we, that people still believe (trust) the current system will provide the solution, which of course it won’t/can’t, and has been actively killing, and is actively killing them, and their future, in front of the eyes!

                He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

                ― George Orwell, 1984

            • blue leopard 1.2.1.2.1.2

              @ Muzza,

              Yes, I agree.

              It is very sad and I hope that more people start to question what they place their trust in.

              Trust is a very important quality and it is being thoroughly abused.

              I hope that people start waking up to this fact.

    • Populuxe1 1.3

      Nah, they just don’t want to have to deal with the schmuck (O Narcissism! O Dunning-Kruger)

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/10/nsa-whistleblower-is-revealed-flees-to-china-as-news-of-doj-investigation-announced/

      And my personal favourite:

      “SNOWDEN: HOLY SHIThttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/washington/11iran.html?_r=1&hp

      SNOWDEN: WTF NYTIMES

      SNOWDEN: Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ they’re like wikileaks

      User19: they’re just reporting, dude.

      SNOWDEN: They’re reporting classified shit

      User19: shrugs

      User19: meh

      SNOWDEN: moreover, who the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this?

      SNOWDEN: those people should be shot in the balls.”

      lol

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/06/have-we-all-been-fooled-by-edward-snowden/#ixzz2YJWPi778

      • Rogue Trooper 1.3.1

        the first link was a bit of a re# Pop, yet the second one was interesting (although, essentially summation). Just goes to show, it is important to be mindfully intentional in online forums, one just never knows which is honey-cured and which, is smoked.

        • Populuxe1 1.3.1.1

          Well I do find it faintly curious that someone who donated to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and seemingly had no problem at all doing what he was doing under George W Bush, suddenly develops a conscience when a Democrat, specifically a black Democrat, enters the White House and then specifically takes a job in order to steal intelligence in order to undermine that presidency, including sensitive intelligence relating to US national security which he has boasted about from the safety of *China* and *Russia*. I hope he doesn’t get shot in the balls.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.4

      Together, these revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the “Western democracies” into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name.

      Well, it used to be called the British Empire but two things happened:
      1.) Britain collapsed
      2.) Empire went out of fashion

      This resulted in Britain handing the reigns of the empire to the US and the US steadfastly saying that it isn’t an empire even though it is.

      The empire didn’t go away, it just changed hands and went underground.

    • Populuxe1 1.5

      “Together, these revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the “Western democracies” into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name.”

      Well Mosquito, your fellow connoisseurs of tinfoil millinery have been calling it the “New World Order” for decades – surely that will do?

      • felix 1.5.1

        Tinfoil milliners and U.S. presidents, for decades.

        But Draco’s right, ‘Empire’ is the word. No new terminology needed.

  2. Morrissey 2

    The Hall of Hogwash
    Exhibit No. 1: BARACK OBAMA

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    “Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation, ahhhhh, has been a personal inspiration to me, it has been, ahhhhh, an inspiration to the world….people standing up for what’s right….aaaahhhh, the yearning for justice and dignity…”
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    —-President Obama, speaking on the Soweto campus of Johannesburg University, 29 June, 2013
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/29/obamas-south-africa-mandelas-video

    hogwash, n. 1. Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
    2. Garbage fed to hogs; swill.
    hypocrisy, n. 1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety
    2. an act or instance of this

    • Tim 2.1

      What’s your take on Obama?
      Is it just that he learned to love the treats and trinkets of power?
      Has someone (or the Presidential machinery) got something over him?
      Or was he just always an Uncle Tom?

      (Hope and Change – Yes We Can) My arse!

      • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1

        Apart from the first year of his Presidency, his party has not had the majority in either congress or the senate. That means the Republicans have stymied most of his initial proposals, though the healthcare reform did scrape through.

        Plus, according to some, he’s been busy raping leftists, smashing the fingers of musicians before killing them and executing large numbers of his fellow citizens in boats converted to torture centres. With all that, and golf, he hasn’t had the time to do anything good.

        • Tim 2.1.1.1

          Well I’d swallow that maybe …. except when it comes to Guantanamo. He is, after all ‘Commander in Chief’.

          (gtg for now – back later)

        • Morrissey 2.1.1.2

          Apart from the first year of his Presidency, his party has not had the majority in either congress or the senate. That means the Republicans have stymied most of his initial proposals, though the healthcare reform did scrape through.

          The most powerful bully pulpit in the world, and he has done virtually nothing worthwhile. Blame the Republicans. Your enthusiastic repetition of government spin still has the power to astonish, even after a couple of years of witnessing it.

          Plus, according to some, he’s been busy raping leftists, smashing the fingers of musicians before killing them and executing large numbers of his fellow citizens in boats converted to torture centres.

          I think you’re trying (unwisely) to be funny here but, for the record, nobody has suggested Obama has personally raped, killed or tortured anyone—He’s Obama the Hypocrite, not Ivan the Terrible.

          With all that, and golf, he hasn’t had the time to do anything good.

          Obama has been wasting his time not so much with golf, but with ghastly publicity stunts like this….
          http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/29/obamas-south-africa-mandelas-video

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1.2.1

            “The most powerful”.

            Only if you ignore reality and think in facile soundbites. Perhaps you think high office is some sort of magic wand.

          • Populuxe1 2.1.1.2.2

            Um yeah, that whole democracy thing, checks and balances etc and the abuse thereof. You seem to be confusing the guy with Louis XIV.

        • Rogue Trooper 2.1.1.3

          cracks the odd joke and shimmies from time-to-time.

        • Populuxe1 2.1.1.4

          You forgot his covert assistance in helping the greys abduct innocent leftists for a bit of anal probing and cattle mutilation. Also the weather.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.2

        His “take”? 😆

        You spelled delusional bias wrong.

        • Morrissey 2.1.2.1

          His “take”? You spelled delusional bias wrong.

          You’re out of your depth, my friend.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.2.1.1

            Bias isn’t that hard to recognise, fool.

            • Morrissey 2.1.2.1.1.1

              As I said, you are out of your depth. I am refraining from dealing to you because of that; if I were you, which thank the Lord I am not, I would now withdraw discretely and lick my wounds.

              I am, of course, assuming that you possess a lick of common sense.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                🙄

                Bring it on: you aren’t “refraining”, you’re incapable.

                • Morrissey

                  Bring it on…

                  I don’t think so. At least my friend and adversary Te Reo Putake has shown a capacity to argue his corner. You lack that basic skill, I’m afraid.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    Shoot the messenger, that always works when you’ve got nothing else.

                    • Morrissey

                      “Shoot the messenger”? In case you haven’t noticed, that’s what Obama and his tender-hearted ambassadors are doing.

                      I’m not shooting you, I’ve let you live.

                      For now.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      A towering pinnacle of vacuity. Yawn.

      • Morrissey 2.1.3

        Tim, I think it’s a bit of all of those. But the problem is that Obama is simply a product of that vast, notoriously corrupt Chicago Democratic machine. As Norman Finkelstein said so memorably, he is pretty much the same as Bill Clinton.

        By the way, I am sure you noticed, like I did, that every time Obama said something particularly hypocritical, he prefaced it with an extended “ahhhhhh” or “errrrrr”. That’s a not entirely unwitting acknowledgement that he is less than sincere in what he is saying.

        • Tim 2.1.3.1

          Yep, the options weren’t necessarily intended to be mutually exclusive.
          Btw, dear ole Chris Laidlaw seems to be ‘taken’ with you – that’s 2 in 2 weeks ? or maybe 2 in 3.

          Better be careful – next thing it’ll be ammo for all RNZ’s detractors :p

      • Jimmie 2.1.4

        Don’t forget he won the Nobel Peace Prize after bring peace and hope to the Middle East and ending all war and conflicts around the globe….oh wait…..something wrong with this statement….

        • Morrissey 2.1.4.1

          The immediate White House spin on the ostensibly farcical awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama was that it was an “aspirational” award, to award the president for all the good work for peace he was going to do in the future.

          If only they had given the Nobel Peace Prize to the German Führer in 1935, or to the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union around the same time….

        • Te Reo Putake 2.1.4.2

          Something wrong with the statement alright, because that’s not what he won it for according to the Nobel people. Wikipedia explains it pretty well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Nobel_Peace_Prize

          While I also think it was a bit naff to award it so early on in his presidency, the citation says it was “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” That’s not specific to the middle east.

          Moz, any chance of a a cite to back up your claim that the White house said it was “aspirational”? I suspect you’re making shit up again.

          • Morrissey 2.1.4.2.1

            Moz, any chance of a a cite to back up your claim that the White house said it was “aspirational”?

            That very word was used repeatedly by “liberal” apologists for Obama. They almost always uncritically repeat everything they are handed by the likes of Jay Carney. Kind of like some people who haunt the blogs in this country….

            I suspect you’re making shit up again.

            You know, you keep saying that, but you have no evidence to back it up. You only make yourself look desperate by doing that.

            I recommend you tune in to National Radio right now: there’s a Clintonista speaking about war crimes trials. He’s just praised the commitment to human rights of …..(wait for it)…. Madeleine Albright. Sounds like a good source of more talking points for you, my friend.

            • Te Reo Putake 2.1.4.2.1.1

              So, unable to back up your claim? Goodo. Making shit up again it is then.

              • Morrissey

                So, unable to back up your claim?

                “Unable to back it up”? I gave you the provenance of the propaganda spin that you yourself no doubt have repeatedly used.

                Goodo. Making shit up again it is then.

                I’m making nothing up, and you know it.

                I am interested to observe your bad manners and your mode of personal attack; given that you are (according to you, anyway) an active member of the Labour Party, that sort of behaviour is a very worrying indicator of the intellectual and moral tone of that organization. I am assuming, of course, that you act in real life in a roughly comparable way to the way you act online.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Why, because that’s what you do? Uh huh.

                  The problem with overstating the good case against US foreign policy is that it distorts discussion of substantive issues. For example, think about the way Tea Party memes cripple Republican political debate, render their best candidates unelectable.

                  The Left is a fact-based political movement, Morrissey, and you are our Tea Party.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Evidence, Moz. C’mon, you’ve been googling furiously for an hour now, surely you must have found something that might make your claim seem less like a lie?

              • muzza

                Mozza is correct, thats what it was sold as!

                http://swampland.time.com/2009/10/09/an-aspirational-nobel-prize-for-obama/

                The award, was a transparent signal, of control!

                Edit: Voice and Bloke double team. Moz you lucky boy to have attracted the attentions of the sites guard poodles!

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Swampland isn’t the White House, Muzza. I asked Moz to back up his spurious claim and he can’t, because its not actually true.

                  • Morrissey

                    “Spurious claim”? You still persist with your desperate allegations, even as you are corrected by other posters.

                    But then it’s important to remember you are a Shearer-booster. So we have a gauge on your judgement and your credibility.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Face it, Moz, you made the quote up and you’ve been called on it. There’s no shame in saying so, but there is nothing but shame in holding to the lie.

                    • muzza

                      but there is nothing but shame in holding to the lie.

                      What, like having your pants pulled down by Shearer!

          • Populuxe1 2.1.4.2.2

            But hey, they even gave one to Henry Kissinger

            • Tim 2.1.4.2.2.1

              …and I’ve never been able to take them seriously ever since.

              As dear ole Laidlaw was suggesting this morning, perhaps they could redeem themselves by awarding Snowden one

              • Populuxe1

                If only to prove what a shallow crock it all is?

                • felix

                  Already proven.

                • Morrissey

                  SCENE: The King’s Arms, Newton. A group of Standardistas are sitting around, exchanging opinions. Everybody’s getting a bit pissed, and a bit aggro….

                  TIM: As dear ole Laidlaw was suggesting this morning, perhaps the farcical Nobel Prize committee could redeem themselves by awarding Snowden one.

                  POPULUXE1: If only to prove what a shallow crock it all is?

                  MORRISSEY: No, it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to that arch-racist Theodore Roosevelt that started the rot, more than a century ago. People of conscience sneered at it at that time; they would have been astonished to see just how depraved the whole ghastly charade would get in the years to come. Perhaps most farcically of all, they gave it to Woodrow Wilson, that cadaverous scourge of Central America. And Lester Pearson. And—

                  TE REO PUTAKE: Cite, Moz? Or do I have to say you’re making shit up again?

                  MORRISSEY: [ploughing on regardless] Of course, not all the recipients were undeserving. Bertha von Suttner, for instance. And Albert Schweitzer. And Martin Luther King in 1964. And Desmond Tutu. And Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. So it’s not ALL bad.

                  POPULUXE1: [grins sardonically, shrugs, and throws up hands, palms upward] But hey, they gave one to Henry Kissinger.

                  MORRISSEY Incredibly, my academic friend, that’s correct. That was the one that prompted Kurt Vonnegut to declare that satire was not possible any more.

                  TE REO PUTAKE: Yep, Kurt Vonnegut. Right on!

                  MORRISSEY: [icily] Just like Victor Jara, right? How you love those dissenting voices! Right?

                  TE REO PUTAKE: [Turns purple, and snarls in low voice] You’re a dimwit and an arsehole Morrissey. Grow up.

                  MORRISSEY Kissinger was by no means the last of the monsters to get one. There was Menachem Begin a decade later. And Elie Weasel…..

                  …drones on interminably into the early morning…..

                  • Populuxe1

                    Yasser Arafat….

                    • Professor Longhair

                      “Yasser Arafat….”

                      was a freedom fighter. Unlike any of the others listed by our friend Morrissey during that rather fraught five minutes in the King’s Arms.

  3. Jenny 3

    Stuff has just published an article about the new normal.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8888033/Volatile-weather-the-new-normal

    Various experts in their field have weighed in about how we should cope and be mitigating to deal with the new normal.

    “The wisest thing to do for New Zealand was to was “plan accordingly”.

    David Wratt Niwa chief scientist.

    “The longer we delay, the more our options become limited,”

    Chris Cameron Principal Climate Change Adviser for Wellington City Council.

    The long-term cost needed to be measured against the short-term needs of the community,

    Andrew Stitt Policy and Planning Manager at Wellington City Council

    “Good farmers will adjust to conditions and adjust their business accordingly,”

    Bruce Wills President of Federated Farmers

    However, what all these experts aren’t saying is…..

    This is not the new normal.

    The new normal will be much worse. Beyond our capacity to mitigate.

    We are only at the very beginning on the way to a new normal.

    If we don’t cut back our CO2 emissions, drastically and immediately, the new normal is forecast to be somewhere north of 6 degrees C.

    Prepare, if you can, to have your houses smashed in, and or flooded regularly and repeatedly. Prepare to see agriculture devastated. Prepare to see vital infrastructure and industry wrecked on a regular basis, beyond the ability to rebuild.

    And still, this will not be the new normal.

    You want to talk about mitigation or adapting to the new normal, then learn how to hunt food with a sharpened stick.

    • Te Reo Putake 3.1

      While I think it’s probably not this generation of Kiwis that will be reduced hunting with sharpened sticks, Jenny, your apocolyptic vision of the future can’t be far away for large parts of the third world. I predict substantial wars over the flows of rivers within our lifetime, as upstream countries dam or divert water to use domestically, regardless of the effect on downstream neighbours.

      • Populuxe1 3.1.1

        The zombie apocalypse might get us first

        ““Pouwhenua”—got it from a Maori brother who used to play for the All Blacks before the war. Bad motherfuckers, the Maori. That battle at One Tree Hill, five hundred of them versus half of reanimated Auckland. The pouwhenua’s a tough weapon to use, even if this one’s steel instead of wood. But that’s the other perk of being a soldier of fortune. Who can get a rush anymore from pulling a trigger? It’s gotta be hard, dangerous, and the more Gs you gotta take on, the better. Of course, sooner or later there’s not gonna be any of them left. And when that happens…”

        – World War Z (the book, not the movie)

    • Rogue Trooper 3.2

      oh my, oh the insurance premiums! Maybe Monsieur Proudhon’s assertion was with the best intentions towards all.

    • muzza 3.3

      Jenny, as long as there is a financial cost referenced in any such articles, you can be assured that there is no intention to implement solutions for the benefits of all!

      The so called, new normal, is a crock designed to deflect, seems to be working!

  4. North 4

    Qeue and Adore………90 seconds in.

    It’s official.

    The public is tired of Sir Kim Dotcom.

    The public sides with ShonKey Python.

    End of story.

    Thank you Corin.

    We have Farrar later on.

    That will seal it.

    Thank you Susan.

    • halfcrown 4.1

      That is why I refer to it as “A party political broadcast on behalf of the National Party.” I refuse to watch the shit.

  5. David H 5

    Oh dear Q+A are so short of panelists they have David Bloody Farrar.

    Time for Russel Norman

  6. Morrissey 6

    The Hall of Hogwash
    Exhibit No. 2: DAVID CAMERON

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    “We never support, in countries, the intervention by the military.”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    —-U.K. prime minister David Cameron, speaking about the Egyptian crisis.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036c3r1

    hogwash, n. 1. Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
    2. Garbage fed to hogs; swill.
    hypocrisy, n. 1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety
    2. an act or instance of this

    Hall of Hogwash….
    No. 1 Barack Obama: “people standing up for what’s right….aaaahhhh, the yearning for justice and dignity…”

  7. North 7

    Sorry Corin I forgot to say we also have me later on and after all the GCSB law was Labour’s in the first place and really, should this be a political issue at all place ?

    Visitor from Hawke’s Bay – ShonKey Python is very popular with the public.

    Useless cow/s !

    Faarrrk, get the pretty pink Big Gay Out picnic table on Ryall.

  8. Molly 8

    Occasionally I read the opinion pieces in the Herald, and since I don’t have too much energy to waste on writing in the comments, often utilise the ‘Like’ feature to provide support to those I agree with.

    On Rodney Hide’s piece today GSCB used as a stick to bash Government my Likes are not being recorded.

    Seems to have happened a few times over the last couple of weeks. I don’t believe the Herald is IT-savvy enough to manipulate alternative views, but it is interesting how it happens on topical articles.

  9. Morrissey 9

    War crimes in Zambia bad; war crimes in Palestine: no problem
    Radio NZ National, Sunday 7 July 2013

    After listening in mounting horror and disbelief to a particularly nasty piece of slime called David Scheffer speaking, unchallenged, for more than half an hour, praising (amongst other howlers) the monstrous Madeleine Albright’s commitment to human rights, I was compelled to flick off the following hurried communication to the interviewer, Chris Laidlaw….

    Dear Chris,

    War crimes in Zambia bad; war crimes in Palestine: no problem

    David Scheffer said: “Should we let someone wanted for war crimes in Zambia into the United States? Of course not!” Such verbal indignation might be more impressive if the United States did not routinely admit people who commit war crimes in the Occupied West Bank and in Gaza.

    I note also that David Scheffer did not once mention the crimes of Israel in the Occupied West Bank, Gaza or on international waters.

    Yours in concern at the free platform given to glib Clintonistas,
    Morrissey Breen
    Northcote Point

    UPDATE!

    It’s just been read out, albeit with a slightly undermining “Yeeeesss, you can’t please everyone.”

    RESULT!!!!

    • Tim 9.1

      Se 2.1.3.1 above.
      Go for 3 out of 3 (or maybe it’s 3 out of 4).

      • Morrissey 9.1.1

        Thanks for that, Tim. I might have to publish some of my correspondence with Messrs Laidlaw, Mora, Crump and Miss Hill some time in the near future.

        • Professor Longhair 9.1.1.1

          ” I might have to publish some of my correspondence with Messrs Laidlaw, Mora, Crump and Miss Hill some time in the near future.”

          Why don’t you republish some of the correspondence you engaged in with Leighton Smith and Michael Laws. That was pretty funny, I thought.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    What if Marx Got It Wrong?

    The massive financialization of the global economy over the last three decades has given the ruling elite a monopoly over the money supply, as well as land and resources. Thus for George’s land tax to be fully effective, it would also be necessary to restore public control over money creation.

    George’s goal in writing Progress and Poverty is to explain, in economic terms, why material progress (i.e. economic development) is always accompanied by poverty and increasing inequality. Employing Adam Smith’s classical definitions of labor, capitol, wages and interest and Ricardo’s Law of Rent, he argues that development must always produce poverty and inequality so long as a privileged elite holds an exclusive monopoly on the ownership of land and basic resources.

    Sounds remarkably like the way I’ve been thinking. Under the present system as more and more wealth is produced we get more and more poverty as more of the commons is privatised. Will have to read it.

    EDIT: No, on second thoughts, not what I’m looking at as it is still is based around ever increasing use of resources.

    Here’s a link to the book.

    • Macro 10.1

      Enough is enough.
      http://steadystate.org/discover/enough-is-enough/
      have you read it draco?
      Its a real gem.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        No I haven’t. Will have to see if it’s at the library.

        EDIT: Nope, it isn’t.

    • karol 10.2

      Interesting concept, though, that the problem is private ownership of land rather than capitalism – actually, don’t they go together?

      George’s book may be worth a look.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1

        Interesting concept, though, that the problem is private ownership of land rather than capitalism – actually, don’t they go together?

        It’s actually the private ownership of the resources that the land represents. In NZ most of those resources are still owned by the state and not the land owners. And, yes, the two do go together.

        The problem today seems to be more the fact that the money is in the control of the capitalists which allows them to then accumulate ever more control of those resources. Control of the resources then allows control of the populace.

        Still worth a read but he’s going to be wrong like most of the economists of the last 200 odd years but should add a couple of ideas.

        • Macro 10.2.1.1

          Here’s what Kate Pickett says on “Enough is Enough”

          “Their vision of a steady state Economy and their practical focus on how to achieve it is a significant roadmap. Offering the way to a better quality of life and sustainable future for all of us and the planet”

          It’s a recent acquisition at my local library and a cracking read. Pester yours to obtain a copy -$20 online. I know you will enjoy it.

    • Macro 10.3

      Yes his Chapter 9 is way off beam! He says he is interested in facts. Well here is one he does not consider. We live on a finite Planet.
      Like most economists, he has no understanding of exponential growth. I think he bases his argument on “decoupling” – producing more economic output with fewer material and energy inputs. So here is another fact he might like to consider – between 1980 and 2007 the material intensity of the global economy – the amount of biomass, minerals, and fossil fuels required to produce a dollar of GDP decreased by 33%. Worth celebrating, if it wasn’t for the fact that world GDP grew by 141%. The gains made in efficiency are wiped out by increased consumption. (sustainable europe research institute – and world bank figures)

  11. bad12 11

    Today is apparently the 97th birthday of the New Zealand Labour Party, rumor has it that a spinning noise has been heard emanating from cemetarys all over the country…

    • Tim 11.1

      I thought it was more of a ‘rolling’ kind of noise – not unlike jaffas rolling down the uncarpeted floorboards of a Roxy Cinema.

      …. probably should have ‘capitalised’ J – for Jaffa

  12. FYI

    ‘Open Letter’

    Suad Allie
    Democracy Advisor,
    Regulaory and ByLaw Committee
    Auckland Council

    Dear Suad,

    Request for ‘Speaking Rights’ at ‘Public Forum’ at the Auckland Council Regulatory and Bylaws Committee meeting 10 July 2013, 1.30pm, Council Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, on the proposed By Law change to effectively outlaw ‘begging’.

    I note that the ‘TERMS OF REFERENCE’ for the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee, include:

    “Review Local Board proposed bylaws and recommend to Governing Body”, and relevant legislation noted, ‘includes but is not limited to

    Local Government Act 2002;
    Resource Management Act 1991;
    Sale of Liquor Act 1989; and
    All Bylaws’

    As one of two successful Appellants in the recent Occupy Auckland vs Auckland Council Appeal, I am very concerned that the RULE OF LAW, is followed in a proper way, regarding proposed changes, as outlined by Auckland Councillor Dr Cathy Casey, and reported in the NZ Herald on 4 July 2013:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10894576

    “A person must not use a public place to: beg or ask for money, food, or other items for personal use or solicit donations in a manner that may intimidate or cause a nuisance to any person.”

    definition of nuisance “includes any person, animal, thing or circumstance causing unreasonable interference with the peace, comfort or convenience of another person”.

    MY SUBJECT MATTER:

    1) That this proposed By Law violates the Local Government Act 2002,

    s. 155 (3)

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2002/0084/latest/DLM173401.html

    155Determination whether bylaw made under this Act is appropriate

    (1AA)This section applies to a bylaw only if it is made under this Act.
    (1)A local authority must, before commencing the process for making a bylaw, determine whether a bylaw is the most appropriate way of addressing the perceived problem.

    (2)If a local authority has determined that a bylaw is the most appropriate way of addressing the perceived problem, it must, before making the bylaw, determine whether the proposed bylaw—
    (a)is the most appropriate form of bylaw; and
    (b)gives rise to any implications under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

    (3)No bylaw may be made which is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, notwithstanding section 4 of that Act.
    _____________________________________
    The Bill of Rights Act 1990 potential violations, in my considered opinion, include, but are not limited to:

    8 Right not to be deprived of life
    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1990/0109/latest/DLM225506.html

    14 Freedom of expression
    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1990/0109/latest/DLM225513.html

    16 Freedom of peaceful assembly
    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1990/0109/latest/DLM225515.html

    19 Freedom from discrimination

    (1)Everyone has the right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Act 1993.
    21Prohibited grounds of discrimination
    (1)For the purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are—

    (j)political opinion, which includes the lack of a particular political opinion or any political opinion:

    (k)employment status, which means—
    (i)being unemployed; or

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1990/0109/latest/DLM225519.html

    2) What also really concerns me is WHO IS NEXT?

    Those collecting signatures for petitions, or collecting for charities/ causes/ issues? Protestors – for any reason on any issue?

    If you don’t know your rights – you haven’t got any.

    If you don’t defend the rights you have – you lose them.

    3) Civil Liberties /Human Rights lawyer Michael Bott, has provided the following comprehensive research on this issue, from which I intend to draw references:

    http://michaelbott.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/local-bodies-freedom-of-expression.html?showComment=1373152206053#c3326932363914523767

    4) From whom are Auckland Council receiving legal advice on this matter?

    The same Auckland Council General Counsel Wendy Brandon, who has already proven, particularly over the Occupy Auckland vs Auckland Council Appeal, in my considered opinion, that she is arguably neither competent nor professional, in her understanding or application of the relevant Local Government and Human Rights legislation that pertains in such matters, and has already helped cost Auckland citizens and ratepayers some hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal expenses?

    FYI:

    Decision of High Court Judge Ellis – Occupy Auckland wins our Appeal:
    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/?p=113

    Proof that Auckland Council General Counsel Wendy Brandon has not been truthful over the amount spent by Auckland Council on legal costs for Occupy Auckland proceedings:

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/?p=130

    5) Please be advised that as an Auckland Mayoral candidate, I hereby give you formal notice that if this Regulatory and ByLaw Committee of Auckland Council, does NOT follow the clearly outlined ‘RULE OF LAW’ that applies in this situation, and recklessly and precipitiously passes any By Law which does attempt to violate the lawful rights of arguably the ‘poorest of the poor’ – then I too will ‘beg’ in Queen St, in defence of these above-mentioned human rights, and encourage as many others as possible to join me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption/anti-privatisation’ campaigner
    2013 Auckland mayoral candidate

  13. lprent 13

    Turns out that I can read TS from a hut on a beach in Samoa. The cell coverage is pretty extensive. The roaming data is freaking expensive however…

    • Rogue Trooper 14.1

      Sigh

    • weka 14.2

      That’s bad. Although I’m always curious when people who are otherwise well informed and adept at negotiating power systems get banned from somewhere like wikipedia and don’t say why or how it came about.

    • muzza 14.3

      Yup, the digital world…

      Anything you want it to be/say…just a few clicks away!

  14. Rogue Trooper 16

    Egypt:
    http://www.trust.org/item/20130706074317-o8n7e/?source=search

    Salafi el Nour object to ElBaradei’s appt, the Freedom and Justice Party (MB) “ready for martyrdom”
    -Abdullah Shehatah, now, Ansar el Shariah are cracking into it.

    China, and their infant market
    http://www.trust.org/item/20130707023852-ke6rf/?source=search

    and, and,

    Black Sabbath top British album charts, again, after 43 years.
    http://www.trust.org/item/20130616180000-4ki73/?source=search

  15. Draco T Bastard 17

    Education under huge pressure to cut costs

    Documents released by Treasury confirm the Government is dampening demand for tertiary education to balance the books, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods.

    “The documents note that ‘even if pressures are scaled back and more aggressive savings options are taken, the savings generated in Budget 2013 in 2015/16 and 2016/17, would not be sufficient to address the funding gap from Budget 2012 occurring in 2015-2016’.

    National’s promised surplus just isn’t materialising and so they have to cut even more essential services to try and get one and they’ll still fail.

  16. McFlock 18

    Some contemplative material for a few here: the effects of turning a real tragedy into a blog-hobby.

    • Te Reo Putake 18.1

      You beat me to it! I was going to save it for the morning, thought it’d make a great first post of the day. Mind you, I’m not convinced the resident illuminati spotters and HAARPists here would recognise themselves reflected in Kathryn Gilkison’s words.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago