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Open mike 07/10/2010

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  1. Logie97 1

    Thinking out loud

    viz Campbell Live last night. A question about Television texting polls. Apart from someone making an awful lot of quick cash from them, what is there to stop multi-voting from the same phone?

    Also, Blogs in general – presumably these are accessible from anywhere in the world and therefore a lot of the comments need not necessarily be from New Zealand residents. Is there any way the moderators can filter out or indicate certain contributors on this basis?

    I can see vested interests working this to their advantage …

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      “what is there to stop multi-voting from the same phone?”
      Nothing, necessarily, but given that each mobile phone has a unique number called a “cell phone number”, it’d be pretty easy to stop duplicates by screening for them, if you so choose. Whether or not they do that, I don’t know.

      “Also, Blogs in general – presumably these are accessible from anywhere in the world and therefore a lot of the comments need not necessarily be from New Zealand residents. Is there any way the moderators can filter out or indicate certain contributors on this basis?”
      Yes, there are now services that will determine your geo-location based on your IP address, on the basis that certain IP addresses are known to be allocated to certain countries or regions. However I don’t see why that’s a concern for this site at all. Also, if someone wanted to they could use a proxy in another country to mask their real location.

      • nzfp 1.1.1

        Yeah the potential for fraud is easy in these systems,

        I used to design text systems in London for online and TV polling for the BBC. We provided the MSISDN (cell numbers) as well as the poll responses for the BBC applications to collate and report.

        We could have influenced the polls by simply injecting spurious MSISDN’s and responses directly into the database before the BBC could collate the data.

        The result would be that we – the systems administrators – programmers – architects – could sway the poll anyway we like. We could make any star win any competition we wanted and the BBC would have been none the wiser – after all who is going to confirm the validity of a half a million phone numbers 😉

        I’m sure if any of the other (not me) under-paid over worked staff were to be offered a few quid to inject a few spurious results they may have considered it.

        Captcha: FITTED

        • BLiP 1.1.1.1

          As someone who struggles with technology – wouldn’t the BBC want the money from each of the “dummy” votes? Sure, you could easily add a couple of thousand votes but what about when the bean counters get to try and balance the books on those couple of thousand 20p calls?

          Anyhow, I refuse to participate in those polls – why should I pay to participate? It should either be free or they pay me.

          • nzfp 1.1.1.1.1

            Hey BLiP,

            wouldn’t the BBC want the money from each of the “dummy” votes

            Yes you’re right – the whole point of the text polls / premium texts is to extract revenue. But there are methods to get around this.

            For example, did you know that premium text systems provide a mechanism that makes it possible to send invisible text messages to phones which will ping them for a small amount – without the end user knowing unless they pay close attention to all the text messages on their bill – who do you know that does that?

            A smart programmer could include an invisible text or two, to a random selection of numbers, along with a fake response from that number into the BBC database and voila. If the amount is small enough the end user probably wouldn’t know.

            I did a lot of research and development in these systems – there is an awful lot you can do with text messages that a dishonest person/corporation/government could take advantage of. I most certainly didn’t but I know what is possible.

            Captcha: COMPLICATING

            • BLiP 1.1.1.1.1.1

              No, I didn’t know that, I suspected there are plenty of wangles and, you’re right, who really checks their bill at the end of the month. A million 1 cent texts a week would net a pretty return, indeed.

              Tell me, is it true that its possible to activate a cell phone remotely and thus turn it into a bugging device? I’ve heard that its true but not from someone who should know about these things.

              • nzfp

                Hey BLiP,

                is it true that its possible to activate a cell phone remotely and thus turn it into a bugging device

                Yes and no, it depends on the phone and the OS running on the phone. That said all of the smart phones available today can be activated and various features (microphone, camera) enabled remotely.

                Not only that but it is possible to pinpoint the location of someone – based on cell tower triangulation – just as long as their phone is switched on. I know this because I had endless – ahem minutes – of fun calling my friends in the UK and telling them exactly where they were and what direction they were moving in – anywhere in Europe.

                Can you imagine what trouble a dishonest person/corporation/government could get up to with access to this technology?

      • Vicky32 1.1.2

        From what I have heard about phone voting for NZ Idol, no, they don’t screen for that.. I remember an angry teen girl complaining bitterly that she had spent $300.00 text voting for her cuzzie-bro and he hadn’t won…

      • Logie97 1.1.3

        Thanks Lanthanide. I would be concerned if people turned out to be foreign nationals and members of less than savory organisations trolling on NZ blog sites, spreading their hate speech…

        I guess when commenters first register, the moderators can weed them out.

  2. Tigger 2

    Poor Mark Ford, he’s a Mr Fixit and he’s been the victim of a smear campaign…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10678741

    FFS, Herald, you’ve willingly swallowed all his spin in this article. This man now has a leading role in controlling both water and transport in Auckland – I think we’re owed some thought on whether having one person in charge is a good idea…

    • Tiger Mountain 2.1

      Significant conflict of interest, or at the very least an over concentration of power in one individual for “Fixit” Ford surely. I don’t think Penny Bright should retire just yet. Even if Len Brown is mayor with a ‘reasonable’ council, direct action is likely going to be needed to intervene in the corporatisation of Auckland.
      Plus what has this dispassionate silver fox ever fixed? more of a ‘fit up’ for the free marketeers and 1500 hundred workers down the road.

  3. Kevin Welsh 3

    Dear Mr English

    First off, let me say what a whizz-bang job you are doing with the economy. It takes a lot of bollocks to use the same ideas you used last century which didn’t quite come-off, but still, as they say in the Mainland cheese ads, “give it time” eh?

    I see that you are considering giving Telecom a huge tax break as some sort of reward for breaking their company up. I mean, $1 Billion is a lot in anyone’s terms, but not as much as the $1.7 Billion of our money you used to bail out the SCF speculators.

    Anyway, the reason I am writing to you is to ask a small favour. Do you think you could ask the IRD to waive the $238.35 I owe them for the last financial year? Personally, I have no idea how I ended up owing them this amount as I am a salary earner, I have had a 25% reduction in income over the last year and I now earn under the median income. I’m happy to do my bit for the recession which was over months ago, apparently, but am just a bit miffed that you are asking for more.

    Now I am not really asking for any sort of special treatment, just asking to be treated the same as the ‘big boys’.

    Cheers Big Guy

    Kevin Welsh

    • nzfp 3.1

      Captcha: NONSENSE

      Come on Kev,
      What are you whingeing about – $238.35 is $141.65 less then the rest of the punters had to pay of the $380ea (man , woman or child) for my bailout of my mates and my own speculative investments in SCF.

      Just think Kev, you got off lightly – still I won’t let that worry me – so I won’t let IRD know that you really owe them another $141.65.

      Now take that $141.65 and go down the pub and have a beer on me – I’ll pop another Dom Perignon while I’m sitting on my private beach (foreshore and seabed) in Queen Charlotte Sound on you 😉

      Bill

      • Descendant Of Smith 3.1.1

        Check to see if you had 27 pays last year. Fortnightly PAYE tables are calculated on 26 pays and that’s pretty much about the amount lots of people I know had to pay. Happens about once every ten years or so.

  4. J Mex 4

    So it turns out that “Kiwi Hero” Pete Bethune sunk his own boat….

    “Bethune has accused Watson of ordering him to sink the boat as a publicity stunt, and quit Sea Shepherd in disgust at the organisation’s antics.”

    Wonder what ‘The Sprout’ thinks of that?

  5. cardassian 5

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/4205147/TVNZ-needs-time-over-Henry-drama

    Does this mean the 2 week suspension might not be appropriate after all?

    • hateatea 5.1

      It seems only fair that he should be suspended until they had time to reply to all those who complained. After all, they took their time deciding that we had something to complain about and the poor viewers, at least those silly enough to keep watching, had to put up with yet more of his inanities

      captcha: supplies

  6. The Voice of Reason 6

    Chris Carter makes his first good decision in recent memory:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4207315/Chris-Carter-pulls-his-Labour-candidacy

  7. Big Bruv 7

    Poor old Chrissy, the nasty people out there were awfully mean to him for abusing his ministerial credit card.

    I wonder if mummy has arranged a nice UN job for him somewhere?

  8. nzfp 8

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “Essence of the Banking Industry”. Here is a clip from the great 2009 film The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

    To learn more about the “Essence of the Banking Industry” check out the 2009 documentary “The Secret of Oz” by the writers and producers of “The Money Masters”

    Capcha: schemes – banks and their schemes to defraud you of your money!

  9. nzfp 9

    The Essence of the Banking Industry

    [lprent: That is interesting – users aren’t meant to be able to do that for security reasons (it is a way to insert code to other users machines). I’ll fix it later. ]

    • nzfp 9.1

      Something else you should know LPRENT,
      If I was to edit the post, the saving function would strip the object, param and embed tags. Also note that object, param and embed tags are specified as usable in the available XHTML tags.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    An interesting post over on interest.co.nz about private insurance industry and how it tries to scam the public that it insures. Thankfully, the 5th Labour government brought back ACC.

  11. Tanz 11

    Double standards are alive and well at the Standard, where it’s okay to hate racists, as long as they’re white, rich, and Act/National party supporters. If the racist is the rright skin colour and a Leftie, that’s A OK. Oh, and name call as well, another tactic of the slippery Left.

    [lprent: Completely off topic for the post you put it in – moving to OpenMike. Be warned that you’re likely to get a educational experience if you do this again. ]

  12. BLiP 12

    Testing – testing – 1 2 3

    • BLiP 12.1

      Why can’t we have this as a feature – is it really *that* dangerous, I mean, can’t we assume that everyone on the net these days has a firewall / virus thingywotsit?

      What about just making it the Open Mike post so as not to clutter up the more serious content in the other posts?

      • nzfp 12.1.1

        Hey BLiP yeah it most definitely is dangerous.
        Not because of you or the majority of the people that post here – but you can imagine what could get embedded by someone with an axe to grind against TheStandard or one of the authors/contributors/commentators.

        LPRENT – you may want to disable this immediately – I probably shouldn’t have started the ball rolling.

        It’s a shame BLiP because I would love to have this feature permanently. Maybe the moderators could leave it in for OpenMike for a while – at least until it’s abused.

        *sigh*

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          Fixed.
          A plugin that was meant to provide embed and object to the post editor was also providing it to the comments – which appears to be a bug.

      • lprent 12.1.2

        Yeah it is very dangerous unless I put sniffers all of the way through the insertion routines (and maintain them). It is an object that got embedded, which I could code something within the limits of the sandbox that the browser lives in – but also to take advantage of security flaws in the OS.

        It also would be a pain for the people with slow connections.

    • BLiP 12.2

      Second thoughts: I remember now that there are a few users on dial-up. Not fair to them and there’s plenty of MBs to play on for those of us fortunate enough to have broadband.

      As you were.

  13. Roflcopter 13

    Bethune, Watson & Co., nothing but a pack of liars.

    I hate what the Japanese are doing to the whales, but what’s transpired has put back legitimate protest against whaling by decades.

    Total filth.

    p.s:- i don’t expect apologies for the pillioring of a lot of people, by certain people on The Standard, who didn’t agree with other’s view as to what happened and were adamant that it was all the Japanese’ fault, but recognition that you got it wrong would be nice.

    Do I hold my breath?

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Got what wrong?

      • The Voice of Reason 13.1.1

        I think a meme is developing where folk have confused the scuttling of the Ady Gil with the collision itself, which remains the whalers fault, from the video I’ve seen. Bethune is not saying the collision was faked or his fault, but that the scuttling of the boat afterwards was played up for publicity purposes. Bethune’s position today is that the boat could have been towed back to port, but that was opposed because it would end the pursuit of the whalers. Therefore he reluctantly sank it.

        I must say, a damaged boat back in port would have been priceless publicity for Sea Shepherd, not to mention useful evidence in any court case that might have followed.

        • KJT 13.1.1.1

          The collision was not the whalers fault. It was Pete’s.
          Col regs. Rule 2 and rule 8. http://www.reach.net/~stormy/marine/colregs/

          If the Ady Gil had hit a NZ ship in similar circumstances MNZ would have charged him.

        • KJT 13.1.1.2

          The collision was the Ady Gils fault.

          I do not agree with whaling either, but it is a bit precious to do everything you can to cause a collision and then try and blame the other vessel.

          • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.2.1

            The Japanese ship turned to hit the Ady Gil. Without that change in course there was no danger of collision.

            • Roflcopter 13.1.1.2.1.1

              No, that’s what Bethune said, the video is inconclusive. But since he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s safe to assume nothing he says is true.

              • Pascal's bookie

                “But since he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s safe to assume nothing he says is true.”

                Yeah, that star trek episode was a classic. Good ol James T making the evil computer blow up by fucking it inside the logic loop of fail.

            • KJT 13.1.1.2.1.2

              The Japanese ship turned to starboard as it was supposed to do for a vessel crossing from its Starboard side.

              The Ady Gil adjusted their speed to be in front. At no time were they stopped as claimed as you can see from the wake the whole time. Possibly at the last minute Ady Gil accelerated to avoid collision, but they broke rule 2 and rule 8 as well as the rule for a stand on vessel in a crossing situation.

              Playing games in front of something as unmanouvrable as a ship is bound to eventually cause an accident. I am sure Sea Shepard were well aware of this.

              They should just man up and say that is what they were doing. they would then get a lot more support from me.
              .

    • Vicky32 13.2

      Leftie I am, but my “green-ness” is limited, and I have always thought this was suss! Therefore, I am with you rofl, *just this once!*
      Deb

  14. Vicky32 14

    BTW, listening to 3 News again, just heard an item about the inquest on the poor boy who died of alcohol poisoning – and there was John Banks, being praised for his lovely caring father-ness…
    Not very appropriate I thought! An inquest should not be used by 3 for campaign purposes..
    Deb

  15. ianmac 15

    Vicky32 A poll taken recently (today?) of 500 had Brown about 22% ahead. I was writing so didn’t hear properly but….. The MSM is certainly giving Banks top billing for crying at his son’s involvement but isn’t Banks ruthless over crime?

    • Vicky32 15.1

      Not when one of the criminals is his son! The son, obviously reading his testimony (he’s very stillted, as most teens are when they read aloud) … now Banks testimony (this is all on Clive)… Really, he is described as “breaking down”… and that TV3 keep playing it, seems a bit “off” to me. Contrast the police officer who really *did* break down when giving a press conference about Carmen Thomas. Banks seems as stilted and prepared as his son! The only time he seems ‘real’ is when talking about his mother. (I actually do feel a wee bit sorry for him about that, having had family members who have suffered, and yes died, because of alcohol!)
      The fact is, the son’s behaviuour was wrong and illegal, even if Webster *wanted* to get plastered. At least this does show that these problems happen even in “good” families, as Banks rather weirdly said.
      Clive now gets indignant that cynics such as me are accusing Banks of using it all as electioneering! But Clive may stil be in denial – still claiming to be an excitable left wing boy for all I know!
      Deb

      • Carol 15.1.1

        Just saw the promo for Campbelll Live tonight on TV3Plus1. I’ts sooo tabloidish… Banks breaks down and cries. I won’t be wathcing it. And the news item on Brown and Banks, as well as being sympathetic to Banks crying, focused on Brown spending on a meal – peanuts compared to the way Rodney has engineered the new Auckland Council to be undemocratic, and to deliver it to the corporates with Banks presiding over it.

        The son’s behaviour seemed very poor… enticing someone to keep drinking. The Kahui mother was in tears last night, but somehow it was a less positive portrayal of it…. so if you’re poor, and you’re implicated in a death (although not judged to have acted illegally), there’s no sympathy for your tears? And if you’re connected to powerful business interests, you get a sympathetic portrayal of your tears?

      • Draco T Bastard 15.1.2

        Saw part of the Banks courtroom act on Clive and it was a campaign piece for him and NACT. He very specifically mentioned and approved of the “National Parties” changes to the alcohol laws and how it may help prevent such loss of life. After that we had Campbell saying how some people would portray it as a campaign piece but how it really wasn’t and that Banks really was a nice guy.

        The whole thing was party political spin and bias from TV3.

    • BLiP 15.2

      The New Zealand Fox News Herald on-line site is leading with the story:

      Banks in tears at teen drinking death inquest

      Auckland City Mayor John Banks has broken down in tears as he apologised for the actions of his son Alex, who encouraged alcohol-poisoning victim James Webster to drink.

      What a fucking wanker Banks is. Throughout both his terms as Mayor he facilitated the explosion in the number of liquor outlets across Auckland. In October last year he unilaterally put down a proposal for the Auckland City Council to develop policy in this area which would have curtailed the activities of the liquor outlets and given the community a greater say in where and how many liquor licences should be issued. After that, his City Rat cronies voted three times to shut down any further consideration of such policy. It wasn’t until August this year that he had an “astounding” change of heart.

      Took me ten minutes to confirm my facts. The MSM didn’t even bother doing that. Too busy replacing news with sentimental wallowing into the sad death of the offspring of [not helpful in the context? — r0b].

  16. prism 17

    I remember hearing Banks discussing a proposal to curtail a little, the hours for selling alcohol. He almost seemed to be weeping as he said how unfair it would be to the bold captains of the bar and restaurant industry to limit their operating and profit. It sounded so stagy and one sensed where his allegiances lay. By the way he had a restaurant himself earlier didn’t he?

  17. gingercrush 18

    Wow Lianne Dalziel really needs to get a grip. As for some of the comments on that Red Alert post. They need a grip as well. I don’t see them moaning about numerous Labour list MPs who act like electorate MPs.

    • BLiP 18.1

      Have you head of the Australasian Financial Services Association or the Associate Chartered Accounting College that Gilmore claims to be a member of but don’t appear to exist? Or, perhaps you can explain why his name doesn’t appear on the list of members of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute? Perhaps you’ve investigated some of his pecuniary interests and how they might benefit from the Christchurch earthquake recovery dictatorship?

      The comments are certainly jumping on the post . . . I wonder why.

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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    24 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    24 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    7 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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    1 day ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    2 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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    3 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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    3 days ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    4 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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