Open mike 08/03/2024

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  1. Phillip ure 1

    Seymour gloating over what is happening to so many in the media..

    ..is more than a little trumpian..

    • Phillip ure 1.1

      Looking past the human carnage of today.. surely another evaluation should be made of labour's failure to morph tvnz/rnz into some sort of public broadcasting beast..?

      Could the bones of that be re-engineered into what we need..?

      • alwyn 1.1.1

        "Could the bones of that be re-engineered".

        That is just about as likely as having Trevor Mallard's dream of reincarnating the Moa in the hills of Wainuiomata coming true. The business model behind the broadcasting businesses is dead and the corpse is being to stink.

        It isn't going to happen Phillip.

        • Phillip ure 1.1.1.1

          Of course the current top-heavy business model is done and dusted..

          But much more focused models can't be off the table..

          I mean..lean and mean is almost a cliche..but there are places between these behemoths at one end of the scale..and what I did @ whoar..as a one man band .. where I would post about 30 stories a day..

          There are sweet spots between those two parameters…

          • Sanctuary 1.1.1.1.1

            There is an element of truth in what Seymour has said though (and now I am going to have to take a shower and scrub myself clean with a steelo pad).

            The traditional media is behaving like its the end of times for news and current affairs, but really it's been obviously game over for traditional broadcast media for a long time now.

            The audience has migrated online and they do things differently there. People like Benjamin Rich (the bald and bankrupt vlogger I mentioned the other day) don't make documentaries in the sense TV makes documentaries, they make vlogs. Vlogs, bloggers, forumes etc are mediums for delivery of content that are quite different from TV and radio. Tone, audience, raison d'etre are different. it's communication MSM, but not as you know it. On the whole collapse of traditional media thing, the media class mourning has studiously ignored the link between the MSM and the widespread perception – on both left and right – that it sees it's role primarily as gatekeepers to the establishment narrative as a key reason in their decline.

            To often the MSM acts as if it considers itself more legitimate than the public and believes it, and not the voters, makes or breaks governments and ministers. Actual democracy is seen as a side show to it's role in policing legitimate establishment discourse, and when the establishment media doesn't get it's way it'll have a tantrum and label the public stupid or misinformed or dangerous – just look at how it has covered public dissent over Gaza, surely a hammer blow to it's claims of fearless impartiality.

            The establishment links of the MSM are far to deep and wide to be easily dismissed as simply conspiracy nonsense. A 2017 photo is circulating online of Fran O'Sullivan hob-nobbing with Luxon and a squadron of rich white businessmen at a soiree in Switzerland sponsored by the NZ Initiative. Jessica Mutch-Mckay headed off to a plum corporate comms role at the John Key chaired ANZ. There is a well travelled path between broadcasting, government, and lobbying firms – Kris Faafoi? Maggie Barry? Katherine Rich? (In reverse!). It all amounts to the MSM facing a major crisis of authenticity. Does anyone really believe an army of boomer/Gen X "celebrity" journalists live in the same world as Joe and Jayne Sixpack? Does anyone believe the well heeled and/or elderly and/or well connected Audrey or Claire or Tova or Jessica or Barry or Mike Hosking or HDPA have the faintest idea or care about life in Flaxmere or Wainui or Otara? Sure there is John Campbell – but he is the exception that proves the rule. By contrast, the likes of Benjamin Rich have no problems with authenticity. He plays bingo and isn't afraid to get drunk with the locals and appears to actually like people. Vloggers like him have none of the connections with power and the establishment that comrpomise (in the eyes of the public) our media "stars".

            Times are changing and with it hoiw news is delivered. Novara Media's YouTube channel in the UK pulls a bigger audience than BBC newsnight now. This is slowly being recognised by more and more mainstream organisations – https://www.wired.com/story/biden-white-house-state-of-the-union-address-influencers/
            The future for news might not be how it is was 20 years ago, but it doesn't mean it is going away.

        • SPC 1.1.1.2

          Only in New Zealand is free to air broadcast dependent on advertising revenue synonymous with public service broadcasting.

          The ABC in Oz and BBC and PBS in the USA will continue on just fine.

          • Traveller 1.1.1.2.1

            That depends on what you mean by 'dependent'. According to this article from 2019 (Full article: Public Service Media in Europe: Exploring the Relationship between Funding and Audience Performance (tandfonline.com)) public broadcasting in Ireland and Austria is 41.8% funded by commercial advertising. In Poland it's 64.2%. The article states "With regard to the sources of funding, many countries in the sample draw from a mix of public and commercial revenues." and "Altogether and on average, these forms of public funding account for 77.7 per cent of the overall revenue. Less than a quarter (23 per cent) of the overall revenue is brought in by commercial sources (advertising, trading of rights), and the proportion of public and commercial revenues differs across countries."

      • SPC 1.1.2

        Yes, Labour looked at merging RNZ and TVNZ – when it should have been looking at similar taxpayer funding of a public service channel (broadcast and visual digital/online, with RNZ, broadcast and sound digital/online).

    • newsense 1.2

      Not very human was it?

      But I think we need to beware. They’ve attacked our eyes and ears. What’s coming? Something they don’t want us to see or hear until TINA is applied. Or perhaps they don’t want us ever to quite see it. The plan is more than tax cuts.

      Can you watch this? It maybe even deserves a post. Jon Oliver’s most recent.

      Last Week Tonight as the cost cutters make planes that kill people’.

    • SPC 1.3

      It is because he does not support public broadcasting – and in New Zealand, TVNZ is dependent on advertising revenues.

      Luxon talks about a new business model for media – ignoring the fact that only in New Zealand is public broadcasting dependent on advertising revenue.

      And even the chief executive of TVNZ conflates the revenue problem with transition from (free to air) broadcast to digital.

      "We remain committed to delivering the most trusted and watched News and Current Affairs for New Zealand audiences, and what that looks like will change as we shift to a digital-first model.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/tvnz-job-cuts-hundreds-of-staff-expect-to-get-certainty-today/LNJP32K2GBGL5IPD53HPDRL4NQ/

      This is only true if one can charge a subscription for the on-line digital service – but then news and current affairs is limited to the middle class audience.

      That comes with an end to the free to air service. Warner-Discovery is ending free to air in 2025 (going digital only). TVNZ was planning this c2028.

      At the moment those not online – over age 65* and those without broadband in their area* are dependent on free to air.

      The government can make an arrangement with Sky to provide TVNZ/Maori TV via satellite – and install dishes – free basic subscription for * *.

      The change saves TVNZ its payment to Kordia.

  2. Subliminal 2

    Ralph Nader writes:

    Just like the entire mass media, many governments, even the independent media and critics of the war would have us accept that between 98% and 99% of Gaza’s entire population has survived—albeit the sick, injured, and more Palestinians about to die. This is lethally improbable!

    He puts the figure at 200,000

    The extreme right-wing Netanyahu regime has enforced its declared siege of, in its genocidal words, “no food, no water, no electricity, no fuel, no medicine.”

    and

    2.3 million utterly defenseless Palestinians in the tiny crowded Gaza enclave have been on the receiving end of over 65,000 bombs and missiles plus non-stop tank shelling and snipers.

    Why does Hamas collude with lowballing casualties?

    Hamas keeps the figures low to reduce being accused by its own people of not protecting them, and not building shelters. Hamas grossly underestimated the savage war crimes by the vengeful, occupying Israeli military superpower fully and unconditionally backed by the U.S. military superpower.

    the reality is:

    Children are starving at the fastest rate the world has ever known. Aid groups have been pointing to Israel restricting the flow of assistance into the territory as a major driver of the crisis

    Why is the true number so important?

    It matters greatly whether the aggregate toll so far, and counting, is three, four, five, six times more than the Health Ministry’s undercount. It matters for elevating the urgency for a permanent cease-fire, and direct and massive humanitarian aid by the U.S. and other countries, bypassing the sadistic cruelty against innocent families of the Israeli siege…

    As a percentage of the total population being killed, Gaza can expose the Israeli ruling racist extremists to a stronger rebuttal for ending U.S. co-belligerent complicity in this never-to-be-forgotten slaughter of mostly children and women. (The terrifying PTSD on civilians, especially children, will continue for years.)

    https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/calculate-real-gaza-death-toll

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    "The Government’s new fast-track planning legislation unveiled yesterday is even more draconian than Sir Robert Muldoon’s 1979 legislation, which attempted to do the same thing."

    "Notably, the coalition has eliminated the Minister for the Environment (Penny Simmonds) from the process. The Ministers in charge of the RMA, Transport, Resources, and Regional Development will alone make the final decision on whether a consent should be issued."

    Continue reading at https://www.politik.co.nz/the-big-beehive-power-grab/ | Politik

    • Tony Veitch 3.1

      James Shaw said it for all of us – upon a change of government, environmentally damaging contracts may be cancelled – without compensation!

      At about 4.50 mark.

      Bishop and Peters did not like the suggestion at all – but I cheered when I heard it!

      That should make the exploiters and quick buck merchants pause for a moment!

      https://ondemand.parliament.nz/parliament-tv-on-demand/?itemId=238915

      • Subliminal 3.1.1

        That is a totally awesome response. The gloves are coming off on the green side too! What a huge relief

      • Robert Guyton 3.1.2

        100%

      • Sanctuary 3.1.3

        This indicates how awful this coalition government is for our reputation for good governance.

        When Labour bungled the light rail process major private sector players became very reluctant to spend the huge sums required to make a credible bid for any light rail project, since the whole thing had descended into a farce. In the end, the whole thing got canned, and a fair bit of reputational damage was done for the government. National appears to looked at that and drawn all the wrong conclusions (hardly a surprise with Tories, it has to be observed).

        That was small beer though compared to this. Creating an authoritarian, rule by decree system where projects are approved without consensus or proper consultation in a process that is wide open for abuse and corruption is effectively trashing our reputation for good governance. It practically guarantees the projects will either be cancelled by an incoming government, or opposed so viscerally the cost of protests pushes the price through the roof and accelerates corruption as the government engages in draconian attempts to repress dissent funded by dark corporate money. – literally the formula that created the "banana republics."

        • Phillip ure 3.1.3.1

          Wot sanctuary said..

        • Subliminal 3.1.3.2

          Well, if business is unwilling or unable to insist on environmentally sustainable construction then the next Green Nz Govt will just have to insist that that capability is built back into a govt department where it can be nurtured and grown into an entity that works for a sustainable future. We have had these entities in the past and there is nothing to prevent there reintroduction. Business needs to wake up to the way of the future or expect to be sidelined.

      • Belladonna 3.1.4

        upon a change of government, environmentally damaging contracts may be cancelled – without compensation!

        Excellent – if that's the standard which is going to be applied, then the appointment of expensive CEOs to organizations which were clearly signalled as going to be dis-established – can also be reversed without redundancy compensation.

        • Belladonna Agreed.

        • Muttonbird 3.1.4.2

          I did not realise Three Waters was environmentally damaging.

          • Molly 3.1.4.2.1

            That's why any such policy should not include a contestable proviso such as: "environmentally damaging".

            As Belladonna points out above, that standard should be consistently applied.

            • weka 3.1.4.2.1.1

              the proviso in Shaw's statement was around the degree of haste, amount of power being taken by Ministers, and lack of public scrutiny. He's not talking about any old legislation that is rolled back by a new incoming government.

              "environmentally damaging" isn't a contestable proviso. The Greens campaign on this stuff using evidence, it's not going to be a surprise or vague.

      • Phillip ure 3.1.5

        Thanks for that heads-up/link ..

        There is humour to be had from it…

        Shaw poured a cold bucket of reality over the (until then) smirking tory mps… especially the police minister..

        Smirks were wiped from faces…to be replaced by furrowed brows…(a doh!-moment for them..heh..!)

        The police minister slumped back into his usual haunted resting face..

        Kudos to shaw…his words will resonate…

        • Phillip ure 3.1.5.1

          It would be a very brave venture capitalist who sunk money into projects with potentially such a short shelf-life..

          This three-headed hydra gummint seems to have bitten off more than it can chew..

          (Reaches for popcorn..)

      • Obtrectator 3.1.6

        All very well …. unless those contracts are set up in such a way as to incur ISDS proceedings against NZ should they be terminated. A recent example involving the USA's next door neighbour:

        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/31/how-a-us-mining-firm-sued-mexico-for-billions-for-trying-to-protect-its-own-seabed

        • Subliminal 3.1.6.1

          I believe that we still have Treaty exemptions, which Treaty explicitly includes the environment. It is a big reason why we are so lucky to have this Treaty and a big reason why Semour et al are so keen to neuter it.

      • Tony Veitch 3.1.7

        No Right Turn agrees with Shaw's statement:

        https://norightturn.blogspot.com/search/label/Environment

    • Hunter Thompson II 3.2

      Every New Zealander should be greatly concerned about the proposed Bill, which leaves enormous power in the hands of ministers to authorise projects.

      But will those projects be in the national interest, or merely in the interests of National?

      The environment is not something to be mined for short term political and financial gain; it is held in trust for future generations.

  4. Ffloyd 4

    This is terrible. When you look at the quality of the ministers who will have the most damaging power the heart just sinks. All of them together couldn’t scrape up an IQ of 20. Picked especially for their dimness and eagerness to be a big player and person of prominence they will pass any application for anything that is asked for by the zBig Business fraternity. Nothing but henchmen. Shame on them.Soon we will not have a Government. We will have an authoritarian dictatorship. Can’t we have a vote of No Confidence or something. In essence these people are being paid by us, the taxpayer, to decimate our beautiful country as we know it. God help us.

  5. randal mcmurphy 5

    100 days 100 days 100 days 100 days before the nationals finish off their prey

    • newsense 6.1

      The cheek to say the coalition is scrapping (the rest of the) successful climate change programs (that we didn’t scrap when I became leader). And a bit with a dog!

      Not enough to get my vote back tbh.

      But enough to make this a one term government?

      Who’s the pitch to? What does a Labour stronghold look like now Auckland is hollowed out?

      • Anne 6.1.1

        Who’s the pitch to?

        First and foremost the members. After that anyone prepared to watch and listen. As a member, I had issues with the last government. The main one… they didn't move fast enough in the delivery of some of their promises. But they were held up by 2 to 3 years of Covid which has to be taken into account when judging them.

        • Descendant Of Smith 6.1.1.1

          Nah they failed on WEAG before COVID had even escaped from a lab……

  6. joe90 7

    Surprise surprise…

    /

    @LewSOS

    Time elapsed between Sunday reporting critically on one of the new government's cornerstone policies and the announcement that the show is to be cancelled: 12 days

    https://twitter.com/LewSOS/status/1765862206179086408

  7. observer 8

    No surprise here:

    Latest poll: Christopher Luxon’s popularity crashes after allowance blunder, now trails Chris Hipkins – NZ Herald

    It took 5 years for Jacinda Ardern to move into negative approval/disapproval. That is a comparison from the same TU/Curia poll.

    Luxon rated negative from the start and has only got worse. I remain convinced that he will be replaced by National before the election, not because he's too right-wing but because he's simply hopeless at politics. Their MPs aren't going to go down with him.

  8. Peter 9

    All day I've been waiting to see what would happen if Country Calendar was headed for the knackers' yard. Now that would have been entertainment.

  9. Ffloyd 10

    How come everybody but Seymour took a dive. Seymour up by as much as they could get away with. Good old Taxpayers Union

    • SPC 10.1

      But ACT has fallen to below Greens in their poll – so that looks more like others.

    • observer 10.2

      No, the poll is reasonably reliable (it's Curia). Not surprising that Seymour gains because he knows his RW audience, and he panders to that minority shamelessly but effectively. Whereas Luxon panders shamelessly and ineffectively.

  10. Robert Guyton 11

    I support what you are saying, mickysavage. There's a great deal of passion obscuring some basic principles here, imo.

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

    • weka 11.1

      you are welcome to join in that conversation Robert, but you need to explain your thinking. For instance, what is the great deal of passion, and what are the basic principles being obscured?

      I accept you don’t intend it, but your lack of explanation has been causing problems in these threads. Likewise the rhetorical question comments.

      • Robert Guyton 11.1.1

        Well, weka, it seems to me that I am not welcome to join in that conversation, given that you have shunted me into a different thread despite my having merely expressed support for the views of one of TS long-standing and highly respected authors!

        How puzzling is that?

        Now, you are asking me to explain what I mean by "a great deal of passion"!

        My immediate response to your imperative is, wtf???

        Then you direct me to explain what mean by, "basic principles being obscured?"

        Have you become hyper-sensitised to simple communications?

        I think so.

        You are corralling me for saying some very simple, ordinary things. IMO.

  11. Anker 12

    Any acknowledge from you Mickey that the violence at Albert Park towards the Let Women Speak crowd who were their to attend a peaceful rally should be utterly condemned?

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

    • weka 12.1

      please don’t start taking pot shots at TS authors.

    • observer 12.2

      It's frankly ridiculous to start asking why people haven't commented on one topic, as opposed to the infinite number of other topics. We might just as well ask why you haven't condemned every bad thing the coalition has done. The one you voted in.

      "Because the list is far too long" would be one answer.

  12. Muttonbird 13

    Holding neurodivergent people to exactly the same standard as the justified and monied elite of Karori and Remuera does not do neurodivergent people any favours.

    Get back to us here in good faith once you have wiped off the RW talking points.

    Thanks in advance.

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

    • weka 13.1

      That RW talking points stuff, I now consider it from you to be flaming. I’ve pointed out the problems with it to you in the past. If I see you doing it again as a slur, I will start banning you. You can instead try and explain (with evidence) why anyone’s argument is akin to right wing arguments, and then they can respond.

      • Muttonbird 13.1.1

        There's a certain grinding down of particular comments and commenters here on The Standard. It is relentless. Some of us are hovered over. That's fine because I should and do have better things to do that advocate for the socially responsible left on my own time. My first responsibility should be to my work and family and I let them down badly by wasting time trying to make a difference here.

        • weka 13.1.1.1

          one of the things that has happened in recent years is what I call the FB-isation of TS. It's the long, slow slide into comments being declarations and reckons rather than political arguments.

          You probably have some interesting things to say about neurodivergence in this context. I just wish you would say them rather than treating TS like twitter.

          If you really believe someone is running RW talking points, then explain that. But what you did before was just slur posting and it doesn't create good debate atmosphere. Not that everyone has to make every comment a novel of explanation, at all, and a certain amount of rudeness goes with the territory. But there is a pattern here and that's when the mods step in.

          I can certainly appreciate your point about time spent. As you can probably tell the mods are fucked off with how much time we spend on moderation. For me it's especially with regulars who should know better and appear to freely ignore moderation. I'm going to be going back to how we moderated in the past. Less explanation, more short then escalating bans. I've got better things to do with my time too.

          w

        • Robert Guyton 13.1.1.2

          " Some of us are hovered over."

          QFT and well described, Muttonbird.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
    Buzz from the Beehive People working in the beleaguered media industry have cause to yearn for a minister as busy as Todd McClay and his associates have been in recent days. But if they check out the Beehive website for a list of Melissa Lee’s announcements, pronouncements, speeches and what-have-you ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
    When the National government came into office, it complained of a "war on landlords". It's response? Start a war on renters instead: The changes include re-introducing 90-day "no cause" terminations for periodic tenancies, meaning landlords can end a periodic tenancy without giving any reason. [...] Landlords will now only ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill (Cameron Luxton) Consumer Guarantees (Right to Repair) Amendment Bill (Marama Davidson) The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    3 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    3 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place as a fully hybrid conference in both Vienna and online from April 15 to 19. I decided to join the event virtually this year for the full week and I've already picked several sessions I plan to ...
    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
    Grim old week in the media business, eh? And it’s only Wednesday, to rework an old upbeat line of poor old Neil Roberts.One of the larger dark ironies of it all has been the line the Prime Minister is serving up to anyone asking him about the sorry state of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
    That's the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights today: Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
    David Farrar writes –  There has been a 34% increase over six years in the size of the public service, in terms of EFTS. But not all agencies have grown by the same proportion. Here are the 10 with the largest relative increases between 2017 and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's day. First up is James Shaw's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Sustainable Environment) Amendment Bill, which does exactly what it says on the label. Despite solid backing in international law and from lawyers and NGOs, National will likely vote it down out of pure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
    Luxon in 2021 as a new MP, before his rise to PM and subsequent plummeting popularity. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the 10 things that stood out for me from me reading over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Must read: Tova O’Brien describes ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    4 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
    Count the Chrises: Chris Bishop (2nd from right) is moving up in the popularity polls. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Wednesday, April 10:The National/ACT/NZ First coalition Government’s opinion poll ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want to “avoid the news”. But who ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
    Buzz from the Beehive Targets and travel were a theme in the latest flow of ministerial announcements. The PM announced a raft of targets (“nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders”) along with plans to head for Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. His Deputy and Foreign ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
    April 11, 2024 Joint Declaration by United States Secretary of State the Honorable Antony J. Blinken and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Right Honourable Winston Peters We met today in Washington, D.C. to recommit to the historic partnership between our two countries and the principles that underpin it—rule ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is working to resolve almost 150 outstanding minerals permit applications by the end of the financial year, enabling valuable mining activity and signalling to the sector that New Zealand is open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.  “While there are no set timeframes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
    The coalition Government intends to improve freshwater farm plans so that they are more cost-effective and practical for farmers, Associate Environment Minister Andrew Hoggard and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay have announced. “A fit-for-purpose freshwater farm plan system will enable farmers and growers to find the right solutions for their farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
    The coalition Government has today announced the expert advisory group who will provide independent recommendations to Ministers on projects to be included in the Fast Track Approvals Bill, say RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones. “Our Fast Track Approval process will make it easier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his official talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today focused on a shared commitment to partnering with the Pacific Islands region and a common concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.    “Small states in the Pacific rely on collective ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
    The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
    The Government and four further companies are together committing an additional $18 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on us getting effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 110km/h limit proposed for Kāpiti Expressway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will begin consultation this month on raising speed limits for the Kāpiti Expressway to 110km/h. “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and this proposal supports that outcome ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards – Winners announced
    Two New Zealanders who’ve used their unique skills to help fight the exotic caulerpa seaweed are this year’s Biosecurity Awards Supreme Winners, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard. “Strong biosecurity is vital and underpins the whole New Zealand economy and our native flora and fauna. These awards celebrate all those in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Attendance action plan to lift student attendance rates
    The Government is taking action to address the truancy crisis and raise attendance by delivering the attendance action plan, Associate Education Minister David Seymour announced today.   New Zealand attendance rates are low by national and international standards. Regular attendance, defined as being in school over 90 per cent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • World must act to halt Gaza catastrophe – Peters
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today that an immediate ceasefire is needed in Gaza to halt the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.    “Palestinian civilians continue to bear the brunt of Israel’s military actions,” Mr Peters said in his speech to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to United Nations General Assembly: 66th plenary meeting, 78th session
    Mr President,   The situation in Gaza is an utter catastrophe.   New Zealand condemns Hamas for its heinous terrorist attacks on 7 October and since, including its barbaric violations of women and children. All of us here must demand that Hamas release all remaining hostages immediately.   At the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government woolshed roadshow kicks off
    Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • PM heads to Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines this week (April 14-20), along with a senior business delegation, signalling the Government’s commitment to deepen New Zealand’s international engagement, especially our relationships in South East Asia. “South East Asia is a region that is more crucial than ever to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister launches Government Targets
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced further steps to get New Zealand back on track, launching nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders. “Our Government has a plan that is focused on three key promises we made to New Zealanders – to rebuild the economy, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Natural hydrogen resource should be free of Treaty claims entanglement
    Natural hydrogen could be a game-changing new source of energy for New Zealand but it is essential it is treated as a critical development that benefits all New Zealanders, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones is seeking to give regulatory certainty for those keen to develop natural, or geological, ...
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  • $4.9m project completed with marae reopening
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  • Methane targets to be independently reviewed
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  • NZ and Nordics: likeminded partners
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  • Education should be prioritised ahead of protesting
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  • Peters to visit New York, Washington D.C.
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