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Open mike 08/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, July 8th, 2014 - 148 comments
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148 comments on “Open mike 08/07/2014”

  1. Saarbo 1

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289243

    The NZH predictably falls back into its default position and supports Nationals education policy. But is National’s policy workable, how are teachers/principals who are working 12 hour days going to be released, why would a BOT even release them and reduce the capacity in their own school, BOT’s were not voted in to lower the standards in their school.
    Tomorrow Schools has generated a lot of competition between schools, this will make it even harder for schools to accept outside resources into their schools.
    I have discussed this with many staunch National supporters who also reckon that their policy is unworkable.

    • tc 1.1

      Granny will be an important part of the nact campaign as will TVNZ with rawdon, mikey, suzie etc RNZ not so much as its audience mostly already knows where its voting.

    • Paul 1.2

      Herald bias watch.
      I noticed their editorial also.
      http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289243

      “Labour subscribes to the unions’ dogma that every trained teacher is as good as the next and all that pupils need is more of them so that classes can be smaller. ”

      Note the choice of emotive language…’dogma’ to turn the reader against Labour’s ideas. And of course, the link to the Unions. In another section, the anonymous editor writes “Oddly, teacher unions continue to press….”, linking the word oddly to the Unions.
      No mention by contrast of any link of National to big multinational corporations.
      And then of course misinformation. Labour is making more plans to raise quality than the Nat’s executive teacher idea. That, according to the anonymous editor, is “having a bob each way”. I imagine Roughan, who wrote Key’s biography, would have described Labour’s policy differently had his icon been the architect.
      Either Murphy and Roughan haven’t read Labour’s plans or they have wilfully ignored them.
      Either way the Labour Party should sue them for misrepresentation.
      Another smear by this disgraceful rag.
      This is the problem that happens when large foreign corporates own the media.

  2. amirite 2

    Very disappointed with Labour, their ‘concerns’ about child poverty are just empty words but when it comes to specific actions, they’re nowhere to be seen.
    You’ve just lost another vote, Labour.

    http://bryanbruce.co.nz/feature/election-2014/survey-political-parties-child-well-being-issues-july-8th-2014

    • bad12 2.1

      An interesting survey, i don’t find Labour’s stance, a NO to food in schools anything other than what i have suspected vis a vis the constant ”use” of 280,000 children living in poverty chant that many of its MP’s have made political capital out of for so long,(even here at the Standard),

      Pretty much pointless at this stage to say anything more on this issue, other than debate the pro’s and con’s of actually having such a food in schools program and how such a basic piece of bread and butter Socialism won’t only ensure food in the stomach’s of the poorer kids, such a program would take the pressure off of some very hard pressed parents further up the income tree,

      Juxtapose this program with the just announced 2000 extra teachers and it becomes the dance of the absurd, how many teachers does it take to get a classroom of hungry kids learning would be the question,

      As i have told other’s out here in the real world, my Party Vote is going to InternetMana, based solely upon the food in schools program…

      • phillip ure 2.1.1

        this concerted ‘smear-campaign’ you are running against lab/grns must end..

        ..(haven’t you heard..?..

        ..querying = ‘smearing’..)

        ..and whatever you do..

        ..don’t refer to the fact that the greens ‘have no bottom lies’..

        ..and don’t mention that they have ministerial-limo-fever…

        • bad12 2.1.1.1

          This morning’s cone must have been stronger than normal Phillip, heard of the song ”it aint what you do its the way that you do it”, i think a little tune by the Funboy three if my thought processor is fully functioning this morning,

          Most of what you print is simply ”smears”…

        • The Al1en 2.1.1.2

          “this concerted ‘smear-campaign’ you are running against lab/grns must end..”

          Like the little glowing blue plasma grenades in Halo, you can wriggle and dance, but you just can’t shake them off when they stick.
          Direct hit….whoar….fucken…eh?… 😆

          • bad12 2.1.1.2.1

            i doubt if Phillip is self aware to such an extent that He has given an iota of thought to the fact that He is ‘smearing’ a commenter with his little piece of work above who isn’t at this stage commenting,

            Such behavior, or lack of it, could be seen as either a forlorn sob in an effort to attract allies to His aid, or, simply the use of a flame-thrower trying to rake over the ashes of yesterday…

            • phillip ure 2.1.1.2.1.1

              you really need to get a fucken hobby…eh..?

              ..i mean..what else do you do all day..?

              ..except auto-eroticise all over this place..?

              ..that’s no excuse for a life..

              • bad12

                You need to stick to addressing issues rather than constant attacks on commenters that do not agree with you Phillip,

                Your constant Me Me me me me sprayed into the pages reminds me of another Ure i had the displeasure of meeting in my pub drinking days,

                His babble only differed from yours in that it was verbal, the ‘spray’ physical, and, in his pants, all this accomplished in a public bar accompanied by the laughter of at times 100’s,

                Seems to be a family trait all this babbling and spraying Phillip…

                • “..You need to stick to addressing issues rather than constant attacks on commenters that do not agree with you.”

                  from you..that is fucken hilarious..

                  ..that’s all you fucken do..

                  ..whether i respond to you..or ignore you..

                  ..almost every time i post anything..in you launch..

                  ..closely followed by yr gibbering mini-me..(what’s his name..?)

                  ..like i said..you need to get a fucken hobby…

                  ..stalking is not that good a look..eh..?

                  • The Lone Haranguer

                    And you wonder why folk think that while a collection of left leaning parties MAY be able to work together to get rid of the Nats, they would never have a hope in hell of working together to successfully run the country???????

                    Hell you lot cant even hold a decent, semi rational discussion on a left leaning Board so why would you think that it would e any different when decisions had to be made in the Country, and its citizens best interests?

                    [lprent: I suspect it is because you aren’t that good at listening. You’re too busy blowing yourself up. ]

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Coz, um, history? Labour has already led 3 multi-party governments, and had the economy humming for nine years, and balanced the books. Vote Positive!

                    • vto

                      Why would it be any different?

                      Because, if you hadn’t noticed mr haranguer, mr bad12 and mr ure engage in this manner quite happily on their own. Few or even zero others join in on this ongoing ding-dong.

                      Count up the number of commenters on this site and turn bad and ure into a percentage.

                      Silly egg. The more that time passes the more I come to understand how little thinking and logic actually goes into right wing dogma.

                    • bad12

                      Considering we both appear to be voting for the same Party Haranguer, ie: InternetMana your question would seem to be pretty much void,

                      Of course there is miles of debate to be had surrounding just ‘who’ you include in the best interests category of citizens,

                      i am though sure that you could politely discuss for hours why the poor should remain so right???…

                    • remember the days when we used to tit for tat vto – ahh good times. As for the odd couple – seems pretty one-sided to me.

                    • i wd like to nominate lone haraunger for this months’ false-equivalence-award…

                    • vto

                      Yes I well recall marty mars. Found it all pretty tough and rough actually and wouldn’t like to go back there….

                    • The Al1en

                      Vto and Marty, sitting in a tree 😆

                      I’m sure when the election campaign gets under way for real, we’ll see more love ins and less look outs, but then given human nature, there are still bound to be disagreements.
                      At the end of the road, we are, wing nuts aside, united against a common foe.

                    • freedom

                      To The Lone Haranguer, your apparent failure to glean the positive character of people is what I find illustrated by your comment. Like many here I tend to give their ongoing discussions a wide berth and think we all have reached a comfortable détente in our individual communications which vary topic to topic, person to person. That does not mean I believe their behaviour can be translated as something endemic of the political left in New Zealand.

                      Look at it this way…I see bad12 and Phillip ure’s ongoing ‘debates’ in the same way I would view two brothers who signed up to fight for Queen & Country in WWI and found themselves stationed within the same Company.

                      Siblings full of character and passion who spend 85% of their time in the trenches beating the living crap out of each other, filling each others boots with cold tea leaves, writing jokes and improper cartoons onto the other’s letters home but when that whistle was blown were the first over the top and the very ones you wanted by your side as you clawed back the territory lost by the incompetent decisions of the Generals safely ensconced at their desks miles behind the decaying bodies strewn along the front lines.

                      [lprent: I don’t tend to moderate much of the usual internecine bickering. Eventually it just drops back to a detente of agreeing to disagree. One of the reasons for this site to exist is to allow those differences of opinion to be aired so that they don’t wind up festering and eventually interfering with campaign and coalition level politics. On the left we all need each other and the differing views to build a adaptable left. ]

                    • The Lone Haranguer

                      TRP, I cant (and have no wish to) argue with history – my concern is about the future.

                      Im just not seeing a unified Left, and I think we need one.

                      VTO, I beg to differ. Its not just these two who apparently can not agree, the other week there was widespread bitching about Trotter – actually thats often a theme around here, and throw in the Cunliffe lovers, and the Cunliffe haters, the policy lovers and the policy haters, and I think it amazing that you can mock the “unthinking right wing dogma” when it seems that “the Left” can not themselves agree on what they believe.

                      And Mr Ure. is there a big cash prize coming with your flash sounding “False equivalence” award? Put up $100 with my award and I will give your $100 and match it with my $100 and we can both give it to the Christchurch City Mission. And get a tax rebate too so theres proof of our donations.

                    • karol

                      Some of us are just not in a highly combative approach to politics. That approach is dominated by treating it as a “game”- pick your team and then try to do as much damage to other teams as possible.

                      I’d rather see a more collaborative approach, especially between left wing parties. There’s a place for respectful criticism, including of the party chosen for the tick in the election: but constantly disparaging other “teams” doesn’t do anything for broader left wing collaboration.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      TLH, I doubt you are raising this in good faith.

                      The strength of democratic decision making is its ability to reduce the influence of ubiquitous bias, not in eradicating said bias.

                      We bicker, then we vote, then we bicker some more. You have a pack of nodding dogs.

                    • KJT

                      If you want a bunch of “authoritarian followers” singing form the same song sheet, look towards ACT, or National these days.

                      The strength of the left, in New Zealand at least, is our diversity of ideas, opinions and experience.

                      The things I learn from the diversity of opinions and ideas, is why I am here.

                      Some of us have what someone called “huge testosterone fuelled arguments” (Not really the right term as there are women participating at times as well), but we all have the same goals, a better society, even some of the right wingers, and we still respect each other in the morning”.

                      I am convinced that the tension, and battle of ideas, between Labour, Greens, Internet/Mana and maybe New Zealand first is going to result in much more robust and well thought out decisions, when they are in Parliament.

                    • @kjt..

                      ..+ 1..

                    • swordfish

                      @ The LH

                      (1) The on-going spat between Phillip and Bad has little to do with policy or broad ideological direction.

                      (2) It involves just 2 (occasionally 3 or 4) individuals.

                      (3) You obviously haven’t noticed, but neither of them are among the leadership of the Labour, Green or IMP parties.

                      (4) This relatively minor bickering is absolutely nowt compared to the abuse that regularly goes on among your Kiwiblog chums – Big Bruv vs Dad4Justice being just one, prominent example.

                      But then, of course, you’re being disingenuous anyway, so I’m really wasting my time with this reply.

                  • bad12

                    Thank you for aquainting me with your much maligned status Phillip, you poor poor little victim you…

                • minarch

                  you really do have a hard on for Phillip dont you Bad ?

      • Francis 2.1.2

        I see that Labour set aside $50 million in their budget for “food in schools”, so I wonder why they replied “no” in the survey?

        • McFlock 2.1.2.1

          I’m wondering if they’re planning to target the funding, whereas the food in schools question was across the board?

          Don’t know what their policy is, but the question was pretty clear about starting at lower decile schools and progressively going for all schools.

        • bad12 2.1.2.2

          That’s interesting Francis, have you got a link to where this is found online,(perhaps poor old Labour is being much maligned about the program)…

    • Rodel 2.2

      Very disappointed with National their ‘concerns’ about child poverty are just empty words but when it comes to specific actions, they’re nowhere to be seen.
      You’ve just lost another vote, National.
      ……ho hum

    • dimebag russell 2.3

      bryan bruce is another nitwit journo who thinks he knows everything and if you are going to vote for the evil spirits in the Nazgul party then pick up your crap and take a hike.
      and no you are not rite.
      you cant spell like heka paratai and you cant reed.
      byeeeeeeee.

  3. Paul 3

    Is this the Herald starting a campaign to block the rail link?http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11289315

    • Paul 3.1

      Media bias watch #2 for the day…and it isn’t even 8 a.m.!

      Listening to Espiner’s aggressive approach to Penny Webster and his softly softly stance to George Wood. She had to ask him at least twice to stop interrupting her.
      Espiner joins the Herlad in creating panic about Auckland rates. His line of attack would suggest there is a concerted attack on the rail link.
      RNZ slips further towards mediocrity….

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        E–spinner remains unlistenable and must be causing some drop off for RNZ figures. As others have speculated is that what the political masters want so public broadcasting gets further downgraded?

        Hope endures that post election he will daily face a bunch of left bloc government MPs and even Winston too that would send the slimy creep packing.

        • Paul 3.1.1.1

          Good description of Espiner

        • dimebag russell 3.1.1.2

          guyon espinner is a little toad and should be sacked forthwith.
          there is no doubt that he will be sacked after the election but that is not soon enough to maintain some semblance of objectivity in the nations debate.

  4. Paul 4

    Bernard Orsman: Hey big spender, you’re in a deep financial hole
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11289303

    Pity Bernard Osman does not direct his comments to this extremely large hole being created by Mr Key and Mr English.

    http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand

    Ah, but he works for the NZ Herald.

    • Madge Roberts 4.1

      Sure, but what spending cuts do you suggest government makes?

      • Jackal 4.1.1

        There are a number of projects that have terrible benefit–cost ratios that should never have gone ahead. In fact it appears that National has borrowed to fund these projects simply to give their mates an income stream.

        A good place to save money would be to halt any projects that haven’t started yet which show no overall benefit. National’s build it and they will come philosophy clearly isn’t logical or economically sustainable.

        The other problem is that the amount of borrowing doesn’t correspond with the amount of projects being funded. Much of New Zealand’s infrastructure is still dilapidated even though National has borrowed a whopping $60 billion. That’s around six times more borrowing than Muldoon’s think big projects, with nothing to really show for it.

        Tracking down all that money and ensuring it hasn’t been wasted or stolen would be another good area to make some savings. We need tangible and practicable infrastructure in New Zealand, not anymore white elephants that will not provide any real financial return on the investment.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.2

        Madge, are you aware that there are two sides to the revenue/spending coin?

        Luckily, the left has heard of ‘revenue’, and also consistently produces higher per-capita GDP than the right. Consistently: yes, they do, the evidence is in. So they always have more ‘revenue’ to work with.

        Left wing economic management: nine years of surpluses. Public debt down to practically zero.

      • Paul 4.1.3

        No cuts…except for subsidies to polluters
        Just tax the wealthy more – higher income tax rate, Capital Gains tax, Inheritance tax.
        Raise corporate tax, close down loopholes on multinationals.
        Tax unhealthy foods
        You know… make the spongers in society pay their share.,

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.4

        Neither local government nor central government should be making cuts – they should be raising taxes to cover the costs.

  5. “..The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal..

    …Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalisation is dangerous —

    • but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line..”

    (cont..)

    (think the booze-pushers who have had successive lab/nat-govts in their pockets..)

    http://www.thenation.com/article/180493/anti-pot-lobbys-big-bankroll

    • booze-pushers are terrified at the idea of cannabis-legalisation..

      ..’cos it will effect their bottom-lines..

      ..as alcohol-consumption will drop..

      ..replaced by the much safer grow-yr-own cannabis..

      ..btw..after six months of legalisation in colorado..

      ..all the signs are good..big tax revenues/income..

      ..and with a (surprising?) drop in violent-crime registered..

      (mellow-high..instead of pissed/drunk..see..!..)

      ..and because of that now proven drop in violent-crime after cannabis legalisation..

      ..i am awaiting/expecting the sensible-sentencing-clowns to swing in behind pot-legalisation..

      ..why wouldn’t they..?

      ..if they were true to their crime-fighting/harm-minimisation reasons-for-being claims..eh..?

      http://whoar.co.nz/?s=colorado

    • Tiger Mountain 5.2

      one toke over the line sweet jesus dept;

      • vote Internet/Mana if you support furthering cannabis reform

      • this is however a bit of a dead end issue a few weeks out from an election, do not expect ‘stoner Dave’ or Russ and Met to make any promising noises.

      • it will be revisited for sure though if even in the belly of the “war on drugs” beast, the USA, liberalisation is happening,
      note: cannabis use will not become compulsory when eventually decriminalised etc

  6. (this one is for those that laugh/jeer/crack bacon-jokes about animal-slavery/factory-farming..

    ..those who claim it doesn’t matter..’cos pigs etc..aren’t sentient-creatures..)

    “..Elephant ‘cries’ while being rescued – after 50 years of abuse in India..

    “..When Raju was being rescued – volunteers said they saw tears rolling down his face.

    Pooja Binepal – from Wildlife SOS UK, said: “The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue.

    It was so incredibly emotional for all of us.

    “We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed.

    “Elephants are not only majestic – but they are highly intelligent animals –

    • who have been proven to have feelings of grief –
    • so we can only imagine what torture half a century has been like for him..”

    (cont..)

    (fact-check:..pigs are also ‘highly intelligent animals’..some say smarter than dogs..

    ..and no doubt those laughing/making bacon-jokes..wd no doubt be horrified at the idea of eating dogs..eh..?

    ..their ignorances are as wide as they are deep..)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/elephant-cries-while-being-rescued-after-50-years-of-abuse-in-india-9589665.html

    • The Al1en 6.1

      “(fact-check:..pigs are also ‘highly intelligent animals’..some say smarter than dogs..”

      It’s true, I saw it in Babe. That little pig was amazingly smart.

      “.and no doubt those laughing/making bacon-jokes..wd no doubt be horrified at the idea of eating dogs..eh..?”

      A perversion of the old rspca adverts every November in GB, a dog is not just for Christmas – With a bit of luck you’ll have some left over for boxing day.

      “..their ignorances are as wide as they are deep..”

      Tell me the one about the one trick pony.

      • bad12 6.1.1

        Plants also Alien, although the science proving just how smart plants really are is only in its infancy,

        Some are able to ‘manufacture’ up to 3000 different chemicals in response to differing stimulation, one plant scientist refers to this chemical manufacture as ‘plant language’

        The bean stalk experiment, one anyone can conduct at home, shows Plants can ‘sense/see’ an item introduced into the enviroment which does not physically effect the Plant, but, the Plant none-the-less responds physically to the presence,

        The caterpillar recording is another piece of work that shows that Plants are not only effected by the physical in the enviroment, where Plant scientists played a recording of a caterpillar munching on a different Plant, a known enemy of the particular plant, to the Plant and it reacted, releasing chemicals to deter the caterpillar, a reaction only ever recorded befor in the presence of an actual caterpillar,(strongly suggestive of this particular Plant being able to ‘hear’),

        Some people mutilate and kill these sensitive creations of nature simply for their own pleasure…

    • vto 6.2

      No surprise there methinks. Mankind has been underestimating animals and their abilities for donkeys. Like the one about sharks mistaking swimmers for seals ….. I mean sheesh, a human can tell the difference between the two yet we presume that sharks, who have been swimming in the briny since before humans even existed, cannot tell the difference? What arrogance is that?

  7. Paul 7

    The Herald shows the level at which it can discuss serious issues.
    The continued dumbing down of debate in this country.
    Well done Mr Murphy. The 0.01% love you.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11289535

  8. ianmac 8

    A bit cheeky to put a post here sent from my wife but I was thinking of public transport around NZ cities and the opportunities for development in Christchurch or Auckland or anywhere here:

    “Travelling and transport around Copenhagen and the larger island of Zealand is seamless and very easy. We have purchased a Copenhagen card which allows us unlimited use of all transport networks, discounts in restaurants, cafes, services and full entrance to major attractions. The unlimited use of all the transport networks is the real plus as this has allowed us to travel all around the Zealand Island. Copenhagen is a major cycling city with 40% of the population riding bikes around the city. This resonates out into the provinces. Everyone rides a bike. Every road has a cycle lane, inclusive of traffic lights just for the bikes. To accommodate so many cyclists the trains are equipped to carry bikes. There are special carriages on every train designated for cycles….

  9. Rosie 9

    All stand for a huge round of applause for John Darroch and the Farmwatch crew. Last week John posted on his work as an animal rights campaigner:

    Pig Farming Expose – A personal perspective

    The latest exposure of the cruel and inhumane treatment of darling pigs has attracted some much needed media attention. Last night John was interviewed on 3 News and Labour have announced that they will ban factory farming of pigs by 2017. Reason # 542 to vote out this couldn’t-care-less-about-anything government.

    In the meantime Nathan Guy lurks around nonchalantly as if it’s business as usual and he’s got the votes of the farming sector to think about out there in the Otaki electorate. Don’t forget this is the guy that admitted to smashing a calves skull with a hammer so wouldn’t bat an eyelid at cruelty against pigs.

    Well done John, all your hard and difficult work and sacrifice has paid off.

    • vto 9.1

      Nathan Guy is an obsessive. To him it is all about primary production at all costs. Hence why we lost all our Kauri forests.

      Nathan Guy is from the 1800’s.

  10. why is it that the most obvious outcome/’sore’ from this 30 yr rand-ite/neo-lib/fuck-the-poor! experiment..

    ..the 15,000 men/women/children sleeping-rough in auckland every nite..

    ..why is this onerous/odious fact not front and centre in the political-dialogue currently underway..?

  11. karol 11

    Vernon Small reports that the government surplus is in doubt:

    The Budget deficit was tracking $332 million worse than forecast for the 11 months to the end of May, throwing doubt on the forecast 2014/15 Budget surplus.

    Treasury said the budget deficit excluding gains and losses (Obegal) was $1.1 billion against $770m forecast in the May 15 Budget update, due to softer than expected GST and corporate tax returns.

    So much for the rockstar economy – rockstars, rise and fall and there’s no certainty of remaining a “star”.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      snap

    • Rosie 11.2

      And Bill English on the radio just before, completely in la la land, saying that consumers are keeping the money from their pay rises in their pockets, and being cautious as an explanation for the less than expected GST take.

      A) What pay increases?
      B)Being cautious? More like being broke and can’t afford even the basics, let alone a treat.

      • vto 11.2.1

        The economy went past its peak a couple month ago. See it in our biz and indicators in other sectors suggest similar.

      • David H 11.2.2

        +100 Rosie
        It’s hard enough just keeping the basics on the table.

  12. One Anonymous Bloke 12

    Treasury tea party leaves fail again. Again.

    They’re shit at their job, and yet they feel entitled to dictate education policy. Time for a major clean-out. Maklouf first.

    • fender 12.1

      +1
      AGAIN…

      Just as well they don’t attempt to predict the weather, thousands would perish every day after leaving home in togs…

  13. 3,000 rugby neck/spine injuries resulting in acc claims..each fucken year..?

    ..time to switch from rugby to soccer..

    ..that is crazy..

    ..3,000 per year..

    ..600 every fucken wk..?…!!!

    • NZ Femme 13.1

      Do you have a link Phil?

    • KJT 13.2

      With the mayhem from some of our soccer matches, I am not sure about that one.

      All sports have risks.

      But so does doing nothing.

      • phillip ure 13.2.1

        600 per wk..?

        ..are you fucken kidding..?

        ..you can just wave that away..?

      • swordfish 13.2.2

        From my footballing days – conventional/competitive Saturday football was where you got the major injuries, but the inter-team violence was always much more likely to happen in the Indoor variety. Something to do with all that effort in a confined space.

    • bad12 13.3

      When you attend kindergarten for all that much needed remedial English Phillip you might want to have your ability at math started again from the bottom rung,

      They could start you off with a little set of colored wooden blocks, ”now Phillip you have 3 red blocks and one blue block, what have you got”,(600x the weeks in a year is???)…

      • minarch 13.3.1

        yep

        big raging hard-on

        • bad12 13.3.1.1

          Ah look, i has attracted a stalker with a fixation about hard ons, there’s plenty of porn sites for you to explore these little fixations in, or is that just where you have sprung from…

          • minarch 13.3.1.1.1

            your the one who spent all that time locked up with all those big burly bad men

            reminds me certain of a tool song ………….

            • phillip ure 13.3.1.1.1.1

              heh..!..

            • bad12 13.3.1.1.1.2

              Your comment history is strongly suggestive of you being as deranged as your mate, i did tho really really like in the vein of, Ha H Ha what a fucking fruit loop, the one about you all being so tough out in your burb that the plods were too fearful to come there,

              Fanatasyland much miniarch…

            • bad12 13.3.1.1.1.3

              And your drivel minarch looks akin to something penned by someone with an anus fantasy, i am not sure which is the funnier, your anal fixation or your ”we are so tough in my burb the cops wont even come there”,

              ”we are so hard that we sort it all without the cops”, i thought your mate sprayed it, but, in a few comments you put poor old Loose Head Len to utter shame…

  14. Hamilton couple donate $500k to Colin Craig’s Conservatives
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289619

    “Apart from Craig, the biggest donor to the party is Laurence Day, of Hamilton, who handed over $100,000. I asked him about his stand on the smacking law. He said, “A step too far.” Same with gay marriage? “Yes.” His wife, Katrina, is the party’s electorate chair in Hamilton East. The Days belong to the Church of Latter Day Saints.”
    http://metromag.co.nz/current-affairs/uncle-colin/

    So that’s $600k. Rich pricks can’t get into their heaven with all that loot, so rather than donate to rid the nation of poverty, they support another rich prick with odd religious leanings.
    Good stuff Hamilton couple. 🙄

    • fender 14.1

      From the Herald article: “……….taking their total payments to the party to $675,000.”

      More money than sense, as the saying goes.

      There’s something very weird about the way Craig poses for photographs; like showing his palms to prove there’s no hair on them and staring out to sea wearing a suit waiting for someone to arrive. He looks certifiable to me…

      • minarch 14.1.1

        i think hes trying to show you his stigmata

        well HE knows its there any way …

        • phillip ure 14.1.1.1

          this might freak some people out..

          ..but i have stigmata..crosses in the centre of both palms..

          ..should i go and flash them @ col..?..and freak him out..?

          ..and my name in celtish means ‘the holy one’…

          ..whoar..!..eh..?

          • bad12 14.1.1.1.1

            Pfft, i couldn’t possibly comment,snigger, (except to ask which dialect of the 6 Celtic languages are you quoting, one i looked up described it as an orifice pluck)….

    • vto 14.2

      There is something completely and utterly wrong about being able to give such colossal amounts to political parties….

      and the reason is simple

      it completely and utterly discriminates against people with less or no means. It creates two types of citizen within the democratic system. Those with money get more influence and those without money get significantly less. The political parties that pander to the rich will fair better than political parties that pander to the poor. And that stinks. And leads eventually to a terrible and unsustainable society dominated by the rich people – French revolution anyone?

      The situation is abhorrent and ugly. It is demeaning to any idea of equality of man. It is a disgusting pus-filled sore that must be lanced quickly and decisively.

      The system is pig-ugly. It debases our principles of equality and egalitarianism – there is neither while this system lives.

      It must be killed dead.

      • The Al1en 14.2.1

        I quite agree, take the money out of politics completely.
        I’d be happy for the state to fund electioneering, ad campaigns and so on. At least we’d know who was paying what, without buying influence or setting agendas.

        I noticed when googling the couple, they made a submission to keep a nearby sub development section size at over 5000 sqm. Obviously not ones for living in the real world with the rest of us.
        Hope Colin’s accountant does a runner to a non extradition country with all their hard earned.
        Fu*k ’em 😆

        • vto 14.2.1.1

          Yep it needs to be something neutral but most importantly, equal.

          It must be that the man on the digger has the same political voice as the man at the bank.

          Perhaps, if it was to be state funding, then it should be relatively modest in amount. This would force those standing for election out into the electorates. Physical presence rather than electronic presence – after all the electorates are smaller in size today than prior to days of tv and the like, plus transport is easier and cheaper, so it should be easier to pound the pavements than it was when they actually did pound the pavements. They could each be given a soapbox to speak from.

          Whatever the solution is, it needs to come fast and hard. The political system must be equal to all – the current system is rotten to the core.

          edit – and do we take aim personally at donors such as this Hamilton couple? I think yes – if they step into the political arena to such an extent then they become open to scrutiny and criticism. Absolutely they do.

      • Draco T Bastard 14.2.2

        it completely and utterly discriminates against people with less or no means. It creates two types of citizen within the democratic system. Those with money get more influence and those without money get significantly less. The political parties that pander to the rich will fair better than political parties that pander to the poor. And that stinks. And leads eventually to a terrible and unsustainable society dominated by the rich people – French revolution anyone?

        The rich have always been the main cause of the collapse of societies and our politicians have been catering to these sociopaths for the last thirty years. The economists for even longer.

      • Puddleglum 14.2.3

        Agreed vto.

        I remember Rodney Hide echoing the US right in saying that limiting election donations was limiting free speech.

        The logical follow through of that thinking is that richer people must have more free speech than poorer people.

        The implications are not only for democratic processes, then, but for our whole view of equal civil rights.

  15. One Anonymous Bloke 15

    Smoke and mirrors…

    According to the report, the top 1 per cent of New Zealand received 8 per cent of all taxable income in 2010 and 2011, down from 9 per cent in the 1990s.

    Meanwhile luxury car sales are up.

    So what’s the deal? Are they poorer or is the clue right there in the very last sentence of the article trumpeting no extra inequality? Taxable, eh. Funny that.

    • McFlock 15.1

      what irks me is that the stuff headline was “Rich:poor gap not growing”.
      It might more accurately be “no longer growing until treasury issue their ‘correction’ after the election.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1.1

        Yes, the take-home message has been delivered, despite the proof of reality contained in the very last sentence.

        In other news, only one third of those who read the headline will read the article, and of those, only one ninth will make it to the end.

        • Bill 15.1.1.1

          I believe OxfamNZ recently reported that 10% of the population controls 90% of the country’s wealth.

  16. dimebag russell 16

    if its a tory with a hard on you can guarantee they need viagra for performance!

  17. freedom 17

    AN “OVERSIGHT” ?!?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10244853/CTV-journalists-barred-from-wreath-laying

    Why were CTV not at the very top of the media list?

    • greywarbler 17.1

      Looking at the stuff item on Christchurch memorial visit by the Prime Minister and his wife from Japan. It seems that the media is a moving feast. And can be moved on a whim.
      We are frustrated and disappointed [CTV] to not have been invited and were embarrassed in front of Christchurch media to have been sent away.”
      CTV is apopletic, the police are apologetic. If it’s Christchurch and problems, it’s magnetic.
      Mr Brownlee is finding it hard to incline his head a little, and his bulk does not allow him to match the deep bow of respect of the Japanese Prime couple.

      And what the media reports can be wrong.
      … Among those victims were employees of the station and 28 Japanese students*. …
      * An earlier version of this story said 12 Japanese students died in the CTV building. This was incorrect.
      (Only 16 dead students out.)

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        there are way too many people in the middle and upper middle management/administrative tiers of this country who are either shite, or shite and asleep at the wheel.

  18. Rodel 18

    The latest strategy of Tories on blogs and letters to the editors seems to be,

    “I was a Labour supporter but because of XYZ they just lost my vote.”

    I’ve seen quite a bit of it lately but it is such obvious nonsense.
    They should try something less transparent.

    • Rodel 18.1

      TV3 “news” tonight.
      They found two Pacific Islanders in South Auckland to spout the “I was Labour but now I’m not’ mantra..& .John Key feels the love- Oh please!

      • freedom 18.1.1

        The reason given was because of same sex marriage. What is National telling people in South Auckland to get their vote? Does National plan to repeal the law if they win a third term ?
        Or did they simply forget to mention the fact 27 National MP’s voted for the law?

        • Anne 18.1.1.1

          Well it obvious they’re push polling freedom.

          Commenting starts here:

          A quick note to John Key

          Also Whatevernext at 18 on same thread.

          • freedom 18.1.1.1.1

            There was certainly nothing convincing in the stage managed delivery of the message. The woman they spoke to seemed very unsure what to say and the guy appeared devoid of any personal relationship to the pro-nat information he was sharing.

            Seems it is not just the Obama 2012 images that TeamKey are stealing
            they must be replaying the whole Obama 2012 campaign

            • Rodel 18.1.1.1.1.1

              freedom ….Yes-‘not convincing’ and ‘stage managed’ were the words.

      • swordfish 18.1.2

        I’ll just link to my comment from a month ago – where I provide a brief overview of the long history of the MSM proclaiming the end of Pasifika support for Labour. It’s been going on for a fair few years now, the story always seeded by the National Party and uncritically taken up by the media …/open-mike-12062014/#comment-829668 Meanwhile, the Pasifika community just keep on voting Labour regardless.

  19. Clean_power 19

    The Auckland budget debacle will signal the end of the line for Major Len Brown, who will go down in history as a philanderer and incompetent.

    • Te Reo Putake 19.1

      The same righty form comment from time of the affair, with the addition of the word ‘incompetent’. Same result though, Len Brown keeps winning the mayoral election until he doesn’t want to be mayor any more. Sucks being an Auckland Tory, eh?

      • phillip ure 19.1.1

        why brown grinds my gears..

        ..is because he..and the ‘green’ wellington mayor..wade-brown..

        ..both when first campaigning for the job of mayor..

        ..promised to ‘help the homeless’..

        ..and since being elected..

        ..both have done diddly-squat..

        ..wade-brown tho’ has campaigned for/secured funding for a new/flashed up war memorial..

        ..which is what the homeless of wellington really need..

        ..and brown hasn’t mentioned the homeless..

        ..since being first elected..

        ..and there are now 15,000 men/women/children sleeping-rough in ak..2nite..

        ..way to go..!..len..!

        ..there for the people..!..eh..?

        ..you lying fucken toad..

        ..you are no fucken better than key and those other uncaring/fuck-the-poor! tory-shites..

        ..in fact you are worse..

        ..’cos you fucken pretend to care…

        ..at least they are upfront with their shit-headedness..

        ..you pretend to be better.

        ..but you ain’t…

        • Te Reo Putake 19.1.1.1

          Sorry, Phil, couldn’t read that. Do you have a problem with Brown? As well as English?

          • bad12 19.1.1.1.1

            It could have read TRP that Brown’s council is running round our West in Ranui issuing eviction notices to those trapped in the ‘holiday park’ out there who have nowhere else to go because the ‘holiday park’ in question isn’t supposed to house these people for long periods,

            An unkind person might come to the conclusion that Brown’s council is working hand in glove with Paula Bennett who had earlier held meetings out there trying to stir up trouble with the tenants(who incidently told Paula to F off),

            i don’t think Phillip was trying to say that, just something similar…

          • phillip ure 19.1.1.1.2

            no capital letters to direct you..and yr lost..eh..?

            ..and yes..i do have ‘a problem’ with brown..

            ..and wade-brown..

        • bad12 19.1.1.2

          Phillip, a citation is needed for both your little squirts in the direction of Celia, last time i took the tour, every night for a number of months, the homeless in Wellington were not much more numerous than usual, the citation here is needed to put the proof of Wade-Brown making promises vis a vis ‘the homeless’,(another plucked out of the bottemless hole you have stuffed full of them perhaps),

          The war memorial Phillip???,National Government project given the green light by the Clark Government, no Council monies involved, actually a bit of a bonus for the hard core rough sleepers as well,

          It brings more of the old Museum bush down into the city, just up the road from the soup kitchen, you could say seamless living, from kitchen to bedroom with a number of old tunnels in the side of the Museum hill being utilized as the doss…

    • Draco T Bastard 19.2

      And still better than the corrupt Banks or, well, pretty much any independent RWNJ that National would back.

      • phillip ure 19.2.1

        how exactly is he ‘better’..?

        i must have missed that..

        ..remind me again..!

        • Draco T Bastard 19.2.1.1

          Well, one way is that he’s not going round promising lower rates while massively increasing borrowing without telling anyone. I’m sure that a lot of Auckland’s present financial difficulty can be slated back to Banks incompetence and lying.

          • phillip ure 19.2.1.1.1

            yes..banks increased debt from a low level to a seeming (at the time) whopping $750 million..

            ..but he was a bumbling amateur in the debt-building business..

            ..compared to brown..

            ..so..yes..he was ‘better’ at that..

            ..got anything else..?

            .that whole top-heavy/bloated place needs an efficiency-audit..

            ..do you know how many fucken spin-doctor trouts they have working there..?

            ..the first thing you’d do..is fire all of them..

            ..w.t.f. do they do all day..?

            ..how the fuck do they justify their existance..?

            ..how the fuck does brown get to cry ‘poor’…

            ..yet he is happy for the ratepayers to fund all of these fucken leeches..?

            • Draco T Bastard 19.2.1.1.1.1

              but he was a bumbling amateur in the debt-building business..

              ..compared to brown..

              Oh, BS.

              Compare Manukau’s books while Brown was mayor compared to Auckland’s when Banks was mayor. Then, of course, we’re stuck with the balls up that Hide and National through at us. If Super-city had been implemented they way that the royal commission had advised we wouldn’t be having the debts and rates issues.

              Is Brown a good mayor? Yeah, he seems pretty good although he leans too far to the right for my liking.

              how the fuck does brown get to cry ‘poor’…

              He gets to cry poor because National set it up so that he’d have to. If Banks had got in I’m sure that National would have been there with an open cheque book and then the rest of the country really would have had something to complain about re subsidising Auckland.

              • and what is council debt now..?

                ..compared to that $750 million banks racked up..?

                ..how many billion is it..?

                ..how many multiples of banks’ total..?

                ..and you don’t think council is a bloated/middle-management sodden/inefficient behemoth..?

                ..with how many spin-doctors..?

  20. dimebag russell 20

    I would like to know just what National is going to do about the epidemic of cars going about at night with their rear number plate obscured.
    would it trouble the minister of police (whoever it is this week) to get off their bums and make the roads safer by directing the police to take action?

  21. Anne 21

    How are Northland’s standardistas coping with the storm? I live on the North Shore and its getting scary. My house is shuddering and the worst is still apparently to come. More power cuts and no hot water I suppose. Damage is going to be serious and widespread!

    And still these fruit-loop ideologically driven Global Warming deniers will insist “its all part of a normal cycle”.

    • karol 21.1

      Yep. It’s looking like it’s been getting up steam/ I’ve been out and about. The wind blowing through New Lynn town centre made it seem quite desolate – those new buildings make great wind tunnels.

      Hope Northland and the Shore stay safe.

  22. there is a kick-arse doco on maori tv..about shackelton..

    ..fuck maori tv is a good tv channel..!

    ..brainfood..

    ..this is the sort of stuff tvone used to do..

    ..before they went on their (still ongoing) crime-bender..

  23. Colonial Viper 23

    No politician is allowed to oppose the banking industry for long

    Because on January 22, 2012, as Socialist presidential candidate, in a speech in Bourget that instantly went viral on a global scale, he’d pointed out, had dared to point out, the true nature of finance, not of the bank branch down the street, but that part of finance that had brought down the financial system and had triggered the great recession, a part of finance that is aided and abetted by central banks to this day:

    “I’ll tell you who my opponent is, my true opponent,” he said at the time. “He has no name, no face, no party. He will never run for office. He will not be elected. And yet he governs. My opponent is the world of finance.”

    He promised he’d rein in that world. He’d impose a tax on all its financial transactions, “a real tax,” and he’d eliminate stock options, and he’d curtail bonuses, and he’d do a million other things. And the huddled masses began to dream.

    But soon after he was anointed President of France, nuances began to appear. In September 2013, his Industrial Renewal Minister, now re-baptized Economy Minister, Arnaud Montebourg explained it this way: “Finance is like cholesterol, there is the good and the bad.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-07/no-politician-allowed-oppose-banks-long-not-even-french-president

    • vto 23.1

      Yes but you know what colonial viper? The cat is well and truly out of the bag about the world of finance now. The game is up and they know it …..

      …. but unfortunately it will be all of us that get hurt in the implosion…

      unless ……………….

      • Colonial Viper 23.1.1

        Yes the game is up. Not sure we can do much for the rest of the world, but we can damn well do something for NZ.

        • dave brown 23.1.1.1

          Yes the game is up when the IMF is calling on state aid for crippled capitalism, and the OECD projections for capitalism over next 50 years is a long decline exacerbated by climate change. This comes as no surprise according to Michael Roberts
          http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/slowing-global-growth-and-the-capitalist-future/
          and Paul Mason questions the OECDs rosy assumptions. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/07/capitalism-rich-poor-2060-populations-technology-human-rights-inequality
          All of this should be enough to prove that capitalism is doomed, posing the question whether we as a species are doomed with it.
          But never mind young people with their smart phones will rescue us.
          “The OECD’s prescription – more globalisation, more privatisation, more austerity, more migration and a wealth tax if you can pull it off – will carry weight. But not with everybody. The ultimate lesson from the report is that, sooner or later, an alternative programme to “more of the same” will emerge. Because populations armed with smartphones, and an increased sense of their human rights, will not accept a future of high inequality and low growth.”
          Maybe Internet-Mana is an early sign of this in Aotearoa.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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. ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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! ...
    2 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.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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    1 day ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    1 day ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    2 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    2 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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    2 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    2 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    2 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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    2 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    2 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    3 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    3 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    3 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    3 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    3 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
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