web analytics

Open mike 08/08/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 8th, 2010 - 14 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

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

Step right up to the mike…

14 comments on “Open mike 08/08/2010 ”

  1. Windy.City.Struggler 1

    John Key states that the Household Labour Force Survey which recorded a sharp rise in unemployment to 6.8 per cent yesterday is “notoriously volatile”.


    Yeah, right. That is just what a financial nerd would say.

    Consulting wikipedia ..

    “In finance, volatility most frequently refers to the standard deviation of the continuously compounded returns of a financial instrument within a specific time horizon. It is used to quantify the risk of the financial instrument over the specified time period. Volatility is normally expressed in annualized terms, and it may either be an absolute number ($5) or a fraction of the mean (5%).”


    Is he referring to the standard deviation of the continuously compounded rate of unemployment ? Probably, but where is the data ?

    If he just means that it is moving about all over the place .. but the Elysian fields of constant Cornucopia are just around the (next) corner .. why does he not say so ?

    Plain English lessons should be compulsory for politicians.

  2. Marco 2

    I think what he is referring to is that the HLFS is a poll. Much like a political one come election time it is not accurate merely the best estimate of where unemployment is at. It has a margin of error of + or – .5%.

  3. logie97 4

    Bledisloe Cup

    I appreciate that Sport has its own media outlets but I am sure that a few passing this site follow the national game.

    Two games this year involving the All Blacks were influenced by the sending off of players.

    In the Irish game a player was despatched for attempted use of a knee in a ruck. The fact that he failed in his endeavour was irrelevant – he was rightly sent off for foul play.

    The Australian game in Melbourne, last week, saw a player red carded for a time wasting move – knocking the ball from a player’s hand to prevent a possible quick throw in.

    Last night we saw a deliberate “off the ball” act of cowardice and thuggery by an All Black – with the potential to have broken an opponent’s back – and he just got a telling off.

    Perhaps the South African coach’s assertions recently of officialdom’s bias towards New Zealand teams has some merit.

    • prism 4.1

      I heard Pine Tree legs and another rugby biggie in a discussion on rugby on RADNZ . Someone had been yellow carded I think and there was criticism that the game was being over-reffed – the term ‘a bit of bash and biff’ was mentioned. Also a mention of playing rugby like girls was made by someone, and a bit of backtrack was made admitting that girls do play rugby now.

      Anyone else think that the country would dive over the line with the ball if we gave our allegiance to a less bruising and more tactical game?

  4. vto 5

    Yes well perhaps the luck of the whistle has swung in NZ’s favour a little lately. Nothing more nothing less.

    And anyway, who cares about the south africans complaining and making accusations of cheating and corruption? They deserve everything they suffer for their own cheating and carrying on for decades. Anyone remember the state of refereeing in 1976? Or the food poisoning in the world cup final? South Africans have outstripped everyone else in the cheating stakes. Its perhaps called karma.

    • logie97 5.1

      vto –

      Kaplan is a South African referee so I don’t get your point. More importantly you seem to be countenancing Woodcock’s thuggery.

      Thank goodness it wasn’t a Northern Hemisphere referee though – Woodcock would have been history – and then the Kiwi public would have been bleating, just like they tried to blame Barnes for spotting McAllister’s poorly disguised thuggery in the 2007.

      Hopefully the methods of the likes of Woodcock and co are being noted and will be exposed and punished in the tournament that means most to New Zealand…

  5. KJT 6

    At long last Labour is starting to look like an opposition party. Congratulations.

  6. Armchair Critic 7

    The sad state of the MSM continues unabated with Stuff and Granny leading with “ooooo, naughty Phil said the s-word”. Puerile.
    Still, kudos to Goff, he’s in the media spotlight looking like a leader, which is what Labour needs. Now he needs to keep his profile up through to the election. Compared to John Key, who continues the clown routine with his look at me in a silly shirt routine. Very prime-ministerial, John. Not.

  7. vto 8


    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. A cartoonist’s sharp pen highlights the truth so very well sometimes. Of course it will go straight over the heads of Hone’s apologists such is the distance they have their heads up their arses.

    Imagine if Act MP Garrett had said what Hone said……………


  8. prism 9

    Phil Goff going up in preferred PM listing. That’s good. It is a low percentage but then the incumbent always shows up better unless there is some great foul-up.
    Can’t remember if Colmarbrunton or TV has the more reliable count.

  9. RedLogix 10

    The most astounding video I’ve seen in a while.

    The first minute is the warm-up so to speak.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago