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  1. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster) 1

    Perhaps I’m being naive, but if true and not manipulated by the anti-clinton brigade, this video clip is quite disturbing!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqbDBRWb63s

    Was there ever a presidential campaign like this 2016 one? Jill Stein is looking more and more like the only credible and worthwhile candidate!

    • miravox 1.1

      According to deleted wiki the guy whose name is on that video is a

      British libertarian activist, and a reporter currently associated with [conspiracy theorist site] Infowars.com. Watson is controversial and is well known for his criticisms of immigration, feminism, transexuality, political correctness, and EU policy regarding the European migrant crisis

      More on uncyclopedia Make of that what you will.

      Hmm – uncyclopedia. I learned something new today…

    • “strange lesions on her tongue…”

      lol thanks for that laugh – I hope we never lose the comedy types that create this ‘info’. Luckily those types are thick in the air in certain places and yay there is lots of flypaper up at The Standard.

    • Colonial Viper 1.3

      I think health reasons are behind why Hillary never does more than one open public campaign stop every two or three days. Which for this stage of the election, is crazy lazy. And she never does press conferences. She just releases statements or does one on one interviews with fully vetted questions.

      • To be fair, every time Trump has opened his mouth in the last week, Clinton got a poll boost. There’s simply no pressure on her at all, so she can run the campaign in idle at the moment. We can expect the turbo chargers to kick in in the last weeks, if needed. Trump also hasn’t got the Republican organisation behind him. It’s hard to win elections without door knockers, phone callers etc. and it looks like the on the ground Republican organisation is switching to trying to retain seats and governorships rather than the presidency.

        • marty mars 1.3.1.1

          American Nazti Party chairman endorses trump today – more votes for someone else methinks.

        • marty mars 1.3.1.2

          The latest clinton attack ad linking putin and trump is pretty despicable imo.

          Sorry – struggling to link again from phone

        • mosa 1.3.1.3

          Her most ardent critic Bernie Sanders is out of the picture and subdued and now it would seem his supporters.
          With 12 weeks too the general election she will want to consolidate support after the “convention bounce”.
          The next 6 weeks polling data will be eagerly anticipated and the effect from the first of 3 debates at the end of September.
          Its shaping up to be the most wacky ,unpredictable race in the history of the States and the debates will be worth watching if the last 8 months is anything too go by.
          Importantly for the Clinton team is she appears too be holding the support Obama has banked scince 2008 according too CNN projections and a variety of polling data and is giving Trump a run for his money (excuse the pun) in the republican stronghold of Georgia.
          A lot of republicans now wish they had speaker Paul Ryan as the nominee as his skills are now becoming recognised as a potential president.

          • Lanthanide 1.3.1.3.1

            “A lot of republicans now wish they had speaker Paul Ryan as the nominee as his skills are now becoming recognised as a potential president.”

            He’s going to run in 2020, and if Hillary is the President, he’s got a pretty good shot at winning.

          • McFlock 1.3.1.3.2

            Her most ardent critic simply does not view her as the worst of the two candidates. Hardly subdued.

            • mosa 1.3.1.3.2.2

              I dont buy that about him viewing her the lesser evil when Republicans are always bad for the people who support Bernie that just a given.
              But its the Democratic party thats moved away from representing blue collar workers and Clinton is a product of the establishment that Bernie was rallying against and is just a lighter version of the Republican party and those who pull the strings.
              He was pressured too show unity by endorsing her even though he knows nothing will change.
              Better to be in the tent pissing out than outside pissing in…. for now.

              • McFlock

                Even taking your pessimistic, unsupportable assertion (does he look like the guy who can be forced to do something against his principles? What in his track record makes you think that?), “a lighter version of the Republican party” is still a better candidate for workers than a xenophobic and impulsive far-right demagogue. The [weaker] enemy of my [strongest and could possibly beat me] enemy is my friend.

                • adam

                  So you’re happy to support the far right demagogue, so you don’t have to support the ever further right demagogue? How that working out for you? You get rotten, or completely rotten.

                  Now if voting for the far right demagogue means you don’t get the even further far right demagogue this time. Every time you vote for this far right demagogue, you are step closer to the next far right demagogue, and at some point the far right demagogue you didn’t want now, gets in anyway – because there is a far worse far right demagogue in play.

                  So don’t tell me what better for working people McFlock because you choice is a insanity now, or insanity later. At some point you actually have to be an adult and stop this.

                  • The choice is someone with a proven track record of service to the people or someone with a track record of looking after No 1. The former’s clearly not perfect, however the latter is the ugly face of capitalism, with a sideline in misogyny, racism and anti-working class rhetoric. Nobody with any empathy for their fellow humans would give the 1%er their support.

                    • adam

                      They both represent the 1% te reo putake. And that is the problem. One is the face of it is self indulgence, versus a self absorbed maniac and I struggle with which is which some days.

                      That aside, my argument is simple – the one we can not influence is the neo fascist trump – the one we can influence is h.r.c. and the only way to do that is for her to fear working people. If the only thing that happens is a vote, epic fail for the us, and epic fail for all my friend in america.

                      The pressure has to be from working people on her, and one her hard. That if she wants a second term, she better cough up or she is gone. Electoral reform, money out of politics, these are basics to fix the american republic. If she does not do these, and she won’t unless pressure is kept up.

                      Going ra ra h.r.c helps no one, except maybe the fascist little pig. And let’s be clear – trump is a fascist little pig!

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      I have no idea what that comment means, Adam. Are you saying that working class people should put the fear into Clinton by voting for Trump? If so, that’s not the least bit rational and is obviously counter productive.

                      Btw, saying Clinton is for the 1% is pretty childish. As a politician, she’s quite literally put the working and middle classes first. Millions of Americans now have medical cover for the first time because of the work she did to champion health insurance for the poor. She’s a progressive who actually does seem to make a difference. That’s kinda why the right hate her. Well, that and she’s a woman.

                    • adam

                      You do know what is meant by 1%? The income and power that is involved in being part of that group. You know trump and bill are friends right, 1% friends. Because you seem to be either misinformed, or using the term to suit your own political agenda.

                      That aside, I’m saying you don’t have to vote for h.r.c. If you are in a safe republican and or safe democrat state, then a vote for the Greens is a vote for a more progressive america.

                      You can say she is progressive till the cows come home, I’m not buying it. She voted for two broken wars – that is not progressive. She oversaw the bombing of countries into the stone age, yeah real progressive. She helped write and championed a bill which means that 2 million black americans under 25 have been, or are incarcerated – that’s not progressive. I can go on.

                      Obama care is not progressive, it helped the insurance industry – as a matter of fact if anything it will hold back true socialized medicine in the USA for some time.

                      But the reality is rara h.r.c, is as painful as rara trump as far as I’m concerned.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Yeah, well, if you can’t tell the difference between the two, that says a lot about your political nous. Or lack thereof. Do some research and then have a hard think about which candidate will be best positioned to make life better for the majority. Hint: it’s not the billionaire bigot who we already know has done nothing good for anyone, ever.

                      You don’t strike me a racist, anti-worker, woman hating tool, Adam. But yet here you are advocating for someone who is all of those things. That’s not a good look, bud.

                      Try and get some perspective. You might start with a bit of Marx. or more pertinently, Lenin on social democracy. Supporting a lurch to the right is entirely counter productive. There has not been a single incidence in the world’s political history where the workers’ lot was improved by voting in a neo-fascist bully.

                    • adam

                      So you are marxist-leninist, that explains a lot.

                      Not sure if it explains why you have not read a word I said, but hey you’re waka – you chose how to paddle it.

                      If you can’t see the similarities between h.r.c and trump that, says a lot about your political nous.

                      How about you try reading Emma Goldman or Kropotkin or Murray Bookchin and get your head around that Marx is not the be all and end all.

                      Actually, Marx is quite a sexist prick in my opinion, if it was not for Engles most marxist would be like him. I’ve read Marx, Engel (who I like better) and lenin who I found is an apologist for any sort of extreme violence. Lenin was the road to Stalin, and PLA – which still plagues humanity.

                      I’ve read Stalin too, sick puppy that he is. Mao was little better, except for his analysis on guerrilla warfare – which is exceptional. Ironical if anyone from the US military had read it, they might have won the two wars they just lost.

                      I’m saying that the left in USA is actually waking up to the nightmare of lesser of two evils. Now is the time to do somthing about it. If you OK with the lesser evil, again your waka. Just don’t tell me I’m wrong, for not supporting your evil.

                  • McFlock

                    Oh, bollocks.

                    1: no matter how much you say it, Clinton isn’t a “far right demagogue” in the US political spectrum. Barely even compared to NZ spectrum.

                    2: even if 1 is incorrect, stopping the ‘farther-right’ candidate by supporting the ‘less farther-right’ candidate, you still stop the worst candidate from winning and fucking things up until next time.

                    3: “At some point you actually have to be an adult and stop this.” What are you going to do, as an individual? Do a drum circle in a park and say “it’s not my fault” when the racist cheet-o nukes someone? How the fuck are you going to “stop” a damned thing?

                    At some point you actually have to be an adult and realise that in the real world, some situations have no “best” outcome, just a “least bad”. Stand up straight, look it squarely in the eye, and if you can’t fix it at least try to fuck it up as little as possible. That way you still have some hope of doing better next time. Take it on the chin, reassess, and improve.

                    Don’t cry and throw your toys out of the cot in impotent rage – that’ll just ensure you’re even more fucked next time.

                    • adam

                      Have you slipped so far to the right McFlock that you think h.r.c is not far right? Because you’re deluded if you think she is left, left of centre or even in the middle. She is on the right, just look at her voting record. I have, have you? Have you actually taken the time to look at her record as a member of the Obama cabinet?

                      You’re the one proposing to do jack, not me. Vote for h.r.c, like that will save society – thats just deluded. I’m saying do somthing, and most of all think about the problem that has been presented. You’re approach to put it off till next time serves no one. It’s that approach which will leave us with somthing worse that trump next time.

                    • weka

                      What are you suggest people do adam?

                    • weka

                      “Hillary Rodham Clinton is a liberal Democrat on domestic matters, and Bernie Sanders is a socialist. They voted the same way 93 percent of the time in the two years they shared in the Senate.”

                      http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/upshot/the-senate-votes-that-divided-hillary-clinton-and-bernie-sanders.html?_r=0

                    • McFlock

                      No.
                      I disagree.
                      Yes.
                      Yes.

                      Nope.
                      Not what I said.
                      “Do something”? What is this “something” that we should do?
                      My approach serves people who might actually have something to do.

                      What approach will actually improve things? Name it. Don’t hand-wave. In a choice between Trump, Clinton, third-party that might be the difference between Clinton beating trump, and doing nothing of any consequence in the electoral system, what should US voters do? Because those are the cards that have been dealt to the American people, right now, in 2016.

                    • adam

                      weka, in NZ.

                      Go online and talk to yanks. particular left wing yanks. Make sure they vote, and if in swing states encourage them to hold their nose and vote h.r.c.

                      But to actually vote Green in safe areas. Get the greens over 5%, this will send shock waves throughout the left in USA. It also send a clear message to h.r.c that working people are watching her, and will walk if she does not give what she has said.

                      Pressure must be put on h.r.c. to actually reform.

                      The rest – organise, join groups like Blank Lives Matter, the Greens and other groups which actually represent the left in the USA.

                      Because if the democratic party does not feel the fear of working people, we are sunk.

    • Chooky 1.4

      ‘Assange tells Green Party convention choosing Trump or Clinton like ‘cholera or gonorrhea’ (VIDEO)’

      https://www.rt.com/usa/354974-assange-green-party-trump-clinton/

  2. Sanctary 2

    Are the Olympics over yet?

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    rugby the subterranean culture…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11689016

    “Root more! Eat more! Drink more piss!” (’81 Springbok tour NZ Police Red Squad unit training chant, Red Squad was headed by future Nat and ROC MP Ross Meurant)

    • Garibaldi 3.1

      In all fairness Ross Meurant has had a complete turnaround from the infamy of his red squad days and is now one of the good guys with respect to the tour. I can’t understand how you didn’t know this TM.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        read that a while back, yes I could have added “has recanted” but jeez every post cannot cover every angle, and I certainly would not tag Ross Meurant with “good guy” in any event, the cops were blatantly used by Muldoon to assist the Nat’s re-election in that era

      • weston 3.1.2

        Same guy recommended david lange
        ‘ be strung up from the nearest power pole “…. in his maiden speech to parliment if my memory serves me well !

    • Puckish Rogue 3.2

      Bit of a long bow to draw there don’t you think?

      • Tiger Mountain 3.2.1

        no, even under FPP Rob Muldoon needed the votes in the less populous regions to get home in 1981, Labour got more votes overall, National more electorate seats

        the Police Commissioner got a hell of a towelling after the cancellation of the Hamilton game and policing subsequently got even tougher to ensure Robs Mob got their rugby, to the extent the 3rd test was virtual civil war in the streets of Mt Eden

        the Red Squad represented the fantasies of what rugby heads across the nation both wanted to “do” to “the protestors” and on occasion did do

        • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1.1

          that has to do with what happened in Scotland how exactly? (and that he thought it was good idea is probably why he’s coaching a second teir team)

          • Tiger Mountain 3.2.1.1.1

            oh, you were referring to the rabbit mangling, that puts rugby in such a good light too

            • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Trying to work out the connection between NZ Police Red Squad and what Vern Cotter was making his players do, yes

        • mosa 3.2.1.2

          Yeah TM Muldoon just got over the try line winning Taupo and giving him a 1 seat majority after specials were confirmed ending the prospect of a Labour- Social Credit coalition in this Rugby-Think Big Election.

  4. The Chairman 4

    It is the latest dairy to be targeted in a spate of robberies nationwide that appear to be aimed at stealing cigarettes.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/82907776/porirua-dairy-owner-stabbed-up-to-five-times-returns-to-work-the-next-day

    And think, there are more tobacco price increases to come.

    Thoughts?

    • Yeah, but who could possibly have foreseen that making an addictive recreational drug really, really expensive would create a black market and get criminals involved in supplying it? I mean, what are the odds?

      • Sabine 4.1.1

        look we need criminals and the ‘war on drugs’ is really good at creating criminals. I mean how would Serco have a guaranteed ‘bed occupancy’ and ‘profit’ if it were not for us creating laws and such to grow criminals.

        • Muttonbird 4.1.1.1

          Yes, private companies are bound by their shareholders to maximise profit and if that means creating more crime then all the better for them.

          I’m reminded of a job I did a few years ago at a certain power tools manufacturer’s NZ conference. The global sales guy spoke and with graphs and pie charts and lamented the lack of natural disasters that particular year having an negative impact on turnover.

          Short story is no corporate is interested in societal wellbeing first, that’s why the state must do it.

    • weston 4.2

      Cognitive dissonance on the part of pc anti smoking lobbyists in refusing to take into account the quite obvious raft of worsoning effects of their doomed to fail campaign to make nz smoke free by whenever !!

  5. Psych nurse 5

    Hats off to Nick Smith for his latest innovation in solving the housing crisis.Tree cars.

  6. North 6

    RNZ National Nine to Noon in the past 20 minutes; Hooton flaunting his sociopathc core…….increase the supply of housing in a concerted way so as to reach those hopelessly denied……..that’s creating slum housing and crime according to the sociopath.

    • Muttonbird 6.1

      Hooton is the nimby’s nimby. Won’t truck any support of the vulnerable or of future generations lest it affect the value of his house.

      He’s the ultimate ladder-kicker.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    Goodness me, I think I upset the hipsters over at transport blog, You can never accuse them of not taking themselves very serriously.

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      What have you done now, Sanctuary?

      I’ve not read transport blog but the fact one of the highest rating blogs in NZ is solely devoted to transport shows that NZ is in major trouble on this issue, imo.

      You say ‘hipsters’ derogatorily, but I’m not sure why. What is the tone of posts at transport blog that make you refer to them as hipsters? Are the pro rail? Are they socially aware and distrustful of the current government?

    • Muttonbird 7.2

      Sanctuary. I went and read the post in question and understand what you mean about level of discussion at the transport blog. They seem obsessed with the detail of what decisions their masters (i.e, anyone in authority) deliver to them rather than questioning the reasoning behind the policy of those decisions.

  8. Chooky 8

    What is wrong with the Christchurch City Council?…hope they haven’t got Auckland’s disease?…or become compromised like Len Brown

    “The Christchurch City Council is accused of shameful behaviour in going back on an agreement to keep 800 notable trees on a protected list. The future of the trees is now back in the hands of an Independent Hearings Panel.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201811223/council-accused-of-shameful-u-turn

  9. Muttonbird 9

    Let’s see Farrar and other conformist white males attack this…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/310409/mahuta-in-mp-tattoo-first

    They’ll have to stay silent no matter how much it irks them.

  10. Cynicaljester 10

    Time Clark conceded, it’s absolutely rotten that tax payers fund her ego trip when we are switching to 100 pupil classrooms in decile one zones and have children sleeping in bushes meanwhile we’re paying for her to run a losing campaign that will be of no benefit to nz. I time for her to accept defeat, and bow out of public life, this is no less a waste of money than keys flag referendum. Tax payers shouldn’t fund political vanity projects

    • Key’s vanity project cost us $26 million. Clark’s bid is going to be funded to the tune of a few hundred thousand, if she makes it to the final cut. The benefit to NZ if she wins is clear in terms of global recognition, trade, tourism etc., while Key’s flag project had no upside at all. If you’re going to troll, at least put some thought into it.

    • Sabine 10.2

      Yes, lets send an email to the National Party led Government to fund larger class rooms, emergency housing for teenagers, babies and adults that sleep in bushes, cars and in garages. It is truly time the National led Government accepts defeat in their ‘trickle down economics’ campaing that has been and will be of no benefits ot the country.

      I think it is time for them to accept defeat and bow out of public life, they already have wasted money on keys flag referendum, Sheep for Saudi Arabia, and payments to homeless / badly housed people to leave Auckland and payments to unemployed people to move to Auckland.

      i aggree.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3

      The politics of envy. And hatred. Clark’s international mana and success must really wind you up, and now I’m laughing at you 😆

  11. Chooky 11

    ‘Corruption PSYOPS’

    https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/338885-panama-papers-interpretation-west/

    “The so-called Panama Papers are sold to us as a vast leak chronicling the financial misdeeds of the rich and powerful. But is this really the case? Certainly we are given insight into the secretive world of offshore banking, but is it a complete and balanced story? One interpretation of the Panama Papers is the West targeting its enemies.

    CrossTalking with Mitch Feierstein, Alexander Mercouris, and Pepe Escobar.”

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
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    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
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    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
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    3 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
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  • Climate change violates human rights
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
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    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
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    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
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  • Dead on target
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
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  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
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  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
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  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
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    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
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  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
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    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
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  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
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  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
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  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
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  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
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  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
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    2 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
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  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
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  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
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  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
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  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
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  • 110km/h limit proposed for Kāpiti Expressway
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  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards – Winners announced
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    4 days ago
  • Attendance action plan to lift student attendance rates
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • World must act to halt Gaza catastrophe – Peters
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  • Speech to United Nations General Assembly: 66th plenary meeting, 78th session
    Mr President,   The situation in Gaza is an utter catastrophe.   New Zealand condemns Hamas for its heinous terrorist attacks on 7 October and since, including its barbaric violations of women and children. All of us here must demand that Hamas release all remaining hostages immediately.   At the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Government woolshed roadshow kicks off
    Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • PM heads to Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines
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