Open mike 08/11/2015

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  1. Manuka AOR 1

    Andrew on the TPP
    Gower had asked: Is the Labour Party for or against the TPP?
    Excerpt:
    Andrew: The TPP does something else [than open markets to help our exporters], and it does something pretty rotten, actually. It tries to tell the New Zealand Parliament and therefore the voters and citizens of New Zealand how our parliament should operate. That’s wrong, and that can never be justified and can never be defended, and we will fight against it.

    Gower: Sure.

    Andrew: But I want to be clear that fighting against that, which is what we will do – I’m absolutely committed to doing – is not anti-free trade. It is not opposing our long-standing heritage as a party in supporting free trade. I want to make that clear. So when you ask the question, it is too simplistic and too simple to simply say, yeah, we’re for this or we’re against it, because it’s too complex.

    Gower: Because it’s a deal and it’s a package, and you can’t pick and choose, and it’s here now, the time for fighting is over. It’s here.

    Andrew: No.

    Gower: The deal’s been done.

    Andrew: I disagree absolutely, and that’s the whole thing.
    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/raw-data-andrew-little-interview-labour%E2%80%99s-conference-181293

    • savenz 1.1

      Go Andrew Little. The TPP is NOT a free trade agreement, it is a way for large scale corporates to profit from Governments and to keep the worlds polluters polluting for as long as possible and make a grab for the Internet, copywrite, patents etc so that other technologies are stifled, and then sue the government when they regulate in their own countries for their own people’s good. That is NOT DEMOCRACY.

      If you have a look in Indonesia, where the economic ‘benefits’ of palm oil plantations are destroying their air, forests and way of life.

      Yep great for those 10% benefiting but what about people who can’t afford to leave?

      Unfortunately NZ is an ’emerging’ country to plunder and with the security of the TPP agreement, corporates will be here in force to plunder our country and people any which way they can. It is the opposite of security, as imagine the riots to come when our water, farms, housing and food start to be polluted and sold offshore.

      We really are being sold off as a banana republic (for nothing as the agreement is ‘free’) and I’m not sure how long Kiwis will sit around watching that happen.

      When a few individuals are now threatening to sue Wellington council for daring to want a ‘living wage’ that is NOT THE START OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE, and when corporations sue when the government does not give permission to sell our farms overseas, under TPP it is going to get ALOT worse.

      Our country will be full of these NACT NEOLIBERALS CORPORATES SUEING LOCALS!

      Its already happening, and the future is NOT BRIGHTER!

    • savenz 1.2

      Furthermore how can Labour promise

      In Government, we will provide a clear time-frame for industry to reduce sugar content in all processed food.

      There will be front of package labelling that is easy for everyone to understand.

      under TPP.

      The txt has come out and Labour MUST say they do not support TPP or they are going to look like liars because under TPP if they will not be able to do the above without being in a position to compensate for the loss of profits and NZ can not afford this type of agreement.

      • Manuka AOR 1.2.1

        Yes. They need to be strong, clear and unequivocal, – with no apology, no wavering.

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          +1

          Thanks for the interview snip. Good to hear Little being so clear and not letting Gower misdirect Labour’s position.

    • tc 1.3

      Great to see little correct gower and call out the deliberately simplistic question.

      Now can the rest please follow on consistently with some fire in the belly to get people taking notice of how nact have yet again sold out nz without the finer details being known.

  2. savenz 2

    ‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
    ‘President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,’ says Friends of the Earth

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/05/worse-we-thought-tpp-total-corporate-power-grab-nightmare

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=230879
    Beware of your smartphone.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      That sounds remarkably like someone have a rant about their pet hate combined with advertising.

  4. dv 4

    What really irritates me are the simple questions like for or against.

    Its a 6000 page doc!!!

  5. Tory 5

    I took Shamubeel Eacqubs advice some time ago by not purchasing a house. Can those of you on this site who support Grant Robertsons shared prosperity rant and own a house, send me your address as I may need somewhere to live.

    • savenz 5.1

      Well Shamubeel is the MSM darling. Or listen to Bernard Hickey another MSM darling.

      They seem to be advocating the same thing, there will be a housing crash (being said for last 15 years) which never happened.

      Shamubeel has links to Goldman Sachs and Bernard tired ex Journo Hack!

      Hope you enjoy being homeless Tory, because Immigration HAS NOTHING to do with the Auckland housing crisis according to the above – just like the mythical housing crash that nobody experienced in Auckland.

      The sad thing, is that the MSM hacks actually seem to believe it. Just like reforming the RMA and the SHA to make land owners richer in Auckland.

      And advocating making those rentals a bit more comfortable so maybe Kiwis won’t notice they can’t afford to buy a house anymore.

      Or how the MSM told Labour to bring in capital gains taxes for the 65% of Homeowning Kiwis last election they would win. Kiwis who do not respond to MSM financial advice and that spent all their pitiful wages on a house to live in, so at least now they both have a place to live and savings, their unlivable wages never gave them.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Bernard Hickey is a good guy mate, dont be such an arsehole.

        • savenz 5.1.1.1

          I know a lot of people who did not buy a house because they read the herald and believed all that stuff about the property crash and bought shares, etc. Now they can’t afford to buy, because property has doubled in Auckland and those who bought need low interests rates and no crash and no instability and really do fear a crash. And for those that think a crash is a great idea, have a look at the US today.

          I might sound like an arsehole and Hickey and Shemubeel might be lovely guys, but their advice was pretty reckless and the damage is done to some people – they are pretty much unable to buy a house now in Auckland where they work, whereas they could of, 5 – 10 years ago and I think Shemubeel has said that immigration has nothing to do with inflated prices in Auckland???

        • greywarshark 5.1.1.2

          You are coming on strong CV. Doesn’t sound like your usual rational approach. It seems that save nz considers the results show the financial advice was misleading.

      • KJT 5.1.2

        Immigration and overseas buyers have nothing to do with the housing crisis in Auckland………………?

        They had nothing to do with the heat coming off the housing market as the Chinese economy slows and we started requiring money launderers to supply passport numbers.

    • Once was Tim 5.2

      I’d be happy to @ Tory if you’ll publish your email so I can contact you. I’ve got a garage you can have for $400 a week. (free market and all).
      Or I know a couple of people looking for flatmates under the Ghuznee Street motorway bridge that might be happy to have you.

      • savenz 5.2.1

        @Once were Tim – I hear National are solving the housing crisis in Northland by building 11 new bridges. First dibs#

        • savenz 5.2.1.1

          I’d be clutching my ‘mum and dad’ power company shares, I can’t afford the electricity which is why I’m hoping to get into this new under bridge development in Northland.

          Luckily our government let me buy some shares in Meridian before they sold it off and evicted me from my State house because I only got 3 hours work on my zero hour contract last week. I nearly got a living wage job, but living wages are actually not democratic because then other business might have to pay it and the economy will crumble if business have to pay a living wage. I’m really hoping solar doesn’t take off, because these shares might go down and that’s all I’ve got now.

          Luckily the electricity authority is unlikely to let that happen, because solar is might effect big business bottom line thats why climate change should not be mentioned in one of the largest trade agreements of the world.

          I still vote National because they are promising me a better job, if we keep the status quo and make business run the world eventually we get ‘trickle down’ and I will be prosperous like John Key is, he used to live in a state house don’t you know?

          • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1.1

            😈 +1

          • b waghorn 5.2.1.1.2

            You obviously haven’t set you’re aspirations high enough , because if you did you’d be living the dream buy now.

            • Once was Tim 5.2.1.1.2.1

              That’d be stepping up to a little pozzy under the Kelburn Viaduct Bridge eh? Or perhaps the Bolton Street bridge where one or two resident pollies can throw him a crust from ‘toim ta toim’.
              I reckon @Tory could do well flatting with the Ghuznee Street dwellers. He/she could tell them to just pull themselves together, aim a little higher, don’t take no for an answer, and perhaps even refer them to a printer mate who can do a ‘cashie’ job on a decent sign for when they’re out begging – show them some “entre-prin-oooo-aaaah-ship”.
              Of course he could always go out east (since he’s such a classy guy) and get close to hob nobbing with Finlayson – although there’d be one or two places he’d have to avoid for fear of having something done that’d change his life (ekshully, now I think about it, the change would probably do him good).

  6. Rodel 6

    Andrew Little handled Gower well when he said, “So when you ask the question, it is too simplistic and too simple……..”
    I (and maybe Winston) would have added.”But that’s what I’d expect from you Paddy”

    • tc 6.1

      Agreed when will labour start to treat these nactoid media muppets aggressively with some retorts that show how shallow and biased they are.

      Little should understand the hostile witness scenario so time he practiced it with the msm and gain some traction against the spin and dirty politics still present.

      • Rodel 6.1.1

        tc I agree entirely but..Serious question- What is the’ hostile witness scenario’?

        I’d like to see Little taking the p**s out of sententious journalists and I think he’d be good at it. Perhaps he’s too much of a gentleman.. sorry gentleperson…
        No I think he should get some aggression.

        • tc 6.1.1.1

          Witnesses who are expected to be forthcoming and honest but aren’t so judges allow them to be treated as hostile so gloves come off and the barrister gets stuck in.

          The nice guy routine is what gower etc expect so go back at them and do what paul Keating was a master at, taking the question sharpening it and sticking it back into your examiner with interest.

  7. Northsider 7

    The TPP is NOT a Free Trade Agreement.
    It is as one-sided as the East India Company Act.
    It will have benefits for the Fucker and restriction on the Fuckee.

    Labour should drive hard on the theme:
    “The TPPA is NOT a Free Trade Agreement; it is a Large Corporate Protection Agreement; LCPA.”

  8. Herodotus 8

    Why did Andrew Little just say on Q&A, as one reason to defend dropping the CGT was ‘unfair” for the the small investor with 1 or 2 rental properties that was their retirement scheme to be taxed. (Not a direct quote) If it is part of an investment strategy and a CG is part of the strategy then that CG should be taxed.
    No wonder property values are furthered fuelled in Auckland Its ok not to be taxed on this investment but all other retirement schemes are taxed on their gains. eg shares, precious metals etc.
    It would be IMO far less conscientious to stress what the existing tax laws capture and how they should be strengthened.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Little is defending tbe rights of the top 10% who not only own their own home but have a small property portfolio as well.

      Such is the modern Labour Party.

    • Bill 8.2

      I didn’t hear Little, but know that there was some disquiet at the time, because a crib, that a not very wealthy person had managed to buy, was going to attract a CGT.

      • savenz 8.2.1

        What else is a local going to invest in, in this country? Shares and be called a ‘parasite’ by business roundtable, invest in Kiwisaver which a great idea, but the Natz have already started tinkering with it (do you want to have everything you own in the government hands), or hope for savings with your pay rise you have not got for 10 years and being told you are lucky to have a job?

        Rightly or wrongly it is a dream of NZ to own property and I’m not sure Maori are that keen on additional property taxes either.

        Deciding to tax assets for the cash poor is theoretically a great idea but in practise not something that will win an election.

        And if you are going to tax property, at least go with a consumption tax like stamp duty which is practically impossible to evade as it is paid on title transfer.

  9. weka 9

    Now for some light relief, agribusiness satire, this one’s especially for vto.

    “I got this selling corn, it comes out of the f*cking ground”

  10. Once was Tim 10

    Gott in Himmel!
    Did I just hear Nick Leggett on Q+A say “National has not wound back Labour’s ‘Social Contract'”?
    I might have been hearing things as I travel towards dotage but if not, he is obviously SO out of touch it isn’t funny anymore!
    WINZ treatment of beneficiaries and youth.
    Flogging off the public’s assets.
    Doing away with/underfunding/under resourcing democratic institutions (PSB; Ombudsmen’s Office;ECAN;etc.,etc.,etc…..)
    …. yea nah

    • savenz 10.1

      The funny thing is that the Natz are mimicking Labour. Everything they talk about is Labour. Labour did it too, Labour agrees with us, even their winning election slogan last election.

      “working for NZ” “working’ and “labour’ being closely related.

      What I can’t understand is why Labour are pretending to be the Natz?

      Vote Positive.

      Is that the magic beans of TPP?

      Clasp your last $ before your foreclosure and think positive?

      Saying that I am feeling much more hopeful about Labour being against TPP and getting back to it’s basics.

      Lets hope they don’t keep channelling weasel words like the Natz and reclaim their legacy POST 1984.

  11. johnm 11

    Australia is becoming increasingly fascist and inhumane and downright cruel:

    1 Tetraplegic man who’s lived most of his life in Aussie though originally from NZ was jailed for using an illegal substance to ease his pain and then dumped at AKL airport. He’d forgotten to take out Australian citizenship.

    2. Kiwi who has lived in WA for 11 years went on a peace visit to Syria and on return though he’s nothing wrong they’re going to deport him!

    3. This poor man has lived in Aussie since a baby and he’s 51. He’s been convicted of starting a bush fire and did 15 months, he’s now in Australia’s Guantanamo Bay namely Christmas island west of Bali and just south of the Indonesian coast, they’re treating him like a terrorist!

    ” Man who has spent 50 years of his life in Australia faces deportation to the UK under strict new immigration laws after he was jailed for 15 months for starting a bush fire

    Ian Wightman, 51, has lived in Western Australia since he was one year old
    He is now on Christmas Island awaiting deportation to the United Kingdom
    This is due to a new law which punishes foreigners ( This man is not, not a foreigner he is an Australian! This is Nazi stuff! ) who have gone to jail
    Mr Wightman was sentenced to 15 months after he started a scrub fire ”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3308211/Ian-Wightman-spent-50-years-life-Australia-faces-deportation-UK-strict-new-immigration-laws-jailed-15-months-starting-bush-fire.html

    I visited Aussie to see a friend last year for a week, am a NZ citizen and checking through for the flight home got a full overall body xray plus had baggage checked for firearms residue!! This is f*cking insane! Have they gone stark staring bonkers over there?

    • savenz 11.1

      @John M. It’s called manufactured fear. Instead of collaborating neighbours spy on each other and fear each other and governments spy and fear their own people.

  12. SaveOurNix 12

    I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Nick Leggat is a member of the Labour Party? Why is he up in Auckland (Q+A studios) and not at the Labour Party conference?

    • maui 12.1

      He’s part of a thinktank with revolutionary ideas for Labour… and also part of a Pagani, Nash trifecta. You never know he might appear on the Standard like the other two have recently.

  13. Rosemary McDonald 13

    Very good article in the Herald….yes you read right…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11541769

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    School boys assault women, post online

    “Teen boys would jump out of a car and approach young women and smack them on the bottom,” Walsh said.

    “That was recorded and they’d jump back into the car and drive off.”

    Well, I suppose after the Roastbusters didn’t go to jail for a very long time they thought that this type of shit was acceptable. They themselves should now be going to jail and getting a criminal record but I’m sure that they won’t.

  15. Bill 15

    In the US.

    Two cops in jail following the shooting of a father and son (the son died). The shooting happened on Friday. So that’s pretty quick, right? And a big change from the normal pattern of events in the US following a police shooting – no messing, no strange attempts to justify or excuse; locked up in double quick time.

    Oh yeah, did I mention the cops are black and the father and son they shot were white? Now, I’m sure that has absolutely no bearing on anything, no siree.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/07/louisiana-officers-boy-shooting

  16. Thinking Right 16

    I’m concerned for Colin Craig.

    After accusing (and suing) Stringer and Slater of dirty politics he has now admitted that he is the ‘Mr X’ and the interviewer in his (in)famous pamphlet.

    When you include the ranting printed in the pamphlet and the misrepresentation involved in writing the pamphlet how can he dance on a pin head and accuse the other two of lying about him and involving themselves in ‘dirty politics’.

    Admitting to being three different personalities listed in the pamphlet is bad enough.

    Writing in the pamphlet quotes relating to the Commandment ‘Not to bear false witness’ and a quote from George Washington about finding out the truth – hasn’t Craig proved his own pamphlet?

    It is so messed up I am wondering if Craig has fallen down his own personal Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole – no other logical explanation.

    Craig – get help.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/73727758/exconservative-leader-colin-craig-outed-as-mr-x

  17. greywarshark 17

    This from Wall Street Journal.
    Technology is one source of this shift, but so is legislation. The JOBS Act of 2012 contained a seemingly innocuous provision making it easier for startups to raise money from investors previously deemed too poor to dabble in such ventures. At the end of October, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally approved the rules, which will go into full effect early next year.
    As a result, any company or person with an idea can solicit and raise up to $1 million without most of the onerous regulatory and reporting requirements of the past.
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-uberization-of-finance-1446835102?mod=trending_now_4

    https://www.sec.gov/spotlight/jobs-act.shtml
    Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act
    On April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The Act requires the SEC to write rules and issue studies on capital formation, disclosure and registration requirements.

    Cost-effective access to capital for companies of all sizes plays a critical role in our national economy, and companies seeking access to capital should not be hindered by unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations. We look forward to hearing the public’s views as we write rules that both facilitate capital formation and promote investor protection.

  18. Tracey 18

    So Judith Collins has nothing to do since going back to being a backbencher…has to write a self serving column and do some extra mural study… good on 159k per annum… plus fratuities… if you can get it.

  19. Gangnam Style 19

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tpp-text-raises-concerns-over-control-of-temporary-foreign-workers/article27165905/

    “Provisions of Canada’s new Pacific Rim trade deal(TPPA) are prompting concerns over credential recognition in light of a section that says there will be no limits and no testing of foreign skilled workers.” and
    “This text confirms our worst fears,” said Gill McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour. “This deal will allow foreign companies to bring in what could be an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers in certain broad occupational categories … while bypassing all measures to protect Canadian jobs.”

  20. Rodel 20

    A great interview on RNZ Sunday morning by Wallace Chapman (Influential New Zealanders) with Sue Bradford. Lots of unknown (to me) information..American mother..Both parents university scientists..tragedy with one of her sons…her views on section 59-the anti ‘beating kids’ bill..her principled reasons for eschewing involvement with Kim Dotty.com..Sue completing a PhD.
    A valuable and principled person.I wish her well and hope she stays around.

    • Chooky 20.1

      … also a Maoist in her student days…and while principled I think also authoritarian

      ie Mao wasn’t into grassroots democracy…like Pol Pot , Mao was a communist and supposedly for the people…but Mao thought he knew what was best for ‘the people’ …and did a lot of damage to ‘the people’ in the name of his Cultural Revolution… to put it mildly! (…some would say top down fascism and cultural annihilation…many lives were lost and others ruined )

      ( when I was at university most students from a working class background did not think much of Mao!…it was those from a middle class background who fancied themselves radicals who favoured Mao and they thought they knew what was best for everyone else …ha ha)

      ….nor is Bradford a fan of the blog sphere because she sees it as getting in the way and undermining of ‘real journalism’ by ‘trained’ journalists , presumably for real newspapers ( and other corporately owned real business media outlets) …whereas surely the blog sphere is grassroots democracy in action?!….(and I reckon many of the writers are better than in the msm).

      ….same goes for her criticisms of Dotcom…Bradford damned Dotcom because he was a millionaire and wanted to bring big business opportunities to New Zealand

      ( but if these ‘big business opportunities’ are in IT entrepreneurship then surely this is preferable to dairying/environmental degradation or destructive overkill tourism or property speculation or NZ going bankrupt ?…and having to sell off precious land into overseas ownership because the dairy industry is no longer profitable and we are increasingly beholden to China for milk prices?!)

      …imo Bradford’s damning of Dotcom is simplistic and superficial …ie it does not recognise the much deeper issues at stake that Dotcom is embroiled in…of future NZ democracy and sovereignty

      eg. control and takeover of NZ enterprise by overseas big corporate Hollywood and media/ IT monopolies, curtailing of internet freedom, information and democratic usage , censorship , violation of privacy, human rights to freedom from surveillance, copyright monopolies…

      …these are amongst the most important issues of our times and recognised by Dotcom’s friends …eg. Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, Max Keiser , Hone Harawira and others in the Mana/Internet Party

      one would have thought that being an activist for human rights against monopoly corporate capitalism and on the vanguard facing the rough end of police force …Bradford would have had more sensitivity about such issues and more sympathy for the fight Dotcom is engaged in ….and the heavy treatment he has received

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/284440/harvard-professor-says-dotcom-allegations-lack-merit

      http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/350086/us-legal-experts-back-dotcom

      However , agreed, a great interview by Wallace Chapman …and Sue Bradford is to be admired for her activism for the underdog

  21. Chooky 21

    All about Bitcoin:

    https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/320804-episode-max-keiser-832/

    “Every week Max Keiser looks at all the scandal behind the financial news headlines.
    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the “trust machine” that is Bitcoin and the financial journalists who have jumped the shark trying to deny it. In the second half, Max interviews Simon Dixon of BnkToTheFuture.com about Bitcoin Capital, Bitcoin vs blockchain and the future of finance.”

    https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/321148-episode-max-keiser-833/

    “In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the magic tricks required to escape the economic tricks locking the 99 percent in an ever declining wealth illusion. In the second half, Max interviews Sam Lee of the Bitcoin Group, a bitcoin miner about to go public in Australia. Max talks to him about the trials and tribulations of going public (the first of its kind in Australia) and why bitcoin and not blockchain?”

  22. lprent 22

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    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    4 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    4 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    5 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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