web analytics

Open mike 08/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, December 8th, 2014 - 105 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Elizabeth Warren the game is riggedOpen mike is your post.

The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

105 comments on “Open mike 08/12/2014”

  1. North 1

    Check this out…….it’s positively eery.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/university-of-auckland/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503679&objectid=11369513

    There is not canvassed unfortunately the dynamic of the ‘media-construct’ charismatic leader who goes on to reflect that which the man talks about. Which is I suspect the overarching issue.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Everything he says there, especially about the ‘dark side’, applies to Key. The aversion to taking responsibility, the lack of care about the consequences of his actions and the total disregard for anything even remotely like ethical process and action.

    • ianmac 1.2

      So weirdly true of Dear Leader Key! Well spotted North. In the past some have claimed good leadership by being bossy and autocratic and demand adherence. But it is more lasting if the team is consulted and listened to.
      Always wonder what caucus meetings are like for National. The dark side of Key would be there leaving the public friendly matey persona for public viewing.

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        Wonder how David Cunliffe would fit?

        • ankerawshark 1.2.1.1

          I am interested in that too Ianmac.

          I guess we have seen what DC does when he gets demoted…….when Shearer did this he sat on the back benches and made a meal out of his fisheries port folio.

          Also he did step aside from the leadership contest.

          It seems like one of Cunliffe’s weaknesses is that he didn’t have a lot of charisma. Not universally liked by caucus or members of the msm (the latter who so love John Key!)

    • emergency mike 1.3

      Though he touches on the dangers of narcissism and the need for leaders to remain vigilant against smugness, I would have liked to him to have acknowledged the possibility of charismatic leaders being outright sociopaths. I.e. not merely people who have fallen into hubris and arrogance during their leadership, but those who were in it for themselves from the start.

      For me that’s the issue of our time, the one stop us from dealing with our serious long term problems; our political structures are tailor made for sociopaths.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Auckland traffic snarl-up hell: The solutions

    Apparently the solutions are more roads that induce more cars and congestion rather than mass transit systems that take cars off the road.

    • karol 2.1

      I am absolutely staggered at the amount of cars on the road at the weekend. Part of the problem must be that public transport provides less of a service at weekends.

      • Rob 2.1.1

        Why , were you driving Karol?

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          Normally I drive as little as possible. My activity at the weekend required moving stuff that I could only do with a car – and very frustrating it was for such a strenuous weekend. And something I rarely need to do, and that I had planned for the weekend thinking the traffic would be relatively light.

      • tc 2.1.2

        the weekends in akl I’ve always found worse at certain times/areas as sport and shopping create larger flows than weekdays around the likes of St Lukes and the sporting grounds have nowhere near enough parking especially Mt Albert, Mangere mountain etc.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.3

        Yep. There is that but, as I understand Auckland Transport, they’re looking at having the public transport timings the same throughout the week which would be excellent. Throw in proper integrated ticketing and it’s soon going to be a much better idea for people to use PT to go to work in Auckland than use a car.

      • Clemgeopin 2.1.4

        How about in Auckland…

        [1] A special extra levy of 5c/every litre of petrol and diesel (in auckland region only) and the money collected to be used for extra buses and train services which should continuously cater for most roads/areas in the city at very frequent intervals such as every 15 minutes. [This should generate in Auckland for 1.5 million vehicles, each using about 1000 litres per year, a total revenue of $75 million dollars + revenue from the passenger tickets+advertisements. Enough to rapidly increase public transport and jobs each year and reduce congestion too at the same time. Use electric vehicles if possible]

        [2] A fixed cost of $2 ticket, every time you enter a bus or train, for any distance travelled per trip.

        Is this idea good or quite stupid?

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.4.1

          It’s what we had (Except that it was 10/litre) until National took it away.

          • JanM 2.1.4.1.1

            How funny – I thought it was still there – I live in Northland but go to Auckland every so often and try never to fill up in Auckland because it costs up to 14c a litre more!

        • lprent 2.1.4.2

          We tried the first. It was called a regional tax and passed into law before National tossed it out in 2009.

          • Jenny Kirk 2.1.4.2.1

            Did the “regional tax” actually become a reality, or was it a last-minute gesture from the Labour Govt, and never had a chance to become a reality under the Nats ? I thought it never got off the ground.

          • Clemgeopin 2.1.4.2.2

            What is wrong with this RW thinking National crowd? What is their motive behind taking this progressive policy away?

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.4.2.2.1

              What is their motive behind taking this progressive policy away?

              They want more cars on the road, not less and higher fuel prices would decrease the number of cars on the road – exactly as we’ve seen over the last few years.

            • lprent 2.1.4.2.2.2

              They also don’t like the idea of a political powerbase arising in Auckland without needing to put their hands out to Wellington for funding all of the time.

              This is what has been so interesting about recent legislation on rates and the like in local government. Almost everything National has done in this area apart from the super-city trend has been to make it harder for local democracy.

              It isn’t hard to argue that the super-city trend has been a failed attempt to impose a corporate culture on local governance. Which went horribly wrong in Auckland as National’s proxy in Auckland city (C&R) fell apart with the widened city.

      • Ecosse_Maidy 2.1.5

        Well the weekend traffic in Auckland was bad they are still talking about it in the papers.Christmas most probably didn’t help or the accident on the harbour bridge We do need a better system of transport i believe we are getting a transport hub out here in west Auckland ..its planned..and I daresay other places will get them too.

        What staggered me over the whole affair was of all the comments made I never heard one showing any sympathy for the three bike riders involved in the accident on the bridge with bikes versus truck. Two left the scene in critical condition and one in a serious condition.but all you heard from Aucklanders was how long they had to sit in the traffic……………………poor buggers having to sit in traffic,…how sad.

        • karol 2.1.5.1

          Yes. I did sound like a nasty accident. As an ex-motorbiker, I know how vulnerable bikers are in relation to bigger vehicles – and a truck is the biggest. I hope the motorcyclists are recovering well.

          I think the gridlock tended to overshadow the details of the accident because the gridlock was exceptional, and seemed out of all proportion to an accident. Usually an accident results in holdups on the road/s where it happened.

          On Saturday, I went nowhere near the harbour bridge & accident site. I was travelling westward on the North Western motorway, on my way to collect another carload of stuff. The North western was almost at a standstill – inching forwards.

          I could hear on the radio that there was an accident on the bridge that was causing holdups on the roads to the bridge. I didn’t think it had anything to do with the North Western gridlock – seemed so unlikely. I was expecting to find some blockage up ahead. Tried going off the motorway, but all the roads around it were also in gridlock as many others were trying to find an alternative route.

          I was just completely staggered that there was so much traffic on Auckland roads on a Saturday, and that one road accident would bring the whole of Auckland’s motorway system to a standstill.

          It now seems that many people were using the North Western as an alternative route to get to the north shore via the Upper Harbour Highway.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      Need to build missing modes to avoid congestion

      Yesterday’s incident also shows highlights that even an additional harbour crossing wouldn’t have helped. As people tried to avoid the hold up they flooded to use the North-Western Motorway and that too soon jammed up. With an additional crossing the same thing would have happened as masses of people diverted their trips to avoid the bridge. It’s also worth pointing out that the opening of the Waterview Connection isn’t going to make this any better either as the project is expected to see traffic volumes on the motorway increase. This is due to new trips being generated thanks to the connection as well as a lot of trips shift from local roads on to the motorway network. The result would be even more people stuck in congestion – many deep underground.

      Overall, a good write up about why adding more roads (as the idiots want to do) won’t make things better and why adding better PT will.

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    Free Trade Deals – Wake Up And Smell The Arsenic

    Oceania Gold, a New Zealand listed company, is suing the El Salvadorian government to tune of US$300 million in the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a tribunal linked with the World Bank, for lost profits. El Salvador, a water-impoverished nation, refuses to grant them water rights to their main river to use and contaminate with the likes of cyanide and arsenic as part of a gold mining operation they have planned.

    Exactly what the ‪#‎TPPA‬ will do to us as well as it empowers corporations and profits above nations, people and life.

    • vto 3.1

      Exactly +100

      I am flabbergasted that this shit becomes law…

      These provisions take away our sovereignty directly, by affecting what how we govern ourselves.

      If any government, including this arsehole-filled one, thinks they can get away with taking away what sovereignty we have they had better think again. They have no right to remove our sovereignty in this way.

  4. Israel Attacks Damascus, Britain Opens Old Bases And Kiwi Soldiers Will “Train” Fighters In Afghanistan, The Empire Ramps It Up

    McCully just came back from NATO headquarters with the news that we have been “requested” to continue to “train” more Afghan soldiers.

    Just answer me this; if we never fight how can we prove our soldiers are the chisel and good teachers in the art of war?

    • vto 4.1

      Its a con trav of course.

      By training soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan it frees up local or US soldiers to do more killing. By sending our soldiers to train we increase the number of frontline soldiers…

      … as such John Key has sent us to war and exposed us to attacks inside New Zealand by those we are at war with.

      We should be under no illusion and we should not be surprised when we are attacked within NZ. Just like Canada recently – what a load of tosh claiming that was some kind of terror attack. It was an act of war against a country that has been at war in the middle east for 14 years. 14 years ffs!

      We have been and are being conned. Just like most all wars.

  5. just saying 5

    Easton’s Pundit column (in the right-hand column) is getting to be a bugbear.

    This week Easton is complaining about Labour “grumbling” about “beltway issues” such as workplace harrassment and the old-boys network protecting their privilege, the corruption of democracy via the two-track system, and the extension and promotion of a police surveillance state, further increasing the powers of the same spook network that it uses to manipulate election campaigns.

    Silly Labour.

    The job of the opposition in a democracy is to oppose. To provide checks and balances to the power of the government and represent the interests of the electorate, including those who did not vote for the government. They are not supposed to be spending their time auditioning for better jobs at the next election based on consumer polling and glib advice from PR gurus and marketing psychologists. Or economists.

    The working class is not stupid, Mr Easton, even if we have been force-fed junk information along with junkfood and utter bullshit for 30 years. We are not dead-eyed consumers in need of a slicker marketing campaign. We do not need politics dumbed down to a few simple slogans, vision-statements and talking points. Yes we need to see the bigger picture. Seems like you do too.

    • ianmac 5.1

      Brian Easton may be saying, “Pick your fights Labour.” Constant disagreement with the Government can just become background noise unlistened to.

      • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.1

        Labour needs to speak to a consistent, alternative narrative. They may not need to or want to fight every single issue, but that alternative narrative should be put out there every single day.

        • aerobubble 5.1.1.1

          Yes… ..and… …surely this “we need to match this way” is what won Cunliffe the PM spot. Please when the opportunity arises to speak about the new way, to actually talk about it, like the Greens do.

      • aerobubble 5.1.2

        Thats the characterisation Key gives, he’s so fed up with the Opposition doing its job.

    • greywarshark 5.2

      @ just saying
      If you know exactly what Labour needs to get elected and fix the nation’s worst ills, good on you. Can you get onto the Labour team or become a consultant. You sound so certain that they would love to hire your positivity.

  6. music4menz 6

    Disappointed not to see more public condemnation of Tom Scott’s remarks about female and male rape in his interview with Kim Hill on Saturday. I’d have expected organisations such as Rape Crisis and the AIDS Foundation to have come out strongly against the trivialising of rape in rap song lyrics.

    • framu 6.1

      which rap lyrics are trivialising rape?

    • CnrJoe 6.2

      How about Kim Hill gets pulled up for suggesting these artists shouldn’t bite the government that feeds them?

      • greywarshark 6.2.1

        @ Cnr Joe
        How about Tom Scott being pulled up for talking about killing John Key on a public vid. It’s not as if the shady sneaky forces have eavesdropped on him and heard a chance heated remark. That remark was a deliberate one and he talks about murder. Don’t go all anti authoritarian, freedom of speeching when it is a serious matter like this. The authorities could not let such a blatant threat be broadcast and he shouldn’t have made it on grant money. Do it in his garage at his own expense. There are plenty of musicians needing funding who can make protest without being extreme.

        • batweka 6.2.1.1

          Afaik, he didn’t make it on grant money. The NZ on Air funding was for a video of another song entirely.

          If you want to remove murder from published songs, there’s a pretty long list.

          • Once Was Tim 6.2.1.1.1

            that is tru batweka – however it WAS GRANT money that brought it to ‘the masses.
            I’m NOT acting as Kim Hill’s official apologist – I heard, and was listening to the programme live and I’ve subsequently listened again.
            Kim made some remark after he baled about his being a little precious – she probably shouldn’t have – but it was exaclty what I was thinking.

            Tom actually fucked up a golden opportunity – probably because he misread Kim Hill’s ‘presence’ (He’s probably never heard of the journalistic technique of acting ‘devil’s advocate’ for example – and who could blame him ….. the state of msm journalism is so fucking bad these days).
            He’d make a good Labour Party organiser now I think about it – or hopefully one that belongs in a previous generation of them.
            He should think about what his own prejudices are comprised of before assuming and misreading those of someone who is just as likely to be of a like-mind as he.
            Why fight allies when he has a shitload of enemas he could channel his efforts towards!
            Quite pathetic really.
            Best of luck in Melbourne Tom – a place you probably have more of an affinity with

            • batweka 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Nice typo 😀

              I’m not sure if Kim Hill is an ally though. I’m sure she likes to think she is, but the thing I got from the piece was the huge class divide. I’ve listened to enough working class people now to know that middle class people wanting to help just isn’t enough unless they’re going to take the working class perspectives seriously. I don’t think Kim Hill is of like mind when it comes to class. That was his point.

              I do agree he needs a serious talking to about his gender politics.

          • greywarshark 6.2.1.1.2

            @ Batweka
            We are talking about this murder talk, not some other ones elsewhere.

            I thought that Kim’s point was that this video formed part of the government NZ on Air funding. If it was not done with NZ on Air funding then I think that should not have been brought up at all.

            But making threatening noises at vulnerable family as well as talking murder to our PM is reprehensible. So don’t anyone come up with the argument that if family members are included in promotion for a celeb that they are then open slather. If we want a better more respectful climate for all, then it needs to apply to family unless they commit some outspoken or egregious behaviour themselves.

            • batweka 6.2.1.1.2.1

              I agree about family, and I’ve posted my comment downthread on the sexual objectification aspect.

              I don’t have so much of a problem with a song about killing the PM though. It’s not like Scott was serious. We don’t live somewhere where PM killing happens or is in any way likely (unlike the sexual objectification part of the song), so Scott isn’t reinforcing violence so much as expressing class rage.

              “We are talking about this murder talk, not some other ones elsewhere.”

              Obviously, but I am curious if you think that all songs where someone sings about coming to kill someone are not ok.

        • The Al1en 6.2.1.2

          Some on the left still haven’t got the enemy of my enemy isn’t necessarily my friend.

          The scott bloke seems like an ignorant arsehole to me, but then (c)rap musos have to play that game for the street cred. U da man in da hood etc…

          Instead of mouthing off rape ‘jokes’ and swearing on his exit, he should have pointed out NZonAir funds tv and radio programs that don’t always portray the government in a good way, or outlined that the rules for grants mention nothing about having to have an apolitical project.

          @ warshark – Mostly seconded.

          • batweka 6.2.1.2.1

            Given that the spot was Playing Favourites, he shouldn’t have had to defend anything at all. Hill’s line of questioning was a disgrace. She knows full well that musicians have the freedom to criticise members of parliament, even ones that get govt funding.

            • The Al1en 6.2.1.2.1.1

              But he was asked and responded in a particularly revolting and ignorant fashion and showed himself up to be a right tool.

              The criticism of key and the funding issue should have been front footed and turned into a couple of minutes of anti nat politics radio, not two footed in his own mouth giving ammunition to all right wingnuts everywhere.

              Artistic licence is one thing, but using rape as a weapon, whether by is terrorists or dummy rappers to make a point, really can’t be defended or excused by the left wing without shredding credibility, and let’s face it, it’s something we on the left could do with a lot more of, not less.

              • batweka

                There is no funding issue. That was a pre-election smear/beat up from David fucking Farrar. If Hill felt some burning need to clarify it, she should have prefaced the whole thing by telling the truth instead of repeating useless misinformation.

                “Artistic licence is one thing, but using rape as a weapon, whether by is terrorists or dummy rappers to make a point, really can’t be defended or excused by the left wing without shredding credibility, and let’s face it, it’s something we on the left could do with a lot more of, not less.”

                Of course, but (a) he’s not a spokesperson for the left, and (b) if Hill wanted to talk about that she should have told him. He was under the impression he was there to play a few of his favourite songs, not get ambushed around politics. Hill should also have prepared her argument better so that she elicited some useful responses from Scott. Instead she came across like a clever dick commenter on the standard, looking for the way to skewer her subject rather than have a meaningful exchange.

                Here’s what I said at the time,

                I actually have more of a problem with the misogyny and objectification of a woman as a way of committing violence against her father to be way more objectionable than someone wanting to kill the PM, probably because in NZ PMs don’t get shot, but women get abused and objectified all the time, and @peace just reinforced a whole bunch of fucked behaviours to an audience who already don’t get it (hence Tracey’s comment about Roast Busters).

                Condemning the obvious

                Hill shorthanding it to ‘you wanted to rape the PM’s daughter’ was next to useless, because the lyrics are more complex than that and Scott appears to not really understand gender politics. Where exactly was the conversation going to go given it was Playing Favourites?

                I thought Scott’s defense around why focus on the rape instead of the murder was stupid, but I loved his repeatedly naming how Key screws the working classes and that he said fuck on RNZ. When we discussed this earlier in the year I said that he seemed politically naive. That still seems true, but I found him being real, including the walk out, refreshing. We will have to disagree on all that of course.

                • The Al1en

                  I accept what you write about there being no funding issue, but still it was raised and dealt with in a piss poor way. That should equally be taken as fact.

                  “Of course, but (a) he’s not a spokesperson for the left”

                  Neither am I, but he’s on the radio, notorious for being anti key with a song with a lyric about raping the pm’s daughter. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to assume listeners will ID him as being a typical loony lefty given his public anti key stance. Like pu for example.
                  He did a disservice to all left wingers with his ‘performance’ art.

                  “I loved his repeatedly naming how Key screws the working classes and that he said fuck on RNZ”

                  Yeah, what a champion. Rebel without a brain springs to mind. Wonder what part of the message will get through to the masses?
                  But the Sex Pistols were on Nationwide 300 years ago doing the same. A bit unoriginal, but not unexpected from a rapper.

                  “I said that he seemed politically naive.

                  Still very politically and world view naive by the sounds of it.

                  “We will have to disagree on all that of course.”

                  No doubt about that 😉 🙂

                  • batweka

                    “That should equally be taken as fact.”

                    Hill is a professional interviewer. Scott isn’t a professional interviewee. I think the onus is way more on her to have managed the whole thing better, and I’ll just keep repeating, this was Playing Favourites not Morning Report. She fucked up, which is why I think it’s good he walked.

                    “Neither am I, but he’s on the radio, notorious for being anti key with a song with a lyric about raping the pm’s daughter. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to assume listeners will ID him as being a typical loony lefty given his public anti key stance. Like pu for example.
                    He did a disservice to all left wingers with his ‘performance’ art.”

                    Hmmm, I think his primary responsibility is to his art. That’s certainly what he understood the spot was about. Yes he is poltical too, but again, he’s not responsible for the sad state of the left. He didn’t come across as a loony. He came across as a young man with not much public speaking experience who was struggling with an interviewer who as looking for some controversy. If anything he came across as politically naive, not his class politics, but the politics of politics and the media. No shame in that.

                    (you couldn’t help the pu reference, could you 😉

                    “Yeah, what a champion. Rebel without a brain springs to mind. Wonder what part of the message will get through to the masses?
                    But the Sex Pistols were on Nationwide 300 years ago doing the same. A bit unoriginal, but not unexpected from a rapper.”

                    I just don’t see that. It’s not like he’s going out there and promoting himself as some controversial band (from what I remember the song was released way before the election and it was Farrar that brought it up that week, had been saving it up no doubt).

                    Why should be have to be getting something through to the masses?

                    • The Al1en

                      “Why should be have to be getting something through to the masses?”

                      Whether it was his intention or not, a message was sent. I doubt all those who heard it, or indeed those who didn’t but have since heard/read about the controversy see it like you do, especially the middle class media who frame the news for us.

                      Not heard much about the poor being stiffed. it’s all been about the murder, rape and state funding anti government stuff.

              • greywarshark

                @ the allen
                +1

          • Once Was Tim 6.2.1.2.2

            “The scott bloke seems like an ignorant arsehole to me……”

            No not an ignorant arsehole, just youtful; inexperienced (tho’ with the self-belief of an over-inflated idea of his being ‘street-wise’); passionate in his views …… and all the rest of it.
            Just ‘arsehole’ would have done (without the ignorant).
            Hopefully he’ll grow out of it (as patronising as such statement may sound). If not – just imagine what a bigger cnut than Kim Hill (who isin’t) he’ll be when he reaches Kim’s age! I imagine there’ll be a swathe of damage far greater than someone like Kim has ever created.

            • The Al1en 6.2.1.2.2.1

              Pig ignorant arsehole was in my first draft, but youthful; inexperienced (tho’ with the self-belief of an over-inflated idea of his being ‘street-wise’); passionate in his views …… and all the rest of it arsehole, works too.

              Gone to Aus you say. Not going to quote muldoon, but he wasn’t wrong on this one.

              • batweka

                what was he ignorant about exactly? How to play the game on middle class media?

                • The Al1en

                  ignorant
                  ˈɪɡn(ə)r(ə)nt/

                  adjective – lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

                  informal – discourteous or rude.

                  • batweka

                    ok, so you think he is ignorant across the board, nothing in particular in that interview.

                    • The Al1en

                      His actions in the interview were all of the above.

                    • batweka

                      weak.

                    • The Al1en

                      Weak and ignorant then.

                      Not really going to get into it with you, given the subject matter, so answer if you want, knowing I’m not too bothered either way, but why defend such a clot with such vigour? Given his rape and murder ‘angles’, is he worthy of the effort?

                    • batweka

                      have you read my other comments on OM today? I’ve made it pretty clear what I think about the murder bit, and the sexual objectification bit.

                      Maybe you know things about him that I don’t. I’ve just heard him interviewed a few times and listened to a few songs and read the lyrics of the kill the PM one. I don’t feel like I am defending him as a person, I don’t know the guy. I’m really just commenting on the song and what happened in the interview.

                      You may be right, he might be a complete arsehole. However if I wrote off every man who was unaware of his own misogyny and sexism…

                    • The Al1en

                      Ta for the answer.

                      “You may be right, he might be a complete arsehole. However if I wrote off every man who was unaware of his own misogyny and sexism…”

                      I won’t say I usually am, but you should write away and post here. You may find it cathartic, or at least good for a rumble on a slow news day or when pu or pg are pulling their necks in.

                      Done to death now and happy to agree to differ. Said my bit, and I’m not trying to argue for a win.
                      I don’t think the bloke, like his song, is worthy of the bandwidth, so all good.

                    • batweka

                      🙂

                      “I won’t say I usually am, but you should write away and post here. You may find it cathartic, or at least good for a rumble on a slow news day or when pu or pg are pulling their necks in.”

                      Have you forgotten the shit storm that went down here last Christmas over identity politics? 😉 Not sure I am up for that again this year, but then again I am in a fairly dark mood so who knows 😈

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      LOL let’s hope we’re not both bored out of our brains with holidays, on the same day at the same time surfing The Standard!!!

                    • McFlock

                      I’ll jump in that hope-circle, too 🙂

                    • batweka

                      Heh. We could always choose to talk about something constructive 🙂 Either that or drinking games.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      How about talking about something constructive WHILE playing drinking games. I reckon it could be a winner 😀

                • Once Was Tim

                  ignorant/ˈɪɡn(ə)r(ə)nt/
                  adjective
                  1. lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
                  2. discourteous or rude.
                  3. easily angered.

                  It’s a shame I happen to agree with his opinions on Key. (I.e. he’s a c**t, a philistine, a used car salesman with the lingo to suit, a liar, a short term thinker, an ideologue, thinking that’s confused as intelligence rather than animal cunning [because there’s fuck all capacity for critical thought or adaptation based on available evidence], selfish, classist, holier-than-thou, ego-driven …… basically just another fuckwit with a following).

                  RE the above – I have no idea whether or not he’s educated or not, but certainly not sophisticated enough to know the vehicle he was given could have been a good opportunity to explain to a wider audience his views – he blew it.
                  Obviously lacking in awareness of the Natrad demographic

                  Whilst I was not offended by his comments (and I suspect nor Kim Hill), that ‘wider’ audience would have been comprised of people who were.

                  Easily angered. Kim described it more in terms of his being a little precious.

                  I sincerely hope it was just that he was having a bad hair day.

                  Cutting noses off to spite a face much?

                  • batweka

                    I was under the impression they misled him on what the interview would be about. He sounded to me like he was caught off guard by that. And then Hill just kept on poking at it. I’ve seen her be nice to people before who are unsure of themselves so hard to understand what she was thinking this time.

                    • Once Was Tim

                      Yea well …. maybe she was having a bad hair day too. Let’s just cut them BOTH some slack. It’s probably an encounter they’d both like to reset. I hope that’s the case because they’re both people I hope are around for quite a while.

                    • batweka

                      🙂

    • Colonial Rawshark 6.3

      I think the trivialising of sex offenders by the PM is more damaging.

    • batweka 6.4

      which remarks are you referring to? Just so we can guess what you are on about.

    • Murray Rawshark 6.5

      What was your contribution to the public condemnation, music boy?

  7. Chooky 7

    the right wing Wellington supercity proposals are in for bumpy ride…Auckland Supercity should be an object lesson on the way NOT to go

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20160189/wellington-supercity-plans-in-for-a-bumpy-ride

    • tc 7.1

      bumpy with a likelihood of urgency to slam them through, ecan/supershity any consultation will be a sham show with the end game being polished now.

      Wondered where Mckay had sinecured off to after his near $1m/p.a. package as akl CEO doing SFA.

      He will be ensuring they don’t get caught out like they did in akl and have a much smoother transition to the asset stripping phase.

  8. Morrissey 8

    Seven reasons why Santa Claus may be Prince Harry

    1. He flies a long way to deliver things to children….
    http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/its-fine-for-prince-harry-to-kill-people-and-brag-about-it
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/top-gun-prince-harry-set-afghanistan-return-115413181.html

    2. He only works once a year….
    http://www.royal-fans.com/cressida-bonas-marriage-prince-awful/#

    3. He’s never actually been seen doing any work in his whole life….
    http://inanutshellca.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/prince-harry-naked.jpg

    4. He drinks alcohol during working hours….
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/05/prince-harry-s-big-boozy-week.html
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2861114/Good-night-Harry-Prince-looks-little-worse-wear-escorted-private-club-Raffles-3am.html

    5. He barely leaves his home for fear of being recognised….
    http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,725780_757837,00.html

    6. He can get hold of all the latest designer gear but never pays a penny for it!…..
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2347677/Prince-Harry-Cressida-Bonas-dress-return-home-train.html

    7. He gets letters from lot of people, all demanding that he owes them things!….
    http://www.metro.us/entertainment/morrissey-pens-an-angry-open-letter-to-prince-william-and-prince-harry/tmWnbi—9a4uVwgwrgEUk/
    http://louderthanwar.com/an-open-letter-to-prince-harry-about-shooting-defenceless-animals/

    This list was compiled by Useless Parasites Watch, a division of Daisycutter Sports Inc.

  9. aerobubble 9

    Do the rioters have the vote? I was wondering why Black men have such a bad attitude to Police asking them to come along. Given that this maybe the reason why a NY mans’ death was not case for a homicide charge. Though personally Police could see he had health problems, being obese, and also would have trouble getting up if on the ground, and so charges should have been laid. Its understandable that citizens denied the vote, a say in policing, would be more likely to show attitude to Police and also have less to lose when rioting. Its because of the racism in Congress that removed the right to vote tjat creates a underclass of disenfrachised and aggrieved individuals. President Obama should give citizens the right to vote back to every free person.

    • Murray Rawshark 9.1

      WTF? I can’t work out what you’re trying to say here, which may well be a good thing. Garner was killed with an illegal choke hold. What the hell does that have to do with his attitude? It’s the racist bloody cops who need to sort out their attitude, not the victims of their violence.

      • aerobubble 9.1.1

        Police must use reasonable force.
        Citizens using a chock hold leading to death would lead to a trial.
        However Police habe a responsibility to good order, and we need them to be able to uphold good order.
        The merits of any case are then considered.
        Many US citizens are denied the vote and a say, worse if as a black man they could not vote for the first black president…
        But its in the intetests of good order that we as citizens help Police keep good order.
        Now obviously a obese man who has trouble getting up off the ground would have a hard time obey the Police, and has a choice, allow Police to handcuf him, or resist.
        Fed up Police, who have a right to a safe workplace and physically dealing with members of the public with attitude, not their doing, are going to want to limit their own harm.
        So a grand jury is asked, do you want Police to be able to able to provide good order and also come home phyically unharmed.
        Given citizens have moments of illjudgement, and Police officers are citizens, who when placed in such circumstance where they not realize their strength when used against a very unhealthy person…

        The public order kept the grand jury from charging.
        Yet the public order also needs us to know Police can recognize unhealthy people and use reasonable force. The chokehold officer should not be in law enforcement.

        People who peacefully protest, who obey lawful commands of officers, are to be honored, attitude however means Police are more aggressive, trained by daily dealing with aggressive people, tt innocent people die at their hands. Like training sharks to investigate and associate food and drivers. bad. select your env.

  10. Colonial Rawshark 10

    White House spokesperson Jen Psaki admits on a hot mic that her own spin that she was given to recite on Mubarak/Morsi is “ridiculous.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-07/caught-tape-state-department-spokesperson-admits-her-own-propaganda-ridiculous

    • ianmac 10.1

      Yes ridiculous CR. Mr Key would have said in response to the same question, “We believe in true democracy and the right of everyone to free expression and the rule of law, blah blah blah.”
      However what they do is quite different.

  11. Puckish Rogue 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/63926617/Crossed-wires-lead-to-solo-climate-protests

    Using a plastic bag was a good idea but surely they could have used a bag made from a different material 🙂

  12. tc 12

    From the national herald “Mr Key said the traffic delays, which left some people stuck in congestion for four hours, were “a bit of a freak accident”.

    Relax jaffa’s, PM and traffic expert Johhny K’s got it sussed.

    A tunnell bypassing the CBD from before onewa rd across to the stanley St motorway junction should’ve been done decades ago.

  13. Tautoko Mangō Mata 13

    John Pilger “Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Watch my address to the @cijournalism Logan Symposium yesterday”
    bit.ly/1vyIGDf

    or scroll down on https://twitter.com/youranonnews till you get to link.

    • Colonial Rawshark 13.1

      Thank you muchly for this.

    • Paul 13.2

      Brilliant article. Is there a video of a talk attached to this?

      Highlights.

      ‘In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.’

      ‘Even now, despite the millions who took to the streets in protest, most of the public in western countries have little idea of the sheer scale of the crime committed by our governments in Iraq. Even fewer are aware that, in the 12 years before the invasion, the US and British governments set in motion a holocaust by denying the civilian population of Iraq a means to live.’

      ‘The suppression of the truth about Ukraine is one of the most complete news blackouts I can remember. The biggest Western military build-up in the Caucasus and eastern Europe since world war two is blacked out. Washington’s secret aid to Kiev and its neo-Nazi brigades responsible for war crimes against the population of eastern Ukraine is blacked out. Evidence that contradicts propaganda that Russia was responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner is blacked out.’

      “”If you wonder,” wrote Robert Parry, “how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire US political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats versus black hats took hold early and has proved impervious to facts or reason.”‘

      ‘In 2009, the University of the West of England published the results of a ten-year study of the BBC’s coverage of Venezuela. Of 304 broadcast reports, only three mentioned any of the positive policies introduced by the government of Hugo Chavez. The greatest literacy programme in human history received barely a passing reference.’

      ‘”When the truth is replaced by silence,” said the Soviet dissident Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.”

      It’s this kind of silence we journalists need to break. We need to look in the mirror. We need to call to account an unaccountable media that services power and a psychosis that threatens world war.’

      Here’s a direct link.

      http://johnpilger.com/articles/war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda

  14. Colonial Rawshark 14

    US food stamp recipients sitting on all time high

    US stocks and hedge funds may be pushing ever higher due to central bank money printing, but for the 99% this isn’t really a “recovery” of any kind, is it.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-07/there-has-never-been-greater-portion-america-living-food-stamps

  15. Philip Ferguson 15

    These days members of the “gay community” – the respectable people who have long since replaced the radical gay *liberation* movement – can be found falling over themselves to kiss John Key at the Big Gay Out and to have photo ops with him there too.

    But there was a time when there was a movement for liberation; it was militant, it was anti-capitalist and it was pro-working class and connected to working class struggle.

    It’s interesting how the interconnection between homosexual liberation and the left, especially the far left and chunks of the working class, has been erased from consciousness. These days you’ll find right-wing pro-market gays and lesbians who want no truck with the left and act as if there has never been any connection between the left and gay rights, and that their own social and legal freedoms have nothing to do with an anti-capitalist gay movement, let alone the Marxist left and the working class.

    One of the great things about the movie ‘Pride’ is that it portrays these connections. In this case the connections built up between gay activists and south Wales coal miners during the great miners’ strike of 1984-85.

    See: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/four-things-we-can-learn-from-pride/

    Phil

    • mickysavage 15.1

      Thanks Philip. Your comment is very perceptive. I can recall well the 1980s when Fran Wilde proposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the attacks that the right focussed on her and on her bill. A few decades later and it seems that the right has given up the “moral” arguments as long as they can maintain a “free” market. Worthy of a guest post.

      • Paul 15.1.1

        The right see such social issues as a way of allowing public disaffection the opportunity to vent a bit.

        Pilger talked about it in his amazing speech ( see above @13.2.1 and 13.2)
        http://johnpilger.com/articles/war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda

        ‘Within a few years, driven by the forces of profit, the cult of “me-ism” had all but overwhelmed our sense of acting together, our sense of social justice and internationalism. Class, gender and race were separated. The personal was the political, and the media was the message.’

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    This is why we need regulations:

    The warning from the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) comes after it was revealed in a report out on Monday that a drone almost collided with a passenger plane near Heathrow airport during the summer.

    The general secretary of BALPA, Jim McAuslan, says it would be very easy for a near-miss to become a disaster.

    And the regulation that needs to be in place is:

    No product or service may enter the market until such time as it has been properly regulated.

    The damage that’s been caused by ‘legal highs’, the finance industry and the potential damage of amateurishly flown drones show that this is necessary.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 hours ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    13 hours ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    16 hours ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago