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Open Mike 09/11/2017

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  1. Ed 1

    Jacinda owned English in Parliament yesterday.

    ‘In her first formal speech to the House following the State Opening on Wednesday, Ardern told Opposition leader Bill English she understood the desire to defend their record.

    “I would simply remind them, that in defending their record they must also defend record homelessness. They must also defend dirty rivers and lakes. They must also defend inequality and yes, child poverty.

    “So by all means defend the record of the last nine years, while we get on with fixing it,” she said.


    • tracey 1.1

      Amy Adams was the liar of the day for me. Arguing that their pay equity bill would achieve/enhance pay equity. After years of spending our money fighting equal pay for care workers and losing, the Nats sought to ensure it was triply hard for others to follow suit.

      Again, the media airtime these people are getting is astonishing. Perhaps it is cos the election was September instead of November? When the later there is less time til summer close down?

  2. savenz 2

    Coal-fired plant shifted $1bn offshore while pocketing $117m from Australian taxpayers

    Payment to owner of Loy Yang B – one of country’s dirtiest plants – was compensation for short-lived carbon tax


  3. vto 3

    People need to stop using the term “pale stale male”. It is offensive.

    Andrew Little has been labelled this.

    Imagine if Metiria was referred to as “round brown clown” or some such

    meme ca plus

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • Antoine 3.1


      This kind of talk really annoys conservatives. Then they decide to annoy you back. Then they outvote you. Then it’s ‘Hello, President Trump…’


      • OnceWasTim 3.1.1

        Jesus Antoine. You’re a bag of surprises at times – even if you think that femme fatale polly has a nice smile but worry your fat arse might not live up to her expectations

    • Anne 3.2

      Agreed vto. If we can sneer at white coloured people without being termed racist then we can sneer at any other coloured person with the same immunity. Best we sneer at nobody because of the colour of their skin.

      • simbit 3.2.1

        It’s shorthand for Pakeha male dominated fora which, lacking diversity, are poorly informed. Sooooo, dumb honky yobs? Arrogant EuroTrash – ooops, taken. Pasty Blokey Jokies? Oh wait, you can tweet 280 characters now. We can surely debate at length 😉

      • tracey 3.2.2

        Sneering is not nice but neither is not recognising a privilege.

      • halfcrown 3.2.3


    • tracey 3.3

      People need to start understanding the privilege that is attached to being White and White and Male, which differentiates them from being oppressed as such in the way that brown or female or disable or or or are. I am all for articulate discussion rather than easy memes (which substitute for genuine facts as “politically correct” does.

      • swordfish 3.3.1

        So, former Act MP Donna Awatere Huata & her cousin the prominent wealthy & powerful Maori lawyer Donna Hall – married to former High Court judge & Waitangi Tribunal chairman Sir Edward Durie – (her legal fees from several years of high-profile Treaty of Waitangi claims was one reason she was chosen for the National Business Review’s 2000 rich list, which claimed she could have earned about $10 million) = “oppressed”

        White Male working-class, minimum wage, beneficiary = “privileged”

        I see

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Citing outliers is beneath you, surely 🙂

          • Gabby

            Everybody’s an outlier, blokie. Surely (smirkimoji).

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Some are born at the apex of the bell curve, others find their way there by chance, and some have it thrust upon them by statisticians.

        • tracey

          You clearly do not see if you think wealth makes you immune to the privilege of white people/men and their systems.

          You reckon none of those people you listed never suffered from racism?

        • weka

          Wrong comparisons. Try these,

          White Male working-class, minimum wage, beneficiary compared to Māori woman working-class, minimum wage, beneficiary.


          Māori woman lawyer compared to white male lawyer, both from the same class background.

          These are not difficult concepts.

          The class in question to which vto was referring is MSM journalism btw.

      • Jimmy 3.3.2

        Interesting isn’t it, Whitey white males also suffer racism.
        Try being a whitey in an east coast pub.
        In fact non whites are extremely racist against whitey whites in my experience.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Racism and privilege are different things.

        • tracey

          Being scared due to stereotyping is not the same as suffering oppression or inequity.

        • tracey

          Can you give some examples of how white peoples relationships, career prospects health etc are hindered by brown people?

        • greywarshark

          That’s not new – there have always been some pubs that Maori feel better in when pakeha are not there.

        • joe90

          Try being a whitey in an east coast pub.

          I have, often. Awesome bonhomie, comedy, amusement and a touch of sadness with a cast of memorable characters and, remembering discretion is the better part, invites to the best parties after chucking out time.

  4. Doogs 4

    I see that the Natzi’s newest little lap-boy Chris Bishop has been on the Spinoff trumpeting their 10 most wonderful achievements of the last 9 years. He has drunk the Kool Aid big time. I read words like ‘financial’, ‘productive’, ‘competitive’ – all good Nat Party words related to money and business, which of course is all those blue suited bastards care about. Then he has the unmitigated gall to reflect on (as he sees it) reduced child poverty, reforms to welfare, better electricity provision and (worst of all) higher achievement in education!!

    This a prime example of the delusional and arrogant manner with which Natzis see themselves. They even think they’ve done a good job with Christchurch, for god’s sake.

    It is so heartening to see the relentless positivity of the new government, even in the face of junky political moves by the sore losers. All the crap they are creating in the house is nothing but sour grapes and does nothing to advance the plight of those who need mature, focused and empathetic government. They play self-aggrandising games while L/GP/NZF try to move the country forward. It’s pathetic and sickening.

    • Grey Area 4.1

      Monty Python member Terry Jones wrote a great kids book I’ve always loved called Fairy Tales. One story I recall is called Simple Peter’s Mirror where a farm boy is gifted a magic mirror which allows the user to see themselves as others see them.

      Just imagine if the mirror was given to the National Party and English, Bennett, Collins, Brownlee, Adams, Bridges, Barry, Joyce, Kaye, Coleman, Tolley etc looked into it.

  5. Stephen Doyle 6

    The Prime Minister needs to continue with her relentless positivity. Someone on the front bench needs to be the bad cop to her good cop. Otherwise the opposition will continue to get all the anti government press.

    • cleangreen 6.1

      “Someone on the front bench needs to be the bad cop to her good cop”
      Good call – how about Ron Marks?

      He is a good speaker and scrapper too, and very well liked in his region.

    • tracey 6.2

      methinks the press coverage would be the same whether she were positive or not, or she had a bad cop. The press is the issue not the Labour Mps. Cast back tot he election campaign…

      • Bearded Git 6.2.1

        she got good coverage on Stuff today….a “strong” speech…respect for hitting back at Englishes inane criticisms….the Nats problem is they have the boring tainted liar English against a new exciting good communicator. English should resign.

        Ron Mark did a good speech yesterday too.

  6. RTM 7

    Kiwiblog continues its descent into the alt-right sewer:

    • Pete 7.1

      One bit struck a chord with me – the author says there is a bell curve of traits in all races. “In all races there are dumb ones,” he wrote.

      I’m pleased he’s taken up part of that trait allocated to my race.

    • joe90 7.2

      Yeah, I followed that and well done for schooling the nasty we shit Garrett.

  7. eco maori 8

    Some wanker that owns a garage in putaruru is drilibritly taking 2 weeks to fix my mokos VAN Doing a job that would take me 2 hours and you mite think well this is the way of the world. But this is not the first time this wanker has done this to my Daughter this is the 3rd time and you no who is instergating this A. They cannot even leave my moko out of this Kai kaha

  8. joe90 9

    Turning tide.

    “The House GOP whip might lose to a socialist Marine veteran? Is that actually happening?”

    It was indeed. Democrat Lee Carter, a red-haired, 30-year-old Marine veteran from Manassas, won a remarkable nine-point victory to oust Delegate Jackson Miller, a deep-pocketed Republican incumbent who serves as House Majority Whip. Carter ran openly as a socialist—he and his supporters crooned the union anthem “Solidarity Forever” after their victory—and he won with almost no institutional support from the state Democratic Party. The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Patrick Wilson reported last month that party leaders “abandoned” Carter after he declined to report campaign metrics like the number of doors he’d knocked and the amount of money he’d raised. Carter told Wilson he “ceased reporting to the House caucus after multiple information security lapses in which confidential information that we reported to the House caucus was leaked outside of the party infrastructure.” But he also said the party leaders “wanted a bit more editorial control over my messaging than I was comfortable with.” Wilson wrote that “Democratic Party leaders were not eager to discuss Carter, preferring to promote other candidates.” In fact, Wilson called Carter “the kind of rogue candidate that gives an apparatus like the Democratic Party of Virginia a fit.”


  9. veutoviper 10

    For anyone who was not watching Parliament at about 9.30pm last night (yes I was that bad a political tragic!) this exchange between Jami-Lee Ross and Anne Tolley in her new role as Deputy Speaker is well worth a couple of minutes.

    I have never had much time for Ms Tolley, but I was quite impressed with her handling of her new role earlier in the session. Then I was really impressed with her handling of JLR and his absolute arrogance and disdain for her authority – and that of the Clerk of the House.


    • tracey 10.1

      Thanks for that veuotviper. Maybe he was nervous but JLR did come across to me as smirking and behaving as though Tolley was an irrelevance?

    • Cinny 10.2

      Thanking you Veutoviper, that was well worth watching.

      Tolley appears to be rather good in her new role.

      jlr has an overinflated ego and a bizzare sense of self importance, bitter from the election loss.

      jlr (lowercase letters for a reason lolololz!)

      • greywarshark 10.2.1

        What an obnoxious prat. Jami-Lee Ross. I thought it was a woman and find a burly bully on screen. He is trying the broken record style of dominating a discussion, which is to repeat a point until others are forced to give him or her precedence. But there are Parliamentary Rules that are like traffic rules, and people must proceed in their proper order. He is the Senior National Whip FGS.

        Watch out for him on the road. Perhaps there could be a jlr traffic compliance surveillance group to make sure that he doesn’t run over cyclists or pedestrians unwary enough to venture onto pedestrian crossings, or try to move between lanes or pavements, requiring a little tolerance from drivers.

    • ianmac 10.3

      Weird clip eh? jlr was one of those catapaulted into government by some dodgy manourvering wasn’t he?
      A four letter word for him, “Prat.”

  10. OnceWasTim 11

    Did anyone else in passing see that Paula Bennett video contribution in a vehicle (presumably ‘going forward’)?
    Couldn’t one of ‘the gals’ at least have told her she’d been misreading the label?
    I guess not, but Paula, Dear, Sweatie!
    It’s one every twelve hours, not twelve every 1 hour

  11. veutoviper 12

    I don’t usually watch Parliament Q & A on Thursday, but decided to do so today.

    It has been an hour of laughs and well worth watching.

    Mallard as Speaker is great and has set the scene for the future. National won’t be thinking that, though, in particular “Stephen” Bridges. He will be spitting tacks. (As well as Jami-Lee Ross after last night’s slap down – see 10 above.)

    If you watch nothing else watch Question 9, but there are snippets throughout the entire hour. Pure Theatre at times, and I suspect planned as such.

    Online and On Demand on the Parliament website.


    PS – Don’t judge the answers to questions to the PM given by Kelvin Davis (as Acting PM while both Ardern and Peters are overseas) on first impressions. I suspect that it was planned that the answers should be as non-committal as they are for the final effect. LOL

    • OnceWasTim 12.1

      @ veuto
      Ditto Me.
      But if you chose to stay with PTV, I hope you saw The Jude’s efforts.
      If ever there was a ‘positioning’ for a knife in the back style bid for leadership – there you had it.
      Dressed in grey, covering a lovely floral number, there went Jude hard out with raspy voice, delivering her gNatzi message. (btw – not entirely based on evidence)
      If there were to be a putsch – odds on.
      I’m now left wondering amongst the gNatzis – who is the most running scared.

      I’ll let you know ( after considering their past efforts, and not that anyone should consider me part of any ‘incrowd’ bubble)

    • ianmac 12.2

      I watched some of it today and was fascinated. Now next Tuesday…

  12. Jilly Bee 13

    Read this today on the RNZ Website – I’ve been wondering if and when it would happen with the change of government. About time too and I say this as an albeit nominal Christian. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/343421/jesus-queen-dropped-from-parliament-prayer

  13. ianmac 14

    Good. Be even better if they dropped the first two words as this is a terrestrial pragmatic meeting of ideas and decisions. MPs should own it and forget it being a god’s will!

    • Jilly Bee 14.1

      Can’t disagree with that Ianmac. At least it’s a start though. Waiting for the howls of complaints from the Nats.

  14. cleangreen 15

    Jenny Marcroft; – A new NZF list MP just concluded her maiden speech in parliament today,
    A very moving good speech Jenny. 5.20pm 9/11/17.

    Welcome to Parliament.

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    5 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    6 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    6 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago