Open mike 10/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, December 10th, 2013 - 138 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

openmike

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

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

Step right up to the mike …

138 comments on “Open mike 10/12/2013”

  1. amirite 1

    Nellie Hunt’s family is not the only case of homelessness in Christchurch, there are many, many more. Where is the Government’s help for people in need? Where is the emergency housing?
    Shame on you, New Zealand government!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9496170/Hunt-family-fights-on-in-Waltham-Park/

    • scotty 1.1

      Come on,
      Have you no faith in the market.?
      Any day now .
      You’ll see

    • bad12 1.2

      And so the tip of the ‘housing’ ice-berg becomes public, i commented a week or so ago after watching the shameful Paula Bennett at a ‘public meeting’ decrying the owner of a rack-renting Auckland ‘holiday park’ which houses 300 beneficiaries,(including children),in less than ideal conditions for amounts of rent that should provide luxury apartments,

      Bennett’s problem with the owner, He was creaming it to the tune of 30 grand a week all provided via His beneficiary tenants by the State,

      Meanwhile in other parts of Auckland un-Housing Minister Nick Smith is busily ripping apart the States Housing estate and flicking it off as fast as He can to private interests,

      i pointed out in that comment that Slippery’s National Government will not be happy until they see whole families sleeping rough in the doorways of our major cities,(while pointing out that in Hamilton there was at the time 120 State Houses triumphantly announced as for sale by Smith when the number of those on the ‘urgent’ waiting list of HousingNZ was 120 odd families),

      Understand tho, that the homeless family in Christchurch will not provoke this National Government into urgent action, far from it, everything they do surrounding the State provision of homes for poor families has as it’s final outcome the very situation that has occurred in Christchurch and if a ‘tent town’ begins to emerge in that City watch as National send in the cops to bust it up…

      • bad12 1.2.1

        A ‘hat-tip’ to the Maori Wardens of Christchurch for providing ‘security’ to the whanau in ‘tent-town’ Christchurch,

        Nellie and Her kids are the living face of the contempt in which i hold the Maori Party for sitting at the table from which Slippery’s National Government refuse to even brush the merest of crumbs in the direction of the poor,

        Where i must ask are the ‘gains’ for Maori from such a coalition arrangement, the Hunt family just the tip of the ice-berg of poverty and homelessness helped along by this National Governments trashing of the States Housing stock across the whole country while the Maori Party sits idly by in mute silence…

        • Rogue Trooper 1.2.1.1

          From what I’ve read, a HNZ subsidiary company is to buy Hobsonville Pt land from the defence force, to allow the PPP development of housing to proceed immediately. However, as Key campaigned that peppering this development with social or state housing was “economic vandalism”, only 20% of the houses built will even be under $485,000 to purchase.

          • Molly 1.2.1.1.1

            20% was intended to be “affordable/social housing” in the first stage of the Hobsonville development.

            This did not end up being the case, as you mention – a good review can be found in the Salvation Army publication Adding It All Up.

            Opportunities for local/national government to provide low cost housing with well-positioned land they already own continue to be ardently avoided by the use of PPP’s.

        • Will@Welly 1.2.1.2

          I can remember when the “accommodation benefit/supplement” came in years ago to “top up” beneficiaries incomes. Immediately landlords put up the cost of accommodation. In those days it was only $10-20 a week, so, yes I am going back in time, but even then I queried how sensible it was to be passing over this money to private landlords. Within a few years, it grew to such an extent that people were virtually guaranteed an income by the state, and I’m not talking about beneficiaries, but private landlords.
          National were warned time and again after the February earthquakes that Christchurch faced a housing crisis, and what did Gerry do? Nothing, but blow alot of hot air around and deny everything.

  2. tony ryall on breakfast television..

    ..ryall seems to have reached a stage of advanced-smarm:

    – where he is/seems unable to turn his (usual) semi-permanent smirk off..

    ..it’s not a good look..

    ..ryall..the unctuous one..

    (synonyms for ‘unctuous’..:..)

    “..sycophantic – ingratiating – obsequious – fawning – servile – self-abasing – grovelling – subservient – wheedling – cajoling – crawling – cringing – Uriah Heepish – humble – toadying – hypocritical – insincere – flattering – adulatory – honey-tongued – silver-tongued – gushing – effusive – suave – urbane – glib – smooth – smooth-tongued – smooth-spoken smooth-talking – slick – slippery – saccharine – oily – oleaginous – greasy – cloying – nauseating – sickening –
    – smarmy – slimy – bootlicking – forelock-tugging – phoney – sucky – soapy –
    – brown-nosing – apple-polishing – arse-licking – bum-sucking- kiss-ass – saponaceous – pinguid..”

    (ed:..i particularly like ‘saponaceous’..and ‘pinguid’…eh..?..)

    phillip ure..

    • Tim 2.1

      yea ‘pinuid’ is pretty good! – evocative of lime green and purple gingham table cloths – run up on the elna, as someone on here once suggested.
      He’s the 21st Century safari suit!

  3. swordfish 3

    Oddly enough (if the ‘latest comments’ box is anything to go by), it seems the Open Mike of 28 Nov (ie almost a fortnight ago ! ) is currently at least as popular as todays. Go figure.

  4. Molly 4

    Southland Times came up with a different editorial than the Herald, on the delegation to Nelson Mandela’s funeral. (Although I notice it couldn’t quite resist the small boot into Cunliffe at the end. The strain not to was obviously too much).

    • Tracey 4.1

      Haven’t read the southland one yet, so thanks for the link.

      Who does one OIA to find out if the PM ever actually considered taking John Minot, or said he did after seeing a few days of people saying he should go?

  5. Philj 5

    Xox
    Walking through the tunnel to Wellington railway station, the first time in a while, I was shocked, saddened and angry to see homeless people and Beggars sitting on the tiled floor, head bowed down. Is this the ‘Brighter Future’ we were hoping for JK? I am ashamed by our current government. It’s not working John, and you know it. Time for a holiday John? Merry Christmas.

    • BM 5.1

      Did you invite them back to stay at your house?
      Offer them a meal and a bed?

      • bad12 5.1.1

        That’s a pathetic comment on too many levels to list BM and you f**king know it, simply trite bullshit attempting to deflect attention away from this National Governments total abdication of providing the monies and services which would keep those who are least able to help themselves from being forced into such a situation…

        • BM 5.1.1.1

          I disagree, great opportunity here to contribute to the “village”

          Don’t wait for the government to solve the issue, extend your hand and offer those poor homeless a place to stay.

          With Wellington being such a thriving hub of leftism, I’m actually quite shocked to learn that there are actually people living on the streets, this is indeed shameful stuff.

          I think the left really need to take a good hard look at themselves, disgraceful.

          • bad12 5.1.1.1.1

            You get more pathetic by the comment BM, i doubt YOU if confronted by a homeless person would offer anything except your contempt so you really should shut the fuck up about things you obviously know little about and care even less for…

            • miravox 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, BM would only offer contempt – typical of people who expect those with the least to give up the most for their fellow humans.

              …People are saying I don’t need anything but my own ability to earn a profit. I’m not connected to society. I don’t care how the road got built, I don’t care where the firefighter comes from, I don’t care who educates the kids other than my kids. I am me. It’s the triumph of the self. I am me, hear me roar.

              That we’ve gotten to this point is astonishing to me because basically in winning its victory, in seeing that Wall come down and seeing the former Stalinist state’s journey towards our way of thinking in terms of markets or being vulnerable, you would have thought that we would have learned what works. Instead we’ve descended into what can only be described as greed. This is just greed. This is an inability to see that we’re all connected…

              I hear that was a good show, The Wire

          • BM 5.1.1.1.2

            Just had a thought.

            What I think the government should do, is go through all the state house rentals and find all the ones that are under utilized
            eg: one person living in a two-three bedroom house, etc.

            The current homeless person can then be offered the free spare bedroom in the state house.
            A real win win situation, the current tenant gets a new flat mate to help share the chores while the homeless person gets a roof over their head and a dry bed.

            I might shoot an email off to Paula, I’m sure she’d think this is a fantastic idea.

            • miravox 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Maybe if it gets really bad, they’ll be after your spare bedroom, BM. I trust that fence is high…

              • Ennui

                BM, you are one of a whole nation and society, one of us, yet you stand yourself aside. Does it get lonely being a miserable miserly spirit? Maybe you need to read Dickens tale of Scrooge. There is so much more joy out there you appear to be missing. Rich in pocket, poor in spirit.

                Still its coming up to Christmas, so I will offer St Francis prayer to you as a present that may help your state of mind.

                Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
                Where there is injury, pardon;
                Where there is doubt, faith;
                Where there is despair, hope;
                Where there is darkness, light;
                Where there is sadness, joy.

                Perhaps donate something of yourself or your money to the “beggars”…..

            • Molly 5.1.1.1.2.2

              Yeah… it’s a wonder nobody has thought of this before… surely there are no downsides…

            • Will@Welly 5.1.1.1.2.3

              B.M.. – The S.P.C.A. have new premises here in Wellington. It’s bright and airy, comes with its own room, a free dog roll, and for you critters needing it, a rabies shot is on the house. I’m sure a room could be found for someone as extraordinary as you, B.M. Who knows, Paula might visit.

          • Puddleglum 5.1.1.1.3

            The inference from your comment, BM, is that individuals who are part of ‘the right’ are less likely than those who identify as being on ‘the left’ to take in homeless people as an act of charity?

            This, despite the fact – as your comment illustrates – that ‘the right”s solution to homelessness is personal charity.

            Given adherence to that solution, shouldn’t it be members of ‘the right’ who take in the homeless? Obviously, they aren’t, which would usually be called ‘hypocrisy’.

            Those on ‘the left’ – irrespective of their individual commitments to charitable efforts – are very often distinguished in their beliefs by the view that solutions to widespread social problems involve structural changes and collective efforts rather than through individual charitable effort (though these are of course commendable where possible).

          • framu 5.1.1.1.4

            nah mate – this is pure deflection from you – and you, and we, know it

          • greywarbler 5.1.1.1.5

            BM
            You are so cynical and mendacious. Even the Good Samaritan didn’t take the needy one home. He saw that there was attention to his needs and left money to pay for it. Helping someone who is in need is a good deed. It doesn’t require you to take them home and do the fairy godmother bit. Jesus approach was do what you can, it seems.

            But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

            On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Good_Samaritan

      • Tim 5.1.2

        Well actually BM, my student neighbours have done just that on occasion, and some of us assist them with transport occasionally.
        It’s not just the tunnel either. One only has to walk from one side of the city to the other, and around the inner suburbs to see people (particularly youth) begging, and signs of their living rough.
        1st world country? My arse!
        Have you ever stopped to talk to any of them BM? – i.e. to find out their circumstances, or do you prefer to just make assumptions?

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    NSA analysts play online gaming for spy work

    Clever NSA geeks, paid to play world of warcraft and second life…but this is what happens to a mass surveillance state which has to justify its own existence.

    This is the USA equivalent of the East German Stasi who infiltrated pensioner stamp collecting clubs.

    The NSA document, written in 2008 and titled Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments, stressed the risk of leaving games communities under-monitored, describing them as a “target-rich communications network” where intelligence targets could “hide in plain sight”.

    Games, the analyst wrote “are an opportunity!”. According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a “deconfliction” group was required to ensure they weren’t spying on, or interfering with, each other.

    If properly exploited, games could produce vast amounts of intelligence, according to the the NSA document. They could be used as a window for hacking attacks, to build pictures of people’s social networks through “buddylists and interaction”, to make approaches by undercover agents, and to obtain target identifiers (such as profile photos), geolocation, and collection of communications.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/nsa-spies-online-games-world-warcraft-second-life?CMP=twt_gu

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    Maybe Mandela is liked by the Right Wing because the Elite are still in charge of S.A.

    And lessons for NZ…

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/if-nelson-mandela-really-had-won

    South Africa in this respect is just one version of the recurrent story of the contemporary left. A leader or party is elected with universal enthusiasm, promising a “new world” – but, then, sooner or later, they stumble upon the key dilemma: does one dare to touch the capitalist mechanisms, or does one decide to “play the game”? If one disturbs these mechanisms, one is very swiftly “punished” by market perturbations, economic chaos and the rest. This is why it is all too simple to criticise Mandela for abandoning the socialist perspective after the end of apartheid: did he really have a choice? Was the move towards socialism a real option?

    • swordfish 7.1

      Tiny black political elite as fig-leaf, otherwise little has changed.

      Interesting post from Chris Trotter on Bowalley Road today. He’s pretty much spot-on as far as I’m concerned. Good to see analysis of Mandela that moves beyond the mawkish and saccharine.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      did he really have a choice? Was the move towards socialism a real option?

      Two pertinent questions and they lead to an interesting question: If a country can’t do what it’s population wants then who the hell is actually in control?

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        That’s been long answered – worldwide there has been a corporate coup d’etat, led by the banking fraternity. The TPPA is another example of this – the US gov is not negotiating on behalf of their people, but on behalf of their corporates.

      • Bill 7.2.2

        Given that the ANC gained political power but ceded financial power to the ‘outgoing’ white elites who had ties and well established relationships with international financial institutions….

      • greywarbler 7.2.3

        DTB
        You always put the easy questions first.

  8. Good on you Hone – leadership in action

    Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says he will go to South Africa this week to represent the anti-apartheid movement at the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9497375/Hone-Harawira-heading-to-Mandela-funeral

    • Ennui 8.1

      Yeah well done Hone, but for me you can only represent me as a rank and file member of the protest movement. In any other capacity forget it. And on Hones example any other 1981 veteran who can get there should take equal standing next to Hone on my behalf. Just to make sure Hone remembers, it is not about him, its about “us”, that huge chunk of NZers who stood up together and said enough was enough. I don’t see a lot of them grandstanding or sliding in on the official events with the Nact photo op posers.

      • marty mars 8.1.1

        you could go if you want – it would be great you could travel around with Hone I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.

        ” He would not be involved in any of the official proceedings but said this would allow him to do and say what he pleased.

        “Honestly I’m just going to pay my respects on behalf of the anti-tour movement of 1981 in particular, and all those others who marched against apartheid over the years and have supported Nelson Mandela in his drive for freedom,” he said. ”

        Hone imo isn’t grandstanding or sliding in – he believes and then takes actions in alignment with his beliefs – I personally like that.

        • Ennui 8.1.1.1

          Lets hope Hone is “for real”. I recall “Hone Activist Events” such as assaulting engineering students with baseball bats. I recall him making racist statements, saying that pakeha boyfriends would not be welcome for his daughters. I for one have little faith in Hone. So Mars if that is the type gent you wish to represent “us”, count me out, I would rather be one of “them”.

          • marty mars 8.1.1.1.1

            Those examples all have a context that you seemed to have missed – bought the hook, line and sinker there I think bored – just like they wanted you to. Noted that you would rather be one of them – you’ve been going down that line for a while and fair enough, good for you. As for Hone representing me and those anti-tour protestors that stood side by side with him – yep I’m proud that he is doing so and he is exactly the type of gent that I align with.

            • Tigger 8.1.1.1.1.1

              My mother once told me that funerals are ultimately about the living, not the dead. She was certainly right in Mandela’s case. It’s all me me me from everybody.

              Here’s the real truth. Mandela doesn’t give a fuck who is there. And neither do I.

            • Ennui 8.1.1.1.1.2

              Good stuff Mars, we align differently. That is somehow very reassuring.

          • framu 8.1.1.1.2

            “I recall “Hone Activist Events” such as assaulting engineering students with baseball bats”

            yet you dont recall how this happened or why? – therein lies the answer

            • Ennui 8.1.1.1.2.1

              Hmm, the ends justify the means….so violence against the individual is politically correct if you have a really good reason? So what say I dont agree with you about frogs rights, my position is in my mind water tight, so to move it ahead I bash you. All good.

          • Murray Olsen 8.1.1.1.3

            Why does what sort of boyfriend Hone would feel comfortable with for his daughter have anything to do with you? Were you stalking her, Ennui?
            As for the racist dickheads of the haka party, pakeha should have been there with baseball bats stopping it long before He Taua stepped in.

            I’m happy for Hone to represent me.

  9. miravox 9

    Meanwhile in the land of the guest worker, that certain people hold up as everything great and good about (neo-liberal) capitalist, dem-fac-ocracy… (especially since the celtic tiger fell over and is now limping)…

    Singapore’s prime minister has urged citizens not to show animosity towards migrant workers following the first rioting in 40 years in the wealthy state, which prides itself on being an island of calm in an often chaotic region.

    The disorder involved mostly Indian guest workers and broke out in the Little India district on Sunday night after an Indian worker was hit and killed by a bus driven by a Singaporean. Cars were set alight and 18 people injured as crowds hurled stones at authorities.

    It followed recent signs of tensions between citizens and the growing numbers of migrant workers, who have provided the bulk of the workforce constructing the country’s impressive skyline, transport and other infrastructure. About a quarter of Singapore’s 5.4 million residents are transient workers, compared with a tenth in 1990, according to government statistics.

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    meanwhile Back at the Funny Farm, windows reflect the Shine
    Being the 10th, “you pulled the Deuce this time”. 😎

  11. s y d 11

    One unhappy guy in a hoodies can ruin a nice picture. No wonder he wants a personal photographer. Shoulda cropped.

  12. s y d 12

    im having troubles with TS today…on a go slow…dropping out…was this photo.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11169619

    if looks could kill…

    • lprent 12.1

      Database is running high on CPU and open handles and has been all morning. I can’t see any particular reason why but I suspect that we’re getting a good read of the whole system from someone. I’ll have a peek and maybe curtail their scans.

      • lprent 12.1.1

        I’ve put a more severe policy on for bots, and switched from throttling to blocking. Doesn’t affect google because they do every properly. But it looks like we’re getting scanned by a fast msnbots and fast bingbots. I should see the open database handles drop from ~40 to something more acceptable.

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          Actually dropping an extra server in seems to have helped.

          • Arfamo 12.1.1.1.1

            Dunno what’s going on then. It’s even slower for me than yesterday. No such probs with the usual newsotainment sites or Bomber’s Daily Rants.

            • lprent 12.1.1.1.1.1

              I think I figured it out. There is something wrong on the VPN at the host site. The servers when talking to each other were having problems with routings (as far as I could see they talked via the US?). Shifting it to talk on non vpn IP’s appears to have largely fixed it.

              I have no idea if that is my configuration of theirs…. Job for later.

  13. Rogue Trooper 13

    Key’s Apartheid Amnesia Makes The Huffington Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yasmine-ryan/apartheid-new-zealand_b_4411734.html
    Top Man! he he

    • ianmac 13.1

      Well spotted Rogue. Does not exactly make us proud our New Zealand Prime Minister. Queasy me.

      • Arfamo 13.1.1

        John Key is the best prime minister of this country the United States has ever had. Or had over, perhaps might be more accurate.

      • greywarbler 13.1.2

        I liked this verbiage from Cameron. Every word reverberating with deep emotion and sincerity.

        continually bears humanity ever upwards away from brutality and darkness and towards something better.
        ‘But is not so. Progress is not just handed down as a gift, it is won through struggle: …the struggle of men and women who believe things can be better, who refuse to accept the world as it is, but dream of what it can be.
        ‘Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of that struggle. He did not see himself as a helpless victim of history, he wrote it.’

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520808/Cameron-hails-Mandela-towering-figure-tweets-picture-reindeer-Little-Ant-Dec-Commons-tributes.html

        plus item –
        Shopkeeper was quizzed for eight HOURS by police – and had his computer seized and his DNA swabbed – after cracking ‘bad taste’ Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.

    • greywarbler 13.2

      RT
      That was a terrific piece on Key and Mandela. the Mighty and Mini-me of politics and leadership.
      Yasmine in Tunis wrote a tremendous piece for Huffington.

    • Daveosaurus 13.3

      At least this oxygen thief remembers where they stood in 1981. There are none so bitter as Tories who find themselves on the wrong side of history.

      • greywarbler 13.3.1

        Politicians that don’t command respect like Judith Collins demean themselves by throw-away remarks going on twitter such as the one about ‘Cunners’ – a weak sounding term coming from a loose thinking mind.

        • Arfamo 13.3.1.1

          I notice the hairdo contributing his “catty schoolgirl” snide jibe as well. Christ, how the hell do these kindy-level thinkers ever get freakin elected.

  14. John Minto tells it like it is and thank goodness he does.

    Mandela brought South Africa out of the apartheid era of racial oppression.

    We should celebrate the life of this leader of the anti-apartheid struggle but we should never be blinded to his failings. He never claimed to walk on water and no one should pretend he did.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11169600

    Mandela was a great man in so many ways and as a paragon of forgiveness it is hard to think of someone who displays that attribute more – but he was a man and he had his mistakes and failings and it honours him to accept that rather than pretend he was a saint.

  15. aerobubble 15

    National gives loan sharks free license for some to pray on the poor, well it would not do the same for the rich right? well, maybe that explains SCF, and the miriad of other finance companies gone bust. You see National don’t believe in protection, so what does it believe in? Well seizing assets gained from crime. Nice, since eventually we will start to revisit wealth accumulated via crimes against the environment, unless National’s detractors are right, that they are a rich prick party.

  16. Rosie 16

    Superficial fluff for the day.

    Yesterday on Open Mike there was some discussion around the spelling of Russel Norman’s name. I go a step beyond that and have a pet name for him, which is taken from Russell Crow’s stage name when he was a “musician”. Rus le Roq was his name(not a fan of Russell Crow incidentally)

    Here’s Rus le Roq in action on Shazam in 1985

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/shazam-feat-russell-crowe-1985

    I like Russel Norman. I’ve heard him speak publicly and the way he spoke cemented my appreciation of him, where as I had previously been a bit uncertain. He’ll always be Rus le Roq to me.

    On the topic of spelling: Thank you phillip ure for spelling “eh” correctly. Not many folks know how to spell this often used word. For instance, last night on 3 News they had subtitled the speech of person featured in an article about a loan shark’s office in South Auckland and gasp! They spelt “eh” as “ay”. (not the first time they have misspelt eh either!) Even worse, the L&P advertising campaign is “It’s a bit different aye”. Aye is Scots for yes and is pronounced eye, as far as I am aware. Could be wrong. Don’t know what the world is coming to eh.

    *With apologies for my frequent spelling and grammatical errors.

  17. Ubuntu versus Wetiko or why it makes perfect sense for John Key to go to Mandela’s funeral without John Minto

  18. Rogue Trooper 18

    Reserve Bank Folds
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11170067
    on LVR ‘speed-limits’ for new residential construction. (a little Ke a whispered in their ear)

  19. greywarbler 19

    Rosie you’re always interesting. RT if they shoot messengers with bad news, what do they do for those with good? Think about it. A quaff of good ale sir, to your health or something.

    This is a nice bit of news, the most encouraging thing from a judge I’ve read for yonks.

    Oldfield successfully appealed against Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to kick him out of the country on the grounds that his presence was “not conducive to the public good”.
    Immigration tribunal Judge Kevin Moore, in overturning the deportation order, said Oldfield was an asset to Britain.
    “There is no doubt in my view to your character and commitment and the value you are to UK society generally,” the judge said.

    Oldfield, originally from Sydney, has a British wife, Deepa Naik, 36, and a five-month-old baby daughter. He’s lived in the UK for more than a decade.

    The Australian swam into the path of the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews as they raced down the Thames in April 2012 to protest against elitism.
    He was subsequently jailed for seven weeks.

    Here’s a different link to the same story. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10506059/Boat-race-protester-Trenton-Oldfield-wins-bid-to-stay-in-UK.html

    • Rogue Trooper 19.1

      as long as it’s not too hot, maybe somewhere Asian 😉
      comment #77, ‘think about it’.

  20. Pete 20

    Interesting results from the census (excel document). For the first time, Catholicism is now the country’s largest religious denomination with 491,421 adherents. Anglicanism stands at 459,771. Both stood at over 500,000 each in the 2006 census and the country continues a secular trend – the largest group of all, those with no religion, stands at 1.6 million. So having a monarch at the head of an established church is going to grow as an issue over time, I think.

    Underemployment seems to be a trend too. 42,267 report their main job at 10 hours per week. 84,528 at 20 hours and 89,997 at 30 hours.

    There were 153,210 unemployed people seeking work, which rouhly matches the 150,000 people reported unemployed in the September Household Labour Force Survey.

  21. Pascal's bookie 23

    Am I in moderation for a reason? Not disputing it at all, just wondering what it was.

    [Bunji: not that I can find…]

  22. Morrissey 24

    LIARS OF OUR TIME

    No. 38: Jeremy Hansen

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    “I read a great column by Paul Thomas in the Herald….”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    —Jeremy Hansen, The Panel, Tuesday 10 December 2013

    More liars….
    No. 37 Alan Seay: “You know, we respect the rights of people to protest….”
    No. 36 Paul Dykzeul: “No we won’t be changing the Listener; it’s got a terrific editor….”
    No. 35 Mark Jennings: “I think Paul’s a bright guy and he will be able to bring a discipline to his performance….”
    No. 34 Willie Jackson: “I thought we’d been sensitive with her yesterday….”
    No. 33 Supt. Bill Searle: “I think what’s happened here is the police officers have done their very best….”
    No. 32 Sonny-Bill Williams: “It’s good to get the win over Papua-New Guinea, a strong Papua-New Guinea side, aahhhh….”
    No. 31 John Palino: “Suggestions that I am somehow orchestrating some grand right-wing conspiracy to unseat Len after the election are so wrong…”
    No. 30 Alan Dershowitz: “I will give $10,000 to the PLO if you can find a historical fact in my book that you can prove to be false.”
    No. 29 John Banks: “I have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. And never, ever would I ever knowingly sign a false electoral return. Never ever would I ever.”

    No. 28 John Kerry: “…we are especially sensitive, Chuck and I, to never again asking any member of Congress to take a vote on faulty intelligence.”
    
No. 27 Lyse Doucet: “I am there for those without a voice.”
    
No. 26 Sam Wallace: “So here we are—Otahuhu. It’s just a great place to be, really.”


    No. 25 Margaret Thatcher: “…no British government involvement of any kind…with Khmer Rouge…”


    No. 24 John Key: “…at the end of the day I, like most New Zealanders, value the role of the fourth estate…”
    


No. 23 Jay Carney: “…expel Mr Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice…”
    


No. 22 Mike Bush: “Bruce Hutton had integrity beyond reproach.”
    


No. 21 Tim Groser: “I think the relationship is genuinely in outstanding form.”
    


No. 20 John Key: “But if the question is do we use the United States or one of our other partners to circumvent New Zealand law then the answer is categorically no.”
    


No. 19 Matthew Hooton: “It is ridiculous to say that unions deliver higher wages! They DON’T!”


    No. 18 Ant Strachan: “The All Blacks won the RWC 2011 because of outstanding defence!”



    No. 17 Stephen Franks: “Peter has been such a level-headed, safe pair of hands.”



    No. 16 Phil Kafcaloudes: “Tony Abbott…hasn’t made any mistakes over the past eighteen months.”



    No. 15 Donald Rumsfeld: “I did not lie… Colin Powell did not lie.”
    


No. 14 Colin Powell: “a post-9/11 nexus between Iraq and terrorist organizations…connections are now emerging…”
    
No. 13 Barack Obama: “Simply put, these strikes have saved lives.”
    




No. 12 U.K. Ministry of Defence: “Protecting the Afghan civilian population is one of ISAF and the UK’s top priorities.”
    


No. 11 Brendan O’Connor: “Australia’s approach to refugees is compassionate and generous.”



    No. 10 Boris Johnson: “Londoners have… the best police in the world to look after us and keep us safe.”
    


No. 9 NewstalkZB PR dept: “News you NEED! Fast, fair, accurate!”
    


No. 8 Simon Bridges: “I don’t mean to duck the question….”



    No. 7 Nigel Morrison: “Quite frankly, they’ve been VERY tough.”




    No. 6 Herald PR dept: “Congratulations—you’re reading New Zealand’s best newspaper.”




    No. 5 Rawdon Christie: “…a FORMIDABLE replacement, it seems, is Claudette Hauiti.”
    




No. 4 Willie and J.T.: “The X-Factor. Nah, nah, there’s some GREAT talent there!”
    



No. 3 John Key: “Yeah we hold MPs to a higher standard.”
    



No. 2 Colin Craig: “Oh, I have a GREAT sense of humour.”




    No. 1 Barack Obama: “Margaret Thatcher was one of the great champions of freedom and liberty.”

    • gobsmacked 24.1

      Have you even read the column? It was indeed very good.

      Calling him a “liar” and lumping him in with Thatcher and Banks and all is stupid.

      • Morrissey 24.1.1

        Have you even read the column?
        No, I haven’t, because although Paul Thomas has written a couple of good football books, and some entertaining thrillers, he lacks the knowledge and the seriousness to write about political or philosophical matters. His column is normally about as interesting and authoritative as the garbage churned out by Kerre McIvor (née ohoWmad) or Murray Deaker or Tony “Bootboy” Veitch.

        It was indeed very good.
        I’ll take your word for it. I’m glad to hear he’s finally written something worth reading.

        Calling him a “liar” and lumping him in with Thatcher and Banks and all is stupid.
        Oh come on, gobsmacked! Lighten up a little! “Liars of Our Time” is a wide-ranging series, taking in the psychopathic/fanatic (No. 25, 30), the moronic (No. 2, 4, 10, 18, 29), the professionally dishonest (No. 1, 3, 8, 20, 22, 31, 37) and the hapless (No. 26). There are several other categories I haven’t mentioned here, but you get the drift, I hope: some of the liars here are serious, professional liars, while others are harmless. Jeremy Hansen’s foolish laudatory comment about an undistinguished column-filler fall into the latter category.

  23. In solidarity with the millions of black South Africans who are now worse off under the ANC’s neo-liberal ‘economic apartheid’ reforms – why I would NOT attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

    ANTI-APARTHEID BACKGROUND:

    In 1972, I joined the Halt All Racist Tours movement, in my 7th form year as an 18 year old.

    In 1981, I was one of twelve anti-apartheid activists elected to the ‘demonstration committee’ of the MOST (Mobilisation to Stop the Tour) – tasked with organising protests in Auckland against the Springbok Tour.

    The purpose of the protests, was to ‘stretch the thin blue line’ and through non-violent civil disobedience, make the 1981 Springbok Tour ‘un-policeable’, so it would be called off.

    This was in solidarity with millions of black South Africans, who not only did not have the same civil and political human rights as the white minority, but were also being denied basic economic, social and cultural rights.

    (The effectiveness of the sports boycott in putting pressure on the apartheid regime, is explained here:
    Desmond Tutu: Sports boycott crucial to ending apartheid

    http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=3093 )

    However, the purpose of these anti-Springbok Tour protests, in calling for an end to apartheid, was not for the black South African majority to end up being worse off.

    But that is exactly what has happened in ‘post-apartheid’ South Africa.

    Why?

    Because the ANC government, elected in 1994, broke their promises, effectively did a 180 degree ‘U turn’ and introduced the same neo-liberal ‘Rogernomics’ reforms, without consultation or mandate as did the 1984 – 1987 Labour Government here in New Zealand.

    Sorry to be the one to ‘blow the whistle’ and ‘pop the hot air balloon’, but this wave of neo-liberal reforms started on Nelson Mandela’s watch, when he was President of South Africa from 1994 – 1999.

    Nelson Mandela supported privatisation, and it started on ‘his watch’.

    http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10394/6332/No_42(1997)_Meyer_MJ.pdf?sequence=1

    PRIVATISING SOUTH AFRICA BY DICTUM: A REVIEW
    Michael J. Meyer
    (Department of Development Studies, University of North West)

    1. Introduction

    Mindful of the experience in the Third World in general, and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)in particular, where in some instances the privatisation of state assets was turned into a farce because of corruption, nepotism patronage and insider dealing, in South Africa (SA) the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) insisted from the outset that the privatisation process is shrouded in secrecy and should be made transparent.

    As a consequence COSATU objected to the African National Congress’s (ANC) adoption of a privatisation policy at its December 1994 Conference, which was endorsed without any form of consultation with the labour movement -the ANC’s strongest social partner.’ In order to forestall any unilateral action on the part of the ANC the labour movement insisted on participation and transparency, calling on the ANC to be accountable, not only to its allies but also the masses on any decision taken
    on the issue of privatisation.

    1 COSATU 6th National Congress: 16-19 September 1997, Book 4, Resolutions, Discussion
    Documents (1997), p. 33.

    Over and above the intense hostility and pressure, particularly from COSATU, which government faces on restructuring and privatisation, President Mandela intractably remarked, that:

    “Privatisation is the fundamental policy of the ANC, and is going to be implemented …Just because we [government and COSATU] have a working relationship, and they [COSATU] helped put us in power, does not mean that we are happy with everything they say.’ 49

    49 Sunday Times, 26 May 1996.

    COSATU-aligned unions reciprocated this statement calling for full participation and state transparency, failing which further mass action will go ahead if the sale of state assets were implemented unilaterally. 5O

    [50 Labour consultants Andrew Levy and Associates claim in their second quarter Strike Report, that the “Stage is set for a showdown between government and trade unions on the issue of restructuring…” They further claim that there is a strong likelihood of a sharp rise in strikes related to restructuring of SOE’s (The Star, 28 June 1996). ]

    This endorsed the threatening deadlock between govemment and organised labour.

    Referring to privatisation, President Mandela reiterated Mboweni’s threat, declaring that govemment will “go it alone” if labour, business and government could not form a successful partnership.51

    [51 Sunday Times, 26 May 1996.]
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY RASSP RESEARCH REPORTS 2005, VOL.1

    Saranel Benjamin, Durban, September 2005

    “Introduction

    The ANC’s 1994 national election campaign was not only premised on delivering democracy and freedom to the citizens of South Africa but was also strongly rooted in the memory of apartheid’s denial of basic resources to black people.

    Riding on the crest of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (the ANC’s proposed economic plan for the post-liberation era based on redistribution of the country’s wealth to the poor), the ANC promised to right the wrongs of the past and to give the people what had long been denied them.

    Election posters blazing with the black green and gold party colours screamed out to the poor:

    “A better life for all!”, “Free basic services!”. “Jobs for all!”,

    with a promise to redistribute the wealth accumulated by the apartheid government, white business and the white population.

    The poor, trusting the rhetoric, voted in their millions to put the ANC into power as the first democratic government.

    When the ANC capitulated to the charms of a market-driven economy, the party ditched clauses from the Freedom Charter and the RDP and emerged with a macro-economic policy that was a ‘fairly standard neoliberal one”. 1

    [1 Adam Habib and Vishnu Padaychee (2000), “Economic Policy and Power Relations in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy” in World Development, (vol.28, no.2)3. ]

    The choice of a market-driven policy that would ensure maximum profit accumulation by the already rich was made in full knowledge of South Africa’s stratified economy.

    South Africa, writes John Saul, is a country where the “the poorest 60% of household’s share of total expenditure is a mere 14%, while the the richest quintile’s share is 69% and where, across the decade of the nineties, a certain narrowing of the income gap between black and white (as a growing number of blacks have edged themselves into elite circles) has been paralleled by an even greater widening gap between rich and poor”. 2

    [2 John Saul, (2002), “Cry for the Beloved Country: the Post-Apartheid Denouement” (RAU Sociology), http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs 8. ]

    The Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) policy drew from the main tenets of neoliberalism as installed globally with the main objective of creating an environment which enables maximum private investment.

    Hence GEAR proposed cuts in government spending to reduce the deficit, the introduction of tax concessions for big business, a reduction of tariff barriers (in the clothing, textile,leather and car manufacturing industries), the privatization of government assets (which included the provision of basic services), a reduction in state welfare programmes and a more flexible labour market.
    Adelzadeh 3

    [3 In Hein Marais (2001), South Africa: Limits to Change, (Cape Toen: University of Cape Town Press) 163] and Saul both agree that the ANC had “come full circle, back to the late apartheid government’s Normative Economic Model.

    For the central premise of South Africa’s economic policy now could clearly be clearer: ask not what capital can do for South Africa, but what South Africa can do for capital…”4

    [4 Saul 12]

    The ANC pushed for GEAR, arguing that the policy framework could help achieve economic growth, attract foreign investment , boost employment and increase socio-economic equality. the verdict so far has been resoundingly negative:

    “GEAR has been associated with massive deindustrialization and job-shedding through reduced tariffs on imports, capital flight as as controls over investments are relaxed, attempts to downsize the costs and size of the public sector, and real cuts in education, health and social welfare spending”. 5
    [5 Saul 13 ]

    This neo-liberal economic framework precludes the the development of any form of social security system for the growing band of unemployed, informal sector workers and the poor. GEAR argues for a decline in state expenditure and, in keeping with global trends, this translates into cutting back on state welfare programmes.

    The harsh effects of the GEAR policy have been felt most by those who came into the era of democracy poor. These were black, working class people.

    Most were black, women, urban and rural. GEAR has left the poor more vulnerable to increasing poverty and has debilitated most workers by decimating the industries they work in. …”
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Through my involvement with the Auckland Water Pressure Group, I, (and others) made contact with some directly involved in the ‘social movements’, who were fighting back against these ANC-led neoliberal reforms, particularly the fight against water privatisation and the introduction of pre-paid water meters by groups such as the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF).

    More information about the fightback by the ‘social movements’ in South Africa, is available here: http://www.ukzn.za/ccs

    “SEEK TRUTH FROM FACTS”!

    Penny Bright
    1981 Springbok Tour protestor
    ‘Anti-corruption/anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

  24. idlegus 26

    bryce edwards in the odt ‘i’m bored with child poverty’…well fuck you bryce edwards!

    • Arfamo 26.1

      Is this the article you’re referring to?
      http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/284747/poverty-issues-boring-public-academic

      Doesn’t read like he’s bored with it, he’s saying the public is getting bored with it.

    • BM 26.2

      He speaks the truth.

      Also people have become very cynical surrounding the media and the way they pimp out the “poor”.

      It seems just about every “oh woe is me story” they put out there is rather short on facts and long on bullshit.
      With message boards, blogs, twitter etc, it never takes too long before the real facts come out and surprise, it’s never anything like what the media say it is.

      No one believes anything they read in the MSM now, most people are like “yeah, yeah what a load of shit, fuck they must think we’re idiots”.

  25. gobsmacked 28

    So it seems only 2 people from NZ can go to Mandela’s funeral …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11170259

    Cunliffe should let Sharples go in his place. Good principle – and good politics too!

    • Arfamo 29.1

      When the funeral is over perhaps everyone can get past their nostalgia and back to firing insults at each other about all the other shit someone else is always to blame for.

    • Anne 29.2

      How did that happen? Positive gobsmacked wasn’t there with the same link. Unless he’s been a naughty boy and is in moderation. 😛

  26. Nelson Mandela’s service is going to be stream lived on tvnz, Im guessing it will also be on BCC, CNN on sky.

    No matter who attends and who speaks, it’s history and people should watch.

    • Arfamo 30.1

      It’s history all right, but after all the grand speeches extolling him and what he stood for, they’ll all go back to advancing the interests of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the poor and their speech notes will just blow away with the wind.

      For what it’s worth, I reckon Key made the right call to include Cunliffe. No one will ever agree on who else would’ve been better. If there can only be two at the funeral the PM and the Leader of the Opposition is a good representation for this country.

      • Anne 30.1.1

        I reckon Key made the right call to include Cunliffe.

        Yes he did. I guess he couldn’t do anything else.

        Hey Brett… what time does it start on TV1?

      • gobsmacked 30.1.2

        I agree, Key was right to invite Cunliffe to be the 2nd. In fact it was his only option, politically.

        But Cunliffe could earn a heap of mana by giving up his seat to Sharples. Symbolism matters, and if another rich white guy steps aside for the Maori protestor and leader from 1981, that’s strong symbolism – and, more cynically, bloody good headlines in the clear contrast between generous Cunliffe and Key vs Minto.

        I wouldn’t blame Cunliffe for keeping his seat, it’s an occasion you wouldn’t want to miss. But there’s bonus points if he doesn’t.

        • Arfamo 30.1.2.1

          Good point, well made. But on the other hand the reality now is that Sharples is part of Key’s government. It is better the Opposition is represented.

        • Anne 30.1.2.2

          Looks like Cunliffe IS going to offer his seat to Sharples.

          However, Mr Cunliffe said he is considering giving up his place to Pita Sharples. “I think it’s important that a New Zealand Maori is represented and I think that he did a lot of work in the anti-apartheid movement.”

          http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/230389/pm-forced-to-cut-back-mandela-delegation

          • Arfamo 30.1.2.2.1

            Far out. Cunners should just make the call and do it then, not talk about “considering it”. Gobsmacked’s “bonus points” is valid – Cunners would gain a lot of respect & support for this.

            • gobsmacked 30.1.2.2.1.1

              Damn, I’ve just outed myself!

              Good broadband here in South Africa …

              • Anne

                The Radio NZ story has now changed to:

                However, Mr Cunliffe offered to give up his place to Dr Sharples. “I think it’s important that a New Zealand Maori is represented and I think that he did a lot of work in the anti-apartheid movement.”

                But no word whether Sharples has accepted…

                • Pascal's bookie

                  RNZ reporter Demelza Leslie:

                  “David Cunliffe is on his way to meet the Prime Minister to formally give up his place at Mandela memorial to Pita Sharples. Will PM accept?”

                  Key’s advisers will be spewing. And the rumour is senior Nats (ahem Blinglish, Tau) advised to invite Minto and Key was going with it, till others (ahem Collins) said no way.

                • gobsmacked

                  According to Hilary Barry on Radio Live just now, there may be places for five after all.

                  But in any case, Cunliffe is impressing the voters …

                  https://twitter.com/search?q=sharples%20cunliffe&src=typd&f=realtime

                  My fave tweet: Cunliffe offers place to Sharples, who offers it to Hone, who offers it to Minto …

  27. Arfamo 31

    New Privacy Commissioner: John Edwards
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11170243

    End of an era I reckon. Marie Shroff has done an excellent job in the face of obfuscation and obduracy from bureaucrats and politicians.

  28. Pascal's bookie 32

    “It was certainly a period of time where politics were prominent and I was fascinated by it.” lol

    • felix 32.1

      Farkin lol alright.

      It was a remark who are from a man I found is bullshitting and I was be disgusted by them.

  29. Colonial Viper 33

    Texas fracking quakes stirring residents and home owners fear

  30. Dr Sharples and mckinnion are there?

  31. joe90 36

    A couple of live streams from SA.

    SABC TV

    eNCA

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 hour ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 hour ago
  • A prediction
    There was another police chase in Christchurch this morning, resulting in a crash which killed one person and injured five more. Because someone died, the chase is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. And based on previous reports by the IPCA, we know how it will go: the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    10 hours ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    11 hours ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    12 hours ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 day ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    1 day ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    3 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    4 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    4 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    5 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago