Open Mike 11/08/2018

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  1. Ed 1

    New Zealand’s left does need to remember the c words.
    Class and climate change.
    It should fight the economic and ecological battles, and stop prioritising identity politics.
    Has it the courage to fight the establishment and take down capitalism?

    • Ad 1.1

      The left in New Zealand is made up of a rainbow of identity politics.

      And we’re got where we are because of all of them, united, win elections.

      • Hongi Ika 1.1.1

        …and the right are normally LRWNJ’s ?

        • Ad 1.1.1.1

          Gives a damn.

          The left, the left in all its identities, are in power right now.

          And they are doing good, more good than we’ve see in nearly a decade.

          • greywarshark 1.1.1.1.1

            The thread seems to be relatively sane to here. We have to keep our heads chaps and not get freaked out.

      • Stuart Munro 1.1.2

        Identity politics is what we got instead of Labour fixing Rogergnomics.

        This allowed them to pretend to a different set of virtues, accommodate unreconstructed sellouts like Phil Goff, and call any critics racist, sexist or what have you.

        This is what allowed Labour to do things like extend the use of foreign slave fishermen indefinitely, instead of building a system that retained skilled New Zealanders.

        It’s much of the reason Labour spent nine years in the wilderness even while National were transparently not acting in the national interest, and it’s a big part of why most folk here lean more Green than Labour.

        • BM 1.1.2.1

          Soft cock Millennials are such a drag on society.

          The current lot that is coming through, Generation Z is tremendous if only we could bypass the millennials, Soylent Green anyone?

          Fuck they suck.

          • SaveNZ 1.1.2.1.1

            BM that seems a bit harsh, are you paraphrasing Judith?

            Weird it was the Millennials that they imported on mass into Auckland under the Natz. Then under the rules you can bring your 4 aged parents and your new partner. This is apparently to solve our superannuation issue.

            Apparently a 20yo millennial with a level 5 qualification in cooking who doesn’t have to speak English and working for a minimum wage at McDonalds trumped a 40 yo $300,000K senior IT developer with 20 years experience for immigration points under our dysfunction immigration rules.

            • BM 1.1.2.1.1.1

              The millennials are the Frankenstein generation.

            • greywarshark 1.1.2.1.1.2

              It’s those damn pigeons again. They were supposed to be checking out the various qualifications with their bright eyes, and then peck the right one and get a feed of grain. They got a few anomalies and some techhead replaced them and put in a computer sorting system. Now we’ve got real trouble.

              It’s those rude mechanicals who are all the problem. Fuck them.

          • Stuart Munro 1.1.2.1.2

            Millennials haven’t made their political play yet. They’ll have their work cut out to do worse than their predecessors.

            • BM 1.1.2.1.2.1

              I consider Millinelials a greater threat to the world than someone like Trump.

              Mentally they’re fucked up and very bitter about it, they will destroy the world or at the very least bring it to its knees

              • Stuart Munro

                Then you’re a fool.

                Millennials are relatively innocent.

                Trump is a sick joke.

              • gsays

                I hear your passion and am willing to predict you are a young boomer or a gen x.
                We, I am gen x, have moulded the millennials.

                Boomers in particular are the greatest beneficiaries of the neo lib reforms.
                Me first and the gimme gimmies.

                • joe90

                  Of course, the thousands of boomers and their families in my burg who endured the loss of livelihoods, savings, some, their homes, services and amenities, and witnessed the destructive depopulation of their community during a decade and more of radical change are the greatest beneficiaries of the neo lib reforms.

                  FFS.

                  • KJT

                    Unfortunately the “Academic Left” only see the boomers who are like them. The ones who had tertiary education, continued good jobs and own Auckland houses.

                    They are blind to the many boomers that have been done over since 1984, with jobs lost to “restructuring”, savings lost to finance company crashes, and houses lost when they lost their jobs.

                    Now heading into retirement with few assets and large mortgages. Trying to help their kids, with their housing at the same time.

                  • gsays

                    Yep fair call Joe.

                    I had just finished a very busy, long day in an extremely tense kitchen.
                    That was a reminder to me to not post with a head of steam.

        • Ad 1.1.2.2

          The activists tried a reconstructed anti-Rogernomics Labour – it was Jim Anderton’s alliance. In 2005 it got 1% of the vote. After a term in government it exploded in a pride of prancing sparkle ponies.

          But sure, keep going on the slave pirate theory. I like that one a-Hrrrrrrrr

          • Stuart Munro 1.1.2.2.1

            Yeah we know you like it – you supported it for thirty years.

            Now we’ve got cheap foreign labour onshore on the same model. Victory!

            For the hollow creatures that once were Labour.

          • Stuart Munro 1.1.2.2.2

            Laugh it up.

            Jamie and Tony and Snow will not laugh with you, they’re dead.

            You pissed their jobs away, and they killed themselves.

            900 work permits a year – guess someone’s cleaning up there.

            Wonder if Labour gets a backhander.

        • SaveNZ 1.1.2.3

          +1 Stuart Munro

    • solkta 1.2

      So don’t you care about people?

    • marty mars 1.3

      describe yourself just using ‘class’

      now describe yourself via your ‘identity’

      see the difference?

      • Incognito 1.3.1

        There’s no “i” in class?

        • marty mars 1.3.1.1

          yeeeessssss learning now you are young padawan

        • McFlock 1.3.1.2

          lol there’s no “u” or “we” or even “body”, either.

          But there is one “ass” as part of a slightly larger “lass”.

          • marty mars 1.3.1.2.1

            There is an entity in identity and an ‘I’ denting another.

            • greywarshark 1.3.1.2.1.1

              Oooh you’re on a roll here.

              And is 2d Shrewsbury his words – (or does she embrace he?)

      • SaveNZ 1.3.2

        I think Ed is referring to social class definition of class aka Capitalism, which is different from identity politics..

        Social Class

        noun A system of ordering society whereby people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.

        2.1count noun A social division based on social or economic status.
        ‘the ruling class’

        More example sentencesSynonyms
        2.2the classesarchaic The rich or educated.

        Identity politics

        Identity politics definition, political activity or movements based on or catering to the cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, or social interests that characterize a group identity.

        • marty mars 1.3.2.1

          yes so on one someone will be middle class and on the other they will be scottish, red headed, right wing, hetrosexual, able bodied, and so on. One gives a much deeper understanding of who and what we are based upon our values and recognitions.

          so how can our identity via ‘identity politics’ be un-prioritised when it is us?

          • Tuppence Shrewsbury 1.3.2.1.1

            I’m not pathetic enough to let my homosexuality define who I am and not do I want to be characterised because of it. I fought for equality, not this appearance based system of apartheid you seem to believe is more important than my economic status

            • marty mars 1.3.2.1.1.1

              Your economic status IS you? YOU are that range of numbers? – see it’s just silly isn’t it. btw you aren’t your appearance either 🙂

              • Tuppence Shrewsbury

                My economic status isn’t me, but it’s no less valid an identifier than the colour of my hair as you made mention of in your comment above

          • SaveNZ 1.3.2.1.2

            When someone seems to identify only as a subset of identity aka a Maori women and somehow loses focus on the rest of the population who might not be in that niche….

            Then say, you focus an election campaigns on beneficiaries to vote for you… but then confuse them with rallies to that focus on certain parts of identity, Maori women for example, the rest of your target market might think what the fucK, I just need to find a food parcel and accomodation or want to save the whales or don’t want the future of my grandchildren to be a cog in some factory? It’s confusing as fuck to most people or alienating and annoys them too. People like politicians to speak to their experience. Identity politics destroys that to the other outside the identity being promoted.

            Great to be pro Maori and Pro women, pro homosexual, but if that is a significant part of the focus, what not set up your own party to promote that niche group? At a rough guess you have about 5% of the vote if you get 100% of that vote which is pretty unlikely so your will go down the gurgles quickly!

            Just like vote Hillary, she’s the first female President! That is not a policy!

            P.S. works for the right wingers to gut other people’s parties!

            • marty mars 1.3.2.1.2.1

              I get your point.

              Just because a part of an identity is the part that is identified with doesn’t mean the other parts don’t exist. It in fact emphasises ALL aspects of identity.

              Seems to me that many don’t like the identity side because they don’t identify with the particular part being emphasised. For instance if I’m talking about age and aged care and specific care for aged people – if you’re not in that category then why worry? And that to me is selfish and self serving. Identity political people care MORE about people because they recognise that they are sometimes in a category being focused on and sometimes not and they are okay with that.

              • SaveNZ

                If you look at people who changed history against the odds, they are not dividers, Nelson Mendela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, they worked to unite the identities by finding things in common, not differences. That is how they succeeded.

                • marty mars

                  By finding differences we actually find the similarities because we are actually all different yet connected through the various strands of our identity and thus humanity.

              • solkta

                Yip, identity politic is just caring about people, every people. I thought that had something to do with left wing, but then i came here.

                • SaveNZ

                  Yep when white lesbian atheist women clash with male pacific Island christians.. I’m sure it’s all hugs and caringness… and Indian from one cast clash with another one etc… Chinese vs Tibetans, Yep lets just isolate the a person into “identity politics” and think that’s gonna create caringness not division…

        • Carolyn_Nth 1.3.2.2

          Working class is based on a material reality of a position in an industrial economic system.

          But, when one identifies oneself as “working class” it is also an identity .

          Gender is not just an identity, but a material reality. The whole of our society organises around sex/gender categories – from “it’s a boy”, to classifications on passports, public toilets, etc – it’s deeply embedded in our institutions.

          Some identities or human classifications are trivial and/or very individual, but those of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc have very deep impacts on people’s lives. They include a material reality and a collective identification. he colle tive identification is necessary to campaign against gender and sexual inequalities, just as a collective working class identity is necessary to struggle against class oppression .

          Marx said that when the working classes moved into cities and factories, and shared their experiences, they would become aware of theselves as exploited working class – that is a recognition of an identity.

          There was a similar process for African Americans under slavery, and then capitalism; and a similar process for women in the 20th century as they started to move out of the domestic sphere, and LGBT people as they collected in urban bars and clubs, and shared their experiences of abuse and oppression.

          Attempts to try to dismiss “identity politics” as some individualistic nice-to-have, by so strongly differentiating it from class, is a superficial attempt to misinform about and dismiss the reality of other forms of oppression.

          • solkta 1.3.2.2.1

            Well said.

          • SaveNZ 1.3.2.2.2

            Of course there are strong identities like race and gender and religion nobody is denying that, as well as social class, but political parties campaigning using it, can drop the left in the polls, or create anxiety or strengthen the race/gender/religious based other parties (supposed the opposite of the lefties aka Trump syndrome), because only focusing on one part of identity can be more divisive than inclusive and in addition the left seem to fall into the trap of focusing on the most niche groups they can identify with, and think that’s gonna resonate with other voters…

    • SaveNZ 1.4

      +1 ED, Brash has been in his crypt for a while, but now Natz lost the election they realise that the right can use the 5% lefties whose most important issue is to heckle dinosaurs and give them publicity and get the right wingers and right wing media around race and identity politics back for the benefit of Natz.

      This gets much more important things off the media landscape such as climate change, pollution increasing inequality, low wages to cost of living, and how increasingly the taxpayers are paying top up wages for minimum and living wage workers so that the employers can profit more and use that money in other ways (forays into China and blowing multimillions on partnerships for example for Fonterra as well as 8 million dollar salaries while making people redundant and lowering farm payouts), lawyers to get massive chicken sheds in Dargaville and stink out the town for Hong Kong based Tegal, having the councils give away free water for polluting bottling plants overseas and rubber stamped by our own politicians, closing down libraries at universities, giving free rein to private universities to recruit foreign students for poor quality degrees which generally with a lack of English skills, poor attendance due to working (thanks fake financials!) and appalling teachers they are unable to get to the required standard thus lowering the credibility of the NZ degree for everybody else, (but hey, someone made a profit so all good!) …

      …nope we don’t hear any of that, instead months of media on a couple of Canadian nobodies and now the return of Brash who also is effectively a nobody.

      However a great opportunity to get the MSM media types and liberal lefties who find the above too challenging to confront so prefer the comfort of a mainstream fielded issue worrying about what some nobodies say about race, nice and simplistic to understand, to get them frothing wildly at the mouth.

      You may not have noticed but neoliberalism is happy for any coloured person to do their minimum wages work and buy their goods as long as they can lower wages and conditions and replace those who get sick or injured quickly and at no cost to themselves.

      Even better in NZ the taxpayers pay for their health care, housing top ups, kids, education and so forth. So much so that someone worked out that the taxpayers have to put in $5000 a year to top up minimum employers wages if they have 2 kids and the government only gets $9 in taxes from the living wage! Now the government are even offering to pay the dole as well and then the employee will top up to minimum wage. Well that’s getting positive employment going even if they are paying for the workers for private employers wages! sarcasm.

      Sounds sustainable to continue as a welfare state???? No wonder hotel construction is booming in NZ, almost free labour here and free residency included for the ‘investment’. Likewise retirement villages and luxury high rises. The only missing piece in action is the affordable housing, but don’t worry the government has free land available for PPP’s and will gift the lands to corporations so they are not accountable.

      I’m not sure where the 50% of the population is going to do though, if they are the ones earning $20p/h or less and that is the rate apparently that the construction, service and horticultural industry are clamouring for. Not the more skilled experienced people on over $100,000k… or spending that money on training our kids going through school get those jobs so they do not become unemployed.

      Rome is burning while the left are worrying about reclaiming the word cunt.

      • Hongi Ika 1.4.1

        …. at least the c… is useful at times ?

      • Carolyn_Nth 1.4.2

        The cunt response from Davidson was because of experiencing racist and misogynistic abuse on social media.

        The new right is on the rise, and targeting women, people of colour, certain ethnic groups and LGBT people. This is not some trivial thing. If it takes hold, these new right bigots want to turn the clock back – following the verbal abuse will come some very damaging discrimination and possibly violence.

        I agree though, this is not un-connected with the socio-economic system and class exploitation.

        Trying to split off these realities will just fragment the left.

        • SaveNZ 1.4.2.1

          The left are the biggest contributors to the rise of the right, which judging by the higher amounts of women and Maori in parliament and LGBT issues apparently being of high importance to the new government aka gender neutral toilets and new birth certificates, not sure how the reality vs paranoia is going for these “persecuted” groups.

          If anything the right are not attacking these groups and instead claiming the niche, John Key rocked up to the Auckland Pride Parade, both the deputy and opposition leader identify as Maori.

          Not only that the leader of the country is female, Greens have more women MP’s than men and so forth.

          There is a lot wrong with NZ, and I would not say any of these identity issues are one of them.

  2. Morrissey 3

    Noelle McCarthy is doggedly reigning in her ferocity and
    nastiness for a while, and pretending to be a serious person.

    RNZ National, Saturday 11 August 2018, 8:10 a.m.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday

    Noelle McCarthy’s breathy Cork-accented wittering is, unfortunately, becoming frequent on RNZ National. For the last couple of weeks, she’s been filling in for Kim Hill on Saturdays. This morning she’s interviewing the Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs. McCarthy is putting on her very best imitation of a decent human being, at one point saying, in perfect seriousness: “When you look at the ferocity and nastiness, especially of the gendered stuff, it really is appalling.”

    She’s right, of course. When one looks at the “ferocity and nastiness” of some feral people in the media and in politics, it really is appalling….

    NOELLE McCARTHY, 10 July 2013: Y-y-y-y-yeeeeeessss, …. [snort] ….he he he! He’s still in hiding. He he he! …. He he he he he! Yes he is still in that terminal! …[snort]… He he he he he he! ….[snort]…. He’s got a choice! Venezuela, Bolivia or Ecuador! …. Bolivia would be hard with the altitude! ….
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-10072013/#comment-661123

    Less than one week later, she was at it again….

    NOELLE McCARTHY, 16 July 2013: [grimly] Heh, heh, heh. Well someone else with not such a good view is Edward Snowden. [snicker] Looks like he’s STILL in the airport! …
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-16072013/#comment-663663

    And here she is enthusiastically taking part in another group guffaw, this time about another Government-designated political target, Julian Assange….

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-19072013/#comment-664870

    On another occasion, McCarthy mounted a sustained attack on Roger Waters after he spoke out against Israeli crimes against Gaza. Ferocity and nastiness, indeed.

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/01/noelle-mccarthy-stops-snickering.html

    • greywarshark 3.1

      Yes Morrissey, I too am concerned about hearing her. She has changed her delivery over the years improving, but she is over here and seems to appeal to the cringe element. who think overseas is best, in Radionz. We have some wonderful imports such as Kim Hill and Rod Oram. But Noelle? She might be good to run The Panel but I don’t trust her for anything else , and feel she has gained some sort of ‘in’ to the group that has some power on RNZ, that amorphous set of letters.

      • OnceWasTim 3.1.1

        Yep, I’m still wondering too. We do have some wonderful imports. We also have the good and the ugly when it comes to a home-grown crop. The good – when it comes to acting as locum: Lyn Freeman for example.
        Maybe she’s improving with age, (or like me, ripening)

        • greywarshark 3.1.1.1

          Ah but are your mellowing? I note you still call Kathryn Ryan Rinnie. Why do you have doubts about her? I haven’t seen you describe why.

          • OnceWasTim 3.1.1.1.1

            Ah, well there’s another one that seems to be improving. The Rinnie comes from years ago (many) – another Kathryn (Hay) who also does some good things with Brian Crump on ‘Nights’.
            The thing about RNZ is that I worry the ‘bean counter/marketers’ are gradually creeping through the door. It has some bloody good people in there doing good things – on all platforms: National, Concert and The Wireless. There are others who I think would be more suited to commercial radio.
            Maybe I am mellowing as I ripen.

            We have had people trying to denigrate Public Service broadcasting now for quite some time. (Even in the language they used. Ralston used to call TVNZ “STATE TV” rather than “Public TV – which it never really was). He seemed to drop the term though when there was an earn in it for him, and now people regard him as some sort of sage.

            Still, my thoughts on PSB don’t seem to have any followers.
            As I’ve previously said, my belief is that public money should go to publicly owned and operated service, maybe occasionally to subsidise things in the public good but not as some sort of corporate welfare.

            Currently things remind me of all that funder/provider model we haven’t got past since the health system was going through its last crisis.
            And so, why the need for:
            1 RNZ equipped with CEO, board and bureaucracy.
            2 TVNZ equipped with CEO, board and bureaucracy.
            3 NZoA equipped with CEO, board and bureaucracy.
            4 Kordia equipped with CEO, board and bureaucracy.

            Given the publicly owned resources (assets), I find it hard to understand why we can’t have at least 1 PS TV channel, probably two along with an adequate service for children, AND 3 Radio Channels – the third along the lines of what Tim Finn called for years ago (or as RNZ describes things “for NZers who’ve grown up in the digital age”)

            Don’t get me started though, or you’ll never hear the bloody end of it 🙂

      • mpledger 3.1.2

        She really doesn’t seem to have enough in depth knowledge of news nor is she able to articulate it. She was ok on Summer Noelle and that kind of thing suits her talents.

        • greywarshark 3.1.2.1

          It seems to me that Noelle is their go-to person, and becoming fully rounded in the ways and jobs in RNZ. Bloody hell, can’t we have a NZ go-to person. The media seems full of foreigners, and foreign stories – as long as they are from English-speaking countries.

          Flanders and Swann literally – ‘The English, the English the English are best so up with the English and down with the rest.”
          (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdY1Y5XNJBY
          Change that to NZs are best and make it a theme song for our public media. It won’t guarantee NZs a job, but will ensure the good ones get a foot in the door.

          And we can demonstrate our own clever whimsies too like F & S and their Horn Concerto: (courtesy of Mozart):
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkYrj2DQlVc

          Seeing there are about 8 billion in the world we NZrs need to look to ourselves to protect our jobs, or everything will be administered by new colonialists, white, pink, gold, or black – I think I have enunciated all the colours. Lovely people but we can’t get too many more who decide they will come here to a better life, as our tectonic plates are already tilting and we’ll find ourselves shoved off.

  3. greywarshark 4

    Cowboys in NZ. Are you safe trusting men running sports activities where there is risk? Our record is not good. Not 100% Pure for people as well as water.

    Inquest into death of woman diver in boat with only men.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/106174732/divers-accused-of-covering-up-truth-behind-divers-death
    He said once it was clear something was wrong the skipper spun the boat around quite fast to go back to the buoy, knocking him over and he did not see the skipper try and rescue Thongsi. He was hungover at the time.

    At Wednesday’s session, the skipper of the boat was grilled over why he spent only 30 seconds searching for Thongsi.

  4. marty mars 5

    usually these agendas are more covert but this one is out there in the open now

    As a young woman, she knew her prospects were slim. Tokyo Medical University’s entrance exam was notoriously tough, with women far less likely to pass than men.

    Unknown to Miyauchi, the university’s authorities had put another barrier in her way. She is one of an unknown number of young women whose test scores the school deliberately marked down to prevent them entering a career in medicine and ensure more men became doctors.

    The Yomiuri newspaper reported last week how the university systematically kept the ratio of female students at just below a third, due to concerns about their ability to continue working after having children.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/10/betrayed-victims-of-tokyos-medical-school-scandal-react

  5. marty mars 6

    Outrageous – this must be rescinded – come on! stop this rubbish and think of the people!!!

    A Taranaki iwi has lashed out at a Ministry of Justice decision not to renew its mortuary services contract with the Taranaki District Health Board.
    As part of a national review of coronial support services, it will mean all post-mortems required on Taranaki bodies will be done in Palmerston North or Hamilton.

    Kaiarataki (leader) o Te Rūnanga of Ngāti Ruanui, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, said the decision was outrageous and made without consultation with the wider Taranaki public.

    “This is a blatant disregard for tikanga Māori and whānau throughout Taranaki.”

    Ms Ngarewa-Packer said taking coronial services out of region would have a negative effect on whānau access and management of tūpāpaku (the person’s remains).

    “To supersede tikanga Māori greatly affects whānau outcomes and is in direct violation of the Coroners Act 2006. When the grieving process is not respected, those affected are more likely to experience negative outcomes such as depression and increased likelihood of grief-related suicide.”

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/363847/taranaki-iwi-lashes-out-at-coronial-services-decision

    • greywarshark 6.1

      There will be no end to this desire to drive efficiency and computerise everything to do with our lives. Be ready to protest and stop it if you can. If you succeed be aware that the people with power over budgets and implementation of policies will only be biding their time before another attack on our human values and priorities.

      It is the ‘modern’ thing nowadays to allow machines and machine-thinking humans who have internalised the efficiency thinking and the need to service the master will carry ideas oiut faithfully or else not be in jobs, so’ just following orders’!

      • OnceWasTim 6.1.1

        Well they tried to base implementing our immigration policy on machines and machine thinking humans. What could go wrong?
        /sarc

  6. Ankerrawshark 7

    https://www.facebook.com/206936646000827/posts/2223072607720544/

    Interesting. A test that shows music taste can be predictive of psychopathy. And one of the songs associated with psychopathy was lose yourself by Ememen …….interesting that national choose it for the 2014 campaign. Makes new significance out of “pretty legal”

  7. greywarshark 8

    Reason and justice speaker from Australia. Compare to what you hear from the Oz politicians.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018657654/gillian-triggs-aussie-battler-for-human-rights

    8:09 Gillian Triggs – Aussie battler for human rights
    Gillian Triggs

    Gillian Triggs was a lawyer and academic specialising in international public law when she was named president of the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012. An extremely controversial five years in the job followed, seeing Triggs fall afoul of the federal government after launching an inquiry into children in immigration detention, and other instances where she criticised Government actions and those of conservative media commentators. One of her longstanding beliefs is that Australia needs its own Bill of Rights.

    Triggs was in Aotearoa this week as the inaugural speaker for the ‘At the Forefront: Human Rights Speaker Series’, an initiative of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

    She had some interesting things to say about the outcomes of feminism.
    *********************************************************************

    Thining about ‘dysfuckshun’ in the USA this morning. An interesting speaker Cornel West, says it is important to tell the truth about how things are, look it in the eye even if it brings despair. Just singing the blues is tragi-comedy looking at despair and yet going on, keeping singing, it is something.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018657663/cornel-west-confronting-a-polarised-world

    9:06 Cornel West – Confronting a polarised world
    Cornel West

    Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and obtained his MA and PhD in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

    Free speech lovers – don’t miss this attempt at intelligent discussion!!!
    Dr West will debate right-wing thinker Douglas Murray in a mediated discussion called Polarised on August 17 in Auckland, details here.

    • greywarshark 8.1

      Australia doesn’t like us because we are too multi-cultural. We don’t have visas between our borders and it is regarded as a back door for undesirables unable to meet their high standard of something.

      I have had an idea. Think it is a good one. Let us embrace visas for Australia and vice versa. At present our tourism has an unhealthy dependence on them, but the high aggregate money they bring in, comes from longer stays with the least spend of all our tourists. And NZ might think about not dodging over there and instead spread their money around the Pacific. More NZs might like to visit the Cook Islands.

      People could still travel but it would be more controlled. International visitors tend to come in summer to NZ and we get crowded then. Tourism sector desires are for more growth and we are already finding numbers are oppressive on our fun-loving citizens. So slow down the Ozzies a little, perhaps control them with higher visa charges during the high season and give concessions for winter. It would provide a better balance for this milk-rush companion business being pushed to excess.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11163126
      Report from Key’s time when he did make a comment that sounded sensible – 26 November 2013.
      The report shows Australians make up 45 per cent of the 2.6 million tourists who visit every year, up from 31 per cent 10 years ago.
      They spend the least money while here – an average of $2017 each per visit, compared to $3449 for Chinese visitors and $3502 for tourists from the UK.

      • corodale 8.1.1

        Yeah, the whole closer-economic-relations between NZ and Australia is also a barrier to reform regarding neo-liberal capitalism.

        Being slight anti-Austalian Govt, might be required if the lefties here want change. Our big four bloody banks that their State shares with the Zionists…

      • KJT 8.1.2

        Racism has always been behind Australian policy towards New Zealanders. We let in too many brown people for their liking.

        However it is also the reason why New Zealand does not extend the same rights to the Pacific Islands, as we do to Australians.

        • greywarshark 8.1.2.1

          Funny how Australia is reverting to treating people like their convicts were treated. I think Australian whites should all go back to where they came from. Let UK have its fractious badly brought up children back.KJT as for racism and other oppressive systems. They can be called oppressive when they are administered unfairly and unreasonably like the Dawn Raids. The government as it mismanaged our economy, did not want a rush from various PIs coming here and finding jobs scarce and end up unemployed.

  8. greywarshark 9

    Thought after hearing radio news. There is great upset over poor little Yemen children in bus being targeted by Saudi forces with western USA? weapons supporting Yemen government against rebels. Bad. Shouldn’t have happened.

    Operation Katipo here every few years or so with western Forces from 11 countries has had scenario of helping to control breakaway NZ activist/rebel group on behalf of government with dissenting, protesting over election controversy.

    Think Australian attack with USA weapons on NZs rebelling against fascist NZ government. There is thinking in our police and defence forces that shows that bias.

    End of my input for today. I thought these were outstanding people and ideas. Also we want to pay attention and celebrate Radionz excellence and keep that going while monitoring possible detractors.

    • Hongi Ika 9.1

      … the kids had the potential to be future Yemeni terrorists when they grow up, just removing the threat early ?

    • KJT 9.2

      Rather terrifying that our so called, “defense force” seems to consider their role as “defending” the Government against New Zealanders. “Smiths Dream”.

  9. greywarshark 10

    Southland District Health Board underfunded wants to close birthing unit – fears that this to give birth women might have to travel 130 km. (Reference: Nelson to Blenheim is 114 km).

    • SaveNZ 10.1

      Disgusting! when will they learn, they need to add MORE hospitals not less so they have the capacity for our growing population that they are cultivating. Then they wonder why we have ghost towns in NZ and nobody wants to live there.

      Clearly the idea that people want functioning well run health services within a decent distance in a community seems to pass government by, as is the jobs and security hospitals create in a community.

      Likewise schools being closed down…

      • dukeofurl 10.1.1

        I see your point and there are many reasons to keep smaller medical facilities, especialy for un complicated births.
        However Ranfurly/ Central Otago outside the immediate Lakes area isnt a growing population

        There is a hospital at Alexandra-Clyde as well as Queenstown

        • SaveNZ 10.1.1.1

          Yep, they but ain’t gonna grow the towns it if they gut the local services either!

          Had someone say their parents moved to Balclutha from Auckland. Apparently best move they ever made. You can still keep your door unlocked there!

          My guess is plenty of North Islanders will be moving down South as they can’t afford to live North, so they should keep the South Island services going, especially medical services as a lot of the people moving will be people who are retired or without traditional jobs.

          Can’t remember but there was some scandal about a child who was denied urgent medical care down south because the doctor was playing a card game???? The poor kid nearly died going hours to the next hospital.

          Speed is always of the essence in medical cases and they should not be closing down services to save money.

          • SaveNZ 10.1.1.1.1

            In an Auckland example there have been monthly robberies in Helensville apparently, because the police shut their office up at 4pm and so criminals have free rein after that hour. Bear in mind Helensville is also one of the main P making towns as well, so great they don’t bother to have any police there!!!!

            So sounds like criminals just break in, after 4pm and take their free alcohol and any money they find …. now so successful they are targeting stores in other parts of Auckland….

            Surely a solution to a growing population of Auckland is manning the police offices in the towns 24 hours!

            Or at least a sting to catch the culprits… how can people grow a business and who is going to set up and grow these towns in the Supercity, with that sort of carry on?

            That is how ghost towns in NZ are being created. Safety is everything.

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/nor-west-news/105491099/Helensville-restaurant-targeted-in-ongoing-burglaries

            • SaveNZ 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Strategically if Labour and the coalition put an office in Helensville, got 24 hr police in there which the Natz should of years ago, and cleaned up the town a bit, locals which have been strongly blue, but in an area slowly being gentrified by the more lefty folks drifting out from Auckland would actually demonstrate some sort of government strategy to demonstrate community committment to people outside of the identity politics bubble of Wellington… especially as Rodney is supposed to be where the new Conservative cheat party is supposed to spawn from.

              There is a also a railway line there that goes directly into Auckland and through a lot of areas like Waimauku where there is massive housing being built at 1 million a pop, but little usable public transport, but somehow their is not plans for existing rail to be used or going to be used for commuters…

              • dukeofurl

                Having a staffed small police station doesnt mean they are available for callouts. Likely the area would be covered from Henderson and of course the area around has plenty lifestyle blocks so need police for them not just the town.
                Having said that the police are no longer interested in what they call ‘volume crime’ and if word gets around they dont turn up they get less calls.

                The numbers of people moving to small South island towns is minuscule, a few hundred at most for say Otago. I suppose one day we will have the Census numbers ( another crap job done under national party guidance) with the Novapay Minister Foss being Stats minister was well) to be able to really know.

                • SaveNZ

                  I guess that’s excellent news for criminals knowing that you have at least 40 – 50 minutes to do your crimes before the Henderson or Kumeu officer comes, and since the police know the crims are long gone they don’t bother coming anyway I would expect!

                  Not a good look to have repeated burglaries within about 2 minutes of the local police station, that is unmanned after 4 pm! Drove threw Helensville about a month ago and quite a few boarded up windows in our so called ‘rockstar’ economy of Auckland. Not even the provinces so I guess that is how parts of Northland became a basket case.

                  Also guessing that is why the ‘war on P’ never got solved… you have between 4pm and 7am to make your P stash, move it, sell it and then get some petty crimes going on route… knowing no police will be on call locally through those hours and have little interest anyway.

                  • SaveNZ

                    Also excellent use of police time (sarcasm), driving 40 mins in one direction then 40 mins back as some dimwit thinks it will save money to not man local police stations… another winning neolib idea!

                    Large central hubs with hours spent in transit for those working there and free reign for crims after hours….

      • Hongi Ika 10.1.2

        …. just have the baby in the bath like some people do ?

  10. marty mars 11

    Some great work at reducing suicide among young Māori – these types of initiatives can really help.

    People working in mental health say Māori mātauranga or knowledge like the maramataka can play a bigger role in their sector.

    For the past year, Rikki Solomon has travelled around the country alongside Rereata Makiha from the Māori Astronomy Society sharing traditional knowledge about the Māori lunar calendar with rangatahi, community groups and iwi.

    The pair use the Māori maramataka based on the moon cycles to provide a different perspective on suicide or whakamomori.

    The maramataka provides a framework for when to do certain activities and uses traditional knowledge of the star systems, moon cycles, tides and the environment.

    For example the winter months were a time for reflection and planning while the summer months were when food was harvested.

    Māori have the highest suicide rates of all ethnic groups with nearly 22 suicides per 100,000 people in 2016-17.

    The pair’s research focused on the high number of suicides which occurred in the month of August and the Māori maramataka was used to offer another point of view or reason for the high numbers.

    “That period is known as te akonga,” Mr Solomon said.

    According to Mr Solomon this is a time of the year where many people are vulnerable and feel low.

    “Careful planning needs to be done in August to watch over our loved ones.

    “Our tupuna knew when to watch our for our rangatahi so it’s about re-educating our whānau into these different phases.”

    The winter months were a time where the mind and body could become out of balance, he said.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/363709/maramataka-enlightening-mental-health-services

  11. SaveNZ 12

    Congratulations to the new government for banning single use bags. I think they should go further and make companies responsible for recycling their plastic for non single use types of plastic as well.

    Before you know it, less packaging and they will use organic materials like potato and paper etc for the packaging that will rot down. You know, like the old days before billions of plastic was being dumped into the ocean daily that will never rot.

    Also helps NZ, we have a lot of land for trees to plant and if they have any scientists left here, maybe our own cottage approach to packaging that is compostable?

    • alwyn 12.1

      I wonder what the Wellington City Council are going to do about their rubbish collection?
      At the moment if you use the Council service you have to buy plastic rubbish bags which they collect and dump. Presumably they will be banned. I guess we will just have to dump our rubbish in a heap by the side of the road and leave it to the local pets to amuse themselves with.
      More likely an outcome is that they will simply stop having any rubbish collection at all. That is just a boring necessity and not nearly as much fun on spending endless millions on their play things.

      • BM 12.1.1

        What’s going to happen Alwyn is that everyone’s going to have to buy a wheelie bin.
        Going to be fun if you live in an apartment or one of those units with no outdoor space at all.

        This has to be the worst government ever, Ardern is such a virtue signalling clown.

      • Molly 12.1.2

        I must be somewhat older than you alwyn. I can quite easily recall Dad putting out our family rubbish in big brown paper bags.

  12. marty mars 13

    Great event coming up

    Sue Bradford: Picket lines & Parliament

    Central City Library – Wednesday 29 August 5.30pm to 7.30pm Free

    Sue Bradford is renowned as a staunch advocate for the underdog. Her voice has been heard echoing through the chambers of parliament and amplified through megaphones at marches.

    Wahine Take Action

    Join us to hear how this powerful wāhine has taken action for social change throughout her colourful career.

    Our curatorial team will be on hand from 5.30pm to provide tours of the feature exhibition Wāhine Take Action, which highlights the tools and tactics women have used to fight their causes and support their communities – from marching on Parliament to wearing a badge.

    Original photographs, letters and posters will be on display, including unique material from the archives of the Auckland Women’s Centre and the Broadsheet Collective.

  13. joe90 14

    How about that peace dividend.
    /

    Stepping into a briefing with @DeptofDefense Secretary Mattis on the creation of the #SpaceForce. As @POTUS Trump has stated clearly and forcefully, space is “a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea.”— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2018

  14. joe90 15

    You’ve cracked it when you’re big in Saudi.

    Large Saudi social media account cites "world famous psychologist" Jordan Peterson to justify gender segregation. Peterson is crossing the language barrier, inspiring misogynists the world over. https://t.co/I2I4StcibG— İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي (@iyad_elbaghdadi) June 9, 2018

    https://twitter.com/iyad_elbaghdadi/status/1005302713985400833

    • millsy 15.1

      Peterson, Southern, Moleynux and the guy who started it all, Milo will find it discomforting to know that their vision of society already exists in the Muslim nations that they despise, most notably Saudi Arabia, Iran and the UAE.

  15. joe90 16

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interviewed.

    https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018

    • greywarshark 17.1

      “My observation, WINZ knows that they need them, so ‘you’re going to get treated how you’re going to get treated and you’re going to accept it, because you need us’.
      “We’re all human, we all have feelings and some of us don’t want to go there, but that’s our only option at that point in time in our lives.”

      The people shouldn’t feel that there is anything wrong with going to Winz. It is why we have the Department. ‘Some of us don’t want to go there’ shouldn’t come into the discussion at all. Just ask people how they can help them, and give them the advice and help so they can manage and get out of whatever difficulty they’re in Winz and grow some manners like your mother, if she was any sort of good person, would have taught you.

  16. AsleepWhileWalking 18

    Cali fires

    https://youtu.be/5mepGXN8Uf0

  17. corodale 19

    Fuel dumping in western Europe has been very different this year. Last few years they managed to produce an effective haze. This year the clouds just didn’t seed. Strange stuff, every which way ya look. But we’ve finally had a bit of rain here, so summer drought may be passing.

  18. corodale 20

    Could a new Sykes-Picot deal improve things? Chinese rather than French, and Indian rather than British? A Jewish state within a Greater Syria? Perhaps an external transition govt in Turkey? Send some peace keepers with army from the Pacific, trained to support Playcentres and Schools in Yemen?

  19. eco maori 21

    Marae good morning Miriama Donna Eco maori would love to see statues beside Caption Cooks statues of our great tangata whenua tipuna’s and story’s of the great feat’s our Great tipuna achieved this will happen very soon .
    Hollow men Let’s us see into the cheating way’s of the 00.1% neo capitalist cheating way’s Thanks Nick this is what helped us push the crook’s out of Parliament Mana wahine is growing strong Ka pai . Ka kite ano.

  20. eco maori 22

    The trump effect as I call it the is unfolding in front of OUR eyes look at OUR guest who were trying to speak at the power station . trump is empowering all the white supremacist raciest people around the World look in the middle east he is letting them kill hundreds he is empowering this behavior he has severally damaged the Democracy political model of the World he has use anything he could to get his prize
    the Presidency . It’s not hard to look a bit into his history to see that no one is UN-expendable in his reality . You can see who has share’s in his business in his hotels these links go right back to his father he only became a Republican when Barack Obama became The President of America this paint’s a loud and clear picture of what he is capable of doing .
    The big picture is not if Russia hacked the election of 2016 and got trump in power or America has been doing the same the big picture is trump is empowering the small amount of people who think like him to chase the seat’s of power around the world he will most likely be assisting these racist in other way’s these people have no morels and will do anything to get power. The long arms of trump has impeded free speech by banning the use of words associated with climate changer .
    With the speed of OUR technology advances the NOW is going to see some very important changes in OUR Papatuanuku Society’s and who is in power at the time this technology is found will have major effects on all the people of the World if it is people with Ideals like trump we the common people will be in big troubled time’s we will be fighting the 00.1% World War’s you see they get us to fight there wars and when they are finished with us they discard us .I see this all around Papatuanuku
    I am calling on All people who care for there mokopuna’s future care’s for the environment who does not judge people by there culture but by there actions who respect all cultures and who want’s everyone on Papatuanuku living a happy humane life We need the Left Leader’s with morels and Intellectuals like Barack Obama Jacinda Angelia Macron Trudeau and the other’s who think like us and want Peace and harmoney to step up and vote run for election’s get in power and protest let the Whole Papatuanuku know that we are not happy with the direction the radical raciest are taking us. Ka kite ano link below

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12105403

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12105396

    • corodale 22.1

      Good to hear opinions, especially regarding the big picture.
      I wander if Trump is empowering these crazy folk, or do these crazy folk already have the power, and there just isn’t much Trump can do about it?

      The new sanctions against Russia look like another example of a non-democratic power structure which Trump can’t control. Can Maori like you and me, born in the hills, with no direct experience regarding secret power structure, can we really expect to participate effectively in democracy?

      Perhaps Obama was a potentially good leader, who just didn’t use his leadership, because he couldn’t, or was he too afraid to standup and oppose war? Perhaps Trump is less good as a leader, but he will achieve more positive change. Is he trying to make positive changes to the secret power structure?

      Could the issue of racism even mostly be spin, to distract from the real issues? In my investigations, all the major issues point to narcissistic secret governance, a truth which our leaders like Jacinda may feel powerless to oppose. I believe Trump when he say he isn’t racist, though perhaps a bit of a realist, to play along with the way things are.

  21. eco maori 23

    Good evening Newshub Yes we should use glyphosate with more caution we should use all chemicals with caution .Eco is not going to give seenothing any air with that topic disparate is what I see.
    If you remember I called for a change in how we use and sell Alcohol in OUR society
    some will be able to connect the dot’s with this story.
    Papatuanuku’s beautiful creatures should be treated the world over Elephant’s are such majestic animals and should be treated with care and respect .
    Well the Allblack’s Haka has improved over the year’s this is just a distraction that some sly people are throwing at the Mighty Allblacks . Good win for the Southen Steal a good send off for Wendy
    Ka kite ano

  22. eco maori 24

    Some music Im listening to at the minute

  23. eco maori 25

    Radioactive Imagine Dragon’s

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  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
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    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

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    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
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    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
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    19 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
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    1 day ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
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    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
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    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
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    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
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    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
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    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    6 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    6 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    1 week ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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