Open mike 11/10/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    Pushing the bounds of reality seems to be the norm this month: first we hear that the economists got it wrong with their predictions for “growth” (surprise surprise)….and this morning in Granny Herald we see that an Auckland developer is going to sink $125 million into a hole in the ground in Queenstown (ex Henderson the Chch bankrupt IRD wrangler).

    The gist of this rather fantastic attempt to go against the ebb and flow of todays econo / energy zeit geist is that it Gapes (the developer) has obvious faith that the future of Queenstown, tourism, holiday chalets, happy motoring and most of all retail therapy is here to stay. For this a further $125 million will be sunk into putting a mall onto top of a 1200 car hole in the middle of an alpine field. It raises a lot of questions, a few too many for me as to the economic and social sanity of our current “business” elite and the political structures that let them operate. What a way to start the week.

  2. Kia ora Standard readers

    After reading yesterday’s post and smhead’s principled arguments why I should disclose my real identity and given that commentators on other sites have accurately identified me and also given that I now hold an elected office I wish to formally confirm that I mickysavage am also Greg Presland.

    I am sure that the internet will now be scoured for information and comments to be used against me but hey that is politics.

    • Bored 2.1

      Micky you may be ****** to other people, but here in Blogland it would be nice if you remain the reliable lefty and considered contributer Mickysavage…..good luck and keep posting.

    • just saying 2.2

      Kia ora Greg/mickeysavage

      Hearty congratulations – keep up the good work 😀

      • pollywog 2.2.1

        awww…what a wannabe famous using your real name guy.

        …any relation to Elvis Presland ?

        On a related side note. I seem to be having trouble posting at the dim post

        I posted a comment that appeared then disappeared later when i checked and subsequent ones dont even show. Maybe my interwebz is on the dodge or i’m on his blacklist or whatever but it’d be nice to know either way.

        I’d hate to think i’m paranoid and got banned cos someone there is powertripping and doesn’t have the common decency to give warnings 🙂

        • pollywog 2.2.1.1

          hmmm….strange alright

          meanwhile, a post by another of my legion of nom de plumes using a proxy has been retrofitted in the timeline but my initial comment has not and it wasn’t nearly as bitchy as that ranapia guy’s

          go figure…

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.2

          Talofa PW

          …any relation to Elvis Presland ?

          Not that I know of but my sister had a cat called Elvis Presland once.

    • Carol 2.3

      Congratulations! Part of Future West! Yes! Glad to see the successes in getting elected on this ticket. And, this may seem a little premature, but in the run up to the next election, a word with futurewest about fielding a counsellor candidate for Whau would be good. I feel we have kind of been cut off from the rest of the west by Rodney’s gerrymandering. Glad that Catherine Farmer got elected to the Whau Board though, and hope she will be looking beyond Avondale to represent New Lynn.

      • Carol 2.3.1

        Whoops. Should be “councillor” candidate. I don’t expect free therapy from our elected representatives.

      • mickysavage 2.3.2

        Thanks Carol

        Futurewest wanted Ross Clow to run for us and discussions were pretty advanced. Ross thought his chances as an “independent” were better but he missed out. I think if he had run under the banner he would have made it.

        Really good about Catherine Farmer winning. She is principled and reliable, just what you want.

        • Carol 2.3.2.1

          Thnks for the Farmer recommendation. Yes, agree it would have been probably a better outcome if Ross Clow had been with future west. I only knew to vote for him after asking a question on the futurewest blog. Other voters probably wouldn’t have bothered to check the candidates out and just gone by the info in the vote pack booklet. Clow did pretty well, just not well enough.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.2.1.1

            Other voters probably wouldn’t have bothered to check the candidates out and just gone by the info in the vote pack booklet.

            That what most people will do and it’s irrational as we just don’t have enough information to make an informed decision. That’s one of the reasons why I like political parties – they tend to be known better than individuals.

            • prism 2.3.2.1.1.1

              I agree DTB the info on candidates is woeful for local body elections and I definitely do not want to see STV voting brought in as I found it hard enough to make a reasoned, informed decision reading about new people without having to carefully dot numbers giving rankings. I have noticed too when I have tried to find information about government members, there is often the barest minimum about them and their background and expertise if any.

              Thinking back to the local body election information on candidates booklet, I want to see a set of factual info as a basic, such as – my main occupation is…, while I have experience and interest in commercial recycling techniques, for how many years, my experience base includes management of a dairy, cafe, alcohol outlet, paint business, farming, youth sport coaching, education and children etc. I am interested in sport, learning Maori, building art and tourism links etc.

              Things like that after which they can waffle on for a prescribed length.

    • lprent 2.4

      Sorry about putting your name in the list of bloggers who got elected. I was aware that the connection had been made because of the stalkers.

      Do you know where/who that connection was made by originally? Because I suspect it would have required the complicity of someone running a site. You have been pretty good at separating yourself from your other self.

      • mickysavage 2.4.1

        No problems Lynne.

        Tim Ellis in a comment at Kiwiblog made the connection early this year. He compared a facebook comment that I made with a post that Micky made.

        Ever since then the secret was well and truly out of the bag. On my own website I had this weirdo try to post a comment every couple of days spelling my name in various unusual combinations.

        Keep up the good work.

        • deWithiel 2.4.1.1

          It was at least something that Future Whau has a voice in Catherine Farmer on the board. What I can’t get is the 2000 or so blank votes that were cast for the Auckland Council; an extraordinary number given the relatively small size of the vote. In saying that I have to say that Clow wasn’t known in Avondale and that seems to have been the killer. Name recognition is all that the Mangere Bridge resident Raffills has going for in Avondale; she didn’t do anything for the area when she was on the ACC other than ensuring that revenue was redirected at Crusty and Rusty projects further east and subsidising Christian youth prayer weekends out of SLIPs funding.

          • Carol 2.4.1.1.1

            I think it’s probably the lack of name recognition for many voters who don’t make the effort to research the candidates. That may have been compounded by confusions arising from the new ward, and people not being familiar with the history of candidates across the current city boundaries. Maybe it requires an even bigger effort to get people on the ground out in the Whau area to inform people about the candidates, to raise the level of name recognition?

          • Lindsey 2.4.1.1.2

            The Raffils name is only a flag of convenience, she has remarried but hangs on to her late husbands name for electoral purposes.
            Fortunately she is not bright enough to be a real right wing force on Council and with the drop in her majority a good campaign next time should see her gone.

        • lprent 2.4.1.2

          Ah – the eyes of the internet are many and very very persistent. That is why to maintain a clear pseudonym ‘personality’ you really have to stay completely in character.

          • pollywog 2.4.1.2.1

            Werd homeslice !!!

            …and heres one of my founding credos for a long since passed alias. Busta Nuttz.

            If wasn’t talking shit about you, we wouldn’t be talking ’bout you at all

    • Colonial Viper 2.5

      Here to support you man, congrats on your hard work and keep strong.

    • felix 2.6

      “I am sure that the internet will now be scoured for information and comments to be used against me”

      I can’t see that posing a problem for you micky, unless you’re about to undergo a sudden transformation and disavow all of your philosophy to date.

      Congratulations on the win too.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.7

      Congrats Mickey.

      I’d keep the pseud for continuuity sake, and if people use your comments agin ya then have a prepared comeback.

      The online world can be rough and tumble and when confronted online by our brothers and sisters across the aisle who say things like “x” and “y”, well, you have to stand up against that sort of thing. There’s no need to apologise for that. Context is everything.

    • r0b 2.8

      Bravo Greg, and all the very best for your new job! Hope you won’t stop commenting her as mickysavage – we’d miss him hugely if he was gone…

    • BLiP 2.9

      Kia kaha Greg – congratulations! I sincerely hope we don’t those the mickeysavage aspect of your personality from The Standard but, yep, you’re right: the Tories are hurt and wounded and will be looking for anything to smear the opposition. Dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s. Best of luck and remember – SuperCity be fucked – this is BROWN TOWN : )

    • Armchair Critic 2.10

      Firstly, congratulations Greg.
      Secondly, I think I worked out who you (in all likelihood) were when you either commented on (here) or posted on (at waitakerenews) your submission to a select committee (on something to do with the Waitakere Ranges?) and there was a link to the submission, which had your name on it. I had always assumed everyone knew who you are.

  3. comedy 4

    My prediction was October for when the world would double dip and turn to shit …….

    “Currency wars loom as finance talks fail”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10679592

    Could be time to hunker down for a while.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      I reckon that stuffs a bit of a sideshow. Google combinations of ‘foreclosure crisis scandal fraud florida ‘for the current big.

      No one knows who owns the mortgages and the banks have been buying forged documentation to secure foreclosures. Now some attornies general are on the case and it’s all about to go kablooie. If the banks can’t prove who owns the mortgages, and they’ve collatorised and leveraged those mortgages into trillions in debt, 2008 was a fucking picnic.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Agreed. The billion dollar bailouts with tax payers’ money has simply allowed the capitalist game of musical chairs to go one more round. Lots of sore bums coming once the music stops.

        And in NZ – we’re still at >300 mortgagee sales per month, with no sign of the seasonal spring real estate resurgence.

        Unless you are in the building trade in Christchurch, the economy is still looking grim with price increases and income falls.

        • Bored 4.1.1.1

          The financial crisis is actually the “real show” whilst we all look at the bullshit surrounding Jonkey, henry and the other pile of worthless egomaniacs littering our myopic polity. One part of the article I liked was “A lack of growth accompanied by high unemployment is having consequences,” Zoellick said. “There is a danger that countries will turn inward and, as a result, international co-operation falters. This could be dangerous.”

          What in effect the tea leaf readers (economists) are worried about is that “international co-operation” (i.e unfettered financial movement and free trade), from which the imperium of the G7 take their profits will be cut off at the knees by local national restrictions and financial sovereignty. The world is changing and there is nothing short of force that the neo lib / cons can do to prevent it.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1

            And the reason for that change is the same that which caused the change in the 1930s – the financial system has collapsed. People are beginning to question why CEOs are paid hundreds of times more than them when they don’t do hundreds of times more work or produce more value. The speculation in CDSs and CDOs has people questioning the validity of the banking/finance sector and these questions are being answered and the answers are completely against neo-liberalism as it’s complete BS. The BERL report on making trains proves that.

            Over the last few decades, with increasing productivity, we should have been working less and less but instead we’ve been working more and more and, for most of us, going backwards financially. Only the few have been getting richer and it is increasingly becoming obvious that they do so at our expense.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              People are beginning to question why CEOs are paid hundreds of times more than them when they don’t do hundreds of times more work or produce more value.

              Realistically these CEOs often destroy value, by the billion dollar denomination, and they still get paid their millions. (On top of which governments kindly give them tax cuts).

          • prism 4.1.1.1.2

            This is a flow of consciousness attempt! Gee I’m a Paul Henry fan and I think that everyone has been so mean to him and everything. And Bored when you say myopic polity and worthless egomaniacs what does that all mean? Paul is such a a good guy, he’s really funny and he’s got the right name to be a celebrity I mean look at Paul Holmes, he is one too. Everyone knows that TV One really likes all us young people from 15 to 35, and they know what makes us laugh and show us stuff that we want to go out and buy. We want good times not like all those stuffy old people who sneer and criticise Paul’s light-hearted jokes at people who have no sense of humour at all.

            Phil Wallington said it all this a.m. he used the words “Crass and Vulgar” plus some other uncomplimentary terms. Couldn’t get over Paul Norris reminding us of how talented Paul is as an interviewer presenter whatever. (Paul Norris BA, MA, Dip Management Tutor Broadcasting School … in September 1996, after working for many years as a television journalist and executive. …) Has this guy got any basic standards of behaviour and quality? If Paul can be good then it’s all the more egregious that he would put out all this dick.ead s..it. Can I say that? Incidentally why are so many Paul’s in this comment? Aren’t there any other names out there? Like Woldegrave or Marmaduke?

            • Bored 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Man oh man Prism! A new career beckons with the MSM for you. Hope you get the exit interview on National Radio with Paul whatever his name is (I forget now, who was it this time, some cheeky darky)?

        • The Chairman 4.1.1.2

          The main beneficiary of low rates is not the economy at large but the financial sector itself.

          Banks have kept borrowing costs high while slashing interest rates paid to savers.

          In the U.S., average interest on savings deposits, money-market funds, and CDs first dipped below 1 percent in July, less than what savers lose to inflation.

          Because most banks have also hiked fees, some savers are now, in effect, paying banks to keep their money.

          Borrowers are no better off.

          According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, average mortgage rates have barely budged since the Federal Reserve lowered its funds rate from 5.25 percent in 2007 to the 0.25 percent in effect since 2008; the 6.1 percent average rate on all outstanding mortgages in the second quarter this year (compared with 6.4 percent in 2007) gave banks the highest margin since at least the 1980s.

          Though rates for new mortgages look low, banks have slapped higher fees on new loans as well and have made it harder for homeowners to refinance at a lower rate.

          In Europe, bank lending is also only slowly winding its way into the economy.

          The return of most banks to vast profits has only been possible because of artificially low interest rates and other help from policy-makers

          http://tinyurl.com/2caa924

          Why would policy-makers help the banks at the expense of the larger economy?

          It couldn’t have anything to do with insufficient political structures?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.1

            Why would policy-makers help the banks at the expense of the larger economy?

            Because they’re owned by the banksters.

            It couldn’t have anything to do with insufficient political structures?

            Insufficient transparency. When everyone can see what’s going on it’s more difficult to hide the fraud and vested interests.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said a successful resolution of the currency dispute with China would require a cooling of over-heated rhetoric about currency wars. “In a war, there is always a loser and in this situation there must not be a loser,” she said.

      She obviously doesn’t understand capitalism where there are winners and losers. That’s the whole point of the capitalist system and something that needs to be changed. It would be nice, as well as necessary, if we could get it so that there was no losers but we won’t be able to do that unless we get rid of capitalism.

      • prism 4.2.1

        Seems to me the French government sees itself as left and socialist but can change quickly and carry out the gypsy clearing.

  4. Sanctuary 5

    Question:

    Now Paul Henry has gone, does John Key have a weekly interview with any media outlet at all apart from the Monday post cabinet news conference?

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      He’s going to keep interviewing on breakfast for the next wee while. Be interesting to see how he ducks out of it, now that Henry (his old buddy) is gone. The new year is a good excuse to curtail the interviews, but that’s a little way aways yet (unless they go on ‘early’ holiday).

      captcha: season

    • Bored 5.2

      He can go on This is Your Life again like last night….actually The Mad Butcher showed true humility, what a great bloke, he can come to my bbq anyday. Thanks Peter for your generosity and kindness.

      • ianmac 5.2.1

        Key couldn’t resist doing a little politicking while smarming his way into the great Sir Peter’s show.

  5. The Chairman 6

    The Left gets what they voted for?

    Mr Brown takes over the new greater Auckland, including $30 billion in assets, on November 1.

    Mr Brown said his focus is on uniting Auckland – and reassuring people about the changes ahead.

    Though Mr Brown is from a Labour background he said he did not expect to be at odds with the National-led central Government.

    Key says he doesn’t find Brown overly left-wing.

    Mr Key said he had worked with Mr Brown in the past and found him “approachable and quite constructive”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/local-elections-2010/4216806/Sort-out-Auckland-PM-urges-super-city-winner

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/local-elections-2010/4217368/Lets-get-down-to-work-Brown

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      Better a centrist than a crazy right-wing nutjob like Banks.

      captcha: considered

      • The Chairman 6.1.1

        Indeed.

        However, it’s clear the Left have been short-changed. Picking the better of two evils is not the best way to vote. It always ends in discontent.

        It’s a real pity more of the Left couldn’t see through his Sideshow Bob act (campaign) and have the courage to vote in real change.

    • lprent 6.2

      The problem is that most of that $30 billion in assets is under the control of the misnamed “council controlled organisations”, where they are pretty much out of the control of the councils (and largely under the control of Mark Ford).

  6. john 8

    The American NeoLiberal disaster continues: The Public or Common good continues to be destroyed while Corporate profiteers continue to party. Last September 159,000 Public sector jobs disappeared: These are good jobs like Teachers with Union rights and benefits. Obaaamaaa the Corporate sheep owned by the same trumpets 69,000 private sector jobs created such as dishwashers and the like! The US disaster of Corporate/Government fascism continues (what ordinary Americans need and want doesn’t count) .
    Refer link: http://www.countercurrents.org/cooke101010.htm

    • john 8.1

      The law locks up the hapless felon
      Who steals the goose from off the common,
      But lets the greater felon loose
      Who steals the common from the goose.
      Anonymous, England, 1821

      How the common good is stolen from the people

      • prism 8.1.1

        Good one john. Seems what goes around comes around or something like that. We are stuck in the loop of a vicious circle with the same base or simplistic ideas, strategies and desires repeating past debacles. It is a continuing struggle to change patterns. Perhaps we need a workshop with Edward de Bonos hats or the like to find new approaches.

      • john 8.1.2

        US NeoLiberalism: Profit before any social consideration.No Investment in the commons. Privatisation of everything: In short what shonkey and Wodney want to happen here even further has turned the US into a 3rd World country. Keep sucking Kiwis!Tax cuts until we are a disintigrated society of profit grubbers!
        http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_6437.shtml

    • prism 8.2

      We don’t hear about ordinary thinking USA’s much. What stays in my mind is the mindless drivel about guns, and the right of every American (in USA) to carry one, and I think that includes concealed. weaponry.

      No-one ever comments on the way this indicates a breakdown in civil society and trust and respect for others. These were all things that I learned that USA stood for when I was being fed baby food. As an adult I have learned that I have to chew bigger items, but the truth about the USA and its lack of integrity is hard to swallow.

      • Bored 8.2.1

        I can be very brutal with regard to the USA as an economic political imperial entity. Interestingly the Americans I have met throughtout my life have generally with a few exceptions been thoroughly decent and generous to a fault. Seems quite schizophrenic but who knows?

        • nzfp 8.2.1.1

          Interestingly the Americans I have met throughtout my life have generally with a few exceptions been thoroughly decent and generous to a fault. Seems quite schizophrenic but who knows?

          I believe that this is because there is a huge difference between the American people – there aspirations and desires – and the regime that claims to represent their [The Banks , Military, Media, Big Pharma and other Corporations] interests.

  7. Draco T Bastard 10

    Searching for accountability

    A string of shootings by British troops in a non-combat zone resulting in scores of dead civilians; a highway rampage by US troops; a deaf boy shot at when orders barked at him did not illicit a response; a previously unknown US special forces unit reporting directly to the White House, as well as a ‘capture kill’ list with which they operated, and their botched up missions that resulted in scores of casualties, including the deaths of children at an Islamic school.

    The largest leak of classified military documents in US history revealed these incidents and many more. Nevertheless, the Afghan war logs published by Wikileaks on July 25 prompted no official apology or investigation into their contents.

    Instead, they were swiftly downplayed by the White House and Pentagon, with Barack Obama, the US president, telling a press conference that “these documents do not reveal any issues that have not already informed our public debate on Afghanistan”.

    The more leaks the better. That way we would have accountability of our, and our allies, actions in the war zone.

    Of course, it would be better if we didn’t have to rely upon leaks.

  8. Draco T Bastard 11

    Laws ignores PM’s apology call

    Prime Minister John Key has called for Michael Laws to apologise after calling Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand fat, but Laws says Mr Key should stop being so PC.

    So, we have the PM now standing up against racist comments (probably due to all the bad publicity over his lack of action on PH) and the bigot Lhaws saying that the PM should stop being so PC…

    • BLiP 11.1

      Such are the lofty heights of intellectual wisdom and public discourse does John Key display.

      Never mind that his bankster mate, Crosby/Textor groomed, Millenium appointed CCO cockwombles have had their PPP wet dreams dashed, no worry even about unemployment, crime, forced mortgagee sales, business collapse, and earthquake shock doctine attacks on civil liberties and the processing of law . . . no, not all. It seems the level of national debate as being driven by John Key is to get dissed by a reject-mayor/talk-back host bozo from the provinces.

  9. freedom 12

    No disrespect to all who have served
    but I am continuously agape at the
    war crazy funding priorities of this Government

  10. Adders 13

    Quite right, freedom.

    3.85 million for trinkets but there’s no money to give teachers a cost of living pay increase.

    But, according to John Key, ”This is a fantastic way to give our servicemen and women the recognition they deserve.”

    No it’s not. It’s a pathetic sop.

    You can’t spend medals.

    And a medal worth 24 bucks (delivered) just for turning up to work for three years devalues the whole medal concept.

  11. Carol 14

    Duncan Garner talked up the result of the latest poll, spinning it shows key and NACT are still in favour after the GST rise, while he says Goff and Labour don’t seem to be increasing that much on NACT. But the poll shows Nats down a smidgen, Key up a bit, Goff and Labour up a couple of points. But, I think Garner also said that Key got a bit of Quake boost. Garner claims that the local government shift to the left is not happening with national politics:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Voters-weigh-in-on-GST-increase—poll/tabid/419/articleID/180826/Default.aspx

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Voters-weigh-in-on-GST-increase—poll/tabid/370/articleID/180826/Default.aspx

  12. joe90 15

    Spread doubt and claim it’s too soon to take action. ‘Science as the Enemy’.

    A handful of US scientists have made names for themselves by casting doubt on global warming research. In the past, the same people have also downplayed the dangers of passive smoking, acid rain and the ozone hole. In all cases, the tactics are the same: Spread doubt and claim it’s too soon to take action.

    and

  13. nzfp 16

    Australian Economist “Steve Keen” was invited to speak at the “6th annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference” at the University Center, in Chicago, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010 hosted by Stephen Zarlenga of the “American Monetary Institute (AMI)” and author of “The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money – the Story of Power”.

    Steve Keen gave a speech title “why a credit money system doesn’t have to crash, and why it always does” where he asserts that:

    […] the issue to me is not how money is created, but how it is used. If it’s used to finance productive investment, then generally speaking all will be well; but if it’s used to finance speculation on asset prices, then it will lead to financial crises (though not necessarily as severe as the one we’re experiencing now).

    […]

    Bankers especially might not like this analogy, but it’s apt: banks are effectively debt pushers, and trying to control bank lending at the source is like trying to control the spread of illegal drugs by directly controlling the drug pushers. […]

    Keen goes on to demonstrate the cause and effect of the current Global Financial Crisis (GFC) using computer models for macroeconomics and then compares the results to the current GFC (called the Great Recession) as well as the Great Depression.

    Keen shows that the current GFC was wholly predictable.

    Keen’s entire presentation is available to view on his website in shockwave flash format, as well as an audio only format. I highly recommend Keens presentation as well as those by Professor Michael Hudson and Kaoru Yamaguchi.

    Links:

    Steve Keens Posting with Links
    Steve Keen (Video Shockwave Flash)
    Steve Keen (Audio Only)

    A mujst for people who want to know what happened, why it happened and how much longer before it is over…

  14. prism 17

    There is a discussion on equality between Bryan Crump and Neville Bennet economist who has been looking at the growth of inequality throughout the world.
    Now on RadNZ.

  15. Lazy Susan 18

    Congratulations to Llaws, Henry and Key for your outstanding contributions to New Zealand Tourism

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    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    17 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    21 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    21 hours ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    22 hours ago
  • The limits to realism.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    22 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    23 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    1 day ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    1 day ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    7 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    1 week ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 mins ago
  • Greater support for social workers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
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