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Open mike 12/10/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    One idiot down, now for the other side of the coin, get rid of the other twerp (Goff).

    • Bored 1.1

      Just to follow up on the above call to axe Goff, I noticed Pundit advertised in the above banner, clicked on it and got onto this http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/second-year-blues-%E2%80%93-a-failure-of-governance as it says a report card. One blogger said of it in February that Hager should republish in a year. He got it right in Feb, more correct today. The Nats have a total talent bypass, and Labour are too frightenned to challenge an intellectualy lightweight Right.

      • The Chairman 1.1.1

        Hager hit the nail on the head.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        They represent National’s traditional role of providing policies that suit their various big business allies. There is also a small number of ministers working away competently on their portfolios, doing their best to help run the country, but they are unfortunately a minority. Meanwhile, the ministerial offices have hired in a clutch of Young National types as political advisers, people brought up on slogans and sneering attack politics but not on seriously addressing issues.

        That, is a scary report. As for suiting Big Business, from what I’m seeing, it really does look like National are actually stomping on small businesses, trying to get them out of the market. This makes sense, in a nasty way, as more competition lowers profits.

        • KJT 1.1.2.1

          Yeah. It puzzles me when I hear at Chamber of Commerce meetings. “Vote NACT. They are for business” from small business people who are getting screwed over by NACT.

      • ianmac 1.1.3

        Jonathon Devine said in the comments on Hager’s Feb post:”Try republishing this in a year – you may find that your predictions have proved true. In the meantime, you might like to sigh a breath of relief that this government hasn’t done much of anything yet.”
        Not a year yet since, but resonating now in October just the same.

    • Zeebop 1.2

      Carter says he wasn’t told. But I heard his partner was on the local constituency committee.
      I’m surprised that the National Committee would not have told the local board.
      If his partner isn’t talking to him then surely how is that worthy as headline news?

      Carter pretty much set the pace, and timing of his own downfall. Goff has yet to
      shine, but technically Goff just needs Key to declare an election date. All this
      hot air is the old adage, no such thing as bad publicity. Goff being around in a
      years time, and the memory of everyone saying he should have gone will
      actually strengthen him as a survivor.

  2. The Chairman 2

    It’s rather pointless rebuilding/repairing someone’s home if it can’t be reinsured.

    There are concerns that property values on some homes in affected areas could slump, even if they can be repaired.

    “The Government’s responsibility via EQC is to restore people’s positions to the situation they were in prior to the earthquake. Inevitably, if there are changes in property values that’s not something the Government, by and large, can be held accountable for.”

    Key acknowledged there may be some problems for householders on remediated land getting insurance cover.

    “The concern would be if the land was repaired, and the building was able to be rebuilt, but then the insurers would say `look, we are not going to insure that property’ then that would essentially make that property worthless for most New Zealanders who need to carry insurance for good reason.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4221076/Quake-hit-house-owners-face-loss

    • Zeebop 2.1

      Yeah, I was wondering why National govt was so up beat about land being able to be built on.
      Come’s with no guarentee it seems, that the work done will be of equal or better quality than
      the homes before.
      It all comes from allow Leaky homes saga to run and run, and not blame National for
      their gross failure of governance.

      • Zeebop 2.1.1

        Would a builder risk rebuilding if they could be sued for building on inadequate foundations?

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    IPv6 survey shows vital messages not getting through

    InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar says the protocol and addressing scheme for the internet will be an opportunity for businesses to make use of new technologies but the recent survey shows that message is not getting through and they still see IPv6 adoption primarily as a cost.

    That sounds like a typical NZ managers response: Everything is a cost, not an opportunity.

    • Bored 3.1

      Stuff the technology Draco, I have been working in it for 30 years and guess what? The technology is truly wonderful BUT not doing anything different, just differently. And its a complexity trap.

      Your comment is correct in that managers worldwide see everything in the current context, all cost. They have merely been caught in a complexity trap of doing what they always did with more automated tools. My observation…dont expect change from such a regimented system.

      Second observation, better to do something simple, grow some edible plants incase the complex system falls over.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        As some criticism on IPv6, I saw a proposal to instead increase the address-space on IPv4 from 32 bits to 64 bits, and do it in a seamless way so that all existing routers could still handle the new packet format until transition was complete. Seems like a much better approach than dual-stack that we’ve got now, with IPv6 having many many fiddly new features that don’t add much value, let alone the crazily long addresses that are not human-friendly.

        • Bored 3.1.1.1

          Seems to me short term that IPV6 is only required if the current ABC ranges run out (which could happen if we try and give every device in the world a unique identifier). Operationally the interim step (extended V4) as suggested is a pain in the proverbial, it breaks the “do it once and do it properly rule”. Using NAT with a currently valid IP address ranges (A,B,C) seems to be what the address starved Netizens get by doing. Dual stacks a pain, and often not supported, it will be a while before that changes. Then there is the issue of telcos having IPV6 compliant networks, another world of pain.

          But as above, it keeps us employed doing the same thing differently.

  4. BLiP 4

    Well done National Ltd™ – one city in ruins, one city in revolt, another stewing with indecision. Nero twiddled his thumbs, John Key just giggles.

  5. gobsmacked 5

    Shame on you, John Key. Shame on you.

    NZPA reports:

    “New Zealand’s opposition MPs have congratulated the Chinese winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but Prime Minister John Key is not keen to talk about it.

    Liu Xiaobo, 54, was awarded the prize on Friday. He is serving 11 years in jail for campaigning for democratic transformation of China’s one-party state.

    He told his wife, Liu Xia, he dedicated the award to the people killed in the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing.

    Mr Liu’s prize was applauded in the United States and Europe and US President Barack Obama called for his release.

    Labour’s spokeswoman for foreign affairs and trade, Maryan Street, and Green MP Keith Locke have offered Mr Liu their congratulations.

    Ms Street called on China to release Mr Liu as a demonstration of its progress in areas of human rights.

    “We applaud China for the huge leaps forward it has taken in recent years in advancing the social and economic conditions of its people, but we would also encourage China to make similar progress towards respect for human rights and democracy.”

    Human rights and democracy were important parts of Labour’s dialogue with China, she said.

    Mr Locke said New Zealand should advocate for Mr Liu’s release.

    “It is wrong for Mr Liu to be in prison simply for promoting the sort of democracy all New Zealanders take for granted.”

    Mr Key said yesterday he would not comment about Mr Liu until he received more advice.

    “I’m not aware of why he’s in jail and it’s not appropriate for me to comment on what is appropriate in terms of other countries putting people in those facilities.”

    ****

    Not appropriate? Governments do it all the time. Even Murray McCully has done it (heard of Fiji, John?).

    Give your friend Barack a call. He’ll explain it to you.

    • hateatea 5.1

      His silence on this is deplorable, if predictable. I am actually annoyed that our Prime Minister puts ‘free trade’ with China ahead of honouring a man who has sacrificed his freedom for his principles. But then, it is unclear to me whether or not John Key has any principles that he would sacrifice to defend

      captcha: games (what Key is playing – with us as the pawns)

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Jonkey is more concerned with kowtowing to the big money than human rights.

      …it is unclear to me whether or not John Key has any principles that he would sacrifice to defend

      He doesn’t. All he’s concerned about is people with money and those people being in control of everyone else.

    • Jim MacDonald 5.3

      Just read on newsroom.co.nz that Key’s Govt will offer congratulations. Is this real spine?
      Or a temporary/momentary transplantation?

    • freedom 5.4

      to be fair to our relaxed leader, he waited for the paperwork!

      talk about last out of the gate, and he still managed to say the minimum (bordering on nothing)

      • Jim MacDonald 5.4.1

        ‘Vacuous’ is the most fitting word.
        Acknowledgment: thanks to Gordon Campbell’s piece which I read today.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    Gordon Campbell has an excellent piece on this.

    New Zealand’s day of shame …

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/10/12/gordon-campbell-keys-backbone-problem-with-china/

    The news media are starting to pick this up. There MUST be questions in Parliament this afternoon.

    • nzfp 6.1

      Liu Xiabo should decline the prize (like the Vietnamese Le Duc Tho did). Look at who he has to share a wall with:

      2009 – Barak Obama
      2007 – IPCC and Al Gore
      1994 – Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin.
      1978 – Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat, Menachem Begin
      1973 – Henry A Kissinger, Le Duc Tho (Declined the prize)
      1919 – Thomas Woodrow Wilson

    • ianmac 6.2

      The Greens are asking one in Question 12 today.
      Good column by Campbell.

      • Jim MacDonald 6.2.1

        Ah, just saw the earlier posted comments after I sent off my one above.
        Read Campbell and, yes, on international affairs and diplomatic matters, Nats have a stunning predilection to be vacuous or to make mincemeat out of their words :-0

  7. freedom 7

    Am i the only one who thinks this smells a little funny, especially the return to form for Kerry’s statements, gone are the soft lines of the previous few days

  8. The Chairman 8

    Clearing house to access to Reserve Bank funds

    NZX would be treated as “systemically important financial infrastructure” giving it recourse to emergency funding from the Reserve Bank if required, to help maintain financial stability.

    Yesterday’s agreement follows a recommendation from the Capital Markets Development Taskforce in December.

    NZX chief executive Mark Weldon said the agreement was a vote of confidence in a co-operative approach to settlement systems.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4220610/Clearing-house-to-access-to-Reserve-Bank-funds

    Isn’t Weldon a member of the Market Development Taskforce?

    • freedom 8.1

      It’s all O.K. people. That is just weapons maintenance for the coming currency war

      (IMF chants)
      Here comes the Bancor

      -gottta give Keynes credit for a catchy name

  9. Joe Bloggs 9

    speaking of the global warming con that’s been foisted upon us, I was interested to read of Harold Lewis’s resignation from the American Physical Society.

    http://thegwpf.org/ipcc-news/1670-hal-lewis-my-resignation-from-the-american-physical-society.html

    Amongst other things he highlights the money-making machine that global warming studies have become for the major reseach institutes and he comments that

    It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS [the American Physical Society] before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.

    Damn but that’s a poke in the eye for the warmists

    • mcflock 9.1

      not really. He doesn’t actually deny global warming exists. Just pulls the old “no idea as to cause, no idea as to consequences” routine.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504383_162-5933353-504383.html

      Although this guy is quite scathing:

      http://davidappell.blogspot.com/2010/10/hal-lewiss-temper-tantrum.html

      • walt 9.1.1

        And what do his peers think of this 87 year old’s assertions?

        The President of the APS, Professor Curt Callan, said: “The use of the word ‘scam’ is ridiculous. To dismiss the work of large numbers of honest, hard-working scientists as a scam is just silly.”

      • nzfp 9.1.2

        Just pulls the old “no idea as to cause, no idea as to consequences” routine

        No he didn’t – he was scathing about the amount of external capital that he felt corrupted the science to find a pre-determined conclusion. Specifically:

        the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

        It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave

        A conclusion which – by the way – makes no difference to the fact that human activity is still detrimental to the biosphere.

        The problem is when the conclusion – whether contrived or scientifically determined – is used to sell the wrong solution.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1

          Um, it does take money, in today’s economy, to do research. Global climate change happens to be a rather extreme threat to humanity and the globe and so, predictably, more money is thrown at it. It is not the raison d’être for the research, merely the needed resources for the research to happen.

          • nzfp 9.1.2.1.1

            Of course global climate change is a threat, the question between the “Deniers” and “Proponents” is whether or not there is an anthropogenic warming. Other threats to our society include extreme poverty, starvation and war – but I don’t see a Bullet tax or Greed tax or even any funding for reasearch on these topics. I would argue that IMF structural reforms have killed more people in Africa alone then climate change.

            You know as well as I that a change in the economic system would result in a decrease in energy consumption – there goes peak oil – and waste – there goes pollution – almost immediately. Just a side effect of monetary reform alone would result in environmental changes orders of magnitude greater then any patch (read ETS) in our current system. Another side effect would be no more third world debt leading to starvation.

            Which begs the questions – why is Al Gore so concerned with C02 levels instead of Debt levels? Why is there a C02 tax instead of a Credit tax (on banks)? Why are there Carbon Trading schemes instead of fair and equitable taxation?

            Who controls the debate and what is the solution they are selling?

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1.1.1

              A change to a sustainable economic system is about the only way to prevent the damage that our economic system is presently doing to the ecology. It would probably even remove war as a major threat. This doesn’t remove the fact that it still takes money to do the research which was the specific point I was addressing.

              Peak Oil will still be there – it would just last a hell of a lot longer and agree that the IMF structural reforms have probably killed more people than a hell of a lot of things but climate change will kill a hell of a lot more in the long run. The IMF dictated reforms can be changed before then if the local governments tell them fuck off.

              but I don’t see a Bullet tax or Greed tax or even any funding for reasearch on these topics.

              And you know as well as I do that that’s because the Greedy Bastards with Guns own the friggen government 😛

      • nzfp 9.1.3

        And to think that the IPCC and Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for promoting a carbon trading scheme which did NOTHING to prevent the BP Gulf of Mexico spill or the tailings dam disaster in Hungary while transferring Billions in wealth from ordinary Europeans into the back pockets of Goldman Sachs, Blood and Gore and all the other commodities and futures traders who started betting on (c.f. Catholic Indulgences) permissions to pollute – carbon credits.

        Wrong solution. Wrong problem.

      • lprent 9.1.4

        Yep – another old physicist talking about something he doesn’t understand.

        You can see the idiots simply don’t have any idea when they talk about the local “little ice age” so beloved of people who haven’t bothered to read an science outside of their own myopic focus in many decades (and which never happened worldwide). These are the type of fools who would confuse a little area around the Atlantic with the whole world, or weather with climate…

        • nzfp 9.1.4.1

          OK,
          So what’s your solution LP? Cos Al Gores Carbon Indulgences ain’t cutting it!
          You’ve used a bunch of fallacies in this paragraph which makes me want to get into it – but it’s a waste of time and doesn’t solve the problem.

          So seriously – what do you propose? Also – just as import – how do you get the proposition to the rest of the nation?

          I can see how you’ve started that by setting up and maintaining this site – but what about the rest of the average Joes?

          • lprent 9.1.4.1.1

            I’d go for a straight and slowly increasing tariff (say automatically stepping up every 2-3 years) on hydrocarbons both at the border and as it comes out of the ground. In other words in exactly the same way that we treat tobacco and alcohol. Similarly I

            A simple price signal is the most effective signal there is to shift behavior. I’d put the raised money directly into a fund to pay for tax rebates and grants on general R&D.

            • KJT 9.1.4.1.1.1

              One proposal I liked was for a carbon tax which is then evenly distributed amongst tax payers. Though even better, I think, would be carbon taxes used to fund the development of clean technology, sustainable energy and resource use reduction. These are the types of PPP’s we should be supporting. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4179680/US-govt-funds-NZ-wave-prototype

              ETS are just another money go around for the finance people to clip the ticket.
              Resulting in nonsense like old growth forests being felled to be replaced by “Kyoto forests”.

    • nzfp 9.2

      Who cares if it exists or doesn’t exist,
      It doesn’t mean that we can relax our behaviour with regard to environmental responsibility.

      Supporting or Denying human caused global warming makes zero difference to what happened in Hungary and the Gulf of Mexico.

      Both of these events are a result of an economic system that forces growth at any expense.

      An ETS tax would not stop corporate malfeaseance – but a fundamental change in economics would.

      The argument is a distraction from finding a long lasting socially responsible solution.

      • ianmac 9.2.1

        Exactly. Even if Global Warming was not so, and even if not man-made it would still be worth it to tidy up mans’ mess. We cannot continue to consume.

        • nzfp 9.2.1.1

          Yes – you are 100% correct, it’s time to put the argument away and solve the problem.

          We already know what the problem is – there are many here who have varying solutions to the problem – I would argue that any one of them would probably be a lot better then what we have now!

          One of the reasons I try very hard not to get into this debate anymore.

        • freedom 9.2.1.2

          yes let’s fix the problem. Grow Hemp forests for wood, building products, paper and packaging. Plant Hemp plantations for medicine, plant Hemp plantations for plastics, plant Hemp plantations for fabric

          and basically plant Hemp plantations for the complete replacement of the petrochemical industry

          It is not rocket science it is simply a lack of will fostered by greed and duplicity

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.2

        I’d agree with that.

      • KJT 9.2.3

        Maritime NZ have a road show going around the country with a proposal to make things cheaper for the offshore oil drilling industry. Current requirements for STCW/SOLAS certification for crews and the vessel on oil rig tenders may be relaxed to allow inshore qualifications up to the new within 200 miles of the coast “Near sheltered waters limit”. About the same as allowing someone with 200 hours in a Cessna to drive a jumbo jet.
        I.E. Off the East Coast or in the Great South Basin.

        Oil rig tenders are supposed to be the stand by vessels for rescue and firefighting for the rigs.

        STCW is the minimum requirement for international vessels. It is already compromised by ship owner interests. Attempts to relax requirements below this level are not going to increase the safety of offshore drilling.

        Especially in light of the Coastguard findings in the US that lack of knowledge of stability in ship and rig firefighting at the scene may have contributed to the Transocean rig sinking.

        I think this shows the Governments real level of commitment to environmental safety.

  10. comedy 10

    Not politics, the economy or anything like that but what a wonderful yarn.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10679994

  11. KJT 11

    http://msn.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10680029

    Can anyone tell me if this is just code for. “We will cut funding to ITO’s to fund University places”.

    • hateatea 11.1

      That was what I took from the announcement. After all, why would we need carpenters, electricians, plumbers and mechanics. Another plonker

  12. gobsmacked 12

    Better news from the latest poll: Labour 36.5%, Greens 8%.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4586/

    Looks like the “earthquake effect” has faded, so what else have National got? Spiders?

    • The Voice of Reason 12.1

      Labour’s best poll result in years! 36.5% plus the Greens steady on 8% and Act flatlining. The good news just doesn’t stop coming for the left this week!

      captcha: fate

      • gobsmacked 12.1.1

        ACT’s support (already tiny) has now disintegrated, in both the polls this week (Morgan and TV3).

        So, the pressure goes on Key to dump Rodney Hide and win back Epsom. Cue the next round of ACT in-fighting …

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          I had understood that NAT love to set election dates in the coldest, wettest month of the year to drive turnout down.

      • lprent 12.1.2

        Yeah the good thing about this poll is that there is a consistent rise showing in Labours polling, and National is slowly but surely dropping. I think that is going to be the pattern for the rest of this year and for next year. Personally I don’t think that there will be a early election. That requires a bloody good excuse with the disintegration of a required coalition party and a fractured working majority. Otherwise voters will penalize the government for being dragged out to vote in the miserable winter weather. Not to mention the expense and hurried campaign. For all of the disruption in Act, I don’t think that they or whatever they split into will stop supporting National and the Maori party is rather committed to the coalition at this point through lack of any effective results.

        Act is falling away (hardly surprising). The Maori party vote is more problematic since their MP’s depend entirely on seats. I’d love to see some polling in those seats because I suspect that there is probably some movement in their weaker MP’s support downwards. NZF is still fluctuating up and down just over the margin of error – but I’d never discount Winston (damnit). The Greens have always had this nasty issue that their polling usually overstates their election day support

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    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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    17 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    19 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    20 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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