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Open Mike 12/10/2017

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  1. Patricia Bremner 1

    Here we are then. Awaiting the outcome of the negotiations. May fairness prevail.

    • ScottGN 1.1

      I’ve given up reading or watching anything from the political commentariat. It’s all just so much rubbish.

    • cleangreen 1.2

      Agreed Patricia,

      I am confident that Winston has NZ future in his heart as he goes forward today.

      he cares passonately about our beautiful country as we all do, and he wants to return NZ to a solid future where we can again feel as we all some say into how our future is planned and not just exclusively by large vested corporate interests as we now see happening now.

      This is Winston’s most compeling message he sends us all when we attend any public meetings he speaks at.

      We are in good hands with Winston & NZF.

  2. Ad 2

    How to avoid sexually harassing someone.
    A quick hack, approved on Twitter by The Rock himself:

    https://medium.com/@annevictoriaclark/the-rock-test-a-hack-for-men-who-dont-want-to-be-accused-of-sexual-harassment-73c45e0b49af

  3. Richard Christie 3

    .
    For the life of me I cannot understand why intelligent people take any notice of Twitter at all. It’s a forum for intellectually crippled discourse.

    Worse, the practise of filing “news” stories padded out with Twitter comments, often anonymous, is the ultimate in lazy journalism.

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

    • It’s a forum for intellectually crippled discourse.

      Not really. I don’t read every tweet but many Twitter conversations are quite enlightening.

    • Ad 3.2

      The best are treatable as Zen Koans. Or something as concise as William Carlos Wiliams.

      It sure teaches concision.

      Think of The Standard as a good-sized regional road through a city with lots of side streets. Think of Twitter as one stretch of highway where you get on fast into brutal traffic and get off at the next exit.

  4. Why Were Police Tapping the Phones of NZ Human Rights Activists?

    But trespassing in New Zealand carries a maximum sentence of just three months. Police could not lawfully get a surveillance warrant to investigate such a minor charge.
    When repeatedly asked for comment by VICE, Police wouldn’t state what justified the surveillance.
    A Police spokesperson told VICE, “for operational reasons Police are not able to respond to requests which seek to confirm or deny if a person or organisation is under investigation.”

    One wonders how the police even managed to get a warrant for this spying and if they even followed the law to do so.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      DTB
      But, but, but it was needed for homeland security! There is so much to be afraid of, particularly people who express ideas.

      Ideas that are different from those established by conformists are obviously dangerous, and are a threat that the police, charged with prevention of crime must become aware of. Listening into conversations provides useful information to the point of establishing when the originating thought might be first uttered, or picked up as code by experienced snoopers, or be seen as starting possible behaviours that would lead to some criminal act, violence or subversion. /sarc

      (Likely to be found in some possible police manual that might have been written, is in the process of, or is just in the mind of some officious official at present.)

    • +1 this is an abuse of power. Prison rights activists ffs. The police have learned nothing since their terror raids 10 years ago.

  5. RedLogix 5

    Interesting information from Australia.

    1. Foreign buyers account for an estimated 26 per cent of new property purchases in NSW

    2. Citizens of China (including Macau and Hong Kong) and Taiwan account for 87 per cent of overseas buyers

    3.Foreign buyers spent about $10 billion over the past year on NSW, Victorian and Queensland real estate

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-11/foreign-buyers-not-deterred-by-rising-stamp-duty/9038014

    Which is probably why our local front for the CCCP (aka National) doesn’t want to collect any data.

    • And puts some perspective on Labour’s ‘Chinese sounding names’. In fact, all the evidence from around the world where these types of studies have been done are showing that Chinese buyers are a large part of the problem. It’s naive to think that NZ is any different – especially when we have even less restrictions than those countries and no CGT.

      • marty mars 5.1.1

        Think about it – Chinese sounding names – what about Lee, is that Chinese sounding? What about if they changed their names to Harris or Smith – would the situation improve? Chinese sounding names is a euphemism for straight racism imo. And it actually hides the real issues around foreign ownership and citizenship. So it fails on many levels and does nothing to improve the situation for non Chinese sounding named people. Sad.

        • Stuart Munro 5.1.1.1

          It was probably more correct to say Chinese names. It is perfectly possible to extract ethnicity data from a list of names. Names like Lee in a population have a consistent and predictable percentage of European origin and another of Asian origin.

          The “Chinese sounding names” was a successful Gnat communications dirty trick. It diverted attention from foreign buyers and from Gnat complicity. It also turned a lot of activist comment against them. Had Twyford’s intention been racist it would be reasonable to expect some other evidence of this personality flaw. None exists of course.

          • marty mars 5.1.1.1.1

            Twyford did base his initial and subsequent efforts on Chinese sounding names not Chinese names (if there is such a beastie) I thought. The underlining debate is important and valid, the framing not so much imo. Maybe Chinese looking people might have worked…

            • Stuart Munro 5.1.1.1.1.1

              He couldn’t have done ‘Chinese looking’ because the sales data didn’t come with photos.

              There are of course Chinese names – though some of them occur in other countries too – Lee for example is one of the four most common surnames in Korea. It’s quite possible to divide English names between southern and northern origins or frequency in those areas. It is much easier to distinguish names with other language origins. I know something about this, having done a bit of corpus linguistics.

              Twyford’s data was good – not perfect, but it cast some light on the void the Gnats created to hide their misdeeds. And all subsequent data has tended to confirm it.

              • Well we’ll never know if a different push would have yielded better results. I spose all the Canadians and us college pension funds and ukians must be quaking in their boots. First they came for the wongs and we did nothing, then the wilsons but because that wasn’t my name I let it go…

                Quite a history of this in this country. Even now better to be a Jones than Parata when trying to get a flat for some reason…

                • joe90

                  when trying to get a flat for some reason…

                  Which is why an Irish immigrant family I knew when I was a kid changed their name from Kehoe to Keogh.

                • Stuart Munro

                  All good of course except they never did come for the Wongs. And NZ land is still being sold offshore by this execrable pack of traitors – not Twyford.

                  • So the twyford approach didn’t work? Has it made it better or worse for kiwis? What about for the 5th generation kiwi Wongs?

                    • Stuart Munro

                      Oh there may be some hurt feelings among 5th generation Chinese kiwis. There are hurt feelings among people struggling for housing too. Of the two I’m more concerned about those with housing stress.

                      All the parallel data from offshore, and qualitative data from onshore indicates that Chinese investment has been a significant driver of NZ house price inflation. And the government got a free pass on enabling that because they sold Twyford’s critique as ‘racism’.

                    • Funny they are both the same in my book although I spose as 5th generation they could feel even more aggrieved because they can’t buy a house and less generation euros think they are to blame because of the way they may look.

            • McFlock 5.1.1.1.1.2

              Actually, no, he didn’t.

              The original analysis took the list of names from the property sales, the list of names from the census ethnicity data, and identified a massive discrepancy between the two. Purchaser names like “Lee” were weighted according to the proportion of census respondents called “Lee” who were e.g. ethnically Chinese vs ethnically Scottish.

              Labour never said the methodology was perfect, just that there seemed to be a discrepancy and that this crude attempt was the best data available under the National government, and we should have better data on overseas buyers.

              The “Chinese sounding names” soundbite was a tory shill construction to dodge the issue Labour raised, and it worked.

              • Good clarification – couldn’t really remember. As I said I don’t disagree with the discussion or even the conclusions but it was a crude attempt that just gave the racists and xenophobes ammo. I find it hard to imagine the pointy heads within labour didn’t think that through but then again that was then and this is now. Can’t see Jacinda allowing that approach now.

          • mary_a 5.1.1.1.2

            @ Stuart (5.1.1.1) … “Names like Lee in a population have a consistent and predictable percentage of European origin and another of Asian origin.”

            That’s true.

            And for some reason or other, the name Lee appears frequently throughout the British Romany population also.

            Proves name alone cannot be used to confirm ethnicity.

            • Stuart Munro 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Lee would cause a few problems – but first names would go some way to sorting out the continent. There’s probably a whole project in that name for an enterprising onomastician – but if it were too complex to sort it could be safely put to one side without compromising the overall data significantly.

        • greywarshark 5.1.1.2

          Think further about it. The reason for talking about ‘Chinese sounding names’ is because the Government of National Party NZ had no wish to know or reveal to others the extent of foreign buyers ‘investing’ in NZ infrastructure, namely no-risk housing. So they didn’t keep close records, were loose about it, and evasive when questioned.

          Twyford was reduced to trawling through all the names to get some approximate idea of extent and get some stats as a basis for discussion. He wanted the sort of information that shows up in RedLogix at 10.12am. Don’t cuss Phil Twyford, save your spittle for the National Party of the World (formerly NZ).

    • Ad 5.2

      There has been plenty of negative commentary at Bloomberg about Australia recently. It covers real estate of course, but also brittle government, commodity cycle reliance, and even their massive superannuation funds under management.

      I view Chinese property and business purchasing with the same kind of threat as British purchasing and ownership for our first 150 years. It formed us, sucked a lot of profit out of us, and did both good and bad. IMHO Bruce Jesson gets the balance right in his book “To Build a Nation: collected writings 1975-1999”. He traces and graphs many of the British ownership networks.

      The most interesting part of a new government is where Winston and the new government land on foreign land ownership .

  6. Cinny 6

    Dear Jetstar

    After what we experienced at the airport today, my family and friends have decided to never ever fly with your airline again. I will be advising others not to use your airline either.

    Dear Public, if you wish to fly Nelson to Wellington, don’t fly Jetstar, instead there is the national airline AirNZ or another awesome awesome service that we have never had problems with is Sounds Air. We’ve travelled back and forth to Welly numerous times, but this will be the first and last time we will ever fly Jetstar.

    I felt so sorry for the manager who had to follow rules and options on the computer instead of being able to use her own common sense, you did your best lovely lady, you did your best, it wasn’t your fault.

    Needed to vent, that is all. It’s a beautiful day in Motueka.

    • Once was Tim 6.1

      You’re not alone! But then they’re part of Qantas. Famous for misreading baggage labels
      What is it about Joyces? Alan….. Barnaby…..Steven. 3 I’ve had the misfortune to cross paths with

    • Ed 6.2

      So what happened?

      • Cinny 6.2.1

        LMFAO.. seeing you asked.. way to much drama lolz.

        A child was accidently booked on as an adult, said child had no ID on her, go home and get some ID they say (home is up to 2hrs return on the open road lolz), why dosen’t she have a cell phone they ask, you could use that (far out lady not every kid has a phone), but look she has an IPad, oh sorry only a cellphone will do, her passport would have be fine, but her passport photo was when she was a toddler, yes that would be fine they say.
        Umm the school sports top she is wearing has her name on it, she is accompanied by her grandmother, grandfather and lil sister, but still they don’t believe miss twelve is who she says she is. Does she have school ID, umm she isn’t at high school yet, would a public library card do, no sorry, wait what… she had to bring in her birth cert to get a public library card in the first place.

        Ummm sorry she has too much carry on… bag, sleeping bag and a birthday gift in a box, we will have to check in that luggage, and that will cost you an extra $70, but don’t worry, it will only cost an extra $13.50 for the trip back if you pay for it now.

        Sheez I felt bad for my folks, it was so nice of them to take her there as I had to work. And it was so generous of the person who shouted her the flight, I felt bad for them too, they would not have wanted anyone to go through all the drama

        If we change her ticket from an adult to a child that will cost you an extra (insert large ammount here), are you serious? It wasn’t a cheap flight to start with, but if she is booked as a child she won’t need ID…. far out unreals.

        Apparently the manager was great, but you have to make your decisions in accordance to the options on the screen. In the end they let her on, but what a freakin circus. A nice lady in the queue offered to accompany her on the plane so she wouldn’t be travelling alone, and that was acceptable to the airline.

        The werid thing is neither of my kids have been asked for personal ID before when flying alone, the adult dropping them off/picking them up is required to have ID, and just fill in the form. But then again they’ve never been on Jetstar and never will again lolololz

        Miss 12 has since arrived safe and sound in fabulous Wellywood, and as long as I scan and email her some ID she should be able to get home again. She’s going to have the best time.

        Meanwhile in stark contrast… the day prior we went to book her bus ticket, and the lady at our local info centre, asked her if she would like to go behind the counter and she would talk her through doing the booking herself, miss twelve buzzed out about that, no ID required. Love Motueka.

        Once were Tim, sounds like Joyces aren’t so joyful lololz

        Ed, that looks like a great clip thank you 😀 Will check it out

    • Ed 6.3

      Are they as bad as this bunch of clowns?

  7. UncookedSelachimorpha 7

    Important story on RNZ today, a community law lawyer is pointing out that the WINZ review system entirely lacks independence and the process is a crock from any reasonable legal perspective. The “review” is by WINZ staff and tends to just rubber stamp whatever outcome WINZ is already seeking. Questioning of “witnesses” hectors and badgers and uses leading questions, that would never be allowed in any fair court or tribunal.

    More abuse of process, in NZ’s continuing abuse of the vulnerable.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/341404/lawyer-urges-independent-benefit-reviews

    • Ed 7.1

      As Chris Trotter says, Winston Peters should support a de- neoliberalisation of all NZ’s institutions, in the same way de Nazification was completed post WW2.

  8. adam 8

    Big ups to Peace Action Wellington – these wonderful people did a fine job yesterday of blockaded the entrance to the Westpac Stadium, and stopping the Hawks from there purchases of death.

    Love how the NZ police react with violence to peaceful protest, must make them feel like real men.

    They even got to beat up a disabled man, did our bully boys in blue.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97713861/peace-action-blockades-westpac-stadium-arms-industry-forum

    Love the spin at the end of the stuff piece, it will make all the soft libs here happy, as they will not have to think hard about their continued support of the death machine.

    • Ed 8.1

      Andrew Ford, how do you sleep at night?
      Is your pay packet enough to salve your conscience for being a spin merchant for crimes against humanity?
      Do you dream of Yemenis, Iraqis, Syrians, Afghani being bombed in their beds?
      There are words for people like Ford.

      ‘NZDIA deputy chairman Andrew Ford said labelling the forum a “weapons expo” was “stretching the truth” and the event was mainly about bringing together suppliers of services and products to support the defence and national security sectors, not weapons.

      Most people would support New Zealand’s defence forces being properly equipped to defend themselves and fulfil their peacekeeping duties, he said.’

  9. Talking about Qantas:

    Emirates plans to end most of its flights between Australia and New Zealand as part of a renegotiated joint venture with Qantas Airways Ltd that will also see the Australian carrier quit flying to Dubai, the airlines said on Wednesday.

    That, I believe, is cartel behaviour but it also highlights the failure of competition and the added costs it brings.

    • tc 9.1

      Bugger ! Personally I always preferred Emirates to the ‘budget in everything but price’ services Air NZ and Qantas run.

  10. Whispering Kate 10

    I have just been reading the latest edition of “Air Force News” – it seems the RNZAF is about to begin “Exercise Southern Katipo and the West Coast is being transformed into the fictional Pacific Island of Becara. The exercise is based on the premise that armed militia groups have sparked the breakdown of public order and a New Zealand-led coalition has been invited to restore law and order.” It then goes on further in the article to say “another task would be to take care of the island’s trouble-makers, which might require an armed response”.

    Why on earth are they needing to train our military to supress civilian dissent – is this the future of our military – to squash any uprising because of the many injustices that our citizens in the future may want to fight against – do our governments expect this sort of event in the future – if so shouldn’t they be making our society a fairer place for all of us so this sort of expensive exercise isn’t ever needed.

    It smacks of the police tapping into human rights activists phones – what has happened to our usual robberies and murder and conventional wars that our police and military were needed for.

    • Ed 10.1

      Neoliberalism is not at its core a democratic idea or cult.
      It needs to be enforced.

    • Ad 10.2

      – East Timor
      – Fiji
      – Tonga riots
      – Bouganville
      – Solomon Islands
      Sometimes we get asked to help, the rest of the time it’s good to be ready.

      • East Timor is an interesting one because before we went in to help them become independent we helped the dictator oppress them.

        • Exkiwiforces 10.2.1.1

          Actually DTB, I remember reading somewhere that Bill Rowling put the NZ Armed Forces on standing by to stop the the TNI from invading ET and restore law and order. But Gough Witham wasn’t up for it and the Poms were pulling out of SE Asia, so the order was finally cancelled. It was like a re-run of what happen during West Papua where the Dutch asked for assistance from Commonwealth at the time the Poms and NZ government were prepared to assist the Dutch but old Meng (Menzies) pull out at the last minute and no doubt the JFK had a hand in it as it was trying to persuade the then Ino government to turn from a leftist government to a pro west government at the time.

          Come to think about it may have been in the Official History of Australian involvement in South East Asia. Which was Six or seven, eight part volume which were all first edition before lost them a defence removal.

          Had some interesting stuff about Kiwi Keith dragging his heels in regards to New Zealand’s involvement in South Vietnam. Which there was two part volume with regards to the political issues from Oz government POV.

            • Exkiwiforces 10.2.1.1.1.1

              DTB, thanks for the link and it was good read as will.

              Sentiment among us INTERTFET vets and those on UN mission after us (note I lost a good mate from NZBATT 2, the first Kiwi to KIA since Vietnam. Pvte Lenny Manning B Coy 2/1st Battalion). Is why did our pollies allow this to happen especially amongst some of the Aussie Army All Arms Corps (My neighbor at my bush block as Ex 2RAR and did a UN tour as well) as the people of Timor help members of the Aussie Army during WW2 and only to kick down the road like a coke can or as a sacrificial sheep after the TNI invasion. As us vets know what the TNI is doing to the people of West Papua as we seen the same thing at what happening to the people ET.

              And really piss’s me is that most of the left supported the then leftist Ino government annexation of West Papua from the Dutch and now these assholes are supporting West Papua freedom!

    • greywarshark 10.3

      The last scenario the military forces (international) operated under had uncomfortable similarities with the fall of the Muldoon government and the time between that and Labour taking over. It is on google somewhere but it makes my skin creep, like a cold breeze passing by.

    • Exkiwiforces 10.4

      The current SK17 scenario appears to be base around what happen in East Timor back in 2006 and some other scenarios are also similar to what we face during INTERFET 99-00. The TNI Forces and the TNI backed militia push the our boundaries in terms of our ROE/ OFOF to the limit weather it was on the sea (even under the Sea), in the Air harassing the Naval Task Group incl the Air Bridge between Oz and ET and on the land around Dili and down towards the main centres around the border provinces of ET incl the onclave. You don’t know just how close it came to a all out war with the TNI. Once our section was outnumbered by 3to1 at abandoned police/ TNI barracks and it was only when shook out into a attacking formation, (I) loaded the M79’s/ prep the M72’s for firing etc and for a few mins we were about to meet our making, then other side backed down rather quickly once they saw that we meant business.

      Then there is the handling of dead bodies, documented the voting fraud, the illegal abuse detainees by the TNI/ police and the human rights abuse aka rape, torture, shooting detainees etc. But another story to tell one day.

      SK ex’s are a good foundation stone for the NZDF, foreign forces, other agencies both Government and NGO’s to prepare for such events for the future. Because Peacekeeping operations can be very fast and dynamic with a lot of thinking on your feet, be it the humble private/ trooper or PC etc to very to top of the decision making progress at inter government level?

      To some on the left Peacekeeping may sound sexy to you, but as follow lefty who has done Peacekeeping I’ve seen the best of human kind and the bloody worst of human kind.

      A well prepared, well equipped and trained Defence Force for UN peacekeeping for Chapter 1 to Chapter 7 missions comes with a big price tag than most people here realise.

      • Philj 10.4.1

        Thank you ExKF, for your analysis and setting the context.

        • Exkiwiforces 10.4.1.1

          No worries Philj,

          I had a deal with my CO at the start of the yr after I was sent home from the Middle East late yr when I went down the rabbit hole the choice between SK17 or go back to Middle East if I was back to full health by June. Alas I’m not as I would back in NZ right now, but facing a Med discharge sometime next yr.

  11. Ed 11

    ‘IMF: higher taxes for rich will cut inequality without hitting growth
    Analysis supports tax strategy of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in UK – and undermines that of Donald Trump in US’

    New Zealand Labour and New Zealand First please note.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/11/imf-higher-taxes-rich-inequality-jeremy-corbyn-labour-donald-trump

  12. Ed 12

    Brilliant article by Rachel Stewart.
    Worthy of a thread in its own right.
    I share her outlook.

    ‘What are the signs that the world’s resources are running out?

    ‘What are the things we need to face? It’s a ruddy great neon sign and if you can’t see it flashing, you’re either obtuse, changing nappies, and/or too busy arguing the toss on.’

    ‘Climate change is here. The race between human survival and the melting ice sheets is on…… The storms will be more frequent and deadly; the diseases will come thick and fast; the crops will fail and, if humans are still standing at the end of that, the heat will shut our bodies down and we will die.’

    ‘Population. The number of people on the planet will rise from 7.6 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections. Is that number the problem, or is it over-consumption? It’s both. One leads to the other, and both are killing us.’

    ‘Water. The new oil. Without it, humanity is condemned. Climate change is affecting water quality, and the risks are incalculable. Rising temperatures; increased levels of sediments, nutrients, and pollutants triggered by more frequent and heavy rainfall; industrial agriculture. The world faces an imminent water crisis that is affecting every part of the planet. Are we ready for the massive influx of refugees from Australia and Asia?’

    ‘Poverty and inequality are massive, unstoppable forces. Electing new governments, and new faces, is unlikely to meaningfully alter anything. No politician has the capacity to change what’s coming. The pendulum is in motion; counting down the beats to our demise.’

    ‘Depressed yet? You should be. And when you’re bored with that, maybe stop blaming others for their point of view, and start blaming the real culprits. Picking off fundamentally decent – and basically planetarily powerless – others is a waste of your time. Anger, sadness and fear is best expressed by doing, rather than talking into a vacuum (which, ironically, I’m likely doing here).’

    ‘The culprits? Oil companies, industrial agriculture, the 1 per cent, over-fishing, neoliberalism, capitalism, Monsanto, Trump, the “free” market (an oxymoron if ever there was one). You know who they are.’

    Get off the cyber treadmill of judgment and virtue signalling, and dismount your fat donkey and make a change in the world. Maybe there’s still time?

    I doubt it, but at least you’ll go down trying.’

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11931445

    • Philj 12.1

      Whoa Rachel! You hit a few nails on the head there. Now wait for the response….. Our small interest group in Wellington has been saying this for years! So it’s not news. It’s just becoming news now! Lol

  13. Ed 13

    Some people know powerful people who can pull strings for them.

    David Farrar (National propagandist – not that this is ever acknowledged by RNZ) gets airtime the day the coalition talks end.

    Mr Griffin, I presume, acting on behalf of the people who actually control New Zealand.

    Amazing – no ACT spokesperson on the panel today!

  14. Ed 14

    ‘NZ kids can’t escape alcohol marketing next to bread and milk’

    http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago665655.html

    • Ed 14.1

      David Farrar of course defends the Alcohol Industry.
      There are words for people like him.

      ‘Lead researcher Tim Chambers says the study provides further evidence of the need to ban alcohol sales in supermarkets. This is feasible given we have prohibited alcohol sales in supermarkets in the past and other countries, such as Australia, currently do. Moreover, supermarkets make up only three per cent of alcohol retailers but sell 30 per cent of all beer and 60 per cent of all wine.

      “Children in the study were exposed to alcohol marketing almost every time they entered a supermarket, often the exposure occurred near everyday products, like bread and milk,” says Tim Chambers, research fellow at Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington.

      In New Zealand, alcohol contributes to 800 deaths and costs the country over $5 billion per year. Moreover, alcohol is linked to over 200 medical conditions and causes a number of cancers. World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alcohol Strategy recommends restrictions on alcohol marketing as a ‘best buy’ for reducing alcohol-related harm. New Zealand supermarkets have some responsibility for the burden of alcohol-related harm due to their provision of convenient, low-cost alcohol as well as their market share of alcohol sales.

      In New Zealand, supermarkets were not permitted to sell alcohol until the liberalisation of the alcohol laws in 1989. The researchers say that improving the supermarket promotional environment, by repealing the section of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act that permits supermarket alcohol sales, would both significantly reduce children’s overall exposure to alcohol marketing, and reduce the prevalence of other supermarket related infractions such as underage sales, loss-leading alcohol sales and cross-promotional activity. Further, it would save councils millions of dollars from the judicial challenges by supermarkets against Local Alcohol Policies.’

      Yet Farrar – with no evidence – spins for big liquor.

      And the miserable host giggles at his ridiculous defence of these multinational drug peddlers.

  15. Ed 15

    Awkward moment on the Panel as Catherine Robertson describes the traits of psychopaths,
    And David Farrar remains a bit silent as he thinks of his National masters.

  16. Philip Ferguson 16

    The past week marks the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the killings of two of the 20th century’s outstanding socialist figures, Che Guevara (executed without trial in Bolivia on October 9, 1967) and Seamus Costello (assassinated in Dublin on October 5, 1977).

    There is a number of articles about them – and links to some stuff by them – here: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/che-guevara-and-seamus-costello/

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  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
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  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
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  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
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  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
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  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
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  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
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  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
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  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
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  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
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  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
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  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
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  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
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  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
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    3 days ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
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  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
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  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
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  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
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  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
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  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
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  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
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  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
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  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
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  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
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    6 days ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
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  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
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    1 week ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
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  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
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  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
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  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
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  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Early Pfizer shipment boosts vaccine schedule
    The largest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date has arrived into New Zealand two days ahead of schedule, and doses are already being delivered to vaccination centres around the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The shipment of more than 370,000 doses reached New Zealand yesterday, following a ...
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    2 weeks ago