Open mike 13/06/2024

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  1. Jimmy 1

    This is why Hipkins needs to go. He's now saying spending $1m on consultants for evaluating a tunnel is bad, whereas when Labour spent $51m on a cycle bridge over the harbour that was all ok?

    "I think it's one of those kinds of flight of fancy, that is unlikely to ever happen, I park it up there probably with the cycle bridge across the Auckland Harbour," Hipkins said."

    Hipkins says Govt's million-dollar spend on consultants for Wellington long tunnel not justified (msn.com)

    • SPC 1.1

      You can tell when polls are getting to those who voted in the Cof C, when they insist the next government has to change leaders asap.

      • Jimmy 1.1.1

        The polls are a meaningless waste of time at the moment. I will start to look at them some time in 2026. As they say, a week is a long time in politics, so even if they are showing Labour on 60% now, in a years time it could all change.

    • Bearded Git 1.2

      I agree Hipkins has to go. But McAnulty had better stop claiming his $36k allowance that he gives to his partner before he makes a leadership bid.

      When are we going to stop hearing about the cycle bridge Jimmy. Let it go.

      All governments make mistakes-the current government seems to screw-up every day. Yesterday it was not understanding that methane science is settled…far more important that a $51m bridge proposal that may anyway be useful in the future.

      • SPC 1.2.1

        Why? MP's can claim the allowance for property they are paying a mortgage on, so why not rent to a partner?

        • gsays 1.2.1.1

          Why?

          In case you hadn't noticed, 1000s of people have lost their jobs because 'economy'.

          If McAnulty is to lead the Labour party, he would maximise his man of the people vibe.

          Part of that appeal would be distancing himself from those who maximize their entitlements.

        • Michael P 1.2.1.2

          Why?

          Because he is paying $650 a week off his wife's mortgage. This property is in her name so it's completely obvious that it isn't a shared asset and the payment only benefits her not him right..(uh huh…sounds totally believable).

          So He's down $30,000 plus per annum and his wife is up $30,000 plus per annum and you can't say that together their position is unchanged except they have paid $30,000 off their mortgage because even though they are married that asset will never be a shared asset so only his wife had benefitted.

          So then he claims that $30,000 plus back off taxpayers meaning he and his wife have stolen (legally) $30,000 off taxpayers, which has been paid off the mortgage of their Wellington property… sorry I mean HER property, not theirs of course.

          Surely you can understand why this sort of greedy shit pisses voters off, even if it is all nice and legal?!

          • SPC 1.2.1.2.1

            All out of town MP's get an allowance for accommodation in Wellington.

            It is irrelevant who they pay the money to.

            Those who own (or whose partners own) property would be renting it out to someone else if the MP was not the tenant.

      • mikesh 1.2.2

        “But McAnulty had better stop claiming his $36k allowance that he gives to his partner before he makes a leadership bid.”

        $650/w doesn't seem unreasonable for accommodation in Wellington. However, I don’t know whether he would have to declare it as afinancial interest if the ownership is not “arms length”

        • SPC 1.2.2.1

          It's known because he declared it.

        • Bearded Git 1.2.2.2

          You miss the point Mikesh…it is the look….the image….McAnulty has to look whiter than white if he takes over as Leader of the Opposition.

          The MSM will be all over him as a greedy grasping git if he doesn't stop taking the allowance (which he is paying to his wife) at the time when the cost of living is hurting many, especially those that support Labour.

          Remember when those on the Left laughed when Luxon said the Tesla was owned by his wife and so claiming the clean-car discount was nothing to do with him.

        • Michael P 1.2.2.3

          "$650/w doesn't seem unreasonable for accommodation in Wellington."

          Does a $160,000 (plus many expense claims and benefits) pa seem unreasonable for a backbench MP with no ministerial responsibilities in a country of only 5 million people with a very low income economy?

      • Obtrectator 1.2.3

        Hear, hear. I was pretty disappointed to see Kieran's name on that list. As BG says, it's the look.

        As for Mr Costley, during his party's previous tenure in government, Waikanae was forced to lose a pub, two eateries and a market garden in the interests of commuters (by both road and rail). And now he has the effrontery not to even want to make use of the improved facilities!

    • gsays 1.3

      Speaking of fiscal irresponsibility…

      If you are true to your logic, then Willis has to be gone-burger for cancelling the Cook Strait ferry build order at a tune of, well you tell me, you're the numbers man.

      Make sure not to conflate the cost of building the new terminals with the cost of the ships.

  2. SPC 2

    The European Commission has been working on a response to government subsidy of EV production in China.

    EV makers who co-operated with the investigation, which the EU's governing European Commission launched in October, will face an average 21% duty, while those who did not will face one of 38.1%.

    Meanwhile, specific charges will apply to three companies:

    • BYD: 17.4%
    • Geely: 20%
    • SAIC: 38.1%

    Non-Chinese car companies who produce some EVs in China, including EU-based ones like BMW, will also be affected.

    The commission said Tesla may receive an "individually calculated duty rate" because of a specific request it had made.

    These charges would come on top of the current rate of 10% tariff levied on all electric cars produced in China.

    The EU's intervention comes after the US made the much bolder move of raising its tariff on Chinese electric cars from 25% to 100% last month.

    China alleged the tariffs violated international trade rules and described the investigation as "protectionism".

    They have not been so bold in response to the USA move – probably because there is no opposition in the USA and there are still free trade ethos in the EU and a relationship with manufacturers there.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cd11ze1k9r0o

    • SPC 2.1

      The WTO handles trade disputes, but has a backlog of cases … the USA has been claiming it needs to be reformed … so they obstructed its judicial capability … probably to discredit free trade (given their own move to protectionism).

    • Bearded Git 2.2

      The American and European car makers have been very slow to accept the need for cheap mass-produced EV's. China has taken them to the cleaners.

      A 27% levy on BYD EV's (10 plus 17.4) will still make them cheaper than European models. American consumers will be livid that they aren't allowed to buy cheap and technically impressive Chinese EV's.

      The UK will probably not put tariffs on Chinese EV's as it hasn't got much of a car industry to protect.

      Meanwhile in the short term China has a vast market to satisfy in Asia, NZ/OZ, South America etc etc.

      • Bearded Git 2.2.1

        I just noticed this:

        "Officials said Chinese-owned car plants in the EU, including a planned BYD factory in Hungary, were not included in the scope of this investigation, underlining the EU’s preferred trade strategy of creating jobs in the bloc."

        BYD cars produced in Europe would not face the tariffs.

        https://www.theguardian.com/business/article/2024/jun/12/eu-import-tariffs-chinese-evs-electric-vehicles-trade-war

        BYD is also looking at opening a factory in Mexico which is likely to get around the the US 100% tariffs-the US has a free trade deal with Mexico.

        There are more holes in these tariff barriers than in a Swiss cheese.

        • Cricklewood 2.2.1.1

          It does amuse me somewhat that protectionism is going to undermine what could actually make a meaningful difference to global emissions.

          One one hand you could say the Chinese govt subsidizing the EV's making them ever cheaper is a gift to the world in the fight against climate change… One the other that they are trying to kill the European / USA auto industry by flooding the market. One mans freedom fighter I guess…

          The cheapest BYD is around $15k brand new in China if we still had a clean car discount that meant you could get a brand new car for 10-15K we could get a heap of older vehicles off the road that would be a massive win.

          • Bearded Git 2.2.1.1.1

            Agreed Crick.

            What amuses me is those massive American and European vehicle makers with all their huge resources built up over many generations calling foul when China takes charge (haha) of the EV market and makes it work, mostly through the adoption of clever technology and economies of scale….with the odd subsidy thrown in. (American and European car makers have never sold cars at cut-down prices of course-perish the thought)

            The vehicle makers sat back, complacently paying lip service to the EV market, producing some good but low volume and expensive EV's while continuing producing mostly ICE or hybrid vehicles.

            The latest tactic, coming from the auto makers and big oil of course, is to flood the media with stories about the EV market being in trouble. The figures belie this. King Canute would have been proud of them.

            https://www.statista.com/outlook/mmo/electric-vehicles/worldwide#unit-sales

            • gsays 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Just to throw a spanner in the works, in this car industry korero has there been any consideration to the workers in the States vs the Chinese work force?

              We've not long ago been hailing the emergence of an organised auto workers achievements in the US, now that could all be for nothing if China has it's way.

            • Michael P 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Let me guess… You think governments (taxpayers) massively subsidizing private companies production of goods sold for profit is fine when it comes to China but as for those damn NZ farmers…

              (NZ farmers who receive ZERO subsidies as producers, despite what some people seem to think)

          • Michael P 2.2.1.1.2

            "if we still had a clean car discount…"

            So not only are you happy for Chinese carmakers to get unfair advantages through government subsidies, you also want NZ taxpayers to subsidize these car manufacturers too!!!

            You're pretty fast and loose with OTHER people's money..

      • Michael P 2.2.2

        "American consumers will be livid that they aren't allowed to buy cheap and technically impressive Chinese EV's."

        HaHaHaHaHaHaHa !!!

        Yea……Nah

  3. Hunter Thompson II 3

    One Barry Soper has written a media opinion (13 June) trumpeting the virtues of farmers.

    He calls for them to be treated as treasures, not tyrants, and quotes one farmer who says they love the country and should just be allowed "to get on with it."

    We've heard this before – a plea for an unregulated industry. But the way some farmers treat our waterways shows strict regulation is a must if farming is to maintain a social licence.

    IMO farmers are the same as any other segment of society; most are good, some are bad and a tiny minority are completely impossible.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 3.1

      And those farmers ,(industrial and otherwise) "some that are bad" and that "tiny minority" have a cumulatively massive impact effect on our NZ Environment, measurably toxic and harmful .

      Educating them ? Waste of time.

      They definitely need monitored and prevented from doing so.

      • Visubversa 3.1.1

        Absolutely. In one of my past employments I had access to a regular synopsis of Environment Court decisions. I was very concerned with the number of instances where finally, a Council had been pushed by repeated infringements of Land Use Consents for discharges to prosecute a farming enterprise.

        The number of farming companies who were prepared to allow employees to ignore the requirements for containment of waste, and to release the noxious byproducts of their enterprise to waterways on a repeated basis was considerable.

        The prosecutions were always for repeated and blatant infringements, and there has often been prior prosecutions as well.

      • Hunter Thompson II 3.1.2

        I agree a small minority can have a highly damaging effect on our environment. Looks like NACT is hastening that process.

        Mike Joy's 2015 paper "Squandered" (it's not too long) is worth reading: https://waterqualitynz.info/squandered-the-degradation-of-new-zealands-freshwaters/

    • AB 3.2

      "Get on with it" is one of those phrases like "Getting things done". Both blissfully leave out key definitions – in the first case the definition of "it" and in the second case the definition of "things". They are laughable nonsense – anyone using either of them has an agenda that they're intent on hiding.

      And of course everyone should be treated as "treasures", not just farmers. But being a treasure doesn't mean that any old "it" and any old "things" that you do are all fine and dandy.

  4. Yesterday I responded to Ad on OM who suggested it would be good for NZ to have more millionaires not less. I agreed saying that the ideal way to solve the intractable problem of poverty would be a policy that would create as much wealth as possible for as many as possible.

    Weka responded with the question How that would end poverty.? Great question and I spent some time thinking of a response.

    For the first time in my adult life I have some time to read books and blogs and realise I have a real interest in our politics. Sometimes it's grubby and messy and partisan but it is actually the engine room of change for society.

    To your question Weka I don't think we will ever eliminate poverty or inequality. But I believe we could design a way to lift the economic fortunes of all New Zealanders.

    Rather than engaging in my existing kneejerk way with The Standard commentary I would like to attempt to frame and write ideas toward such a policy and have the community comment to test and polish or reject those ideas.

    • bwaghorn 4.1

      If you can't alleviate poverty then the next best is mitigate,

      Top quality child care, schools , Healthcare, food in schools,and abundant affordable housing is the only path, making more multi millionaires will achieve none of that.

      • More wealth would help to provide those services if tax was paid on the increasing income as people made their way becoming millionaires.

        I think Norm Kirk said something like all we need is somewhere to live, someone to love, somewhere to work and something to hope for?

        That sounds like real wealth to me except I would like the living to be in a home that is owned and not rented.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          are suggesting a wealth tax?

          • Michael Scott 4.1.1.1.1

            No-not a wealth tax- just tax paid on income on our progressive scale.

            Wealth taxes rarely raise the revenue predicted and sometimes countries that have introduced them have lost more revenue than they gained.

            • gsays 4.1.1.1.1.1

              In our korero yesty evening you asked if I thought you should pay more tax.

              I had retired for the night before I saw your question.

              To answer it I don't know how much tax you pay. The rule of thumb is the more one earns the more likely one has others organize their affairs to minimize the tax obligations.

              I don't think increasingly taxing wages or salaries is the way forward but bringing currently untaxed transactions under the tax umbrella would be a start.

              A financial transaction tax or Robin Hood tax would target all the currency trading that goes on.

              • Descendant Of Smith

                What I do know is that the promises by the well off and employers that things will get better for everyone if you lower taxes are not true.

                In my lifetime taxes have been lowered for the well off on:
                1. Company tax
                2. Expensive items
                3. Personal tax
                4. Stamp duty
                5. Trust tax

                Electricity costs have been shifted from business to households, benefits became taxed to claw back some of the cost while you are working and benefit rates which once used to be the same as NZS are now much lower, young people pay the direct cost of their education while the people who got it for free didn't pay it back through tax rates during their peak earnings capacity as was originally intended.

                The well off have benefitted from a massive reduction in taxation ever since 1985.What I see and what evidence shows is this has resulted in increased disparity for which many want to blame the victims rather that accept that it has been deliberately designed that way.

                I suggest you read Marx to understand the relationship between capital and labour. You don't have to agree with him but it is likely the best explanation of this you will get at least in helping form your own thinking.

                Picketty is also a good read and to illustrate the point about the deliberate engineering of things to suit the well off interests of capitalism Citibanks plutonomy memo.

                https://delong.typepad.com/plutonomy-1.pdf

                Many of us believe, I suspect, in a mixed capital/socialist model that looks after the whole population not just the well off. In the same way that most of us view democracy a division of labour exercise to elect good leaders who will govern for everyone and as protecting minority rights rather than what some on the right see it as – our side won so we can do what we want. The use of urgency is a particularly egregious use of this attitude.

                • SPC

                  National ended the estate tax 1993 and then later gift duty 2011.

                • I think all of us believe in a mixed model. No one ever suggests de socialising Health or Education. And even Act support the need for welfare.

                  It seems to me that our current tax system is working OK but we need more money for infrastructure and climate mitigation.

                  https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/488161/rich-paying-their-fair-share-of-tax-study-concludes

                  On Marx I have tried to understand his thinking. Especially as I joined the Communist Party when I was 17. But today it seems so first industrial revolution. Coal mines and mills and employees with few options. Capital and labour in a permanent antagonistic stance. One day it's going to blow.

                  If he was writing today with the benefit of the past 200 years of economic activity I think his conclusions would have been a lot different.

                  My experience as an employee and an employer has not been at all like that.

                  One thing that I always thought interesting is that the communist type revolutions didn't occur in the capitalist countries as Marx predicted. But in backward economies where wealth was held by a tiny minority.

                  • tWig

                    MScott, I want to recommend you read Vulture Capitalism, a 2024 left-leaning critique of the capitalist system. Just finished the last, densely-filled chapter today. Well-written, fact-filled, and completely understandable description and leftist analysis of the relationships between central planning, states and corporations, and the mirage of the free market.

                    Plus describes non-centralised, worker and user-led options been set up around the world that counter the increasing trend to central control.

                  • Michael P

                    "It seems to me that our current tax system is working OK.."

                    Really? When tax has to be paid on income from labour (40+ hrs hard work per week) but not on unearned income? ( capital gain on property for example)

                    I'm confident that most people would fairly happily accept any income tax system if it is fair.

                    As an easy to understand (and yes figures are simplistic to make it easy) example.

                    John works hard 40 hours per week and gets paid $1,000 per week before tax for his labour. John's income is subject to income tax and the government takes 25% of his income leaving him with $750 per week after tax.

                    There are only 50 weeks per year in this world so John's hard work means he gets $50,000 for a whole years work and after tax ends up with $38,500 in his pocket. So for 2 years hard work John gets $77,000 profit on his labour.

                    Jim next door is lucky enough to have capital. He was left an inheritance when his father died. Jim buys a house for $900.000 and two years later sells it for $1,000,000. He spent nothing on the property in those 2 years, house prices went up. (As they do).

                    So Jim gets $100,000 in his pocket for doing nothing (as opposed to John's 40+ hours a week hard work). Not only that, but Jim doesn't even have to pay any income tac on that $100,000 of income (profit) because the tax laws say that the income is not income for income tax purposes.

                    Obviously this isn't fair. At the very least, Jim's income (profit) should be subject to income tax just like John's income is. IMO, Jim should be paying a higher rate of income tax than John and ideally John wouldn't be taxed at all on his labour.

                    We should be shifting the tax burden away from work and onto wealth.

                  • Michael P

                    And the article you linked to is very misleading because it is talking about earners or those on high incomes.

                    Remember. the very wealthy usually have very low incomes for income tax purposes.

                    The huge report David Parker released 2 years ago showed that the 500 of the wealthiest NZ families or individuals (meaning at least $50,000,000 worth each!!) paid on average an income tax rate of only around 9% because they declared very low incomes.

                • Michael P

                  "protecting minority rights rather than what some on the right see it as – our side won so we can do what we want."

                  Really? So what minority rights used to exist but no longer do because this government has taken them away?

            • weka 4.1.1.1.1.2

              do you mean leaving the tax scale as it is and just having more millionaires?

              • I don't really care about millionaires. Just everyone having a good chance to live without constant financial worries.

                I was living in France before Macron scrapped the wealth tax in 2017 and remember how it backfired. I don't know enough about other new taxes to comment although if we were going to have one a CGT seems fairest

                From memory lots of the wealthy went to Belgium from France who were no doubt very happy with all the the new tax.

            • Michael P 4.1.1.1.1.3

              So no wealth tax. Then you must agree that the income tax system would have to be radically changed to get rid of loopholes and ensure very wealthy people have high incomes that are taxed. In other words all income is subject to income tac, no more income that is not income for income tax purposes!

              As it stands. the wealthy pay very low rates of income tax…..

              • SPC

                They can avoid a CGT by borrowing against unrealised gains and pass it on to others – no gift duty or estate tax.

                Efforts to reduce hiding the money in Trusts (increasing the tax on them) results in money flowing into PIE.

                Similarly a higher income tax rate works, except where someone can receive the money within a company (consultants/contractors) – like PIE reducing tax liability.

        • Incognito 4.1.1.2

          You’re conflating wealth and income.

          The wealthiest New Zealanders pay a very low tax rate.

        • SPC 4.1.1.3

          Given we become millionaires by owning the home we live in, there is no increase in tax revenue.

          Or multi-millionaires by investing in rentals or farms, without paying any CGT or estate tax …

          And more corporate profit is retained to grow shareholder value (no CGT off shareholders) than higher wages …

      • Maurice 4.1.2

        Top quality child care, schools , Healthcare, food in schools,and abundant affordable housing

        Lots of multi-millionares to be made providing those if there is enough "Top quality" leading to fat profits!

      • Bearded Git 4.1.3

        +100 bwag

      • Michael P 4.1.4

        Agree you can never get rid of poverty if it is used as a relative term. Even in our wealthy country we still have much poverty because the level of income which designates someone as being in poverty is so low compared with the rest of the population.

        So someone on a benefit with kids to care for and no other income would (In my opinion) be living in poverty. Of course in many other countries that same income would mean that person is quite well off…

        Ensuring everyone has a high standard of living (which would need to be defined) could end poverty??

        Inequality is a good thing in our economic system but only to a certain level, only where individuals can reduce that gap in their personal regard by certain actions and you don't want the gap to increase. (a gap is fine, a decreasing gap is good, but a gap that is getting bigger and bigger is a ticking time bomb…)

        As for more multi millionaires…. complete red herring. If their are 100 people in an economy, 10 are in poverty and 10 are multi millionaires then changing that to 12 multi millionaires will still leave you with 10 in poverty. In regards to income the only figure that really matters is the median income and it should be always increasing meaning everyone's incomes are increasing.

        IMO.

    • weka 4.2

      Rather than engaging in my existing kneejerk way with The Standard commentary I would like to attempt to frame and write ideas toward such a policy and have the community comment to test and polish or reject those ideas.

      You got it 👍 It's a great place to test one's ideas and politics.

  5. joe90 5

    Tl;dr, the Gaullists are playing footsie with people who would’ve been part of the collaborationist Vichy regime.

    The great asparagus will be rolling.

    The head of France’s conservative party on Tuesday called for an alliance with the far right in upcoming snap elections, breaking a longstanding taboo and throwing his party into deep turmoil as the shock waves from President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to dissolve the lower house of Parliament coursed through the country.

    No leader of any mainstream French political party has ever previously embraced a possible alliance with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, or its predecessor, the National Front. But across Europe, barriers to what was long regarded as the extreme nationalist right have been falling as those parties have adjusted their positions and as a broader consensus has formed that large-scale illegal immigration across a porous European Union border must be curbed.

    The announcement, by Éric Ciotti, the head of the Republicans, was a historic break with the party’s longstanding line and its ties to former President Charles de Gaulle. Mr. Ciotti’s call was immediately met with a chorus of angry disapproval from within his own ranks.

    https://archive.li/wwsu7 (nyt)

  6. That_guy 6

    Summary of just a few points from the Stuff Doc "The Long Game"

    – A woman was kidnapped within NZ and put on a ship to China, and has vanished. Police were fully aware of this.

    – A man was lured to sign a real-estate deal by a woman who believed Chinese security services when they told her that he was wanted for fraud in China, and apparently was unaware that it's illegal for Chinese police or security services to operate in NZ. This man was held at gunpoint by three men, violently assaulted, and ended up in hospital (the woman concerned called the ambulance). One of the men involved in the assault was on a plane to China the next day. Police were aware of this.

    – Four Chinese dissidents were on a trip to parliament to deliver a petition outlining their concerns about CCP. A crash occurred in Tokoroa with another vehicle; three men died, and one was seriously injured. They were informed by the police that the crash had been fully investigated and there was no foul play. On investigation, it was found that the police fully investigated the wrong vehicle, and did not investigate the vehicle the dissidents were traveling in. No explanation was given.

  7. Descendant Of Smith 7

    That isn't a particularly good study. Basically it says those who earn the most pay the most then doubles down by adding tax credits etc back in and excludes GST and doesn't even consider things such as capital gains and death duties etc that other OECD countries have.

    If it had any integrity it would say the higher income earners are really well off here compared to other OECD countries.

    If it was fair it wouldn't say this:

    "Those who earn most also have most discretion about how they earn. Wealthier individuals generally derive a greater share of their income from sources other than wages and are encouraged to take advantage of the different tax rates payable on income from companies, trusts, property and PIEs (portfolio investment entity).

    That in itself is quite an incredible admission on how unfair it is and how it has been designed to be so.

  8. tWig 8

    Food security is indeed a critical international issue. The world of back-door snaffling of food resources, reviewed by the Guardian.

    ‘The big story of the 21st century’: is this the most shocking documentary of the year?Six years in the making, jaw-dropping new film The Grab shows a secret scramble by governments and private firms to buy up global resources'

  9. Mike the Lefty 9

    Farmers get ripped off by banks – National: Alert! Alert! This is outrageous! We can't have that! Must have an enquiry!

    Whenever anyone else gets ripped off by banks – National: well that's the market for you folks, next time demand a better deal – heh heh!

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tobacco First

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

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

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

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

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

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

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

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

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    3 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

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

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

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

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

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Women in Space.

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  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    15 hours ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    1 day ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    1 day ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    2 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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