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Open mike 13/04/2010

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  1. Zorr 1

    Oooooooooooooooooooookay… when did we decide that letting someone who is unwilling to proud of our country’s history in to the highest office? This is one of the main reasons why I was never tempted to vote for this goit.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3574308/Key-speaks-on-nukes-without-mentioning-the-nukes

  2. Selene 2

    Breakfast- 8.30- Porridge

    Rolled oats, oat bran, a dash of salt (mix all with water) then add sultanas, linseeds, cinnamon, a spoon full of honey (cook), at the end add a splash of milk and top off with a fresh pear (cut).

    Yummy.

  3. prism 3

    Funny to hear John Key talking about NZ taking a position that has resulted in us being respected, a small nation leading the way in the move against nuclear weapons etc. This from the party that turns itself into a red carpet for anyone with money to walk on (or maybe a blue carpet). But then perhaps I am showing an unfair bias. What principled, standout policy against the flow has National ever embraced?

    • The Voice of Reason 3.1

      The repeal of s29 springs to mind, but, strangely, they don’t seem to like being reminded of how they voted on that one.

  4. Bad news,

    The Raglan wharf burned down. Gone are the fishmonger, Tony’s pottery and irreplaceable historic artefacts. Also gone are a summers worth of work in Basil and elderberry worth several thousands of dollars. Lot’s of people out of jobs and a winter at least without the best fish and chips I know of. if the buildings are ever replaced that is.

  5. ianmac 5

    It is ironic that the Anti-nuclear policy delivered by the Lange Govt. and rubbished by “Gone by lunchtime Lockwood” and others in National, should be the prime reason for John Key’s roll out on the world stage. And Zorr it does seem strange that Key has not said “We in NZ have a proud history of Anti-nuclear legislation……”
    (David Lange once said that he misread his notes which lead to his whole stance and the anti-nuclear……..)

  6. Mac1 6

    Ianmac, do you have a reference for the Lange parenthesis? I’ve just had a shufti at his biography and can’t find it.

    Lange, of course, was a prankster and at times mischievously so. I am concerned that we don’t have an urban myth here. A historical bell has rung in my head about Sir Joseph Ward’s misreading his speech notes in, from memory, the 1928 election and got elected on the promise of large borrowings.

    Lange was anti-nuclear weapons but open to nuclear propulsion which he saw an environment issue to be managed whereas nuclear weapons had to be done without.

    • ianmac 6.1

      Mac 1: No link to the accidental anti-nuclear Lange stance. I believe he said this in an interview and he did like to add aside in humour.
      For instance Lange said he had only exercised power once as PM. He had an important foreign guest in the PM’s office when he saw a window cleaner outside his window. He picked up the phone and ordered “Fire that man!” The window cleaner was fired- but reinstated the following morning.
      Who knows re anti-nuclear.

    • just saying 6.2

      For those of you who think of Lange fondly….May I draw your attention to the link to “Someone Else’s Country’ on the right of the screen.

  7. The Voice of Reason 7

    I note that the ad for Scoop at the top of the page is still calling for ‘Mictropatrons’. It’s, er, pissing me off. Quality Investigitive Journalism needs good subbing too, you know.

  8. Lew 8

    Standardistas, allow me to congratulate you for the links to NZ On Screen on the right sidebar. Most excellent. These don’t look like scoop ads, but rather an conscious content choice — is that right?

    L

    • lprent 8.1

      Yeah, Tane (gone but not forgotten) suggested it last month. I finally got through my backlog and had a look at them, took the top three that he suggested and scanned for other doco’s in a similar vein and tossed them in a widget. Helps fill some whitespace (it was a bit of a pity that their horiziontal ones were 330px wide as our area is only 300px wide).

      I plan to do some watching, there are some really interesting doco’s in there (didn’t bother with the rest if there are documentaries present).

      If I get time in the nearish term I’ll write a rotating randomiser for at least some of them so I don’t have to change them manually.

      • r0b 8.1.1

        Lynn – they don’t show up in my Safari 4.0.3 (Mac). I can see them fine in Firefox.

        • lprent 8.1.1.1

          Odd. I’ll have to boot a up a Mac (or windoze) when I get home. Just looked at the source. They’re just and anchor with img inside it. The img doesn’t have the correct closure but everything else looks fine

      • Brenda 8.1.2

        Great to see the badges in use – they look awesome 🙂
        If you want to resize the horizontal ones, you could manually make them 300×82 – they still look fine. I agree, it would fill the space better, but they are also quite striking as you have them now!

        • lprent 8.1.2.1

          They do look good. I was planning on writing a random selector (when I get some time after the server upgrade) so I preferred using your images (besides then you get the bandwidth usage :twisted:). But I can always tell them to scale or clip

          • Brenda 8.1.2.1.1

            Well we’re excited to see them in use – they’re kind of hard to track 🙂

            You can still use our images – just edit the embed code to resize them – not quite as automatic as just plugging and playing, but it will look good! There are so many different sizes of sidebar, we just went with a relatively common one.

            They also are not showing up in Safari on my Mac btw – but fine in Firefox.

            • lprent 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Yeah, rOb mentioned that yesterday. I was a bit wasted with some kind of low level bug last night after work so had a hot bath and a relaxing evening.

              But I’ll definitely fire up the mac mini on the TV this evening and have a look.

              Tracking shouldn’t be too hard. You should be able to see the calls to the graphic in the web server logs, including what webpage they were called from. The expires will mean that a lot of the responses are 304’s, but that should definitely give an idea of who is displaying the badges.

  9. prism 9

    On Nat radio this a.m report on revolt from Oz teachers about their similar national standards test. Help teachers are revolting! They are anxious about the unfairness of comparing results from varied schools teaching pupils with differing learning capabilities and challenges to get the league table effect beloved by newspapers.

    And interesting the hard right line that education minister juliana, or some such, is taking. I thought they had a Labour, the people’s party, over there. She is going to force the barricades, calling on parents to carry out the tests if necessary. Great to see how wise and sensible politicians are when confronted with differing opinions from well-schooled, experienced professionals. It shows how unimportant education really is in the priorities of government that they can put an incompetent in charge of such an important portfolio.

    • ianmac 9.1

      Prism. It sounds as though their National Testing is a set of Standardised tests whereby in NZ the data is extracted from existing range of assessments. The sticking point of course is the damage caused by publishing League tables.
      A local rural College had their NCEA results published here alongside the Girls and Boys College. The Girls College managed only 89% (?) success rate at Level 3. The Rural School had 100%! Will the Rural School attract hundreds? Not likely. Rural School had only 1 pupil sitting Level 3.

  10. B 10

    Could someone please help me with a question? Does National currently have a ‘full employment policy’ (im guessing no) and if not what is its position on the fact that there are not enough jobs to go round given that they are trying so hard to force people off benefits into work? Do they just ignore this or is there a rationale behind it for example to get wages lower? Does anyone know of useful articles etc that explain this? this is for research for a uni paper – not being lazy honest ; )

    • B 10.1

      never mind- ive had a quick google and i can see that im going to have to do some serious swotting up on economics to even understand the concept of full employment! silly me thought it just meant enough jobs for everyone…

      • Descendant Of Smith 10.1.1

        Here’s an interesting thought for you to consider. How much of Maori unemployment has nothing to do with being Maori but has to do with the fact they live in a rural setting where there is little employment.

        It’s possible that unless rural employment strategies are developed then these people will remain unemployed.

        In an earlier post someone posted a link to a paper from an Aussie University which talked quite a bit about the demand side and it’s neglect.

      • prism 10.1.2

        I think there is an alice in wonderland approach to the term ‘full employment’ which tacitly means a small percentage of unemployment. some character in a in w said that words mean what she wants. might be the red queen but not only women can be as good at obfuscating.

        • B 10.1.2.1

          lol thanks, yes thats what it seemed like to me too! I’ll let you know if I find an actual definition

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2.1.1

            Full employment, according to Milton Friedman and his followers (Blinglish is one which is why he said that it was impossible to get unemployment down last time National was in government), should be about 94% people employed and 6% unemployed. The 6% unemployed is made up of people who are between jobs, people who just aren’t looking for a job (the disillusioned) and people new to the job market.

            The other point that Friedman made was that if you have employment higher than 94% there’s too few people competing for the work or, to put it another way, employers are competing to against each other and having to pay more to attract people to work for them. This pushes wages up and, supposedly, results in wage inflation (i.e. wages go up, people spend more and so prices go up) and inflation is bad because it decreases the value of money.

            • B 10.1.2.1.1.1

              Thanks! thats really helpful : ) That concept of total employment leading to inflation I couldn’t quite get but you’ve explained it really well. So does that mean national DOES have a ‘full’ employment policy? (damn there goes my essay argument)

              • Draco T Bastard

                I suppose that you could say that National has a full employment policy in line with their belief that full employment happens with around 6% unemployment.

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    Where The Editors go, I go.

    http://thepoorman.net/2010/04/08/i-am-always-the-last-to-know/#comments

    The boycott shall continue.

  12. I bet smile and wave is wishing that he was staring at Merril Lynch computer screens making millions out of the Third World’s and New Zealand’s Currencies.

    Boy this leadership thingy is really difficult!

  13. The Voice of Reason 13

    Headline in Stuff: Obama praises New Zealand’s nuclear efforts.

    Actual quote that generated the headline: “We’ve got to the position….President Obama would like to see the rest of the world,” Mr Key said, referring to New Zealand’s nuclear-free status and the US leader’s drive to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles.

    So Obama said nothing at all about NZ, let alone praise us and either a Stuff staffer or reporter Tracey Watkins are bullshit artists. Grrrrrrrrrr.

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10638137

    The Heritage Foundation’s annual economic freedom index was released last week, with New Zealand moving up one position from fifth to fourth.
    So, according a delusional right-wing think tank our business freedom has improved.

    The result has attracted the attention of overseas commentators. In Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, Nile Gardiner wrote that US President Obama should learn from New Zealand’s “prosperity” and pursue a policy of greater economic freedom.

    But I’m really not sure who’s “prosperity” Nile Gardiner is talking about because most of NZ’s aren’t financially any better off now and many are worse off than before the neo-liberal reforms.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Gagh, edit gone again 🙁

      The Heritage Foundation’s annual economic freedom index was released last week, with New Zealand moving up one position from fifth to fourth.

      So, according a delusional right-wing think tank our business freedom has improved.

      The result has attracted the attention of overseas commentators. In Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, Nile Gardiner wrote that US President Obama should learn from New Zealand’s “prosperity’ and pursue a policy of greater economic freedom.

      But I’m really not sure who’s “prosperity’ Nile Gardiner is talking about because most of NZ’s aren’t financially any better off now and many are worse off than before the neo-liberal reforms.

      • Quoth the Raven 14.1.1

        It’s only gone up 0.1. Not even worth reporting. If you look at it there’s been little change for over a decade. It actually increased when Labour last came to power and has stayed pretty steady ever since.

        • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1.1

          I was more concerned with the “prosperity’ that most of us haven’t benefited from.

  15. Zak Creedo 15

    A little late to come on here, but an interesting juxta happened this lunch time..

    News on RNZ of Lombard officials (office-holders) including ex-politicians being summonsed to answer charges laid in respect of their competence or criminality..

    and..

    A buddy sends me the following header — The Great Recession Inspires Better Financial Behavior — to ask what I think of his team’s report.

    Great, I say, time we all got something out of this thing!

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  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
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  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call: One year Anniversary
    Joint statement: the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and His Excellency Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic. One year since we launched, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress we have made toward our goal to eliminate terrorist ...
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  • Budget 2020: Jobs and opportunities for the primary sector
    $19.3 million to help attract and train recently unemployed New Zealanders and grow the primary sector workforce by 10,000 people. $128 million for wilding pine and wallaby control, providing hundreds of jobs. $45.3m over four years to help horticulture seize opportunities for future growth. $14.9 million to reduce food waste ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New registration system for forestry advisers and log traders
    A new log registration scheme and practice standards will bring us one step closer to achieving ‘value over volume’ in our forestry sector, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. New legislation introduced as part of Budget 2020 will require forestry advisers, log traders and exporters to register and work to nationally ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 s Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
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  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
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    2 weeks ago