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Open mike 13/07/2016

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  1. Ad 1

    Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton.
    Will be very interesting to see what the agreed policy platform is.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com

  2. miravox 2

    After concerted action to remove the UK Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn is on the Ballot paper

    The NEC has agreed that as the incumbent leader Jeremy Corbyn will go forward onto the ballot without requiring nominations from the Parliamentary Labour Party and the European Parliamentary Labour Party.

    All other leadership candidates will require nominations from 20% of the PLP and EPLP.

    The members can only hope for a free and fair contest for leader now.

    • Peter Swift 2.1

      Looking more like an irreconcilable party split in the not so distance future which will leave once proud labour a minor hard left party and tory rule for a generation. Good one Jeremy.

      • Gangnam Style 2.1.1

        “When will people realise that democracy does not work!” – Homer Simpson

      • Paul 2.1.2

        You support people with no respect for democracy.

        • Peter Swift 2.1.2.1

          You make rash, spiteful judgements about people due to your negative, nasty personality.

          You’re better as a 6am weather girl.

          [I have been watching your commenting behaviour for a little while now. Tone it down – MS]

          • North 2.1.2.1.1

            Mirror please, mirror.

          • ianmac 2.1.2.1.3

            Peter Swift. Your words are empty and unconvincing.

          • Paul 2.1.2.1.4

            Given your choice of language in the above comment, I highly recommend you read this cartoon by Toby Morris. It is pertinent to your choice of words.

            http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/the-pencilsword-we-re-number-one

          • Peter Swift 2.1.2.1.5

            [I have been watching your commenting behaviour for a little while now. Tone it down – MS]

            Perish the thought a regular labour voter wanting a labour victory in 2017 should oppose the extreme left here with the same tenacious ferocity they exhibit when going full out to stifle dissenting voices.

            I won’t second guess your ruling, and as you’re a moderator, it would be a futile gesture anyway to try and litigate why I believe it’s not an altogether fair, balance one.

            So yeah, MS, message duly noted.

            • In Vino 2.1.2.1.5.1

              Peter Swift – I have been turned off by many of your comments. When I see your name at the top I think. ‘Oh, probably another shallow nasty ad hominem-riddled rant by an obnoxious twat.’ You created that impression in my mind.
              If you really are a ‘regular Labour voter’ I suggest you take MS very seriously. I for one would not miss you if you were banned for your silly ‘tenacious ferocity’ to date.

            • North 2.1.2.1.5.2

              Peter Swift, seems like everyone’s getting down your throat. That might be down to you being so, so, so the UK 172 Bliarites.

              Enough already with your ‘ordinary Labour voter’ wank. You appreciate that the UK 172 = the NZ Weak Man Key ? All about deficit of principle and lust for power. A shabby ‘takeover’ just as you’ve foolishly attempted on this site. As though no one would resist for God’s Sake.

              • Peter Swift

                If you can write that in proper English I may have another go at reading it, though knowing all about your typical hillbilly logic efforts, I probably won’t. 😉

                • In Vino

                  How can you have ‘another go’ at reading something which has been rewritten, and is therefore new, you silly boy? I shudder to think what you imagine proper English to be, given your far-from-proper tone and language.

                • North

                  That’s surely not your best is it Peter Pffft ?

      • miravox 2.1.3

        I didn’t see Corbyn as the one who called for a leadership battle when the Conservatives were in disarray.

        But yes, a split seems on the cards whatever happens. Possibly the natural ending for a party that can’t find its purpose.

        Here’s hoping NZ Labour has it’s finger on the pulse of the NZ workers concerns ae? That and be thankful for MMP.

      • James 2.1.4

        This is great news. It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

        If Corbyn wins (again) and that’s a big if with the unions dropping some support, it will be the death of labour in the UK. The activist base will rejoice until the elections and then discover that the general populace think Corbyns an idiot and they lose by a landslide.

        • Peter Swift 2.1.4.1

          People do seem to be mistaking the $6 temp members with the real world voters needed to win an election.

          • swordfish 2.1.4.1.1

            “People do seem to be mistaking the $6 temp members with the real world voters needed to win an election.”

            Right, well first up – let’s see how real world voters in the run-up to the 2015 Labour Leadership Election regarded the electability of each of the 4 candidates – the Left’s Corbyn, … Vs … the Soft Left’s Burnham, … Vs … the Brownite/Centrist’s Cooper and … Vs … the New Right/Blairite’s Kendall.

            …………………………………….Corbyn….Burnham….Cooper….Kendall

            Opinium 21–25 August 2015
            474 Labour voters …………… 39% ………..27% …………22% ……….. 12%
            1,711 British voters …………..26%…………18%…………13%…………….11%

            Opinium 11–14 August 2015
            499 Labour voters ………………37%…………..29%…………19%……….15%
            1,719 British voters …………….23%……………18%……….12%…………11%

            Survation 12–13 August 2015
            1,007 British residents …………28%……………25%…………15%………12%

            YouGov/London Evening Standard 10–12 August 2015
            1,153 London residents ……………46%…………….21%…………20%………..12%
            London Labour voters………………..52%……………20%…………21%………..7%

            YouGov/The Times 6–10 August 2015
            1,411 eligible voters ………………… 53%………………21%……………18%……….8%

            From the early Aug 2015 Opinium of voters …
            How likely do you think it is that Labour would win the next General Election under the following leader /
            (1) ALL Voters
            ……………………………….LIKELY……………UNLIKELY
            Corbyn………………………..36%………………..64%
            Burnham…………………….41%………………..59%
            Cooper………………………..34%………………..66%
            Kendall………………………..30%………………..70%

            (2) LABOUR voters

            ……………………………….LIKELY……………UNLIKELY
            Corbyn………………………..61%………………..39%
            Burnham…………………….66%………………..34%
            Cooper………………………..56%………………..44%
            Kendall………………………..47%………………..53%

            YouGov July 2015
            How likely do you think it is that Labour will be able to win the next General Election /
            ………………………………LIKELY……………….UNLIKELY
            .ALL VOTERS ……………..19%…………………..60%
            LABOUR VOTERS ……….38% ………………….35%

            June/July 2016

            Late June 2016 YouGov Poll of Labour members:
            If Corbyn is replaced as leader – how likely that labour will win the next Election /
            …………………………..LIKELY…………………..UNLIKELY
            ………………………………38%……………………….50%

            Recent Polls of Voters in general …

            Only 4% of voters in a recent (early July 2016) ICMPoll chose Angela Eagle as the candidate they’d prefer to take over as leader if Corbyn was forced to stand down – putting her in 5th place. (In a late June 2016 Opinium Poll, just 3% chose Eagle).

            0% said Owen Smith (despite his name being on the list of possibles).

            The Blairite Liz Kendall received a grand total of 3% and the Brownite Yvette Cooper – 6%.

            Meanwhile, a late June YouGov of voters asking who should replace Corbyn if he stood down put Cooper on 4%, Eagle on 1% and Smith, once again, on 0% – Zero, Zilch, Not a Sausage, Bugger All.

            Like it or not, British voters continue to see Labour as a dead cert to lose the next General Election regardless of leader.

            And, as you can see, the Blairite and Brownite candidates last year were considered particularly Unelectable, while the current alternatives to Corbyn clearly do not engender much enthusiasm.

            • swordfish 2.1.4.1.1.1

              In other words, there’s an enormous amount of bullshit emanating from the UK PLP Establishment (and their cheerleading fellow travellers in NZ) on Corbyn’s putative Unelectability and the notion that a change in leader will radically transform the Party’s Electoral fortunes.*

              * Putting aside the inconvenient fact that Labour has performed extremely well in By-Elections since Corbyn became leader and did better than expected in the Locals.

              • Draco T Bastard

                IMO, what would make UKLabour electable is getting rid of the old guard who just tried to backstab Corbyn and replace them with some actual Left leaning candidates.

                Same goes for NZLabour as well but, unfortunately, the RWNJs in NZLabour appear to be winning and making Labour unelectable. The 2017 election will be National’s to lose.

            • Peter Swift 2.1.4.1.1.2

              Despite your endeavours, you can’t yet show how a clamour for $6 membership equates to a similar clamour from the wider electorate to vote for UK labour, and certainly not enough for them to win a general election.

              Hence, like the wolfies on here, people do seem to be mistaking the $6 temp members with the real world voters needed to win an election.

      • framu 2.1.5

        i find this ongoing support for publicly undermining the will of the party very bizzare.

        sure some might want a different leader – no problem there – but whats the best way to go about it?

        public back stabbing or work hard from within using the party mechanisms?

        to launch a public coup attempt means you know you cant do it the proper way – no MP is worth squat when they go down that route.

        this current problem lies solely with a bunch of loudmouths who couldnt be arsed doing things properly and their actions will be what damages the party, for the simple fact of HOW theyve gone about it – not because they disagreed.

        Its a repeat of what happened to NZ labour – the MPs disrespected the party and chose to do it all in public.

    • Paul 2.2

      The Labour party executive has just handed Corbyn the leadership election on a plate
      In a secret ballot this afternoon, Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voted to allow the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to go onto the leadership election ballot automatically, without the need for nominations. A move which may see his opponents go to court to fight for the leadership.
      The decision, made after more than five hours of deliberations, has prompted a furious backlash from members of the party who are against Corbyn – accusing the NEC of intentionally manipulating the party rule book to further their own interests. The vote came down 8-14 in favour of Corbyn.
      The NEC initially voted by 17-15 to make the ballot secret, and then also decided to exclude Corbyn (who is on the committee as Labour leader) from the meeting as well – although the Labour leader was given a vote.

      Read more here…..

      http://www.thecanary.co/2016/07/12/breaking-labour-party-executive-just-handed-corbyn-leadership-election-plate/

      • Xanthe 2.2.1

        paul ” The vote came down 8-14 in favour of Corbyn.”

        Not true!
        The vote was 14-8 that the incumbant leader has a place on the ballot paper.

        Quite possible (probable) that many were voting on what they thought was right regardless of who

        Thats the sort of stunt we expect from “journalists” Maby we can set a higher standard here?

        • Peter Swift 2.2.1.1

          Actually it was 18-14 in the current labour leader’s favour.

          17-14 if you take Corbyn’s own vote out.

    • Kevin 2.3

      There is always a ‘however’…

      “However, in a separate decision taken after Corbyn had left the room, the NEC ruled that only those who have been members for more than six months will be allowed to vote – while new supporters will be given two days to sign up as registered supporters to vote in the race, but only if they are willing to pay £25 – far higher than the £3 fee many Corbyn backers paid in the contest last year.

      Labour’s membership has shot up to more than 500,000, according to party sources, as both Corbyn’s supporters and those who want to replace him recruit new supporters to their cause. But the introduction of the six-month cut-off point is likely to infuriate members who have joined in recent weeks with the hope of influencing the vote, and will not now be able to do so without paying an additional £25.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/12/jeremy-corbyn-must-be-on-labour-leadership-ballot-paper-party-rules-nec

      • miravox 2.3.1

        Christ. The unedifying tactics of a cheat.

        The thing is, the PLP may have good reason to want to move Corbyn on, but this is not the moment or the method, imo.

  3. Gosman 3

    The perfect outcome from the UK Labour party leadership race would be that Corbyn wins and then there is a split and/or a purge of anti-Cobyn MP (i.e. nearly all of them).

    • b waghorn 3.1

      The thing you right wing chaps are missing is that the anger that’s driven the rise of Sanders, the rise of Corbyn and the brexit is still there bubbling away , it might take few more years but people are getting sick of the status quo and the longer things stay the same the bigger the backlash will be when it comes.

      • Gosman 3.1.1

        The left have been banging on about that for years. Indeed it it the whole basis for Marxist theory of revolution. Every few years there is an economic downturn and lefties work themselves up like Christian fundamentalists awaiting the second coming of Jesus.

        • b waghorn 3.1.1.1

          I’m not qualified to say that what Corbyn and Sanders are pushing is right , but the levels of support they are getting is far beyond a few radical lefties.
          And it my not lead to full revolution but leaving so many people behind and feeling like they have no voice is a toxic recipe, politics has to be more about solving problems than just winning the next election.
          In my more optimistic times i think its the coming of age of a far more intelligent and open minded generation and the changing of the guard that will happen in the next 20 years will lead to the changes needed.

          • Kevin 3.1.1.1.1

            Exactly.

            Look at the concessions Sanders has been able to get for the Democratic platform for the upcoming election. If he hadn’t scared the shit out the establishment with the huge support he got from younger voters, those concessions would have never happened.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.2

            Your vision of a gradual changing of the guard is very unlikely to happen. We live in revolutionary times. A few sops from Clinton and the Democratic Party aren’t going to be enough.

      • James 3.1.2

        b waghorn – yeah, nah. The likes of Corbyn are heroes to a very small minority of activist. Put him in a general election and he would be catastrophic (thus me wanting him to remain leader). It’s just that the activist can’t see past their own very biased view of the world. They are in for a shock.

        • Gangnam Style 3.1.2.1

          Ahh reverse psychology, so dastardly & cunning, those pesky kids.

          • Gosman 3.1.2.1.1

            Hardly that complex. We are quite open in our support for Corbyn. Even you have to agree that if he wins he will have to get rid of most of his MP’s as they don’t want him as leader. That will mean years of internal blood letting in Labour. Political parties that undertake internal purges don’t tend to come out very well.

        • North 3.1.2.2

          Yes Thank You God James. You have no credibility on account of your love for The Weak Man.

          I daresay you’ve already made comparative judgments as between the Waitress Assaulter and Putin and Putin is cringing in a dark corner in the Kremlin somewhere having felt the full force of your omnipresence.

          Never ceases to amaze me that people such as you actually get a buzz out of hanging around with people you don’t like.

      • Bob 3.1.3

        The thing you left wing chaps are missing is that this anger has also lead to the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit driven in part by racism http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/29/frenzy-hatred-brexit-racism-abuse-referendum-celebratory-lasting-damage. The backlash has the ability to push the public to both extremes of the political spectrum http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/06/29/media-ignores-soaring-left-wing-hate-crime-focuses-fewer-far-right-events/

        You may not like the status quo, but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side

        • Gangnam Style 3.1.3.1

          Must be our ‘little hands’.

        • miravox 3.1.3.2

          “The thing you left wing chaps are missing is that this anger has also lead to the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit driven in part by racism”

          ‘We’ lefties haven’t missed that at all Bob.

          Many (ok, practically everyone) on the left agree that the rich white leaders of these movements, Trump and Farage, have cynically run their campaigns to unleash the racism that we know is prevalent in society.

          This is one of the reasons why we’re so pissed off with you right wing chaps totally ignoring the needs of people at the bottom of the socio-economic heap.

          It’s not like the left hasn’t been banging on for years about insidious racism and the dangers of setting the those missing out on economic prosperity and social services against each other (instead of focusing their ire on those running show). But as you haven’t noticed that on this blog by now, I realise this reply is to myself.

    • Gangnam Style 3.2

      Yawnsy yawn yawn…I think the bot is in a loop.

  4. ianmac 4

    What is upsetting the usual Government supporters at the Herald. Heavens! The writer must have choked!
    “Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is being accused of “running scared” over his refusal to answer questions about the lack of funding for a life-saving infant sleeping device.

    The accusations against Coleman come as experts estimate a national roll out of the traditional bassinet would cost as little as $1.5 million….”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11673356

    • Gangnam Style 4.1

      “• The Ministry of Health ignored the recommendations of leading child death experts and at least 12 coroners over providing pepi-pods.
      • The ministry secretly tore up a $250,000 contract to fund these devices in 2012.
      • New research shows the first reduction in Maori infant death rates in 16 years is occurring in areas where district health boards are funding the pods.”

      – Wouldn’t a normal person do all that was in their power to save lives? Not Coleman it seems.

  5. Tory 5

    Jeremy Corbyn:
    “Tell me about these oppressed masses. What’s got them so
    worked up ?”

    Mr McCluskey:
    “They’re upset, sir, because they are so poor that they are
    forced to have children merely to provide a cheap alternative
    to turkey at Christmas.

  6. Jester 6

    Lost enormous amounts of respect for my homie Bernie today, cuddling up to grotesque icons of greed,war and corruption like Hillary.

    We really ought to rid ourselves of political parties, there will never be real change while we have them.

    If you go the Corbyn/Sanders route the faux left establishment will use every trick they have to destroy you even if it means destroying the party’s support base and pissing on the members wishes.

    If you go outside, try recreate a new left party like Hone, the party will say your splitting the vote and fight you harder than they fight right wingers and smear you for eternity.

    Parties are a kind of group think where on the left old and middle aged people tell people my age change we can’t ever have change or true equality because its a pipe dream so when the supposed left gets in they act identical to the right.

    One almost hopes trump wins just to spite the center right faux left geriatrics who have highjacked the left wing vote for far too long.

    Another sad day to be a young person. Giant meteorite for president 2016

    • Good comment although I could never wish for a trump win – i think the left doomers crave it because this would hasten the destruction of this civilisation. This is a sad fantasy imo – no hastening needed.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Trump is not the neocon pick to provoke unwinnable wars with nuclear powers China and Russia.

        • marty mars 6.1.1.1

          sure it is all clinton – trump is an innocent fighting all of the 1%ers – poor the don, just like putin, he gets bad press in the west for trying to help people – it is not fair – why can’t people see the good in these men, the decency, like overactive sweat glands, producing puddles of good values, that anyone would or should be proud to fall into.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.1

            Please, marty mars don’t embarrass yourself.

            Hillary Clinton keeps the counsel of neocons and was the senior official who championed the disastrous intervention in Libya to regime change Gaddafi. She is a warmonger and tool of the military industrial surveillance complex.

            As for gender equality, looks like the UK is going to get its second woman PM. Good for them eh, they really liked the first one.

            • marty mars 6.1.1.1.1.1

              but how long have their respective political histories and careers been? you think that doesn’t make a difference?

              you know nothing about what trump will ACTUALLY do, just what he said he’d do and he’s a big-noting, small handed liar. This is known.

              you need to get real fella – trump isn’t a good bloke – he’s a dickhead, an unknown dickhead, an unknown and dangerous dickhead – but, but he says he will play nice – nah he won’t cv, not even slightly.

    • Good comment although I could never wish for a trump win – i think the left doomers crave it because this would hasten the destruction of this civilisation. This is a sad fantasy imo – no hastening needed!

    • Andre 6.3

      While I seem to be spending way too much time trying to reassure people that a Hillary presidency won’t be that bad, I gotta admit to a huge temptation to write-in Chthulhu for president come November.

      • b waghorn 6.3.1

        the problem is that like Obamas time it wont be that good either. (i’m not sure if that’s Obamas fault though)

  7. Greg 7

    Oh look, Shewans recommendations to be implemented.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11673732

    Did John Key write the report,
    he knew excruciating details of it in question time,

    John Key isnt known for knowing the details, is he campers.

    now what about the 205 million Key wasted in April.
    how much more $ are these trusts going to cost the suffering working taxpayer.

  8. joe90 8

    Transcript of Bernie Sanders’ speech endorsig Hillary Clinton.

    Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

    I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.

    During the last year I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak to more than 1.4 million Americans at rallies in almost every state in this country. I was also able to meet with many thousands of other people at smaller gatherings. And the profound lesson that I have learned from all of that is that this campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate who sought the presidency. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.

    https://berniesanders.com/prepared-remarks-bernie-clinton/

  9. joe90 9

    Oh dear.

    Trump just said "who knows what went on before recorded history" – seriously, that's what he said— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) July 13, 2016

    • miravox 9.1

      heh! Has he just dismissed the bible as a source of knowledge? That would lead to a bit of angst for his supporters 😉

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Honda co-develops first hybrid car motor free of heavy rare earth metals

    Honda, Japan’s third-largest automaker, said on Tuesday that its new motors used magnets developed by Daido Steel Co that do not contain dysprosium and terbium.

    This reduced the cost of producing the magnets, a key component in motors, by about 10 percent while making them nearly 8 percent lighter, Honda said.

    An interesting and probably rather important development.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Yes somewhat interesting…except all the motor control electronics and computers will remain chocka full of rare earth minerals.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        Electronics don’t use a whole lot of resources and, as they get smaller, they use less to do far more.

  11. joe90 11

    Historians-Trump is bad news.

    Historians share their point of view on why Donald Trump’s campaign is so troubling from a historical perspective.

    https://www.facebook.com/historiansondonaldtrump/

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Hi joe90, if the Deep State gets their establishment candidate Killary, you can expect the people of the USA to go even more politically extreme.

      • corokia 11.1.1

        “Killary”
        What ever anyone thinks of her, its such a childish thing to keep using that word.

        • marty mars 11.1.1.1

          yep I agree – sick of seeing that personally

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.2

          Childish? Libya was the richest most socialist country on the African continent.

          Thanks to Hillary Clinton’s backing, the country has been reduced to imploding districts of feudal Islamist warlords, with a direct death toll post NATO bombing in the tens of thousands and the indirect death toll since then due to loss of income, health and other essential services totally uncounted.

          Let alone persist rumours of the State Dept facilitating the movement of Gaddafi’s armament stocks from Libya to US supported Islamists in Syria.

          That’s why I am happy to call Clinton “Killary.”

      • te reo putake 11.1.2

        Ah, fantasy politics. Can we all play?

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          Yes, let’s talk about the situation where Labour under Little gets over 30% in the polls next year.

          • te reo putake 11.1.2.1.1

            Your deep state of political catatonia must be a real comfort to you. Especially now that neo con stooge Bernie Sanders has been exposed for the sham candidate he always was. Thank god for the workers friends pooty poot and the Don. Say what you like about the tenets of national socialism, at least it’s an ethos. Can’t fault your commitment there, pal.

            • adam 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Have you got any proof Bernie Sanders was a neo con stooge?

              I mean as far as conspiracy theories go, that one is out there.

              Mind you, calling CV a nazi, I don’t know what to say to that that won’t get me a three month ban. So I’ll just say, sounds like another out there conspiracy theory.

              • te reo putake

                Tongue firmly in cheek, Adam. I nicked the ethos line from the Big Lebowski.

          • North 11.1.2.1.2

            CV……you need a break……have a Kit Kat.

            Unfortunately it’s no longer that simple. Your bitterness about every every every thing is more and more psychotic.

            I blame Twyford.

            • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1.2.1

              Bitterness? Accepting political reality more like. You’ve just seen the UK Labour Party pass a rule immediately after their Leader left the room, designed to fuck him over.

              And then you get party establishment loyalists like TRP sugar coating that turd.

  12. corokia 12

    WTF can any of us here in NZ doing anything about the British Labour party or the US election?
    Sure, follow it out of interest, but there is absolutely no point in investing any emotional energy in it.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      It gives us clues as to how rotten the Labour Party franchise has become internationally. Disloyal careerist MPs scheming to do over their Leader against the express will of their general membership.

      Couldn’t happen in NZ, of course.

      • marty mars 12.1.1

        it is an egowank for those with too much time and not enough brains or emotional intelligence.

      • Chooky 12.1.2

        +100 CV…and I am afraid you are stating the obvious…this is why a million NZers don’t vote for Labour …

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    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    9 hours ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    9 hours ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    11 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    12 hours ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    20 hours ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    22 hours ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    1 day ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    7 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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