Open mike 15/04/2016

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  1. Jenny 1

    Cynicism or Satire?

    http://www.theonion.com/article/exxonmobil-ceo-relieved-it-finally-too-late-do-any-52732

    As the climate crisis deepens, it is getting harder to tell.

    • pat 1.1

      hmmm….toss a coin

    • weka 1.2

      Satire. Good satire, because it pokes the borax at not only the CEO class but all the ordinary people who would rather the world burned than having to change.

      It’s only too late if you think the only thing worth saving is human civilisation. If you think that life itself, including people, species and ecosystems have inherent worth beyond their use to civilisation, then it’s not too late to do something.

      The ‘it’s too late’ meme is the last refuge of the denialists (where we see that it’s not about their disbelief in AGW, but their fear and greed and belief that they can’t live without fossil fueled society). But the bigger danger is in the people that want to do something but feel powerless or don’t know how to give up what is required. If they buy into the meme, then the momentum of change will stall.

      • pat 1.2.1

        Think that much is obvious….one has to wonder about the thought processes of the likes of Tillerson however….an aging individual of great wealth (40 mil US pa package) , has children…..what drives them to push this line when they and theirs already have more material wealth than they could possibly use in their remaining time?….bloody-mindedness?

    • ianmac 1.3

      Satire but behind the scenes really really true.

  2. maui 2

    Clinton v Sanders political debate from Brooklyn, New York is on at 1pm NZ time today. Broadcast by CNN, there might be a live stream on their website.

  3. saveNZ 3

    The .1 percent are the true villains: What Americans don’t understand about income inequality

    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/14/the_1_percent_are_the_real_villains_what_americans_dont_understand_about_income_inequality_partner/

  4. Problems with Parliament’s Cabinet Manual…

    Circular reasoning, a casual treatment of democracy, and some assertions that are just plain wrong.

    Link

  5. Lucy 5

    Is anyone else really pissed off with Richie being invested in Order of NZ? He has definitely devalued the system of picking 20 great living NZers. He has done one thing in his short life – chased a ball around a field for 80 minutes a week for about 30 weeks a year for which he has been paid millions. What has he done to enrich the lives of people in New Zealand.
    If we were going to give this honour to someone younger then I would have voted for someone like Nano girl who at least has upped NZ girls interest in science! For him to say that it does not come with a title is disingenuous as he just needs to make a call and he can start calling himself Sir.
    This has taken the Order of NZ back to the honours system when you just had to be a mate of the PM’s to get a gong and has totally destroyed the intention to make the O of NZ about 20 people who had truly enriched NZ life and culture.

    • Bearded Git 5.1

      Agreed Lucy. If he had done another 30 years worth of charity work or something meaningful for the community (like Ian Botham, though he got a knighthood too early) then in 2046 when he was 62 or so you could argue the case.

      Just being able to play rugby well and being a mate of the PM’s should not be enough. In fact his craven support for the new flag as a hired hand should have disqualified him on that count alone.

    • ianmac 5.2

      Been wondering about that too Lucy. Its not that I am anti-Richie who has been a great rugby player. But it just seems a bit thin for him to be in such illustrious company. Murray Halberg was a great athlete and he founded the Murray Halberg Trust to help the physically disabled. Has Richie equalled that effort? I think Richie is helping the elderly by investing in shares in Old Folks homes if that counts?
      I was surprised that Key was not by the Governor General’s side at the Investure.

    • maui 5.3

      Absolutely, I agree he’s not worthy of a knighthood, so why should he be given greater recognition by being put in the top 20 honourable kiwis!

      Also anyone who puts their name behind a crap house building company like Versatile and helps create banal suburbia should also get demerit points imo, not honours.

    • Hami Shearlie 5.4

      Totally agree Lucy!

  6. adam 6

    Great interview.

  7. Anne 7

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/301526/helen-clark's-toughest-job-interview

    Check out the images and comments from “Pete” at the end of the article. Is that the Pete from The Sewer? In my view they border on slander and should be swiftly removed by RNZ.

    • Roflcopter 7.1

      Which of those statements posted by Pete is untrue?

    • Bearded Git 7.2

      I loved Clark’s passionate and lucid explanation of how she fought against apartheid.

      Now isn’t there a prominent citizen who can’t even remember his position on this issue…

      • Puckish Rogue 7.2.1

        Seems appropriate

      • Anne 7.2.2

        BG @ 7.2
        There’s a news clip out there of a young Helen Clark being manhandled by a police officer during an anti apartheid protest around 1978 I think. A group of young men were trying to pull down a barbed wire fence erected to keep them out of Eden Park and Helen Clark happened to be standing only a few metres away from the action. The next thing she was being lunged at by this cop. If he’s still alive I bet he keeps a low profile. 🙂

    • Anne 7.3

      Ooops. Looks like Pete’s gone. 😈

  8. greywarshark 8

    Coming up on Radionz – sound interesting. Bill takes care to watch and learn about Fukushima!

    9:20 am Monday 18 April: Tilman Ruff
    Tilman Ruff
    Global Health Professor, Tillman Ruff from the University of Melbourne says a true picture of the catastrophic health fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is emerging.
    The meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant was triggered by the tsunami that followed a magnitude 9 earthquake which struck off the Pacific Coast of Japan . Tillman Ruff says leaks from the defunct plant are continuing, tens of thousands of people are still displaced, and there is an emerging thyroid cancer epidemic.

    Then,Bill Phillips was one of our bright people that wasn’t able to pass his acuity to the rest of us, leaving us to indulge ourselves in an ancient Egyptian practice as our main pursuit,(soaking ourselves in asses milk).

    11:25 am Wednesday 20 April: Alan Bollard on the life and economics of Bill Phillips
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Phillips_%28economist%29

    He developed a machine that demonstrated the working of an economy.
    (I don’t think it was like ours is.)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MONIAC
    Perhaps now he is the ghost in the machine?

    (Sorry if I have confused someone. I have shifted this to Open Mike myself – put in on Twyfords Housing post by mistake.)

  9. joe90 9

    Live stream for today’s CNN Democratic presidential Debate.

    • adam 9.1

      We are at half way.

      And I’d say Bernie is winning. Hilary got Booed at one point.

      Hilary’s talking points sound to much like PR spin. And she looks really rattled at times.

      Bernie looked like he was getting beaten on gun control, but he managed a come back. But Hilary won that part of the debate.

      Every other point, especially minimum wage, Bernie wiped the floor of Hilary. She actually lied, and was pulled up by moderation.

      • Puckish Rogue 9.1.1

        Yes dear 🙂

        • miravox 9.1.1.1

          🙂 Sabine has really had an impact on you PR. I’ve seen your ‘yes dear’ popping up all over the place.

          Now you just need to work out the context in which she used that phrase.

  10. Puckish Rogue 10

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/labour-denies-doctoring-hopeless-worker-tape-2016041416#axzz45qMmwGSL

    “It’s really disappointing actually. They’ve doctored the tape recording to take out the bit where he says ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and they’ve doctored the bit which says ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’.

    Mr Lees-Galloway concedes the recording is a partial one and started recording after hearing a question about immigration. He missed the start of the answer, but maintains what was released is accurate.

    No surprise there, Labour indulging in some Dirty Politics to attempt to score a hit

    • joe90 10.1

      darvo
      /

    • Roflcopter 10.2

      It’s almost lying by omission.

      • Puckish Rogue 10.2.1

        Labour can’t even do Dirty Politics properly

        • weka 10.2.1.1

          You really are a nasty little shit PR, of the mindfucking variety, who has no ethics and minimal morals and who has large disregard for the truth as part of your political MO. Your comments here are a complete misrepresentation of what what happened. That’s deliberate IMO. I’m sure you will trot out some oh I didn’t really mean that bullshit when confronted on it, so I’m not even going to bother pointing out where you are lying. Others can go read the article for themselves.

          What I’m getting today is that you simply don’t care about what dirty politics is, how serious it is, and how much damage it does. And that you are pretty happy to misuse that concept to smear your political opponents. I’m sick of your constant astroturfing/trolling and think from now on I will just name it as such.

          Puckish Rogue, liar, shill and troll.

          • Puckish Rogue 10.2.1.1.1

            Oh bugger off you sanctimonious twat

            Lees-Galloway deliberately released the recording knowing without the context provided that it would sound bad, he knew it wasn’t representative of what English was saying but he released to try to get a hit on the government

            It failed because Lees-Galloway was sloppy and now you’re all “waah waah waah” , you’re quick to label whatever the National party does as “Dirty Politics” but whenever Labour is exposed its a different story

            • adam 10.2.1.1.1.1

              yes dear

            • Stuart Munro 10.2.1.1.1.2

              No only rude but wrong – public statements are not dirty politics.

              It sounded bad because it was bad – like everything about this disgustingly corrupt and treacherous government.

              Labour should stand silent while the crooks lie – crooks like you? Fuck off PR – if you can’t pretend to be polite, and you be bothered being truthfull failoil is your natural home.

              • Puckish Rogue

                It sounded bad because it wasn’t what Bill English said, it was what Lees-Galloway recorded, without the context, and what he gleefully published and what the mouth breathers on here lapped up without a second thought

            • weka 10.2.1.1.1.3

              But that’s not what you said. As I predicted you now come back with a different story. Seen you do this so many times. You are a liar, and I’m not going to sit by and let and amoral fuck like you distort a critical political concept like DP for your own ends. My comment isn’t about LG or Labour (go read it again) it’s about disingenuous fuckwits like you who are happy to burn down the house. As someone else said, piss off to WO because I’m sick of the endless lies and deliberate mindfucking with the political culture of NZ, including the debate culture here. You are quite capable of communicating without telling lies, but you choose to lie as a way of trolling here. You are so disrespectful I can’t even be bothered telling you to up your game. Puckish Rogue, liar, shill and troll, time to make that plain and clear.

              • BM

                Do you approve of what Lees-Galloway did?, it’s fairly obvious he’s gone out of his way to misrepresent what Bill English said.

                Feeble amateur hour dirty politics from Labour.

                • weka

                  Pay attention. I haven’t yet expressed an opinion about LG (or Labour). My comment is about PR’s behaviour. But seeing as how everyone keeps replying to me about LG, I’m going to add hypocrite the list of adjectives for PR.

            • miravox 10.2.1.1.1.4

              weka’s not wrong PR and you know it.

          • Nessalt 10.2.1.1.2

            So lees-galloway got caught out using an altered recording that he suckered compliant media into using to attack his political opponent, which apparently is dirty politics methodology 101 according to the trustafarian hager. PR has called it dirty politics, because if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then….. it must be a duck. or dirty politics in this case.

            you’ve lost it for some reason I can’t quite fathom? is it because whats been said all along, both sides are guilty of using such practices, is true? and your carefully maintained imaginary construct of somehow the left being purer than pure has been shattered?

            • miravox 10.2.1.1.2.1

              Lees Galloway says that the recording was not altered Nessalt.

              Pretending it was and attacking someone for something they didn’t do and feeding it to media mates… Now that’s dirty politics101.

              • BM

                But Lees Galloway heard the comment in it’s entirety

                When you include the ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and the ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with what Bill English.

                That fact that Lees -Galloway went to the media with a non accurate version which he knew was misleading and then claims what Bill English said was this appalling outrage is dirty politics 101.

                • It was entirely accurate and Bill English agreed he’d said it. And meant it. ILG 1, Dipton 0.

                  • BM

                    Without the other bits the recording is completely out of context,

                    Anyway, wrong score, should be LG 0, Dipton 3

                    First goal is that that vast majority agreed with the misleading version anyway, some kiwi unemployed are farkin hopeless and do need a kick up the arse.

                    Second goal, is that Labour leapt in on the side of the lazy and useless therefore further cementing it’s position in the voters eye as the bludger party.

                    Third goal is the feeble dirty politics blowing up in Lees -Galloway face.

                • miravox

                  Bald-faced lies about doctoring is one thing, playing a tape of what someone actually said is another.

                  Even if the rest of the answer was recorded (noting here the PMs version of context doesn’t provide any), English still said some young men were hopeless. That was a wrong thing to say. If he wants to plead context he should have stated the situation some young men were in, not the young men, were hopeless.

                  English has had 30-odd years in politics to learn to say correctly what he believes. If he doesn’t believe what he said should apologise and rephrase. Not go on about context that he didn’t use when making the offending remark. If he does believe it, own it – personal responsibility and all that.

                  There is no need for the PM to be planting lies about doctoring recordings. Simple enough.

                  • Nessalt

                    it’s wrong to tell the truth then? some young men ARE hopeless. otherwise how would the qualifier, that something needs to be done to fix this, make any sense?

                    the left bang on about fixing problems, but if you can’t talk about them how can you really fix them?

                    “Something is wrong with my car, I’m sure what, but I can’t tell you what something is. so throw money at it till it’s fixed

                    • weka

                      Miravox – “There is no need for the PM to be planting lies about doctoring recordings.”

                      Nessalt – “it’s wrong to tell the truth then?”

                      lolz, the epitome of what is wrong with the RW shills.

                    • miravox

                      right..

                      BE says young men are hopeless
                      LG records BE saying young men are hopeless
                      LG plays recording
                      Nessalt agrees with BE that young men are hopeless
                      and Nessalt says “It’s not wrong to tell the truth”

                      so… If there is nothing wrong with telling truth (as BE sees it, and Nessalt agrees with) that’s that then.

                      Unless they don’t want to be seen to be telling the ‘truth’.

                • weka

                  When you include the ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and the ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with what Bill English.

                  Please link to your source for those quotes.

    • Gabby 10.3

      Did you leave out the bit where he said he agrees with them accidental-like or on purpose, purple knob?

      • ianmac 10.3.1

        There are some people who are unwilling or unable to work reliably. Always have been. Not sure of the causes. Not very bright? Unable to concentrate for long? Uneducated? Feel worthless? No understanding of work ethic?
        There always have been some at the bottom of the employable heap. Maybe society has to accept that they exist and just carry them like others who are handicapped.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.1

          +1

          Thing is, if we gave them the right support they’d probably turn into fine citizens.

          • greywarshark 10.3.1.1.1

            Probably the ones ianmac is talking about, the wily, sly slippery types that are fun to see on film running rorts on horse races etc., well they would always be there being the tricksters, but they would also do a job and earn if there were jobs, They would be panelbeaters, van drivers, on roadworks gangs, and labouring guys, jacks of all trades and work when they had to.

            But they would just slip away an hour early or something, or pinch the tea money that was saved for the Friday night drinks. Nothing big, just annoying and if their tendencies were known, you would know to keep an eye on them.

    • BM 10.4

      What a weasel Lees-Galloway is.

      It’s a shame, but it’s what you expect from labour these days.

      • Puckish Rogue 10.4.1

        Labours new motto should read: The end justifies the means

        • weka 10.4.1.1

          Puckish Rogue today is being a liar, shill and troll. That latest comment looks like flamebaiting too.

          • Jester 10.4.1.1.1

            You need to chill Weka. You’re sounding abit unhinged.

          • Nessalt 10.4.1.1.2

            Want to prove the he’s telling lies weka? kind of makes you a liar if you are calling someone else a liar when you know they are telling the truth.

            Clucking pretty hard on this aren’t you? thought “gotcha” politics was finally paying off for you?

          • greywarshark 10.4.1.1.3

            It’s time that TS tightened up – circulate the trolls with one month stand downs or something. It is not a great blog with all of the wasps trying to make stinging remarks. Put’s me off the picnic, and letting them do it shows that someone is a sandwich short.

            You can send me off for uttering full frank and transparent opinion but it will be no loss to me. And before some grouch says it, you may think it no loss to you. But I think my little excursions add a different perspective, something to break the repetitive skewed comment-and-put-down reply. Ignore them FGS. And I put links usually so add some detail rather than swop self-righteous sneers. That way no-one’s IQ is raised.

        • locus 10.4.1.2

          @ the sad wee trolls who rush in to derail whenever a national politician has been found wanting or arrogant or a liar:

          your manipulative framing, accusatory remarks and deflections are always transparent, and in my view just add to the overall disgust I have for the dirty politics that have characterised this last national government

          …… English was rightly called out for his cynical and arrogant comments ….. this is not “gotcha politics” this is a Labour politician honestly fed up with the denigration of others

          and the pm’s misleading and twisting to try to muddy the waters won’t get Englih off the hook

    • miravox 10.5

      The thing is, the item you’ve linked to says the PM is complaining that Bill English’s comment was taken out of context. Yet when the paragraph with the apparent context is quoted, the offending phrases are not in it.

      That’s not context or proof of doctoring. That’s spin.

      And yes, the PM is better at spin than Labour. Although frustrated by it, I’m a little bit proud of that.

      • weka 10.5.1

        +1 and me too for the last bit.

        reposting this,

        He knows it’s a lie, but he’s repeating it anyway.

        And that’s what gives away National’s strategy. Both on the flag and on the UBI, their coordinated response is to lie over and over again, and trust enough people will reprint the lies until they become truthy.

        So, how does an opposition respond? Well it can’t stop National telling the lies, because Voltaire. And only the most boring and small-thinking oppositions say so little that there’s no opportunity for malignant mischief from their opponents.

        I think the opposition’s best option is to name the behaviour, over and over again. It works in parenting, and it works with this.

        They say sunlight is the best disinfectant. So when National infects our public conversation with lies and excuses, I’ll be here on Public Address providing a little ray of sun.

        http://publicaddress.net/polity/let-the-big-lies-flow/

    • weka 10.6

      Right, for the people that don’t understand what I am on about I’m back on the laptop now and going to explain.

      PR said,

      http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/labour-denies-doctoring-hopeless-worker-tape-2016041416#axzz45qMmwGSL

      “It’s really disappointing actually. They’ve doctored the tape recording to take out the bit where he says ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and they’ve doctored the bit which says ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’.

      Mr Lees-Galloway concedes the recording is a partial one and started recording after hearing a question about immigration. He missed the start of the answer, but maintains what was released is accurate.

      No surprise there, Labour indulging in some Dirty Politics to attempt to score a hit

      Let’s break this down,


      “It’s really disappointing actually. They’ve doctored the tape recording to take out the bit where he says ‘this is what some in the industry say’, and they’ve doctored the bit which says ‘we need to help these people to make sure they get employment’.

      That’s John Key, known liar and Dirty Politics operative. Key lies so routinely now that it’s very easy to see which things in his statement need checking. The word ‘doctoring’ has a big stonking red flag on it, because (a) even Labour wouldn’t be so stupid and (b) it’s got CT carefully selected term written all over it. A word designed to obliterate the truth and do maximum damage. It’s the same old shit.

      Here’s what LG said in response, most of which PR left out,

      Mr Lees-Galloway concedes the recording is a partial one and started recording after hearing a question about immigration. He missed the start of the answer, but maintains what was released is accurate.

      “Nothing’s been rearranged or added or swapped around so I think he’s a bit desperate if he’s trying to clutch at that,” Mr Lees-Galloway says.

      “What we produced was a recording of what Bill English said. All I can say is those are the words Bill English used. The only one who smeared the National Party is Bill English.”

      The recording was stopped after Mr English had finished answering the question.

      So Key says LG doctored the tape. That means something quite specific. LG says the tape was not doctored or altered and that he was late starting recording English so missed a bit. That on the face of it is plausible. He also says that he believes that the points he made yesterday are still relevant.

      There is nothing to suggest that LG doctored the tape apart from an unsubstantiated assertion from Key and from PR. If the tape was doctored, and there was a deliberate decision to misuse the recording to undercut English/National then we might be getting close to Dirty Politics. But it wasn’t. Do I think LG was wise to handle this in the way he did? Probably not, but I didn’t follow all of the coverage yesterday so I don’t really know.

      Did Bill English call a class of young men looking for work ‘pretty damned hopeless’? Yes. Does putting that in context make it more acceptable? Not really. Leaving out the context doesn’t make this Dirty Politics.

      All PR had to do was be honest about all that. Instead he yet again selectively quoted (oh the irony) to do some Labour bashing and to run a nasty RWNJ meme, that Labour do DP as well. They don’t. No-one really does except for National. This doesn’t mean that all other political parties are squeaky clean, and it doesn’t mean that shitty stuff doesn’t happen. But it’s not DP. Which everyone in this conversation already knows, including PR, BM, and Nessalt.

      So, fuck the lot of you who engage in this shit. I’ve had enough of the thread derailments, the slander, and the false framing. I know that PR and BM are both easily capable of putting up intelligent, coherent, meaningful comment from a RW perspective. I have no problem with that. But this lazy-arse trolling and Labour bashing is the politics of the nasty party and I’m just going to keep naming it for what it is.

      Am I overreacting? No idea. PR is a master of the understated trollbait. And wow do you quantify years of this kind of thing undermining political culture? I think it’s more that I’ve just reached the end of my tether.

      Grey, I didn’t really understand you comment, so all I can say is that ignoring trolls doesn’t work, it just cedes the space to them.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    NZ innovation

  12. joe90 12

    Thou shalt not criticise.
    /

    Two days after the announcement of her hiring, the Sanders presidential campaign suspended its national Jewish outreach coordinator, Simone Zimmerman, on Thursday after revelations that she had posted vulgarities about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Facebook.

    “She has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Senator Bernie Sanders, wrote in an email.

    Ms. Zimmerman’s suspension comes after a report on Wednesday in The Washington Free Beacon, which found a Facebook post in which she used a vulgarity and described Mr. Netanyahu as “arrogant, deceptive, cynical” and “manipulative.” She then used more aggressive language and continued that he had “sanctioned the murder of over 2,000 people this summer.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/04/14/bernie-sanders-suspends-jewish-outreach-coordinator-after-reports-of-her-criticisms-of-israel/

  13. Bob 13

    Has David Cunliffe sold his place in Herne Bay? If not, something seems fishy…
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/78875326/our-121-mps-have-interests-in-295-properties-between-them

    As Mickeysavage said HERE “They only own the one place and have no other property holdings whatsoever” “Addendum: For the benefit of the National Party Research Unit when I say “own” I mean “have a beneficial interest in””.
    He obviously has no beneficial interest in it any more.

  14. Tautoko Mangō Mata 14

    This is part of an interesting blog discussing :Why Bernie Sanders is LESS protectionist than Hillary Clinton. It deals with the “anti-trade” accusation often levelled at TPP protesters.

    Is opposing trade agreements like NAFTA or TPP anti-free trade?

    In the current election discussions about trade, opponents of post-GATT trade agreements often get tarred with the brush of Donald Trump-like xenophobia. It is worth remembering that these agreements, while admittedly taking further the kind of tariff-cutting begun with the GATT, are not primarily about non-discriminatory free trade. They reflect neo-liberal ideas about optimal economic governance and public policy that have been, rightly challenged, both from the perspective of national sovereignty, but also from a more cosmopolitan point of view (particularly the protection of monopoly rents from intellectual property). Among the clearest explanations of these difference is to be found in Dani Rodrik’s The Globalization Paradox: the “deep integration” to which post-GATT trade agreements seek is not really based in classic free trade theory but a more recent and more questionable (and questioned) economic orthodoxy.

    http://worldtradelaw.typepad.com/u

    If you click on comments, there is this illuminating gem:
    “first, in a couple places, you seem to equate intellectual property rules in trade agreements with neoliberalism. I can’t speak for all neoliberals, but as a card-carrying neoliberal myself, let me just note that in my view, the excessive intellectual property protections in modern trade agreements are the furthest thing from neoliberal. In fact, they are better described as statist interventionism/corporate welfare than neoliberalism.”

    TPP ain’t free trade!

  15. lprent 15

    That was annoying. The outage just after 1500 was caused by an upgrade to WordPress 4.5. One of the plugins that is not in the test system; a plugin tester that was meant to be uninstalled months ago, was still in the real system. Apparently because its admin directory had a live open and unmoveable file.

    It was calling a deprecated wordpress function that was removed in 4.5. That call to deprecated API was actually the reason I removed it in the first place.

    So the upgrade caused the site to fail…. but it’d worked fine when testing. Now to write a better sync between the test system and the real site.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    14 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    17 hours ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    18 hours ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;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 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    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 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;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 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
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    4 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
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    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
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    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    6 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    6 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
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