Open mike 16/07/2019

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For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

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Step up to the mike …

lprent: And just for today, lets try it in reverse. May the seekers of the topmost position learn why they who speak last control the topic.

121 comments on “Open mike 16/07/2019”

  1. Morrissey 16

    Who the hell selects RNZ's know-nothing newsreaders?                                             RNZ National news, Tuesday 16 July 2019, 6:10 p.m.

    Just heard the dismal Susana Leiataua read a announcement about the former New Zealand soccer player Tyler Boyd gaining a contract with the giant Turkish club Beşiktaş. Except that's not what she read out: she actually butchered it, pronouncing it as "Beski-tass." She repeated it in the next sentence: "Beski-tass."

    The systemic decline of RNZ (chaired by that National Party stooge Richard Griffin) is, I'm sorry to say, continuing apace.

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2019/01/holed-up-in-hong-kong-project-to.html

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/01/why-is-rnz-national-treating-james.html

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2018/01/i-just-see-ex-kgb-agent-yknow-what-im.html

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2019/05/lisa-owen-talking-like-david-seymour-or.html

  2. A 17

    Pretty sad.  Just got back home and saw the most recent post from DFA on Youtube…

    Towards the end it talks about NZ selling everything but the kitchen sink.  Who the fuck is making these calls?  We will never, ever get that stuff back unless they are properly asset stripped first + price gauged. 

  3. The Chairman 18

    So I see Jacinda had time to watch the cricket which makes me wonder has she viewed that child uplift video yet?

    Cricket or child uplift, what's more important in your eyes?

    • The Al1en 18.1

      I'm not concerned.

      • The Chairman 18.1.1

        I wonder if Jacinda is concerned? 

        • McFlock 18.1.1.1

          I think she pays more attention to issues around OT than issues around the cricket, but she knows that most voters would like to see her watch the cricket than the video.

          One of them political paradoxes. Like how a self-professed left winger can spend more time shitting on a left wing opposition than a right wing government, then seamlessly become the new left wing government's most ceaseless critic while the right wing opposition takes a break now and then.

          • The Chairman 18.1.1.1.1

            I think she pays more attention to issues around OT than issues around the cricket…

            Her viewing choice suggests differently. 

            She knows that most voters would like to see her watch the cricket than the video.

            How so?

            • McFlock 18.1.1.1.1.1

              Viewing choice suggests nothing. I bet the millions of people who play fantasy football or what have you don't watch every single game in whatever league is is, but player stats, management decisions, and performance details are religiously memoprised and analysed.

              As for your "how so", Ardern seems to be much better at winning the support of the populace than you. Watch and actually try to learn.

        • The Al1en 18.1.1.2

          About the conflation of two completely separate things, to reach a negative narrative to share on here, probably just you.

          As you'll recall in reply to one of your earlier attempts at nat agenda pushing, I posted quotes and links to media sites where the PM said she was was well informed about the incident and general situation. Why smack that poor dead donkey again? Blessed are the poor dead donkeys.

          • The Chairman 18.1.1.2.1

            No. I was wondering if she was concerned with the public perception of her not viewing it. And as you can see above, one of my two questions was attempting to gauge the public perception of that on here.

            Being well informed about the incident doesn't compare to viewing it oneself.

            Moreover, that's the very least she could have done on what's become a major issue. There are plenty out there expecting better from her, but it seems you're not one of them. 

            • Pat 18.1.1.2.1.1

              https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/07/16/no-time-for-shifting-the-colonial-furniture/

              "Not necessarily. Those advising the Prime Minister will, almost certainly, have dismissed Reid’s journalism as scandalously biased against Oranga Tamariki and its dedicated staff. She will have been reminded that the social workers featured in the video (as a result of which, the PM’s advisers will tell her, they have suffered social ostracism and death threats) were simply doing their best to execute an Order of the Family Court. Something which wasn’t just their job – but their legal duty. Isn’t it more likely that the PM’s been told that not watching the video is the best way of keeping her judgement unclouded by emotion.

              Quite apart from the merits, or demerits, of Reid’s video, it is also quite probable that the PM shares the same general view of the Maori underclass as her Labour Party colleagues. This view is shaped not only by the advice of officials, but also by the testimony of Labour MPs’ working-class constituents, and their own weekly contacts with the Maori underclass and its problems. It’s a view more-or-less guaranteed to render the PM impervious to the content of Reid’s video."

              A plausible explanation

              • The Chairman

                A plausible explanation

                If it's true she can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion then perhaps it is. 

                Do you have any examples to show she can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion?

                • Pat

                  do you?….and if this is indeed the case is it an issue for you?

                  • The Chairman

                    Do I what?

                    Moreover, are you asking is a PM that can't keep their judgement unclouded by emotion an issue for me?

                    • Pat

                      Do I what?….."Do you have any examples to show she can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion?"

                      "Moreover, are you asking is a PM that can't keep their judgement unclouded by emotion an issue for me?"…..yes

                  • The Chairman

                    You stated it was a "plausible explanation" suggesting you came to the conclusion she can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion. Hence, one would expect you would have an example of that.

                    I don't know her well enough to genuinely answer that.

                    We've all seen her express her emotions and we've seen how she has acted after that. Take Jacinda's Paris Summit for example. However, whether her mindset was clouded by emotion I couldn't genuinely say. Although, apparently, she did view that horrific related video.  

                    Failing to keep ones judgement from being clouded by emotion isn't a good trait for a PM.

                    • Pat

                      "Failing to keep ones judgement from being clouded by emotion isn't a good trait for a PM."

                      Then it may have been good advice well taken….IF that is indeed what occurred

                  • The Chairman

                    If that was the advice and reason it was given, it would suggest her advisors think she can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion.

                  • The Chairman

                    @ Pat

                    smiley

            • The Al1en 18.1.1.2.1.2

              Seeing as you, for your obvious reasons, are the only one bothered by it, there is no public perception issue apart from the one you're wishing to generate.

              The PM not watching an uplift video and later watching a cricket match isn't a problem to me. It neither proves she isn't taking the situation seriously, nor the public hate her for it.

              Perhaps, as it's so shitty, you should stop using those poor uplifted children as a weapon to cast aspersions and satiate your eagerness to drive a wedge through the government and Jacinda's handling of it, and come up with some concrete evidence of her wilfully  negating her duties and responsibility to the voters who put her in a position to do good on their behalf. Shall I wait?

              • The Chairman

                Seeing as you, for your obvious reasons, are the only one bothered by it, there is no public perception issue apart from the one you're wishing to generate.

                Still singing that bullshit tune I see. If it were just me you defenders wouldn't bother. Clearly this has become a sensitive issue. 

                We know you don have a problem with it.

                And no. I'm not using uplifted children as a weapon. This is one of many issue I question Labour's position on. The video has spurred outrage and has become the center piece of a major political issue. Hence, many would have an interest in knowing if she viewed the actual video yet. Which is what I asked.

                Shows how bad things have become with Labour when one can't ask a question without coming under fire. And frankly, it sickens me that Labour have come to this. If they are going to take a position on something then stand tall and defend it, don't attempt to rundown those that challenge it.

                • Drowsy M. Kram

                  And frankly, it sickens me…

                  Get well soon. laugh

                • The Al1en

                  Now you're conflating the 'outrage' of the uplift with the premise (false as it is) of your first point about the PM watching the cricket and not the other video.To that, I have not seen or heard any outrage about the pm watching the cricket.

                  And yeah, sadly you are using these at risk kids for your own reasons. That's sad. You can't fool the site with your usual tripe, so now you're sinking ultra low.

                  As for singing bullshit tunes – Only with my pet robot on the channel inserts.

                  • The Chairman

                    Sadly you are the one using these at risk kids with your attempts (twice now) to throw shit at me.

                    And I'm sure you can sink even lower than that.  

                    I wasn't outraged she watched the cricket, I merely noted that she did. And wondered (seeing as she did) if she also found time to watch the video at the centre of this outrage. Next minute, you clowns arrive. Funny that, do you all work out of the same office our are you just one commentator with many handles?     

                    • McFlock

                      Ain't it nice that so many commenters are standing up against the army of sockpuppets, though. Lets you know that you're not alone, you really do have your finger on the pulse of the nation. /sarc

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      Surely The Chairman is not surprised or upset by all the 'shit' thrown at them here by genuine friends of the left – after all, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

                      "I'm sure you can sink even lower than that."
                      The Chair @10:19 pm

                      Maybe I can sink lower, but The Chairman can't.

                      The Chairman's comments are fine examples of sub-par rwnj smears, duplicity and deceit, but The Chairman is slipping (up) – their weak attack lines are now way too obvious and exposed.

                      What will ‘they’ dream up next?  Try some subtlety, FFS! wink

                    • The Al1en

                      You're just getting stroppy because most people on here have seen through your game. If you can't cope with being an irrelevance, don't post like one.

            • Drowsy M. Kram 18.1.1.2.1.3

              The "lefty" "more left than most" Chairman, on "relentlessly soggy" form! laugh

              "I wonder if Jacinda [New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern] is concerned?"

              "I was wondering if she [New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern] was concerned with the public perception of her not viewing it."

              "There are plenty out there expecting better from her [New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern]"

              "Do you have any examples to show she [New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern] can't keep her judgement unclouded by emotion?"

              I find watching cricket rather boring.

              The Chairman, friend of the the left? Yeah, right! Time for an Umpire Review.

    • Gabby 18.2

      How bout you chemmy?

      • The Chairman 18.2.1

        I viewed the child uplift clip. And have little time for cricket. I find watching cricket rather boring.

  4. Sacha 19

    Every new comment has its moment in the sun.

  5. greywarshark 20

    In NZ –

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    This is followed by more detailed info.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1906/S00021/20-years-of-the-scoop-information-ecosystem.htm

    They don't have a full paywall, but one that applies to business, however they are looking at funding that enables more and better, as Joseph Cederwall explains, being well-named for the job.

  6. Adrian Thornton 21

    Wonder when RNZ or The Scoop are going to interview Alan Dershowitz again? don't know how many of you fummed at the RNZ nine to Noon interview last year…                    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018632649/alan-dershowitz-there-is-no-such-thing-as-truth-any-longer

    I know I did, and also emailed the producers in protest, K Ryan of course never brought up his intimate involvement in the sex trafficking charges of Epstein, let alone follow up on his personal vendetta against Norman Filkenstein….Ryan useless as usual.

    Alan Dershowitz: Sure I Got a Massage at Jeffrey Epstein’s Mansion, but I Kept My Underwear On

    Watch the slime ball get dismantled in this classic…



    • Morrissey 21.1

      There's also his enthusiastic support for Israel's crimes: he once suggested, with a straight face, that the cause of Palestinians being shot had nothing to do with lawless I.D.F. marksmen or heavily armed terrorist "settlers", but was the result of wedding celebrations where the Palestinian tradition of firing guns in the air resulted in deaths when the bullets returned to earth.

      He's also a zealous advocate of torture, in particular the insertion of needles under the prisoner's fingernails.

      • Adrian Thornton 21.1.1

        Yes there is no doubt that Dershowitz has a less developed moral compass than any piece of dog shit stuck on the bottom of my shoe, hence my outrage at his 'soft' interview on RNZ and in Scoop…as I already implied Ryan is a lightweight interviewer, not really sure what she is doing hosting nine to noon…better than Mulligan though I suppose. And the panel has now degenerated into some sort of mindless giggle fest more suited to a FM drive show format…RNZ has really embraced with gusto lowbrow, shallow, thoughtless and pointless as it's new direction..the complete dumbing down operation on RNZ is now almost finished..well is complete from 9am to 6pm pretty much, with now only the occasional brief glimpse of what used to be, it is very sad.
        I never thought I would say this, but I am actually missing Guyon Espiner on morning report, he was just starting to mature quite nicely as an interviewer.

  7. veutoviper 22

    Best Interview on medicinal cannabis, its pros and cons, and how it should be managed, prescribed etc by the medical profession 

    I have just listened to an interview on RNZ National Nine to Noon that stands heads and shoulders above anything I have heard to date on the pros and cons of medicinal cannabis and its use in various medical conditions; and also how it should be managed by the medical profession.  

    I cannot recommend highly enough spending a half hour (unrushed) listening to this interview.between Kathyrn Ryan and Professor/Dr Mike Barnes, ie; 

    UK medical cannabis expert wants Kiwi doctors upskilled

    As New Zealand consults on the shape and scope of its medicinal cannabis laws, a UK expert is calling on Kiwi doctors to get themselves ready. Dr Mike Barnes is a neurologist who in 2016 was tasked with writing a report for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform on the evidence for medical cannabis. He's coming to New Zealand to run a masterclass for doctors on getting prepared to prescribe medical cannabis.

    Dr Barnes shared his knowledge and the experience to date in the UK of managing the prescription etc of medicinal cannabis in an objective and informed manner that avoided any bias for or against medicinal cannabis that IMO prevails in most interviews on the subject.  His recommendations on how it should be managed by the medical profession – eg upskilling doctors etc – are down to earth and practical.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018704303/uk-medical-cannabis-expert-wants-kiwi-doctors-upskilled

    This is a subject of personal interest to me due to a genetic/familial autoimmune disease(s) I and others in my family have had or have, where one younger family member has now resorted to cannabis in preference to the legal prescribed painkillers due to the bad side effects etc.of the latter.  

    I look forward to hearing others views on this interview, and am about to shoot of messages to all the doctors etc I know to listen to Dr Barnes and get to his master classes.

    ;

    • Kay 22.1

      +1000 Brilliant interview. Required listening for all medical professionals who are hell bent on closing their minds to how this can work. Maybe, just maybe, it could get a few of them interested in at least attending his workshops.

      It's concerning to hear it's the Medical Professional's Bodies in the UK ('very conservative' as Dr Barnes describes them) as being the biggest obstacle to prescribing. I wonder how many Specialists/GPs as individuals would like to be able to but are feeling thwarted by virtue of membership of said Body? 

      • veutoviper 22.1.1

        So pleased you heard it too Kay – and endorsed my impressions of its high worth.  Medicinal cannabis is obviously of immense interest to people such as yourself.* 

        I am involved in a worldwide medical blog on my autoimmune condition, including as a occasional helper/monitor/moderator, based in the UK.  As a result of living in the UK (London) for seven years back in the roaring '70s and also this more recent activity, I have severe reservations about the UK medical system.

        I consider in many respects we do have a much better overall medical profession/system here in NZ despite 'warts' in certain areas such as MOH, ODI.   I know you are very anti-Pharmac and I certainly agree with your views in some areas.  Nevertheless I still believe that the Pharmac model is better than most overseas ones overall, but there is definitely room for improvement and a review. Hang in there.

        [* Shame it cannot fix faulty cars, after all they also have 'seizures' – LOL. Remember this  /open-mike-14-06-2019/#comment-1627903  I could not believe the equivalence drawn.   Cars can be fixed – human conditions …]

        • Kay 22.1.1.1

          Hi VV, just to clarify, I'm not 'very anti-Pharmac'- and agree with you about the advantages of the model for the most, nothing that regular realistic funding increases would improve greatly and that's on Government (and those who want all the advantages of a public health system but don't want to pay a cent more in tax for it).

          My recent rantings here have been the methods that Pharmac use to 'justify' some of their decisions, including blatant lying to patients, doctors, politicians and media, even when presented with published clinical evidence to the contrary, and the complete and utter disdain they have been showing towards the people affected by their decisions. There is some really dodgy and highly unethical behaviour going on behind the scenes there and it's incredibly scarey that they're being allowed to get away with it. The battle with my particular drug has been lost since all the supply contract with the drug companies are signed and they're locked in now, but the fight has to continue because the strategy they've used here- and this isn't the first time- will continue to happen. 

          But back to the cannabis- I do hope the Australasian Colleges of whatevers have a more open mind towards all of this. A friend of mine in London did try cannabis oil briefly earlier this year- legally, but not prescribed. She was importing it from the US and it was total guess work for her and for everyone else because there hadn't been any real trials done anywhere, so a prime example of trying as you go, but not the best course of action with epilepsy, especially unsupervised. While she really did have nothing to lose it did end up making her worse. It's not the miracle for seizures that somehow it's been hyped up to be and is raising a lot of people's hopes. I've seen that pop up on quite a few message boards, people convinced it's going to be THE cure for them. Thankfully this Professor emphasised childhood epilepsies CAN be helped with it but it's not even that simple. It's a lot of false hope that's been created and that's really sad. 

          • veutoviper 22.1.1.1.1

            I fully understand where you stand re Pharmac, Kay. I have maintained an ongoing interest from afar in Pharmac over many years as one of my older brothers (although NZ born and bred) was a bigwig overseas for one of the main US Big Pharma companies for 46 years (!).  He used to do a lot of their negotiating with Pharmac for years (which allowed him to get back to NZ for visits). Brother and Dr Peter Moodie (who was Medical Director at Pharmac for c 15 years) had very good professional relationship so I got to meet Dr Moodie quite a few times and was impressed.  Since Dr Moodie's retirement from Pharmac some years ago (2013?), I get the feeling that things have become less smooth, more political perhaps but I no longer have an 'eye' into what is going on internally there.

            Back to this morning's interview, what impressed me about Dr Barnes was his straight  upfront comments on where cannabis appears to be helpful and where it doesn't seem to be the magic bullet – gently but firmly attempting to dispel the false hope myth that some have been perpetuating.

            • Incognito 22.1.1.1.1.1

              I think Pharmac has always been under pressure from patient and industry lobby groups, which often go hand-in-hand in an unhealthy alliance [pun intended].

              However, what opened the floodgates for cynical political meddling was National’s cynical ploy to win voters in 2008 by promising to fund Herceptin and go around the Pharmac process. That and TPP have made Pharmac more vulnerable to attacks and once politicians start to waver it is only a matter of time before the system caves in under the pressure.

              I have to say the increase of funding for Pharmac in the latest Budget was pathetic and the excuse of the large increase large year is weak because this a catch-up IMO.

              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12241683

              • Sacha

                I wondered if the govt was miserly with Pharmac's budget as a response to the increased lobbying activity, so as not to reward it? Or are they holding it back for election year?

  8. Puckish Rogue 23

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/114261983/auditorgeneral-investigators-to-look-into-judith-collins-kiwibuild-concerns

    Good on you Jude (Nationals Kane Williamson) keep holding the government to account like a good opposition MP should be doing 🙂 

    • Morrissey 23.1

      Does Kane Williamson engage in filthy politics and smear his opponents?

      • Muttonbird 23.1.1

        😂

      • Puckish Rogue 23.1.2

        Both are the MVPs of each others team

        Both are extremely capable leaders

        Both are honourable straight up types who care deeply about doing the right thing 🙂

        • JeremyB 23.1.2.1

          Why do you hate Kane Williamson so much, that you compare him to her?

          • Pete 23.1.2.1.1

            The comparison is probably fair. Having said that all Williamson aspires to do is to play his sport to the ultimate and lead his team to be the best in the world. In doing so he hopes to give his and their fans enjoyment and keep them diverted and amused in their journey through life.

            Collins wants to be the Empress of the World she inhabits and knows she should be because she knows best how the world should be for everyone and everything's journey through life.

            • JeremyB 23.1.2.1.1.1

              How many times has Kane Williamson resigned due to a scandal?
              How many times has Kane Williamson lashed out at reporters? 
              How many times has Kane Williamson been forced to apologise for his behaviour?
              How many times has Kane Williamson attempted to defend a non-compliant sponsorship deal?

              Etc.

        • Tc 23.1.2.2

          Gosh so what other personal business is Kane taking care of whilst representing NZ ?

        • Gabby 23.1.2.3

          Swamp kauri 'cricket bats' puckers?

          • AB 23.1.2.3.1

            Lol Gabby. Are they the ones that weigh 12 tonnes, have pointy bits and only Lance Cairns can lift?

    • reason 23.2

      …. how about the auditor general look into judiths unbelievable and factually incorrect defense of Nationals corruption enabling 'offshore ' legislation.

      As described by corruption busting journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown

      http://www.sarawakreport.org/2017/07/australia-and-new-zealand-slide-from-their-responsibilities-over-mass-corruption-and-malaysia/

      Why would judith stand up and expend political capital for rich criminals Puck ?

      Whats it all about ?

    • Fireblade 23.3

      With Judith's natural instinct to bowl underarm, her low centre of gravity and closeness to retirement age, she's more like a Lawn Bowler than a Cricketer.

  9. Ad 24

    Crikey Trump sure knows how to shank the Dems.

    After the Twitter comments today they cant nominate a white guy. 

    So they will have to nominate a female, which is electorally much harder to win with. 

    On funding, profile, party unity,  base support, and media dominance, it's getting much harder to stop this being a 2-term Trump presidency.

    • marty mars 24.1

      yep doesn't get lower than t.Rump. So thick, so malicious, so weak, so foul, and his base love him? Yep, they are just like him. Good people will continue to fight the racist, sexist bleached pimple and eventually they will win – time will force julius seizure to meet his maker and then his long traverse downstairs…

      “These are basically the politics of Herod: everyone go back to where you came from, then at least we’ll know where we are. Nobody here intends to kill any babies later on. Oh no. Or there’s a simpler reason: straight race hate. ”

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/donald-trump-race-fantasy-us

      • Morrissey 24.1.1

        Good people will continue to fight the racist, sexist bleached pimple and eventually they will win…

        Good people will oppose him, certainly. The Democratic "leaders", on the other hand, aid and abet him by focusing on the fantasy of Russian meddling.

        • aj 24.1.1.1

          Chomsky nails it so well in that interview.

          Work for the rich and powerful, shaft everybody else but get their votes. Not an easy trick be he's carrying it off and the Democrats are helping him

          • greywarshark 24.1.1.1.1

            That is a very clear joined-up argument by Nomsky – explains a lot.

            • greywarshark 24.1.1.1.1.1

              After listening to Chomsky lead us through the minds of Trumps chief voters, I think he said the Northern Catholics and the Southern Evangelists as two main groups, I saw this comment in Time magazine, 3-10 June 2019 p. 16.

              Karl Vick interviewing Jeff Daniels who is acting in a new production of To Kill a Mockingbird playing Atticus Finch.  In the heading it says that 'he marvels at the appetite for public decency'.  Daniels says he sees the hunger every night.  It is as if people are saying:

              "Remind us, what is right again?  What is ethical?  Remind us what is honest, remind us what does  decency look like, remind us what compassion looks like?"

        • gsays 24.1.1.2

          Thanks Morrissey for that clip.

          Chomsky as always gets to the heart of the matter. I don't recall much fuss here on TS about Netanyahu addressing a joint session of congress….. but The Russians! The Russians!

          • Adrian Thornton 24.1.1.2.1

            Exactly right, and notice that the four Progressive Democrat Woman who Trump attacked on twitter, said specifically in their response..don't take the bait, don't let this distract you, that's because the Progressive movement in the US headed by Sanders have real answers to counter Trump all across America….unlike the establishment DNC who have nothing in their armoury but to oppose Trump just because..



        • Brigid 24.1.1.3

          You and others may find this interesting

          http://lawflog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019.07.15-Amended-complaint-stamped.pdf

          IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SHERMAN DIVISION

          Edward Butowsky, in his personal and professional capacities Plaintiff,

          v.

          Michael Gottlieb, Meryl Governski, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Brad Bauman, The Pastorum Group, Leonard A. Gail, Eli J. Kay-Oliphant, Suyash Agrawal, Massey & Gail LLP, Gregory Y. Porter, Michael L. Murphy,Bailey & Glasser LLP, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Anderson Cooper, Gary Tuchman, Oliver Darcy, Tom Kludt, The New York Times Company, Alan Feuer, Vox Media, Inc., and Jane Coaston, Defendants

      • joe90 24.1.2

        Lady knows what to do.


        In Portugal a priest said that "fat women don't go to heaven" and a woman infuriated and threw him off the stage

        • Adrian Thornton 24.1.2.1

          Nice, nothing like a bit of direct action to let those in power know how you really think…that's why even now French politicians still respect the will of the people more than in most western countries.

          • greywarshark 24.1.2.1.1

            Marvellous woman – that so-called priest deserved to be shown some 'muscular Christianity'.

            • Morrissey 24.1.2.1.1.1

              Maybe someone will take similar action against Bishop Brian Tamaki one of these Sundays….

              • greywarshark

                What, dish the Bish.   No woman could bring herself to touch the bloke.   A lot of these cults set up a control-ring around their personal territory when it comes to females.   It's a bit disconcerting to hear about that in these enlightened times.

    • Gabby 24.2

      Of course they can, and probably will.

  10. Sacha 25

    @lprent – these comments are re-sequencing themselves.

    • gsays 25.1

      I have switched from desktop to mobile and the comments went back to the correct order.

    • lprent 25.2

      lprent: And just for today, lets try it in reverse. May the seekers of the topmost position learn why they who speak last control the topic.

      It is on the post today.

      This is actually a tool for the moderation post where we keep track of who is on bans. That is set to most recent top level comment at top. I fixed up the mod post last night, so i hanged this one over as well to surprise whoever was after top comment today..

      😈

      • veutoviper 25.2.1

        Oooww, ooowww – I am blushing …  For the moment anyway.  LOL.

        But seriously that interview blew me away and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  

        Forgot to mention that in passing The good Professor strongly endorsed NZ getting into the production of medical cannabis including as a credible supplier to the UK etc.

        PS – so sorry to hear about the little one. Big hugs to both you and Lyn. It takes a while, but the big lumps in throats and stomach eventually disappear and the good memories and laughs remain. You both obviously gave him a really good life, short though it was. kia kaha

      • Sacha 25.2.2

        Ah, sorry I skipped straight to the #comments.

  11. gsays 26

    After a sleep, the disappointment and emotions following the World Cup cricket final have abated a little. The lasting feeling is one of immense pride in our team, not only for the spirit they took into the games, but the attitude they have shown following such a close final.

    Martin Guptil, a player under immense pressure, embodied this when he immediately signalled a 6 following Trent Boults failed attempt to catch Stokes on the boundary.

    Hopefully this and the continued success of our Womens team will follow in to higher registrations for youngsters to play cricket.

    • Macro 26.1

      We were robbed! Robbed I say.

      England’s Stokes benefited from ‘clear mistake’ to earn extra run in final over

      • ‘Five runs, not six’ should have been given in unusual incident 
      • Former international umpire Simon Taufel: ‘It’s an error’ 

      https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jul/15/england-ben-stokes-mistake-umpire-cricket-world-cup-final-six-runs-new-zealand&nbsp;

      • gsays 26.1.1

        You have no argument from me Macro.

        The attitude of those robbed on the pitch is exemplary.

        • greywarshark 26.1.1.1

          I liked the photo of the balck caps surrounding the guy on the field with his head bowed and the England player pats him on the head and holds his hand.   And I felt it was totally sincere.  It looked like one side that completely understood the other, and that they were both winners.

          Should have acknowledged this by declaring a draw, even if the first time, a lot of things have to be done for the first time!

          • Herodotus 26.1.1.1.1

            Yes even in the environment of international sport with a lot of $$ riding on results – touching of the empathy being displayed( not just this game but many that involved not just black caps and England/wales ) refer 4 years ago against Sth Africa, if only this could be replicated to a wider part of life.😇🤔

        • CHCoff 26.1.1.2

          It was during our batting innings and one of our players hitting a four; the commentators were talking about the up coming ashs tour and how that four shot showed what a great pitch it was!

          I was like to my co-supporter then, we've got a good chance of an english collapse later on in the game on the cards.

      • Herodotus 26.1.2

        so if the umpire now has to watch the fielder to ascertain when they are release the ball for the throw then how does the umpire also view the batsman’s running to see if they have made their crease ?

        this has happened once in the history of cricket where it has made a difference and on tv .

        felt for the umpires they both had a great game. All their decisions were understandable when having to make decisions in the moment. 

        There were no losers but only 1 world champion.

        • Macro 26.1.2.1

          Having myself played at provincial level and umpired at sub-provincial level I tend to agree. However the umpires did have recourse to a third umpire and tv reviews of the action, and could have called for that, at such a pivotal point in the game. Had they done so, the English score would have been reduced by 1 run at that point and Ben Stokes would not have been the facing batsman for the last ball of the match. That is not to say that the runs would not have been scored, but a weaker batsman would have been facing and the possibility of NZ completing the win much greater.

          • Herodotus 26.1.2.1.1

            true, but there is having to decide in the moment easy 2 to 3 hours later, I doubt any other umpire has been in the position, as all other times I have been in the position overthrows resulted by taking a sharp single, not from the boundary taking 2. As a cricket tragic I would have awarded 6, or expected it as a batsman😇

            on an aside a bug of mine is when “1 short “ is singled for a 2, 1 run is still rewarded even thou not a single run has been complete 🥴

          • Gabby 26.1.2.1.2

            The two actions would have to be caught in the same shot wouldn't they. The fielder throwing and the batsmen crossing or not.

      • Gabby 26.1.3

        Fortunately it's not a referendum or anything, so it doesn't matter.

    • Puckish Rogue 26.2

      The Blackcaps did us proud, they showed how sport can, and should, be played

      • CHCoff 26.2.1

        Yes, cricket can clearly be a great attribute of & for New Zealand.

        Havn't felt that way about rugby for some time ( thanks neo-conservative revolutionarys).

    • bwaghorn 26.3

      Something is deeply wrong with we must have a clear winner even if we have to make a decision using a stupid ruling idea. 

      It was a draw put two names on the trophy.  

      Am I the only sane fucker on this planet 🤔

  12. Sacha 27

    Leonie Hayden writes about attending the weekend's hui for a Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children: https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/16-07-2019/the-children-come-first-a-day-at-the-oranga-tamariki-hui/

  13. A 28

    This is a very disturbing story that everyone needs to be aware of.  It reeks of corruption and lack of funding for the watchdog type services where complaints were laid but (predictably these days) nothing was done. 

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114247530/the-officer-pushed-out-of-police

    • Sacha 28.1

      Was also posted yesterday:  /open-mike-15-07-2019/#comment-1637223

    • Anne 28.2

      Saw this story on RNZ last evening. It shocks me it is still going on.

      I went through a similar process involving another Public Service agency years ago. It started out with a false allegation made against me and grew from there. In the end I had good reason to fear for my life. It happened in the 1980s and early 90s when NZ was going through an interesting time with its so-called allies. I refer in the main to the anti-nuclear legislation.

      Years later I came to discover the matter had gone well beyond the government department I worked for, and included politically motivated activity – some of which appear to have had its origins off-shore in the form of a certain individual who hailed from… the USA. A major cover-up had ensued which must have included the police whom I approached on numerous occasions. How else to account for their complete lack of action?

      I hope this story leads to better overviews of police practice in particular.

    • Sounds like she wasn't the only cop these guys approached, and not everyone refused. 

    • veutoviper 28.4

      It is indeed an interesting story, but personally it set off my antenna yesterday when I first read it from the 13 thread on Open Mike, particularly when I then read the wider view link put up by Sacha at 13.1.  

      When my antenna pings to the extent that it did, it is warning me to not take things at face value and do a bit of research, querying etc before making judgements.  

      Please note I am not trying to cover for NZ Police if they have handled an employment situation badly, nor being zenophobic about people from eastern Europe.

      In this particular case, however, some of the (eastern European) personalities involved in the wider picture as per Sacha's link and other things I know/have heard about these people and some of their other compatriots now in NZ (some of whom were in the news late last year), leave me thinking that there may be far more to this situation than meets the eye.   Time will/may tell … Or we may never know …

      • Anne 28.4.1

        Be assured there will be much more to the story vv. These situations have a habit of becoming complex over time – something I can attest to from experience. Trying to piece it all together can take years to achieve.

        But from what has been revealed thus far, it looks to me like this woman and her father had the misfortune to find themselves on the periphery of something quite sinister and, because of knowledge they may now possess, are being perceived by their tormentors as a threat to them.

  14. A 29

    Time to get out of ANZ?  These two articles appeared over Sunday and Monday and both reveal a disturbing culture behind the scenes of ANZ.

    This is the bank that loans to people nobody else will.  I'm predicting they will collapse, probably not right away but within a year or two.

     
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/114105242/daughter-complains-over-anz-bank-managers-deathbed-visit-to-her-mother

    A letter from law firm Kahui Legal, representing Maria Campbell's estate, to ANZ's acting chief executive Antonia Watson, outlined executors' concerns: "The estate does not accept that the condition of Maria was such that she was able to freely consent to the opening of joint accounts hours before her death".

    "Further, is it acceptable for an ANZ worker to attend a dying person's home hours before their death to enable joint accounts to be opened? The estate does not accept that this is consistent with best banking practice."

    ANZ's investigation into Wai Campbell's complaint corroborates that its staff member went to the home on July 16, but the bank said he had acted on Maria Campbell's instructions, and his visit to her deathbed was "appropriate

    * * * * *

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/114240977/the-taranaki-farmers-who-took-on-anz-bank–and-won

    The dairy farmers from Taranaki have for half a decade been fighting ANZ, New Zealand's biggest bank. And they've been battling the $81 billion bank (its sharemarket capitalisation) over a financial derivatives product so complicated that most of the bank managers selling it didn't understand what could happen if things went wrong.

    • Wayne 29.1

      ANZ collapse in a year or two? Seriously? On what evidence?

      Some disputes (which all banks have) is not a harbinger of collapse.

    • bwaghorn 29.2

      I'm sure it's only a coincidence that key ended up involved in the dodgiest bank in nz . Or is it birds of a feather fuckings us together. 

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago