Open mike 16/12/2013

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  1. lprent 1

    The feed on the Transport Blog won’t have as much history as usual. It started feeding comments through into their post RSS feed.

    Seems ok after I purged what we have stored and reloaded

  2. Tracey 2

    I’ve been in Christchurch since lastTtuesday night. It is certainly a shadow of its former self but you can see as you drive around the progress that is being made and the city it will become.

    Two areas, traditionally (and still) working class have seen an influx of new (relocated businesses), Woolston and Hornby.

    As an Aucklander the road works and associated traffic hold ups are nothing new but I know from my previous trips over the years and a period living there that CHCHCH residents will find it tough.

    I tip my hat to the people of Christchurch for their perserverance and optimistic outlook. Most have no choice but to stay and persevere but no one said you had to do it with a smile on your face, so kudos to you all.

    You certainly deserve better than this

    ” Affordable housing is being pushed out of reach for most of Christchurch’s most vulnerable residents as the number of pricey rentals across the city soars.

    Fairfax Media has compared the number of rentals in different price ranges using Census data from 2006 and 2013.

    It showed the high end of the Christchurch rental market has expanded dramatically, while the bottom end of the market collapsed.

    Across the city, the percentage of rentals in the $200 to $299 price range fell from 40 per cent of all homes in 2006 to 26 per cent in 2013.

    The percentage of homes in the $300 to $399 range rose from 12 per cent to 32 per cent, and from 3 per cent to 11 per cent in the $400 to $499.

    The number of rentals costing more than $500 a week skyrocketed city-wide, especially in the more affluent suburbs.

    In Linwood, the number of rentals in the $100 to $199 price range decreased from 729 to 258 between 2006 and 2013.

    The number in the $300 to $399 bracket increased from 69 to 225.

    Aranui’s rentals in the $300 to $399 price range rose from nine to 114 – a 1167 per cent increase. ”

    and this

    ” The earthquake recovery minister’s Christmas card said the challenges of life in Christchurch continued this year but the “light at the end of the tunnel” was a little more evident.

    It read: “2014 I’m sure will be brighter. I hope you enjoy the festive season and wish you well for 2014 which will be a big year for National.” G Brownlee former head of Ministry responsible for Pike River

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Did you enjoy the little shake yesterday?

      That one had the feeling like it was going to get bigger. All my family that felt it (in different areas of the city) thought the same.

      • vto 2.1.1

        Yep felt it too – short and sharp equals nearby. Then there was another a few minutes later. Reminded me of times when we use to get three in a row with the third being the wallop. Luckily it didn’t come…

  3. Paul 3

    Can’t believe the nanny state term is still used by Tory politicians …after Pike River, forestry deaths and the CTV building collapse.
    That’s right Tony you and your obscene government’s refusal to care for people’s safety at work costs lives.
    And you have the nerve to gibber on about nanny state.

    “New Zealand is getting fatter – with three in every 10 adults now regarded as obese.

    A leading diabetes researcher has called the new figures alarming and has accused the Government of failing to take the problem seriously.
    However, Health Minister Tony Ryall has rejected “nanny state” measures, instead arguing that providing information and support to people is enough.
    “In the end, the Government can pass all the laws it likes but unless people eat less and exercise more, things won’t change,” Mr Ryall said yesterday in response to the new figures.”

    • Rosie 3.1

      Well, ya know Paul, we don’t want to regulate now, that might interfere with corporate foods’ right to a profit.

      There are so many facets to our deteriorating health stats but the free run that corporates have in the market has to be a contributor towards poor health – IMO.
      One example might be the abundance of jumbo packs of junk food constantly on special. 3 X 150 gm bags of fat and msg laden chippies for $5. Chocolate as an everyday cheap commodity.(ethical issue here too with child labour being used in the production of some brands) Booze easily available 24/7 in some areas. Soft drinks, litres of the stuff that take up half an aisle.

      We had a New World open up in our neighbourhood recently. It’s more like a glorified dairy selling convenience food rather than a place to go and get healthy ingredients.

      Think back 35+ years to what supermarket shelves looked like, ok maybe less variety, all rather meat and 3 vege stylez but there wasn’t the abundance of junk food. I remember as a kid in the 70’s chippies and ‘fizzy’ were a treat for birthdays and Xmas. All biscuits and cakes were home made and treat only. Did we worry about type 2 diabetes then?

      Our govt exists to serve the corporates, not society.

      • Rosie 3.1.1

        and lets not forget people are working longer hours than ever and are too tired to cook decent healthy meals, and can’t afford good ingredients anyway – convenience food manufacturers benefit from a poorly regulated labour force?

        Ultimately Governments have a hand in the health of the population. Tony Ryall is wrong.

      • Paul 3.1.2

        For the past 30 years.

      • weka 3.1.3

        “Our govt exists to serve the corporates, not society.”

        Quite, and we might want to consider that obesity is being defined by a fairly useless indicator (the BMI) and who benefits from that? Big pharma is making shit loads of money from poor health. The MoH can wax lyrical about diet and exercise all it wants, but until structural changes are made, money will go straight from the tax payer to corporate via health.

        I was a child of the 70s and ate plenty of sweet things 😉 There is an issue with type 2 diabetes increasing, and the reason it is showing up now is because the generation that ate all those lollies in the 1970 and 80s is now reaching the age where type two kicks in. Worse, the age at which type 2 kicks in will get lower with each generation now.

        Diet and exercise are big factors in this, but the mainstream health advice is probably causing more problems than its fixing: dietary fat doesn’t cause diabetes, refined carbs do (or rather insulin resistance does, so you have to figure out why the individual is on a track to that, and its usually related to blood sugar). When you tell people to eat a low fat diet, you achieve two things: one is that you create a diet deficient in fat-soluble vitamins that are critical to health (especially hormonal and brain), and two, you force people to eat more carbs (got to get energy for metabolism from somewhere). High carb diets create the blood sugar conditions to create insulin resistance, which eventually causes type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

        The other issue here is that the other illnesses associated with insulin resistance eg heart disease are being targeted by big pharma. Statins is the classic, where the ‘normal’ range for cholesterols has been shifted so that now younger and younger people are being put on statins ‘preventatively’ despite the research showing this has dubious health outcomes across the population. Statins also come with significant side effects and guess how those are treated and who makes money from them?

        • Bill

          Sometimes when I hit health professionals and their food advice, I find myself thinking of Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and the mindlessly repeated slogan ‘Two legs bad, four legs good’ and the later ‘Two legs good, four legs bad’.

        • Rosie

          Hi weka. The low fat approach gets a lot of air time but like you I’d look to refined carbs and sugars as one of the main contributors to type 2 diabetes and it’s precursor, insulin resistance. (No I’m not a nutritionist but I know folks who are).

          And yes, cutting out all fats or minimising then severely mean you lose out on valuable nutrition from seeds and nuts, and dare I say dairy products with their fat soluble vitamins, a + d. Vitamin d is important for calcium uptake. (with apologies to the vegans, I know I know, unhulled tahini……) Trim milk is a con.

          Big Pharma: Went to a fascinating lecture many years ago entitled “The cholesterol juggernaut”. The premise was that cholesterol, even the “bad” ldl type isn’t the problem, and to a certain degree is important for immune health but scarring within the arteries is the problem. The cholesterol “catches” on the scars and builds up in the artery, leading to the old clogged arteries scenario. The lecturer proposed that homocysteine, an amino acid found in red meat was the cause of the scarring and spent ages railing against trans fatty acids too. It’s now commonly known that trans fats are bad for our health. Trans fats, found in those cheap as chips chippies!

          At the same time I respect there is a need, and time and place for cholesterol lowering drugs and I’m no expert on the topic. Coming from a family with high rates of heart disease on both sides, and my Father dying when he was only 54 I tend to be hyper alert to heart issues and learn what I can and have been known to ignore the cardiologist’s advice to go on statins – there was nothing wrong with my cholesterol levels 6 years ago and there isn’t today either, so I’ll take my chances.

          Final word, because I’ve got to dash, I always remember what John Campbell said in regard to an article they had about child poverty, in particular children going hungry for hours and eating only highly refined cheap foods because that’s all they had access to. He said (approximately) “that is a type 2 diabetes epidemic waiting in the wings!” and suggested it was the governments role to intervene to help these children immediately but also to prevent a costly public health burden later. I agree.

          The classic tory hands off approach to public health is a lose lose.

          • Bill

            How do sumo wrestlers put on all the weight their sport demands? They eat copious amounts of rice. How do they shed the excess weight when their career is over? They stop eating copious amounts of rice.

            How do you go about sustaining energy for long periods of physical exertion or extended periods of time? Eat or drink carbohydrates. What do you think happens if you don’t burn them off or continually ‘top up’?

            Spread marg, munch pasta and pop dietary pills…don’t eat meat, drink milk or spread butter. Smash your eggs… and remember there is no difference between 10 teaspoons of cane sugar and 10 teaspoons of fruit sugars (that orange is just as unhealthy as that coke – honest)

            • weka


              And, one size fits all! All people metabolise food in the same way, so you should all eat what we say. We know best! Even if you have no money you can still exercise. Even if you don’t know how to cook, you can still eat raw veges. Even if you don’t have enough money to buy food, you can still not eat fat. There is no excuse, if you are unwell it’s all your own fault 🙂 But wait, it’s ok, because we have these magic pills for you…

              • Rogue Trooper

                “growing your own veges and flowers (and cups of tea) is like printing your own money”. 😀

                • KJT


                  As someone who does grow their own veges, or to be more exact, my wife does, it is not a cheaper option on the whole, and not viable for those without much money up front.

                  When you have a tiny plot, where the developer has left an inch of topsoil, and you don’t have the money up front for fertilizer, soil, seeds and tools, a vege garden is not an easy, or even cheaper, option.

                  The advantages are they are much nicer and healthier, but it is still cheaper just buying them.

                  It is very noticeable how much trying to buy only healthy foods, adds to your grocery bill. Especially fruit.

                  The fact is, it costs the poor much more to live because they do not have access to the bulk buying, finance and spreading your cost, options, you have on a higher income.

                  Unhealthy foods are usually the cheapest option.

                  • Rosie

                    “When you have a tiny plot, where the developer has left an inch of topsoil, and you don’t have the money up front for fertilizer, soil, seeds and tools, a vege garden is not an easy, or even cheaper, option”

                    Exactly. And don’t you get sick of talk back types complaining about the poor and working poor not eating enough fruit and vege saying glib and predictable things like “they can always grow their own free food”. Sigh.

                    Some neighbourhoods have set up communal gardens where folks have access to a plot but even so, potting mix may need to purchased for raised gardens, or compost to mix into topsoil if it’s a standard plot and then theres the cost of seedlings unless some clever person with time on their side has been able to raise seed. And then their patch gets raided! Hungry people are everywhere.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      it is interesting you mention the hunger that is so prevalent in our society Rosie; certainly another country.

                    • Rosie

                      Hi Roguey! Up here, above you! No reply button. (I also grow my own cups of tea, in pots, we live on rock)

                      Hunger on many levels. Hungry for change. But in terms of hungry for food, I have heard of the local community garden getting plundered, and they had to do a fundraiser to put up lockable fencing. Kinda sad. Other folks I know who run similar gardens in other parts of the city have experienced the same.

                      They don’t mind sharing with non gardeners if those people requiring their food can’t afford to buy, they just want them to ask and they will provide it. The whole idea is community connectedness and resilience in a world facing pending food shortages. (And tasty fresh food. Om nom nom!)

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      yes, to conversations that I have been privy to just this past week; somebody I know sharing they take cabbages / caulis from the community garden I work in (I not mind, they are really poor) and another chappie sharing about the gathering of kaimoana, and live-stock.

                    • Tracey

                      I wonder if the allotment idea of the uk could work here…

                      I know many community gardens which willingly teach people the tricks of the trade in return for labour and a share of the spoils…

                    • Tracey

                      you can try pallet gardens, some companies will give away a couple of heat treated pallets if you say you are making a garden… BUT you are correct that even a pallet for small spaces requires painti, cloth, wire for baskets, soil, seeds or plants.

                      Thats why the initiative in ashburton is so very call. The hand over a Hundy. I dont believe in knighthoods but the woman who started this deserves one… as opposed to bob jones, richard hadlee, Susan devoy, owen glenn and so on.


                    • greywarbler

                      I think that what should be tried is bucket gardens in places with half inch top soil. Nurture your bucket, keep away from public areas and urinating dogs, cats looking for dirt boxes etc. The gardeners life may be complicated.

                      Tub buckets with holes in the bottom can grow a lettuce and small ones coming on, silver beet, spinach, boky choy grow tallish, and perhaps a courgette which is a very good veg that can be eaten at any size and taste like anything you want it to. It’s a start. You can handpick off the green veg bugs, and spray with baking soda and water to keep down powdery mildew. It takes a while to get a system that suits you but more green leafy vegs seem to be the thing that is often most needed, and they are easy to keep growing, just cutting a few leaves off.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    Have you ever thought of taking up dancing, KJT? When I come back, I want to try it.


              • weka

                Interesting link, thanks Tracey. I’m just trying to look up if sumo wrestlers have poorer health outcomes. It looks like they don’t at the time they are wrestling, but can’t tell what happens later in life. ie the obesity isn’t the problem. Some fat people get Syndrome X (heart disease, type 2 diabetes etc from insulin resistance) and some don’t. Some thin people get insulin resistant. We’re looking in the wrong place when we focus on obesity.

                • Tracey

                  The negative health effects of the sumo lifestyle can become apparent later in life. Sumo wrestlers have a life expectancy of between 60 and 65, more than 10 years shorter than the average Japanese male. Many develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and are prone to heart attacks. The excessive intake of alcohol can lead to liver problems and the stress on their joints can cause arthritis. Recently, the standards of weight gain are becoming less strict, in an effort to improve the overall health of the wrestlers.



                  ihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. 1995 Aug;50(3):730-6.
                  [Risk factors for mortality and mortality rate of sumo wrestlers].
                  [Article in Japanese]
                  Hoshi A, Inaba Y.
                  Author information

                  We compared the mortality rate of sumo wrestlers with that of the contemporaneous Japanese male population, and inferred the usefulness of an index for predicting longevity in sumo wrestlers. The standardized mortality ratios (SMR) for sumo wrestlers were very high in each period, and also high for ages from 35 to 74. Cox’s proportional hazards model analysis revealed that the variables in “nyuumaku” entry year and BMI were statistically significant (p < 0.05) factors in mortality. In the survival curves, the lower BMI group had good life expectancy compared with the higher BMI group. In conclusion, the higher rate of mortality in sumo wrestlers seems to be due to the markedly higher rate of mortality from 35 to 74 years old. In sumo wrestlers, also, this study provides evidence that the higher overweight groups have substantially higher risks for mortality.

          • weka

            Hi Rosie, thanks, that’s interesting. The way I understand it is that higher cholesterol is a sign of chronic inflammation in the body ie it’s a symptom not a cause.

            Re statins, it’s always such a personal thing. AFAIK the statin research doesn’t show an overal descrease in mortality, just a decrease in death by heart attack (ie people die of other things instead). There are definitely people who need statins, but not whole swathes of the population, and the use prophylactically is especially dubious given the side effects.

            Transfats… I think we need to differentiate between transfats in whole, traditional foods (meat), and transfats in highly processed foods like margarine or fast food oils.

            I agree re child poverty. It’s pretty hard to improve public health when you don’t fix poverty first. We are so criminally negligent in this respect (and Labour is better but not that much).

            • Colonial Viper

              AFAIK the statin research doesn’t show an overal descrease in mortality, just a decrease in death by heart attack (ie people die of other things instead)

              Next to no improvement if you are under 60 and high cholesterol is the only thing you have going on.

            • Rogue Trooper

              mmm, butter spread on split weet-bix, not ‘Praise” the margarine .

      • Flip 3.1.4

        Obesity results from malnutrition. When you are unable to get the right kind of food.

        • NickS


          Elder things save me from the utterly ignorant.

          It’s mainly caused by eating more calories than you expend in a day of work/exercise, with other primary causes being medication, mental health (comfort eating) and medical conditions. With ethnicity coming into play when the ethnic group involved wasn’t heavily into agriculture, and thus subject to feast and famine conditions. And having lots of cheap, easy to digest calories doesn’t help either.

          However, obesity by itself isn’t that statistically good an indicator of health risks, as you need to take into account exercise levels and general fitness, as sufficient exercise leads to only small statistical differences in risk to otherwise healthy populations. While ironically, for the elderly, low body fat is associated with higher morbidity.

  4. bad12 4

    Slippery-ism’s, the re-definition of the English language by a Prime Minister displaying all the intellectual depth of a puddle, making the ravings of the average village idiot seem akin to divine enlightenment,

    On RadioNZ National, a discussion of ‘the Referendum’ with sound-bites from the PM one of which claims National won the 2011 election in a ‘Landslide’, give the bloke His due as a sometimes quite amusing comic in the sense that He is a clown doing a stand-up routine in ‘serious’,

    Think the word He was looking for was a ‘back-slide’…

    • Bearded Git 4.1

      Cunliffe was excellent today on Morning Report on the asset sales referendum-just before 8 o’clock.

      • swordfish 4.1.1

        Hooton and various Tory trolls have, of course, tried to argue over recent days that “National voters simply didn’t turnout as much as Labour voters” in the referendum.

        Their strategy includes the claim that turnout was either:
        (1) greater in Labour-held seats OR
        (2) “fairly even throughout the country” (Hooton).

        But, according to a quick bit of number-crunching on my part, they appear to be rather tragically mistaken.

        I’ve used the Party-Vote (specifically, which Bloc – Left or Right – won) as the basis for determining the political complexion for each seat. (A few days ago, CV linked to a very impressive series of referendum result tables – Here – but unfortunately they used the Candidate-Vote as the basis for colour-coding each seat).

        (see next comment)

        • swordfish

          So, the upshot…

          If we look at the 20 seats with the HIGHEST turnout – we find that no less than 17 were won by the RIGHT in 2011 (And, what’s more, I’d classify only 1 of those 17 as MARGINAL RIGHT, the rest were either STRONG or FAIRLY STRONG RIGHT).

          Of the 20 seats with the LOWEST turnout, 14 were won by the LEFT in 2011, 6 by the RIGHT. (And every single one of the 10 LOWEST-turnout seats were LEFT-leaning).

          • Colonial Viper

            So, NZ is basically a socialist leaning country, from top to bottom. Which are our socialist leaning political parties, please.

            • TightyRighty

              Huh? writing that as you sit by the pool in your father in laws gated house quaffing champagne? nice “socialism”

              new zealand is capitalist through and through, despite the best efforts of all the “progressive” hurdles to success

              • swordfish

                My first comment appears to be in moderation. Presumably, people can’t read it – thus rendering my second comment (2:32 pm) completely devoid of any context. (the “upshot” of what ?).

                Meanwhile, dear old TightyRighty (sent off to board at an exclusive Prep-School at the age of 3) projecting his own vacuous lifestyle onto CV.

              • Colonial Viper

                Socialism for the Rich! (And especially for the banking and investment classes)

                Capitalism for the Poor!

              • KJT

                That’s only if you think that stealing assets from your fellow citizens equals “success”.

              • Murray Olsen

                And while TightyRighty’s father in law won’t even let him on the property. Life can be so hard, but try to be a better person. Or maybe just a person.

            • aerobubble

              NZ governments go along with socialist policies though try to remove them whenever they have a chance, despite this harming the economy.

          • Rosie

            Very telling and interesting analysis thank you swordfish.

  5. Fair Observer 5
    Why would this very, very honest man refuse to pay?

    • bad12 5.1

      Why would anyone really give a big fat one???

    • Paul 5.2

      Why do you care so much? You seem obsessed.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 5.3

      Why should he pay?

    • infused 5.4

      Why? Because he’s a douche of the highest order.

      • Colonial Viper 5.4.1

        So how much does Banksy owe for all the court and judge time he’s used so far?

        • Lanthanide

          He’s likely to miss out on a few months of salary once his seat is vacated, which will save the taxpayers a bit of coin.

          • Fair Observer


            [lprent: Already banned. Another IP for autospam. ]

            • Lanthanide

              Er, actually CV was explicitly talking about John Banks, and so I specifically replied about John Banks.

              You do understand how threading works in an online forum, yes? And that the purpose of it is to allow people to take conversations in different directions without derailing the entire discussion?

            • Draco T Bastard

              Nothing I’ve seen indicates that Brown is corrupt although there’s serious questions to be asked about him accepting free rooms from SkyCity.

    • Tracey 5.5

      why would this very, very honest man keep racing up the lies?

      Most recently telling the public the books were a “mess” when he came to power and he has turned them around.

    • Lanthanide 5.6

      I don’t think he should pay.

      The purpose of the inquiry was to investigate any potential misuse of resources re: Bevan Chuang. He said there had been no such misuses, and that’s exactly what the inquiry showed.

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    In the referendum discussions I see everyone still calling it the “anti smacking” bill which I think came from the right wing religious spin.
    How about, at least on TS we call it what it is “anti child assault” and leave the old spin behind. Kids got the same legal protection against assault that adults already had. I just don’t get people who want to hit someone smaller than themselves.
    Any party advocating repeal of S59 should be portrayed accurately as “large people get the right to hit small people” and “politicians for increasing child abuse and domestic violence statistics.”

    The MSM should also think over their somewhat two faced position on both these issues.

    • Tracey 6.1


      The misinformation around this change to the Crimes Act was staggering and harmful.

      A person disciplining a child can no longer invoke the subjective test of believing it to be justified for disciplinary purposes. Such as the father who beat his child with a steel pipe but a jury found him not guilty because the father genuinely believe it was justified for discipline.

      ” justified in using force by way
      of correction towards a child if that force
      is reasonable in the circumstances”

      Parents ought never see placing their hands on their child as their primary method of discipline. The port of first call if you will. To do so is lazy and speaks volumes about the parent in question. If parents cannot be bothered learning different ways to discipline their children, of correcting their behaviour, perhaps they ought not be parents?

      Interesting article here

      • Rogue Trooper 6.1.1

        You are quite correct Tracey; what physical violence delivered onto their children says about parents is very concerning if not for the purposes permitted by the current law.

    • Tim 6.2

      Challenge the lingo and spin at EVERY opportunity (going forward)!

    • KJT 6.3

      The first person I heard call it “the anti-smacking bill” was Sue Bradford.

      There were already laws against assaulting children.

      You could equally call it the “bill to give police more power to harass poor people bill, because that has been its main noticeable effect.

      Mind you, it has been a good distraction from addressing the really pervasive violence against children and their parents. Poverty.

      Helping desperate people without hope to a better life, and a real “brighter future” will do more to prevent child abuse than any number of “tinkering with the symptoms” laws.

      Most of the people I have seen lashing out at those around them, apart from the family fist type nutters, are more in need of help, than comfortable middle class condemnation.

      • Tracey 6.3.1

        Link required to a credible source for

        “You could equally call it the “bill to give police more power to harass poor people bill, because that has been its main noticeable effect.”

        • KJT

          Personal observation.

          The same as I have noted a distinct change in police attitude to me, when I go into bat for the local teenagers they are harassing, since I moved from the “big white house on the hill” to an ordinary house in the suburbs.

          Police putting people in cells for the night, or giving someone a hard time, without charges, does not come up in the statistics.

          Has the rate of child abuse gone down, since the bill, Tracey?

          Gone up with the increase in impoverished children and parents, however.

          • Tracey

            sending a message that children are not property, that children can be difficult but parents need to learn about parenting/discipline s a good first step to valuing children.

            I believe ANy law change has to be accompanied by community-wide education. No one is borne knowing how to be a parent, we, as a society, need to help. But we dont.

            People still murder, even though we have a law against it, but the message the law sends is an important one.

            • KJT

              Most of us already had that message.

              But, I suppose the law change made people feel like they were doing something.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.4

      this is thought-provoking RedBaron

    • Draco T Bastard 6.5

      Any party advocating repeal of S59 should be portrayed accurately as “large people get the right to hit small people” and “politicians for increasing child abuse and domestic violence statistics.”

      Sue Bradford’s bill was the repeal of s59 and thus removing the legal protections that allowed child abusers to get off serious assault charges. But you’re right, people advocating to keep or reinstate s59 should be portrayed as people who want to increase child abuse.

      • RedBaronCV 6.5.1

        Quite right DTB, ended up with the opposite of what I meant.Rushing to work. Thanks for the fix.
        Oh and BTW it isn’t only poor people that hit their kids. Just better lawyered up at the rich end of town.

  7. RedBaronCV 7

    And while I’m feeling riled about this. Why do these people personally get satisfaction from wanting to hit others?

    • Tracey 7.1

      “There is a significant gap between the
      prevailing message from research, which
      suggests harsh physical punishment has
      a negative outcome for children, and
      public opinion, which argues that physical
      punishment, when reasonable, is an
      acceptable means of disciplining children. “

    • Tracey 7.2

      because for a brief moment they feel a sense of power in a world they otherwise feel powerless. many were hit themsleves. Monkey see, monkey do.

      • KJT 7.2.1

        That doesn’t explain the many parents who have no desire at all to even smack their kids, but know that a smack is better than a child who is burnt, electrocuted or run over.

        • Tracey

          and out of all the parents who have slapped or grabbed a child for that purpose, how many have been convicted of it as a crime under s59a/

          • KJT

            The bill was changed to say that was permissible,. After the referendum. Which means of course no one has been convicted for trying to prevent a child from harming them selves.

            By the way, if a hysterical adult was trying to run into the ” burning building”, I would use force if necessary to prevent them hurting themselves also. Including a slap in the face, if that is what it took. No different.

        • logie97

          KJT – can you explain the relationship between hitting the child and preventing accidents.
          The beating comes after the accident in these cases – a bit pointless.
          A child can be shown that a hot element, dangerous road, or electrical fitting is dangerous through explanation. You should try it … it works. On the other hand if individuals have children who want to act dangerously out of spite or devilment – then I would suggest that their relationship with their toddlers may have partially broken down already and needs addressing.

          • KJT

            Don’t you think we didn’t try all the other available options first.

            More than a few.

            A smack on the butt is not a beating, for starters.

            And better than the other option, letting them continue to try and get at the fire.

            A toddler does not know it is dangerous or hurts, unless you can show or tell them FFS.

            Waiting until after they have learn’t the lesson the really hard way, is cruel!

            • logie97

              “…A child can be shown that a hot element, dangerous road, or electrical fitting is dangerous through explanation.”
              You do not appear to have addressed this point at all KJT.
              (Just for starters, depending on the age of the toddler as to how deeply you can reason, a hot element or fire place, can be easily demonstrated as being dangerous – the slap on the hand indicates that the child is being defiant and there is very little communication happening.

              • KJT

                You are showing a lack of understanding of the circumstances, my child and our continuous efforts to keep an impulsive, curious and very intelligent child, safe.

    • vto 7.3

      Maybe it has something to do with the fact that physical sanction has been used in human society since forever pretty much, so unless we think that today we are the most advanced and civilised of all civilisations then it is we who are out of synch with history and human conduct. Our systems are the anomaly. Maybe we have it wrong in banishing physical sanction to the bin.

      It also has less long term damaging effect than psychological sanction.

      • Tracey 7.3.1

        have a read of the article I posted a link to above vto. It makes interesting reading about the impacts (or not) of physical punishment.

        • vto

          Will do, but it is all coming out in French…… he he

          I also note re the use of physical sanction in our society that the sole permitted use of such is by the State, and we allow that, so where is the consistency. And let’s not even get started on war and what people think about it then…. most people are quite happy to go about killing other people then. How do people justify killing people then but not using the physical in other situations?

          • Tracey

            😉 @ french

            Like the SAS guy convicted of theft… yet imagine what he may have done sanctioned by the state. It’s a crazy world.

      • weka 7.3.2

        “It also has less long term damaging effect than psychological sanction.”

        Maybe, but those aren’t the only two skill sets available, now or in the past.

        I thought section 59 was about removing the defense of discipline in the case of beating children. There is evidence that many cultures historically have disapproved of child beating and had other strategies for raising children.

        btw, we don’t apply to the ‘we’ve always done this’ rationale to lots of things.

        • KJT

          The research actually said, and one was the NZ longitudinal study, is that “mild” physical sanctions, like a smack on the backside, which were fair and appropriate, made for slightly better outcomes than parents who only used verbal sanctions.

          I have seen it several times recently, that parents who pride themselves in not smacking their kids, have often substituted much crueler mental manipulation. I like to suggest a “positive parenting course” for some more ideas.

          I was happy about the defense of “discipline” as an excuse” for beating children was removed.

          I was not so happy with the idea that I may go to police cells, for physically restraining my behaviorally and mentally challenged child from hurting someone.
          Or smacking my daughter on the hand, when all else failed, to stop her fascination with fire and power points. And before we get some smart arse retort. We tried all the obvious and less obvious ways of stopping them first. Many times. In the end we had to go with what worked, to keep them safe.

          Most of the majority, who voted against section 59a were not voting to “beat their children”.

          • Rogue Trooper

            smacked my daughter’s bottom, maybe half a dozen times until she reached the age of about four; yes meant yes (and they were by far the majority), no meant no. I had already studied human development by then though, and education is a great help if it is applied.

            Ad: “ Praising Alone ” 😀

          • Tracey

            and were you arrested?

            • KJT

              It was before section 59a.

              And, as I said, the ACT as eventually passed allows a degree of physical force to prevent harm.

              • Tracey

                exactly, I am confused about what you object to about it in its current form.

                • KJT

                  You need to read what I am saying. Instead of writing me off, along with the majority who were dubious about the original bill, as one of those “child bashers”.

                  It was much improved after the referendum, from the original bill.

                  But some of the wording is still rather ambiguous, and it still, like much of our legislation leaves too much to police discretion. Discretion which police too often abuse.

                  • KJT

                    I was happy about the defense of “discipline” as an excuse” for beating children was removed.

                  • Tracey

                    I am reading. I am not writing you off. I am trying to understand your objections. I know the difference between the bill as first proposed and the Act.

                    I just havent been able to find the abuse of discretion that you have encountered. I am NOT saying it hasnt happened, I wont deny your personal experience. I just havent seen evidence despite looking hard for it.

                    For example a few people get wrongly accused of rape, but we dont remove the rape laws, we dont remove the message that women are not property to be own and used at will by adults.

                    • KJT

                      What I am saying is that the referendum wasn’t ignored.

                      The law as finally written took account of the objections.

                      Because of the referendum we got as much better law than the one originally written. which would have made physically restraining my child from attacking others. illegal.

                      And there was already a law against assaulting children.

                      Section 59a in the end did remove some ambiguous interpretation. Where some people got acquitted from what was, clearly, assault.

                      As I said, I am largely happy with how it ended up.
                      Due in part to public concern about the original draft.

                      Too much of our law, is however, ambiguous, hurriedly and poorly written and open to too much police interpretation.
                      Something which happens far less often in Switzerland, where referenda are, binding.

                    • KJT

                      Didn’t we have a discussion a few days ago about the police abuse of discretion, with legally protesting demonstrators.

                      Why do you think that some of them, far too many, are any better on other occasions.

                      Though, to be fair, you get some, it may even be the majority who are there for the right reasons and do an excellent job in trying circumstances..

                    • Tracey

                      @ KJT …
                      16 December 2013 at 12:11 pm

                      Thanks for the clarification because I did NOT get that was where you were coming from. Thank you.

          • Tracey

            “A more recent study (Gravitas Research
            and Strategy, 2005) found that 51% of all
            parents and 21% of caregivers used physical
            punishment, albeit relatively infrequently
            and mostly when other forms of discipline
            had been tried: “Physical discipline is
            commonly used because parents and
            caregivers consider it to be a required and/or
            justified response to the child’s behaviour”
            (p. 4). This approach was also acknowledged
            by children who, while they highlighted the
            negative consequences of being smacked,
            also accepted “it as a parental right or fact of
            life” (Dobbs cited in Smith, Gollop, Taylor &
            Marshall, 2004, p. 28)”

            “If we take the stance that minor smacking
            on a child’s bottom is acceptable, then
            Larzelere’s 1996 review of research on
            nonabusive spanking shows that there
            should still be some concern about how
            effective even this form of discipline is. In
            his review of 35 studies that examined the
            effects of nonabusive spanking on children
            by parents, “Thirty-four per cent of the
            studies found negative effects on children,
            26% found positive effects, and 40%
            showed no net positive or negative effect.
            Nonabusive spanking appears to be more
            effective or have neutral effect on children
            younger than 13 compared to teenagers.
            Grounding appears to be more effective than
            spanking in older children. Spanking appears
            to be most effective when done sparingly,
            non-violently, and within the context of a
            healthy parent child relationship.”

            • KJT

              26% showed positive effects.

              Did for my kids. They are still alive!

              • QoT

                Believing the only reason your children are “still alive” is because you used physical violence against them definitely makes me take you seriously as an objective commenter.

                • KJT

                  I sort of knew that the holier than though would come to the fore.
                  Now we just need some words from the nuts on the other extreme. Family fist!

                  Both extremes just want the debate to shut down.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Frakking Lefties. 250,000 kids live in poverty day to day and all the Lefties have to moan about are bullshit legal and moral niceties. Which at the end of the day still haven’t been shown to do sweet FA in actually reducing the incidence of child physical abuse in society since they have been enacted.

                    In contrast I’m pretty fucking sure that if child poverty (and with it family poverty) were eliminated, it would measurably reduce the incidence of child physical abuse quickly and substantially.

                    • weka

                      Yeah, ‘cos none of us care about child poverty or try and do anything about it.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      That’s almost totally irrelevant, weka.

                      Because what people see is a Left distracted by multitudes of bullshit academic, abstract, unpopular issues that not only garner no widespread support, but which everyone realises will make no practical difference to the lives that the Left says it is focussed on. And which people will never support en masse.

                    • RedBaronCV

                      Again plenty of well off people hit their kids too. Well off can equate with self centred behaviour and an overwhelming sense of entitlement , and justifies “anything goes” in getting comliance from others. FFS DV doesn’t just happen at the poor end of town.

                    • McFlock

                      Because what people see is a Left distracted by multitudes of bullshit academic, abstract, unpopular issues that not only garner no widespread support, but which everyone realises will make no practical difference to the lives that the Left says it is focussed on. And which people will never support en masse.

                      riiiiiiiight, you just keep blaming other issues for “the Left’s” inability to argue economics persuasively.

                      If we could argue and campaign for a living wage and workers’ rights half as effectivey as we can campaign against domestic violence and discrimination, key would be sulking in hawaii after a dismal failure in 2008 and electoral ostracism.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      RedbaronCV: agree with you entirely re: DV. Veitch wasn’t a pauper was he.

                      But I don’t care about a total solution, I care about solutions which will make a difference to a lot of people even if it’s not everyone, and s59 cost a lot politically to achieve fuck all of next to nothing on the ground.


                      riiiiiiiight, you just keep blaming other issues for “the Left’s” inability to argue economics persuasively.

                      Nope I’m blaming the Left’s focus on abstract academic intellectually pretty bullshit which costs shit loads of rare political capital and makes negligible difference to the bottom 50% of society.

                      BTW I’m all for abstract academic intellectually pretty bullshit which makes a big difference to the bottom 50% of society.

                    • McFlock

                      Nope I’m blaming the Left’s focus on abstract academic bullshit which costs shit loads of rare political capital and makes no difference to anyone on the ground.

                      but but but even if people could only concentrate on one single issue over thirty years, surely YOU haven’t been distracted by “abstract academic bullshit”?

                      By the way, failing to convict parents who beat a child with a rubber hose or riding crop is neither “abstract” nor “academic”.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh? So how many prosecutions have got put through so far because of the new law which wouldn’t have otherwise? How much has the rate of physical child abuse been reduced since the new law?

                    • McFlock

                      well, if we’re being pointlessly vacuous, you tell me.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      Love him, or hate him, you gotta love McFlock.
                      as an aside, caught an article on RNZ today just before Midday (from the Tech Review chap) suggesting that the continuim of digitalizing life, from selfies through google glass, through to time-lapsed ongoing filming (yep, occurring, very trendy) is deteriorating the development of memory. What say you old boy? Eh? 😀

                    • rhinocrates

                      Love him, or hate him, you gotta love McFlock.

                      Both, but glad he’s here.

                    • RedLogix

                      We keep falling into this weird and unhelpful binary trap in our thinking – for my money I think CV is right; and at the same time I think the S59 reform was a necessary step along the way.

                      A lot of people here would be surprised at some of the places I’ve lived – my partner and I are quite well-off, but we’ve lived in places where the reality of poverty was just over the fence.

                      We’ve seen all the things that go wrong in their lives; we’ve despaired at our sense of impotence around ‘fixing it’. We’re vividly aware that our middle-class pretensions and sensibilities have little place in their lives.

                      Just throwing money at them usually makes things worse.

                      Yet it is their inability to access money and security on their own terms which is the defining factor in their poverty. Crucially it is the inability of so many young men to find stable work that enables them to form stable families which perpetuates the cycle.

                      CV is right – this is a plain, real-life challenge. The solutions will not come out of a University department. The actions that will change things are not complex or terribly abstract; most of what is needed is already well known.

                      But the only people who will make any difference are the natural leaders who have come out of this world themselves, who understand the culture and who get listened to when they speak. All they need is a network and real support.

                    • McFlock

                      the continuim of digitalizing life, from selfies through google glass, through to time-lapsed ongoing filming (yep, occurring, very trendy) is deteriorating the development of memory. What say you old boy?

                      To a degree. But a blank-slate google search is qualitatively different, imo, from using it as a memory aid or locator for source documents (or even just getting a quick handle on adjacent fields of expertise – the crossover between AI, philosophy of mind, and experimental psychology, for example).

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      yes, the interviewer, K.Ryan I believe, headed down the “where is it all heading…” path 😉 yet neither her or the techie guy were aware of , or raised, the singularity thesis, which was discussed on TS earlier this year, from memory 😉 ; More important than memories Flockie, where do the actual years go as we get older? So in the flow , ideally, they just whizz by.

                    • McFlock


                      with respect, to me that smacks of the trite tryptic variation “A: …; B: get leader, networks and popular support; C: victory!”

                      Yes we can see the problems, and even largely agree on the solutions/desired-outcomes, but the problem we have is communicating it and gaining the support of the 47% of voters who supported national, and even the 30-odd% of Labour voters and 12-odd% of green voters. Without them, chances of getting anywhere are pretty much non-existent.

                      Alternatively, saturate the bureaucracy over 30 years despite it and nact’s best efforts, and hope for bureaucratic capture like lab4. If we have decades to spare (we don’t, and it would be of doubtful success probability).

                      If we look at the work of one person who has done a lot to address the problem of child poverty, Bryan Bruce has made two documentaries that used academia to prove there is a problem, people on the ground to show the reality, and a mixture of both to show what he sees as real solutions. I firmly believe that we need this sort of broad front to achieve change. We’re getting there – I keep the Child poverty Monitor in my hip pocket (cellphone 🙂 ) for arguments, and it was valuable if dry. Now the commissioner has put out infographics that are much more clear than the academic works some people are so hostile towards, but the information is backed up by the solid research. “Defense in depth”, if you will.

                      I think that the real divison on the left is in economics (the extent of safe inflationary financing that then likely affects the viability of UBI, for example), which is why we’re shit at arguing it – and therefore shit at getting support for it. If we can’t broadly persuade ourselves, what can we expect to achieve in the electorate?

                    • McFlock


                      The years don’t rush by, we just become more adept at ignoring them 🙂

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I’m with RL in thinking that s59 was a necessary step “along the way” i.e. one tiny step on a journey of a thousand miles, so let’s keep it in that perspective.

                      Love your stats McFlock, looks like a National Govt has been quite able to reduce harm to children.

                    • McFlock

                      Love your stats McFlock, looks like a National Govt has been quite able to reduce harm to children.

                      credit where credit’s due.

                      Must be their massive efforts in reducing inequality, doubling of the numbers of social workers and parenting classes, and general overwhelming improvement in conditions for poorer families. /sarc

          • weka

            “The research actually said, and one was the NZ longitudinal study, is that “mild” physical sanctions, like a smack on the backside, which were fair and appropriate, made for slightly better outcomes than parents who only used verbal sanctions.”

            What are the verbal sanctions being studied though? As with physical force, there are different kinds and degrees of ‘verbal sanctions’, so how can we compare? And why compare physical with mental manipulation? There are plenty of non-physical discipline styles that don’t require being mean to a child. And are we talking about teaching a child about boundaries, or are we talking about punishment?

            I don’t have an problem with physically restraining a child that is out of control and hurting itself, someone else, or doing something damage that is beyond acceptable. But then I’m of the generation where my peers raised their kids excessively liberally and so have spent too much time around unmannered brats 😉 They have to learn boundaries sooner or later, better to learn them young than as a teenager I reckon. There is of course a big difference between physically restraining a child (or picking it up and carrying it against its will to another room) and hitting it.

            “Most of the majority, who voted against section 59a were not voting to “beat their children”.”

            I’d say most had never read the act and were voting according to how the MSM misrepresented the legislation.

            • KJT

              I suggest, like National, you have a contempt for the intelligence of the majority.

              • weka

                Are you suggesting that most people who voted in the referendum had read the Act?

                What did most of them make of the wording of the referendum and how it related to the Act? (from memory I spoiled my voting paper, because how could you answer properly?).

                • KJT

                  I think most people were aware that the bill, as originally written, removed options which most of us are aware are sometimes required.

                  The amendments, a consequence of the discussion around the referendum, which I was fine with, allowed physical force to prevent harm and or to prevent law breaking.

                  Including a smack, as an alternative to, say, putting a child’s hand in the fire to get the message across that you don’t play with fire.

                  I don’t believe that a majority of the population wanted to “bring back the cane”.

                  I also don’t think they were stupid enough to believe the extremes, on both sides of the argument.

                  • KJT

                    I would rather concentrate my efforts on the real causes of child abuse.

                    Including the ongoing abuse of over 200 000 children by our Government.

                    And helping all of us become better parents.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.3.3

        That would be wrong vto, there are many societies through history that have never used violence against children. The present Western Civilisation that covers the world seems to be one of the more violent ones.

  8. Philj 8

    Suggestions (links) for current independent, quality news site(s) for New Zealanders? Have given up on Herald and Dom Post. TVNZ is a frivolous joke, not to mention Jim Mora ‘ s lala chuckle session on RNZ’s  ‘Afternoons’.

  9. the lip-balm emergency-crew @ tvone just had to be called in..

    ..after rawdon ‘ron burgandy’ christies final arse-kissing/reaming-out of john key for the year..

    ..christie resurfaced looking severely chapped..

    ..key was glowing/purring in/with delight..

    ..phillip ure..

    • Tim 9.1

      I take it you watch “Breakfast” for the same reasons I sometimes watch Fox News @ phill?
      (It’s the only way I can find do drum up feelings of pity for the deluded, and its some of the best comedy there is on TV these days)

      • phillip ure 9.1.1

        shit..a long/considered reply to above..push publish..just vanished..

        ..left with header and blank white page..


        ..this is not the first time this has happened..

        (should we copy/save before hitting publish @ the standard..?..)

        phillip ure..

        • Tim

          ALWAYS save Phill as you go about your electronic bizznus.
          I was discussing the benefits of this just this morning. Do so as frequently as possible.
          The disk cleaners providing a level of comfort by overwriting, the algoritms in play allocating ‘space’ on disk, the way in which a delete doesn’t actually delete but makes space available for subsequent storage – yea – save and overwrite.
          But THEN ‘clean’

          But – long story short, I’ll spend the next week watching a Rawdon and his prop-up blonde what’s-her-thing (both doing their best to convince us they’re hard-hitting, ‘incisive’ journalists) for a laugh. (After all, Rawdon used to work for the BBC dontcha know!)

      • Paul 9.1.2

        NZ’s media was bought a long time ago.
        The owners of New Zealand need people like Christie to repeat their message.

  10. Ad 10

    Isn’t Labour barbeque season fantastic fun with all the leadership stuff done and full of political success?

    • Not a PS Staffer 10.1

      Do you think Mallard has learned anything form the vote of the membership?
      Is Annette King knitting woolen socks for DC’s christmas gift?

      If ANYONE thinks they can revive any aspect of the Goff/Shearer era they should be put on top of the BBQ!

    • Fisiani 10.2

      Stop being sarcastic. A leader without the support of caucus and a failed referendum does not constitute success.

      • Ad 10.2.1

        Clearly we have to invite you to the right barbeques.

      • mickysavage 10.2.2

        Gee Fisi do you mean that Key does not have the support of his caucus?

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.2.3

        @ Fisiani,

        Yes there must be a lot of discontent in National over the details you provide about Key and the policy failure indicated by the referendum

        [snap Mickey Savage]

  11. Morrissey 12

    Tossers in, Xhosas out
    Local mourners have to make way for the likes of Richard Branson

    If you have any kind of a conscience, you will be well and truly glutted with the obscene parade of arm-waving impostors [1], insincere sentimental posturing [2], murderously hypocritical “tributes” [3] and mindless “celebrities” [4] that has hijacked the mourning for Nelson Mandela.

    Many people who were disgusted with that farce in Johannesburg believed, or hoped against hope, that some sense of decency would be restored when the great leader was finally laid to rest in his home town in the Eastern Cape.

    On this morning’s news on Al Jazeera, however, it was immediately apparent that, while the impostors, war criminals and democracy-suppressors at least were not there for the final send-off, there was still an infestation of irritating “celebrities” present. Prominent in the front row at the church were former Blair cheerleader “Sir” Richard Branson, the Obama-cult high priestess Oprah Winfrey and The Rev. Jesse Jackson. The last-named at least has some credentials to justify his presence there—but Branson and Winfrey?

    What really was heartbreaking, though, was the forlorn sight of the local people of Qunu, herded behind fences, excluded from the funeral service because of “security” concerns.

    Still, on the bright side, at least the main speakers were South Africans this time and, in contrast to those that “led the mourners” in last week’s horror show, were not the sort of people that would have persecuted and defamed Mandela thirty years ago .





  12. Paul 13

    Excellent article on Polity about Asset Sales

  13. Rogue Trooper 14

    Chorus shortfall : services could deline, further

    Departing FMA watchdog concerned about NZ investment patterns

    • Paul 15.1

      All hail the Great Leader John Key.
      Is that what you want people to say?

    • Will@Welly 15.2

      John Key, Steven Joyce, et al. Picking winners. I wish I was that f**king rich. Pity the poor, the infirm, the poverty stricken, the children, the low paid, and other marginalized folks in New Zealand who don’t qualify for John Key’s “hand up, not hand out”. Yeah right.
      So once again the rank and file tax payer gets to subsidize the rich, our deficit has rocketed from $10 billion in 2008 to over $70 billion now. Welcome to Planet Key/National/Act.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.3

      John Key kowtows to movie execs and gives them lots of other peoples, specifically NZ taxpayers, money – again.

  14. Rogue Trooper 16

    Midday Report:
    Government will increase the baseline tax rebate for film production brought to NZ to 20% and up to 25% for the next three ‘Avatar’ films which are likely to be made here.

    ooh, a ‘Paul’ sandwich.

  15. Crunchtime 17

    Great article from Gordon Campbell on Scoop today.

    “Almost singlehandedly, Colin Craig has neutralised one of the Key government’s most potent tactical weapons in the next election. Without Craig, National might have been able to run a credible scare campaign next year around the prospect of the Greens – those scary socialist enviro-extremist boogey men – being part of any government led by Labour’s David Cunliffe. Yet anytime next year that John Key, Steven Joyce or the captains of industry do try to raise the Greens spectre, they’ll need to explain their own reliance on Craig, the far more visible loose wheel on their own wagon.”

    Nicely put, and important to remember – anytime some right-winger tries to spook the horses about the Greens, ask them why Key is trying to buddy up with Crazy Craig.

  16. Tim 18

    On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love said to me ….
    3 Avatars pending ….

    Christ they’re getting desperate!

  17. Tracey 19

    John key says Hone Harawira took a “jolly” to south africa and here is a quote from him

    “”He has to stand up to his own constituents, but I for one don’t support what he’s done.””

    I have tried to find where he has stated he doesnt support what Mr Banks has done (not read a form before signing etc)… interesting

    • Zorr 19.1

      After reading it, I think he’s a little irritated that Hone got treated with more respect than he did (getting to go and perform a haka at the private ceremony) and he didn’t manage to get in on the selfie with his best buds Obama.

      2 snubs in one trip – it’s more than the egotistical narcissist can handle!

      • Ianmac 19.1.1

        The reporter didn’t say just what Hone did on his Speaker approved “junket”.
        Was it “getting to go and perform a haka at the private ceremony” as you say Zorr?
        What was that? Could have been a sincere real moment for Hone who actually fronted the 81 protest, as opposed to the hypocritical performance by some undeserving MP bludgers with very dodgy memories.

        • Ianmac

          And I heard Mr Key commenting on Hone’s absence in the House. I thought it was unlawful for MPs to refer to a MPs absence in the House.

        • Zorr

          “He performed a haka at the side of Mandela’s casket with the blessing of Mandela’s grandson. His wife performed a karanga mate or lament”

  18. Zorr 20

    I hate to say it – but has Key truly devalued the office of PM to the point that every time I hear that he has said something, my immediate response is can he shut up and stop embarrassing us as a nation. We need to stop reporting on him like he is somehow still connected to reality.

    • Tigger 20.1

      Key’s breathless slamming is bizarre, especially given that it’s bumped Avatar from top news spot.

    • Bill 20.2

      Just heard him comment on RadioNZ. Fucking fucked is what it is. Hone went ‘on a jolly’!!!? JK had picked a representative cross section to attend!!!!?

      All that came to my mind was that image of John Key and David Cameron laughing at some fuck knows what and my strong suspicion that JK couldn’t have given a flying monkey’s fuck about the guy who’s memorial he was attending .

      • weka 20.2.1

        Just like he doesn’t give a flying monkey’s fuck about reality. All that matters is spin and power and control. And probably wringing every last cent out of NZ while he’s still got the chance (his paymasters probably have a bonus system in place).

        • KJT

          Should have to wear sponsors jerseys, like some suggested for the US Congress.

          At least we would know who is paying them.

    • North 20.3

      Spot on Zorr. Gauche arsehole. Devalues the brand of Kiwi akshully.

      Farcical. In 1981 Bolger a minister in Muldoon’s cabinet and McKinnon the Junior Government Whip. Active supporters at the highest level of the apartheid regime. Then there’s the Prime Mournister. Who believes he wasn’t reflexively with them ? The people who DIDN’T bring a ray of sunshine into the cells of Robbin Island.

      They all get their costs paid. Hone gets his costs paid and we have the Prime Mournister shrieking offensively about a “jolly”.

      My God the vulgar, barefaced hypocrisy. Pathological. Borderline.

  19. Fair Observer 21


    [lprent: Already banned. Another IP for autospam. ]

    • karol 21.1


      How would you feel if a right-wing politician secretly took $39,000* from a casino company to cheat on his wife while he was lobbying to have the law changed to benefit that casino company and then lied about it to the public?

      Fact checking needed.

      Repeating stuff from WO and DPF does not amount to critical analysis.

      • weka 21.1.1

        +1 karol.

        Reading Lynn’s comment, does anyone know if Labour or the GP intend to fix the mess that is the Local Govt Act ammendment?

        • KJT

          I don’t know, but it is bit ironic when the ACTiod types get in a tizz about the effects of the Auckland Dictatorship, they deliberately created, so that Banks could steal Aucklander’s assets.

        • lprent

          It was part of Labour policy before the last election for Auckland.. I have no idea what it is now.

    • Paul 21.2

      Is this one of your usual drop and run comments or are you actually here to debate?
      By the way, you seem obsessed with the Brown story. You seem to have the same news priorities as Slater.

  20. ScottGN 22

    Another centre-left Presidente in South America. Michelle Bachelet is back and she has caned it 62% versus 38% to the centre-right candidate in the run-off vote for Chile’s president.

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      Very nice. South Americans learnt the hard way from many decades (centuries) of western colonialism and control.

    • Rogue Trooper 23.1

      Oh Dear, and 1 in 4 under 25 still unemployed; EU banks are rubbing their hands though (stupid paddies they’ll be thinking).

  21. Colonial Viper 24

    Great interview with socialist Brian Roper from Otago Uni on RNZ. Time to disband Treasury he says, and farm out the functions to different Departments.

    • Rogue Trooper 24.1

      I have benefited from hearing and reading Brian Roper. (actually one of my fb ‘friends’; good feeds).

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    The coalition Government is providing support for farmers and growers as dry conditions worsen across the top of the South Island. “Conditions on the ground across the Marlborough, Tasman, and Nelson districts are now extremely dry and likely to get worse in the coming months,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said. ...
    1 day ago
  • Trade Minister heads to Abu Dhabi for key WTO negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today, to take up his role as Vice Chair of the negotiations. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body within the WTO and meets every ...
    2 days ago
  • Appointment round for King’s Counsel announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced an appointment round for King’s Counsel will take place in 2024. Appointments of King’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint King’s Counsel in recognition ...
    2 days ago
  • Retiring Chief of Navy thanked for his service
    Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia.  “I would like to thank ...
    2 days ago
  • Indonesian Vice President to visit New Zealand
    Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnership,” Mr Peters says.  “The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen ...
    2 days ago
  • Government boost to fight against caulerpa
    The battle to contain the fast-spreading exotic caulerpa seaweed has today received a $5 million boost to accelerate the development of removal techniques, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The time is now to really lean in and build on the work of Biosecurity New Zealand, mana whenua, communities and local ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister attending Australian data, digital meeting
    Minister for Digitising Government Judith Collins is in Sydney to attend the first Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting of 2024.  “This is a great opportunity to connect with our Australian counterparts and identify how we can work together on digital transformation,” Ms Collins says.   “Both our nations are looking into ...
    2 days ago
  • Appointments to Antarctica New Zealand Board
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appointed Leon Grice and Heather Simpson to serve on the Antarctica New Zealand board.  “Since taking office, the Coalition Government has become concerned about the direction of the Scott Base Redevelopment Project,” Mr Peters says.  “It is vital that Antarctica New Zealand has the right ...
    3 days ago
  • Strengthening the Single Economic Market
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
    3 days ago
  • Government to address business payment practices
    The Government will repeal the Business Payment Practices Act 2023, Small Business and Manufacturing Minister Andrew Bayly announced today. “There is a major problem with large market players imposing long payment terms and routinely paying invoices late. “However, the Business Payment Practices Act is not an effective solution and would ...
    3 days ago
  • Greater focus on work will reduce child poverty
    Worsening child poverty rates support the Coalition Government’s focus on reducing the cost of living and getting people into work, Child Poverty Reduction Minister Louise Upston says. Figures released by Stats NZ today show child poverty rates have increased, with the rising cost of living, driven by inflation, making it ...
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces new support for Ukraine
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins have marked two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by announcing further support and sanctions, and extending our military assistance. “Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” Mr Peters says. ...
    3 days ago
  • Finance Minister to meet Australian Treasurer
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis will travel to Australia today to meet her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.    “New Zealand and Australia have an incredibly strong trade and investment relationship. The Closer Economic Relations and Single Economic Market are powerful engines for growth on both sides of the Tasman.     “I will ...
    3 days ago
  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    4 days ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    5 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    5 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    7 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    1 week ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago

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