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Open mike 17/06/2019

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  1. A 1

     

    Interesting Keiser today.

    • RedLogix 1.1

      The opening discussion on trust is exceedingly on point. Trust is the foundation of all things; the lack of it will kill us faster than climate change.

      I also must confess to a mild crush on Stacey 🙂

  2. Cinny 2

    Is simon not doing Monday morning interviews anymore and does anyone know why please?

    I'm going to have to look elsewhere for my Monday morning humor crying It’s just not the same.

     

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Presumably, the threat to our wellbeing from climate change is worse today than it was yesterday?

    • Macro 3.1

      I gather it's cold down there today Robert?

      • Robert Guyton 3.1.1

        Very. You win, climate change was a myth.

        • Macro 3.1.1.1

          Hehehe A mythty myothty morning is all it takes.

          Someone left the fridge door open at Scott Base.

          • Robert Guyton 3.1.1.1.1

            Cheer up, Macro, with this:

            • Macro 3.1.1.1.1.1

              That's clever! I need something like that for my bagpipes!

              • Robert Guyton

                You have just the one arm? I'm sorry, Macro.

                • Macro

                  Nope I have both arms but I have a hiatus hernia which plays up more than my pipes when I am tempted to play them. 

                  • Robert Guyton

                    For a piper, that's very unfortunate; have you considered uilleann pipes?

                    • Macro

                      Yes I have! The Isle of Gigha which I rabbit on about occasionally on here was the way point for Irish monks on their way north to Iona and parts Scotland, so it is not an inappropriate instrument for for a descendent of that Isle. Unfortunately they are not readily available in this country. I had the fortunate experience this year to attend the one performance of the Silk Road Ensemble at the Auckland Town Hall during the Festival.

                      SilkroadEnsemble AAFWebsite NewsImage 600x400

                      This was a really fun event and one of the performers was Christina Pato on the Spanish Pipes:

                    • mac1

                      Robert, that link didn't wotk but the next suggested link was to a young uilleann piper, Catherine Ashcroft, playing "Táoimse im Clodladh" beautifully!

                  • Robert Guyton

                    I was fortunate in hosting a big group (30+) of these pipers some years ago while they were touring NZ.The spent their evenings "in session" playing and having fun; it was a pretty unique experience!

            • Macro 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Speaking of music – I'm not really one to judge another's taste in music but DJ Trump really does play the most awful stuff. 🙂

              DV%20-%20DJ%20Trump%202

  4. Rapunzel 4

    It's slightly creepy feeling, what is and if so what exactly is "going on behind your back" this is how this feels to me that China has a stake in what we read and can read what NZers now can;t read unless they pay for. Along with the Herald pushing Hoskings to the front with his opinion makes me queasy.

    How come this "The New Zealand HeraldStuff and NBR have not been blocked and can still be seen in China."

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/06/17/636037/chinese-nz-herald-retracts-misleading-article

    • James 4.1

      you understand that they are two different websites right ?

      • Rapunzel 4.1.1

        Well I'm guessing one's in Chinese but the Herald, Stuff and NBR won't be and the "Chinese NZ Herald is an NZME joint venture, with Chinese Herald publisher and director Lili Wang owning a 50 percent stake, and NZME Publishing holding the other half.

        For me sharing "news" in such a way and the retraction are an issue – not just for me but those that held them to account and brought about the retraction, right?

  5. Macro 5

    The symbolism of an illegal settlement in an illegal occupation being named after Donald Trump is hard to deny.

    Netanyahu inaugurates ‘Trump Heights,’ Israel's newest town on the Golan Heights

     

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/netanyahu-inaugurates-trump-heights-israels-newest-town-on-the-golan-heights/2019/06/16/2207cd24-9041-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html?

    • Ad 5.1

      GReat to see Netanyahu's wife indicted. 

      Him next.

      • Macro 5.1.1

        Yes! But we shall have to wait until September I gather before any further moves on that front. We wait in anticipation.

    • SPC 5.2

      Let's hope Netanyahu only feels the need for there to be a sense of crisis in the Gulf to get re-elected, rather than a war. 

  6. SPC 6

    Just wondering what might happen in National caucus meetings. 

    Kaye, I'm going to go on the media and say why are the declie 8-10 schools not getting money so they do not need to charge fees – claiming its "inequitable" that they do not get the same deal as decile 1-7 schools. 

    Novice MP, but are we not questioning the untargeted provision of money – such as the income supplement for power given to all those on super – because not everyone  needs it?  

    Older MP, breathe through your nose newbie – nothing we say has anything to do with consistency of argument or principle. It's either blatant partisanship for our haves vs the have nots, or just an attempt to put a negative spin on whatever they do. FFS who did your induction into the party, let alone this caucus. 

    The deputy leader, well said just look at Soimon, he goes terminator on the person who leaked his expenses and then releases confidential information obtained by unathouraised access as if he is providing a public service. With no shame whatsoever. Truely inspirational. When I was a Minister I was like that. 

    • James 6.1

      It would appear a career in comedy is not for you. 

      • SPC 6.1.1

        It's a comment about the absurd cynical duplicity of those in that caucus. 

        • marty mars 6.1.1.1

          It's okay – right wingers have very poor senses of humor imo – a good way to tell a fake leftie is check their funny bones – if they don't get it, often they are deep right. As for james well just lol really

      • Gabby 6.1.2

        You're right jimbo, it's not at all funny.

    • Peter 6.2

      Kaye is not a novice MP.  She is a cynical opportunist. 

  7. Adrian Thornton 7

    Here is the blood thirsty manic Mike Pompeo in his own words,  who is now out in the open doing everything in his power to start a war in Iran (and Venezuela) , and who all our news sources give free air time to, for him to spout his sick unhinged bullshit, and all without the slightest hint of critique…what the fuck is wrong with our media?

  8. greywarshark 9

    The Simpsons looking round outside the USA and giving an example of why USA is so well liked and respected all over.

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvyrMN4rnoM

  9. greywarshark 10

    Spartan system. Should we think about changing the way we do things. We might become prosperous and attend to what needs to be done. Young males can satisfy their desires for adventure, action and violence by practising active defence (or minor warfare).

    Is this what Israel might do as they have settled in a place which they feel the have invaded and therefore must stay in a state of armed readiness and defend themselves by showing readiness to attack with regular demonstrations?

    • RedLogix 10.1

      This is really important, children of both sexes need to be accustomed to hardship and difficulty. For young males especially it's important to be able to handle physical risk and develop the mental resilience to handle mistakes and setbacks. Learning that almost everything you fear is nothing more than a creation of your imagination, and therefore can be confronted, is the basis of courage and moral strength.

      There is increasing evidence that over-protective parenting sets up adolescents for anxiety and depression. Young men in particular absolutely need to be successful at something. It almost doesn't matter what, but competency, performance and being useful is going to be central to their adult lives. And those first handful of years in their late teens, early twenties will set the pattern.

      • AB 10.1.1

        "children of both sexes need to be accustomed to hardship and difficulty."

        Hardship and difficulty are going to happen anyway – there's no need to go out of our way to specially set kids up for it. And in the wrong hands, this slogan will be used as justification for doing nothing about grotesque economic equality. I think we should choose our language carefully so as not to give succour to the sociopaths.

        • RedLogix 10.1.1.1

          I see what you're getting at, fair enough I can see how my language could be hijacked.

          You are right, life as the Buddhists say is suffering, and parents can and should gradually accustom children to being able to confront it. I recall commenting on this years back but Jonathon Haidt puts a modern take on it:



          • AB 10.1.1.1.1

            Apologies for jumping on your comment so hard. Sensitive topic for a parent of a kid with a disability. 

            • RedLogix 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Same here, not one but two. One of the best bit's of advice we ever got was never to let them use their disability as an excuse. No need to apologise, I really don't mind people challenging my assumptions wink

               

  10. greywarshark 11

    Search results gone.

  11. Ad 12

    Anyone going to the big rail conference in Auckland this week?

    I'm in for a total nerdathon.

  12. greywarshark 13

    I received with my newspaper a leaflet advertising a memorial clock with small model of Lancaster bomber on it for $150.   I was thinking about it but checked a number of review sites.    These made me think!    It confirms to me that we should be mostly shopping locally, face to face and trying to put money into our own community businesses, not the large mass sellers who don't give a fancy f.. for us as people.

    I have recently had the unfortunate experience of coming into contact with this company while acting on behalf of an elderly relative who is no longer able to do so themselves.
    I made 8 phone calls to their number and EVERY time their recording advises that they are experiencing high call volume and are unable to take my call then they hang up.
    The only emails that they have responded to are those concerning an account issue.
    After several requests that my elderly relative be removed from their mailing list they continue to send offers to her. …

    and

    I fell for the gold Anzac coins i paid for the first one as it was discounted, but then they started flooding me with more offers that i didn't ask for ,then another coin turned up and then another ,initially i had forgotten how i paid for the first one and thought they must be taking the payments of my credit card ,until i started getting debt collection agencies sending threatening emails so i sent two back straight away but they continued to ask for more money, so i sent everything back including the ones i paid for and yey again they continue to want more money i am a disabled pensioners and had a perfect credit rating i think they are parasites.

    • Peter Christchurch NZ 13.1

      AVOID. This seller employs underhand tactics to elicit more and more money out of you. They will never leave you alone. Worse thing is, if you pay by direct debit, you may well find additional or higher payments being deducted and the chances of correcting the 'errors' will be almost nil.

      There are some pretty good items like this available from reputable companies advertised (I think) Military History magazine. There are two magazines very similar, one US and one UK. It is the US one. In library in ChCh but maybe not elsewhere.

    • Exkiwiforces 13.2

      If you are after such a model? May I suggest you have a look at Corgi Diecast Aircraft in 1/144 Scale as they have a number limited edition Lac's over the yrs and even some second hand one that still have the box in good condition at reasonable prices.

      Since Corgi has moved back its design office and production line back to UK the workmanship and quality has improved.

      I mainly collect in 1/72 Scale and V Bombers in 1/144 focusing on Brit/ Commonwealth Airforces and FAA from WW2 to the present and WW2 Luftwaffe.

      HobbyMaster has a good collection of RAAF and RNZAF Aircraft in 1/72 and 1/48 Scale. The latest RNZAF aircraft from HobbyMaster is the P51 ZK-TAF in old Ray Archibald's markings when he was CO of 3TAF Sqn in the 50's based out the old Wigram AFB and a P40 Gloria in Sth Pacific markings. 

      For Military vehicles its very small market? With only two from Oxford Diecast in 1/76 with a Sherman in 4Armd Brigade colours and a White Scout Wagon in NZ 4Fld Rgt colours when they were in Desert. There maybe a Dingo Scout Car out as well from Oxford, but i'm sure atm?  

       

         

  13. Incognito 14

    However, a review by ANZ found that one of the risk models, to calculate operational risk, had been decommissioned in 2014 without its knowledge.

    Key added that the issue was created by a "junior staffer". It would have been inappropriate for him to resign as the board had been told in writing that the model was compliant. [my bold]

    These ‘junior staffers’ carry a lot of responsibility nowadays, especially when they’re working for a Nat or ex-Nat.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/113534617/anz-chief-executive-leaving-following-review-of-personal-expenses

  14. greywarshark 15

    I am concerned that conservative Christians are baying at the door, if they haven't already entered the childcare arena.    The conservative Catholic side has already been revealed in discussions and suggestions concerning social matters by Bill English and his wife Mary English.    I note that there is an emphasis on the importance of family life by the Maxim Institute.

    But concern from this side of the socially moral may quickly lead to a moral outrage that leads to preventative measures that control in a punitive way those who don't measure up to the rigid and strict codes they wish to impose on young women particularly.    Parenting classes and support and help with health and contraception would lift the parents and to be there for them would be excellent with the emphasis on self-help and mentoring. Sometimes to provide accommodation in a shared facility with new female-head families having 2-3 rooms and assistance and controlled surroundings would be good and I don't know if that has been done for young mothers.

    But government often takes this disparaging view that leads the public to follow.   Government could take a lead in changing this damaging stereotype to one of admiring the efforts and achievements gained.  Then there wouldn't be the pile-on that we saw on Metiria Turei for doing all she could to continue with her study and succeed, and also make ends meet by giving up much of her home and privacy for extra rental income.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10819669   Big families mean big welfare dollars.

    Taxpayers are forking out $2000-plus a week to a select group of benefit-dependent parents with more than 10 children.   Official figures show that twelve families on welfare have 10 or more kids, receiving a range of top-up payments on top of their average of nearly $1000 a week.

    Social Development minister Paula Bennett said she was keeping a close eye on them.   "There's two words we don't use often enough in this country and that's self-responsibility," Bennett told the Herald on Sunday. "The size of someone's family is their business, so long as they don't expect someone else to pay for it."

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/392199/oranga-tamariki-inquiry-won-t-be-released-to-the-public-in-full

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/392172/family-justice-review-urges-integrated-approach-to-services

    • RedLogix 15.1

      I am concerned that conservative Christians are baying at the door,

      Lay off the Christophobic hate speech comparing them to dogs or wolves. devil

      • greywarshark 15.1.1

        RL That's what you thought of.   I didn't say that.   And I think it is an appropriate adjective for the situation.

        • RedLogix 15.1.1.1

          Can you see how a serious Christian might not think it ‘appropriate’?  Of course I'm just confirming the point you made earlier; that hate speech laws could have all manner of unintended effects. 

          Incidentally I once at an authentic Soviet era cafeteria. To this day I cannot think how they managed to make everything on the plate look and taste some shade of grey. Even the cabbage.surprise

          • mac1 15.1.1.1.1

            I had a meal in Kobe in Japan where everything was boiled/simmered and was grey. Tasty enough. I asked at this little working class restaurant whether this was Kobe beef. The diners there laughed and laughed. Little did I know, Kobe beef was about $200 a kilo. 

        • In Vino 15.1.1.2

          True – wolves howl; dogs bark..  I think baying is generally used for the funny yowl that hunting hounds make.  Still dodgy: did you mean something different again GWS?

    • Shadrach 15.2

      "I am concerned that conservative Christians are baying at the door, if they haven't already entered the childcare arena."

      You are well out of date.  Christian ECE centres have been operating successfully for decades.

      "Then there wouldn't be the pile-on that we saw on Metiria Turei for doing all she could to continue with her study and succeed, and also make ends meet by giving up much of her home and privacy for extra rental income."

      Most people study and succeed without having to rort the taxpayer.

    • Ad 15.3

      Conservative Christians have made up the social welfare system before the idea of a state social welfare system was even invented. 

      It's the current government that needs to be held to account for misuse of state powers.

  15. greywarshark 16

    Bikes and pedestrians, mobile runarounds and all, bides and e-bikes.   The authorities have allowed all manner of off-road vehicles onto footpaths and brought in no new laws although it is obvious that there is a problem of putting metallic vehicles where there are soft-fleshed slower people trying to walk which is an ordinary, normal activity that we've done since Adam was a cow-boy.   Here is one where a cyclist was hit by someone on an e-bike who appears to be fairly unconcerned. 

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12240906   Injured cyclist begs Auckland Transport to crack down on e-bike cycleway users   

    But [Tony] Hickey is worried that the cycleway has become "awash with a***holes" who are endangering legitimate users, including children.

    The cycleway had become a de facto road where self-powered cyclists were treated as a nuisance, Hickey said. "In fact, it is worse than a road because it is lawless and unregulated."

    Visibility issues needed fixing, but those would not be a problem "if people do not overtake when they cannot see, and learn that ringing a bell, like tooting a horn in a car does not give you right of way, and the right to endanger others".

    (He is saying what I am thinking – and a lot of others too.)

    Our government and Local Government NZ should be sued for not doing a proper job as they should have set up a legal framework.    I think bikes should be licensed and have number plates and if they run into anything they should have to pay compensation – no Knock-for-knock thank you.   

    All this hoo-ha about bikes and mountain bikes has arisen because it has become a fashion, and a sport, and those who ride bikes see themselves as very green, and have become very deserving and above censure.   Sanctimonious types.  There will be a backlash soon, water pistols with dye in them perhaps, a whippy willow stick to give the lash.   

    Walkers are not going to put up with being menaced when they want to go out for a soothing walk in the open air, which incidentally is part of the Green Prescriptions that GPs give out to their patients.   

    What a mixed up country we are, totally unco-ordinated, and haring off after the latest craze and money-maker.   Like immature children – encouraged by crazed desires from politicians to be a powerful and rich country.  

    And just when we should be looking at something different.   Can anyone think how to make thinking forward and considering risks and future scenarios sexy?    Someone who has worked in advertising and PR perhaps.

  16. Marcus Morris 17

     

    Is Sir John Key's teflon coating starting to wear a little thin – wearing through even??

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12241106

  17. Marcus Morris 18

    I see the issue is now on Daily Review. Blaming a junior staffer – now where have we heard that before.

     

  18. greywarshark 19

    I saw in post about Mr Makhlouf that Wild Katipo at 11.1 pointed the finger at Mr Harold Titter for something to do with health.   I thought I would find out a little more about this person.    It is interesting to know what people involved with our NeoLib dive in the 1980's ended up.

    I was interested in this person Harold Titter that WK referred to.    So have looked him up and his roles have been many-splendoured things.

    https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2017/04/nicholas-kerr-other-passion-of-sir.html   (About the wealthy POV as to the intro of New Lib Ec.)

    About 1985 – Doug Walker MD of NZ Forest Products Limited was the initial Chairman of the NZ Business Roundtable. He was succeeded by Harold Titter who was MD of Feltex New Zealand Limited.  I became the Secretary (I was Company Secretary/General Counsel of Feltex). In February 1985 Ron Trotter became Chair. It was during his Chairmanship that it was decided to have a fulltime executive director of the Round Table and Roger was appointed
    Noel Vautier

    Feltex in which  Harold Titter was MD for a time in the 1980s.   It went into receivership in 2006.   (Interesting view on how small and inbred NZ business is.)  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10394633

    The twist to this: the McKendrick family sold Kensington Carpets to Feltex in the 1970s and the late George McKendrick continued as managing director under the new owners. He was dismissed, went to Australia, set up Godfrey Hirst and retained a dislike for his former employer. His family, which still controls Godfrey Hirst, are now in a strong position to avenge their father's dismissal.

    2007 Sue Bradford mourns Feltex' loss.   http://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/13/03.htm

    2007 – http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00076/the-feltex-debacle-new-zealands-enron.htm

    2007 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10430514  – Harold Titter appointed as Commissioner to Auckland District Health Board.

    2012- Harold Titter – The award is named for foundation trustee Harold Titter, a former Managing Director of Feltex New Zealand, Commissioner of the Auckland Area Health Board and Pro Vice Chancellor at The University of Auckland.   https://mhsfaculty.auckland.ac.nz/faculty/newsandevents/deans-diary/issue245-11may2012.aspx

    Social Bonds for Mental Health are SCARY. Here's what you can do -…https://thedailyblog.co.nz/…/social-bonds-for-mental-health-are-scary-heres-what-you…
    Jun 10, 2015 – Do any of you remember the name ' Harold Titter ' ?…. he was the … an angle for private concerns to make a buck out of the public of NZ ?

    https://investmentnews.co.nz/investment-news/former-money-managers-linked-trustee-firm-restructures-gets-licence-hires-up/
    2018 – Heritage earned its licence from the Financial Markets Authority last December joining a market dominated by just three firms Trustees Executors, Public Trust and Guardian Trust. The FMA also licenses two smaller supervisors: Covenant Trustee Services (owned by Guardian); and, Anchorage Trustee Services, which operates exclusively in the retirement village domain….

    Last month Viking offloaded its share to Wellington-based Vaughan Stanley while Cargill retains a 51 per cent stake in Heritage. In February Heritage also appointed, Harold Titter, to the board to join Richard Hanna and Edward Russell. Hanna was named Heritage director last December when Colin McCloy and Christopher Darlow retired as board members.   Russell, who was with Calibre Asset Services when it served as trustee of the failed Money Managers First Steps funds, joined the Heritage board in 2014.

    It is interesting how many lives these directors have, rising like phoenixs after dropping out of sight, into some new position.

    • Gabby 19.1

      It's amazing what a trail of wrecked, trashed, gutted, tanked companies some leave behind them too. The bigger the failure the bigger the payout.

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    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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