Open mike 17/04/2016

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  1. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster) 1

    Gentle satire for a Sunday morning:

    “Harry, old fellow, you look a little annoyed.”

    “Damn right I’m annoyed, Sid. I had Mossack Fonseca do a little, heh, you know, shell company creation a year ago, and I’m pissed it may come to light.”

    “Oh ho, that’s not good. You’ve been parking money off shore, hey? Well, so have we all. Thank God, I didn’t use those Mossack Fonseca chaps.”

    “And you know what else is beginning to piss me off, Sid? All these bloody plebs taking the moral high ground! I’ve worked hard for my money . . .”

    “Oh, come on Harry, that’s a bit rich. You inherited your wad from your father.”

    “But I’ve tripled the fortune he left me. And there’s nothing illegal about not wanting to pay more tax than you have too. Yet all the lower class scum, and by that I mean those lefties in government too, are now baying for our blood.”

    “I wouldn’t be too concerned, Harry, old fellow. We’ve got the right man, all bought and well paid for, in the top job. He’ll see that nothing will come of it all. A storm in a teacup.”

    “You really think so?”

    “Yes, I do. Have a little faith, old chap. Our man’s a past master of deception and deceit. It’s in his DNA. You’ll see, it’ll all blow over.”

    “Well, I must say, it’s reassuring chatting to you Sid. But, shit, I must run. The road past my country house will be beginning to clog up. Bloody government, not putting enough money into infrastructure! . . . You really think there’s nothing to worry about?”

  2. miravox 2

    Media deserve a gold medal for preparing Helen Clark for her interview.

    But [Helen Clark] goes into the race with some unique weapons in her formidable arsenal – among them the New Zealand media.

    For nine years as prime minister, Clark fronted up to journalists almost daily and was tested and grilled and challenged on every issue you could imagine throwing at her.

    …She daily had to deal with questions out of left field and right field. Some that went to to the heart of her character. Some that were deeply personal. And others that tested the limits of her ability to get up to speed on an issue in a ridiculously short amount of time.

    As former foreign ministers or similar, none of Clark’s rivals for the UN job are quite as accustomed to the heat of public scrutiny.

    I guess they’re being so mean to the current PM by not providing him with similar training.

    • locus 2.1

      Our current pm needs no media training as there are no more tough journalists employed in the NZ msm …..or is it that there are no msm journalists who are willing or who are given the opportunity to be tough on him?

      To be fair – this pm really does stand up well to ‘public scrutiny’….. by talk show hosts, commercial radio, magazines – and his friends on FB and WO

      That the NZ msm don’t challenge or probe deeply into the frequent memory lapses, vagueness on policy, and false framing should be surprising, but then again….

      Even the BBC’s ‘Hard’ Talk interview was in Brian Edwards’ words pretty soft on Key. However, the comments on Brian’s post ….. well they’re definitely worth rereading:
      http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2011/05/john-key-on-hardtalk/

    • Kevin 2.2

      That’ s a huge relief. No chance of FJK aspiring to that position now.

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Quote “It’s expensive to be poor—in ways that are often quantitatively invisible. Research on the psychology of poverty suggests that not having enough money changes the way people think about time. It’s hard to prepare for the next decade when you’re worried about making it to next Monday. The tens of millions of Americans without bank accounts can spend as much as 10 percent of their income on pawn shops, check cashing services, and payday loans that charge punishing fees.

    So, if a single mother gets a job (or a government benefit) and a bank account that rescues her from the psychological crush of poverty, how much is that new income worth? More than the number printed on the check. Its total value might include (a) the fact that she might be able to save some of that money and build a little wealth; and (b) the fact that she’ll never have to visit another usurious payday lender in her life.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/04/total-inequality/476238/

  4. maui 4

    An interesting look at Pope Francis and the work by the church to address poverty.
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-argentina-slum-priests-20130806-dto-htmlstory.html

    I also saw a Natgeo doco recently called Rebel Pope and that talks about how the Pope was known to be quite a conservative guy. But when a right wing group took power in Argentina in the 70s and two of his slum priest friends were kidnapped, it changed him. There seems to be a strong political thread runnng through his life story.

  5. swordfish 5

    In which I take issue with the suggestion by (my otherwise favourite kiwi journalist) Gordon Campbell that “what sustains the political rhetoric on benefit fraud is the hostility that exists between the working poor and those on benefits”

    See comments section … http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2016/04/15/gordon-campbell-on-political-rhetoric-and-the-dark-triad/

    I briefly explore the New Zealand Election Study data on attitudes towards beneficiaries over the last 20 years, in order to rebut Campbell’s rather sweeping assertion.

  6. Penny Bright 6

    Is it fair to describe the four BIG accountancy firms – ‘the pin striped mafia’?

    Seen this?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/emb-0000-big-four-audit-firms

    ‘Big Four’ audit firms never examined over illegal tax plans

    Exclusive: Regulators fail to act as they are dominated by the companies they are supposed to police, say critics
    _______________________

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

  7. Bearded Git 7

    Bernard Hickey good in the Herald today on how rocketing Auckland house prices suit the current government. He concludes:

    “To avoid the cost from entrenching a generation in housing poverty for decades, the Government would have few problems justifying spending a few billion now on the housing and infrastructure needed to turn that around.”

    Which is basically Labour/Green policy from memory.

    You can read it all here:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11623826

  8. Chooky 8

    ‘Saudi Arabia wants US to kill 9/11 bill, threatens to dump US assets worth $750 bn – report’

    https://www.rt.com/usa/339832-saudi-arabia-bill-terrorism/

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Interesting how the US Democrats seek to protect US citizens from their own actions:

      The Obama administration is opposing the bill, saying it would make foreign nations retaliate by passing similar legislation and target American citizens and corporations in their national courts. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate panel in February that the bill, in its current form, would “expose the United States of America to lawsuits and take away our sovereign immunity and create a terrible precedent.”

      It seems that it’s all right for the US to hold them responsible for their actions but not all right for other nations to hold the US accountable for their actions.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1

        LATE EDIT:
        It seems that it’s all right for the US to hold other nations responsible for their actions but not all right for other nations to hold the US accountable for their actions.

        • locus 8.1.1.1

          It’s a good question as to how much a nation’s sovereignty can excuse the nation from accountability for its citizens’ criminal acts overseas. More interestingly, how should one nation be held accountable for its citizens’ criminal acts against another.

          If the US passes this domestic legislation, the most tangible method of enforcement would be for them to seize foreign assets in the US or to mete out ‘justice’ when the ‘accountable’ nation’s citizens visitied, were domiciled or doing business with the US. Just another recipe for building international dischord and hatreds.

          IMO international law and international institutions are the best course of redress, but then the US struggles with any authority that’s greater than theirs. And where they grudgingly sign up to international conventions they twist their interpretation, e.g. Guantanamo ‘PoWs’, or simply don’t ratify them, e.g. the International Criminal Court

          • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1.1

            It’s a good question as to how much a nation’s sovereignty can excuse the nation from accountability for its citizens’ criminal acts overseas.

            It seems that the US has already set that bar:

            Ironically, sovereign immunity didn’t stop a US judge from last month ordering Iran to pay $10.5 billion in damages to families of the 9/11 victims. The ruling was passed because Iran didn’t defend itself against the allegations. These put the blame on Iran over its links with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which, plaintiffs argued, aided Al-Qaeda. The argument is based on the same congressional report, which also said no link between the hijackers and Iran had been found.

            So, a US judge found Iran guilty despite the US findings that Iran had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

  9. Chooky 9

    Keiser Report

    https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/339799-episode-max-keiser-902/

    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss disintermediation of the meatspace, onshore services by offshore property sites such as Uber and AirBnB, and what the inevitable collapse in tax revenue will mean for the onshore citizen.

    They also discuss Goldman Sachs’ alleged $5-billion fine for mortgage securities fraud actually only being half that thanks to the systemic corruption of our so-called justice system.

    In the second half, Max and Stacy interview Steve Topple about what two weeks of #PanamaPapers leaks have told us about the systemic nature of corruption.

  10. Ben 10

    Interesting opinion piece by HDPA in the Herald today. Sounds like all is not well in the Labour caucus. McCarten on borrowed time also – all before the latest drop in the polls. Unity is being tested for sure.

    • Gangnam Style 10.1

      Thanks for the concern, I am sure HDPA has her finger on the pulse, pfft.

    • BM 10.2

      Talk of giving Grant Robertson the chop is very interesting, she wouldn’t just make that sort of stuff up

      Robertson must be still playing his own game in the background and Little’s had enough.

      • Ben 10.2.1

        HDPA making stuff up? Surely not. Parker has a far sharper financial mind than Robertson, and IMO should hold the finance role. Was speaking with Parker at the airport a year or so ago, and he certanly knew his facts and figures,and was also interested in engaging in a convo. By all accounts Robertson has a slack work ethic and is shallow in all things finance.

      • maui 10.2.2

        She’s almost as dishonest as you BM, which takes some beating!

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.2.1

          Isn’t it amazing just how concerned the RWNJs are about who the Left has as representatives?

          • Ben 10.2.2.1.1

            Because the LWNJs are in no way concerned as to who sits on the other side.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.2.2.1.1.1

              We take note of the psychopaths on the top of the pile on the right-wing – we don’t try tell the RWNJs who should actually be there. The RWNJs do try to tell the Left who should be at the top though and they do it all the bloody time.

              They seem absolutely terrified of having actual left-wingers representing the Left and always suggest those who are right-wing.

            • DoublePlusGood 10.2.2.1.1.2

              Most of the reason for that is that the MPs on the right are so dire that it is a pointless exercise to make any recommendations as to which MP should hold each position.

  11. Please to announce the formation of a charity committed to Medical Cannabis.
    http://mcawarenessnz.org/2016/04/15/medical-cannabis-awareness-new-zealand-launch-press-release/

    Rather than protesting etc, we are keen to raise public awareness through the plight of the patients, and fundraise for their Sativex initially, stay tunes, We should have a news piece on Newshub tonight…

  12. Bullying in schools in the news again as bullies have to pay big money for their bullying.

    “A former Southland principal has won another victory over the school commissioner who unjustifiably sacked her…”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11624020

  13. pat 13

    http://www.resilience.org/stories/2005-04-01/why-our-food-so-dependent-oil

    …and things haven’t improved in the 10 years since this article

  14. Gangnam Style 14

    Lol Veronica Crone, what a lightweight.

    • joe90 14.1

      Too kind. Watching The Nation yesterday I thought Victoria Crone, what an idiot.

      • Gangnam Style 14.1.1

        Ha, my mistake, Victoria. When asked anything on The Nation she was ‘What we need to do is start a conversation about it.’

  15. Penny Bright 15

    Serious question.

    Where do you draw the line between ‘privacy’ and ‘transparency’?

    What rights to ‘privacy’ do those in public office have – particularly at the highest levels – compared to the rights of the public to ‘transparency’ in order to help prevent the potential abuse of public office for private gain?

    Compare the instrusive surveillance and attacks on ordinary citizens’ supposedly lawful rights to privacy – with the, in my view, lack of transparency
    and accountability for those at the highest levels of public office?

    Our New Zealand MPs don’t even have an enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’ while they make the laws for everybody else.

    How are ‘the highest ethical standards’ to which NZ Cabinet Ministers are supposed to be held accountable by the PRIME Minister – thus defined?

    What happens if the NZ PRIME Minister doesn’t act in accordance with ‘the highest ethical standards’?

    Is he going to sack himself?

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

    • Ben 15.1

      Serious question.

      How ethical is not paying your way? For example, using Council services, but letting others pay for it?

  16. Descendant Of Sssmith 16

    No surprises here:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/78486729/how-an-unemployed-westie-discredited-a-key-police-report-on-cannabis

    Governments mis-using health stats with an incompetent Minister touting them when a simple check with his own Ministry would have shown they were in error. and not to use them in that way.

    “Maxwell put the cost of these admissions at $31m in 2005, up from $19m the year before, based on a whopping 58,000 hospital bed nights on average.

    Tony Ryall, Health Minister at the time, suspected the cost to the health system would be “significantly higher … when you consider its contribution to accidents and family breakdown”.

    vs

    It included an email from Simon Ross, the Ministry of Health’s manager of analysis and reporting, who had met with police NDIB members to discuss Dawson’s concerns about their use of health data.

    Ross had urged caution in using the ICD-10 data and said the NDIB should focus only on cases where a drug-related diagnosis was the primary reason for a hospital admission.

    “Presentation of numbers of primary and secondary diagnoses in the same graph are problematic because they imply to the reader that these have the same significance. Since this is demonstrably not true … this practice should be avoided,” he wrote.

    Ross said the cost estimates for the cannabis-related hospital admissions were also incorrect as they were based on the “secondary” diagnosis. The estimated yearly cost of $25m to $30m was incorrect, he wrote: $2.5m was “much more realistic”.

  17. DoublePlusGood 17

    It seems the police deliberately misrepresented hospital statistics to make cannabis harm look more serious to incite public concern prior to them undertaking the Switched On Gardener raids. The NDIB chief has not tendered his resignation, so we can assume he has no integrity whatsoever.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/78486729/how-an-unemployed-westie-discredited-a-key-police-report-on-cannabis

  18. joe90 18

    It’s almost as if Governments are on the payroll.
    //

    In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

    […]

    We tend to think of heretics as contrarians, individuals with a compulsion to flout conventional wisdom. But sometimes a heretic is simply a mainstream thinker who stays facing the same way while everyone around him turns 180 degrees. When, in 1957, John Yudkin first floated his hypothesis that sugar was a hazard to public health, it was taken seriously, as was its proponent. By the time Yudkin retired, 14 years later, both theory and author had been marginalised and derided. Only now is Yudkin’s work being returned, posthumously, to the scientific mainstream.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin

  19. James 19

    Seems a bit of focus on McCarten this week. HDPAs piece in the media (in the other post) and 3 part story of all his tax “issues” from a few years ago on whale. (Which are interesting reading).

    Esp given littles comments about tax lately which points to someone in the media asking him about linking his position to the behaviour of his chief of staff.

    Could be an interesting week.

    • Gangnam Style 19.1

      Its like there’s some kind of conspiracy…Ede back on the payroll is he?

    • ianmac 19.2

      One of the problems caused by young girls is that they tend to create nasty rumours, and spread spite to cause loss of confidence and create harm. James is one of those little girls so perhaps if we wait long enough she will grow up. James lassie. Malice will destroy you.

  20. Robertina 20

    Dunedin is about to receive its first intake of refugees, which is kind of a big deal here.
    The ODT dispatched a reporter/videographer to the refugee centre in Mangere ahead of their move South, and the resulting coverage (over two weekends) has been touching, real, and positive.
    The feature yesterday included an interview with a Dunedin-raised teacher who works at the centre, and a video featuring children talking about perceptions of their new home.
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/379915/teachers-find-building-trust-biggest-issue

  21. James 21

    Ianmac – [edited out by self moderation] – I havnt started any rumours.

    Its a fact that HDPA did some writing on McCarten, and Whale also has done 3 post on him in the last week.

    I then made an observation of what I think this is going to point to – ie somebody asking Little about it.

    I can only go on what I have read – and if McCarten did indeed pay his staffs PAYE for other uses – then it is a bad look (and illegal) – and given all the talk of tax by little – it stands to reason that whale (and prob others) are giving he media all the information to ask the questions on a plate.

    You can choose to insult, and call names – as opposed to discussing – or you can try to ignore everything that dosnt fit with your views of the world and continue to be oblivious.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      Cameron “I tell lies” Slater is your source. Why are you cuddling up to trash?

  22. maui 22

    Are the alarm bells going off yet.

    According to information released by the Ministry of Social Development under the Official Information Act, the numbers of times police have been notified of security incidents at the Ministry’s sites has multiplied by a factor of almost 12 in five years.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/78924680/beneficiaries-banned-from-dole-officers-as-msd-security-bill-passes-20m

    • One Anonymous Bloke 22.1

      MSD employees who are found to have breached aspects of the UDoHR should face prosecution whether or not they were simply following National Party orders, although that might be a mitigating factor.

      All history demonstrates that only way to compel the National Party to behave ethically is by the full force of the law.

  23. Robertina 23

    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/state-our-drinking-water-video-6458435

    Important and scary report on TVNZ’s Q and A this morning about our aquifers.
    It features the CDHB’s Alistair Humphrey, a medical officer of health who gets flak for doing his job.
    He’s been warning about this for quite some time now:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/canterbury/9309568/Water-nitrate-a-risk-to-infant-health

    • One Anonymous Bloke 23.1

      The only way the National Party can be forced to stop killing children is by holding them personally responsible for these and other human rights violations.

    • Draco T Bastard 23.2

      Scientists warn NZ aquifers are being poisoned by farming

      Although some aquifers are already contaminated, they say the worst is yet to hit because pollutants like nitrate, can take decades to get down to the drinking supply.

      Canterbury University’s Dr Jenny Webster-Brown says nitrate will loom large in New Zealand’s future, but it’s already a public health concern.

      “I think we’re definitely going to see things get worse before they get better.”

      Pregnant women and mums with young babies on private bores around Ashburton are advised to use bottled water as high nitrate levels can block oxygen in babies and cause the potentially fatal blue baby syndome.

      Environment Canerbury test results show nitrate hotspots around Canterbury is growing.

      The destruction caused by intense farming is becoming acute. About time we did something about that. The farmers promised that they would and they’ve failed to act and so we must.

      The only possibility is a massive curtailment of farming and a regulated move to fully organic farming.

      • ianmac 23.2.1

        The Government change the rules.
        The Government has a “personal choice” policy and fear the label Nanny State whether it is sugar, or clean water, or tax exposure, or a living wage. So no law change to act on the above, but OK to make employment less employee friendly.

  24. Logie97 24

    Anyone else notice the sports broadcasters’ struggling / angst over the pronunciation of the visiting super rugby team from Argentina. (Jaguares). Those same voices have no problem with local names – Wongaray, Towrongah, Wycatoh. Trips off the tongue fluently.

  25. adam 25

    I love Bill Nye, classic clip.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    2 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat
    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Some changes are coming
    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • About fucking time
    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
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    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Questions from God
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
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    7 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Women in Space.
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    7 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago

  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway
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    51 mins ago
  • Update on global IT outage
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    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership
    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    15 hours ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns
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    18 hours ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'
    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs
    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
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    2 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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  • School attendance continues to increase
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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language
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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
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