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Open mike 17/12/2010

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  1. Thought for Friday…

    Even the sun shines on a dogs ass some days

    • Bored 1.1

      Hi Polly, brings a little context to the meeeting between Diogenes and Alexander…

      Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight”. Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”[24] In another account of the conversation, Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.”

      There may be some wisdom around light and dogs backsides…who knows?

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Ah, the big hearted generosity of the boss class-

    “…Staff at a North Island freezing works had their pay cut for the official two-minute silence to remember the 29 miners killed in the Pike River mine…”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10694840

    These are the sort of people right wingers would deliver us to for mercy in their “free market” society.

    • cardassian 2.1

      The article says that the union turned down the opportunity for the workers to make up the 2 minutes as overtime (and therefore get paid overtime rates) as it wasn’t about money but showing solidarity.
      Could of been handled better by the bosses but not exactly evil capitalists taking advantage of the uninformed here.
      Also to be fair this is the same company that is paying the workers full pay until christmas and minimum wage until new years despite the fact they can’t work due to the plant burning down.
      They’ve also offered to pay for workers relocation if they want to take up work at another branch in the new year.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      How much is 2 minutes worth anyway? 50 cents if they’re being paid $15/hour. What sort of pathetic company goes out of it’s way to dock 50 cents from each staff’s pay? That’d probably cost more in admin overhead than they recoup.

      • prism 2.2.1

        Lanthanide and Sanctuary –
        The 2 minute silence meant a difference for the company and the workers of two less animals each, being processed. That would mean that the company wouldn’t meet its production requirements for the work period to meet its orders and wouldn’t humanely handle animals that had been prepared to be killed.

        One 2 minute break per person multiplied by all the workers, means an overall expensive overhead cost for the plant. The company can’t replace product for orders with cards of sympathy. If they offered extra time to make up quota, with overtime pay, they were being rational and fair. If the union refused to do this then it was being unsupportive to the company, and the jobs provided, and for a whim. If the union used their brains and acted responsibly towards the company the workers would have finished their work requirement with overtime, and then donated that overtime pay to assist fellow workers in need with much needed cash – and that would be a meaningful way to show solidarity.

        captcha – suffered

        • Bored 2.2.1.1

          Prism, from the employers angle you are right. Experience in these places tells me however that reality is not nearly as precise, times vary. What happens more often than not is that the company turns a blind eye to the extra few minutes they gain here and there, but always hammer the ones they lose. Sound like there is no give and take at the plant, the workers described the company as “mongrels”. Maybe there is something else going on we do not know about?

          • prism 2.2.1.1.1

            True Bored. But thought of the problem from the employer’s point of view about output and schedules – something that unions don’t always do to their own and the business’s disadvantage.

            • mcflock 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Let’s see the stats from the article: $170 workers * $1.50 per animal * 2 animals (63 seconds to process an animal) = $510.

              Sum cost to SFF.

              The joys of having free advertising painting them as penny-pinching dicks who can’t deal with 2 minutes silence? Priceless.

            • Vicky32 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Yes, but the action is disgusting Prism. 2 minutes for goodness’ sake! From what I have read, workers didn’t even get a choice about whether they wanted to observe the silence! It’s just crazy..
              Deb

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    hardcopy granny sez:

    Treasury is required to declare fiscal risks facing the Government in economic updates. In the recent half-yearly update, the rules have changed without anyone paying attention. The threshold for such risks has been lifted from $10 million to $100 million which matters because the Government says it has only just over $1 billion for new spending, and most of that is accounted for. And anyway, Finance Minister Bill English can veto what is listed if he believes it is not in the national interest to make it public. This makes some nervous about what Treasury might be worrying about, but may have been told not to disclose.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      So, that would be Blinglish manipulating the numbers to try and make himself look good again?

  4. burt 4

    I see in the dom post today that Chris Carter said he might stand as an independent… so a police inquiry into his rorts starts today ?

  5. Muzza 5

    Obama continues his run towards the right. It really is amazing watching someone so effectively alienate and disenfranchise their base. Obama has no credibility as a lefty. Spare the arguments along the lines of ‘he has to work within the political reality’ or ‘ these are extraordinary circumstances’. He is a failure and this open letter, signed by some of America’s leading lefties, further reinforces that idea.

    http://www.truth-out.org/an-open-letter-left-establishment65848

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      What passes for ‘left wing’ in America is ‘right wing’ to the rest of the world anyway.

    • millsy 5.2

      40-odd years ago, only Nixon could go to China, now only Obama could cut Social Security and Medicare (and sack schoolteachers en masse something that Anne Tolley could only dream of doing.)

      Of course, the USA could cut its huge debt by closing down some of its military bases around the world, 100 of which are in Germany.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.1

        That would give them an even bigger unemployment problem.

        • Bored 5.2.1.1

          What problem? Get real, the right sees no problem with unemployment, it keeps wages down, imposes discipline through fear. it is only a problem if you are unemployed.

          I am getting to thinking that Lenin was right, to get workers to rebel you need to make life unbearable.

          • Lanthanide 5.2.1.1.1

            The unemployment problem is a problem for senators and representatives in congress, and ultimately the president. When senators or congressmen don’t do enough to cut unemployment, they too are made unemployed and replaced with someone else who the public think might be able to do a better job.

            Therefore: cutting military spending, cutting military jobs = you lose your elected position and gravy train.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Shutting down the bases wouldn’t necessarily increase unemployment as the troops could still be employed but the US would still save money because the bases themselves are expensive to maintain.

            • Bored 5.2.1.1.1.2

              Sorry Lan, what problem? Give me an example of one time serving right wing senator being replaced by a lefty equivalent who manages to do any different? Look at Obama today.

              • Lanthanide

                I think you missed my point. Unemployment is a problem for any senator or congressman that lets it happen on their watch, because they’re likely to be voted out. Whether or not whoever it is replaces them does a better job or not is irrelevant once they’ve been voted out.

                So although you say “the right don’t care about unemployment”, from this perspective they do – because they’ll be out of a job if they don’t handle it.

                • Zorr

                  Which is why such congresspeople and senators actively vote against unemployment payment extensions? Most of these guys could care less about the “voting public” because a) most of the public don’t vote and b) any of those that do can be won over by loud music, lasers, Sarah Palin and the threat of “socialism”

  6. ron 6

    This
    http://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/64389/aid-agencies-criticise-scheme-over-funding-rejections

    is only the tip of a very smelly pile.
    The fiasco around development funding is mirrored in a number of other government departments at the moment.
    Education providers are still waiting for important details from TEC about their contracts for next year – just a month away.
    Ministry of Youth development has yet to finalise contracts for funding approved months ago.
    MSD seem unable to supply important background information to contractors. Entire provision systems have been the victim of last minute changes to contracts, processes and structures.
    New funds set up by this government are characterised by inconsistent decisions, overly complex processes and lack of information to those applying. New contracting processes are characterised by last minute changes and rushed processes. Most of all it seems no-one in these departments knows what’s going on.

    The cause of this situation? Ideologically driven Ministers handing down badly thought out instructions to their departments – often against advice from the very people who then have to administer the mess.
    Confusion, ideological funding decisions and chaotic processes are now endemic in the government relationship with providers.

    • burt 6.1

      Confusion, ideological funding decisions and chaotic processes are now endemic in the government relationship with providers.

      Moving from a pure bums on seats model designed only to produce good ‘in work’ education statistics to a results and outcomes driven funding model will cause confusion. Stick with it Ron, if the organisations you speak off have any real value other than creating employment under a Labour tax payer spending circus then you will provide value rather than only good looking stats.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        burt, you failed to read what ron said, specifically, New contracting processes are characterised by last minute changes and rushed processes. Most of all it seems no-one in these departments knows what’s going on which would indicate that the ministers are making kneejerk ideological decisions, changing their minds in more kneejerk ideological decisions and then expecting the staff to cope with the chaos then created by the minister.

        In other words, NACT being completely incompetent.

      • Ron 6.1.2

        Burt
        TOPS and YT are anything but “bums on seats” set ups.
        Providers have been required to deliver clear, timely, measurable and effective outcomes. For the most part have done that very effectively. They don’t receive their funding if they don’t. Of course “numbers” are a part of that but qualifications and employment are a much more importtant part.
        In TOPS the Govt has now DOUBLED the required throughput required (there’s your “bums on seats” – and you watch P Benefit crow about it in 2011 – “more people in training!”) and set substantially higher employment and training outcomes. (training outcomes that are frankly stupid) with not a skerric of extra funding. They have also moved a number of administrative roles on to providers further adding to the costs involved.

        Some of these outcomes are simply stupid and unattainable. Others just involve more staff and more work and will force many providers out of the field, further limiting the options for training and re-training. And of course none of the new structure addresses the major concern among providers – that is the pastoral support that many clients require in order to attain any outcomes. That was the biggest hole in the system and has been completely ignored. (an example – in the Nelson/Tasman region MSD have contracted 1 – One “in work support” worker. They are requiring over twice as many work placements from the TOPS courses, they require those people to stay in that placement 33% longer in order that the provider receives their funding and they have provided 1 person to ensure that. It’s a joke)

        In the “information gathering” process that occured late this year many providers pointed out the many holes in the new structure. They were ignored and now TEC?MSD are scrambling to find ways of making a dumb idea work.

        You “stick with it” comment is an insult. In my experience, these organisations are committed to and cater to the well being of their clients way over and above any contractual requirements. Society gets enormous value from these organisations and their staff. We will lose many of those workers this year and the Government will have worse employment results as a consequence. They will restructure again – and the same story will be repeated.

    • Vicky32 6.2

      My friend who works for Tear Fund was very upset about the aid agency part of that, and posted Red Alert’s comment about it on Facebook..
      Deb

  7. Name 7

    For a concise and comprehensible explanation of the economic catastrophe caused by greedy bankers in the US which is costing millions their homes I recommend:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/l-randall-wray/post_1440_b_797563.html

    Yet, amazingly, 60% of individual bankruptcies in the US are caused by medical costs incurred by people who actually had medical insurance!

    Ah America, home of the free.

  8. Anyone who wants to help campaign for a NZ domestic legislative framework to PREVENT and fight corruption, and build genuinely transparency into central and local government and the judiciary – contact me.

    This campaign will particularly focus on exposing the ‘grand’ corruption involved in privatisation / private procurement/’contracting-out’ model – which is the underpinning basis for most bribery and corruption.

    That is why I am standing in the Botany by-election – to help build the public campaign to achieve these goals.

    Keen to help?

    Contact me.

    Pass the word! 🙂

    Penny Bright

    Media Spokesperson
    Water Pressure Group
    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water, Auckland regional governance matters.
    “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
    Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009.
    Attendee: Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010
    Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010

    [email deleted]

    • OleOlebiscuitBarrell 8.1

      But, according to Transparency International, we are already the least corrupt country in the world.

      http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/2007-transparency-international-corruption-perceptions.html

      It’s like starting a group to address the lack of appreciation of Rugby Union Football in New Zealand.

      • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1

        http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/140144/shock-nz-corruption-level

        A global survey has revealed an “alarming” level of corruption in New Zealand, with 4% of respondents admitting to paying a bribe in the past year.

        Transparency International’s (TI) 2010 survey also showed that 73% New Zealanders thought corruption had increased over the past three years.

        The level of bribery uncovered in the survey was significantly worse than countries we usually compare well against, with 2% of Australian respondents admitting to paying a bribe in the past year and 1% percent of Britons.

        No respondents in Denmark admitted to paying a bribe.

        The results of the Global Corruption Barometer were in stark contrast with TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index, released in October, in which New Zealand retained the top spot for having the lowest perceived level of corruption in the public sector.

        TI’s New Zealand director, Alex Tan, said the results of the survey, which included New Zealand for the first time, were “alarming” and showed we needed to be vigilant in the fight against corruption.

        “This is truly an alarming result but, in some ways, not surprising. We have traditionally tended to rest on our laurels and think we are above corruption and bribery practices which are commonplace in the rest of the world,” Mr Tan said.

        Other results of the survey include that respondents thought political parties, followed by Parliament, were the most corrupt institutions.

      • burt 8.1.2

        We are retrospectively the least corrupt country in the world – easily done when you have the fastest law makers in the west, no formal constitution, and anything goes to kill off court cases when the dear leader is involved.

        Remember the Labour party inquiry that exonerated Taito Field – then remember what was it – 26 charges of corruption ?

        All the MPs need to remember is never threaten to stand as an independent and our least corrupt country rating is secure.

    • burt 8.2

      Penny Bright

      Great cause, it should find favour on this site while National are in power.

  9. prism 9

    Heard Hon Hekia Parata new Minister for Women’s advancement speak this morning. So fashionably right wing and neo lib. All people are defined by their participation in the economy I think she said. So those who aren’t participating in paid employment aren’t real people, have no value in society, aren’t deserving of respect and consideration etc?

    Another pollie – Dunne – this morning said that the IRD workers in Greymouth wanted certainty about their jobs ie whether they had one so that’s why he has announced 50%? cuts before Christmas. Today’s version of the old saying that there’s two certainties in life, death and taxes, is to add that under NACT there’s a certainty of fewer tax workers and more taxes on everyone but the rich. And the tax working party happily hands out their Christmas wish list – more GST. Anyone would think we were a wealthy country like Switzerland that had and probably still has very high spending tax and well-heeled society. (Apart from the gastarbeiten perhaps).

  10. Response to OleOlebiscuitBarrell

    FYI – I attended the Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Bangkok 10 – 13 November 2010.

    I suggested that Transparency International consider moving from a measurement of corruption based on ‘perception’ to one based upon reality.

    To assist – I widely distributed amongst the 1200 international delegates – the following:

    CORRUPTION REALITY CHECKLIST – NEW ZEALAND

    1. Has NZ ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption ? NO

    2. Does NZ have an independent anti-corruption body tasked with educating the
    public and PREVENTING corruption? NO

    3. Do NZ ‘s laws ensure transparency in the funding of candidates for elected public office and political parties at central government level ? NO

    4. Do NZ Members of Parliament have a ‘Code of Conduct’? NO

    5. Do NZ Local Govt elected reps have a ‘Code of Conduct’? YES

    6. Is it an offence for NZ Local Govt elected reps to breach the ‘Code of Conduct’? NO
    7. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt elected reps? NO

    8. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Central Govt staff responsible for procurement? NO

    9. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt staff responsible for procurement? NO

    10. Is there a lawful requirement for details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Govt Public Sector, and Local Govt (Council) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny? NO

    11. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Central Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

    12. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Local Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

    13. Does NZ have a legally-enforcable ‘Code of Conduct’ for members of the NZ Judiciary? NO
    14. Are all NZ Court proceedings recorded, and audio records made available to parties who request them? NO

    15. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ Judicial ‘Register of Interests’? NO

    16. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ ‘Register of Lobbyists’ at Central Govt Ministerial level? NO

    17. Is there a legal requirement at NZ Central and Local Govt level for a ‘post-separation employment quarantine ‘ period, from the time officials leave the public service to take up a similar role in the private sector? NO

    18. Is it a lawful requirement that it is only a binding vote of the public majority that can determine whether public assets held at NZ Central Govt or Local Govt level are sold; or long-term leased via Public-Private –Partnerships? NO

    19. Is it unlawful in NZ for politicians to knowingly misrepresent their policies prior to election at central or local government level? NO

    20. Do NZ laws promote and protect individuals, NGOs and community-based organisations who are ‘whistleblowing’ against ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices at central and local govt level and within the judiciary? NO

    Prepared by Penny Bright –for Transparency International 14th Conference 7/11/2010
    IACC ID D – 1198 http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

    Interested in feedback on this one.

    Any thoughts on additions / alterations/ improvements?

    It’s a ‘work in progress’ ……

    Pretty incredible though for NZ the ‘least corrupt country in the world’?

    Cheers!

    Penny

    • grumpy 10.1

      Well, consider it a test of lack of corruption in New Zealand and freedom of political expression that you are not in jail or disappeared as would have happened in some of the countries much admired on these pages.

  11. O2B 11

    As a fairly new reader of The Standard, I just want to thank everyone that contributes positively on this site. I’m left-leaning individual – always have been – but sites such as this reaffirms my beliefs in the left and suspicions of the right.

    I am frankly disgusted by this current government and will be reminding my friends and family over Christmas when I head back home that they do have a choice, and next year they can choose a different form of government if they’re not satisfied. Despite being in a higher tax bracket myself, the fact this government seems hell bent in disenfranchising those who are not better off, while time and time again are lining the pockets of their own.

    I never wanted a tax cut. I don’t want ‘choices’ in who is providing my ACC. I can’t see any benefit in building a holiday highway north of Auckland as opposed to an inner city rail loop. I also can’t see how a cycleway will create ‘sustainable’ jobs. But I do want to live in a society that is inclusive and everyone has a right to feel that life isn’t a struggle.

    National may have individuals that are very good at making money but are hopeless in running a country. They are destroying the fabric of our communities in the name of big business. The sooner this lot are out of power the better.

    KB

  12. joe90 12

    Disturbing news that deep sea up-wellings may be the cause of melting Antarctic ice.

    THE GIST

    * Oceans have been hiding a lot of Earth’s warming by burying it in the deep sea.
    * The deep waters are now surfacing and melting ice on the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
    * The trend means that we’re already locked into long term melting and sea level rise.

  13. Deadly_NZ 13

    yes welcome to the free speech place…

    Now as to the state of the economy and the world. the last time things got so bad the politicians had themselves a world war.. That was fought by the disenfranchised and generally ne’er do wells and the poor. the rich just sat back and sold guns and bombs and what ever to each other and after 5 years they figured the population had been sufficiently culled, not many poor left to moan. thos that did were called commies and jailed. And the fat cats looked upon the destruction as said it was good, as they were going to get even richer rebuilding the infrastructure to thier idea of a free world.

    And the poor were left out in the cold
    Hmmmm sound familiar?

    nostradamus says the world will end in 2012 lets hope he meant the bigwigs and fatcats will get their come uppance but again i doubt it.

    Cynical???

    Who me?

  14. prism 15

    Sunday 19Dec 8 am RadioNZ Nigel Sterling et al on Chris Laidlaw’s show – talking about our currency. Any discussion on this is welcome I think, and too rare.

  15. gobsmacked 16

    RIP Tom Newnham

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/64371/human-rights-campaigner-tom-newnham-dies

    Time and again Tom stood up for justice, against the prevailing conservatism and prejudices of the time. And history says: he won. His causes moved from minority to mainstream – who now defends sporting ties to apartheid South Africa? But that change in public opinion didn’t happen automatically – it was thanks to the tireless efforts of people like Tom Newnham.

    Quietly determined, courteous and principled, he was an inspiration for all those who campaign for a better society, a better world.

    RIP.

  16. Raymond A Francis 17

    I guess we will not being hearing about Doubledipton anymore
    It was sort of funny but not as funny as Mr Goff’s latest rip off
    By not going back into his own flat he was able to legally rip us all off
    “For his superanuation” don’t make me laugh this man is on the gold standard super

    • Pascal's bookie 17.1

      Raymond,

      The way Goff did it, he was entitled to the subsidy.

      If Goff sold the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.

      If he moved back into the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.

      This is because Goff lives in Auckland in a way that English doesn’t live in Dipton.

      • just saying 17.1.1

        “If he moved back into the flat, he would still be entitled to the subsidy.”

        Actually no, it is highly unlikely he would be able to claim anything like the full subsidy. He would no longer be able to claim rent, which would probably make up the bulk of his expenses claim. Let’s face it, in moving out of his apartment he was “arranging his affairs” to maximise the taxpayer subsidy. That’s probably what prompted him to announce that he would sell it.

        But it must be said that Double-dipton’s rort was far worse. He lied about where he lived in order to steal $1,000 per week from taxpayers.

        That neither contravened Parliament’s rules says a lot about the rules, the rule-makers and the rule enforcers.

        • prism 17.1.1.1

          Just saying – Your comment is mostly assumption – you don’t know what Goff had in mind so why would you say the following –

          Let’s face it, in moving out of his apartment he was “arranging his affairs” to maximise the taxpayer subsidy. That’s probably what prompted him to announce that he would sell it.

          And if what he does is the best thing for him financially, then he is a sensible, practical, ethical man following the rules for housing, and a sight better than the NACT busyboys rushing around importantly demolishing society and the economy.

          • just saying 17.1.1.1.1

            True prism, it is supposition. However, Goff promised to sell the apartment which suggests he may have felt guilty about it.

            How exactly does doing the best thing for himself financially make him a “sensible, practical, ethical man” as opposed to say, looking out for number one at the expense of the taxpayer.

            • prism 17.1.1.1.1.1

              tc Sorry just got back. What do you mean by this?

              looking out for number one at the expense of the taxpayer.

              We need to pay our government members for their task, and assist them with their reasonable expenses incurred. Otherwise we will get governments drawn only from the wealthy. Also it is a Job which we expect to be done well, and they deserve to be recompensed for this or if not done well, questioned about their effectiveness not personally harrassed by unreasonable citizens.

              MPs who can run their financial affairs effectively and correctly demonstrate that they are capable to least that level. One hopes that will continue along the line of other attributes needed.

              Just because Goff said he thought he would sell his flat when he didn’t have to, doesn’t mean he can’t change his mind. As I understand the regs he Does Not have to sell any of his investment properties, if he has more than one, whether they are in Wellington or elsewhere.

    • gobsmacked 17.2

      There’s already a thread for that. This one’s for grown-ups.

      (edit – to Raymond, not PB)

    • lprent 17.3

      There is rather a difference.

      Goff works in Wellington but his family are resident in Auckland.

      DoubleDipton lives and works in Wellington, his kids go to school there, his wife works there. But somehow he claimed that he lived in Dipton when all of the evidence is contrary.

      Perhaps you’d care to explain how the two cases are anyway similar? Personally I suspect that any answer you come up with is going to be quite funny and I’ll have fun tearing it apart to expose the inherent stupidity
      when I have time.

      • O2B 17.3.1

        1prent – exactly my sentiments. A totally different situation for Goff. I like to hear other responses from RWNJs on this, other that ‘ohhh… it’s not a good look…. he said he was going to sell…’

        Getting the taxpayer to pay for a house for you to live in permanently already while claiming an out of town accomodation allowance – now that’s a rort.

  17. Deadly_NZ 18

    I see that least corrupt thing list was in 2007 what will it be now??? most corrupt after the USA

  18. Draco T Bastard 19

    Electricity prices set to rise next year

    The Domestic Energy Users’ Network says the wholesale price for electricity increased from 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour on December 1 to 23 cents per kilowatt hour two days ago.

    Wasn’t NACTs changes to the power companies supposed to keep prices down? Seems that they failed spectacularly with power almost tripling in price.

    • O2B 19.1

      Draco – at least Max Bradford has provided us with ‘choices’. Have to love the spirit of competition and the efficiency of private enterprise.

  19. Latest Roy Morgan Labour up 2 to 35%, National down 2.5 to 48.5%.

    7% swing still needed but getting better …

    • The Voice of Reason 20.1

      Not a seven point swing, surely? 53.5 blue (and partners) vs 46.5 red (and others) means 4 pts would do the trick. An early xmas pressy for ACT, I suspect, with Key gone if Rodders isn’t Epsom’s MP next election. Winnie steady on 3, without doing anything, really. It’s getting kinda interesting, particularly if the Nats continue to piss off more and more sections of society with their unco policy making and lose more and more MP’s to personal corruption.

      • Mickysavage 20.1.1

        TVOR

        Right you are. I am thinking major party but with greens looking good and ACT looking terminal there is a decent chance of a centre left Government next time.

        • The Voice of Reason 20.1.1.1

          Lab/Green minority Government with confidence and supply support from Winston or the Maori party? Lab/Winston First with Greens and/or the MP support?

          Given that Peters would still be an MP if it wasn’t for National, I think he’d put aside his objections to the Greens for the chance to dance on John Key’s political grave. And some of the sting has gone out of the Maori Party, too. No more HC, no more F&S. So, yeah, I reckon Key’s Xmas trip to Honolulu in 2012 may turn into a permanent vacation.

  20. Deadly_NZ 21

    This must come under the heading of WTF

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4467684/Hotchin-says-1000-a-week-not-enough

    I am lucky if I have 400 bucks a week for me ,my partner and a 15 year old walking stomach

    These Pricks just live in LALA land they should have given this rip off prick a boot up the arse not a grand a week..

    • higherstandard 21.1

      the solution is simple…… he should die so his corpse could be fed to the pigs, then I could have him as a Xmas ham……. yummy

      • lprent 21.1.1

        With a nice Chianti and Lima beans?

        Ummm is it is characteristic what happens to those obsessed by a “higher standards”. Like Lecter, They start eating the ‘perfect food’ (and ancillary bugs)

        • jcuknz 21.1.1.1

          The trouble is that us lower folk simply don’t know how expensive it is to run a household which needs a four car garage, swimming pool etc.

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  • And still paying for it
    In 1998, in the wake of the Paremoremo Prison riot, the Department of Corrections established the "Behaviour Management Regime". Prisoners were locked in their cells for 22 or 23 hours a day, with no fresh air, no exercise, no social contact, no entertainment, and in some cases no clothes and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    25 mins ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup –
    As the public decide who to vote for, the matter of whether wealthy interests have been able to influence Government decisions has arisen once again. This relates to controversy from late last year about whether junior coalition partner New Zealand First is using their fundraising mechanism to illegally hide the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 hour ago
  • 2020 Just Reading: September
    Completed reads for September: On the Mortality (or Plague), by Cyprian of CarthageThe Origin and Deeds of the Goths, by JordanesThe Book of Gomorrah, by Peter DamianThe Poem of the Cid, by AnonymousThe Song of Roland, by TuroldThe Death of Aoife’s Only Son (two versions), by AnonymousThe Pursuit of ...
    2 hours ago
  • Only Bob Dylan Has The Words For The Trump-Biden Debate.
     Idiot Wind by BOB DYLANIt took only ten minutes to grasp the sheer scale of the Democrat's failure. This sad old man, Sleepy Joe Biden, hasn't a hope of defeating Donald Trump. Goddammit! It's a wonder that he still knows how to breathe!Idiot Wind indeed!Video courtesy of YouTube.This posting exclusive to ...
    2 hours ago
  • An Apology, Not A Complaint, Is Now Needed
    Some commentators, and particularly – not surprisingly – those who wished to remain in the European Union, have been making much of the difficulties the UK has experienced in extricating itself from the embrace (if that is the right word) of the EU. They cite the difficulty the UK has ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 hours ago
  • Are consumers willing to pay more for climate-friendly products?
    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’m seeing quite a few “climate-friendly” products at the supermarket. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 hours ago
  • Two people in serious condition after incident involving NZ First bus
    Police say the two victims were found lodged “firmly underneath” the bus. Two people are in a serious condition this evening after an incident apparently involving the New Zealand First campaign bus. They are presently unable to be identified. Authorities say two people were found underneath the bus shortly after ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    19 hours ago
  • This doesn’t sound like exoneration
    The SFO has finally reported back on NZ First's dodgy foundation, and charged two people with "obtaining by deception". They're at pains to say that neither of the people charged (who have name suppression, but we can all guess who they are, even if we cannot say publicly) is a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Elections in NZ: some Redline articles
    For a campaign of positive abstention in the 2017 elections 9/4/17 by Phil Duncan In 2014, most of us at Redline favoured not voting in the New Zealand general election.  There was simply no party that represented the interests of workers, much less that attempted to politicise and organise workers to ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    23 hours ago
  • The transport policy we need
    Transport was responsible for 21% of our greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Its our second-biggest source of pollution after agriculture. And the Greens have just announced a serious policy to tackle it: The Green Party wants to make public transport free for under-18s, ban petrol car imports from 2030, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Dunedin as Spring Snowglobe
    Dunedin has had a succession of mild winters – our last genuinely cold one was in 2015. 2020 was no exception. But that still leaves spring… and having lived through the week-long spring blizzard of 2011, I am not unaware that September snows are a thing. Such was this morning, ...
    1 day ago
  • Spain is (still) not a democracy
    The list of Spanish abuses of Catalonia's democracy is long. When Catalans voted for independence, Spanish riot police seized ballot boxes and beat them in the streets. When they elected leaders to represent their views, Spain refused to allow them to take their seats, or jailed them for "sedition". And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Crusher threatens Nicky Hager
    Crusher Collins - National Party LeaderEverybody should know by now that Judith (Crusher) Collins is a very malicious person. She is perhaps the most vindictive MP ever to disgrace our halls of power.Some of her unprecedented nastiness over the decades has been well documented in the book Dirty Politics: How ...
    1 day ago
  • The Confident Traveller Led Astray – A Poem For Winston Peters.
    Quo Vadis, Winston?Where are you going, Winston, Son of the winterless north? We have lost count of the summers Since first you ventured forth. This track on which we find you, Unmarked on any map, Leads travellers to strange places. Do you not fear mishap? Countless roads I’ve travelled, Oh ye ...
    1 day ago
  • Racism loses in Switzerland
    Over in Switzerland, the racist "People's Party" tried to have a Brexit-style referendum on ending freedom of movement with the EU, so they could stop the "flood" of foreigners. But the Swiss people said No: Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected an attempt to tear up the country’s agreement with ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • International Right To Know Day
    Today, 28 September, is International Right To Know Day (or, as the UN puts it, the "International Day for Universal Access to Information"). The Ombudsman is celebrating with a poll showing that while most people don't know about their freedom of information rights, those that use them mostly get what ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • One way or another, we’re paying for this
    Back in July, when foreign polluters (and archaeological criminals) Rio Tinto announced they planned to close Tiwai Point, I was dancing on its grave. Why? Because the carbon subsidies alone were more than enough to fund alternative jobs - or even just to pay everyone dependent on it a reasonable ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • End of life – it isn’t so easy
    In a few weeks, New Zealanders will make a choice whether we implement into law the End of Life Choice Act 2019.  My scientific expertise includes developing and validating methods to predict future events of ill people including death. There is one section of the Act that concerns me deeply. Section ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    2 days ago
  • Democracy Under Threat
    My wife and I are at an age when we have begun to think (and worry) about the kind of world we will leave behind for our children and, particularly, our grandchildren. We have experienced during our own lives, like others of our generation, our fair share of hard times ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Why it’s important to be open to relationships with people who vote differently
      There are few things written more deeply on the human heart than religion. Differences between us on the purpose and ultimate destiny of human existence have sometimes inspired great intolerance and even wars. But what would we make today of a Catholic who refused to countenance a meaningful relationship ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #39
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The Warming Climates of the Arctic and the Tropics Squeeze the Mid-latitudes, Where Most People Live Melting Arctic ice sends ...
    2 days ago
  • Where in the world will the next epidemic start?
    Naomi Forrester-Soto, Keele University Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Fiscal Maths with Paul “Goldie” Goldsmith
    Mr Thinks has asked me to come onto the blog today to outline a few concepts in fiscal mathematics. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    3 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #39
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 through Sat, Sep 26, 2020 Editor's Choice Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial A crack on the Amery Ice Shelf in ...
    3 days ago
  • National behind the times
    When Todd Muller resigned as leader of the National Party and allowed for Judith Collins to assume command, you could tell the blue “team” was desperate and in search of past glories. After all, Crusher is towards the end of her political career and from a bygone era where dirty ...
    4 days ago
  • Coronavirus: the road to vaccine roll-out is always bumpy, as 20th-century pandemics show
    Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that the stakes are high. Very few vaccine trials in history have attracted so much attention, perhaps since polio in the mid-20th century. A now ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • PREFU: The State of Government Accounts
    The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update’ (PREFU) tells us something about the future of the Public Sector but it requires careful analysis to assess how it is going. The 2020 PREFU is the most important economic statement during any election campaign. Unfortunately the commentariat tends to treat it briefly ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Predatory delay
    Farmers are whining again about being expected to clean up their act: Canterbury farmers want politicians to stop painting them as climate change villains, listen to their needs and allow them more time to boost environmental standards. [...] “The targets are necessary for the environment, but do we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Flight to nowhere sends the wrong message in climate crisis
    Qantas Airlines’ 7-hour “flight to nowhere”, that sold out in 10 minutes with prices from A$787 to A$3787, seemed like a sick joke to climate advocates. Apart from the waste of fuel and the pointless emissions, passengers would be able to see first-hand, from a plane just like those that ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: The cannabis referendum – a doctor’s perspective
    Cannabis is part of our culture: 80% of adults have tried it sometime. Intuition tells us that legalising cannabis will increase use – science suggests that is not likely. Our Dunedin and Christchurch studies show that cannabis use peaks in our 20s. Older people are less frequent users whether it ...
    5 days ago
  • First steps: Jerry DeSilva on the evolution of bipedalism
    Yesterday morning I got up (at the rather early and unaccustomed hour of 3.30am) to listen to a webinar by paleoanthropologist Dr Jeremy DeSilva¹. Titled “First Steps”, his presentation was about the origins of bipedalism in the human lineage. It was a fascinating session & I thought I’d turn my ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    5 days ago
  • True Believers In A False God.
    Down The Rabbit Hole: "Social psychologists have found that when fearful people contemplate potential misfortunes, they tend to feel helpless and pessimistic, but when angry people contemplate the same, they feel a sense of optimism and control. And one simple way to transmute fear into anger is to perceive an evil ...
    5 days ago
  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
    Fifty Percent Plus One: New Zealand’s genuine-majority-delivering two-party system endured for five elections only (1938, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951) a period of just 16 years. Very few New Zealanders alive today can boast of participating in an election which delivered a true majority to either Labour or National. Someone who ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    6 days ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    6 days ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The case for tax (more of it, much more)
    Laura O’Connell Rapira | Contributing writer, the spinoff, 21 Sept, 2020. Let’s put tax at the core of this election. Sharing wealth is how we share care and responsibility for this land and all of the people in it, writes Laura O’Connell Rapira It’s election season in the middle of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    6 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    7 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    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 How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    1 week ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    1 week ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    1 week ago

  • Government confirms new acute mental health facility for Lakes DHB
    A new acute inpatient mental health facility at Rotorua Hospital will provide more patient-centred and culturally appropriate care to better support recovery, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Improving mental health and addiction services remains one of the biggest long-term challenges facing New Zealand,” says Chris Hipkins. “Lakes DHB’s existing Whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Community Languages Fund to increase support for Pacific community language projects
    Round two of the Community Languages Fund (CLF) will provide even more support for Pacific grassroots community and family language projects with the introduction of a second funding tier of $10,000, in addition to the $2,500 tier, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  During the first round of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government puts teacher wellbeing at the centre
    The Government is committing nearly $9 million to ensure educators in early learning services and schools get the wellbeing support they need. Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement, which includes providing frontline counselling and advice services for educators, during his address at the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) annual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Pasifika churches gain from PGF funding
    Pasifika churches around the country will receive a total of nearly $10 million in government funding for renovations and improvements which will improve facilities for the communities they serve and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio have announced. The funding will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Job numbers up in August
    New data from Stats NZ today shows a rise of more than 9,000 filled jobs from July – driven mostly by the education and training sector, Grant Robertson says. Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Māori development receives funding
    Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hand-up for owners of earthquake-prone units
    From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing financial hardship over earthquake strengthening costs. “We understand how complicated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF backing successful Māori enterprise
    Whanganui will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment in a local food-processing company which will help the company increase production and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Kii Tahi Ltd, which is owned by South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, will receive a Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Town halls and war memorials in PGF renovation programme
    Town halls, war memorials and other community landmarks across the country will be renovated thanks to grants totalling just under $12.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created during the renovation programme. “Town halls, other ...
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