Open mike 18/08/2020

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  1. I Feel Love 1

    Tova O'Brien tweets to Collins "is the October 17th poll going to be rogue?". Burn! (paraphrased, my memory).

    [Fixed typo in e-mail address]

  2. Ad 2

    I haven't seen social contract theory set out clearly in an election advertisement before, so top marks to Ed Markey:

  3. ScottGN 3

    I’m not sure if it was a terribly good idea for Judith to connect Gerry’s wild-eyed conspiracy theories to the rubbish that’s circulating on Facebook as she did on TVNZ this morning?

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    If you want to see what the dark heart of the establishment DNC looks like look no further than this interview…nothing more than a bunch of filthy war hawks whose ideology is pure and utter american exceptionalism, this lot are not all that different from ISIS, in other words fundamentalists..,,so don't fool yourselves, Biden/Kamala are really just pro choice Republicans.

    And it is worth noting that this interview was done before it was exposed that the FBI had been caught lying in their Russiagate investigations..

    Dem impeachment attorney on Mueller, Ukrainegate, and the case vs. Trump

    Former FBI Lawyer Involved in Russia Investigation Pleads Guilty


    • Tricledrown 4.1

      Your drawing a very long bow just reheating Trumps propaganda.

      Reading your article it doesn't match your implications.

      • Adrian Thornton 4.1.1

        "..that he altered a June 2017 email from the CIA in a way that suggested Page, an admitted CIA asset, was not a “source” for the agency.

        Relying on the falsified document, the FBI then applied for its fourth surveillance warrant on Page, according to court documents."

        I am not reheating Trumps anything, just stating the fact that the FBI has been caught red handed altering evidence to suit their investigation… an investigation that using the full might of one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the entire world proved nothing…well I guess they did prove that people on the Left ( including all it's media) are just as easily manipulated into believing unquestioningly any conspiracy theory fed to them as people on the Right are, as long as that conspiracy conforms too and strengthens their already deeply embedded bias and/or helps in vilifying their perceived enemy.

        A great smoke and mirrors trick that has been used by those in power forever, and sadly as can be plainly seen, still works just as effectively.

        • Tricledrown

          One item out of tonnes of evidence.sycophantic Minions will take a tiny bit of Truth to push propaganda.

    • roblogic 4.2

      Trump = children in cages, lies about Coronavirus, destroying US democracy, cuddling up to dictators, winks to white supremacists.

      Vote Joe

      • Adrian Thornton 4.2.1

        This is nothing to do with voting joe, this is about the the DNC aided by the FBI concocting a elaborate conspiracy Russia interference that altered the outcome 2016 US elections..and that Trump is somehow in the pocket of Putin, both allegations never proven because they are both just as ridiculous.

        I am just as opposed to Trump as anyone on this site, but that doesn't mean I have to turn off the critical thinking part of my brain and get into bed with organizations like the FBI FFS!

        • Andre

          I am just as opposed to Trump as anyone on this site

          I don't see any evidence of that. None. Quite the opposite, in fact.

          I can't bring to mind any instances of you being critical of any of the numerous outrages the stygian homunculus has perpetrated against the disadvantaged, against democracy, against fairness and equity in society, against the environment etc etc.

          It appears your only interest is in attacking Democrats, often as a diversionary whine when someone else posts a criticism of an outrageous action perpetrated by Don of the Deadbrains or one of his minions. Indeed, often these diversionary attacks appear to be repackaged from the convergence wingnut area of the political spectrum. That is most easily interpreted as trying to boost the satsuma shitgibbon, not the actions of someone opposed to what he is doing.

          • Adrian Thornton

            I don't need to attack Trump, it is quite obvious to anyone with eyes what he is and what he stands for…what I am concerned about is idiots like you destroying the little credibility the Left has with the general public with your unhinged and fact free conspiracy theories.. I rarely if ever see you lot attacking Trumps foreign policies…wonder why that is? …I didn't see you lot lose you shit when he (with the DNC) signed off on the biggest largest military budget in history, or signed off the biggest upward movement of wealth to wall st recently…you and your beloved Dem anti Trump rhetoric is nothing but a sick joke and nothing more than that, give that motherfucker Trump everything he wants when it comes to the super wealthy, US corporations and US military hegemony…like I said you are a joke, and Trumps laughing right into your face…. the sad thing is you are being used like a tool and you don’t even seem to want to know.

            • Tricledrown

              Adrian Thornton.You should take a long look at your post as they say the longer the diatribe the biggly your lying

              If you don't like Trump just say so .we don't some mansplaining.

              [Point out a clear and obvious lie.

              Address comments with something substantial, not just gesticulating, thanks – Incognito]

            • SPC

              I'm not sure what you meant by Wall Street and recently, but here is one account of the tax change in 2018.


              On defence spending, they gave way and without conditions.


            • McFlock

              So you're just as opposed to the cheetodick as anyone else on the site, but without actually attacking him. /sarc

              Do you really not remember any criticism of the dude's foreign policy? The pulling back from NATO, the trade confrontations, the free passes given to Putin, the repeated North Korea fuckups, the suggestion Japan and South Korea get nukes, the moving of the US embassy in Israel, his pathetic manipulation by dictators around the world?

              What an unreliable memory you have.

            • Andre

              I rarely if ever see you lot attacking Trumps foreign policies

              That's because you're too self-involved in your own public political masturbation to take on board what anyone else has to say.

              eg this entire post:

              ranging to details as fine as this comment:

              plus all the topics McFlock mentioned

              … you give that motherfucker Trump everything he wants when it comes to the super wealthy, US corporations and US military hegemony …

              Again, you obviously aren't paying attention if you've missed all the comments about tax cuts for the wealthy, cutting regulations and all the other shit America's Prolapsed Rectum has been doing to coddle the wealthy and the corporations. (these comments are a bit harder to search for due to my refusal to use the Mandarin Manutang's common name)


              • Incognito

                Dear Adrian Thornton and Andre,

                If I may, I observe (i.e. my PoV) that you two have much more in common than that separates you. Based on my belief, I’m at a loss as to why you two feel the need to rip into each other as you do. Please note that I’m not moderating here, just expressing my utter confusion and inability to grasp what’s going on between you. As such, it doesn’t invite or require an answer 😉

                • woodart

                  they need to get a room.

                • Andre

                  As I see it, the biggest difference is that as the choices narrow down, I shift my support to whichever remaining option is most likely to achieve changes I value.

                  Looks to me like Adrian does not, apparently preferring to attack even harder the remaining option that knocked out the one he had his heart set on, without realising that that is functionally the same as supporting the opponent of what he professes to value. There's a time for those attacks, while the choices remain open. But after the choice has been made, it's just destructive.

                  • Incognito

                    If you and Adrian cannot agree to disagree – although you seem to be united in your aversion against Trump and GOP – then why not give each other a wide berth? This behaviour is also destructive, IMHO.

            • RedLogix

              For what it's worth Adrian I can hear where you are coming from. Perhaps the best way to understand the USA is to understand that their unique geography has meant that over centuries they've been able to build a powerful and prosperous nation without having to develop and especially competent or responsive political system. As a result when a real crisis strikes, they're left floundering.

              Trump is a high functioning psychopath which makes him both a polarising figure and deeply unsuited to the modern office of POTUS. Yet more than a few have drawn comparison with another President … Andrew Jackson … who was similarly divisive, reckless and viscerally despised by his opponents. Yet oddly enough history regards him now as one of the more significant Presidents. In this I agree with you, obsessively attacking Trump is a fools errand. It ends with the old line about you getting dirty and the pig enjoying it.

              As for the DNC, it's very hard to have respect for a political entity that produces Joe Biden as it's best effort. Truly the USA political system has become a ship of fools, but even this phase will pass. There is every reason to hope that after a decade of turmoil the USA will re-invent itself as it has done in the past.

              And in this respect I’m also with Andre, that a reflexive anti-Americanism is a selective and unproductive view of their role in the world. We must be honest about their flaws and mistakes, but it’s folly to also discard their many achievements.

              • Andre

                It wasn't "the DNC" that selected Biden as the candidate. It was probably the most democratic selection process of anywhere in the world at any time for choosing a candidate to contest for a country's highest office. Literally anyone eligible to vote in the general election could participate equally in the Democratic primary. At most, they would have to fill out a form saying they affiliated as a Democrat some time before their state's primary date, but in many states they just have to choose which primary they are are voting in at the time of casting their ballot. No joining the party, no membership fees, no giving a party personal data needed.

                The vote-counting rules were also closer to one person-one vote than anything else I'm aware of. The only significant deviation was the 15% threshold for getting awarded delegates, but that distortion is much smaller than even Repug rules that ranged up to winner-take-all in some states. Let alone rules like reserving a proportion of votes to unions and caucus members as happens here.

                Literally anyone could also put themselves forward for selection. No prior party affiliation needed. In fact, the runner-up pointedly dissociated himself from the Democratic party several years earlier, and only grudgingly re-associated himself with the party once he decided to try for the nomination.

                I'm not aware of any other political organisation anywhere else in the world that is anywhere near that open to all comers when it comes to choosing its leader. So painting the DNC as some nefarious organisation pulling hidden strings behind the scenes is really unfair and simply wrong. The choice was freely and fairly made by the segment of the voting public that were interested enough to make the relatively minimal effort required to participate in that choice.

                • RedLogix

                  It's a semantic quibble, the DNC may not have done the voting, but they certainly own and run the process. And to suggest that the party machine sits back and watches the primaries unfold with no attempt at influence seems a trifle naive … but it's your party and I'm not pissing on it.

                  I can understand Biden's stammer, I can get past his uninspiring past, I can even live with the fact that a more honest process would have just selected Kamala Harris from the outset. But that Biden somehow came through a field of far more credible candidates, any number of them much more interesting and charismatic, just leaves me cold.

                  And more than anything else the Dems need a charismatic, energising candidate to energise their disparate support base to ensure a strong win. Yet here we are with a relatively weak candidate, that despite promising polling, is by no means hands down to beat Trump. In US elections turnout is everything, and this the polls do not measure well.

                  • Andre

                    The DNC doesn't have have a secret research lab where they manufacture candidates and they botched the recipe this year. The choice available is entirely at the mercy of the vagaries of who puts their hand up to have a go and catches the interest of the voting public.

                    This year, probably for fear of being accused of underhanded influence by rabid supporters of specific candidates, even people with long histories of solid contribution to the party were extremely circumspect about even making their views public. The party machine has been remarkably hands-off, more so than any other selection process anywhere anytime than I can bring to mind. Clyburn's endorsement before the South Carolina primary was just about the sum total of party machine involvement in making the choice, which is really almost nothing on the scale of these things.

                    So for this year, charisma maybe isn't what the voting public is looking for. Possibly the idea that Biden knows the ropes so thoroughly that he can step in on day one and start getting things working again without fuss is something that way overcomes his resemblance to a potted plant. Perhaps the potted plant thing is even a positive after all the "charisma" of the past four years.

                    • RedLogix

                      Perhaps the potted plant thing is even a positive after all the "charisma" of the past four years.

                      Skroderider. devil

                    • SPC

                      For mine Biden was/is the nostalgia choice, he's the last of his generation, a generation of Democrats who did not realise much. They lost to Reagan, then to Bush junior and for the brief time Obama had Congress he was dealing with GFC and the legacy of PNAC in foreign policy (its hard to count Clinton when he was the tail of the Republican Congress) and in that brief window brought in the Affordable Care Act. For those of this era, a last chance at redemption, fulfillment of lost promise.

                      To the wider public, its packaged as a return to an old civility. Something even some of the older GOP members of Congress can appreciate. It's also in a bi-partisan sense a restoration of respect for the institutions of the state and the concept of public service. Albeit over the political corpse of Donald John Trump.

                      The Oval Office is no place for an angry old man, not Nixon nor Trump.

                      There was the direction not taken in 2000 (Florida chads and the Supreme Court). This is the chance for the USA to join the 21st C and the community of democratic nations. The mistake made in 2000 was to try to dominate the word as a lone super power. When empires end they turn to neglected domestic issues – they do justice, that fulfillment of lost promise.

                      Which is where the succession to Biden comes in (he would be a one term president), handing over to a new generation – albeit with some of the path set by Sanders and working with the DC hivemind

                      In terms of foreign policy, not being Trump is a low bar. Not trying destroy the WTO, rejoining WHO, funding the UN on time, not cozying up to strongman types and rejoining the Paris Accord is not as much as the world needs. Maybe the rest can come from the USA working with others on global security matters a little more.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Literally anyone eligible to vote in the general election could participate equally in the Democratic primary.

                  If you want to ensure that you get the worst possible candidate for your political party's top job then have the voting open to the opposition.

              • Ad

                I'll stick a post up about what a Democratic Party-led Biden administration will probably focus on.

                Just to balance things out a bit.

                • Muttonbird

                  Can't wait.

                  • Ad

                    I'm just going to focus on foreign affairs.

                    I've covered Biden's domestic platform on here a couple of times already.

                • RedLogix

                  I'm almost persuaded by your optimism Ad. But in essence the USA is a nation in the middle of both a social crisis and a failure of governance at the same time.

                  In blunt terms the US has split strongly between coastal communities dominated by 'zoom people' that earn a living typing on computer, and the rest of the nation that still bends steel and works with their hands for a living. They've bifurcated into two very different groups and it's not at all clear to me how Biden will be able to reach across this fault line.

                  And in terms of governance the COVID crisis has cruelly exposed weakness at every level both federal and state. Despite insanely complex layers of regulation, policy and agencies the system has fallen apart when faced with real crisis. Reforming this will be the work of a decade, and again I'm not hearing Biden talking to any of this.

          • Brigid

            " attacking Democrats"

            It is incumbent on you then Andre to defend them.

            Isn't it?

            If you can.

            Reply to every post of Adrian's where he's denounced them with proof that his claim is incorrect.

            To continue claiming that any criticism of the Democrats proves support of Trump is tiresome and barely reaches the level of debate of your third form debater.

            Every iteration of humourous, clever Trump pseudonym does not assist the debate very much.

            • Andre

              It takes vastly more time and effort to refute bullshit than it does to spatter it out in the first place. Eventually the time comes to call out the orifice spewing bullshit for what it is rather than continue the really tiresome task of trying to clean up after it.

        • Stuart Munro

          That Russia interference that altered the outcome 2016 US elections.

          Sources as various as Time and Al Jazeerah confirm the Russian interference

          and that Trump is somehow in the pocket of Putin,

          Nor is there a shortage of material claiming that Trump is indebted to Putin.

          both allegations never proven because they are both just as ridiculous.

          You may not accept the proof, but given the abundance of such reports in reputable media, they are hardly ridiculous. Ridiculous would be dismissing them without considering the evidence.

      • sumsuch 4.2.2

        And what does Joe really have to do with democracy?

        • sumsuch

          Getting involved in American politics is like getting involved in the demise of the Roman Republic. Nothing in it for anyone but with the most brilliant PR ever.

          • roblogic

            It's an historical moment. If Trump wins it's lights out for the USA. It will fall deeper into authoritarianism, paranoia, and corruption, as the pandemic and social unrest spread out of control. States like California and Texas might want to secede from the insanity in Washington and Wall St. Global treaties and defence arrangements will be in tatters.

            • sumsuch

              Actually, I wonder about supporting an oligarchic Democratic Party. But just a FDR or LBJ would be enough to deliver capitalism there for another few years. Which would be better than the violence needed otherwise. I don't think the DP understands this.

    • Andre 4.3

      Some day you might want to pop up from that rabbit hole you're in and come visit us where reality and rationality and big-pictures are occasionally visible.

      • Adrian Thornton 4.3.1

        @Andre..Down the rabbit hole?…mate your FBI handlers have already trapped, skinned, skewered and cooked you.

    • SPC 4.4

      While some people are focused on a battle for control of the Democratic Party, the Republicans have gone full metal jacket rogue and running amok.

      And this suits Valdimort Putin just fine. Authoritarians are a brotherhood, they care nothing for democratic traditions.

  5. George 5

    I am sensing myself becoming more concerned about the origins of this current outbreak as I watch the scientists looking perplexed and hear and read bafflement in the media reports. The current virus doesn't match the RNA of the virus past or that in quarantine at our borders. The likelihood of it passing from a frozen surface through layers of protective clothing is really low. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this?

  6. Tricledrown 6

    Poll in herald yesterday shows National bleeding more votes this time to NZ first.

  7. I Feel Love 7

    Holy hell, the anatomy of a(n unintentional) conspiracy theory,

  8. Andre 8

    This might be the first indisputably true thing Deranged Dotard has said.

    • Ad 8.1

      OK that was your morning pre-show, here's your main event, and get your hankies out for this one…

      I love well structured pure propaganda, just to smile at the skill of its orchestration.

      • Adrian Thornton 8.1.1

        That was unwatchable…" the skill of its orchestration " …I won't be taking any movie recommendations from you in future that's for sure!

        Anyway I think this clip would be little more informative to anyone interested in Biden political past…i mean who gives a fuck about his personal is what has he done as a politician is all that matters…

        …Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor for Harper’s magazine, talks about Biden’s record…

        From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden’s Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race

        • Ad

          Have a proper look at his full legislative record, and executive record, over 35 years. Fair to say that not many others will, but it's better than silly cherry-picking that your linked interviewers do.

        • NZJester

          Did you know if you look up "The Lincoln Project" that it has this info on Wikipedia;

          The Lincoln Project is an American political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent current and former individuals associated with the Republican Party.

          So that ad is by a Republican run group that is trashing Trump and supporting a Democrat.

  9. Adrian Thornton 9

    The lackluster ticket of Biden/Kamala starts to look a bit shaky… I have to say I could see no reason why Biden would choose Kamala as running mate, it seemed to me a serious strategic mistake that brought no new voters into the fold, while it no doubt offended many..but what do I know.

    Biden and Trump matchup tightens

    "Overall, 50% of registered voters back the Biden-Harris ticket, while 46% say they support Trump and Pence, right at the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points"

  10. swordfish 10

    Poll puts Labour as the preferred party for business owners for first time

    Labour is now the preferred party for the owners of small and medium-sized businesses, a poll by MYOB indicates.

    It was the first time owners of small and medium businesses had preferred Labour over National since MYOB, which provides online accounting services, began polling in 2011.

    “Up until now, while satisfaction with the performance of successive Governments has ebbed and flowed, the SME [small and medium-sized enterprises] sector has been a reliable voting bloc for the National Party,” said MYOB’s New Zealand manager, Ingrid Cronin-Knight.

    Labour was the preferred party for 38 per cent of the 401 business owners MYOB surveyed, with 35 per cent favouring National.

    Cronin-Knight said, over the years National had been the front-runner among the owners of small and medium-sized businesses, although its support waxed and waned ranging from 63 per cent in 2014 to 44 per cent in 2017.

    “At this time in the last election cycle, Labour sat on just 29 per cent support,” she said.

    She said 45 per cent of business owners surveyed believed the current Government deserved to be re-elected, while 37 per cent thought it was time for a change.

    • lprent 10.1

      That was a fascinating article – I looked at it last night. I tend to be a somewhat sceptical of the methodology – which wasn’t shown in the article and I can’t see on the MYOB site. If anyone has time could they find it and link to some with a bit of data in it?

      However the trend was interesting. I’ve always been of the opinion that SMEs tend to lean to incumbents rather than ideology. They have enough risk in their own markets and operations. What they’re mostly interested in from government is to not screw up too much.

      Clearly they don’t seem to have seen that from this government.

    • Tricledrown 10.2

      Since 1987

  11. Adrian Thornton 11

    More DNC dodgy behaviour revealed today, exposing yet again that the Pelosi lead establishment DNC is more interested in fighting and defeating any movement to the Left within the party than it is in defeating the Right..because it has more in common with the Right than the progressive Left, that is a plain and indisputable fact…

    Party Leaders Investigating Origin of Anti-Morse Campaign Helped Orchestrate It, Documents Reveal

    • SPC 11.1

      The same dynamic applies here, in the UK and in the USA. So why the focus on that party and its politics?

      • Adrian Thornton 11.1.1

        That is a good point, firstly I believe that like it or not the US and it's ideology influence western (and global) politics to an extreme degree, so any movement there right or left will spill over into our domestic scene to a small or large extent, so I am interested in it for that reason, and that is also why I am less interested in it's domestic politics.

        Secondly, there hasn't been anyone in the last couple of years on the NZ Left that have looked like they could pull Labour Left in the way Corbyn and Sanders where looking like they could do..especially since the passing of what could have been one of NZ's greatest Labour leaders Helen Kelly, so I have been pretty despondent about the local political scene since then.

        • aj

          could have been one of NZ's greatest Labour leaders Helen Kelly

          yes broken heart

        • Ad

          Trotter's book No Right Turn shares your melancholy, setting out how leftwards turns in New Zealand politics have been regularly sabotaged. I'd recommend it to you.

  12. Pat 13

    "Amusingly, the loudest calls for the government to step in and reduce the pain that employers are feeling, is coming from the same corporates (and libertarian political parties) that, for the past 20 years, have railed against the evils of state intervention, while also touting the virtues of small government. Clearly, there’s nothing like the advent of personal pain to enable a rethink, and a view of state support in a more kindly light. For the wider good, of course.

    Like any new converts, these new enthusiasts for corporate socialism tend to be dependent to an extent unimaginable by dole recipients or solo parents. With nary a blush, business has been demanding “Where’s the plan?” of the Ardern government – as if sustainable planning for economic recovery was solely the government’s problem, with no parallel obligation on business to look in the mirror. In fact, the wage subsidy scheme was originally intended to give troubled sectors (eg tourism, international education, and hospitality) time to reconfigure their operations It was not meant to be a pause button until whenever normal service would resume."

    Indeed…so many dont appear to have grasped the reality that these subsidies are a breathing space to reevaluate AND ACT with regard to the changed business environment….the cliff approaches and too many appear oblivious.

  13. SPC 14

    I just hope the number of schools opening up for the second week at Level 3 in Auckland is just a few, the entitled ones preparing students for their Cambridge exams, because if the outbreak spreads via schools it will go on longer and impact the NCEA period, election and survival of many businesses.

    • AB 14.1

      Waiting to hear whether our local state school is going to open up early for Years 12 and 13. The boy is quite keen to get back early – he thinks remote learning moves too slowly, puts him at a disadvantage compared to schools outside Auckland, and doesn't sufficiently mimic the classroom environment. Setting aside the point that a 17 year old shouldn't be so competitively stressed, these seem like reasonable comments about a slightly lacklustre implementation of remote learning.

      The 'elite' schools pushing this are meeting the needs of their real customers – not the students, the parents. These parents have paid a premium (fees or expensive real estate) to buy their children an advantage over other people's children. They don't want that investment wasted.

      • Muttonbird 14.1.1

        Digital learning applied to mathematics and theoretical science is flawed anyway. Remote learning embeds and magnifies those flaws.

        Nothing wrong with a pencil and paper!

      • Peter 14.1.2

        Interesting to hear some young people complaining about not being able to cope without the enforced organisational rigours of their secondary schools and want to be there to improve their school marks so they can go to whichever course at whichever university.

        Our youngest, not so long out of that world, said on hearing the complaints, "What? Soon they're going to be out on their own, controlling their own study, responsible for their own tracks. Sounds like they're not up to facing the real world of being a real student."

        She is one who observed numbers from cosseted backgrounds and fancy schools having difficulty coping with independence and poor ability at organising themselves.

        • JanM

          My sons who went to a decile 2 school and subsequently obtained good degrees, used to remark on how hopeless many of the students from elite schools were at organising themselves at university level. It suggests there is a lot of spoon-feeding happening; maybe more concerned about the pass rates for the schools concerned than developing the abilities of their students.

          • George

            The schools using the Oxford and Cambridge system..I can't remember the other name for it…these students have to earn more credits in order to gain entry to university now than NCEA based courses because the students weren't coping with the environment which was less structured.

  14. Muttonbird 15

    A beautiful, detailed and lengthy dismantling of the error-ridden and dangerous arguments put up by pandemic-deniers; Simon Thornley, Ryan Bridge, Damien Grant, Matthew Hooton, and Mike Hosking.

    • Just Is 15.1


      I check the Worldometer daily, it records the infection rates and deaths of 200 countries.

      In the last week or two, Sweden has Not been supplying the site with updated Corona Virus cases or deaths.

      The number of new cases reported has been stationary for even longer.

      I would suggest Swedens method of dealing with the virus is a Failure, the death rate of aprox 6750 is unchanged for last 2/3 weeks.

      Sweden is the only country that has stopped reporting daily cases.

      I wonder if the Govt there is struggling to defend its strategy publically, it only has a population of 10.5 million.

      • Muttonbird 15.1.1

        Some economist will know what all this means. Has Sweden borrowed less than us? Maybe:

        As a share of GDP, central government debt increases from 22 percent to 31 percent.

        I think we are looking at 45-50% or something. But then:

        The Maastricht debt is expected to increase from around 35 per cent of GDP in 2019 to 45 per cent at the end of next year. That measure includes the general government consolidated debt and is usually used in international comparisons.

        I have no idea what Maastricht debt is with respect to how we measure government debt.

        They are going to look a bit stupid if they end up with a) massive death rate, b) high unemployment (already over 9%), c) a shrivelled economy (GDP to fall 6.5% this year) and d) huge government debt.

      • Incognito 15.1.2

        You’ll need to dig deeper; click on the Sweden link, then on the source link at the bottom. You’ll get these webpages:

        • Just Is

          Worldometer is using their supplied data, if you look closely at the main graph you can see the N/A for info regarding recovered and active cases.

          I have been watching Swedens graph stats almost daily and their was an abrupt stop to statistical records for recording new infections, deaths, recovered and active cases.

          They had been recording daily infections in their hundreds prior to that, if you look closely at the infected graph they went from several hundred infections one day to nearly none 3 or 4 days later, we know that that is Highly unlikely given what we know in NZ.

          Their stats don't add up, they're suppilied by the Swedish Govt.

          Have they got something to hide

          • Just Is

            If Sweden had eradicated the virus from their shores you can bet your bottom dollar the world would have been the first to know about it.

            Has anyone seen a News bulletin/item stating Swedens success, it would have been All Over the News.

            No new cases and no new deaths from two to three hundred new casess on the 15th???

            • greywarshark

              And the economy didn't show up on comparative measures as doing all that well.

          • Incognito

            The data are there, on the Worldometer website, and they’re updated daily, as far as I can tell. You just need to click a little further/deeper than the main table on the landing page.

            Did you click on the two links I provided? All daily data can be found there. In fact, the Worldometer data seem to be a little ahead of its source!?

            Did you read this piece: It contains up-to-date data on and from Sweden.

            Nobody is hiding anything, it seems. You just need to look a little more carefully, it appears 😉

      • Gabby 15.1.3

        Anders Wotsisface may have decided old people count even less when they're dead.

    • Muttonbird 15.2

      Another article completely smashing the lame, primitive, poorly researched and dangerous reckons of Hooton, Seymour, Bridge, Hosking, Grant, Thornley and co.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 15.3

      That is an excellent article!

      Destroys with clear reason the arguments of those saying "Konomy and my precious convenience – so let 'em die" (perhaps phrased a little differently).

      Originally published on Newsroom.

      • Muttonbird 15.3.1

        Yes, and I was most heartened we have people in this country willing to stand up to our resident RWNJ opinion writers in the media.

        The evisceration in such considered detail of the friends of Plan-B and their extremely basic and poorly developed concepts gives me hope.

  15. John G 16

    That's an interesting link! I like them both but never saw the similarities. Bloody obvious really. The other link is the Doors "light my fire" and the Stranglers "Walk on by"

  16. byd0nz 17

    Cmon Trump. The longer your in, the more likely the downfall of the US as a world power. That can be only be good for the free world, free of yankee war crap.

    • Stuart Munro 17.1

      It depends how quickly another aspiring hegemon or pair of them move in to fill their shoes. An ineffectual US is likely much more benign than either an expanding kleptostate or aggressive state capitalism under a wannabe dynastic leader.

  17. ianmac 18

    We can tell where this line is going:

    Q2. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: What advice, if any, has she received on the most likely way COVID-19 entered Auckland, causing the lockdown which began on 12 August, and what weaknesses, if any, have officials identified in border procedures which may have left New Zealand vulnerable to fresh outbreaks of COVID-19?

    Determined to link the outbreak to a government Failure at the border. Wonder if we will ever know where the infection came from.
    Only 11 questions today?

    • ianmac 18.1

      The man behind a malicious online rumour about the origins of Covid-19's return to New Zealand admits they are awaiting a visit from cops.

      He had claimed that a member of the family at the centre of the new cluster had supposedly entered a managed isolation facility.

      Awful as it was, but interesting to see how the rumour spread and in this case remorse.

      • SPC 18.1.1

        I'm more interested about how it was then professionally repackaged on Facebook- and with the media know etc (which is like a QAnon type mem now, inferring the MSM are not informing the people but these peddlers of fake news are).

        • I Feel Love

          Is MOH still leaking, as something has just come out, they have found a link to the border.

          • SPC

            Just being transparent. A case involving a different strain of the virus is a major development.

            This case looks like a case of surface transmission to a maintenance worker, rather than person to person, these things do happen. China had a cluster they could not explain for some time. Apparently someone returned from overseas and went to their apartment to isolate. Another person in the building spread to others afterwards – the only known link is a button in an elevator.

            • Incognito

              As far as I know, the sequencing is partial and I wonder if they have ruled out that this B.1.1.1 sub-lineage developed independently here in NZ from a B.1.1 lineage. AFAIK, it only takes one nucleotide difference to become ‘eligible’ to qualify as a sub-lineage. All sub-lineages started somewhere but there’s no fundamental reason to exclude the (slim?) possibility that the same change happened in more than one place. I’d think the probability is higher than winning the Lotto Jackpot and this was won by ten lucky punters on Saturday. Anybody able to answer this knowledgably?

              • Andre

                I claim zero expertise in viral mutations, but a somewhat feeble grasp of probabilities, so I'll have a crack:

                I guess the first step would be finding out if we've seen the B.1.1 lineage previously here in New Zealand.

                If all nucleotide substitutions are equally probable (no idea whether that's true, I'd guess a lot of theoretically possible substitutions create non-viable virus), then the chances of independently getting that B.1.1.1 mutation here would surely be 1/3 (chances of substituting in the same new nucleotide) times 1/30,000 (the number of nucleotides in the SARS-CoV-2 genome and therefore the chance of substituting into the exact same location) times the number of instances a mutation of that original B.1.1 has occurred here in NZ (call it x, unknown), for a total odds of x/90,000. Times whatever scale-up factor needed to account for all the non-viable mutations in that 90,000 denominator that would never appear.

                The odds of winning from a single line of Powerball are 1/38,383,800. The cheapest ticket is for 8 lines, so that's 1/4,797,975 chance of winning from the cheapest ticket. But the 10 winners all won off the second division since it was a must-win draw, so their odds of their win off one cheapest ticket were roughly 1/800,000.

                But I'd guess there were vastly more tickets sold for the Powerball draw than opportunities for B.1.1 to become B.1.1.1, assuming B.1.1 actually was present here.

    • Poission 18.2

      Determined to link the outbreak to a government Failure at the border.

      There is a quarantine failure with a staff member ,who however has a different genome.

      The new development here is a maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel isolation facility in Auckland testing positive. He has no regular contact with guests and he isn't linked to the existing cluster.

      Genome sequencing has shown a link between this worker and a returnee who travelled from the US at the end of July.

      A review of CCTV clips show no obvious connection between the two.

      There are six close contacts connected to the worker, all are in self-isolation and have tested negative. Three household contacts have been identified and tested.

      • Muttonbird 18.2.1

        I feel like this is the only case of a border worker (not even a border worker really) to have tested positive? So far at least. And it's not even one responsible for the Auckland cluster.

        Doesn't this suggest the the border workers were taking care of themselves all along with good practice and that the opposition's drive to find a breach because of testing is a load of shite?

        • Poission

          Doesn't this suggest the the border workers were taking care of themselves all along with good practice

          Um no,there was an absence of sentinal surveillance prior.Look at the containment actions taken after the horse had bolted.

          • Muttonbird

            What I'm saying is, assuming all border workers have now been tested (I don't know if this is true) and come up negative apart from this one maintenance worker (I don't know if this is true either), doesn't that show border practice was fine?

            Ruining my theory might be that a border worker in July may have become infected, not been symptomatic, has recovered without symptoms but not before transmitting the virus to case zero of the Auckland cluster. Seems unlikely.

            • Muttonbird

              Air Commodore Darren Webb said it was the first time a staff member at a managed isolation had tested positive.

              There might be more border workers, MIQ workers test positive in the coming days but this guy is the first to test positive.

              Having said that, I hate this tendency for people to downplay symptoms. It is really dangerous. If you feel unwell, stay home, ffs.


            • Poission

              The rydges case is troublesome.

              The man in the centre of this had health checks at work when he returned to work but the symptoms were put down to an existing condition.

              Woods said the man passed his health checks at work.

              "He passed his health check in terms of the temperature … he had his test on Thursday, that's all we can tell you at this time,"


              The response to the ak cluster ( genomic difference) suggests there may be a maritime breach (which was always a soft border) such as stevedores,pilots,etc.

              • Muttonbird

                Yes, they have thrown a lot at ports and truckies recently (some of who are refusing tests, I hear). This suggests they are concerned about port workers mixing with foreign crew.

                I would have said it is the responsibility of the ports themselves to adhere to MoH border guidelines. Maybe you could tag MPI a little bit but it differs from immigration and MIQ which are clearly government run. You could say baggage handlers are in the same boat (heh) as port workers.

                • Treetop

                  Two main reasons for refusing a test.

                  1. If you have it fear of losing your job.

                  2. Medication legal or illegal detected.

                  Possibly just the virus is checked for.

                  I have been listening for the last 30 mins to parliament. Just as I expected Collins expects a different outcome (the impossible no Covid cases) to other countries.

                  • Muttonbird

                    As far as I know the Covid sick leave 14 day payment is still in place. Trucking firms need to be hauled into line if they are threatening drivers for taking sick-leave. If they are contractors wage subsidy is there.

                    I am aware of rumours some truck drivers are heavy amphetamine users.

                    • greywarshark

                      I hope the truckies are not getting into the situation that they were in the USA years ago, taking uppers and downers, pushing themselves, not having proper stops and decent food. One got into that cycle and ran down some people and/or into a store. I think a dietitian considered it a sort of sugar high, putting out the person's body systems. Driving for too long hours.

      • Pat 18.2.2

        Love this narrative about 'failure;…FFS this is the unknown and everybody is learning on the job…we have no idea about potential lines of transmission.

        There have been some questionable acts but no failure of intent.

        time to get real

    • ScottGN 18.3

      She took the unusual step of telegraphing the claims to the media this morning ahead of QT too. Which perhaps suggests she isn’t confident that the info she has will get her a big enough bang for her buck or that maybe events may overtake her as the day goes on?

  18. Jum 19

    Vegetable growers are complaining about the delay in getting staff into harvesting areas because of Akld/Waikato covid 'border'.

    Before that people were complaining that the border restrictions were not tough enough.

    People were complaining about being turned back because of no exemptions, but exemptions were available early on.

    I'm complaining about people complaining when they got what they wished for – tough border control.

    The real issue – people blocking the traffic were travelling without good reason but nobody was complaining – funny that.

  19. Tricledrown 20

    National have another outbreak of footnmouth Gerry meandering Brownlee with another conspiracy theory media bias.

    • SPC 20.1

      It's expression of a fear that the MSM will fact check their political messaging, National are trying to warn the media off by sending in the one man who has no credibility left to lose.

      • greywarshark 20.1.1

        I was talking to a Chch woman tonight about the stress of waiting for the election and getting Labour back in. She hasn't got good things to say about Brownlee. Was talking about the debacle about sweeping decisions about the red zone and how it hurt the people living there, still getting over it and trying to get settled. Apparently back then there was a rush to do this and that, resulted in one woman going shopping in the morning and came back and her house was demolished. Everything seems to have been lost, all her possessions, all the precious family photos etc. Pretty legal? Pretty incredible.

  20. PaddyOT 21

    Light lunchtime relief. When reading the article every time the word "emu" or " Eric" or "he" is mentioned replaced it with my favourite name "Judith" or "she".

    Judith flees rural Auckland paddock in search of love.

    Says Foster an Animal Welfare officer, " I had never caught a Judith before, so I started Googling how to do it,” As Judith has sharp claws and a “forceful kick”, Foster and her colleagues had to be extra careful in their capture attempt.

    Says the owner Goodley, " Even I’ve got to keep looking over my shoulder when she’s following me around the paddock.”

    She is “strutting her stuff” with her 20 sheep friends.

    “She loves roaming around the paddock showing off she’s the tallest thing in there,” Goodley said.

  21. PaddyOT @ 21 Thanks… Best of the day haha!! I will have fun with that… light relief.

  22. greywarshark 24

    The Progressive Party – small but sounds beautifully motivated.

    Progressive Party policies include maximising NZ’s self-reliance. We fully accept that NZ’s standard of living is built on its trade with the rest of the world, so maximising our self-reliance is not a call for protectionism.

    What it does mean, in the first instance, is ensuring our ability to meet our basic needs so that we can relate to the rest of the world from a position of strength.

    We invite you to browse our website and discover a little more about who we are and what we are advocating

    Bruce Dyer has been living his principles for a long time.

    • lprent 24.1

      Last I heard they hadn’t hit the 500 signatures…
      Ummm – yes.

      The Progressive party currently aren’t on the register.

      The Heartland party has no constitution and rules. They may have to hurry up.
      Nor does The Advance New Zealand Party.

      What in the hell is the Tea party? Umm their constitution has as the second clause..

      The Party may also be known as the New Zealand Taxpayers and Entrepreneurs Alliance, still
      abbreviated as “TEA Party”, for the purposes of the Electoral Act 1993.

      Umm The ONE party. Oh their constitution appendix has (with tabs between the words?)…

      1. We believe in only one God, eternally existent in three persons;
      God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
      Matt 28:19 1 John 5:7

      The Vision New Zealand Party sounds awfully similar with this as their first principle

      Believe there is only one God, who is undivided and inseparable in
      essence, and within this one essence there are three eternal
      distinctions, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
      They recognize the Holy Bible to be the Word of God, which is infallible
      and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals, upon
      which governing mandates should be founded and measured.

      I know all of the rest of the parties. Ok that was an amusing few minutes looking at the new kids on the block.
      Now enough procrastination – back to finding out why NetworkManager thinks that the wifi module is unavailable.

    • PaddyOT 24.2

      Thanks for this refreshing reflection Greywarshark. This alternative thinking/vision has been an area on my mind.

      For the knockers the Party's manifesto is worthy of space and discussion
      • All people can fulfil their basic needs for food, clothing, housing, medical care and education,

      • All human beings can freely develop their physical, mental and spiritual potentials,

      • All human beings experience human rights such as physical integrity, equality and freedom,

      Moving together and for each other we can develop our individual and collective potential. "

      Even today watching Parliament live angered me. In this unparalleled reconvening it should have been a precious space for meaningful conversations about all our forward wellbeing. Instead the time was hijacked for point scoring. Parliamentary time today was an expensive rort on taxpayer's money when the questions today had already been answered through various channels.

      It is hard to describe a type of angst or is it fury that I feel about a void of action, a void of policy and little voicing of even near future solutions for addressing entrenched injustices that contunue to cause longterm misery for so many.

      What do other main Parties offer?

      "Homo economicus, the everyman postulated by economic theorists, is an atomized individual who is relentlessly driven to maximize his material advantages through the market not matter what the social costs. "

      "NOW is the starting point upon which we can build a political framework of access, sharing, equality and social well-being."

      Another perspective is, IMO , an inabilty to let go of "ego" . Missing in the main is even a hint of decolonisation policies, systems thinking other than measures I have seen in the Green's platform.

      "Decolonisation goes beyond diversity and inclusion. It is the commitment to make marginalised communities un-marginalised by recognising them as part of the whole and welcoming them as agents of change."

      "The most effective visions will show people the better world in meaningful concrete ways, lay out a clear process for change and be clear on who can make the change within a system and structure."

      The dominant feeling I have is that change will not happen with this election's offerings because a type of criminal act has taken place. That act has been the stealing of space for the voices of the people to be addressed. The crime is a theft of democracy by the likes of those with a self interest agenda to gain Power. The greatest vile collaborator is the MSM.

      • Pat 24.2.1

        change will not happen because too many dont wish it so…its not rocket science.

        • PaddyOT

          Is that so Pat?

          Your view and dismissal belittling a view with " it's not rocket science" about sums up 2020. Today in Parliament was the same said in multiple ways, " Any view but mine is all shit." And repeat.

          Btw. The links provided were some of many similar ‘expert’ voices.

          • Pat

            easy to disparage…care to make an argument that disputes my position?

            • PaddyOT

              I did I posted a view from many voices.

              In an instant barely enough time to even tead a link, you were the disparaging one.

              "… it's not rocket science" , you might as well have stated your superior view by calling me a " dumbass" .

              Your statement

              " too many dont wish it so". Who ? Explain please this writing off of the masses of people enduring injustice.
              Irony is your action is what was reflected in my post.

              Could be you might be one of the causes of people giving up TS.

              • Incognito

                Conflating opinion with “rocket science” is silly, I agree. But there have been quite a few opinion polls recently.

                Taking things personal when they’re not, is setting yourself up for a shit fight.

                There are many reasons why people come and go from TS. Unless you have done an exit poll, you don’t know their reasons and can only speculate. The vast majority of page views (visits) of TS are silent readers.

                • PaddyOT

                  It's not taken personally Incognito.

                  It is the action and intent of his putdown on other's that is detrimental.

                  I have read Pat's posts today and applying the same post under his own views or anyone's is corrosive to any dialogue.
                  Put Pat's comment under his long post made with considerable effort today and see the effect- 18 August 2020 at 10:58 am

                  "… if sustainable planning for economic recovery was solely the government’s problem, with no parallel obligation on business to look in the mirror…."

                  Then apply the action of 'instantly stomp on it .. you dumbass.'

                  So for reflection, if I posted this same comment instantly under your well considered input of posts I believe you would find it unacceptable.

                  Or let this comment stand as a model for other commentators and 'just give up on change you dolts'

                  "change will not happen because too many dont wish it so…its not rocket science."

                  • Pat

                    "I have read Pat's posts today and applying the same post under his own views or anyone's is corrosive to any dialogue.
                    Put Pat's comment under his long post made with considerable effort today and see the effect- 18 August 2020 at 10:58 am

                    "… if sustainable planning for economic recovery was solely the government’s problem, with no parallel obligation on business to look in the mirror…."

                    You are aware that you have quoted Gordon Campbell?…and the post is brief as almost all my posts are…I dont do verbose.

                  • greywarshark


                    If you can be a bit tolerant – everyone who comes and blogs about politics is special – all concerned to get change, better things, but how? And all have particular gifts and knowledge and perceptions. Gradually an understanding of that person's mind is gained and then when they seem faulty you know where they are coming from.

                  • Incognito

                    Ok, the written word lacks intonation and is often (?) perceived differently, in a qualitative sense, than intended. This can lead to endless misunderstandings.

                    If you reply to one of my comments that it is not rocket science, I would most likely ask you why or simply let it go.

                    OTOH, if you were to call me a dumbass, I would take that as a personal insult, in the first instance.

                    It all depends on the context (e.g. topic, thread, commenter, etc.) and on the mood I am in at the time.

                    I hope that makes sense.

              • Pat

                i will confess i have not yet read the links (though I shall) but make the observation that the greens have been promoting progressive policies for decades and to date capture (?) around 6 -7% of the voting publics support…there is a disconnect between what people say they want and what they are prepared to support.

                It is not as I wish it to be

      • greywarshark 24.2.2

        Hi PaddyOT I was talking to someone who has studied philosophy tonight and we agreed that the education system needs to teach how to analyse, simplify, check something with critical analysis to get to the basis of what it's about. She mentioned Plato, I've got a book about his thoughts, but as I haven't read it I haven't experienced anything but the satisfaction of having got it available.

        • PaddyOT

          Tonight I think Socrates , Plato's teacher might be in the lead on 'thinking about thinking' studies.

          " The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but building on the new."- Socrates.🤪

          Plato had constraints on how much he should explore as his mentor Socrates was executed for his views.

          Thanks for the advice on tolerance, if you go back I wasn't. I replied to your post initially and got an intolerant responder. Life's served up some massive doozies on me and mine that other's would crumble under. I moved from some decades of teaching children through to adults onto looking at real change for voiceless victim's . I put my own money where my mouth is, sound research and widespread investigation from those at grassroots both workers and victims, to hear their voices. Overwhelming was the oppression that leads to silencing and misery of many. I worked with some amazing experts and put a Charitable Trust Deed together and my money at a time where political powers upheld 'top down' approaches.

          Bittersweet, is that over the next 15 years from inception 'we the collective' now of thousands of victims, are now one of the largest NGO charitable organisations in New Zealand that drives its business from the clients voices up. A switcheroo is that Government agents now refer their too hard to Us. It is also credit to a massive collaboration of like agencies that founders worked tirelessly to network with. Face to face audaciously with the BigWigs worked a treat too. As does being nimble in predictions of where political winds will blow for Strategic Plans.

          So I walk the talk and intolerance is not really my vice.

          • SPC

            Cynicism is not intolerance. Though some are intolerant of cynics.

            And its not cyncism against proponents of change, its cyncism about whether people trapped in a battle for economic survival in a market rigged against many/most have the energy or hope left to buy into it. And that is based on the politics of a generation.

            But then generations come and go. And sometimes all that is required for the older generation to get out of the way.

            • PaddyOT

              Where was the cynicism SPC, I was not being cynical, have you misread ?

              " "But then generations come and go. And sometimes all that is required for the older generation to get out of the way."

              What are you meaning here?

              • SPC

                No. You accused Pat of being intolerant for being a cynic.

                I'll end it there.

                • PaddyOT

                  There you go again SPC putting your own spin and nasty twists in to uphold false views. Shades of last week when you pissed all over people with your dangerous plague theorizing and then failed to answer for your targetting people maliciously.

                  • SPC

                    change will not happen because too many dont wish it so

                    Pat's comment is near to an example of cynicism.

                    I replied to your post initially and got an intolerant responder

                    You described his comment as intolerant.

                    The facts are the facts. We are done.

                    I’ve been on blogs a long time, and you are one the quickest to make personal attacks on others that I have seen.

                    • PaddyOT

                      SPC go back on all my input, read and then apologise for this,
                      " I’ve been on blogs a long time, and you are one the quickest to make personal attacks on others that I have seen." Show where there was personal attacks on anyone, as you have continued to do even in your putdowns continuously.

                      On your cannabis users and employers ? theory talking past a commentor it ends with, "The current discriminatory regime is bad for our economy."

                      No foundation given.

                      And on denouncing someone's post re population change this small portion of your way out there theory and no sources cited-:

                      "All pre pandemic thinking (old people at risk) … and with no awareness of the risk of super bugs (antibiotics into Chinese pigs still) on the ability of hospitals to provide old people with new knees hips etc."
                      (( WTF?))

                      "Global warming impact on old age health … nothing …"

                      "Sure contracpetion and education reduce the amount of children women have, but egg storage and looser rules about surrogacy may mitigate that."

                      Onto pissing on a credible well researched opinion you expound this-

                      "Given breaking Oz and US into economically dependent satellites is part of their three circles ambition for the Pacific, which they have barely tried to hide, there is nothing manufactured about it.
                      For mine it is going to be hilarious, when the West embraces Russia as part of containment of China, how many people are going to turn on a dime."

                      Still no reference for your ' findings' .

                      Just screeds and screeds of your theories with no foundations offered to overide what others say.

                      Best ever, your own pithy theory to put down another researched commentary you felt had no evidence when it did – :
                      "saying something does not exist if it does not have a creation date is spurious." Then you had once more put your made up theory in and still NO evidence.

                      The pattern is like observing ' little boy dashing in from across the playground' to put the biff in. Still no accountability for trollie type false statements. Go you !

                    • SPC

                      Oh my gosh I have a stalker …surprise

                    • lprent []

                      It isn’t hard on this site. Press the name in the recent comments bar on the right in the desktop version.

                    • SPC

                      There is also 28.1.1 Open Mike 15/8.

          • greywarshark

            Thanks PaddyOT but you have sounded off sharply at people writing here. I think that is intolerant. I should know because I have caught myself doing that. And sometimes showing intolerance is needed otherwise you get to be just a limp rag.

            We all bring our own experiences and perceptions to the mix. Yours may be more knowledgable about problems that others seem to brush off. But If you can't discuss and describe then you don't get the best out of a forum.

            Thanks for the sayings.

  23. Muttonbird 25

    This guy.

    I wonder if there's any connection between Judith Collins replying to his "thesis" and him appearing on the AM Show?

    Did Duncs tell the nation how many MIQ workers have tested positive?

    • Jum 25.1

      I'm more interested in knowing when he contacted the 'higher ups' and when he contacted Garner.

      • Muttonbird 25.1.1

        Unless two or more of them knew each other personally before this, I reckon it went like this:

        Dubai property lawyer Lunjevich writes to Collins about what the bus driver said (why did he ask the bus driver that question anyway?)

        Collins senses an opportunity to bag Ardern and writes to Garner asking him to put Dubai property lawyer Lunjevich on the show to bag Ardern.

        Garner dutifully sets up the zoom call and broadcasts.

        If they did know each other previously, it looks like a well planned attack with Dubai property lawyer Lunjevich being coached on what questions to ask and what to look for in MIQ in order to cause MoH and Ardern as much trouble as possible.

    • Jum 25.2

      Muttonbird, he seemed to know Garner quite well? Friends tell me that he earlier called this person a ‘mate’, his ‘eyes and ears’ on AM.

      • Muttonbird 25.2.1

        Yes, you can tell with Garner. If Lunjevich 'loves his country' so much, what was he doing in Dubai?

        If that were the case it would have gone like this:

        Duncs to Judith: “I have a RW friend coming in from Dubai. Will get him to scope MIQ and write to you about it, then we can put it on our show.”

        Judith: “My eyebrows are very interested.”

  24. greywarshark 26

    There are some poor types around NZ who can't be shamed, always have an excuse, some odd reason. It seems that they will never 'go straight' – why release them amongst the public to start off some new criminal pursuit? Have an open prison managed farm where you can keep them busy with a pleasant life provided they stay in custody, or else they are in deep custard, or is that porridge.

    • ScottGN 27.1

      Depends who the Snapchat private group was I suppose?
      One thing though, this breaking story and the Rydges Hotel maintenance worker testing positive mean that Judith’s gotcha-that-wasn’t in the House today will be lucky to survive the news cycle let alone dominate it.

    • greywarshark 27.2

      That's what you get when you contract out government work to private contractors employing usually, poorly paid, workers.

      • Treetop 27.2.1

        A defence force worker could have done the repair. Possibly having a pool of defence force workers is the way to go. There could be some sort of isolating system away from other defence force employees and families. A bit like a deployment for a month at a time and then 2 weeks in isolation.

    • Muttonbird 27.3

      Outside of being coerced to do it, the only motivation I can think of is the guard was big-noting because a high profile returnee was on the list.

      Snap-chat vehicle would back this up.

      • McFlock 27.3.1

        Whatever the motive, a good way to shaft a security career and land some charges.

        Unless the guard claims unsolicited emails were sent to a personal address, of course. /sarc

  25. Eco Maori 28

    The corrupt justice system of new zealand strikes

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    Yesterday the man that I admire most in NZ politics called time.Around the middle of yesterday news began to filter out. People were posting unconfirmed reports that Grant Robertson was taking a new role as Vice-Chancellor at Otago Uni. Within an hour it became clear that he was indeed retiring ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    16 hours ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    17 hours ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    19 hours ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    1 day ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    11 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    3 weeks ago

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