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Open Mike 18/09/2018

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  1. Ed 1

    As many of us suspected.
    Just another false flag….

    Serial numbers of missile that downed MH17 show it was produced in 1986, owned by Ukraine

    The serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile which downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986, the Russian military said. The projectile was owned by Ukraine, they added.
    There are two serial numbers found on fragments of the missile, which shot down the passenger airliner in June 2014 according to an international team of investigators led by the Netherlands. The numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile.

    The Russian military on Monday said they had traced them to a missile which had the producer serial number 8868720.


    • Stunned mullet 1.1

      That’s some fine trolling by RT.

    • Stuart Munro 1.2

      Laughable crap.

      The Russian official story is still a Ukrainian fighter, the pilot of which mysteriously “committed suicide” recently.

      A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.
      It is being investigated under the premeditated murder section of Ukraine’s penal code.


    • joe90 1.3

      The Joint Investigation Team calls the Russian Ministry of Defence out as liars.

      The JIT will meticulously study the materials presented today as soon as the Russian Federation makes the relevant documents available to the JIT as requested in May 2018 and required by UNSC resolution 2166. From the start of the investigation until today, the JIT has always carefully analyzed and processed the information provided by the Russian Federation. In doing so, the JIT has found that information from the Russian Ministry of Defense previously presented to the public and provided to the JIT was factually inaccurate on several points. An example is the alleged presence of a fighter plane in the vicinity of MH17 on radar imagery presented to the public on a press conference in July 2014.


  2. Ed 2

    A truly brilliant article.
    Here is an excerpt.

    “Just as a feudal elite was driven not by ethics but by the pursuit of power and wealth through the control of land; just as early capitalists were driven not by ethics but by the pursuit of power and wealth through the control of mechanisation; so neoliberalism is driven not by ethics but the pursuit of power and wealth through the control of the planet.

    The only truth we can know is that the western power-elite is determined to finish the task of making its power fully global, expanding it from near-absolute to absolute. It cares nothing for you or your grand-children. It is a cold-calculating system, not a friend or neighbour. It lives for the instant gratification of wealth accumulation, not concern about the planet’s fate tomorrow.

    And because of that it is structurally bound to undermine or discredit anyone, any group, any state that stands in the way of achieving its absolute dominion.

    If that is not the thought we hold uppermost in our minds as we listen to a politician, read a newspaper, watch a film or TV show, absorb an ad, or engage on social media, then we are sleepwalking into a future the most powerful, the most ruthless, the least caring have designed for us.

    Step back, and take a look at the whole screen. And decide whether this is really the future you wish for your grand-children.”


    • cleangreen 2.1

      Yes Ed;

      It is just another shifty hate campaign aimed at Russia by the current NATO administration who want to seize some Russian land for themselves no doubt.

      But the Russians have been invaded before several times by others in the EU block haven’t they.??

      Mongol invasion of “Kyivan Rus” (the modern people of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia).

      Then in 1812 French Napoleonic invasion.

      Then in 1940 Germany invaded Russia.


      Russia did not invade anywhere as many as US did!!!

      US countries they invaded number around 70 counties between 1776 and now!!!


  3. Sanctuary 3

    So, what does Heather du Plessis-Allen’s comments on the Pacific islands really tell us about the state of broadcasting – and broadcasters – today?

    Let’s be honest. She most likely said what she said because her rating are down. She needed a boost, so she went as low as she could without being censured by her employer. It was a calculated appeal to keep the angry old racists on ZB from not switching to Radio Sport after their daily dose of sneering class warfare from Hoskings and batshit conspiracy theories from Leighton Smith.

    Heather du Plessis-Allen isn’t a racist. She is to shallow to know much about being a racist. She only knows one thing. And that one thing is she knows she will do whatever it takes to keep her job. If that means she has to be is a scoffing and entitled narcissist who doesn’t give a shit about the consequences of her statements, she is down with that. Her discount cynicism, her vulgar and opportunist racism, her tawdry insults are all driven by only one thing. And that one thing is an utterly banal cupidity, and that banal cupidity comprises the lowest common denominator that is the ideological glue that binds all the right wing stable together, from Slater to Farrar to Hoskings to Soper to Heather du Plessis-Allen.

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to private media in NZ in 2018. A near perfect metaphor for neoliberalism, motivated by crass greed and not much else.

    • Ed 3.1

      Brilliant article, Sanctuary.
      Worthy of a post.
      I only disagree on one point.
      HDPA is a racist.

    • Ed 3.2

      Jonathan Cook’s take on the media

      “Journalists typically have a passive relationship to power, in stark contrast to their image as tenacious watchdog. But more fundamental than control over narrative is the ideology that guides these narratives. Ideology ensures the power-system is invisible not only to us, those who are abused and exploited by it, but also to those who benefit from it.

      It is precisely because power resides in structures and ideology, rather than individuals, that it is so hard to see. And the power-structures themselves are made yet more difficult to identify because the narratives created about our societies are designed to conceal those structures and ideology – where real power resides – by focusing instead on individuals.

      That is why our newspapers and TV shows are full of stories about personalities – celebrities, royalty, criminals, politicians. They are made visible so that we do not notice the ideological structures we live inside that are supposed to remain invisible.

      News and entertainment are the ripples on a lake, not the lake itself. But the ripples could not exist without the lake that forms and shapes them.”

  4. Ankerrawshark 4


    This is the best reporting on the coalitions re-set I have seen. Gordon Campbell shows what real journalism is. The rest as Winston said yesterday on Kim hill, are all (over-paid) amateurs

    • Dennis Frank 4.1

      I think this part of his commentary is worth recycling: “Besides Ardern, politicians elsewhere – notably Elizabeth Warren in the US – have been grappling recently with how to confront the socially toxic emphasis that the corporate sector has placed on maximizing shareholder wealth above all other concerns. The diagnosis of what’s gone wrong is simple:

      The heterodox economist William Lazonick of the University of Massachusetts puts the thesis very squarely, arguing that “from the end of World War II until the late 1970s, a retain-and-reinvest approach to resource allocation prevailed at major U.S. corporations.” But since the Reagan era, business has followed “a downsize-and-distribute regime of reducing [labour] costs and then distributing the freed-up cash to financial interests, particularly shareholders.”

      “This belief that the maximising of shareholder wealth is the prime – even the only –purpose of business originated with the economist Milton Friedman, in this wildly influential 1970 article. Down the subsequent years, the doctrine of shareholder supremacy has had a number of dire consequences. It has eroded business ethics by fostering sharp business practices aimed at maximising share value, and also the CEO compensation packages based on them. Wealth that used to be retained and re-invested (a) back into firms, (b) distributed in wages via union-negotiated agreements, and (c) re-invested in communities is now funnelled almost exclusively to shareholders.”

      “Since only about one in ten Americans (and a similar ratio of New Zealanders) ever participate in speculation in shares, this channeling of shareholder wealth to an elite of the already advantaged has led to damaging extremes of income inequality – and to levels of social anger that have been politically captured by the far right. The road to Trump was paved by Milton Friedman.”

      • In Vino 4.1.1

        Agreed – an accurate but sad assessment. More fools us. Throughout all that Rogernomics bullshit I had the uncomfortable feeling that it was wrong, but it is only with the benefit of hindsight that the assessment can be so clearly stated.
        I went with Anderton in opposition, but the media were full of right-wing propaganda at the time. “Profit is not a dirty word!” they all howled at us, and then there were years of criminal profit-gouging. We now need to call profit-gouging what it is, and restore some balance.

        • greywarshark

          Someone should start a ritual of once a month going to Milton Friedman’s grave and spilling red paint over it. He doesn’t deserve to lie in quiet satisfaction with kudos for his work, and this also applies to fellow economists commonly associated such as Hayek.

          The child theory grew and contorted into a ‘robust’ free market one as it proved so suited to being established in a weakened, vulnerable polity as in Chile, and then as skilfully utilised by Roger Douglas and three others* with at one time, David Lange in the Fish and Chip Brigade making a Gang of Four! They all came to prominence after our oil shock problems, collapse of our investment in Ansett, and the move by the UK into the European Common Market.

          During the military rule under Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990) in Chile, opposition scholars took up the expression to describe the economic reforms implemented there and its proponents (the “Chicago Boys”).[5] Once this new meaning was established among Spanish-speaking scholars, it diffused into the English-language study of political economy.

          *…his closest colleagues as Richard Prebble, Mike Moore, and Michael Bassett.[24]
          Someone should start a ritual of once a month going to Milton Friedman’s grave and spilling red paint over it. He doesn’t deserve to lie in quiet satisfaction with kudos for his work, and this also applies to fellow economists.

          The child theory grew and contorted into a ‘robust’ free market one as it proved so suited to being established in a weakened, vulnerable polity as in Chile, and then as skilfully utilised by Roger Douglas and three others* with at one time, David Lange in the Fish and Chip Brigade making a Gang of Four! They all came to prominence after our oil shock problems, collapse of our investment in Ansett, and the move by the UK into the European Common Market.

          During the military rule under Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990) in Chile, opposition scholars took up the expression to describe the economic reforms implemented there and its proponents (the “Chicago Boys”).[5] Once this new meaning was established among Spanish-speaking scholars, it diffused into the English-language study of political economy.

          *…his closest colleagues as Richard Prebble, Mike Moore, and Michael Bassett.[24]Someone should start a ritual of once a month going to Milton Friedman’s grave and spilling red paint over it. He doesn’t deserve to lie in quiet satisfaction with kudos for his work, and this also applies to fellow economists.

          The child theory grew and contorted into a ‘robust’ free market one as it proved so suited to being established in a weakened, vulnerable polity as in Chile, and then as skilfully utilised by Roger Douglas and three others* with at one time, David Lange in the Fish and Chip Brigade making a Gang of Four! They all came to prominence after our oil shock problems, collapse of our investment in Ansett, and the move by the UK into the European Common Market.

          During the military rule under Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990) in Chile, opposition scholars took up the expression to describe the economic reforms implemented there and its proponents (the “Chicago Boys”).[5] Once this new meaning was established among Spanish-speaking scholars, it diffused into the English-language study of political economy.

          *…his closest colleagues as Richard Prebble, Mike Moore, and Michael Bassett.[24]

          • alwyn

            Well we see what sort of views you espouse, don’t we.
            Was the story I have linked to the work of you and your kind?
            For anyone else I suggest you don’t follow the link. It is the sort of thing only people like greywarshark would approve of.
            You are of course aware that Friedman was Jewish?

            • In Vino

              alwyn: Einstein was also Jewish. But he had the distinction of being sound and correct.
              I understood that you valued IQ… Why did you make such an obviously stupid response? Anti-Semitism out of that??

              • alwyn

                You will note that he included the following lines three times in the comment.
                “Someone should start a ritual of once a month going to Milton Friedman’s grave and spilling red paint over it”.

                If that is not advocating the desecration of graves, in exactly the same way as the article indicates some mongrels did to graves in this country, then what is it advocating.
                Why does he believe that desecration of graves is acceptable?

                • In Vino

                  Admittedly, the message appears to have been fumbled and repeated twice. But spilling red paint over a grave is a symbolic act. It has been done literally at times, but Greywarshark saying someone ‘should’ do it is not the same as actually doing it. Plenty of non-Jewish graves have been desecrated too… I doubt if Greywarshark takes spray-cans of red paint to cemeteries in the deep of dark.
                  Heard of metaphors?
                  Your whole over-reaction smacks of ‘mongrel’ alwyn. Just a bit too eager to score a point that turns into an own goal.

              • cleangreen

                In Vino; – 100% factual there In vino.
                Perfectly said.

    • Dennis Frank 5.1

      He’s mistaken here: “it’s in the Labour-Greens coalition agreement, so it’s a Government commitment.” A policy only becomes adopted by this coalition government when Labour and NZF both agree to adopt it. The GP is not part of the govt, only some of its MPs are. Yet more media incomprehension of MMP.

  5. Ffloyd 6

    Crikey. Jacinda got a going over this morning from Kim Hill, who says that Jacinda got humiliated by Winston ACCORDING to many political commentators. We all know who these hacks are. O’Brien, Garner, Watkins,Armstrong etc who come out of their holes at the mention of Jacinda to write their derogatory own opinions to create negative perception in the press and television aided by constant pop ups of dim Bridges who is hardly ever challenged. Fortunately all these people can not change the average Zealanders that JA is fighting the long game for the ultimate benefit of all of us. Fighting against a constant unfair battle against the poor selection of political news hacks that we are lumbered with.She is a strong lady and will prevail against them. Although Winston does need to pull his head in and keep things behind closed doors. It’s time extraneous issues were put to one side and all positive things this Government are trying to achieve should be given positive press. Too many sideshows Winnie.

    • Cinny 6.1

      simon was cringe worthy yesterday in all his interviews and on the nation in the weekend.

      Am not into name calling but, what a donut. How embarrassing that he is the best the nats could find.

      Meanwhile it sounds like our refugee quota is due to rise, good stuff.

      Oppps that will put a spanner in the works re the current narrative being flung around by certain media.

      Winnie is going to be on radio live this morning if any are interested, not sure what time.

    • Chuck 6.2

      Indeed when Kim Hill goes after a Labour PM you know it is not just politics in play.

      “We all know who these hacks are” it was pretty much across the board…the only difference was in the severity of the critique.

      Around 1O.30 mins into the interview Jacinda was asked about the employed law reforms and Winston…by 11.15 mins Hill had completed her dismantling of Jacinda’s PR spin.


      • Dennis Frank 6.2.1

        That was a good examination by Kim. It almost clarified the contradiction between what Winston said and what Jacinda said. Not quite. We await the final sign-off, I suspect.

        Looks both are right, while neither is fully explaining the process of decision-making they use. Understandable that the media is using the apparent contradiction to generate headlines of discord. The coalition ought to hire someone to do pr who has a grasp of political process and can explain to the public how consensus on policy is both established and finalised.

      • In Vino 6.2.2

        Never mind, Chuck. I remember Kim Hill stripping John Key of his elegant puffery on one of her rare appearances back then… He never appeared with her on Morning report again. In fact, he rarely appeared on Morning Report at all later in his time as PM: he preferred patsy questions from ditzy Radio Live hosts, etc…
        Jacinda actually stood up to Kim Hill a lot better. The difference will be seen in whether she continues with such interviews, or runs away like JK did.

        • Chuck

          Time will tell In Vino.

          Although Ardern has already made history by being the first PM to cancel arranged meetings for Q&A and Newshub Nation.

          If you believe the diary issue then we have two different versions, one from the PM’s office the other from Clarke.

          • In Vino

            Time will tell indeed. The cancellations you mention were one-offs for good reason. See if she consistently refuses to meet with QA and Newshub National – whoops, Nation. And see if she avoids the harder stuff at what you are probably deluded enough to call Red Radio. Time will indeed tell.
            And you are clutching vainly at straws regarding the diary issue. Good luck.

    • Chris T 6.3


      It was only a few weeks ago the right were calling O’Brien a left plant and she was a hero to the left

      Make your mind up people

      • shadrach 6.3.1

        That’s the problem with the ‘shoot the messenger’ approach. The reality is the media are like sharks, they circle wounded and bleeding prey. When the wounded prey is from the left, the left call bias. When the prey is from the right, the right call bias. It’s just part of the game.

      • cleangreen 6.3.2

        No Chris;

        Most of us painted O’Brian as a right wing hack.

    • ankerawshark 6.4

      Thought Jacinda handled Kim very well. Winston was quite a handful for Kim yesterday.

      Jacinda was also excellent with Jack Tame on breakfast. She is clear, articulate and thinks on her feet really well.

      Simon sounds robotic and inauthentic. Like someone has feed him a line to say that he really doesnt comprehend or believe.

    • cleangreen 6.5


      It seems to be; Media sour grapes time here as the media are loosing the spotlight to social media now!!!!!

      So mainstream media; –

      “get over your own bloated, conceited, pompous, obsession, with yourselves”

  6. Jonathon Pie’s latest.

    When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn? (sounds like a line out of a song?)

  7. Grumb 8

    I used to admire Kim Hill for her work on Saturday Mornings, but what we are getting on Morning Report is a different animal entirely. Attack! Interrupt, talk over, rude.
    Angrily following a party line.

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.1

      Kim has been around forever and apart from a brief and somewhat less than stellar TV outing has been a faithful Natrad stalwart.

      She was dubbed “Him Kill” for a very good reason.
      Yes she challenges, and yes she persists, and when she eventually backed off from Winston yesterday (sensible, really, as tempus was fugiting and they’re on a schedule) I felt a little let down.

      What happened this morning was an assertive interviewer put the Prime Minister on a hot griddle, giving the PM an opportunity to show they’re up for it and equal to the task.

      From what I heard, both achieved their objectives, both did their jobs well.

      Kim Hill is different, thank God, and I personally believe she’s wasted on Saturday morning.

      • OnceWasTim 8.1.1

        Agree, and I suspect JA was not only up for the challenge, but thankful for the opportunity to engage with someone with a bit of intelligence. Likewise Ron Mark not too many minutes later.

      • Kat 8.1.2

        Not sure about the faithful “Natrad stalwart” moniker. I would say more a petal from the flower of the Holyoake/Kirk years.

      • veutoviper 8.1.3

        Agree with most of what you have written, Rosemary, except the being “a faithful Natrad stalwart”. Kim would roar with laughter at that one, as did I.

        • Rosemary McDonald

          Clearly I’m at a disadvantage on this. I listen to Natrad and occasionally Radio Sport if Himself wishes to follow the rugby, and that’s the extent of my radio exposure. If Kim Hill has been broadcasting on other stations, or on telly, I’ve missed out.

          • veutoviper

            No, Rosemary, it is not to do with radio exposure; rather personal exposure over many years. I’ll leave it at that. Just remember I live in Wellington and have for many years as has Kim, and Wellington (city rather than region) is a small place.

          • veutoviper

            Rosemary, on a completely different subject, No 1 on today’s Order Paper for Parliament (after Question time at 2pm usually to 3pm) are the Third Readings of the three Bills that previously made up the Social Security Amendment Bill which was divided into three separate Bills in the Committee stages of consideration of the Bill back in July.

            The three Bills now are the Social Security Bill containing the main changes to the old Social Security Bill, the Residential Care and Disabilities Support Services Bill, and the Artificial Limb Service Bill.

            I haven’t followed this Bill/Bills contents or progress but have just had a look at the Residential Care and Disabilities Support Services Bill – and the alarm bells are going off. Hoping not and must read much more closely …

            Here is the latest copy of the Draft Bill

            Just thought that I would alert you to the fact that these three Bills will be going through the House this afternoon – set down for 2 hours of final speeches from about 3pm.

            Know you are possibly limited re internet access but for anyone who isn’t internet links to watch or listen are:



            List of Radio sites for listening via radio by location – https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involved/media-centre/parliament-on-rnz/

            • Rosemary McDonald

              Sneaky buggers. Who knew?

              I confess to only a superficial knowledge of the Social Security Act, but I was aware that the ‘household management’ side of Home Based Disability Support was means tested. I’m going to have to read that draft closely. On my wee phone, the fact my reading glasses are Warehouse specials becomes an issue.

              I guess with the so called baby boomer bulge threatening to bankrupt the Nation with increased costs of care the gummint feels they have to close a few of the existing loopholes that have allowed the well resourced and informed to ferret away assetts so to avoid having to pay for their LTR care and protecting $$$$ for the offspring.

              I’m speculating, and this does require close scrutiny. To my shame, I assume this is yet another way Our Elected Representatives are devising to tighten the screws on those who are just managing.

              Thanks, I think, vv for bringing this to my attention.

    • Kat 8.2

      Its all aimed at Winston Peters, the media have it in for him mainly because he picks them up when they ask loaded questions and gives it back. I thought Kim Hill was less abrasive with the PM this morning. The theme behind the questions was similar but Jacinda is not Winston. Like the National opposition the media are being shown up for their deep seated dislike of Winston Peters to the extent of blinkering their view on how this MMP govt works.

      • solkta 8.2.1

        Winston acts like a complete prick in his interaction with the media. He learnt this from Muldoon. From what i have seen it matters little if an interviewer is acting genuinely. Winston deserves all he gets.

        • Kat

          Winston is combative but he has style, that’s the barrister showing. Muldoon was just a school yard bully. Interviewers from back in the day regarded politicians as fair game to get one over. Lets remember there were TV satire shows lampooning politicians and politics generally and punchy current affairs that grilled politicians until blood appeared. This is all old hat to Winston and the media are suckers for continuing to treat him as entertainment in 2018. Winston may deserve what he gets but unfortunately for the media he gives back harder. He is the deputy PM and he has no intention of losing. The media need to change tack.

    • cleangreen 8.3

      Yes me likewise Grumb.

      Though Kim is a gem; it was not enouigh sadly to stop me from leaving being a listener of RNZ.

      So I have finally left RNZ as a listener now finally as it has been Hi-Jacked by the nasty Right wingers sadly.

      RNZ has now been reduced to a very low grade level of no real Investigative journalism or coverage of regional issues with community input sadly.

      This was what we were expecting but the disastrous handling of our public media by Clare Curran only produced a negative result with heavy seeded people running this public media; – with ‘self interested servants of the right wing stable.

      Sad ending to a once proud public media..

      • greywarshark 8.3.1

        For pete’s sake Cleangreen stop being so precious. Radionz is all we have got. It could be better but it could fall far worse. Keep on listening, send them a shot over their bow FTTT. We are in big trouble in NZ and the world, and it is no use sighing heavily and being too nice about services not being up to your standard. We may never get better! Stick in there feisty, and keep what we have, not just roll over and let the b..s wipe their feet on you.

        • cleangreen

          I do have my reasons Greywarshark,

          Our NGO wrote to the CEO of RNZ in February 2018 to ask for a reporter to be returned to HB/Gisborne after we lost him three years ago and they never sent us one since.

          They have left our regions without a reporter to come to us and cover our community issues and this is still the same today.

          by the way the CEO is still the national Party apportioned CEO and he was not supportive of our labour/NZ First political friendly regions so this is why we hold RNZ in contempt sadly we wished it was not so.

          • greywarshark

            Time to write again 6 months later Cleangreen. You have been working hard for the region – keep up the pressure. Have you done an opinion piece for the Gisborne paper which is factual and finishes with a question about whether Gisborne has dropped off the RNZ map?

            Also do you know of some aspiring articulate good writer who could be RNZ reporter in Gisborne and knows about local matters and can present political and interesting stories? Might need some training. Find out if they would mind putting their name forward? Then RNZ can’t just say this is hard, where can we get a reporter (throws hands in the air). Lois Williams does Northland, Tracey Neal does Nelson etc. Gisborne must have someone who has been limited by an accident who is under-employed, women who have the education and have time after children, an older school leaver who has been a kapa haka or sports leader for instance and has the ambition, organisation, self-drive etc to put pieces in and understand the multi-tech needed.

  8. Ffloyd 9

    What I did like in retrospect was that most of Kim’s “questioning’ did give Jacinda the chance to rebut and correct a lot of the narrative being pushed by a few so called political commentators setting themselves as the news.

    • Reality 9.1

      The PM handled the Kim Hill interview very well in my view. KH let the PM answer without talking over her or interrupting her mid- sentence. She asked insightful questions and the PM was well able to handle them.

      The PM is doing well in her role. She is still a relatively new leader and growing into the position takes a little time. The nonsense that she is “weak” just because she is not overtly trying to be “tough” has an element of jealousy and envy from those critics because people like her and want to connect with her. It drives them mad!

      Running the country is paramount but how great it is to also have a little “stardust”.

        • Kat

          Chris Trotter likes to wax lyrical. He also betrays a depressing penchant for wanting a leader that exhibits a type of old world totalitarian Labour party philosophy. Similar to other commentators and opinion piece writers on Jacinda Ardern he should get with the times and join the 21st century in 2018.

          • Reality

            Chris Trotter likes to interview himself and thinks the Chris Trotter he knows is such an erudite all-knowing soul on a very high pedestal. He seems still to be stuck in the 70s/80s.

            • greywarshark

              I’m glad that chris Trotter can still remember what it was like in NZ in the 70/80s. Many seem to have no idea, and no context to pin their views to.

        • Dennis Frank

          Trotter: “Accompanying these “Budget Responsibility Rules” were a seemingly never-ending series of working-parties dedicated to coming-up with the policies Labour’s leaders lacked both the imagination and the courage to come up with themselves.” Overkill? Technically, perhaps, but many perceive this.

          Actually, crowd-sourcing policy initiatives is a good idea in principle. The Greens called it grass-roots democracy (when the GP started). I just wouldn’t trust Labour to conduct an honest process in practice. Their innate contempt for the people is too habitual.

          Trotter summarises the coalition reset thus: “emphatically vague Jacinda is back. Poised, articulate, relaxed, witty: oh yes, she was all of those; but when her listeners attempted to recall the substance of her speech there was precious little for memory to work with. It was a tale told by a politician: full of smiles and good intentions; signifying … very little indeed.”

          There’s a couple of notable comments to Trotter on TDB. Janine says “Another victory for form over content. Might well be the metaphor of our times.” Countryboy predicts this future: “Financiers will jump out windows and fall like autumn leaves. Mince wrapped in Gorgio Armani.”

  9. First real mistake for Jacinda imo

    “Ardern’s office swiftly denied she had seen the figures, which are meant to be under strict embargo until 10:45am on Thursday when they are released by Statistics New Zealand.

    “The Prime Minister made a mistake,” a spokesman said.

    “She has not seen, because we do not receive, the GDP numbers.” ”


    • Chris T 10.1

      So she doesn’t know what she reads and gets confused with numbers and thought it was the GDP, or she did read it and was not allowed to, and is now lying?

      I’m guessing the later

    • alwyn 10.2

      Pray tell us Marty, what was the mistake?
      Is she really so ignorant that she doesn’t understand what the GDP is, and doesn’t realise that it isn’t the same thing as the Crown Accounts?
      Or is it that she let slip that the GDP figures are being leaked to her office?

      I suspect it is the latter and that her office is panicking about the public finding out.
      I suspect that Stats wouldn’t hesitate to try and keep the Government Ministers informed.. They must be very worried that there will be a cull of the Department after they left New Zealand with no valid Census data, having royally stuffed up the most important task they have.

      It helps lend credence to the supposition that Bridges’ expense figures were leaked by someone in the Government. We don’t really believe, do we, that the Departments don’t tell this Government anything they want to know and that they didn’t see all the expense figures for everyone in Parliament, regardless of the fact that they weren’t meant to and their claim that no one in Government had seen anything about them?

      • SPC 10.2.1

        You do realise that no department/ministry/government was involved in the expenses matter, don’t you? Only parliamentary services and the National caucus ….

      • marty mars 10.2.2

        Read the article I linked to please.

      • AB 10.2.3

        Yeah Alwyn – she’s a girl so can’t understand numbers eh? Only knows about frocks. Are you grumpy because your Princess Party invitation got lost in the mail?

        • alwyn

          You really are confused aren’t you?
          Your comment should of course be addressed to someone like Robert Guyton, rather than myself.
          The PM was asked specifically about the GDP. I believe, as anyone can see from what I said, that she knew exactly what the GDP, as opposed to the Crown Accounts, is and she was replying to the question. She was talking about the GDP numbers because she had seen them.
          Robert, and her own staff apparently, are the ones who want you to think that she doesn’t understand the difference. One can either believe that she really is stupid and hasn’t any understanding of the difference or that, like me, you think that she understands exactly what she is talking about.
          I think they were leaked to her before the date and time they should have been released.

          • alwyn

            I fear I may be wrong in what I wrote in this comment.

            “The PM was asked specifically about the GDP. I believe, as anyone can see from what I said, that she knew exactly what the GDP, as opposed to the Crown Accounts, is and she was replying to the question”.

            I now accept that she really is so ignorant that she has no idea what the GDP of a country is and what GDP actually means. Incredible. How have we ever reached the level that senior politicians have no understanding at all about these things?

            It doesn’t affect the question of whether she had seen the GDP numbers of course. She wouldn’t even realise what they were if she had. On the other hand why is she so foolish as to comment on things when she doesn’t even realise what the questioner is talking about?

            No wonder Winston went with Labour. In their company he looks, not like a worn out old roue but like someone with at least a skerrick of ability.

      • Sacha 10.2.4

        “It helps lend credence to the supposition that Bridges’ expense figures were leaked by someone in the Government.”

        Oh put it away.

    • Muttonbird 10.3

      Hamish Rutherford reported (hinted) on the stronger economy news yesterday, ffs. Did he break the embargo? No.

    • marty mars 10.4

      I think this is a mistake too

      “Ardern told reporters later this morning she had been “obviously” referring to unaudited financial accounts.

      “I accept I was talking about one thing and he was talking about another.”

      She denied she was confused. “I know what I was talking about. Unfortunately the question I was being asked was something else.” ”


      Always good to answer the question given.

  10. Robert Guyton 11

    The material she did read hinted at the figures being good. Hinted, as Jacinda said.
    She hasn’t seen the figures. Her office has to counter overheated speculation such as yours going unchallenged, Imo. As for “lending credence” to which Nat MP leaked, your claim has … none of that stuff at all.

    • Chuck 11.1

      “Host Mike Hosking asked if the numbers were good”

      “I’m pretty pleased,” Ardern said.”

      Robert, you need to spin a little more! While “hinted” was the headline the above exchange is much more direct.

      So either Ardern has been “leaked” the GDP numbers or she is hmmm confused and or telling porkies.

      Been a nice little rally in the NZDUSD exchange rate this morning.

      • SPC 11.1.1

        For beginners – if Treasury/IR report good income flows (above forecast) this indicates there is (above forecast) growth.

        • Chuck

          Ardern needs you on her team SPC.

          The confused option is properly the best outcome for Ardern. Let us hope next time she clearly says other Treasury numbers indicate a good/robust GDP number or something to that effect.

          Or the PM’s office will have to fire off more denials.

          • Stuart Munro

            Meh – she could probably infer it from an informal Grant Robertson complacency index. Grant’s been taking lessons from Cullen, who never had a result go against him.

            • Chuck

              Cullen was very good at his job and Helen Clark was able to rely on her finance minister.

              I think Robertson is too lazy and not in the same league as Cullen.

  11. SPC 12

    Our military in Iraq beyond June 2019 – just about a certainty, the Americans will ask and Winston Peters will say yes.

    While bringing them back was in Labour’s policy it was not in the coalition agreement, and thus … so what does NZF give Labour in return for this?

    • Exkiwiforces 12.1

      It’s due to the Australia training team mandate which ends around September from memory next yr, so aligning with the Australians makes sense for a number of reasons both military and political.

      • Wayne 12.1.1


        I think you are right. The PM will not want to be offside with Australia on everything. Keeping the forces in Iraq in a training role is a relatively easy gesture to make. The NZDF personnel will also appreciate the experience.

        I was more than a little surprised to hear her on Radio Live, saying to Duncan Garner that she would not be talking about the missions/operations the SAS was undertaking. It was a bit of an off to the side question by Duncan , so she may have just used a formulaic response. More like Helen Clark than John Key.

        Anyway I find it hard to believe that the SAS are on any missions, since I don’t believe the PM/DPM would authorise SAS missions in an entirely secret manner. While the SAS do train with other partner nations special forces, training is not the same as being on operations.

      • SPC 12.1.2

        That would explain it as the reason to make it the coalition decision (given Winston Peters pose as a better manager of the relationship with Oz)

        But if the Americans asked Oz to stay longer, would we then too?

        It does suggest that Labour had their policy in a separate category to the Oz relationship, and it is NZF who pulled them this way.

        • Exkiwiforces

          From memory the Australia’s extended the training mission just before the announcement of NZ election or the before the writs were issue hence why the then current government didn’t make the D as it would become an election issue, also the current NZ UN missions with the MER were due for renewal and again I think this was 6mths- 12mths after the election.

          From a Military training/ logistics POV it sort’ve makes sense as there is bugger all hrs left on the C-130’s and decision for those replacements has to be made towards the end of the yr or early next yr before NZG and NZDF hit critical mass IRT to many hrs are left on the C130’s which would be a major whole of Government Policy Failure. Which I would be pointing fingers at all political party for this cock up from 98 onwards.

          Once the C130 replacement process starts, expect to a massive drawdown of NZDF from the MER IOT cover for the reduction of available C130’s and this I think will happen from September onwards next yr IOF the RNZAF to cover for Op Deep Freeze and HADR missions for SP during the cyclone season.

    • alwyn 12.2

      “so what does NZF give Labour in return for this”.
      They’ll let her go off to the UN at the weekend without making her look helpless and under their thumb for the rest of this week?
      You don’t really expect Winston to do anything he wasn’t already planning to do, surely?
      What more do you expect from the old charlatan?

  12. Chris T 13

    I’m sorry, but that is slightly desperate.

    Have you seen them …… I get a hint, yes

    The yes is confirming his question

    In fact even if it was a hint it would be breaking the rules

    I heard the interview and she certainly sounded like she had seen it, going by her cheerfulness talking about it

    Listen below

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    • SPC 13.1

      Revenue figures from Treasury and IR being above forecast are indicative that growth is above forecast. One can make a fair estimate of what the GDP figure might be from them – even journalists (Rutherford etc) can do that.

      • Muttonbird 13.1.1

        And they did, yesterday. Perhaps we should be grilling Rutherford instead about his effect on the NZ dollar…

        I know what desperate looks like. It looks like government opponents throwing absolutely everything at Ardern in the face of good economic news.

    • bwaghorn 13.2

      Fucking more than slightly desperate by bridges and his useful idiots (here’s looking at you kid) for trying to make story out of this .

  13. SaveNZ 14

    Not sure if Phil Twyford and Labour/Auckland council seem interested in making this cancer sufferer house ‘warm and dry’ when they have created the opposite for him and many other people living in Auckland through botched resource consents.

    When you have poor planning, council interpreting incorrectly their own rules and the constant curse of having natural sunlight destroyed by a McMansion popping up next to you which has become business as usual in Auckland for destroying amenity for modest housing.

    The irony is, the urban planning legalisation was rushed through deceptively for affordable housing, but of course now the real agenda is clear, it is to relax the planning rules so that the council builds luxury McMansions around central Auckland districts to house the richer folks and the collateral damage is smaller modest folks houses becoming sunless, damp housing with hundreds of thousands wiped off it’s value by council and developers. More money and amenity for developers, less money and amenity for modest housing….

    The human face of Auckland Council’s consent botch-up

    • SaveNZ 14.1

      The reality is that consecutive governments, councils and construction firms have completely botched and ripped off homeowners through many means and left them high and dry after creating the problems, aka leaky buildings,

      botched reconstruction in Christchurch

      Bella vista

      Botched resource consents in Auckland as above..

      When are we going to be able to have quality construction in NZ instead of a bunch of idiots bringing in the lowest of the low to do work and then expecting home owners to pick up the costs of government allowing construction and councils to do whatever the F they feel like and getting everything wrong, but no penalty so they keep doing it again and again.

      Also when are those signing off bad work going to be held to account (like an industry ban for 10 years) rather than having the ratepayers and taxpayers constantly pay out for screw ups as the Ponzi continues…

      Is decades of construction issues not on the government agenda because so far they seem to be turning a blind eye and actually not even independently checking the credentials of tradespeople being bought in with a test like they do in other industries aka nurses and teachers, let alone bumping up the penalty and checks on using dodgy materials…

      • cleangreen 14.1.1

        Yes Save NZ;

        Jacinda; and her team of Labour NZ First/greens Ministers need to use the terms “It’s putting things right that counts” like – LV Martin did in the ad they had back in the 1970’s. “it’s the putting right that counts.”


        Could be helpful about now?

        • SaveNZ

          For whatever reason the construction industry have had successive governments wrapped around their little fingers and created a dysfunctional housing market where somehow houses only last about 5 years before they start failing in some way… and nobody who built them or those that consented them held to account.

          we have a housing crisis due to lazy immigration but the other side of the story is the dysfunctional construction industry that is so deregulated and with so little constraints from our RMA laws to relaxed planning laws, to getting rid of apprentices, to allowing the commoditisation of subcontracters and cheap labour with middle men, to our lax bankruptcy laws and so little criminal culpability on bad housing (CTV building/PIke river mine).

          How has NZ become so bad at building over the last 30 years, while also giving the construction industry everything they want and plenty of corporate welfare to boot and still they wah wah for more concessions?

          Time to stop the carrots and actually apply some common sense and come down a lot heavier against incompetence and poor building and resource consenting work to those that profit from it as well as the builders.

          Nice to see at least a bit of spine about Mainzeal directors for a change. Not from the government of course.

          All we hear about is WOF for rentals, there should be a full WOF on every new house being built and an exact list of everybody who worked on it so that mistakes can be rectified and bad practices and contractors stamped out, because most of the worst failures and dangers of complete failure have come from the new builds not the old builds and if government really believe they can somehow out build demand for housing, how does that work, when significant percentages need rebuilding work within a decade and some immediately?

    • greywarshark 14.2

      In another location, coming into Porirua I saw a subdivision of newish houses.
      They looked as if they had a special grey cloud over them that would block any sun and make them appear gloomy any day. Brown, fawn, grey,. How downbeat NZ is – in clothing, in cars, in houses and lacking in vitality, dragging itself around with no brighter possible future. Sigh.

      Maybe Labour can make a small difference and get in again. In the meantime try and be nice to workers, retail etc. and give a smile. It does make a difference for them. Try to keep both kind and practical and keep some awhi going, encourage each other in positive community things benefitting particularly young adults and parents. They need love and welcome to the fold.

      • cleangreen 14.2.1

        Yes greywarshark; – you mean something like “the Latin quarter”?

        I saw a “Latin Quarter” with all different brightly colored huts in the 1960’s Downers camp in Turangi when I first come to work on these brightly colored huts at dam site in 1965 and the Ministry of Works whom I joined stuck me in one of those brightly colored huts.

        It was told to me that they deliberately painted the huits all different colours so when we came home from the pub half cut at night we would recognise our huts in the dark by the colours.

        Personally I think it was because they used left over paint after they finished the last job.

        And then afterwards we never had the same colour on two huts since then.

        Hope you liked this story as it was true, I was there then.

        • greywarshark

          There were some good stories came from the big projects, dams etc.

          I have been reading some small stories from Martin Crump (Barry’s offspring) and was thinking that many reflected those old days. Here’s one you might have heard at that time:

          The Bank Inspector from Bill Jones
          When a bank inspector called on a small country branch for a surprise audit he
          found the banking chamber deserted and the staff drinking beer in the manager’s office. To teach them a lesson, he crept behind the counter and set off the hold-up alarm.
          Much to his surprise, a barman from the pub next door immediately came running into the bank bearing a tray of fresh beers!

  14. mac1 15


    Politicians go beyond denial and actually take part in the counting and enumeration of our society’s housing crisis. Other communities might well take note of Auckland’s lead.

    Ardern and the coalition talk of a compassionate government, of measuring and delivering upon well-being targets.

    First we take notice. We count. We act. So we must.

  15. I played American Football for a season once in Porirua. It taught me a few things. In rugby if your teammate has the ball you get beside them ready for a pass. In American Football you run in front to block tackles (simplistic I know but now the point).

    Jacinda needs some blockers. Some labour MP has to become maddog prebble or bootboy mallard and start sorting out these attacks. This is a role that accentuates the qualities of the person who is the recipient of the blocking- they get to do their stuff, their job which isn’t to follow the yapping dogs of opposition. Time to front foot this and sort these righties out imo.

    • alwyn 16.1

      “I played American Football for a season”.

      All is clear. You are like Gerald Ford as Lyndon Johnson so cruelly described him.

      “He’s [Gerald Ford] a nice guy but he played too much football with his helmet off.”

      It was most unfair of course. It was after his football days that he went to and graduated with a good degree from the Yale Law School.

      Actually I would agree entirely with the rest of you comment. Trevor certainly did most of the dirty work that Helen was wise to keep well away from in her public persona. What she told him in private was of course another matter.

    • Ad 16.2

      She had plenty of blockers to get her up there in the Labour Party. Not trace of blood on her as Little went down.

      Robertson and King did that well, but neither are any use in public for the PM role.

      Closest she has now for that blocker role is her staff.

      She has no option but to grow harder in the role herself.

      • greywarshark 16.2.1

        I heard our PM onh Radionz this morning arguing her point of view with Kim Hill testing her. Jacinda sounded like a parent explaining the rules to a teenager, and seemed on the wrong foot.

        She should just dismiss the critical comments and say that nobody has ever seen an MMP government in action, and while many in the public complain often about matters not being done by Labour, they seem to have accepted the same state of affairs happily from National.

        If she affirmed once again that a true coalition government takes time, but good things do (echoing the cheese advertisement), I think many would laugh and accept it. She sounded too anxious to explain herself this morning. I think a confident demeanour would be right saying, ‘We are working hard at setting up better policies for NZ but we have to repair the structure we have been left with so are planning for now, and the future at the same time’

  16. Chris T 17

    Question 8 of today’s question time is pretty funny

    “Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence:
    Has he seen the quote “Does he not realise that he sent our brave New Zealand soldiers to Iraq on a fool’s errand, and the training the Iraqi Army to stand and fight is literally Mission: Impossible?”; if so, does he agree with it?”



    “”Does [Prime Minister John Key] not realise that you can’t train cowards to fight?” Mr Mark asked.

    “Does he not realise that he sent our brave New Zealand soldiers to Iraq on a fool’s errand, and that training the Iraqi Army to stand and fight is a literally mission impossible?”

    • Kat 17.1

      I agree it was funny and Mark Mitchell’s delivery ended up being the joke. He did get an apology of sorts out of Ron Mark though. National are just barking and its looks pathetic.

      • Fireblade 17.1.1

        Mark Mitchell was like a robot with a software malfunction.

        Monotone droning voice and unable to read his own question. Another National joke.

  17. Ffloyd 18

    Why on earth do people keep asking Jacinda if she is being undermined by Winston? What the heck do they think she is going to say? Yes?? Stupid question from stupid people.Everyone knows it was just a matter of time before Winston three a spanner in the works. Better now than later.He needs to go overseas for a while to keep him out of mischiefs way. Jacinda IS in charge. Winston is not. Let her get on with it without this constant baying for blood.

    • cleangreen 18.1

      Winston Peters; – He is the Deputy for Christ sake and needs some power.

      Look at all the other Deputy PM’s and Presidents they all had sway so Winston does need his influence as we all voted for him to help make the difference and not just be another “Hollow man” as national has many of those.

      • alwyn 18.1.1

        “we all voted for him “.
        And there I was thinking that you were a Green Party supporter.
        But now you tell us that you voted for New Zealand First.
        On the other hand don’t you think that saying “we all voted for him” is just a bit over the top when there were actually only about 7% who did?

        • cleangreen

          Opps sorry Alwyn;

          Of course we never thought you would vote for anyone but national!!!

          My apologies.

        • cleangreen

          Alwyn I was when I returned from Florida in 1999 a Green Party member after meeting them at a “Social Credit” meeting, but left them in 2002 and was heading an Environmental Advocacy Centre ever since then.

          We like NZ First mostly because Winston’s party usually makes more sense of issues.

          we like his Transport policies, because of his Rail and energy policies.

          Also NZ First wanting to use more wool for carpeting most government buildings as an old guy I like wool immensely.

          Labour would do well adopting some of the NZ First policies that are sensible and leave some others that maybe are’nt.

          No ones perfect but NZ First is close to what labour/social credit was in 1960.

    • McFlock 18.2

      Fuckers are making an accusation disguised as a question. Ask it often enough and people will assume it wouldn’t be asked without reason. When, of course, that’s exactly what is happening.

  18. Muttonbird 19

    Q: Why did Hosking ask if she’d seen the GDP numbers if he knew they were under embargo.

    A: He didn’t know they were under embargo and assumed PMs regularly get this information early (some broadcaster).

    He can’t have been trying to catch her out otherwise he would have.

    I can guarantee you Mike is crying into his tumeric tea right now at missing the scoop of the year on live radio. If he’d known the figures were restricted he would have exposed and embarrassed the PM – a story which would have run for months or years.

    But he dropped the ball and this will be dead by next week, if not tomorrow.

    There, there, Mike.

    • Chuck 19.1

      “He can’t have been trying to catch her out otherwise he would have.”

      Hmmm, that makes it worse Muttonbird. Ardern tripping over her own two feet then…

      “If he’d known the figures were restricted he would have exposed and embarrassed the PM’

      Well, that happened anyway, that’s why the PM office had to issue a press release denying Ardern had access to the GDP numbers.

  19. AsleepWhileWalking 20

    XCalls for winter energy payment to never end (article has contact for reporter if you want to go public and say how cutting this affects you)


  20. ianmac 21

    What has happened to Checkpoint now that John Campbell has gone?

    Fancy getting John Key to pitch in on Jacinda’s alleged error over GDP. The host appeared to be ill informed and has poor interviewing technique.
    And what a shallow line on nailed strawberries and the sex offender’s activity.

  21. Ffloyd 22

    How come Big Gerry wasn’t investigated in his abuse of a young woman in an Accountants office over the phone. I understand Dim Sim spoke with him and accepted his version with no further enquiry or speaking to others, including the young woman. Is this good enough? I dont think so. He is an arrogant bully and should be dealt with in the proper manner.

  22. Logie97 23

    You have to laugh.
    In today’s UK Guardian, there is a column covering Jacinda’s guest-editing the Herald in celebration of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand.

    And then this quote …

    Right wing blogger David Farrar was sceptical of Ardern’s role at the newspaper, which is perceived to be left-leaning, saying having her as editor “cut out” the middle man.

    The Herald perceived to be left-leaning??
    Daily doses of Hosking, Soper, du-Plessis-Allen, Hawkesby, Grant, … et al.

  23. eco maori 24

    Kia ora The Am Show Wahine 125 years voting Rights in Aotearoa we know what culture had a big influence on that phenomenon Tangata whenua O Aotearoa .
    OUR wahine could own land and the settlers wahine could not so that caused all sorts of problems for the settlors wahine if there men die and they had no male family members what to do with there property????????????????????????????????????????????????.
    Yes te Papatunuku & Aotearoa equal right for wahine has a longways to go they carry a unfair burden of our society carrying out domestic duty’s having our mokopuna’s this is changing at a faster rate than at anytime in our history I will put some links up to prove this statement later Equality for all.
    Hearing loss in OUR work force is a major problem when I was a lad I would use power tools with no protection at home . At work I had them but did not no how bad loud noise stuffs up ones hearing we need more target advertising / Education for te mokopuna’s on this subject.
    A person I know gets his water straight out of the spring we use to play in when we were lad’s just a header tanks on there house and he has filters on his water supply . Good water is a must especially when Aotearoa give’s us wai in abundance . Floride in water is a no brainer to protect te mokopuna’s teeth from our modern diet I tried to get floride tablets for our mokopuna and could not find the stuff Eco gave floride to his offspring 3 out of 4 have good teeth .
    I say a big know to one organization having control of our water it will be ripe for the neo libreals to try and sell in the future. If they get into power water is now and will become a much bigger issue around Papatuanuku in the near future . We just have to give the respect to Wai like Tangata Whenua has and keep it clean at all points .
    So our private midwifes are private contractors who work for the state $50 k is not enough but $240 k seem like a bit much nearly a %500 increase delivering te mokopuna’s is a important job they need enough income to pay there cost and have a happy healthy life.
    That’s how our systems works the powerful are not held accountable for there actions our law’s are made by them to protect them even when they cost peoples lives and this need’s to change. I.E No one held accountable for the Havelock North water problems.
    I say changing the word’s From Labour Government to Coalition Goverment is the correct word’s for OUR Goverment after all that’s what our government is .
    Kia Kaha Jackie Clark for being honoured for your work withThe Aunties charities that help all the wahine that suffer domestic violence ka pai work .
    Ka kite ano P.S thanks for the help YEA RIGHT

  24. eco maori 25

    I know you were just being used Kia kaha

  25. eco maori 26

    Kia kaha to first home buyers don’t let the proper gander machine con you into thinking renting is better than owning one’s own house if you fall for this you will be losing big time .
    You can have 2 couples combine there Kiwi saver and get a deposit on a house make sure you are compatible and if you pour all your extra income into the house and in 5 to 10 years buy the second house then Walar you are laughting all the way to the bank with 2 houses . The First home buyer % has gone up by %24 ka pai link below ka kite ano.


  26. eco maori 27

    Every time I go out the sandfly are swarming around me what a bunch of——
    I go to the the supermarket an the staff are being rude they get in my way at every stop I make they are there with ladders and pallet jack’s I wonder why what have I done to them nothing.
    Yesterday they tried to get some of there boys to antagonize me they said a couple foul word’s .
    Eco Know this is not normal human behavior so I just ignore them they did the same today they are scared I got a email this morning they know what it is you see they have the tools to read everyone’s un crypt emails phones everything in Aotearoa It does not bother me I got nothing to hide bring on the court case ANA TO KAI ka kite ano

  27. eco maori 28

    All the beautiful Creatures on Papatunuku should be treated like dimonds Kia Kaha

  28. eco maori 29

    Some more Eco Maori Music

  29. eco maori 30

    The second video is to the people in power Ka kite ano

  30. eco maori 31

    Some music Eco Maori is listening to at the minute

  31. eco maori 32


  32. eco maori 34

    This should never be aloud to happen on Papatuanuku in the year 2018 .
    This is only happening because of a greed of power an money I back more Wahine in all the Goverments around Papatuanuku to stop our mokopunas dieing for no real reason all that are responsible for this atrocity should be called out and shamed link is below Kia kaha common people ka kite ano link is below.


  33. eco maori 35

    Kia ora Newshub Yes we need tight borader security having flights coming into Aotearoa with proper out sniffer dogs is not good enough for Aotearoa future prosperity this has being going on for 18 months looks like shonky’s mess once again.
    The Havelock North water incident only lasted as long as it did because instead of people checking the supplies IE water bore tested water the power’s that be were to busy covering there asses instead of doing there job there was heaps of rain and they consented to a intense beef fattening unite just a few hundred meters away from the bore and still no one is held accountable we know that Havelock is a upper class Town
    don bras is just a old man with views that are not acceptable in 2018 he mite be a polite person but he has no idea of how a harmonies society should look like or any intentions of Aotearoa being a Equal happy healthy society for all .
    He would prefer a society were him and his m8 had all the resources of Aotearoa to themselves while mokopunas are starving . simon and don would have no wahine in power just men it must give them nightmare’s that OUR new Leader is a young Wahine his type don’t want to lose control that’s the reason he want’s Maori culture and te reo to disappear because Maori are a threat to his classes power base.
    Major Foley was a good humane man we have to few of his character of men on Papatuanuku at the minute.
    Its ka pai that he is getting acknowledged but I ask question about this with what’s sweeping around Papatuanuku at the minute .
    Ka kite ano

  34. eco maori 36

    Kia ora The Crowd Goes Wild the net ball results are much better Ka pai .
    I watched the TallBlacks they had a good game one could see that they were the dominant team just some one put glade wrap on there hoop they got the win kia kaha guys I could see both teams were fatigued
    James we have that problem up Te Tairawhiti lol .
    Yes Wai Eco is a fan of all those old league players including the Aussie ones. State Of Origin Wally Lewis Big Mal .
    Ka kite ano the Wai manawa express Cullen

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  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 day ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    8 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
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