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Open Mike 18/11/2018

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  1. WeTheBleeple 1

    In the light of California’s terrible fires, and recent fire outbreaks in our own NZ, I am compiling a list of fire-resistant plants and their attributes.

    The book I’m working on (functional ecology in NZ) will take about one more year to be thorough.

    In the interim Farmers and landowners and planters might want this part of the information. So for what it’s worth (life and property savings) here is a list.

    Some Fire Resistant Plants:

    Five finger, Hangehange, Kotukutuku/Fuschia, Mapou, Flax, Karamu (and other Coprosmas), Kohekohe, Kowhai, Papauma, Karaka, Poroporo, Puka, Horoeke, Kawakawa, Putaputaweta.

    At ground level a good rule of thumb is that if snails readily live in the plants they are likely fireproof. Snails cannot run so they’ve learned to live in fire resistant surrounds. Lillies, sedges…

    For shelter belts I can’t recommend Kowhai enough (as part of a design, not monoculture uggh). These fix nitrogen, feed tuis, attract pollinators, and are very hardy wind tolerant and fire resistant species. Seed is free from December onward, nick it with a knife through the hardcover, soak in water overnight and plant. Grow plants out to large enough to identify (and clear) in field as they are establishing if weed pressure will be present.

    You get the basic picture. Something as simple as planting is not so straightforward. A little knowledge could go a very long way in provisioning folks with food, fuel, shelter etc. Many needs can and will be met with wise planting.

    Stay posted I’ll make functional ecology accessible to all eventually.

    And have a lovely Sunday.

    • A 1.1

      What a wonderful offering! Thank you for your foresight and knowledge.

    • Antoine 1.2

      I set a lot of store in good firebreaks

      A.

    • SaveNZ 1.3

      Thanks, WeTheBleeple

    • Thank you. This is the kind of action we can all take note of. I have written your list down for further study for planting around our place. Cheers.

    • Jum 1.5

      Wonderful stuff; I have emailed your info to The Gardener in our family. Thank you.
      And thanks to The Standard for allowing a place for posters to write this ‘stuff’.
      Politics is ‘the price of cheese’. Having said that, I’m sure none of us are only interested in talking politics. We have other interests; that’s what makes us more rounded and inevitably more interested in making NZ the best place it can be.

      • greywarshark 1.5.1

        To me it is all part of politics. It is we who have got too focussewd on the bribery and conniptions.

    • Pingao 1.6

      That is a useful list and reminds of a pamphlet that was put out in the early 2000s.

      Since then Tim Curran at Lincoln University has done some work on flammability of plants in New Zealand. The following link is from an RNZ piece about 3 years ago so there is bound to be something more up to date (maybe not in the public arena though).

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/201768850/firing-up-the-plant-barbecue

      • WeTheBleeple 1.6.1

        Audio doesn’t work very well for me – I get distracted too easily something jogs a thought and next thing I’m looking up books or online searching the audio long forgotten…

        If the work concerns our best stuff to burn (not in an ecological sense, but what burns the hottest)

        Here’s top 10 flammable plants tested in NZ in descending order.

        1. Gorse!
        2. Manna gum
        3. Kumarahou
        4. Rimu
        5. Silver beech
        6. Manuka
        7. Prickly hakea
        8. Titoki
        9. Wheki
        10. Cabbage tree

        Gorse is another nitrogen fixer. Sure pays to know a few of a plants functions when you look at both gorse and kowhai. Both fix nitrogen, one fire resistant, the other the most flammable plant…

        • Robert Guyton 1.6.1.1

          One self sows prolifically. One has flowers from which delicious wine can be made. One is a threatened species in its native land 🙂

          • ScottGN 1.6.1.1.1

            Coconut scented wine!

          • Graeme 1.6.1.1.2

            One of my farmer clients tells a story of a Southland farmer on a farm tour of Scotland, being shown around a nursery and seeing trays of little potted gorse seedlings with ludicrous price tags attached. It was all a bit much….

        • Pingao 1.6.1.2

          Yeah audio doesn’t do much for me either but there is a synopsis of the piece.

          It looks like your list of the most flammable (and least) is based on Tim Curran’s and Sarah Wyse’s work.

          Anyway thanks for the interesting post … it is a timely reminder with summer ahead. There was new interest after the Port Hills fires amoung people who wouldn’t normally have realised there was such a difference.

    • Robert Guyton 1.7

      “At ground level a good rule of thumb is that if snails readily live in the plants they are likely fireproof. ”
      Fire’s not going to get those plants then *whispers but snails might 🙂

      Good to have such research done and made available. Most of those plants will burn, but more reluctantly than, say, Manuka or toetoe, giving you a better chance of surviving a “California” event. Speed of recovery after a fire is also important, if you want your forest back. Have you tried growing kowhai seed early, WTB? The still-green-about-to-turn-yellow seed sprouts readily, without pre-treatment. They grow easily from cuttings too, as do kaka beak and a native broom, Carmichaelia Odorata.

      • WeTheBleeple 1.7.1

        Yes, fire resistant plants can slow the fire, and resist it spreading unless it is very intense. Once the water content is gone any plant material is tinder. I know you know this stuff, but we have others reading…

        I’ll be interviewing several fire fighters before I print the fire section.

        You legend mentioning Carmichaelia, the heroes of Canterbury – TBA…

        As a ‘rule’ Carmichaelia are not great from cuttings. But are rather varied. All biological rules have rule breakers it seems. But still handy.

        Am just running my first green kowhai seed experiments now – very amateur and small as I had/have no idea it’d work.

        We really need a Kowhai ID key, not even the plant stores can differentiate some of them. Yet they will differ in rates of growth, sizes, water tolerance etc. If you know a good resource I’m just pulling out all I can from Govt databases and then I’ll get a(nother) biogeographer to walk me through them. There is a lady somewhere’s with a grove of all our Sophora species and two introduced… wish I knew where I read about her.

        • I feel love 1.7.1.1

          That’s very clever stuff, loved the bit about snails, thanks for that.

        • Robert Guyton 1.7.1.2

          I’m going to try kowhai cuttings in water, changed regularly and with a willow “wand” for good measure. Also a chip of charcoal. I’ve lots of kotukutuku in at present, waiting for the first roots. I wonder about coppicing kotukutuku to improve access to the konini and increase flowering. Also, “bushy” fuchsia might appeal to the home gardener more than a tree. I’m off now to talk to a bloke about extending a wetland fragment he’s got. He wants to propagate jointed rush and Coprosma propinqua, en masse. Good on him.

          • WeTheBleeple 1.7.1.2.1

            All Sophora can be struck by cuttings, all are very difficult to strike in this manner. All seeds are relatively easy.

            This is according to Landcare Research – who are awful smart, but also awful gardeners 😉

            Interesting re: coppicing tree fuschia. Love to know if it works.

            Those wetland plants are a good combo. Estuarine site?

            If the site is windy I’d use those plants but add something slightly taller/faster growing for the wetland/land interface, manuka would work in a pinch.

            • Robert Guyton 1.7.1.2.1.1

              Yes, it’s estuarine. Manuka would be good, as you suggest, but because he’s not bound to natives only, especially at the establishment stage, I’m talking to him about using Lupinus arboreas to shade the grasses, sequester nitrogen and provide “slash” after 3 or so years, not so much near the estuary edge, but more on the rest of the property, which is higher up and calling for different plants. He can plant into those as they open up and the natives will be sheltered, fed and mulched. I mentioned your discussion on fire-readiness and we agreed that manuka might be a liability, especially as his property is bounded by a highway and his land down-wind.

              • WeTheBleeple

                Yeah those lupins do a good job in sand. I was considering a wind/salt shadow of ascending height from the sedge to coprosma to something slightly taller. This to provide a less salty/windy micro climate behind.

                If the wind is onshore toward the property the fire risk would be from the ocean/wetland? This should provide a fire shadow?

                • Robert Guyton

                  The wind comes from the other direction. I’m looking to build the windward forest first, then encourage the estuarine edge communities to multiply.

                  • WeTheBleeple

                    Nice. There are some salt tolerant Colocasia around, not sure if you can grow them down South though. Such beautiful plants… I’d put a lack of snails down to the high oxalates, and imagine they’re rather hard to burn.

                    But then, I’ve never grown an apricot in my life, so you Southern folk got me there.

                    Those sedges, on the waters edge of an estuary, are prime kokopu breeding material. Plant so the king tide levels lap up to their roots, the fish will do the rest. Basically a storm and a king tide coinciding is great kokopu loving weather. They can hide in the murk and lay up where it’s ‘safe’. The next king tide the spawn will hatch and head to sea. they’ll come straight back to where Momma was in whitebait season.

                    Trade secrets care of the late Charles Mitchell and myself, spread them around!

        • Graeme 1.7.1.3

          Kowhai appear to be quite variable and localised. I’ve got a small grove coming along as part of a local initiative to re-establish them in the Whakatipu Basin. Plants from a seed source that is quite similar to my dry location have thrived and are getting close to flowering, others from a cooler lakeside source have just died. The green seed thing is the method used here now with much better results.

          The Kawarau face of the Remakables has a lot of Kowhai remnants, going up to 6-700 m. Some of these trees are huge, 7-8 m tall and as wide since they are generally solitary. I’ve been fencing on that face this winter and came across a Kowhai that from a distance I thought was a willow.

          • WeTheBleeple 1.7.1.3.1

            That’s fascinating.

            We have eight local Sophora species ranging in size from ~1 -3 m (prostrata) to up to 25 m (godleyi, microphylla) though sizes are typically half that.

            Most prefer dry conditions and need to be free drained, but I suspect S. tetraptera was your lakeside species, it can cope with wet feet and is the riparian dweller of the bunch.

            If you’ve any observations on growth rates I’d love to hear them. Without pampering they need their Mesorhizobium symbiont to really take off, not the Rhizobium associated with clover, acacia, etc. This will also explain failures of seeds to take in new areas at times. The Mesorhizobium do not appear to be ubiquitous like their Rhizobium counterparts.

            If you get soil and roots from seedlings under established trees you might luck upon rhizobia. Check inside them for the telltale red-purple color (not yellow/brown-orange) for viability. You can freeze these in a household freezer (not -20 lab freezers that kills them off) and crush them into a paste when you want to innoculate seeds.

            Still a fair bit of reading to go on all this as well, but hope that helps.

            • Robert Guyton 1.7.1.3.1.1

              Collecting mesorhizobium from under parent trees…how far away from the trunk do you reckon the best, most active site for collection might be? I suspect drip-line or further; maybe much further, as the interface between root and mesorhizobium is likely to be at the exploratory point, Imo. Tricky! Interesting!

              • WeTheBleeple

                Absolutely it’s tricky. Yes they reside toward to edges of the root system. You could plant drip lines then transplant away but this’ll get you in trouble on public property. Seedlings near established plants are an order of magnitude better to search under. This requires some seasonal knowledge as a rule (those damn rules again) the seeds are ready a couple of months after flowering. Ideally one would gather seed and rhizobia from the same plant host, but… tricky to get the rhizobia off an older plant.

                Sometimes, you can’t miss the stuff.

                Definately work from the drip line out on older trees but the rhizobia perish after a bit of time (don’t know exactly) and get harder to find as the trees age. But when you find some…. That’s the gold.

                Probably the same innoculant/s for the Carmichaelia. Will let you know when that reading is over.

        • Pingao 1.7.1.4

          For kowhai, nurseries usually break seed dormancy of kowhai by soaking in sulphuric acid for a short time but be aware the acid requires wearing a proper facemask and acid resistant gloves. For smaller production people usually just soak them in hot water. There is some info out there somewhere on the interwebs. Otherwise there is a book by Lawrie Metcalf called “The Propagation of New Zealand Native Plants” that is a good starting point. For seed trays – they are best sown in mineral sand with a thin layer of fine stone chip on top to help keep the moisture in.

          For websites to identify kowhai species you could start with iNaturalist … fill in ‘kowhai’ and ‘new Zealand’s in the appropriateness fields and then click on an observation that does not identify which exact species. Then click on the genus name and that will take you to another page where you can view descriptions etc.

          Other useful websites are NZ plant conservation network and also Manaaki Whenua Landcare under plant systematics (haven’t looked to see if they have a key for kowhai though).

          • WeTheBleeple 1.7.1.4.1

            Thanks Pingao. Civ 6 much?

            I already use all those resources but we do not have a Kowhai key.

            And the keys provided anyway, well, I can read them with my dictionary of ecology, dictionary of biology, google, science degrees…

            I want to tell the average person how to tell between Kowhai.

            Not paragraphs of this shit

            ‘Leaves 100-150(-220) mm, imparipinnate, moderately hairy, hairs, straight, appressed. Leaflets 10-20(-25) pairs, 15-35(-40) x 5-8 mm, well spaced, never overlapping or crowded, narrowly ovate to elliptic-oblong.’

            And to think, they made their monkeys do all the original write ups in Latin.

            /sarc

            • Pingao 1.7.1.4.1.1

              WTB you got that right :). I’m hazy on kowhai – they got split again after I finished working at a nursery.

              I made my own key once just for local Carex species to try to sort them out in my head … it was still a bit of a puzzle but I did learn a lot about what to look for.

          • Robert Guyton 1.7.1.4.2

            The home nursery-person can insert sandpaper into a tin can, rough side in, and make a shaker that will scarify kowhai seed easily (and musically). Perhaps a band and a regular session on a Sunday night? I understood the mechanism for kowhai seed dispersal was fall into a river, bounce along the stony bed until you’re washed ashore, battered, bruised and waterlogged, then grow as quickly as you can before the next flood.

            • Pingao 1.7.1.4.2.1

              Good tip Robert. They seem to spout alright on their own even without any treatment under mature trees (although not reliably enough for home grown).

    • greywarshark 1.8

      Keep us posted! about your book’s progress and when it is to be launched. I think it should have a launching party at some live bookshop or perhaps your publishing company or if you have to self-publish do a crowd raiser for it and get people who care and act, on board.

      It’s just what is needed. I did a trawl through Lincoln Uni forestry connected info and felt that they were still pinus radiata fixated. I didn’t notice anything that I could connect to planning for the explosive future, exploding rain, or exploding fires after drought. We need more info and action for sure. Sorry to Lincoln if I overlooked some fine ongoing work in this direction.

      • greywarshark 1.8.1

        I’ll just tack on an interesting bit about planting trees in USA with caring advice.
        So that the keen tree planter had success.

        Also a mention of a nasty borer which we will have to look out for as we embrace the world and its offsiders.

        http://treetrust.org/tag/emerald-ash-borer/

        • greywarshark 1.8.1.1

          Also GM?
          https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018671180/has-the-time-come-for-genetic-modification

          Gene edited plants are just as safe as normal plants, according to one scientist.

          At a Plant and Food Research greenhouse in Auckland, one of the sections is filled with $300 apple trees, and Andy Allan, a professor of plant biology, is pointing out one of his favourite experiment, a tree with bright, fuchsia-coloured flowers.

          “The particular red gene we’re testing is under a strong expression, so the roots are red, the trunk is red, the leaves are copper and the fruit goes on to look more like a plum, it’s so dark.”

          The apple has an extra apple gene, making it genetically modified. There are other plants in this room that have exactly the same number of genes, but they’ve been edited.

          Along with the apples, pears, tomatoes and petunias are thriving, but many also flower all year round and produce seeds five years earlier than usual.

          Okay so – what affect will this have on bees, other plants, organisms? And when GM becomes the new thing for young people to get careers in, and corporates to make money from, and hopefully build up monopolies in, what then?

          And people selling similar goods as they have historically, what happens to them? Out of the way – we are better, cheaper, have this and that, have added vitamins. You making a living and having a life is nothing to us.

          The real disease we have to face is the constant morphing of capitalism presenting its face in unrecognisable ways until we see the connections to our cost. We know that the rich can’t be trusted as they have plundered us and the world to make more money to do what with? Anything that would be useful to mankind, also women, children, and all the little critters that form part of the world which we don’t pay attention to, may be wiped out and they will give you a half-penny to make up for losing your livelihood.

          • WeTheBleeple 1.8.1.1.1

            I really like Andy he has no guile about him. But I do not trust GE to save anything. What good has monoculture done anyone except machine harvesters (oil), fertiliser sales (oil), pesticide needs (oil), etc.

            The money trail leads me to believe the real people behind all this care not one fuck about the planet, or your health.

            Monoculture means entire crops are susceptible to one organism overcoming their defenses. PSA anyone. Then the industry all wanted to sue the government. No personal responsibility, no earth care, no people care.

            Evolution is an arms race between plant and pathogen. As soon as the new GE plant savior of mankind is overcome they’ll have another extremely expensive option to replace the last failure, this one will do ever more incredible shit requiring ever more products to support it.

            The scientists are amazing, but most are deeply myopic stuck within compartments of their respective fields. These so called smartest folk need to get considerably smarter.

            AKA: Go multidisciplinary, or go home.

            • greywarshark 1.8.1.1.1.1

              Multidisciplinary, that’s my secret watchword. I keep it as a talisman that I don’t know how to use, but it has power!

            • Robert Guyton 1.8.1.1.1.2

              Did y’all read this article from a few days ago?
              It’s great and on topic.
              https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/108533174/facts-dont-give-scientists-a-monopoly-on-the-truth

              • greywarshark

                It is good for this scientist to get a publication out under his name as I understand that universities measure your worth by what you publish on your subject.

                Whether it serves any real useful purpose for discussing 1080, I think not. Calling for a meeting to discuss the topic is a bit late in the day. Because I am sure that many have been had and the environmental scientists concerned say there is no other way to reduce the pests depradating our nature reserves on difficult country than using 1080. DOC must be careful to not inflate their terminology. Using the word ‘safe’ is unscientific and sounds more like managerialism than science. But as safe as we can make it, would be truthful, along with a mention of the observed benefits as measured against the observed results including deaths.

                One thing though is that money is so short and politicians memories even shorter. DOC has funding for certain tasks, and none for others, yet all require some attention. What this scientist says may mask an anxiety that some results are not being counted because they are not part of the template for DOC to obey. If so he should speak up about this aspect.

                DOC has refined the dosage and changed the delivery but there will be some killings that they wanted to avoid. So they must be careful, and use it as a special tool, using hunters and bait lines. etc where possible. But we introduced the pest ourselves, and have also been pests that have helped wreck old NZ, we have to be determined to make good.

                All the wishy-washy feelings about the birds it has killed, and the fact
                that hunting dogs can die from it does not mean stop using it altogether. Magical ideas and theories won’t do the difficult task,
                because at the end of the day, there is always the spoilsport human looking for personal advantage, perhaps leaving a breeding pair when they hunt an area closely, to make sure of work for future years.

              • WeTheBleeple

                Good article for sure.

                I would add that the very reductionist nature of science makes it a poor choice for solutions for complex systems.

                It’s still the best we got for answering how stuff works, but yeah, it can be nonsensical with varying context.

              • McFlock

                I sort of agree with the article, but not with its reference to 1080?

                Yes, “safe” is subjective, but 1080 is one of those things where you’d have to really try to injure yourself with it. So how reasonable are people who strongly believe it is “unsafe”? Can people who will use unrelated photos of dead animals and blame 1080 really be engaged with in good faith discussions?

                One contribution the scientific method can make in subjective discussions is the principle that if you have to make shit up to support your point, you’re wrong.

                A better example is the Pike River re-entry: “safety” is a cold assessment of the known hazards, the efficiency of all available methods in ameliorating those hazards, and a subjective evaluation of the worth gained by overcoming those risks. Subjective, but informed. The 1080 argument? Not so much.

                • greywarshark

                  I wasn’t impressed with the style of the article from an academic. I
                  was in Wellington in mid September and wandered up to Parliament Grounds. I was impressed with the vast chalked anti-1080 message on the pavement and on the top stone of the street walls. Very clearly carefully printed, precise, neat – it must have taken hours probably at night to get away with it.

                  It’s like abortion, the anti people just can’t accept the idea, and don’t want to hear about the value of abortion if done in the most appropriate way and with the right techniques. They want to throw aside every other heavy problem of their world and concentrate on the one thing. It makes them feel good and worthy and misunderstood by the other ignorant, foolish people.

                  • WeTheBleeple

                    I avoided the subject matter (1080) deliberately. It is the scientists who sound like religious zealots even their students all ape them without knowing why. If you argue you will quickly become a pariah (looney left, wrecker and hater) they do not want a discussion at all. I found it disgusting.

                    But the left – threats on DOC… WTF! They’re on their own.

                    I agree with the points re: 1080 is the best option for a shitty budget. That’s about all I agree on with regards to this closing of ranks and opinionated bullying posing as science.

                • Robert Guyton

                  Scientists should present the facts, the research, the data but when it comes to values judgements, they should understand, as we do, that such judgements are not scientific. “Safe” is not a scientific term.

                  • McFlock

                    It’s not an infinitely subjective term, either.

                    There are several mental disorders which are at least partially defined by the patient having an unreasonable and life-impacting perception of “safe”, either psychologically or physiologically. “Phobias” for a start.

                    Where people are assigning completely unreasonable “value judgements”, why should[n’t] people who know the field more closely correct them in plain language?

                    [edit-silly typo lol]

    • mary_a 1.9

      Many thanks for the time you are putting into this project WTB (1) and posting this info. Much appreciated. Will stay tuned.

  2. Ed 2

    A disgraceful and nasty partisan report on Pike River by Stacey Kirk.
    Looks like she also gave a heads up about her report to a whole gaggle of Nat trolls, as hateful comments against Andrew Little have already been liked a whole heap of times this early in the morning.

    Kirk has form as a right wing propagandist.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/108616189/stacey-kirk-high-risk-for-reward-of-going-down-pike-river-mine

    • james 2.1

      Indeed she is right.

      If someone dies (I I really hope nobody does) – then Little will have blood on his hands, and he should be held to account for it.

      • SaveNZ 2.1.1

        Well so far nobody was held criminally to account for 29 dead bodies and not sure I heard you worrying about blood on the Natz and mining industries hands when they operated a dangerous mine…

        John Key breaks his word to Pike River Mine families

        New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has told The Australian newspaper that the Pike River Mine “would be illegal” if it were constructed in Australia.
        http://www.hrdevelopment.co.nz/2011/06/john-key-admits-pike-river-mine-would-be-illegal-in-australia/

        • Naki man 2.1.1.1

          “Well so far nobody was held criminally to account for 29 dead bodies and not sure I heard you worrying about blood on the Natz and mining industries hands when they operated a dangerous mine…”

          Its a bit of a stretch to suggest that the government is some how responsible for what happened at the mine.

      • Jum 2.1.2

        Having heard from you james, if this is the alt-right line of attack, I say double the guard on the mine.

      • Gabby 2.1.3

        People have already died jimbo.

      • Pete 2.1.4

        We get it. IF someone comes to harm Andrew Little will have blood on his hands and he should be held to account.

        And 29 people did come too harm, actually DIED, 29 of them, no ifs, buts or maybes, dead, and you seem content no-one has blood on their hands or can or should be held to account.

    • SaveNZ 2.2

      I still can’t believe the National government did not mount a rescue for those poor men. If the Natz were running the world, the Thai cave rescue, rescue helicopter’s or firefighter’s wouldn’t exist as when accidents happen ‘too dangerous to bother to do anything about it’ seems to be their mantra. Oh, too expensive too.

      Even Russia and China bother to do more when things go wrong in mines than the Natz led government, and guess what, often they are successful against the odds.

      It might be dangerous to re enter, just as loss of life has happened with other rescues or recovery efforts, but if it was really that dangerous, why the F did the mine get permission to operate and do we just sit back and cover up this crime?

      • greywarshark 2.2.1

        At Pike River, the police were in charge and decided it was too dangerous for them to do anything. For the politicians it was an operational matter.!

        • Treetop 2.2.1.1

          I would like to know what specialist advice the police obtained pertaining to the Pike River mine operation prior to it being shutdown?

          As well when it came to the cost of retrieving remains the operation then became a government decision.

          Going into the mine draft will establish what is factual and what is incorrect in that area.

    • Stacey Kirk is a right wing troll who regularly sings from Hooten’s song sheet.

    • ScottGN 2.4

      She really nails her colours to the mast in that column. I like how there’s a contrast with HDPA in the herald this morning who points out that any money spent on Pike River recovery is better than the 26 million that Key wasted on his bloody silly flag referendum.

    • mauī 2.6

      What a disgusting article. This is the tripe our so called journos dish up, scum.

    • mary_a 2.7

      Absolutely Ed (2) … Kirk’s piece is disgraceful and lacking substance. Nothing objective about it at all!

      Kirk has given the right wing supporters something to feed on this Sunday. Will keep them full for a while.

      Interestingly HdPA in the NZH today (try not to open her articles too often), while not exactly heaping too much praise on Andrew Little, has said re-entering the mine is the right thing to do, even though there could be risks involved. She even hinted at the way the Key government had reneged on their promises to the families.

    • james 3.1

      meh … thats of little importance.

      🙂

    • WeTheBleeple 3.2

      Such an interesting exam question, and the plot of many movies… I’d have gone nuts answering this.

      With the widespread existence of the game ‘Trivial Pursuit’, students don’t have a leg to stand on defending their lack of vocabulary.

      Maybe student’s are not abandoning the humanities, instead, the humanities are fed up and abandoning the students.

      • SaveNZ 3.2.1

        Nope look around the universities, now that they are run like quasi businesses, in particular our education sold out to the private foreign student fees, guess what Law and engineering reign, the arts are out.

        Apparently to get the skills we are all going to become baristas, struggling farmers, aged care workers, builders or tilers or if you are “really smart’ , a lawyer in the vein of Jordan Williams or a CTV engineer… cos they seem to be dumbing down, if not just abandoning a lot of tertiary education in NZ in favour of the above where apparently those in the ‘know’ politically think the future lies…

        0% Pure critical thinking NZ +

        Lucky in preparation for the future the students these days seem to be good at successfully lobbying for ignorance, might hold them in good stead!

        • DJ Ward 3.2.1.1

          Education follows the money. You will naturally have students making choices based on incomes. Engineering etc because Buisiness pays good salaries for those jobs. Law is popular as large incomes can be made in our fault divorce system, property, regulations etc.

          To imply those subjects result in non critical thinking people is absurd. There subjects revolve around logic.

          Considering what some people with Arts degrees believe in critical thinking isn’t something it can boast about either for too many.

      • SaveNZ 3.2.2

        That is what 8 years of “National” Standards have done to Kids.

        But luckily they are prepared for their future.

        https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/07/national-s-election-signs-perfect-photoshop-opp.html

        • SaveNZ 3.2.2.1

          They are even doing recruitment drives for foreign primary school kids now on the North Shore into state primary schools. Maybe an accountant or “entrepreneur” on the primary school board, who knows?

          Anything for a $.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      The meaning of the word ‘trivial’ was obvious from the quote that they were supposed to write an essay about.

      So, no, they don’t get a pass because they didn’t understand the meaning of the word.

      • McFlock 3.3.1

        Bit harsh.

        About the only meaning that can be most probably excluded is “importance” itself.
        Sure, the Bard could have been going for an ironic juxtaposition, but equally if you can’t remember the full passage, “familial”, “coincidental”, “bloody”, etc can make meaningful sentences as much as “unimportant”.

        Odd that they didn’t know the meaning of the word, though.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.3.1.1

          Not really. They’re 13th year, they should know enough to extrapolate the unknown from the known. It’s how people learn their native language as a child.

          The exam asked for students to write an essay on whether they agreed with a quote from Julius Caesar which reads: “Events of importance are the result of trivial causes”.

          Context gives unimportant, minor, events not likely to be considered to change anything.

          • McFlock 3.3.1.1.1

            I think you’re letting your knowledge of the word effect your interpretation of the context.

            Read it with a blank:
            “Events of importance are the result of _______ causes”

            Sure, there could be poetic juxtaposition for “minor”. But it’s a bold call to make in an exam.

            • Gabby 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Probably best to choose an option you do understand, rather than one you don’t.

              • McFlock

                yeah – there’s a reason most A-grade undergrads start their essays with a definition of the terms 🙂

                Apparently the essay was marked on how you argued your case, rather than whether you got all the words right. So all good for the students who gathered themselves after shitting a brick when they read the question, lol.

  3. james 4

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/11/serious-questions-over-papua-new-guinea-hosting-the-apec-summit.html

    What a waste of time.

    15 Million of NZ’s money wasted and [PM Jacinda Ardern] dosnt even get a meeting with the PNG leader.

    They buy 40 luxury Maseratis – but [PM Jacinda Ardern] gets a Toyota Highlander.

    [Any more misogyny and your next comment will be in 2019. TRP]

    • She chose that as a preference. Trolling James.

    • James 4.2

      Question to TRP – the name I have used is no worse than a lot of names given to national members.

      It’s not a Misogynistic name (although others have tried to frame it as such).

      How is this any worse than comments made by members of the left on here regarding Collins or bennet?

      If what I wrote is considered inappropriate- then ok – I won’t use that term – but politely point out that a lot worse is said of femail member of the right.

      [lprent: If it is the one I suspect that you used, then it is extremely misogynist. And I hardly think that ‘Crusher Collins’ is even remotely similar in the misogynist sphere.

      But feel free to point ones out that have been consistently used AND you can describe a reason why they are the equivalent. Also track if people have been pulled up on it as well – because I’ll check.

      Of course if you do your usual and go trivial about it or continue to whine about being pulled up on it (and waste my time), I’d be happy to replace your handle on your comments, past present and into the future on this site with something that I think is equivalent. Or I could just get rid whining.

      I always like to see people having choices with a bit of risk attached.. ]

      • Robert Guyton 4.2.1

        Cease your mewling, James.

      • Belittling women is misogynist, James. However, thanks for accepting the moderation with good grace. I also weed out sexist remarks about Collins et al when I spot ’em. Same for racism, ageism and other casual bigotry. Can’t get them all, for obvious reasons, however most TS commenters make political points without resort to personal insults. Which is nice.

      • mac1 4.2.3

        James, if you search urban dictionary for a definition of a ‘cindy’ you might see why it is seen as derogatory and mysogynistic. Look through the definitions and see how many you would object too if your daughter for example was called one.

        The meaning is stereotypical and often used in a male context commenting on female characteristics.

        The nickname given to Collins is derogatory but it is specific to her perceived qualities and her political history. References to Bennett are unacceptable but not mysogynistic as other politicians like Lange, Muldoon and Brownlee have borne the same insult.

        Whatever the insult, they are demeaning to the individual and to the level of political discourse in which we are hopefully engaging.

        “They did it too” is not a valid defence. It might be a source of irritation but even in Rugby which I am ‘watching’ right now it doesn’t save you from the upraised arm of the referee.

      • bwaghorn 4.2.4

        Have to agree with James on this (God I feel dirty) this is politics . Key got called many worse things by most here including me . I find the cindy tag cringey but meh.

      • greywarshark 4.2.5

        Can you stop verbally kicking our PM James? We care about our new young PM and want to see her able to do her political and private business helping NZ forward, and not to be constantly pecked at and sneered at in some way. It is insulting to the country and to good women. Just keep on criticising what she does as PM or doesn’t do if that is your purpose in life.

        • James 4.2.5.1

          Did you treat key or English like that?

          Would you if it was bridges.

          Are you saying we treat this PM differently because you agree with her or because she’s a female?

      • Antoine 4.2.6

        @lprent – please please please rename James

        A.

    • R.P Mcmurphy 4.3

      not really misogyny but an admixture of right wing tory nasty extremism with some of the other chucked in.

    • Gabby 4.4

      I’d feel safer in a truck in PNG jimbo.

  4. WeTheBleeple 5

    Highlander? There can be only one.

    • James 6.1

      “you know sometimes it’s easier in my view to just to stop the trail and give them a good f**king hiding. Put an end to it right there and then.”

      There is a young girl amongst the people in the photo?

      Do people thing she deserves a good hiding also?

      Is violence the answer?

      • SaveNZ 6.1.1

        What has that got to do with

        National Party recruitment drive

        • James 6.1.1.1

          Ignoring calls of violence against people is an enabler of it.

          By trying to turn a suggestion of violence against people (including a young girl) into a joke is not appropriate.

          Given Māori are over represented in prison, domestic violence, and violence against children- it amazes me that you think that this is ok.

          • marty mars 6.1.1.1.1

            “Ignoring calls of violence against people is an enabler of it.”

            It is just a picture of the gnats recruiting – funny too in a sick way.

            Funny also how you kept mum about aaaaalllll the injustices you see around you now that the new government is doing so well. During the dark gnat years you aided and abetted them like a little toady by keeping your head down and mouth shut.

          • adam 6.1.1.1.2

            What a sick puppy you have turned into james, you support the beating of children, then in another breath say all violence is bad.

            Either show some guts and admit beating children in any context is wrong – or crawl back under the rock you came from.

            • James 6.1.1.1.2.1

              If you can’t tell the difference between a smack and giving them a good fucking hiding – you shouldn’t be allowed near children.

              Still I guess the law was made for people like you.

              • Robert Guyton

                A “good” hiding, James?
                Odd choice of words…
                What did you think of Key’s hair-pulling – assault or “horsing around”?

                • Ed

                  The mask has fallen.
                  James is a construct.
                  Not a real person.
                  This morning he forgot he was a keen All Black supporter.

                  • James

                    Not sure how you can come to that conclusion Eddie.

                    I watched the game and enjoyed it – despite the result. Ireland deserved the win.

                • James

                  A good fucking hiding. – it’s a quote – if you don’t like it take it up with hone.

                  Would love to see how caring he is on the matter.

              • adam

                So no change from you then, still into beating kids then ah james. Nothing changes with you.

      • mac1 6.1.2

        Is violence the answer?

        No.

        Consider the violence offered to people who have a darker skin colour to be demeaned in this way. Consider the insult. Consider the violent and superior attitude of the casual and supposedly unaware racist majority shown in this public display. Consider the racism at the same A&P Show of the sale of golliwogs.

        In the Sixties, the engineering students had a culture of the “haka party” which they had the eventual wisdom to also consign to history as inappropriate. Like the golliwog I had as a boy in the Fifties.

        Context is important, too. Recent events in Taranaki are not helped by this form of unthinking (at best) violence. Mrs Mac1 mentioned a Nelson Morris Dance group which has a long tradition of blackening their faces. The historical context, however, gives the explanation that the dancers of former years wore the face paint as a disguise to hide their identity from such as disapproving employers.

  5. Observer Tokoroa 7

    Pike River Scandal

    The Auckland Press – what a ratbag cockroach outfit that is – has ignored the fact the Police have declared the Pike River trajedy a Crime Scene.

    It has wheeled out that famous “miner’? – Stacy Nobody – to spray her witless words – for her darling editor .

    Mostly – she is annoyed over the cost of the re-entry of the Pike River Mine. It seems expensive at 23$Million. Money which should have been spent into making the Mine methane safe before any person was sent down that terrible hole. It was criminal to not ensure the mine was monitored and methane free.

    It would be nice if Stacy – a known national party troll – would ask the extremely wealthy John Key for 23$Million to give to the families who lost their fathers and brothers. 29 such brave persons who trusted a shifty John Key.

    In the meantime, could I ask Aucklanders to turn out a few decent writers. Ones who understand the Truth. Ones who don’t suck. Ones who declare for all New Zealand.

    I note that Heather Du Plessis Allen is no longer one eyed. Deft with her words too. Congratulations to Her.

  6. Adrian Thornton 10

    Here is a very good interview with new UK Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot.

    You know it is strange that so many commentators here on the standard bag RT, but I would like to know what Western media source would have this interview?

    ‘New Palestinian Ambassador to UK Discusses Israel Lobby, Netanyahu & Jeremy Corbyn!’

    • Ad 10.1

      The “historic compromise” mentioned by the Ambassador of 30 years ago was from the King of Jordan who let them go.

      The Ambassador is keen for a two state solution, but doesn’t deign to confirm Israel’s right to exist as one of those two states.

      I don’t have any problem with this Ambassador slagging off the recent Israeli government’s settlement of West Bank and of Netanyahu’s leadership. Well deserved and I hope Netanyahu and his wife are shortly in jail. But pretty weird to hear a Hamas rep calling any Israeli government “extremist” when they have a fair few of their own, and criticizing the israeli government for being too Jewish is remarkable from a state run by one of the most militant forms of Islam around.

      The interviewer might want to apply to Weta Workshop such is his remarkable transformation into a doormat.

  7. Observer Tokoroa 11

    Hi Cindy James

    What clothes are you wearing today Darling ?

    I hope you wash them frequently.

    [OT, pointless abuse is not welcome here. No more, please. TRP]

  8. greywarshark 12

    Here is something important to NZ to discuss. If Kiwibank can enlarge and gather in some of the business that is going to foreign owned banks it will be better for us. They have been running long enough to prove that they can manage and compete satisfactorily.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018671704/tim-hazledine-time-to-give-kiwibank-teeth
    money
    Tim Hazledine: time to give Kiwibank teeth
    From Sunday Morning, 7:11 am today
    Listen duration 20′ :09

    Professor Tim Hazledine of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Auckland says the government should give Kiwibank the power to compete aggressively on price against the local Australian banks, even at the risk of its own bottom line.

  9. greywarshark 13

    Education learning and how, what to learn? We have had over 100 years of learning just enough to ruin ourselves as a country and our environment. So long and thanks for the fish. So perhaps we should think about these new ways of learning – are they taking our minds and thoughts out of our bodies so we are not in tune with ourselves as whole organisms any more? Our heads looking at the stars, while our feet stand in cow poo, and we have no healthy food to eat.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018670501/learning-revolution-or-pathway-to-ignorance
    “We were teaching a lot of components of different maths things that they needed to know for future years.
    “[It was] a lot of ticking off of what they needed to cover, where for me today a lot of it is getting kids to learn through doing.

    “They are putting the knowledge to use, so they actually see the purpose of why they are learning.”

    Fellow teacher Andrea Tapsell says teaching had also changed hugely since she started out 16 years ago.
    “My whole teaching practice has had to change to incorporate the digital technology as well as student agency, as well as bringing in that inquiry, collaborative approach.”

    Collaborative approach. How can kids think their own individual thoughts if right from the start they are taught to think as a group? Isn’t that group-think – the one who is different doesn’t fit? Some sharp comments on what we think.

    Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free. Bertrand Russell

    One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny. Bertrand Russell
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/bertrand_russell_125227

    Is this true?
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists
    in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  10. greywarshark 14

    Love this phrase ” areas of interest include communication avoidance and propaganda.”

    This man on Radionz was talking about it apprently. I didn’t hear him but was looking at the summaries for Wallace (today noelle) and he sounds interesting.
    The avoidance part is why I don’t read James and other trolls. There is only so much I can take in and I can’t afford to take in too much stressful trivia. (Example – did I need to know that there is some kerfuffle about an exam because some students didn’t know the meaning of trivial? Sheesh.)

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018671715/ethan-plaut-overloaded-by-media-how-much-is-too-much
    Ethan Plaut: overloaded by media – how much is too much?
    From Sunday Morning, 10:04 am today
    Listen duration 32′ :14″

    Dr Ethan Plaut, lecturer in media and communication at the University of Auckland, says the sheer volume of media messages in a 24- hour news cycle is more than anyone can critically process. Ethan Plaut is a former journalist who came from Stanford University to the University of Auckland in January and whose areas of interest include communication avoidance and propaganda.

    • DJ Ward 14.1

      Its a subject I’ve looked at a lot as well.

      Quantity is a result of traffic based revenue and connectivity.

      So propaganda can be with quantity vs absence.

      EG,
      There is a large number of Kavanaugh is guilty slanted articles but very few exposing all the lies and false allegations. The public will be all exposed to the guilty arguments but few will read about the lies.

      Or,
      Everyone knows JLR was unfaithful as there has been many articles naming him and including statements on his infidelity. Very few articles exist naming the female MP who did the same thing. (Unfortunately it’s not mysoginist)

  11. Ed 15

    Professor Mark Blyth is a British political scientist from Scotland and a professor of international political economy at Brown University.
    His ideas on Brexit are worth listening to.

    • Ed 15.1

      Here Jimmy Dore looks at Mark Blyth and explores his argument why Brexit Is Good for working people In clear, simple terms.

      • Ed 15.1.1

        Best quote from the video.

        “…The Hamptons are not a defensible position. The Hamptons are on a low-lying beach. Eventually the people will come for you.”

        • Ed 15.1.1.1

          If you want to watch mark Blyth without Jimmy Dore, here is the extract.

          • Ed 15.1.1.1.1

            More thought provoking stuff.
            Mark Blyth on The Consequences of Neoliberalism

            • greywarshark 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Ed
              If you are going to put up a lot of youtube links, only leave one to open that you think is the best and put a half bracket at the front of the others as (so. That leaves them closed but ready to spring into action.

              Otherwise you fill up such a large portion of the page and I don’t want to have these videos dominate it. I get a similar feeling that I used to when I watched tv and had too many Harvey Norman ads come up. I never go there now and never will. Please don’t turn me away from the blog which I have visited for years.

              • Ed

                The best one is 15.1.1.

                You can always scroll past by the way.

                • Or you could tone it down, Ed.

                  I mentioned the other day that should give a decent intro to the vids to which you link. That’s to avoid spamming the site or turning TS into lefty facebook. This is a place to discuss opinions, and that kinda implies your own opinion should be shared, not someone else’s.

                  So, tell us what you think, add some links where it adds colour or context, and argue your corner.

                • greywarshark

                  You could politely say Ed that you can see what I mean, after I explained how much of the screen your consecutive video shots take up. You could say okay will do. That seems a reasonable, adult response to a reasonable request.

          • Ad 15.1.1.1.2

            If Brexit was “about the 1%” as he states then it would have happened in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and basically everywhere else that the left deradicalised. It didn’t. So no, the left is not to blame for everything as he implies.

            And I love the way he wants Europe but not the Euro.
            That means he supports the Pound, namely the English (London) economy that simply makes its money by being a financial capital of the world. He may as well be working for Northern Rock.

            But no, he has no need to analyze himself.

            It’s like he forgets which areas voted to stay, which sectors of British society voted to stay, which parts of the population voted to stay. There are plenty more actual analyses on the finer breakdowns of the vote on precisely why this happened – and why the vote was so close.

            The much more interesting questions are about:
            – how the House of Lords amends it,
            – which of Labor’s MPs cross the floor to get it through (including the redoubtable Brexit champion Corbyn) and therefore take the electoral credit
            – how it gets implemented,
            – how fast Britain’s economy declines afterward, and
            – how Russia, China, and the Untied States take advantage of a greatly diminished Britain and Europe and keep picking them apart into smaller pieces in their own interest.

  12. Grey Area 16

    Are you a member Ed?

    [Obviously some people have been missing the fact that ad homs aren’t going down too well with me. People have already been banned, and unless those of you jumping in on this sub-thread want to be joining them, then the suggestion is thatyou all pull your heads in. Do any of you think any author appreciates having the discussion beneath their posts trashed with kindergarten garbage? If it’s seriously all you’re capable of, then just comment on your own facebook or whatever and leave your keyboard alone when you’re on this site] – B.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  13. greywarshark 17

    Open Parachute has an interesting item on Russia and bots and dodgy sites.
    https://openparachute.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/and-you-thought-russiagate-could-not-get-sillier/

  14. Grey Area 18

    Ed you haven’t answered my question.

    [To repeat. Obviously some people have been missing the fact that ad homs aren’t going down too well with me. People have already been banned, and unless those of you jumping in on this sub-thread want to be joining them, then the suggestion is thatyou all pull your heads in. Do any of you think any author appreciates having the discussion beneath their posts trashed with kindergarten garbage? If it’s seriously all you’re capable of, then just comment on your own facebook or whatever and leave your keyboard alone when you’re on this site] – B.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • solkta 18.1

      Ed doesn’t do that. Answer questions? All so beneath him.

      • mauī 18.1.1

        If he was shown some respect by certain commenters he might.

        • Ed 18.1.1.1

          I reply to you maui and others who come on this site to share ideas.
          Rather than snipe and troll.

        • solkta 18.1.1.2

          Your logic is standing on its head. One of the reasons that Ed is so disrespected here is that he will make a grand statement but then refuse to say what he actually means.

          [And the level of respect you think you’re commanding trying to pass this garbage off as in some way a contribution to this site? Read the moderation comments I’ve left up thread] – Bill

  15. R.P Mcmurphy 19

    dang.
    I scrolled past the funniest antinatvid I have ever seen on fb.
    They all got a jolly good serve! soymin and poymin an all the rest.
    if it comes again I will take the trouble to note the link.

  16. James 20

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/11/derek-handley-granted-nz-citizenship-despite-being-years-short-of-requirement.html

    This is very amusing.

    Falling years short of the requirement- a multi millionaire friend of the PM gets granted residency.

    • Muttonbird 20.1

      Peter Theil anyone? I believe Handley spent a lot of his youth in NZ. I’ll have to look that up. Peter Theil not so much.

      Edit: Here we go for a start.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Handley

      Also in the very article you link to it says he arrived here as a child of four and did all his schooling here including university.

      • James 20.1.1

        He didn’t spend anywhere enough in NZ to qualify for residency.

        Submitted (assumed unsuccessfully), but reapplies when Jacinda becomes PM and voila- a visa and a job (and it looks like the residency might be as dodge as the job).

      • James 20.1.2

        So what?

        Try a link that shows he met residency requirements.

        I’ll wait – but you may be some time.

        What is it with this government and dodge residencies???

  17. joe90 21

    Planning rules, who needs ’em.

    #CAMPFIRE UPDATE: Death toll in Northern California wildfire reaches 76, as 1,276 people remain unaccounted for https://t.co/KdYaa733yV pic.twitter.com/rVVy81Cwa2— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 18, 2018

    “Nobody would have ever thought this could happen,” President Donald Trump said while touring the Camp Fire devastation Saturday.

    That’s not true. The Camp Fire was inevitable. It is the event that so many dreaded for so long.

    People prepared. Fire prevention officials planned. They drilled. They worked with homeowners. They invented fire-safe councils and Fire on the Ridge and sent fire prevention officials to schools via a program called Fire Pals. They raised money to keep fire lookouts open when the state said it wouldn’t.

    Eventually, geography and topography proved to be the trap everyone thought it was.

    https://www.chicoer.com/2018/11/17/editorial-camp-fire-the-tragedy-we-were-all-warned-about/

    • DJ Ward 21.1

      You might be taking things out of context. Everybody knows fire risks were well known. That the state cut funding as its bankrupt. What happened in scale and speed was probably predicted by a few. Trumps assumption could be based on belief people had time to evacuate as much as the record setting severity.

      Diagnosis. TDS

      • joe90 21.1.1

        That the state cut funding as its bankrupt.

        Nope. The US federal government owns nearly half of the land in California, the other half is privately owned, so nothing to do with California’s fiscal position.

  18. eco maori 22

    Kia oar The Am Show Mens day yes I’am a proud man Eco tau tokos men to but Equality is my goal .
    There you go Duncan the weather is reflecting the extra energy in our environment heat is energy hence the big fluctuation in Aotearoa and Papatuanuku weather and its only going to get stronger IF we all commit to mitigate carbon that is poisoning our environment we can minimize the bad effects of climate change .
    The Elon Mus effect is part of the Internet generation effect it has given Elon the power to force change’s that are beneficial for all human kind and not just the wealthy . Michio Kaku predicted that the internet 21’s Century communication device will keep the wealthy honest and the effect will have a big changes on our society.
    The only reason the Eastern Bay of Plenty is the way it is simon is because of shonky’s Law’s that kicked the Rural regions & poor people into touch . And the dump laws that made a plant that’s a gift from God that has many beneficial property’s to humans health was made illegal to clear the way for Alcohol barons to reap billions forced on NZ. The settler Nuns used it as the health healing plant it is.
    The britexit deal won’t go through unless Britain commits to a policy that rapidly reduces there carbon use fair enough I say.
    I remember back in the day the Couch’s changed every 3 to 4 years .
    Condolences to all the people who have lost family and property in the Californian fire’s.
    We no that the effects of the last governments policy’s are still flowing through the systems higher cost of living I know when I raised my offspring it was much easier to survive .
    The kombucha craze was going through Gisborne 15 years ago
    Ka kite ano

  19. eco maori 23

    This is what happens when the system cover up scams . I don’t want people like groper ropper around my MOKO’S
    I had just come off the recruit course and we were taught we were always to do what our superiors told us to do. We were taught to always follow orders.”

    Taylor says Roper’s behaviour towards female underlings at the base was well known. He would pull bra straps, pinch bottoms, push open the door of the airwomen’s change rooms while they were dressing. He did not hide his actions, Taylor says – they took place out in the open, for all to see.

    But before long, Taylor became a particular target of Roper’s attention.

    “In the early afternoon the senior NCOs (non-commissioned officers) would leave our section and and they would go down to the Sergeants’ mess and they would drink all afternoon.

    “Early evening, the Section would get a phone call and he (Roper) would specifically ask for a lift home from me.When I went to pick him up he was extremely intoxicated. The minute the car started he would lock the car doors and start abusing me. Ka kite ano
    Link below P.S you see people the system is far from perfect they protect there own and don’t care who they hurt in this protect the old——–man
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/108581557/ogled-groped-and-locked-in-a-cage-air-force-servicewoman-speaks-out-against-defence-force-for-protecting-rapist

  20. eco maori 24

    Eco Maori music for the minute P.S the sandfly did not like my last post the sirens are going off

  21. eco maori 25

    Kia ora Tekaea It was cool seeing those kuia getting into there fitness .
    Yes there is a lot of people who don’t not what there tipuna have done or achieved I can research our’s there is a bit of infomation on the internet
    Burning all those log on Tolaga Bay beach its awsome that its cleaned up the mess .
    Our beach is covered in logs to but you would be lucky to have one person a day go there. Ka kite ano

  22. eco maori 26

    Kia ora Newshub Yes Berne I agree with your word’s and Andrews.
    With that building that collapsed in the Christ Church earthquake well not only the builder is at fault the council is to what a sham.
    No demerit points for the cops they love hassling me on the road unmarked and marked car at least they won’t be hassling other people while they watching me 24/7 what a waste of money.
    5G is a technology we need to get correct on the first roll out .
    Taupo people you need to get off Grid Solar power systems if the grid goes down you will still have power how can a Town like Taupo lose power with one fault that is not on.
    Salvation Army is a good charity to make donations to they do a lot of good work for the common poor person Kia kaha people this is what happens when a business person routs all the money to his M8s.
    Peter Jackson new movie looks awsome may be he should make one on Aotearoa in the 1850 to the 1900. Ka kite ano

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    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 hours ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    9 hours ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 hours ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    12 hours ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    13 hours ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    15 hours ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    17 hours ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    18 hours ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    19 hours ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    19 hours ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    1 day ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    3 days ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    4 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    4 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    6 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    7 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    1 week ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    1 week ago

  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
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