Open Mike 19/02/2018

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  1. eco maori 1

    Morning Rumble Rock radio you good people are giving me a sore face again Ka pai had a hard time getting this out the sandflys are at it again.
    Ka kite ano

    • eco maori 1.1

      The sandflys are swarming again today plus a good 12 escorts vip treatment for ECO MAORI.
      They know I have something they have not got that’s why they trow the public at me they are ____scared
      Ana to kai

  2. Ed 2

    Excellent article in the New Scientist ( hardly a rabid vegan magazine) explaining why people who eat meat should be fully informed about how the animals they have at are treated and killed. And why the meat industry doesn’t want meat eaters to be fully informed.
    Once people know the unvarnished truth, there would be a lot more vegetarians in New Zealand.
    Allow cameras into chicken and pork factories.
    And make the footage public and part of our education. Public information documentaries and advertising should occur.
    Then we’ll see a rapid decline in the consumption of factory farmed pigs and chicken.
    Or the industries will radically alter their practices.

    “We shouldn’t hide the gory details of how meat reaches our plate.

    People who eat meat tend not to think about the lives and deaths of the animals they consume. That is a natural psychological defence against some very unpleasant facts. But hiding from facts doesn’t change them.

    Consider the broiler chicken industry, which raises and slaughters 60 billion birds a year. They live for a few weeks, usually in crowded sheds, before being stunned and killed by having their throats slit. Unsurprisingly, there are multiple welfare issues associated with these methods.

    ….This isn’t something the meat industry wants you to think about – which is one reason for reporting the gory details. Another is to inform individual decisions. Eating meat is a choice we are all free to make, but like all ethically challenging ones, it is better taken when in full possession of the facts.”

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23731633-000-we-shouldnt-hide-the-gory-details-of-how-meat-reaches-our-plate/amp/

    • JanM 2.1

      I do think it’s about time some serious legislation was enacted and enforced around the treatment of animals for consumption.
      Also I think we should be aware of where all our food is coming from, and that includes our fruit and vegetables

      • Sanctuary 2.1.1

        You know the old joke – 80% of consumers say they buuy free range eggs, yet free range eggs account for only 30% of sales.

        Personally, I have a minimum standard that the animal must be able to express it’s normal behaviour. So a pig heeds a place to wallow, ground to root, a fence to scratch on. Chickens require ground to peck, worms to extract from the earth to eat, and a place to wander about clucking gently. I choose not to buy pork and chicken from supermarkets, and eat my own lamb, beer, pork and chicken.

        But I am a privileged, rich westerner with the money to spare for hobby farming my own food on a lifestyle block.

        Most people already know how industrial pig and chicken farming works. They just prefer cheap pork and chicken when they are trying to stretch the budget for the family dinner than going without protein. they may – or may not – feel sorry for the animals. But the most important thing is cheap and tasty protein for them and their families.

        • james 2.1.1.1

          Ed does not care about the fact your animals may be well cared for and slaughtered in a humane way – he is ideologically against people eating meat.

          I have a lifestyle block also and home kill my animals – and yet Ed finds this ‘murder’

          I took the time to make detail and reasonable post on this matter a while back.

      • weka 2.1.2

        +1 Jan. All our food.

        And when people learn about how animals are treated in order for them to eat meat, I want them to make better choices around that when they are able to. That might be eating less meat, or it might be eating meat sourced from ethical farmers.

        • JanM 2.1.2.1

          That’s the issue, isn’t it – ‘when they are able to’. There are too many people living so far on the edge they see themselves as making a choice between animal welfare and their families. 🙁
          I don’t think much will change until strong legislation enacted and enforced is in place

          • Kay 2.1.2.1.1

            +1 JanM. Being poor and ethical can be difficult, but even the battery meats are a luxury item for many now so that’s more an indictment on our economic system. I do wonder if there’s been an increase of low-iron level conditions reported in recent years.

            I personally haven’t purchased pork or chicken for many years as I can’t justify the cost of free range. I compromise with barn laid eggs; free range if they’re cheaper on the day but it does mean rationing said egg use. But I will NEVER purchase battery eggs. I am guilty of eating whatever food someone offers me, however, so not entirely guilt-free, but doing my small protest. One has to really research the barn laid/free range though- some of them are a side line to big battery companies so obviously those can’t be supported.

            It’s beyond comprehension to me how our otherwise strict animal welfare laws- of course punishment is warrented for keeping a cat or dog confined in that situation- somehow doesn’t apply to livestock. Do they have a powerful Lobby at play?

            • JanM 2.1.2.1.1.1

              “Do they have a powerful Lobby at play?” I would say so, wouldn’t you?
              I’m quite lucky with eggs – I live in a semi-rural area where there are quite a few sellers from the gate. You can see the hens running around the paddock 🙂

  3. Ed 3

    Nicky Hager has some ‘explosive’ new information about the army in Afghanistan.
    Interesting.

    • cleangreen 3.1

      yes Ed finally Nicky hargar said “the truth finally comes out about his allegations of the location and deaths.

      Stange that it is only after National has gone out of Government eh?

      Smells like a real political cover-up, by National MP’s Brownlee and co alight as usual..

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        *Hager.

        The PM said: “That’s something I hope over time to engage with Defence over that issue. We said that was an opportunity we’d take up when in office.”

        “Hope”? “We said”?

        The former Government under then-prime minister Bill English decided against an inquiry after watching some of the footage from the raid, known as Operation Burnham.

        Labour, NZ First and the Green Party all called for an inquiry at the time.

        …but now it’s “I hope over time to ask Defence to tell me some lies”.

        Looks like whoever is passing info to Hager is determined not to let this go; it’s a shame this government will have to be forced into an inquiry rather than undertaking one of their own volition; we’ll be lucky if they hold one, that is, as opposed to a Rebstock predetermined farce.

        • Brigid 3.1.1.1

          It is Nicky Hager himself who is ‘determined not to let this go’.
          Give credit where it’s due.

          https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2018/02/19/guest-blog-nicky-hager-defence-force-had-reports-of-civilian-casualties-after-sas-raid-but-did-nothing/

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1.1.1

            Yes Brigid, Hager is also to be commended. He isn’t risking as much as the whistleblowers he and Jon Stevenson (who is also to be commended, credit where it’s due, Brigid) rely on to write the story in the first place, though.

            • Brigid 3.1.1.1.1.1

              “Hit and Run co-author Nicky Hager, who has been probing the defence force using the Official Information Act (OIA), says this is an important crack in the NZDF denials.”
              What whistle blowers.
              Read TDB article and get yourself some information ffs.

              Idiot

              • greywarshark

                Brigid
                Are you calling OAB an idiot. FFS please try to keep argument on a polite level even when acrimonious.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Well she has a point: this new info was garnered by Hager acting alone. He wouldn’t even have known to ask without Stevenson and the whistleblowers, but hey.

        • mac1 3.1.1.2

          One Anonymous Bloke,

          What does ‘hope’ mean?

          “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.”
          synonyms: aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, plan, dream, daydream, pipe dream; More

          “want something to happen or be the case.”
          synonyms: expect, anticipate, look for, wait for, be hopeful of, pin one’s hopes on, want; More

          What would you say to this?
          “I desire in time….
          “I plan in time….
          “I aim in time…..
          “I have the expectation in time…..
          “I anticipate in time…..
          “I want in time……

          Prime Minister Ardern said all that, and more, in one phrase “I hope in time….”!

          I don’t believe that a reasonable person with the power to do something does not understand that the idea of hope includes acknowledgment of actions that need doing and resolve to do them.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1.2.1

            Is it really that hard to announce that the government is planning to hold the inquiry that all its members called for in opposition?

            • mac1 3.1.1.2.1.1

              “We said that was an opportunity we’d take up when in office.”

              That’s pretty clear to me. Note the “we’d”. It is short for ‘we would”. Would indicates intention of an action, that it would take place. It’s not ‘might’. It’s not ‘could’.
              There’s no ‘perhaps’ or ‘possibly’.

              Note the context of the full sentence. There is no attempt to change the intention. There is a statement of an intention made in the past and there’s no indication of any change in that thinking. A reasonable person would be expected to signify a change to thinking if that were the case. The expectation of that sentence in its context means it still stands.

              There’s nothing like “We said that was an opportunity we’d take up when in office. We intend to review our stance now when we are in in office.”

              If there was any attempt to weasel out of this commitment, OAB, I’d be alongside you in opposition to that.

              I just don’t see that your reading of those words is justified by anything but deep cynicism. Again, I share your cynicism considering the weasel words that previous government used, the imprecision of language, the deliberate obfuscation.

              Time will tell if Ardern is telling lies. I don’t believe she is. Her words however are clear. Her intention is clear.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                I agree I’m cynical about it. I hope you’re right.

                • mac1

                  And the action we can take for our combined hope is to remind and encourage and argue for a proper investigation, since hope needs actions to fulfil it! 🙂

        • The Chairman 3.1.1.3

          “Labour, NZ First and the Green Party all called for an inquiry at the time.

          …but now it’s ‘I hope over time to ask Defence to tell me some lies’.”

          Seems we have another area where Labour looks set to disappoint.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1.3.1

            I take it all back. You’re agreeing with me so I must be wrong.

            • The Chairman 3.1.1.3.1.1

              Actually, this is an occasion you got it right. Their stance is softening, as shown in the narrative you highlighted.

              If they were genuine about holding an inquiry, they’d be informing Defence of their intention and stating it to the press.

              Merely engaging (hopefully at some stage) with Defence is no guarantee an inquiry will result from that engagement.

        • AB 3.1.1.4

          “Rebstock predetermined farce”
          Nice – ‘an RPF’ should enter the lexicon.

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 4

    That inquiry into Operation Burnham (which we haven’t heard much about since the election) looks a bit more likely.

    the Defence Force knew a child had been killed during a 2010 raid in Afghanistan.

    The government needs to do the right thing here, before the UN does it for them.

  5. eco maori 5

    Good morning Breakfast people I cannot have to much input this morning the sandflys through a actor on the farm this morning to slow me down.
    I have to drop off the mokos at school and go mowing lawns all the best to you good people.
    Ka kite ano

  6. savenz 7

    More money being thrown away by Fonterra in China, in their failed global strategy.

    Chinese seem to do well in NZ, the same is not true for NZ Businesses in China. Very different culture, very different corruption levels and very different returns by the look of it between Chinese businesses coming to NZ and NZ businesses going to China.

    How many Kiwis are immigrating to China, Vietnam or god know where? And how many Chinese are coming to New Zealand? Again a huge discrepancy.

    The China government wraps up it’s laws tightly and controls everything. In those circumstances it clearly is not a like for like arraignment in these free trade deals, that somehow do very well for China and leave NZ farmers worse and worse off, and funny enough bankrupt so can be bought cheaply by China and overseas multinationals. Go figure.

    You can’t blame China if our government and Fonterra don’t seem to mind and seems to be begging for more of the same with more trade deals that don’t seem to be trade deals but contracts to a race to the bottom.

    Globalism has become a race to the bottom. It is John n Bill’s low wage economy dream in action.

    And now taken up by Jacinda for the next generation of overseas controlling stakes by some crusty out of touch exporters who haven’t noticed the world changed from the 20th century!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11997217

    • greywarshark 7.1

      Another blow to NZ’s pride in the fineness of the country, its attractions etc. Everything is to be used, utilised till the base line profitability goes, and then the citizens can recycle the husk.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018632639/too-late-for-world-renowned-fresh-water-springs
      It’s feared a proposed conservation order to protect Golden Bay’s world-renowned freshwater springs won’t come quickly enough to stop local farmers taking more water from the aquifer that feeds it. The springs contain close to optically-pure water, second only to that found under the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, and are a major tourist attraction, with more than 100-thousand visitors a year.
      However needs for water in the district are competing with conservation. Kathryn talks Andrew Yuill – who applied for the Water Conservation Order, along with local Maori and Tim King, deputy mayor of the Tasman District Council and chair of its Environment and Planning Committee.

      Te Waikoropupū Springs: Places to go in Nelson/Tasman – DoC
      http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to…/takaka…/te-waikoropupu-springs/
      Early European settlers arrived in the Golden Bay area in the 1830s, mainly to build ships and mine for gold, coal and lime. Originally the area around Te Waikoropupū Springs was covered in lowland forest. Gold miners cleared the forest to build water races for sluicing alluvial gold and a mining company worked the area.

      We are stopped now by regs from swarming over our rubbish tips for useful stuff as we once could do, it was dirty and a bit dangerous. Now we take things to recycling and it looks less obvious that we are living on leftovers and whimsical charity from the wealthy.

      If we want to save Nz – ‘Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party’. And the word men is included in ‘women’. And more, being environmental isn’t enough, one has to care about the other human beings living around and support each other in a respectful way, but particularly concentrate those who are investing their own lives and time into supporting the ‘good and respectful community’.

  7. Cinny 8

    A cyclone is coming, would everyone please check there are no leaves etc covering the drains in the gutter on their street. Thanks, it does make a big difference in preventing flooding, least it does in our street.

    Top tip for bored kids after school on a wet summers day… send them down to the park with a skimmer board, it’s so much fun 😀

    • alwyn 8.1

      Just don’t let them get anywhere near a flooded drain.
      Your suggestion about leaves over drains in the street is a great one though.
      I think I shall be out shortly looking at the ones in our street.

    • Rosie 8.2

      Cinny, sadly where we live there are no leaves, there are no trees.

      The developer of the suburb we live in cut down all the trees (over 100). What we have instead is clogged drains due to silt run off from erosion. This sediment has washed through a recovering creek area and destroyed community plantings.

      For my part I will be documenting this, submitting it to our council who will yet again turn a blind eye to the developer’s actions.

      I find it kind of amusing, our councils concerns about people’s gutters and drains when they fail to address one of the city’s biggest contributors to avoidable storm water run off.

      • veutoviper 8.2.1

        Rosie, great to see you back!

        I have wondered how you were getting on- it has been a long time. In fact, I just checked and your last comment was 31 Aug 2016.

        So sad to hear what has happened to your suburb after your struggles including the battle to get your own home. But I recall your determination and work in the Ohariu electorate, so suspect the Council is in for a battle! Go girl! EDIT – that should be ‘woman’ but does not sound as good.

        • Rosie 8.2.1.1

          Hi veutoviper 🙂 Always the investigator, you 🙂

          To reminisce, it was a fine day that Peter Dunne stood down here in Ohariu. You will be aware that Labour won the seat. In fact, I have a meeting with Greg O Connor next week to discuss our run down town centre. It feels so different and so good that those Dunne years are finally over, for us locally, but in the broader picture too.

          Yes, finally got our first home, but sadly I have been in a battle with both the council and the developer for almost five years now. There has been large scale environmental destruction under the HASHA Act, (and we lost our entire Ruru population!) which I think, but am not sure, has now been removed by the new govt. I must look into that.

        • greywarshark 8.2.1.2

          Rosie
          Ohariu! It would make a good chant with the last syllable on an upward tone.
          The change of MP must be a good point in your calendar, you did so much work to achieve it but it couldn’t happen till the stars came right.

          You are Wellington City Council. All the best about the trees. What do ruru like to live in? I am thinking of starting a club called the Huia Club for people who are trying to stem the tide of destruction from the freemarket and the money-obssessed who are willing to cut, slash and burn everything we hold dear and we can’t stop them, can’t enter their mindset. The battlers could do with some group that could swop stories of rejection and dejection, and note successes, and jokes, and interesting films and people. Like-minded people who respect each other and the search for the holy grail of respect for our life without the necessity of expensive frippery and style and luxury.
          What do you think – I’m just churning it around. Not a bad idea? Or is it covered by some group already?

          • Rosie 8.2.1.2.1

            greywarshark. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was.

            I stood back from being actively engaged the last election, apart from having a hoarding up on my fence. The campaign team and all the volunteers were wonderful. It was best to leave it to the pro’s.

            It was a really tight fight here and I think the TOP candidate was a bit of a spanner in the works but we got there in the end. I think you’re right – it needed the right alignment of stars for it to happen 🙂

          • greywarshark 8.2.1.2.2

            Hello Rosie me again. I added a bit onto my 12.39 comment and was typing it while you were answering it. So when and if you have time perhaps you could read the full thing and tell me what vibes it gives you.

      • greywarshark 8.2.2

        Rosie, I’m wondering what is your local Council?

    • mac1 8.3

      “please check there are no leaves etc covering the drains in the gutter on their street.”

      The radio is now advising in the news to do just that!

      Our proactive Council this morning had the road sweeper onto the gutters.

  8. veutoviper 9

    Just a little titbit which may be of interest to some here (although they may well already know), this morning on RNZ National ‘Nine to Noon’ Mike Smith said that he believed that Marama Davidson’s father was an actor, but he did not know who he was.

    This sparked my interest, and thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered that her father is Rawiri Paratene (aka Peter David Broughton), NZ stage and screen actor whose credits include roles in many well-known NZ films and TV series. In the 2013 New Year Honours he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film, television and theatre. He also has many other Awards detailed in the Wikipedia entry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawiri_Paratene

    Of Ngapuhi descent, he was the first Māori graduate of the New Zealand Drama School. As a young student in the 1970s, Paratene was a member of Ngā Tamatoa, an activist organisation which fought for Māori rights, land, language and culture. He continues to aspire to have more Māori stories on film.

    He has also worked overseas, primarily with the London Globe Theatre, including on their.two-year world tour of Hamlet, visiting 205 countries. He was the only non-British based actor in the cast.

    He also stood for the Green Party in the 2008 General Election in the Maungakiekie electorate.

    From Wikipedia:
    Film
    Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale (1986) – Rangi
    What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999) – Mulla Rota
    Whale Rider (2002) – Koro
    The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003) – Malio Chief
    The Insatiable Moon (2010) – Arthur

    Television
    Play School
    Joe and Koro
    Xena: Warrior Princess – Tazere (Season 6, Episode 5: Legacy)
    Shortland Street – Joe Hudson

    Awards
    2013 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to film, television and theatre[7]
    2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film – The Insatiable Moon (Arthur)
    1996 NZ Film & Television Award for Best Actor – Dead Cert (Hare)
    1983 Winner of the Robert Burns Fellowship
    1980 Winner Mobil Radio Award for ‘Proper Channels’ Radio Play (Production)
    1980 Winner Mobil Radio Award for ‘Proper Channels’ Radio Play (Writing)
    1976 Winner of the Māori Writers’ Award

    I found that fascinating so thought I would share it.

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Thanks vv
      Yes Rawiri Paratene has been around long and done much. A good family, NZ-oriented from birth and lineage for Marama to be born into. I would like to see Julie-Anne step down and just manage her MP role and her baby which is enough travail for any ordinary person and let Marama bring her community and welfare skills in as she has the background and I think the ability to do much good.
      (Note: I think Jacinda is extraordinary and will manage her roles well, but will be very busy and time-conscious to do so in these early days.)

      Marama Davidson –
      “She started her degree in Hamilton and finished it in Auckland, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts….
      Davidson worked for the Human Rights Commission from 2003 to 2012.[6] She has worked part-time for Breastfeeding New Zealand.[7] She was a ‘Think Tank Member’ for the Owen Glenn Inquiry on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.[8] She is a founding member of Te Wharepora Hou Māori Women’s Collective.[6]”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marama_Davidson

      https://www.greens.org.nz/candidates/marama-davidson-mp
      Marama’s portfolios:
      Auckland Issues
      Building and Housing
      Disability Issues
      Ethnic Affairs
      Māori Development
      Pacific Peoples
      Social Housing (including HCNZ)
      Sport and Recreation

      ” She is a blogger, and writes about social justice, Māori politics, women’s rights and more.”
      Tweets – Marama Davidson MP @MaramaDavidson

      Julie Anne Genter is an American who holds dual citizenship USA/NZ and came here about 2006. She has an interest and experience in transport matters whish is a weighty subject. However it would be good to see some NZ born, long-time citizens getting into top positions here.
      https://www.greens.org.nz/ourpeople/julie-anne-genter-mp

    • Rosie 9.2

      Yes, it is interesting isn’t it? I heard that on 7 Days, when Marama Davidson was the guest for the Yes Minister section.

  9. ianmac 10

    Mitchell is yes!

    • veutoviper 10.1

      So I see – and there seems to be some speculation that Joyce is also considering throwing in his hat.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        He might well be dumb enough to toss his dildo into the ring…

      • greywarshark 10.1.2

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11997617
        Mark Mitchell announces he will contest National Party leadership to replace Bill English
        19 Feb, 2018 1:33pm

        Mitchell, a former police dog handler, said National was built on very strong foundations and had 80 years of history of delivering….
        He said what set him apart was his leadership ability and a strong track record building a team….
        Mitchell was a member of the police armed offenders squad and went on to become a top international hostage negotiator, and established a security consultancy in the Middle East….
        He has been in Parliament since 2011 and was Minister of Defence prior to the change of Government last year. He will be the least politically experienced of the four contenders.

        He said he wanted to hold the “shambolic Government” to account…
        He said he was disappointed when Labour leader Jacinda Ardern had said it was her generation’s turn….
        “But Winston is on notice. If I am leader – he’s in Government, we’re in Opposition. We are going to hold him to account.”
        He pointed to the difference of opinion over the waka jumping bill as a sign the Government was already starting to fight internally….
        Mitchell also signalled Steven Joyce would be kept on as finance spokesman, saying he was doing an amazing job….
        Mitchell has hired Clark Hennessy – a former staffer – to help with his campaign. Hennessy was one of those NZ First leader Winston Peters had included in legal action over the leak of his super overpayments.

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/350739/live-mark-mitchell-to-stand-for-national-party-leader
        RadioNZ
        “National’s values – strong families, personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, looking after our vulnerable and our environment – are my values. They guide my decisions and are the foundation of the policies I’d campaign for as leader….
        He said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s vision “lacked any substance”.
        “She has no clear plan for this country and her government is making it up as it goes along. This simply isn’t good enough.”

        (His visions sound like the Labour Coalition visions as I understand them. Perhaps there is a Visions Book that the Parties could all choose from, and mix and match to get a unique mixture, and we the people could have a look and a lottery run to choose the mix that the winning Party would choose, and the winner would share by halves with a fund set up to help those who were in need to a leasehold house or houses in a needy area.) The dream and reality would meet.

    • Johnr 10.2

      I would have thought his history as a security contractor (mercenary) in the middle East would make him a bit toxic as a leader in the debating chamber

      • Ed 10.2.1

        Isn’t a security contractor just a euphemism for a mercenary?

        If that is what he was , that’ll sound good in the future.

        “Our PM used to be a mercenary.
        He killed people for money.”

        I thought we had sunk low enough.

        And wasn’t Mitchell in the Dirty Politics book?
        In a bad way?

        • greywarshark 10.2.1.1

          If he was a contractor does that mean that he arranged other people to do the grunt work and threfore kept his hands cklean?

      • greywarshark 10.2.2

        Our debating chamber is not much chop anyway, perhaps they should have him as an honorary Ozzie in theirs.

  10. Stuart Munro 11

    Interesting gun control development – hope it works.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43105701

  11. greywarshark 12

    Radionz today Monday – q. why must robots have human faces. Is this a way to deflect our natural antipathy to the Other?

    technology
    1:36 pm today
    Join the robots
    From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:36 pm today
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018632709/join-the-robots
    Listen duration 6′ :46″
    Seemingly every week there’s a prediction our jobs will be lost when the robots rise.
    Artificial Intelligence is already here but it’s expected to get better, more superior and more autonomous – but that doesn’t mean humans won’t be needed alongside the technology.
    In fact, an Australian researcher is arguing we need to stop worrying about the robots and instead work with them.

    (Yeah sleep with the enemy.)

  12. xanthe 13

    https://twitter.com/BarristerNZ/status/965336309853126656

    more about the cover-up disclosed in Hager book “hit and run”

    • Ed 13.1

      Wonder what the security consultant thinks of that?

    • Anne 13.2

      Yes, I’ve read Hit and Run and am very interested in this story.

      Haven’t picked up any MSM news item as yet, but wonder if it is because the Lab. led govt. announced recently there is going to be an ‘Independent Inquiry’ into the matter?
      At least that’s my recollection. Someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

  13. Ankerrawshark 14

    Breaking news…labour now polling at 48%. Yah

    Not sure which poll this is

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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    14 hours ago
  • The only thing we have to fear is tenants themselves
    1. Which of these acronyms describes the experience of travelling on a Cook Strait ferry?a. ROROb. FOMOc. RAROd. FMLAramoana, first boat ever boarded by More Than A Feilding, four weeks after the Wahine disaster2. What is the acronym for the experience of watching the government risking a $200 million break ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    16 hours ago
  • Peters talks of NZ “renewing its connections with the world” – but who knew we had been discon...
    Buzz from the Beehive The thrust of the country’s foreign affairs policy and its relationship with the United States have been addressed in four statements from the Beehive over the past 24 hours. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters somewhat curiously spoke of New Zealand “renewing its connections with a world ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    17 hours ago
  • Muldoonism, solar farms, and legitimacy
    NewsHub had an article yesterday about progress on Aotearoa's largest solar farm, at "The Point" in the Mackenzie Country. 420MW, right next to a grid connection and transmission infrastructure, and next to dams - meaning it can work in tandem with them to maximise water storage. Its exactly the sort ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • NZTA does not know how much it spends on cones
    Barrie Saunders writes –  Astonishing as it may seem NZTA does not know either how much it spends on road cones as part of its Temporary Traffic Management system, or even how many companies it uses to supply and manage the cones. See my Official Information Act request ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    19 hours ago
  • If this is Back on Track – let's not.
    I used to want to plant bombs at the Last Night of the PromsBut now you'll find me with the baby, in the bathroom,With that big shell, listening for the sound of the sea,The baby and meI stayed in bed, alone, uncertainThen I met you, you drew the curtainThe sun ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    19 hours ago
  • Welfare: Just two timid targets from the National government
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  The National Government has announced just two targets for the Ministry of Social Development. They are: – to reduce the number of people receiving Jobseeker Support by 50,000 to 140,000 by June 2029, and – (alongside HUD) to reduce the number of households in emergency ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    20 hours ago
  • The Hoon around the week to April 12
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above features co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale, along with regular guests Robert Patman on Gaza and AUKUS II, Merja Myllylahti on AUT’s trust in news report, Awhi’s Holly Bennett on a watered-down voluntary code for lobbyists, plus special guest Patrick Gower ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • A Dead Internet?
    Hi,Four years ago I wrote about a train engineer who derailed his train near the port in Los Angeles.He was attempting to slam thousands of tonnes of screaming metal into a docked Navy hospital ship, because he thought it was involved in some shady government conspiracy theory. He thought it ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Antarctic heat spike shocks climate scientists
    A ‘Regime Shift’ could raise sea levels sooner than anticipated. Has a tipping point been triggered in the Antarctic? Photo: Juan Barreto/Getty Images TL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above that was recorded yesterday afternoon between and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #15 2024
    Open access notables Global carbon emissions in 2023, Liu et al., Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Annual global CO2 emissions dropped markedly in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing by 5.8% relative to 2019 (ref. 1). There were hopes that green economic stimulus packages during the COVD crisis might mark the beginning ...
    1 day ago
  • Everything will be just fine
    In our earlier days of national self-loathing, we made a special place for the attitude derided as she’ll be right.You don't hear many people younger than age Boomer using that particular expression these days. But that doesn’t mean there are not younger people in possession of such an attitude.The likes of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
    Buzz from the Beehive People working in the beleaguered media industry have cause to yearn for a minister as busy as Todd McClay and his associates have been in recent days. But if they check out the Beehive website for a list of Melissa Lee’s announcements, pronouncements, speeches and what-have-you ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
    When the National government came into office, it complained of a "war on landlords". It's response? Start a war on renters instead: The changes include re-introducing 90-day "no cause" terminations for periodic tenancies, meaning landlords can end a periodic tenancy without giving any reason. [...] Landlords will now only ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill (Cameron Luxton) Consumer Guarantees (Right to Repair) Amendment Bill (Marama Davidson) The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place as a fully hybrid conference in both Vienna and online from April 15 to 19. I decided to join the event virtually this year for the full week and I've already picked several sessions I plan to ...
    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
    Grim old week in the media business, eh? And it’s only Wednesday, to rework an old upbeat line of poor old Neil Roberts.One of the larger dark ironies of it all has been the line the Prime Minister is serving up to anyone asking him about the sorry state of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
    That's the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights today: Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
    David Farrar writes –  There has been a 34% increase over six years in the size of the public service, in terms of EFTS. But not all agencies have grown by the same proportion. Here are the 10 with the largest relative increases between 2017 and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's day. First up is James Shaw's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Sustainable Environment) Amendment Bill, which does exactly what it says on the label. Despite solid backing in international law and from lawyers and NGOs, National will likely vote it down out of pure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
    Luxon in 2021 as a new MP, before his rise to PM and subsequent plummeting popularity. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the 10 things that stood out for me from me reading over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Must read: Tova O’Brien describes ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
    Count the Chrises: Chris Bishop (2nd from right) is moving up in the popularity polls. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Wednesday, April 10:The National/ACT/NZ First coalition Government’s opinion poll ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want to “avoid the news”. But who ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
    Buzz from the Beehive Targets and travel were a theme in the latest flow of ministerial announcements. The PM announced a raft of targets (“nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders”) along with plans to head for Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. His Deputy and Foreign ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
    Hello! There has not been an omnibus for about three weeks because covid and bereavement got in the way.Here’s what you may have missed if you’re not a daily reader.Life’s Little Victories - I think I’ve dodged COVIDTwo Bar Blues - I haven’t Relentlessly Negative - Things seem to be ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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