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Open mike 19/04/2011

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  1. Jenny 1


    In the rankings of wilful idiocy, this is up there, with building the Fukashima nuclear plant on the waterfront of a coast with a known Tsunami risk.

    6.4 earthquake in seabed off the East Coast

    Umm…… Isn’t this where Petrobras hopes to put down a very fragile Deep Sea test drill thread into?

    Isn’t this the exact sort of test drill thread that ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, even without an earthquake.

    • Cnr Joe 1.1

      Let this be the definitive rebuttal to those who wish to drill baby drill Jenny although you don’t even need ‘natural causes‘ to create a hideous disaster in the deep drilling industry.
       

    • todd 1.2

      Yeah! The Government is obviously blinded by money.
       
      I got up to check how big the Earthquake was and after an hour of waiting for Geonet to put it on their website, got pissed off and went back to bed. Our tsunami warning system is woefully inadequate and all the money New Zealand has spent on seismic monitoring stations is for the oil industry to gain data. Fuckers!

      You have to wonder if the sonic booms into the sea floor have caused this quake.

      • Lanthanide 1.2.1

        According to the geonet site, the earthquake info was published 30 minutes after the earthquake. I guess you didn’t see it.
         
        http://geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/3499092g.html
         
        “Universal Time April 18 2011 at 13:02”
        “Earthquake information last modified: 2011 Apr 18 13:31 (UT).”
         
        “You have to wonder if the sonic booms into the sea floor have caused this quake.”
         
        No, you don’t really. Seismic imaging is is like a pin-prick in intensity compared to a chainsaw cutting off your arm (an earthquake).

        • todd 1.2.1.1

          Perhaps I missed it but I doubt it, however half an hour is a lifetime in such circumstances; or a lot of lives if there is a tsunami triggered. There’s no excuses for such a woeful system that could cost many lives.
           
          Being that the American army has developed the technology for warfare and that when a build up of pressure exists, even a small shock can set it off… Your completely unscientific reasoning Lanthanide, has no basis in reality.

        • travellerev 1.2.1.2

          Here is rare earth man again explaining why all is cool and no risk is taken by our corporate plunderers.
          He, rare earth man how about those fuel rods melting through the bottom of the containment in reactor one, two, three with radiation being too high for any human to be able to enter the reactors? What you reckon, everybody and their dog is evacuating Tokyo, should Rob Fyfe pull finger and retreat his Air new Zealand crew too?
           
           

  2. Very good interview with David Cunliffe on Morning Report this morning here.  David spoke about the roll out of policy the need for it to be fiscally coherent but the overwhelming need to do something for ordinary kiwi families who are hurting under the onslaught of increased prices.

    He kept the language simple and called Key’s statement that price rises are beyond the control of the Government for what it is, a lie.

    He talked about an increase in the minimum wage and a fair tax policy as a start.

    More of this please Labour.
     
     
     
     
     

    • Carol 2.1

      Yes, I just caught a brief summary of it.  My first thought is that Labour are taking up the call from some online to front-foot things, and set the agenda more, and for the Labour team to front up, not just play the National game of a presidential-like focus on leaders.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      Yes, it was very very good. I’d much appreciate if someone could transcribe it (at work and can’t listen to MP3s, or I would).

      • Carol 2.2.1

        The Cunlifffe interview on RNZ this morning begins:

        RNZ: Well, isn’t it the case that much of this cost of living increase is beyond the government’s control?
        David Cunliffe [DC]: No it’s not. There’s a very, very big push here from the rise in GST and don’t forget things like tobacco tax and the alcohol excise going up as well. Those are directly within the government’s control.
         
        DC: The government isn’t responsible for the war in Libya. Let’s give them that. But this does not excuse the huge pressure on household budgets as being just an external thing. It is not. And let’s not talk in fancy language about stuff that is hurting thousands and thousands of New Zealand families who are having trouble putting food on the table in this land of milk and honey. It is not good enough, and it is not OK for the government to wash their hands on this.

         

        • Carol 2.2.1.1

          The next part of the Cunliffe interview (up to 3.4 mins of a 4.4 min interview):

          RNZ: But the government is saying, if you take out the petrol and diesel, most of the other increases balance out; the tax cuts for example:
           
          DC: I’ve got the Stats Department figures in front of me for the year to March, Household utilities were up 4%, food is up 4.8%, alcohol, beverages and tobacco up 11.4%. Look, apart from the smokes and the beer, the rest of it is stuff that people just cannot afford. They cannot avoid and 4.8% for food in a year when people have had wage rises of less than 2% is a kick in the guts for Kiwi families who just cannot afford it. So I’m just sick to death of hearing a Prime Minister who made a cool $5million on his investments last year, telling other people they choose to be poor. He should put himself in their shoes and try to feed a family of 3 kids on 80 bucks a week groceries like the story like the story we heard from Maori budget advice service yesterday.
           
          RNZ: OK but the, um, it’s not all bad, is it, Mr Cunliffe. I mean as the Prime Minister points out, interest rates are at the lowest levels since the 1960s.
           
          DC: The interest rates are low, Simon, because the economy is in a hole so deep it can’t see the light at the top of the tunnel. I mean, that is hardly something to celebrate. But you know a government is desperate when they say, “Oh, interest rates are low, because the economy’s as flat as a pancake.” [Laughing] And the reason it’s as flat as a pancake, is not because it’s somebody else’s fault. As Treasury said, it’s not because of the earthquake – two thirds of the reasons are non-earthquake related. It is because the government has no idea how to grow an economy. They have no plan for growth.
           
          RNZ: What would Labour actually do?
           
          DC: Well, firstly Labour would take immediate steps to relieve the pressure on ordinary Kiwi household budgets. That means adjusting the minimums wage upwards very quickly. That means fair tax policies so everybody pays their fair share and everybody gets a fair go. And part of that is GST off fruit and vegetables. That’s 5 or 6 bucks a week for a struggling family. And it’s the first $5,000 of everything that everybody earns tax free.

          • Carol 2.2.1.1.1

            The final part of the Cunliffe interview:

            And it’s the first $5,000 of everything that everybody earns tax free, within the first 5 years. That’s 10 bucks on the table for a family that can’t feed its kids. Now that’s not everything, by any means, but that’s a real tangible, definite, costed down-payment on our intentions and our values, which are to put ordinary New Zealand people ahead of profit and put food back on the tables of families that are struggling to feed their kids..
             
            RNZ: Mr Cunliffe, is there room in the budget to put those measures through though?
             
            DC: Oh yes, there is. I can tell you that I have a spreadsheet, which can, ah, roll out debt reduction within the forecast period, quite happily and can front end-load some immediate relief to New Zealand families. And we have pledged – I will repeat thi pledge on, and now we will go to this election with a fully-costed, fiscally responsible set of policies that will relieve the pressure on Kiwi households, and grow the economy and give New Zealand the brighter future that its been cheated of , by this lacklustre National government.
             
            RNZ: When will we see that?
             
            DC: You will see that well before the election. You will see announcements rolling out within the next few months following the Budget. You will already see, Labour out of the gates, and campaigning hard against this iniquitous asset sales programme, against rises in the cost of living, and on the call for the good Kiwi jobs and the best start for our kids. Those are our early themes. We are going to be rolling out campaign announcements as we get near the election. But mark my words it’s a fully-costed, robust programme that can be paid for, and will make a difference.

            • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Thanks very very much Carol, truly appreciated. Now we have a nice record we can link to when someone says “what are Labour going to do? what’s their policy”.
               
              Seems like we’ll start to see a lot more of their policy in the next 2-3 months.

            • PeteG 2.2.1.1.1.2

              And it’s the first $5,000 of everything that everybody earns tax free, within the first 5 years.

               So to get that we don’t really have to vote Labour in until 2014? It doesn’t sound like a first term policy, or he would surely be pushing that point.

              • Mac1

                PeteG, is that anything like National’s promise not to do all sorts of things in their first term? So we can expect the second term to be full of leftover business from failed 2005 scenarios? The Hollow Men Revisited! Who remembers Key’s brazenness from 2005 about using the second term to do the business?

                • PeteG

                  Deferring it is similar, but I suspect more due to financial constraints rather than not wanting to scare the electorate.
                   
                  But the situation now is much different. In 2008 voters were tired of Labour and a cautious National could cruise in. Now the polls suggest the voters are not yet tired of National (despite a few lefties having nightmares) and they are still tired of old Labour trying to sound even older.
                   
                   

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Its a first term policy. And there are a bunch of other good’uns coming too.
                     
                    Hold on to your hats.

                    more due to financial constraints

                    What financial constraints? The top 100 entries on the NZ rich list control somewhere around $60B in assets between them.

    • I have to agree (though I’m wary of false dawns).

      It was almost Winstonesque (but with none of the obfuscation, confrontational attacks on the interviewer, lack of clarity and ‘the reality is’…). In other words it sounded passionate, committed, serious and ‘important’.

      I said to my wife that this was feistier and clearer than anything I’d heard from Labour in a while. It also pre-empted the critical ‘memes’ around (e.g., about costings). Even in listing Labour’s policies that could help ordinary families Cunliffe didn’t over-egg it. He said it’s a start and spoke about $6 here and $10 there.

      Irrespective of it being election year, the major supposedly left-wing party really needs to be making these points clearly – and often. The message will resonate.

    • Deadly_NZ 2.4

      Now that is what I would expect from a leader of the party, But you can’t have everything.  Well said, finally something.

  3. Carol 3

    I just watched Riz Khan interview with Alaine de Botton, questioning the western contemporary notion of success, as summarised in the promo for the interview:

    As countries around Europe brace for a long period of austerity, high unemployment and falling living standards, many fear society is set to become harsher on those the system leaves behind.

    On Monday’s Riz Khan we talk to celebrated British philosopher Alain de Botton in layman’s terms about the challenges faced by society in the wake of the global financial crisis.

    de Botton expresses pretty much my views on success, but he clarifies, deepens and extends it by setting it in its historical and political context.  He talked about the unrealistic notion of success in the west, at its most extreme in the US, where we are all meant to aspire to be Bill Gates, in a supposedly meritocratic society; a society where people are told we make our own luck.  He said it breeds greed and envy because it can only be achieved by the few.
     
    I liked the bit when de Botton replied to Khan’s question about who he sees as heroes.  de Botton said it is the publicly unknown people who do a little bit extra to make the world more humane, stable and sane, eg the mother who gets up alittle bit earlier to help her child with homework, the public servant who goes that extra yard to help someone, etc.
     
    In the interview there were quite a few references to de Botton’s book Satus Anxiety.  I see there are some vids on youtube of de Botton talking about this.

    • pollywog 3.1

      …in line with that, perhaps your good selves could see the way clear to helping these heroes out.

      We come in peace, with love in our hearts
      humble in acknowledgement of the supreme creator.

      We seek not to harm, nor to destroy,
      but to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors,
      to learn the truth that was lost,
      to heal the wounds of past injustices.

      May we forever walk in the light,
      be guided, strengthened and protected
      by the sacred spirit and the divine energy.

      http://pollywannacracka.blogspot.com/2011/04/things-we-do-for-love.html
       
      BTW i’m looking to transcend my hero status and become a god. Forget western standards of success.
       
      This is how we role in Pasifika… 🙂

      • Bored 3.1.1

        Polly, be careful about deity status, tends to spread you a bit thin being omnipresent.

        • pollywog 3.1.1.1

          Heh…cheers B

          i’ll settle for demigod status and am already working on immortalising our exploits in word…

          …by the time i’m finished we’re gonna be the equals of Maui or Odysseus

    • M 3.2

      Jenny I saw a series on de Botton on the TV ages ago and remember he we was speaking with a man who felt the need to have heaps of watches to match his ensembles and his constant need to turn over and refresh his wardrobe. IIRC this man would not even donate his barely worn clothes to charity but would throw them out in case he spotted them being worn by someone else – the ultimate in status anxiety.

      • Vicky32 3.2.1

        IIRC this man would not even donate his barely worn clothes to charity but would throw them out in case he spotted them being worn by someone else – the ultimate in status anxiety.

        With maybe a touch of OCD thrown in? I actually feel sorry for him…

  4. tc 4

    Not hard to see the Nats investment in mediaworks paying off with last nights lead item on tv3 late news as……not chch, nor japan/ Libya or any actual events but a poll they claimed said 78% don’t see goff as PM.

    Taxpayer funded electioneering so blatant you could plant a blue flag on it…..nats I’m lovin it.

    • Carol 4.1

      Which is why I am now boycotting TV3 news.  I’m not watching anymore of their blatantly biased electioneering.

  5. todd 5

    UN finds credibility gap on emissions

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10720250&ref=newsl_morningnewsdirect_J20080513_133717_5781_6889_875540616

    Mr Terry’s analysis concludes that some of the emissions reductions the Government is claiming for the ETS are, in any case, dodgy.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      We didn’t really need a UN report to know that – we just have to realise that 90% of anything NACT say is an outright lie.

      • todd 5.1.1

        Agreed! It is sort of just confirming what we all knew anyway. With a bit more pressure though, maybe the Natz will wake up from their right-wing dream, which is our nightmare.

  6. prism 6

    I thought about the usa report on their government finances from Standard and Poor that they are uniquely named to provide silent censure, ie the usa financial health is in its long-term condition which is standard – poor!

  7. prism 7

    Carter who has NACT positions in agriculture and economic development I think, shows their wonky attitude to building this country’s capabilities in business and encouraging employment rich ones.  This morning he was talking down the Pike River hopes, though they are building a conference centre which is something.  But building is not the expertise that contractors have.  Along with the conference centre the gummint could provide scholarships that are bonded in health, business etc. so youth with qualities for those areas can help to make a wider economy.
     
    Also recently Carter spoke about putting biosecurity costs on horticultural producers.  Fancy burdening people who are taking another road beside dairy, and we desperately need to have diversity, with costs and difficulties that arise directly from government choice and action in having open markets.   Biosecurity is the responsibility of government, this attitude by this NACT government to make it user pays is totally irresponsible, short-sighted, neo-liberal ideological, places unreasonable cost burdens on hard-working small companies and can lead us into disastrous collapses of hard-won markets for producers here.

    • Also recently Carter spoke about putting biosecurity costs on horticultural producers.

      If that’s the case, it is very odd policy.

      Is it ‘just’ some proportion of the biosecurity costs (a levy or something)?

      Biosecurity covers more than just agricultural/horticultural pests/diseases (includes human health, dangerous animals – e.g., poisonous snakes – and, in America, is primarily short for ‘anti-terrorist’ security – anthrax et al.) and I can’t see how you’d separate out the costs in any way that would be remotely fair (what proportion of someone’s time is devoted to apple-related biosecurity issues?? Peach issues? grapes? ???).

  8. aj 8

    Bill O’Reilly (RNZ News) seems to think that kiwi’s only have to cater for the effects of ‘underlying’ inflation. I have news for Bill, and it’s all bad – we have to pay the real inflation rate even if it’s not on essentails like food, fuel, power, etc

  9. Pascal's bookie 9

    Rger Ailes. Strange fish.

    http://gawker.com/#!5793012

    All told, including the most recent departures, more than 10 full-time and freelance staffers have left the Ailes’ Putnam County papers in the last 10 months, insiders say. In addition to the aforementioned instances of surveillance, several former employees told Gawker that they had reason to suspect that their e-mail was being read and that rooms in the News and Recorder offices were bugged—Ailes, who is notoriously obsessed with his personal security, has the building thoroughly wired with video cameras. As if to underscore the message that the Aileses are all-seeing, the single unisex bathroom in the papers’ headquarters features portraits of Elizabeth and Roger on the walls, watching you, while you poop.

  10. joe90 10

     

    9 Things The Rich Don’t Want You To Know About Taxes

    For three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity—so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates. The late Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist who wanted to shut down public parks because he considered them socialism, promoted this strategy. Ronald Reagan embraced Friedman’s ideas and made them into policy when he was elected president in 1980.

  11. todd 11

    Deepwater Horizons Poisonous Legacy

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/04/deepwater-horizons-poisonous-legacy.html

    Tomorrow marks a date that will be forever remembered as a dark day in human history. The explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon as it was drilling a test well off Louisiana’s coast on the 20th April 2010, will leave its mark in the Gulf of Mexico for centuries to come. Two days after the initial explosion, the rig sank into the ocean and left a poisonous legacy that should never be forgotten.

    • joe90 11.1

      The Gulf War.

      The oceanographer Ed Levine said, “With all of the skimmers in the world out there, you might as well be using thimbles.”

      • grumpy 11.1.1

        You guys are talking crap, if we are going to have an oil spill it’s best to have one where it won’t cause any polution.



        • todd 11.1.1.1

          What! Since when does an oil spill not cause pollution? Perhaps you are advocating that oil tankers be made of papier mache or something similar?

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            todd, oil spills do not cause any pollution if there are no environmentalists around to witness it. It’s a known physical law, dude.

            • Deadly_NZ 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Yep thats why some icebergs have, or had a black ring around them from tankers scrubbing their tanks way out at sea.

        • rosy 11.1.1.2

          That’s really funny. I’ll have to send it on to a few people I know. Amazing how many people think it’s real.

          More seriously single-hull tankers were meant to be phased out beginning 2005 to prevent spills like the Prestige.  The EU expected all single-hulls to be phased out by the end of 2010 and New Zealand likewise. I’m not sure how far it’s moved on since then, as far as I can tell transporting the stuff has been way more likely to cause a spill than drilling for it – pipelines and ships…(Gulf of Mexico excepted).

  12. grumpy 12

    How to get Labour/NZF higher in the polls????

    Simple, just get Winnie to announce a new policy of Capital Punishment…. with Malcolm Chaston as the posterboy there is a huge market for votes here and no other party is pushing it.

    guaranteed to get Winnie over 5%

  13. ianmac 13

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4904789/Chopper-beats-beamer-for-Key
    Would you believe it! Key ordered up an Airforce Chopper to take him to his V8 photo op, then back again. What sort of arrogance and wasting taxpayers money is this. Remember the hooha for a past PM being raced in a car to catch a plane?

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      Nice2have.

    • Deadly_NZ 13.2

      Well I posted this In the message boards but just in case stuff do their usual to what i write i said this
       

      So he probably could have used one of his nice shiney beemers with seat warmers, and drive to Hamilton from AK, then use a puddle jumper for the last little bit cost??  Not too much for diesel in a nice new Beemer they do run lean, and a puddle jumper ?? $500 bucks.

      But Oh No John Key has to come in in a Vietnam era Huey, probably dreaming of twin mini guns to straffe the poor below, and imagining the smell of napalm.

      Bloody Photo OP

  14. HOWICK BY-ELECTION:
    First Candidates Public Meeting
    TONIGHT 19 April 2011 7.30pm
    Ormiston Senior College
    Ormiston Road
    FLAT BUSH
    Organised by Botany /Flat Bush Residents and Ratepayers Assn:
    The ‘platform’ upon which Independent Candidate Penny Bright is standing:
    I, Penny Bright, am calling for a ‘partial’ RATE$ REVOLT!
    NO RATE$ INCREASES!
    The Auckland Council is proposing is to put the rates up 4.9%!
    So much for the ‘economies of scale’ with the $upercity amalgamation!
    WHAT UTTER RUBBISH!
    As I tried to warn people of Auckland during the Auckland Council Mayoral campaign – the Auckland $upercity IS a ‘super ripoff’!
    Pity about the $upercity ‘transition’ and ‘integration’ costs?
    Seems they are proving to be more than the ‘economies of scale’ – arising from the forced amalgamation of eight Councils, which were railroaded through Parliament in another ‘Rogernomic$ blitzkreig’ with the public being denied as citizens our lawful right to a binding poll.
    Did Treasury do any ‘cost-benefit analysis’ here, comparing the ‘benefits’ of ‘economies of scale’ vs’ costs of ‘transition and integration’?
    DID ANYONE?
    My candidates statement – which will be going out to over 90,000 voters, will be saying the following:
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    CANDIDATE PROFILE STATEMENT:
    The Auckland ‘Supercity’ is indeed proving to be a ‘super ripoff’!
    Effectively it has been a corporate raid, by unelected business interests to run the Auckland region ‘like a business – by business – FOR business’.
    Bigger contracts – for bigger contractors.
    The public never voted for this, or the ‘$upercity’, full stop!
    The books are NOT open.
    We don’t know the names of these contractors; the scope,term or value of these contracts.
    Have there been arguably corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ in the awarding of these contracts?
    The root cause of corruption is privatised contracts – how is it decided who gets the contracts?
    We need determined ‘Public Watchdogs’ to help protect our public assets, public monies and public health and safety.
    NO RATE$ INCREASES!
    Cut rates by cutting out consultants and private contractors!
    Bring back Council ‘Works Departments’!
    STOP PRIVATISATION!
    STOP ASSET SALES!
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com
    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz
    http://www.stopthesupercity.org.nz
    http://www.stopprivatisation.org.nz
    Penny Bright
    Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and
    Auckland regional governance matters.
    ‘World Water Warrior’ – NZ attendee at World Water Forum Kyoto 2003.
    Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010.
    Botany by-election candidate 2011
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (Brisbane) 2009
    Attendee: Transparency International 14th Anti-Corruption Conference
    (Bangkok) 2010

  15. lprent 15

    The mail system that underlies the “contact us”, “contribute”, “registration”, and “notify me of followup” is now back online.

    Some of you will be receiving queued mail.

  16. lprent 16

    There is a bit more traffic than usual on the site this afternoon, probably due to the widespread linking to “Pagani Dead Wrong” by the likes of Audrey Young and others. New server is holding up pretty well to the loading.

    But I wish that I’d gotten the second part of the server upgrade operational and pushed the bots off to a separate server.

    • Armchair Critic 16.1

      The search doesn’t work for me (usually it does).  Is that operator error or part of the upgrade?

      • lprent 16.1.1

        The downside of the server upgrades is that there are losses of parts of the system until I get them back into play again. That is one of them 🙁 Just at present it is about the last one 🙂 The problem is that it uses a very effective search system (Sphinx Search) that has been interfering with the running of the site recently as the number of posts and comments has been escalating.

        The idea is to run the sphinx indexer on the old server which will have a replicated database (ie seconds behind the new server). The loading on that system should be somewhat lower because it will deal with the rest of the world (95% of our robot readers). NZ and aussie who are more than 95% of our human readers will run on the new server.

        It will be operational again tonight hopefully.

  17. William Joyce 17

    It’s been said (Woody Allan?) that the difference between tragedy and comedy is time. The same can be said about tragedy and plain-speaking / political debate.
     
    Has enough time past before we speak plainly about Pike River mine fire?
    During the coverage in the days after the disaster I became increasing annoyed (and at my age that is often) with the complaints from the family because the authorities were not doing enough to RECOVER (repeat : recover) the bodies.
     
    I understand the desire to recover the bodies of loved ones, however there must be a limit. Mining is a dangerous occupation and anyone entering it (and their family) should have accepted the fact, from the get-go, that if a disaster happened their body may not be recovered – that they could be entombed forever.
    As such, there should be no expectation of a right to have the bodies recovered. Once a determination had been made that there was no possibility of survival then the recovery should be guided by what is reasonable given that the miners and their families knew what they were getting into.
     
    Then figures have been release today show that the police operation has cost $10.9m.
    A lot of time and effort has gone into doing the best by the grieving families and communities but now the government has thrown an election bribe to Greymouth of $3.5 million for a sports centre.
    Given the amount of private giving, a national ceremony, a royal visit, millions spent on a rescue / recovery, OSH and police investigations and what will be an expensive royal commission costing millions, is a new sports centre just a “nice to have”?
     
    Or is it too soon to be hard-nosed about such things?
     
    Anti-spam : intervals (should be of a suitable period?)

  18. ianmac 18

    That’s odd. At 5:30pm Campbell Live advertised an item for tonight about Hide Act and Epsom. But it appears to have been pulled. If so by whom?

    • Anne 18.1

      @ ianmac
      If it doesn’t turn up tomorrow night write to TV3 and demand an explanation. It could be a very interesting exercise!  Don’t email… they’re not duty bound to reply to emails.

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  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    24 hours ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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