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Open mike 19/09/2010

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  1. Red Rosa 1

    Key-Hide!

    A new cowboy ballad, especially composed for the government.

    Those of a certain age will recall Frankie Laine’s immortal version of ‘Rawhide’.

    Movin’, movin’, movin, though they’re disapprovin’
    Keep those MPs movin’ – Key-Hide!
    Forget participatin’
    Big Jerry’s there a-waitin’
    Waiting for his big chance – Key-Hide!

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
    Our pockets now are swollen
    But keep the big bucks rollin’ – Key-Hide!
    While Kiwi hopes are fadin’
    Expense accounts we’re raidin’
    Raiding till the end of the ride.

  2. Cnr Joe 2

    Bevan Hurley @ the granny – interviewing Frederick Forsyth about Garrett – priceless

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10674524

    • ak 2.1

      Good God

      The married father-of-two met the woman….. through nzdating……he tried to woo her with a McDonald’s dinner and a private viewing of the film Casablanca.

      Cheapskate adultery yet. I’m lovin it NACT. Priceless indeed.

  3. Wyndham 3

    Now is surely the time for Labour to raise merry hell about Key’s support for Hide over the Garrett affair. A well directed attack would have him on the ropes.

    The point should also be rammed home about Hide, now thoroughly discredited, being a minister in the Key government. Does the country as a whole, let alone Auckland, really want this individual as minister of local government?! ( I use the word ‘individual’ only with the greatest of restraint ).

  4. Rick 4

    Hide is on record that he talked Garrett into standing. He cannot walk away unscathed.

  5. Herodotus 5

    Still no comment by Labour as to the New version of F&S. Can someone out there wake up Sleeping Beauty aka the Labour Party.
    p.s. Also throw a right hook at invisible Phil for not supporting the Greens 6 changes to giving Jerry unlimate power in a small pond aka Canterbury.
    Note to Phil Sleepwaking to the 2011 election will NOT work.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Apology to Anderton
    Well, one journalist offering an apology is a start but wouldn’t have been better to check facts before jumping on the bandwagon? I mean, that is the job of a journalist after all.

  7. The Chairman 7

    This is what we’re up against folk

    Michael Hudson – The natural history of debt and financialization

    Today, financial maneuvering and debt leverage play the role that military conquest did in times past.

    Its aim is still to control land, basic infrastructure and the economic surplus – and also to gain control of national savings, commercial banking and central bank policy.

    This financial conquest is achieved peacefully and even voluntarily rather than militarily.

    But the aim is the same: to make subject populations pay – as debtors and as dependent junior trade partners. Indebted “host economies” are in a similar position to that of defeated countries.

    They lose sovereignty over their own financial, economic and tax policy as their surplus is transferred abroad. Public infrastructure is sold to foreigners who buy on credit, on which they pay interest and fees that are expensed as tax-deductible, despite being paid to foreigners.

    The Washington Consensus applauds this pro-rentier policy. Its neoliberal ideology holds that the most efficient path to wealth is to shift economic planning out of the hands of government into those of the bankers and money managers in charge of privatizing and financializing the economy.

    Almost without anyone noticing, this view is replacing the classical law of nations based on the idea of sovereignty over debt and financial policy, tariff and tax policy.

    Ideology itself has become an economic weapon. Indebted governments have been told since 1980 to sell off their public infrastructure to foreign investors.

    Extractive “tollbooth” charges (a.k.a. economic rent) replace moderate or subsidized public user fees, making economies less competitive and painting them even more into a debt corner as the surplus is transferred abroad, largely tax-free.

    What the world is experiencing in the face of todays globalism is a crisis in the character of nationhood and economic sovereignty.

    Bankers in the North look upon any economic surplus – real estate rent, corporate cash flow or even the government’s taxing power or ability to sell off public enterprises – as a source of revenue to pay interest on debts.

    The result is a more debt-leveraged economy in every country.

    Foreign investment, bank lending, the privatization of public infrastructure and currency speculation is now managed from this bankers’-eye perspective.

    More here: http://tinyurl.com/289xgwr

    Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist and now a distinguished Research Professor at University of Missouri, Kansas City.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Does Brazil really need inflows of foreign credit for domestic spending when it can create this at home? Foreign lending ends up in its central bank, which invests its reserves in US Treasury and Euro bonds that yield low returns and whose international value is likely to decline against the BRIC currencies. So accepting credit and buyout “capital inflows” from the North provides a “free lunch” for key-currency issuers of dollars and Euros, but does not help local economies much.

      We have all the resources (educated people, organic and non-organic) we need here to do everything we want to do. We do not need an inflow of foreign money.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    Fears grow as feed imports keep rising

    Lachlan McKenzie, Federated Farmers dairy spokesman, said without palm kernel “we would have had tens of thousands of cows, either very skinny or dying of malnutrition”. </blockquote?
    And yet the logical thing to do, decrease the number of cows, isn't even thought of.

  9. Treetop 9

    I really want to know the version that Garrett gave Hide about the passport. Dilemma for Garrett is that if Hide has misled the country Garrett knows he may not be believed if his version differs.

    A minister outside of cabinet has the same powers as a minister inside cabinet. How serious is the PM about appointing a minister who has shown bad judgement? For Hide to have any integrity he needs to walk the talk and resign as leader.

    Colin Moyle resigned from parliament in February 1977, due to misleading the house and he was reelected at the 1981 general election, not sure if it was October or November. Colin Moyle was never charged with an offence. Misleading the house occurred due to a June 17 1975 incident involving a 21 year old probationary cop (who was given name suppression until 17 April 1978), this incident (June 75) was raised in the house on 4 November 1976 by Sir Robert Muldoon and Moyle gave the house another version. On 5 November 1976 the commissioner and deputy commissioner of police were summoned to parliament by the minister of police who was told to do so by Muldoon. Muldoon was denied the police file but he was told that Moyle gave a new version to the house of the June 75 incident on 5 November 76. In total there are four versions, however the details of the incident on 17 June 1975 have always remained the same. (I will post the four versions if requested).

    Moyle’s police file was sealed for 25 years and the full police evidence has not yet seen the light of day. Sir Alfred North (a retired President of the Court of Appeal of NZ) commenced an inquiry which concluded in December 1976 (duration less than a month).

    Moyle was not given the right to have legal representation, had he been given this right I beleive that all members of the police who knew of the incident would have been questioned, questioning may have determined who within the police leaked details of the incident. In September 1977 a group of Auckland lawyers stated that not interviewing every member of the police who had knowledge of the June 17 1975 incident, that this was disquieting.

    The Moyle scandal is a BIG skeleton in the NZ police cupboard.

  10. Anne 10

    @Treetop
    The skeleton in the cupboard was partially revealed by Colin Moyle himself in an Herald article about 10 or 12 years ago.

    It seems that he was lured to a rather seedy part of Wellington by someone who rang his office late one evening claiming to have evidence of some sort of corruption inside the Defence Force. He arranged to meet Moyle and hand over the evidence. The person never turned up. Moyle had been the victim of a set up. My understanding is: he felt he coudn’t tell the truth at the time because he knew no-one would believe him. He was right. It would have been seen as just another attempt at a cover-up on his part.

    I believe it was true. At that time there was a handful of individuals who were indulging in all manner of political hoaxes . Many were by way of hoax phone-calls, but I know there were other more serious activities as well. The behaviour continued on and off for several years and even Muldoon became a victim a couple of years later. In the end I was targeted too – probably because of my association with one of the perpetrators. I strongly suspect the police knew their identities but they were never publicly revealed. By the time I discovered the truth (and that’s another story) it was too late to do anything about it. The evidence had long since disappeared so I felt I had no choice but to keep my counsel.

    • Treetop 10.1

      Anne

      I find your post to be of interest. I expect that you to have thought a fair bit about the Colin Moyle affair in the last week. A lot of parallels with the Hide/Roy and now Hide/Garrett issues.

      I found out in April 1992 that in 1990 the police still had a file on Moyle, (I have this in writing), I assume this is different from the full police evidence Until a barrister is appointed by the government to amass the facts/truth, I will be denied justice. I have a considerable file.

      Because of your disclosure I will post the four reasons that Moyle gave for being in Harris Street 17 June 1975 so the younger ones will know. Moyle’s chronology for the encounter has never changed, but his reason for being there is still unknown.

      1) 17 June 1975 on record Moyle told Corner, “He was waiting for a friend to come out of the library.”
      2) 18 June 1975 on record Moyle told Kelly, “That he was meeting homosexuals in order to better equip himself for a debate in Parliament on the treatment of homosexuals.”
      3) 5 November 1976 on record Moyle told the House, “Late one evening in June or July last year I observed a man loitering suspiciously. He appeared dressed as I imagined in the manner of a cat burglar, and carried a small shoulder bag… I acted on impulse and slowed my car and observed him.”
      4) 10 November 1976 on record Moyle told Burnside and Walton, “He claimed that an unknown man he was to meet on the night of 17 June was to supply him with information regarding security leaks, which allegedly implicated Deputy Commissioner Walton and had nothing to do with homosexuality,”

  11. Anne 11

    @ Treetop
    My knowledge and experiences were well and truly buried until this last week. You are right. There are some interesting parallels to the events of the past few weeks.

    Your last disclosure on 10 November 1976 has re-activated my memory. I think that’s right. It was security leaks (not corruption as such) but I understood it had something to do with the Defence Service.

    I think there have been a number of people whose reputations were wrongly sullied by that affair… and the follow-up activities. As already alluded to, Muldoon ended up falling for a hoax phone-call himself. I will give you a clue. The call took place on the night of the East Coast Bays By-election in 1980? Muldoon was in India at the time.

    An interesting side issue. One of the group responsible for these hoaxes was related to a high profile legal beagle in the 1970s and 80s. He acted as legal counsel for various govt. agencies during some very high profile court cases and govt. inquiries that took place in the 70s and 80s. I have no idea if he was aware of the truth, but I understand he was personally known to Muldoon.

  12. lprent 12

    For those who saw There once was an island, Lyn and Briars documentary. It won best editing in the quantas craft awards, and was a finalist in two other categories.

    Missed out for best documentary. Pretty damn good.

  13. john 13

    This is the Century of Contraction:We have reached the end of the growth paradigm refer this enlightening interview with Richard Heinberg
    http://www.postcarbon.org/audio/140416-can-civilization-survive-the-end-of/12881-economics

    Hard to believe!? not really when you consider the finite Planet we live on.

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    PunditBy Brian Easton
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  • Outsiders.
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  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
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    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
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  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
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    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
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  • A Government System That Works
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    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
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    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
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    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
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    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
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    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago