Open Mike 20/11/2018

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  1. Pat 1

    Reflecting on the recent (and current) industrial action I ask myself, where is the strike action aimed at Climate Change?

    • Gabby 1.1

      I believe a sitdown strike quite famously failed to turn back the tide patsy.

    • WeTheBleeple 1.2

      I just put out a boat load of mulch, tweaked spots with a barrow load of compost, planted a dozen pumpkins, and it freaking hailed on my pumpkins. That enforced a strike on my days plans to decrease food miles, temporarily.

      On the bright side: I got to have a run, and it wasn’t like this

    • Jenny 1.3

      at 1
      20 November 2018 at 6:38 am
      Reflecting on the recent (and current) industrial action I ask myself, where is the strike action aimed at Climate Change?

      Following the huge industrial strikes in support of the protests against nuclear ship visits.
      The incoming Lange Douglas administration in a clause in their Employment Relations Act made strikes over social and political issues illegal, with severe penalties.

      The National Party administration that replaced the Lange Douglas administration, increased the penalties for breaking the law against social and political strikes in their Employment Contracts Act.

      And the current Labour led government intends to tighten these restrictions “political strikes”.

      Labour government to extend bans on strikes
      John Braddock – Scoop politics, June 16, 2018

      It would be brave union leadership that dared call for a strike on any social or political issue other than the narrow wages and conditions strikes currently allowed by law.

      In fact it would be an act little short of self martyrdom

      • Pat 1.3.1

        Strikes have a long history of being banned….indeed many were arrested for industrial action in our country’s short history, and I note that the civil disobedience groups fully expect to be arrested (that being part of the objective) in their stand against CC.

        I guess if we all wait for permission we’ll still be waiting when the last ice shelf collapses…..and that will be a tide that wont be turned.

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    Earlier this year I asked here why the unionists were targeting the new government, after giving the Nats a free pass for nine years. There was no intelligible response. To his credit, a unionist is now asking that question:

    Since I wrote that the wave of strikes has continued to escalate. Unions seem to be working themselves into a state of strike hysteria. After such a long period of apathy and subservience to the state, it’s all quite puzzling. I’m starting to form the impression that they’ve decided the political left are their real enemy – not the right.

    “Middling progressive reforms like paid parental leave were fiercely resisted by Helen Clark in New Zealand, and public healthcare dismissed as impossible by Hillary Clinton in America as recently as two years ago.” So okay, maybe we can narrow it down to female leftist political leaders are the real enemy of the unions. Add the current PM as the third example, we get a pattern, right? A notable trend to watch…

    • gsays 2.1

      Thanks Dennis, a good read.
      From a nurses perspective, the strategy seemed to be to negotiate prior to the election, then if unsatisfactory results, strike while iron was hot with whomever won the election.
      As an aside, there seemed to be something too cosy with senior NZNO negotiators and the state.
      The initial offer was only gently rejigged 4 times and was recommended by the union each time. That and the announcement of 500 extra staff during the final ratification seriously undermined the workers position.

      Not that all the workers helped themselves.
      I know of 4 senior nurses that crossed picket line and one who stood on the picket line then went to work.
      As the article says, we have forgotten what it means to strike.

      As we live in a ‘global environment’ a return to the times of a global workforce may be overdue a la the wobblies.
      I need to re-read The Black Prince, the Fintan Patrick Walsh biography.

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        The only time I was in a union was the nineties, the PSA, so I tend to see it from a sociological perspective. For a unionist, the common interest derives from what benefits all members. For a leftist nowadays, the common interest is so ephemeral that it is almost never articulated – leftists seem to be partisan without really explaining why most of the time.

        So the leftist political project succeeds now only via support from centrists – in government, where common ground gets established on an issue-by-issue basis, and consensus transforms into legislation via cabinet decisions.

        And this process seems driven by the collective agency of the middle class. Perhaps it is the perception of the unionists that they are being excluded? Maybe tacit categorisation of unions as working class is driving a class divide through the left?

        I haven’t read about Walsh but I gather from his first name that he was an Irish immigrant. I haven’t read John A Lee either but I suspect kiwi sources may be more authentic for us, or at least more relevant. Did the Federation of Labour die? If so, was it because it was a dinosaur?

        • patricia bremner

          Union membership was made difficult when during the Wharfies strike, their fighting fund was appropriated by the Government.

          Laws were passed after that limiting union rights.

          This continued through to the first reversal of some of that by this Government.

          After being suppressed for so long it is like the cork release on a champagne bottle.

          There are few strong unions left except in areas of the old Public Service.

          Now representatives of unions may enter work places more efforts to improve safety working conditions and pay have begun.

          It is a catch-up of 40+ years of neglect and ill treatment.

          • Dennis Frank

            Okay, Patricia, that seems a very good point. A combination of structural change and the resulting renewed confidence of organisers. I agree that it’s a viable interpretation. Perhaps mine was overly negative, eh?

            • soddenleaf

              Neolib has failed, even our right of centre pm, Ardern is trying to hold the line but its to easy nowadays to expose short term thinking. Basically your lazy stupid politucian that winged it behind the myths of neolibs just can’t be seen either to reject the faith, or let the shackles on the people slip. I imagine the consequences, fresh food in the shop, affordable house, free universal health, not just living wage jobs but jobs you can save and start a business off. The economy isn’t incentivized correctly, that’s why flavorless apples are marketed as fresh, this science has shown makes us fatter as smell is linked to abesity, this drives up the costs of health care, etc etc. All the wrong incentives to create a rent seeking class that is only placated by more rent seeking incentives. It really a hard job one for the politicians, to maintain and extend the climate planet destroying efforts while being obviously wrong.

            • patricia bremner

              No Frank, a natural reaction to a huge increase in reporting. We had all become used to a quiet scene of depressed hopelessness.

          • greywarshark

            Unions have to be pragmatic. They can’t catch up on 40 years, and they can’t lay that task on this Labour Coalition. I hope they realise that and don’t start behaving like the old unions did, deciding the level of salary and conditons they deserved in their own opinion, and sticking to it until everyone lost respect and patience with them.

            Teachers etc have been underpaid, junior doctors have been driven to breakdown by conditions – the list goes on. Judge what you can get, make sure that the public know it isn’t just about wages but also more reasonable conditions that enable a life, time with the family, and after paying all needs, some enjoyment.

            But don’t get all hoity toity about what you deserve. Go as near as possible to where you want, perhaps offer to drop a little from the asking wage to get a better condition. And union leaders tell the members what seems to be the limit, and what you might get if they try a bit further. and what the likelihood is. And then do some role play so they get in the picture of what it is like to negotiate with the opposite side.

        • gsays

          the decline of union membership and the rise of different divisions of lefties (environmental, gender politics, workers etc) seems to coincide.

          the absence of a common or uniting cause would appear to have left us to our own devices and interests.
          compulsory unionism is an abhorrent idea. how to raise their profile beyond conditions and wages further deteriorating.

          fintan walsh was kiwi born, and founding member of the nz communist party.
          from memory of his biography, he wasn’t shy of using violence and unsavoury methods to help folk see his point of view.

    • David Mac 2.2

      Not enemy. We’re seeing more strike action because it’s easier and more productive to ask family and friends for money.

      • Dennis Frank 2.2.1

        Hmm, I wonder if the asking actually produces a giving response. If sharing of wealth actually happens between friends & within families, I suspect it would be a natural response to extreme adversity and a kind of swimming against the cultural tide. An interesting perspective, David. Consider me a sceptic, due to self-reliance being a more evident part of our ethos, but I’d welcome any authentic emergence of collective wealth-sharing – driven by reciprocity, perhaps, rather than ideology…

        • David Mac

          Sure it’s more likely to produce a giving response. Regardless of what I need the $1000 for, it makes much more sense for me to ring my sister rather than Simon Bridges.

          I’m not convinced collective wealth sharing is a goal worth chasing Dennis. Because of the self reliance ethos you speak of, I think we will see increased contentment if we pursue an equality of opportunity.

      • bwaghorn 2.2.2

        Even if it’s likely to get your family and friends kicked out of their house come 2020.

      • Wayne 2.2.3

        Why is it now easier to ask friends and family for money? It is not as if everyone has suddenly got lots more money.
        Is it because the family and friends believe the strike will succeed?
        In any event for nurses and teachers the strikes are so short that the reduction in income will be minor. In fact I would not be surprised if there are no deductions of salary for these groups. But that would not be the case with the Hamilton drivers. Their employer will definitely not be paying them.

    • Anne 2.3

      Unions seem to be working themselves into a state of strike hysteria.\

      I was certainly starting to get that impression a few days ago when the teachers went on strike with another one waiting in the wings. They won’t maintain the public’s support if they overdo it.

      Under the last govt. the teachers were bullied into compliance. A good example was National Standards being forced on them and the threat of bulk funding which was enough to keep them quiet. Early in their tenure Anne Tolley sat an entire school staff down and read them a children’s story about what happens if you don’t do what you’re told.

      Now that they have found themselves under a government that is sympathetic to their cause, the anger and frustrations of the past 10 years are flowing freely.

      Oops: one almighty clap of thunder. I’m off to the dungeons.

    • greywarshark 2.4

      Thining about this at 2 from Dennis Frank:
      “Middling progressive reforms like paid parental leave were fiercely resisted by Helen Clark in New Zealand, and public healthcare dismissed as impossible by Hillary Clinton in America as recently as two years ago.” So okay, maybe we can narrow it down to female leftist political leaders are the real enemy of the unions. Add the current PM as the third example, we get a pattern, right? A notable trend to watch…

      Margaret Thatcher comes to mind as part of this cohort. She comes from a group of girls that do well at school, feel they are self-made women, and with the confidence of their success can feel very powerful and wise. They have ticked all the boxes, excelled, and risen higher than ordinary women aspire to, and can foot it with men who learn that they have to move over to allow this ambitious woman through; that she is filled with hubris equal to their own.

      The stupid, irrational and simplistic cliche then runs through her head, ‘I’ve succeeded. Other women can do well if they just try and work hard.’ So she is not kind to women as they find their way, or not, in our English-speaking world that fakes concern about vulnerable people and parents. (It seems to me that other ‘advanced’ countries do better overall for families). And to people in general, such a woman takes a military, authoritarian slant that people should pull their socks up, and make the best of things relying on their own endeavours not the state.

      And we might look into the childhoods of these leaders. Have they had loving parents who took time to talk to them, help them with their difficulties, enrich their lives with experiences with other people in the wider public, and teach them values of self-respect and understanding then applying that to others? Often the children of people who have got into the elite, or are working hard to achieve wealth and security, don’t have this and are palmed off on to boarding schools so that parents are not concerned with their socialisation and values learning. Look to the parents, and their behaviour and thoughts and communication, and in how they interact with their children.

      The pre-seven thing has been recognised, but now the age has shrunk to about the first four years as the crucial period when so much is laid down in the brain that sets the base for the rest of the life for that person.

    • WeTheBleeple 2.5

      “Earlier this year I asked here why the unionists were targeting the new government, after giving the Nats a free pass for nine years”

      Perhaps there is some emboldening of the unions with the current Government where they feel they would actually be heard. That their resources wouldn’t be squandered talking to National who didn’t give a toss/would rather see them dead.

      Similar, but obviously different, to the emboldening of racism under Trump’s ‘leadership’.

      • Dennis Frank 2.5.1

        A subtle analogy, but I get it. The govt seems to be playing hardball, eh? Grant Robertson sitting on that massive surplus, not conceding that the union members are worthy recipients of a prompt generous share. Thus my perception of a class bias agenda. I’m just suggesting it fits the facts, no more than that…

  3. Gabby 3

    NZers have a long and proud tradition of craven subservience to bullies franky. We’re totes brave when we reckon we can get away with it.

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Yeah. I first noticed that syndrome as a teenager in the sixties. I rebelled against it instinctively. Now our leaders seem unsure whether subservience to China is better than subservience to the USA. Tough choice for them – which arse to kiss? Better kiss both – as the PM said the other day, we’re not taking sides.

      I reject such tacit cowardice. Our foreign policy ought to be just as paternalist as that of the great powers: point out what each is doing wrong. Turning a position of military weakness into a position of diplomatic strength is easy: just use the right words, and deliver them in the right tone. Guidance.

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        DF 3.1
        Good luck with that. Reading history it seems that we follow cycles and there is something in the human psyche that will triumph over intelligent self-promotion
        (including country as well as personal), and integrity, Knowing when to play or not, getting good intelligence, and working out options and the various possible consequences, it is complex and simple, focussed minds of get-rich quick merchants are not aligned to spectrum thinking.

        I like the mantra of the song about playing cards for money. Great advice from Kenny Rogers:

        And here it is with the words so you can sing along and learn the truths of our day and how to avoid the downsides, perhaps:

        • Dennis Frank

          You’re not wrong. Guidance only succeeds via being appropriate to time & circumstance. Nowadays such marginal interventions are empowered conceptually via the science of complexity. When complex systems are close to a tipping point, a small force is all that is required to start them tipping.

          I recall when that song appeared wondering why such obvious reasoning would merit it, and I’m not a poker player. Still, it has been influential. Tell the yanks what they already know, get rich as a result. Ain’t capitalism wonderful!

  4. SaveNZ 4

    “An unfair allocation

    Radio New Zealand reports that business in Hawke’s Bay are looking at rationing water or shutting down production due to the rivers running dry. Meanwhile, six dairy farmers get to take half the region’s water:

    Some businesses and farmers in Central Hawke’s Bay may start rationing water as parts of the Waipawa and Tukituki rivers are already bone dry.

    It comes as figures obtained by RNZ show the top six water consent holders in the district are using more than half of all allocated water from the Ruataniwha Aquifer and rivers.”

    Reform our laws that are ethically unfair to the local person because the neoliberal business and commercial short term preferences of the RMA, OIA, and council consenting need urgent reform into the 21 century of drought and climate change.

    If you collect the water off your roof you own it, if you collect it from the aquifer than the community owns it and private interests should have 2nd place after social interests. It should be pretty easy to work that out ethically. Also consents should have terms of only 10 years and even then should be able to be revoked in emergencies like drought if it is in the public interest.

    Now they need to change to the law and interpret it, to be fair. The law does have some provision but it has been stretched in the neoliberal direction for so long, at the expense of the environment. Also fines and or jail time if public interest is effected aka polluting aquifers and overcorrecting allocations. If fake short term science and expert reports paid for to justify the consents that are not worth the paper they are written on and prove to be wrong – there should be hard consequences. At present our laws are a joke – like CTV building deaths and Pike River – no real consequences for those that made faulty recommendations on consents that should never have been given by council.

    When the aquifers are dry or diminished then there needs to be consequence to the people who allowed the faulty allocations of public water and those that benefited from it.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Six dairy farmers taking half the region’s water? This is where the public mass and start throwing cowshit at the allocating bodies, perhaps personally as well as the building they operate from. Their self-cleaning mechanisms would be severely tested dealing with that.

      Meanwhile the group behind all this kerfaffle, the National Party and its supporters are trying to get education free for themselves, instead of going to university and paying for it like everyone else. This morning on Radionz I heard that they have input to the Labour Party, 42,000 questions which are just phishing and a cynical use of the money we pay them to do a decent Opposition job.

      However it became obvious, when theGnashional were in government, that they didn’t know how to run the country’s affairs; now they are trying to learn how to do so from Labour, and in the process slowing and burdening the Labour Coalition with this pathetic game playing.

      They should be inhibited by suitable laws that set a limit on such behaviour as being unparliamentary or something, also obstructive and whatever word that expresses OTT. And that would then apply to any Party in Opposition; we need to have better standards and more productivity from our Representatives, and make sure they represent everybody not just themselves and their crowd!

    • WeTheBleeple 4.2

      Hawkes Bay is prone to drought. Farming there it should be mandatory to have significant trees, ponds, swales and other forms of rain capture and retention.

      And, make it rain!

      • SaveNZ 4.2.1

        +1 WeTheBleeple

        If they can green the desert, what the hell are doing in NZ, when no positive action is being taken to survive longer term with less water in agriculture.

        There are better links but I can’t find them for the moment on miraculous desalinising and greening up the deserts and how it was achieved cheaply.

      • Ian 4.2.2

        The Ruataniwha dam would have provided water for suburban and rural Hawkes bay for a long time. You reap what you sow. Wankers.

    • bwaghorn 4.3

      Should a built a dam a !!

      • SaveNZ 4.3.1

        Speaking of dams. They think that solar will be cheaper in 10 years (hell it is cheaper now) than hydro, but in 10 years they won’t have any clean rivers or streams left in the Balkans by the look of it.🇧🇦protests-in-balkans-to-stop-dams-and-protect-rivers/

      • greywarshark 4.3.2

        Problem is bwaghorn, that the private people who put money into a dam will want to take precedence over the public, and will use the water to expand their production until they are using more than their share, pushing the boundaries, that is how business works when it comes to water, liquid gold.

        And then there will be disadvantages in having the dam plus the fact that the dam water won’t come cheaply and be priced out of the purses of the public when it is really needed.

        There are so many future options that people who haven’t got the capacious business brain that can see Opportunities for Me everywhere and make sure they are first in the queue don’t realise. And questioning starts with a qu also. It’s important to see who will manage to get the most benefit, who can monopolise the water. So it’s just not storing water for summer use and droughts.

        • WeTheBleeple

          Yep, decentralized e.g. on farm storage is required. Do the houses of our drought prone regions have water tanks?

          Hawke’s Bay:

          ‘Water storage is for the collection of rainwater to create a reserve from bore or reticulated supply. Because of public health requirements, it is not designed as a drinking water supply.

          The size of the domestic storage tank most commonly used is 2000 litres or less.

          Capturing local rainfall for non-potable purposes (eg your garden) can reduce the demand on the reticulated supply by up to 40% and councils in many areas are already encouraging this. A valuable by-product of rainfall collection is that it also reduces the pressure on stormwater systems.

          Reduces effluent leachate into surface and ground water. Improves local stream/river water quality.

          Increased domestic resilience in emergency event.’

          There are regulations and permits and hoops to jump through if you want to drink rainwater in an urban setting today. But it can be done.

          Rainwater supply should be required on new housing in drought prone areas be they urban or not, as well as retrofitting older stock where feasible.

          But those farms, they need to shape up or ship out.

          • greywarshark

            Drought prone – can’t the accumulated information on tree planting for different terrains and conditions come to the fore for these areas. Clever use of already gathered and tested species plantings with carbon credits giving a return on the land to the farmer would enable them to farm suitably for conditions. Would you agree WtB?

            And further, thinking of drought and practical water use and controls – some of the wineries on stony slopes could be encouraged, and those on flat fertile land carry an impost. We need to return some dairy land to grain crops, particularly oats, and that could be encouraged through tax advantages, and gradual increase on dairying be introduced for each cow being milked, plus a pollution impost funding a national body doing cleaning of waterways work. Not left to regional outfits captured by the very culprits they were supposed to be taming.

            • DJ Ward

              Cropping results in more fertilisers and pesticides, and more water use than Diary. The worst polluted rivers are those going through towns and cities.

              Diary farms have compulsory stream fencing now. You cannot supply to Fontera without farm inspection for compliance. Created without subsidy. There is a significant improvement in the last 10 years. Fertilisers can’t be applied without testing and justification. Effluent ponds can’t overflow to streams. Vastly different from the cowboy days.

              Get your head out of the bubble. You should be acknowledging the improvements, and constructively suggesting more ways to improve things.

              Farmers have shifted from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options. Decreasing fertiliser needs, adding drought resistance, better nutrition and animal health. As well as increasing non farmed species of animals, insects, and birds.

              Tax descrimination is never a good answer. Finding environmental solutions that improve financial performance is the way to go. Subsidies create unsustainable distortion.

              • Robert Guyton

                Let’s test your claims, DJ Ward;
                “Farmers have shifted from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options. ”
                How many farmers?
                What “multi species” options?

                • DJ Ward

                  If you look for the data on plant species variety in NZ farmland you will see a rise in diversity in the last 20 years. Far from what it could be, or should be, but the diversity has increased.

                  An example would be it was just a grass species and clover.

                  Today it will be grass, multi clover species, and chicory, as an eg.

                  Not a huge change, but positive change.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    You said, “Farmers have shifted from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options. ”
                    then “Not a huge change…”
                    Perhaps you’d have represented the situation better if you’d said “a few farmers have made a slight change toward multi-species pastures”.

              • Robert Guyton

                “As well as increasing non farmed species of animals, insects, and birds.”
                Which non farmed animals?
                Which insects?
                Which birds?

                • Robert Guyton

                  ” The worst polluted rivers are those going through towns and cities.”
                  Which of those didn’t go through farmland first?

                  • DJ Ward

                    Many of Aucklands streams never go near farmland. They are also the most polluted.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Oh! You said “rivers” so I assumed you meant…rivers. Do you have a link to support your claims or are they anecdotal?

                • DJ Ward

                  If a paddock is healthier and more diverse, all species that live in or feed from that environment have better chances of survival.

                  Have you ever been on a farm to see there’s more going on than portrayed by anti farmers?

                  • Robert Guyton

                    Indeed I have, DJ Ward. Your “If a paddock…” claim’s disingenuous, in my view, and very narrow in it’s scope. I hoped you could name some creatures that benefit from these “new” pastures you described:
                    “As well as increasing non farmed species of animals, insects, and birds.”
                    Which non farmed animals? I still wonder, which insects, which birds?
                    Wanna have another go?

                    • DJ Ward

                      Paradise Ducks, Geese, Godwits, Herons, Starlings, Wax Eyes, Peacocks, Pheasants, Turkeys, Rabbits, Hares, Mice, Pukeko, Mallards, Spiders, Bees, Quail, Ladybirds, Native Reptiles, Pidgeons, Possums, Wild Goats, Pigs, Native Eels, Carp, Rudd, Deer, Rats, Beetles, Snails, Weta, Frogs, Stick Insects, Giant Moths, Sparrows, Rosella, Swans, Cave Weta, etc etc.

                      All of those plus, if you count insects, 100s more species are found on the Diary farm my partner manages.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      And they’re newly arrived because your partner, ” shifted from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options”?
                      Tell us more? What changes has your partner made to the dairy farm he/she manages?

                    • DJ Ward

                      Obviously my partner has not introduced any species herself.

                      She has actually increased production to record levels for the farm. Without irrigation.

                      It’s an eco system. Not one you like by the sounds of it but it exists. The Turkeys are over breeding. It would be nice to harvest them for poor families but nobody asks. I keep the possum numbers down and harvest the fur, helping our export economy. The Herons sleep in a tree beside the house.

                      Insects from the paddocks fall in the streams feeding the fish. Birds feed in the paddocks. Rabbits feeding in the paddocks fall prey to Hawks. Insects feeding on the paddock get eaten by the lizards.
                      Etc etc.

                      It’s not just grass and cows.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      It’s not a matter of whether I like them or not, DJ Ward, it’s whether, as you claimed, they appeared as a result of a change in your partners farming practice “from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options”.
                      Did they?

                      Farmers have shifted from monoculture grasses to more diverse multi species options. Decreasing fertiliser needs, adding drought resistance, better nutrition and animal health. As well as increasing non farmed species of animals, insects, and birds.”

                    • greywarshark

                      I don’t believe anything that DJ Ward says about his so-called farm, he just sounds as if he is TTP.

                      Insects from the paddocks fall in the streams feeding the fish. Birds feed in the paddocks. Rabbits feeding in the paddocks fall prey to Hawks. Insects feeding on the paddock get eaten by the lizards.

                      He’s just making it up as he goes along. Sounds like a kindergarten book about Nature.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Canny observation, greywarshark. I found this claim:
                      “It’s an eco system. Not one you like by the sounds of it but it exists”. quite odd and though I searched, I couldn’t find any hint to support his claim.

                  • DJ Ward

                    Anybody help!

                    I can’t be bothered what an Eco system meens.

                    a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
                    “the marine ecosystem of the northern Gulf had suffered irreparable damage”
                    (in general use) a complex network or interconnected system.
                    “Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem”

                    The ecosystem at DJ Wards place.

                    Your flats 1 meter wide house to fence, pathway ecosystem.

                    Oh my.

            • WeTheBleeple

              Diversification is certainly required. I posted earlier about the fact 75% of our food is from 12 crops and 5 animals. Meanwhile 1000 food species of plants are declining/endangered.

              Evolution is an organisms way to survive change. global warming = rapid change. We have to diversify, it’s that simple. Diversifying pastures is part of it, riparian plantings, and similar initiatives will all help.

              But also on farm storage of water including soil storage by raising organic matter which holds water, significant shelter planting with functional design (stock food, nitrogen, pollinators, pest control, fruit, nuts, etc to make farm life nicer, timber for fuel, building, investment). Plus we need diversification of types of farm.

              Plants provide a large proportion of our needs and so farm diversification can go into other industries than simply food production (or bulk commodity as is NZ’s case). Medicine, textiles, materials, etc. A dairy farmer controlling hundreds of acres and whinging about not enough for the family, is a bit of an ass to put it mildly. All this consumption has not made happy people. Petty, nasty, fearful, envious people…

              Mom and pop (and workers) outfits on the land have been relegated to the past, but we’ll need people back on the land. Will they embrace the good life?


              There’s plenty of grains in pasture/hay for the cows, added protein with the legumes. Once trees play a significant part in farming systems topping up/feeding animals in peak summer and winter when pasture is struggling is viable from on-farm sources.

              Lower production is not lower profit if you can knock inputs on the head. There’s an awful lot of a farmers revenue goes straight to big oil and subsidiaries. Added to that 20% of production can be lost to wind chill, not to mention heat stress… Shelter belts and well placed plantings can do an awful lot of good on a farm.

              On-farm diversity of products, with provisioning/capture of inputs will provide insurance in many ways, including: biodiversity, drought protection, reduced inputs, and food security for both humans and their animals.

              • Robert Guyton

                Agree with all that. Divining for water with a willow rod, though not mentioned here 🙂 makes me think that touring farmland with a “sensitive”, maybe Goethe/Steiner-trained, taking note of their reactions and comments would be a great way to direct change in farming practice. It’s an obscure claim, perhaps, but well-meant 🙂

                • WeTheBleeple

                  An old market gardening boss we had divined the well on the property. He was trained by David Bellamy, and then he trained me. So I’m a direct descendant…

          • Robert Guyton

            We’ve 3 large tanks here. They’re full presently and will be used in the house and on seedlings. I don’t rely on them for the garden though; there, I’m banking on the humus created by our permaculture,forest garden practices. Subterranean “lakes” beat Burford tanks any day 🙂

        • DJ Ward

          If the public wants a dam, buy the land and built it. Then they can dictate who gets the water. But who creates that money to invest in infastructure?

          If the private sector buys land and builds a dam, it’s their water. There is no public share. You can do that if we get this is like the mafia.

          There is however responsibilities.
          As long as streams have minimum flows, wildlife ladders, and water is captured during high flows then it should be encouraged.
          The increased productivity provides jobs, and pays more tax.
          Reduces effects of droughts.
          That is the public share.
          That’s what creates the money for public infastructure.

          Or it trades legal rights to block developement, eg public land, with a public share to enable developement without public investment.

          • AB

            “If the private sector buys land and builds a dam, it’s their water”

            No – it’s their dam. It’s not their water. They have no inherent right to impound the public’s water behind their dam. They may seek the public’s permission to impound that water, and it may well be given if:
            a.) the downstream effects do not spoil the public’s safe enjoyment of that river (swimming, kayaking, fishing, walking etc.)
            b.) a proportion of the economic benefit that the private dam-owner gains from having that extra water, is shared directly with the public – not assumed to be shared by some dubious trickle-down mechanism.

            Water is part of the commons – we will not have it alienated.
            Once we have finished with water – we will extend this principle to other natural resources. My preferred second cab off the rank would be fish.

            • OnceWasTim

              and air
              and the ether

              • AB

                Heh – the case of air has not been tested yet.
                However if some techno-lunatic had the technology and could derive financial benefit from impounding lots of air and leaving shortages of air outside those impoundments – I think similar arguments might apply (in between gasps for breath).

                The Ether, being a medieval metaphor rather than a natural resource, is not something we need to worry about. (Though capitalism is very ingenious at finding ways to enrich oneself by dispossessing others, so you can never say never)

                • DJ Ward

                  Air is processed to collect Argon for welding processes and other inert atmosphere applications.
                  Nitrogen is removed as well for applications like Laser cutting.

                  Farmers remove Carbon Dioxide converting it into food.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    “Farmers remove Carbon Dioxide converting it into food.”
                    And methane and CO2 pumping it direct to the atmosphere.

                    • DJ Ward

                      Yes that does happen.
                      It’s however a far more neutral system than portrayed.
                      Forests and swamps create methane as well, as plant matter decomposes.
                      Ultimately nothing ejected into the atmosphere by farming wasn’t taken from the atmosphere.
                      Once options such as electric 4 wheelers, even tractors, with fast charging Ali ion batteries become real, fossil fuel use can be minimised as well.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      “Ultimately nothing ejected into the atmosphere by farming wasn’t taken from the atmosphere.”

                      What about the fossil fuels used extensively on farms??? Where do their resulting gases go???

                      You must know that urea, used extensively across New Zealand farmland, has as a significant by-product, nitrous oxide, one of the very worst green house gases??? Surely?
                      And if you’re thinking of arguing that fossil fuels were once in the atmosphere…spare us the waste of time; pumping carbon sequestered eons ago back into the atmopsphere now at the rate we are doing it, it stupidity at its most spectacular!

                    • DJ Ward

                      Robert. Obviously there is issues.

                      I did point out that I wish that farming can convert to EV vehicles. But they are not realistically available. I wish they were.

                      If we stopped Urea use our economy would be seriously hurt and if applied globally mass starvation would result.
                      I am aware of Nitrous Oxide, it’s small but disproportionate effect.

                      PS Stop assuming I’m a Climate Change Denier.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      I haven’t assumed you to be a climate change denier, DJ Ward. I’m suspicious that you might be an apologist for conventional farming though 🙂 That said, you are making some good points, amongst your scatter-gun of factoids. I do appreciate your returning to have a go at answering them though. We’ll have to stop urea use, as we will palm kernel expeller. Big changes are coming, fast. The fastest adapters win!

                  • AB

                    Wow interesting facts.
                    So interesting that they stay interesting despite being slathered everywhere as part of a meaningless reductio ad absurdum argument. Thanks

            • DJ Ward

              So you support taxing rain?

              • AB

                Nope – though I would support taxing somebody who attempted to divert everyone else’s rain into their own water tank. That – or put them in jail maybe.

              • Ian

                So they are going to ban Nitrogen use and palm kernel. What’s next ?? Fast food, cars, plastic, air travel, gay policemen in uniform?
                How progressive.

                • Robert Guyton

                  Ian! Your comments are Most Valuable and Well Considered – keep ’em coming’!!

                  • Ian

                    Enjoy it while it lasts. I just obey the law and pay my taxes.Cheers mate.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      ‘corse ya do! But isn’t it a legal requirement to pay your taxes? Why seperate out that one aspect? You could have said, “and drive on the left”. Curious.

            • greywarshark

              You mention safety for recreation. But there is also the safety of dams that are too high, not built to a manageable level, not able to withstand tomorrow’s likely cloudbursts, water dumps, and extended periods of bad weather that don’t move off because of changing wind and weather from CC.

              There have been dam collapses in recent years listed below.
              Note the number of dead by the country name. But the many left bereft with everything gone and no shelter will be much more. Also note the Canadian one. We followed Canadian building practices that had resulted in leaky buildings blindly. We also don’t have good regulators and inspectors who respect their job and the public are thin on the ground. (because of budget constraints possibly). Because the government was likely following the low regulation-high-trust-in – business and didn’t ensure sharp and regular inspections by experienced people, the cam construction business got let off! Businesses take profit, government takes ultimate responsibility.

              Notice the number of heavy rain events, could be say a year’s average in a week, has caused a number of the collapses in recent years.

              Mount Polley tailings dam failure
              2014 Aug. 4th British Columbia, Canada 0 Tailings dam collapse due to negligent operation; reservoir was overfilled beyond design parameters despite repeated warnings of the danger [21][22][23] combined with a minor dam breach a few months before[24] and fundamental design flaws[25]. Failure of due-diligence and the honourable discharge of duty-of-care obligations by the regulator has resulted in complete exoneration of Imperial Metals, the dam operator.

              Germano mine tailings dams 2015 Nov. 5th Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil 24 One tailings dam collapse. One village destroyed, 600 people evacuated, 19 missing. Sixty-million cubic meters of iron waste sludge polluted Doce River, and the sea near the river’s mouth.

              Maple Lake 2017 Oct. 5th Paw Paw, Michigan 0 A heavy rainstorm caused a section of a dam to crumble because of the weight of a pond above, which happened around 5 a.m.[26]

              Patel Dam 2018 May 10th Solai, Kenya 47 Failed after several days of heavy rain.

              Panjshir Valley dam 2018 Jul. 11th Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan 10 Dilapidated dam crumbled under heavy summer rains, 13 missing, 300 houses destroyed.

              Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Dam 2018 Jul. 23rd Attapeu Province, Laos 36 Saddle dam under construction collapsed during rainstorms. 6600 people homeless, 98 missing.

              Swar Chaung Dam 2018 Aug. 19th Yedashe, Myanmar 4 Breach in the dam’s spillway. 63,000 evacuated, 3 missing.
              85 villages affected.

        • Ian

          Why would you write such twaddle ?

  5. SaveNZ 5

    Scarcy stuff, this occurred in the UK with a NZ women, faking fake qualifications as a psychiatrist for 22 years. She was only discovered when she faked a will.

    Fake qualifications seem to be happening all the time now, and scarily often is not noticed for years as people relocate to hide their pasts and help cover up their fake qualifications.

    Time for any migrants in any industry coming to NZ (including construction) have to sit a detailed exam in NZ before they are let lose on the public to make sure their degrees or qualifications are not fake. If they fail, send them back to where they came from! Tired of substandard or fake people elocating around the world to impersonate skills that nobody seems to discover.

    Unqualified NZ woman practised psychiatry in UK for 22 years

    I seem to remember someone enquiring about a fake degree business degree in NZ, only to find out , in NZ it was a real degree, but apparently the applicant was passed without having to know anything. Sad we are turning into a third world country with fake degrees and around the world fake qualifications are not picked up.

    100% pure criminal NZ

  6. greywarshark 6

    The difficulty of NZ businesses to survive in the cutthroat market we have, is shown by what I saw on Trademe this morning. There is a takeover from traders in Auckland of my printing ink market; of 120 listings they were most from Auckland with 12 from Australia, 2 from Manawatu, 1 from Wellington, 1 from Southland.

    And the Auckland prices at the lowest were $2 black and $3 for any one colour. How can an ordinary NZ trader compete against that ridiculously low price? I have found the cheap ink is likely to be quite effective though I have read that there is not the colour-fastness. And the official ink cartridges are quite expensive so getting undercut and bought by poorer people like me. However at $3 it becomes a market grab severely undercutting other businesses with a cheap product obtained through questionable behaviour.

    I will be buying some from a private trader trying to sell bits and pieces, and also going to one of the regionals even if it costs more. Selective buying for support of each other in NZ people doing normal trade on a ‘level playing field’, needs to be the catchphrase of this century.

    • SaveNZ 6.1

      @ greywarshark, That is the problem, if you allow too many cheap and in many cases unregulated goods into a country undercutting better or tested products then it can drive better businesses out of business.

      And often better business pay people more and pay their taxes.

      It is also surprising how few products are being tested to be safe coming into NZ – aka the lead in tap ware example comes to mind, asbestos trains etc

      NZ seems to allowing open slather. Some really bad businesses are being propped up by fake jobs and questionable import/export business (that often have some extra drugs in imports) and they are expanding their business practices driving out and putting onto unemployment the businesses that are playing by the rules and not exploiting people.

      Clearly illegal wage conditions are not a high priority because

      Labour Inspectorate’s refusal to investigate workplace complaints slammed

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        You mention matters that are Key to the problem. Hah get it! He was very honest about being a faker, said he wanted to reduce wages or some such statement. Why didn’t we take notice as a country? Didn’t we give a shit about how we built NZ up to the state we had in the 1980s? We needed to thini then and overhaul as the process needed cleaning and clearing. But no, the national psyche was such that the National Party could flow into the mould and turn themselves into Darth Vaders or some malign comic book character, the Jester, the Penguin?

        And now we are so open that fakers fly in and out through special windows that are available to them 24/7. While the lumpenproletariat, (don’t you love the sound of that word, so evocative), they go through the cattle pens below, if they are lucky and keep alert to the latest tricks that can disadvantage them.

        • SaveNZ

          I have no idea how we got here greywarshark, but it seems to be a world wide western issue, that people are in denial about.

          I think the global media has a lot to do with it, and in particular with John Key who they let get away with everything without challenge.

          Hopefully things are changing. I think the murder of Jamal has caused a bobble in the world, and hopefully a lot more than that. Time the 1% in particular to wake up and wonder is that the world they want to create with no morals and enabling rich people to get away with murder and torture in the name of networking and trade and making a $.

          Or pollute the worlds water, ocean and change climate to trigger more natural disasters. Is that the world they want to create and leave to their kids?

          • greywarshark

            I hope they take their attention away from the colourful moving media keeping a distance from smelly, awkward, real humans, and away from deciding what new piece of furniture, or aspect of their decorative garden, or even their productive garden, or their clothes, or their hair, or their artistic and social pursuits, or their vehicle colour (don’t you just hate all that black, white and grey around) and…. What was that about climate change and the kids? They’re doing something about it, they will have it under control soon I’m sure. What do we pay the government for? etc etc etc etc

      • patricia bremner 6.1.2

        Aussies promote ‘buy Australian’ A wee map of Australia being the logo.

        Aussies paid $13.00 a kilo for bananas rather than import competition after a cyclone , giving farmers the 2 years needed to recover.

        When a similar idea of ‘buy NZ’ was mooted here it was tossed out as unworkable.
        Go figure.

        • SaveNZ

          yes because cheap bananas are more important than people being able to live an honest life around the world, that helps society and the environment. Better to spend money on oil taking goods from one side of the globe to the other and rip off local people on that side of the world so that the other side can discard the bananas as food waste and not value food anymore as it is cheap, or encourage business to clear fell for things like Palm oil so we can get cheap food and be obese and unhappy. sarcasm.

          Personally happy to spend $5 extra on bananas if I had a living wage that was actually a living wage and not live in a country that has growing numbers of working poor and people stealing the water for profit while others are have less and less.

        • WeTheBleeple

          I’m very happy to see more bananas emerging outside my window. Though I did admire Australian’s re: the pricey bananas. Carl Barron had a joke about it.

          Two bananas, doing my bit. $15? I’ll just put one back.

  7. Morrissey 7

    Three thoughtful Kiwi commentators—well, they’re thoughtful compared to
    these Australians—parse an imbecilic prime minister’s comments

    The Panel, RNZ National, Monday 19 November 2018
    Jim Mora, James Elliott, Catherine Robertson, Caitlin Cherry

    Jim Mora—or his producer Caitlin Cherry—evidently thought it would be amusing to mark International Men’s Day by endorsing the Australian prime minister cackling with the imbecilic hosts of a Murdoch-owned Gold Coast radio station at the suffering of Australia’s most famous dissident, and his leering comments about a woman pleading on behalf of that dissident. Note also that Mora speaks as if Julian Assange is the victim of Ecuador, and studiously avoids mentioning either the U.S. or U.K. regimes which are trying to destroy him.

    JIM MORA: W-w-we’re about to talk about m-m-me-e-en, and to set the scene for talking about men, …[loudly inhales]…former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has grown close to Julian Assange from WikiLeaks over the years, [loudly inhales] and she appee-ealed on television to the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to rescue hi-i-mmm—Assange—from the Ecuadorian Embassy, and have him able to call Australia home again after all these years. And then he replied, the Prime Minister replied, to Pamela Anderson. Here she IS, first of all.

    Pamela Anderson: Defend your friend, and get Julian his passport back, and, and take him back to Australia and be proud of him. And throw him a parade when he gets home.
    Scott Morrison: [amused snickering] Hynnnnn!
    1029 Hot Tomato’s Emily Jade: Errrrr. You want to throw him a parade?
    [In the background: derisive guffaws from Flan and Christo.]
    Scott Morrison: We-e-ell, it’s, heh heh, NO-O-O!
    Flan, Emily Jade and Christo: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Scott Morrison: First of all, but second, I’ve had plenty of MATES who’ve asked me if they could be my special ENVOY to sort the issue OUT—
    1029 Hot Tomato’s Christo: Yeaaah!
    Scott Morrison: –ahhhm, with Pamela Anderson, but putting—
    Christo: L.A.!
    Emily Jade: Ha ha!
    Scott Morrison: —putting that [guffawing] to one si-i-ide—

    MORA: So she has called this response of hi-i-i-is [inhales loudly] “smutty and L-L-LEWWWDD.” Was it L-L-LEWD and smutty, or breezy annnnd blokeeeyyy? What do you think?

    uncomfortable silence….

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: Y-you’re making me answer this aren’t you James?

    JAMES ELLIOTT: Ah, I was PAUSING here, James—


    MORA: No James is making you answer it.

    JAMES ELLIOTT: No I’m HAPPY to go fir–, I’m happy to go first, I think it was—

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: No you go for it first!

    JAMES ELLIOTT: I was hap–, I think that was definitely on the lewd and smutty end of the thing by innuendo. So, yes, he didn’t, that was unnecessary.

    MORA: Unbecoming of a prime minister.


    JAMES ELLIOTT: Unbecoming of a prime minister.

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: And it was purely disrespectful. Because it was demeaning her, and suggesting that she’s nothing but the sum of, you know, her, um, her appearances on T.V., et cetera, and it’s just—

    MORA: And trivializing the issue she raised.

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: Yeah, that she’s basically a pair of boobs, and not, with no brains. So, yeah, it is.

    MORA: Okay. We use that example from [inhales audibly] Scott Morrison because many men do feel they are misunderstood in the modern era and it is International Men’s Day. [inhales audibly] Celebrating the positive value that men bring to the world, their families and communities. [inhales loudly] Do you think Western men—men in the Western world—have as secure a sense as they did once of their place in the world?

    ….Extended pause


    JAMES ELLIOTT: Mmmm, yeah.

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: I mean, yeah, interesting. I mean, the world changes all the time, the, the pace of change is, is, been EXTRAORDINARY over this century and last, a-a-a-and, ahhhmm, do, you know, who HAS a sense of their—, what even the boundaries of the world are going to BE? You know, we’re looking at Brexit, and European Unions, and Trump and China, and [chuckles] there’s no such THING as security! And I think, you know, Brexit was driven by a um, call for some sort of, a HANKERING for some sort of nostalgia for a simpler time, um, that time does not EXIST any more. And so we all have to—

    MORA: So we’re all less secure, not just men.

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: Yeah yeah. Exactly. Yeah.

    ….extended pause

    MORA: You’re thinking about it.

    CATHERINE ROBERTSON: James is thinking about it!

    JAMES ELLIOTT: Yeah I know. Ha ha ha ha! No I think you put it really well, Catherine, but, I belong to a music group at the moment, learning how to play in a band, and that’s morphed into a combination men’s group and band. Uh, we’ve found ourselves talking to each other about issues as men as much as ….

    ad nauseam

    • Dennis Frank 8.1

      🤣 👍 😎

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        And I vote for the young big guy who is letting his face be used on the wide media to promote thought about ideologies. Did he get asked? Where do they get the image from, which looks about right for the caption?

    • DJ Ward 8.2

      Ask why the male vote has disproportionately abandoned the left, and the female vote disproportionately favours the left.

      Males are badly treated by the left.
      Females are favourably treated by the left.

      The reality is the right doesn’t treat males any better or females any worse but the driver of gender segregation and oppression of men, as well biased pro female legislation is the left.

      Male harmed by policy such as lost parenting rights, disproportionate punishment, financial oppression, restricted services, etc will vote right even if they are natural left voters.

      • AB 8.2.1

        “Males are badly treated by the left.
        Females are favourably treated by the left.”

        Or it could be the inverse – you know – males are favourably treated by the right and females etc. etc. Or it could be neither.
        Or it could be any bullshit hypothesis any one of us pulls from our nether regions. Here’s one – females on average are a bit more compassionate and vote left, males on average are a bit more arseholey and vote right.
        I could invent a few more – each equally as worthless as yours.

      • Macro 8.2.2

        Good Grief!!!

        Males are badly treated by the left v’s The reality is the right doesn’t treat males any better
        Females are favourably treated by the left. v’s The reality is the right doesn’t treat… females any worse

        Make your mind up!

        Male harmed by policy such as lost parenting rights, disproportionate punishment, financial oppression, restricted services, etc links please. These are huge assertions, but you make no effort provide any proof for their veracity.

        • DJ Ward

          Men in disputed custody get custody 6% of the time.
          No government funded refuge, or male parenting schools, screening programmes. Arbitrary arrest for DV but only for men. Females only have an exemption to perjury.

          I could write an essay of examples but it’s late.
          Goodnite fellow citizens.

          • Muttonbird

            Men in disputed custody get custody 6% of the time.

            Because, like you, they seem to have zero interest in the offspring of their shabby trysts and complain about having to pay for it, even decades later.


            • Antoine

              Hey Morrissey

              A hearty Fuck You, on behalf of all good dads who want some custody.

              Note I am not in this situation, nor have ever been, nor am a mens rights activist crazy, nor a DJ Ward fan.


    • DJ Ward 9.1

      If during negotiating consent, the female lies about being on the pill, and the male would not have had sex or had sex differently if she told the truth. (NZ’s most common sex crime).

      Does the sex abuse victim (male) get to opt out of the pregnancy (responsibility) just as females can opt out with abortion or adoption when they are subject to a sex crime.

      • gsays 9.1.1

        looks around and very quietly tip toeing backwards out of the room.

        • joe90

          One of the sewer’s menz rights righties.

          • DJ Ward

            Can you justify a women lying about being on the pill.

            Go on, so I can have a good laugh.

            • McFlock

              Hey, if you don’t want a kid, don’t dump your spunk.

              • DJ Ward

                So you don’t have a response then.

                Strait to blame the male for the females actions.

                Try again.

                • McFlock

                  What actions?
                  Let the buyer beware. If you only want to go for a paddle, wear your gumboots.

                  • DJ Ward

                    Lying about being on the pill.
                    You are still victim blaming.

                    How do you justify women lying about being on the pill?


                    • Muttonbird

                      I seriously don’t believe this is common behaviour. It might have happened to you once in your dreams maybe…

                    • McFlock

                      So it’s a lie. That’s a dick move. But how is it a “sex crime”?

                      Why do you call it “NZ’s most common sex crime”? How do you know how common or not it is?

                • Sabine

                  Personal responsibility.
                  You are responsible for your bodily fluids. You don’t want babies, you will have to learn now to prevent pregnancies. Nothing to do with the women. Or else learn how to be abstinent until you are happy to fornicate for procreation.

        • DJ Ward

          Something you have done to a man then?

      • bwaghorn 9.1.2

        Wtf has that got to do with abortion?

        • DJ Ward

          It is an abortion question.

          Take Rowe vs Wade which revolved around a father not wanting the wife to abort the child. The court removed the right of a father to stop an abortion.

          I have no problem with that.
          Women should not be forced to have children. It’s even a Crime Against Humanity qualifier. Forced Pregnancy, even if the arguments can be perdantic.

          My comment points out the hypocrisy that males have no opt out options. 40% on pregnancies don’t occur with explicit consent to conceive by the male. They in effect become subject to pregnancies forced on them.

          I do believe that any argument for males becomes mute with the introduction of the male pill. All it would take is for the Minister of Health to legalise it, allow its import or manufacture in NZ under licence.

          • joe90

            Take Rowe vs Wade which revolved around a father not wanting the wife to abort the child.

            You pulled that out of your arse, didn’t you.

            • greywarshark

              A man knows little about any other place when he is talking about having children.

          • Sabine

            making shit up for shits n giggles right?
            First came:
            n Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), the Supreme Court ruled that a state’s ban on the use of contraceptives violated the right to marital privacy. The case concerned a Connecticut law that criminalized the encouragement or use of birth control.

            Later decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court extended the principles of Griswold beyond its particular facts.

            Right to birth control for unmarried couples, 1972
            Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972) extended its holding to unmarried couples, whereas the “right of privacy” in Griswold was said to only apply to marital relationships.[12] The argument in Eisenstadt was that it was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to deny unmarried couples the right to use contraception when married couples did have that right (under Griswold).[13] Writing for the majority, Justice Brennan wrote that Massachusetts could not enforce the law against married couples because of Griswold v. Connecticut, so the law worked “irrational discrimination” if not extended to unmarried couples as well.

            Right to abortion for any woman, 1973
            The reasoning and language of both Griswold and Eisenstadt were cited in the concurring opinion by Associate Justice Potter Stewart in support of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).[14] The decision in Roe struck down a Texas law that criminalized aiding a woman in getting an abortion.[15] The Court ruled that this law was a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Abortion became legalized for any woman for any reason, up through the first trimester, with possible restrictions for maternal health in the second trimester (the midpoint of which is the approximate time of fetal viability). In the third trimester of pregnancy, abortion is potentially illegal with exception for the mother’s health, which the court defined broadly in Doe v. Bolton.


            you have the rights to make up your truth as you want but facts are not on your side.

            • DJ Ward

              The whole behavour around abortion was a disgrace in my opinion.
              So was it around the introduction of the pill.
              Having to cliam it was for controlling menstrual issues and not contraception is laughable looking back.
              We need to remember that religion was all powerful back then.

              If I got Rowe vs Wade wrong I apologise. Can you name what case I was referring too?

              I think the only against argument for legalising the male pill is that men can’t be trusted. Irony!

      • Sabine 9.1.3

        Biology 101

        if you – the male – does not want to father a child, you….YES YOU! the male needs to prevent fathering a child. After all, you can have petting, oral sex, rubbing, frotting, and all sorts of other ‘sex’ that could very well be enjoyable to all consenting partners that do not lead to pregnancy. But the moment a man, you, ejaculate into a womens vagina you are consenting to baby making. Cause that is the only way – bar IVF – to make babies.

        Thievery else is just, she told me she did yadda yadda yadda, and i can’t be asked nor be bothered to a. use a condom – but the feelz, omygosh the feelz, b. have a vasectomy – snip snippery snip and done, also reversible, or c. Don’t ejaculate into a womens vagina, especially if you don’t want a child with her.

        How hard can that be to understand?

        IF YOU DON”T WANT A CHILD, DO NOT EJACULATE INTO A WOMANS VAGINA! Condoms are your friends. Vasectomies are excellent and under rated, and if all fails, don’t have vaginal intercourse.
        Essentially be responsible when having sex.

        • Sabine

          Thievery – should be everything …….. not sure how this came into it 🙂

        • DJ Ward

          How do you justify a woman lying about being on the pill?

          • Gabby

            Lying’s a sin wardy, says so in the barble.

          • Sabine

            If you don’t want to have babies, you don’t go fucking about without a condom, or having a vasectomy, or not having vaginal intercourse.

            think about that for a moment before you want to blame others for your fuckups.

            Be responsible. Personal responsibility starts with you.
            How about you justify to us your lack of personal responsibility cause clearly you don’t seem to do anything to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

            • DJ Ward

              An unwanted pregnancy?
              Didn’t the female lie about being on the pill?
              That’s planed. Well, by one person anyway.

              Im the only person advocating for the legalising of the male pill.

              So your “don’t seem to be doing anything to prevent unwanted pregnancy” is laughable, hypocritical, and insulting, all at the same time.

              Whatever you do don’t break anything.

              • McFlock

                “Im the only person advocating for the legalising of the male pill.”

                How is it illegal again? There are several options going through trials.

                Until then, don’t ejaculate into a vagina and you’ll be safe from the wiles of awful women who want to have your baby.

                • DJ Ward

                  Your still victim blaming.

                  It exists, trailed, no side effects, virtualy 100% effective, 3 day reversible, non hormonal, thousands of years use as contraceptive in native use, factory ready. Better than any female options.

                  Just need it to be made legal. You can’t provide a medicine without it being made legal, pretty obvious.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Didn’t the female lie about being on the pill?

                What makes you think she lied?

                The pill is better contraception than a condom but it still has nearly a 1:10 failure rate.

                The only way to guarantee not to get a woman pregnant is to not have sex.

                • DJ Ward

                  It is not a did she or didn’t she argument. If she didn’t then what? I have said nothing about accidental pregnancy. It’s doesn’t involve intent, or motive.

                  Let’s say it is a fact a particular women lied. Evidence, confession etc.

                  Now answer the question.

        • DJ Ward

          How do you justify a woman lying about being on the pill?

          If a woman got pregnant when males get the pill, will women be forced to go full term with the baby if he lied. After all if you spread your legs you can get pregnant. She knew the risks.

          • Sabine

            Mate, you are a grown up. You take care of business, if you don’t take care of business you can then not expect others to do so.

            And lastly, if you have sex with a women you know the risks. She could get pregnant while on the pill, while on an IUD, while breastfeeding after just having given birth, that is what women do. They get pregnant so that the species can continue.

            but you know the risks, every time you get between the legs of a women, so take your whingy self before a mirror and look at your reflection and repeat over and over again until it sinks in, “I am the master of my universe, I am responsible for the things that i do, and if I don’t want children then I need to actively prevent getting any sexual female partners i may have from getting pregnant.”

            bye now.

            • Muttonbird

              Seems personal responsibility is compulsory for everyone but DJ.

              • DJ Ward

                Actually Mttonbird I paid Child Support for 18 years.

                So you should apologise. It would be the manly thing to do.

                • Muttonbird

                  But you are sick about it. You’ve been whinging about women and their evil ways all day today. Why didn’t you make better personal choices in the first place, huh?

                  • DJ Ward

                    That’s in your mind.
                    Not mine.
                    You are projecting your own insecurities on me.

                    My comments are about men.

                    Look at the beginning.
                    I asked a question about men in a specific legal circumstance.

                    Nobody has answered it.
                    Everybody has dodged the issue.

                    And your telling me I’m responsible for my own actions. Which has no relevance to the question.

                    • Muttonbird

                      I see you are exhausted. The spamming of this forum which you have decided to attempt is harder than you thought, isn’t it?

                    • DJ Ward

                      Nope. Plenty of free speech stored up in the memory banks.
                      I don’t call it spamming.
                      This is a political Forum.

                      If the Minister of Health announced to the male voter that it would legalise the male pill, and provide it to pharmacies before the next election. Labour would govern on its own.

                      There not spamming.

                      Just waiting for small mindedness to catch up.

                    • Muttonbird

                      The men’s pill. That’s your political deal-breaker?

                      You’ve been hitting the nitrates too hard.

                    • DJ Ward

                      Labour is about to impose Alimony on men.

                      Do you think that will attract men to vote Labour or something else?

            • DJ Ward

              You know the risks is victim blaming.

              Two people negotiating to have sex.
              One person tells a lie.
              The other person would not have sex or do sex differently if they new the truth.
              It’s in the crimes act.

              Accidental pregnancy does not involve intent.

              Your argument in comparison is this.

              A women knows if she dresses provocatively, drunk, down dark alleys, and across deserted parks, that bad things can happen, so the male is not responsible. Which would be an offensive comment to make.
              Women don’t deserve not to feel safe.

              Men don’t deserve not to feel safe.

              • McFlock

                No, your analogy is flawed. Rape is something done to someone. Your scenario (which I don’t think I’ve heard of happening to anyone I’ve ever met, unlike actual sexual assault) is you giving someone something and getting pissed off that they used it when they promised not to.

                Because once you give someone a bag of seeds, it’s their’s to plant. If you don’t want the seeds to be planted, don’t sow them (or make sure they’re sterile, first).

                • DJ Ward

                  No. You give a person the seed with the knowledge they would not use the seeds. But the person lied and intended to use the seeds unbeknown to the seed giver. If the seed giver knew the person would try and plant the seeds the seed would never be given.

                  Is it OK for a woman to lie about being on the pill.

                  Can you not resort to victim blaming.

                  Lying when negotiating sex is doing something to someone.
                  Do you have an STD? Lying when negotiating consent results in prosecution. Even lying by omission can result in prosecution. 2 years has been given in NZ.

                  You know that anytime you have sex you can get an STD. If it was by accident then no liability. But if you knew you had the STD then you can be prosecuted.

                  Same argument.

                  • McFlock

                    You really need to link to the claims you’re making.

                    Transmitting something to someone is not the same as being the recipient of that thing. Misusing it after it was given to you is a civil action cause, not a crime in of itself.

                    Do women lie about being on the pill? Maybe. Probably not nearly as often as you making an issue of it would imply.

                    Is it ok? No.

                    Is it illegal? You might be able to argue your point with reference to S128A(7) of the Crimes Act 1961, but “nature” and “quality” might not even apply – even with contraception, pregnancy is a risk if you leave viable sperm in a vagina.

          • McFlock

            Because no woman, ever, has ever gotten pregnant because she trusted the guy who told her he’d had the snip or would pull out before he came?

            • DJ Ward

              And they deserve to be prosecuted. Men who put holes in condoms have been charged with rape.

              • McFlock

                An interesting discussion about the nature of “depositing inside” and “was deposited inside” is irrelevant to your worry about women forced to bring pregnancies to term if the chap lies about being sterile, however.

              • Cinny

                ‘And they deserve to be prosecuted. Men who put holes in condoms have been charged with rape.’

                Link and information to back that up please djward.

                Rape is rape, holey condom or not.

      • Cinny 9.1.4

        Men should take personal responsibility to put a cover on it anytime they have sex if they don’t want a baby.

        The pill is not 100% effective. I know women who have taken the pill as directed and become pregnant. It happens, doesn’t make them liars or freaking sex criminals ffs.

        How many men finally ‘get lucky’ one night. Then, when fumbling for an expired condom tucked in the back of their wallet, one of two things happens…..

        1. They give up (because it does feel so much nicer without a condom) and say…. I won’t come inside you, I promise. then boom.. hello pre-cum, pregnant.

        2. The expired condom rips and tears and hello…. we’ve got swimmers on the loose.

        Prevention is the best method, don’t want kids… get an operation. Want kids just not right now, always use a condom or don’t have sex.

        Don’t want a sexual transmitted disease, then use a condom.

        As a woman who has children and had my tubes tied, it’s a massive relief and intimacy is out of this world as a result.

        Prior to that, like every other sexually active women on the planet, one would hold ones breath every month, waiting for ones period.

        Holey troll under a bridge. djward, is it attention you are desperate for, or has a woman harmed you?
        If I were you I’d contact a lawyer to address your question. Citizens Advice Bureau could probably hook you up, with other services as well.

  8. joe90 10

    507K deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq directly attributed to Dubya’s War on Terror escapade, 21 million Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, and Syrian war refugees and internally displaced persons, $6 trillion in war and war-related spending and obligations, 3 million veterans, 20% of combat veterans suffering PTSD, more than 300,000 with TBI’s, requiring health care and compensation for rest of their naturals.

    But hey, arms sales to the KSA.

    • Poission 10.1

      “I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it.”

      The RACKETS

      WAR is a racket. It always has been.

  9. Gabby 11

    Does Doorknob Collins want the contract for kiwibuild doorknockers? Carved swamp kauri maybe.

  10. Gabby 12

    I think the answer to ‘dozza minsa stambyes comets’ should henceforth be ‘not necessarily’.

    • OnceWasTim 12.1

      duzzit kearnt tutha numma queshuns thear loud goan ford?
      If so, ‘ultimately’ moight not beeya beard thung

    • McFlock 12.2


      Or “No, as I’ve already apologised for calling the member a moron”.

  11. greywarshark 13

    Sometimes you are too enigmatic. Can you try to add an explanatory short sentence to your brief notes?

  12. Ad 14

    Good to see White House folding and letting CNNs Jim Acosta back.

    I suspect the Chief Of Staff got good constitutional advice from his legal team.

    • DJ Ward 14.1

      Yes they have.
      The rules didn’t cover people like Acosta.

      Simply put nobody envisaged such a dropkick working as a reporter at the White House.

      They are making new rules so idiots can be dealt with easier.

      Trump however will continue to answer more questions from the media, by a profound margin than any other President. Even by Acostas replacement.

      The most open President in history.

      • McFlock 14.1.1

        As open as a freshly-raked forest floor in Finland…

      • Ad 14.1.2

        Rake America Great Again

        • Muttonbird

          😂Make America Rake Again

          • dV

            So when is this very open president releasing his tax returns?

            • DJ Ward

              His tax returns are his Business, not yours.

              Since it’s a corporate return it would be looked over by the IRS with a fine tooth comb.
              His tax return is also not a fixed return as its continually reassessed due to the nature of corporate returns. As Trump said, you simply couldn’t understand it if he showed it to you. MSM would go full derangement syndrome on the tiniest of details.

              Have you ever asked a sitting NZ PM to provide there tax returns?


              Why the irrational fascination with Trumps returns.

              • McFlock

                At the moment, it’s just funny given that preceeding presidents have been more open about their personal finances and conflicts of interest than “the most open president in history”.

              • dV

                This is NZ.
                In US it is apparently usual for the president to release his tax returns.

                But hey you have a good point.
                NZ sitting PMs should release their tax returns

                • Macro

                  Every year, MPs declare their personal interests in a number of specific categories. These include financial interests, such as shares in a company, and other interests, such as being a trustee of a trust. Their interests are then compiled into a Register that is presented to the House.

                  The Register’s purpose is to provide transparency of MPs’ interests, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in parliamentary processes and decision-making.


                  • joe90

                    When UK PM David Cameron was caught up in the Panama Papers carry-on, he released his tax returns.

                    FJK refused to release his.

                    • Macro

                      Just saying what the current situation is Joe. From there on, in it should be pretty easy to work out just what each MP is paying in tax.

                    • joe90

                      IIRC, FJK’s statement of interests was pretty damn vague with no real clues to either the value of his assets or his income.

                    • Macro

                      He put his interests into a “blind trust” which theoretically he had no input – There were several instances when Labour tried to show that he had a conflict of interest, Transrail and Vineyard holdings – but it didn’t come to much.
                      This however is far more information than Trump is prepared to give, and is a step further on from the loose arrangement Trump has put in place.
                      Perhaps the most corrupt PM in recent NZ history would have to be Holyoake and his enrichment of himself from the public purse with his purchase of land at Kinloch and the subsequent public roading roading and infrastructure which significantly increased its value.

              • Macro

                His tax returns are his Business, not yours.

                Actually they should be, and are, the concern of every citizen of the USA.
                Because under the Constitution of the USA a sitting President is forbidden to enrich themselves from the any present or payment from a foreign country.
                The clause in particular states:

                “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

                That may seem innocuous enough but Trump has not released himself completely from all his business holdings, and many of his properties host foreign diplomats. His tax returns are indeed needed to ensure that he is not in contravention of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
                You can read more about this ethical matter here:

          • Draco T Bastard

            When did it stop being a rake?

          • Cinny

            Make America Rake Again

            LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Gabby 14.1.3

        There’s a shitforbrains working as prezzy in the wart house wardy.

  13. soddenleaf 15

    Your invited over to stay, for the good of all parties. You take a dump in the middle of the bedroom floor. You make every effort to cleanup but are caught. Do you say sorry? No, you take the position of quantum mechanics describes, both being and not being. That the dump both did and did not happen. Photos of the event continue to trend globally, deeply offensive to the host, and his new resident family, and all who invite them over to their homes. It’s now obvious the whole incident was premeditated, but no, you keep faith with QM. This I believe is called a bifurcation in the diplomatic multiverse.

  14. OnceWasTim 16

    The Standard seems to have a new oracle on board, and I (as in me me me) really really want to be JUST like him.
    I’m wondering whether my best option is as a tryout/tryhard for a D-D-D-J job (given that I’ve built sound mixers not too many years in the past, (apologies Mex). OR whether I’d be better off lobbying FACETV for a spot in which to impart my infinite wisdom.
    But even if my options don’t pan out going forward, may I just say how gorgeous, intelligent, and what an unboiced critical thinker a d-d-d-d jay ward is.
    He must really have huge balls THIS BIG
    (as requested by some………… /sarc)

    • veutoviper 16.1

      Nah OWT, you don’t want to be JUST like him. We like you as you are.

      Besides, as I pointed out yesterday on OM, he is a regular at Kiwiblog who reports back on his comments here AND he has “flees” –

      “DJ Ward

      Did a couple of comments at the Standard last night.
      Literally had 2 flees crawling on my arm this morning”

      • greywarshark 16.1.1

        Thanks for venturing to the bog blog vv.
        And you came up with a good comment. Really worthwhile.

        I hope the flees, flee with his arm, a nice ringbarking effect would be good.

    • DJ Ward 16.2

      Good critique.
      Unfortunately I’m not a teenage boy who is about to get his life ruined, and then suicides. So your internalising my comments results in thinking I talk about me, me, and me. But that’s inherently not possible. I’m also struggling with the moment leading up to your visualising the size of my manhood parts.

      I don’t profess to get everything correct. But don’t worry I’ll avoid intelligence shaming others.
      So you are welcome to counter anything I say with argument. I try and learn something new every day.
      Unfortunately I’m just getting, mostly, silly Personel attacks.

      • Robert Guyton 16.2.1

        DJ Ward – good, you’re on board presently – I’ve asked you some questions here:
        if you’d be so kind.

      • WeTheBleeple 16.2.2

        Thing is DJ, you’re not even good at what you’re attempting to do.

        ‘Trump is da man’.

        Do you have a blueprint for your brain? Cos I’m building a fuckwit in the shed.

        But you’re right, down with the workers!*

        *[Personel] attack.

        • DJ Ward

          And what makes you think I’m not a blue collar worker myself.

          PS if the thing in your shed is 1/2 as good as Trump, it will still be brilliant.

          • WeTheBleeple

            “And what makes you think I’m not a blue collar worker myself”

            Jeepers creepers. Please tell me you don’t have access to power tools. 😀

    • Gabby 16.3

      I reckon he’s oldfart or cmmiebokkie, one of the more rabid kiwibuggers.

    • Gabby 16.4

      More of a tosstacle.

  15. ianmac 17

    Funny or sad?
    “A 73-year-old woman took a small bag of meth to her doctors to be tested after she was scared what smoking it would do to her health.

    According to police in Polk County in the United States, Barbara Ray had been smoking meth for a month when she became worried about its side-effects and potential risks….”

    • Anne 17.1

      Bit of both I suppose… either someone had her on about its ‘medicinal’ properties, or the lady has lost the plot.

      • I feel love 17.2.1

        I recommended that show to a workmate, the next day he said to me “You said it was a comedy! That was the most grim thing I have ever seen.” When the are sitting under the confederate flags watching the naked college guys getting hit, fuck I laughed so much. Brilliant show. Check out Fleabag and also Insecure for something along the same lines but different.

  16. greywarshark 18

    Looks like DJ Ward is a PR man – with a pay by entry agreement.

    Just got that right amount of pomposity, superiority, know-all, sliding around unpleasant facts, presenting irrelevant counter arguments, presenting trigger points,
    a trivial mind that never wants to be more than half-educated about anything, except perhaps financial markets.

    • DJ Ward 18.1

      Wrong and wrong. I’m very educated on some subjects. Financial markets not so much. I did however get relentlessly mocked for predicting the GFC by a property speculator friend, until it happened.

      I’m dealing with a little sliding around the facts myself.

      I got beaten up when I was 8 for being a know all. I thought I was normal but I guess not.

      • WeTheBleeple 18.1.1

        “I got beaten up when I was 8 for being a know all.”

        I can assure you that would not be the case today.

    • Gabby 18.2

      He might be a dud4justice.

  17. eco maori 19

    Kia ora The Am Show Some people love living in there crystal glass bubble and ignore other people’s reality .
    I give money to the poor beggars money when I have change whats 2 dollars or so.
    The new generation is making a stand and breaking outside the whitemans square box one harvest what they sow.
    And who is backing his follow old whitemen who don’t know the word No the head of the rain bow trust .
    There you go trump is a hypocrite one can do what they like so long as they kiss his —-.
    Thanks for the scrutiny Mark I forgot to put that in there last nite that the under 17 Football Ferns are looking sharp.
    With the change to the system need for the better Papatuanuku was not built in a day give the new Goverment a bit of time to correct the wrongs that have been forced on us in the last 9 years.
    Rats in the kitchen I told you Ian was set up by nationals m8’s in Immigration department . Tova the polls tell me a different story Jacinda is polling x 5 on simon and Labour is polling above national I say simon and national are lost .
    simon has suffered a big loss . Ka kite ano P.S I agree the health and safety line from the Tauranga mayor is just a line to deflect his responablity to the people he is payed to care for.
    Some one love’s giveing the poor a kick

  18. Eco Maori 20

    Hear you go some more stories of our Aotearoa history being covered up.
    Maori were treated like dirt someone who didn’t deserve to own Whenua in some cases did not deserve to live as far as a few people thought Maori Wahine had just as much to do with the rights of Wahine right to vote as Kate Shepherd no mention of these Mana Wahine in our history books Ka kite ano link below.

  19. eco maori 21

    Kia ora Newshub trump first is what he actually means
    Condolences to all the people who have been affected by the latest floods kia kaha.
    More mess to clean up from the last government shonky new about the rot in the Middle More hospital .
    Mercy radiology is giving a good service scanning people for cancer lumps in their neck and a biopsy to ka pai.
    Drones delivering goods that’s how fast the tec industry is advancing robots and AI will be providing most services .
    A person who got a drone for there birthday well on its first flight it flew straight up 10 mtrs into a tree its still there 2 weeks later .
    Ka kite ano

  20. eco maori 22

    Kia ora The Crowd Goes Mulls & Storm Wild I know how the system works so I won’t comment on the local basket ball team that competes against Australia teams Anna.
    Josh a Fast ride on a Jet boat that was invented in Aotearoa is a Real adrenaline rush I had a few rides on a powerful Jet Boat.
    The ASB Classic tennis will be a awesome compertishion .
    All the best to the Sphenodon punctatus Team fingers crossed for your next game .
    Ka kite ano

  21. eco maori 23

    Eco Maori Music For the minute I’m wacthing some Piris Weepu tiki tour.

  22. eco maori 24

    Kia ora The Am Show Well there you go some people charge way to much for maniacal
    jobs I fix my own cars and my offspring I have seen story of people been charger for spark plugs on a diesel car. Big sale on at Repco car parts starts today.
    Elon Mus has the correct fix to the Megalopolis Los Angeles traffic jams roads underground a smart fix to this Papatunuku problem and electric cars to real low maintenance big saving on fuel to .
    That’s the way the Next generation is coming up with kick’s keep it smart and simple .
    Speeding up a cancer diagnosis from 12 weeks to one hour ka pai Dr McCann an Dr Patel for this innervation . This is low hanging fruit for to get the big health care waiting list cut to 0 . A system set up to quickly diagnosing people and treat them one just has to step out side the square box to find efficient solutions.
    Kiwi bank has over 230 branches there internet security is one of the best or the best in the Banking industry its excellent and I have just changed my Banking to Kiwi bank .I do not that in Africa they love there Japaneses cars one brand they will pay %40 more for it I won’t say what brand one could easily work that out.
    AI is a technology we have to take seriously That and Global Warming is the biggest threat to humanity future a happy healthy future for all.
    Ka kite ano P.S The Eco Maori Effect is Mana

  23. eco maori 25

    The Cafe Mike Eco Maori music for the minute .

  24. eco maori 26

    The world leaders who have strings attached to this catastrophe disaster in YEMEN.
    Should bow there heads in shame at all the Tamariki / children who have died.
    An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have starved to death over the last three years as a result of Yemen’s civil war, a report from Save the Children has found, as the charity urged an immediate ceasefire to prevent more loss of life.

    The figure is a conservative estimate based on UN data on severe acute malnutrition, which the international body says has afflicted more than 1.3 million children since the conflict between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition that seeks to restore Yemen’s exiled government began in 2015. Ka kite ano link below.

  25. eco maori 27

    Kia ora Newshub Thats cool the Mid Wife’s are going to be at the hospital just in case of a birth emergency. I was think about the possibility’s of someone dying this morning .
    woodhouse what ???? look in the mirror .
    The state selling the Railways was the most stupid thing and selling half of some power company’s was just as bad shonky new the reality that business will just milk the people for higher profits Tom .
    Mataura Vally milk is a good innovative company making high value products nutrition products and China has built it ka pai our farmers deserve a better price for there milk and all the work they put into producing the milk.
    Smart toys getting hacked all the internet of thing can be hacked nothing is secure on the net I get hacked all the time .
    Ka pai Kenya in taking there wild life and forest wildlife environments seriously the whole world need to wake up and plant hundreds of billions of trees taking the tree planting approach is working with mother nature we don’t need to make machines to do what Papatuanuku all ready has been using for billions of years to take carbon out of the atmosphere trees and other green plants were do you think coal and oil came from in the first place.
    Ka kite ano .

  26. eco maori 28

    Kai ora The Crowd Goes Wild Mulls & Wairangi cannot comment on Shag
    Mulls all the new construction in the middle east is built on slave labour $100 a week is crap for a worker I bet they work 70 + hours a week to.
    Eco a Warriors fan both codes to call me loyal.
    Anna that looks like a good thing the RedBull First extreme cooking competition.
    Because my job is posting stories and keeping the couch warm My cooking skills have developed a bit from my one pot wonder’s /boil up .
    Ka kite ano P.S theres a strange smell on the other channel at the minute

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    8 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    15 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
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  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
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