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  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    New Govt. negotiations are heading for week six…the media channels would be beside themselves if it were the Labour/Green/TPM group in discussion–though odds are it would have been resolved by now anyway.

    “Arch negotiator”, “I ran an Airline”–Mr Luxury Baldrick Luxon–has proven to be a non event. The big money backers of NZ Nats and Act must be in constant face palm mode. They want to shaft the working class to keep the wealth flowing in their direction, but bungler Luxon has not delivered yet.

    Labour, Green and TPM need to become an opposition force now. The election result will not change, but an articulated position from the Parliamentary opposition will assist fightback from unions, NGOs and communities.

    • Sanctuary 1.1

      Luxon won on the back of a very negative mood fostered by a very well funded and sophisticated social media campaign run by Topham Guerin. His personal numbers are terrible and National's share of the vote wasn't a ringing endorsement of his party. He has to contend with a aggressive ACT party which sees a path to greater power in stoking GOP style culture and race wars and a NZ First led by what to me looks like an increasingly senile Winston Peters who has elevated tilting at windmills and cultivating fringe merchants from something doe for effect to being the point.

      So he is discovering in real time that how you get to power has consequences on how you try to run the country.

      Either he'll concede some massively divisive culture war moment for the sake of unity and power (a la Davind Cameron) and probably lose heavily next time or he'll cobble together something and limp along – I reckon Willis will roll him on the back of terrible poll numbers around February 2026.

      • Kat 1.1.1

        Luxon is there because the voters put him there. Unfortunately in politics we only get what the fickle electorate serves up and it certainly appears the electorate can be easily swayed by influences such as a complicit media, almost at will……..

      • Bearded Git 1.1.2

        To say Luxon "won" is not really accurate. Luxon got 38.1-English got 44.4 in 2017 and could not form a government.

        You only win/lose if you can/can't cobble together a working majority, so Luxon has yet to win because even now we don't know that Winston will agree to work with Luxon and Seymour though this appears to be odds-on.

        Pedro Sanchez in Spain is a winner, in fact he has pulled a rabbit out of the hat to form his coalition government this week and boy are the establishment pissed. This has cheered me up immensely. Sanchez has asked for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza -good man.

        • Tiger Mountain

          Yes tough road ahead for Mr Sánchez…

          “Shortly before the vote, Mr Sánchez linked attempts to question the legitimacy of his new government to part of a global trend. He referred to the presence of former Fox News TV anchor Tucker Carlson at a recent protest outside the Socialist Party headquarters in Madrid.

          "We've seen it in the United States, in Brazil and other parts of the world where there is a political right and political far right who do not accept the result of elections," he said.”

          A lot of people still seem to view elections as FPP even when they are run under another system, torys particularly seem fond of “winner takes all”.

          • Bearded Git

            From your link Tiger:

            "The conservative Popular Party won elections in July, but leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo failed to form a majority"

            The BBC really doesn't understand the partly PR system in Spain. As lprent says below, only Sanchez "won" as he is the only one who was able to form a majority government.

        • lprent

          To say Luxon “won” is not really accurate. Luxon got 38.1-English got 44.4 in 2017 and could not form a government.

          Yep. You ‘win’ if you can convince the Governor General that, as PM, you can form a majority in parliament for confidence and supply vote. Then you have to deliver because one of the first votes in parliament is going to be a C&S vote.

          That GG convincing requires credible assurances from any other party or even leaders of factions of a governing party, that they won’t disrupt the process of governing.

          It can be as part of a coalition, or just support in C&S votes.

    • gsays 1.2

      Just had a wee ironic chuckle.

      In my lunch break I clicked on a stuff article about govt. nogotiations @ Luxons house.

      Blank screen comes up with a message "…took too long to respond".

  2. Ad 2

    Brownlee sounded petulant essentially agreeing with Hipkins sending out a call for a Gaza cease-fire but chiding him for "jumping the gun" (perhaps not his best turn of phrase).

    Looking more likely in the UN exchanges that Qatar and the US have negotiated a 5-day ceasefire in return for the kidnapped citizens. Sure needs to happen.

    • I think that Qatar and the US (pathetically) refuse to call it a ceasefire but rather call it a humanitarian pause.

      The NZ Jewish Council guy on Morning Report used the argument that there should be no ceasefire until the hostages are returned. This is nonesense and simply an excuse to keep bombing. It amounts to "Let us kill another 10,000 Palestinians because 200 hostages have not been returned". A ceasefire would enable much more positive negotiations around the hostages. Meanwhile the hostages themselves are put in danger by the IDF attacks on Gaza.

      • Ad 2.1.1

        The NZ Jewish Council guy sounded mean but a pause+hostages deal looks close.

        The Muslim association guy refusing to confirm Hamas was a terrorist organisation – which I would have thought uncontroversial – was also shall we say odd.

    • SPC 2.2

      I would guess it would involve all children and their parents. I would doubt it would be all.

      Otherwise those who needed medical care and the elders.

      There might be talks about access to remaining hostages and or verification about whether they are alive or not.

  3. Tricledrown 3

    Geriatric Brownlee finally makes a decision to put NZ's position on the Israeli /Palestine conflict complaining Labour jumped the gun.National have had all the time to make a decision but sat on their hands and only made a statement after chippy chipped in complaining National were doing nothing.Same at the pacific forum Brownlee didn't get up to speed.Luxon is rinsing and repeating his boring constant reheated same old same old story.From the man who claims to be the expert negotiator.Sounds more like Trumpish narcissism. The news media will get stuck into him if all he can do is avoiding questions like he did in the is what it is .The treaty poll that Seymour wants luxon should say Epsom will no longer be an option.Winston probably is siding with Seymour.Looks like it's going to be a tough 3 years.Could be an early Election.Winstons last stand will turn to Custertard.Luxons has painted himself into a corner. National have treated Winston badly in the past so Winston is making them squirm.

    • Kat 3.1

      Unfortunately the "news media" are owned by the very backers of Luxon and Seymour……don't expect any in depth revelations, it will all be glossed over and sanitised for the sheeple consumption…

      Remember money doesn’t just talk it often swears, especially in politics…….

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Why does Ingrid Hipkiss feel the need to suffix any comment crticial of Israel with… "Of course, the IDF say..?"

    • AB 4.1

      Obviously it's terrified self-protection, donning the armour of perceived 'balance'.

      • Anne 4.1.1

        Or to put it another way:

        Israel's lengthy and prolific tentacles together with Western establishment tendency to favour right-wing solutions? Best not to get too off-side with them.

        • Anne

          Case in point:

          Brownlee is misrepresenting what Hipkins said. Unsurprising:

          What Hipkins did say (see link below above link)

          It runs against Labour Party values to see the horrific scenes we are witnessing without calling for a ceasefire," he said.

          "Israel and Gaza need to immediately ensure that conditions for a ceasefire be met. We call on all parties to strive to restore calm and restraint.

          "We remain very concerned about the humanitarian impact of the conflict."

          Hipkins has called on Israel to allow supplies to be delivered and for Hamas to free its hostages.

          "Ultimately we want to see a just and lasting peace.

          "The violence and the killing has to stop."

          • Bearded Git

            So Labour's ceasefire stance is not conditional on the hostages being released as Brownlee said. Rather Labour is asking the hostages to be released as well. Corin Dann should have been aware of this and picked him up on it.

            Brownlee starts with a lie-the Nats are back.

        • Michael P

          I’m hoping you are ignorant as to why your comment could be seen as quite problematic? If not and it is deliberate then shame on you.

          • Anne


            The first was tongue in cheek and the second was a link to a news item. You are reading into it something that is not there. 🙄

            • Michael P

              "Israel's lengthy and prolific tentacles…"

              I'm reading into it exactly what it says

              • Anne

                Not too many years ago, a couple of Israeli spies came to NZ in order to obtain NZ passports by illegal means. The PM of the day, Helen Clark was – quite rightly – extremely displeased. The two culprits were brought to justice and spent a short time in a NZ prison before heading back to their homeland. It was noted at the time that this practice was likely far more widespread than just NZ.

                However, it is to be hoped that the NZ experience forced Israel to accept that 'the passport' is recognition of a nation’s sovereignty and is to be respected. To use it as a rite of passage by people for possible nefarious purposes is what was shameful my friend.

                Over the years I have had numerous Jewish friends both in NZ and in Britain. I have also lived and worked with them. They are no more responsible for what is done in their name as most Palestinians are not responsible for what Hamas has done in theirs.

  5. Adrian 5

    For someone who has spent a life in deodorants Luxon really is stink.

  6. Blazer 6

    So Capt Chris Hipkins is starting over with a blank sheet.

    I suggest he writes on it…'if you don't like my principles…I do have…others'!(G.Marx)

  7. Barfly 7

    Well… what will Winston's presence save us from?

    Asset sales

    Frozen minimum wage increases

    State housing sales

    Cuts to superannuation increases

    An increase to the Superannuation age

    Anyone got more?

    • aj 7.1

      That would be enough to be considered a win for reason. Trouble is what he may trade that for would be a win for 'feelings'

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 7.2

      Probably foreign land purchases?

    • lprent 7.3

      Apparently what it won’t save us from is Winston wanting to pervert the justice system. It appears that his revenge intention is just that – and is one of the 3 sticking points to a coalition agreement.

    • SPC 7.4

      What will he block

      An increase in super age – yes

      A reduced rate of super – yes (he will will want 66 per cent maintained as the base)

      National's plan to open up sale of all homes over $2m to foreigners – yes

      Freezing MW (ACT wants this not National) – yes

      What might he block

      Asset sales uncertain (Rail/Kiwibank are probably safe from sale).

      State House sales (he does not oppose people buying the home they live in – this occurred 1996-1998, when he accepted market rents) otherwise uncertain

      Small increases in MW uncertain – he might call for CPI rate increases

    • Muttonbird 7.5

      I read somewhere he wants retirement villages for over 65 renters of which there will be many in the years to come.

      If he can get that over the line I'll probably forgive him for most things.

      • bwaghorn 7.5.1

        Sounds good, I.might need one yet,

      • SPC 7.5.2

        I'd read that he was concerned at the lack of planning for a sufficient number of aged care places.

        One answer to that problem is community housing and sharing support – with meals and health checks/care providers. So people can stay in that environment

        Government payment AS for places of those without ownership and others buying a place.

        Taking business off the Oz bloodsuckers (right of occupancy) would be smart government action (savings and keeping value domestically rather than profits offshore).

  8. Sanctuary 8

    Fun fact of the day:

    The Soviet Union came into being 7th November, 1917 and ceased to exist 26th December 1991. It lasted 74 years and 49 days.

    The People's Republic of China came into existence on the 1st October 1949 and has lasted 74 years and fifty days.

    As of today, the PRC has existed longer than the USSR.

    • Mac1 8.1

      Even more fun…. I have outlasted then both by nearly four weeks……. so far…. work in progress.

      I have seen eleven governments fall in New Zealand and voted Labour 19 times, twice for myself. I have lived 48 years under National, and 27 under Labour.

      In my voting lifetime I have seen four Labour-led governments and four National-led governments,

      And as we change governments in 2023 what do we remember of those governments? Which changed our lives? Which do we remember positively and which PMs do we respect?

  9. adam 9

    WINZ already acting like the Tory fucks have directed them to beat down on the poor and disabled.

    Three days trying to call them to get a client emergency dental work, and at every hour we call, they hang up the phone. (four days if you count calling on Saturday)

    Edit: Before some dick says go to the web site – we did and they told us to call the 0800 number.

    • Tiger Mountain 9.1

      MSD/WINZ do not require much direction to put people through their sadistic maze, their deep culture since the 80s is to punish the ‘underserving’ vulnerable. Full entitlements are not explained, mobile phones and internet access required–keep enough data while unemployed or poor? yeah right…MSD are world experts at “losing” previously supplied documents, and not having a “record of that call”…

      The legislation is still based on the 1964 Social Security Act, from a time of often single earner families, married, with kids. Now in the era of single carers and blended families, they still spy on people’s social media and encourage dobbers regarding relationship status. Benefits should be personal to holder regardless of who you live with. Labour managed that for a second tier middle class COVID benefit.

      I don’t need to go on adam, I totally get your situation, I know many in the North seeking urgent assistance for food or health issues that have just got the runaround. My partner has been an unemployed and beneficiary advocate previously, and one of the disturbing things is that a number of case managers etc. are bloody PSA union members.

      • Visubversa 9.1.1

        I remember having a lot of fun with some WINZ flunky who rang me at my office trying to track down a refugee friend of mine for whom I had done some advocacy work in the past. She had moved to Australia and the WINZ guy was saying that she owed them some money and did I have her address.

        I said that it did not matter whether I had her address or not, that I was going to treat him in exactly the same way that WINZ had treated me when I had rung them to try and make a booking to take her in to see them the week after she was discharged from hospital. They quoted the Privacy Act at me and said that she had to ring them, or I had to have her with me when I rang for the appointment.

        I told the WINZ guy that I would give him some very important information about her which might help him. The information was that most Ethiopian people of her culture do not have family names (surnames) which pass down through the generations. The last name drops off in every generation. Accordingly, he should not waste his time looking at telephone directories in the city he thought she had moved to in order to find the same family name.

        And then I said "goodbye" and hung up.

        • Tiger Mountain

          Yes the stories abound. Friend of mine in wheel chair for years, on dialysis, who knitted small items on a rig with his one good hand for his Church store to feel useful, was dragged into a WINZ meeting and told to make better efforts to be work ready or sanctions would apply!

          His carer asked the new case manager “have you got eyes?”…“read his health records?”…my friend was in tears, luckily a manager who knew him intervened and the family appointed a strong advocate to be present in any future dealings.

          • Anne

            I wrote to WINZ in the 1990s at a time when I was looking after my elderly mother who had dementia, and told them that I was well aware they had me under surveillance and there are witnesses (there was one), and I knew who it was who had reported me to them and if I saw those two 'perfed' police officers once more there would be consequences. There was silence and no… I did not see them again.

            It was in the days of Christine Rankin of "dob a beneficiary a day" fame.

            • SPC

              Work and Income was founded on October 1 1998 and Rankin was its first head. A culmination of her 20 year career there.

              Short skirts big earings – all the better to hear of any entrapment into unapproved sexual activity. It was an inference that the poor were being divided into two groups – deserving and undeserving.

              They had already begun to contract out services to faith based groups by that time.

              Keep an eye on Luxon's plan to install outside contractor management over those under 25 on a benefit – it is a compendium to the easy hire and fire rule (screening out unionists and testing pliability).

              This goes back to early 20th C business thinking about workforce management/quality control. And onto the American regime since then – faith based provider term limit welfare and a high prison population etc.

              • Anne

                Short skirts big earings – all the better to hear of any entrapment into unapproved sexual activity.

                You forgot to mention the boobs almost falling out of her tops. It was as if she was taunting the less fortunate… I'm important and sex is okay for people like me, but woe betide you sniveling slobs if you think you can have sex and a benefit as well.

    • SPC 9.2

      Think about their staff for a moment.

      How many want those jobs under a NACT government?

      Many are taking unused leave while looking for other jobs.

      They will be operating with skeleton staff levels.

      ACT will not need to cut their staffing, the trouble will be finding staff.

  10. newsense 10

    Didn’t hear this during the campaign from…anyone.
    By trying to wind shadow the opposition, Labour smeared itself and its good work in shit. Chippy has a lot of work to clean up in the Education sector, which obscured the excellent work done on apprenticeships and other non-university training. Perhaps it comes as a surprise that some ministers and policies had beefed implemented more successfully, despite what the opposition and their expensive PR people said.

    The reset and focus on cut backs and how terrible the cost of living was ignored the ways that things were much better for a lot of people because of government action.

    Max Rashbrooke is no cheerleader for Labour. He managed to save this column until after the election and focuses on the work done by ‘many governments’ and how the areas like truancy were ‘National’s focus on this should improve this result.’

    However, in a way that almost takes the piss, topic after topic of progress ‘could reverse under the new government.’

    Lament and bang your head against a wall, that our current crop of politicians don’t at all look like leaders.

  11. This is what happens when cults interfere in politics. Who can forget the Herald picture of the dozen or so well fed Pakeha blokes from the Exclusive Brethren sitting around a table admitting that they had been behind an anonymous leaflet drop targeting Labour and the Green Party?

  12. Ad 13

    Argentina those poor bastards.

    Javier Milei makes Roger Douglas look like a commie.

    But that’s who they’ve just voted in as President.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 13.1

      Argentina and Chile – both drawn towards authoritarians and extreme "free market" (aka looting) types.

      Javier Milei sounds awful.

    • +100 Ad…..Trump…Bolsonaro…..Milei.

    • SPC 13.3

      Argentina has already tried the US dollar as currency – they defaulted on their debt last time. Climate change denial and libertarian economics, with a soft sport for a past junta – OK and supported by Bolsonaro and Trump.

      As one bolt hole for those of former regimes closes another one opens up. It's so post 1945.

    • pat 13.4

      With inflation running in excess 140%pa I imagine the average Argentinian is willing to try anything different…whether they get the difference they want may be another story.

  13. observer 14

    Old man welcomes new government, hopes to return to golden age when low-paid workers weren't so thoughtlessly inconvenient …

    "We predominantly hire females who go and have babies …"

    Rodney Wayne blasts previous government after 'very tough 12 months' | RNZ News

    • Descendant Of Smith 14.1

      Baby boomers are getting older, retiring and spending less.

      Retail is going to have to get used to the fact that the golden days of two incomes, mortgage paid off, no children at home big spenders are over.

      This coupled with on-line shopping, building large shopping malls away from the CBD and increased recyling through facebook, etc means many retail outlets will close.

      The young have low wages and high rents so they can't spend much either.

      You reap what you sow.

    • AB 14.2

      Bloody babies, who needs em? The sacred duty of young "females" is to make old dudes like him richer. Unfortunately, when he needs healthcare workers in future to wipe his arse when he's in a retirement home, they'll import long-suffering Filipinos to do it.

  14. Muttonbird 15

    Lol. I was just about to post this, but too late:

    Luxton making that comment to the media didn't feel like it had been approved by Peters and so it appears. Winston Peters would never allow a person with which he is negotiating to make 'significant milestone' announcements without him.

    Buxton just annoyed him even more.

    The Cordis Coalition of Chaos.

  15. observer 16

    They will edit it eventually, so enjoy this spectacular headline fail while you can …

    Election 2023: Political commentator says Winston Peters' 'boasting' is 'coming back to bite him' | Newshub

    (if confused, read the article. Newshub did not).

  16. From your link Tiger:

    "The conservative Popular Party won elections in July, but leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo failed to form a majority"

    The BBC really doesn't understand the partly PR system in Spain. As lprent says below, only Sanchez "won" as he is the only one who was able to form a majority government.

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
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    3 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
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    3 days ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Be Honest.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • First big test coming
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
    Time to revisit something I haven’t covered in a while: the D&D campaign, with Saqua the aquatic half-vampire. Last seen in July: The delay is understandable, once one realises that the interim saw our DM come down with a life-threatening medical situation. They have since survived to make ...
    3 days ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
    Yes. Correct. It was an election result. And now we are the elected government. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    4 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science  Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 26, 2023 thru Dec 2, 2023. Story of the Week CO2 readings from Mauna Loa show failure to combat climate change Daily atmospheric carbon dioxide data from Hawaiian volcano more ...
    4 days ago
  • Affirmative Action.
    Affirmative Action was a key theme at this election, although I don’t recall anyone using those particular words during the campaign.They’re positive words, and the way the topic was talked about was anything but. It certainly wasn’t a campaign of saying that Affirmative Action was a good thing, but that, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • 100 days of something
    It was at the end of the Foxton straights, at the end of 1978, at 100km/h, that someone tried to grab me from behind on my Yamaha.They seemed to be yanking my backpack. My first thought was outrage. My second was: but how? Where have they come from? And my ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Look who’s stepped up to champion Winston
    There’s no news to be gleaned from the government’s official website today  – it contains nothing more than the message about the site being under maintenance. The time this maintenance job is taking and the costs being incurred have us musing on the government’s commitment to an assault on inflation. ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • What's The Story?
    Don’t you sometimes wish they’d just tell the truth? No matter how abhorrent or ugly, just straight up tell us the truth?C’mon guys, what you’re doing is bad enough anyway, pretending you’re not is only adding insult to injury.Instead of all this bollocks about the Smokefree changes being to do ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The longest of weeks
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday Under New Management Week in review, quiz style1. Which of these best describes Aotearoa?a. Progressive nation, proud of its egalitarian spirit and belief in a fair go b. Best little country on the planet c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Suggested sessions of EGU24 to submit abstracts to
    Like earlier this year, members from our team will be involved with next year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The conference will take place on premise in Vienna as well as online from April 14 to 19, 2024. The session catalog has been available since November 1 ...
    5 days ago
  • Under New Management
    1. Which of these best describes Aotearoa?a. Progressive nation, proud of its egalitarian spirit and belief in a fair go b. Best little country on the planet c. Under New Management 2. Which of these best describes the 100 days of action announced this week by the new government?a. Petulantb. Simplistic and wrongheaded c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • While we wait patiently, our new Minister of Education is up and going with a 100-day action plan
    Sorry to say, the government’s official website is still out of action. When Point of Order paid its daily visit, the message was the same as it has been for the past week: Site under maintenance is currently under maintenance. We will be back shortly. Thank you for your ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • DAVID FARRAR: Hysterical bullshit
    Radio NZ reports: Te Pāti Māori’s co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has accused the new government of “deliberate .. systemic genocide” over its policies to roll back the smokefree policy and the Māori Health Authority. The left love hysterical language. If you oppose racial quotas in laws, you are a racist. And now if you sack ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #48 2023
    Open access notables From this week's government/NGO section, longitudinal data is gold and Leisorowitz, Maibachi et al. continue to mine ore from the US public with Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Fall 2023: Drawing on a representative sample of the U.S. adult population, the authors describe how registered ...
    6 days ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: It wasn’t just $55 million
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Winston Peters reckons media outlets were bribed by the $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund. He is not the first to make such an accusation. Last year, the Platform outlined conditions media signed up to in return for funds from the PJIF: . . . ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 1-December-2023
    Wow, it’s December already, and it’s a Friday. So here are few things that caught our attention recently. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt covered the new government’s coalition agreements and what they mean for transport. On Tuesday Matt looked at AT’s plans for fare increases ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Shane MacGowan Is Gone.
    Late 1996, The Dogs Bollix, Tamaki Makaurau.I’m at the front of the bar yelling my order to the bartender, jostling with other thirsty punters on a Friday night, keen to piss their wages up against a wall letting loose. The black stuff, long luscious pints of creamy goodness. Back down ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 1
    Nicola Willis, Chris Bishop and other National, ACT and NZ First MPs applaud the signing of the coalition agreements, which included the reversal of anti-smoking measures while accelerating tax cuts for landlords. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s political economy that we wrote ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2023 More Reading: November (+ Writing Update)
    Completed reads for November: A Modern Utopia, by H.G. Wells The Vampire (poem), by Heinrich August Ossenfelder The Corpus Hermeticum The Corpus Hermeticum is Mead’s translation. Now, this is indeed a very quiet month for reading. But there is a reason for that… You see, ...
    6 days ago
  • Forward to 2017
    The coalition party agreements are mainly about returning to 2017 when National lost power. They show commonalities but also some serious divergencies.The two coalition agreements – one National and ACT, the other National and New Zealand First – are more than policy documents. They also describe the processes of the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Questions a nine year old might ask the new Prime Minister
    First QuestionYou’re going to crack down on people ram-raiding dairies, because you say hard-working dairy owners shouldn’t have to worry about getting ram-raided.But once the chemist shops have pseudoephedrine in them again, they're going to get ram-raided all the time. Do chemists not work as hard as dairy owners?Second QuestionYou ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Questions a nine year old might ask the new Prime Minister
    First QuestionYou’re going to crack down on people ram-raiding dairies, because you say hard-working dairy owners shouldn’t have to worry about getting ram-raided.But once the chemist shops have pseudoephedrine in them again, they're going to get ram-raided all the time. Do chemists not work as hard as dairy owners?Second QuestionYou ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Finally
    Henry Kissinger is finally dead. Good fucking riddance. While Americans loved him, he was a war criminal, responsible for most of the atrocities of the final quarter of the twentieth century. Cambodia. Bangladesh. Chile. East Timor. All Kissinger. Because of these crimes, Americans revere him as a "statesman" (which says ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Government in a hurry – Luxon lists 49 priorities in 100-day plan while Peters pledges to strength...
    Buzz from the Beehive Yes, ministers in the new government are delivering speeches and releasing press statements. But the message on the government’s official website was the same as it has been for the past several days, when Point of Order went looking for news from the Beehive that had ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • DAVID FARRAR: Luxon is absolutely right
    David Farrar writes  –  1 News reports: Christopher Luxon says he was told by some Kiwis on the campaign trail they “didn’t know” the difference between Waka Kotahi, Te Pūkenga and Te Whatu Ora. Speaking to Breakfast, the incoming prime minister said having English first on government agencies will “make sure” ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Top 10 at 10 am for Thursday, Nov 30
    There are fears that mooted changes to building consent liability could end up driving the building industry into an uninsured hole. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Thursday, November 30, including:The new Government’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how climate change threatens cricket‘s future
    Well that didn’t last long, did it? Mere days after taking on what he called the “awesome responsibility” of being Prime Minister, M Christopher Luxon has started blaming everyone else, and complaining that he has inherited “economic vandalism on an unprecedented scale” – which is how most of us are ...
    7 days ago
  • We need to talk about Tory.
    The first I knew of the news about Tory Whanau was when a tweet came up in my feed.The sort of tweet that makes you question humanity, or at least why you bother with Twitter. Which is increasingly a cesspit of vile inhabitants who lurk spreading negativity, hate, and every ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Dangling Transport Solutions
    Cable Cars, Gondolas, Ropeways and Aerial Trams are all names for essentially the same technology and the world’s biggest maker of them are here to sell them as an public transport solution. Stuff reports: Austrian cable car company Doppelmayr has launched its case for adding aerial cable cars to New ...
    7 days ago
  • November AMA
    Hi,It’s been awhile since I’ve done an Ask-Me-Anything on here, so today’s the day. Ask anything you like in the comments section, and I’ll be checking in today and tomorrow to answer.Leave a commentNext week I’ll be giving away a bunch of these Mister Organ blu-rays for readers in New ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • National’s early moves adding to cost of living pressure
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Backwards to the future
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • New initiatives in science and technology could point the way ahead for Luxon government
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    1 week ago
  • Treaty pledge to secure funding is contentious – but is Peters being pursued by a lynch mob after ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • How long does this last?
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • National’s giveaway politics
    We already know that national plans to boost smoking rates to collect more tobacco tax so they can give huge tax-cuts to mega-landlords. But this morning that policy got even more obscene - because it turns out that the tax cut is retrospective: Residential landlords will be able to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: Who’s driving the right-wing bus?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago

  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
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    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    12 hours ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    1 day ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    3 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    3 days ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    6 days ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    6 days ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    6 days ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    7 days ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    7 days ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Further humanitarian support for Gaza, the West Bank and Israel
    The Government is contributing a further $5 million to support the response to urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, bringing New Zealand’s total contribution to the humanitarian response so far to $10 million. “New Zealand is deeply saddened by the loss of civilian life and the ...
    3 weeks ago

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