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  1. Stunned mullet 1

    Yes quite right, there’s more than enough intellectually incompetent self opinionated wankers about already.

    [lprent: Opps. Hit send to OpenMike by accident. Need to write a revert function. ]

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      That really wasn’t unexpected. A lot of world leaders, especially in the developing nations, still cling to fossil fuels to drive their growth rather than looking to develop far better and sustainable Green Tech. Hell, we’ve still got ‘leaders’ that look to the 19th century model of development rather than accepting that we just can’t do that any more.

      • Pat 2.1.1

        although Duterte appears to be a head case, a position like this from the leader of a nation of islands suffering tangible CC impact already is certainly unexpected from my position……kick back may be expected, but from there?

  2. Jenny 3

    “Climate change needs to be treated with more urgency, says scientist”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11676325

    Leading climate scientist James Renwick comments on the failings in latest government paper on the environment that singles out climate change as an environmental research priority for New Zealand..

    The document set out a range of research questions, emerging ideas and capability needs, spanning from innovative techniques to slash methane emissions from ruminant animals, to risk-mapping and improved policies.
    But Renwick, who is travelling the country in a speaking tour raising awareness around climate change, said where the document was “less impressive” was the language around the scope and urgency of the issues.

    “It talks about a future with ‘relatively intact’ natural ecosystems and about the ‘trade-offs’ between environmental protection and economic growth,” he said.

    He noted the document pointed to a roadmap for the next two decades, by which time the globe’s budget of carbon emissions to keep warming below 2C would be spent, at present emissions rates.

    “Yet, the first 20-year vision given under the climate change theme is New Zealand understands the pathways that can lead to a low-carbon economy that will support its international commitments, as if we have 20 years to work out what to do.”
    Significant action needed to begin immediately, and emissions had to start coming down as soon as possible, he said.

    “While the Government has an Emissions Trading Scheme and is investing in agricultural emissions research, there is no hint that the country’s total emissions are decreasing, or are expected to decrease at any time in the coming 20 years.”

    However this latest government paper on the environment gets a more favourable response from another scientist, who said she welcomes the report.

    Echoing the strategy of the Green Party, Dr Macinnis-Ng deflects the criticisms raised by Professor Renwick around climate change, by steering the subject away from climate change, toward a less controversial, establishment approved, environmental direction.

    Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng, a senior lecturer in biological sciences at the University of Auckland, , said she welcomed the “broad scope and wide coverage” of the document.
    New Zealand had a number of pressing environmental challenges, specifically freshwater issues, invasive pests and ongoing soil degradation.

    I expect that Dr Macinnis-Ng will be getting a warm invitation to address a Green Party meeting soon, (not so much Professor Renwick).

  3. Paul 4

    Nick Smith.
    Train wreck interview with Guyon Espiner.

    Admits there is no affordable housing.
    Admits immigration is a cause of house prices (contradicting Stephen Joyce).

    Advice to young families ‘Be patient.’
    This mob are a disgrace.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      This mob are a bunch of psychopaths whose policies are debilitating the country.

      • Chooky 4.1.1

        yes and it looks like they want to spread the housing crisis to the rest of New Zealand…as if there are NOT New Zealanders struggling to afford housing there out in the provinces!!!

        …personally I am for the idea of bringing the value of all NZ housing down by 40% and stopping overseas investment in NZ housing

        ….New Zealand housing stock for New Zealanders only!

        …as it is all these so called remedies are just making the situation worse for New Zealanders who can least afford a house in their own country!

        …it is an utter disgrace!

      • indiana 4.1.2

        http://aca.nine.com.au/article/9142606/new-zealand-slice-of-heaven

        Ummm…what do you mean by debilitating the country?

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.1

          The increasing homelessness
          The increasing poverty
          The decreasing capabilities of the economy as stuff that should be done here is done elsewhere
          The over reliance on agriculture
          The decreasing health system
          The beneficiary bashing

          The list goes on and on and on.

          • indiana 4.1.2.1.1

            …and yet NZ is very desired country to live in. What keeps you in NZ if its all doom and gloom?

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.1.1.1

              …and yet NZ is very desired country to live in.

              We’re still better than many other places but that doesn’t mean that this government isn’t turning us into a facsimile of those hell-holes.

              What keeps you in NZ if its all doom and gloom?

              1. This is my home
              2. I think we should work to make the place better rather than just giving up and going somewhere else
              3. I have no desire to live, or even go, anywhere else.

            • North 4.1.2.1.1.2

              Desired ? Yeah someone from overseas said that and according to Indiana that negates the realities on the ground here. Immaturity and cheapness of thought there Indiana, as to be sociopathic. Try being the little 12 year old girl TA who was living in a van with about 5 family members. As she told the Weak Man Key, it’s not easy being her. Meanwhile he and McLay are swanning around in Jakarta claiming not to remember what went down in China the week before = covering the lies they told this week and got sprung on. Disgraceful people !

    • esoteric pineapples 4.2

      It seems the Reserve Bank caved in to pressure from the government to try and do something about house prices, so it is going to make it even harder for New Zealand first home buyers in order to stifle demand at the same time as overseas buyers can continue to push up the market indefinitely. By next year’s election average Auckland house prices will be well over $1 million while even fewer New Zealanders will be able to buy a house.

    • Bearded Git 4.3

      Agreed Paul. Smith’s arguments were:

      1. Houses are unaffordable in Akl.
      2. Be patient.
      3. There is no rule 3.

      Be patient for how long? And under this government what exactly are you being patient/waiting for? Apart from a few crappy small scale initiatives that don’t work they have shown no inclination to put in place a strategy to make houses affordable to first home buyers.

      Key never was a “big picture” PM. He is a fiddler around the edges PM who will soon be spending more time in Hawaii.

    • Muttonbird 4.4

      Nick Smith to young Auckland families – give up, go somewhere else, we don’t want you here.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/82280935/housing-minister-nick-smith-says-firsthome-buyers-in-auckland-need-to-be-patient

      • North 4.4.1

        Wow……..Nick Smith’s absolutely amazing……..John Key’s government has fixed this housing “challenge”.

        Fuck you’re an arsehole Nick. A dirty reflexive liar. Like it just flows off your tongue. Lies.

  4. Stuart Munro 5

    According to the SMH a recent Roy Morgan in Australia showed that although official ‘unemployment’ is 5.8%, 18.8% of the workforce is in fact unemployed. I’m curious what the real unemployment rate is here in John Key’s cruel and stupid neo-liberal nightmare.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Well, we do know that 0.6% of the workforce who are unemployed and looking for work are no longer classed as unemployed because they used that most efficient of vehicles for looking – the internet.

    • TC 5.2

      Polls in oz that ask the question ‘Do you have enough work…’ Over the last 5 years have shown rates triple the official unemployment rate.

      As the nats have shown official stats are rubbery and easy to manipulate, just ask judith about police stats.

  5. Ad 6

    Is anyone thinking that the world is getting far more brittle than it was even last year, and we’re in for some kind of rupture?

    • Gangnam Style 6.1

      A lot of chickens finally coming home to roost.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.2

      Maybe but then I’d imagine that people were thinking the same thing during the cold war in the 80s, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, WWII and so on

      Eventually though the push back against mass immigration into the West will at some point begin and things will then subside back to normal (or what passes for normal these days) in a couple of years (being one of the drivers though I’m sure there are others)

      I also could be completely and utterly wrong and we could be headed for a global breakdown in law and society

    • mauī 6.3

      Massive economic, resource and political changes are underway. If you don’t like change this era isn’t going to be fun, things aren’t going to be boring either. Lets hope that people’s suffering is at the low end and we do our best to minimise it.

  6. Chooky 7

    Blair called to account at last…lets hope this is a precedent for other politician warmongers who play with sovereign countries and people’s lives

    ‘Blair in the dock: Bereaved military families crowdfund nearly £50k to sue former PM over Iraq’

    https://www.rt.com/uk/352097-iraq-blair-court-crimes/

  7. Andre 8

    Trump the Putin puppet? Does this explain some of our local commenters’ enthusiasm for him?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-trump-russia_us_578e44bae4b0a0ae97c37acd?section=

    • Chooky 8.1

      ha ha…Trump wants detente with Russia(quite sensible) NOT risk a third world war, unlike Killary and friends

      • joe90 8.1.1

        Yeah, you have Drump’s word, the US will only indulge in racist pogroms, torture, reprisal killings and indiscriminate bombardment.
        /

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          You’re talking about Obama’s 8 years.

          Oh, and Guantanamo Bay is still open after all his promises way back in 2006/2007, and all those known innocent men still blindfolded and kept on their knees in orange jump suits.

    • Puckish Rogue 8.2

      Trump might be the closest thing we have to a real-life comments section 🙂

      • Andre 8.2.1

        Well, we can be fairly confident he won’t plagiarise anyone. Even if it’s only coz he can’t put together a coherent sentence that’s long enough.

  8. Chooky 9

    Will the New Zealand Labour Party’s chickens come home to roost?…Maori Party and Mana merge?…in a joint effort to take ALL the Maori Seats off Labour?

    (sigh… too bad Labour did not cooperate with Mana/internet over the TTT electorate and not stand Kelvin against Hone…thereby losing the united Left a win in the last Election ….)

    ‘Deciphering the machinations in Maori Party – and Mana’

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201808945/deciphering-the-machinations-in-maori-party-and-mana

    “New Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan says talking with Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira is a “no brainer”. RNZ’s Maori issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes gives her view.”

    ‘New Maori Party president offers olive branch to Harawira’

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201808934/new-maori-party-president-offers-olive-branch-to-harawira

    “The Maori Party’s new president is on a mission to repair one of the most bitter fallouts in Maori politics – the division between the Mana and Maori parties. We talk to Tukoroirangi Morgan about just how he thinks he can make this happen.”

    • I’ve been contemplating the Maori Party recently, chooky. While they have no hope of getting all 7 seats and realistically they would be thrilled to just retain the one they have, a tie up with what’s left of mana does make sense. There is a slim chance Hone could win back TTT if the MP endorsed him and you’d have to hope that Hone could drag the MP to the left, which might make a Lab/Green government more likely. But, really, the best thing would be for the Maori Party to get no seats at all and be dumped into the dustbin of history. They’ve chosen to be part of a Government that has made life worse for most maori. They deserve to be punished by their voters for that decision.

    • North 9.2

      Snobbery was inherent in the Labour Party attitude to Hone in the 2014 campaign. And a little bit of “Born To Rule TTT”.

  9. ianmac 10

    “…and be dumped into the dustbin of history.”
    Key always said that the Maori electorate should be closed down, at least he said so until National became the Government. The loss of the Maori Party would be a big step in that direction.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    Gotta catch ’em all? It’s a lot easier if you’re white.

    Pokemon Go illustrates systemic inequities. The tech-savvy, mostly male Ingress players who built this map didn’t just happen to end up where they did: A neighborhood’s tax base determines how good the local public schools are. Because white people earn more money on average, their kids get to go to better public schools. Those kids who have better backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are better suited to help games like Ingress create maps. Now, they’ve got a leg up on the most popular smartphone game on the planet — and they’re safer when they play it. That’s how systemic inequity works: It influences every facet of life, even in augmented reality.

    Essentially, a self-reinforcing built in bias.

  11. Andre 12

    Six months ago this would have been bizarro fantasy from…say, Douglas Adams. Now it’s all factual truth.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-north-patterson/leading-the-lemmings–the_b_10988724.html

    • gsays 12.1

      thanks andre for the link.

      his Superbity,
      his Vacancy, brilliant.
      reminds me of another leader.. i can’t quite put my finger on…

    • Colonial Viper 12.2

      The only reason that you could have thought it a “bizarro fantasy” is by misunderstanding the real situation on the ground. Trump however, got it.

    • TC 13.1

      Hilarious and scary all at once having seen it in action by many a ‘dropped in’ exec complete with the rest of the slogan kitbag.

  12. Chooky 15

    This is thought provoking and a discouragement for indulging in war against other countries…it can come back to bite you

    ‘France descending into militarized state ruled by fear’

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/352041-france-militarized-dystopia-state/

    …”French citizens, as with other Western countries, need to ask themselves: do we really want to live like this? That is, under a permanent siege of fear and arbitrary state power that is also expressing itself in despotism, as seen in the banning of public protest to cuts in workers’ rights and economic austerity policies.

    It may not lead to an immediate eradication of terrorism, but the way forward is for citizens to demand accountability of their governments. Washington, London and Paris – the chief NATO powers – must not be allowed to trample on international law by launching wars and covert plots for regime change in sovereign countries.

    Western governments and political leaders must be prosecuted for crimes against peace. When have they ever?..

    and

    ‘Britain’s ‘forgotten generation’ of impoverished, mentally damaged military veterans’

    https://www.rt.com/uk/352082-veteran-ptsd-poverty-ssafa/

  13. Murray Simmonds 16

    Joe Biden visit to NZ to meet . . .umm, . . . wotzhizname:

    THE IDEAL:

    ‘Look Joe, here in NZ we don’t give a monkey’s about the self-appointed role of the U.S. as the World’s policeman. if China wants its 9-dash line in the South China sea, that’s fine by us. And we don’t want to encourage terrorism in NZ by committing more troops to Afghanistan or IRAQ or anywhere else for that matter. S o o o o o – Sorry!”

    THE REAL:

    “Yes, Joe, yes, yes, anything you say. Of course we can – and will.
    And please give my love to Barack – I’m looking forward to meeting him on the golf course again soon.”

  14. Morrissey 17

    Jim Mora’s crass and ill-informed comments are still stinking up the airwaves
    The Panel, RNZ National, Wednesday 20 July 2016
    Jim Mora, Brodie Cane, Sue Wells, Caitlin Cherry

    4:35 p.m. …

    That idiot Jim Mora has just compared Melania Trump’s sub-kindergarten-level plagiarism to Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues”. He wasn’t being ironic or deliberately employing black humour: he was serious.

    A little later, he mentioned another infamous example of plagiarism, then made another cretinous statement: “Was it really so bad what Joe Biden did because he was obviously inspired by a great idea from Kinnock?”

    Why on earth is Mora still on radio?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/biden.htm

    • Paul 17.1

      It’s great to have you back dissecting this appalling show.
      Did you hear him fawning to the braying Boag yesterday?

      The Panel – one hour of first world problems enunciated by the privileged class of New Zealand. Today’s inisights: Sue Wells on how she spent $10k on her teeth and Brodie Kane tells us New Zealand is great because her family cares for her.

      Neither obviously have a clue of the ravages destroying the fabric of society for the working class.

    • North 17.2

      I understand your concern Morrissey but the truth is as follows – Mora is an affable ‘chatty’ whose reputedly Mensa level intelligence has been subjugated to the overwhelming caution of NEVER being seen as antipathetic to power. He’s a willing cipher in the world of Crosby Textor and ‘John’. Poor man enjoying no respect. Gratitude perhaps from those he so gratutitously serves, but no respect.

      Michelle Boag would’ve fixed a few invites to Parnell Xmas BBQs to keep the snob/weakling assured of his (humph) pedigree. Parnell BBQs are very potent for nothing people. Ask Billy Boy Ralston.

    • Gabby 17.3

      Sue Wells savoured every long drawn out syllable in her fascinating account of something or other. At least she seemed to find it entertaining.

    • North 17.4

      Mora’s still on radio because he licks the arse of power. Brilliant dinner guest I’m sure but a nothing fuck nevertheless !

  15. North 18

    The best 59 minute watch for a long time. George Galloway and others on BBC Question Time – post-Chilcott, post-Brexit.

    ‘Georgous George’ near his indefatigible best.

    His best was this – found it easily by googling “George Galloway Owns US Congress” – was a US Senate committee ackshully where it was sought to project on George the corrupt raison d’etre of prominent US Republican senators.

    Finally, there’s this – reputed to be the best George comeback ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHaR3Z8yTAM

    • Paul 18.1

      Look out for this film he’s made about Blair. Out in the UK at the end of the month.

      • North 18.1.1

        Yes. So looking forward to that. A very close friend of mine, for years and years and years a UN “international civil servant” as he fashions himself, hardly radical, recently remarked to me that Blair is “the most hated man in Britain”.

        The misdeeds, the lies, and the amassing of fabulous wealth post-Iraq, and even post-Chilcott I’ll bet, would explain that assessment.

        Yeah……put the bastard on trial ! For the blood his machinations spilt. And the wife. Went to Australia to give an after dinner speech for some charity. Mongrel charged a hundred grand. Her office has never denied it. These are the scum who have control of this world. And the Weak Man Key, the willingly weak man Key, is not a shred different.

    • Colonial Viper 18.2

      Galloway in front of the US House committee was just awesome.

      • North 18.2.1

        Shit CV……you hoha me sometimes but good to be with you re George. A true person !

  16. Paul 19

    The banks are worried.

    Bank boss warns of property market mess

    There are storm clouds on the horizon for sure and when they break who knows what will happen.
    One thing is certain, if employers start laying off staff because exports to an uncertain world are dropping, those people won’t be able to afford their mortgages and when that happens they will sell their houses. If unemployment rises and the dollar drops, overseas investors will cash in their chips and sell, most probably in a stampede.
    The Baby Boomers who have become property investors in recent years based on shallow deposits will soon realise what I’m already seeing – more and more rental properties where owners either can’t find a tenant, or the rent can’t cover the mortgage. Salaries and wages have hardly changed whilst house prices have risen – this can’t continue so it’s a matter of when, not if, the market adjusts.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11678081
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11678082

    • North 19.1

      And that’s when we’re gonna get the Herald crying tears on it’s front page for the poor ‘investor’ whose mongrel tenants denied him/her their birthright, viz. to get rich at the expense of poor people who’ve got fuck all.

      Well for mine…….good job ! Frankly I don’t even care if those tenants smashed your place over. You invoked “The Market” to rape them, sickening wannabe John Key, well before they hit back. Good job !

  17. mac1 20

    Hoo boy. What a portrayal of Donald Trump by his ghost writer partner on his book The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/us/politics/trump-book-tony-schwartz.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

    An article in the New York Times in which such gems as “I should have named the book, “The Psychopath”, ” are found. Nothing new, really!

  18. Andrea 21

    It all seems to have gone quiet on the ‘export a crim Kiwi from the Lucky Country’ front so we’re not hearing enough – or pushing enough – for the other captives on Australia’s ‘offshore islands’.

    How do you get through to the like of Peter Dutton?

    Our WINZ is Bad. Their immigration is borderline evil.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/20/the-terrible-true-story-of-mr-eaten-fish-manus-island-cartoonist

  19. North 22

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11678189

    The Weak Man Key is gonna go down in history as just that. An effete showboat, a weak man dependent for backbone on Crosby Textor. Such a terribe shame. New Zealand really was special once. Now we have a ponce to reflect us. Oh God !

  20. ianmac 23

    The Key Government is desperate to not be blamed for when the bubble bursts. They see it is better to be accused of inaction rather than the unholy mess that will happen when the crash happens.
    Labour’s fault. Council’s fault. Bank’s fault. Australia’s fault. But please, please do not blame the Key lot!

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    3 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    3 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    4 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    4 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
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    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    4 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    5 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
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    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    6 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    6 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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