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Open mike 20/12/2014

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John key being a dickhead-1The Authors of the Standard are now in holiday mode.  Posting will be less regular and dependant on individual author enthusiasm.  Open mike will continue every day and prepare yourself for some year in review posts and some recycling of old stuff.  And as R0b has said be nice to each other.

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98 comments on “Open mike 20/12/2014”

  1. Paul 1

    This is what happens when you take away the rules protecting workers and create a hostile environment for them.

    NZ 2014.
    A paradise for bad bosses…and Mike Hosking.

    ‘Agriculture, forestry and fishing are among the biggest offenders against two pieces of legislation designed to protect workers from being ripped off by their bosses.
    The sector topped a table of 19 industries for the number of complaints to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment relating to the Minimum Wage Act, and came second in complaints about the Wages Protection Act.
    There were 843 complaints relating to the Minimum Wage Act and 248 about issues covered under the Wages Protection Act for the year ending November 14.’


    • Murray Rawshark 1.1

      If businesses can’t treat their workers according to the minimal standards laid down in legislation, they should be nationalised without compensation. If some cop thinks that I sold drugs and bought a house and a car and a yacht with the proceeds, the government (thanks Goff) has given itself the power to take them off me without proving any crime. Why should businesses be treated so leniently?

  2. Paul 2

    Sky City turning the screw on the government.

    ‘Announcing the application, SkyCity chief Nigel Morrison revealed the cost of the convention centre had jumped to between $470 million and $530 million.
    The casino operator had previously estimated it would cost $402 million, which it agreed to cover in return for extending its Auckland gaming licence until 2048.
    SkyCity — which reported a net profit of $123.2 million last year — is now in talks with the Government on how to fund the increased cost.’


    • Skinny 2.1

      Yeah I heard snake oil Joyce was taking the piss when he blamed the ballooning costs down to inflation, that’s was laughable as it running at 1%. Now Joyce is really spinning it, saying the original costings ” were close to” .Yeah Steve she’ll be right.

      • mac1 2.1.1

        Blenheim is building a new theatre. It was costed at $17 million in 2005 and is being built for $17.5 million currently.

        These figures would call into question the original and/or ‘revised’ estimates for the SKY casino. Certainly, it calls into question the so-called good management of business and National government alike.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Sounds like a typical low bid to get the ‘job’ and then inflate it massively to boost profits. What the government should be doing in this case is simply dropping the deal as SkyCity were obviously lying about their end. And that would mean taking back the land as well – with no compensation.

          This government won’t though – they hand over the extra $100m with no questions asked and no promises on SkyCity’s behalf that it won’t happen again.

          • Paul

            $100 million…
            By the time the building is finished the blow out will be much larger than that.
            The government is being screwed.
            And therefore we are.

            A brave government would now declare the contract null and void and reclaim the land without compensation.

            This subservient lot though will bow to their corporate masters.

    • DH 2.2

      I think the most depressing thing about the SkyCity deal is this new news isn’t in the least bit surprising or unexpected. What the Herald should really be asking is what hooks have SkyCity got in the National Party.

      It’s interesting how they include the new hotel in the cost for the Convention Centre when it’s a totally separate business deal for SkyCity and not adding the Centre cost at all.

      Also interesting is the Herald note about the old TVNZ premises being used for the new hotel. We were told the TVNZ land was vital for the Convention Centre and now we’re told it isn’t needed at all. What the hell is going on?

  3. karol 3

    Scoop has announced the launch of “Operation Chrysalis” – an initiative to invite individuals and organisations from the community to contribute to the development and evolution of Scoop.

    It’s a long piece, some extracts:

    Scoop.co.nz, the pioneering online news resource with a deep publicly accessible archive, rich journalistic heritage and influential audience, is seeking new supporters to make it stable and sustainable into the future.

    From today Scoop is beginning a process of public consultation with the political, business and civil society groups it has served for the past 15 and a half years.

    The internal transformation process – dubbed “Operation Chrysalis” – is necessary to secure the support Scoop needs to sustainably support an informed society and a healthy democracy in a digital age [for further detail see editors notes below]. It is expected that the process will lead to a new ownership structure for the enterprise.
    Scoop’s “Operation Chrysalis” will focus initially on building a safe structure to secure Scoop’s publishing operation which sees Scoop publish close to 1000 pieces of content – mostly press releases – each week. This operation has till now operated continuously for 5658 days.

    From today Scoop is seeking expressions of interest in from individuals and organisations in assisting Scoop in the following ways:

    Providing internet hosting services;

    Bringing new “entrepreneurial” vision and energy to the Scoop project;

    Ethical Investment & Sponsorship; and,

    Making a purchase of from Scoop’s communications product range (Newsagent, Infopages and Advertising).
    At the same time, Scoop will be moving to new leadership, with Thompson announcing his intention to depart as the site’s founding editor during 2015.

    More at the link.

    • Paul 3.1

      Yes having to live with more pokies till 2048 AND having to pay for the Convention Centre.
      Not a good look.
      Still Sky City were probably big donors and will be calling in their debts.

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        Don’t know why pokies are more important than Scoop’s new moves. But if Scoop can keep flourishing I am sure we will hear more about the chess moves about gambling and any other means of inserting vacuums into vulnerable people’s pockets, if they can afford or use them. I hope that many will be lining up. What would The Standard’s position be in relation to this new Scoop, the Chrysalis? A place where all will be crystal clear at the Chrysalis!

        By the way pockets are places to put something in. Some won’t have anything even the ubiquitous tissue found in every garment handed in to an op shop.

  4. Chooky 4

    Which way Peace?…Some food for thought. Mikhail Gorbachev, a man of Peace who brought down the Berlin Wall, gives his views ( He was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and the Harvey Prize in 1992)

    ‘Mikhail Gorbachev to RT: America wanted to rule the world but lost its way’


    “The Ukrainian issue has intensified the tension that existed between the West and Russia: now, another Cold War is possibly lurking on the horizon. Are we to witness another stand-off – or will it be averted? The relations between Russia and the West seem to be stuck at dead-end, so is there hope common ground will emerge between the two? We ask these questions to the man who prides himself on ending the Cold War, the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, on Sophie&Co today.”



    • greywarshark 4.1

      @ Chooky
      Thanks for that link. I’m saving it for later as time preses have to get off this thing, but catching his thoughts will be interesting.
      Have a good Christmas Chooky.

      • Chooky 4.1.1

        Thanks Greywarshark….you have a good Christmas too!…personally I think if you survive Christmas that is good enough…

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.2

      Gorbachev, a naive man who capitulated to the west, and set modern day Russia up to face ever further reaching NATO encroachment.

      • greywarshark 4.2.1

        What was that then? Was it that Gorbachev gave Ukraine autonomy which then left them in a vulnerable position to become a western pawn?

        • Colonial Rawshark

          NATO gave Gorbachev assurances that they would not expand a single inch eastward toward the Soviet Union, if Moscow ceeded control of all its eastern bloc holdings. He believed them, and of course, NATO broke its promise within just a couple of years.

          • greywarshark

            That’s so sad. Why doesn’t Europe have a better sense of it’s own destiny and advanced diplomatic and intelligence analysts advising wisdom? Is it Europe itself or Britain allying with the USA and have they got their hooks into NATO. Can’t NATO limit the USA. They seem to spread anarchy wherever they go.

            Someone recently was saying something about Germany not being as independent and strong as I thought. Surely Germany wouldn’t be stirring again and neither Austria.

            Incidentally one meaning of anarchy is “absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.” The USA can’t govern itself in a stable manner, the Republicans are barring it from that, and touts its freedoms – only for some, but having a gun might help to enforce them.

            The other meaning of anarchy is “a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.” In so many of the countries that USA supports, it either promotes a heavily controlled state of disorder, or steps in eventually to remove their despot leaving an absence of authority which is fought for by competing groups leaving no accepted controlling systems country-wide. Sounds like anarchy to me. Anarchy Rules Not OKay!

          • nadis

            I don’t thiknk it is as black and white as that, and there is a certain amount of history rewriting going on so that people are remembered more fondly. Gorbacheve odesnt want to be known as the guy who “gave the East to Nato.”

            Edvard Shevardnadze has always claimed there never was a deal. At the time it was crazy to think any of theeastern satellites would join Nato – they were still members of the EWarsaw pact. Gorbachev himself us on record as saying that he believed the communist parties throughout Eastern Europe would democtrtise thmeselves a la glasnost and remain in power.

            It seems bizarre that in 1990 when Russia and Germany (plus the other 4 participants) agreed that a unified Germany could join Nato (in a written agreement) that they didn’t address in writing) the other countries. I think the most likely explanation is that some vague discussions were had but nothing serious as the likelihood seemed so remote. No-one antiipated the sudden demise of the communist parties across Europe and the headlong rush of the new governments to the west. Bear in mind at that time NATO didn’t want any new members – why would English or Dutch soldiers go to fight for Hungary or Slovakia?

            Gorbachev miscalculated – he thought he could manage a change that left the communist elites in power.

            • Colonial Rawshark

              Gorbachev miscalculated alright. But the institutional elites – i.e. the ones in the military and the KGB, not the remnant political branches which had to be swept aside – did indeed retain power (and garner the wealth). Hence the phenomenon of Putin and also the oligarchs.

              • nadis

                That, I agree with. Struggling to think of a country in the last 100 years which has been looted as much as Russia. Maybe some African countries?

                Maybe the US in the 1860s-1880’s thought the difference is that wealth didn’t leave the country and has been pretty heavily recycled now.

      • Chooky 4.2.2

        +100 CR…yes well i agree he was naive in retrospect…and probably why Gorbachev is very unpopular in Russia today…and why Putin is very popular with Russians

        ….but that just makes Gorbachev’s and Russia’s trust and past good intentions for Peace even more poignant

        …and throws into particularly sharp relief what Gorbachev says today, as an old and wiser man, about the USA war machine economy

  5. Sanctuary 5

    I am not saying the Sony hack was anything other than an astoundingly lawless act, but imagine how Fox news and the US government might react if the Chinese and Russians made a high profile comedy blockbuster co-production entitled “Assassinating Barack Obama”…

    • ianmac 5.1

      On a different scenario Sanctuary, I was thinking of the grief and shock at the Sydney loss of life and the tragedy of the Pakistan raid. In both cases famies and society at large were so upset.
      Then I thought of the tragedies happening all the time during the Afghanistan conflict and the Iraq disaster and drone attacks and the Israeli “retaliations.” Imagine the grief of hundreds of thousands of families in those regions. Whole families wiped out. Do we think that only the West have grieving families?
      The Powers claim legitimate and accidental collateral damage.
      As you say, imagine how we would react if the tragedies were the other way round.

    • nadis 5.2

      The US makes those movies themselves. As does the UK:


      Pretty sure the US government didn’t notice.

      • greywarshark 5.2.1

        You seem to deliberately miss the point or bring up some assymetrical example.
        A film made in 2006 was within a different climate and not the culture we have now.
        Ever since 2001 and the attack on the towers in USA there is a constant tightening of reaction to real or imagined dangers and pro-action by closing down likely points of trouble.

        • nadis



          Not sure what I am being accused of. Your comment is remarkably incoherent.

          Sanctuary asked the question “what if someone else made a movie about killing the US president. Imagine the outrage”

          Just google “movies about killing the president”. There are plenty. Not seeing much outrage. Also not sure why “the interview” itself is so offensive.

          • RedLogix

            I think the difference is that the movies you are thinking of are all of American (or US sympathetic origin). I’m guessing that in them the assassins are fairly reliably depicted as the bad guys and the hero gets to variously liquidate them all in order to make the world safe once more for the American way.

            Now I know nothing about the Interview but I have to think that its plot didn’t quite follow this well-worn propaganda path.

            In particular if say the Chinese were to make a movie about interviewing President Obama with extreme prejudice – and the trigger men were portrayed as the good guys – you have to think that most Americans would be pretty unhappy. (Well apart from a substantial cohort of GOP nutters).

            • nadis

              I dunno – for all it’s faults the US still has a greater respect and allowance for free speech than any other country in the world. I suspect most Americans wouldn’t care. Plenty of nations and people overseas (as well as a few domestically) are calling “death to Obama” – the Americans are used to it. Not sure why putting it in a movie makes it more offensive.

              • greywarshark

                I don’t respect sweeping statements like this the US still has a greater respect and allowance for free speech than any other country in the world.>/i>
                Because even if it is true then there is huge opportunity for abuse and harrassment that leaves the recipient anything but free to respond in kind or any other way.

    • Murray Rawshark 5.3

      Fox News and both houses of the US Congress would love a high profile comedy blockbuster co-production entitled “Assassinating Barack Obama”. I don’t follow.

    • Lindsey 5.4

      Fox News would be really happy. Half their fan base would queue up to attend.

  6. millsy 6

    That pic of Key above pretty much sums him up, along with his followers (who are beginning to have the attitude of Mao’s red guards).

    • Clemgeopin 6.1

      After all the bad stuff, the dirty politics, the bad laws for workers, the sell of of NZ assets, the tanking economy, the massive debts, the constant lies that Key and his government have indulged in, it is incredulous that Key still seems popular. Why?

      • The Murphey 6.1.1

        A. ‘Herd Mentality’

        Apply to all aspects of what masquerades as ‘life’ and realize that the lies and deceit operate at 360 degrees

        Not one single theme is ‘immune’ from duplicitous nature of the man made environments we are trapped into from birth and the psychological warfare which exists at the core

      • millsy 6.1.2

        Because there are 2 sides to the average Kiwi. One side is “sweet as bro” and will give you the shirt off their back . The other, more sinister, side is willing to smash beer bottles over women and childrens head to watch a rugby match. Key subtly brings out the latter side while making himself out as the former.

  7. It’s A Man, It’s A Golfer, It’s A Fan, It’s A Fisher! John Key’s Getting A Happy Makeover While People Starve On Christmas.

    • RedLogix 7.1

      No you don’t understand – poor people are just sick losers, while their betters are out there working hard to halve their golf handicap.

    • Olwyn 7.2

      This year they seem to be laying it on thicker than usual – fun-Key snaps are everywhere. Here grinning away with Kate Perry, there in a fishing hat, here hanging out with radio jocks in a gonky tee shirt. Isn’t he due in Hawaii sometime soon?

      • Ffloyd 7.2.1

        Personally I think smirkey is an absolute embarrassment to NZ. Does he not realise what a dork he looks. Do his people send out these ridiculous puff pieces to newspapers and they print them, or do they follow him around to get these absolutely sad photos of our esteemed pm. Genuine question. Could tolerate them if he had been a halfway decent pm, but he hasn’t so I can’t. I don’t know how many business peopleI have spoken to recently who are finding things very slow at the moment. Key and English have got a lot to answer for.

  8. Yep, You’re either a winner or a loser on John Key’s planet and everybody wants to be with the winner!

  9. Clemgeopin 9

    Getting to know a little bit more about our Andrew:

    “For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

    While countless business and politicians have sent out screeds of computer printed festive cards, the New Plymouth-born political heavyweight took it upon himself to give each of his cards a unique message.

    “I had a couple of days off and I was supposed to spend them with my son. But he got a bit sick so I sat down and got stuck into my Christmas cards. It took a significant part of each day for three days,” Little said.

    The effort burned through two pens, came close to causing him a repetitive strain injury in his hand and taxed his memory for messages particular to each person. Despite that, he said he was likely to do it again next year.

    “You try and do something personal for each. I think the personal touch is important.”

    Recipients of his personalised cards, which feature a picture of Little and his wife Leigh Fitzgerald at Wellington’s Island Bay, included many members of the New Plymouth and Whanganui Labour Party chapters and business and community leaders he dealt with in the last year.’

    Read more here:

    • The Al1en 9.1

      Should have spent the time thinking up an apology to New Zealanders for supporting john key’s lapdog spy bill.

      Far to meh about little to praise him for his dedication to writing individual christmas card messages.

    • b waghorn 9.2

      The main thing I take from a story like that one on stuff is the press are being positive about a labour leader ,if the herd on stuff change direction keys gone in 3 or even sooner

  10. Having to fill in a “Current ye@r” box under the submit button every time I make a post.
    And when I don’t I’m getting…

    “Go back and try again.
    Error: answer is wrong. [3.3]
    Comment was blocked because it is spam.”

    Also the feeds are gone, just showing – [tabs] [tab title="Feeds"]

    And search is in advanced mode by default which it usually wasn’t for me.

    And when I do an edit, I get a full screen page instead of a pop up, and when saved it doesn’t return me to the previous page.

    • b waghorn 10.1

      Having there same . thanks for the tip I’d been putting the whole date in not just 2014

      • The Al1en 10.1.1

        Good to know it isn’t just me. Ta for confirming.

        Started for me yesterday. When I click to reply it refreshes the page and opens the reply box after the last post at the bottom of the screen, not necessarily the one I’m replying to.
        If I scroll up and click reply again, the box opens under the correct post, though still with confirm the year spam check.

        On Chrome Version 39.0.2171.95 m

    • greywarshark 10.2

      Same. No trouble about putting the year and if forget, get a reminder and a return to comment.

      And when I reply it does the same as The Allen says. The comment box at the bottom notes the comment name being replied to which is handy. But if you want to refer to something in that comment, you have to go searching for it – hard if the thread is long and tangled!

      When I edit I get a small box in left-hand (of course) corner of the screen which works as usual. When saved just sits and I have to use return to get back. I am returned to the original comment and I have to refresh with F5 on Firefox (as yet not updated), to get the new revised better comment.

      Also the edit button doesn’t show time limit ticking away beside it.
      edited multi

    • lprent 10.3

      Sorry, been relaxing after work finished. It looks like a bug from the upgrade to WordPress 4.1 yesterday and the ougin upgrades that went with it.

      I will have a look at it. But I am on the android pad that the mall. So it have to wait until after the movie.

      • The Al1en 10.3.1

        No worries, just making sure you were aware of the problem.

        Enjoy the movie. If the problem is fixed soon, I guess you’re watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

        • lprent

          Indeed. It was rather boring because they somehow didn’t manage to make the storyline clear about why there was a such a battle.

      • just saying 10.3.2

        At last I know why I keep bouncing back as spam. Tried to post this five times this morning. In honour of seeing my Irish mum in a couple of days, some amazing Irish blues. Rory gallagher “A Milllion Miles Away”

        Miss you Rogue Trooper

        • lprent

          Ok. I just have to clear the cache. I think that will fix the main problem.

          • b waghorn

            Back to normal now cheers only thing not going is if I tap my name in replies it says none found in search.

            • Jenny Kirk

              Yes – mine is now back to normal again too. Thanks lprent. I thought it was me muckin’ up the innards of my pc ! relieved to find it wasn’t me.

              • Anne

                Yep. Hit’s the self esteem barometer a bit to be told one’s contributions are nothing but spam. 😈

            • lprent

              Thanks. Looks like a problem in the search engine.

              Just finished fixing the Feed. So I guess that the search is next. I guess it is about time to replace the hacked version I did about 5 years ago.

  11. b waghorn 11

    Testing this thing on

  12. Morrissey 12

    North Korea not the only pariah regime intimidating the film industry

    Tough-guy Hollywood star George Clooney is fuming, in a laid-back, cool, method kind of way: “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all fucking people,” he spluttered in an interview the other day. “We have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.” [1] And President Hopey Changey said this morning that he wished the Sony bosses had talked to him before they canned that unfunny Seth Rogen film. [2]

    So American liberals are really upset about the censorship of free expression, right? They speak out against corrupt and evil regimes that try to shut down debate, right? Well, not exactly….

    Israeli government attempts to shut down Nakba film festival in Tel Aviv
    by SARAH LEVY, Mondoweiss, December 11, 2014

    Imagine if in the U.S. it were illegal to teach about the genocide of the Native Americans or the violent and gruesome system of slavery in North America. Imagine if you could be punished for simply mentioning the suffering of the indigenous people on Thanksgiving, or for questioning the nobility of Columbus of Columbus Day.

    In Israel, this reality is not far fetched. Any Israeli institution with public funding that mentions, teaches, or mourns the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) can be fined, and individuals can be sentenced to prison for their involvement.

    Recently this law threatened to cause trouble for the Israeli non-profit organization Zochrot as they prepared for their second annual “48 mm—International Film Festival on Nakba and Return” in Tel Aviv.

    This year’s festival, which was attended by hundreds of people, mostly Israeli, featured three film shorts made by Israeli directors specifically for the weekend, as well as longer films made in Palestine, Israel, and abroad on the subject of the Nakba and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Highlights of the festival this year included Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours, which documented life inside a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon including the residents’ hopes, dreams, and depressions; Fida Qishta’s Where Should the Birds Fly, a “visual documentation of the Goldstone Report,” that showed Israel’s horrific Operation Cast Lead of 2008-9 against the Gaza Strip and spent time with several young survivors of the attack; and the Israeli premier of the film A People Without a Land, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon’s compelling…..

    See more at…

    [1] http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/19/george-clooney-sony-pictures-hack-the-interview
    [2] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30555997

    • The Murphey 12.1

      Q. Which is more likely the offending entity based on technical capability and motive?

      1. NK
      2. NSA
      3. [pick an acronym]

      Q. What legislation has been heavily debated but as yet blocked through the houses of US Governance ?

      Q. Given the nature of what is ‘sold’ what grounds would Hollywood ‘stars’ have in acting as moral compass in ethical discussions?

      • miravox 12.1.1

        How about you start giving an opinion on your own questions sometime instead of expecting* other people to answer for you?

        * maybe you like just putting things out there – I’m open to be corrected

      • Morrissey 12.1.2

        Q. Which is more likely the offending entity based on technical capability and motive?
        1. NK
        2. NSA
        3. [pick an acronym]

        My guess is: Anonymous. Or one of Cameron “Blubberguts” Slater’s cronies. They probably support North Korea.

        Q. What legislation has been heavily debated but as yet blocked through the houses of US Governance?

        I’m not quite sure. Please explain!

        Q. Given the nature of what is ‘sold’ what grounds would Hollywood ‘stars’ have in acting as moral compass in ethical discussions?

        Not a lot. Most of them—not all, but most of them—do no reading, and are unbelievably ignorant.

  13. Morrissey 13

    The Standard was on to Blubberguts’s antics four years ago

    This one is from the archives, but it’s well worth reflecting that Blubberguts has been telling lies and orchestrating mayhem under our very noses for a long time. Nicky Hager’s book was not a revelation, but a confirmation, to anyone who had eyes, and the sense, to see….

    The real story on Slater’s videos
    by MARTY G 10:30 am, September 21st, 2010 – 163 comments

    Twice in a fortnight, we have had the unedifying spectacle of media running a false story based on a video on Cameron Slater’s Whaleoil blog. First it was the fake video that purported to show Jim Anderton saying only an earthquake could make him lose the mayoral race. Last night, it was a story that Labour’s Mana candidate, Kris Fa’afoi applied for a job with National shortly before going to work for Labour.

    In both cases, media simply ran a story based on Slater’s word and the video he gave them.

    Anyone who has met Slater knows he’s more than a few sandwiches short of a picnic. He doesn’t have the access or the ability to conjure up fake videos of Anderton from local TV or Fa’afoi using two year old footage. Slater is merely the crazy tool of the National Research Unit. They’re obviously behind most of the interesting material that Farrar and Slater release* and these put-up videos are no exception (Slater gets the stuff Farrar turns down).

    Now, my comrades in the media, here’s a real story for you: how National uses proxies to run up false, muckraking media stories while appearing to keep its hands clean. It might take some actual research…..

    Read more….

    • miravox 13.1

      Nice, Morrissey.

      Not much more to say really, except come back Marty G. I liked those graphs and things that you did too.

      Seriously, I have missed the Marty G posts. I appreciate the authors here very much, but Marty G occupied a rather unique space that has yet to be filled.

    • Anne 13.2

      The sheer disgrace is that four years and one revealing book later the obnoxious worm is still at it, and many in the media are still accessing his discredited stories for public consumption and indeed associating with him.

  14. Morrissey 14

    The right wing in Britain hates democracy, Russell Brand—and Russia

    Over the last few days the Murdoch empire has been expressing jubilation over the fall in the value of the rouble. But, as this article points out, British state media like the Sun and the BBC should take a closer look….

  15. “..Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?..

    ..a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released..”



    • (further to above..)

      “..growing scientific research now suggests that cannabis oil may also possess anti-cancer properties that help stem the growth of malignant tumours.

      The crème-de-la-creme is seen as 1:1 oils – which contain equal amounts of THC and CBD –

      – which,when combined – are more effective.

      CBD also has the added benefit of moderating the psychoactive effects of THC..”

      • The Al1en 15.1.1

        Twice in a week 🙄

      • phillip ure 15.1.2

        (and further to above..)

        “..These trials can’t come soon enough – believes Peter McCormick – a lecturer in Cell Biology at the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia –

        – who earlier this year found that THC could help combat the growth of cancerous cells.

        “There are hundreds of reports out there and I do get concerned about them being written off as some anomaly –

        – or people trying to push recreational drugs into a legalised setting.

        The reality is that there are plenty of cases where cannabinoids do seem to be doing something –

        – and our study is further evidence that more research needs to be done..”

        • The Al1en

          🙄 For balance. Wall of text alert.


          We often see websites with long lists of scientific papers claiming that cannabis is a “cure” for various cancers. However, when we look at the detail of the data and the experimental detail of the research, it becomes clear that although they may be interesting and build evidence to show that cannabinoids may one day bring benefits for cancer patients, they are far from being a cure.

          The main point to realise is that virtually all these studies have been done in cancer cells grown in the lab or in animals. These are quite artificial systems and are much less complex than a real cancer growing in a patient.

          For example, most experiments with cells grown in the lab use cancer cells that were originally taken from a tumour many years ago, but have been grown for a long time in the lab – known as cell lines. One problem with such cells is that they are all very similar on a genetic and molecular level, but we know that in real cancers, the cells can be very different from each other and respond in different ways to treatments. Also the usual way of testing cannabinoids in animals has been done by transplanting cancer cells (either mouse or human) into mice. Usually only a small number (5-20) will be used for each experiment.

          There’s growing evidence that these particular kinds of models (known as xenografts) aren’t as good at suggesting a treatment could work, compared to more sophisticated genetically engineered animals, as they don’t accurately represent the situation in real tumours. So although these kinds of experiments can point towards useful approaches, as well as revealing the underlying molecular ‘nuts and bolts’ of what’s going on, they can’t tell us if something will definitely treat cancer effectively and safely in human patients. They do not “prove that cannabis cures cancer”, as the headlines would have us believe.

          Put simply, Petri dishes are not people.

          • phillip ure

            from yr link..

            “..But that’s the lab – what about clinical research involving people with cancer? Results have been published from only one clinical trial testing whether cannabinoids can treat cancer in patients, led by Dr Manuel Guzman and his team in Spain. Nine people with advanced, terminal glioblastoma multiforme – an aggressive brain tumour – were given highly purified THC through a tube directly into their brain.

            Eight people’s cancers showed some kind of response to the treatment, and one didn’t respond at all. All the patients died within a year, as might be expected for people with cancer this advanced.

            The results from this study show that THC given in this way is safe and doesn’t seem to cause significant side effects. But because this was an early stage trial, without a control group, it’s impossible to say whether THC helped to extend their lives. And while it’s certainly not a cure, the trial results suggest that cannabinoids are worth pursuing in clinical trials..”

            did you even read it..?

            ..and yr link is from 3 yrs ago..

            ..mine is from today..

            ..and that can be a lifetime in medical research..

            (doh..!..what’s the emoji for looking like a fucken idiot..?

            ..shouldn’t you be using that one..?..)

            • The Al1en

              From my link – Did you even read it? 🙄 😆

              [Please note – we are updating this blog post regularly as new research is published.]
              Kat Arney – July 4, 2014 – Additional information:

              As I wrote, my response is for balance, so not going to get in to a debate with you, which you’ll withdraw from in an unseemly manner anyway. But soon as there’s proof there’s a cure for cancer, what ever cures it, I’m sure we’ll all know about it without having to resort to the deliberately disingenuous.

              At the moment cancer research uk trumps the The daily mail or Independant or Guardian or whoever, even you, believe it or not 😆

              • (i repeat..did you even fucken read it..?..yr own link..?..)

                “..the trial results suggest that cannabinoids are worth pursuing in clinical trials..”

                what does yr small ever-fizzing brain take those words to mean..?..

                ..(take yr time..!..)

                • The Al1en

                  Well you clearly didn’t if you missed the amendment notice with this years date and claim it’s three years old 😉 😆

                  If you have a problem with the added conclusions of the blog writer, (hint – it’s at the bottom of the page, which unlike me, you haven’t read all the way down to) contact her and seek clarification as to why she would write conflicting information, though reality is she does preface your ‘proof’ with “Results have been published from only one clinical trial”.

                  Other than that, I have nothing else for you 🙂

                  • and you really need to check yr sources a bit closer..

                    ..it has the correct sounding (‘impartial’) name..

                    ..’cancer research uk’..

                    ..but it is actually a give-us-money!-site..

                    ..what some might call a scam..

                    ..and it’s certainly not what you are trying to claim it is..

                    ..you are such a buffoon/fool..!

                    ..aren’t you..?

                    “..Other than that, I have nothing else for you..”

                    • The Al1en

                      “..but it is actually a give-us-money!-site….what some might call a scam..”

                      🙄 Cancer research UK a scam. Er, okay, but only a idiot would write it down.

                    • The Al1en


                      “Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom,[3] formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.[4] Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity[5][6] it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity’s own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.”

                      “On 18 July 2012 it was announced that Cancer Research UK was to receive its largest ever single donation of £10 million from an anonymous donor. The money will go towards the £100 million funding needed for the Francis Crick Institute in London, the largest biomedical research building in Europe.”

                      “In the financial year 2010/11 the charity spent £332 million on cancer research projects (around 69% of its total income for that year). The bulk of the remaining costs were spent on trading and fundraising costs, with a small amount also spent on information services, campaigning and advocacy, administration, on other activities, or held in reserve.”

                      Those bastard scammers 🙄

                      “In June 2011 Cancer Research UK was one of several health charities (along with the British Heart Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society and Parkinson’s UK) targeted by the animal rights organisation Animal Aid in a publicity campaign involving a series of advertisements in British newspapers urging members of the public to stop giving donations to organizations that fund medical research involving animal experiments.”

                      Aaaah, get it now 🙄

                      See those bits

                      “and you really need to check yr sources a bit closer..”
                      “..but it is actually a give-us-money!-site….what some might call a scam….and it’s certainly not what you are trying to claim it is..”
                      “..you are such a buffoon/fool..!…aren’t you..?”


                    • yr modus operandi is the same as p.g..

                      ..never answer when called..

                      .and just dive off to some other/fussy/carping/nagging point/angle..

                      ..fuck off..!..tr*ll..!..

                      ..u.r. back on ignore..

                    • The Al1en

                      “yr modus operandi is the same as p.g….never answer when called…and just dive off to some other/fussy/carping/nagging point/angle….fuck off..!..tr*ll..!….u.r. back on ignore..”

                      ” so not going to get in to a debate with you, which you’ll withdraw from in an unseemly manner anyway. ”

                      Off to buy a lotto powerball ticket. If they do a knucklehead version, I’ll get one for you. 🙂

                    • greywarshark

                      What a pain you two are The Allen and phillip ure.
                      From now on I think everyone should address you as they start off as buffoon or fool.

                      On another comment there is a report about Gaza being bombed by the Israelis. Two peoples having a real war over land life and everything. And yet you practice those techniques of attack and mock, get under the skin, mock, then back to attack and mock.

                      You should not practice this on a site where people are trying to cut through this bullshit. There is enough already going on in our society and all over the world. Yet you bring on your petty name-calling that is right at the start of conflicts. Calll each other out if you get annoyed, and then leave it alone, still unresolved. Agree to differ semi-politely. Because going on and on just makes this boring comment seem deja vu.

  16. b waghorn 16

    Trying to work out how to link ,this is about how through a breeding blip lic think they have descovered a way that will keep cows milking in tropical areas and cope with global warming. Its under the title hot and hairy

  17. joe90 18

    More misery.

    Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h 5 hours ago

    Unconfirmed report from medics: one killed in last #Israeli airstrike on #Gaza
    0 replies 107 retweets 26 favorites

    Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h 5 hours ago

    Drones and F16s I did not miss you in #Gaza
    0 replies 72 retweets 28 favorites

    Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h 5 hours ago

    Bombing #Gaza now
    0 replies 148 retweets 28 favorites

    Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h 5 hours ago

    F16s are flying overheads now! What is the next target? #GazaUnderAttack
    0 replies 122 retweets 25 favorites

    Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h 5 hours ago

    electricity wires have been cut after #Israeli airstrikes on south #Gaza Strip
    0 replies 124 retweets 30 favorites

  18. batweka 19

    An atheist, a vegan, a libertarian, and a BMW owner walk into a bar…

    I only know because they told everyone in the bar within 2 minutes.


    (h/t twitter)

  19. joe90 20

    Where Harper goes…..

    Alternatives and 52 other charities have been caught in a net created by the 2012 federal budget, when the Harper government gave the revenue agency millions of dollars to audit the political activities of key charities. The initiative coincided with provocative comments by cabinet ministers painting environmental groups as “radicals” and “money launderers.”

    The first wave of 10 audits targeted environment charities, most of whom oppose the government’s promotion of energy pipelines and the oilsands, but later audit waves expanded to include anti-poverty, human-rights and international aid groups.




  20. greywarshark 21

    @ joe90
    I tried the cbc link but it seemed to have difficulty in loading. The globeandmail report referred to poverty a lot and how preventing it wasn’t on, though alleviating it was, and I wondered have they defined poverty. It is a generic term. There seemed a poverty of facts about the actual measurement by Canada of what income and life circumstances constitute poverty! So how can they talk about it so glibly?

    Certainly whenever you mention wealth there are people pouring out of the woodwork talking themselves out of being wealthy or rich. Years ago when I and partner built a house it was about 10 times the lowest wage, about !0,000 pounds all up or say, $25-30,000. Now $40,000 is a lowish wage so 10 times, would give $400,000 for a nice 3/br city house. Not many around, lucky to find a 2 bedroom unit on handkerchief section for that.

    People who have had to pay double $400,000, can well feel poor with not much to spend. Hard isn’t it, to understand real poverty when individuals are concentrated on themselves and house prices are inflated by lax government input to contain demand and inflationary subsidies to landlords. The subsidies should have gone to cheap loans to encourage savings and good financial health of individuals. Though economic activity might have fallen without the push for the consumer society. When we looked in our financial mirrors we wouldn’t see the image of the fairest country of all, as Blinglish is always portraying.

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    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
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  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    5 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    6 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    6 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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    1 day ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    2 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    5 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    5 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    6 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    6 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    1 week ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
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