Open mike 21/08/2021

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  1. I Feel Love 1

    I'm an essential worker, at the supermarket on my break at 830am Sat morning, & the place is packed. Why the hell are people here? I'd love to be home in bed, really weird & annoying.

    • Jester 1.1

      I was at a Countdown yesterday, had to line up for around 40 minutes to get in, very empty shelves – no toilet rolls and no flour…crazy.

    • Cricklewood 1.2

      Well I tried to do a family shop yesterday afternoon that would save me going back for a week shelves were absolutely gutted was a waste of time. Went back this morning at opening and got it done. I'll bet llenty are doing the same.

      • I Feel Love 1.2.1

        I'm just grumpy coz I want a sleep in too ,(I work 6 days)…

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          I find it odd too.

          Another reason might be people are antsy and this is one of the few out of house things they're allowed to do.

          Maybe some people are going early because they think it won't be so busy.

        • DB Brown 1.2.1.2

          The stupor supermarket is usually packed on a weekend here in Auckland. Is it an unusual rush for you where you are?

          A friend had a relatively easy shop on Thursday, I'll have to find out where he was (probably in a place of interest haha) as my cupboards are quite bare. Lucky I have a garden – it's been pizza, fritatas, soup… no complaints!

          How's the vax rates in the staff, are we there yet?

  2. Ad 2

    Whoever is running Simon Bridges' publicity is doing an outstanding job.

    The NZHerald and the Women's Weekly is running the same family story, brimming with vacuous love.

    Seems to be all on the back of his book.

    At Number 4 Collins is keeping her enemies close, but should she achieve government, keeping him in Foreign Affairs ie offshore is the tried and true route.

    Still, the Norman Rockwell vibe is working.

  3. Anne 4

    This comment by Jo Moir from Newsroom is right on the button!

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/testing-and-vaccinating-too-much-for-dhbs

    And here is how it has affected one Devonport senior citizen:

    Due to go into North Shore Hospital in a couple of weeks for long awaited elective surgery. All set to have jab no.2 yesterday only to discover clinic was closed and staff sent to testing sites which were over-run and couldn't cope. Can't get a new appointment before the latter week of September. Hospital currently being deep cleaned due to former patient testing positive for Covid. Not prepared to go into hospital until fully vaccinated. I have already had my surgery delayed three times and this will be the fourth.

    And to top it off: the local medical clinic applied two months ago to be able to vaccinate locals. They have the staff and the space yet up until this point have been ignored by the local DHB.

    There's one hell of a lot wrong with the current system.

    • Sabine 4.1

      Yes, i have written off my last medical appointment that was due in september. Don't think it will happen.

      Something that would usually take three appointments over 9 month is still not finished 18 month after beginning. I have had my appointments at every single lockdown. Oh well, just my luck. 🙂

    • DB Brown 4.2

      The public may not be aware (I'm sure they're not, sitting in lines for multiple hours) that various doctors will give them covid tests, with zero – minimal wait times as they book an appointment to go to said doctors. Central city doctors in Auckland is one such doctor, and there will be plenty more.

      Seek, and you might just find.

      • Gypsy 4.2.1

        Hi DB. While enduring a total wait time of around 13 hours at 2 different testing centres, I contacted 7 different medical centres and was told they were only taking bookings from current patients. My own doctor could not test me until next week, and on hearing I was a 'close contact' informed me I needed to get tested pronto – meaning not next week!

        • solkta 4.2.1.1

          The PM just said that they have set up special testing stations for close contacts. Phone healthline.

          edit: might be all contacts.

        • DB Brown 4.2.1.2

          Sorry it's been so difficult for you. There seems to be a bit of right place right time going on, that and the sheer volume took us off guard.

          I'm not sure that heads have to roll, or fingers be pointed, except the low unemployment, low uptake into nursing, staff shortages, hospitals as places of interest.

          Bit of a clusterfuck. I do feel for anyone going through a marathon waiting session though, I hate queues.

    • Gypsy 4.3

      I'm so sorry you are experiencing that. Jo Moir writes this (from your source):

      Delta making its way through the border is no huge surprise, in fact officials and experts have been preparing scenarios for exactly that – but it seems they’ve still been caught off-guard. One frontline health worker told Newsroom there weren’t enough staff to both vaccinate and test in Auckland. They said frontline workers weren’t being listened to and political decisions were being made without their input.

      In the past 48 hours I've personally experienced the current madness that is the testing regime. But even as a 'close contact', my concern is not myself (I'm otherwise healthy) it is people who are genuinely vulnerable.

      I really don't know who we point the finger at, but somewhere within the health system the planning for the current eventuality has been unacceptable.

    • Patricia Bremner 4.4

      Anne, as two hospitals are places of interest and staff are in isolation until cleared, yes there are pauses. 40 000 + tested yesterday!! Hubby has his colonoscopy delayed.

      Huge numbers attending and booking vaccines as well. Thank you staff. Especially Lab staff!!

      • Anne 4.4.1

        Yes, I'm aware of the hospital situation. My concern is the way those of us who have lost our booked vaccinations because of the sudden clinic closures is being handled. I can't get a rebooking for my second jab until late September and there is no way I am having my op. until I'm fully vaccinated. It was booked for 10 days time, but guess it is going to be pushed out (yet again) a couple of weeks at the least.

        I note the media is catching up with what is happening and the stories are starting to emerge. There must be several thousand who have been affected, including many who are vulnerable and have been waiting to get their second jab only to have it denied them at the last moment.

        I blame the DHB system for the failure not the government.

  4. Treetop 5

    Not sure how long stuff.co.nz has been doing this, the newest locations of interest each day are written in bold. Scrolling through the list I am surprised how many locations are being added to previous dates. A good idea to use bold.

  5. Adrian 6

    Just a casual glance at the locations of interest had me thinking that a complete permanent ban on all sushi restaurants and coffee sellers would eliminate a huge number of the transmission sites and wipeout Covid completely.

    suits me fine, I can’t stand either of those bloody awful concoctions.!

    • Sabine 6.1

      we should then also ban pubs and rugby games.

      weddings and funerals

      schools and students

      universities and students

      gas stations

      bakeries

      public transport

      🙂

      • DB Brown 6.1.1

        Yeah we should (merely allude to) ban rugby.

        Just so I can laugh at entitled people completely losing their shit.

        OK, that's enough sadism for now. Hope everyone's OK out there.

    • Treetop 6.2

      The worst locations of interest would be a dental centre or having an endoscope (flexible tube with a camera on it down your throat into your stomach).

  6. vto 7

    well here in tiny dot rural town nz it is quiet as

    everyone everyone playing by the rules

    they scared

    methink

    • weka 7.1

      my small rural neighbourhood is quiet, not much of the DIY frenzy that marked the first L4. People seem to be taking it more seriously this time from the get go.

  7. Adrian 8

    On a more serious note, many are complaining that GPs and more vaccination sites should open. My wife has just trained as a vaccinator and it is a pretty intense course and she is a highly trained ICU/HDU/ED nurse. The problem is that that each site needs 2 or more nurses trained in anaphylactic shock and recovery in the extremely rare event of such. Someone dying of such an event would seriously derail the entire rollout and supercharge the hesitant cohort. Most of the staff are already working in the health system while doing the vaccine on their days off. Bloody heroes, going off to a job every day to look after people who can make them sick and even kill them.
    I have heard fuckwits say that anyone can give an injection but it is not true of this stuff, to do it’s job properly it needs to go into muscle only so that it slow releases to the bits that process it and produce the anti-bodies. It is your body system that produces the Covid preventer, it’s not a killer like an anti biotic it just makes the virus a bit useless.

    • Incognito 8.1

      A good explanation of how (the) mRNA vaccine works can be found here: https://theconversation.com/what-is-mrna-the-messenger-molecule-thats-been-in-every-living-cell-for-billions-of-years-is-the-key-ingredient-in-some-covid-19-vaccines-158511

      It is easy enough to follow and it has a couple of good graphical schemes.

      HTH

    • Andre 8.2

      Further to that, apparently around half the claims of vaccine injury in the US are related to incorrect administration of the vaccine. Nothing whatsoever to do with the contents of the syringe. It goes by the acronym SIRVA – shoulder injury related to vaccine administration.

      In the US they are a lot more relaxed about who can give vaccines than we are here. Which I'm grateful for, since that makes an error leading to SIRVA much less likely.

      When you go get your vaccine, you can make your already tiny risk of a problem even less by simply wearing a short-sleeve shirt that's very loose, so it's easy to expose the entire upper arm and shoulder without any distortion from bunched-up tight clothing pushing or pulling on anything.

      • Bruce 8.2.1

        And further to that , relax , no really relax , a deep breath in and release , picturing your paradise. my vaccinater was quite strict about it and i didnt feel a thing , during or after . I think even the smallest amount of tension in the muscle inhibits the flesh absorbing the fluid, worked for me.

    • Anne 8.3

      This is the kind of thing that tells me something is badly wrong with the DHBs. To be fair not all of them, but certainly some of them. From the link I provided at 4:

      … over the last three years the Government has funded DHBs for an additional 3000 full-time nurses, yet half of them remain vacant.

      So, what is going on? Why is the country still 1500 full-time nurses short? The situation in Auckland – where several key vaccination clinics are closed and thousands of people [thus far] have been denied their booked jabs – could well have been overcome with Auckland's share of those nurses.

      • KSaysHi 8.3.1

        Whaat?! That's very odd. Someone should be following this up, closely. Has the $$ been repurposed or are the conditions and pay so shit that it isn't worth working in NZ?

      • McFlock 8.3.2

        Well, half that time has been restricted travel and nurses overseas are probably too exhausted to go job hunting as much as they used to.

        Also, funding a job at comparatively low pay for the skills and demands is not going to fill the job particularly quickly.

    • Treetop 8.4

      That is reassuring that 2 nurses are trained in anaphylactic shock at each vaccination centre.

  8. bwaghorn 9

    Covid your an egg because;

    Looking out my door on a the first blue bird day of winter at mountain loaded with snow finally ,and I cant go there.

    • Incognito 9.1

      At least you can look at and look forward to it. Patience, this will pass.

      • bwaghorn 9.1.1

        Was trying to start a pile on on covid to lighten the mood, complete fail.

        • Incognito 9.1.1.1

          I know what you’re saying; my mind is going silly cooped inside on a grey miserable day.

          • McFlock 9.1.1.1.1

            Thought I was doing ok this time, but this morning had a nightmare about trying to save someone and getting permanently trapped in a small cell, oubliette-styles. So I'm ok, but my subconscious is still processing it lol

            • Incognito 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, going loopy with cabin fever is not a good symptom. Good to hear you were trying to save someone (yourself?). I’ve started watching truly shitty movies that I’d normally never watch, to distract my mind; a bit like listening to elevator music in the dentist’s waiting room, i.e., calming, boringly nauseating, and infuriating all at the same time.

              • Anne

                Well at least you don't have a ceiling video of gently running water when you are lying back in the dentist's chair. Its supposed to make you calm and relaxed but it only makes me wanna go to the loo.

              • McFlock

                I'm waiting for the the threshold where I start reading hardcopies again. Got some books in the queue.

                The saving thing would have been my subconscious reminding itself why we're all doing this, is my guess. Sometimes it's a dick, but on this occasion it seems to be on the side of good, lol

              • DB Brown

                Have you tried season 2 of Why Women Kill (tvnz on demand)? Such good television I'm sure it will win awards if it hasn't already.

                Story telling with a narrator, funny, clever, dark. And beautifully cast.

                • Incognito

                  Nope. Never heard of it. Will look into it, thanks. Seems to have high rating. Nowadays, I don’t watch anything above 4/10 (IMDb).

          • Anne 9.1.1.1.2

            I've had at least 4 phone tantrums in the past 24 hours. Haven't received any calls or emails today. Think they're steering clear of me. frown

            • Incognito 9.1.1.1.2.1

              I’m so jealous! After I’d lost the landline I don’t get any phone calls anymore; they were cold callers anyway. I use Skype IM for tantrums; it has a better selection of emojis and I can delete my messages afterwards, which is a bit like Snapchat (I’ve been told).

          • bwaghorn 9.1.1.1.3

            Thursday and friday I was wishing was locked down weather was miserable ,but being a farm boy not much has changed in my day to day , but today

            thank god I'm a country boy !!!

    • Treetop 9.2

      I sent a relative a text today.

      "I am beginning to think people are better off in MIQ."

      Your comment was not a complete fail.

  9. SPC 10

    Benny Gantz signs an order blocking the delivery of chocolate to Gaza.

    Presumably so he can have the IDF hand it out to those getting Pfizer booster doses to keep the Jewish people safe.

    http://palestineonline.org/israeli-occupation-confiscates-23-tonnes-of-chocolate-headed-to-besieged-gaza/

  10. joe90 11

    But at least people could afford to spend holidays at the beach, and go tramping and sailing, and could get a good education.

    /

    WHEN NOBODY WAS LOOKING

    An entomologist takes on the 1970s New Zealand Government uncovering institutional racism and child abuse.

    Dr. Oliver Sutherland discovers disturbing cases of abused children in state care, including imprisonment and torture of children as young as nine. Fighting a racist system, the insect scientist stands up to expose abuse in the notorious Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital, but will justice ever be served?

    “We called it torture. It was torture. And in the end, the United Nations has since called it torture.” – Dr. Oliver Sutherland

    https://loadingdocs.net/nobodywaslooking/

    • Treetop 11.1

      I have said it previously that you post interesting links.

      I am out raged about what happened at Lake Alice, not just to children in state care. Children at Lake Alice who who were sexually abused in the community and were not in state care were given ECT for sexual abuse or conditions like aspergers.

      I cannot give a link as 2 people have personally told me about what happened to them as young teenagers.

      I feel that Lake Alice needs to have its own inquiry.

  11. joe90 12

    Well, they did say herd immunity

    At least one individual has been hospitalized in Mississippi after ingesting a drug intended for treating worms in livestock, the Mississippi State Department of Health revealed today. The medicine, ivermectin, is not approved for treating COVID-19.

    […]

    “The Mississippi Poison Control Center has received an increasing number of calls from individuals with potential ivermectin exposure taken to treat or prevent COVID-19 infection,” the alert said. “At least 70% of the recent calls have been related to ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers. 85% of the callers had mild symptoms, but one individual was instructed to seek further evaluation due to the amount of ivermectin reportedly ingested.”

    https://www.mississippifreepress.org/15002/person-hospitalized-after-taking-livestock-ivermectin-from-feed-store-to-treat-covid-19/

    • McFlock 12.1

      Thing about the US is that some people really do need to get their meds from the vet (and other illegal ways) because the people-healthcare system is such a rort. So I have a lot of sympathy for the folks who can't afford to get healthcare, so swing at any hocum remedy they can afford.

      • Andre 12.1.1

        True enough as a general comment.

        But in this case, it's people that have deliberately chosen not to get a vaccine that is free (yes, it is free in the US), safe, effective, and every bit as easily accessible as the animal worming stuff they actually took. For really really stupid political reasons.

        Unless there's been a massive outbreak of parasite disease that's been carefully covered up by the deep state and the dastardly liberal msm, that is.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          True.

          There might be a few who got the jab and then the virus from some plague enthusiast rather than just being a brainwashed plague enthusiast (Fox has been as bad as soviet-style Pravda for years), but either way it's another level of fuckage on the entire shitty situation.

      • joe90 12.1.2

        FWIW, mate says his pig dogs get a prophylactic <3mls of a 0.08% solution of an Ivermectin sheep drench. I shudder to think how much these folk are taking.

  12. Jenny how to get there 13

    Does this qualify as a politically motivated hate crime?

    Should the alleged offender receive a harsher sentence, if it is determined that this was a politically motivated hate crime?

    Supermarket customer spits at guard after being refused entry

    Sam Sherwood – Stuff.co.nz, Aug 21 2021

    A security guard at a Christchurch supermarket is being tested for Covid-19 after a customer spat at him after they were refused entry…..

    …..Police confirmed the incident, which happened at 6.30pm, and said the man had refused to wear a mask in store.

    ….Police confirmed a 58-year-old man has been charged with assault, resisting arrest, threatening to kill, and has been given an infringement notice for a Covid-19 related breach.

    “This customer spat on the security guard and refused to leave the store. The police attended and apprehended the customer.”

    "It is always incredibly disappointing when our team are subject to abusive behaviour, but it is particularly distressing when this involves spitting at a time when the country is experiencing a community outbreak of Covid-19.”….

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/126143508/covid19-supermarket-customer-spits-at-guard-after-being-refused-entry

    In the interests of protecting public health, could this allegedly, violent and dirty, unsanitary offender, if found guilty of these offences, be sentenced to be held in mandatory detention under the Public Health Act? (at least until the latest outbreak is contained).

    • Incognito 13.1

      Does this qualify as a politically motivated hate crime?

      No

      Read your own link, thanks. And leave it to the Judge and legal experts, yes?

  13. Jenny how to get there 14

    '

    The sign language interpreters had to be spelled twice during the Prime Minister's 1pm Covid update.

    Hardest working Prime Minister, ever.

    • Jenny how to get there 14.1

      Can anyone imagine any other Prime Minister leading the country during this crisis?

      Judith Collins, perhaps?

      Simon Bridges, maybe?

      Bill English, who?

      Or how about, John Key, who ran out of gas, without having to face any of the multiple crisi that this Prime Minister has dealt with.

      In my opinion; none of these wanna-bees and has-beens, would have been up to the task.

      Not one of them has the same mix of empathy and indefatigable professionalism, of this Prime Minister.

      • fender 14.1.1

        Short answer: No

        Those RWNJ names you list have a tendency to trust their own reckons. They believe themselves to be smarter than experts, and would have killed many in NZ .

      • Patricia Bremner 14.1.2

        smiley Yes JA is.

    • Patricia Bremner 14.2

      smiley I shudder to think of those “So called Leaders”

  14. Reality 15

    The disgusting person in Christchurch was injured apparently on being arrested. Hope it was a police dog that got its teeth into some disgusting flesh. There really are some vile stupid people around.

  15. AB 16

    So Fran doesn't like the PMs performance at the Covid press conferences. We've known for a while that the one o'clockers drive Tories mad, but Fran's attempt to rationalise her deeply irrational derangement over these press conferences is a hoot.

    What Fran doesn't realise is that the PM isn't talking to her – she's not talking to elites or journalists. Her language, content and delivery style are aimed at ordinary people. Basic messages are simple and repeated – designed to increase compliance and understanding.

    And it's obvious why Fran hates this. She expects to be able to mediate the message – to have it pass through her right-wing filter before it is consumed. It is enjoyable to watch the ideological gatekeepers being bypassed in this way. Every time Ardern adopts a compassionate expression or repeats a fairly obvious point, there is a minor frisson of delight in imagining Tory heads exploding.

    • Incognito 16.1

      Yup, well put.

    • georgecom 16.2

      I note it's behind a pay wall. Asking people to pay good money for some pointless comment.

      • In Vino 16.2.1

        Because it's behind the paywall, I saw only the haedlines – Fran saying something like; "We already know the podium performance from last time – just give us the facts."

        I would say back to her: "Fran, we've already seen how you spin the facts. Give us a break – we will judge for ourselves."

        • Treetop 16.2.1.1

          Fran seems to think that everyone has an Internet connection and that is where they should be going for Covid news.

          At least people can switch the TV on at 1 pm and not be left behind.

  16. Reality 17

    The information that the PM has to digest and then soon after be able to give a 1pm update and respond to the media's questions is amazing. Always with empathy and the ability to connect with her audience. No wonder The Herald's so called commentators are in a spin knowing they are secondary to all that is happening with the outbreak.

    I hope any people complaining at the wait to get a test or their vaccination have been swiping their Covid tracer, the numbers of which have been very low for weeks.

  17. Macro 18

    A song for our times as we are confined to our homes – watching the telly.

    Peat and Diesel

  18. Stephen D 20

    If you want some understanding of the situation in Afghanistan, have a read of this.

    https://cf2r.org/tribune/understanding-taliban-through-the-prism-of-pashtunwali-code/

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    5 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    6 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    6 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
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    5 days ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
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