web analytics

Open mike 21/03/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 21st, 2011 - 40 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

40 comments on “Open mike 21/03/2011 ”

  1. millsy 2

    As daylight saving draws to a close, and the nights and mornings go colder, the realisation comes that those plans that have been lying round in a drawer somewhere are going to be taken out.

    This government is going to use Christchurch as an excuse to implement some pretty tough austerity measures, which will probably include chopping at what is left of the welfare state and outsourcing the vast bulk of public functions, from welfare benefits, to defence.

    We will probably find out what exactly will happen when the Budget comes out, but this government is hell bent on pulling things down, and not building them up.

    It might just be that those solo mothers are going to have to become scrubbers after all

    • Jim Nald 2.1

      Vote the vandals out

    • prism 2.2

      They always were scrubbers! Because they do housework, and that is one of the techniques for getting it done which probably hasn’t become part of the work experience of the male (female?) upper set in government. Though they might experience it when cleaning their boats to limit spreading didymo, but no, blokes use water pressure for that as a rule.

  2. happynz 3

    Just saw on the news that Labour MP Trevor Mallard sustained some injuries in a bike accident. He broke his femur and right shoulder blade. A plate and screw were inserted into his femur below his hip. Ouch. I’ve had the carpenters at the bone shop cobble together my leg too and they did a great job, but damn, the leg hurt for a while. Safe to say that Mr Mallard is going to have more than a bit of discomfort over the next half year.

    Get well soon.

  3. KINTO 4

    Ahem…

    As readers will know, David Farrar has never ever said that he thinks it is wrong to fuck pigs.

    • 3Y 4.1

      or eat pies

    • Mac1 4.2

      Farrar certainly understated the position of Field and the Labour Party. His introduction is very selective and weasel-worded.

      A short Google expedition finds that Field was expelled from the Labour Party in February 2007 and after conviction for fraud and corruption Annette King was quoted, “This sentence demonstrates that all New Zealanders are equal under the law.
      “Taito Phillip Field has been judged by his peers. He must now serve the sentence handed down in the Auckland High Court.”
      She said the party would not be commenting further.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/2934748/Taito-Phillip-Field-jailed-for-six-years

      Pretty clear I would have thought- short, to the point, manageable even for Farrar to digest.

  4. randal 5

    saturday dompost letters is becoming very fruitful.
    one siad this week that goldman sachs has said that selling soe’s will be good for the economy.
    I didnt see the original article but I take it on faith, so Goldman sachs, just how will it be good for the economy?
    for the last 10 years we have had roger kerr pushing his nonsense neo liberal arguments without being challenged so it is about time he was made to expalin himself along with goldman sachs being challenged too.
    why dont the labour party research unit get inot this stuff instead of spending all their time on the minutae of death by a thousand cuts in parliament.
    both kerr and goldman sachs need a thourogh examination and continual questioning to provide justification for their poinnts of view which comprise churning the market (goldmans) and looting the public treasutry (kerr).
    time for these people to step up.

    • uke 5.1

      To my mind the SIS should be investigating the likes of Kerr etc. as potential economic terrorists.

      • Bored 5.1.1

        potential?????????

        • uke 5.1.1.1

          Yeah, okay, just testing the water. Still I think we need some kind of “Economic Terrorism and Sedition Act”, just to define it proper like. (Maybe something along these lines already exists?)

          • grumpy 5.1.1.1.1

            Personally, I would like to see something to “sort out” the Bernard Whimps of this world.

          • Jim Nald 5.1.1.1.2

            not enough.
            need to have the equivalent of a war crimes tribunal, i.e. a national economic crimes tribunal, inquiring into the damage that roger douglas, ruth richardson, and the former reserve bank governor don brash inflicted the country.
            also, need to criminalise and incarcerate or throw into exile the current lot of economic vandals on the government benches who have hijacked parliamentary democracy.

            • Nick 5.1.1.1.2.1

              The subtle clack of knitting needles as the heads roll…..where do we stop? History will record these people as at best sociopaths, we dont want to be recorded as anything like them. The best solution to their criminality would be a total stripping of their assets and incomes, to be made to live on benefits or minimum wages.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      I saw the original article, it was linked here at some point, probably from an open mike post. About a week to 10 days ago?

      Basically their maths showed that interest costs if we borrow money is something like $567m, and the return on the assets as we hold them is $506m. Essentially by selling the assets we reduce the interest expenditure. I’m not sure how they came up with their numbers to show that the interest costs were higher, as everyone else basically has it the other way around.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        Which must actually be wrong as the return from the SoEs is higher than the cost of borrowing.

  5. no disrespect to the victim, but can anyone tell me why this is a story in the NZ Herald?
    seems very odd…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10713960

  6. Nick 7

    I had the misfortune to be in Chch for a few days, its terrible for the people who are awaiting official responses, help etc. Lots of very stressed anxious people. In the Saturday paper there was a big article about rebuilding. One person questioned was a Libertarianz (Osborne?) who basically said that the government should go away and leave everything to the market.

    I then had the wonderfully illuminating experience of hearing a local big bucks business type explaining to me the opportunities the whole disaster represented for him to make lots of cash.

    It seems to me that the cash principle of both of the above people is alive and well. It transcends what the people want, those who have capital will decide for the rest of us. They would claim that that is in the public good.

    Seems to me that the dominance of cash over democratic decision needs to be resisted or we will end up with more short term profit driven blots on the landscape.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Make no mistake about it – those two people are psychopaths and, yes, we do need to ensure democratic decision making takes precedence over cash deals.

    • Jim Nald 7.2

      On a good day, I think the Nat Party is no longer what it was and has been turning into a plague of rats.
      This current horde thrive on things turning into a wild west.
      Seems to be in their interest to let their cronies and cowboys run the show.
      And they play smiling sheriffs, waving them on.

    • Colonial Viper 7.3

      Since when did individualised commercial private interest add up to the best solution for the public good?

      Nuts.

      • Jim Nald 7.3.1

        Or ‘Nats’ ?

        Answer: never but that won’t stop John Key and cronies from trying and unleashing it on us.

  7. 3Y 8

    “Eh, senor, why you run over our church?”

    “This here is railway land, you hear. Anyone with a problem can take it up with Mr. Brownlee! Show ’em what we mean, Lefty…”

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    I/S has been his usual busy self and noticed some stats by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law in one of their submissions.

    Proof of National’s systematic abuse of urgency

    One thing it shows conclusively is that the current government is on track to become the worst ever in its abuse of urgency.

    So, righties, how are you going to defend Nationals undermining of democracy this time?

  9. I wonder how many of the present Nat and Act MPs and officials are hoping that their comments regarding nuclear power are not remembered .
    I well remember Lockwood Smith saying in Parliament that there was more radio-activity in his wristwatch than from nuclear ships . Lets not forget “gone by lunch time” Many Nats have shown a desire for Nuclear Power.It’s in their DNA after all its big business.Because of the Christchurch disaster its time to remind the voters out there that if it was not for Labour Party members demanding a Nuclear Free NZ its more than possible Christchurch may have had its own Nuclear Power station or Nuclear ships in its port,. Just think!!

  10. What do we call the new ministry for Christchurch recovery
    – The Shadow Development Ministry
    – The Ministry for Gastronomic Development
    – The Ministry of For more Eclairs
    – The Ministry of Fripperies
    – The Ministry of Civil Pretence

  11. lprent 13

    Been out at the Labour Auckland-Northland list candidates meeting. A pretty impressive lineup compared to previous elections. I think I’ll go along on the weekend.

    Feels rather strange with people complimenting me on being alive. For most of them it is the first time they will have seen me since hitting the hospital.

    • Lanthanide 13.1

      “Feels rather strange with people complimenting me on being alive. ”

      I felt the same at my 21st birthday.
      “Congratulations, you’re 21!”
      “You’re congratulating me for not having died?”

      In your case it’s a bit more warranted, but still kinda a weird thing to say.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Housing boost for Palmerston North with 120 new homes coming
    120 new public housing homes to be built in Palmerston North Additional to 80 new homes delivered since the start of 2020 Cuba Street site purchased for medium density housing More public housing is on the way for Palmerston North, with the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods announcing 120 new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 mins ago
  • New fund to empower Pacific Peoples to navigate COVID-19’s protection framework
    A new fund will support the empowerment of Pacific Aotearoa to live safely under New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.  In November, Cabinet agreed on $2 million in funding for the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to support outreach into the Pacific Community. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • NZ secures four seasons of global sailing race
    New Zealand has secured a four year deal to bring the new high-tech global sailing competition SailGP to our shores. Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed Lyttelton Harbour in Christchurch will host the first Sail Grand Prix season ever held in New Zealand.  This will be part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • The Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading – Pānuitanga Tuatoru o te Pire ...
    Kua pahure te Pire Whakataunga Kerēme a ngā Hapū o Ahuriri i tōna pānuitanga tuatoru i te pāremata - he pae nunui i te hātepe whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi hītori mō ngā Hapū o Ahuriri. “Ko te pae whakahirahira nei te tohu o te tīmatanga hou mō te whakahoanga i ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Launch of Te Aorerekura – the national strategy for the elimination of family violence and sex...
    Tēnā tātou katoa Kei a koutou e Te Ātiawa, koutou e kaha tiaki nei, koutou e mau tonu nei ki te mana o tēnei o ngā whenua taurikura, tēnā koutou e te manawhenua, e Te Ātiawa. Kaha tautoko ana ahau i ngā kōrero kua kōrerotia, e ngā mihi kua mihia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • A guiding star sets a new path for the elimination of family violence and sexual violence
    Today the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Marama Davidson joined tangata whenua and sector representatives to launch Te Aorerekura, the country’s first National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence. “Te Aorerekura sets a collective ambition to create peaceful homes where children, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • NZ secures new Pfizer COVID-19 medicine
    New Zealand has secured supplies of another medicine to treat COVID-19, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “In October, New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to make an advance purchase of a promising new antiviral drug, molnupiravir,” Andrew Little said. “Today I am pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Pipeline for Construction Sector
    Strong pipeline ahead for the construction sector Infrastructure activity forecast to reach $11.2 billion in 2026 Construction sector now the fourth biggest employer with more than 280 000 people working in the industry Residential construction the largest contributor to national construction activity. Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Regenerative agriculture research receives Government boost
    The Government continues to invest in farm sustainability, this time backing two new research projects to investigate the impacts of regenerative farming practices, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Soil health and regenerative agriculture “We’re contributing $2.8 million to a $3.85 million five-year project with co-investment by Synlait Milk and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • David McLean appointed as KiwiRail chair
    David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today. “Minister Clark and I are confident that David’s extensive business knowledge and leadership experience, including his time as former Chief Executive and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Turkey announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Zoe Coulson-Sinclair as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Turkey. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Turkey’s relationship is one of mutual respect and underpinned by our shared Gallipoli experience,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “Turkey is also a generous ANZAC Day host and has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Announcement of new Consul-General in Guangzhou
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Rachel Crump as New Zealand’s next Consul-General in Guangzhou, China. “China is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant relationships – it is our largest trading partner, and an influential regional and global actor,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As the capital of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    The Government joins the disabled community of Aotearoa New Zealand in marking and celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister for Disabilty Issues Carmel Sepuloni said. The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Advisory panel member appointed
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the appointments of Graeme Speden as the Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Ben Bateman as a member of the Inspector-General’s Advisory Panel.  “These are significant roles that assist the Inspector-General with independent oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies,” Jacinda Ardern said. “While ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Five million COVID-19 tests processed
    Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall has congratulated testing teams right around New Zealand for reaching the five million tests milestone. Today, an additional 31,780 tests were processed, taking the total since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to 5,005,959. “This really is an incredible and sustained team ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding for extra ICU capacity
    Care for the sickest New Zealanders is getting a major boost from the Government, with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expanding intensive care-type services, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “Through good planning, we have avoided what the COVID-19 pandemic has done in some countries, where ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • “THE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID.”
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • The legal and constitutional implications of New Zealand’s fight against COVID
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pharmac Review interim report released
    Health Minister Andrew Little has released an interim report by an independent panel reviewing the national pharmaceuticals-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac was established in 1993 and is responsible for purchasing publicly funded medicines for New Zealanders, including those prescribed by GPs or administered in hospitals. The review, chaired by former Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Appointment to Network for Learning board
    Former MP Clare Curran has been appointed to the board of Crown company Network for Learning (N4L), Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Hon Clare Curran served as a Member of Parliament for Dunedin South from 2008-2010. During this time, she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Broadcasting, Communications and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Putting home ownership within reach of Pacific Aotearoa
    Pacific community groups and organisations will get tools to help them achieve home ownership with the implementation of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Pacific Housing Initiative, said Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. In July 2021, MPP launched the Pacific Community Housing Provider Registration Support programme and the Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Coastal shipping will help keep New Zealand’s supply chain buoyant
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today welcomed the release of the Coastal Shipping Investment Approach State-of-Play report as an important step towards a more sustainable coastal shipping sector, which will further diversify New Zealand’s supply chain. “This Government is committed to strengthening our domestic supply chain by making coastal shipping a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Response to Human Rights Commission's reports into violence towards disable people
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.   Thank you for that introduction Hemi and thank you for inviting me to respond on behalf of Government to the release of these two important reports (Whakamanahia Te Tiriti, Whakahaumarutia te Tangata -Honour the Treaty, Protect the Person and Whakamahia te Tūkino kore ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Law change strengthens petroleum decommissioning regulation
    Petroleum permit and licence holders operating in New Zealand will now have an explicit statutory requirement to carry out and fund the decommissioning of oil and gas fields after a new law was given Royal assent today, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. Once in effect The Crown ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago