Open mike 22/01/2012

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  1. Thought for the day.

    The POAL dispute may resolve by the workers taking redundancy and the workforce being contracted out at lesser rates.  I can understand individual worker’s desire to get out of that particular site.

    But the result will be that the union will be weaker and some reasonably well paid jobs will disappear.  The Council may earn a bit more money, at least for a while, but it is likely through “competition” that Maersk will then leverage lower rates out of all of the ports.

    Ordinary kiwis will overall be worse off and a foreign corporate richer.

    This is a continuous process that has been going on for the past 30 years.  The flow of money to the top 1% shows no signs of abating.

    When will it end and what do we do to stop it?

    • higherstandard 1.1

      “When will it end and what do we do to stop it?”

      I would have thought the solution would be a merger between POAL and POT as two major ports they could ten reverse the process and screw over Maersk and Fonterra to the benefit of their shareholders.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Now you’re thinking…and its not too late…however Maersk has their inside man Gibson in position to prevent such an eventuality. Clever corporates, great strategic planning behind their operational acctivity.

          • Salsy 1.1.1.1.1

            Maersk New Zealand managing director Tony Gibson said today the company’s review had been well signalled and was intended to ensure a more efficient shipping operation for New Zealand exporters and importers.”

            This week he said the company wanted to cut port calls in New Zealand from nine to five. Two ports, one in the North Island and one in the South Island, would be primary calling points.

            So the question is – was it Gibsons plan all along to shut down POAL, and redirect traffic to Tauranga as per Maersks directive?

      • Fotran 1.1.2

        You cannot merge POAL and POT without changing the financial structures of these companies.
        POAL is owned by the Auckland Ratepayers, and POT is privately owned answerable to its many shareholders.
        All you can do is for Auckland Ratepayers – POAL to buy POT from its private shareholders.
        Alternatively you can sell 49% of POAL to the public, reimbursing the Auckland ratepayers with the amount so received from the 49% sale.

        • millsy 1.1.2.1

          “All you can do is for Auckland Ratepayers – POAL to buy POT from its private shareholders.”

          Sounds all right to me.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.2

          You cannot merge POAL and POT without changing the financial structures of these companies.

          This is routine work in the M&A world

    • vto 1.2

      “what do we do to stop it?”

      fight

      • mickysavage 1.2.1

        The trouble is vto the forces of evil are dismantling some of our best weapons, the unions, as we watch …

        • vto 1.2.1.1

          So you start as the underdog. NZers love starting from behind. Get into it! Ramp it up. Make it personal. Call their bluffs. Just do everything.

          You sound defeated mr micky. “trouble is they got bigger weapons. It’s just too hopeless. It’s dark and we can’t see anything (said Captain Schitteno)”.

  2. just saying 2

    Excellent post from Puddleglum at ‘Political Scientist’:

    http://www.thepoliticalscientist.org/

    If history is any guide, the likely losers will be those with the least power, the least access to the hastily erected governance bodies (such as CERA) and other institutions (e.g., insurers, EQC), the poorest, the least educated, the voiceless.

    Put bluntly, without political support (one would assume from the Labour Party, amongst other political groups) it is these people’s interests that will be ignored, walked over, ground into dust and have the ‘new Christchurch’ built atop them.

    Why, then, does Shearer seem to think that it is “way bigger than politics“? I realise that he may be wanting to emphasise that it’s very important – of course it is. But, again, how does that make it “way bigger than politics“? Is politics not about important stuff?

    • Anne 2.1

      Sympathise with your view just saying.

      My reading of the situation is that Shearer is keeping his powder dry. I’m not sure what for, but he’s new at the job so he’s probably been advised to spend a bit of time looking and listening? In normal circumstances that’s fine but thing’s are not normal. There’s a lot of questionable stuff happening (don’t need to elaborate because they’ve been well canvassed) and Labour need to get cracking before it is too late.

      Don’t want to start another leadership flame war, but one of the reasons I supported Cunliffe is because he’s been politically blooded and was immediately ready for the fray. Too early to judge Shearer but if he’s still ‘keeping his powder dry’ in three months time then it will be time to raise serious concerns. Don’t think we can do much in the meantime.

      • Pete George 2.1.1

        Most of us have no idea what Shearer is doing with his powder. All we know is there’s an absence of media exposure.

        While politicians can get obsessed with PR (as does much of the public including bloggees) that is only a small and often distorted part of politics. Most of the important stuff is done out of sight.

        Steering down the barrel of a camera lense is usually not conducive to productive governance.

        • Anne 2.1.1.1

          While politicians can get obsessed with PR (as does much of the public including bloggees) that is only a small and often distorted part of politics. Most of the important stuff is done out of sight.

          Agree Pete George, but there’s a lot of important stuff going on at the moment that will have a seriously adverse impact on many people and the country as a whole. Not all of it is financial in origin either. Take for example the disgraceful attempt to shut down sections of the media during election campaigns through NZ on Air.

          We need Labour – and the Greens – to take more of a lead in these matters and I’m hoping we’ll see it in the coming weeks. If we don’t…

          • Pete George 2.1.1.1.1

            I’d prefer to see more people get more involved, and not needing to be party aligned but more issue orientated. To be effective it requires a system of communication, discussion and expression that provides a credible combined voice.

            Obsessions with parties and polarities is holding this back. Parties are necessary, but needn’t be the predominant force.

            • Anne 2.1.1.1.1.1

              They will always be the predominant force PG because it’s human nature. As soon as you set up an issue by issue communication system you will get groups combining to fight their side of a debate and giving themselves a name. In other words a political party!

            • mik e 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Piffle Pete

      • dave brownz 2.1.2

        Anne is that talcum powder?

    • Campbell Larsen 2.2

      Concur, an excellent post.
      Puddleglum has identified one of the memes currently being pushed by the Nats spin machine, and I share his concern that the leader of the Labour party would be so foolish as to adopt the lexicon of the opposition.

      ‘Bigger than politics’ joins ‘politics is boring’, ‘politics is hard to understand’ and courtesy of Pete G a typically verbose and vague comment paraphrased: ‘most of the important stuff is done out of sight’

      This concerted effort, and believe me it is no accident, is an act of treason.

      Why? Because democracy has always been undermined by the lack of public awareness/ understanding of issues and lack of participation in the decision making process.

      The term ‘mandate’ has been repetitively spewed by Govt ministers as though the hand of God had already reached down and anointed National ministers and policy in some sort of Sistine sequel.
      And an act of blind faith is not only what is required to swallow this gross abuse of a clearly defined term it is what is now expected of a voting public encouraged to
      not seek transparency, to not strive for awareness and understanding of the issues, a public or polis that is being encouraged by its representatives to abandon the fundamental responsibilities and duties of citizenship.

      Any government that does not do its utmost to ensure that its citizens are informed, aware and active in their democracy is no longer representing the people at all. This premeditated and deplorable exercise in disenfranchisement is an act of pure treason.

    • Thanks for the compliment just saying (and Campbell).

      Like Campbell, one of my concerns is that people are obviously ‘turning off’ politics, and increasingly so.

      What I tried to point out in the post was that politics is in most of the things we do together. It’s nothing other than how the interests of individuals and sub-groups get served by what the overall group ends up doing.

      Like hunter-gatherers sitting around the fire and arguing about whether to shift camp (‘We can’t go now, it’s too risky for my 2 day old daughter to cross the river’; ‘We have to go now, if we don’t we’ll get caught by the rains and be stuck here with less and less food’) we argue, form alliances and try to persuade each other about what is best to do.

      To say something is ‘bigger than politics’ seems to me to say that – whatever it is – is so ‘big’ that ‘we’ (whoever that’s meant to be) have to ignore the conflict of interest amongst us ‘for the greater good’.

      That greater good seems to be conceptualised as a kind of technical/scientific, optimal ‘solution’ to a particular ‘problem’. But I’m not sure that such interest-neutral, optimal solutions actually exist in most cases. More likely is that the very idea of a neutral, optimal solution is a politically weighted piece of discourse. How could anyone put their interests above the ‘best’ solution?

      Frankly, I know who is most likely to respond to the noble call to suppress – or abandon – their own interests for the greater good – and it won’t be anyone with sufficient wealth and power to see themselves as part of the ‘we’ convincing others that it is ‘bigger than [politics]/[your interests]’.

      I have nothing against Shearer personally (how could I? I don’t know him.).

      All I know is that I prefer my nominally left wing representatives to understand that in the debate over our collective futures they have an obligation to try their best to ensure that those with lesser power and influence are not left out of the institutional machinations. That means being political.

      We have to stop seeing it as a dirty word, describing something that only malcontents and machiavellians pursue.

  3. The Australian Government has hidden a report suggesting that oil production will peak in 2016.

    I use the word “hidden” because it does not appear on any Australian Government website despite other similar reports doing so.  It invites comments but if you are unaware of its existence this could cause problems.

    This is especially bad news for Australia which is heavily reliant on fuel for electricity production as well as transport. 

    New Zealand could do better, if we insist on new power generators being from renewable sources and electrify Auckland’s rail system and build the inner city loop.

    New Zealand had its own report advocating for such things as increased fuel efficiency standards, and although we can manage this the effect on NZ will be intense, given our dependence on exports, imports, and fuel for agriculture.  The briefing does not appear to have attracted the attention of the Government.

    HT to the always impressive Dennis Tegg.  Worth a guest post?

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      New Zealand could do better, if we insist on new power generators being from renewable sources and electrify Auckland’s rail system and build the inner city loop.

      Actually, what we need to do is electrify all rail, stop building roads, build cities upwards rather than out, ban all non-renewable power generation and then phase out, over the next few years, personal vehicles.

      • marty mars 3.1.1

        I agree that reduction is the answer and as our friend JMG has noted, many in our society are struggling to get their heads around that one.

        “… the manipulation of basic drives through the endless repetition of emotionally charged symbols that serves to swamp the thinking mind and keep the individual penned in a narrow circle of self-defeating behaviors. From another perspective, though, the torrent of material goodies that comes surging through the channels of the consumer economy is the payoff for cooperating with the existing order of things; so long as you want the things you’re supposed to want, you can have them in fantastic abundance.”

        … “Of course there’s more to it than that. The more of the payoff you refuse, the sharper the restrictions you have to live with. Now of course the less privileged classes in the industrial world, and the vast majority of people elsewhere, live with those restrictions every day of their lives, but suggest to those who don’t that they might find it useful to accept those restrictions, and I’m sure you can imagine the response you’re likely to get.”

        http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2012/01/waking-up-walking-away.html

      • …and then phase out, over the next few years, personal vehicles.
        including horses and bicycles? count me out.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1

          To be more explicit, personal motor vehicles. That said, I don’t think horses will be coming back in vogue.

          • Armchair Critic 3.1.2.1.1

            …I don’t think horses will be coming back in vogue.
            Yeah? I’d put a dollar each way.

          • Populuxe1 3.1.2.1.2

            Electric personal transport charged off our still functioning hydroelectric grid.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1.2.1

              Have you got any concept of the amount of power used to move all the bloody cars? I can assure you, we won’t be running many electric vehicles from hydro-power and they most probably won’t be personal vehicles.

              • Populuxe1

                Yeah, actually you’re right – electric trains? And lots of bicycles. Mind you – I wouldn’t rule out quantum advances in capacitors and batteries when the pinch comes.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I wouldn’t rule out quantum advances in capacitors and batteries when the pinch comes.

                  Rule of thumb: if the technology is not in common commercial deployment now, it will not be available in time for wide spread use before energy depletion becomes severe.

                  • McFlock

                    I dunno – my brother was telling me about a DIY drill battery that was on sale within 5 years of the peer-reviewed paper that detailed a new construction process (layering or something – not my field). And that’s just a standard product evolution.

                  • Populuxe1

                    The Russo-American space race, the development of the H-bomb in WW2, and the rapid development of IT in the last 20-30 years would seem to suggest otherwise.
                     

  4. Jackal 4

    Last BDO in New Zealand

    Low ticket sales and increased competition are undoubtedly the main reasons for the events untimely demise… but really it’s just another good reason to move to Australia.

    • tc 4.1

      Well Oz BDO had been subsidising the akl leg for years so it’s that size and scale issue again combined with the stonking amounts the ‘top’ ask for.

  5. Matt McCarten is writing some very powerful pieces for the Herald every week. This man is a leader in the fight against injustice and poverty in this country – kia kaha Matt!

    “The winners in our society have most of us convinced that they are financially successful because they are academically brighter, make the most of education opportunities and have superior personal qualities. Losers, on the other hand, are the opposite; with the added problems of criminal behaviour, addictions and family conflict.”

    “But a major academic study that has tracked more than 1300 individuals was released this week. Children born to rich parents have a better chance in life to be happier, healthier and wealthier then those kids from poor backgrounds.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10780225

    I hold Matt in high esteem indeed.

    The focus of The Mana Party on reducing poverty is the way to go and to my mind is aligned with tino rangatiratanga.

  6. randal 6

    the Dompost has exposed itself to day.
    Observant readers will notice that MItt romney has now become Matt Romney.
    I guess they figure we just patsys anyway.
    they have run roughshod over the democratic process for so long now they just figure they can do what they like.

  7. oftenpuzzled 7

    An interesting essay that requires some digesting but offers a fascinating look at corporate business in the US and their hold on the money http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/saturday-essay-why-it-should-be-the-task-of-every-radical-realist-to-repair-the-disconnect-in-our-culture/

  8. Jackal 8

    Fairfax fears the facts

    There’s a tendency with many Fairfax articles to ignore relevant issues and developments in favour of a controlled and sometimes contrived message. This is a mechanism of propaganda that has been greatly exacerbated by Fairfax’s centralization regime…

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    2.7% rise for the firefighters; 70% for their boss

    For many years, private sector employers in New Zealand have been attempting to work workers harder and for longer hours, for less and less money in an attempt to maximise profits without having to invest in new equipment, research or technology. In the last few years, squeezing workers in the state sector has been stepped up.The state sector is financed out of surplus-value, so another way of boosting private sector profits is to have less surplus-value going to the state sector to cover things like public health, education and safety, including fire-fighting. Keeping down wages for workers in the state sector is thus a way of maximising profits in the private sector.*

    And that really is the reason why NAct wants to cut the government and the taxes the that pay for it.

  10. Campbell Larsen 10

    Lprent – I just lost a comment when submitting, is there a time limit on the comment window that I should be aware of in future? Is my comment still in the system somewhere or should I be writing in another program and only dumping the txt when ready to post?
    Any feedback appreciated. Cheers.

    [lprent: The auto-spam caught you. Usually one of us will release it. But I was in a cellnet shadow most of the weekend and in a programming fugue the rest. The others are still pretty much in holiday mode.

    I suspect that the auto-spam (akismet) is catching you on your IP number. Nope found it. It was an old trolling IP in our system that was missing a dot. You should be ok now. ]

  11. Jum 11

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/11/acta-trade-agreement

    What’s this about? What are its dangers to New Zealanders in relation to the TPP Agreement?

    I found this on reddit:

    ‘ACTA is scarier than both PIPA and SOPA, and it will be signed soon. Do your part ‘

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    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    7 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
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  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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