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    • Tiger Mountain 1.1

      purple tears today for Prince fans

      great guitarist, several people I know are still raving about his Auckland shows and extra glad they attended

    • Rosie 1.2

      What a shocking start to the morning, as well as an earworm for the day.

      btw, TRP, did you really give the PM the middle finger salute the other day? Did he see? Or was he staring off into the distance dreaming of Hawaii?

      • Te Reo Putake 1.2.1

        Hi, Rosie. I was in a large airport, which has a central staircase leading up to to the viewing area and the Koru lounge, which is where I presume he and his entourage were going. At the top of the stairs, he turned and looked out at the arrival hall, presumably hoping to see crowds of adoring fans looking and pointing at the Dear Leader. I’m not sure if he saw my friendly one fingered salute, but the nice thing was that everyone else seemed to be ignoring him.

        It was a really cringeworthy moment in some ways and for me, emblematic of how out of touch he’s getting. OK, it’s only a small thing, and I don’t want to over egg it. It certainly wasn’t Nixon getting into the chopper on the White House lawn, but it was kinda sad in its own right.

        It’s also nice that we’re small enough a country that you can bump into the PM. I also met Muldoon in cafes in Welly a couple of times. He didn’t need four security guards to make him feel safe. If I’d given him any grief, I’m sure he’d have just thumped me himself. I also once shook Don Brash’s hand, but that memory just makes me feel icky.

        • Gangnam Style 1.2.1.1

          Muldoon used to just walk down to the beach at Hatfields, my Gran had a batch there & we would see him all the time over summer, just on his own or with his wife in his shorts, jandals & singlet. I remember once swimming & he was just having a quick dip in the waves & when I came out my grandma said “I hope you gave him a couple good kicks”, I was too young to really understand but knew everyone called him ‘piggy’.

        • Rosie 1.2.1.2

          Thanks for the story. Your observation of the PM’s loss of public acknowledgement is interesting – fits quite well with his diminishing approval rating. Remember all that booing in February? That wouldn’t have happened, even a year ago. There will come a time when people will be embarrassed that they ever took a selfie with him and put it on the fb page.

          I’m sure your small and solitary act of expressing disapproval was witnessed by plenty of others, and that’s a good thing, it tells others they don’t have to take it either, quite encouraging. Good on you for being a good influence!

          Re Muldoon. As a kid I witnessed his getting around the countryside in a typical NZ low key way, unhindered by body guards. I remember my National voting parents being thrilled that he sat in the row in front of us on a domestic flight in the South Island.

          Sorry about your interaction with Don “my wife’s from Singapore” Brash. Hope it washed off.

          • Te Reo Putake 1.2.1.2.1

            The Brash meeting had a mortifying postscript, Rosie. It was during the election campaign and that night’s news led with reports on what campaigning Clark and Brash had been up to that day.

            They chose to lead with Brash, and bugger me, there was I shaking his hand.

            I had some serious grovelling to do to the local Labour MP when we went out door knocking that weekend and I still get grief about it to this day from other party members, who never tire of reminding me of the day I shook Don Brash’s hand.

            For my part, I claim that I was putting a hex on him, which clearly worked, and therefore the 2005 election result is all down to me.

            • Rosie 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Awesome work TRP. The power of your hex was profound! Maybe you should hang around airports more often and wait for the PM to show up and shake his hand…………… 😀

            • stunnedmullet 1.2.1.2.1.2

              You’ll never be able to wash that shite off.

  1. Penny Bright 2

    Seen this?

    http://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11421966/panama-papers-nine-questions-embarrassed-to-ask

    9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the Panama Papers

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

    • ianmac 2.1

      Interesting Penny.
      So the USA has plenty of tax havens in the USA. Await further disclosures.
      Luckily NZ has no tax havens in NZ???

  2. Jenny 3

    We had climate change denial….

    Now for some time the tendency has been, climate change ignoring….

    Corrupt politicians who don’t want to be openly drawn out in public on their support for the fossil fuel companies, or alternatively, otherwise good politicians too gutless to challenge the status quo, but who still don’t want to look like complete idiots by publicly denying climate change. These are the usual offenders, but they are not the only ones…

    The NZ Herald gives us one of the most egregious examples yet….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11626557

    The NZ Herald seem to be having some trouble getting these two little words out.

    Let me spell it out slowly one letter at a time so that the Herald reporters and sub-editors can understand it:

    C-L-I-M-A-T-E… C-H-A-N-G-E

  3. Jenny 4

    This news feed from Scientific American from 24 hours ago is probably where the Herald got their story, before they mangled it. Notice the unflinching use of the words “climate change”.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bleaching-hits-93-percent-of-the-great-barrier-reef/

  4. North 5

    Read the whole article and it’s clear that Messrs Bolton and Dell talk irrelevant, indulgent shit. Much like the stupid Michelle Boag who likes to shrewishly claim the whole thing’s down to first home buyers wanting to start off in Remuera or St Mary’s Bay.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11626666

    • Molly 5.1

      “John Bolton, chief executive and founder of Squirrel Home Loans, and someone who benefits from ever-increasing prices said many people were on good incomes but refused to give up on the latest and flashiest possessions meeting rising basic living expenses (eg. rent and power) in order to save for their first home.

      “You’ve got to be disciplined. You don’t need the $17,000 car new fangled transport options … There’s nothing wrong with a $3000 car. walking fifteen miles in the mud with cardboard soles to get to your income plateaued place of employment.

      “It’s so frustrating when you see people with enough money in KiwiSaver because that is taken out of their hands before they get their profligate ways with it but their ability to save is atrocious possibly due to the fact that not only are costs rising, and incomes remaining static, Kiwisaver has just taken another cut . They’ve got heaps of consumer finance debt because there is no other way they can survive on their income and have some semblance of a balanced life. We have to tell them to pay down some of that debt before they buy a house but unless they are in the position to utilise our services, we won’t waste our time on helping with their budget. So that allows us to ignore those currently drowning in debt due to static incomes and rising costs.

      Mr Bolton said many people seemed to regard items such as Sky TV going to the doctor or dentist as required as necessities, instead of luxuries.

      “I do tell people to do without Sky healthcare when it’s appropriate. When you go through people’s expenditure it’s amazing where the money goes and when people get sick or have toothache, they buy less takeaways, and sometimes stop eating altogether.

      “People have to learn that borrowing for these things doesn’t give them assets. The TV Healthcare is not an asset. The sound system WOF or registration is not an asset. The new sofa Paying your bills is not an asset. (I’ve just looked up the definition of assets and I’m pretty clear on this … liabilities and operating expenses next week… however, I’ll give it a go…) They’re liabilities – because the people who bought them didn’t have the money to begin with.

      What I am saying is. I have no concern with rising costs of houses because it benefits me. My nominal take increases as the amount borrowed does. I don’t care about issues such as stable housing or levelled incomes because… I don’t care. I have nothing to offer those who find themselves increasingly living a precarious financial life due to rising living costs, but will be happy to berate those who are on the cusp of getting a mortgage with me as long as they get out of their contract with Sky, and buy a used Toyota. Yes, I can see the flying pigs – but bubble, what bubble?”

      I am heartily sick of the commentators who have limited perspective being given column inches in our national paper.

    • Paul 5.2

      The perfect riposte to Mr Bolton and other baby boomers who say it just requires hard work to buy a house.
      It’s not the same as before.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11626989

  5. Olwyn 6

    This article has made a good job of articulating the difference between Clinton and Sanders, which reflects something of what is happening on the left everywhere. The idea is that we are not talking about A being more left wing or right wing than B, but about continuing with things as they are or trying to bring about a paradigm shift. Articles like this are important because both the right and the BAU left like to minimise the real difference and muddy the waters around it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/benjamin-studebaker/bernie-vs-hillary-matters-more-than-people-think_b_9209940.htm

    Along related lines, Martyn Bradbury has suggested that Labour adopt the policy platform of a “new social contract.” Such an idea would be meaningful only if it involved a paradigm shift along Sanders lines (even if it didn’t go as far to the left in terms of policy) and a great bore if it turned out to be just another round of framing. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/04/21/exclusive-inside-internal-party-research-the-dangers-for-key-the-clues-for-labour/

  6. Tautoko Mangō Mata 7

    Just up on World Trade online.

    Big Pharma Slams New Zealand Plan To Implement TPP Patent Term Extension

    ;U.S. and foreign brand-name drug companies are blasting New Zealand’s proposal to implement its Trans-Pacific Partnership obligation to provide patent term extensions on the grounds that it would limit the length of the extensions they could receive, saying it does not reflect the intent of the agreement and deviates from the systems other major economies have put in place.

    https://insidetrade.com/

    • tinfoilhat 7.1

      If big pharma is against something in the TPP it suggests that at least one thing in it must be worthwhile.

      • Pat 7.1.1

        unable to read due to paywall but suspect they are pissed that we are proposing to implement the disputed 5 year data period, whereas they believe it is 8 years plus….and them being pissed doesn’t equate to good news but rather is an indication what we have been sold is not as clear cut as they would like you to believe…itwould also make the already poor analysis even more inaccurate.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          That’s how I read it too. NZ wants to legislate a loose limit whereas Big Pharma believes that the TPP (which they wrote) indicates that there should be no limit.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.2

        You read that wrong. They’re not against the TPP – they’re saying that the NZ government isn’t implementing it hard enough for their liking.

  7. Tautoko Mangō Mata 8

    If the papers involved in the TPP negotiations were released as requested by Jane Kelsey, then maybe the intent of the agreement might become apparent.
    I thought the intent of a FTA was to remove tariffs, not INCREASE patent or copyright periods.

  8. Sabine 9

    Muppets, i rest my case 🙂

  9. Rosie 10

    Business as usual for farmed animal cruelty:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/79073855/pig-farrowing-crates-to-remain-in-spite-of-animal-welfare-concerns

    Of course the the decision was welcomed by the pork industry. It also gave an opportunity to reiterate their lies about inhumane conditions sows and piglets are kept in:

    “NZPork chairman Ian Carter welcomed NAWAC’s decision.

    “Farmers care for their animals. We know that our specialist farrowing systems are the best way to look after the welfare of sows and piglets around the time the piglets are born and up until weaning,” he said.”

    • weka 10.1

      Something about having to keep them in cages to prohibit flying.

      • Gangnam Style 10.1.1

        Its unbearable to think about if you have any kind of empathy.

        • weka 10.1.1.1

          Totally. The person who made that statement above about crates being the best system is just as much a sociopath as people like FJK.

  10. adam 11

    If you have not seen this well worth it – Democracy Spring.

    • Rosie 11.1

      Thanks for the update adam. That was a good listen. When do we get a turn?

      The French are resisting, the British are resisting, the Americans are resisting. What are we doing?

      • adam 11.1.1

        Nothing to see here, Odd that the small faction which have taken over the national party a so willing to sell us out to the corporations. Feels a little like Roger Douglas era all over again, running faster and further than anyone to prove how loyal we are to a very odd ideology.

        • Rosie 11.1.1.1

          Sometimes it feels like we’re running in the opposite direction of other countries at times. They are demanding change and we are silent.

          It’s not like we have nothing to protest. Our biggest demand should be the resignation of Key on the grounds that he promoted the law change in 2011 which opened our country up to be a tax haven and for refusing to be honest about his own financial arrangements. The Icelandic people ousted their PM for a lesser moral failing.

          • adam 11.1.1.1.1

            I have to agree.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.2

            The Icelandic people told the banks and the international banking system as a whole to fuck off post 2008 GFC.

            They also extended some protection to Wikileaks and Assange.

            NZers did little in this vein.

  11. adam 12

    I’m sure this is called fixing an election

  12. whispering kate 13

    If the opposition parties truly had this country’s best intentions at heart they would be urgently convening a meeting of Labour, Greens and New Zealand First right now, nutting out over the next couple of months some really good platform policies, renaming themselves into a new solidified one party, forget their petty oneupmanship selfishness and agree for once in their lives that this country is in the real shit – forget about who wants to be leader, have a democratic party where all the minds share their best ideas and get someone in the party to be the mouth piece – someone who can articulate what half, at least, of this country desperately need – fairness for everybody, not just the middle classes and the 1%. Michael Wood stands to mind, never have heard him not say something which wasn’t worth listening to.

    Is it ever going to happen, never – too many people full of their own importance and too craven to make the hard decisions, we once used to do this and didn’t we all stand proud in our little place in the world. Now we are just shabby yes men who bow and scrape to anything which smells of money. Its pathetic how this country allows such standover tactics – allowing our land to be sold, our jobs taken over by foreigners, our natural resources plundered,bribery with funds for the flag it just goes on and on on a daily basis. What a laughing stock we must be to the world. Its soul destroying what is happening to this country.

    • McFlock 13.1

      renaming themselves into a new solidified one party

      but that’s not the MMP way.

      Besides, a single party requires more policy compromise from the membership, even if you could imagine the Greens trading getting their environmental policies recognised by accepting Ron Prosser’s latest ideas on immigration. But then all that would happen is the largest sub-party would exercise the most control over policy, anyway.

      But I do like the idea of parties demonstrating that they can work together, not even necessarily at ithe policy level – the opposition parties have joined together to protest the shitty food at Dunedin Public Hospital since the outsourcing, that’s a good example of something that should be replicated in electorates across the country. Local issues, root-level cooperation as a demonstration that coalition negotiations can be undertaken in good faith.

    • DoublePlusGood 13.2

      “never have heard him not say something which wasn’t worth listening to. ”

      That’s an outstanding triple negative there. What did you actually mean?

  13. rhinocrates 14

    The Spinoff’s politics podcast. Topics, Panama Papers, Labour’s extended trainwreck, Helen Clack as UN Sec Gen.

    It’s a good cold shower for Clark and Labour supporters (it’s the old Presbyterian in me that finds resonance with this):

    http://thespinoff.co.nz/20-04-2016/politics-podcast-key-and-nz-as-tax-haven-labours-woes-and-helen-clark-un-bid/

    Summary:

    Little may have “united” the factions, but that seems to have meant putting the worst on the front bench. Hardly a solution, more like solipsism or appeasement. The party still has its head up its arse and it’s not getting traction because is spokescreatures just aren’t doing the hard work of getting to know their portfolios and need to get out of their own self-imposed confines and listen to people. Instead, they seem self-entitled, shallow and desperate and haven’t done their research. Labour’s members still think of their portfolios as sinecures or tokens of status.

    Negative comparisons are made with Tony Ryall and Paula Bennett. When you suffer in comparison with those two, something’s very wrong.

    Kelvin Davis is noted as an exception. He’s not on the front bench, Captain Mumblefuck is.

    Repeat after me: “Government in waiting, government in waiting, government in waiting…” Do you look like a government in waiting? No. Attacking personalities and cooking up scandals won’t work if you’ve got nothing of SUBSTANCE to offer as an ALTERNATIVE. DUH.

    Also, re UN, Yes, Clark is an impressive politician, but Maori have a surprisingly low incidence of amnesia. Privilege is when you say “Get over it.”

  14. Northsider 15

    ANZAC day is an occasion for extensive coverage of Gallipoli and WW1 in all media. I just listened to a good RNZ program on the popular Gallipoli exhibit in Te Papa. An ever increasing number of Kiwi youth travel to the commemorations in Turkey and many more attend the Dawn Services around the country.

    There is relatively very little interest shown by these youth in other New Zealand history. The Musket Wars, The Land Wars, The Gold Rushes, the mass migrations into NZ and inside NZ are very reverent to modern NZ.

    Do our youth blind themselves to a deeper and more relevant engagement with our past and with what shapes our present by focusing on events at that cove far far away?

    • b waghorn 15.1

      “”. I just listened to a good RNZ program on the popular Gallipoli exhibit in Te Papa. “”
      How about getting off you’re arses te papa staff and opening at 8 am in the school holidays so people have more of a chance of getting to see the Gallipoli exhibition. Opening at 10 am WTF

    • Heather Grimwood 15.2

      A possible explanation is that Gallipoli and Anzac story is incorporated into primary school syllabus. ……gold rush emphasis would be much less and the other topics haphazardly discussed.

  15. adam 16

    So I’m guessing we will get another sickening anzac day, when we won’t talk about the Northland war, the Taranaki War, nor the invasion of the Waikato.

    Just more filth about how losing at anzac cover made a nation. Nothing about the suppression of the anti-war movement. The curtailment of civil liberties. That the PM Massey declared war without parliament.

    Jack about the Pioneer Maori Unit, and the abject racism which meant they spent the bulk of the war moving boxes.

    Nothing about Archibald Baxter – A National Treasure.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_Baxter

    Nope just more cheap jingoist crap, whilst we send more men and women to fight a meaningless war in the middle east.

    • Bill Drees 16.1

      Media NZ and Wellington politicos promote an Anglo centric culture. A common comment during the flag referendum was “….died for the flag”. The daily feed of royal family tripe, the daily use of London news-sources, the deference towards titles: these are all markers that ignore the varied background of the people of Aotearoa.
      The gooey predictable coverage of ANZAC day is a limited way to explore what makes modern NZ.

  16. I heard NZ had 67,000 long term/permanent immigrants in the last month of number taking(?) If that kept up we would see a doubling of the population in less than 6 years.
    2009 – 2010 wasn’t that long ago, 6 years isn’t very long.

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    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

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    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    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 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    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 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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