Open mike 22/08/2016

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  1. Paul 1

    Looks like another surge of immigrants is arriving to put further pressure on our housing crisis.

    Neoliberalism relies on globalisation and encourages immigration to weaken workers’ bargaining positions. This excerpt comes from a brilliant article by Martin Jacques.

    “But the causes of this political crisis, glaringly evident on both sides of the Atlantic, are much deeper than simply the financial crisis and the virtually stillborn recovery of the last decade. They go to the heart of the neoliberal project that dates from the late 70s and the political rise of Reagan and Thatcher, and embraced at its core the idea of a global free market in goods, services and capital. The depression-era system of bank regulation was dismantled, in the US in the 1990s and in Britain in 1986, thereby creating the conditions for the 2008 crisis. Equality was scorned, the idea of trickle-down economics lauded, government condemned as a fetter on the market and duly downsized, immigration encouraged, regulation cut to a minimum, taxes reduced and a blind eye turned to corporate evasion.”

  2. weka 2

    A geologist speculating on how water from the Tukituki might have gotten into the aquifer (drought created cracks in the clay, flooding spread the water to those areas). I’m still not seeing very good explanations though (is this surface clay? The 2 impervious layers?)

  3. The Chairman 3

    The Māori King will not be voting for Labour again.

    He said he had changed his mind about the party after its leadership said it would not work with the Māori Party.

    However, didn’t Labour and the Greens recently extend an open invitation to any party that wanted to join them in changing the Government? Or has that now been retracted?


    • Wyndham 3.1

      It is difficult not to see the hand of Tuku Morgan behind most of what King Tuheitia says. Tuku appears to be making a strong political come back with his recent ascension to president of the Maori Party and a declared interest in bringing Hone Harawira in from the political wilderness.

      • The Chairman 3.1.1

        Indeed, it is difficult not to see the hand of Tuku Morgan at play.

        However, if Labour did change their position and have now ruled out working with the Māori Party, one could argue his position has some merit. Perhaps he was also unhappy with Labour’s unwillingness to work with Hone?

        • Anne

          I presume Labour has ruled out working with the Maori Party because the M.P. has supported almost every bit of government legislation to which Labour is implacably opposed. In such circumstances, Labour is correct to side-step the M.P. If they can’t to what’s right by their own people, then what chance to trust them on anything else.

          • marty mars

            How many votes have labour mate with there mates in the gnats???

            Talk about letting people down – A+ for labs.

          • weka

            Have Labour ruled out working with the Mp? Citation please.

            • The Chairman

              “Have Labour ruled out working with the Mp?”

              According to the Māori King.

              However, as highlighted by Sabine, it seems the King is being somewhat disingenuous. Unless there is more to it and he knows something we don’t?

              • weka

                So that would be a no then. And all this speculation is based on a single sentence in an RNZ report that isn’t even a quote. And no-one bothering to define what ‘working with’ means in this context.

                None of us yet know what either Labour or the Mp think or have done, nor really even what the Māori King said/meant.

                • The Chairman

                  “So that would be a no then. And all this speculation is based on a single sentence in an RNZ report that isn’t even a quote.”


                  Little was also interviewed about it on RNZ. He didn’t dispute Labour no longer willing to work with them.

                  And there is this from TV3, the King blamed comments made by Little that Labour couldn’t work with the Māori Party.

                  Nanaia Mahutatold told Newshub the Māori King was as free to make political statements as anyone else, but that she has spoken to Mr Little about it.

                  “I’ve given him a brief of what was said and the context in which it was said. It’s up to Andrew in terms of how he chooses to respond.”

                  However, Ms Mahuta wouldn’t be drawn on whether Mr Little should retract and apologise for his comments, to heal divisions.

                  “There is no doubt Andrew will reflect on a whole lot of comments from a whole lot of people.”

                  • weka

                    Can you please link to where Little made this statement on RNZ?

                    • weka


                      So, there is nothing there that says that Labour won’t work with the Mp (he does say they won’t work with Harawira).

                      Which means this whole conversation is based on pretty much nothing.

                    • The Chairman

                      The assertion that Labour won’t work with the MP was made by the King in the first link provided. Which is one of the reasons why he won’t be voting Labour. And which Little was later questioned on in the last link provided.

                      What I found interesting was Little never addressed the reason why the King won’t be voting Labour.

                      If the King was mistaken or incorrect, surely that would have been one of the first things Little would have addressed?

                      It was also somewhat supported by the report on TV3. Which I already highlighted above.


                      The whole thing raises a lot of questions, hence why I started the discussion.

                    • weka

                      “The assertion that Labour won’t work with the MP was made by the King in the first link provided.”

                      Not quite. RNZ report that he said something like that. There is no quote or context.

                      The audio with Little was obviously edited and we don’t get to hear the original question. He wasn’t asked if Labour have ruled out working with the Mp, it doesn’t come up. He was asked about ruling out Harawira and answers that.

                      So, all we have is a single sentence in an RNZ report that no-one on the largest left wing blog in NZ is able to confirm.

                    • The Chairman

                      Your overlooking it was also reported to be asserted by the King on TV3, which was a little more specific in their reporting. Directly naming Little and quoting the King as finding Little’s statement (Labour couldn’t work with the MP) “hurtful”

                      Nanaia Mahuta was also questioned on whether Little should retract and apologise, but wouldn’t be drawn.

                      Therefore, we have more than a single sentence in a RNZ report, but questions still remain.

                      As you point out, it’s interesting no-one on the largest left wing blog in NZ is able to confirm Labour’s alleged change of position, thus allowing us to fully ascertain whether the King and what has been reported is on the level.

            • Anne

              I was replying to TC @ 3 weka.

              Until someone can prove otherwise, I was assuming the Maori King’s contention that … he had changed his mind about the party [Labour] after its leadership said it would not work with the Māori Party is correct.

            • alwyn

              The party’s late leader, the now -person” David C certainly appeared to have done so when he was in power but it is almost impossible to find any definitive comment by the current party leader. He is a master of the “on the one hand… on the other hand ” approach of saying different things to different groups of course.

              Cunliffe said
              “The Labour leader says there will be a maximum of three parties in Government should the party take office after September 20 – Labour, the Green Party and New Zealand First.” and
              “But he said Internet Mana and Maori Party “absolutely won’t be ministers”.”

              • weka

                Nothing to do with this conversation though.

                • alwyn

                  Why on earth not?
                  You are making an assumption that he is talking about Andrew Little being the leader he meant.
                  The King didn’t say that however. He said, “He said he had changed his mind about the party after its leadership said it would not work with the Māori Party”.
                  He doesn’t say when that happened and it is only an assumption made by people on this blog that he meant the current leadership. He could have given up on Labour in 2014 for all we know.
                  That would make his statement perfectly understandable.

                  He is, after all, entitled to believe that statements of Labour Party policy stand until they are unequivocally reversed. Has Little ever said, about Cunliffe’s comment on working with Maori, that it no longer applies? He was very quick to announce that changing the age for Super was scrapped and that there would be no CGT.
                  Perhaps the Kings remark is merely an attempt to force Little to scrap the last remaining policy of Cunliffe’s reign?

          • Sabine

            The homeless inquiry is run by Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party. So obviously the Labour and Green Coalition can and is working with the Maori Party.

            As for the Maori Party they clearly state that they will work with whomever is in Power. Luckily for this country, everyone gets to have a vote an every one gets to vote by themselves.

            In the end does it matter if the one publicly votes when everyone else is alone in the both making their choice?

            • weka

              Thanks Sabine. There is a large amount of misinformation being peddled in this thread.

            • Karen

              Exactly, Sabine.

              I am not aware of any statement from Andrew Little saying Labour will not work with the Māori Party if there is a Labour led government. If he did can someone provide a citation?

              I was initially surprised by this statement by Kīngi Tūheitia but not so much when I thought about the influence of Tuku Morgan. The only way the Māori Party can get more seats is by taking them off the Labour Party, so expect to hear more attacks on Labour now that Tuku Morgan is the president. He is far too right wing for my tastes but there is no question that he is a very astute politician.

              As for Labour gifting seats to the Māori Party – what on earth for? There is no advantage to Labour in doing this. Even the Nats don’t stand aside in any electorate – including Epsom.

            • Anne

              I don’t understand your response to my Sabine. I didn’t say the M.P. has supported every bit of govt. legislation. I said “almost” which is true. Yes, there are areas where they can work reasonably well together but that’s the case between all political parties. I expect there are areas where Labour and ACT – or even the Greens and ACT – have something in common.

              I reject the premise that a political party can be a part of “whomsoever is in power” It suggests they have no fundamental principles/values behind them – a sure-fire pathway to eventual failure. Would they have worked with an ACT govt. whose policies are counter to Maori aspiration? They would have been voting for their own swift demise.

              • Sabine

                i merely pointed out to the naysayer and those that want Labour to fail at any cost that irrespective of what one person says it actually means nothing.

                my partner votes Green i don’t. I see the same thing happening elsewhere. One may state they will never ever do this or that, and its good and fine for them, and all the others will do this an that and its good and fine.

                I don’t think that the majority of Maoris will base their vote on what the King says.
                And for the naysayers that say that Labour can’t or won’t work with the Maori Party i merely pointed out that gasp, Labour and the Greens are already working with the Maori Party together in regards to our homeless crisis.
                but then the spring is coming, and sleeping in a car maybe not be an issue anymore until next winter?

                • The Chairman

                  “I merely pointed out to the naysayer and those that want Labour to fail at any cost that irrespective of what one person says it actually means nothing”

                  One can’t deny that the opinion of one of such high notability doesn’t have some voter sway . Nevertheless, there is a good chance that anyone initially considering voting Labour, but are now swayed by the notion, may result in voting Mana instead.

                  “And for the naysayers that say that Labour can’t or won’t work with the Maori Party i merely pointed out that gasp, Labour and the Greens are already working with the Maori Party together in regards to our homeless crisis.”

                  The assertion is Little said Labour can’t or won’t work with the Maori Party. Which could be a new development (taking place after deciding to work together on the homeless crisis)?

                  • Sabine

                    you know what, it does not matter who people vote for in my opinion as long as they vote.

                    I have stated it some three years ago that the opposition parties need to learn to work and co-exists. In the long term that would include Mana or any other new party that will come along.

                    I don’t see how hard that is to understand?

                    MMP = coalitions. Labour/Mana/Greens/Maori/legalise Aotearoa etc etc etc.

                    MMP again. So for now the Labour Party is working with the Maori Party and the Greens on the homeless crisis. Kudos, they are doing it and all the others can get fucked in my books cause they are doing nothing.

                    As for your assertion that Little said this or that, please kindly provide a link. Thanks.

                    Cause the bibpartisan group to address homelessness in NZ has been on the books now for a few weeks/month.

                    • The Chairman

                      “As for your assertion that Little said this or that, please kindly provide a link. Thanks.”

                      It’s not my assertion. I was referring to the assertion reported – i.e. RNZ, TV3.



                    • Sabine

                      re Chairman
                      so ‘your’ comment :The assertion is Little said Labour can’t or won’t work with the Maori Party.
                      is still without a link to any statement by Little.

                      I merely pointed out that Labour is already working with the Maori Party 🙂 Today they are already working together. Not next year after the election. Today.

                    • The Chairman

                      “So ‘your’ comment :The assertion is Little said Labour can’t or won’t work with the Maori Party is still without a link to any statement by Little.”

                      That’s because the assertion was reportedly made by the King. As shown in the links.

                      “I merely pointed out that Labour is already working with the Maori Party”

                      Yes, which further brings into question what’s been reported.

                    • alwyn

                      Neither Radio New Zealand, not TV3, claimed that Little had said that he would not work with the Maori Party, nor that the Maori King had claimed that Little had done so..
                      What the Maori King said, and which I commented on a little further up this correspondence, was that
                      “He said he had changed his mind about the party after its leadership said it would not work with the Māori Party”.
                      This doesn’t put any particular time on when he did change his mind. It is simply a statement in the past tense about the “leadership”.
                      David Cunliffe DID say this. At the time he said it he was the leader of the Labour Party. Little has never said that the Labour Party no longer held this view. I suspect the Maori King is trying to put pressure on Little to come out and say that Labour would happily work with the M.P. This would put the cat among the pigeons for the Maori members of the Labour Party, and help the M.P in the next election..

                  • Craig H

                    Someone questioned our local MP on this tonight at our LEC meeting – Labour have not ruled out working with MP, and MP have not ruled out working with Labour. The Maori King believes Mana and MP should not be separate parties i.e. they should re-merge.

                    Mondayisation of Waitangi and ANZAC Day and the PPL bills are recent examples of bills from the member’s ballot being passed over the top of NAct, so there’s still room to work with them.

          • The Chairman

            “I presume Labour has ruled out working with the Maori Party because the M.P. has supported almost every bit of government legislation to which Labour is implacably opposed.”

            If your presumption is correct, it doesn’t explain why Labour initially extended an open invitation to work together.

            • Anne

              I didn’t catch up with that TC. Was it a general invitation or just on some specific legislation? How long ago? Genuine questions.

              • weka

                Anne, have you seen something specific where Labour says they won’t work with the Mp?

              • The Chairman

                “I didn’t catch up with that TC. Was it a general invitation or just on some specific legislation? How long ago?”

                It was an open invitation, extended when they announced their MOU.

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      Labour should have been working hard to reconcile with the Maori Party since Turia left.

      However doing so would likely require Labour not contesting some seats. Which internally Labour would find unpalatable, especially as Labour views all the Maori Seats as naturally theirs. So the Maori Party get driven back into the arms of National.

      • mpledger 3.2.1

        The Maori party choose to go back into the arms of National. But it seems their intent is to remain MPs at the expense of doing what’s best for Maori.

        • Colonial Viper

          And what do you think of all the Maori roll voters who support them?

        • save nz

          Yep, maybe Labour might be wrong in the past, (in particular Hone Harawira) but the Maori party has made the situation much worse by propping up National for 8 years. And anyone who tries to justify that as being good for Maori, needs their head read. Maybe it is personally beneficial for the .1% Maori ‘at the table’ just like personally beneficial for the .1% elite Pakeha, Chinese, US etc as well, but what about the rest of Maori and the rest of the country?

          • Chooky

            +100 save nz

          • Puckish Rogue

            Well when Labour shafted Maori over the forshore then maybe Maori remembered which party had actually done more to raise Maori up, not through words by through actions, Doug Graham anyone?

            It is the worst kind of racist paternalism to expect/demand Maori vote for Labour without offering anything in return

            • framu

              yet they forgot why labour did what it did – after a certain party kicked the hornets nest

              (thats not to excuse labours actions – just part of the mix at that time)

              • Puckish Rogue

                That’s also true

                • In Vino

                  And Tuku Morgan should have had the honesty to leave Labour with Douglas, Prebble, etc, and be part of the Act Party. He is indeed a 1%er, and is no doubt behind this statement by the so-called Maori king – whose monarchy a number of Maori reject.

                  • Not sure Morgan was ever in Labour, though he may have been a member when he was younger, I suppose. He got elected as a NZF MP in the nineties and has proceeded further and further to the right from then on in.

                    • In Vino

                      Ulp! – I think you may be correct there. I associated him with Rogernomics and $90 taxpayer-funded undies, but it could well have been through NZF .. who are thereby equally tainted.

            • Gabby

              Some Maori.

        • Sanctuary

          The comments of the Maori King are just the last throw of the dice by the dying Maori Party. Never forget the Maori Party represent brown privilege as expressed in the form of Iwi businesses that are busily proving capitalist greed is colour blind. At the top of the Iwi entitlement mythology tree is the Maori king.

          These Brown Tories are poised to make an absolute fortune from National’s drive to privatise welfare and education through various shady Iwi organisations. If the Maori Party disappears, so does one of National’s support partners and if National loses power, all those fat, fat contracts featuring taxpayer money going to unaccountable private Maori providers goes with them.

      • Jenny Kirk 3.2.2

        Labour has a proud history of standing candidates in all seats, CV – to enable the Labour message to get out everywhere, including the Maori seats. Why should it deviate from this record now?

        What is more, when Labour and Greens united, they both offered invitations to other Parties to join them. mpledger has it right. The Maori Party are close to National and the Maori King is being taken in by them.

        • Colonial Viper

          What did the Labour and Greens leadership offer to the Maori Party in exchange for their support?

          How is the strategy of alienating or eliminating potential MMP allies going for Labour so far?

          • BM

            You can’t really offer them anything substantial without alienating and pissing off the Maori sector of the Labour party.

            That’s why the Maori party partners with National far more opportunity to get stuff done

        • The Chairman

          “Why should it deviate from this record now?”

          Perhaps to help improve their wish of changing the Government?

          For example, if Labour and the Greens stood down in Epsom (an electorate both would never win) and encouraged their supporters to vote for National, that would kill ACT.

          Moreover, Labour and the Greens have indicated there is some potential for them to reach accommodations to support one anothers candidates in electoral seats, suggesting they may be considering deviating from this past record.

          • Colonial Viper

            You are only allowed to work cross party to get rid of left wing MPs like Hone Harawira.

            • te reo putake

              Except that never happened. They had an election and Hone came second.

              • adam

                Yeah mana shot themselves in the foot, but labour did the dirty too. It was not as nice as you’d like it to be te reo putake

                • Hey, it’s an election, Adam. I been involved in plenty and nice is not a word I would usually associate with the process. Well, maybe if the Greens are involved 😉

                  I guess the point is that the WO spread meme that there was some cooperation between National and Labour still pops up from time to time. It’s bollocks, obviously, but for some people it’s easier to believe that rubbish than accept that Hone made a terrible tactical choice hooking up with a self absorbed millionaire. Ironically, the maori party have also hooked up with a self absorbed millionaire, but they’ve got away with it so far.

        • weka

          “What is more, when Labour and Greens united, they both offered invitations to other Parties to join them”

          Citation for that please Jenny.

      • Ad 3.2.3

        The Maori King is a stupid piece of useless corrupt inbred fawning that holds Maori back.

        • marty mars

          You offensive creep – luckily your obnoxious opinion is worth nothing. What a foul arsehole you are.

          • weka

            Not sure if he means the man or the position, but either way it’s easily the most racist comment in the thread so far :-/

            FFS Ad, I know you’re doing this whole inflammatory style of politics now, but putting some context into that comment so it could be understood as anything other than outright offensive and supporting racism might have been a good idea.

        • Anne

          The Maori King has been easily led I would say.

        • jcuknz

          You could be right AD but for once the guy is talking sense … Labour for years has taken Maori for granted whereas National has given more than crumbs during its stay in office. I hate to think of how many more lollies Maori would get if they had more seats.

          • BM

            Tainui is also a real business power house in the Waikato now.

            They have their fingers in lots of pies and are doing lots of developments, hardly surprising they see their future with National, not Labour.

            • jcuknz

              Just as Maori showed during the early settlement period they can work the capitalism system as well as any whitey.

              • Puckish Rogue

                I suspect its one of the reasons that Maori have done relatively better then most other peoples that have been colonised

                • What??? How do all those stats look? Typical rubbish from a gnat – it’s all relative unless it’s them.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    I’d suggest that Maori have certainly done better then the first people in Australia, South Africa, Alaska or the USA (yeah yeah I know its the same country)

                    I mean if I had to choose from that selection I’d choose to be Maori everytime

                    • Bully for you and your stupid view not based an anything except your belly button lint.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Please accept this virtual hug from me to you, I feel like you could use one right now and I hope that whatever has you down is resolved soon 🙂

                    • mauī

                      Wow, 3 minutes earlier you said, The worst thing you can do when holding a position is to not try to understand what other peoples points of views are

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Yup and if someone says something convinces me they’re right and I’m wrong I change or more likely someone points out something I hadn’t considered then I take that on board and that filters through to my postings

                      One of the reasons you don’t see me posting sexist stuff or how I’m likely to point to people that comments on someones physical appearance is not cool and that’s come directly from here

                      I’d post stuff that I didn’t realise was sexist or demeaning but once it was shown from others posts on the subject I immediately changed what I post

        • Puckish Rogue

          Tell us what you really think, don’t hold anything back 🙂

        • Grant

          Someone doesn’t know how to use fawning in a sentence.

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    The German government tells its people that they must hold 10 days worth of personal food and water in case of terrorist attack. Brighter future?

    • Sabine 4.1

      Fact, Germany grew up with a strong history of war the resulting lack of food and other goods.

      Fact, when your stuff is re-possesed they can’t take 1 TV as the Government insists you need it for the news and to be informed of events such as terrorists attack and floods and other assorted shite that may have to keep you home or to be told where emergency assembly points, shelters and the likes are.

      Fact, every now and then we have -25 – 30 degrees winter and in certain regions become un-reachables aka the Schwaebishe Alp and high mountain Farmers.
      Fact, every now and then we have awesome floods that can make regions un-reachables for days on end.

      Fact, also from Germany we are a transit country, goods come from the south, the east and the west and north to travel through Germany. Leaving us with lots of nice things in the shops. Should a war or terrorist attack happens stuff in the shops may run low. Thus a smart populace is prepared to some extend.

      Fact, if the russians or the us fuckwits start playing war games, Germany France and the rest of europe is gone first and we know it.

      Fact, we grew up with ABC alarms, Fact we have old people having lived through a lot of shit and some of them are awesome hoarders and makers.

      Fact, you should really not start sprouting off about Germany, they are too sane for you. I hear Trump took a truck load of PlayDoh to Louisianna as disaster relieve – how is that for a brighter future.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        AfD is going to gain more traction as economic and security conditions decline and Merkel insists on letting even more Middle Eastern refugees into the country.

        As for facts how about this one – sales of pepper spray and requests for personal defence weapon permits appear to have reached record highs in Germany this year.

        Fact, if the russians or the us fuckwits start playing war games, Germany France and the rest of europe is gone first and we know it.


        Which makes me somewhat surprised that Germany is willing to risk war via treaties with countries like Latvia and Bulgaria.

        The Germans have also allowed the US to run a lot of Middle Eastern wars as well as CIA renditions out of German bases. And Germany has accepted US directions to put harsh sanctions on Russia.

        Has it not occurred to the German people that many of the costs and risks of these actions – like economic damage to German industry, destabilising the long standing strategic balance with Russia and millions of refugees on the door step – are being borne by the German people and not by the US leaders in far away Washington DC.

        • Sabine

          Has it ever incurred to you that you know jack shit about Germany?

          What about that Truckload of Playdoh? Anything to say about the brighter future?

        • Garibaldi

          C’mon CV and Sabine .From where I am sitting you are both correct.

          • Sabine

            i doubt, i have absolutely no use what so ever for CV. I put him in the same box as the other trolls. For what it concerns Germany i sincerely doubt that CV has any knowledge what so ever. Sometimes it behoofes him to keep it shut.
            I am sure there is some Hillary is sick meme that he can peddle if he feels bored and needs attention.

    • Puckish Rogue 4.2

      But how can this be, I mean they’ve opened their borders so everyone that enters should be really thankful and thus safe from terrorist attacks. If anything it should be these countries that should be doing the prepping:

      But seriously everyone should be prepping anyway, I myself have just completed my three week preps and am now starting on three months

      • Sabine 4.2.1

        How much water do you have?
        Have you got your sanitation sorted?

        Cause the killing will be done by infected cuts, broken bones and shit everywhere.
        NZ is a good place to go foraging if you know what is edible and if you know how to cook it.

        But a cut to your finger infected is what is going to kill you. Same as it was some 200 years ago,

        • Puckish Rogue

          The earthquakes showed me just how unprepared I was (complacent) so I started to some research and found some web sites that were very helpful

          These in particular are very good:

          Very good starting point, some American stuff of course but a mostly useful, common sense approach to prepping

          Really good stuff on here, theres a lot to go through however its also conservatively American but the information in there means you just need to ignore the political side of it

          From there I take the information and balance it against what I already know and go from there

    • Stuart Munro 4.3

      Kiwis should do the same evidently – for when the real trickledown (bovine fecal matter into aquifers) becomes a flood.

  5. mauī 5

    (Song) Justin Bieber ft. Auckland Law Revue – Sorry to Māori

  6. save nz 6

    Will this National’s new policy if they get a 4th term? Scary stuff. (Have they already started arresting people).

    U.S. Marshals Are Arresting People in Texas Who Have Outstanding Student Loans

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Debtors prisons, the way of the future.

    • Olwyn 6.2

      The selling of student loans by a government seems to me like the use of debt to reintroduce slavery – a variation on private prisons.

  7. Chooky 7

    China’s shame!…how does this compare with Nazi Germany?…the maiming and murder of dissidents and Tibetans and other minority ethnic groups

    ‘Ethan Gutmann and Angela Ballantyne – Forced Organ Harvesting’

    “Claims of forced organ harvesting from thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience are revealed in a new documentary being screened around Aotearoa in coming weeks.

    The film is called Hard to Believe – and it alleges the Chinese government is behind an industrial scale programme of organ harvesting – mostly targeting members of the religious sect Falun Gong. The Chinese government maintains this is all a lie, and donors are all prisoners on death row. Ethan Gutmann, author of the book, The Slaughter, is one of the authors of a new 800-page report, ‘An Update,’ that says up to 100,000 transplants are taking place in China each year. Dr Angela Ballantyne is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Otago and President of the International Assn of Bioethics.

    • RedLogix 7.1

      Yes. This has been around for a while. I mentally shelved it in the ‘need more information’ category, because it really is hard to believe. But if it is true then we have a problem.

      Quite a big one.

      • Chooky 7.1.1

        …very BIG one…and agree it is so bad it is hard to believe! …it puts other human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the pale

    • Sabine 7.2

      When they start branding people, forcing them to wear yellow starts, pink triangles and other assorted symbols to represent their transgressions in public and in prison, when they have charts for its citizens to check if they are ‘aryan’ enough etc etc then you may compare the Chinese and the treatment of their minority groups and the likes to Nazi Germany, when they openly work people to death in mines, factories, fields, when they openly shoot them in front of mass graves for hours on end, when they end up killing 6 million people of one religion and several other million of people who happen to be gay, socialists, communists, catholic, protestant, jehovas witnesses, blind, deaf, mute, otherwise physically handicapped, old or sick then you may start looking for a comparison with the German organised and executed Holocoust.

      In the meantime i suggest you find a different term for it. And then you should also ask yourself who profits of the atrocities committed in China.

      are you aryan enough to survive?

  8. Puckish Rogue 8

    What a weekend for sport, even the doom merchant no joy lefties on here would have to say its been a pretty decent run

    The Olympics team doing us proud, the All Blacks showing exactly why they’re the standard (pardon the expression ;-)) the only blot being the Diaz v McGregor fight (of course a third fight means bigger box office) and the rain affected 1st test against SA

    Its all good 🙂

    • jcuknz 8.1

      It is the brighter future JK has promised us PR 🙂

    • mauī 8.2

      Surprising seeing you running the establishment line again PR..

      • Puckish Rogue 8.2.1

        Not the establishment line. I just like watching sports and this weekend was a doozy, sports wise

        I know that most of the left would prefer to be suck on a lemon then celebrate NZs sporting achievements but sometimes theres a good weekend and you’re just glad to have watched it 🙂

        • Paul

          If sport is t he most important thing to you.

          • Puckish Rogue

            Bet you’re real fun at parties

            • Paul

              Yes I am because I am able to talk about a lot more than sport and real estate.
              Folk whose repertoire is just sport tend to make parties dull.

              • Puckish Rogue

                Of course because how can anyone enjoy mere sport when there is so many more important things to worry about out there

                • In Vino

                  Well, PR, I think Gordon Campbell has blown your ‘decent run’ apart.

                  More cost per medal for the taxpayer to bear than ever before, and a shrinking TV audience because of Paywall. Actually the lowest value NZ taxpayers have had from any Olympics, if I remember rightly.

                  Maybe the end of the current system, which is sick. I refuse to pay for sport on TV. So do so many others.
                  Read his latest article on Werewolf, admit that he is right, and stop your blathering rubbish.

        • marty mars

          Idiot – the left love sports, sportspeople often vote too and for many parties. The right don’t like sport they like competition.

          • Puckish Rogue


            Are you feeling all right this morning? You seem to be more irritable then usual, let it all out if it’ll make you feel better 🙂

            • marty mars

              I feel assaulted by ignorance and bigotry but yeah I’m good.

              This isn’t a competition ☺

              • Puckish Rogue

                I like sports but winning is more enjoyable when theres decent competition and something on the line

                For instance the All Blacks beating say Italy is nice but the All blacks beating Australia in the world cup final was something else entirely

                • What sports do you like that aren’t competitive?

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    Seriously? All sports require an element of competition unless you’re practicing of course

                    • RedLogix

                      And then there is the old school of thinking that says the only true sports are motor racing and alpine climbing. All the rest are games.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      I’m genuinely interested, whats their reasoning behind that and I’m assuming that motor racing includes various types of sailing as well?

                    • weka

                      “All sports require an element of competition unless you’re practicing of course”

                      What do you call kayaking done outside of competition and practice for competition?

                      Or rock climbing for the joy of it?

                    • RedLogix

                      A spot of googling tracks it down to an Ernst Hemingway quote: ‘There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.’

                      And more references here:


                    • Puckish Rogue

                      I’m not sure I’d call bull fighting any sort of sport

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Well Weka practice is just that, practice but this is a pretty good definition I reckon:

                      SportAccord uses the following criteria, determining that a sport should:

                      have an element of competition

                      be in no way harmful to any living creature

                      not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier (excluding proprietary games such as arena football)

                      not rely on any “luck” element specifically designed into the sport

                      They also recognise that sport can be primarily physical (such as rugby or athletics), primarily mind (such as chess or go), predominantly motorised (such as Formula 1 or powerboating), primarily co-ordination (such as billiard sports), or primarily animal-supported (such as equestrian sport).

                    • RedLogix

                      Neither would I count bullfighting, which is probably why I’d mentally erased it from my first version.

                      But weka is spot on, while I’ve played football, a bit of rugby and some softball, I found climbing, tramping, kayaking … all activities that challenge your own limitations … far more engaging.

                      Beating other people is easy; overcoming your own fears isn’t.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      and nothing wrong with that either but for me tramping is something I do for fun, I’m not really looking to challenge myself as such (except for when I haven’t done it in a while and it feels like a challenge even taking a step but I digress)

                      I guess the sports I’ve, mostly, gravitated to are the more team orientated ones

                      However the main point of the original post was what a great weekend it was for NZ sport…maybe I should have added whatever sport it is you choose to participate in 🙂

                    • locus

                      Sport for competition or sport for the sheer enjoyment, either way it’s been a pleasure to be a spectator and to share some wonderful moments this Olympics…..

                      to see people realise their childhood dreams and to show us and the next generation that sporting excellence is as much about the journey, the teamwork and how you participate, as it is about individual achievement.

                    • BM

                      About the only sport that I don’t find boring is Cricket.

                      I don’t think there’s another game that requires as much mental toughness and skill as cricket.

                      It’s a real rooster one moment, feather duster next sort of game ….. or over.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      All that and more, absolutely. To see people from small towns like Waimate or Timaru etc and, not just compete, but succeed has been really excellent as well and if that’s not motivating enough the sheer class shown by athletes like (but not limited to) Valarie Adams will hopefully convince more women (and men of course) to strive for higher honours in their chosen sports

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Yes I forgot to mention the cricket this weekend as well, they’ve done well in the bowling but the batting was looking a bit wobbly but unfortunately it looks like rain will have the final say

                    • Sanctuary

                      Just to let you all know, in Spain bullfighting is covered on the same pages as the theatre reviews and ballet performances, not in the sports section.

        • mauī

          Of course its the establishment line, just look how the ABs are used by politicians and the media, and how someone of your viewpoint uses the subject on a political blog. Anyway Noam Chomsky says it better:

    • Bearded Git 8.3

      $27 million for one silver medal in cycling…..or $54 million for one cycling silver and the same flag.

      Money well spent indeed.

  9. Puckish Rogue said:
    “I know that most of the left would prefer to be suck on a lemon then celebrate NZs sporting achievements…”
    Tell us, PR, why if you believe what you have written, do you visit a Left wing blog to trumpet your support for something you believe the readers here would “rather suck on a lemon” than listen to? You’re better suited to a Right wing blog where sports fans such as yourself are all a twitter with excitement at the Olympic medal tally and the All Black win over Australia.

    • Puckish Rogue 9.1

      Don’t forget UFC 202 🙂

      Probably because while most of the left do suck on lemons (see Pauls comment) not all lefties are like that, some even have comments that’re worth reading

      The worst thing you can do when holding a position is to not try to understand what other peoples points of views are

      If hell is other people then only existing with other people that agree with you may not be hell but it’d certainly be very boring

      • Garibaldi 9.1.1

        PR with your incorrect use of ‘ then/than’, it makes your crap hard to read.

        • Puckish Rogue

          Sucks to be you than doesn’t it

          • In Vino

            Sucks is plural, PR, so it should be ‘doesn’t they’. ☺

          • Chooky

            …and how about “then” instead of “than”

            • In Vino

              Sorry Chooky, but I think PR was displaying his form of wit, and did that error deliberately. His other many errors are through misguided political slant, and not so deliberate.

              • Chooky

                damn went completely over my head…I thought I had smarty PR on the grammar…(and I am not too hot on grammar myself)

      • framu 9.1.2

        “The worst thing you can do when holding a position is to not try to understand what other peoples points of views are ”

        oh the irony

        i dont have a problem with sportspeople succeeding – but i do have an issue with the way sport is overhyped, over corporatised and the pack mentality displayed by many non participants.

        I would be willing to bet that many have a somewhat similar take – and one that comes across as “dont like sport” if the detail isnt there

        that thing you were saying about not understanding others points of view? 🙂

        • Puckish Rogue

          i dont have a problem with sportspeople succeeding – but i do have an issue with the way sport is overhyped, over corporatised and the pack mentality displayed by many non participants

          and that’s a fair point, I feel something has been lost from NZ rugby and it’ll never come back again

          I recall drinking the Cook down in Dunedin (early to mid 90s) and having a look at the uni a rugby photos and just looking at all the provincial and all blacks in the photos and going to games at the ‘brook and having a great time but now…I don’t know its just not quite the same

          However I’d also not want to begrudge a player making decent money from the game, they’re only a tackle away from retirement after all

          But hasn’t some of the performances from the NZ Olympics team, especially the women, been impressive?

          • b waghorn

            The unexpected medal from the pole vaulter was the high light for me .
            Nothing like peaking at the right time.

            • Puckish Rogue

              Yeah wasn’t she impressive, hitting a PB at the exact time she needed it. I personally think Natalie Rooney was one of the, many, highlights for me

              I’m stoked when I hit two clay birds in a row so I was just sitting getting more and more excited about her prospects and her attitude to silver was equally as impressive, she’ll be a good bet for 2020

              • Colonial Viper

                Very nice but the medal is not worth the same as Isinbayeva the world champion was not permitted to compete.

                • There’s an obvious answer: two Olympics, one drug free and one drugged up to the eyeballs.

                  • McFlock

                    Trouble with that is that we’ve seen the results with WWE wrestlers. Very high death rate in middle age.

                    Dunno if sports really deserve the “one crowded hour” attitude.

                    • Not just WWE, McFlock. Plenty of athletes, cyclists, body builders and others have died early, Florence Griffith Joyner being probably the most famous. Lord knows how many from Eastern Europe have died over the last few decades because it’s always been easier to hide the stats there.

                      I suspect if there were two Olympics, one clean the other not so much, the public would prefer the clean one. But Sky TV would happily show both.

                    • McFlock

                      well, that’s capitalism for ya.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Hi TRP, I had hoped [Deleted. No referring to what you think is my real life identity, please. TRP] would have given you more respect for due process and natural justice.

                    Isinbayeva is a two time Olympic gold medalist and three times world champion. She has been pole vault champion at at least four other major international competitions. Each of these events had independent drug testing before and after. AFAIK she was found clean each and every time.

                    So for her to be banned as a drug cheat as part of the collective punishment of the Russian athletics team and not be given any chance for individual appeal based on her outstanding record to date is nothing short of political and malicious.

                    You shouldn’t excuse it.

                    • CV, the sad fact is that Russian athletics is horribly tainted. I’ve no issue with Isinbayeva or any individual. But all of them were trained and employed under a regime that routinely cheated. It’s unfortunate for her not to be able to go to Rio if she was genuinely clean, but the likelihood is that she wasn’t. Even if she was unaware of what was happening (again, unlikely) the damage is done. It’s not the Olympic gold medal that has been diminished, as she claims, it’s her own record that is now suspect. And that’s the fault of the people she trusted to administer her sport at home, not the IOC.

                      btw, she hasn’t been world champ for ages and coming back after a break of a few years suggests she probably would have struggled to make the grade at Rio. Unless she had, ahem, help 😉

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yes I can sense your “sadness”. Collective punishment and collective guilt without individual right of appeal then.

                      From wikipedia

                      At the 2012 Olympic Games, she easily qualified for the finals, where she came third with 4.70 m. She considered the bronze medal as success but mentioned that she would like to retire as acting Olympic champion.

                      And again, despite your ungenerous assertions, she tested clean in both the pre and post Olympic drug testing regime.

                    • The sadness is genuine. I’d much prefer that the workers in that industry weren’t being abused by their employers. But we can’t change the past, only influence the future.

                      ps, you probably need to look up ‘collective punishment’. It’s not what you appear to think it is.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Collective punishment is a form of retaliation whereby a suspected perpetrator’s family members, friends, acquaintances, sect, neighbors or entire ethnic group is targeted. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions.

                      Seems like an appropriate use of the term.

                    • If you think that after reading the definition, you’re a goose.

                • McFlock

                  Isinbayeva was let down by her country’s inability to demonstrate its athletes aren’t drug cheats.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Russia definitely has had a drug cheat problem amongst some of its athletes.

                    Having said that, 2/3 of its Olympic team (except the athletics section) was finally cleared to compete at Rio so I think that the Russian drug testing regime isn’t as porous as is sometimes made out in the MSM.

                    • McFlock

                      Sounds pretty evenhanded then – they only barred the section with the endemic cheating problem

                    • Colonial Viper

                      And they’ve now banned the Russian para-olympians too. The Olympics finest hour.

                    • McFlock

                      well, maybe the Russians should have tried harder to prevent drug cheats.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      It would be malicious and arbitrary to not allow individual para-olympians with clean drug records to appeal the collective decision and submit to additional testing protocols.

                    • McFlock

                      Well, that depends on how long the drugs have a benefit after they’re out of the system, doesn’t it? For example, if they bulk up muscle mass during training and carry that through (now “drug free”) to rio. Or whether you need a verifiable baseline to detect sudden spikes invarious drugs or hormones. Or whatever.

                      Frankly, I have no idea. Nor do you. Maybe your suggestion would be fair, or maybe quite frankly the russian drug testing debacle has genuinely tainted the entire team and there’s no way to make a plausible determination that any of them are clean.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So, its to be a judgement of collective guilt with zero right of appeal and no means of proving innocence then?

                      Sounds fair and square.

                    • McFlock

                      National sports bodies wanting their athletes to compete at international events need to abide by the rules to ensure a fair competition.

                      For any individual athlete to compete at a top-level international event, their participation is dependant on the competence and integrity of their support staff and organisations, from coaches and doctors to their national sports organisations.

                      If those national sports bodies systematically failed to do that, then those athletes should rightly blame the sports body that failed to stick to the rules. Just like if an athlete is given a performance enhancing drug by a doctor who failed to ensure they abided by the rules, the athlete should blame the doctor, not the international body.

                      Wasn’t there some fuckup last olympics or so when a NZ athlete almost didn’t get to compete because someone in our sports organisation fucked up some paperwork? Same deal with Russia, only they fucked up the process for an entire team.

                  • mauī

                    Yet countries like Kenya and Jamaica have practices that allow for systemic doping and their athletes are given the all clear.

          • BM

            and that’s a fair point, I feel something has been lost from NZ rugby and it’ll never come back again

            It’s so robotic and structured it’s just become boring, used to enjoy watching Rugby but haven’t seen a game in years

            Last game was the All black world cup final in 2011, god it was dull, no flair at all it’s like the players have chips in their heads and the coaches were controlling the players .

            • Puckish Rogue

              I’m finding the rubgy played by the All Blacks to be “total” rugby but I’ve found the exposure of the Super teams a bit much

              Having said that the evening out of the NPC competition has been a revelation with the re-emergence of the smaller centres being competitive

              Just…somewhere its lost…something

          • framu

            re; olympics . absolutely – i’m all for giving the athletes their moment, after all, they are the ones who actually did “thing x”

            not an avid follower, which has made the surprise angle even better. What really ruins it is the idiot media – on the pole vault it only took a minute or two till some egg used rugby line outs as a means to visualise the height she vaulted over – gahh!

            but good lord – whats happening – i keep agreeing with you – good thing the lemon tree is going strong aye 🙂

            • Puckish Rogue

              I’ve long surmised that those on the left and those on the right that post on here probably have more things in common then not on here

              Take all on the right and an approximate amount from the left, add a pub and I’m sure most would get on famously

              As long as politics isn’t brought up 🙂

              • adam

                Odd you have not said much about our tax dollars funding the olympics, but it’s behind a pay wall…

                Oh well the Swans are going well, and the Demons dropped the ball…

                Sports, love what you love – personally I find the olympics dull as dish water – too much politics.

  10. Bill 10

    The “replies” tab is back – yay! Or…fck, I guess we get more of those interminable long streams of pointless ping-pong from ego 1 and ego 2 🙁

    Maybe it’ll fall over again? 🙂

    • Andre 10.1

      It only comes back for me after I’ve made a comment. But it only hangs around if I just click on comments. It disappears again if I do a page refresh, or go back to the front page.

      • Bill 10.1.1

        I think I’m in the same boat. It just disappeared again 🙂

        And should be back in a moment after I submit this comment?

        edit. Yup. And then I refreshed the page and….gone again.

        edit 2. And back again after editing the comment 🙂

        • Macro

          The “Reply” button on the bottom of each comment is there, and has always worked for me – but the “Replies” has been intermittent for some time now and mostly nothing appears when clicked. Never mind – I’ll live with it :).

          • weka

            It does seem to be interrupting the conversations though, because it makes it harder to find what one was talking about. I’m guessing people are mostly going with the convo that is in front of them.

        • Lanthanide

          Yip, it’s still broken. Lynn hasn’t had any time to look at it.

  11. Chooky 11

    Excellent interview on Morning Report …what a wonderful woman!

    ‘Medicial cannabis campaigner brings more into NZ – past Customs’

    “Medicinal marijuana campaigner Rebecca Reider has a history of bringing the drug into NZ. She suffers from chronic pain and has successfully been able to bring more into the country – straight past customs. We speak with her.”

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      What surprised me most about that interview is the amount of time they gave her to speak. Usually they only allot a tiny amount of time for these topics, and Suzie Ferguson keeps interrupting trying to move it on, not letting them actually say anything worthwhile.

    • marty mars 11.2

      Rebecca is also a very good poet

  12. b waghorn 12

    A bit of a conundrum . Is it right to evict a tenant who is happy with their flat ,because the conversion of the garage is unpermitted .

    • McFlock 12.1

      Yep. Permits exist for a reason.

      What isn’t right is that they were there in the first place, rather than a decent state house.

      • b waghorn 12.1.1

        Wouldn’t it be better to work with the owner to get it permitted if possible.

        • McFlock

          Well, we don’t know if it’s possible. Maybe between everything else in the lot, the site isn’t zoned for that many residences.

  13. Sabine 13

    Phil Twyford at Te Puea Marae in first open meeting to discuss the impacts of homelessness in our Society. This inquiry into Homelessness is bipartisan and is conducted by the Labour Party, the Green Party NZ and of course the Maori Party.

    Notable absent – the Party that supposedly runs the government but then it is a government for some and not for all. Surely we can find Mrs. Bennett, Mr. English and Mr. Smith sipping latte in Mount Eden or another equally nice place so as to not disturb their pretty minds.

  14. Chooky 14

    On the topic of water:

    ‘India’s water crisis: 8 liters for 7 days, for drinking and all other needs (RT DOCUMENTARY)’

    …”The people in India are one of the first to experience a crisis which within 15 years will affect everyone on the planet, according to scientists’ warnings. And it might be the most devastating one humankind has ever faced.”

    Watch the documentary “H2WOE” on RT and RTD, premiering on September 22.

  15. Poission 16

    communication is the art of breaking a few eggs for making an omelette,as opposed to the internecine squawks of the big and little endians.

    its a wow.

  16. alwyn 17

    The Herald have an interview with an American academic who is involved in a campaign to get a woman as UN Secretary General.
    She appears to be living about 200 years in the past, when all communication would have been hand-written and carried for months in a sailing vessel. In those days Ambassadors really did have to make decisions on behalf of their country.
    The reason Helen is not doing too well in the contest is, according to her, because 14 of the 15 “people” on the Security Council are men. Ignoring the fact that there are 15 countries rather than people on the Council I find it rather strange that she seems to think that is the people who head their countries delegation to the UN who decide who to vote for rather than the country they represent.
    The Herald says
    “She said on the Security Council itself, there were 14 men and the only woman was US Ambassador Samantha Power”
    and then quote the woman, a Dr Jean Krasno, as saying
    “They all know each other, they’ve all evolved over time with an old boys’ club. And that’s what always happens, they network, so they vote for them. It’s just old boy networking.”
    I bet you didn’t know that it isn’t the New Zealand Government who decide who we are going to vote for but the head of our delegation to the UN. His name, for anyone who isn’t familiar with this seemingly very powerful individual, is Gerard van Bohemen. I wonder what he has been up to? Along with the representatives of Russia, China, Great Britain and so on.
    I feel rather sorry for Krasno’s students if this is the sort of thing she seems to believe.

  17. Colonial Viper 18

    Early indications that the Vancouver property bubble has popped and that investors local and foreign are running for the exits.

    We’ll know more if this is truly the case over the next 4 to 8 weeks as more sales data comes out.

    • Paul 18.1

      As The Vancouver Housing Market Implodes, The “Smart Money” Is Rushing To Get Out Now

      Three weeks after we suggested that the Vancouver housing bubble had popped in the aftermath of the implementation of the July 25 15% property tax in British Columbia targeting the Chinese free for all in Vancouver real estate, we got confirmation of that last week when we reported that only one word could describe what has happened to Vancouver housing in the past month: implosion.

      Zolo, a Canadian real estate brokerage, which keeps track of MLS home sales in real-time and reports prices as an average rather than the “benchmark price”, showed as of last week a major correction underway in most Metro Vancouver markets. According to the website, the City of Vancouver currently has an average home price of $1.1 million, down 20.7% over the last 28 days and down 24.5% over the last three months. The average detached home is $2.6 million, down 7% compared to three months ago.

  18. ianmac 19

    John Campbell is dealing now with water pollution in Hawke’s Bay.
    Water quality, in for example Tuki Tuki River is awful!
    Must get a replay.

  19. Paul 20

    Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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    6 days ago
  • Judicial appointments announced
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    6 days ago
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  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
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  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
    6 days ago
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    7 days ago
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    7 days ago
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    The Government’s commitment to doubling New Zealand’s renewable energy capacity is backed by new data showing that clean energy has helped the country reach its lowest annual gross emissions since 1999, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990-2022) published today, shows gross emissions fell ...
    7 days ago
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    7 days ago
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    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and his Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, have today agreed that New Zealand and the Kingdom of Thailand will upgrade the bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership by 2026. “New Zealand and Thailand have a lot to offer each other. We have a strong mutual desire to build ...
    1 week ago
  • Government consults on extending coastal permits for ports
    RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Transport Minister Simeon Brown have today announced the Coalition Government’s intention to extend port coastal permits for a further 20 years, providing port operators with certainty to continue their operations. “The introduction of the Resource Management Act in 1991 required ports to obtain coastal ...
    1 week ago
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    Today’s announcement that inflation is down to 4 per cent is encouraging news for Kiwis, but there is more work to be done - underlining the importance of the Government’s plan to get the economy back on track, acting Finance Minister Chris Bishop says. “Inflation is now at 4 per ...
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  • School attendance restored as a priority in health advice
    Refreshed health guidance released today will help parents and schools make informed decisions about whether their child needs to be in school, addressing one of the key issues affecting school attendance, says Associate Education Minister David Seymour. In recent years, consistently across all school terms, short-term illness or medical reasons ...
    1 week ago
  • Unnecessary bureaucracy cut in oceans sector
    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is streamlining high-level oceans management while maintaining a focus on supporting the sector’s role in the export-led recovery of the economy. “I am working to realise the untapped potential of our fishing and aquaculture sector. To achieve that we need to be smarter with ...
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    The Government is making legislative changes to make it easier for new early learning services to be established, and for existing services to operate, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. The changes involve repealing the network approval provisions that apply when someone wants to establish a new early learning service, ...
    1 week ago
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    Changes to the Resource Management Act will align consenting for coal mining to other forms of mining to reduce barriers that are holding back economic development, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “The inconsistent treatment of coal mining compared with other extractive activities is burdensome red tape that fails to acknowledge ...
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    Trade, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Todd McClay has concluded productive discussions with ministerial counterparts in Beijing today, in support of the New Zealand-China trade and economic relationship. “My meeting with Commerce Minister Wang Wentao reaffirmed the complementary nature of the bilateral trade relationship, with our Free Trade Agreement at its ...
    1 week ago

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