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Open mike 22/11/2010

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  1. Let me start that although I’m not big on praying I grief for those affected by the mining disaster in the Pike river coal mine.

    Today I would like to point out that on 1 December 2 million people will no longer receive benefit. The senate blocked a bill to extend these benefits to the end of February.
    The average sum involved is $ 310 a week. and the senate refused this extension because it would add another $ 12.5 billion to the National Debt and it should be paid out of unspent money from somewhere else.

    These people will have no access to food, heating, health care or a roof over their heads other than perhaps some food stamps.

    Just think of what that means. These two million people have families, children, pets perhaps a parent they try to take care of and just because they lost a job and were unable to find another one the will be outcasts and join the ranks of the destitute in what was once the richest country on the face of the earth.

    Two million people. A little under half of the entire New Zealand population but if you count their dependants you are looking at between three quarters and the entire New Zealand population who will overnight have no more income to support themselves and their families.

    In comparison this same Senate “is OK” with spending that same amount of money in the two illegal wars of aggression in Iraq an Afghanistan PER MONTH.

    I propose to you that the Senate has hit the jackpot right there. There is enough money they should just start spening it on their own population

    • jcuknz 1.1

      It is a terrible situation and shows just how completely screwed up the United States is with wrong priorities.

    • john 1.2

      The US is a NeoLiberal GodMarket billionaire’s playground where ordinary Americans are trod down underfoot. Bush and Obama continue to turn the US into the biggest Banana Republic on the Planet,However the John Wodney gang here think (The US garbage for the rich ideology,privatization and astronomical inequalities) it’s the way to go:Rich get richer the poor get screwed! Why don’t kiwis wake up to this fact!? They want to get vouchers for their kids to go to private schools? Dumbed down by the feel good look good media the Simon and Wendy shows! I give up.

  2. The Voice of Reason 2

    Standard readers are no doubt wondering how the swingeing cuts in the UK public service are affecting the population. The answer is probably badly, but it’s nice to know that one section of British society has the proper focus in straightened times.

    A question from a reader in the Sunday Times Style section:

    “My daughter has started school, and I wanted to buy the Louis Vuitton leopard-print scarf to pop on for the school run, but two of the mums already have it. Could you recommend an alternative. I have a budget of about £600.”

    • LOL. F*&king hell!

      • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1

        What really amazes me, Ev, isn’t the stupidity of the woman asking the question, but that the Sunday Times printed it as if it were a perfectly normal question to ask. What world do these people live in?

        • freedom 2.1.1.1

          i would like to think it was an ambitious (and ultimately successful) attempt to belittle the elite,
          hopefully by a Junior Editor living on bovril in a slime soaked bedsit that costs $1000 per month

          • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, I think it’s a prank. That sort of person wouldn’t write a letter to the editor to ask that question, they’d go on down to some glitzy high-end London fashion store and have the shopping assistant sort it out for them.

            • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Prank? Maybe, and if so, it’s a bloody clever one. As I replied above, the fact the ST printed it as if it were a genuine question worth answering is the really appalling thing. The Sunday Times Style section writer Gemma Soames clearly thought it was dinkum when she advised the distressed mother to go for a “different colour but same price LV scarf, or ones priced from £190 – £295.”

        • travellerev 2.1.1.2

          No, I actually think that style sections of news papers (populated with very blond people generally) really do print things like that. I am always amazed (Being a dress maker as well as rabble-rouser) at how much women are prepared to spend on absolute crap clothes (not style wise but quality wise). I can just see thousands of little Chinese persons in absolutely horrific working environments working their arse off to make shit quality clothes for the western dimwit buying it so big corporations can make sickening amounts of profit. And I always end up asking myself the same question so VOR we’re actually in agreement here. 😉

        • prism 2.1.1.3

          Could it be perhaps irony? sarcasm even? The budget of 600 pounds seems to be an indication in that direction.

    • Vicky32 2.2

      Are you sure it wasn’t satire? Please tell me it was satire…
      Deb

  3. john 3

    JAPAN’S ILLEGAL WHALE KILLING SET TO BEGIN AGAIN,NZ REPORT WHITEWASHES ADY GIL RAMMING,THANK GOD FOR SEASHEPHERD REFER LINK ON OPERATION “NO COMPROMISE” SET TO SAIL EARLY DECEMBER

    http://www.seashepherd.org/no-compromise/

    The Antarctic treaty signed by Japan agrees that NO commercial activities should be done there to preserve the Planet’s last pristine unspoiled sanctuary. So why are the Japanese doing commercial whaling down there?They know they’re wrong that’s why they maintain the transparent pathetic lie of research!

    [lprent: don’t SHOUT. I dropped the bold. But SHOUTING is annoying, hurts my EYES, and PISSES me off. It is also a fast way to get BANNED because it indicates that you are unable to argue your point and have to resort to cheap tricks for effect – ie you’re a troll. Read the POLICY about how I feel about trolls. ]

    • felix 3.1

      Perhaps you could try a bigger font, and capitalise the whole comment.

      Then everyone would definitely read it.

      • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1

        Whales have notoriously poor eyesight, Felix, hence the need for the caps. Always bumping into yachts, harpoons, that sort of thing. I gather part of the Japanese scientific research effort is firmly focussed on fixing that problem. Sadly, the oversized eyeglasses didn’t work and the buggers won’t sit still long enough for Lazic to be an option, so the best bet is to just keep killing them till a solution is found.

    • KJT 3.2

      The collision was the Ady Gils fault. Read the “Rule of the road at Sea”.

      I do not have a problem with Pete Bethune putting himself in the path of the whalers to stop them.
      Thats breaking a law, civil disobedience to stop a greater wrong. Same as obstructing bulldozers in Palestine.
      But, being dishonest about fault does not do the Anti Whaling movement any favours.

      • The Voice of Reason 3.2.1

        Er, no. The report found the Shonen Maru had the primary responsibility to avoid the collision, but both boats could have done more to stop it happening.

        • KJT 3.2.1.1

          An extremely maneuverable small craft swanning around in front of a ship!??

          If it was me I would know it was my fault.

      • john 3.2.2

        Hi KJT
        I have seen video of the ADY GIL ramming taken from the Bob Barker, it is very clear that the Shonan Maru 2 was on a safe course missing the Ady Gil but then did a right(Starboard) turn onto a collision course,While at the same time aiming water cannon and sound harassment devices at the hapless crew. If the Japanese have nothing to hide why did they not reply to the NZ Investigation?But ignored it showing contempt?

        Refer link to video the right turn to ram Ady Gil is as clear as a bell,it was a criminal act endangering the lives of the crew and against all laws of the sea and international law and common decency.

        • KJT 3.2.2.1

          I saw all the videos too, where the Ady Gil increased speed at the last minute to ensure the collision happened, which you can see clearly by their wake.

          The rules say clearly that the stand on vessel should keep their course and speed except where it is apparent that they give way vessel is not keeping clear. Such alteration should not be towards the stand on vessel.

          Nothing in these rules shall exonerate anyone–from the normal practices of good seamanship.

          • john 3.2.2.1.1

            Hi KJT
            You obviously subscribe to the lawless law of “Might (In this case size and weight) is Right!” The Ady Gil was effectively stationery. Of course Might is Right is part of our own culture shown by the game of Rugby or Parties shoving through their own Agendas without respect to people as in the undemocratic Rogernomics coup-de-etat Surely ramming another vessel, you don’t consider that “Good seamanship”!? Putting the lives of the crew into danger such as freezing from hypothermia within 10 minutes of immersion!?

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1.1.1

              The Ady Gil was effectively stationery.

              Says who? You better have an official report to back up your claim.

            • KJT 3.2.2.1.1.2

              The Ady Gil was doing at least 8 knots from her wake. probably more as she has an efficient hull shape.

              • john

                Hi KJT

                Your kidding me right? Your saying the crew members of the Ady Gil deserved to almost die?
                The Ady Gil was “dead in the water” ( that means out of fuel not moving) at the time of being hit they we’re doing nothing. Nothing justifies the Japanese to ram another vessel in the water? The Japanese are illegally hunting whales in the Antarctic, and no one is stopping them, Sea Shepard is doing everything they can to stop this, there is nothing wrong in seeking justice. We have such laws as making “citizens arrests” everyday people allowed to uphold the law, Sea Shepard is doing that but out on the ocean where no one else will,

                Laughing in the face of people who show more love and compassion for the creatures of this earth, the people who protect what’s right. If the oceans die we die…everything on this earth serves a role in survival…the behavior of laughing at them is down right disgusting.

                how was the Ady Gil at fault the whole crew were out side sitting on the ship and the Japanese vessel deliberately and purposefully turned and put all of the Ady Gil’s crew’s lives on the line

                One of the protesters suffered broken ribs during the boat collision. New Zealander Simeon Houtman says he was caught off-guard by the accident, but considers himself lucky to be alive. “In the last few seconds we realised, they’re actually going to collide with us,” he recalled. “Instinct took over and we all just dived for the aft deck and landed in a heap. Thankfully everyone survived.”
                As you can imagine, both the whalers and the protesters blame each other for the boat crash. The Sea Shepherd group has asked the Dutch public prosecutor to launch a criminal investigation into the crash, since Sea Shepherd is registered in the Netherlands. The group’s lawyer, Liesbeth Zegveld, said it appeared the ship Shonan Maru 2 had been sent out specifically to prevent the protesters from reaching the whaling ships. “We filed a complaint for criminal prosecution with our prosecutor, requesting the start of an investigation into what we consider to be a crime – piracy, actually – committing violence on the high seas,” the lawyer for Sea Shepard told the press

                How dare you laugh at people who were nearly murdered by the Japanese government, as this is sanctioned by the government. If you bothered to watch Whale Wars you would know that the first people to draw blood were the Japanese. They kill hundreds of whales a year for “research”. If you had done some research before spouting your mouth off you would know that the Japanese have so much whale meat from their killing that they feed it to their children in the cafeterias at school. I dare you to try to find any valid “research” conducted by ICR.org.

                • KJT

                  I am anti whaling.

                  You are totally wrong though. The Ady Gil was not dead in the water as you can clearly see from her wake in the water. they caused the collision at least as much as the Japanese.

                  If they whaler caught them by surprise then they were ignoring another collision rule. Keeping a lookout.

                  Who caused the collision is a different issue from the right or wrongs of whaling.

                  • john

                    Hi KJT

                    Locky Maclean, the first mate of the society’s lead ship,said:
                    ‘They were stopped dead in the water when the incident occurred,’ Maclean said of the Ady Gil.
                    ‘When they realised that the Shonan Maru was aiming right for them, they tried to go into reverse to get the bow out of the way but it was too late. The Shonan Maru made a course correction and plowed directly into the front end of the boat.’

                    ‘The Ady Gil was stationary at the time of the collision and was then hit by one of the Japanese harpoon vessels,’ Jeff Hansen, a spokesman for the conservation society, said in Tasmania.

                    ‘It tried to back out of the way but the Shonan Maru 2 had it in its path and it cleaned it up.

                    • KJT

                      First time I have seen a vessel that is stopped with a wake!

                      I do not think that Sea Shepheard or the Ady Gils crew are helping their cause by telling obvious lies.

            • KJT 3.2.2.1.1.3

              When you can turn 360 degrees in 20 seconds whereas the other vessel takes 20 seconds simply to get her rudder hard over before she turns then it is your fault if you get in the way at close range.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Still has to be moving to do that turn and the Ady Gil couldn’t go into reverse as the following sea would have swamped her. The captain of the Ady Gil had one option – accelerate forwards and hope that he could turn away before the ship hit.

                BTW, the speed at which the ship turned toward the Ady Gil would indicate that it doesn’t take 20 seconds to get the helm over.

                • KJT

                  They would have to have the helm over at least half a ships length before they started turning.

                  And the Ady Gil was definitely moving fast enough to steer.
                  Saying they could not go astern is bollocks. The sea was not that huge and they were going slowly..
                  If they were stopped the collision would not have happened looking at the aspect of the Japanese ship after they turned.

                  The other vessel changing speed makes it difficult to assess if you are going to hit.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    They would have to have the helm over at least half a ships length before they started turning.

                    That’s different from what you said and we don’t know when the ship started turning toward the Ady Gil – just when she actually did which was close enough to the correct time to hit.

                    Saying they could not go astern is bollocks the sea was not that huge.

                    It was higher than the back of the boat. Just watch at how much the ship was moving due to the swell.

                    • KJT

                      All this nit picking does not invalidate the stupidity of a mouse playing tag with an elephant and then complaining when the elephant cannot dodge the at the last minute.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      In this case the elephant turned toward the mouse – the mouse was quite safe before then.

      • freedom 3.2.3

        It was refreshing to see the Japanese vessel’s use of highpressure water cannons which we all know is an age old navigation technique

        • KJT 3.2.3.1

          Yes. It is. we used them from tankers at Marsden point on small boats full of smokers when we were loading petrol. Well accepted Maritime safety technique.

          I don’t know about throwing food acid though. 🙂

          • KJT 3.2.3.1.1

            “In this case the elephant turned toward the mouse – the mouse was quite safe before then”.

            Bullshit. Even the mouse admits it had been playing tag with the elephant for hours.

      • Lanthanide 3.2.4

        I agree. I support anti-whaling, but ultimately I think they’re acting like clowns.

  4. freedom 4

    New Zealand Government authorises sexual assault on minors

    watch this 30 second video and imagine it is your child getting the strip search

    Then remember these are the very security measures our own Government has sanctioned by their silence and their complacent agreement to make New Zealand Citizens follow these same security procedures as stipulated by the co-operative arrangements with the US Department of Homeland Security.

    Even the TSA website does not detail the level of molestation in the new Enhanced Pat Down, and the links from the NZ Travel Advisory similarly have no mention of TSA goons literally putting their hands down your pants and touching your genitalia, and your child’s.

    The NZ Travel Advisory also neglect to mention that refusal to comply with the Body Scanner or enhanced pat down does not mean you can leave the Airport, now you are subject to criminal charges and a US$10,000 fine.
    http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/destinations/unitedstates.shtml
    http://www.infowars.com/tsa-warns-travelers-may-be-arrested-detained-and-fined-for-refusing-search/

    more on this Government sanctioned sexual assault at yesterday’s post /open-mike-21112010/#comment-272656

  5. Bright Red 5

    strange thing for an agnostic to do:

    “Prime Minister John Key says he is praying that the 29 men trapped at Pike River are safe.

    “I just pray to God that they are alive,” he said.”

    I think you can express your concern without pretending that you’re religious. But the guy does say whatver he thinks people want to hear, so it’s not surprising that he’s constantly contradicting himself.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      The only interview I saw on this, he refused to give a straight answer 3 times in a row as to whether he believed in god or not.

      Helen Clark said no.

      • Tigger 5.1.1

        Oh come on, he’s supposed to admit that he sold his soul to Satan? No John, you keep pretending you believe in God, you’ll be find until about July 2011, that’s the date your hairline will recede right to the back of your head and there’ll be no more hiding that 666 etched into your skull…

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Uh…I thought satanic worshippers clearly believe in the existence of God. Not that I am an expert in this field but isn’t that sorta the point, right?

          • Tigger 5.1.1.1.1

            CV, I am more than happy to admit I’m not an expert in devil worship – perhaps some right wingers visiting the site can enlighten me…

      • Vicky32 5.1.2

        I heard him on LifeFM (Christian radio station) in 2008, and it was exactly the same : obviously he didn’t want to tell a Christian audience (that he would have assumed were his for the asking) that he was agnostic!
        Helen Clark as always was honest about it.
        I no longer listen to LifeFM, it’s too American. I mean how is an MPs religion relevant to his/her performance? Really, it’s none of the voters’ business..
        Deb

  6. Tigger 6

    Could someone please inform the MSM that they can stop campaigning against Labour in Mana. The elction happened, you lost and voters memories won’t stretch back to November 2010 come general election time…

    • joe bloggs 6.1

      heeheehee… this we won, they lost, eat that revision of the Mana result is hilarous. Along with Audrey Young’s comments:

      Some in Labour who should know better are creatively suggesting that Labour actually did better in the byelection than the last general election, despite having its majority slashed from 6155 to 1080….That is like comparing raisins and sheep droppings

      It’s not the MSM campaigning against Labour in Mana, but the electors themselves. So much for lightweight tokenism and parachute politics. And so much for Phil Goff’s empty threats to bloody National’s nose.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Labour is feeling pretty good about this, and Parata got shown up as a lame campaigner even when hand held each step of the way by Key 😀

      • swordfish 6.1.2

        Nah, it’s Audrey Young who’s comparing raisins and sheep droppings.

        She just doesn’t get it. Either a bit too simple-minded or a little too politically-partisan (Father a long-time Tory MP, Brother-in-law’s Max Bradford, Sister a high-profile former Right-wing Wellington City Councillor). But I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she (like Tracy Watkins) uncritically regurgitates Farrar’s spin because electoral analysis is all just a bit over her head.

        Winnie Laban’s personal majority was 6100 (including 4500 National, Green and minor-party voters casting their second (Candidate-Vote) for her).

        Labour’s majority over National was 2500.

        Those 4500 don’t have the luxury of a second vote in a (ONE-vote) By-Election. Hence, they’re very likely to vote for the Party they gave their all-important Party-Vote to in 2008. The Party they’re aligned to. Anything else assumes that these 1800 Greens, 1100 National supporters and 1600 minor-party supporters are really Labour supporters because they cast their Candidate-Vote for Winnie Laban.

        • swordfish 6.1.2.1

          The “Nah”, of course, was meant for Joe Bloggs and NOT the always excellent CV.

        • Max Bradford 6.1.2.2

          Get a life swordfish, and get your facts straight … Audrey Young is not my sister-in-law, nor is she my wife’s sister. You should be much more careful before you start maligning people like Audrey Young, or our family for that matter. I look forward to your apology, but I don’t imagine any of us will get it.
          MRB

  7. Tiger Mountain 7

    Soccer celeb Eric Cantona goes all anarcho on finance captial … withdraw your money from the local bank folks on December 7.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    NACT supports more corruption and less transparency in electoral finance.

    Increasing the disclosure threshold for candidate donations and the prohibition on overseas and anonymous donations from $1000 to $1500, and increasing the disclosure threshold for party donations from $10,000 to $15,000.

    • Logie97 8.1

      Does this administration have a conscience?

      They are now introducing their own “Electoral Finance Act”. And their arguments to support it are exactly the ones that they vilified 2 years ago. How will the Penguin and the Cetacean defend this one? Perhaps they will jump ship and join Boscawen and his lot.

      Ummm…

      …now the conspiracist in me is suggesting that it gives ACT an issue to garner support in the electorate and thence get them over the 5 pcnt threshold, et voila, a natural ally again.

      Teflon man is not a strong enough word for Key.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    NBR Tweet:

    Up to three more byelections on the way; one could be Winston’s best bet http://bit.ly/NBRpaidWinston

    The article is behind their paywall so, does anyone know who the other three MPs that are about to resign are?

  10. joe90 10

    The plot thickens with an arrest warrant issued for Julian Assange. When the accusations first came to light Counterpunch had this followed by Assange Beseiged.

    But will the insurance file be released?.

  11. Carol 11

    Interesting article by Patrick Gower of TV3:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Key-must-break-up-National-bloke-fest/tabid/1382/articleID/187367/Default.aspx

    He says that Parata’s performance at Mana was an audition for the vacated Wong portfolio, and that Key needs more women in cabinet to break up the “sausage party” that is the male domination of National.

    In fact, there’s so many male National MP’s that sometimes when I stand outside its caucus on Tuesday, I half-expect to hear them chanting “ziggy, ziggy, ziggy, oi, oi, oi” like some sort of First XV party.

    I agree with Gower on the sausage party, but not on Collins and Bennett as “strongly performing women” in the cabinet, and not on his high recommendation for Parata. Gower goes on to say there’s a whole load of backbench Nat male MPs who think they are the next in the queue for a portfolio.

    Gower ends by saying that, even in Labour and The Greens, the trend is towards less women and more men:

    But National isn’t holding the only bloke-a-thon in Parliament at the moment. Labour has its own boys-club in Auckland right now. Every one of its seven safe Auckland seats is held by a man – with Chris Carter’s seat to be handed over to Phil Twyford to keep it a boy’s club. So much for the supposed party of equality with a supposed power-base in Auckland – just no girls, thanks!

    Even the Greens are going down this road. They’ve even got an equality rule. But of its nine MP’s – only three are women, and Sue Kedgley is leaving.
    There’s no real explanation for this. Its a 50-50 world – just not around Parliament.

    PS: It’s also worth pointing out to Gower, that most political journos in the MSM are also male. They dominate politIcal news reporting on TV3, and ass the hosts & main journo on Qu & A and on The Nation. Though qu & a does get more women on it’s guest panels.

  12. john 12

    A tribute to the Whales Seashepherd may not be able to save this year.
    Refer link to Crosby Stills and Nash’s “Wind on the Water”

    Over the years you have been hunted
    by the men who threw harpoons
    And in the long run he will kill you
    just to feed the pets we raise,
    put the flowers in your vase
    and make the lipstick for your face.
    Over the years you swam the ocean
    Following feelings of your own
    Now you are washed up on the shoreline
    I can see your body lie
    It’s a shame you have to die
    to put the shadow on our eye
    Maybe we’ll go

    Maybe we’ll disappear
    It’s not that we don’t know
    It’s just that we don’t want to care.
    Under the bridges
    Over the foam
    Wind on the water
    Carry me home.

    ————————————————————————————

    This song devastates me. Humans are by far the worst and cruelest animals on Earth. All the other species and the Earth itself could go on for eons if we didn’t exist. With our careless devastation of the planet I am ashamed to be a part of the human race!. anon. quote

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    The Us Republicans look likely to force the US to take one step closer to revolution.

    In other news about stupid conservatives we have S&P downgrading NZs credit rating due to NACTs abysmal handling of the economy and the government being caught off guard by such a move despite being quite upset about the possibility prior to the election.

    • KJT 13.1

      That must hurt, as they still take the credit rating agencies seriously. I wonder how NACT are going to spin that one?

      Same as the decade of Rogernomics and Ruthenasia. Cut spending to poorer people who spend within the economy and borrow so the very wealthy can spend overseas. A drop in economic activity is inevitable.

      “New Zealand’s vulnerability to external shocks, arising from its OPEN and relatively undiversified economy, also raises risks to the country’s economic recovery and credit quality,” said Sovereign Ratings credit analyst Kyran Curry”.

      Capitals mine.

  14. KJT 14

    Meanwhile, back in the wonderful world of free markets.

    http://www.sustainabilitynz.org/news_item.asp?sID=211

    “The degree to which nanotech regulation has gone into snooze mode is underscored by the failure of one of the very few regulations on nanotech products. It specifies that fullerenes and other nanomaterials are not to be used in cosmetics without manufacturers or importers notifying ERMA. Yet they sit on local shelves and, as of the end of May this year, the regulator had received no notifications since introducing this scant reporting duty four years ago”.

    These have the potential to be more harmful than GM.

  15. ianmac 15

    The Irish bailout which is being negotiated with EU, has caused the people to accuse the Government of misleading and lying about the true state, especially of the banks. The Irish people are getting angry. I wonder if NZers will become aware of being mislead by Bill English and John Key? Will the sleeping tigers awake or are we just cute kitten who enjoy having our tummies rubbed.

  16. vto 16

    You lefties want something further to get stuck into the government over? Try how the new Environment Canterbury commissars are attempting to get out of their obligations over the Clean Heat project (fireplaces in Chch). Fuck me, just opened a letter from them trying to cancel their obligations.

    Simple contract stuff. Offer and acceptance. Trying to get out the contract over invoicing.

    Fools. And wankers.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      You should have voted them out in the lection last month mate!

      (ducks)

      • vto 16.1.1

        aaaarrgghhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • NickS 16.1.1.1

          Great. I look forward to a future of smoggy, lung-busting nights and coming home stinking of smoke, on top of idiots burning rubbish.

          Actually, one thing to do is try and get a letter in The Press, or more evil yet, get on the talking head shows @7pm on 1 and 3 to push this firmly into the light. Hopefully it’ll set ECan a squirming. And possibly put Gerry’s powers to a much better use.

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    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
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