Open mike 23/06/2019

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  1. Macro 1

    Scottish art and humour to the fore again!

    Edinburgh prankster dresses Antony Gormley sculpture in 'bawbag' pants

    Cast of Turner prize winner’s own body in Water of Leith found in mystery underpants

    Antony Gormley statue wearing pants in the Water of Leith.

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jun/22/bawbag-pants-for-exposed-antony-gormley-sculpture

  2. marty mars 2

    I really like what Andrew Judd has done – he has fronted up and it is amazing to see the freedom he has created for himself by coming into the light. Kia kaha. Great talk too!

    “ENDING racism is dependent on what is within your heart,’’ says former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.

    Mr Judd, guest speaker at last night’s Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards, earlier took part in a panel discussion on racism organised by Tauawhi men’s Centre and Tuia 250 ki Turanga.

    The three mayoral candidates — deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, district councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown and local government newcomer Jonathan Pere — joined Mr Judd in the panel discussion at HB Williams Memorial Library.

    … The journey away from racism started “within oneself’’ and needed to be real, not “tokenistic”.

    He gave an example of tokenism as someone anglifying the pronunciation of Taranaki when away from a Maori environment.

    Ms Akuhata-Brown asked the former mayor if he could see change “at the end of the tunnel” in the Pakeha system.

    Mr Judd said change had to start “in each of us’’, but “our’’ partnership had not yet started.

    Many Pakeha had never been on a marae and it “went the other way”.

    “Our council chambers are so European.

    “Would you feel comfortable making a deputation on a marae?

    “If not, why not?”

    Mr Judd said he went on a journey to change from being a racist.

    He had not grown up in New Zealand knowing his ancestral land had been stolen, and the emotion associated with that knowledge.

    “I don’t have to live that fight, that experience, that loss, that pain.

    “I don’t how it is to have my language removed by the education system, or to have it mocked if it comes back.

    “I don’t how it is to walk around in my own country as a minority.”

    He was privileged and had never looked at the country’s past.

    Instead he had normalised it.

    Link to Gisborne Herald here

    • Macro 2.1

      Actually marty some europeans here actually do understand some of these sentiments expressed by Andrew Judd.

      The Last of the Clan

      The Last of The Clan by Thomas Faed

      Inspired by the Highland Clearances which forced many to emigrate in search of a living, and shows the quayside of a Highland or island village, with a group of figures watching the departure of an emigrant ship for the colonies.

      These people were turfed out of the homes and land they and their families had lived and farmed for centuries by English domiciled owners. Essentially they were forced to leave the country, most never to return. However, those who managed to remain made sure they took their revenge. For instance, in the village of Clachan on the Kintyre peninsular where some of my family were from – and were forced to leave in the 1840's – when the local laird who was responsible died, the villagers did not bury him in the local grave yard, where the rest of his family were buried – but as far away from the village as they could manage, and in a remote and forgotten site.

      We also lost our language. My great-grandparents on the Island of Gigha only spoke Gaelic. I pick up bits of it now and then, and love to hear it spoken, even though I cannot follow most of what is said.

      Don't get me wrong. I totally agree which the sentiments of Andrew Judd, particularly with regards to local representation on marae and in local government. I live in a town where there is a very poor history with regards this matter, and it grieves me greatly. I just want to say that what māori have experienced is not just unique to Aotearoa, but to others as well.

      • marty mars 2.1.1

        yes indeed Macro – thanks for that insight and information

      • KJT 2.1.2

        Lots of us, including those of Maori/ Pakeha descent, have family histories that include the "clearances" and/or, the Irish dispossessions.

        Now, of course, wealthy "foreigners" are again displacing those who have worked the land for generations. As prices become too high for the inhabitants.

        • bwaghorn 2.1.2.1

          The clearances are being repeated right now in rural nz . Rich foreign buyers buying up good farms so they can cash in on the stupidity that is the ets. About 15 families of which many will be workers leaving one district alone. I believe one workers partner was a teacher in a hard to staff rural school. 

           

          • Pat 2.1.2.1.1

            that comparison a bit of a stretch  but I dont disagree this appears ill thought through….it is a major mistake to expect an unfettered market to provide the right social outcomes….we appear to have learned nothing yet again

            • bwaghorn 2.1.2.1.1.1

              This is just the start . If we dont act to stop it now rich foreign investors will gut nz for 28 years easy profit while claiming their lifestyle is carbon neutral because they plant some trees on the other side of the planet.  

              The ets hasnt achieved a fucking thing yet emissions are still on the rise. 

               

              • Pat

                dont disagree with any of that…..the quality (and quantity) of decision making to date dosnt inspire much confidence

              • Sabine

                rich foreign buyers can only ever buy the land that land rich kiwi owners are happy to sell. 

                and if they are happy to sell to foreign rich buyers as they are able to pay 2 – 3 + the value of the land then that is not the fault of the rich foreign buyer but the issue is with the greed of land rich kiwi owners that rather see their own children with nothing so that they can have a life style playing golf until they fall over dead. 

                buyers can only every buy what is offered for sale. 

                • Pat

                  you have just described unfettered markets….and explained why we need good policy and laws

                  • Sabine

                    true, but then laws never managed to regulate greed. 

                    and maybe that is what people need to think about first. 

                    the foreigners do what they do because people here let them. So you can call on government to regulate which will amount to fuck all as next government can just undo the regulations or you can ask people to start cleaning up their own actions first before they lay the blame to others. 

                    the farmer that sells to a foreign entity because they offer several  times the value makes a decision to do so. Maybe someone should ask the Farmer/home owner 'wtf mate'? 

                • bwaghorn

                  The people buying these farms to plant are accessing government subsidies (billion trees program) to plant so they can pay more than the competition.  Subsidizing pollution in foreign lands while losing our long term income streams is beyond stupid.

                  Would you sell your house for half price to help someone into the market?

                  • Sabine

                    i have a friend who did this. She inherited her fathers property and sold the one she and her husband had bought in the years since they have been married to one of their friends for way below the market value to get them and their children out of sub standard rental into a property. 

                    Why? As she said, i only need one house and have my friend now live stable and be able to provide a stable future for her kids provides me with immense satisfaction. 

                    and yes, i intend to to exactly the same when my time comes to move into care. 

                    but then, i don't have any attachment to money other then the security and warmth and food it provides. I don't golf, boat, need expensive cars n shit, my values are elsewhere. And besides if i don't sell my property at some stage below market value to one of the kids of my friends (i am childless) then who will? 

        • Janet 2.1.2.2

          Stigmatize those who are selling the farms to the overseas buyers. The owner and the land agents. They are not caring a hoot for their own communities and New Zealand when they sell off- shore. 

      • sumsuch 2.1.3

        My Grandma came out from Kintyre. Yes, we had fellow-feeling to fall upon but it didn't really work out like that. We were the first non-English to take advantage of the English-speaking empire. We brought a poor people's doctrine of 'getting on', and it was always at others' cost. The Scots were malefactors, just read up about Donald Maclean, govt landbuyer, who dispossessed the plains tribes of Gisborne, or the 'slave-drivers' of the American South and most of the silly sods who fought for the Confederacy. The Irish felt sympathy better, being locked out of profit. 

    • sumsuch 2.2

      The rightful politics of NZ are played out in Gisborne. The only place it's necessary to confront/address our treaty partner. Maori. Rehette imagines she can continue voting Right like most white South African immigrants and win Gisborne. 

      But capitalism.

      How can we manage this existence, knowing the sweetness delivered to our few lips.

  3. joe90 3

    Bright spot in a dark world.

    One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years.

    https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Technology/wireStory/elephants-poached-year-top-africa-wildlife-park-63731703

    • WeTheBleeple 3.1

      That is good news. The elephants are a major transport system for fruits/seeds as they come out in the fecal matter intact – they are ecosystem engineers.

      Our Kereru are important ecosystem engineers – the only birds with a gape size big enough for larger native seeds.

      Awww Factor Warning: baby elephants.



      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        I'd never heard that about seeds and elephants.   What good news joe90 thanks for the heads-up.

  4. marty mars 4

    Big and tough read

    …They presented their report in 1988. It was called Pūao-te-Āta-tū, “heralding the light of the new dawn.” And it was praised for its thorough research, its insights, and its sheer common sense.

    There was a feeling that this would bring about a revolution in social welfare, especially because of a long-absent but newfound respect for Māori values and Māori  knowledge being embraced within the system.

    But recent events at Oranga Tamariki suggest that any such revolution is still some way off.

    This week, on Radio Waatea, Dale Husband asked Neville Baker for his impressions about that 1988 report — and the failing, so far, of Oranga Tamariki to put things right. Here’s a condensed version of that discussion, with Dale initially wondering whether the original report was ever acted on.

    Link here

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Thanks marty mars I have always remembered this report though not everything in it.   One thing that aroused my curiosity was a reference to the different child-rearing styles of Maori and pakeha.   Pakeha were child-centred, and Maori were adult-centred, with the child learning from the adults areound them and from their child peers.   Or that's what I took in.  I wondered if that should be looked at to perhaps have a middle way that incorporates the best of both cultures.

  5. Ad 5

     

    I'd like to give a little shoutout to Minister Twyford and the HNZ staff and contractors for opening 16 houses yesterday in Henderson:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1906/S00194/new-state-homes-in-henderson-for-16-families.htm

    Twyford commented: “Of the 16 families moving into these homes, 14 have come from the public housing waiting list and two are existing Housing NZ tenants who have transferred from other areas. I’d like to wish them all the best for settling in to this great new community."

    Housing NZ currently has about 160 active construction sites around Auckland.

    According to the media release: 'The government and the community housing sector are well on track to provide 1600 new public housing places a year funded in last year’s Budget.'

    Solid goods news in winter.

     

    • marty mars 5.1

      funny this is what you spat yesterday

      "Popular Prime Minister who is remarkable for being popular, emoting at the right time, and having a baby.  

      But leading a government that is changing absolutely fucking nothing. 

      The only difference between Ardern and Key is that his children were already grown up when he came into politics."

      /national-is-pinning-2020-success-on-someone-who-is-not-in-parliament/#comment-1630601

      Good you've changed your tune from the gnat lines and grown up – never too late even for labour supporters lol

      • Ad 5.1.1

        I can still praise them for the small things.

        You can now provide a statistic showing improvement across a policy area. 

        The sole government headline that dominated the news yesterday was the variety of gifts baby Neve had received on her first birthday.

        • Anne 5.1.1.1

          You can't blame that on the government Ad. It was the media supplying the stories lots of people wanted –  ie. baby Neve's first birthday stories. Something happy and enjoyable amidst a sea of gloom, despondency and violence that makes up today's world.

          • Ad 5.1.1.1.1

            Ardern and baby appeared with birthday cake. You don't get that staged coverage without full PM and office staging it very carefully and with an whole bunch of agreements. It was a puff piece from her media team, doing its job. 

            • Incognito 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Not quite, the official caption of the original photo is:

              Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her daughter Neve's birthday cake. Source: Instagram / Jacinda Ardern

              • I feel love

                So, no picture of the baby, picture is like what any other parent would put up on Instagram, it's a cake not a child, and people like our PM. It seems to me that the PM isn't using her child as a shield, more the right are using her child as a weapon. Wankers. 

        • ankerawshark 5.1.1.2

          Ad yes it is seemly small given the need…….but huge for those 14 families.  Life changing I imagine.   I am not sure they could go much faster re building………I am not an expert though.  Clearly there is more to come.

          And I still support the idea of kiwiwbuild.  Any new housing (provided it is not the mansion type, ) is adding to the stock and turning things around.  Kiwibuild goes to first home buyers who need a chance.  It would be great to hear from people who have bought a Kiwibuild house, but Collins through her on-line trolling has likely scared kiwibuild owners off from talking.  What a bitch she is and I hardly ever use that word.

    • A 5.2

      It's a great start.

    • Jenny - How to Get there? 5.3

      Yes great stuff. Phil Twyford should be rightfully lauded for this. Now all he needs do is ramp it up, quash Kiwibuild and put all efforts and funds into state housing.

      John A. Lee, John A. Lee, John A. Lee, John A. Lee
       

      • Anne 5.3.1

        Pity they didn't do it from day one but better late than never. 

        • WeTheBleeple 5.3.1.1

          Yeah, but at least they're willing to try new ideas. 

          A bit more forethought, lower targets, might've been much less ammo for the haters to pounce on.

          • McFlock 5.3.1.1.1

            I like having a government that sets hard goals and tries to achieve them.

            Better than the last bunch of mediocrities who set waffle that they argued was achieved even if they never got out of bed.

            • WeTheBleeple 5.3.1.1.1.1

              Absolutely.

              Remember when business ethics meant something and they'd try to under-promise and over-deliver. 

              Imagine a government doing that. Game changer.

              Not implying this Government is unethical, reckon they're doing alright the CGT thing gutted me though I kind of understand…

              So long as the priorities keep shifting into saving this sinking ship ecologically I'm not overly concerned they're still prey to big money.

              Reckon our PM would run circles round me, she may have cards up her sleeve.

  6. aj 6

    Chennai's disappearing reservoirs.

     

  7. ianmac 7

    'Headline: "'A tough call but the right one': Fran O'Sullivan tackles John Key over the Hisco affair

    Sounds interesting but behind paywall. Anyone tell if it is significant?

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      Looks like a PR exercise by Key which Fran O was only too happy to help with.

      I haven't read it either but the hook suggests the framing is about Key being a strong anti-corruption type, when in reality the opposite is patently true.

      • ianmac 7.1.1

        Maybe you are right Muttonbird. And I suppose Key would twist and deny as usual. I remember Fran interviewing Key and Little at an Election time and how her body talk showed contempt for Little and worship for Key.

        • I feel love 7.1.1.1

          I remember Fran writing about Keys "big swinging dick", ugh!

          • greywarshark 7.1.1.1.1

            Better give a source for that – in the media.   Otherwise it is a bit in the wrong direction.  

    • A 7.2

      Plug it in

    • AB 7.3

      Frano has long been a fan-girl of the titans of business. Her normally turgid offerings pop and sparkle with inanity when writing about them.

    • Naki man 7.4

      The headline sums it up," A tough call but the right one". This article dispels the lies, spin and bullshit. Probably best if you don't know the truth, then you can stay in your  naive KDS fantasy world.

      • In Vino 7.4.1

        Well, Naki man, you would say that wouldn't you? This morning I found a café where I could catch up on both Saturday and Sunday Heralds. I found Fran's article a bit disjointed, and dependant upon reader being right-inclined anyway, ..  Cannot remember it all now, but I know I was not won over, and given your always obvious bias, I consider myself far more balanced than you.

  8. ankerawshark 8

    On a completely didn't note what a game between the Black Caps and the West Indies.  Whew a real nail biter.   Well done the caps but also a big shout out to the West Indies guy Braithwaite.  True Grit

    • Ad 8.1

      It's a win but New Zealand don't look like any kind of finalist in this gig.

      • ankerawshark 8.1.1

        True, its always a bit precarious with the Black Caps……………….They just get there in the end……………but do love their sportsmanship

        • dv 8.1.1.1

          What about india v Afghanistan

          Last over Afghanistan need 11 runs 4 balls.

          India get a hat trick!!!!!

          • ankerawshark 8.1.1.1.1

            It was great hearing about the Afhani team, many whom learnt to play with improved bats in refugee camps.  Real winners imo.  Make the ozzies look pathetic.

      • bwaghorn 8.1.2

        Na they're good enough. It's easy to  button off a little early when it looks a dead cert,but they held their nerve . 

        Massive display  Braithwaite almost wish he'd pulled it off.

  9. joe90 9

    Dude knows a thing or two about captivity.

    https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/american-german-journalist-michael-scott-moore-released-in-somalia-a-993308.html

    • aj 9.1

      People who defend such policies need to be sentenced for a month or two, to live under those conditions. 

    • Muttonbird 9.2

      Is the position taken by Trump on illegal immigration borrowed from the conservative Australian position?

      Trump's actions mirror the actions of successive Australian right wing governments illustrated by internment camps on Christmas Is, Nauru, and Manus Is.

      Australia as we know has had a particularly evil history on the rights and treatment of minorities. It is damning that one of Trumps very worst policies is modelled on their own.

      • joe90 9.2.1

        It's borrowed alright, and replete with the rhetoric of infestation and contagion.

        When President Trump characterized immigrants as “animals,” some people waved it away, claiming he was only referring to gang members. But his use of “infest” in connection to human beings is impossible to ignore. The president’s tweet that immigrants will “infest our Country” includes an alarming verb choice for anyone with knowledge of history.

        Characterizing people as vermin has historically been a precursor to murder and genocide. The Nazis built on centuries-old hatred of Jews as carriers of disease in a film titled “Der Ewige Jude,” or “The Eternal Jew.” As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum notes on its website, in a section helpfully titled “Defining the Enemy:” “One of the film’s most notorious sequences compares Jews to rats that carry contagion, flood the continent, and devour precious resources.”

        https://forward.com/culture/403526/infest-the-ugly-nazi-history-of-trumps-chosen-verb-about-immigrants/

      • Ad 9.2.2

        It's simply consistent with the abandonment of any moral duty to illegal immigration across the whole of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, and  most other highly developed countries. 

        The policies look similar because they've been under development for a decade.

        • RedLogix 9.2.2.1

          It's simply consistent with the abandonment of any moral duty to illegal immigration across the whole of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, and most other highly developed countries. 

          But not unique to them either. For example, how many Syrian refugees finished up in Iran or Saudi, both very wealthy countries more than capable of resettling them?  Try entering almost any country undocumented and there will be trouble.

          Mass migration, regardless of the forces driving it, is a growing challenge everywhere. This is yet another global issue where absent any enforceable rules, almost everyone will point the blame elsewhere and take as little responsibility as they can get away with. 

          If you want developed nations to be responsible for the welfare of refugees from broken, dysfunctional ones, then you also have to accept they will also have a right to address the root causes of the migration.  And currently the collective response to these causes is a total fucking shambles, often making the problem worse than better.

          • bwaghorn 9.2.2.1.1

            You solve it by just continuously putting people on the next available transport back to where they come from . No ifs buts or maybes. As long as there is hope there will be people trying it on .

            Unless the country is actively at war.

            Then you get birth control and education into every corner of the globe

            Then you actively take from the rich and spread it everywhere.

            • marty mars 9.2.2.1.1.1

              stop torturing the poor bastards with hope? – Stand there send them off cos out of sight IS out of mind in this country and closing eyes is an international pastime – could have legs I'm sure but to me it is a barry crocker mate

              • bwaghorn

                Rl has been asking how you stop it happing I chucked my 2 cents in . 

                 

                How many people died off the coast of aussie before they went hardline and the boats stopped coming ? 

                How many have died between Europe and Africa in recent years? 

                Hate will hit fever pitch in the coming years when cc puts millions on the move . 

                •  
                • marty mars

                  sure I get your shitting yourself with fear like rl and a few others – I imagine that is how a poor bastard who leaves their birth country and tries everything to find a better life with chances and opportunities to live, feels – pity he'd meet you at the dock with your club instead of a handshake.

                  • RedLogix

                    sure I get your shitting yourself with fear like rl and a few others

                    Every nation has an immigration policy. Many a lot more restrictive than ours. I've consistently argued from a principled position; legal, policy sanctioned immigration is a good thing and works. Uncontrolled, unconstrained immigration by contrast creates problems.

                    On the other hand you advocate from a position of unlimited empathy, insisting that nations should welcome everyone who turns up at the border. At least this is what seems to be implied by your comments, not just recently, but for many years. At the same time you deny this is tantamount to an 'open borders' policy, yet you never own the obvious contradiction. Maybe I've been reading you wrong and you'd care to correct me.

                    Yet I've never said open borders would be an innately bad thing. Maybe in some future condition of the world, our attachments to the nation state will hold less power over us, and people will freely move around a planet we all regard as one home. The blue globe being the border, all others being of not much more import than say the historic extent of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

                    In the meantime illegal/irregular/undocumented refugees/migrants, whatever you want to call them are a political and moral challenge.  Despite what you imagine, I'm not insensible to the personal hell people go through in these circumstances. 

                    As I linked to earlier, the source of much of the immigration into the USA at present is from countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, running extreme social austerity programs, suffering endemic corruption and a failure of good governance. I don't blame the poor bastards who desperately want to get out from it, but ultimately where do you want the responsibility to sit for fixing it?

                    Should it be located in the USA or Latin America? Or maybe a bit of both?

                    • KJT

                      As the USA is the cause of the dysfunction in those countries, they should fix it.

                      The Marshal plan was a good model.

                      As I’ve always said, if you don’t like refugees, stop fucking up, bombing, their homes.

                    • greywarshark

                      RL speaks as a statesman, his eyes on the horizon and his head in the pure air of the high hill above the milling throng.

                    • RedLogix

                      As the USA is the cause of the dysfunction in those countries, they should fix it.

                      Certainly the Americans have a bad track record in this part of the world, but somewhere in that statement there is an implicit assumption that the people who live in these countries are incapable of sorting themselves out. I'd give them much more credit than that.

                      The Marshall Plan was brilliant in it's day, yet somehow it doesn't quite translate in 2019. These countries don't necessarily need more overbearing, neo-colonial entanglement. And I agree totally it's time the big hegemonic powers stopped meddling in other nations. The age of empire must end. 

                      Nor does it seem reasonable that the solution should be … 'everyone poor in Honduras just move to the USA'. Ultimately you want the developing nations of the world to develop, to become functional, healthy societies in their own right.

                      In this Trump, in his usual deceitful, garbled and blustering fashion, is heading in the right direction by putting more pressure on Latin America to get it's act together and stem the refugee crisis at source.

                    • marty mars

                      write 'principled' upon your club it might make the blows less severe – use many languages to ensure the message gets across – bit like this



                       

                    • RedLogix

                      @ marty

                      That is an explicit and open endorsement of murderous violence directed to me. 

                    • marty mars

                      it wasn't meant to be – sorry I got it wrong.

                      I was trying to get at the use of biblical phases to induce fear and how that may work at the border and obviously got it terribly wrong. I apologise for that.

                    • RedLogix

                      I'll accept that retraction at face value, although tbh I'm not entirely sure I should.

                      Nor does you explanation make much sense; while the US Border Protection and Immigration people are not known for their efficiency, consideration and warm sense of humanity … neither are they routinely on record for summarily executing detainees just because they can. In the early 2000's I spent four days in US detention in Hawaii because of a paranoid mix up over my lack of luggage on a leg of the journey. It was unpleasant and irritating but ultimately it was sorted out. I was treated no better or worse than anyone else … with a practised indifference and strictly by the book.

                      On the other hand I can name four countries that I personally will never attempt to enter for a very real fear that this video depicts exactly how I would be treated; arbitrary detention and no due process at best. 

                      The USA may well be a deeply flawed and exasperating nation, but they are definitely not the worst people on the planet.

                    • marty mars

                      Just to clarify a bit further to allay any fears you may have. I saw you as the samual jackson character and an immigrant as the victim. Thus samual spouts the biblical phase. I never ever saw you as the drug dealer. Because of the juxtaposition of the ironic image I thought that was amusing – A white man being compared to a black man shooting a white man being compared to an immigrant. I got it wrong but that was my intent, certainly not the way you seem to have taken it. So sorry again for the misunderstanding.

                      edit – I have seen your reply – my reply should sort that all out I think

                    • joe90

                      neither are they routinely on record for summarily executing detainees just because they can.

                      It's an outfit with a cult of brutality that seems to consider itself to be above the law with a record of dehumanising and mistreating the powerless and lead by a CiC who tacitly green lighted summary executions.

                      Give them a chance.

                       

                      In the days before he allegedly struck a 23-year-old undocumented Guatemalan man with a government-issued Ford F-150, Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen sent a text to a fellow agent. In the exchange, which federal prosecutors now claim offers “insight into his view of the aliens he apprehends,” Bowen railed against unauthorized migrants who’d thrown rocks at a colleague as “mindless murdering savages” and “disgusting subhuman shit unworthy of being kindling for a fire.” The text message also includes a plea to the president: “PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump!”

                      […]

                      Bowen’s trial is due to begin in August. But the case is already shining a spotlight on a troubled culture at Border Patrol, the law enforcement arm of Customs and Border Protection, at a moment when both agencies have been grappling with a surge in migrants, and faced allegations of widespread wrongdoing, ranging from physical and sexual abuse of minors to housing migrants in substandard shelters, including one likened to “a human dog pound.”

                      The text exchanges between Bowen and fellow agents — entered into the court record by the defense, which seeks to exlude them at trial — suggest a work environment in which demeaning epithets, ranging from “guat” to “fucking beaners,” are common, and in which violence against undocumented border crossers is treated as a joke.

                      https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/matthew-bowen-border-patrol-trial-847878/

                • Macro

                  How many people died off the coast of aussie before they went hardline and the boats stopped coming ? 

                  Actually very few – but the concentration on boat people is simply a red herring 

                  Asylum seeker policy, mandatory detention and offshore processing of boat people on Manus Island and Nauru is mostly what you hear when discussing those seeking refuge in Australia. However, most asylum seekers arrive by plane on tourist visas: In 2017-18 there were 27,931 asylum applications in Australia.

                   

              • Macro

                Actually bw NZ is one of the signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention (indeed we were one of the first to sign up) so your solution is simply not possible under the terms of that international agreement.

                Asylum seekers are those who arrive in a country with or without formal documentation and are seeking refuge – Here is the definition of what constitutes a refugee as redefined in 1967 (the original convention was drawn up in 1951) and is now ratified by 145 Countries including NZ:

                "A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

                The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document under which the UNHCR and all Nations are required to work, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of those States to protect them.

          • mauī 9.2.2.1.2

            Let's say Auckland airport had to deal with 1,000 undocumented passengers arriving into the country every single day, you can bet the NZ response would have an ugly side too. The right have a more effective (albeit unpalatable) solution, hence their rise over much of Europe.

            • KJT 9.2.2.1.2.1

              We are already dealing with a greater per capita increase in population, than Germany.

              • greywarshark

                That's okay though, we can squeeze them for money to prop up our education system, lifestyle etc.

                • KJT

                  Unfortunately most, especially the wealthy ones, use more of our resources than they contribute.

                  • greywarshark

                    Ah that would be hard to prove because not very good records are kept for the costs to balance the goodies received, usually by the wealthy as you say, while the ordinary citizens receive the crumbs and externalities.

                    externality – Economics

                    a consequence of an industrial or commercial activity which affects other parties without this being reflected in market prices, such as the pollination of surrounding crops by bees kept for honey.

                    Incidentally someone noted a new degradation by Trump – allowing a 'cide that is highly toxic to bees – I think his loose EPA passed it along with other shite they have done.

                    • In Vino

                      KJT – We have a tiny population compared to Germany, and Germany has heroically stood out in accepting more immigrants/refugees than most others. Care to justify what you state at 9.2.2.1.2.1?  Straight numbers are irrelevant if you do not take population and recent intake over several years into account. I call that cherrypicking.

                    • KJT []

                      I said, per capita. If you read what I wrote.

            • Sabine 9.2.2.1.2.2

              the point is not that you can't have immigration reform. One reason the US are where they are is literally their incompetence when it comes to enacting meaningful immigration reform and that has been an issue since literally forever. 

              The point is that collective punishment of two year old that need a diaper change and a lullaby are not a valid, human, decent immigration reform. 

               

              but i feel your angst of the thousands of people arriving in AKL demanding refuge. 

               

      • greywarshark 9.3.1

        Such a good cartoon Sabine.   And the UK was preventing Jewish immigration for a while IIRC.

  10. CHCoff 10

    Is it possible to get abit worn out by Cricket being the winner with these table topping Black Cap world cup wins by the lads?

    nope.

    added value NZ all the way.

  11. A 11

    5G on the Corbett Report – sane and balanced coverage from a skeptic

    • WeTheBleeple 11.1

      There are way too many tentacles to this octopus for anyone to reasonably assume they can secure it. The mere existence of the dark web suggests we can't even police the internet.

      We don't like the idea of our computers being hacked and tracked but ignore the  screeds of deliberately obtuse legalese on every app. Our data lends power to bad actors everywhere.

      An exponential increase on this where every device is mined for data is dystopian – dressed as progress. Again, our data lends power to bad actors everywhere.

      More misinformation that any one person could ever possibly handle will result. Information devised and intrinsically tailored to bend your head specifically – for a sale, a vote, lolz, souls…

      While Orwell got the dates wrong, we've almost made it to 1984.

      • greywarshark 11.1.1

        Be cynical, be very cynical.    Know your friends weaknesses and your own and talk about them, so you can be open and trust each other.  

        Be careful in judgments; suspect others of being possible ring doughnuts, substance on the outside, no integrity in the middle.   The people to whom style is everything can fob off real life in favour of a good appearance of life.  Good people, trying to be be so but not to be perfect, make better friends – they are not trying to live up to an impossible dream.   And they question;  like why should I follow this system, who says so and why is it regarded as good, when it can be seen to be deficient in many ways? 

        And be careful, so many are scavenging from those around them, trying to get something from you.   Trust is a beautiful thing and needs to be kept safe and treasured.

  12. Jenny - How to Get there? 12

    Trump backs down on his threat to begin forcibly removing "millions" of illegal immigrants.

    As I pointed out yesterday the shear logistics of such a round up would be incomprehensible. There are not enough proper sealed vehicles to forcibly confine and transport that many people. The inevitable transit camps needed would have to be massive, dwarfing any detention centres on  the planet.

    I asked yesterday whether the American people would stand for it.

    Maybe the President asked himself the same question.

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/trump-tries-to-take-credit-for-delaying-the-ice-raids-hed-planned-himself/

    • Macro 12.1

      He is simply gaslighting Jenny. It's all in bad faith. He wants to throw the horror of these mass deportations onto the democrats and away from himself.

  13. greywarshark 13

    Do people on the left tend to be the ones against vaccines?  This was what I thought I heard from the talk linked to below.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018700927/david-robson-why-smart-people-do-stupid-things   32m

    David Robson is an author and science journanlist whose new book, The Intelligence Trap, examines the reasons why smart people make stupid mistakes and offers a cognitive toolkit for ways to avoid them. He joins the show to look at some of the themes in his compelling and wide-ranging book.

  14. bwaghorn 14

    What does &nsp mean and why did it just turn up 4 times in the last comment I made till I edited them out.?

    • greywarshark 14.1

      The program uses them as code for a space, you would have put four spaces in your comment, and when you went to edit you would then notice them showing up.    

      I didn't check a link I'd put when I edited something and it wouldn't work when someone tried it later.   I checked and saw the ampersand etc. at the end and realised why.   So some places you can leave them but might have to delete them in others.

  15. greywarshark 15

    From Joe90 9.2.1     Characterizing people as vermin has historically been a precursor to murder and genocide. The Nazis built on centuries-old hatred of Jews as carriers of disease in a film titled “Der Ewige Jude,” or “The Eternal Jew.” As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum notes on its website, in a section helpfully titled “Defining the Enemy:” “One of the film’s most notorious sequences compares Jews to rats that carry contagion, flood the continent, and devour precious resources.”

    Tried and true psychological mind-bait.   The USA is in a bad way, Hitler managed to get himself into the political system and then utilise their anger and despair.  If better policies had been introduced that were reasonable not just punitive, and smart economic advice paid heed to, we would not have had WW2 probably.    Trump is setting up an unreasonable and unbalanced system.

    Money is power, and everything falls away and bows when money and power combine aggressively, apparently.   But we have created the financial system to assist we humans to get more things done, achieve more.   Has the money service we have set up taken us over, with IT following the same pattern?

    Hitler into power 1929-1934:  https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zpvhk7h/revision/1

    This segment on Hyperinflation, follows details of the Inflation that Germany suffered, particularly after they came off the Gold Standard in 1914, from link below.

    Hyperinflation:

    •  By April 1921 the Reparations Commission (REPKO) had set Germany's war debt at £6,600 million. Germany was to pay annual instalments of £100 million (in cash and goods such as coal and shipping).
    • The British economist John Maynard Keynes was very critical of the huge amount Germany was required to pay. He urged the Allies to reduce Germany's reparations to a more reasonable level but his proposals were ignored.
    • Chancellor Wirth began repayments but by the end of 1921 the German government declared that it was unable to make any more payments.
    • Attempts by Lloyd George to address the issue at the Genoa Conference (1922) failed and the American government insisted that the Allies paid their war debts in full.
    • The French saw reparations as a vital part of their future security. They believed the Germans were deliberately letting a crisis develop so they could escape the burden of reparations.
    • In 1923 Poincar' ordered the occupation of the Ruhr, the industrial heartland of Germany, to force Germany to accept her responsibilities for reparations.

     

    This money manipulation is interesting from around WW2.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bernhard

    • Exkiwiforces 15.1

      It's interesting that you posted that IRT the British economist John Maynard Keynes and Lloyd George, as I have a kindle book on my iPad called.

      The Drift to War, The series of errors in British Policy that to WW2. By Richard lamb. 

      And I believe that the then PM Lloyd George after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles made the comment that we are going to be here in 20yrs time or the next's world war will be started by Germany be of the hash repayments that Germany under this treaty of Versailles or word to that a effect. As he back then in 1919 observed the conditions set by the Allies for Germany's war reparations was on only to lead to another war which everyone on the Allied side dismiss as a load of bollocks. 

       

       

      • Poission 15.1.1

        arthur conan doyle (1919) address to the anzac club.

        Speaking of the future, Sir Conan Doyle said that thoughtful people could not look at the position without anxiety. The revengeful, brooding German nation, numbering not less than 70 or 80 millions, would be opposite the dwindling French nation, numbering with Alsace-Lorraine not more than 45 millions. If we did not want our children or grand-children to have to do this job again, we ought, now that we had the Germans down, to pull their teeth and cut their claws. (Cheers.) Germany's military position had been actually. strengthened. In place of great military neighbours like the Russia and Austria which existed before the war, Germany would now have on the east and the south a lot of little States, any of which could be neutralized by a German corps or two.

        https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=Exploits_of_the_Anzacs:_Sir_A._Conan_Doyle%27s_Account

  16. joe90 16

    So, it's not a horn, they didn't bother collecting data on mobile phone use, and one of the study's authors is a quack chiropractor with a cure for sale.

     

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/debunked-the-absurd-story-about-smartphones-causing-kids-to-sprout-horns/

  17. Poission 17

    An irreproducible problem.

    Science is supposed to be self-correcting. Ugly facts kill beautiful theories, to paraphrase the 19th-century biologist Thomas Huxley. But, as we learned recently, policies at the top scientific journals don’t make this easy.

    https://slate.com/technology/2019/06/science-replication-conservatives-liberals-reacting-to-threats.html

     

    • One Two 17.1

      The power to ignore.

      'Science' has become dominated by giant corporations who control entire industry including the regulators…

      The same corporations provide advertising revenue which keeps the corporate media vehicles alive to ensure the sales and marketing arms remain functional…

      Medical professionals, especially in the USA are +/- 100% answerable to corporations and their controlled regulators…

      Journals are no different from any mainstream marketing vehicle.

      • Incognito 17.1.1

        I thought was reasonably au fait with the world of science but what or which “giant corporations” and “regulators” are you referring to when talking about ‘[s]cience’?

        Medical professionals and scientists are two different categories; an MD is not a PhD.

    • WeTheBleeple 17.2

      Thank you for that. The reporting on the original study made it seem there was some implacable divide between right and left thinking – this put me at odds and made me feel a bit hopeless when considering matters of bi-partisanship and reconciliation.

      Nice to see it was clickbait, though the scientists aren't at fault.

       

      • Incognito 17.2.1

        Nice to see it was clickbait, though the scientists aren't at fault.

        No, it was not “clickbait” but a genuine study by genuine scientists that couldn’t be independently replicated. The authors of the original study in Science apparently made assumptions that were invalid. Happens all the time and if the journal had played its part, these assumptions would have been scrutinised in more depth and detail in the second paper.

        • WeTheBleeple 17.2.1.1

          Ah yes I wasn't clear. The media clickbait – made a meal of it as it was interesting.

          glad someone was reading more critically than I was.

  18. greywarshark 18

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/392722/doctors-sign-letter-against-assisted-suicide-bill

    1,000 doctors have signed a letter announcing they will have no part in it.    I admire their forthrightness and it just underlines the importance of having a good ethical system from whoa to go.    There will be doctors who will be able to take on this task and see it as performing honestly a service, according to the rules on request.   

    Dr Sinead Donnelly, who organised the letter, said the bill is unworkable.

    “The message is that as doctors we don’t want to be part of it. You’re going to, in our view, destroy the profession of medicine by drawing us in to ending the life of our patients and two, the risk to the vulnerable is much too great.”

    The letter has been signed by 1061 doctors, of the 17,000 registered doctors in New Zealand.

    I think it is essential to have qualified medical people of an older age, who have experience and wisdom and are not restrained from acting on their own principles by religious precepts or perhaps having elderly people in their own family who do not agree with the idea and would lose trust in them.    And that would also apply to many with large numbers of old clients.   A doctor in a rural area could hardly take on such a role as he or she might be the only doctor there, so there would be no alternative one to go to for people strongly against euthanasia.

    So factors to think about to get the legislation right. I wonder how many of these objectors are Roman Catholics, which is usually against any changes to their precepts over their followers minds and bodies. But there are a number of people seeking conservative church precepts to give an anchor in a complex world. The thing is, because they can gather large numbers of obedient followers, should they have rule over everything that goes up for personal decision? Trying to get important things through Parliament may be blocked because of conflicts with money and power business blocs; when something is put to the people should the same thing apply with the blocs with the money and power being the religious? Can we hear what practical citizens think about the balance of ethical concerns here?

    • Ad 18.1

      I'm impressed you think it's a slur on the names of 1000+ doctors that they might also be Christian. Personally I'd say it's a requirement to acknowledge someone has a soul if they believe they have and are before you dying.

      Christians invented the modern hospital, and invented palliative care. 

      Of course you're more than welcome to dismiss over 1000 years of experience and ethical development that they have created.

      Failing that, open your mind to what the actual people who will be charged with taking someone's life have to say on the matter.

      • greywarshark 18.1.1

        You might have to buy a new can opener and open your mind Ad.   No doctor 'will be charged with taking someone's life'.   Your hyperventilating.    Better get medical advice before they get the right to jab you with their steely knives!

  19. Pat 19

    "That’s the conclusion of professors Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern, who analyzed 1,799 policy issues before Congress and found that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/23/china-america-economic-system-xi-jinping-trump

    We may not want to be like China, particularly when it comes to human rights but do we really want to emulate the US ?

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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago