Open mike 24/05/2020

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  1. bwaghorn 1

    Who are the fools that decided to experiment with kids education buy making classes into hubs with 40 kids in them??

    My kids gone from loving school to dreading it in 1 term .

    Please explain??

    • patricia 1.1

      Ask your local Principal to explain. Perhaps 4 groups of 10 to limit covid-19 contacts?

      • bwaghorn 1.1.1

        It was done pre covid.

        Unfortunately the principle is a lovely lady who thinks the trouble makers should be given multiple chances at the expense of the gentle children.

        • ianmac 1.1.1.1

          The previous Government swept through a decision to return to the Open Plan classrooms of the 80s. As classrooms were opened up the classes of 40+ with say 2 teachers became the norm. Doesn't suit all kids. Has your school just caught up?

          Open Plan failed in the 80s.

          • KJT 1.1.1.1.1

            If it has failed before, or elsewhere, in education, as in so many other things, National is all for it.
            National likes “evidence based policy” so they can do the opposite,

            It will take decades to recover the ground lost in education, due to National's, back to the 1880's. Never mind the 80's.

          • bwaghorn 1.1.1.1.2

            Ianmac ,, the school started bringing kids out from town to boost the roll and its become a runaway train ( possible wreck) .

            We weren't consulted in any way about the expansion into hub systems or my child being 1 of 6 put up into a hub with the two years ahead.

        • James 1.1.1.2

          You don’t think that the trouble makers should be given a chances?

          why are they being like they are ? No breakfast? Problems at home ? But as soon as it impacts you – off they go.

          god forbid your kids play up and become the trouble maker – I assume you would want them to be given chances and hep then?

          • I Feel Love 1.1.1.2.1

            Maybe comprehend what he said, "at the expense of the gentle children", not quite what you implied James, unless you're shit stirring? People get a little sensitive and personal when it comes to their kids.

          • bwaghorn 1.1.1.2.2

            Do you think expanding classes to 40 helps the kids with behavioral issues??

            • In Vino 1.1.1.2.2.1

              Whatever the spin, the basic aim of all neo-liberal 'reforms' in education is cost-cutting: fitting more students into less space for less expense. I would say that was the main reason for 'Mainstreaming' as well, vociferously though its proponents will deny it.

              • KJT

                Exactly right.

                • greywarshark

                  One of the factors apparently is that children are separated from their friends that have been made and with whom they have formed a learning pair or group.

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    Worth a listen: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018747729/linda-clark-and-richard-harman-discuss-politics-and-progress

    You'll get a balanced appraisal of Muller out of it. Turns out Judith Collins did the numbers for him. Last weekend, if I heard Harman aright, before the polls. So the thing was up & running on the basis that the two polls would confirm what they already knew?

    • ianmac 2.1

      But when asked by a journalist at his first interview after gaining Leadership, Muller said he thought about going for Leader on Wednesday.

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        The bit I heard he referred to making the decision to launch it after the poll results. So it's the difference between contingency plan and activation of that plan that we're looking at…

    • And then later on Niall Ferguson (if you're into the occasional bit of earache).

      When listening to Ferguson's wisdom as an 'Historian' – you really need to preface the title with "Neo-liberal Economic'. Just as well Fukuyama's original predictions didn't come to pass or Ferguson would be out of a job

      • Sacha 2.2.1

        Complete with denigrating governments for temporarily thwarting the free market's glorious destruction of businesses.

    • Incognito 2.3

      20’ 54”; yeah, nah.

      What was the “balanced appraisal of Muller”, in a nutshell, and what did you think of it?

      • Dennis Frank 2.3.1

        Coupla media pros with lengthy personal experience of dispassionate political commentary sharing their insights after having talked with him personally often enough through past years. No revelations – just a healthy antidote to the biased views expressed onsite here from a position of total ignorance since he won the battle…

        • McFlock 2.3.1.1

          Do you happen to have any conflicts of interest that should be declared?

          I only ask because the only previous dude I heard who went out of his way to praise provide a balanced view of Who-ller had some 'splaining to do after he quit Twitter the other day.

          • Dennis Frank 2.3.1.1.1

            No. I'm retired, my membership of the Green Party (second time round) is current at 5.5 years. I'm typical of a large swathe of humanity in preferring balanced views on anything contentious – due to it being an essential pre-condition for peaceful co-existence. 😇

        • KJT 2.3.1.2

          Mullers very first speech after he gained the leadership, included the oft repeated lying memes that have been endlessly repeated by the usual suspects, this month.
          https://www.facebook.com/gerard.otto

          Just another who is happy to join in National's one of two standard propaganda approaches to get power. Othering and repetitive lying.

          Repeating the same bs on every occasion, until repetition persuades even the people who should know better.

          “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

          Does National have a clone factory for these people?
          CIA or CCP run. LOLZ

          • Dennis Frank 2.3.1.2.1

            I don't disagree that he is likely to pitch to those he represents – every politician must to be successful. Lying is a subjective judgment. Usually used without any evidence to validate it. I suspect he is unlike Trump and not inclined to do it. However I do have an open mind on the issue so will consider evidence.

            • KJT 2.3.1.2.1.1

              He was objectively lying. As Otto showed in the link I included.

              Lying about their economic and social record, misusing statistics, and, and bashing an, "other" are their standard methods, when they are lagging in the polls.

              Muller is totally following the script.

              The occasional original thought, from people who think they are competent to run the country, would be good.

              Didn't you get the sub text in Mullers speech. The lines we will hear endlessly until the election, in various guises. "The girl did a good job with the virus. Now it is time for the serious, men, in National, to sort the economy".

    • Sacha 2.4

      Turns out Judith Collins did the numbers for him. Last weekend, if I heard Harman aright, before the polls.

      Collins merely told Bridges that the numbers were being done against him. Please get the basics right.

  3. mikesh 3

    In offering to refund firms' GST, the National Party appears to misunderstand the GST system. Firms, in theory, don't pay GST since any GST that they do pay is recouped from their customers. It is the customers, ultimately, who pay GST. A better plan would be to abolish GST altogether.

    • bwaghorn 3.1

      Makes a good headline for the nats though, same shit different day

      • mikesh 3.1.1

        Any refund would merely be a subsidy masquerading as a GST refund. Subsidizing small firms which find themselves in difficulties due to COVID-19 may well be a good policy, but there is no reason to suppose that the GST that they have paid is the appropriate amount that that subsidy should take.

        • Sacha 3.1.1.1

          Yes, just corporate welfare and using GST payable as a (misleading) proxy for business scale. Lazy.

        • KJT 3.1.1.2

          Should be in relation to business income tax paid.

          However that would mean the many National supporters businesses, that are tax dodgers, would lose out.

    • Incognito 3.2

      yes

    • Adrian 3.3

      And you only pay GST on profit. The balance is rebated so the strugglers don't get the steam off a turd, typical Nats.

      • Climaction 3.3.1

        You only pay gst on profit? This statement makes you unqualified to have any public comment or position on tax.

        Businesses pay the difference between gst collected and gst paid. Abolishing gst would be the best tax cut for poor people and the best way to reduce business compliance costs. It’ll also help our local councils as all the rates collected will go to them. They won’t have to pay 15% to central government.

        • RedBaronCV 3.3.1.1

          If we abolish GST we can't assume that everyone will automatically reduce their prices by 15% unfortunately.

          • Climaction 3.3.1.1.1

            Which isn’t a valid reason not to do it. I don’t expect councils for instance to lower rates 15%
            companies, however, work out there margins then add gst on top. So some might make supernormal profits. Those in competitive industries would struggle to retain customers if they didn’t.

            there was a lot of teeth gnashing and doom predicting for the less than top bracket earners when gst went up 2.5% Under national round here. Why the reluctance to abolish gst altogether just because someone may profit? Abolishing it now would be the best move the government could make. Give poor consumers 15% more bang for their buck at least.

            National will have to return to power to see calls for gst to be cut to return to the standard

      • mikesh 3.3.2

        On profit plus labour costs and other non GSTaxable costs. With depreciation GST will have been refunded at the time a depreciable asset was purchased.

        • Herodotus 3.3.2.1

          At a macro level GST is paid to the government by those not registered collected by those who are registered. Companies are only collecting it on the behalf of the govt and passing on the payment to the Govt. i.e. people pay the GST, companies do not.

    • Graeme 3.4

      I thought it was a very simplistic sound bite designed to appeal to very simplistic small business owners who see GST as a cost like power or rent.

      Offering a rebate based on the GST you've paid is good for business selling into the NZ market who are doing ok, so probably don't need it, hopeless for the businesses that aren't doing too well, hence not paying much GST because expenses exceed income, and bloody offensive to businesses who export, because export receipts are zero rated for GST.

      Coming from Muller, who's worked for export businesses and I'd expect knows how this works, is just poorly thought out survival politics.

      Can see this blowing up in his face.

      • pat 3.4.1

        Is simply another variation of 'tax cuts'….and fully in line with the narrative National will continue to play.

        Never mind that it doesn't work, it makes the right noises.

        • Graeme 3.4.1.1

          I had a Nat candidate rock into the shop one election saying that National's tax cuts were going to make my business thrive. I replied that it would be nice to be making a profit for tax to be an issue (it was in the middle of the late 90's recession / austerity). The look was priceless

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Muller wants trans-tasman travel to resume as a matter of priority, but Australia has 16 new cases today so this would be a risk to New Zealand and will remain so until Australia can get their new cases to zero.

    The article is by Luke Malpass and Tracey Watkins. Interesting because Watkins was the National Party reporter and head of politics at Stuff but retired/moved-on after the 2017 defeat. Mr Malpass obviously doesn't have the ear of the important people in National's caucus so had to get Watkins in the work the phones for him!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121607160/how-todd-muller-took-simon-bridges-by-surprise

    • Hooch 4.1

      I clocked Watkins name on the article too Muttonbird and it piqued my interest. Didn’t she have an article up recently bemoaning the loss of controlling the narrative? Media get two polls up in quick succession facilitating a leadership challenge, nek minnit, wall to wall national party coverage. There’s even a bloody opinion piece on stuff by Paul Goldsmith.

      Trans tasman travel could be a while away given Victoria’s inability to get control of the virus. The states won’t even allow travel between each other. Queensland border might not open till September.

  5. Anne 5

    Nice one Damien Venuto:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12334259

    “Todd Muller’s MAGA hat is not okay.”

    • Stunned mullet 5.1

      Well for a 50M handout, they have to do something.

      • Incognito 5.1.1

        The NZ Herald got a $50M handout? Pray tell.

        • Stunned mullet 5.1.1.1

          Your comprehension skills are a bit down today anonymous one.

          I didn't say the Herald had received a 50m handout.

          • Incognito 5.1.1.1.1

            What did you say then?

            • Stunned mullet 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Perhaps go and play Revolution 9 backwards for some clues..

              [Your luck is about to run out. Please clarify what you meant @ 5.1 and don’t be a dick today because you can do better too, thanks – Incognito]

              • Incognito

                See my Moderation note @ 11:31 AM.

                • Stunned mullet

                  Ha Ha no thanks OAB…

                  [No worries. Have four days off instead plus another two for calling me OAB – Incognito]

                • The Al1en

                  Pretty clear to me the comment in question is about if the Herald want a 50m handout, they have to do the bidding of the pm and earn it, probably like the accusations thrown from the left when tv3 got bailed out, even though it completely ignores two days of puff pieces on Mulder and kayley.

                  • Incognito

                    The commenter was asked to clarify but chose not to and has been given some time off.

                  • Sacha

                    The only $50m bailout announced so far was mainly for broadcasters rather than print media in any case. Throwaway line.

  6. peterh 6

    There is no way trans travel will start for a very long time as they said in Melbourne today we are finding more because we are testing more. so community cases are most of their cases .also Queensland will not open their border before September. and the NZ public will not want it to until all these issues are cleared up. Best he shuts up about that for a while

    • Muttonbird 6.1

      This. Muller is blurting before thinking. Not a good sign for the Nats.

      He seems your usual, arrogant born-to-rule tory.

  7. Anker 7

    Mr Muller has been so busy developing his plan (not for NZ , but to roll Simon Bridges) that he seems to has missed that the trans Tasman bubble is well under way after Australia invited Jacinda to attend then cabinet meeting and that work is being done on it already on this. It is not his call to make on this in isolation. Actually Australia has a say in this too. Given his haste on this does that mean he would have left the lockdown sooner, or even kept the economy going in a partial lockdown.

    Does Muller not understand gst? Small business owners collect the tax, but get a rebate of the gst they pay.

  8. clare 8

    " The Herald on Sunday has since been told by a reliable source that Muller won the leadership by just one vote, although that may never be known for certain. "

    from Claire Trevett

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12334244

  9. Sacha 9

    Exploring the potential conflicts of interest in Mr Hooton's advocacy of Muller on RNZ (9min), including their Head of News' view of it: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018747708/prominent-pundit-pulls-back-over-muller-link

    • Muttonbird 9.1

      Hooton has deleted his Twitter account? Things are getting serious.

      And:

      I think there is greater focus on me because I am from the political right than on people with similar issues from the political left

      Oh dear, poor Matt, the victim now!

      • Sacha 9.1.1

        He has temporarily deleted his account in the past.

        • Muttonbird 9.1.1.1

          You'd assume if his role with the National Party has been/is being resumed, it'll be more than a temporary deletion?

          Perhaps it is temporary until he has had time to clean up any incriminating evidence.

      • Fifi 9.1.2

        Is it possible that Hooton has a new job? Muller might need a Campaign Manager perhaps.

        • pat 9.1.2.1

          Very possible…one things for sure, Paula Bennet isn't going to have that role.

          • Robert Guyton 9.1.2.1.1

            What has happened to Paula? I rated her for the top-job, but she's been buried…somewhere…for sometime…Paula? Paula?

    • Sacha 9.2

      The same Mediawatch story in text form: https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/24-05-2020/hooton-is-withdrawing-from-punditry-critics-say-hes-at-least-a-week-late/

      Now that his old friend Todd Muller is National leader, Matthew Hooton is pulling back from political commentary. His critics say he should have done so before the contest kicked off, writes Colin Peacock for RNZ.

      • Incognito 9.2.1

        I did wonder what Matthew’s Magic Numbers were all about …

        It’s pretty legal, isn’t it? But is it Dirty Politics? Nek minit …

        • Sacha 9.2.1.1

          Hey someone had to leak the Curia internal polling to the Nat caucus who were being denied them by Simon's bunch. Wonder where he got them from..?

          • Incognito 9.2.1.1.1

            We’ll never know for certain but my guess is Christopher.

            • Sacha 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Has to be someone who was either trusted with them by the Bridges cabal or was getting them slipped via Farrar, I guess.

    • Gabby 9.3

      Suthers seems to have been comfortable in a ponyboy kinda way.

    • Fireblade 9.4

      Hooton's company website has disappeared as well – Exceltium Corporate & Public Affairs Ltd.

  10. Ed1 10

    It was yet another example of control from the centre; funding for a while was only provided for classrooms that met the large 2 classes to a room model. Many are now being ''renovated"" to put a large divider down the middle so teachers can be heard by their class . . .

    Sadly the primary school closest to me had their renovation approved pre-2017 election – as a ""Normal"" school some new teachers will know what schools to avoid . . .

    • McFlock 10.1

      I can only base this on a half-remembered presentation from an MoE guy early last year (during which I might have been busy or dozed off), but ISTR that was some of the point of the design approach they were going for – it could be adapted for different school needs.

      If you could do group learning or needed lots of space for an art or drama class, open it up. If you need separated class rooms, the adaptation isn't structural.

  11. Dennis Frank 11

    Biden gets tough: "In a recent campaign ad, Joe Biden accused the president of being too soft on China over COVID-19. This decision to criticize Donald Trump on China and subsequent signals that Biden will take a tough approach toward Beijing have made some progressives nervous." https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/how-should-biden-handle-china/612052/

    "Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart called Biden’s ad “a jingoistic fantasy” that may put Asian Americans in the crosshairs of racist attacks, “hastening a geopolitical confrontation that threatens progressive goals.” In The New York Times, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft scholars Rachel Esplin Odell and Stephen Wertheim warned Biden about following Trump into a new cold war with China and argued that the United States should seek to work with Beijing on shared challenges such as pandemics and climate change."

    "Critics of Biden’s China policy are proposing far-reaching U.S.-China cooperation that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent diplomatic record suggests is chimerical at best." You bet. Attempts to cooperate with emperors seem sadly lacking in the historical record. My way or the highway.

  12. Stunned mullet 12

    Completely understand what the government is trying to do with repealing the requirement for certain consents and think it's a reasonable thing to do…. however the law of unexpected consequences may come into play.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121606376/diy-dream-come-true-building-consents-for-low-risk-projects-scrapped

    • Sacha 12.1

      A flood of granny-flat collapses in a decade's time. And backyard slum-lords across poor suburbs in the meantime.

      • weka 12.1.1

        I doubt granny-flats will be exempt, and everything will still need to be built to code.

    • RedBaronCV 12.2

      It's building consents not resource or planning consents? The district plan about the size and placement of buildings will still need to be followed I assume.? I can't see us being able to build 4 car garages with kerb crossings onto a major arterial route under this scheme if we couldn't before.

    • Sacha 13.1

      My script-blocker has blanked that out.

    • Stunned mullet 13.2

      All pretty sound suggestions.

      • pat 13.2.1

        Certainly a move in the right direction

        • Dennis Frank 13.2.1.1

          It is. Surprising that Salmon is aboard (bluegreen). Hefty consensus. Shane & Phil will have to seek advice on how think about it…

          • pat 13.2.1.1.1

            Shane and Phil?

            • Dennis Frank 13.2.1.1.1.1

              Check out who those copies went to…

              • pat

                yes know who it went to but would suggest their input will be minimal on the outcome…i.e.their thoughts will be largely irrelevant to the implementation or not…and frankly its just as well.

    • That is an excellent list of job-rich priorities.

      Of course, only if you Party Vote Green you get most of them.

    • RedBaronCV 13.4

      Not a bad list. Agree with the need to check the priority of shovel ready projects so that we don't build too many more unneeded road tunnels.

      I also though that the projects grouped:

      Restoration- undoing past sins like restoring wetlands

      Repurpose & resilience- electric rail not fossil fuel. 3 waters

      Redirected- future facing projects like individual generation of electricity

      I would add a few other screens too apart from going for a decent geographic spread of jobs and money.

      – Can the investment be easily sold or reversed for gain by an incoming RW government. Individual power generation maybe not others yes

      – does the investment promote the interests of for profit groupings (neo lib) or is a for community/ widespread individual benefit and with decision making at the lowest viable level.

      -Is it progressive or regressive. Better power generation could be tied to the provision of universal basic services – improving lives and reducing community costs rather than high power company salaries and overseas dividends

      -Does it embed a future economic low carbon approach that RW governments would struggle to undo.

      Lastly, I see some of yesterday's ideas never sleep. Fran Wilde and another mayor trying again to amalgamate all the wellington councils. Pity she can't distingush between representation which does not need to be amalgamated and joint projects.

      Banks and other entities trying to us the crisis to shove everything on line or into their preferred models of RW gouging.

  13. Chris 15

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/300019211/its-been-a-tough-week-for-simon-bridges–but-this-isnt-tiddlywinks

    From since when did Stuff allow party political broadcasts to masquerade as opinion?

    Perhaps Stuff should publish an expose on how National steered NZ out of the GFC on the back of the economic legacy left by the previous Labour-led government? And that traditionally it’s National that sucks money away from the economy into the pockets of the rich, then leaves it to Labour to cop the blame and do all the fixing until the next change of government when the whole cycle starts over?

    The general population needs to know this. National knows about money, but being good at manipulating the economy for the benefit of a few is not the same as being good economic managers. The myth rests on seeing National as a party for the wealthy, "so maybe if I vote for them I'll get rich, too". This thinking needs to be attacked head on and destroyed.

  14. Chris T 16

    Jacinda Ardern realising she forgot to ditch the milk in her fridge makes national news.

    Great to see our intrepid media keeping up the real important stories.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12334283

    • I Feel Love 16.1

      and important enough for you to link to, you know it's called "clickbait" for a reason (I couldn't be bothered reading it myself, too busy watching the latest Tory debacle over in the UK).

    • Fireblade 16.2

      The Herald only published the story to trigger right-wing nut jobs. After all, they need something to talk about because the new Nats leader is less charismatic than a block of wood.

  15. observer 17

    Remarkable gaffe from Todd Muller on TV1 news tonight. He calls for NZ to re-open the borders, and specifically to arrivals from China.

    If he thinks that's a vote-winner, he reads the room as badly as Bridges.

  16. David Mac 18

    I'm hoping Herr Muller will appoint Mathew Hooten minister of propaganda. Mathew is of that age that requires a 911 Menoporsche and God knows he's earned it.

  17. David Mac 19

    I went and saw Aussie author Bryce Courtney speak, changed my life.

    He had a big corporate job, key player in a fabulous Sydney ad agency. He got a bonus, went and bought a sick 911. Just after taking delivery, sitting at the lights, he overheard the very type of human he was keen to attract. "Look at the desperate silver-fox in his Menoporsche."

    He resigned and talked to a publisher about the practice book he had been working on: "The Power of One."

    • I Feel Love 19.1

      Great book, and surprisingly really funny, bet he's a hoot to hear talking.

      • David Mac 19.1.1

        Yes, the thought of an orphaned boy befriending a chicken lacks credibility. Bryce made us fall in love with that chook.

        Yes, I'm sure we all left his talk thinking, 'Gee I like that guy.'

        Quality person.

  18. David Mac 20

    Throw a few sunflower seeds about this autumn. Easy.

    Come spring your grandchildren will be amazed by the giant flowers and when they ask why you grew sunflowers you'll be able to say "I did it for you. You remind me of Sunflowers."

  19. Eco Maori 21

    Kia Ora The Am Show.

    That's great local sports being able to start up with health and safety hygiene plans in place.

    Buy New Zealand made is great.

    I read some lines of a person Im quite glad that his opinions are not appropriate in the year 2020.

    Ka kite Ano

  20. Eco Maori 22

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    The tax free payment is a payment design to keep tangata afloat and Aotearoa afloat during these unusual times.

    Congratulations on the new baby.

    Ka kite Ano.

  21. Eco Maori 23

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Funny. I know A few Goldsmiths.

    Ka pai using Pepe mail to teach our tamariki about our environment.

    Ka kite Ano.

  22. Eco Maori 24

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    It great that Aotearoa has invested funds into vax research.

    Jender equality at the Japanese bank is awesome the first Wahine CEO.

    Ka kite Ano.

  23. Eco Maori 25

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Shocking behaviour.

    Shows how the tech industry has changed the World the Ion Age.

    Ka kite Ano

  24. Eco Maori 26

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Move your butt looks like a great cause rasing funding for bowel cancer.

    Te Papa opening is great there is some amazing things help by the Museum.

    The Hangi pit makes me hungry.

    A 4 day work week will save our environment and give people more time to live a good life.

    Ka kite Ano

  25. Eco Maori 27

    Kia Ora The Am Show.

    Its great that teachers aids are getting paid equally as men based industry’s.

    Papatuanuku is paradise that needs to be respected.

    Great the person giving free dental service for the poor common people.

    Ka kite Ano

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    12 hours ago
  • S&P slams new Govt's council finance vacuum
    Wellington Water workers attempt to resolve a burst water main. Councils are facing continuing uncertainty over how to pay to repair and expand infrastructure. The Wellington Regional Council was one of those downgraded. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlooks for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    15 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Resigns.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    17 hours ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    18 hours ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
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  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Then why did she do it?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    1 day ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    6 days ago
  • Dig this
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
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    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know!
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    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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