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Open Mike 24/10/2017

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  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Winston for DPM and MFA. So far so predictable. Looking forward to hearing the Green portfolios.

  2. Carolyn_nth 2

    Chris Trotter, on Stuff this morning, challenges the Ardern government to bring in advisors for REAL economic change: he recommends Ardern bring on board these people to advise: Jane Kelsey; Sue Bradford; Metiria Turei.

    On October 20, however, the NZ First leader, Winston Peters, from the stage of the Beehive Theatrette, told New Zealand that: “Far too many New Zealanders have come to view today’s capitalism, not as their friend, but as their foe. And they are not all wrong. That is why we believe that capitalism must regain its responsible – its human face. That perception has influenced our negotiations.”

    In that moment, it was clear that the revolt against neoliberal economic orthodoxy and the lies of its “experts” had finally reached New Zealand’s shores.

    Just how much “real change” Jacinda Ardern’s government is willing to countenance will be revealed in the people she chooses to advise her.

    • tc 2.1

      the establishments tamed media persona offering advice again. I see that bloke as just another pagani/Williamson/Edwards.

      So you’ll be hearing a lot from him whilst the rest get their new themes and let the medication kick in that limits the frothing at the mouth rapid right wing dogma.

      • Carolyn_nth 2.1.1

        Interesting, though, that the Financial Times is also reporting that some business leaders are talking about the need to change capitalism away from the failures of the last 3-4 decades.

        The leaders cite management greed, corporate tax dodging and “short termism”, as problems. Their claims, though, seem to be made more out of fear that the people will seek revenge on a system they see as being unfair. they don’t seem concerned about the negative impacts on the lives of too many people, only that the capitalist system will be rejected outright if it is not reformed.

        So, there is now a period when ideas for a new direction may get traction.

        But I guess we need to beware of the ruling elites just allowing enough change to thwart an outright revolution, rather than really pushing for the changes that the many, and society as a whole, really need.

        • Incognito 2.1.1.1

          In my opinion capitalism cannot be ‘reformed’ as it is fundamentally flawed. But undoubtedly people will try to put a “human face” on it and she’ll be right. Yeah, nah!

          • Andre 2.1.1.1.1

            Would you care to put together your thoughts on what an alternative to capitalism would look like? Because, as flawed as it is, fundamentally capitalism still looks better to most people than alternatives we’ve tried.

            Even the most socialist of scandinavian social democracies are still fundamentally capitalist, they’ve just got different settings around how much and what areas of society the state is involved in and how to pay for it.

            • Brigid 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I would describe “even the most socialist of scandinavian social democracies” as fundamentally socialist.

              • Andre

                How so? Their economies all rely on private ownership of land and capital for the purpose of generating profits for their private owners. That’s capitalism. That their state sectors are larger than ours and welfare systems more generous doesn’t change the fact that the fundamental organising principle is capitalism.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1.2

              All housing owned by the state and allocated on an as need basis with lifetime lease.
              Businesses to be self-owned and run by the people who work there.
              A UBI of course.
              And the state being the only creator of money in the country.
              Dropping of all FTA and removal of the country from the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. Replace them all with standards that other countries need to meet before we trade with them.

              • Andre

                What percent of the voting population do you reckon would go for that? Versus what percent would fight it with everything they’ve got?

                TBH, the idea of a state jobsworth allocating where I live, rather than letting me choose how much of my resources I’m willing to put into where I live and making my best choice within that constraint, is something I’d fight very hard against.

                • Who said anything about the state allocating where you live?

                  • Andre

                    “All housing owned by the state and allocated…” isn’t about the state allocating where someone lives?

                    • No.

                      You choose the area and even the house if it’s available. If multiple people are asking for that house then the one with the most need for it gets it. If someone has a new job in the area then they’ll get it over someone who just wants to move to the area.

                      If there’s a high demand for that area then housing NZ will build more houses in that area to cater to the demand. And the demand will actually be known because they’ll have the applications.

                    • Andre

                      Draco, if you can’t see how that proposal amounts to state jobsworths exercising unwanted control over something that is a major part of people’s lives, then I really can’t help you.

                    • What control?

                      Or how about I put it in terms of now:

                      You choose to live somewhere. You look to see if a house is for sale or for rent. If there is you then offer a sum of money. If it’s enough you get the place if not you’re out of luck.

                      If there isn’t a place available you either build (if a place to build is available) or you’re simply out of luck.

                      Same would apply if housing was state owned except that there would be no money involved.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          But I guess we need to beware of the ruling elites just allowing enough change to thwart an outright revolution, rather than really pushing for the changes that the many, and society as a whole, really need.

          That’s what they’ve been doing since the great Depression and it still hasn’t worked. Managed to keep general revolution at bay though.

          We need the politicians and the economists to realise that capitalism simply doesn’t and never will do. Then we’ll have the space open for other ideas but that is something that the business community certainly don’t want because then they wouldn’t be able to get rich.

          • cleangreen 2.1.1.2.1

            Draco,

            I totally agree wth you, as housing is one of “a basic ‘essential’ neccesity of life & need” (a human right)

            Most people dont understand now what the basic needs are and the role of having government.

            Government is there to provide “the basic essential nessecities of life” such as power, water, shelter, education, health services, transport, and housing.

            Jobs are the premise of bussiness activities, and government supply public servant jobs for their administration.

            Bussiness was never set up to garantee all the basic essential nessecities of life.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Bussiness was never set up to garantee all the basic essential nessecities of life.

              But that’s what they were supposed to do under the neo-liberal paradigm. That’s what National and ACT mean when they say small government. They’ve failed to do as promised just like they failed in the 19th century and throughout history.

    • Wayne 2.2

      Trotter seem to think New Zealand voted for a revolution. They didn’t. The vote is way too finely balanced for such a claim.

      They voted for change, specific things to be fixed such as clean water, housing etc.

      If Jacinda Arden wants to be a one term Prime Minister she will follow Chris Trotter’s advice. But she is way smarter than to follow the advice of an ex New Labour activist. I can just imagine what her cabinet colleagues and indeed Helen Clark would think of Trotter’s advice.

      That is why talk of failures of capitalism made on “The Nation” were not repeated on “Q & A”. I would say she quickly realised that such talk has way too much political risk. Instead the language shifted to “market failure”, a well understood term in political and social markets.

      • DoublePlusGood 2.2.1

        Your first two paragraphs are correct, but your third one doesn’t follow.
        Making dramatic changes toward social democracy will bring huge benefits to New Zealanders, and that would likely shift the Overton window significantly to the left.

  3. cleangreen 3

    I tuned off from watching TV one when this morning during the morning news at 6.45 the ex prime minister Bill English came on TV one to rant about his party’s succcess over the last nine years so where is the new PM then?????

    So my embargo of TV one will continue until TV one broadcasts a more balanced and fair coverage of the new Government about to be signed in as our new government today.

    Wake up TV One as we are now living with a new government that we want to see sack all you National cling-ons and install a more balanced fair broadcasting team than we have had for the last nine years.

    Pathetic display of naked bias against the newly elected government is clearly continuing on our publically owned TV one and this must now be corrected.

    • NewsFlash 3.1

      +1 cleangreen

      The national broadcaster has been infected with right wing lobbyists, a deliberate attempt at undermining the neutral nature we expect as it’s paid for through taxes, Key turned it into a National Party propaganda machine, using public funds and brainwashing the more gullible viewers, and there’s quite a few of them.

      We can’t have a minority view point be broadcasted without balancing it with the majorities viewpoint.

  4. Zorb6 4

    Breaking news.The entire National Party caucus have been offered jobs at NZ Post…delivering for New Zealanders.

  5. Tony Veitch (not etc) 5

    I had to laugh this morning as I listened to RNZ news – NZQA can’t figure out why many of the so-called educational institutes which have been deregistered or sanctioned are owned or part owned by Chinese or Indians.

    I can’t speak for India, but as one who has lived in China for a few years, the answer is so obvious – corruption and bribery!

    In China, you pays your money, you get the results you want!

    • tracey 5.1

      And the bad ones are well known and reported. Selling Degres and feeding cheap labour into businesses who will pay for 2 yearsso the new graduate can qualify for PR.

      • OnceWasTim 5.1.1

        They’ve been well know and reported on for quite some time – repeatedly, whether officially or through back channels.
        NZQA is finally getting on to it, but their under-resourcing and failures have come too late for many people who’ve been utterly fleeced.
        If I can dig into the backgrounds of some of the PTE operators, Labour Supply agencies and contractors using google, foreign media and the companies register, then it’s bloody obvious that NZQA, INZ and the Labour Inspectorate who can call on the resources of Police and other agencies should have been able to do better.
        I suspect NZQA’s statement is more about keeping a lid on things until they get a few more wins/prosecutions and have more ‘conversations’ with INZ.

  6. eco maori 6

    I rember when I was a young my uncle was killing a opossum and when he swung the hammer I was standing behind him and fuck I was spitting out bits of my teeth man that was sore . I was 12 and I did not go to school for 2 weeks I was eating weetbix for 3 weeks .It was my rugby coach that asked what happen to my teeth I told him the story
    And it was he that told me to go to the school dentist to get my teeth fixed . I was really
    great full as no more pain and I lost a bit of weight I could got to school when I wanted or just stay home and ride horse’s I use to run right over the top of most other players of Rugby/ scrag .
    Many thanks to Ros Taylor and Thomas Maxwell Latham our brown men playing a great game for NZ cricket and wining in Inda .This feat should have got major coverage in all our media platforms !!!!!!!!! . The big picture is if we nurture and train all our youth
    and provied them more disposable income more of our brown children will climb to the great heights of sports stardom We just need a fair and just society.P.S Hope I got that right. Ka pai

    • eco maori 6.1

      WAR IS FOR IDIOTS Yes these 2 men did not win that game on there own as it takes good Management and a excellent team Wairua to get in to that top spear of our World Sports .
      Now all you people that are new to our shores I welcome you and advise you that the Prime Minster Elect will not kick you in the private parts so just relax and keep positive as she will be a fear and just Leader you should beable to see this for your selves .
      Our Dollar well don’t treat because a lower dollar is good for us all in some way It won’t crash OUR Dollar is one of the most traded currency in the World so that tell a story in its self our dollar always trades lower when Labour rules its good we will slow down our consumption nation and this is the direction we have to take to save Mother Earth for our grandchildren P.S we will pay our dept faster to.
      9 % compulsory Kiwi Saver this will transfer our dept back to our shores .
      Everyone has to vote at the next election this will help stop the social media’s influence on our elections . Ka pai

    • Patricia Bremner 6.2

      You Did 100%

  7. Robert Guyton 7

    “The Chinese bidder for Landcorp’s Jericho Station in Southland has applied to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) for permission to buy the property, almost five months after his offer was accepted.

    Controversy surrounds the sale because a well known Southland farmer Ed Pinckney has also been in contention for the sheep and beef farm, but his offer was refused even though it was only about $200,000 less.”

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/98063078/chinese-bidder-for-jericho-sation-seeks-overseas-investment-office-approval

    • Frida 7.1

      If there is an alternative NZ purchaser, then the Chinese buyer will need to show the benefits he can offer that the NZ purchaser cannot (i.e. the counter-factual). Fingers crossed he can’t meet the test

    • James Thrace 7.2

      First real test for Labour now, to walk the walk.
      Although they never said anything about restricting farmland.

      The buyer appears to have left it slightly too late. OIO talks about making an application within a timely manner.

      One suspects five months after making an offer is not timely. There’s no information as to whether the offeror flagged the prospective purchase with OIO.
      If I were the OIO, I’d decline this sale on the basis that the next offer down was only 200k less, and therefore more likely to create opportunities for NZ.

      • Robert Guyton 7.2.1

        Winston points out that the delay has resulted in an opportunity cost already, in the form of $26 000 of interest per month that would have accrued from an immediate sale to the NZ buyer, meaning the $200 000 difference between the offers would be negated by now.

  8. cleangreen 8

    Chinese buying our state asets and “sensitive NZ farmland holdings” must stop now!!!!!!!

    Thank you for your post Robert.

    • Enough is Enough 8.1

      Why are you singling out Chinese?

      • OnceWasTim 8.1.1

        He’s not if you consider that it’s a discussion that began at 7 on a specific case.
        No doubt it transcends nationality in other cases.

        • cleangreen 8.1.1.1

          Yep Once Was Tim.

          Like Winston always says “it’s about the policy”

          Others like to use rubbish ‘smear talk’ for their ends.

      • Andre 8.1.2

        Nationality isn’t entirely irrelevant. In the area around where I have a part interest in a property, there are a number of properties purchased by Chinese (presumably for landbanking) that have since been left unused and neglected to the point where they become a pest reservoir nuisance to the neighbours. When considering two competing offers, that was certainly a factor in us accepting the lower offer from a local with a track record of being a caring steward of the land, rather than a significantly higher offer from foreign investors.

      • Naki man 8.1.3

        cleangreen thinks its ok to be racist.

  9. Et Tu Brute ? 9

    If is Hollywood tanking .. what is the outlook for the broader economy ?

    https://www.sott.net/article/365140-Nothing-working-in-Hollywood-Big-studios-forced-to-cut-losses-pulling-flops-from-theaters-at-a-fast-pace

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/10/22/hollywoods-biggest-movies-flop-big-time-as-industry

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  10. mac1 10

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98132642/kaikura-mp-stuart-smith-ready-for-opposition-stint?cid=edm:stuff:marlboroughexpress&bid=405433560

    National’s Stuart Smith (described by Winston Peters during the election as a back-stabbing neo-liberal who has done nothing since he got there),MP for Kaikoura, has spoken about ‘delivering for New Zealanders” who are his constituents.

    He said that in three years he had done more than his predecessor (Colin King, National MP for nine years) who he supplanted.

    If this is a taste of National Party loyalty, I can understand why Bill English won’t talk about his prospects for staying on as National’s leader.

    Stuart Smith’s present position that he will stay on in a “strong opposition” and face a possible nine years languishing there indicates that they certainly intend to break that MMP nine year cycle.

    We can look forward to changes in their line-up with the sloughing off mercilessly of their older leadership, and the promotion of aggressive and ruthless younger MPs who seek Ministerial office in their time.

    • tracey 10.1

      Only cos there was an earthquake did he do more cos the obvious needed to be done.

    • ianmac 10.2

      The only solace from the Stuart Smith grandiose claims is that it may mean that his Kaikoura supporters are fed up with his total inaction on behalf of his constituents.
      For instance, many would be surprised to learn of his action to get a new site for the colleges. Really?Labour Janette Walker has done far more for people and she is not even an MP.

  11. halfcrown 11

    Just seen Boag on the AM show, (well that’s not quite right turned her off after watching for about 30 seconds) what a vile twisted evil person who definitely got a personal vendetta against Peters,
    Why do they keep getting these has-beens out of the musty old National party morgue, wind them up and let them go full bore without anybody there to give a counter argument? We have had NOTHING but right-wing commentators on this morning including English. No spokesperson from the new government.
    It is also about time we had some younger people on the programme, the same age group as Ardern, after all, it is their world now to fix up.
    TVNZ 1 is just as bad, man aren’t they all pissed off over Peters going with Labour

    • Whispering Kate 11.1

      I call her Morticia and instead of the morgue I call her place of abode the crypt. That woman has to be the scariest human on the planet, a wake up nightmare apparition. She seriously needs to be removed from the airwaves and put out to hanging out with the bats at night.

  12. Reality 12

    Michelle Boag in fact is so horrible that she might repel as many people as she thinks she is influencing! And surely some people would have picked up and been put off by Mike Hosking’s petulant, I am so important (more important in fact than the new PM elect and how dare she keep me waiting) rant on Thursday night.

    At least Wayne Mapp is sane.

    • Frida 12.1

      I think relentless negativity in the form Michele Boag portrays is going to turn people off left right and centre in the face of the positive collaborative attitude to be shown by Ardern and Shaw. So while she is hideous to endure in the short term, she may just do the new Govt a favour if she keeps it up. I agree, though, a horrible horrible woman.

    • Gristle 12.2

      Michelle Boag is known to hold a vendetta and then exact punative utu for the smallest of perceived slights. This is why she continues to gets access to media. However, IMO once a crack appears, it is highly likely that her power base will disintegrate rapidly .

      • OnceWasTim 12.2.1

        Not sure about that. MB’s got so many cracks showing whilst buildings have been demolished for less as earthquake risks. Yet she continues to survive and grace us all with her spectacular wisdom at least once a week.

        • cleangreen 12.2.1.1

          Hi Gristle

          I was told last nigt that Michelle Boag is related to Matthew Hooten!!!!!!

          Can someone cofirm this please?

  13. ianmac 13

    There is a brilliant poster going the rounds but I cannot get it to copy and paste it here. Shows the detail of the Blue result in 2014 election then the Red poster result for 2017. Damns the negative complainers. Some one must have it and cleverly post it here. It is very good.

  14. Puckish Rogue 14

    Testing…

    • Andre 14.1

      Welcome back. The current record for post-election returnees before getting banned again is four hours twenty eight minutes. Your clock has started.

      • Puckish Rogue 14.1.1

        Challenge accepted! 🙂

        • Andre 14.1.1.1

          To be fair, you’re only the second. So no matter what you’ll set a record. To make it a challenge you should nominate whether you’re aiming for under or over.

        • tracey 14.1.1.2

          Set the record for the longest before banning Pucky.

      • tracey 14.1.2

        Who got banned already?

          • Puckish Rogue 14.1.2.1.1

            Some people just want to watch the world burn 🙂

          • McFlock 14.1.2.1.2

            To be fair, it was more like the guy about to be released from jail who is immediately arrested on other warrants the cops just found out about.

            A comment that might not have gotten many people banned drew enough moderator attention to bring to light a history of activity from that IP address. 🙂

            • Andre 14.1.2.1.2.1

              “about to be released”? He got released. Then it’s like the cops ran his plates for a minor traffic infringement on his way home from jail, saw the past behaviour, and threw him back inside. Still brings a smile, tho.

    • halfcrown 14.2

      Welcome back Puckish. Please don’t get offended as I say this in jest “I have missed your one-eyed rightwing bullshit’ You’re not really like that, Welcome back looking forward to your opinions.

      • Puckish Rogue 14.2.1

        Thanks for that and well done to Labour for putting together a government

        • cleangreen 14.2.1.1

          Thanks Puckish rougue,

          We hope you will help us fix this broken country now, since the national wrecking ball has done it’s worst to wreck our environment.

          See this from our letter sent this morning to Professor James Renwick,

          Sad enditement from a careless National Party policy as we see for real now.

          —————————————————————————————————————-

          24th October 2017.

          James Renwick,
          Professor School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.
          BSc (Hons), Mathematics, Canterbury, (1977); MSc, Statistics,
          Victoria University of Wellington.

          Dear James,

          Such a pleasure to review your report on Climate change and NZ emissions of emissions it is very sadly needed to be highlighted today.
          http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018618970

          Of special interest to our committee is the large increase of freight truck use we are monitoring in HB/Gisborne regions NZ average of 6% annually is now at 12% in Gisborne/HB for freight movements of 36% of NZ exports of our products from both east coast provinces.

          I commend your report and will advance this document as signalling a return of freight back to rail in our regions as Hon’ Winston Peters has for several years attended meetings in both East coast provinces has pledged in Government to bring back our mothballed rail system into service again which will have an extremely useful method of helping to reduce our climate change emissions again.

          I would like to converse with you in the weeks ahead, and offer our study reports to you as we have conducted them often in collusion with other agencies and may be very useful for your continuing studies also.

          Warmest regards,

          —————————————————————————————————————-
          http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018618970

          A new report http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018618970 on climate change has painted a stark picture of New Zealand’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. It says climate change is already potentially irreversibly affecting the country’s natural systems, and many aspects of climate change will continue for centuries. Global gross emissions of greenhouse gases rose 50 per cent from 1990 to 2013, mainly due to people burning more fossil fuels for electricity generation, heat, transport, manufacturing and construction. Despite New Zealand’s contribution being quite small at 0.17 per cent, we have the fifth-highest level of emissions per person of the 35 countries in the OECD. Kathryn Ryan speaks with James Renwick, a professor at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University who contributed to the report.
          Key findings of ‘Our atmosphere and climate 2017’ report
          Ministry for the EnvironmentPLUS
          Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ environmental reporting looks at the pressures, state and impacts on the environment and tracks change over time. Here are some key findings from Our atmosphere and climate 2017.

        • Robert Guyton 14.2.1.2

          Hey, Pucky!
          If only National hadn’t overdone the lying, eh!
          They might have got back in.

          • Puckish Rogue 14.2.1.2.1

            If Judith Collins had been leader National would have gotten over 50%…possibly 🙂

            • Robert Guyton 14.2.1.2.1.1

              Given that Judith never lies, you might be right.
              We’ll find out at the next election.
              It’s mean to call English, “Bingles” – perhaps that’s what sank him?

            • Stuart Munro 14.2.1.2.1.2

              I understand she’s very big in swamps.

              • Robert Guyton

                So are alligators.

                • Robert Guyton

                  * sings
                  “Never smile at a crocodile
                  No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile
                  Don’t be taken in by her welcome grin
                  She’s imagining how well you’d fit within her skin
                  Never smile at a crocodile
                  Never tip your hat and stop to talk awhile
                  Never run, walk away, say good-night, not good-day
                  Clear the aisle but never smile at Mrs Crocodile”

                  • Stuart Munro

                    I wonder if she and Paula might be persuaded to sing this as a duet:

                    A bold hippopotamus was standing one day
                    On the banks of the cool Shalimar
                    He gazed at the bottom as he peacefully lay
                    By the light of the evening star
                    Away on the hilltop sat combing her hair
                    His fair hippopotami maid…

                    In a pinch Gerry might do the male part – he had musical ambitions at one time.

        • weka 14.2.1.3

          Seriously dude, you need to pick a single handle and stick to it. I’m not even going to bother asking for confirmation because I’ve spent way too much time on this already, but if I see you posting under another name again I will ban you. This is mostly so I don’t have to use my time going into the back end to check what you are doing.

          If you don’t know what I am referring to I suggest you look back at past moderation notes. If you have multiple people using your ISP, then let us know.

  15. ankerawshark 15

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/98160028/yes-jacinda-ardern-cursed-the-all-blacks-i-was-there

    Glad someone satirising the Herald over their article about Jacinda cursing the All Blacks.

  16. rhinocrates 16

    Heartbreaking story from Peter Watts (sf writer, lapsed marine biologist and ailurophile) on homelessness and mental health in Toronto. Not too different. Maybe Wayne Blimp would like to read it and tell us it doesn’t matter because some statistic or other looks good if you squint the right way.

    http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=7710

  17. Ffloyd 17

    Bill English is a man of few words. His new few words are ‘ I got the most votes ‘. Inserted into every sentence at any opportunity. Poor Eeyore!

    • cleangreen 17.1

      I couldnt stand seeing Bill English’s sorry sad sack face any more Fflyod and reached for the eject button.

      I felt so much better then.

  18. greywarshark 18

    Three minutes of news that manages to elevate Bill English and rubbish solo mothers. Nice one Radionz and Katherine Hutton. Bill English is given voice time telling of all the sad cases that Social Investment is going to help. (Ironic that this is the government who has worsened the plight of struggling people year by year and caused the eruption of problems like an inflamed boil that couldn’t be ignored.)

    Then evidence is quoted about the most likely people to be having troubles – solo mothers comes first, not the fact that it is only a percentage of them who have prison connections, etc. So all are lumped in as being the problem, when so many are struggling on and doing a good job in difficult circumstances.

    Professor Jonathan Boston outlines the advantages of social investment, and the requirements for it to be effective which Labour/G/F should meet. Bill Rosenberg, economist points out that attending to basic need such as housing, better wages, rather than pinpointing problem people and targeting them would probably be the way L>G>F would wish to handle it.

    My view is that if they combine those two approaches, with attending to need first, and then asking people where they first want help, would drop problems down to half. (And also police be told to stop chasing cars for doing 130kmh on motorways, and looking out for stolen cars at night. Then they could attend other reported crimes faster, at less human and financial cost.)

    life and society politics
    6:39 am today
    New govt urged to keep English’s ‘social investment approach’
    From Morning Report, 6:39 am today
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018618937/new-govt-urged-to-keep-english-s-social-investment-approach

    Listen duration 2′ :44″
    Labour is being urged to keep Bill English’s pet social welfare project that identifies high risk families and then focuses government help. The so-called Social Investment Approach uses data to measure how services are being delivered to the most vulnerable and whether they’re working.

    (Sounds like targeting to me. What is needed is monitoring and reporting, and revising if assistance is not working. But not with high and unreasonably demanding levels of improvement required. Good things take time. And starting with small goals that are achievable is needed, both for the social workers, and for those being helped, the ‘clients’.)

    • cleangreen 18.1

      Greywarshark
      That was so evil putting that plonker B English on the Radio NZ prime time news spot when nothing was presented about our new government was offered in person so we need to totally rearrange Radio NZ and fire all the national cling on’s that are still hiding as “national cells” within the new government so take them all out of government.

      • Stuart Munro 18.1.1

        That is necessary – but the one that is most overdue is Treasury. Long past time the far right ideologues there were ousted in favour of data driven folk. No free lunch for Chicago school trash.

      • Gristle 18.1.2

        Cleangreen, I don’t understand or like the “we.” Unless you are a member of the Government, then what is this “we.”

        (It’s like when the All Blacks win and people say “we won.” Really, I (and probably you) had next to nothing to creating this win. )

        Back to RNZ. I think it is particularly stupid to go around firing people on the basis of their political views unless of course they happen to be your political adviser. Radio NZ is considered by others to be “Red Radio.” Me, I think RNZ is too conservative to be called Red.

        RNZ is up for rearrangement as it is poised under Labour policy to become the key public broadcasting institution. No doubt the RNZ Board will change, Richard Griffin has been Chair there for about 7 years now and probably was heading for retirement soon anyway. Anyway, there are going to heaps of new people to create and implement this new version of RNZ. I am looking forward to see who is picked and what they do.

        • OnceWasTim 18.1.2.1

          Sort of agree @Gristle, but you do have to concede that the gNats began by giving their mates what amounts to corporate welfare in the commercial media sector, then starved public service media as much as possible. When those pesky Red Radio people wouldn’t lay down and die, they started to do their best at stacking the deck. (It still won;t work however).

          • Molly 18.1.2.1.1

            “Back to RNZ. I think it is particularly stupid to go around firing people on the basis of their political views unless of course they happen to be your political adviser. “
            They shouldn’t be fired for their political views, but should be let go if they have an inability to separate those views from their decision making or editing and programming decisions.

            It would be ideal to have a clear mission statement from RNZ on how they decide to inform and ensure accuracy balance in reporting and news programmes.

            The current mission statement (if Wikipedia is correct) The station’s mission statement requires it to promote and reflect New Zealand in the Pacific, and better relations between New Zealand and Pacific countries. is a bit vague for me, and makes no mention of quality or balanced reporting.

            • Gristle 18.1.2.1.1.1

              Even this has some problems. I read The Atlantic and know its editorial position is liberal democratic US exceptionalism. I read the Intercept and know its starting point. The issue is when media is presented as unbiased because that just doesn’t happen.

              One persons accuracy becomes somebody else’s sin of omission. As their particular perspective is ignored so there goes the balance.

              Often news items appear on TV because they are videographic and can be easily encapsulated into 60 seconds. Short form news by its nature is truncated and by its abbreviation it becomes distorted.

              Often as the story gets longer the bias becomes obvious and the story will weaken unless evidence and argument is strong.

              A second phone call is good to arrange lunch, but makes a poor substitute for the lunch discussion.

              • Molly

                “One persons accuracy becomes somebody else’s sin of omission. As their particular perspective is ignored so there goes the balance.”
                That is true. But at least that gives the audience a statement to relate to when writing complaints about bias.

                “A second phone call is good to arrange lunch, but makes a poor substitute for the lunch discussion.”
                Only phrase that comes to mind when reading this is: ain’t that the truth?

  19. Kay 19

    Message for The Chairmen if you see this.

    Following on from our brief interaction in yesterday’s OM re a Christmas bonus for beneficiaries. I’ve just been in contact with my friend in England who’s on their equivalent of Supported Living payment/Invalids. She informs me she’s been getting a whole 10 quid (so about $20) going way back, and is pretty sure it was for people on all the main benefits, ie the unemployed sick, jobless and sole parents. The latter one’s bonus is based on per child. She was very surprised to receive it last year.

    But she’s pretty certain they’ll probably stop it given the Tory Government is currently undertaking a very real programme of passive genocide towards anyone who has the audacity to no be able to work for whatever reason. And no, that’s not hyperbole. Said friend’s had a very close call with them, another is up to about 14 weeks in hospital so far and nearly dead from the stress of dealing with the DWP considering her fit to work. (This is why I can’t watch I Daniel Blake, it’s happening to my friends).

    I slightly digress there but it’s always good to emphasise what’s going on in the UK because the Nats were in the process of bringing that policy here and it’s highly likely another 3 years of them would’ve resulted in a massive spike in beneficiary deaths, which we know has already started.

    $20 as a Christmas bonus will do bugger all for our financial situation of course, but it would certainly allow for a couple of food treats that we couldn’t consider getting any other time. And it’s not going to bankrupt the country.

  20. Ad 20

    From February next year, the car and motorcycle population will not be allowed to increase .

    To get a car in Singapore you need a Certificate of Entitlement. But now Singapore is going to cap the total number of cars and motorbikes across the entire country:

    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/lta-scraps-vehicle-growth-rate

    Something for even the Greens to aspire to!

    • One Two 20.1

      The entire country of Singapore

      Is miniscule in size, and also has public transport covering its small area space…

      • Ad 20.1.1

        A great task for a new Minister of Climate Change would be to show what difference that rail electrification and higher public transport use has made to Auckland’s CO2 emissions. Or maybe for an Associate Minister of Transport.

    • cleangreen 20.2

      Bloody good stuff Ed

      I am all for this with freight trucks now that we have the latest forecast that trucks are causing 80% of the total transport ‘Climate change emissions’.

      So truck use now need to be cut back and the report says we need more freight back on rail.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018618970

      The report confirms we are now the fifth highest climate change emissions country per population in the world now.

      Not a pretty picture is it. No more “roads of national Significance” (RONs) we ow must adopt NZF rail policy on their website, called “Rails of National Importance” (RONI)

      A new report http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018618970 on climate change has painted a stark picture of New Zealand’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. It says climate change is already potentially irreversibly affecting the country’s natural systems, and many aspects of climate change will continue for centuries. Global gross emissions of greenhouse gases rose 50 per cent from 1990 to 2013, mainly due to people burning more fossil fuels for electricity generation, heat, transport, manufacturing and construction. Despite New Zealand’s contribution being quite small at 0.17 per cent, we have the fifth-highest level of emissions per person of the 35 countries in the OECD. Kathryn Ryan speaks with James Renwick, a professor at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University who contributed to the report.
      Key findings of ‘Our atmosphere and climate 2017’ report
      Ministry for the EnvironmentPLUS
      Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ environmental reporting looks at the pressures, state and impacts on the environment and tracks change over time. Here are some key findings from Our atmosphere and climate 2017.

  21. joe90 21

    Intimations and innuendo about JA and partner – dirty politics are go over at blubber’s and the sewer.

  22. greywarshark 22

    Wikipedia are asking for another donation and say they are lagging behind their required level.

    They say that only 1% of users give. I am sure, like me, people mean to donate but don’t get around to it. I did a while ago but it’s asking time again apparently. Would all of you who value wikipedia go to the donate button on their page.

    If any of you are negative about something re wikipedia, please don’t bother to tell us your gripe. Thank you.

  23. swordfish 23

    Some talk on the Blogosphere & Social Media over recent weeks suggesting that NZF is (in terms of its support-base) a largely “Rural” or “Provincial” or “Very Small Town” Party

    To test this idea – I’ve sorted seats into 4 categories & found that

    .

    31.5% … (58845) … of NZF’s Party Vote is derived from Metro seats (Auckland + Wellington + Christchurch)

    29.6% … (55355) … of NZF’s Party Vote is derived from Provincial City seats (ranging in size from Gisborne up to Hamilton)

    31.5% … (58766) … of NZF’s Party Vote is derived from Rural seats

    7.4% … (13740) … of NZF’s Party Vote is derived from Maori seats

    .

    While this is a relatively rough & ready methodology, it does nicely highlight the sheer diversity of NZF support in Urban vs Rural terms

    NZF certainly derives disproportionate support from Rural & Small Town New Zealand but that by no means defines its voter-base

    Yes you could certainly call it a “Provincial” Party
    ie 61% of NZF support comes courtesy of Provincial City & Rural New Zealand

    But then, by the same token, precisely the same majority of NZFers ‘derive from Urban New Zealand (Metro + Provincial City = 61%)

    .

    Richard Harman at Politik (English faces uphill battle) has suggested

    New Zealand First’s party vote came overwhelmingly from the North Island provincial electorates

    Not true
    just a large minority = 46% (86136) from the North Island Provincial City & Rural seats

    Viewed from another angle – NZF also derives a large minority of its support from our
    6 Largest Cities (Auckland Wellington Christchurch Hamilton Tauranga (+ BoP) Dunedin) = 41% (77370)

    • Ad 23.1

      Have you ever read The Eight Tribes of New Zealand?

      Worth having a look at the Balclutha and Papakura tribes – they capture the flavour of New Zealand First rather well.

      You can figure out which one you belong to here:

      http://www.8tribes.co.nz/find.php

      • swordfish 23.1.1

        Cheers Adrick

        My dominant tribes are supposedly :
        Grey Lynn (Intellectual)
        Raglan (Free spirited)

        But I suspect also more than a touch of both
        Cuba St (Avant Garde) &
        Papatoetoe (Unpretentious)

        As outrageously contradictory as that might seem

      • gsays 23.1.2

        Cheers ad, Papatoe in da house.

  24. bwaghorn 24

    if labour are serious about becoming a true mmp style party with an eye on the long term , when they are setting up their tax working group they should have a space at the table for Gareth Morgan , he’ s an ideas man with a sound financial brain and who knows top might be a future coalition party .

    keep in mind 2+% voted for his party

    • ropata 24.1

      Yeah I was surprised that a couple of close friends wasted their votes on TOP.

      Respect to their policy ideas but to me it was just another rick prick distraction campaign and it wasted a large % of progressive votes. To truly make a difference, Morgan should have quit near the end and endorsed the Greens

      Another mate voted Conservative, such are the vagaries of MMP that there are a lot of wasted votes. 🙁

  25. Ad 25

    The Spanish federal government is about to impose federal government on Catalonia.

    If there was one moment for the European Union to show , in the midst of massive anti-EU votes all around the continent, that it can successfully intervene diplomatically and get leaders to talk rather than trudge down the stony road to civil war, this is the moment to do it.

    So far, all we are getting is two dumb-assed Spanish leaders going down really stupid paths with zero dialogue and increased force.

    Time for the EU to show what its capacity and purpose really is.

    • bwaghorn 25.1

      who’s in the wrong over there?

      • exkiwiforces 25.1.1

        The EU has already give the Catalonia’s the two finger salute during or before the vote to leave Spain.

        It would be nice to see the EU have some balls over this, but I’m afraid there’s more chance of Winix winning the Caulfield Cup on Saturday than the EU getting everyone around the table for talks.

  26. savenz 26

    “A record number of immigrants accounted for more than 70 percent of population growth in New Zealand in the last year, according to new data from Stats NZ.

    The data reveals that our country’s population grew by 100,400 in the year ending June 2017 – and a whopping 72,300 of that was as a result of net migration.”

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/auckland-leads-significant-new-zealand-population-growth.html

    What I find ridiculous is still every day we get articles from MSM that the economy and business will suffer if they can’t get any more low paid workers – so apparently Kiwis have to subsidise the housing and infrastructure of all these low paid workers for companies like Sky city and hotels http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/queenstown-concerned-about-effect-of-immigration-cuts-on-tourism.html

    – it’s clearly adding to the housing shortage which apparently tax payers have to pay to fix at the rate of $1000 a week motel rooms for the poor and lower wages for the working poor and generous subsidies to developers.

    Neoliberalism has gone too far. This is a big problem in NZ with business leaching on the backs of the taxpayers for cheaper and cheaper labour so they can make more profits while average Joe suffers.

    What about user pays that these business types apparently believe in (apart from for themselves) maybe all these businesses need to make wages and conditions attractive enough for workers to work the jobs at a living wage and being paid $600 p/w when it costs $400 p/w to rent a house, probably doesn’t cut it.

    Somehow we have a weird corporate welfare system operating in NZ where NZ taxpayers routinely subsidise 1/3 of someones wages in benefit top ups so they can survive or get a migrant in, with the lure of getting a foot in the door of residency. Supermarkets for example used to be staffed by students, no longer when you can get desperate migrants in full time work in to do it at student rates.

    It now costs $400+ p/w for a house, because of the population growth of literally hundreds of thousands coming to NZ to get residency and work permits. And the deregulation of the housing has meant more and more leaky and substandard houses are out of action. We are not even getting to the P problem that has yet to be remedied taking out more housing. Is P safe with a wash down, increasingly it seems it is, but private practise has created a million dollar business our of the misery of P contamination. And that is taking out rental properties and making many homeless and many potential landlords unwilling to rent even if they had the houses which have been sold long ago anyway.

    New housing is rocketing in price and now too expensive to build with the lack of training of local workers, lack of enthusiasm of local workers for the pay and conditions offered, deregulation of materials so that many fail and the work needs to be redone (concrete, plumbing etc) and the so called expertise of so called skilled migrants many who can work cheap and ask no questions but low NZ productivity shows a different side of this story which is not showing a successful experiment.

    • greywarshark 26.1

      Immigrants and NZs would like to have safer conditions for work than this guy.
      Joe 90 put it up on the Labour Day site. I hope we do provide safer conditions and haven’t just sunk to the lowest level ourselves?
      A race to the bottom!

  27. Looks like Collins is still on the Bill English train, so I expect he’s staying on as leader for some time, as Collins wouldn’t publicly back him if there were any rumblings in caucus about ditching bill.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/342248/will-english-still-lead-the-national-party

    • AB 27.1

      Collins will want Bill or some fall-guy to take the likely 2020 defeat on the chin. Not her.

    • bwaghorn 27.2

      when Goff got the leadership after Clarke’s reign i felt for the guy as anyone with a brain knew the nats were good for at least two terms , like labour is now, i expect english will be there as long as he wants unless the coalition looks shaky then the sharks will circle english.

      • Puckish Rogue 27.2.1

        Agreed, unless theres a massive falling out Jacinda is there for at least two terms

    • Puckish Rogue 27.3

      That’s good, he needs to stay at least 6 months before retiring

  28. bwaghorn 28

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11936301

    I actually felt excited reading this , the new govs plans

  29. Union city greens 30

    Didn’t want to spoil the sugar coated thread with irreverence…

    So if plants are getting less nutritious because of climate change, using the pattern of dinosaurs demise, does it mean vegans and vegenauts are going to go first?

    Meat eaters for the pyrrhic win.

    • weka 30.1

      I would guess top of the food chain will be affected too 😉 Besides, none of us will survive if the insects don’t.

      • Union city greens 30.1.1

        True enough, and forgetting sci fi meals in a pill supplements etc. Deep freezers are still going to work so plenty of stockpiles to get through before the carnivores go by the wayside.

        Even if existence is only a few weeks more than the veges, even without nutritious vegetables, I’d be okay with lasting out a bit longer by eating my frozen greens lol

        Btw, my kid has just turned veggy, which I support as his choice and respect the decision.

  30. Union city greens 31

    Not smug, but if it came down to it, I’d go carrion for an extra week or two. Freezers might go, but fire won’t. Char grilled is still a go’er
    The leaf eaters, probably not so much wriggle room.

  31. greywarshark 32

    Interested in whether we can afford it all? Read Bryan Gould. He has about four entries on our finances, with similar titles. It is as if he wanted to make the point so much that he changed each title to have a different impact on a reader with a viewpoint that matched.
    http://www.bryangould.com/why-does-the-left-so-often-disappoint/

    And David Seymour. What a laugh. How come he gets treated seriously and Winston often is not.

    The Super Fund is being reinstated. Seymour said it was the wrong priority.

    “Household debt is the Greek problem that New Zealand faces. We need to actually get that under control. I think we should be cutting taxes and running less of a surplus in order to give some relief to households,” he said.

    The trouble is that NZ households would probably spend all the reduced taxes.
    In the year ending September we went on 2.79 million overseas trips, up 253,000.
    That doesn’t indicate people holding back and paying off debt.

    And the latest annual net migration figures were mostly driven by non-NZ citizens.
    This from Business in nelsonmail.co.nz (Fairfax have closed the century old building and its new, forward looking addition and now seems to be only on-line and not every day I think. I got the news around my frozens.)

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
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  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    6 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
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    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
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  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
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    2 weeks ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
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    2 weeks ago