Open mike 25/05/2023

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  1. bwaghorn 1

    I hope whomever getting there subsidized tesla today is greatful to this medium income solo dad who has donated $4000 in ute tax for buying a low budget but most economical ute .

    • Jack 1.1

      This country is becoming seriously screwed up.

      All I can suggest is take Minister Woods advice. Take a shorter shower, turn off the lights and heater to counter the governments inability to cut their own spending.

      • newsense 1.1.1

        Don’t worry lad- National want single storey houses connected by single lane roads submerged in water all through the North Island. They’ll give you a dollar back on your tax and then ensure you can’t get insurance. Nothing like a party with vision, eh?

    • Tiger Mountain 1.2

      The rebate ceiling is $80,000.

      https://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/clean-car-programme/clean-car-discount/clean-car-discount-1-july-2023-changes/

      Only one Tesla model sells for under the eighty grand according the Automobile Association. This is a period of transition, moving from old to new technology has all sorts of challenges and contradictions along the way–but as the saying goes, “what planet are you on?”
      https://www.aa.co.nz/cars/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/new-cars/new-car-prices/tesla/

      I have had an EV for a year now, driving past gas stations–priceless.

      • Bearded Git 1.2.1

        Tiger-Thank you for some common sense on this issue.

        Teslas made up 24% of the popular EV's sold in NZ in April, and most of these would not have qualified for a clean car discount.

        https://www.canstar.co.nz/nz-car-insurance/top-selling-electric-cars-in-nz/

        58% of EV imports to NZ in the year to March 23 are Chinese brands. In a couple of years time I predict that this will be 80%. Elon is discounting now because he can’t compete with the Chinese.

        More worrying is that EX imports rose 127% to $1.23 billion to the year March 23. NZ's current account is suffering at the moment, partly because of EV imports. We are living beyond our means.

        https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202305/02/WS645097c5a310b6054fad0baf.html

      • Sanctuary 1.2.2

        Yup, I got a modern hybrid a couple of years ago and the difference in fuel efficiency is ridiculous. Our next vehicle purchase will be a pure BEV.

        • lprent 1.2.2.1

          I had a 2012 Honda Fit RS hybrid until it found the St Georges Bay River in a cyclone. I thought that was amazingly efficient at about 5.5l/100km (I usually found it to be about 6-6.5). Way better than my old ICE Caldina. Not to mention was amazingly snappy to drive in sport. Also had 40L tank compared to the 60L in the Caldina and lasted weeks longer doing my minimal around town driving.

          After the insurance company wrote off the Fit because of wet carpets and possible electrics.

          So I got a 2014 Honda Fit RS hybrid. That is rated at 3.9L/100km if you drove like an old man.

          Drove myself, partner, and luggage to Bay of Islands – 246km starting with a full tank. Did some running around there probably another 100km. Drove back another 246km. Had quarter of a tank showing when I got home. Filled up with 25 litres. Roughly 4.1-4.2L.

          I wasn’t exactly driving conservatively. Drove at speed limit on ECO except when passing. Then I’d flip into sport and pass fast. This included passing lanes going uphill at from 80km/hr to 160km/hour in a couple seconds testing the little 1500cc engine.

      • bwaghorn 1.2.3

        Fair point, if you want to divert from the fact that it ain't all jafas buying remuera tractors,getting caught by this tax,

    • Incognito 1.3

      Elon is grateful and says ‘thank you’.

    • Graeme 1.4

      What's your reasoning for buying a new, or fresh import, 'budget' ute?

      Would have thought going for a second hand item that will get you through a couple of years until electrics arrive, and they are certainly coming, would have been a better bet.

      Although if you need the certainty / reliability of a new vehicle (not necessarily guaranteed) then it's a different story.

      • bwaghorn 1.4.1

        1 piece of mind , it's the first time I've ever bought new, and that warrantee feels good.

        1a I might keep this till they plant me as I don't do many KS a year now

        2 been searching the 2nd hand market for awhile to get anything ghat is under 100 000 Kms is not that different from going new.

        3 definitely an element of because I can.

        4 my one was burning oil needed a warrantee a reg and had other spends coming and is a discontinued make, holden.

        If in 5 years there's an electric that can do 500kms in my bracket I'll be in .

        • roblogic 1.4.1.1

          I miss my VE Commodore, it died about 18 months ago. Cost a bomb to keep the bloody thing on the road. In the end the steering, timing chain and transmission all needed replacing for over $7k and it didn't seem worth it any more.

          Bought a 2016 Atenza (diesel turbo) a couple of months later. Damn thing was even worse. Took it for a drive to Wellington, the turbo shat itself and fscked up the engine, needing a $10k repair job (I just got rid of it).

          ICE needs to die

    • Ad 1.5

      China will cease production of all combustion vehicles by 2035.

      Singapore will stop registration of all combustion vehicles in 7 years.

      Australia as of last month is putting penalties on importing all combusion vehicles and bringing in much stricter emission controls.

      Those three – plus Japan – are the places we get our used vehicles from.

      So inside 7 years we are all going to feel your same pain as we renew vehicles.

      we're going to have to wait for the big fleets like Police and rental companies before we get a proper used electric car and ute surge to help the proletariat.

      If we wanted real subsidy we'd turn ourselves into a steel company.

      • Incognito 1.5.1

        If we wanted real subsidy we’d turn ourselves into a steel company.

        That won’t make one iota of difference if we didn’t retain NZ ownership. And if we did, we would lose considerable negotiating power with the government to attract subsidies. Multinational companies simply chase the best deals & locations and have very little sympathy for the little local guys on the ground and little attachment to the land they occupy. It’s just business to them, nothing personal.

        • Ad 1.5.1.1

          New Zealand does not own Blue Scope.

          Nor does New Zealand own NZ Aluminium Smelter.

          "Our" negotiating power is extremely narrow since the electricity generators are no longer able to be controlled by the state as they are now only bare-majority shareholders.

          • RedLogix 1.5.1.1.1

            One of New Zealand's structural economic problems, going back since forever, has been a chronically weak capital formation.

            It's has a long and complex history – and our failure to address this lies at the root of so many of the problems NZ now faces.

            • Tiger Mountain 1.5.1.1.1.1

              NZ has long had a Comprador Capitalist bourgeoisie, where generally the local ruling class subordinates to offshore imperialist powers and corporates, as evidenced in years gone by with the meat industry, and now with the ‘big 4’ Aussie banks.

              The current account deficit also tells the story of brands that operate in NZ but export their profits to the parent company overseas. The oil industry are experts at transfer pricing and the tech companies at tax dodging.

              • Ad

                If Labour and Greens get back in there is better chances of housing prices continuing to flatten, making asset classes other than housing more attractive …

                … for those who have the money to invest.

                Also for those who have saved, the rate of those withdrawing $20,000 or more from Kiwisaver over the last 6 months is now pretty high.

                I am not giving advice on anything, just noticing.

                • Tiger Mountain

                  Well, as some have noted a capital gains based economy for many (on property) has starved investment in other areas.

                  And since the union busting 1991 Employment Contracts Act, which reduced workers power substantially, some SME owners got into the Bach, boat and BMW groove rather than development and improvement–which I observe living on the coast in the Far North.

                  Reduced union levels make a mockery of claims that wage rises affect inflation substantially.

    • Gabby 1.6

      Bloody fed up with utes everywhere. Get a proper car.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Those three – plus Japan – are the places we get our used vehicles from.

    The Japanese have been late to the BEV market and Toyota is betting the farm on hydrogen powered ICE vehicles, which may turn out to be the betamax moment for the Japanese auto industry.

    NZ is already the discounted dumping ground for unable to sell elsewhere right hand drive ICE vehicles, and that will slow electric vehicle adoption here big time.

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    “This forecast is actually a really big signal for Fonterra suppliers and every other dairy farmer in New Zealand to sit back and say is my business worth carrying on in this current situation or do I need to start making alternative investment decisions or system changes,” Davison said.

  4. adam 4

    This went from bad to worse. Why oh why did a cop thinking tasering a 95 year old was a good idea?

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      Indeed.

      Tasers were meant to be substitutes for lethal force (in the NZ cops pitch to obtain them anyway). In reality they are often used as punishment and compliance devices by more sadistic plods.

      Police execution by firearm have included distressed people wielding a golf club (Steven Wallace) builders hammers, knives and the unarmed. A few shots to the torso (heart) as per police weapons training soon sorted them out.

      Police culture in Australia, NZ, and USA is still largely bent, violent, racist and misogynist–which needs to change asap.

      • roblogic 4.1.1

        "Police culture… needs to change asap"

        That's a tough argument to make when the MSM is splashing ramraid videos everywhere and 501s are changing the dynamic of the NZ underworld.

        We ought to think carefully before disempowering cops — I'd prefer not to follow the dumb "defund the Police" movement that has ruined Portland, Oregon

        • tWiggle 4.1.1.1

          Disagree with you completely, Tiger Mountain. The NZ Police have significantly tightened their act up since the 80s, when we had the Muldoon-militia Red Squad, corrupt drug squads in cahoots with dealers, and bad boy behaviour like the long-term sexual predation experienced by Louise Nicholas.

          The establishment of the Independent Police Conduct Authority, and the outcome of the Louise Nichols investigation resulted in significant cultural change in the Police. A push for diversity and more women in recruiting have also had downstream effects.

          The NZ Police are nothing like the self-'policing' and racist culture in Australia and the US. And England's (but not Scotland's) police can be lumped in there. I do have to say some Australian State governments, like Palaszczuk's, are having a go at improving Police culture.

          UK confidence in Police sinks to 53% in two years

          Queensland Police racism disclosed

          The most recent surveys show NZers' satisfaction with Police was at 77%.

          Independent survey of public satisfaction with NZ Police

          • Tiger Mountain 4.1.1.1.1

            Righto…Police commission own survey…

            There is a real cringe factor the way some NZers fawn over NZ Police, some how thinking subservience will protect them. Unless you grew up in Sunday school and have lived a very quiet life you might realise that indiscretions by the law are common, not down to ‘bad apples’.

            –Rare is the day IPCA finds against a cop, or even criticises one.
            –NZ Police got facial recognition technology under way without proper authority and when caught out attempted to deny it.
            –They illegally photograph and cherrypick young Māori–stopped for driving a car while Māori.
            –Police discriminated when targeting a group of young African men in Auckland

            They have a difficult job (though paramedics, adequate mental health workers, tow truck drivers and civilian search and rescue could likely do some of their work anyway), the officers are drawn from the same society we all live in, but they should set a better example if they want wider support.

        • Tiger Mountain 4.1.1.2

          I did not mention defunding. How about just making cops more accountable for their actions and less knee jerk thuggish. What would inspire a fit young man to think a 95 year old needed a good old cardiac threatening tasering?

          If mental health services were working better there might be less of the “the mad the sad and the bad” for Police to deal with in the first place.

  5. arkie 6

    Creatives are undervalued, underpaid and burned out:

    CNZ and NZ On Air have combined for a second time on this body of work to produce A Profile of Creative Professionals 2023 and the reading – while important – isn't pretty.

    The quick take: creatives still are nowhere near the average wage earners in Aotearoa.

    The research underlines that New Zealand’s creative professionals’ median income is $37,000, compared to the median of $61,800 for salary and wage earners in this country. But that's even an inaccurate view – given that 44% of creative professionals supplement their income with 'other work'; the median income from creative pursuits alone is $19,500 a year.

    Creative New Zealand CEO, Stephen Wainwright states “The research continues to paint a bleak picture of remuneration in some parts of the arts sector and the sustainability of creative careers. Income growth is very low, and it continues to be a struggle for the majority of creative professionals to plan financially and to secure important loans such as mortgages.

    “It’s not surprising seeing the stats to understand why 68% of creative professionals believe their income is not fair and over half report experiencing burnout in the last year.”

    As Wainwright suggests, there has been little shock in the announcement – artists underpaid? who knew?? – but there's a growing frustration that the gap isn't just not closing, it's widening. Only a quarter of creative professionals are living comfortably on their present income.

    The Big Idea fielded some strong reactions to Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage's (MCH) recent report touting that arts and creative is now a $12.9 billion sector in Aotearoa. There's been plenty to suggest that's not the reality for those on the ground.

    https://thebigidea.nz/stories/lowdown-creatives-income-research-paints-grim-picture

    • Sanctuary 6.1

      Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, El Greco, Modigliani, Vermeer, Gauguin, and Van Gough all died in poverty.

      If your genius means you are called to be an artist, poet, sculptor or writer don't expect your art to generate great wealth. At least not while you are still around to enjoy it.

      • arkie 6.1.1

        Thanks for proving my point.

        Creative work isn't just fine art, If you think it isn’t worth paying for I trust you don’t consume writing, television, film, games, performance, music or any other things produced by creatives then:

        People who create the art you consume deserve a living for their efforts. It is an antiquated attitude to romanticise the 'starving artist' trope:

        Romanticizing the idea of impoverished artists struggling to create art at the expense of financial security reinforces the notion that artists should create “for the sake of art” alone, with no expectation of compensation, and normalizes the idea that an inability to support one’s self is an inherent part of life as an artist.

        https://copyrightalliance.org/stop-romanticizing-starving-artist/

        • Ad 6.1.1.1

          That tells anyone they are marginal occupations best left to the semi-retired or rich.

          Unemployment is still so low at 3.4% that there's plenty of opportunity to get out of low paid occupations and get into something more financially rewarding.

          Many people in this economy are doing it.

          • arkie 6.1.1.1.1

            Yet more reinforcement of my point.

            Creatives will continue to be undervalued if the elitist attitudes you express are continually promulgated.

            In times of crisis, arts, culture and creative experiences play an essential role. Whether through a music gig, a performing arts festival, a visual art exhibit or a well-thumbed book—these bring joy, comfort, and relief in troubled times.

            Taking part in creative activities and events boosts individual and collective wellbeing, brings communities together, and keeps our social bonds in tune.

            But the full potential of arts, culture and creativity to create positive social change has been held back by cycles of crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand’s creative sector.

            https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/news/2023/02/we-need-to-break-the-cycle-of-crisis-in-aotearoas-arts-and-culture

            Over 3000 research studies inform a World Health Organisation report published in 2020 that clearly links the arts to individual and community health. Some of that research makes it clear that the arts are cheaper and more effective interventions in mental health than medical therapies. Research shows the arts helped many people cope with lockdowns. It seems ludicrous then, as we recover from Covid, in the barren wasteland of cones and $2 shops in the CBD, we have a mayor who threatens the existence of the arts as a publicly-funded good.

            Research demonstrates that the arts are lifelines for many of our young people in this city. They provide the reason to get out of bed, to mix and meet with others. To cut community youth arts programmes will feel like further abandonment for those who have used the arts as gateways to return to meaningful purposeful lives. The proposed cuts in this context are both cruel and short-sighted.

            https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/we-deserve-better-than-aucklands-art-vandal

            • Jack 6.1.1.1.1.1

              A bit presumptuous to assume creatives “deserve a living” if you are creating content no one wants to consume.

              I write copious amounts of poetry and build the odd sand castle. I certainly don’t expect to be paid, little own earn a living, from it.

              • arkie

                As my links say, professional creatives (people making things that are paid for and consumed) are undervalued by those who consume their art.

                You are once again arguing against something I never claimed.

                If you were employed to write poetry then you would deserve a living for it. It's not complicated.

  6. Luxon has become the gift that keeps on giving. I really thought the Nats were serious about winning the election this year.

    But his stupid comments around free prescriptions, flip-flop on housing intensification, $1.4 billion dollar accounting error from his alt budget, mythical tax cuts for the wealthy, etc etc… offers nothing for ordinary Kiwis.

    Luxo is spending too much time talking to farmers and cadaverous Rotarians, calls them the "real people", while disrespecting Māori and complaining about Te Reo. No wonder he is losing in the polls.

    I predict he will resign on election night.

    • Bearded Git 7.1

      I think you are right about Luxon talking only to the people he is comfortable with…that is the impression I get.

      The flip flop on housing densification loses him many votes among the young who are yet to buy a house ….but he doesn't talk to them….he has 7 houses after all.

      • roblogic 7.1.1

        Yeah he's too focused on the landlord class. Problem is he says the quiet stuff out loud. John Key was much more subtle and deceptive by crapping on about the underclass to get elected (then doing approximately zilch for them)

        • Incognito 7.1.1.1

          Yes, John Key was sly & subtle, which is how he earned his nickname of ‘smiling assassin’. Luxon is as subtle & shambolic as a blundering bouncer on steroids, politically speaking.

          • roblogic 7.1.1.1.1

            Policy has always been a National Party weakness. They seem to do better with feel-good fluff pieces and minimal difficult questions, and to take pot shots at government errors while promising pie in the sky solutions.

            But if the candidates are basically unlikeable the PR stuff is pushing shit uphill

    • newsense 7.2

      Key tacked centrally. Luxon is tacking right.

      Perhaps liberals in the party are done with him and he is clinging on to his leadership with the votes of the religious conservatives in his caucus.

      • roblogic 7.2.1

        He seems desperate, flailing around for something, anything that might get traction. Would have been far better to state a bunch of principles and ambitions – NZ needs a leader with vision, not some guy randomly making up policy on the hoof

      • tWiggle 7.2.2

        No tacking for Luxon; rowing in circles and catching crabs.

        I do like those Big Hairy News snippets. From 10 min onwards is a discussion with Horizon pollster of how NZers saw Luxon in Nov 2022, and of vote pattern shifts from 2020 election. At the start, this poll shows NZ First still a critical player.

        BHN interview Graeme Colman of Horizon Research on voter poll

    • alwyn 7.3

      He must be doing something right. According to tonights One News poll he is going to be PM after the election with a National -ACT coalition.

      In this post-Budget poll National is up by 3%, ACT is steady, Labour is down by 1% and The Green Party have dropped by 4%. Meanwhile Hipkins has dropped in the PM stakes and Luxon is up.

      What do you base your opinion on?

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/132140611/national-given-budget-boost-in-latest-political-poll

      • SPC 7.3.1

        The problem for Luxon is that most ACT supporters would prefer Seymour as PM, that keeps him lower than Hipkins

        That was once a problem for Clark before becoming PM (the numbers preferring Peters as Leader of the Oppositon – problem solved when Peters went with National in 1996).

        PS Polls are showing L-G-TPM 62-58, then NACT 62-58. It's a race not yet run.

        • alwyn 7.3.1.1

          You are probably correct about the PM numbers. It is only the ACT party, out of all the minor parties in Parliament, who has a leader who can even be considered as a possibility for PM.

          Can you imagine anyone who thinks that Davidson, Shaw, Ngarewa-Packer or Waititi could possibly be PM?

        • Belladonna 7.3.1.2

          I agree that the numbers are far too close to call.
          Luxon certainly doesn't have the popular appeal of a Key or an Ardern – but, then neither did Helen Clark before being elected (IIRC – I can't find the preferred PM results that far back)

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/leader-factor-is-what-counts/ONEDFGGKXUDINMWXNSPGVCPAJM/

          However, that's a known issue for National (he's never been Mr Popularity).

          What must be concerning for Labour is that Hipkins isn't exactly resonating with the electorate either.

          Of course, that only matters for people who vote for a party based on whether or not they like the leader. Perhaps we'll see an election that is more about policy and less about personality.

    • Stuart Munro 7.4

      He might need heavy protective gear to make it that far – the entitled ones resent leaders that have no sinecures to grant. I can smell the barbecue already.

  7. Graeme 9

    Signs for National's "Get NZ Back On Track" tour have popped up around the district over the last couple of days, seems they might be starting in Queenstown.

    Have we got an guerrilla songwriters around who can come up with some images of modern trains to plaster across them… Leave the National logo in the top left, and "Get NZ Back On Track" in bottom right, but the rest a train. Much better billboard.

    • Phillip ure 9.1

      Heh..!

    • roblogic 9.2

      My local (new) barber just left Queenstown, to get that place on track they need to ban AirBNB. Normal workers cannot live anywhere nearby and end up sleeping in cars

      A squalid town ruled by a grasping elite

      • Alan 9.2.1

        But its private property and the owners can do as they please, I know that must be very aggravating for you, but that is reality.

      • Gabby 9.2.2

        They're Sweeney Todding themselves and don't even realise it. Come and work in Queenstown where you will have splendid views of spectacular empty mansions from the bridge you're sleeping under. Spend your minimum wage on overpriced groceries.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 9.3

      There's a clear choice this election – a choice between the 'Coalition of Chaos' or a National-led government that will fix the economy to lower the cost-of-living, restore law and order, improve our schools and healthcare, and Get New Zealand Back on Track.

      National has a plan to fix our economy by stopping wasteful spending, providing tax relief

      https://www.national.org.nz/gnzbotqueenstown

      The unaware irony of them. A choice, between the 'Coalition of Chaos' OR a National-led government ? !….like a Nact govt wouldnt literally be the Coalition of Chaos for the majority of NZ : (

      And stopping wasteful spending? Geez yea, about that…

      https://thestandard.org.nz/nationals-policy-machine-is-a-thing-to-behold/

      And of course…tax relief. For those who dont even need any. Just extra gravy…as always.

      Anway Graeme…hope all good with you? Best of .

    • Mike the Lefty 9.4

      Getting back on track is appropriate for National because the (railway) tracks will one of the first thing that the ACT Party will demand is sold off if their junior coalition partners National win the election this year.

      But as for Queenstown?

      Preaching to the converted I'd say.

      Incidentally, I noticed in downtown Masterton today, the National candidate Mike Butterick opened up a campaign office just a few doors down from Labour's Keiran McAnulty's existing office.

      Too close for comfort?

    • Patricia Bremner 9.5

      devil Good idea. Made my day. Especially as Nats hate trains lol.
      Shades of “Make Merica Great again”

      • Ngungukai 9.5.1

        "Get NZ Back on Track" has a nice ring to it, hopefully some Government whether National or Labour will start governing for the people and not themselves and their cronies.

  8. Incognito 10

    It [Cancer diagnostics company Pacific Edge] said the weaker New Zealand dollar had also helped operating revenue.

    Total revenue, which included government grants and other income, nearly doubled.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/490626/cancer-diagnostics-company-posts-loss-after-investment

    It’s very tough competing out there even when you have a sound high-value product and some help from the NZ government.

  9. Incognito 11

    Will Luxon reverse this too? I think he might.

    More than 6000 GP and community nurses will be eligible for an average 8 percent pay rise from 1 July to address pay disparities with hospital nurses.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/490627/pay-boost-for-thousands-of-gp-and-community-nurses

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  • Gut Reactions.
    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.
    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again
    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    21 hours ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • What's that Jack Black?
    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 day ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
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    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The politics of managed retreat
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • Some changes are coming
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    2 days ago
  • About fucking time
    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
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    2 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
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    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
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    3 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    3 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
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    4 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
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    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    4 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
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    5 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Questions from God
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
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    6 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
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    6 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Women in Space.
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    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
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    24 hours ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
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    1 day ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
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    1 day ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
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    1 day ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
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  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
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    2 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
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    3 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
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    4 days ago
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