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  1. PsyclingLeft.Always 1

    The Ombudsman has slammed the Otago Corrections Facility for the "unacceptable" use of CCTV cameras in cells there.

    Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier said it was "completely inappropriate" that CCTV cameras covered showers and toilets in the prison.

    Concerns over use of force events at the prison, including around pepper spray and record-keeping, were also raised in the report.

    "It is important, as a signatory to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment that New Zealand is treating prisoners at a certain standard," Mr Boshier said.

    Camera footage of the use of force incidents was reviewed, three of which appeared to show excessive use of force, the report said. One of those was being investigated by the prison as unlawful.

    The review of footage also found ‘‘inconsistent use of de-escalation techniques, and that some staff used unprofessional language’’.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/south-otago/unacceptable-cctv-cameras-otago-prison-cells

    Sloppiness around documentation in use-of-force incidents at the prison is concerning. Records of these not being completed in a timely fashion and with signatures and dates often missing suggests poor management.

    Lax record-keeping around prisoners’ property was also noted. When staff could not identify a property owner, items would be disposed of.

    Across six months there were 56 property claims, half of them approved and settled under the euphemistic term "staff error".

    This is not a good look in terms of staff attitude. Nor is the observation by inspectors of some staff dismissing reasonable requests and using derogatory terms to describe prisoners. Also, some called prisoners by their surname or referred to them as "inmate".

    https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/poor-prison-practices

    Yea..IMO "some" Corrections staff aye. Certainly heard from at least "one".

    As in the NZ Justice System punishment…wasnt "quite" enough….

  2. Adrian Thornton 2

    Remembering a real American patriot….

    "War Poisons Everybody": Legendary Historian Howard Zinn on His 100th Birthday

    • aj 2.1

      There will be many people under 30 who have no idea how the world was totally conned into the Iraq War, and I found this a chilling reminder of the power of lies. Something we should never forget.

      A penetrating study of how the news media allowed themselves to be used as war propagandists in the run-up to the war in Iraq, and a good companion piece to this Howard Zinn interview.

      https://youtu.be/GN6ULkxXJ0o

      • Adrian Thornton 2.1.1

        "how the news media allowed themselves to be used as war propagandists in the run-up to the war in Iraq"….exactly right, and ever since the USA set the Middle East on fire in that illegal war…pretty much all MSM, but most especially the Liberal MSM, led and cheerleadered by The Guardian, NYT and WAPO, have not seen a Western intervention or war that they have not willingly done the heavy lifting for in terms of propaganda and often straight out disinformation….

        Not sure how the Liberal class and their media morphed so seamlessly into becoming some of the the most bloodthirsty Warhawks on the planet today…but sadly that is where we are…you see it on display on this very site on nearly a daily basis.

  3. Jenny how to get there 3

    Climate Alarm is deafening

    If humanity can mobilise enormous forces for war on each other.

    Why can't we for war on climate change?

    Heatwave in China is the most severe ever recorded in the world

    A long spell of extreme hot and dry weather is affecting energy, water supplies and food production across China

    This article has been viewed 3092 times in the last 3 hours.

    …..River and reservoir levels have fallen, factories have shut because of electricity shortages and huge areas of crops have been damaged. The situation could have worldwide repercussions, causing further disruption to supply chains and exacerbating the global food crisis.

    …..Hundreds of places have reported temperatures of more than 40°C (104°F), and many records have been broken. Subway stations have set up rest areas where people can recover from the heat.

    On 18 August, the temperature in Chongqing in Sichuan province reached 45°C (113°F), the highest ever recorded in China outside the desert-dominated region of Xinjiang. On 20 August, the temperature in the city didn’t fall below 34.9°C (94.8°F), the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in China in August. The maximum temperature was 43.7°C

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2334921-heatwave-in-china-is-the-most-severe-ever-recorded-in-the-world/?

  4. Peter 4

    Relishing a meal for months before actually eating it is possible. Pondering the occasion before it arrives extends the pleasure.

    When the traditional happens at a quiet, but occupied time we might realise the possibilities of pleasure which we didn't take earlier.

    On January 1st when the traditional happens and 'Sir Trevor' is announced the reactions are going to be so much fun!

    For many that'll make it a 'Merry Christmas and an Unhappy New Year.' That in itself will make it for others a 'Happy New Year "

  5. arkie 5

    Surely, if this is really necessary, contacting and discussing the decision with those schools affected would be the bare minimum consideration.

    Government considers cutting 3000 senior teaching roles from budget

    In a surprise move, the government wants to cut a senior teaching role nationwide so it can cover a hole in its budget.

    Principals contacted by RNZ said they were not aware of the ministry's plan and warned the within-school roles were critical to their work.

    The lead principal for a Nelson Kāhui Ako, Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson, told RNZ the proposal was "very concerning".

    The Education Ministry said any outcomes from the collective agreement negotiations beyond June 2023 would be funded.

    It did not explain why the within-school roles were selected for a cut and what effect it would have on Kāhui Ako.

    Despite the decision to seek an end to the within-school teacher role, a briefing paper from July last year showed the government was keen to expand the scheme.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/473459/government-considers-cutting-3000-senior-teaching-roles-from-budget

    • Mac1 5.1

      It's not clear from the article whether the unions involved knew of this proposal. The NZEI did not seem at all surprised and PPTA were not in favour but neither said they were uninformed. That issue should have been clearly stated in the article.

      Is the task to inform principals of collective agreement proposals the union or the government's role? In other words, as the article writes of the principals' concerns at being unaware and unconsulted, and seemingly blames government, is that fair, or just more 'gotcha' journalism?

      Anyway, it's a proposal to be discussed at the award talks and what the contracts say will be carried out.

      • Belladonna 5.1.1

        I don't see how it could be the job of the unions (representing teachers) to communicate the MoE's proposals (or bargaining positions, or whatever they are) to principals. That is surely the job of the MoE.

        Now, it's possible that they got communication ducks out of line (meaning to communicate both to the NZEI and PPTA at the same time as school principals – so there were no surprises – and no early leaks) – and didn't get to the principals in time.

        However, not all schools are participating in Kāhui Ako, and not all of them have those staff based in their schools. It would have seemed to be a simple exercise to have got the list, and ensured that those principals were informed that this discussion was on the table.

    • Peter 5.2

      It would be interesting to see an assessment of the value of Kāhui Ako. All over the country.

      Does the raw headline "Government considers cutting 3000 senior teaching roles from budget" convey the reality of what the programme not being funded will do? If the programme is of value can it be picked up under the normal staffing levels and management units?

      • Belladonna 5.2.1

        I'm not qualified to assess the value of Kāhui Ako. As with many policies, I think that the outcomes are variable.

        However, the staffing funding is what enables senior or field expert teachers from one school, to coach, train and co-teach with staff in other schools. If there is no funding, it won't happen. Individual school funding is set based on the number of pupils enrolled – not on the wider needs of the school cluster.

        Given the quote from Hipkins in the article, from last year, about wanting the program to be expanded and more flexible – I do wonder if this is an internal MoE idea, rather than a government one….

    • Patricia Bremner 5.3

      Perhaps the time for goal setting has passed, and now it is time for resources like trained teachers and materials?

    • weka 6.1

      why? Her friends did something stupid, she's apologised, it's pretty small stuff in the scheme of things.

      • Tony 6.1.1

        Are you aware her and her friends were singing "We are the flour gang" flour is slang for cocaine.

      • Anne 6.1.2

        Two friends at the least did something very, very stupid and in the process placed the prime minister of Finland in a very, very embarrassing position.

        The offence was not so much that it was a somewhat compromising photo, but rather it was posted on Facebook for all the world to see. Who needs enemies with friends like that.

        • mpledger 6.1.2.1

          I'm not sure it embarrassing for her as she was raised by lesbian parents. It's more that other people are embarrassed because they only find intimacy between straight people acceptable.

          • Anne 6.1.2.1.1

            The embarrassment I was referring to is that the party was a private affair and it is astonishing that "a friend" saw fit to post a photo on Facebook given the host was the country's prime minister. As I said… who needs enemies with a friend like that.

    • Populuxe1 6.2

      Maybe people shouldn't be so thirsty for salacious Russian agitprop

  6. Blazer 7

    They say its lonely at the top…and crowded at the…bottom….'you know you're…worth it'!frown

    Fletcher Building CEO's $6.8m pay is 'not justified', professor says | Stuff.co.nz

  7. SPC 8

    Living with Trump – A shared psychosis

  8. Sabine 9

    this is sexy….

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/green-travel/300670303/germany-launches-worlds-first-fleet-of-hydrogen-passenger-trains

    German officials launched what they say is the world's first fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains Wednesday (local time), replacing 15 diesel trains that previously operated on non-electrified tracks in the state of Lower Saxony.

    The 14 trains use hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity that powers the engines. snip

    The trains manufactured by French company Alstom are operated by regional rail company LNVG on routes between the northern towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude.

    Alstom says the Coradia iLint trains have a range of up to 1000km and a maximum speed of 140 kph.

    I love trains.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 9.1

      Hi Sabine. Trains are indeed awesome. And that Train looks so Futuristic…Now ! Also so efficient as freight movers : ) However I still think NZ Trains should be Electrified.

      As the comments on your link also check

      Possibly different Germany?

      • Sabine 9.1.1

        not sure what you mean with 'different Germany'.

        I approve of all trains. I love all trains. And given a chance would always opt for a train journey to my destination rather then car/plane.

        But this is happening in East Germany – ex DDR. And hope fully it will become the norm.

        Never could understand why Wellington gave up the Electric Trolley Busses. That too was a really neat way going about town and to / from work.

        • PsyclingLeft.Always 9.1.1.1

          Hi oh sorry i could maybe have put "different situation in Germany as to Hydrogen availability." : )

          Absolutely re the Electric trolley buses. Dunedin had too : )

          It was progressively closed from 1969, with the final route closing in July 1979. However the 1979 oil crisis resulted in part of the network being reopened the next month. It closed again in March 1982

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolleybuses_in_Dunedin

          Oil…Crisis ? hmmm Maybe Get those E Trolley Buses going again !

    • Chris 9.2

      Hope they don't call it the Hindenburg.

      • Sabine 9.2.1

        nah they don't.

        i think its a bit safer then the Hindenburg was, and is definitively closer to the ground then the Hinbenburg was. 🙂

        Designed in the southern French town of Tarbes and assembled in Salzgitter in central Germany, Alstom’s trains – called Coradia iLint – are trailblazers in the sector.

        The project created jobs for up to 80 employees in the two countries, according to Alstom.

        Commercial trials have been carried out since 2018 on the line with two hydrogen trains but now the entire fleet is adopting the groundbreaking technology.

        The French group has inked four contracts for several dozen trains between Germany, France and Italy, with no sign of demand waning.

        https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/24/germany-inaugurates-worlds-first-hydrogen-powered-train-fleet
        this is exciting news.

    • Barfly 10.1

      IMO NZ fighters there aren't doing it for financial reward they are doing it because they have the skills, physical capability and they feel a moral need to assist Ukraine resist the Russian invasion.

      • Tony 10.1.1

        In Barflys opinion the NZ mercenaries are there for the moral support of the most corrupt nazi infested regime in the Western world, What an ignorant opinion to hold .. but hey! thanks for the laugh.

        • Incognito 10.1.1.1

          Nobody is laughing at your ignorance. Stop twisting other people's words.

          • Tony 10.1.1.1.1

            Display my ignorance Incognito and I will laugh with you? I merely repeated what he said, where is the twist?

            • Incognito 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Here are some insight into the motivations of those who join the fight in Ukraine:

              https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/473487/corporal-dominic-abelen-confirmed-as-new-zealander-killed-in-ukraine

              Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University Wellington, foreign fighters and international law researcher Marnie Lloydd told Midday Report enlisting in another country's military was not currently prohibited by New Zealand law.

              "Nor is it prohibited in general terms to join an armed group overseas," Lloydd said.

              "New Zealand's actually always kept open the possibility of foreign enlistment, so in another state's forces and also certain types of foreign fighting."

              Some forms of foreign fighting, like being a mercenary [my italics] or joining a terrorist group were criminalised.

              https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/473469/100-nz-defence-personnel-likely-in-ukraine-at-any-one-time-former-soldier

              https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018855480/former-nz-soldier-in-ukraine-proud-to-see-other-new-zealanders-on-front-line

              Barfly called them “NZ fighters”, which you twisted into “NZ mercenaries”.

              Your ignorance and word twisting is on full display here and you’re lying about it too claiming that you “merely repeated”, which is clearly not true. If it was a ‘mere repeat’, you could have quoted verbatim, but you didn’t do that, did you now? You were not even paraphrasing, you were twisting.

              Here’s one for you: provide evidence to support your bold claim that Ukraine is “the most corrupt nazi infested regime in the Western world”. Put up or shut up.

              • adam

                The Ukrainian oligarchs being far right nut bags, so you mean apart from banning of opposition parties, putting out lists of journalist they want to arrest, and using human shields?

                Anyone defending either the Russian or Ukrainian Oligarchs at this point is an idiot.

                • Incognito

                  WTF are you blathering on about? What kind of stupid framing a question (to me?) is that?

                  • adam

                    Sorry not purrfect Incognito.

                    But you seem to be under the illusion the Ukrainian ruling class is democratic and nice.

                    And not inspired by racism and anti-democratic practices.

                    • joe90

                      And not inspired by racism and anti-democratic practices.

                      So you're inspired by the rapist’s, murderer’s, torturer’s, mutilator’s and thieve’s blatant disregard for the human rights, their denial of the agency of millions, and their brutal, genocidal war of imperial conquest against the Ukrainian people?

                      //

                    • Incognito

                      But you seem to be under the illusion the Ukrainian ruling class is democratic and nice.

                      Really? What gave you that idea? Your bow is so long it reached all the way to LaLa-Land.

                    • adam

                      I see joe90 is dribbling shit again, I've been pretty constant Russian invasion = war crime. War = Oligarchs making working folk die for no reason.

                      But then again a war monger like you joe90…

                      [You have form attacking others here with your typical outbursts (aka brain farts) and no constructive points for debate, e.g. https://thestandard.org.nz/should-we-just-settle/#comment-1879634. This is your warning – Incognito]

                    • Incognito []

                      Mod note

              • Tony

                Incognito you are coming across as a very stressed cat, how's the blood pressure? relax and I will answer the claim of Ukraine being the most corrupt nazi infested regime by asking you to name one more corrupt than Ukraine, go on point out a more corrupt European regime? you can't so that makes it Ukraine by obvious deduction, barfly twisted mercenary into fighter, I untwisted his words and the essence of his rant was the mercenary was there in moral support, yea right! he was killed on the front lines in the East, which is where Ukraine nazis are killing Russian speaking Ukrainians and he was kia.

                [You don’t set the rules here. You don’t refuse to answer a question about your bold claim by asking a counter-question. You don’t get to move the goal posts from “the Western world” to “European”. You don’t get to untwist and then re-twist someone else’s comment because you think it was a rant. You don’t get to make bold claims based on your absurd assumptions about a dead Kiwi fighting with or close to “Ukraine Nazis” “on the front lines in the East” and the ugly implications this might evoke. You don’t get to troll this site with your twisted BS. This is your warning – Incognito]

                • Incognito

                  Mod note

                  • Tony

                    My counter question answers the question, and happy to leave it with Western total corrupt regimes, can you name me a more corrupt one than Ukraine please? It's called a logical deductive argument and acceptable to most academics but not you and easy up on the bold print buddy it makes you come across like the school prefect.The mercenary was kia on the front lines in the Donbass. I didn’t twist his words he used the wrong identification of the kia, he was a mercenary, a soldier of fortune, do a little independent analysis and you might be a more broad minded prefect cog.

                  • adam

                    Really? What gave you that idea?

                    Well the way you jump on anyone who says Ukrainian is a sack of shit government. Or the war is bad for working folk. Or indeed anyone who does not follow the official line.

                  • adam

                    Your link don't work.

    • Sabine 10.2

      Enough for them to go there and lose their lives.

      • Barfly 10.2.1

        Do you really think that money is their motivation?

        • Blazer 10.2.1.1

          I certainly…do.

          What else could it be!

        • Sabine 10.2.1.2

          Yes. That and maybe a sense of adventurism, maybe even a believe in doing the right thing, but money is a reason for people to sell their skills as soldiers / mercenaries to a foreign country. The only difference with the Ukraine war vs Iraq war is that the Ukraine war is approved by the 'left' 'left leaning' people.

          In the Iraq war we called these guys 'mercenaries' and we complained a lot about Halliburton and Blackwater/Xe – just to name two of the companies that make good money out of war and death.

          And the US paying the NZ government to send NZ troops to a war zone in which we have absolutely no reason to send anyone too, is in this case the company that enjoys the money.

          Btw, I am stil waiting for Nato to officially fight for the Ukraine with the footsoldiers provided by the member states/countries. So far its crickets. But i guess if they were to call on the Members to send proper troops in big numbers to defend Ukraine at the Members costs, a lot of the countries that go rooo raahhhh at the idea of sanctions and pretend outrage, would get real quiet at the idea of coffins coming home and at the idea of paying for these coffins to come home.

  9. tsmithfield 12

    I wonder if National will stand a candidate in Sharma's electorate in the next election, and rather support Sharma to hold it?

    Strategically it is a risk free option that could end up with an Epsom type outcome for National. As it is an electoral seat, if National were to lose it, they would be no worse off due to proportionality and the list. But, if Sharma were to hold it, and buddied up with National, then National would have a lot to gain in terms of overhang.

    • weka 12.1

      Yeah but then they'd have to deal with a loose unit until the next election (and perhaps the one after).

      • Sabine 12.1.1

        Who knows, maybe he is better of in the N party. How many seats can L lose before it becomes an issue?

      • tsmithfield 12.1.2

        I guess it depends on how the polls are looking closer to the time. If it is looking close, then it could be an option. But if National looks like they are well ahead, then probably not worth the drama.

    • Peter 12.2

      National will stand a candidate and most likely win the seat. They'll be hoping Sharma destroys Labour's chances by standing. Sharma hasn't got a hope in hell given his behaviour.

    • observer 12.3

      I don't know if it's "risk-free", given his behaviour. Has he met the National whips? wink

      The likely outcome would be news bulletins like … "And today Gaurav Sharma has alleged this and that, and Christopher Luxon has spent the day denying this and that. In other news, National launched a vote-chasing policy which we'll briefly mention after we've covered the scandal …"

      • tsmithfield 12.3.1

        I guess if he was independent he wouldn't be subject to National's whips?

        • observer 12.3.1.1

          But in the scenario you suggest he wouldn't be "independent". National would be giving him a free run, and that's going to cost.

          Of course he wouldn't be subject to whips in the narrow sense of sitting in a caucus. But there's a quid pro quo. He'd have to keep recording those phone calls when the Nats "bully" him by calling in their favours.

          Incidentally Labour would love this deal to happen ("See, we told you what he was!"). But it won't happen.

    • Jimmy 12.4

      I don't think National would want Sharma. I think they will stand their own candidate and have a good chance of winning the seat.

      • Matiri 12.4.1

        Tim Macindoe held the seat for National, lost it to Sharma and is a List MP now. Expect he wants the seat back!

  10. logie97 15

    It would appear that Mallard has offered an apology to Peters for trespassing him at the occupation earlier this year.

    Perhaps Peters could now apologise to the rest of New Zealand for helping to inflame the protest by supporting the 5 percent and countenancing their behaviour. Or perhaps they are the 5 pcnt that he hopes to gain to get back into parliament.

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    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    2 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 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, ...
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • '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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
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    6 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
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago

  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    1 hour ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    5 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    5 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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