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Open mike 25/06/2015

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  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    First (?!) Germany, now France. NZ government has probably been spied upon by the US too

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-24/angry-and-embarrassed-france-calls-us-spying-unacceptable-demands-us-repair-damage-r

    • Kiwiri 1.1

      Not just NZ government but also opposition MPs?
      And include spying on their personal and sex lives, social and community interactions, side businesses, etc. Then pass on that info to be used against them.

    • Sabine 1.2

      nah the US don’t need to spy on us, John Key has given them open access.

      lol

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      Why would the US need to spy on the NZ government considering that the NZ government is, effectively, a branch office of the US administration?

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6300-roy-morgan-new-zealand-voting-intention-june-2015-201506240227

    Oh noes Nationals support drops to 49.5%, its a calamity 🙂

    But seriously it looks like business as usual…is that the sound of G. Robertson sharpening some knives 😉

    • Skinny 2.1

      I would not be cheerleading to this news as it is not great for National. It shows Jimmy Shaw has hit a high note with the public, up to 13% and expect this to grow, outstanding result for a new co leader.

      I guess National can come out with an endorsement of future partner Colin Craig’s Conservatives. Alas the Nats won’t have the support of the Maori-Mana Party and of course Dunne will retire end of this term.

      Weep and you weep alone, smile 🙂 and the whole world smiles with you coobah!

      • Puckish Rogue 2.1.1

        I do admire the optimism of the left, in spite of everything that happens the left still believe

        Its cute 🙂

        • Skinny 2.1.1.1

          Rogue I’ve excepted Labour will be stuck in the 20’s along as tthey go into elections with the same line up of MP’s, I just wish they would. So its the status quo till Key goes. All bets are off if say he had the misfortune of walking out of a cafe daydreaming of fondlying the waitress’s hair straight into a bus and killed.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            or gets a US based promotion.

            • Skinny 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes true there is nothing left for him in New Zealand political terms. Something financially beefy in New York.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.2

            Rogue I’ve excepted Labour will be stuck in the 20’s along as tthey go into elections with the same line up of MP’s, I just wish they would.

            Yep, they need to be more than National Lite and that won’t change while they’ve still got National Lite MPs and candidates.

            • Skinny 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Yes in other words Labour needs to be Labour and the front people the MP’s representing the party need to be in on this or out. I can think of 10 at first blush that don’t measure up. The problem is plying them out for the collective good of the party. How is this achieved, its not like Little can swing the axe, one whiff of this and they will start undermining him then try rolling him.

      • Marvellous Bearded Git 2.1.2

        I don’t think Dunne will retire. He is only 60. There will be no change of leadership by Labour before the next election. End of.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1

          i suspect Winnie has one more gen election in him.

          • Chooky 2.1.2.1.1

            hope Winnie stays

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Likewise.

            • b waghorn 2.1.2.1.1.2

              Why??

              • Puckish Rogue

                They think (hope) winny will go with Labour and the Greens which he may, of course, however hes not likely to get his knighthood going with the left

                • b waghorn

                  As long as my Arse! points to the ground there is no way there will be a labour /greens /nzf government.

                • Chooky

                  @ PR…I dont think the Queen likes jonkey nactional( too much of a social climber and her son is a Greenie)…jonkey may not himself get a knighthood ( if Labour has anything to do with it)…and he may be out next Election…so Winnie is in with a chance

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  They think (hope) winny will go with Labour and the Greens which he may,

                  Maybe; but mostly because he brings a style and bite to Parliament and to politics hardly anyone else does.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.1.2

            I suspect Winnie will die on the debating floor – in his nineties.

        • Chooky 2.1.2.2

          @ absolutely Marvellous

          Dunne will have to be ousted by Greens and Labour working strategically and cooperatively In Ohariu…NEXT TIME….God willing he will be out!

          …and out and out he MUST go!

      • Chooky 2.1.3

        @ Skinny …yes good result for the GREENS!

        … and steady- as- she- goes backbone Green lefty Metiria Turei

        ….and JIMMY SHAW…he hasnt put a foot wrong…he was the best choice for Green New Zealand male co-leader!

    • Clean_power 2.2

      Give Mr Robertson a few more months (of lowly polls) before he makes a move about his leadership bid.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Nope, nothing will happen this side of the 2017 election.

      • Puckish Rogue 2.2.2

        True true

      • rhinocrates 2.2.3

        I don’t know why people are being so mean about Robertson. Look at the wonderful thing he did for Dunedin, my beloved home town – he left!

        Now if he’d do the same for Wellington to search for fresh lattes elsewhere I’d be really grateful to him.

      • Lanthanide 2.2.4

        Nothing will happen till 2016, if anything were to happen (which I doubt).

        Little hasn’t appointed a permanent Deputy Leader yet.

    • maui 2.3

      You’re celebrating National dropping -4.5% since the May poll? 😉

      • Puckish Rogue 2.3.1

        More like celebrating a poll thats probably quite accurate

        • maui 2.3.1.1

          We’ll see, I’m willing to wait for the other companie’s polls and if they show the same thing I’ll wait for the ones after that, and so on and so on, heh.

    • Chooky 2.4

      the tide is turning….imperceptible to begin with ….but the seepage is on the way out for jonkey nact

    • Draco T Bastard 2.5

      Oh noes Nationals support drops to 49.5%, its a calamity

      You’re right, it is a calamity – NZ is still fucked by selfish, greedy arse-holes.

  3. The Chairman 3

    Why oh why?

    Labour say the party still has significant concerns, yet they plan to support the legislation?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/69683161/mps-read-mean-tweets

    Thoughts?

    • b waghorn 3.1

      Would this legislation be away of stopping the attacks on people that come from whale oil?

      • The Chairman 3.1.1

        If questionable, comments may be removed.

        If deemed to cause harm or distress, commentators will be prosecuted after comments are made.

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          It’s the “reputation” bit that concerns me: yes, it might cover revenge porn, but depending on the nuances of the wording they might just have recriminalised libel with no defense as to whether it’s true.

          e.g. “weird hairtugging liar john key” might pick up a fine…

          • The Chairman 3.1.1.1.1

            I share your concern.

            Furthermore, for some, a fine may simply become another cost in financing an attack – i.e. dirty politics.

      • weka 3.1.2

        “Would this legislation be away of stopping the attacks on people that come from whale oil?”

        Well I can see why Labour would vote for the legislation, but am thinking more of a certain left wing blog 😈

    • adam 3.2

      Because rather than deal with the issues brought up by the Roast Busters issue. It is appears to be nothing more than censorship, at worst. Or legislation to stop criticism of the government, at best.

      You can always expect the Tory scum to manipulate public opinion to suit their agenda.

      Plus, and I think this is the kicker – it just makes criminals of people over bugger all, but does not really deal with the issues Roast Busters raised.

      Again, Tory legislation which is a pigs ear.

      • The Chairman 3.2.1

        Tory legislation, yes. But why are Labour planning to support it when they have significant concerns?

        • adam 3.2.1.1

          Maybe because parliamentary labour is full of Tory’s.

          • The Chairman 3.2.1.1.1

            Labour has a habit of doing this, which IMO is costing the party support.

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Like supporting Key’s anti-terrorism spying legislation

              • The Chairman

                Indeed.

                It’s difficult to know what the party stands for when they express significant concern, yet go ahead and support the opposition’s bill.

                Furthermore, doing so implies Labour doesn’t plan to overrule the concerning legislation if elected. Leaving voters questioning why vote Labour when they are largely the same?

                • Colonial Viper

                  most of those people have just decided to stop voting full stop.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Furthermore, doing so implies Labour doesn’t plan to overrule the concerning legislation if elected.

                  If they think such a bill is a good idea (which I do BTW) then it’s going to be easier to amend afterwards especially with all of the fuckups that’s going to happen under Nationals’ heavy handed, unthought out legislation.

                  So, support it now but highlight, loudly, how it should be changed and then, when in government, change it with consideration to previous concerns and based on what’s actually happened.

                  • The Chairman

                    It could be several years before Labour are in Government again, which may come back to voters not perceiving a significant difference to bother changing allegiance.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      yep
                      and fuck supporting bad legislation if you don’t believe in it

                      this bizarre positioning by Labour has all the finger prints of typical Thorndon Bubble risk management (risk averse) attitudes

            • Kiwiri 3.2.1.1.1.2

              Exactly.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.2

        Or legislation to stop criticism of the government, at best.

        Anything which can be used to target political dissent must be viewed with suspicion.

    • David H 3.3

      And the ‘mean’ tweets were not even mean. And here’s me thinking that Politicians had thick skin.

    • McFlock 3.4

      are the greens supporting it?

    • Charles 3.5

      To be fair, some of that “abuse” is just colourful opinion. “Dribbler” and “half-inflated balloon” or “supporting psychopathic climate change deniers”, come on. If that’s the best tweeters can do to politicians that actively try to kill people with policy, we could probably cut the numbers of NZ police because people are just too damn polite to violent maniacs and pose little threat to anyone else.

      The horse teeth comments, that would be something that needs looking into – as she points out, there is a theme. You have to consider the cultural context and the gender of the person. Call Winston a dribbler in real life and he might laugh, but he’d immediately give back five times worse, too. The description of half-inflated balloon bouncing around lamely and unexpectly … that isn’t gender specific, or physically specific enough, so fails the test.

      I’d be more concerned with private citizens recieving those sorts of text/online comments from strangers on a regular basis (that related to something they can’t change in themselves or an act of free-will that isn’t a crime), people who didn’t ask for public attention, weren’t trying to kill other people, and who weren’t engaged in politics. Many people get worse during smoko from employers and “workmates”, and much much worse from their own families and friends while they grow up. There might be a basis for investigating “the crimes of emotional abuse” but to ask anyone around the political traps, now, to do it, I just don’t think anyone’s up to it. They can’t even grasp the basics of writing good laws, and this sort of thing is a bit involved.

  4. Tautoko Mangō Mata 4

    John Key, with the support of the Speaker, has reduced our Parliamentary question time to a shameful farce. The Speaker has metaphorically cut the tendons of the opposition to immobilise them before their inhumane slaughter by ensuring that the unredacted cabinet document that proves John Key is lying as usual is not table.
    Shame.

  5. John Shears 5

    Healthline a very useful and helpful service which we have had occasion to use several times over the last few years is to be replaced by a new service run by two doctors companies for the next 10 years.

    Healthline has been a Health department service but the Nats.
    have decided it needs to be privatised.

    If it ai’nt broke don’t fix it ?????

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11470638

    • DH 5.1

      I find it depressing that no-one questions these lengthy contracts, IMO any Govt contract longer than 5yrs should immediately trigger a full investigation by the audit office. Labour and other opposition should be absolutely hammering into these rorts, they appear either fraudulent or intended to prevent future Governments from reversing privatisations.

      The main justification for using private sector contractors is the competitive pricing achieved through tendering. By handing out such unacceptably long contracts these people are effectively immediately cancelling the tenders and annulling any alleged advantage gained from privatisation.

      Contracts for services should be really be no longer than about 3-5yrs. The encumbent usually wants to retain the business and re-tendering keeps them honest. 10yr contracts are just gold plated retirement schemes for a favoured few, they’re totally unacceptable.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        The long tenders are to cut down on the costs, for both government and the private sector, of the tendering. Both parties know that the costs of the tender process make it so that it would have simply been cheaper, easier and better for the government to simply do it themselves.

        As I say – competition increases costs and for all government services doesn’t produce any more value. In fact, it usually reduces the quality of the service as well as making it cost more.

        End result is that we end up with a monopoly private provider that will gouge the taxpayer for everything they can and the government will actually have to protect that monopoly providers’ profits else the whole lot will collapse. Basically, it’s guaranteed income for the private provider with the possibility of gouging even more from the government. Just look to Telecom/Chorus getting the government subsidy to install fibre to the home.

  6. David H 6

    Labour leaks everything else, so why not just leak it?

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      The media have already seen the unredacted version. So it’s only hollow point scoring at this point.

  7. cogito 7

    New Mosque in Taihape – sanctuary for weary travellers


    Before the centre was established in 2014, Muslims used to pray by the train station or behind the main public toilets. The mosque serves the general population of the South Island as they travel State Highway One – Constable Saifudin Abu, Taihape

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/voices/20150622

    Poor cop. He hasn’t even figured out yet that Taihape is NOT in the South Island.

  8. David H 8

    Here’s an article I followed from Twitter. very informative, and a little scary at the mind set of a typical Nat.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/69534585/rachel-stewart-you-think-sheep-are-dumb

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/346883/greens-want-better-food-inmates

    Sample menu for a male prisoner

    Breakfast – two Weetbix with milk, three slices of toast with spread and a cup of tea.

    Lunch – three sandwiches, a piece of fruit and tea.

    Dinner – sausages with gravy, potatoes and two seasonal vegetables, a piece of fruit and tea.

    (Source: Corrections Department)

    – Sounds like the prisoners get adequate meals to me

    • McFlock 9.1

      really?
      I was considering committing a mid-range crime so I’d lose weight for six months or so. No self discipline.

    • TheContrarian 9.2

      Where’s the coffee?

    • Lanthanide 9.3

      Seems perfectly adequate to me.

      Ah, PR failed to include the Green’s salient point:

      The last review of prison food was in 2009. It found that rations were adequate, but would need to increase if Corrections wanted prisoners to do more physical activity.

      Mr Clendon said servings should increase now that all prisons were being converted into working prisons.

      I agree. If that’s what the review said, then it should be abided by.

    • Charles 9.4

      Ah yes, Otago Daily Times of the Waitaki electorate… that hotbed of Greens support: running at about a 5th of what was given to National last election. Co-incidence?
      Don’t read the link if you’re a National supporter or crim-buster. Don’t want cognitive dissonance spooging all over the place… don’t you do it! …I warned you!

      http://brookingblog.com/2012/06/24/prison-protesters-all-they-need-is-a-decent-meal/

      ”The Ombudsman reported recently that “Prisoners continue to complain that the national menus implemented by the Department do not consider the specific health needs of prisoners, especially diabetics.”

      Former Corrections Minister Judith Collins responded to these concerns with this churlish comment: “Stay out of jail if you don’t like the food.” The police seem equally uninterested in providing a healthy diet for prisoners. The Wairarapa Times recently reported that a young man who spent a weekend in the police cells was given nothing but noodles and cold water.

      So in addition to the prospects of various physical assaults, seems National also is happy to condemn diabetic criminals to near-death situations. Nice.

      From the inside, prison food ain’t so great it seems, and isn’t even close to the ambiguously satisfying “sample menu” offered by ODT. Last food review was in 2009, and the news says no new review due any time soon, so this 2012 posting is still theoretically current. As for ODT and their Green-snarking… Go back to your parsnips.

      • Puckish Rogue 9.4.1

        The problem is most of the population won’t give two flying figs for this

      • Colonial Rawshark 9.4.2

        we will continue to push until Banquet Time Collins sees the light of day

    • Clean_power 9.5

      The Green imbeciles should direct their efforts to a worthier cause.

    • The Chairman 9.6

      Speaking of adequate meals, the Defence Force has announced it will restrict sugary fizzy drinks and deep fried food as it emerges more than a quarter of its personnel are ‘obese’.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/69218840/defence-force-staff-carrying-extra-pounds

  10. Philip Ferguson 10

    Hillary Clinton is trying to masquerade as “the people’s candidate”. The $US2.5 billion “people’s candidate”, says Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report, who notes that the Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same.

    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/hillary-clinton-the-us2-5-billion-peoples-candidate/

  11. Chooky 11

    This from Kathryn Ryan on Ninetonoon radio nz is very good on teenage depression. She is invariably a brilliant and compassionate interviewer.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201759853/parenting-teen-depression

    “Young Australian author Adam Schwartz with practical advice for parents of children with depression based on his own experience.
    Adam Schwartz was just 10 when he first became depressed. He refused to go to school, he was prone to bouts of destruction and contemplated suicide. For the next seven years, he and his parents tried an endless round of therapies and treatments in New South Wales, where they live. Adam is now 24, back in study in healthy and has written a book about what it is like to be a child and teenager suffering from depression. It’s called mum, I wish I was dead and he wants it to give hope to both sufferers and their parents.”

  12. Chooky 12

    SHAME : Fascism returns to puppet Europe …at the behest of USA..

    .(.Why are they so scared of open discussion and the TRUTH…and why are they lying?…pathetic! …surely they have learned from the past!?) –

    ‘EU drafts plan to counter Russian media ‘disinformation’, targeting RT’

    http://rt.com/news/269509-eu-plan-counter-russia/

    “The EU has drafted a plan to counter what it sees as “Russian disinformation activities” calling for the promotion of EU policies in the post-Soviet space and the implementation of measures against Russian media, including RT.

    The nine-page paper drafted by the EU Foreign Service and obtained by EUobserver was prepared ahead of the June 25-26 summit and is set to be voted on by EU leaders on Thursday.

    The plan is aimed at tackling Russia’s “use and misuse of communication tools” and the “promotion of EU policies” in former Soviet states as well as support for “independent media” and “increased public awareness of disinformation activities by external actors,” the report says.

    It specifically mentions RT, which according to the report broadcasts “fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in EU cities.”…

    And from RT on the propaganda war :-

    ‘Dangerous propaganda’

    http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/267628-dangerous-propaganda-western-media/

    “Winning the battlefield called public opinion has never been so important nor so divisive. The western media’s assault on Russia approaches sensory overload, but is it effective? There is a vast ongoing propaganda war being played out – whose propaganda should we be worried about?

  13. adam 13

    To all the narrow minded bigots who are anti-papist, and are happy to blame all their woes on the church. Please don’t read this. Or respond – because your disgraceful display the other day, was bloody demoralising.

    If you don’t mind, stretching one’s mind – I think Chris raises some good points.

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2015/06/praise-be-for-pope-francis.html

    • Chooky 13.1

      @ Adam….whose bigotry?

      ‘Catholic church writes to companies that support same-sex marriage’

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/catholic-church-writes-to-companies-who-support-same-sex-marriage

      “The Catholic church in Sydney has sent letters to at least two companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, to express its “grave concern” and accuse them of “overstepping their purpose”.

      The companies said the letter did not change their stance on same-sex marriage.

      Guardian Australia has seen the letter addressed to Steve Walsh, the chairman of law firm Maurice Blackburn, sent by the business manager of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Michael Digges.

      In the letter, Digges writes the church is a “significant user of goods and services from many corporations, both local and international” and reminds the firm that many of its “employees, customers, partners, suppliers” would belong to the Catholic faith….

      (another attempt by the Catholic Church to run rough shod their brand of morality over people in secular society….weird hypocrisy because everyone knows that the Catholic Church and its clergy are full of wooly woofters…and we could say more …about Catholic Church priest sexual abuse, cover ups and “disgraceful” behaviour)

      • marty mars 13.1.1

        I do agree with adam on one point – that it is not really fair for the catholics to be singled out from amongst the many deviations contained within Christendom.

      • Ergo Robertina 13.1.2

        After everything that’s happened it sort of amazes me the catholic church has the gall to lecture another organisation about ”overstepping their purpose”, when it has been demonstrably neglectful of its own responsibilities as an organisation.

        “I wonder whether you have questioned whether it is the role of a corporation such as yours to be participating in such an ­important matter that impacts all of Australian society now and into the future.”

        • Colonial Rawshark 13.1.2.1

          After everything that’s happened it sort of amazes me the catholic church has the gall to lecture another organisation about ”overstepping their purpose”

          Not ‘lecturing to another organisation’; more like preaching. It’s the Catholic Church after all.

        • Chooky 13.1.2.2

          ER +100…gall and hypocrisy…and power and control ( descriptors)…this church of deviant weirdos and oppression has been responsible for an awful lot of bigotry and suffering

          ….and they have the gall to try and interfere and impose themselves into the private lives of those outside their church …and in secular democratic states

        • adam 13.1.2.3

          Did you read my link?

    • Chooky 13.2

      disgraceful bigotry?…and meddling in the rights of gays in a secular society

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-24/catholic-church-attacks-businesses-over-gay-marriage-support/6570082

    • weka 13.3

      Thanks adam. I’ve been appreciating yours and Macro’s informed comments on this recently.

      • adam 13.3.1

        Thanks weka. I try, sheesh I know the church is far, far, far from perfect. I find it’s power structures really not to my liking. Plus I disagree on its stance on sexuality and the role of women. That said, I agree on a lot of issues too.

        And quite frankly, I’m not seeing secular society doing much to help the poor and suffering. Under this government, secular society seems smug, and willing to put the boot in. So I’d rather deal with people, whose morals I disagree with on a couple of points. Than deal with people who have no morals at all.

  14. tinfoilhat 14

    Can anyone enlighten me whether the proposed average 10% rate hike in Auckland over the next ten years is year on year or over the whole period.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11470889

    • Colonial Rawshark 14.1

      No way it would be 10% over the whole period, that would be far less than inflation

      • tinfoilhat 14.1.1

        That was what I thought – it’ll put huge pressure on less well off households and on those who rent who will no doubt have the landlords pass costs on.

        if this is what a Labour mayor and his supporters in council deliver can we please have the option of a good Green mayor or anyone else, rather than the continuing parade of jesters, capitalists and cronies that have little to offer to anyone apart from themselves and their mates.

  15. Chooky 15

    For those bored with television and who were engaged with Aussie recent political history …this could be interesting

    ‘The Killing Season’

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/killing-season/

    THE KILLING SEASON is Sarah Ferguson’s gripping three-part examination of the forces that shaped Labor during the Kevin Rudd / Julia Gillard leadership years. It is a documentary series like no other. Visually striking, scripted like the best political dramas, The Killing Season is an enthralling account of one of the most turbulent periods of Australian political history.

    A comprehensive cast of the main players – including many of those still in parliament – speak frankly, providing a dramatic portrait of a party at war with itself.

    You can watch all three episodes of The Killing Season on ABC iview and for international viewers abc.net.au/killingseason. Available for a limited period only.

    Episode 1 – The Prime Minister and his Loyal Deputy (2006-2009)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/killing-season/episode-1/

    Episode 2 – Great Moral Challenge (2009 – 2010)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/killing-season/episode-2/

    Episode 3 – The Long Shadow (2010-2013)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/killing-season/episode-3/

  16. Morrissey 16

    “You just ring your hands in despair, don’t you.”
    Jim Mora sighs deeply to show how troubled he is.

    The Panel, Radio NZ National, Wednesday 24 June 2015
    Jim Mora, Liz Bowen-Clewley, Finlay Macdonald, Zara Potts

    In today’s preshow segment, after a few anodyne comments about the death of James Horner, the Panelists engage in some extended banter about the latest Global Peace Index ratings. Out of 162 countries in the survey, apparently the five safest places are Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Switzerland; the United States is only the 94th safest country. The most unsafe: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan.

    ZARA POTTS: Syria is so dangerous, of course, in large part due to IS. And they are now blowing up the ancient shrines near Palmyra.
    JIM MORA: [gravely, in a tone of deep concern] They’ve got going on that, have they? …. Well what can you say? …. [heartfelt sigh] …. You just ring your hands in despair, don’t you.

    et cetera, ad nauseam….

    Masochists may like to see further instances of Jim Mora sighing deeply and empathetically….

    Open mike 25/10/2014

    Open mike 05/08/2014

    Open mike 09/12/2013

    Open mike 22/10/2013

    Open mike 21/10/2013

  17. Smilin 17

    Aint it just great Keyjerks reactionary media army dragging the protest on parliament buildings into a fear mongering security risk trying to make the activist look like terrorists
    I suppose there will be a new bill jerked into parliament under urgency thats if Gerry aint to worn out finding the energy to get of his backside to complete the process of alarming the country as defence minister
    Maybe these fascists will declare their full intention cause i would put anything past this Keyjerk reactionary with the TPPA NEW SYSTEM of world govt about to be enacted Protest for breakfast anyone

    • maui 17.1

      Katie Bradford even signed off by saying that the Government will be most worried about “copy cat attacks”. I could not see anyone attacking anyone… Both One and 3 News did as little as they could to cover what the protestors were actually protesting about. 3 was a little bit better in that sense, but Tova O’Brien chimed in with her opinion that it was all about the security. Distract, dstract, distract…

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  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
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    14 hours ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
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  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
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  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
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  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
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    2 days ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
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  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
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  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
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    2 days ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
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    4 days ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
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  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
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  • More financial support for businesses
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    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
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    5 days ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
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  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
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  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
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    1 week ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
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    1 week ago
  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
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    1 week ago
  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
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    1 week ago
  • New beef genetics programme to deliver cows with smaller environmental hoof-print
    The Government is backing a genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Informing New Zealand Beef is a seven-year partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand that is expected to result in more ...
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    1 week ago
  • Appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced new appointments to the board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Former Associate Minister of Education, Hon Tracey Martin, has been appointed as the new Chair for NZQA, replacing the outgoing Acting and Deputy Chair Professor Neil Quigley after an 11-year tenure on ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt supports residential house building by allowing manufacture of building supplies
    The Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. “There are supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland. ...
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  • Government invests in scientific research to boost economy, address climate change and enhance wellb...
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has today announced the recipients of this year’s Endeavour Fund to help tackle the big issues that New Zealanders care about, like boosting economic performance, climate change, transport infrastructure and wellbeing. In total, 69 new scientific research projects were awarded over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Transport to drive economic recovery
    The Government is investing a record amount in transport services and infrastructure to get New Zealand moving, reduce emissions and support the economic recovery, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. The 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) was released today which outlines the planned investments Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency ...
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