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Open mike 25/09/2011

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  1. Jenny 1

    The food movement is the way of the future

    We have had the industrial revolution and now with the end of oil, we will have an agricultural revolution.

    This may be a bit extreme I know, but I like it.

    Because of the environmental, economic and social collapse we have to become sustainable and have local economies and local resources.

    Things are going to get really tough over the next 20 years.

    Of course the dragon will not accept the reality and refuse to die. So we see attempts to put restrictions on the food movement like the current food bill now before parliament.

    • Bored 1.1

      On that note Jenny I have just built a faster compost pile as recommended by the Doms gardening columnist Hannah Schwartz, a green fingered goddess if ever there was one. Her columns are really worth a read even if you think you know, she often surprises with tricks.

      I note (and watch on TV) the food pornography, as Nigella and Annabelle charm the socks off us middle aged chaps with their cream tarts, and Rick Stein ouzes charm and bonhommie, and locally whilst Brownie makes “kai” a real down home blokes deal. Without our plenitude of food they would be out of a job, its down to the vege patch for them. Woe is the future where we will have to grow the ingredients ourselves……

      • AAMC 1.1.1

        Those food writers are pretty passionate about the local seasonal food movement and they bring the idea into the mainstream which can only be a step in the right direction. See Harmony products in the supermarket now, they have been strongly endorsed by the food media.

        But my too favorite food hero’s..

        http://rajpatel.org/
        http://michaelpollan.com/

      • Bob Stanforth 1.1.2

        Bored, my wife and I started vege gardening years ago when we left the big smoke, and have our kids (3 under 12) actively involved now. A great family thing to do, and the kids love eating what they have helped to grow. We have three large boxed and raised gardens, grow dozens of different things, very easy and lots of fun, and so much nicer than what you can buy. There is something about slicing a still warm tomato, fresh off the vine onto freshly toasted vogels, cant beat it.

        As for Nigella, if you have a broad and open mind go to Youtube and search for Nigella talks dirty – its LOL funny.

    • Jenny 1.2

      More on the planet gobbling dragon

      A study reviewed in the highly respected science journal, Scientific American, accuses financiers of “silent mass murder”

      The study was released by Marco Lagi, Yavni Bar-Yam, Karla Bertrand, and Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Financial speculation made possible thanks to market deregulation ultimately caused the collapse of mortgage and stock markets in 2007 and 2008.

      Commodity Traitors: Financial Speculation on Commodities [especially food] increases Global insecurity

      http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/2011/09/22/commodity-traitors/

      “This analysis,” conclude the study’s authors, “connects the bursting of the US real estate market bubble and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 to the global food price increases.”

      Following this collapse many investors shifted their assets into “index funds” that allowed them to bet on the likelihood that commodity futures would increase. These index funds would be purchased by commodity traders and then repackaged as derivatives to be resold for twice or three times the initial purchase price. According to data from the United Nations, this investment rose from $13 billion in 2003 to $317 billion in 2008 (pdf here). This flood of cash caused intermittent bubbles as prices increased under artificial demand only to crash because there was no consistency in actual supply and demand (see Figure 1 below). In other words, as the price of food shot upwards many people were unable to buy the food that was actually grown.

      According to Bar-Yam and colleagues, by September 2010 there was 140 million metric tons of grain sitting unsold in storage facilities around the world, an amount that would normally feed 440 million people in a single year. In the face of widespread global hunger, playing with food prices as if it were a casino pushed them beyond the ability of people to pay in regions of the direst need.

      Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has called this “a silent mass murder,” entirely due to “man-made actions.”

      “We have a herd of market traders, speculators and financial bandits who have turned wild and constructed a world of inequality and horror. We have to put a stop to this,” he said.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Thanks for this info. I had been aware that something like this had been happening (and continues to happen).

  2. LynW 2

    Good morning. Great day for all All Black and Warrior fans. Speaking of heroes ….. I have just enjoyed reading Bernard Hickey’s Herald column

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10754109

    ‘Hero in the Wing’s and followed up the YouTube link recommended.

    Highly recommend for those who haven’t seen it before. makes ‘ cents ‘ to me! Have a great day.

  3. ianmac 3

    I wonder if the banks and certain NZ politicians are already planning Robin Hood tax avoidance contingency strategies? “Its legal you know.”

  4. Herodotus 4

    United First = Only lasting inpact on NZ lengthening Day light savings. Now all I have to do is decided how to invest my savings.
    A hard start for this, Sat early night was destroyed by The Warriors 😉 (I will watch for just 5 minutes !!) greastest game ever? And a great AB display

    • Carol 4.1

      Dunne’s extended daylight saving periods are a curse for those of us who are early risers. No savings AT ALL, just more lighting and heating used at the beginning of the day, the most productive period of the day for me.

      • Flossie 4.1.1

        Yep Dunne’s old lie comes round again: it’s not daylight “saving”, it’s daylight “shifting”. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. Not good for us early risers, as you say Carol.

      • Anne 4.1.2

        For me it seems to work out one less hour in the day. Don’t mind later on but this early? In weather terms it’s still winter. We were never consulted over this ridiculously early start either.
        At this moment, if someone did Dunne a serious injury I wouldn’t mind. 😡

        • Vicky32 4.1.2.1

          Don’t mind later on but this early? In weather terms it’s still winter.

          That’s bitterly true! 🙁

      • Armchair Critic 4.1.3

        I always thought daylight savings was a way of forcing people to get up earlier, and go to bed earlier.

      • marsman 4.1.4

        Thought it was earlier this year for the RWC?

        • Anne 4.1.4.1

          From Dept. Internal Affairs site.

          The end of daylight saving in 2006 generated public debate, which led to a review of the period. A petition to extend daylight saving was presented to Parliament with an estimated 42,000 signatures.

          The Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Rick Barker announced on 30 April 2007 that the period of daylight saving would be extended to run from the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday in April.

          I suspect that many who signed that petition did so on the assumption that the extension would be confined to the end of the period – ie. first week in April when the weather – due to Climate Change – is still quite Summery. That was my understanding anyway. Peter Dunne played a major role in getting the petition up and running and presented it to parliament. The Lab. govt. gave him his little hour of glory to keep him happy?

  5. Banter 5

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5679926/Minor-parties-fates-could-lead-to-volatile-split-Beehive

    interesting article. And here was me thinking National were going to romp home…..

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      Yep, this is why the Tories hate MMP. The better the make up of Parliament reflects the will of the people, the less likely it is that a conservative government gets formed.
       
      I’d have to say that Winston is doing well, given that he’s doing nothing.

    • ianmac 5.2

      The possible splits would have a strong effect on the MANDATE that National is expecting to allow them to bring in the sweeping changes to Social Welfare, Assets, Crime, Education, Lower Taxes, Bigger rewards for the rich etc.

    • Jenny 5.3

      And here was me thinking National were going to romp home…..

      Banter

      And here was I thinking I could never be so prescient.

      here

      here

      and here

      This Horizon poll shows that, if Labour would only lift their vision, and actively woo the Maori Party, And/OR, let NZ First’s votes count.

      – Then the election would be won for a Labour led coalition government.

      There is no doubt about it.

      Please, please, please Labour, make these (relatively small) tactical concessions, and the country needn’t suffer the depredations and long term harm the coming nACT government plan to inflict on your core support base.

      Don’t let us needlessly suffer.

      • Anne 5.3.1

        Hear hear Jenny.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.2

        Unfortunately, Turia is not going to have a bar of Labour, no matter what.

        • Anne 5.3.2.1

          Agree CV. Now there’s a woman eaten up with hate. Nobody in Labour, including Helen Clark, did anything to her… she did it to herself.

          • Blue 5.3.2.1.1

            Anne, what a short memory your have, “Nobody in Labour, including Helen Clark, did anything to her… she did it to herself.” Really?

            Labour betrayed Maori over foreshore and seabed, then ‘Ms’ Clark described the Maori Party as the “last cab off the rank” when it came to including Maori in Government, reducing their representation to Party hacks they can control. Disenfranchising them in the process. Please try to spin and justify that as the ‘right’ thing to do.

            I’m not sure what other reasons Turia would need to despise them, but those seem more than enough. I imagine it would be more than enough for Labour if the shoe was on the other foot. A spiteful mob those lefties. Labour would rather deal with Winston Peters than Maori. Says it all really.

      • McFlock 5.3.3

        It has always come down to who national can make friends with. Those who really think that national are certain to get an outright majority are the ones who are into wishful thinking.

  6. prism 6

    I think we need as a country to celebrate successful NZ businesses and aim for more. Here is a a short background by a proud business in Blenheim I’ve just discovered. Thousands of these businesses will help to cut our unemployment way down, along with reasonable employment controls ie less snakeskin casuals (the skin that you just shed when the time suits) etc.

    Established in 1987 on bare land with minimal capital, Morgans Road Nursery now produces in excess of half a million plants annually. Our area of expertise is mainly in New Zealand natives but also in hedging with a variety of shelter and forestry species available.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Business is the curse that has driven an increase in poverty and destroy our environment. Really, nothing to celebrate.

      • prism 6.1.1

        DTB Cobblers. Now if you had put the word alcohol where you have put business then you would have made a valid point.

        • Campbell Larsen 6.1.1.1

          You are both right – now I need a drink, or to watch some rugby , it’s the same thing after all isn’t it?

  7. Fisiani 7

    Todays Horizon poll shows a tied parliament 61-61. Labour+ Greens +New Zealand First+Mana could easily make up the next strong stable government. They have 8 weeks to gain just one more seat. Should be easy. Horixzon is the only accurate poll.

    • Policy Parrot 7.1

      Your post is tinged with sarcasm, Fisiani – but in reality – what you say could well be sincere.

      I don’t think it would be that difficult for this group to come up with a 10 point government platform that would survive a parliamentary term (5 Labour policies, 2 Green, 2 NZFirst, and 1 Mana – note this is about more claiming credit for policies – many policies like CGT and $15 p.h. minimum wage are likely to get approval from all parties). All other bills are voted for/against by individual parties.

      Labour and Greens would constitute the formal government, Winston would get his role outside of cabinet, and the Mana Party would support on confidence and supply. If this is the case, at least 50% of the population has voted against the policies of the current government, and such is legitimate.

  8. joe90 8

    Climate Wizard lets you to access climate change information and visualize impacts anywhere on Earth.

  9. Warriors were awesome!!!!!!

    Cant wait for the Grand final.

  10. Bored 10

    We agree, a very pleasant surprise, the Mad Butcher predicted it (he is reliable, always predicts a Warriors win)…go Butchers boys!!

  11. prism 11

    You lucky people in Auckland – take the opportunity to go to the Bruce Jesson memorial lecture
    with Professor Paul Dalziel talking on Recreating Full Employment.

    University of Auckland Political Studies Department and the Bruce Jesson Foundation
    2011 Bruce Jesson Lecture
    Professor Paul Dalziel
    AERU, Lincoln University
    Title Recreating Full Employment
    WHEN Wednesday 26 October, 6.30pm
    Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street
    The University of Auckland
    The Maidment Bar will open from 5.30pm

  12. freedom 12

    Although the Networks are avoiding Occupy Wall St en masse, it is ongoing.
    If you want a live stream of what is actually occuring at Liberty Park here is the live stream.

    http://front.moveon.org/live-stream-watch-whats-unfolding-on-wall-street-right-now/

    The ongoing stream is only possible due to donations of new gear that is cycled into use as Police confiscate and damage the media equipment on a regular basis.

    The organisers have law on their side and are adhereing to it
    The Police are finding more and flimsier reasons to abuse it.

    CITIZEN MEDIA IS NOT A CRIME

    #OccupyWallStNYC

  13. KTY 13

    Could one of the infofmed please tell me if there is a point were a electorate actualy becomes a marginal or safe seat, and how and by what means is this calculated.

  14. joe90 14

    The Future of Europe’s Radical Right

    Why the Politics of Race Are Here to Stay

    For years, commentators and citizens overlooked a worrying trend in European politics: growing right-wing extremism, including staunch nativism. Until its defeat in last week’s election, Denmark’s ruling center-right coalition was allied with the forceful extreme-right Danish People’s Party. In government, they had imposed tough immigration legislation and border controls that ran the country afoul of the other Schengen states. The Freedom Party, which is Euroskeptical, overtly anti-Muslim, and against dual citizenship, is one of the strongest parties in the Netherlands. In Italy, the neo-Fascist granddaughter of Benito Mussolini is a popular parliamentarian and a founding member of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party. The Northern League party, known for its anti-Islamism, is powerful in Italy’s wealthy north. In France, the extreme-right leader of the Front National party, Marine Le Pen, is a serious contender in upcoming 2012 presidential election. All of these parties share a common vision of a “pure” Europe that excludes immigrant populations from everywhere else in the world.

  15. Contradictory Key

    John Key recently took over the chairmanship of the Pacific Islands forum. It was reported that he wants a change in how development aid is provided, and that addressing climate change will be one of his priorities…

  16. Anne 16

    OMG. Peter Leitch gushing over Key’s text messages to him during the Warriors game. Makes you want to reach for a basin!

    http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-league-news/pm-all-blacks-bask-in-warriors-glory-4418781

    Sir Peter Leitch said the team had some high-level support last night.

    He said he got texts from Prime Minister John Key throughout the match, one saying you ‘you beauty’ and another exclaiming ‘what a ripper’.

    “He phoned me and said he’s going to come to the grand-final next week,” Sir Peter said.

    Talk about a mutual fawning club!

    • Tim 16.1

      I agree…the preservative in his sausages must be effecting his mind. But whats scary is the way the media from Granny Herald to Radio NZ, is carrying these political endorsements from personalities….last week it was Peter Leitch…week before, Mathew Ridge…Perhaps we should embark on a campaign of not buying those sausages and chicken breasts while he’s out there on his love fest with John Key…but then again, perhaps “Mad” has to publicly fawn over the man who gave him his knighthood.

      Any fundraisers between now and the election won’t be grilling any MB products.

      Tim

  17. Willie Maley 17

    No surprise to see Key jumping on the Warriors bandwagon. At least our previous PM was a league fan through and through.

  18. logie97 18

    Anyone know how you can take an alternative commentary for the RWC games.
    I know (from overhearing the commentary in the background while on Facetime to the UK) that there is at least one alternative broadcast.
    Just getting sick of the carping-know-all-no-one-knows-rugby-better-than-me-Fox and his side kick Ian-ex-cricket-wicketkeeper-Smith and the Northern-hemisphere-despising Nisbett. It would also be nice to know if there are any non-kiwi referees who actually know the rules of the game. Saints Lawrence and Walsh can do no wrong apparently, while others should be given plane tickets to leave immediately…

  19. Hilary 19

    Exciting non-violent activist movement starting in New York. Report here of latest happenings including arrests. Includes a video clip of brave blacks from Nashville in the 60s fighting segregation using the same non-violent Gandhi principles http://www.indypendent.org/2011/09/24/nonviolence-at-liberty-plaza/

  20. National Flouts the Law

    David Farrar and Cameron Slater have been tediously going on and on about Labour putting some election signs up around the place. What they’re failing to understand is that National is doing the exact same thing. It’s a bit rich of the right wing sycophants to point their chubby little fingers and jump up and down while not acknowledging that National is breaking the law as well…

    • Draco T Bastard 20.1

      It’s simple really. According to the Right Wing Authoritarians the Right Wing Authoritarians are allowed to do whatever they like and everyone else has to do whatever the Right Wing Authoritarians tell them to do.

  21. Jum 21

    A little bit of history pre 2008 election.

    http://www.nickyhager.info/keys-election-advice-invoices-undermine-attacks-on-labour/

    A very clear sign that Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer is riding shotgun for NAct.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1109/S00355/labour-election-signs-breach-council-bylaw-and-advice.htm

    It appears National has one rule for itself and another for the opposition.

  22. logie97 22

    In 1981 he was indifferent.

    Now he is Rugby mad … what gives?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/5682543/PM-John-Key-opts-for-NRL-grand-final-over-rugby
    “You know the Warriors have captured the imagination of a nation when they can lure rugby-mad New Zealand Prime Minister John Key across the ditch in the midst of a Rugby World Cup.”

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      All for show. He probably has about as much interest in rugby or league that I have (ie, none).

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  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    22 mins ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    1 hour ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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