Open Mike 26/01/2018

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  1. Ed 1

    I see Kate Hawkesby now has a regular column with the Herald.
    So 2 households (Mike and Kate and Barry and Heather) get 4 platforms in the paper.
    Mike also has a radio show.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a more diverse media than this?

    • cleangreen 1.1

      Yes Ed,

      It is part of their ‘Lodge’ links that this lobbyist group are being installed to rail against the new labour lead government and get funding instead of labour’s plan to fund a new media public affairs channel.

      Pathetic is it not, while I am sure that ex minister of Broadcasting Steven Joyce is behind the scene here pulling all the right buttons to complete his media propaganda channel to spout his propaganda.

      Stick to your plan Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran, and labour to provide us with another version of the famed Channel seven public affairs ‘investigative journalism portal please so we again have a voicwith reason and truth.

    • James 1.2

      They are all media professionals in their own right.

      It’s not uncommon for people to marry people in their own field.

      They get the jobs because a lot of people like them.

      And it might be different in your household but I believe that in their households the woman is allowed her own opinion (which in this case she can publish)

      • They get the jobs because a lot of people like them.

        Is it because a lot of people like them or because the manager likes them?

        Last time I looked it wasn’t a lot of people hiring them but the manager. And the manager got their job because the owner likes them.

        • James

          People -meaning viewers or listeners.

          • Sam

            Are you functionally retarded? Media only shows you what makes rich people even richer.

            • James

              Really ?

              Ignoring your rude comments – esp given that mental health issues and impairment are really not something to be thrown around for your petty amusement.

              You are incorrect in your statement.

              • Sam

                So do you think good ways in your head but when you go to articulate those thoughts either verbally or through your key board it comes out all, emotionally and physically challenged like your hands do something different that you mind can’t control I think is a valid assessment. So now the question remains…

                Apart from your physical health why isn’t the Hosk trending?

              • cleangreen

                James you can do better than throw abuse around cant you?

                Lets play nice can we?+

          • cleangreen


            ‘They get the jobs because a lot of people like them.
            People -meaning viewers or listeners.’

            James stop smoking that weed will you; – that makes no sense as we hate the man known as the ’11 billion dollar lie man.’

            Joyce is as crooked as a tee tree branch.

            Joyce was alleged by Matthew Hooten to be making shady deals with road transport contractors up to One hundred million dollars when he was the tar-seal king as ‘Minister of Transport’ as he deliberately destroyed our public rail asset.

            You think we should like this evil man?

            Go away sicko.

            • Sam

              Hmmm… Idk…

              New Zealand has two official languages and one unofficial language namely English mainly being used for business and everyday use. Māori & sign language find difficulty establishing themselves among young people because the move is towards English and off course we’ve come to westernisation and lose of traditional culture. So therefor how do we draw from traditional cultures and I think that is difficult to find amongst young people because there is no love, not even love but interest in traditional cultures, and artists will try and integrate these different cultures into there cultural work and we find that young people will not necessarily be interested in that work and that’s the problem.

            • Planet Earth

              Could you please provide a link, reference or citation re this Matthew “Hooten” allegation?

              • alwyn

                I think you will find that, like many of his statements, it is simply a figment of his imagination.
                Rather like his claim that Joyce had been Minister of Broadcasting. I’ve asked him for some evidence of that but none has been forthcoming.

              • cleangreen

                planet earth,

                Don’t listen to Alwyn,

                He poo poos anyone you gets close to his precious mates in National.

                He is another troll from the dying national camp.


                Hotten blurted it in front of Mike Williams, Michelle Boag, and Mark Sainsbury on his show on radio live in 2014 so look up the series when after the day the disgraced Judith Collins was fired by john Key.

                Help you enjoy the show as it was so so so revealing.

                I am not surprised because “Mr Tarseal” was into roads roads and more roads in a big way at the time while closing rail almost everywhere. and is still trying to force labour to keep the road ‘Dreadnought ‘RONS’ alive today so;

                Watch this space.

                • alwyn

                  Oh dear. More bs from your fertile imagination.

                  “He poo poos anyone you gets close to his precious mates in National.
                  He is another troll from the dying national camp.”

                  Neither of those statements has even the remotest connection with reality I haven’t the slightest connection with the National Party.

                  You are, I suspect, well classified by a paraphrasing of Will Roger’s great line. He said “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat …”.
                  Is it fair to describe you by offering
                  “cleangreen is not a member of any organized political party. He is a Green Party supporter”?

                  • cleangreen

                    Firstly Alwyn;

                    Are you a left or right wing supporter?

                    If so which party do you prefer?

                    Wished you read my npast comments on who i voted for then you would be right not wrong as you are now.
                    Quote Alwyn;
                    “Is it fair to describe you by offering
                    “cleangreen is not a member of any organized political party. He is a Green Party supporter”?

                    case closed.

                    • alwyn

                      So the answer you are giving to my question of “would it be fair” is a firm and unequivocal No I assume.
                      You are not a Green Party supporter then.

                      I am, personally, a traditional swinging voter. I vote for the party I believe will give New Zealand the best Government in the next term.
                      As I have commented earlier that means, since 1981, I have voted 5 times for Labour, 7 times for National and once, while living overseas I did not vote.
                      If you had read my past comments on who I voted for you would have realised that describing me as part of the National Party camp was simply rubbish.

                      In general I do not believe any party should be in power for more than 3 terms. In last years election however there seemed to be no alternative. The Labour Party, as they are demonstrating, were in no fit shape to lead a Government and New Zealand will suffer for it.
                      By the way, are you planning to answer my request for information on when Joyce was Minister of Broadcasting?

                • Planet earth

                  Thanks for the link clean green. I have to say it was pretty unconvincing, an obviously hyped-up Matthew Horton making an unstubstantiated allegation that Stephen Joyce had rung a contractor and asked him to vary the terms!

            • James

              I don’t smoke weed – or anything else for that matter.

              Given that you called Joyce the minister of broadcasting before – just shows that you are ignorant, telling lies, or simply stupid.

              But hey if you want to publicly state that Joyce has been making shady deals feel free – if love you to back it up – but more so to help held to account for your bullshit.

              • cleangreen

                TO; James,

                Ha ha ha You lost here again so weep, so here it is again see at 27.52 secs of this debate between Matthew Hooten, Michelle Boag Mike Williams and Mark Sainsbury.

                So you can apologise for your slander any time now.


                I’ve archived it here too (audio player below) because RadioLIVE only keeps 7 days audio available and I’ve noticed sometimes Mediaworks launders its talkback station’s audio feed when things get … contentious.

                Mark Sainsbury hosts ‘Sunday morning’ at RadioLIVE with guests Michelle Boag, Mike Williams, Matthew Hooton & Duncan Garner 31 Aug 2014
                MP3 file

          • Draco T Bastard

            They don’t get to make the decision either.

    • mary_a 1.3

      @ Ed (1) … NZH getting as many Natz sympathisers on board as possible. Keeping it in the family. More the merrier to spout the BS, putting the boot into the coalition government!

      Agree some fresh alternative perspective in msm is well overdue to balance the equation. But while Natz still pulls media strings, that could be a long time coming!

      • cleangreen 1.3.1


        Agreed fully with all here change the rotten media as Hoooten said in Sainsbury’s clip ‘the rot needs to be cut out of the national party as i say begin with Steven Joyce Matthew Hooten is gunning for there.

    • patricia bremner 1.4

      Sure would Ed!!

  2. Ed 2

    Martin Bradbury expresses his views on Guyon Espiner.

    “Don Brash was resentful that he has to wake up and listen to Te Reo on Radio NZ each morning, while the rest of us feel resentful having to wake up to Guyon Espiner each morning. “

    • James 2.1

      Didn’t know that “bomber” was able to speak for the “rest” of us.

      The guys a fool.

      • One Two 2.1.1

        So agressive, Jim Jam..

        More phoney outrage…easy to spot…

        Your phoney employees must enjoy having you as “boss-man’…

        Is it difficult running a team of online tr*lls, James?…

        What sort of questions do you ask during interviews?…

        Or do your like minded ‘mates’ help out for a little extra scratch and a wind up…


        [Leave it out. Cheers.] – Bill

        • James

          Gee. One Two – you seem a little aggressive this morning.

          I won’t give my full reply in order not to encourage you any more – respecting the bold mod comments.

          • One Two

            Do you still beat your wife ….

            The projection, shameless and juvenile it is, along with the ‘sycophantic appeal to (mod) authority’ continues, what I believe to be a deliberate mocking of this blog site…

            With the enabling of agitators such as ‘James’ to undermine the site , while simultaneously shedding legitimately interested, and interesting commentators…

            IMO, continuing mockery is a greater risk to this site than the repeated signaling of it being unsafe for female commentators…

            @ Bill….Noted

            • James

              You do know that it was Mac1 that started with the do you still beat your wife comments right ?

              You might have missed that in your hurry to insult me.

              BTW – checked again this morning. The people I hired still insist I’m an employer despite me telling them that I cannot be since “one two” from the standard has been telling people I’m not.

              Just to point out other juvenile behaviour (not to forget your post above).

              • One Two

                They’re ‘your’ words in your comment, James…Own it!

                So you told your ’employees’ about a commentator on a blog site questioning both yours, and their’role’ status…

                No, you didn’t…

                I’ve made my opinion and position clear through my comments…and no, James, they’re not insults…

                James’ purpose, is as an agitator who mocks this site with ‘his’ presence…

                I wish you well on the journey of personal growth…

                Perhaps ‘share’ that with your employees, instead…

                • Stunned Mullet

                  Fine sock puppet.

                • james

                  “They’re ‘your’ words in your comment, James…Own it!”

                  oh yes they are – but IF you can read the thread – you will see it is directly in reply to the same comment.

                  its call a thread – and you have to read the entire thing to get an understanding of the conversation.

                  I agree that I made those comments, but if you have issue with them being used – perhaps take it up with the person who starts using it as an argument.

                  That was perfectly clear – but I think you have started to develop an unhealthy fascination – with me.

                  No problem engaging with you – just try to keep up and read the entire conversation. Its OK it it takes a while.

                  • Sam

                    Are you different in real life to how you act here because you lie. Actually a really famous case that was proven to be fabricated with involvement from SIS was the fake wine bottle given to cunlif and smearing of Phill Goff. So LIES.

                    • james

                      Sam – I think you need to lay off whatever it is that is causing your little meltdowns.

                      Cheer up – Its a beautiful summers evening.

                    • Sam

                      Oh you imagined me going something in your mind. How sweet.

                    • Ed

                      Of course he is.
                      He is a fake character, a stereotype. The personality James has is a fiction of the person who created this online identity.
                      I imagine the real James is an angry young man, no boat, no bbq, not many friends.
                      But a lonely character who spends his time trolling here to give his life some purpose and to earn a few dollars at the same time.

                      Anyway he is ruining this site.

              • cleangreen

                What a droll person would say there James you are on the bottom of the barrel now.

            • Ed

              I believe James and his ilk drive a lot of people from this site.
              I believe that is one of their jobs.
              Shameless and juvenile sums them up.
              And they are damaging this site as a useful place to chat.

      • cleangreen 2.1.2

        ‘The guys a fool’.

        Like you are James.

    • red-blooded 2.2

      I think Espiner does a good job, actually. He’s an intelligent, well-informed journalist with well-honed interviewing skills. I think he plays an effective role as a public service broadcaster. I know some people here see him as biased, but I don’t agree. He and Susie Ferguson are a big improvement on their predecessors and make a good team.

    • No doubt Espiner was crushed that a journalist of Martyn Bradbury’s standing holds so poor an opinion of him. Or, not. Espiner is at least capable of writing a paragraph that doesn’t make me itch to correct all the spelling and grammatical errors.

  3. Tony Veitch (not etc) 3

    We are probably all aware how ‘big’ Tobacco hid their knowledge that smoking caused health risks – in the interests of profit. We have also found out that the Oil industry was well aware of the adverse effects of use of their product on the earth, but said nothing because their bottom line would suffer!

    Well, I think, as a country, we should be questioning the ethics of our free trade deal with the Peoples’ Republic of China.

    With the rise to power of Xi JinPing, China has moved inexorably towards the sort of society it was under Chairman Mao. Civil rights have been suppressed, not only in Tibet and Xinjiang but throughout the country. A cult of personality is being woven round Xi – to the extent that his ‘thoughts’ have become part of the curriculum of many universities.

    “Top Chinese University Opens Institute to Study ‘Xi Jinping Thought’
    “One of China’s most prestigious universities has set up a research institute for the study of President Xi Jinping’s political “thought,” the latest of dozens of higher education institutions to do the same.”

    Ethnic minorities are being repressed – it’s not too much to suggest the Chinese government is indulging in ‘creeping genocide’ in Tibet and Xinjiang.

    “Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained For Political Re-Education in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture
    “Around 120,000 ethnic Uyghurs are currently being held in political re-education camps in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture of northwest China’s Xinjiang region alone, according to a security official with knowledge of the detention system.

    “Since April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harbouring “extremist” and “politically incorrect” views have been jailed or detained in re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.”

    Other countries have recognised this repression and have said so.
    “European Parliament Calls Out China on Repression in Tibet
    In a resolution passed by a majority of votes, members of the European Parliament called on China on Thursday to respect provisions in its own constitution guaranteeing the rights of Tibetans and other Chinese citizens to freedom of speech, religious belief, and assembly, including the right to criticize or protest against state policy.”

    It is, I know, too much to expect our government to take a ‘moral’ stand and criticise the Chinese government. But we, should, we really should!

    • Ed 3.1

      Of course we should.
      It is probably too late now. The National Party is now dependent on Chinese money and Labour set up the Chinese ‘free trade’ deal.

      • James 3.1.1

        You think Labour didn’t take Chinese money ?

        • mac1

          A better question to ask is do you have evidence as a basis for your question, or are you still beating your wife?


          • James

            Of course there is evidence that labour take donations from Chinese.

            What the heck so you think they do – refuse every donation with a Chinese sounding surname ?

            • mac1

              If there is evidence show it.

              You are being disingenuous if you do not understand that “Chinese money’ is a reference not to ordinary donations to a political party but large sums often from business or official sources offered with strings attached in terms of political or financial favours.

              Some would call it dirty money, or bribes, inducements or ‘facilitation’.

              • James

                Oh that’s easy – do you have any evidence of proven bribes or stings attached ?

                Or do you still beat your wife?

                On the same front – labour seem to have taken a lot of money from unions…….

                • mac1

                  Mate, you’re the one making as yet unsubstantiated claims. I’m calling you on yours.

                  So far your debating arsenal has used loaded questions, avoidance of issues, false attribution, and now straw men.

                  What’s next in the Crosby-Textor nexus??

                • Craig H

                  Yes, because the unions are founding members of Labour, are NZ legal persons, and in many cases have been around for decades.

            • Draco T Bastard

              Ban all political donations from people who are not NZ citizens and from all organisations.

              Stop permanent residents from voting.

              EDIT: Actually, just get rid of the Permanent Resident status

              • Bill

                Thank you Draco T 🙂

                Question. As a non-voting and non-permanent resident, what’s the idea around where I might live? Kicked out, or just a “second class” citizen? Maybe compelled to become “a New Zealander”?

                I’d get a bit grumpy about that, seeing as how I quite enjoy my almost stateless (ie – country of birth not recognised as a state), yet protected status 🙂

                • If you don’t want to become a NZer why are you living here?

                  • Bill

                    Would you ask Roma in Spain why they lived in Spain but weren’t Spanish? What’s the decision or choice or opportunity to live in a place got to do with adopting the identity of others who live in that same place?

                  • Craig H

                    Some countries don’t allow dual citizenship e.g. China, and people don’t want to lose the ability visit their home country at any time for any reason. NZ citizens enjoy the flexibility to remain citizens if they take up citizenship elsewhere, but not all countries are so kind.

                    • Some countries don’t allow dual citizenship e.g. China, and people don’t want to lose the ability visit their home country at any time for any reason.

                      That’s not our problem at all.

                      And I happen to think that NZ shouldn’t allow dual citizenship either.

                • alwyn

                  ‘Compelled to become a “New Zealander”‘.
                  Some investigation would be required. There is a little kicker in that. One of the conditions, in addition to those I included in my comment just below about becoming a citizen is
                  “•you’re of good character”.
                  Do you qualify?

              • alwyn

                What would you have instead of a Permanent Resident status?
                If you simply abolished it it would be impossible for anyone to come here as an immigrant and to then become a citizen.

                The requirements for becoming a citizen are, in part, and according to the Immigration department.

                “You will have to meet the following criteria to be granted citizenship:
                1. You already have the right to be in NZ indefinitely (you’re a permanent resident of NZ or Australia, or you’re Australian)
                2. you’ve lived here for at least the last 5 years

                Nobody could ever qualify if there was no such status grantable.

                I can agree partly with your first proposal although I think the Labour Party would scream if Union donations were banned.
                I totally agree that only citizens should be allowed to vote. The current situation is crazy.

                • What would you have instead of a Permanent Resident status?
                  If you simply abolished it it would be impossible for anyone to come here as an immigrant and to then become a citizen.

                  Change the immigration process. You apply, get through the good character and other tests and get a issued a five year visa.

                  Shouldn’t have the requirement that you should be able to live here indefinitely as no one who isn’t a citizen should be able to live here indefinitely.

                  I can agree partly with your first proposal although I think the Labour Party would scream if Union donations were banned.

                  They’d get over it. In fact, go back a couple of decades or so and both National and Labour were mass member parties having around 10% of the voting population as members each.

                  I tend to be in favour of people belonging to the political party of their choice and being politically active.

                  • alwyn

                    Basically it would be exactly the same as the Permanent Residence Visa but would have a time limit. You still wouldn’t need a re-entry visa or so-on up till the expiry date if you wanted to travel.
                    I guess if you made the date a year after you could apply for citizenship it could work.
                    Only problem I could see is if you were employed in a job that required you to travel overseas a lot. The thing that could bite you would be this little clause.

                    “You need to have been physically present in New Zealand for a certain amount of time during the last 5 years. The 5 years is counted backwards from the day you apply for citizenship.
                    You might not meet this requirement if you have been out of NZ for longer than 4 months in any 1 year. This could be 1 long trip or many smaller trips.”
                    “To meet the requirement, you need to have been in New Zealand for:
                    at least 240 days in each year, and
                    1350 days across the 5 years.”

                    You could have someone who is involved in international marketing for F&P Healthcare or Fonterra say who might be an enormous and possibly irreplaceable asset to New Zealand but who simply cannot qualify because (s)he travels for 5 months of the year.

                    I suppose there could be something worked out. In general I approve of people becoming citizens if they plan to stay here.
                    I left Australia not long after I was eligible to become a citizen. I really didn’t want to do it and I thought I should get out of the country if I felt that way.

                    I get Super over here of course and I have met New Zealand citizens who came back here at 60 because they were going to be eligible. The Australian asset testing rules are quite mad.

                • Craig H

                  The citizenship criteria on the DIA website is slightly misleading – the Citizenship Act actually says ” entitled in terms of the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely.”

                  Any residence class visa meets that requirement – there are two currently in the Immigration Act, being the resident visa and the permanent resident visa.

        • cleangreen

          Proof please James,

          • James

            To which comment ?

            • cleangreen

              Labour recieving chinese money?

              James 3.1.1
              26 January 2018 at 9:06 am
              You think Labour didn’t take Chinese money ?

              • james

                You know that is a question not a statement right?

                Ill give you a clue – the ? at the end gives it away.

                But if it helps – here is one who donated – and got a special citizen ceremony against all advise – but Im sure that that had nothing to do with the donations.

                *Yes – I know he donated to National as well.

    • Wei 3.2

      “it’s not too much to suggest the Chinese government is indulging in ‘creeping genocide’ in Tibet and Xinjiang.”

      What an arrant load of nonsense!

      If the Chinese government was really interested in the “genocide” of Tibetans and Uighurs it has had close to a good 70 years to do so.

      Mao ruled China for 27 years, much of that time, almost completely shut off from the outside world – 600 million or so Han Chinese could have easily exterminated 1 or 2 million Tibetans —if they had such intentions. But of course there was never any such intention —the intention was actually to improve the lives of Tibetans, as it still is today.

      Exempting minorities from the one child population, and increasing their populations are hardly indicators of genocidal intent.

      And Tibetans and Uighurs retain a good deal more of their language and traditions than most indigenous people colonized by Anglo Saxons.

      Almost all Tibetans are fully fluent in Tibetan, as are other minorities in their respective languages. Bilingual education is not only supported but mandated by the Chinese government.

      Compare this to the parlous state of the Maori language in New Zealand – a minority of Maori are fluent speakers of Te Reo

  4. Incognito 4

    Mr Jones said at the time not all of his Labour colleagues saw eye-to-eye with him on his proposal.

    Labour set to reveal plan to help unemployed youth

    Oops 😉

    • red-blooded 4.1

      Willie Jackson has already rebutted the “work for the dole” concept this morning on RNZ. The article doesn’t explore the Labour viewpoint, but the interview does.

      The big difference, of course, is the payment of at least the minimum wage. It also seems to be about giving support to employers, not just bringing people into special public work schemes. More details are coming out later today.

      He was also saying it’s not going to be a punitive scheme (a reply to a question about whether people would have their benefits cut if they didn’t opt in or turn up). I guess we’ll find out more when the details are released.

  5. cleangreen 5

    Blog today 26-1-2018.

    Public health subject;

    Why can’t NZ water scientists speak up for using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) rather than the toxic cancer causing chlorine in our water supply as other countries do so widely now.

    Wake up NZ remember when we were really “clean-green?

    H2O2 is Widely Used
    Since it was first commercialized in the 1800’s, hydrogen peroxide production has now grown to over a billion pounds per year (as 100%). In addition to pollution control, hydrogen peroxide is used to bleach textiles and paper products, and to manufacture or process foods, minerals, petrochemicals, and consumer products (detergents). Its use for pollution control parallels those of the movement itself — municipal wastewater applications in the 1970’s; industrial waste/wastewater applications in the 1980’s; and more recently, air applications in the 1990’s. Today, hydrogen peroxide is readily available throughout the U.S. in drum, tote, mini-bulk, and bulk quantities in concentrations of 35% or 50% by weight.

    This is Hydrogen Peroxide
    Hydrogen Peroxide Powerful OxidizerAs simple as it may seem, the treatment of contaminated waters is as diverse and complicated as the operations from which it comes. In today’s environment, where merely transferring contaminants from one medium to another is no longer acceptable, it is no surprise that a powerful oxidizer like hydrogen peroxide that looks like water — in its appearance, chemical formula and reaction products — should be so widely used. This is hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) — a powerful yet versatile oxidant that is both safe and effective.

    • Probably because they’re not stupid and don’t want to kill everyone.

      Accidental ingestion of 35% hydrogen peroxide

      Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used oxidizing agent with a variety of uses depending on its concentration. Ingestion of hydrogen peroxide is not an uncommon source of poisoning, and results in morbidity through three main mechanisms: direct caustic injury, oxygen gas formation and lipid peroxidation.

      Hydrogen Peroxide Cures Ailments

      As to what to make of the numerous claims asserted of the hydrogen peroxide, in the main, most external uses of household-strength hydrogen peroxide are relatively harmless (if not necessarily helpful), but internal use should be shunned. Gargle with it, wipe wounds with it, foam the wax out of your ears with it, bleach your hair and your clothes with it, but don’t drink it or let someone shoot it into your veins.

      • James 5.1.1

        Hahahahahha – we’ll, yes, that would be a good reason.

      • Rosemary McDonald 5.1.2

        “…but internal use should be shunned.”

        Not so long ago, hydrogen peroxide would be poured into open wounds to sterilise and debride. And oh it was good at lifting that hard to shift necrotic tissue and sloughy shit. It would fizz and sting in a most therapeutic kinda way. But…it tended to kill newly forming healthy tissue…it impeded granulation.

        Manuka honey, is much gentler…

        Also….while good for wound cleaning and healing, manuka honey, combined with a carrier and applied to an area where pressure has begun to damage cells, can actually reverse the damage caused by oxygen starvation. Not sure of the science…but I can attest to it working.

      • McFlock 5.1.3


        That’s a bit mean – 35% chlorine would be a bugger to drink, too.

        Reading up on CG’s links, the main issue seems to be that peroxide isn’t a stand-alone municipal water treatment, whereas chlorine can be (depending on stuff idk).

        • cleangreen

          yes Mcflock correctly said;

          The use of any chemical is reliant on its concentration and that include the use of Chlorine so these ‘alarmists are just making a case for using 35% swallowed straight of anything and that is stupid as that set of comments was about the use of H2o2.

          Did they know that we actually breath H2O2 in the air also that we breathe????

          read my response to the rave from the right wing nuts who disbelieve anything but what national says.

          • Draco T Bastard

            Did they know that we actually breath H2O2 in the air also that we breathe????

            [Citation Needed]

            Oh, hey, I’m feeling generous:

            The current OSHA standard for hydrogen peroxide is 1 part per million parts of air averaged over an eight-hour shift.

            So, what parts per million happen outside of workplaces that use the stuff?

            Really, you’re talking out your arse.

            • cleangreen

              Draco you are backing up the wrong tree there,

              If you use OSHA they are not even identifying using the concentrations any type of hydrogen peroxide as there are some only to be used for industrial use not for injection as they have other additives such as ‘stabiisers’ they call them.

              There are several different grades that OSHA don’t even identify that workers would be exposed to in the workplace.

              For instance, There are grades ‘specifically produced with special processes for indigestion that are commonly used in making a variety of foods including dairy products so OSHA don’t even identify these grades that we ingest every day.

              These are called ‘Food grade H2O2.

              This is the grade our local authorities now must use instead of chlorine as chlorine is causing cancer and damage to our immune systems as we drink it over time.

              My statement that H2O2 is in the air we breathe is found in many studies already covering the use of H2o2.

              I prefer the Canadian Government documentation rather than industry sources thanks regarding your issueof acceptance of using chlorine as you seem very happy with that and it is your body and right to choose but when it is forced onto our family without choice that is another issue.


              • McFlock

                If chlorination of a municipal water supply gives you the shits, that’s down to you. If e.coli-contaminated water gives you the shits, that’s down to the municipal water supply.

                • Stunned Mullet

                  Does the fact that I agree with you 100% mean you’re a self-important jerk who has difficulty understanding ethical concepts and any human motivation other than selfishness ?

              • Incognito

                I think I’ve seen you citing that Canadian Government link three times now. It was (last) modified 14 Dec 2006 and is so outdated, in fact, that the link to more information is no longer valid. In addition, it does not contain one single citation to any of the sources.

                The OSHA standard refers to an acceptable exposure limit and it does not matter what the grade of the source is. Hydrogen peroxide exposure from food grade is no different from medical grade, for example; the same safe/safety limit applies in both cases. Obviously, it does refer to a route of exposure, in this via inhalation (of air). The label “food grade” simply means that it is free of other chemicals that could affect human health if ingested (via the oral route).

              • There are several different grades that OSHA don’t even identify that workers would be exposed to in the workplace.

                And that proves that you haver NFI WTF you’re talking about.

                Hydrogen Peroxide with chemical composition H2O2 does not have different grades. What you can get is different concentration. The OSHA measures that concentration for industry use of hydrogen peroxide maximum concentration as to where it’s safe as 1 part per million.

                Otherwise known as 0.0001%. Some 3500 times less than the concentration that the quackery that you citing says people should use.

                There is no such thing as ‘Food grade H2O2’.

                My statement that H2O2 is in the air we breathe is found in many studies already covering the use of H2o2.


                There’s ozone found in the air we breath as well. That doesn’t make it any less poisonous and that we should then start injecting the shit into our bodies.

                And that Canadian link says may do so. In other words, they’ve found some weak correlation but no cause.

      • cleangreen 5.1.4

        Poor James is wrong again.

        read the literature on ‘ the miracle of hydrogen peroxide’ you fool.

        Every time you ingest Dairy products you injest hydrogen peroxide you fool.

        They use food grade H2O2 in dairy products.

        Go look at the facts firstly and while your’e at it when they do teeth repair on your mouth guess what?

        They use Hydrogen peroxide again there,

        But don’t worry, I am happy if you keep swallowing that dirty water with toxic cancer causing Chlorine in it.

        As you you get cancer eventually whereas us using Hydrogen Peroxide correctly (not at full strength but diluted to .0035% as needed using chlorine also) we will become cancer free because cancer cannot live in a oxygen rich environment which hydrogen peroxide brings.

        see James if you had taken the time to read the literature you would know that it is the amount of food grade H2o2 you wouldn’t be making wild assumptions as you also are keen to do often sadly.

        The Risks of Chlorination By-Products
        Lab animals exposed to very high levels of THMs have an increased risk of cancer. Several studies on humans have also found a link between long-term exposure to high levels of chlorination by-products and a higher risk of cancer. For instance, a recent study showed an increased risk of bladder and possibly colon cancer in people who drank chlorinated water for 35 years or more.
        High levels of THMs may also have an effect on pregnancy. A California study found that pregnant women who drank large amounts of tap water with high THMshad an increased risk of miscarriage. These studies do not prove that there is a link between THMs and cancer or miscarriage. However, they do show the need for further research in this area to confirm potential health effects.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Every time you ingest Dairy products you injest hydrogen peroxide you fool.

          [Citation Needed]

          It may be used in treatment but, being unstable, probably doesn’t stay there which is one of the major reasons why it’s unsuitable for drinking water treatment.

          Also, consider this:

          When hydrogen peroxide is used as an agent to reduce the number of bacteria in dairy products or other foodstuffs, the excess is destroyed. Toxicological considerations, therefore, apply only to the possible interference with the nutritional value of treated foodstuffs or the formation of toxic substances, but not to residual hydrogen peroxide. It is well known that small amounts of hydrogen peroxide given orally produce no toxicological effects, because of the rapid decomposition by the catalase of the intestinal cells. However, a 0.45% solution given to rats instead of drinking-water depressed the fluid intake and food consumption and reduced the body weight (Hankin, 1958). Some hydrogen peroxide was absorbed sublingually, causing visible gas bubbles in the veins (Ludewig, 1959).

          To do what you’re saying would be to make tap water poisonous as the concentration of hydrogen peroxide would have to remain at 3% or higher to have the disinfectant effect that you need from the treatment plant all the way to the house.

          But don’t worry, I am happy if you keep swallowing that dirty water with toxic cancer causing Chlorine in it.

          Chlorine and Cancer

          The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines report no adverse effects from the ingestion of chlorinated water. Long-term animal toxicity studies show that chlorine or its breakdown products do not act as carcinogens (cancer causing agents) or tumour initiators. According to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, there is very little risk from chlorine associated with drinking a lot of water. In one report, 150 people drank water with chlorine concentrations of 50 mg/L, during water mains disinfection, with no reported adverse health effects. Another study of military personnel, who often drink water with chlorine concentrations greater than 32 mg/L for extended periods, showed no adverse effects.2

          My bold.

          …we will become cancer free because cancer cannot live in a oxygen rich environment which hydrogen peroxide brings.

          What a load of bollocks.

          The human body is already oxygen rich. If it wasn’t we’d all die of suffocation. And cancer still happens.

          • cleangreen

            Draco – read this and you may understand the way to get oxygen into the tissues at levels we need to defeat cancer please.

            This another way not specifically using H2O2, but some use hypobaric chambers also (very expensive) to force more rich oxygen levels into the cells around cancer.


            • Stunned Mullet

              Cleangreen you are advocating quackery.


              • cleangreen

                Sunned mullet

                You are only part of the current medical system National has almost destroyed with your comment there. Quackery; – ha ha ha,

                You have never experienced the hard edge of medical health mismanagement i assume see my comments to rosemary on

                You should not fear what your have yet to learn as i have.

                The current medical system is lacking and has not caught up with the 21st century diseases like one of those i contracted on on you and now fight to live with but i don’t wish this on my worst enemy or you my college.

            • Incognito

              Cancer cells grow extremely well in Petri dishes under air, which contains much more oxygen than any cell inside the body will ever experience.

              When cancer grows the cancer cells need oxygen (and nutrients) from blood. Therefore, cancer cells send out (release) signals to redirect blood vessels and also to form new blood vessels. This called angiogenesis:

              Angiogenesis is a normal and vital process in growth and development, as well as in wound healing and in the formation of granulation tissue. However, it is also a fundamental step in the transition of tumors from a benign state to a malignant one, leading to the use of angiogenesis inhibitors in the treatment of cancer.

              I think what you might be referring to is the situation when the cancer outgrows the blood supply and even the formation of new blood vessels cannot keep up with the growing cancer. At some distance from the blood vessels the cancer cells run out of oxygen (and nutrients), which is called hypoxia. These cancer cells are highly stressed, and often die, and will try to escape this harmful environment if they can, e.g. by moving (yes, cancer cells move) further and deeper into the surrounding healthy tissue or through ‘jumping’ into the blood stream to find ‘greener pastures’ elsewhere in the body (metastasis). The deep(er) penetration into healthy tissue actually has given cancer its name: and

              Ozone therapy will not alleviate low oxygen in cancers nor will it kill cancer cells by ‘overdosing’ them with oxygen.

              However, there is a way to increase oxygen levels, also in cancers, which is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), i.e. the medical use of oxygen at an ambient pressure higher than atmospheric pressure. But here is the catch:

              The following are relative contraindications — meaning that special consideration must be made by specialist physicians before HBO treatments begin:

              Malignant disease: Cancers thrive in blood-rich environments but may be suppressed by high oxygen levels. HBO treatment of individuals who have cancer presents a problem, since HBO both increases blood flow via angiogenesis and also raises oxygen levels. Taking an anti-angiogenic supplement may provide a solution.[65][66] A study by Feldemier, et al. and recent NIH funded study on Stem Cells by Thom, et al., indicate that HBO is actually beneficial in producing stem/progenitor cells and the malignant process is not accelerated.[67] [my bold]

      • cleangreen 5.1.5

        Look at this Draco and learn please for your health sake.


        [please stop putting long cut and pastes in your comments. See also here /open-mike-22-01-2018/#comment-1438477 I’d like to see an acknowledgment that you have read both moderations. Am putting you into moderation as I seem to remember we’ve been here before. I suggest you start making a habit of checking back to see who has replied to your comments because I don’t want to spend time chasing you up on this. – weka]

        • weka

          moderation note for you.

          • cleangreen

            Weka, I now have no feed into the TS as of today so if you receive this please respond,

            Am I suspended here?

            [there is a moderation note from yesterday for you to respond to – weka]

            • weka

              mod note.

            • cleangreen

              O/k weka, LOL

              After I placed my first blog ‘a public health article’ letter sent to Government, with the link as you previously suggested i had some nasty responses back to me so i had to defend the subject facts.

              We do always now instead of posting the cut and paste text, do what you have asked but I have a barrage of negative attacks on my subject yesterday that I needed to make sure those sharply harsh critics read the whole text of the subject to learn the real facts as it seemed that did not take those documents under their consideration.

              We all get tested here as many are critical of others it can be “brutal” sometimes and we have to defend our selves, but if i erred here i will not post cut and paste on this site, if others just read the articles after we send the link.

              This is a very serious issue I placed under “public health” advisory weka as i have a long history of involvement and am compassionate about this health risk as i am other environmental issues we all discuss on this blogsite.

              My apologies for making your job harder than it needs to be.o

              • weka

                You can’t make people read something. Posting long cut and pastes just takes up lots of space, and is particularly bad for people reading on cell phones.

                If you are getting criticised for your political points, then defend them (or walk away/ignore). On TS you can provide links with selective quoting (people can click through), but people are going to want you to put that in context of your argument and explain your views with reference to back up information as needed. I’m not going to go read a long screed no matter where it is if the person making the argument hasn’t bothered to make the actual argument.

  6. Ad 6

    I quite liked this Bloomberg editorial, requesting that the United States House Intelligence Committee. release to the public the summary of material turned over from the FBI and Department of Justice. This document reportedly alleges abuses in how the government wire-tapped Donald Trump’s associates.

    Republicans say it’s worse than Watergate, Democrats want to go soft. Democrats have drafted their own classified memo to counter the Republican one. All of this, they say, is just an effort to discredit the real investigation into Russian collusion.

    So how do we find out who’s telling the truth? Release both memos

    The only thing that is going to save any hard result out of the Mueller investigations is if everyone comes clean, including the FBI’s practices.

  7. savenz 7

    Sign if interested to help free 16 yo Palestinian child from jail

    “My 16-year-old daughter was dragged out of her bed in the dead of night and arrested. Even though she is just a child, the military refused to release her. She could spend years in jail. I have dedicated my life to civil resistance in Palestine.”

    • mary_a 7.1

      Done. Thanks savenz (7) for the opportunity to sign this petition. Sixteen year old Ahed’s only crime was she hit a hostile heavily armed Israeli soldier, after he shot her cousin in the head!

  8. veutoviper 8

    I do not usually recommend NZ Herald articles (never ones by the writers discussed at 1 above) but this one by Audrey Young might be of interest in relation to the new Government’s 100 day plan.

    While the main article is an interview with Jacinda Ardern in her home the day after the baby news, there is no mention of ‘baby’ other than this aspect of the timing of the interview.

    The discussion focuses primarily on the PM’s thinking behind the 100 day plan, and at the end of the article there is a very clear and useful summary of progress against the 100 day plan.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 8.1

      Agree this article is worth a read for an insight into where Ardern is heading / thinking. I hope she succeeds in her goals.

  9. Adrian 9

    If we had any doubts that we live in a police dominated state the current stupidity over the Hood bar in Hamilton should dispel them.
    the police have had its liquor licence canceled because 612 people either causing trouble or drunk had stated that they had been there at some stage on the night.
    Quick, lets put the bastards out of business.
    Hang on, thats 612 people over about 4.5 years, about one every 2.6 days, caused the police to do their job.
    Fucking complete breakdown of civil order in the Tron, wheres the Army when you need them.
    Quite apart from exactly where these patrons are going to go now as it is not only the biggest bar/nitespot but its about 50% of the late night revellers in the town.
    Well thats going to solve that problem then.
    The Police are the stupidest gang in the country.

    • A fairly obvious consequence of allowing policy to be determined by an interested party. Allowing the Police excessive influence over licencing laws and the admin thereof is as bad as allowing the hospitality industry excessive influence. It would be nice if the new government would remind the NZ Police what their job isn’t, but that’s about as likely National bringing back compulsory unionism.

    • Enough is Enough 9.2

      “Quick, lets put the bastards out of business”

      The Hood is owned by the Lawrenson Group which owns about 20 bars in Hamilton.

      I don’t think anyone should cry that one of their poorly managed shit holes is closing down,

  10. Pete 10

    Evidence again of an opinion shaper of the country at work.

    Mike Hosking about an immigration case:
    “However, there could be a twist. Last resort cases always end up on the Immigration Minister’s desk … we have a new minister (Iain Lees-Galloway). And we have a Government seemingly obsessed with being nice. Playing the good guy, looking to dabble, if not swim, in social largesse.

    It’ll be interesting to see if this story tugs the minister’s strings. And that fatal exception is made … I hope not.

    Not for the family (who doesn’t feel bad for them?) but for the precedent, which is what we all must live with well after the von Metsingers are gone.”

    So let’s talk about Peter Thiel shall we Mike?

    • james 10.1

      “So let’s talk about Peter Thiel shall we Mike?”

      Surely since Labour are in power a better example would be Bill Lui?

      • Why?

        IIRC, Bill Liu went through the immigration process the normal way. After that it was his connections with National that caused problems.

        And it was definitely National that twisted the law beyond recognition to gift Thiel with citizenship when they shouldn’t have.

        • james

          “IIRC, Bill Liu went through the immigration process the normal way. After that it was his connections with National that caused problems”

          I think you are mis remembering.

        • Ed

          Do you really want to waste your time discussing issues with a puerile troll like James ?

      • DoublePlusGood 10.1.2

        What does Bill Lui have to do with Mike Hosking?

      • cleangreen 10.1.3


        James 5.1.1
        26 January 2018 at 1:49 pm
        Hahahahahha – we’ll, yes, that would be a good reason.

        Now lets talk about your idiot statement suggesting that swallowing 35% hydrogen peroxide was my plan shall we as if you ‘inferred that I suggested that i will call you in on that, so simply the literature if read explained that 3% is available at pharmacies and is used for indigestion to treat various health issues including cancer, but I would say that the concentration of .0035% in a litre of water or 1ml of 35% food grade H2O2 is fine to use as i have used it for years now and i am hear talking to you are’nt I????

        I highlight this pint as i avoid eating while taking H2O2 and i after years are fine and have not been to hospital for serious internal issues since 20 yrs ago.

        The amount in tap water would be far lower than this strength

        Important – only drink H2O2 on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after a meal. If taken too close to food, it can damage your digestive system or react with certain foods causing toxic by-products.

        Hydrogen Peroxide

    • red-blooded 10.2

      Good to see the Press Council have ruled against another opinion-shaper – Duncan Garner – for his racist rant asking how we want the face of NZ to look like in 20 years.

  11. eco maori 12

    Well we’re of to Auckland to see our new moko she a curly headed girl very good baby so her mother tells us. I hope the fn muppets are not going to be playing there stall games with my mokos in the truck with us. As always I will be on gard looking for any bullshit. They have to remember that I can smell them a mile away thanks to my skills inherited from my tupuna. Ka kite ano

    • eco maori 12.1

      You think ECO MAORI does not know everyone you use to play me right to the 2 girls that are close to me thanks for the siren send off muppets Ana to kai

      • eco maori 12.1.1

        Eco Maori got to much MANA now for the sandflys to handle now I no that everyone with power is going to try and deny my fait but I know ECO Maori Mana will shine right through them Ana to kai

        • eco maori

          No the sandflys don’t give a shit they were top and tailing me and then relays fools at least they ain’t bothering anyone else
          Ana to kai

  12. veutoviper 13

    I did not want to denigrate AD’s very thoughtful post on Australia Day and Waitangi Day with this, but I found it very funny considering our long past (thank goodness) flag referendum:

    I am sure you will ‘get it’ from the title before watching …

  13. Rosemary McDonald 14

    Is this our first human climate change victim?

    “A woman with multiple sclerosis has died from overheating, prompting a warning from the Chief Coroner.

    People living with multiple sclerosis can struggle to control their body’s temperature in hot weather.

    Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall said people with multiple sclerosis, or other illnesses which make them susceptible to overheating, need to keep an eye on symptoms worsening in the hot weather.

    The woman, in her early 60s, died from hyperthermia in Christchurch on Wednesday.

    MetService said Christchurch had a high of 32°C on Wednesday and is forecast to reach the same high next week.

    Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand said people can keep their body cool by being in air conditioned rooms, wearing cooling cotton clothes, and drinking more water.”

    My man has a high spinal injury which causes thermoregulatory impairment. Overheats… and everything gets fairly ugly. Minimal clothing, shade, 3 litres water drunk daily and cool cloths or squirting with cold water. The worst he ever got was in 2011… . The day we picked to do our much anticipated trip in our Bus through Molesworth Station. Finally got him cooled down two days later in Kaikoura by parking him by the freezers in the supermarket. Had we been drinkers…it would have been a walk/wheel in chiller in a liquor shop.

    Those with disabilities, children and the elderly will be suffering in this heat…and often these groups do not have the luxury of air conditioning.

    • weka 14.1

      thanks for this. Nice emergency skills. We’re going to have to learn a lot of new stuff.

    • Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand said people can keep their body cool by being in air conditioned rooms, wearing cooling cotton clothes, and drinking more water.”

      And how many people with Multiple Sclerosis can afford air-conditioning? Both the installation and the ongoing power and maintenance.

      • Rosemary McDonald 14.2.1

        “And how many people with Multiple Sclerosis can afford air-conditioning? Both the installation and the ongoing power and maintenance.”


        Rising temperatures will weed out the poor and weakened….

        • cleangreen


          So many people see things as ‘a simple fix’ rosemary.

          I was chemically poisoned 26 yrs ago working in Canada,; – and have spent years since leaning ways to allow the body to repair itself.

          I have learnt that if we give each of us the right type of care and administration of alternatives that the body can tolerate the body can heal..

          When I was chemically poisoned in 1992 I was put through three months of intense investigation by the usual doctors in different fields who did not know anything about chemical poisoning or what to treat the patient for the injuries sustained.

          They finally admitted this to me, and sent me to a specialist doctor who came from Poland who knew about chemical poisoning and how to set about sending my blood to a Pathologist and a Toxicologist in USA to find out what had happened to me with all the toxic chemicals now sitting inside me, and after the results came back i even was found to be liable to get MS along with 10 other medical setbacks.

          I was a very sick man by then so my treating polish doctor agreed to treat my immune system first to help my body to try and recover so i was put on three months of Vitamin/mineral intravenous administration with sauna baths to try to release all the toxic chemicals that was then completely making me very ill.

          I was after this time sent to a Florida clinic where another specialist in environmental medicine was giving me larger more controlled IV’s and a type of immunotherapy called EPD or ‘Enzyme potentiated desensitisation’ for two years as i was then reacting to so many foods i could not tolerate any flour, wheat or yeast in any foods so that treatment after two years actually got me back to tolerating bread and other wheat products.

          Over the following 5 yrs I was studied by 40 doctors and given 110 reports of my medical condition and any progress that was made and issues i had permanently we all knew then how my future looked from then and how to live it to help recover in the long term, so home we came to NZ and the medical system here is so poor they know very little about helping us with debilitating medical states now so we have to find our own way now as i did.

          I have been often advised to avoid any environmental chemicals that ‘trigger’ reactions and chlorine is one of those today which is very bad for me as when i drink chlorinated water i get a heavy band like headache and loose my balance so i am truly now an Environmental ‘canary in the mine’ so at least i can warn others of some dangers ahead since my injuries and pain I have lived through since 1992..

        • Anne

          The government has an emergency fund available. Those most at risk should be provided with an air conditioner/heat pump. It could be expedited quickly and save a lot of hospital and other care expenses for those adversely affected.

          While the La Nina weather pattern is in part responsible for the current heat wave, Climate Change will ensure they are going to happen on a regular basis from now on. Best to take action now…

          • Rosemary McDonald

            “The government has an emergency fund available…..”

            Thanks for the chuckle of the day Anne.

            Where it that simple, and oh how awesome if such an investment approach actual happened.

            Reminds me of this conversation on Public Address a while back…

            Despite deaths, and a Chief Coroner’s recommendation, it was damned near impossible to organise a battery back-up for a DHB funded bipap machine…

            You see…dead sick and disabled folk cost nothing…

      • cleangreen 14.2.2

        “How many people with Multiple Sclerosis can afford air-conditioning? Both the installation and the ongoing power and maintenance.”

        Very few with any chronic diseased state can afford a big power bill now.

        As i have attested to (below) with my 26yr chemical poisoning while working abroad cost me our lives in terms of paying for alternative medicines that were never covered by the health system here.

        So we live a very frugal life now as many with chronic illness also does so many people with chronic diseases along with those with Multiple Sclerosis can not afford air-conditioning or the installation and the ongoing power and maintenance.

        In my experience Canada had a better public health system than we have here after National took a wrecking ball to our past iconic health system now in tatters.

    • Kay 14.3

      Very sad reading that, but not surprised. Heat/humidity is common seizure trigger as well,I’m not in the greatest of states in that respect right now. Air con? Yeah right…Got a nice little fan but following my power usage online those things can be as bad as having the heater on. Sympathy to all others who are really suffering right now.

      • Rosemary McDonald 14.3.1

        I’m sitting here with a wet guest towel hanging around my neck, with another in the freezer for later. Theory is that I’m cooling the blood as it is pumped in and out of my brain. 32 degrees in the shade outside and 30 degrees inside.

        Take care, Kay.

        • cleangreen


          look at what I posted on 5.1.5
          26 January 2018 at 8:46 pm
          Look at this Draco and learn please for your health sake.

          This may help your progress back to good health god willing as I will pray for your recovery.

          • Rosemary McDonald

            cleangreen, when I have the time I will definitely look into the research on hydrogen peroxide…what you’ve linked to is a little cheerleaderish for comfort…but I do get that those who have had success with such therapies are enthusiastic to share with others.

            Unlike others, I do not have a mind like a steel trap.
            I try to be open to new and/or alternative ideas, especially in the medical field.

            Within my own circle there has been some successes with alternate therapies such as Vit C (fast becoming mainstream) manuka honey (also widely accepted) and medical cannabis.

            All were widely scoffed as woo woo quackery not so long ago.

            Dogma is a nasty affliction, suffered by many and frequently incurable.

            • cleangreen

              Thanks rosemary,

              I have recovered better and far cheaper using H2O2 than any other treatment to date from 1992.

              So that is a lesson fro me clearly to be confident in this H2O2 as being one of the most under-rated cheap medications available today.

              The medical profession will either embrace it or be fearful of them loosing a market share of “health care” treatments and administration.

              But at the end “it is the patient’s needs and health” that is the most important consideration here for me.

              • Incognito

                The medical profession will either embrace it or be fearful of them loosing a market share of “health care” treatments and administration.

                But at the end “it is the patient’s needs and health” that is the most important consideration here for me. [sic]

                In one fell swoop you write off a whole profession!? As if each & every medical professional is only ever only interested in their “market share” and not at all in “the patient’s needs and health”!? I find your distrust of many hardworking people who are most definitely dedicated to helping other people irksome, to say the least, disrespectful, and misplaced.

                Whether an alternative therapy is beneficial for patients needs to be properly tested without creating undue risk to patients. And even then such therapy will add to the existing ‘tool box’ of medical professionals and will not make everything else redundant & obsolete.

    • joe90 15.1

      During the mid seventies I had the absolute joy of collecting kai moana from Ohiwa with my workmate and his whānau from the local iwi.

      They were golden days and to read about the degradation is heartbreaking.

      • cleangreen 15.1.1

        100% joe,

        My heart weeps when i see this too, we now are in a sad way, far from being clean green now sadly.

  14. Herodotus 16

    Why has not any NZ government followed Australia by funding Surf Life saving. Currently the clubs have to fund raise.
    Tourism is a major success, our economy we are told is booming, so if not now when? IMO there should already be funding in place.
    This also is a service, that on holiday I and many others greatly appreciate the work pf those involved, and the safety in swimming in these patrolled areas.
    Williams said his 17 northern region clubs, which supervised more than 500,000 beach-goers last year, gets “zero” direct government funding despite providing an “essential service”.

  15. Ian 17

    April the 1 st would be more appropriate .

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

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    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    3 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    3 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    7 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    7 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    11 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    14 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    4 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    6 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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