Open mike 26/06/2023

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  1. Tony Veitch 1

    The gift that just keeps giving . . . and giving . . .

    and giving . . .

    • observer 1.1

      Imagine – for example – James Shaw saying this about a Green climate change policy. Response: Wacky Greens, economically illiterate!

      "Speaking to reporters, Luxon said they did not know how much the policies would cost nor how many more people could be imprisoned due to changes in sentencing, but accepted they would likely lead to an increase in the prison population in the "short term"."

      • observer 1.1.1

        Oh, it gets worse. This is not satire, this is a real quote …

        "National corrections spokesperson Mark Mitchell said his party would be able to answer those questions if it got into government come October."

        • newsense

          This is just insane! How are the media not eating this alive.

          First- laziness.

          Second- not anticipating being in government.

          Thirdly- on the morality of an uncosted, unchecked policy that deals with denying people their freedoms.

          fourthly- on being the main opposition party and dodging questions by saying we’ll explain later.

          fifthly- the 3 strikes law was often pushed in cases by corrupt lawmakers and judges at the behest of the private prison industry in the USA. Do they support private prisons?

        • PsyclingLeft.Always

          "National corrections spokesperson Mark Mitchell said his party would be able to answer those questions if it got into government come October."

          Would be laughable if the numbnut wasnt serious. It still is ludicrous..but we must make sure that never happens.

          NAct…the real danger for NZ.

          • Peter

            Mark Mitchell: "C'mon kids we're going to the beach."

            "Can we have an ice cream when we get there."

            "Yes, you can have the biggest, bestest ice cream ever. You'll love it."


            "Well, I'll see how much it costs when we get there."

            • PsyclingLeft.Always

              "Are we there yet?"



              Well…the idiots were on stage front and centre…At their big Nat conference, In front of NZ, Media et al; and still tripped over their faux jack boots.


    • Red Blooded One 1.2

      CLuxon and his ilk don't believe they have to be accountable to others. How dare people question them about their sound bites.

    • Thank you Tony…Brilliant clips….must be spread far and wide in social media.

      The Nats in chaos for their main conference policy announcement.

      Luxon had absolutely no idea how much it costs to keep a prisoner in jail and Goldsmith's guess was hopelessly wrong ($100k he said versus $193k actual)

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.4

      Quite a lot.

      Just so. Let the Nats trip themselves…. down the stairs. Fark !

    • Phillip ure 1.5

      Those two clips should be included in a labour party election ad….

      The group incompetence on display is eye-watering…

      • Phillip ure 1.5.1

        That group incompetence is further underlined by the fact that this is their keynote policy…from their annual convention…

        And they all just phoned it in…

        And their justice spokesperson.. Goldsmith…dosn't even know how much it costs to house a prisoner for a year..( he said a hundred is actually $193 thousand…so not out by that much..his guess…)

        And mark 'the mercenary' mitchell just mumbles some utter drivel ..

        Did they make this policy up..last nite…while pissed…?

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    Russian conformity was on display this weekend:

    "In 24 hours we got to within 200km of Moscow. In this time we did not spill a single drop of our fighters' blood."

    That's the account given by Prigozhin, the Wagner leader. So the Russian army the rebels encountered had already adopted a total consensus position: they would refuse to fire at the rebels. They all conformed to that stance.

    Moving his forces across the border into Rostov-on-Don overnight, he claimed control of the military HQ from where the war is being run, and videos showed his men in the centre of the city apparently encountering no resistance. By Saturday morning he declared: "We are inside [military] headquarters." The city, he said later, had been taken "without a shot".

    They took another city likewise later, further up the Moscow highway. Such a peaceful response to a rebel invasion seems rather significant. Indeed, live tv coverage screened here showed crowds of locals cheering them. Bet their state television didn't show that!

    So how did everyone know what was happening? Perhaps word of mouth via social media enabled it. Normalcy there must now be quite fluid. Wagner's involvement in the Ukraine war will now depend on the collaboration between Prigozhin & Lukashenko – and then include Putin to be effective as regional strategy. That'll take time.

    Prigozhin is likely to focus on establishing a new base in exile first. Lukashenko will have to provide land and infrastructure for that. Prigozhin will wait for Putin to shuffle his high command – since he's still gunning for whoever took out 2000 of his fighters with a missile attack. If Putin directed that, he will have to fake accountability by using a scapegoat, which is the traditional method for solving such problems.

    • Tony Veitch 2.1

      So long as Prigozhin avoids cups of tea and windows above the ground floor!

      Frankly, he's a dead man walking!

      • Dennis Frank 2.1.1

        Depends on his relationship with Putin. They've worked together for a very long time. If Putin sees him as an old friend gone rogue, you're quite right. If Putin didn't order the attack on Wagner, and either or both Gerasimov & Shoigu did, Putin will be more likely to see the guilty party as having gone rogue.

        In which case he'd understand why the rebel yelled so loud – and why Putin cancelled his instructions for punishment. I reckon Putin needs the Wagner commander.

        • joe90

          Poots ain't done with Prighozen.

          Tonight on Vladimir Solovyov’s show, Russian MP Andrei Gurulyov says Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin should be executed. "There’s no other option," he adds.

          • Dennis Frank

            But then who would feed the Kremlin?? Eliminating the caterer hardly seems a sensible option:

            In November 2017, RBK reported the appointment of Utkin as the CEO of Concord Management and Consulting, the managing company of the restaurant holding owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin,


            Interesting angle here: the sidekick is a slav, apparently, meaning trad pagan communism…

            Members of Wagner Group reported that Utkin is a Rodnover, a believer of Slavic native faith. Rodnovery draws upon surviving historical and archaeological sources and folk religion, often integrating them with non-Slavic sources such as Hinduism (because they are believed to come from the same Proto-Indo-European source). Rodnover theology and cosmology may be described as pantheism and polytheism—worship of the supreme God of the universe and worship of the multiple gods, the ancestors and the spirits of nature who are identified in Slavic culture.

            Adherents of Rodnovery usually meet in groups in order to perform religious ceremonies. These ceremonies typically entail the invocation of gods, the offering of sacrifices and the pouring of libations, dances and communal meals.

    • Adrian Thornton 2.2

      they would refuse to fire at the rebels” How do you know that the Russian military wasn’t under orders not to resist?, please provide a link to confirm that assertion.

      I have seen no evidence of 2000 Wagner fighters killed in a Russian air strike…have you? I would be interested to see that link if you have. …pretty sure there will be lots of videos of such an event for you to choose from.

      • Dennis Frank 2.2.1

        No I haven't seen evidence of 2000 Wagner fighters killed in a Russian air strike. I saw the rebel leader quoted as saying that's what happened – explaining that's why he immediately decided it was necessary to remove Shoigu & Gerasimov.

        Seems obvious he was expecting them to try it on again. Taking out 10% of his force in a single strike seemed rather effective in stimulating his response. If they took more bites at that cherry he wouldn't have much Wagner left…

        Not sure why you might want to think the Russian Army had been ordered not to resist the rebels – Putin went on tv to command them to do the opposite!

        • Adrian Thornton

          I am not saying I want anything…I am saying I haven't seen Putin or anyone else in Russian high command give (or heard that they gave) the order to engage Wagner…?

          So to be clear, you haven't seen any evidence of what would have been the single most destructive airstrike in terms of casualties carried out during this entire conflict…yet you and others here just go right ahead and talk about it as if it where a fact….that is a strange way to conduct a serious discussion on a very serious subject…unless of course, as the case may be, you are not having a serious discussion?

          • Dennis Frank

            Fair to say I'm as flippant onsite here as I am serious. It may have seemed to you that I was commenting as though the view expressed by P was fact – human nature to jump to that conclusion, no blame…

            I suspect we tacitly default to the most likely explanation due to Occam's razor, but that's up to neuroscientists to prove. Until they do, best just to give the notion credit as a plausible theory. Could be he was instructed to attack the military high command by extraterrestrials, but seems simpler to believe it was his response to them attacking him.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 2.2.2

        "How do you know that the Russian military wasn’t under orders not to resist?, please provide a link to confirm that assertion."

        Seems you are asking someone else to prove a negative that you are asserting yourself?

        There was a lot of russian telegram commentary throughout the event, no order to the russian regular military not to resist is reported that I've seen. While the russian airforce did resist to some extent (widely reported in russian channels).

        • Adrian Thornton

          "Seems you are asking someone else to prove a negative that you are asserting yourself?"….no I am just saying that a lot of people around here shoot their mouths off with barely even half facts and half truths….and that maybe some should be a little more circumspect occasionally.

    • Brigid 2.3

      Prigozhin is not the Wagner leader. He has no legal standing. He's installed himself as Wagner's 'leader' and spokesperson which he thinks he has a right to because he's contributed funds to Wagner.

      This video will give you considerable insight into to Prigozhin's role and the coup he attempted.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 2.3.1

        Scott Ritter – lovely.

        • Dennis Frank

          Not really. Looks just like any other bullet-head conservative dork. I suppose being a sex-offender criminal lends him an aura of charisma to some…

      • Dennis Frank 2.3.2

        The businessman has been said to be the founder and actual owner of the Wagner Group. Prigozhin denied any communication with Wagner until September 2022, when he admitted having created the group in a post at VKontakte. Prigozhin claimed, "I cleaned the old weapons myself, sorted out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later came to be called the Wagner Battalion."

    • Michael P 2.4

      Was just thinking that the Belarus army, in terms of the number of well trained, motivated, willing to fight, well equipped, combat ready and / or experienced troops immediately available, would almost certainly be less than 25,000 well equipped, combat hardened and experienced. probably angry mercenaries looking for a fight.

      So if that is the case, how easy or difficult would it be for the Wagner mercenaries and their leader (who judging from his videos, seems a little bit excitable let's say) to get a hold of those tactical nukes recently relocated to Belarus??

      Or am I missing something or getting worried about something implausible.??

      • Dennis Frank 2.4.1

        First thing is the number of fighters in the Wagner force with P – mostly rated around 25K as you say but lately I've seen a couple of reports putting it around 8K.

        Second, he's only there by agreement of Lukashenko, so a guest. Sometimes a guest will take off with the champagne glasses (well, it was a thing in the old days) but L has been ensconced for nigh-on 30 years so P would be nuts to try it on.

        Third, the murk makes it too hard to tell if P has had a falling-out with Putin. Unlikely due to them having collaborated for so long. The fact that Putin withdrew his treason charges as part of the deal suggests he wants to keep P onside.

        It's true that the rebellion makes P seem a loose cannon but he keeps saying he's still working for the boss & his targets are the two top military honchos.

  3. Mac1 3

    Two interesting examples of the same point of views in today's news.

    National in government wants to tell judges the extent of their sentencing limits.

    A University lecturer wants the government to intervene in university decisions as to cuts in courses and employment.

    Both universities and judges are independent.

    Just how much does independence mean when people disagree with the actions of the independent?

    It's a very slippery slope which does not take us to higher places.

    It's a question for us all because all of us will have different views of what independent bodies should do.

    A further consideration is where this might all lead. As Pastor Martin Niemoller wrote,

    "First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist

    Then they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist
    Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist

    Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew
    Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."

    Who would be our modern equivalents?

    • arkie 3.1

      Don't even need modern equivalents; history rhymes:

      In the 1920’s, being gay, lesbian or trans was widely accepted in the big cities of Germany. But within five months of Hitler taking power, Nazis showed up at the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin where Magnus Hirschfeld had pioneered gender-affirming treatment and collected the largest library of books and scientific papers on the LGBTQ spectrum in the world.

      The Nazis staged their first book burning there. In the controlled press, they demonized “deviance” to “protect Germany’s youth”.

      • Visubversa 3.1.1

        When the concentration camps and prisons were emptied at the end of the war, the surviving homosexual prisoners were not liberated until they had served their full sentences.

        And I would look for better sources than ones that quote the ACLU. They have long since abandoned any consideration of the civil liberties of same sex attracted people.

        • alwyn

          "When the concentration camps and prisons were emptied ……"

          What is your source for this claim? It sounds quite unbelievable.

          • Mac1

            I did not know this either, alwyn. Unbelievable, but to what hatred, 'othering', bigotry and belief systems can bring us.

            The opposite of kindness, compassion, "wokeness"………

            "The Nazi-era amendments to Paragraph 175 were maintained for over two decades in West Germany, resulting in the arrest of around 100,000 gay men between 1945 and 1969, with some Holocaust survivors even being forced to carry out their sentences in prison."


            • alwyn

              It doesn't sound as if they were kept in the camps until they had finished their Nazi era sentence but that they had been arrested again after the war and convicted on a further charge.

              Pretty minor difference though. That was really sick to jail people again for the same thing that the Nazi's had put them in a concentration camp for..

              I always thought that one of the best things Eisenhower did was to force German civilians living near to the concentration camps to tour the camps and on many occasions to bury the dead.

              • Mac1

                It didn't sound like that. I saw the possibility of that, too. So I have now found this.

                "At the end of the war, the majority of homosexuals were freed from camps in both parts of divided Germany. However, the homophobia directed against them by the public remained strong. Article 175—the basis for sending thousands of innocent people to concentration camps—remained in force in the DDR until 1967, and in West Germany until 1969. There were some American and British lawyers who demanded that homosexuals convicted under Article 175 serve out their full sentences. For instance, if someone had been sentenced to eight years and served five years of the sentence in prison followed by three years in a concentration camp, the lawyers demanded that the person return to prison to serve out three years. The number of people forced to “complete” their sentences in this way is not known."

                This came from the third to last paragraph of this article.

                Note the attitude of British and American lawyers who sought that such prisoners serve their full sentence, as prescribed by Nazi courts!

        • Visubversa

          This is all part of a concerted effort to insert "trans" people into L G B history in places they never were.

          Dublin Pride – busted for altering historical photographs to insert trans people.

          Thank goodness Fred Sargeant is still alive – he was one of the original Pride founders and spends most of his time saying no to claims that Trans people started the Stonewall riot (they did not), or that they founded Pride (no to that one also).

          [image resized – Incognito]

          • Red Blooded One

            This text is below a photo about the Stonewall Riots, so I guess have a different opinion.


            "Two transgender women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera (far left) were said to have resisted arrest and were among those who threw bottles (or bricks or stones) at the police. They are pictured at a 1973 rally for gay rights in New York City"

            I’m not saying they started it but they were there at the start, so shouldn’t be erased.

            • Molly

              There is a fair amount of online revisionist history going on.

              It's notable that 5 of the 13 photos in that gallery, directly reference Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera – and none reference those who actually were at Stonewall, nor those that organised and began the Pride movement:


            • Visubversa

              None of that is true. Both were gay men who did drag and neither identified as "trans". Malcolm (Marsha) came late to the Bar after the riots had started and Sylvia was not there at all. The action was stared when Storme DeLaverie – a lesbian woman of colour, called out as she was being dragged away – that "someone should do something".


              • Red Blooded One

                Take it up with The History Channel if you think they're lying. Making Gay History Podcast has interviews with loads of the activists of the time as well. I'm just grateful to all the Lesbian, Gay and Transgender activists and allies that have fought for my rights and am sad to see the Trans Exclusionary opinions that are going on. Have a lovely privileged day.

                • Molly

                  So, you consider pointing out the fallacies reported as "Trans Exclusionary opinions" rather than consider they may be accurate.

                  In fact, you go one step further by not saying they are inaccurate, but they are just Trans Exclusionary.

                  This is an example of one of the reasons why reinstating accuracy and reality in public dialogue is so difficult.

                  Google search time tools can be used to find the emergence of the Stonewall, Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera narrative.

                  Given that Stonewall occurred in 1969, that more recent explosion of a narrative may give you pause for thought.

                  • Red Blooded One

                    You are wishing to exclude Trans People from various places so the term is accurate. Wear it with Pride.

                    • Molly

                      Please link to where I state I wish to "exclude Trans People from various places."

                      (Or are you referring to including transgender individuals in their actual sex categories for same-sex provisions, data recording and accommodations?)

                      Else, I will think you are wilfully misrepresenting my position.

                    • Red Blooded One []

                      Do you believe Georgina Beyer (if she was still alive) and "Transwomen" like her should been allowed to use a woman's Restroom or Chas Bono or “Transmen” like him should be allowed to use a Men's Restroom. If you do agree, then I wholeheartedly acknowledge that you are not Trans Exclusionary.

                    • Visubversa

                      When there is some way to identify these people in advance – then we can let men into women's spaces. In the meantime, women worked hard for separate facilities in places where they are vulnerable and we are hanging on to them whether you like it or not.


                    • Molly

                      @Red Blooded One

                      Georgina Beyer and Chas Bono are transsexuals, and were accommodated for in legislation, as permitted to use single-sex provisions for to the opposite sex.

                      However, that provision was made by politicians who only considered the emotional and social benefit for transsexuals, and did not consider nor ask for consent from women. Consent is not transferrable – and obviously the current situation was not even on the table when these legislative provisions were made.

                      (Note: There still would have been women that self-excluded from these spaces if they became aware they were being used by men – including transsexuals like Georgina Beyer. It would be interesting to know if those numbers exceeded the number of transsexual men who were accommodated.)

                      The impact of Chas Bono in men's provisions is different, because the practical and safeguarding aspects are different according to sex. But unless you are totally oblivious, you probably are aware of this.

                      Now – the expansion of this accommodation of transsexuals to all that fit under the trans umbrella requires a rethink of that previous accommodation.

                      This however, does not mean exclusion in a discriminatory sense.

                      For example Lesbians saying No to sexual intimacy with men who identify as lesbians, is currently called exclusion. But that is an emotive term, intended to reinforce a marginalised minority narrative. Lesbians just said No.

                      Denied inclusion into categories to which you do not belong is a natural consequence of such demands.

                      In fact, transgender people are included in the expectation that they will use the provisions made for their sex category.

                      They are still able – like everyone else – to use the facility for the sex category in which they belong. That is not exclusion. What is being asked for – that sex categories do not apply to them – is actually a request for exclusion.

                      Given the current situation, my priority is to ensure single-sex spaces and provisions are maintained for women and girls (including women and girls with declared gender identities.)

                      So, at the moment, the well-being of a five-year girl in a communal changing room, takes precedence over the desires of a 60 year old transsexual man who wants to be in that space.

                      I support third spaces – and or the prioritisation of safety for transidentified men in men's single-sex spaces.

                      If men wish to accommodate women in their single-sex spaces that have no problem with sharing with men, then a possible solution can be a maintenance of single-sex provisions for women and girls, and an open space for everyone else who wishes to share.

                      This absence of prioritising the full consent of women and girls – is particularly eye-opening when looking at current "progressive" politics.

                • Visubversa

                  The people who were there and who are not preaching Gender Ideology have something to say as well.

                  "Historian David Carter tells us near the end of his seminal history of the riots that "if we wish to name the group most responsible for the riots, it is the young, homeless homosexuals, and, contrary to the usual characterizations of those on the rebellion's front lines, most were Caucasian; few were Latino; almost none were transvestites or transsexuals; most were effeminate; and a fair number came from middle-class families."


                  • Red Blooded One

           on Marsha P Johnson

                    Bye for today, we'll just go around in circles, wasting yours, mine and anyone else’s time.

                    • Molly

                      This video keeps disappearing from YouTube so it may pay to view now.

                      Marsha P Johnson referred to himself as a boy in drag – a transvestite. Not a woman.


                    • Red Blooded One []

                      Sometimes yes. The link I gave, states …

                      http://There are many competing stories about what Johnson did during the raid on the Stonewall Inn, but it is clear she was on the front lines. Johnson, like many other transgender women, felt they had nothing to lose

                      so around and around we go. Take care. Bye

                    • Molly

                      @Red Blooded One

                      "There are many competing stories about what Johnson did during the raid on the Stonewall Inn, but it is clear she was on the front lines. Johnson, like many other transgender women, felt they had nothing to lose"

                      You ignore the fact Marsha P Johnson referred to himself as a "boy in drag" – "a transvestite." Not a woman.


                      (BTW, an organisation called that profiles a man is probably as inaccurate in their histories as they are in their definition of women.)

                    • Visubversa

                      You are still here. What I found interesting is that you give examples of fully transitioned people as those that should be acceptable in opposite sex facilities. You may – or may not, be aware that the vast majority of trans identified people do not undergo such procedures. Any suggestion that surgery, or hormones are required in order to identify as trans is called "gatekeeping" these days and is regarded as being absolutely transphobic!

                      All that is required these days is for someone to open their mouth and utter the magical incantation "I identify as" and abracadabra – that is what they become!

                    • Red Blooded One []

                      I said goodbye to you, I didn't say I was going anywhere. Surprisingly enough, you are not the centre of my universe. Sorry to burst your bubble.

                • Phillip ure

                  Wot red blooded one said…

                  • Molly

                    red blooded one said wot…

                  • Shanreagh

                    Have you found a fully developed argument from RBI that you are agreeing with? Was it written in code or lemon juice because I cannot see any. Just a bit of I said this so it muct be true and bye.

                    Please link to the RB1 stuff you are 'woting' to.

              • tWiggle

                But both Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera used, and actively preferred she/her pronouns, while Rivera underwent hormonal transition. Seems like your sources are busy annhilating transgender people from the record.

                • Molly

                  Marsha P Johnson referred to himself as a “boy in drag” – “a transvestite.”

                  Not a woman.


                • weka

                  twiggle, can you please show your source for Johnson using and preferring she/her pronouns? Quote and link please. It's not going to surprise me if Johnson did sometimes, but clearly they also understood they were male and used other terms to describe themselves like transvestite.

                  • SPC

                    The links are in the names


                    She is remembered as one of the most significant activists for transgender rights, although the term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used during her lifetime. Johnson identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen, and used she/her pronouns.


                    "And what I think is also really lovely about listening to Sylvia in those days is her progression from using drag queen to using transvestite and then later she'll use transgender. But she really infuses all of these words with the same liberation politics, the same energy."

                    • weka

                      someone on the internet says Johnson used she/her pronouns. That's not evidence that they did or how they did.

                      Maybe you missed the discussion about, but we know that history is being revised and people transed retrospectively.

                      tWiggle seems to think being honest about this is akin to "annhilating transgender people from the record."

                      Meanwhile gender ideologues want to make Joan of Arc a trans man.

                      All of this has been happening in plain sight. There was a time on wikipedia when they wouldn't let an entry say that a trans person used to be known by a different sex. That seems to have stopped, because obviously an encyclopedia should be about recording reality not affirming people's identity or shifting culture by hiding truth.

                      So, we know that Johnson thought of themselves as male, there's a link above where he says this in his own words. There's an assertion that Johnson used she/her pronouns. As I said, I think this is possible at least some of the time. It's possible they understood themselves to be male and sometimes like to be referred to as she. Smash the binary and all that. Maybe they liked to be called she when in drag, who knows, because all we have is a bunch of assertions.

                      What's happening this thread is the culture war. Mildly compared to what is raging out there in places like the US, but we can do better than this. Let's start with what evidence is and go from there.

    • Sabine 3.2

      please explain this to me?

      A man who raped and sexually abused a young girl for years, including pinning her down and choking her, has been given an 85 per cent discount off his sentence after he claimed prison would be difficult.


      West appeared at the Christchurch District Court on Friday where he was sentenced to 12 months of home detention for the abuse against his young victim, who sat in court watching.

      please. Tell us where justice was served. Tell us where the victim is feeling safer now. Tell us where the community in which this dude lives and has made his criming a regular activity is safe.

      Please. Just explain that in plain english. The victim gets lifelong memories of being abused, choked, raped, and the rapist gets a year home d, popcorn, porn paid for by Winz.

      • Descendant Of Smith 3.2.1

        I have a family member who was raped in the workplace aged 17 by a client she was looking after while working for a community agency in the early 80's.

        She still suffers today but at no point would she ever suggest this person should be put into a prison. Completely the wrong place for him given his level of intellectual impairment.

        It isn't always as black and white as you might suggest. No charges were laid at all in her case.

        When I read shit like this "rapist gets a year home d, popcorn, porn paid for by Winz" I just see a trivialisation of a bad circumstance in which there are no winners. It is likely a circumstance where a judge who has much more information available to them has made a sensible judgement.

      • Shanreagh 3.2.2

        In the words of a prison officer I did a criminology course with, the justice and prison systems struggle with punishment and proposed incaceration for these groups (excuse the blunt language)

        the mad bad


        the bad mad.

        My feeling is that this offender may fit into the second category where the act of incarceration may be bigger than taking away liberty. He apparently has cognitive issues. But not such as would take away from a seeming ability to participate in restorative justice.

        I am having a problem with this part.

        What I do think is postive though is that he has at least been charged and at least been found guilty. In the 'olden days' often offenders were not charged if they had a cognitive disability even though this disability may not have stopped them from knowing what is right or wrong.

        It is the punishment that may be wanting. And while we may not/should not criticise a Judge and the punishment, it does seem on the lenient/odd side. Perhaps Judges in selecting the punishments could give a summation as to why the punishment slected is apt for the offender.

        While we have got the rationale for the light sentence we have not got the rationale for why this particular sentence will be a punishment. Eg offender may have a regular routine of town and around, perhaps peeping/perving? and Home D will put a stop to that. or Home D will enable counselling etc to be easier to arrange.

        Good points Sabine.

        This is West’s sentence
        ‘taking the end sentence to 12 months of home detention with 200 hours of community work.

        Judge Gilbert ordered West to participate in a sexual harm programme, warning the man he would be resentenced to prison if he didn’t participate in this.

        West will also have six months of post-detention conditions and will be judicially monitored. He will not be placed on the child sex offender’s register.”

    • SPC 3.3

      This is not just about law and order, ACT want the end of the Waitangi Tribunal, the Human Rights Commission and negation of the signing of UNDRIP.

    • Sabine 3.4

      What you need to understand first and foremost about the writer of this poem – his lament about his own actions if you so like – is that he supported the Nazis initially, until he did not – we all have lines that shall not be crossed. He became a dissident when it was too late.

      Always, keep that in mind.

      • Mac1 3.4.1

        Yes, thanks for that. I guess that is what was behind my asking what the modern equivalents are. Of course they include us, but who else would we support the government against? And to what extent?

        501s, recidivist youth, gang members, protesters, hate speech mongers, racists, bigots, anti-social behaviourists, immigrants, the old, the young, the sick, the mentally ill, slackers, COs- who is on whose list?

        • Sabine

          As he lamented, everyone is on that list – you, me everyone, even if we ourself don't believe to be there. The only way to not be on that list is to support what ever government throws at you, lest you get called a 'terf', a 'rightwinger', a 'left winger', a 'capitalist', a 'commie', a 'transphobe', a 'homophobe', an 'empirialist', a 'coloniser' 'white supremacist' and so on and so forth.

          His whole poem is about his realisation that he thought he was with the right crowd until they did something that he could not support and then he was on the list to be arrested/killed, and no one was there to help him as he was no there to help all the others before him, and in the end he joined those that got arrested before him. It is a 'mind the purity sprial' type lament. No one is ever safe from it.

          Maybe all that needs to be done is to look at the actions, think real hard about he actual implications of these actions and how they affect us and then decide whether one wants to march lockstep or maybe just think for oneself and retain the rights to openly dissent, even if that causes offense.

          Thoughts are free, who can guess them?
          They fly by like nocturnal shadows.
          No person can know them, no hunter can shoot them
          and so it'll always be: Thoughts are free!

          Historical and Political Significance

          Again and again the song was an expression of the longing for freedom and independence in times of political oppression or danger

          Sophie Scholl's father, Robert Scholl , was imprisoned in early August 1942 for making statements critical of Hitler. Sophie Scholl stood by the prison wall in the evening and played the melody on the recorder to her father, who was incarcerated there. [14] [15] [16]

          I think the point is not to be against or to defend government against 'others', but to defend humanity against the overactions of governments. Should socialists have the right to be that? Should communists have the right to be that? Should it be a reason for incarceration and death?

          You might not consider yourself a 'hatemonger' today, but someone might does so tomorrow and then will there be anyone left to come to your defense?

          • Mac1

            I have heard of Sophie Scholl through the Marginal Mennonite Face Book entries honouring her, and Archibald Baxter and Mark Briggs. She reminds me in more ways than one of of Greta Thunberg.

            That is a very moving response, Sabine. Thank you. I have just watched a movie chosen by my sister in law, The Railwayman, which also was very moving. Forgiveness and reconciliation……….

            • Sabine

              there is nothing to compare Greta Thunberg and the Siblings Scholl together. Not a single thing.

              Greta risks nothing, the siblings paid the highest price.

  4. PsyclingLeft.Always 4

    A Queenstown migrant worker says she is being charged $250 a week to live with more than 25 other people in a poorly kept, overcrowded property.

    A further 15 people live outside in illegal cabins or in the garage, sharing the house's kitchen and two bathrooms, and each paying $250 a week.

    The worker said their landlord illegally evicted the tenants in the garage after the housemates complained about the poor living situation.

    Meanwhile, Queenstown Lakes District councillor Matt Wong said the housing crisis – while it has been building for decades – was the worst it has ever been.

    "If there was an easy solution, if there was an easy lever, it would have been pulled well in advance. It would have been done by now."

    Instead, he said it was time for central government to intervene.

    "Central government needs to step up, give us some powers – even for three to six months, just to get us through this winter, get us through this really hard time so we can start building on the long term fixes that we need."

    Yea…its Central Govts fault. Riiight. How long ..have QLDC known of this ever growing problem? Decades. What have they done? Fuck all.

    Any chance they could go and actually enforce their own rules?


    $7,500-a-week overcrowded, substandard rental

    'rat's nest' exploitation

    That POS slumlord….. is getting away with exploitation. QLDC …action needed? Start there.

    • Sabine 4.1

      If only we had a government with a full majority that campaigned for years on building houses.

      And if you think that this is just the only house where that happens, it happens every where. Heck people tent, live in cabins, family have their garage 'remodelled' to put up family, emergency hostels go up in flames, and so on.

      Labour had, still has a full majority, and all it got to show for is 25 people squatting at the same place, millions spend on run down motels for emergency housing, and people putting tents and cabins in their yards, and enclosing the sides of decks to make them rooms, and remodelling their garages to put up family that is homeless.

      Living in shit condition for top dollar is a rite of passage for Kiwis – go rent a flat in Dunedin as a student or in Wellington, and it is a 'kiwi experience' for migrants. This is as Kiwi/New Zealand/Aotearoa as it gets.

      And it is a bi-partisan mess. All parties are involved in that scam.

      • Molly 4.1.1

        The housing crisis has resulted in similar stories across regions and across demographics – not just for Queenstown hospitality workers exploited by unregistered boarding house operators. The bylaws of the council should prohibit such overcrowding – so those mechanisms should kick in.

        I used to live in Papakura where families congregated together in carparks to sleep – as numbers increased – so did a degree of security. It is better to be one of a group of ten than sitting in a carpark with your children all alone.

        I know several families where garage living accommodation is an accepted mode of living in shared households, and has been for decades.

        Successive governments have avoided addressing this aspect that has significant impact on poverty, because the escalating house prices have contributed greatly to economic growth. It is not a surprise to read the situation in the article, it is a long foreseeable outcome.

        • tWiggle

          Post-war in the early 50's , my parents lived in a garage conversion in Lyall Bay after they were married for a few years, as the housing market was dire. House numbers were eventually brought up by a govt sponsored building programme. That programme forced developers to build homes at a variety of sizes, to limit build at the top end, something which ended in the 80’s, I think.

          Blame Airbnb, blame land-banking, blame high-end only builds for the current rental market situation. If you read Guardian articles about the terrible problems in UK and Aussie housing, their no-fault tenancy laws enable landlords to turf out tenants to get in higher paying ones. That's what NACT want, and will deliver here.

          • Molly

            "Blame Airbnb, blame land-banking, blame high-end only builds for the current rental market situation. "

            You can add blame reduction in the prioritisation of social and state housing, blame increased immigration in an already overwhelmed housing crisis, blame a belated and not fully excluded overseas investors market, blame a succession of tax policies and regulatory impacts that encouraged speculators to flip houses without paying taxes, blame planning bylaws that encouraged development that has contributed to – not eased – the housing crisis.

            "If you read Guardian articles about the terrible problems in UK and Aussie housing, their no-fault tenancy laws enable landlords to turf out tenants to get in higher paying ones. That's what NACT want, and will deliver here."

            I don't follow National or Act policies that closely.

            Can you link to their policies where this is proposed?

            • tWiggle

              "Today National is announcing that we will also reverse Labour’s removal of no-cause terminations, and the provisions which see fixed-term tenancies roll into periodic tenancies in most cases."


              NACT refers to the coalition government. National will do this, as it's an easy win.

              • Molly

                The announcement is not wrong in terms of noting that some of the Labour policies have increased pressure on housing accessibility and housing affordability.

                I would not like to see a no-cause termination, but I also consider it reasonable – as a renter – to enter into a fixed term agreement that doesn't roll into a periodic tenancy after that period.

                As a renter, I didn't have a problem with signing successive fixed term tenancies, which gives assurance to the landlord, who can then manage his letting business more effectively.

          • Sabine

            Blame Airbnb, blame land-banking, blame high-end only builds for the current rental market situation.

            If only we had a full majority government that could regulate the market. I mean seriously, if only we had that government.

            Oh wait, we do have that government, and its a Labour led government and it has been in power now since 2016.

            dang…..diddly doo and they did fuck all.

        • Sabine

          My neighbor during lockdown, the couple that owned the place, his three kids, her daughter with the grandchild, all in a 2 bedrm unit.

          And i have had neighbor in AKL were there were easily about 20 in the property next to the fringe were i rented my shop, sleeping in shifts, staying outside in the yard so that the night workers could sleep during day time.

          Nothing has changed. Nothing at all. In fact its gone worse.

    • Sabine 4.2

      Here is NZ after 5+ years of Labour, almost 3 years with a full majority in government.

      She last week found a young boy crying in the playground. When she asked him what was wrong, he said he was “lonely, cold and hungry”. She has another family sleeping in a tent in someone’s backyard and regularly brings in her own children’s clothes to keep her students warm.

      “Why am I, as a principal who's here to lead education, having to pick up everything else before we can even teach the children?,” she said.

    • Stephen D 4.3

      Proof of my own theory.

      A large chunk of inflation is caused by business greed.

      • Sabine 4.3.1

        A large chunk of inflation is caused by business greed, and lack of housing.

        Fixed that for you.

    • newsense 4.4

      A comparable location in the US has its service workers dossing in cars so be grateful!


    I would have thought the more students from the Pacific who study in China the better. Getting to understand another culture at close range is invaluable. Let's face it, our culture is so immersed in the American way that any counterpoint would be a good thing.

    Sometimes I think the only difference between Aotearoa, and LA is our Maori and Pacific identity,

    • yes Stephen D, the more we know each other the better. Exchanges create communication.

      Sabine,that is a Queenstown case of Landlord greed. Why do they not have ordinances? Numbers allowed to reside?

      Further some Landlords are "doing up" properties and "sitting" waiting with an empty property for a better time to sell. Most hoping they will be helped by their rich mates getting into power.

      Sabine, what part of Covid restictions, supply lines and price pressures do you not get? You beat this majority government drum like it is the whole answer. That is silly, in the face of our rich failing in many ways to contribute to the welfare of our nation, making unproductive housing their wealth builder. It is so bad, the small moves made have put us in recession. I think you are willfully blind, and intend to vote in the crowd who caused this situation. Sadly there are some who are willing to "cut their nose off to spite their face".

      • Molly 5.1.1

        If the landlord is collecting rent from over 6 individuals (as is reported) he is running a boarding house, and must meet the requirements of that form of tenancy.

        So, they can be reported to the Tenancy Tribunal.

        On my phone I'm having difficulty accessing the Queenstown District Plan, but it may also have bylaws that are being broken if a consent has not been issued when required, or consent has been obtained but conditions are not being met.

        • Belladonna

          I agree that QDC could close it down, or the Tenancy Tribunal could (potentially) issue fines to the landlord.
          However, that isn't going to magically provide accommodation for the people currently living there.
          I'm quite sure that, if they had options, they'd already be exercising them.

          • Molly

            "I agree that QDC could close it down, or the Tenancy Tribunal could (potentially) issue fines to the landlord."

            Which should happen if breaches have occurred.

            "However, that isn't going to magically provide accommodation for the people currently living there."

            I lived in a similar situation on Hamilton Island many decades ago while in hospitality. Cheaper accommodation was in "dungas" – containers with beds.

            It was a practical solution for a place with accommodation mainly for guests HOWEVER all provisions were clean and well maintained. Different options allowed for more permanent staff, while those on working holidays could choose cheap, or communally cheaper.

            I'm quite sure that, if they had options, they'd already be exercising them."

            There were good basic apartment blocks built for staff. Easier there because the resort had only one owner IIRC, but something for a business association could have considered as the issue became apparent. It seems as though business owners expected the solution to a problem affecting them to come from elsewhere.

            Note: We have had extortionate rents collected for emergency housing as well. This is no different because individuals are meeting the cost rather than taxpayers.

            It's just another symptom of our housing crisis.

  6. tWiggle 6

    The third point in ACT's housing policy is intriguing, and could be a goer. They propose removing council inspection for building sturdy, lasting homes. The theory is that an insurance fee would be paid up front before building could begin, then faults, defects are covered by the policy/insurance company.

    ACT would replace this broken system with compulsory 30-year building insurance. The scheme would require builders to purchase insurance for all new dwellings from an insurance company regulated by the Reserve Bank. Insurance companies could choose not to cover a given builder if he used risky materials or was otherwise too risky of a client for them to take on. With no insurer, a builder would not be permitted to build. Similarly, insurers could adopt risk-differentiated premia to account for the different risks imposed by different materials or building techniques."

    "Because this insurance would be attached to the house, not the builder, and backed by a reputable and reinsured insurance company, homeowners could be assured of receiving compensation if their home turned out to be poorly-built or use shoddy materials. This is in contrast to the status quo, where builders can use a variety of tactics to avoid liability and leave homeowners bereft of the compensation they deserve."

    Possible downsides I can see:

    • No guarantee that insurance companies will deal in good faith with owners: who checks the finished build?
    • Insurance companies can also collapse, assets disappearing down a big hole, while councils soldier on.
    • the up-front payment by builder gets passed on directly to the buyer in the price
    • Council still needs to be involved for land suitability and service provision.
    • The Reserve Bank carries the can.

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  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    8 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    16 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    3 weeks ago
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    3 weeks ago

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