Open Mike 26/04/2017

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  1. Antoine 1

    Interesting article on.housing conditions:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/91799947/rental-properties-in-far-worse-condition-than-owneroccupied-homes-survey-finds

    Worth reading beyond the headline. Says the condition of housing has improved since 2010…

    A.

    • Antoine 1.1

      Another story, on rental housing. Some interesting (positive) trends…

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/91852630/eliminating-the-errors-made-by-amateur-landlords

    • greywarshark 1.2

      That first link is a bit shocking because it doesn’t refer to scientific readings, it relies on the perceptions of those visiting the houses. This from BRANZ? wtf.

      meanwhile, 12 per cent of rentals smelt mustycompared to six per cent of owned homes, and just under a third of rentals felt damp compared to 11 per cent of owner-occupied.

      I expect when being presented with definite percentages, that it is meant to be an authoritative measured statistical presentation.

    • mauī 1.3

      Well I never would have expected the condition of housing to improve in an unspecified manner over time…

      • Antoine 1.3.1

        BRANZ is pretty credible in my experience. I’d be surprised if they’d skew the scrum.

        A.

    • Sacha 1.4

      Visible mould in over half of rentals.
      Rockstar!

      • Antoine 1.4.1

        Yes the mould is not good (especially where it is extensive)

        • Sacha 1.4.1.1

          I am surprised it’s so prevalent.

          • greywarshark 1.4.1.1.1

            Sacha
            On mould. A relative of mine who is a builder (reliable and experienced) , had to pull off Gib board in one house that he had rented out. I think he felt that the house had never been ventilated with open windows, aired when it was sunny etc. It would seem that a short course on being a ‘householder’ would be of benefit to renters, who have never had the experience of ownership and maintenance themselves. And to facilitate this, the smart, thinking landlord would put security stays on all windows. People in poor areas from which most petty criminals arise, know the reality of the statistics that poor areas suffer more from burglaries and other crimes than the wealthy. The wealthy make the biggest fuss, but losing anything when you have little money to replace, and cannot afford insurance causes bigger upsets to those poorer people.

            So two factors leading to mould that should be considered. One that people don’t understand that houses have to be aired, and get sunlight through them just like clean washing. And especially in the bathrooms, they should have extractor fans. (Better with heating with the fan, but often tenants would leave them on and raise their electricity bill needlessly if heater and fan were left on for long time.)
            And secondly, that it becomes habit possibly down the generations, to keep windows closed, partly to defend themselves against the light-fingered.

  2. Andre 2

    I would have preferred Sanders to Clinton as the Dem candidate. But he was and is still deeply flawed. Those who still think Sanders was some kind of spurned messiah would do well to remind themselves of some of the reasons he is a crap figurehead for the Dems.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/04/24/bye-bye-bernie-the-self-appointed-captain-of-the-democratic-ship-needs-to-stop-chasing-the-great-white-male/

    The Dems need to look to the future, not the past. That future should be more like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar and Jeff Merkley and Cory Booker and the many others that need the oldies to step away from center stage and give them room to shine.

    • millsy 2.1

      Cory Booker is on record as supporting privatisation.

      • Andre 2.1.1

        Yeah, they all have some positions I disagree with. But I also think it’s worth having the argument within the Dems in order to refine and hone their arguments in support of whatever position they settle on.

    • Nick 2.2

      None of these people you listed ran in the Primary against Clinton. Sanders was 1000% better candidate for the poor and middle class, but not for the dem establishment.

    • swordfish 2.3

      Andre

      But he was and is still deeply flawed. Those who still think Sanders was some kind of spurned messiah would do well to remind themselves of some of the reasons he is a crap figurehead for the Dems

      Ad

      25 April 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Hillary wasn’t the fresh, bold charismatic star that the Democrats needed. I sure ain’t saying Sanders or Corbyn was any of that either. All destined to be wrong, wrong, wrong.

      rhinocrates

      20 April 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Sanders would have won’ is delusional at best

      __________________________________________________________________________

      .

      (1) We know from the plethora of polls last year that Sanders performed far better than Clinton in the one-on-one match-ups with Trump (both at the national level and at the crucial swing or purple State-by-State level)

      Calculated from Real Clear Politics

      Clinton vs Trump match-ups

      Sanders vs Trump match-ups

      Monthly Average Lead

      Month ……… Clinton Leads Trump ……… Sanders Leads Trump

      2016

      May …………………..C.. + 2…………………………………S.. + 10

      April ………………….C.. + 7…………………………………S.. + 14

      March ……………….C.. + 10……………………………….S.. + 17

      February …………..C.. + 4………………………………….S.. + 8

      January ……………..C.. + 3………………………………….S.. + 15

      .

      (2) Sanders still significantly more popular with US voters than everyone else

      Latest Poll to measure Sanders’ favourability

      Fox News Poll (March 2017)

      ………………………Favourable …. Unfavourable

      Bernie Sanders……. 61% ……. ……. 32%

      Mike Pence …………. 47% …………… 43%

      Donald Trump ……….44% …………… 53%

      Elizabeth Warren …..39% …………. 31%

      Paul Ryan …………….. 37%…………… 47%

      Nancy Pelosi ………… 33% ……………50%

      Democrats in ………….32% …………….60%

      Congress

      Republicans in ………… 29% ………… 63%

      Congress

      Chuck Schumer ………..26%……………30%

      Mitch McConnell ……….20%…………..44%

      Sanders = majority favourability amongst almost all demographics (along with reasonable minority of Ideological Conservatives, White Evangelicals, Republican supporters and Trump voters)

      • Ad 2.3.1

        Sanders didn’t have a one-on-one match up with Trump on anything.

        Would you recommend that Sanders runs against Trump in November 2020?

        • swordfish 2.3.1.1

          “Sanders didn’t have a one-on-one match up with Trump on anything”.

          Polls, dear boy, polls. (month after month (2016) … representative samples of US voters at both the national and swing state level told Pollsters they significantly preferred Sanders over the deeply unpopular Clinton and Trump … and darn it – they still do !!!)

          Just ensuring those somewhat inconvenient little facts don’t get “inadvertently” lost amongst all the dutiful Dem Establishment rhetoric

          “Would you recommend that Sanders runs against Trump in November 2020?”.

          In a word … Nyet

  3. RedBaronCV 3

    Interesting summary of worthy economic outcomes over on pundit by Ganesh Nana

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    Rachel Stewart takes aim at the current state of (non) democracy, and doesn’t miss:

    Enduring years and years of corporatocracy winning over democracy does that to voters. It dulls the desire to identify with any political tribe. Watching the steady drip of public wealth – think water, for a start – transferred into private hands has turned many a stomach, and a few worms. Like me.

    Then add in the homeless; families living in cars before they get put up in a motel paid for by us, in a kind of merry-go-round of false economy and galloping governmental geldings who wouldn’t know a testicle if they tripped over one.

    Because democracy should mean elected people looking after people. Instead it has morphed into elected people looking after unelected corporate interests, and themselves. They have fallen for the neo-liberal neonicotinoid. If you think bees are in trouble maybe have a good look around at the current state of humanity.

    Edit: I had to google the meaning of that unfamiliar word in the quote. Got this:

    Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.1

      I’m with Rachel on this….

      “If I thought that most politicians were serving the folks who put them there, and not the powerful money grubbers who both run the world while destroying it, I’d likely enjoy giving their box a tick. As it stands, I’m leaning more towards giving them all the great, big flick.”

      and this….

      “So, democracy devotees, you can talk all you like about what your lot are going to do when they get elected but, frankly, talk is easy. You can dress up to the nines, all Soprano-esque, on the cover of a glossy magazine if you want. I won’t be swimming with your fishes.”

      I may have shared these thoughts before…I personally find it insulting when those who aspire to lead us believe we will all be swayed by PR veneer.

      • Carolyn_nth 4.1.1

        Agreed. And the article linked below in response to Danyl McLaughlan leans in the same direction – against technocrats just aiming to play the corporate-friendly PR game.

    • gsays 4.2

      Hi Carolyn, great article, she certainly doesn’t miss.
      Must say, scrolled down the page, to find stories of bachelorette, avoiding a broken penis, a 15 year old getting breast reduction….

      No wonder we seem lost, trivia trumps enlightenment any day.

  5. Karen 5

    A couple of days ago there was some discussion about the Danyl Mclauchlan review of Max Harris’s book “The New Zealand Project”. As a counter to those supporting Mclachlan’s criticism of the book is this piece in the Huffington Post:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/danyl-mclauchlan-wrong-about-max-bad-for-new-zealand_us_58fe9dbbe4b0f02c3870edca

    • Karen 5.1

      Plus there’s some clips of the wonderful Kiri Allan who I am hoping will be getting a high place on the Labour Party list.

    • Violet 5.2

      Thanks for the great link. I would have missed the best rebuttal I have read to Mclauchlan’s review, and I discovered Kiri Allan (better late than never). Both far more inspiring and hopefull than Mclauchlan. Even if not as funny.

      • Karen 5.2.1

        Mclauchlan is a very good writer – the problem with his review was that he missed the point of the book.

        • weka 5.2.1.1

          He also seems to have ignored the elephant in the living room that is the neoliberal in Labour and why lots of voters don’t trust them.

          • Peter 5.2.1.1.1

            ( He also seems to have ignored the elephant in the living room that is the neoliberal in Labour and why lots of voters don’t trust them.)

            I would be one of them who does not trust them.

          • Gosman 5.2.1.1.2

            Given Corbyn is certainly not neoliberal why don’t the UK voters seem to trust the UK Labour party he leads?

            • weka 5.2.1.1.2.1

              UK Labor have the same problem that Labour here used to have. A massive split within the party. Why would people trust them to run the country when the leader that the members elected is constantly being undermined by the centrists in the party?

              • Gosman

                Why didn’t Corbyn purge the party then?

                • weka

                  How would I know that? Why didn’t Cunliffe? Why didn’t Little?

                • McFlock

                  lol I suspect the answer is that it’s because the Labour Party (be it UK or NZ) is a democratic organisation that does not give its leader unilateral power to issue proscription lists and damnatio memorae, unlike the Stalinist edifice of a Labour Party that exists in your tory wet dreams.

          • Karen 5.2.1.1.3

            Are you talking about Harris or Mclauchlin?

            Who of the current Labour candidates for 2017 do you consider is neoliberal? What evidence do you have that “lots of voters” don’t trust Labour because of Neoliberalism?

            • weka 5.2.1.1.3.1

              I meant DM.

              “Who of the current Labour candidates for 2017 do you consider is neoliberal?”

              Haven’t looked closely at who is standing. My comment was more about the breach of trust from the 80s, the subsequent problems with the internal issues that Labour have had, especially in recent terms where the infighting has been obvious. I subscribe to the theory that Labour hasn’t got into govt because they have appeared incompetent and untrustworthy as a result of the L/R split and conflict in the party. Thankfully, that’s changing.

              “What evidence do you have that “lots of voters” don’t trust Labour because of Neoliberalism?”

              I didn’t say that. Explanation above.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.2

        +1

    • rhinocrates 5.3

      A nice closing line:

      Convincing other people that it is true involves a lot of hard work with no guarantee of success. If you’ve lost you enthusiasm for doing so, that’s fine. Just don’t dump on those who haven’t. Please.

      There’s an old ironic saying: “I couldn’t, so you mustn’t.”

  6. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    A group of 40-60 teenage criminals simply took over a train car in Oakland and robbed everyone – a sign of the great American breakdown of 2017?

    http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/BART-takeover-robbery-50-to-60-teens-swarm-11094745.php

  7. ianmac 7

    My sister is in her 80s and lives in Christchurch. Spark sent her another new wireless modem. She wasn’t sure why. Her son connected it up. Their landline phones ceased ringing. Then they discovered that their landline had been disconnected and their future modest internet use and non landline phones are also wireless.

    Is the way of the now?
    What if they had had fibre connection?

    • Carolyn_nth 7.1

      Yep – Spark is switching to an internet based system: CCN – converged communications network.

      It’s been in the news recently.

      Myself I prefer old style landlines – not so easy to hack.

      • ianmac 7.1.1

        Will the new supercede fibre? (My sister being elderly didn’t know how or why and before happilyrelied on her landline phones. Catapult springs to mind.)

        • Carolyn_nth 7.1.1.1

          I have no idea. Computer World gives more details.

          My guess is fibre cables will/could still be used. It sounds like the Spark upgrade is because they still use copper wires for their landlines: and the copper wires are becoming obsolete.

        • greywarshark 7.1.1.2

          Ianmac
          In tune with a lack of trust in our government, the direction that business interests will take when they have all our communication systems going through their equipment, I don’t see why copper should be declared obsolete and abandoned. We will lose a valuable and reliable system which is alternative to having to use some big corporation that will wield power more and more
          invasively.

      • Halfcrown 7.1.2

        “Myself I prefer old style landlines – not so easy to hack.”

        Same here. Also, you pay for the power for these phones now. No doubt the power usage will be minuscule but it still means Spark does not have to power the system for the phones. Have a power cut and you will have no phone. Not all of us have cell phones.

    • Rosemary McDonald 7.2

      “Is the way of the now?”

      Yes. Putting all our eggs in one tech basket makes no sense.

      Try buying a new vehicle that does not have electronic/computer components and ‘smart’ technology.

      I’m joining the Luddites.

    • tc 7.3

      Spark want you off copper. Chorus charges mean they cant profit by doing nothing like they used to.

      If only theyd looked after it better when they had the entire network. Don’t expect any better from vodafoney.

      • joe90 7.3.1

        Spark want you off copper.

        They’re kicking the old system to touch and as they do so they’ll unplug the copper at their end and plug it into the new IP system.

        You’ll still have your copper to the home connection to their network.

      • rhinocrates 7.3.2

        I’ll second that. Do NOT use Vodafone. As an ex-customer, I fully sympathise with the man in Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Sketch.

  8. Johan 8

    Interesting listening to Leighton Smith ZB at 8.42 this morning. The self-opinionated, Tory supporter, mentioned that the molestation of young girls should not be tolerated, referring in part to a certain Afghan refugee. I immediately thought of Smith’s number one hero, the serial ponytail pulling pervert from Helensville, Shonkey.

    • Morrissey 8.1

      Drop the great man a line next time you listen to him ranting, Johan. I’ve done it in the past, and elicited some hilarious on-air meltdowns.

      Here’s one of my first exchanges with him, from Monday, 10 March 2003….

      My correspondence with a genius

      After nine o’clock this morning, this writer chances on the dapper NewstalkZB “pundit” Leighton Smith talking, in rather elevated, some might say pompous, tones about his grave concern that society is suffering from an “erosion of values”. So impressed is this writer that he (i.e. moi) is moved to compose a letter to the great man, which is sent off, via e-mail, shortly before ten o’clock…..

      Dear Leighton,

      It is interesting to hear you talking this morning of your concern about the “erosion of values”.

      Just yesterday, you were defending Paul Holmes’s racist comments (“People are calling Paul Holmes a racist. Good GRIEF!”) How does defending someone who calls a black man a “cheeky darkie” show a “commitment to values”?

      And how does calling Muhammad Ali a “nigger”, as you did a couple of years ago, show a “commitment to values”?

      Yours sincerely,
      Morrissey Breen

      Shortly after, the great baritone deigns to reply!

      LEIGHTON SMITH: Coming up to, errrrr, twenty minutes to eleven. Just taking a look at the e-mails. M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-Morrissey. You’re an IDIOT. Let’s just leave it at that. To the phones now….

      And, errrr, that is it. THAT is, apparently, what NewstalkZB means by “Tune Your Mind”.

      https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/nz.general/bRF_m9NoI3g

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        Hi Morrissey if Leighton thinks you aren’t like him and diagnoses you as an idiot person, I would like to join your gang. It seems to have a more life and mental sharpness in it than Leighton’s mob.

      • rhinocrates 8.1.2

        Smith calls you an idiot, ah well…

        “Listen to the fool’s reproach! It is a kingly title!”

        Blake, Proverbs of Hell.

      • adam 8.1.3

        Thanks for the good giggle Morrissey

      • mosa 8.1.4

        Leighton Smith is a perfect example of the erosion of values he is lamenting.

        Arrogant , self serving, pompous, disrespectful wind bag who can’t tolerate an opinion that is at odds with his own warped view point.

        Then shows his contempt by personally attacking anyone who disagrees with him like in Morrissey’s case pointing out Smith’s own contradictions.

        If there is a imbecile here it’s Leighton Smith.

      • Morrissey 8.1.5

        ERRATUM:

        That exchange with the windbag Leighton Smith did not occur on Monday March 10, 2003 but on Friday October 3, 2003.

        I forgot that Google Groups automatically dates documents according to the illogical U.S. convention of month-day-year.

  9. Karen 9

    Attention Aucklanders:

    One day left to sign the Action Station petition to stop the cost cutting library reforms.

    It will be presented to Goff tomorrow.

    https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/save-our-super-city-librarians

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    So the GCSB has been caught red handed spying on Japan for none other than the USA.

    There needs to be an enquiry into this.

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Enough is Enough
      What was that? Some of us miss out on stuff that others pick up. It’s good if you can give a link or say where it was reported.

    • Pete 11.1

      Blunder? In what way was it a ‘blunder’? I wouldn’t trust the bugger either!

    • the Joneses 11.2

      What annoys me is that this is a story at all.

      Are politicians a special breed of people who should not be part of random security checks?

    • RedBaronCV 11.3

      At the request of the US – oh dear I wonder what their database has on him.

      And on another note why is the NZ taxpayer paying to search on the demands of the US. They could either simply deny boarding or search at their end . User pays you know.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 11.3.1

        I wonder what their database has on him.

        There’s more than enough prima facie evidence in the public domain as it is.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.4

      Given his reputation, who wouldn’t have McCully searched?

    • Morrissey 12.1

      Who exactly is “Netsafe” keeping safe? What right does this small and inordinately powerful group have to censor political websites?

  11. Ad 13

    If anyone’s keen on an electric car, a few of the oil companies can see real threats to demand with all the new models coming on stream by 2020. Toyota plans to eliminate all petroleum use by 2025:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-25/electric-car-boom-seen-triggering-peak-oil-demand-in-2030s

    • mauī 13.1

      Sorry Ad. Where’s all that lithium going to come from to make those electric cars? How are you going to avoid completely screwing up the oil industry which would in turn screw up the electric car industry before it even got going?

      Edit: Toyota is going to eliminate all petroleum use in 10 years?? Ok… is it going to magically ship all it’s car parts by imaginary electric trucks and sail ships. Is it going to replace all the bits of plastic (which is oil) in it’s cars with wood? Wtf

      • McFlock 13.1.1

        Actually the link said “But battery prices are dropping by about 20 percent a year, and automakers have been spending billions to electrify their fleets. Volkswagen AG is targeting 25 percent of its sales to be electric by 2025. Toyota Motor Corp. plans to phase out fossil fuels altogether by 2050.“(my bold)

        In the context of that paragraph, it looks like they’re just going to be selling electric cars in 2050. Maybe they’ll use starch as the base molecule for fittings and other plastics, but that’s not clear as the rest of the paragraph seems to be talking about their production fleets.

        • David Mac 13.1.1.1

          I assumed Toyota are talking about dropping internal combustion engines by 2050. There are so many petroleum based products in a modern car, we can’t get away from it entirely. Unlike burning oil, these components can be recycled into other functional items.

          The world uses about 85 million barrels of oil a day. We burn 87% of it, exhaust it into the atmosphere. All of the plastic based products we make in the world. Coke bottles, t-shirts, computer bodies, car dashboards, the lot. It accounts for 4% of oil used. Given the recycling aspect, not entirely sustainable but the numbers make for a much happier Mother Earth.

          The race for a superior battery is one of the grandest corporate pursuits of our time. The prize is huge. Henry Ford…..Bill Gates…..then the builder of a better battery. Lithium? Ha, quaint old fashioned tech. I’m running a 25 eel tank in my electric car. Costs me a tub of fish food every shopping day.

          • McFlock 13.1.1.1.1

            lol

            but yeah, as soon as the energy density of batteries – and a few things like charge time – hits a threshold, corporate fleets will go electric. Then the petrol car will go the way of the phonograph or loom. Kept around by specialists/purists/the occasional fashionista, but ignored by everyone else.

            • David Mac 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Yep, the stone age didn’t end because they ran out of rocks.

              Our grandchildren will be rummaging through our barns and exclaim ‘Oh my God, is that a Pajero?’

              I like the internal combustion engine so much, I’m likely to hang onto a piece of fruit to drive on the few special allocated roads, pay the $1000 a year the sticker on the windscreen costs me, the $500 to fill it up….ahhhh to hell with it, Wotcha got Mr Tesla, can I trade a 69 Bathurst Monaro?….A lousy 3 grand!… I’d hang on too long.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.2

        Where’s all that lithium going to come from to make those electric cars?

        Super-fast charging aluminium batteries ready to take on lithium
        New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

        How are you going to avoid completely screwing up the oil industry which would in turn screw up the electric car industry before it even got going?

        The faster we screw the oil industry up the better.

  12. Ad 14

    I’m sure NZTA’s alliance are spitting blood and $$ overrun penalties about it, but the longer this Waterview construction gets delayed, the more Prime Minister English gets to use it as an election-year orgasm:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11845437

  13. McFlock 15

    I’ve been keeping a wee eye on the wikipedia page on opinion polling for the UK election. Nice graphical summary of the polls. It does seem that the conservatives are waxing at the expense of UKIP, which is a slight improvement. Labour still too early to tell, but its slide seems to have plateaud.

    Again, and indirect measure at best in FPP.

  14. katipo 16

    War is hell for ….. Politicians in flak Jackets…

    Trump Son in law Jared Kushner is only the latest politico to look like a doof….

    ……The flak jacket, as a basic sop to safety and context, is less intrusive than a helmet. But it was far from unobtrusive during New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s 2015 visit to Camp Taji, located just north of Baghdad. He paired the garment with a gray button-down, tan pants, and a baseball cap. The brown flak jacket emphasized the length of his untucked shirtfront. While the outfit did not imply that Key was a soldier, it did suggest that he was in some danger: Why else would he be wearing the flak jacket?

    http://www.racked.com/2017/4/25/15422992/flak-jacket-politicians-kushner

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

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

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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

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

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

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

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

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

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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

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

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

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

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

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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

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

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

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

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

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    4 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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