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Open mike 27/10/2015

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  1. Paul 1

    This article is worthy of a post In its own right.
    Rachel Stewart’s article needs to be widely read.

    ‘New Zealand has reached the pinnacle of world number one in domestic violence’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/73339236/New-Zealand-has-reached-the-pinnacle-of-world-number-one-in-domestic-violence

  2. Morrissey 2

    Paul “Kill Them All” Henry counsels his slaves: “Trust Bill English.”
    This pathetic little exchange perfectly sums up the New Zealand media

    Paul Henry, TV3, Tuesday 27 October 2015, 7:06 a.m.

    People in Bill English’s department have been up to some kind of shenanigans involving inappropriate conduct with a sheep. Bill English denies it, and that’s good enough for New Zealand’s version of Sean Hannity (sans the sensitivity and compassion)….

    PAUL “KILL THEM ALL” HENRY: [carefully] I would venture to trust Bill English on this more than I would the media.

    HILLARY BARRY: [dubiously] Mmmmm.

    GEOFF McTAINSH: [unhappily] Mmmmm.

    PAUL HENRY: Ha! Because we ARE the media.

    HILLARY BARRY: Snort.

    ….ad nauseam…

    More sheep news….
    http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/sheep-kills-ageing-owner-in-saudi-2015-10-26-1.608139

    • Paul 2.1

      Reckon Hoskings is more like Hannity.
      The NZ media are repeaters not reporters.
      They repeat what they’ve been told to say by the finance and banking industry, as does our banker PM Key.

    • savenz 2.2

      @Morrissey – love it

  3. Manuka AOR 3

    On Thursday Auckland Council vote on oil exploration of Auckland’s west coast. Voting is divided, though Len is indicating he won’t be supporting it: “In particular, I’m concerned for the protection of the remaining Maui’s dolphin population, for Kaipara Harbour, which is nursery to an estimated 95 per cent of West Coast snapper stock, for the shellfish gathering, shorebird habitats and the recreational assets of our beaches.”

    Steve Abel from Greenpeace will be making a formal presentation, and says that more than 8,500 people have emailed in their opposition. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11534676

    • savenz 3.1

      Yes interesting to see how they all vote on that one. Most of the council seem very keen to destroy our Natural heritage for the promise of magic beans and piles of cash (for others).

      Would be nice for Len and other councillors to stand up for the environment for once.

      • savenz 3.1.1

        And under the Natz bringing in TPP we will not be able to say NO to every foreign oil company anyway without being hit with massive financial risk to ‘compensate them’ for their right to expect profit from NZ oceans.

  4. savenz 4

    God I happened to come across a herald as I waited for a takeaway. Could not believe how shallow, thin and pathetic it was! On the last page it was going on about ”best political interview ever where JK reveals about weeing in the shower etc. Could not believe how biased it was! Really took my breath away – and really trying to make Little look bad too. At one point they compared how everyone said they stole something but Little said no ( in a way to imply you should steal something or maybe little is lying?) So subtle but I am starting to see why mainstream NZ are still voting the Nats. Every sentence was political pro JK and anti Labour. It even went as far as talking about the stats between Labour and Nats shaving ‘their downstairs’ in a way to make out the Nats were better. It was so repulsive.

    Even a weeing, stealing, PM is such a bonus for the country according to the Herald!

    The political interview of a century where 10 trivia questions totally unrelated to policy are discussed as AMAZING political interview! Really?

    We are in BIG trouble as a nation.

    • ianmac 4.1

      What would have happened had the first question to Key been, “Did you back the 81 Tour?” An honest answer forthcoming do you think?

      • savenz 4.1.1

        PM – Well at the end of the day I’m comfortable with not remembering…

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          With everything he has forgotten in his life, it’s interesting to note what he remembers… like the deleted texts between he and Ritchie McCaw

  5. Draco T Bastard 6

    What the Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Tell You About Apple’s Success

    It’s not about lack of opportunities. It’s because businesses are choosing to hoard profits or to use them to simply prop up stock options (and hence executive pay). That is bad for innovation and there is nothing inevitable about it. At the same time, governments are being asked to cut back with the austerity craze that continues to plague many nations. So we have a crisis of investment on both the private and public side.

    Innovation policy itself should be seen as part of the deal: the NIH could say: look, we will continue to spend on innovation, but only if you, Big Pharma, also increase your investments along the whole chain. Instead, Big Pharma gets its way and is able to do record-level share buybacks while lobbying for regressive tax policies, falling regulation, and a parasitic patent system which is blocking future innovation.

    It’s an interview with Mariana Mazzucato and goes over how the government is often the basis of any advancement in technology and products on the market contradicting the belief that it all comes from the private sector.

    It’s something that our politicians need to learn both from the standpoint of boosting R&D and then getting the businesses that use that R&D to pay for it in some way.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    Governments shouldn’t count on low oil prices: IEA

    If prices continued at current levels, oil investment was likely to decline again in 2016, mainly in high-cost regions, after sliding this year by more than a fifth, said Birol, who took over the top post at the Paris-based IEA in September.

    “If it comes true, this will be the first time in two decades we will see oil investments declining for two consecutive years,” he said. “One should think about medium and long term implications of this lack of investments.”

    U.S. production of light tight oil production had peaked and was expected to decline by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016, he added, tightening supplies further.

    So much for having centuries of cheap oil to fuel the economy.

  7. Saarbo 8

    Just listened to Deborah Russell on RNZ Nine to Noon….excellent improvement on Williams…I hope she becomes a regular commentator. Instead of agreeing with Hooten she successfully challenges him, he doesn’t sound happy.

    She would make an excellent Finance Minister one day.

    • tracey 8.1

      Oh, they had to have a different person to his replacement from last week? I presume he is at the rugby world cup?

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    TPP, TISA and TTIP agreements are massive Corporate power grabs dressed up as trade deals

    Geraint Davies (UK MP) “The harsh reality is that this deal is being stitched up behind closed doors by negotiators, with the influence of big corporations and the dark arts of corporate lawyers. They are stitching up rules that would be outside contract law and common law, and outside the shining light of democracy, to give powers to multinationals to sue Governments over laws that were designed to protect their citizens.”

    Caroline Lucas (UK MP) pointed out in support of this that “the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, who are in trade agreements that include this kind of investor-state relationship, have been sued 127 times and have lost an amount of money that could have employed 300,000 nurses for a year“.

    We have to acknowledge the simple fact that the TPPA is nothing more than a corporate power grab that will be detrimental to NZ and then get the parliamentarians to withdraw from it.

    • tracey 9.1

      Draco, recently when Hooton was doing his rash of spin posts on TPP he implied that we are safe from being sued becase we are not a G8 economy (such as Canada). Essentially that we are too small for anyone to worry about…

      Gould on the TPP

      Now I don’t know how “big-fry” Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland are, but they are NOT G8 countries. We rank ahead of all three on a GDP per capitat basis… so maye we are more likely to be sued, than they are?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

  9. tracey 10

    Interesting piece from Gordon Campbell today on the pay gap. Has rewritten a couple of famouse male quotes in a humourous ay to make his point

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2015/10/27/gordon-campbell-on-the-gender-pay-gap/

  10. savenz 12

    The Natz wet dream for education in NZ (don’t worry will share with Maori party, plenty of free state education money to ‘vanish’ too)

    The Center for Media and Democracy has released a disturbing year-long report on the lack of accountability, transparency and oversight in the $3.7 billion given to charter schools instead of public schools since the 1990s.

    The report looked at over two decades of appropriations for 11 states and Washington, D.C. The way the process works is the annual budget allocates funds and states apply for the funds which are distributed to the schools. The schools in some states have the ability to apply directly to the Department of Education. What you see when you look specifically at Michigan, who received more than $3.5 million, is that 20 percent of the schools who applied for funding never actually opened. So where did the money go? Does the state or federal government get that money back? No. It just disappears with no accountability. When someone proves they can’t manage funding they get from the government, generally they lose that funding. At the very least there’s a hearing. In Michigan, you can just start another charter school.

    http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/miscellaneous/shocking-report-us-privatized-charter-school-program-riddled-with-fraud-abuse-and-waste/

  11. tracey 13

    Little payin ghis own expenses on trip to World Cup Rugby Final.

    English claims the government is economising by having meetings att eh same time. But Key has warned kiwis to brace ourselves for high bills due to much higher costs in London because of the World Cup.

    So, in some instances it’s costing us more to have them there at a peak time?

    The Government is mentioning that Chairing a right wing leaders meeting is part of this economising?

    Should “we” be paying for this, something which is much more “party” or ideologically focused than of wide benefit to NZ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Democrat_Union

    The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a conservative international alliance of political parties. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway,[1] the IDU comprises 71 full and associate members from 63 different countries.[2] It is chaired by John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
    The IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest. From this, they act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies around the globe.

    • savenz 13.1

      I think it is pretty clear that Key does not work in the interests of NZ at all, but in the interests of The International Democrat Union (IDU).

      The want the return of the empire a one world order controlled by a handful of extremely wealthy white men.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1

        +1

      • Tracey 13.1.2

        Interestingly the media just reprinted it, without helping people understand that this is NOT a “NZ” gig but a right wingers unite to dominate the world thing…

        I wonder if the person copying and pasting English’s Press release even bothered to do a search?

  12. Draco T Bastard 14

    How is our economy really performing?

    Five headline indicators of national success

    In our new report released today, we set out five headline measures of national success for the UK. Our aim is to re-align government policies with what evidence has shown that we, the UK public, want our economy to deliver.

    Adopting these indicators – which capture performance on Good Jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health – will provide a clear picture of the UK’s social and economic performance, and focus policy-makers attention on the things that genuinely matter to the UK public.

    Sounds like a good idea for NZ to implement. It would certainly be better than the rather limited GDP in combination with the ZOMG, we’ve got a surplus!!!! that both National and Labour think matters.

    The five are:

    1. Good Jobs – not just any job at any cost.
    2. Wellbeing – Improving people’s lives should be the ultimate aim of public policy.
    3. Environment – Our prosperity, and that of future generations, depends on a healthy environment.
    4. Fairness – High levels of inequality have been proven to have corrosive effects on both society and economy.
    5. Health – Good quality healthcare and public health provision is a pre-requisite for all other social and economic goals.

    The present government would, IMO, fail on all of them especially after their attacks on beneficiaries.

  13. Anne 15

    It looks like the latest revelations re -the police activity against Nicky Hager are now getting top billing in the MSM.

    … before seeking any legal order in the Hager inquiry, the police went to 16 banks, airlines and phone companies to seek personal information belonging to Hager. For example, detectives wanted Air NZ to reveal any flights he had taken – and who was sitting next to him.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11535858

    And the police claim Hager was only being treated as a witness and not a suspect criminal? Pull the other one!

    • McFlock 15.1

      lol
      talk about fishing: “hi, we need to talk about this illegal act or you need to pass me something, let’s book the only form of transport where your seats are allocated with proof of ID”.

      I hope they spent hours contact-tracing the person in the next seat before they found out it was a travelling sales rep.

    • Tracey 15.2

      In order for the bank to have so easily handed over the information AND meet their obligation for reason to believe a serious crime is being committed the police MUST have told them they believed HAGER was the criminal. The Bank, to defen itself MUST put forward the basis for its belief a “serious” crime had been committed or would be committed by Hager…

      • Draco T Bastard 15.2.1

        The only possible defence that the bank has (Should have) is if the police turned up with a warrant which would prove that due consideration has been given. Without a warrant the police shouldn’t have been asking and the bank shouldn’t have been handing information over.

        This obviously needs to be spelled out clearly in legislation so that the police and the banks understand it.

        • Tracey 15.2.1.1

          Draco “reason to believe” will also have had judicial consideration in our Courts.

    • RedbaronCV 15.3

      So if you happen to wind up quite by accident sitting next to Nicky on a plane the police want your name?? Why- in case you pinched his boiled lolly – that’s a pretty big breach of privacy with respect to unknown third parties?

  14. Morrissey 16

    “I interviewed Alistair Campbell a little earlier, and I didn’t bring that up with him, unfortunately…”
    Jesse Mulligan is already apologizing for his pisspoor interview of Blair’s most brutal henchman.

    Radio New Zealand National, Tuesday 27 October 2015, 3:10 p.m.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201776237/feature-interview-alistair-campbell

    The long awaited “interview” with Alistair Campbell (obviously with conditions attached) was not, as it should have been, conducted from within the confines of one of Her Majesty’s prisons, or from one of the hellholes in Iraq or Afghanistan to which so many of his victims were condemned without trial. It is one of the many unconscionable facts of our time that this loathsome, self-pitying monster continues to roam free, appearing frequently and without impediment on the BBC and anyone else who will promise not to ask him any questions about the crimes he has committed. People like Jesse Mulligan for instance, who treated Campbell with the kind of reverence usually extended to someone like the Dalai Lama.

    I’m preparing a verbatim transcript of the whole wretched 25 minutes, but here’s a quick “highlight” reel of the Guru of Burnley’s timeless wisdom….

    1.) Clive Woodward says there are three kinds of people in a team—the warrior, the leader and the talent. “Some people are all three, of course. I like to think I was part warrior, part leader and I was a talent in the Blair government.”

    2.) The Alistair Campbell technique for stress release—rubbing the thumb and forefinger together. “It just calms me down, like when I’m at the Iraq inquiry, coming under aggressive questioning.”

    3.) He didn’t put Vladimir Putin on the cover of his book—because to do so would imply a positive view of Putin. Campbell admits that Putin has been a success—“if you believe that politics is exercising power.” He had an unpleasant experience with him in the build-up to the Iraq War, Campbell says. Putin just lost it, screaming at Tony Blair. “He was just vicious,” recalled Campbell, with a shudder.

    Tough-guy comedian demands yet more violence in Syria

    Twenty minutes later, in the pre-show segment for the light chat show The Panel, producer Zoe George brought up Tony Blair’s defiant reiteration that he had done the right thing in supporting the aggression against Iraq, because Saddam would have been worse than Assad, and history would show that Blair and George W. Bush are in fact heroes instead of the mass murderers they appear to be. Mulligan, who obviously feels some sense of embarrassment at failing to confront Campbell, said: “I interviewed Alistair Campbell a little earlier, and I didn’t bring that up with him, unfortunately…”

    Blair’s dodgy attempt at self-absolution goaded one of today’s Panelists, Jeremy Elwood, to show just what a deeply moral and thoughtful person he (Jeremy Elwood) is. “Why does it have to be an either-or thing? They got rid of Saddam, which is great, but when are they going to do something about Assad?”

    Not one of the other guests in the studio—not his fellow guest Gary Moore, not Zoe George, not host Jesse Mulligan—said a single thing to contest Elwood’s bloodthirsty support for Al Qaeda and the Al Nusra Front.

    Lovers of black comedy might enjoy Jeremy Elwood’s bewildered thoughts about Gaza….

    Open mike 17/07/2014

    And here’s Elwood being bullied by Nevil “Breivik” Gibson….

    Open mike 18/10/2013

    • Paul 16.1

      Why does Elwood get invited on the Panel?
      He lacks insight, originality, intellect, courage, wisdom, humour, …

  15. Morrissey 17

    You’ve just answered your own question, Paul.

  16. Morrissey 18

    Just how depraved is the American political scene?
    Just look at what this Democratic Party candidate says to impress voters.

    “My son Jim fought as an infantry Marine on the bloody streets of Ramadi.”

    —- Jim Webb, Democratic Party candidate.

    Did candidates for political office in West Germany in the 1950s boast of their sons having fought on the bloody streets of Warsaw, or the bloody streets of Stalingrad, or the bloody streets of Leningrad?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/us/politics/democratic-debate-transcript.html?_r=0

    First Democratic Presidential Debate 2016 by CNN 10-13-2015 – FULL

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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    6 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    6 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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    5 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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    5 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
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