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Open mike 28/02/2020

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  1. Ad 1

    Looks like Bridges is onto a winner with gangs. A good show in Tauranga last night.

    • Rapunzel 1.1

      Pardon? About a 100 heads compared to 250 the previous week where police spoke to the public & didn't end up driving around the carpark looking for non-existent boogie-men?? You really have to be joking, that was all for "appearances" & failed – it wasn't about solutions.

    • Sacha 1.2

      Sounds hilarious. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12312314

      Good opportunity for Bridges’ replacement to show off his chest-beating skills.

      • Rapunzel 1.2.1

        It was from planetkey to #simonsworld interesting to observe but was not about solutions as the more discerning of the audience would have seen, the blinkered ones saw only what they wanted to and at one point acted little more better than a gang with pitchforks themselves. 

      • WeTheBleeple 1.2.2

        They are ridiculous posers with no idea what they're talking about.

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10509500

        Bridges won't sit down and talk, but will solve the issue.

        Yeah, right.

      • Sacha 1.2.3

        More extensive quotes from the meeting via Richard Harman's blog: https://www.politik.co.nz/2020/02/28/bridges-and-mongrel-mob-spokesperson-in-tense-clash/

        Concludes:

        But the “tough on gangs” roadshow is designed for the provinces; it’s part of the campaign to try and occupy NZ First territory.  It’s not for the cities where gangs are mostly invisible and where by the time we get to the election, it is likely the economy will be the main issue. Unfortunately for Bridges, it does not succumb to the easy answers that gangs do.

        • veutoviper 1.2.3.1

          Thanks for that, Sacha.   Richard's report and the TVNZ report and video put up by Anne @ 1.5.1 are well worth it for the insight into the mood etc of the meeting and the ugly reception received by Louise Hutchinson.  

          However, I don't agree that the tough on gangs approach is designed solely for the provinces.

          Fine, it may be an attempt  to occupy NZF territory as part of National's all out campaign to destroy Peters and NZF.  However, IMO the National "tough on crime and in particular gangs" approach cannot be seen as solely for the provinces.  

          This 'no tolerance of gangs etc' approach as  part of their overall law and order policy was highly publicised first by Key back in 2008 (as demonstrated in the old 2008 link in WTB's comment @ 1.2.2) and throughout Key's time as PM.  

          It was then resurrected by Bridges late last year with the launch of his big law and order policy paper at National’s Annual Conference last November proposing a major crack down on crime with a special focus on gangs – including establishing a special/elite police unit similar to the Australian Strike Force Raptor Unit.  

          Bridges has been talking up his 'no tolerance' approach ever since including on social media etc and I certainly don't recall any attempt to not apply it equally to urban situations or audiences.  (Some links etc to the above in my comments in last week's OM 21 Feb discussion referred to below with links to the thread.)

          Back to last night's meeting. As expected it sounds the complete opposite to the meeting also held in Tauranga last week facilitated by Tauranga Mayor Terry Powell and Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Gary Webber. on that occasion they and Police Area Commander Inspector Clifford Paxton and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's chief inspector of the health sector Simon Everett  presented a completely different approach based  on understanding and empathy while at the same time acknowledging and addressing the big issues of meth and community safety. 

          For those who may have missed it some of us had a conversation re the earlier meeting on Open Mike 21 Feb 2020 initiated by Cinny @ 3 when she posted the Herald report of the earlier meeting.  21 February 2020 at 8:29 am

          IMHO, the contrast between the two meetings could not be greater, and it makes one wonder about the relationship Bridges may have with the Mayors and local Police etc in his own electorate.

    • A 1.3

      Yeah I think he is onto a winner.  Possibly his strongest point so far.

      Which is why it is vital NZ stops the endless flow of criminals from Australia https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/119863732/jacinda-arderns-pitch-to-scomo-stop-sending-us-your-crims

      Now it is understood that in private talks with Morrison today, Ardern will go much further. New Zealand will significantly stiffen its posturing on the issue, arguing that Australia's position – which Morrison had a hand in crafting while Immigration Minister – lacks proportionality and has become extreme.

      Actually we need to make it clear that this needs to stop immediately, no exceptions or Tauranga will be Hamilton, Wellington etc

    • RedLogix 1.4

      Yup. Most people viscerally loath gangs and any politician who stands up to them, chest-beating or not, will get a hearing. 

      If you want to see where this goes, look to the Philippines. Most people know Duterte goes too far, but they support him because the alternative they were living through was worse.

      And totally agree with A above. Australia is many things to NZ, but this deportation policy is definitely on the bad side of ledger. Personally I would go to Morrison and say, you can keep deporting your criminals to us as is your right, but we will impose an extra tax on your resident banks to pay for the extra prisons we have to build.

    • Muttonbird 1.5

      Looked like a Grey Power meeting to me. Interesting he chose the Yacht and Power Boat club. Way to reach out there, Simon.

      Also read that a gang affiliate was there, offered some stats, and was rewarded with no stats from Simon and Mark, then was shouted down by the crowd.

      Again, way to solve the problem.

      • Anne 1.5.1

        Have a look at this video:

        https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/02/28/simon-bridges-goes-head-to-head-with-mongrel-mob-representative.html?auto=6136607249001

        I've been in a situation where middle aged white men were staring me down in an effort to make me feel uncomfortable and put me off my stride. (I'm white but I was confronting them with a truth and they didn't like it.) We can't see them in this clip, but that is exactly what they were doing to this woman. It's a form of bullying and intimidation and strong women are a specific target.

        The meeting was a political stunt.

        • Incognito 1.5.1.1

          The meeting was a political stunt.

          QED

          The link is a TVNZ one; enough said.

        • Poission 1.5.1.2

          She is the PR face of a nasty gang that impoverishes and enslaves populations of low social economic groupings.(as most of the gangs do)

          If she wants to be the messanger for misery,she needs to look at her own ethics (and morality) which I suspect are lacking.

          One of the things that came up in the doco is that it seems meth has really entrenched itself in poorer communities. When it first cropped up in the late ’90s, it took off as a drug which was almost like a cool party drug. It’s a drug that affects a broad range of people, but in recent years there’s been a big shift and it has taken a stranglehold on a lot of poorer communities. And even a low-level retail dealer can have a big impact on a smaller community.

          So when we were planning this, there was a big police operation in Kawerau, called Operation NOTUS. There’s different levels of policing in each district, and the police in Kawerau were frustrated with what they perceived as the increasing strength of the Mongrel Mob, accumulating wealth and peddling meth. They weren’t resourced to investigate organised crime – to do that you have to be up on the wire monitoring phone calls, or doing physical surveillance, cameras and all of that jazz. Even in the Bay of Plenty District, my understanding is that there wasn’t really the resources to do that. They do have an organised crime team, but if there’s a murder or something big, detectives get seconded.

          So what happened was the National Organised Crime Group – normally they target very high end international syndicates – they got involved in this operation targeting the low level retail end. Basically they were tasked to do this job, and spent about six months working with and alongside key people in the Kawerau community. There’s about 6000 people in Kawerau, and the head of the job said they identified something like 600 users, so about 10% of the population. And there was a lot of social deprivation that went with that. So when they went in, it wasn’t just locking people up – I hate the word but it was a wraparound approach. They locked up dealers, but users were able to come forward and get help. And it was quite a new thing for police to do to have elite detectives looking at the lower end up the supply change.

          https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/06-05-2019/media-and-meth-the-nz-herald-goes-deep-on-the-destructive-drug/

          If you want to be the PR spokesman for modern day slavers,expect a shitstorm.

          • RedLogix 1.5.1.2.1

            A totally solid and interesting comment Poisson. Drugs, gangs and deprivation are a complex and polarising story that isn't easy to get right. 

          • Anne 1.5.1.2.2

            That is only one side of the story Poission and I was talking about a specific incident organised by Simon Bridges to the "lock em up and throw away the key" white, racist boomer Nat brigade – some were probably bused in for the event.

            She was a Corrections Officer so she would have known what she was talking about. But the aim of the meeting was not to put both sides of the story and perhaps come to a consensus about what to do about it.

            Not for the first time this woman asked Bridges and the ex-mercenary Mike Mitchell (not a lot of difference between a patched gang member and a mercenary soldier) to come to their headquarters… see it for themselves and discuss their problems.

            Hell no. That might make for a better understanding and pave the way for a solution on both sides. The Nats would lose all the political capital they intend to squeeze out of the issue in time for the election.

            • Rapunzel 1.5.1.2.2.1

              Yes exactly it's disgusting because there's no way they want this "solved" while they can milk it for votes

              • veutoviper

                Exactly Rapunzel and Anne.  That is where the contrast is to me between last week's meeting and Bridges' one last night.  The earlier meeting was focussed on looking at the overall problem and situation – and the ways of solving or at the least reducing the problems. Last night's was political grandstanding and blaming.  FFS Bridges saying to Loise Hutchinson you can speak but I won't believe or listen to you is just astounding for someone who supposedly has high quality legal qualifications and experience in the justice/judicial system.

                I have no tolerance for hard drugs such as P and meth and have many friends who work in the alcohol and addiction field and also in the justice sector, as I did myself for part of my career; and I am well aware from experience of the ill effects of drugs etc.    Attitudes and approaches such as Bridges advocates solve nothing.

                • Incognito

                  Simon wasn’t there to solve anything but to get votes.

                  This is the increasingly obvious problem I have with National: they are not interested in anything but getting back in power at any cost.

                  • Peter

                    A couple of times recently I have seen references to Bridges' qualifications as if they mean he is special and above the ordinary and will act and behave in ways befitting those. On here it's " … supposedly has high quality legal qualifications and experience in the justice/judicial system."

                    A lot or people who are qualified at things are dumb. A lot of people who are qualified at things are arseholes. A lot of people who are qualified at things have very poor judgement. A lot of people who are qualified at things start wars. A lot of people who are qualified at things are psychopaths. A lot of people who are qualified at things follow people who are dumb, arseholes, have poor judgement are psychopaths or start wars.

                    Simon Bridges' qualifications means he has those qualifications. They don't mean he isn't a smarmy little lying weasel as he showed on RadioNZ this week.

      • mary_a 1.5.2

        @ Muttonbird (1.5) … Simon made sure he was well in his comfort zone to speak about gangs, with only one challenger, in a room full of Natz supporters. Simon was safe. He had his personal thug Mitchell there to protect him, if things got a bit hairy.

        Simon's electioning campaign should be entertaining. With Mitchell busy doing his own campaigning to act as Simon's bully boy, how will Simon manage? 

  2. Louis 2

    @ Ad, but its the same lines we have all heard before. I still remember National govt's failed war on gangs and drugs.  Apologies meant to be a reply

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      John Key's war on drugs was a failure because, as always, National Party policy contradicted itself.

      On the one hand they pretended to be tough on law and order, but on the other they encouraged free immigration without any kind of character checks. If you had money or if you had a trade skill you were in.

      I believe the explosion of accessible methamphetamine is tied to domestic gangs associating with recent poor quality immigrants both from China, which is a major source of precursors, and from Australia, which is a major source of gang related smuggling and distribution intelligence.

      Bit rich for Simon to stand up at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club and weep about it now.

  3. joe90 3

    Consider the shit fight should we have to do the same.

    Following the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to request that all elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools nationwide be closed temporarily from spring 2 until spring break from next month. In the future, we will make requests to related organizations nationwide. This request does not include kindergartens, daycare centers and schoolchildcare.

    The government opened a headquarters for countermeasures against the new coronavirus at the Prime Minister's Office at 6:00 pm on the 27th.

    Prime Minister Abe noted that temporary closure of elementary and junior high schools has been taken in Hokkaido and Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, and said, "Efforts are being made to prevent the spread of infection to children in each region. But the last week or two is a very important time. "

    He said, "First and foremost, put children's health and safety first, and prepare in advance for the risk of large-scale infections caused by many children and teachers gathering for long hours on a daily basis." He stated that all elementary and junior high schools, as well as high schools and special needs schools, should be closed temporarily until spring break.

    google translate

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200227/k10012304751000.html?utm_int=news-new_contents_list-items_002

  4. Herodotus 4

    Corona virus, to easy a potential rush for medicinal and hospital services, perhaps our govt should push an urgent country wide program to give all elderly, uni and school students the flu jab as winter is coming ?

    • Matiri 4.1

      Flu jab is free to over 65's, people with certain health conditions etc and has been for years. Offer is widely taken up in my rural community.

      • Herodotus 4.1.1

        Free is one good thing, the other issue is ease of access. After viewing the issues many communities face to see a doctor, there could be an opportunity for Min of Health to become proactive and setup clinics with nurses either visiting retirement homes, schools etc to administer these jabs to all, not just those who qualify with certain health dispositions. Go out to where the people are. Perhaps this scare will not materalise to become the issue that it could be, but to implement a preventive measure could take so much stress out of a health system at breaking, and make the govt look good  😉

    • Sacha 4.2

      That is exactly what I heard the Ministry of Health promise on RNZ last night, to reduce one predictable seasonal demand on the system.

    • gsays 4.3

      By 'give' you mean make freely available?

      As opposed to compulsory jabs.

  5. AB 5

    Shock of shocks and knock me down with a feather. A Washington Post story out today – basically a statistical analysis that shows no sign of fraudulent activity in the vote count of the Bolivian election last year. The WP story is paywalled – but a brief summary of it is here.   

    It should remind us that an interpretation of  current events that is consistent with historical patterns is generally a good first port of call. Which means that the default position should have been to view events in Bolivia as a right-wing resource-theft coup orchestrated from Washington – at least until evidence emerged to the contrary, which it hasn't.

  6. Alice Tectonite 6

    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's election expenses investigated by SFO.

    RNZ

  7. adam 7

    A quick look at Bansky's The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem. Nice video. 

     



    • Cinny 7.1

      That's epic, thanks so much for sharing.  Absolutely beautiful….. loved the informative history clip.  

      Banksy heart has quite a following in Israel, may this new work of art open many eyes. 

  8. joe90 8

    Saw my first corona-phobe today. Looked like an older bloke wearing a surgical cap under an acrylic, hazmat like hooded onesie, wrap-around googles, mask, OR shoe covers and surgical gloves  It's a stinker today, too, so I can only imagine just how miserable he would've been underneath that get-up.

    But hey, a phobics gotta phobe.

    • McFlock 8.1

      Can't laugh too hard, myself.

      I've tended to wear gloves everywhere for years – bloody doorhandles and eftpos machines lol. I blame bouncing – all the blokes wanting to shake your hand, but then seeing how few of them wash their hands after going to the toilet…

       

      • joe90 8.1.1

        Years ago the outfit I was working for got a new tea boy, Rex.

        Rex was an ex-army medic and set to with a bottle of squirt, cleaning daily every handle in the place, doors, desks. cabinets, lockers, vehicles, and every phone/radio hand set, too. Halved the number of sickies.

         

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          Thank god for my current role in a locked room with two-three people and no public interaction lol. One place tried to make us share R/T headsets.

      • Sacha 8.1.2

        Never thought of that side effect of the role. Interesting.

        • McFlock 8.1.2.1

          I was studying one or two public health-type papers at about the same time, so it probably had a reinforcing effect.

          The main side effect is that I'm now completely crap at remembering names – so many people would introduce themselves one night, and you'd never see them again.

           

          • Sacha 8.1.2.1.1

            Bet you are good at threat assessment though. 🙂

            • McFlock 8.1.2.1.1.1

              The real trick is drunk-whispering. Manipulating their behaviour before they even had the thought to do X. Most common example is the bouncer/"glassie". Wipes down a pretty clean table, disrupts the flow of the conversation that was leading to sulking body language, redirects it. And takes weapons off the bench.

              Not that students were all that difficult. There were other bars where I would never have worked – they would have eaten me for dinner lol

    • AB 8.2

      Perhaps he is immunocompromised due to having transplant surgery – or has dodgy lungs and doesn't really find the prospect of gasping his way to a death from  pneumonia too amusing?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    6 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    7 days ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    7 days ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    1 week ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • The Air New Zealand bailout
    Stuff reports that the government is going to have to throw $2 - 3 billion at Air new Zealand to get it through the pandemic. Good. While international routes are basicly closed, Air New Zealand is a strategic asset which is vital to our tourism industry, not to mentioning airfreight. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why NZ’s tough coronavirus travel rules are crucial to protecting lives at home and across the Pac...
    New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people right across Pacific Islands, because New Zealand is a gateway ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The tiniest of teeth
    Back in early 2018, as a shoddy legal tactic to try and avoid the prisoner voting ban being formally declared inconsistent with the BORA by the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Andrew Little floated the idea of greater legal protection for human rights. When the Supreme Court case didn't go the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • One simple, common factor to success against COVID-19
    Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor James Ussher Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it? Some people estimate that, without ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • National should isolate Simon Bridges
    The Coalition Governments $12.1 billion economic package to help combat the financial effects of COVID-19 was generally well received across the board, even amongst many business leaders who would normally be critical of a Labour led Government.However there was one glaringly obvious exception, Simon Bridges. The so-called leader of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How testing for Covid-19 works
    With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand up to 12, many influential people are writing open letters and opinion pieces and doing press conferences asking why we aren’t pulling out all the stops and testing thousands of people a day like they are in South Korea. The thing is, ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • The COVID-19 package and the limits of capitalism
    by Daphna Whitmore The willingness to put human life before business shows that sometimes capitalism is capable of suspending its relentless drive for profit. For a short time it can behave differently. Flatten the curve is the public health message since COVID-19 suddenly overwhelmed the hospital system in northern Italy. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: COVID-19 Alert Level 4
    The COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is moving fast - and to avoid what we've seen overseas - the Government's response must be to move fast too. We're committed to keeping New Zealanders safe and well-informed every step of the way. ...
    2 days ago
  • SPEECH: Green Party Co-leader James Shaw – Ministerial statement on State of National Emergency an...
    Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  The scale of what we face right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Overcoming it is our common purpose. ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters urging New Zealanders overseas to stay put
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging New Zealanders overseas to stay where they are amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are reaching a point where the best option for most New Zealanders offshore is to shelter in place, by preparing to safely stay where they are.” "This includes following the instructions ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealanders overseas encouraged to shelter in place
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging the tens of thousands of New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider sheltering in place, in light of COVID-19.  “Since 18 March, we have been warning New Zealanders offshore that the window for flying ...
    6 days ago
  • Ground-breaking abortion law passes, giving NZers compassionate healthcare
    Ground-breaking law has passed that will decriminalise abortion and ensure women and pregnant people seeking abortions have compassionate healthcare. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Package supports Kiwis to put collective health first
    The Green Party says that the measures announced by the Government today will help families and businesses to prioritise our collective health and wellbeing in the response to COVID-19. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: COVID-19 rescue package ‘more significant’ than any worldwide
    As New Zealanders brace for a global downturn due to Covid-19, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says his Coalition Government’s rescue package "more significant" than any other he's seen around the world. The Coalition is to reveal a multi-billion-dollar stimulus plan on Tuesday afternoon designed to cushion the economic blow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Our response to COVID-19
    We know some people are feeling anxious about COVID-19. While the situation is serious, New Zealand has a world-class health system and we’re well-prepared to keep New Zealanders safe. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Demerit Points System’ will address youth crime
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill drawn from the ballot today seeks to overhaul the youth justice system by instigating a system of demerit points for offences committed by young offenders. “The ‘Youth Justice Demerit Point System’ will put an end to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Investment in kingfish farming
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $6 million in a land-based aquaculture pilot to see whether yellowtail kingfish can be commercially farmed in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. A recirculating land-based aquaculture system will be built and operated ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 1BT grants for Northland planting
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Forestry Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced two One Billion Trees programme grants of more than $1.18 million to help hapu and iwi in Northland restore whenua and moana. “Many communities around Aotearoa have benefited from One Billion Trees funding since the programme was launched ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand reaffirms support for Flight MH17 judicial process
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahead of the start of the criminal trial in the Netherlands on 9 March, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has reaffirmed the need to establish truth, accountability and justice for the downing of Flight MH17 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF investment in green hydrogen
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister The Government is investing $19.9 million through the Provincial Growth Fund in a game-changing hydrogen energy facility in South Taranaki, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The development of alternative energy initiatives like this one is vital for the Taranaki region’s economy. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Coronavirus support for Pacific
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Minister for Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is partnering with countries in the Pacific to ensure they are prepared for, and able to respond to the global threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). “There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party passes landmark law to ensure deaf and disabled voices heard equally in democracy
    Chlöe Swarbrick's Members Bill to support disabled general election candidates has passed into law. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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