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Open mike 28/04/2015

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183 comments on “Open mike 28/04/2015”

  1. miravox 2

    Well done Andrea Vance

    Speaking in Dubai, Key was unclear on New Zealand’s position on the bombing.

    “I think the official position was we didn’t oppose the airstrikes so I’m not sure we went out and had a physical position…but by definition we didn’t oppose it.”

    Asked to clarify if New Zealand supported the campaign he said: “I might have to go and check through the Foreign Affairs ministry.”

    It’s tough being a casual PM when you need to know who you’re supporting in all this killing that is going on in the Middle East huh? Probably would have been wise to get a clear briefing before Vance asked the question. Probably didn’t expect a NZ journalist to casually ask it, I expect.

    Now if we weren’t in Iraq (as the price of being in ‘The Club’) supporting troops supported by Iran, who are fighting Daesh, Key wouldn’t be in a pickle explaining why we may or may not support Saudi Arabia in Yemen (who also have Daesh ‘assisting’) blowing up rebels supported by Iran.

    Lucky he can wing it with the Security Council thing *phew*.

    • Weepus beard 2.1

      It’s Key’s own “Hey Clint”, moment.

    • vto 2.2

      what?

      how?

      crazy

      alarming

      casual

      loser

    • rawshark-yeshe 2.3

      baby cheeses. what could possibly go wrong ?

    • jenny kirk 2.4

      I just long for a PM who knows what’s happening in NZ, in the world, and what NZ”s position is on all things, and can talk “off the cuff” about anything, and with authority. We had one of those PMs once – she was called Helen Clark. And I’m hoping we’ll have another one soon in Andrew Little. A PM who won’t make us cringe, and who won’t sound like a dork all the time !

      • miravox 2.4.1

        Agree Jenny

        A PM who recognises that the position is a professional one, not a celebrity one.
        A PM who recognises a country is not a corporation
        A PM who recognises Geopolitics is not about marketing

  2. Clemgeopin 3

    There is important thought provoking information in the following 25 minute video regarding education, schools, standards testing, charter schools,
    different agendas, revolt etc.

    Hope you will find time to view it as you may find the information very useful.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Yes Clem. Watched it yesterday. Very valuable and red flag for NZ.

    • logie97 3.2

      Thanks Clemgeopin.
      Anyone with an interest in the way our education system is headed should view this but particularly:
      Parents with young families.
      Senior school students looking to make teaching a career.

      Then the Joe Blo voters who have been coerced by the ministry/ministers/political parties into believing that the New Zealand education system is broken and needs to be fixed …

      … and be aware of the real agenda behind the education reforms.

  3. Tautoko Mangō Mata 4

    This NAct government hate democracy!

    Nick Smith is trying to push through his half appointed ECAN council scheme as mentioned in March. To refresh your memory
    see ” Democratic ECan “carries too many risks” says Nick Smith”
    http://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/67438119/Democratic-ECan-carries-too-many-risks-says-Nick-Smith.

    Meanwhile Kaipara carries on with its Commissioners who were reappointed until 2016
    http://www.propbd.co.nz/kaipara-commissioners-reappointed-until-2016/

    This link gives an inside view of how this is working out and how the Commissioners engineered an “award” .

    Appointments on tertiary and teachers councils, legislation passed under urgency, short periods allowed for submissions, hiding the text of the TPPA….and on it goes.
    No more!

    • vto 4.1

      Democratic ECan “carries too many risks” says Nick Smith

      too many risks for the selfish farmers hell bent on grabbing as much of the environment as they can to stuff into their greedy gobs

    • Rosie 4.2

      Oh wow! Theres an image of twisted sisters “we’re not gonna take it” in Tautoko Mango Mata’s post.
      Well over a thousand of us had a massive sing along to this at the anti TPPA rally in Wellington last month. It was AWESOME!!!

  4. Sanctuary 5

    The jocks on radio sport were disagreeing about tailgate this morning. If those dorks are split on the issue, you know it’s hurt Key’s image right in his heartland.

  5. grumpystilskin 6

    Darren Watson’s follow up to planet key:
    I got your office right here.

    You can support his music at http://www.darrenwatson.bandcamp.com

  6. felix 7

    Is it true that all of the women travelling with Key to Saudi Arabia are required to cover up?

    If so, why? Women on official visits from other countries don’t, so the directive can only have come from our end.

    Why is John Key making NZ women behave as second-class citizens?

    • Clashman 7.1

      Its a trial run for home.
      Any female with a pony/pig tail will be required to remove them or cover up in this fashion to spare the great leader from temptation.

    • TheContrarian 7.2

      The only thing I can find is that his wife will cover up. Nothing about it being a requirement or anything about anybody else in his contingent.

      • felix 7.2.1

        Saw it here: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/world/bronagh-key-will-wear-headscarf-in-saudi/

        It doesn’t say how many women are on the mission, or who is placing the expectation on them.

        The women travelling on John Key’s trade mission to the Gulf will be expected to cover up in the style of Islam when they visit Saudi Arabia later today.

        • TheContrarian 7.2.1.1

          So when you said “Why is John Key making NZ women behave as second-class citizens?” you actually meant “Is John Key making NZ women behave as second-class citizens?”

          • felix 7.2.1.1.1

            I presume it’s his call. If not him I think we should know who, don’t you?

            It’s not a shopping trip after all. They’re representing the people of NZ on the world stage, so it’s supposedly our values on display.

            Don’t you think we should know who is deciding to tell the world that the values of the people of NZ are compatible with wrapping women in sheets to appease murderous religious bigots?

            Hopefully it’s someone accountable to the electorate.

            • TheContrarian 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Pretty sure Helen Clark did the same in Iran so it’s not without precedent.

              • felix

                If so that’s appalling.

                Also I found this: http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/bronagh-key-to-comply-with-saudi-arabia-dress-code-2015042717

                So it looks like it’s Key’s call, although it isn’t very specific regarding who he had the discussion with, and we still don’t know how many women are expected to cover their filthy selves in our name.

                In the United Arab Emirates, where the Prime Minster is currently visiting, the Abaya is common.

                But in neighbouring Saudi Arabia it is compulsory and Mrs Key will comply.

                “We had a discussion about that, in the end I think it’s a matter of accepting and appreciating their culture,” says Mr Key.

                Mr Key is talking about a culture in which women aren’t even allowed to drive and will only get to vote in local elections for the first time this year.

                Saudi Arabia also executes people by beheading.

              • Tracey

                My partner was required by her employer ( a public organisation) to cover up when a group of saudis were visiting her workplace in Auckland, New Zealand.

                • felix

                  So when John Key says “it’s a matter of accepting and appreciating their culture,” that applies to us as both guest and host?

                  I find that highly disturbing.

              • Weepus beard

                “Clark did it too”.

                • TheContrarian

                  Well, no, I don’t care if Clark did it, Bronagh does it, or whatever.

                  Just pointing out there is precedent.

            • weka 7.2.1.1.1.2

              Not all Saudis are murderous religious bigots. And the women going might choose to dress in ways that facilitate their work there (the article you link has an interesting bit about women’s culture).

              Still, I’d be interested to know who made the decision, why, and whether the women have a choice.

              • felix

                I didn’t say all Saudis are murderous religious bigots. I said we are appeasing murderous religious bigots.

                • weka

                  Yes, I know that felix, but I was highlighting that there may be valid reasons for women to cover up that aren’t just about that appeasement.

                  • rawshark-yeshe

                    love to know if you can find them weka !

                    • weka

                      Sure, have a read of felix’s original link. The women delegate talks about how she gets to work with the women in Saudi in ways that the men can’t, and I’m guessing that respecting local customs is part of that.

                      I googled saudi +abaya and most of the photos looked like head and body coverings, not face coverings. I can’t really see the problem with that if that’s true. Not too different from expectations around what NZ business women have to wear. Note, I am talking about the delegates, not Saudi women who have no choice and who face severe cultural and legal penalties for not obeying.

                      https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=saudi+abaya&num=100&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=R9s-VYmkLYWxmAWC7YGQCw&ved=0CC0Q7Ak&biw=1639&bih=926

                      Have a read of what Muslim women say about head, face and body coverings within their own cultures, it’s enlightening.

                    • rawshark-yeshe

                      weka .. still has the tone of appeasement, doesn’t it ? sure does for me. it’s really a ‘do this, or else’.

                    • weka

                      I’m not sure what you mean. Who is saying do this or else?

                      Have you read what Muslim women, esp feminists say about head and face coverings?

                  • Murray Rawshark

                    In the case of women executives, the valid reason is to make a quid at any cost.

                    • weka

                      In this situation you are probably right, and I have no reason to trust that the woman delegate being quoted is not part of Team Key. But in general if we are to send delegates there, I would rather that there were women as part of the team than just sending a bunch of men in suits who will almost certainly fail to graps the issues around women’s culture.

              • joe90

                Still, I’d be interested to know who made the decision, why, and whether the women have a choice.

                No choice.

                The guardianship law strips individual women of their personal
                autonomy by placing them under the custody of their closest male
                relative

                Kelly Le Benger

                • weka

                  felix’s original comment suggested that some visiting dignitaries don’t (eg Michelle Obama).

                  • joe90

                    Perhaps Michelle Obama’s closest male relative didn’t think she should cover up.

                  • felix

                    Based on this:

                    Headscarves are required for women under Saudi law, but exceptions are made for foreigners, with many seeing Mrs Obama’s decision as a protest against the treatment of females in the strictly Islamic nation.

                    […]

                    The likes of Princes Diana and Condoleezza Rice also decided against covering their heads when visiting Saudi Arabia.

                    So not compulsory for foreigners, if that’s accurate.

                    Which still leaves us with the question of whether the (three?) women on the NZ trip were allowed to decide how to dress themselves or not.

                    • rawshark-yeshe

                      Bronagh just ain’t in that league of awareness, more is the pity.

                    • weka

                      “Which still leaves us with the question of whether the (three?) women on the NZ trip were allowed to decide how to dress themselves or not.”

                      Yep, that’s the one.

                    • Clemgeopin

                      I suspect that this time, the Saudis made it compulsory for ALL WOMEN to cover their heads for their own safety, knowing that a notorious hair puller was also part of this delegation.

                  • Tracey

                    That suggests you have to have VERY powerful backing to safely exercise free will, doesn’t it?

                    • felix

                      Well yeah, I guess you have to wonder why the only examples given happen to be three of the most powerful women of their time.

                    • weka

                      which comment are you replying to?

                    • Tracey

                      weka… the one that said michele obama wore what she wanted.

                      felix

                      yup. and a nz ceo basically says i will wear it cos otherwise i wont get the bidnis but doesnt have the courage to actually say it

                    • weka

                      would be interesting to see who else has refused to cover their head and body historically. Also, is Saudi one of the countries that introduced the abaya in more recent times?

              • Tracey

                ” in ways that facilitate their work ” – so how does us trading with them, facilitate change if when we work with them we accede to their culture?

                • weka

                  I disagree with our trade relations with them. I’m also not suggesting that we accede to the everything about their culture.

        • greywarshark 7.2.1.2

          @ felix
          Radionz 7.30 ish, comment on human rights from about 1.40 mins and the woman spoke about 2 mins in.
          There was a mention of human rights to some of the trade reps who said – one male Well, uh, no comment. A women from Maven said it’s very complex, and who are we to say what the Islamic position is and whether it’s right or wrong?

          More on Maven.
          http://consultmaven.co.nz/nz/about-us#about-us
          This perhaps reflects Maven’s approach as an independent business problem-solver with a strong connection to government. I have often wondered where our government dreams up the lacking policies that we get foisted on us. Perhaps these are the beavers chopping down our long term forests and turning them into leaky buildings!

          Maven is an independent strategy and operations consultancy that was founded in 1998. Our head office is in Wellington, New Zealand….

          Maven has a strong government focus. We have delivered major government reform projects across many sectors including Education, Health, Justice and Transport. Maven has led over 160 projects and assignments for more than 40 public sector clients in the past seven years alone. These range from small-scale one-off assignments, up to advising on projects over $200m in value….

          We apply a sense of balance to the way we operate. We think rigorously, harness the right disciplines and provide insight – our intellectual side. This is balanced by our emotional side – our capacity to be passionate, empathetic and intuitive….

          (Could be a selling spiel of high-class prostitutes catering for the corporate and civil servant trade. Sounds just what men would look for – passionate, empathetic and intuitive.)

          • Murray Rawshark 7.2.1.2.1

            Filthy parasitic troughers using up public funding that could be spent on something useful. Consultants are an absolute curse.

      • Bearded Git 7.2.2

        @The Contrarian
        But I thought I heard a couple of days ago that Michelle Obama didn’t cover up when she accompanied her hubby to the land of the beheaders (and I seem to remember 14 out of 17 9/11 attackers were Saudi).

      • s y d 7.2.3

        From Radio NZ…..

        ‘Lesley Kennedy, chief executive of Maven International, one of just two women on the delegation, was asked about women’s rights concerns.
        “I think it’s a very hard topic to actually get into, I don’t think that we can comment really too much because it’s very political, it’s very very complex.
        “And you know, who are we to say from an Islamic perspective what’s right and what’s wrong – we’re New Zealanders – we have our own views on the world.
        “We can’t go in somewhere else and say, ‘Well, you should do it this way’,” she said.
        The other woman in the delegation, Michelle Boag from the New Zealand Middle East Business Council, declined to comment about the trip altogether.’

        So 3 women…

        • TheContrarian 7.2.3.1

          Michelle Boag went? *shudder*…She’s an awful woman.

        • felix 7.2.3.2

          3 women but they only count 2.

          See, it works. They’re becoming invisible already.

          • TheContrarian 7.2.3.2.1

            Wait, what? I think your math is off.

            There are two woman on the delegation, Boag and Kennedy.

            • felix 7.2.3.2.1.1

              Ah I see. So how many women traveling in the whole party?

              • TheContrarian

                From what we know – 3.

                Bronagh, Kennedy and Boag

              • veutoviper

                There are probably more than Bronagh, Kennedy and Boag.

                Key’s press secretary (whose name I do not know – blonde, shorthair) is also on the trip, and Andrea Vance is also covering it for Fairfax. So that is at least two more.

                Andrea has some good photos on her Twitter account, https://twitter.com/avancenz

                • seeker

                  “Key’s press secretary……. blonde short hair”.
                  Her name is Sia Aston. She was a tv3 reporter until about 2009.

                  • veutoviper

                    Thanks – I should have known that; had checked it out some months ago, so again thanks.

                    • seeker

                      You are welcome vv. I notice she keeps her hair short probably as a precaution against any ‘horsing around’ because she seems to be permanently at key’s side.

          • greywarshark 7.2.3.2.2

            Perhaps women start morphing into men the more RW they are. I have read that male hormones intensify in men who are in positions of authority, power and decision making. Perhaps that happens in females also – the smaller percentage of male hormone expands. Think Matrons in hospitals, Prime Ministers – Jenny did not have much female empathy, Finance Minister Ruthless etc.

    • Skinny 7.3

      We (NZ) should not be doing any trade deals with these scumbag Arabs who have a shocking human rights record. Of course John Key is doing America’s bidding not ours, he is just roping us into it along the way.

      Key’s excuse I presume is out of respect for the culture of a Country your visiting. Here in New Zealand we have a rather sexist cultural rule relating to women’s speaking rights, which should be thrown out the door.

      I remember well Helen Clark refused to wear a dress/skirt and didn’t curtsey for the Queen, bloody good job too.

      • marty mars 7.3.1

        ” scumbag Arabs who have a shocking human rights record”

        Is there any country which doesn’t have a shocking human rights record. Is it just that their record is more shocking?

        Is our record really so pure and unshocking?

        I don’t think calling people scumbag Arabs is very nice or accurate – seems like a bit of bigotry seeping out of the nappy there.

        • Skinny 7.3.1.1

          Point taken Marty.

          *Correction Scumbag United Arab Emirates, the ruling class oil barrons. There is a good reason other countries don’t have trade deals with the UEA, they are right up there in terms of breeching human rights.

          • greywarshark 7.3.1.1.1

            Another point Skinny – we have a need to trade. We can’t be too picky. John will put kneeling pads on to help his busioness friends and he doesn’t care about anyone else, neither suffering humanity there or here.

            Our economy has been shaped around exports and hollowed out in the middle. Easter was just few weeks ago – we are like a hollow easter egg, scrumptious for those who are fast eaters and bits of tinfoil on the floor after. Just enough for a play hat. So gladhand John, and go dry while you are there though they may loosen their strict rules for the sake of a slightly sozzled, well-oiled better deal.

  7. Rosie 8

    I wasn’t around last week for the discussion of ponytailgate.

    In the one thousand plus comments on the issue was there a discussion around the potential for Key to resign over his persistent abuse of Amanda Bailey?

    Simply put, I believe he needs to go because a society should not tolerate or accept such abusive behaviour of their leader. If we do, then we have truly lost our morality and abandoned our belief in the standards expected of the PM. In fact standing down is the least he can do as his first step towards making amends to his victim.

    Is there a danger that this abuse will become “last weeks news”? How do we keep up the pressure to hold the PM to account, and do this in a way that keeps respect for Amanda Bailey at the centre of any action?

    • vto 8.1

      Aaron Gilmore stood down for abusing waiting staff

      Roger Sutton stood down for abusing staff

      John Key has no choice

      • Rosie 8.1.1

        Agreed vto. Saw your comment last night on Open Mike and responded. Stinky hypocrisy.

    • weka 8.2

      I can’t see it happening at the moment Rosie. Smile and Wave will ride this out. And it’s not like he hasn’t done resignable offenses before.

      Unless, the complaint to the HRC and the private prosecution go ahead. McCready is doing both, but Marilyn Waring said there were moves to approach the HRC too. I’m not sure if that’s a separate thing. You could email her and ask?

      https://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/social-sciences/professor/marilyn-waring

      • vto 8.2.1

        “I can’t see it happening”

        Why not? What is Key going to do? Continue standing in the middle of the field yelling “nyah nyah I’m not playing by the rules anymore nyah nyah ….. ya gonna have to throw me out” ?

        Like the biggest bully in the playground always does?

        It would be in keeping I guess.

        The biggest wanker bully in the school

        • weka 8.2.1.1

          tbh, I’m looking at his behaviour to Bailey in the context of the many other things he does. The man is a serial liar, why hasn’t he resigned over any number of instances? To be clear, his behaviour towards Bailey is very bad, and there is a scale here that is new (both in obvious illegality, and in how much international attention and ridicule he’s getting), but I still think he will survive this until there is a dip in the polls. That might still happen if there is legal action taken against him.

          btw, I’m not saying he shouldn’t resign, I’m saying I don’t think he will at this stage. The good news is that there is no going back from this, and it will haunt him for the rest of his term. Hopefully that will impact on National too.

          I also think there is a distinct probability that more of these kinds of things will happen and come to light. At some point a chunk of the MSM will need to call for his resignation, and then we might see something happen.

          • vto 8.2.1.1.1

            Yep sure I see all of that…. but it just reinforces his place as the biggest bully wanker on the schoolground giving the rules, the teachers, and all the pupils the middle finger….

            such a fine example he presents week after week.

            john key has become the country’s biggest loser – a complete loser

          • s y d 8.2.1.1.2

            IMO what passes for comedy on telly is good indication of how things may pan out.
            I thought it interesting that the generally JK cheerleading ‘7 Days’ show gently mocked the PM and then had Judith Collins on who was asked a series of patsy questions
            (notable exception being the Irishman who asked Judith if honourable had a different meaning in NZ, which had the audience gasping at his impertinence!)

            • Rosie 8.2.1.1.2.1

              Ed Byrne was great when he said that, and gave her a hard stare as well. Paul Ego really had Judith Collins on her toes – loved the “whaleoil on your skin for your beauty routine” bit. I don’t think the questions were patsy at all – check out the body language and expression of Ego. Collins only laughed along because she was nervous and alone and knew she was outnumbered.
              I don’t see much in the way of JK cheerleading either, they are more JK jeering these days. They’ve changed their tune.

              Wilson Dixon ridiculed Key during his stand up on Comedy Gala on tv3 on Sunday, and did it really well.

              However, we are largely bereft of political satire in this country and one weekend’s worth of lols isn’t going to influence much in the way pressuring Key to stand down.

        • Peter Thomson 8.2.1.2

          Re your last sentence. The well-known, dismissive gesture (clenched fist jerked up and down) seems appropriate to hair-pulling. Perhaps it should be applied to Johnny Boy more frequently in future.

        • Tracey 8.2.1.3

          he has lowered the bar so low for standards (deliberately in my opinion) that just what would be behaviour deserving of resignation?

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.4

          Why not? What is Key going to do? Continue standing in the middle of the field yelling “nyah nyah I’m not playing by the rules anymore nyah nyah ….. ya gonna have to throw me out” ?

          Yeah, pretty much. It’s about all he can do and so legal means have to be used to remove him. Apparently there are actually legal means to do so in this case as many times there aren’t.

          Thing is that if he resigns National have a high probability of no longer being in government. The Northland buy-election proves that another buy-election in Helensville could go the same way and for the same reasons. Sure, they won’t have Winston to stand against National’s sock puppet but I’m sure you’ll find that NZ1st do have some good people as candidates that could stand there.

          Losing Helensville would drop the National led government down to the point where they couldn’t govern and so we’d either get a government switch or another general election which would also result in National losing the treasury benches.

          • Rosie 8.2.1.4.1

            Drax, could he resign as PM but still stay on as MP for Helensville to retain National’s power?

            • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.4.1.1

              He could do that but that would, IMO, make the present legal cases that appear to be forming up over his actions have even more standing in court. Essentially, he would have admitted to harassing the woman and that means that he would almost certainly be forced from the electorate seat.

              Of course, if those court cases do make it to court he’s likely to be forced from the seat anyway but by not admitting anything he can make out as if nothings wrong for a little while longer. Same as Phillip Field did.

      • Rosie 8.2.2

        “And it’s not like he hasn’t done resignable offenses before.”

        Thats part of the problem – each time he gets away with inappropriate behaviour for a PM he seems to strengthen his protection from public and media scrutiny. He has yet to be held to account or investigated for his role in Dirty Politics for instance. It’s like we have become immune to his unacceptable behaviour.

        That’s why I worry, that like every other KeyFail before, ponytailgate will disappear, like “last weeks news” and just dissolve into the murky pool of KeyFails and we react with a collective shrug and sigh.

        This week I’ll be able to catch up with the HRC complaint (thank for the Marilyn Waring link). The McCready private prosecution is another thing. I’m uncomfortable about that as I wonder about the motivation, as well as the victim being sidelined by some one elses agenda. I don’t think he sought Ms Bailey’s view, consent or blessing did he?

        But, like you weka, I don’t see him resigning either. But in the meantime, theres nothing to stop anyone calling for it. I don’t think anyone has though have they? I don’t know, I could have missed it.

        If there hasn’t then there’s something very wrong with us, that we would accept or tolerate persistent psychological and physical abuse by our leader, of a woman in an unequal power position.

        • vto 8.2.2.1

          “If there hasn’t then there’s something very wrong with us”

          yep

        • rawshark-yeshe 8.2.2.2

          If he is found guilty in a court of sexual harassment, he will be required to stand down. In fact Marilyn Waring suggested last week with Kim Hill on Morning Report that even while he is being investigated he should be stood down.,

          Marilyn is white-hot angry and I think we can be sure she is working on this, albeit in the background. Maybe we just need a little patience for now ?

          Link for you … well worth the listen:

          Marilyn Waring on Morning Report http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201751578/political-scientist-and-former-mp-comment-on-ponytailgate

          • Murray Rawshark 8.2.2.2.1

            Oooh, she is angry. I agree with what she said. I also think that the sort of people who make up the NAct party no longer have any of the qualities of decent behaviour that some of them used to have, at least on the surface. It has turned into a party of outright bullies and would be thugs. They can’t even pretend to be civilised any more.

          • Rosie 8.2.2.2.2

            Thanks very much for that link rawshark-yeshe. Marilyn Waring was scorchingly clear on her position, it was great to listen to.

            So John Key’s actions are in breach of section 62 of the human rights act. He has broken the law.

            This just can’t be allowed to go away. Hopefully you’re right yeshe, and at least Marilyn Waring will stay with it.

            • rawshark-yeshe 8.2.2.2.2.1

              I have a deep faith that many things are going on in the background … we will all keep watching.

              • Rosie

                Your faith is reassuring yeshe 🙂

                • rawshark-yeshe

                  I have rarely, if ever, heard Marilyn Waring so angry … fuel to rocket for Key !! And hey, she brought down Muldoon and this little casual greedy nasty creepy fella is really nothing by comparison 🙂

            • veutoviper 8.2.2.2.2.2

              Rosie, I think that there is probably a lot going on in the background that may not surface immediately.

              Essentially there are three main strands to the whole situation as it currently stands:

              – Key’s actual treatment of Amanda which may end up in charges of assault, or harassment

              – Her employers’ lack of providing a safe workplace

              – Rachel Glucina’s actions (and those of the Herald) in relation to journalists’code of conduct and the complaints to the Press Council.

              There also a couple of side issues – eg. the role of Key’s police (DPS) minders, Key’s other recorded instances of Key fingering children’s hair, Key’s credibility on the international stage, etc.

              There were hints late last week that Amanda Bailey was possibly taking advice etc from the Unite Union and lawyers*. Yesterday, certain lawyers were also offering help in respect of Press Council complaints – see my comment here /open-mike-27042015/#comment-1006278

              McCready has rushed in and apparently was going to be filing papers in the Auckland District Court this morning for Key to be charged with assault: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11439237.

              While admiring his intentions, I personally have reservations about McCready trying to lead in this regard, as IMO any legal action must be Amanda’s decision and I am not sure this is the case – that is, that she has agreed to McCready’s actions. I have utter admiration for Amanda going public with this; but I also would fully understand if she decided not to pursue the matter through the courts.

              * Unfortunately I cannot relocate where I read this to provide a link, but the same article said that she has also had offers of employment.

              • Rosie

                Thank you Veutoviper for that concise summary of the multiple problems with this situation.

                re the employer’s duty to provide a safe workplace. I had been thinking about the Health and Safety Amendment Act 2002. There is a provision within this Act that covers minimising stressors in the workplace. It’s difficult in hospo and service industries when that stressor is a customer, as there is an immediate power imbalance but when it’s the PM that power imbalance is magnified, however, we all have a right to carry out our tasks in a physically and psychologically safe workplace. Key made Amanda Bailey’s workplace unsafe for her.

                I haven’t got time to find the exact clause but the general functions of the Act are here

                http://www.dol.govt.nz/hs/law/quickguide/ammendment.shtml

                I did get a glance at your post yesterday about potential legal assistance with the press council complaint. I hope this goes ahead too.

                Yourself and yeshe believe there is more going on in the background than we can see right now, and I trust the wisdom of the two of you. I think yeshe’s right, some patience might be needed. (on my behalf that is)

                • rawshark-yeshe

                  rosie … just to say I am running on pure gut instinct and women’s intuition on this … I don’t know anything ‘officially’ … but my intuition is basically official enough for me !!

                  • Rosie

                    Well, I always look at wisdom as a blend of knowledge gained over years of learning and astute observation combined with tested and true intuition, part of which is pure gut instinct.

                    You may well have good reason to feel this situation will have the light of justice shine on it, all in good time 🙂

                    • rawshark-yeshe

                      😀

                      supposed to be a friendly grin but these new emoticons seem to have other ideas !

        • weka 8.2.2.3

          “If there hasn’t then there’s something very wrong with us, that we would accept or tolerate persistent psychological and physical abuse by our leader, of a woman in an unequal power position.”

          One of the things that Bailey may have gifted to the country is the baldfaced truth that we are letting NZ be led by people like this. I understand what you are saying about Key, and his resignation should happen and would also be a great boon for the country. I’m also mindful of it’s not just Key, there are many other people in the government like this, and not just the National Party, they’re in the civil service as well in positions of power.

          I’m in two minds about McCready. I have an inherent mistrust of private prosecutions but suspect that’s a hangover from the days when the justice system at least attempted to do the right thing. In this case, Bailey did a powerful political act by telling her story in the way she did. Not political as in ‘ooh, left wing blog’, but political in that she stood up and spoke truth to power and she did it on her own terms, and she did this about gender in a soceity that routinely culturally sanctions abuse based on gender. That is quite a feat. However political acts like that that are well beyond the personal don’t get to stay within indiviudal control. I don’t know enough about McCready to have a sense of him, but I hope he is doing this for the right reasons.

          • Rosie 8.2.2.3.1

            Hi weka, those people you speak of who are in power and abusing power, I wonder, are they simply being empowered and somewhat encouraged by Key’s continual ability to get away with it?
            He is a role model and sets the bar, as a leader. All the more reason for him to resign, to set an example and reset that bar.

            I understand your point that Amanda Bailey’s telling of her story is a political act. I felt she was speaking for all women who have been abused when she told her story – it’s her story alone but there are so many abused women in NZ alongside her, invisibly, in her words. Hence I understand your view that her story is universal and beyond her own control now that it is public.

            I just hope that her story gets treated with respect by those wanting Key held to account (whoever they may be) and that we remain mindful that Amanda Bailey is the reason we want to see justice done, and not just use her story to get rid of Key for the sake of getting rid of Key. That would be demeaning to the victim.

  8. saveNZ 9

    Thick, black oil washed up on properties as far as Mangatapu last night after a spill in the port yesterday – with fears for surrounding wildlife.

    The oil was sighted from the cove between Turret Rd and Mangatapu to the Tauranga Marina and the Port of Tauranga.

    Who is going to pay for the clean up? I’m pretty sure like with Sky Sore, any buddy buddy economic developments from the Nats to big Business, seem to somehow cost the tax payers, socially and economically for the ideology.

    Thanks Nats in particular Simon Bridges for destroying our country!

  9. sckiwireddevil 10

    So much looking forward to todays Question Time. I realize Donkey wont be there, but Upston should be, and she will get the first grilling I hope. Winnie and Andy will be in their element today. Give em heaps, the GNAT pricks.

  10. Chooky 11

    phillip ure will love this…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201752159/australian-poet-and-animal-activist-david-brooks

    “David Brooks is an award-winning Australian poet, novelist, essayist and short fiction writer. He’s also an animal activist, committed vegan and says his latest book of poetry is a way of exposing inherent cruelty and prejudice against animals. He’s the recipient of an Australian Council for the Arts fellowship for last year – given to one “outstanding, established” writer. He was Associate Professor of Australian Literature and Director of the graduate writing program at the University of Sydney until 2013 and is Co-editor of the literary journal Southerly. He talks to Kathryn from his farm in the Blue Mountains among rescued animals”.

  11. greywarshark 12

    There was an excellent item on racial harrassment in Toronto from a Canadian man of Sierra Leone background on Whoar (search for The Skin). He sounds a really good guy but as well as his story he has specific facts and figures and says that he has been interrogated by police, in the street, more than 50 times because he is black. Police in Toronto scrutinise blacks all the tine, stop them in the street and in their home neighbourhoods, question them and write down personal details. It is like South African surveillance in apartheid.

    And so the crime statistics that put blacks and any particular non-white group high, does that happen because they are being surveilled so closely and everything they do is treated as evidence of a crime in planning or commission? He quotes how they were pulled over on a highway out of town because someone in the car threw a tissue out of the window. He said his father became very scared. I think because it is known that the enforcement officers will lie and get away with undue violent or unreasnable behaviour.

  12. Philip Ferguson 13

    Meanwhile, US cops murder yet another young black male, this time Freddie Gray in Baltimore:
    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/us-the-states-systematic-violence-kills-another-young-black-man/

    Phil

  13. ropata 14

    Bob Jones has re-affirmed his status as an entitled bigoted relic. I hope they aren’t paying that fossil for his latest piece, re-victimising the waitress and minimising Key’s behaviour

    • Visubversa 14.1

      The Herald is paying him to be clickbait. He generates page visits and comments. More agin him than for him but The Herald does not care.

    • sckiwireddevil 14.2

      Yeah, just read it, has always been a wanker, and his latest rant confirms it. What a tosser.

      • mac1 14.2.1

        Bob Jones used to say that the Left had no sense of humour.

        With Bob’s last effort, I’d have to say that the Right has no sense of honour.

    • freedom 14.3

      “re-victimising the waitress” and anyone who was forced to involuntarily revisit circumstances of their own painful histories that were likely reflected in the graphic misogyny of the opening paragraph.

      That the Herald would allow such a paragraph to be published speaks volumes.

  14. b waghorn 15

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/money/67973985/Young-New-Zealanders-get-a-voice-in-Ruth-Roger-and-Me
    A young chap with a big future , young people might get of there Arse! and vote for one of there own telling it how it is. If I was running a political party I’d go have a coffee with him.

  15. Philip Ferguson 16

    Saudi Arabia should be one great embarrassment for the NZ government – not just this one, but the Labour one before.

    Our “Saudi friends” have already carried out 40 public beheadings this year – Key is appalled when IS do a couple of beheadings, the state does 40 and he’s not troubled at all (and certainly not trloubled enugh to go to war over it!).

    Women are legally banned from driving, have to cover up in most public places – I think there’s one city where it’s a bit less repressive – don’t have the vote in national elections, have only just won the vote in local elections – and, of course, national elections don’t mean much because the whole place is run by the “royal” family and their hangers-on, and the Saudis persistently sponsor the most reactionary Islamic fundamentalist armed groups in the Middle East and Africa, and probably parts of Asia as well.

    The Saudi state was, of course, one of the outcomes of the glorious Allied victory in World War 1. In fact, there were two main rival factions in the Arabian peninsula, the one T.E. Lawrence was involved with and the Sauds. The one Lawrence was involved with was less reactionary and less fundamentalist Wahhabi. But the Brits decided to back the Sauds and, with British help, they triumphed and established a Wahhabi state. The Saud family and their cohorts could do anything they liked because they were the Western powers’ chief allies in the region, along with Israel. And they became more important after the fall of another key American stooge, the shah of Iran.

    There’s a good piece on Redline about the Arabian peninsula. It can be read here: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/arabian-peninsula-capitalisms-contradictions-in-a-nutshell/

    Phil

    • Chooky 16.1

      +100

    • rawshark-yeshe 16.2

      +100 thx Phil.

    • Lanthanide 16.3

      “Our “Saudi friends” have already carried out 40 public beheadings this year – Key is appalled when IS do a couple of beheadings, the state does 40 and he’s not troubled at all (and certainly not trloubled enugh to go to war over it!).”

      This is a poor argument. IS weren’t beheading their own citizens who had broken laws, they were beheading citizens of other countries, to make a political statement and as an attempt at blackmail.

      The US also executes dozens of people each year, but NZ doesn’t seem to do a lot about that either.

  16. Charles 17

    Does anyone know why or how Deborah Cone Hill is being paid to disintergrate in a national (online) paper? Before anyone asks, I’m not actually all that concerned about her. Just thought I might be missing part of the back-story, like, is it just a parody, or does journalism school now teach this stuff?

    • Tracey 17.1

      I share your quizzicalnesslessness Charles. Have you noticed that all these folks paid to have an opinion, really just have variations of the same broad set of opinions?

      • Charles 17.1.1

        I have indeed.

        • Tracey 17.1.1.1

          And when some of them finally see a part of the world they have been denying even existed it is like they are Da Vinci discovering something amazing and everyone must marvel at their epiphany?

    • Colonial Rawshark 17.2

      Dmitry Orlov on the limits of western propaganda

      How the MSM and its establishmentarians define and limit the boundaries of acceptable political economic discourse. NZ gets a special mention.

      1. Self-censorship. Those who have previously tried to get the truth out no matter out become more reticent and prone to equivocation when reporting on “hot” issues.

      2. Topic-avoidance. They start avoiding certain “hot” issues that they feel are most likely to get them into trouble.

      3. Response to harassment. A few incidents of mild official harassment cause certain blogs to start watering down their content, or pulling down content in response to harassment.

      4. Blacklisting. The officials start censoring content on a case-by-case basis, blocking or shutting down certain internet sites that they consider seditious.

      5. Blocking communications. The officials start dealing with the “hard cases” of uncooperative individuals who remain, shutting down their communications by disabling their cell phones, shutting down internet access, and by imposing travel restrictions so that the “hard cases” are forced to remain in places where they can be watched.

      6. Detention. Those found to be truly uncooperative, who try to circumvent the restrictions, are rounded up and shipped off to the above-mentioned camps.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-27/limits-propaganda

      • Chooky 17.2.1

        +100 …harassment of investigative journalist Nicky Hager is a case in point….and the attempt to shut down the John Campbell Live television programme by jonkey’s friends

        • ropata 17.2.1.1

          And dissing Glenn Greenwald.
          Also Bradley Ambrose of the Teapot Tapes kerfuffle.
          And Whaleoil’s attacks on David Fisher after he turned against Slater’s slime.
          And the demise of TVNZ7.
          And the censoring of a Youtube parody video at election time.
          And the arrest of Dotcom and censoring of Megaupload without due process.

          And the elevation of dense egotists (Hosking, Henry) to popular media spots.
          And the lack of interest in giving straight answers at Question Time.
          And the glamour and media power of the MPAA & RIAA
          And the lack of transparency around SkyCity, Crosby Textor, Donghua Liu

          That’s the Dirty Politics machine in action.

  17. Puckish Rogue 18

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11439651

    While I don’t want another trial over this (as its been shown that the Dot Cons were, surprise, surprise lying out of their teeth) because its a waste of money I would like it to be proven just how big a liars the Dot Cons really are and how innocent Banks is

    • Tracey 18.1

      Do you believe that Banks really didn’t know who the cheque was from? Leaving aside whether it meets a criminal standard, hand on heart, do you believe that Banks was not trying to avoid potential legal liability by not reading the form?

      When he was being paid a huge fee to be an Executive Director of Hujlich, he also didn’t read stuff…

      I will let the Courts decide, and will accept their final determination of the facts but morally do you really think Banks is squeaky in all this?

      • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1

        Squeaky clean no but in comparison to politicians in general then yes but really it shouldn’t have come to this in the first place

        • felix 18.1.1.1

          Why shouldn’t it?

          If he’s dirty, and you admit that he is, then let’s clean him out.

          • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1.1.1

            But hes not dirty, Dot Con and his wife were caught lying

            • Tracey 18.1.1.1.1.1

              so he didn’t sign the electoral form without reading it first? he didn’t take fees for being an executive director but didn’t read anything? he wasn’t fined for having 3 children on the back of his jetski?

              It’s not compared to other politicians PR, it’s compared to the law and the ethics we expect of each other.

              • Puckish Rogue

                Thats all well and good but its about this case not whatever else hes done

                • felix

                  This case is about John Banks signing false declarations so he could pretend he didn’t know who was donating to his election campaign.

                  Do you even read the links you post?

    • rawshark-yeshe 18.2

      “how innocent Banks is” ? i just fell off my chair with laughter.

    • les 18.3

      if you can accept that Banks cannot remember a helicopter ride to a mansion,you can accept anything he says.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.4

      Banks isn’t innocent. He really did sign a document as accurate when it wasn’t. In fact, he’s done it a number of times.

  18. Poission 19

    it is International Workers’ Memorial Day ,one party leader remembered.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1504/S00352/workers-safety-paramount.htm

  19. Charles 20

    Here’s a question for ten (points),

    Q: What exactly does “unemployed by choice” mean in today’s language?

    This is not a trick question. Some of you will likely know. It doesn’t mean retired. Please give context with your answer, thanks.

    • weka 20.1

      I can think of a number of things it could mean, depending on who used it. Why are you asking?

      • Draco T Bastard 20.1.1

        Yep. My first thought was that it was diversion from the governments policies of ~6% unemployment that we’ve had since 1984. People unemployed under such policies aren’t unemployed by choice.

    • TheContrarian 20.2

      Deciding to be unemployed despite having a job one could partake in if so desired?

    • s y d 20.3

      I think you’ll find it is winzspeak for turning down the minimum wage zero hour night shift ‘job’ they have found you at a kiwifruit packhouse 37km from your normal place of residence.
      In choosing to turn down this suitable job offer, you won’ t have met your ‘jobseeker obligations’ and thus your jobseeker support payments will be reduced by 50% (if you have dependents) or stopped completely for 13 weeks.

      You will no longer be unemployed.

      Choice eh.

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 20.3.1

        You can turn down work if it’s not suitable.

        Here’s the guidelines off the WINZ website.

        http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/income-support/main-benefits/jobseeker-support/suitable-employment-01.html

        Trial periods are an interesting one.

        Legally a trial period can only exist by mutual agreement and therefore if there’s no agreement to have one there’s no job offer.

        From MBIE website.

        “Trial periods

        Employers can make an offer of employment that includes a trial period of up to 90 days.

        Trial periods are voluntary, and must be agreed in writing and negotiated in good faith as part of the employment agreement.”

        I would think if WINZ are saying that people must take a job that has a trial period then they would be in breach of the voluntary nature of it.

        It might be worth an advocacy group who has some cases raising these issues.
        I would also think that if you had no guarantee of hours eg zero hour contracts then you also would be in the right to say no. There own guidelines also make reference to transport as an issue.

    • Charles 20.4

      It’s officialese in a particular sector, but may have wider meaning. The more contexts I hear of, the better I’ll be able to understand what they’re saying, or implying, or both.

  20. weka 21

    Luddite Journo on consent culture beyond sexual consent, and how we can all look at our personal interactions and how they affect consent.

    A consent culture, I believe, is only something we can work towards imagining at the moment. Because consent culture would make neo-liberal capitalism impossible – why would workers consent to the greedy CEOs having so much? Consent culture would dismantle colonisation and the ongoing harms to indigenous peoples and use negotiation, justice and equity as a basis for sharing space on the earth.

    In addition to organising for consent structurally, in all the ways that happens, we can and should be interrogating the personal spaces where negotiation and power sharing live. We can and should be honest with ourselves about when we are over-riding someone else’s consent. We can and should ask for help from people to listen to us, even when we are having trouble saying what is ok.

    http://thehandmirror.blogspot.co.nz/2015/04/michael-buble-teaches-consent.html

  21. RealBlue 22

    Never heard the term, but I assume it means “Doesnt want to work”. Others, I’m sure, may be able to conflate it to something it isnt.

    • Charles 22.1

      I don’t think so, because “doesn’t want to work” is as ambiguous as “unemployed by choice” – a fixed perspective is required to interpret either phrase. These people may not use the same emphemisms as the group usually associated with the phrase you offer. In fact, it most likely isn’t a euphemism. Think HR speak, and how their words often translate to almost mathematical concepts. Could be like that.

  22. Clemgeopin 23

    John Campbell tweeted this:

    Dear Team CLive, you are incredible! THANK YOU! 1. Campbell Live 419,410 2. 3 News 348,430 3. The X Factor 283,890 4. The Blacklist 174,260— Campbell Live (@CampbellLiveNZ) April 27, 2015

  23. adam 24

    Interesting stuff from Baltimore. These started as protest over a police killing. Friends are saying agent provocateurs turned it violent. As many of the protestors were organised by church groups.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-university-of-baltimore-closes-amid-high-school-purge-threat-20150427-story.html#page=1

    https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/freddiegray?source=feed_text&story_id=829210653836349

  24. Draco T Bastard 25

    Native Affairs – Future of Broadcasting – Part 2: Charter

    It’s sad to say but New Zealand no longer has a public broadcaster.

    The National government relieving TVNZ of any of those obligations when it came into power. But there was a time in the not too distant past that the government expected TVNZ to make more than dollars and cents.

    National is not interested in NZ society or culture at all – just that the rich get richer.

  25. Draco T Bastard 26

    The confidence fairy bleeding

    Any Keynesian knows that cutting the deficit in a slump is bad policy. A slump, after all, is defined by a deficiency in total spending. To try to cure it by spending less is like trying to cure a sick person by bleeding.

    So it was natural to ask economist/advocates of bleeding like Harvard’s Alberto Alesina and Kenneth Rogoff how they expected their cure to work. Their answer was that the belief that it would work – the confidence fairy – would ensure its success.

    Didn’t John Key and Blinglish have something to say about fairies at the bottom of the garden?

  26. Puckish Rogue 27

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/68058200/green-mps-say-coalition-with-national-government-off-the-cards

    I hope this was just the reporting because otherwise they sound like a bunch of numpties

    • felix 27.1

      You mean because the correct phrasing would be “off the table”?

      • Puckish Rogue 27.1.1

        Well i don’t know about you but my opinion of journalists is that used car salespeople are more trust-worthy

    • tinfoilhat 27.2

      @PR I was out the meeting it is an accurate reflection but very truncated reproduction of a few of the comments made.

      If you are referring to the comments made by Kevin, I’m not sure what was wrong with him, he was my preferred candidate but was just very off the mark and most unlike his normal self.

      • Puckish Rogue 27.2.1

        More that there seems to be a general consensus that something needs to change, the status quo shouldn’t be maintained and the party needs to grow yet apart from cannibilising Labours vote the only real option is to look at National but thats off the table

        But yeah the space stuff didn’t sound too good

        • weka 27.2.1.1

          Good, I can stop thinking about Tava now he’s making it clear he wants the GP to work with any National govt. Ain’t gin a happen and he’s blown the beyond left right thing.

          • Puckish Rogue 27.2.1.1.1

            Pretty hard to grow and change the status quo without considering National, all they’ve really done is stated they’re keeping the status quo and don’t want to grow and have all but guaranteed Winston to be the king-maker

            No wait let me guess they’re going to appeal to the “missing million”

            • felix 27.2.1.1.1.1

              If you weren’t so obviously concern-trolling I’d explain to you that the Green world-view and philosophy is entirely incompatible with National’s.

              But you are, so there’s no point.

          • Murray Rawshark 27.2.1.1.2

            Yeah. I’d hate to see him in any position of leadership. Wanting to be at the centre of any government? What the hell?

  27. Clemgeopin 28

    Do watch Campbell Live tonight if you can on TV3 at 7 pm.

    Tonight, a special investigation into Gloriavale's finances. 91 full-time workers who don't get paid and assets of $36million.— Campbell Live (@CampbellLiveNZ) April 28, 2015

    And this:

    A reminder for everyone about to drop a tenner on lunch, you can still text NEPAL to 2923 for make an automatic $3 donation. Thank you!— Campbell Live (@CampbellLiveNZ) April 28, 2015

    • Ennui 28.1

      Good, I feel very strongly about this: the buggers turned a million and a half bucks in profit based it appears upon no wages…..then paid no tax because they are registered as a religious group.

      Consequently you and I may have been ripped off for PAYE, and for company tax, who knows re GST.

      On top of that they are run by a convicted time serving sexual offender. Time the IRD did its job.

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  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    7 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    40 mins ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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