Open Mike 28/04/2017

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  1. saveNZ 2

    Sounds like reasonable requests, unless there is to be a cover up…

    Pike River families reject Solid Energy plan for re-entering mine

    “We have been dictated to and our opinion doesn’t matter,” said Anna Osborne, who lost her husband Milton in the mine.

    She said their requests were reasonable. They wanted a deadline for the work to be undertaken, to have their own experts on site during any operations, and to get access to any footage of the mine held by Solid Energy or police.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11846385

  2. saveNZ 3

    Gosh! stop press, an article in Granny has signs of dissent on the government’s rhetoric. (Probably drove to work that day, and hearing Joyce’s chest beating on National’s incredible infrastructure, sent him over the edge).

    Barry Soper: Construction workforce not big enough

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11846471

  3. joe90 4

    So, the Macedonian parliament elected an Albanian as speaker.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39738865

    Re #Macedonia. If bare chested hooligans are easier to spot among "the people" than women, it's a right wing coup not a revolution. pic.twitter.com/DCZ5NrnIfk— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) April 27, 2017

    Former Amb. of #Macedonia to US and Netherlands fearful of a full on coup d'etat tonight. A catastrophic development for whole of #Balkans. https://t.co/17z1RIbuqX— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) April 27, 2017

    .@BalkanInsight One of the guys who stormed #Macedonia's parliament today is wearing a HOS shirt; a Croatian far-right paramilitary. Extremist solidarity?! pic.twitter.com/BmyRfqp5dr— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) April 27, 2017

    #Macedonia .

    • joe90 4.1

      Talking points are out.
      /

      Land-locked #Macedonia in peril; partially due to #Soros funding and fueling socialist … #Lockhimup.@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/vCqRC3V3jh— Ann Marie Whalen (@whalen_annmarie) April 27, 2017

      Russia accused Albania, NATO and the European Union on Thursday of trying to impose a pro-Albanian government on Macedonia, gripped by political crisis.

      A day earlier Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov refused to allow a coalition of Social Democrats and parties representing the country’s big ethnic Albanian minority to form a government because of their pledge to allow wider official use of the Albanian language.

      Ivanov’s move, made during protests of Macedonians against the coalition in the capital Skopje and towns where ethnic Macedonians are a majority, was criticized by the European Union.

      “With active cooperation of the EU and NATO officials, an ‘Albanian platform’ created in Tirana, in the office of the (Albanian) prime minister, is being imposed on Macedonians,” a statement by the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-macedonia-idUSKBN169262

      • Bill 4.1.1

        That reuters piece is largely referring to wider and historical political positions and is from March the 3rd.

        So not about yesterday’s election or appointment of an Albanian speaker – or the reaction to it.

        • joe90 4.1.1.1

          Yes Bill, I know when it was reported.

          Did you miss the / below my talking points jibe?.

    • Bill 4.2

      A smallish group of violent and fairly clueless old farts and bigots who ‘lucked it’ and got into the parliament? Or something more serious?

      At the moment, in spite of all the arm waving coming from some quarters who’re going for “the sky’s falling in” scenario, I’m thinking the former.

  4. joe90 5

    Can a mod dig out my earlier post about the violent storming of the Macedonian parliament. The machine ate it.

    Utterly terrible scenes as a mob attacks Radmila Sekerinska of LSDM. Inside the Parliament. #Macedonia pic.twitter.com/AfiMMxefft— Xhemajl Rexha (@xhemajl_rexha) April 27, 2017

    #Macedonia

    [done]

  5. Morrissey 6

    Noam Chomsky: “The Republican Party is the
    most dangerous organization in human history”

    “Has there ever been an organisation in human history that is dedicated, with such commitment, to the destruction of organised human life on Earth?”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/noam-chomsky-republican-party-most-dangerous-organisation-human-history-us-politics-mit-linguist-a7706026.html

  6. Halfcrown 7

    Another Tui advert by Joyce for this incompetent pack of shit of a government.

    “This Government is New Zealand’s infrastructure government,” Yeah Right.

    That’s why they removed the over road bridge on State Highway 4 on the Taumarunui to Stratford line for the trucking lobby, so bigger trucks can go down this road cutting off the rail to the centre of the King Country. A real bit of future proofing that eh. (My comment)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11846472

    • mary_a 7.1

      @ Halfcrown (7) … yes, I read that piece and for a moment there, I thought Steven Joyce had resorted to doing stand up comedy! Then I realised it’s election year and he’s spewing the usual misinformation (read fraudulent lies/bullshit)! Bet he’s got a sore gut, because that one would have taken some retching to throw up!

  7. adam 8

    Funny how the Panama Papers keep giving and giving. Anyone would think that we have this corrupt government hell bent on helping the insanely wealthy feed that particular insanity.

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/world/91999096/malta-scandal-exposes-new-zealand-trusts-again

    • John up North 8.1

      Love how the caption under FJK’s pic implies he leapt into action to get to the bottom of any possible skulduggery by loosing the IRD dogs on the first whiff of any impropriety. We all know the truth of the fact, deny, deny, deny – deflect then when the rat was finally cornered, a toothless inquiry by a hand picked yes man and a long drawn out process to make cotton wool changes that as the news item implies….. do fuck all to stop these thieving bastards!

  8. joe90 9

    I guess the premium that the law placed on the vulnerability of children versus the “exceptional circumstances” applies to the right people like me.
    /

    His father eventually found him but failed to contact emergency services immediately.

    Justice Sally Fitzgerald entered manslaughter convictions and issued a first strike against the pair.

    Neil’s lawyer Roger Laybourn said his client had never tried to minimise his failings.

    “He knows it will haunt him for the rest of his life, he’s devastated,” Laybourn said.

    The pair were on bail and would reappear in the Rotorua High Court in May for sentencing.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/91998393/parents-plead-guilty-to-manslaughter-after-son-dies-in-hot-car-in-rotorua

    • McFlock 9.1

      not sure I take that message from the article – they’ve yet to be sentenced.

      • joe90 9.1.1

        they’ve yet to be sentenced

        .

        The good ****** from Whanganui was discharged without conviction because exceptional circumstances.

        • McFlock 9.1.1.1

          oh, missed your first link. Fatigue was a contributing factor in the other one?

          Also, note two parents sharing charge of sprog at dwelling vs one parent forgetting to drop sprog at daycare.

          I mean, I’d be surprised if they got ten years apiece, but different circumstances get judged accordingly. Except by McCroskie, of course – but he’s a known jerk.

          • joe90 9.1.1.1.1

            Fatigue was a contributing factor in the other one?

            Power couple and as everyone knows, a power couple’s fatigue is exceptional fatigue.

            • McFlock 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah whatever dude.

              Exceptional or otherwise, fatigue wasn’t mentioned in the BoP incident. and there were two of them there at the time.

    • saveNZ 9.2

      @Joe, Yep I wondered about if that was a ‘class’ decision. Other parents do not get a criminal conviction when this happens and there was the prosecution of the father with the quad bike who was also found not guilty.

      The parents pleaded guilty, so saved a trial and the father apparently did not even know the child was in the car. Yep they did not call 111 straight away probably because the child was already dead.

      Maybe because they were ‘young’, ‘maori’ and ‘poor’, the book is being thrown at them.

      Anyway I felt for them losing their child like that.

      You wonder what the point of jail time would be. They are no danger to the community. They have already had the worse thing happen.

  9. ianmac 10

    Bryan Gould gets stuck into the ignorance of Don Brash. How do Banks create money?
    His last line is a bit naughty:
    “That concern is surely heightened if a former Governor seems not to understand what is really happening.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11845670

  10. gsays 11

    Quite revealing on rnz this am, release of a report into banking practices, hard selling ‘products’ to customers.
    The listener feedback damning.

    I wonder if any/many other ‘news’ outlets will place much emphasis on this story?

  11. Muttonbird 12

    How indeed is rental housing not an election issue?

    http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/the-pencilsword-what-about-the-renters

    The Greens are the only ones serious about this.

  12. Molly 13

    Bloody beer ads… I thought I was over them long ago.

    But this latest from Heineken is worth a watch.

    (Don’t know if it is staged – Heineken assures that it isn’t – but essentially this is an ad)

    • weka 13.1

      They need to do a follow up ad 😉

      I can see them all having a beer, except the cc denier. How do you find common ground there?

      • Molly 13.1.1

        I have an unlikely friend, ardent ACT supporter and strong Christian beliefs, whom I enjoy talking to because we do get to discuss our opposing viewpoints without falling into personal insults and open warfare…

        We don’t often get the chance to meet up, but she surprised me on her last visit with her dismay over Trumps election – and almost just as quickly reaffirmed our political disparity by referring to John Key’s great leadership.

        I don’t know what it is, but I sometimes have better conversations with her about politics than with others who are on my side of the political divide.

        (If I can bottle it, I’ll slap a Heineken sticker on it, and produce a follow up ad.)

        • weka 13.1.1.1

          That makes sense. I’ve had some good conversations with people with very different politics too. I’m not sure what happens after that though. Are we really any closer to working together or making the world a better place?

          • Molly 13.1.1.1.1

            Two other friends – ten years ago – were not interested in climate change. One is now a regular partner in marches and has submitted on select committee hearings for deep sea oil – the other – just busy getting on with her life.

            I don’t know if it makes much of a difference, being able to talk. Although, it helps if you have a mutual liking before you start, but I can recognise some changes even if they are small. Denying climate change costs you nothing, but accepting it – and the issues it carries with acceptance – requires a complete rethink of principles about self, community and successful living. It does not surprise me that many people avoid becoming aware. Is that not true of any truly progressive movement that requires a change to the status quo?

            My own interest in climate change came only after a random pickup of a book at the library – which resulted in a return and a devouring on all books to do with the subject – including the deniers as well as those wanting to inform.

            It seems that there is a noticeable difference in the number of people willing to talk about transition and climate change from ten years ago, and I hope this means that a momentum of knowledge and change is taking place.

            It doesn’t feel as if it is enough to me, but lasting change cannot be forced… and once it has gathered enough momentum – is hard to stop.

            • weka 13.1.1.1.1.1

              I think the value in being able to talk is that we need at the very least not to enable the kind of polarising that is going on in some spheres. We need to retain our ability to be human with each other regardless the politics. But in terms of solving big picture problems I don’t know what is possible because I might be able to get on with someone who thinks differently but when we go to vote we are still reliant on a system that will allow the mob to decide.

              I took the guy in the vid to be a considered denier as in he’s thought it through and made a decision (I could be wrong). That being different from people who are unaware or shying away from the discomfit or challenge.

              “It seems that there is a noticeable difference in the number of people willing to talk about transition and climate change from ten years ago, and I hope this means that a momentum of knowledge and change is taking place.”

              I think so too, and that we need to focus on the people that want to change. The deniers are in the minority now and soon there will be significant social condemnation of that stance.

              “It doesn’t feel as if it is enough to me, but lasting change cannot be forced… and once it has gathered enough momentum – is hard to stop.”

              Ae, this is where my hope is. That we will reach a tipping point and then its game on with the small amount of time we have left.

        • Bill 13.1.1.2

          I don’t know what it is, but I sometimes have better conversations with her about politics than with others who are on my side of the political divide.

          Genuine curiosity – how much of that do you reckon might be down to an authoritarian/non authoritarian divide as opposed to the right/left divide that we’re ‘supposed’ to tribally position ourselves around?

          • Molly 13.1.1.2.1

            TBH Bill I have a suspicion it is more to do with the fact that we are similar in social traits. I fall within the 1-2% of the population according to the Myers-Briggs personality types, and I think she is the same.

            We both take time to articulate our positions to each other, and listen in order to find some sort of common ground. Predisposed to find connection plays a big part. (Our sons are great friends, and we were involved in a couple of committees together over the years.)

            While she is heavily involved in church, her outlook on life is less authoritarian than would be expected. So, I don’t think it is an authoritarian outlook she has, I think it is more that there is a limit to the number of people that she can consciously care about, and make allowances for.

            (But that is only a casual supposition – like me – she is probably the usual mix of life experience, opinion and contradictions.)

  13. Bearded Git 14

    My rolling average of the last 4 Roy Morgan’s:

    Lab/Gr 41.3
    Lab/Gr/NZF 50.0
    Nats 45.1
    Nats/ACT/MP 47.8
    Nats/ACT/MP/NZF 56.5

    It’s all down to Winnie.

    If he goes as part of the 4-headed monster it’s 56.5 versus 41.3

    If he goes with the Lab/Gr bloc it’s 50.0 versus 47.8

    Both would give safe majorities, especially as Hone will probably win TTT.

    What is clear is that the Nats are slowly moving down towards 40%…..the English honeymoon is now coming to an end which will exacerbate this.

    • Bearded Git 14.1

      Spot the apostrophe error.

    • james 14.2

      it could be the cleanest possible Nat / NZF at 53.8 vs the 3-headed monster at 50.

      And there is a big difference between going with a party on 45% than a party in the 20%’s

      • tuppence shrewsbury 14.2.1

        No, no, no, no. you fool!

        The great sage WILD KATIPO has pointed out that “You show incredible gullibility in even thinking that Peters will hold ultimate power. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence would know that Peters would support and be part of a Labour led coalition.

        So it’s impossible that National and NZ First would govern with almost 54% of the cast vote

      • Bearded Git 14.2.2

        @James

        Your maths is a little awry…it would be 53.8 versus 44.0 but that would assume ACT went with the Lab/GR bloc so you are all at sea.

        Your point about 45 versus 20’s is also wrong. The Lab/Gr bloc is 41.3. The Nats are 45.1 and the gap is closing.

        Do pay attention.

        • Wayne 14.2.2.1

          Bearded Git,

          The public don’t think of Lab/Gr as a single party. So while they may be natural partners, they are two separate parties and the public see them as such.

          Labour need to get into the mid 30’s to regain serious credibility as the lead party in govt. Being in the 20’s won’t cut it.

          Mind you if Labour is in the 20’s, it is then credible for Winston to demand of them that he should be PM, for at least half a term.

          • Bearded Git 14.2.2.1.1

            @Wayne

            I agree that it would help the Labour/Green bloc if Labour was above 30%. From memory all of the recent polls have had Labour 29.5 and above and the public is just coming to terms with English as PM. The man who has written NZ’s youth off as drug-addled lazy sods; the guy that voted against gay marriage etc etc .

            In the scenario I paint above if Winston prefers to work with the policies put forward by the Lab/Gr bloc rather than those of Nat/ACT/MP then that would form a stable coalition.

            There is no reason at all to suppose that a party with 30% plus would offer Winston the post of PM. It’s not going to happen. You are just trolling here.

            • Ad 14.2.2.1.1.1

              I think PM Winston would be awesome for a term.

              Ardern as Deputy.

              Beauty and the Beast musical.

            • RedBaronCV 14.2.2.1.1.2

              It would help if the Greens got 30% too.
              Nor is it impossible for the Greens Plus Winnie to be 30% together – now that would be interesting.

  14. Carolyn_nth 16

    Went to a Media Futures conference (Agenda 2020) yesterday and today at AUT.

    Report by Mackenzie Smith about yesterday.

    Today spokespeople from the 4 biggest parties were invited to attend and talk to the conference. Nats didn’t send anyone. Gareth Hughes said this was a pattern of the Nats – they just refuse to engage in such discussions/debates. See this tweet at the hashtag #Agenda2020

    The MPs, or at least Clare Curran, said petitions that get to parliament do get to be discussed in Parliament. She praised the Coalition for Better Broadcasting and Action Station for keeping the public service media issue on the agenda, giving it political coverage and attention.

    Basically they were saying, the parties need us all to keep putting essential issues up for political, and hopefully also media discussion – especially difficult to get such issues given much public discussion these days.

    Academics produced evidence at the conference about the big decline in coverage of political issues in the MSM over the last decade or so. Also evidence shows how NZ is behind other countries like Aussie, the UK and Canada in having real current affairs and political coverage on TV on weekdays, and on demand, on media websites, etc.

    • RedBaronCV 16.1

      That would be right – remember election nights – we used to get a bunch of experts, academics, former party members from across the spectrum – a real mix of people and opinions. Now we get Mike Hosking or the off button.

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  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
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  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
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  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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

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

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

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

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

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

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

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

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

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
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    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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

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

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

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

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

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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

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

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