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  1. Paul 1

    Another day in John Key’s neo-liberal nightmare.
    We have become a cruel, ugly and selfish nation under his wretched leadership.

    ‘Schools lose half their students as poverty forces families to move.

    Children living in poverty are shifting schools up to six times a year – or worse, being pulled from class altogether – as the housing crisis cuts into kids’ education.
    A total of 3785 students moved schools two or more times in 2015, according to the latest transient figures from the Ministry of Education.
    This included 11 students who moved schools five or six times in a year and 68 students who moved four times.
    Principals say rising rents and over-crowded housing are contributing to the problem, with parents moving multiple times each year in search of an affordable home.’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/80210599/schools-lose-half-their-students-as-poverty-forces-families-to-move

  2. Tory 2

    Since most here no doubt don’t pay for the NBR, here is the WO link to Matthew Hootens article on your comrade leader Little.
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2016/05/hooton/#more-252593
    While the socialists and communists from here will no doubt wish to eviscerate Matthew, he hits the nail on the head with Little.

    • Pat 2.1

      yep Hooten (and his paymasters) are showing all the signs of panic…treasury benches slipping away….and note the NBR’s circulation has further declined to an ANC of less than 5800.

      • James 2.1.1

        yep. Still polling in the mid to high 40’s.

        Labour polling in the 20’s

        Little only third in preferred PM stakes

        Little personal polling at 8.9%

        National must be quaking in their boots.

        • Pat 2.1.1.1

          “yep. Still polling in the mid to high 40’s.”

          and as your friend M.Hooten kindly points out Nationals declining polls are in the face of an incompetent strategy and a struggling leader…..who can only improve.

          these posts scream confidence….not.

        • Paul 2.1.1.2

          Another man comfortable with the levels of homelessness we have in this first world country.

        • Bearded Git 2.1.1.3

          45% and Key is gone James, and the Gnats are polling roughly 46% on poll of polls…looking distinctly shaky.

          • James 2.1.1.3.1

            Thats interesting. Winston confirmed hes going with Greens / Labour has he?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2

      Given that having allegedly read his article, you can’t spell his name right, how can anyone trust your analysis? Not to mention him being a right wing propagandist who lies for money, and you being a parrot without a single original idea of your own.

      Linking to Failoil? Lame.

    • Paul 2.3

      Tory……..someone who defends homelessness.

    • North 2.4

      Hits the nail on the head, like this from Tory’s love interest ?

      http://www.radiolive.co.nz/John-Keys-nail-fail-goes-viral/tabid/615/articleID/75159/Default.aspx

    • ianmac 2.5

      Wouldn’t it be loverly if Hooton put on a Little spin and applied it to Key. So easy to interpret Little’s words any way you like and if you were an ACT activist what else could you do? No way could Hooton speak well of Andrew’s words.

    • Whateva Next 2.6

      thanks for the link, but akshully, W.O’s opinion is less than nothing to me.

    • Anne 2.7

      Okay, so anyone in Tory’s severely limited world who shows an ounce of empathy for the poor and dispossessed is a Communist? I thought that line of paranoid, idiotic ‘thought process’ disappeared with the Cold War 25+years ago. What a sad dinosaur you are Tory.

      • Paul 2.7.1

        Repeat after me…..

        “There is no alternative
        The market will sort it out
        Trickle down works
        There is no such thing as society.”

        “There is no alternative
        The market will sort it out
        Trickle down works
        There is no such thing as society.”

        “There is no alternative
        The market will sort it out
        Trickle down works
        There is no such thing as society.”

    • Gabby 2.8

      I notice Ponyboy has been pushing the Noone likes Andy line – is this the attack plan, tooly?

    • Halfcrown 2.9

      Ah Comrade Tory, I have just got up from my commie proletariat bed and saw your post.

      “Since most here no doubt don’t pay for the NBR,”

      You are so right comrade, I for one “no doubt don’t pay for the NBR,” as I sooner spend your money on real shit house paper.
      Thank you for the info to visit the Bourgeoisie sewer. Thanks but no thanks as I will get my info from the Daily Worker. However, enjoy your wallow in the filth in the Bourgeoisie sewer.

    • Mr Scooter 2.10

      Like we would believe what Hooten, a craven little boot licking Uriah Heep has to say on anything other than facts, and even those he massages to give as much credit to his beloved National party. All he wants to do is spread gloom and despondency.

    • Outdoor 2.11

      Yes it would be 15-20 years since I last paid for the NBR. After getting it for a few years I noticed nothing apart from the names changed, It was just buying & selling with some upper class gossip. If you wanted to know about the rich getting richer it was the paper to get but totally failed in having any ideas to improve the economy for working people.

  3. Andre 3

    Anyone hoping for the Trump-Sanders debate will just have to make do with…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumpchicken-debate-meme_us_574944aee4b0dacf7ad50d0f

  4. North 4

    Q + A just now – Corin Dann in what looked like a planned attack on Grant Robertson. In the style of a hostile, irritated, talking-over, telling off for the perceived temerity of questioning the government. Immediately following English being allowed an unquestioned insistence that things are pretty much OK in NZ. Corin Dann is a prostitute for continued international travel with the PM.

    • Paul 4.1

      The media is corrupt.
      Follow the money.

    • Foreign waka 4.2

      North, I watched it but did not have the perception that you had. In fact Mr English was given enough rope to hang himself in a rhetorical sense.
      Far more concerning the chap from the EMA. His views might have signaled in places the good ol NZ from the past but on a whole he was pretty much supportive of what Mr English is proposing; basically doing nothing or do away with democracy. Is he serious? A small country, dependent on foreign trade, innovation from within trying to make it against markets that can choose from a population of many more millions talent and funds? Really?
      Mr Robertson unfortunately does not look very professional, and yes, as a voter I want to have confidence in the person looking after my affairs without childish interludes.
      Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        Grant has always thought his mates in the media would look after him.

  5. greywarshark 5

    Winnie giving heads up on radionz to the lack of cash for rail in the regions, saying that most of the vaunted investment of billions for rail over the years, has gone to the main centres.

    • gsays 5.1

      it was heartening to hear winston speak in defence of rail,
      criticize government,
      allude to lobbyists
      and criticze priorities in roading spending.

      in one eloquent paragraph.

  6. ianmac 6

    Neighbourly. Listening to Media this morning and they talked about http://www.neighbourly.co.nz which may be a new news/discussion site localised to your immediate area and town/suburb. Takes a lot of pages to be verified but my jury is still considering. Lost and found. For sale. Poll. News.
    Anyone done that been there?

    • vto 6.1

      they keep approaching us

      don’t trust it

      don’t see no benefit in it

      just another websilly

      • dv 6.1.1

        Great for finding lost cats.

        • vto 6.1.1.1

          yep.

          and that pretty much sums up the value of such time-wasting websillies

          overload

          • Maz 6.1.1.1.1

            After advertising for a cleaner one person stated the days they would be home. In other words, the other days, you can come and help yourself to my home.

        • ianmac 6.1.1.2

          Neighbourly: Realised that it is classified, lost and found, For sale, free, meetings etc. Worth a look in view of the changing nature of newspapers in digital age.

          • gsays 6.1.1.2.1

            hi ianmac,
            “changing nature of newspapers in digital age.”
            hrrmph…i have a whinge about this recently.
            the feilding herald has been folded in with the rangitikei local rag.

            talking with folk from marton and we had the same response:
            “more real estate ads from out of the area and stories about events/folk and we don’t know”

            i reckon the ground is fertile for a true local, not for profit ‘rag’.
            lots of photos.
            digital and a dead tree version.
            (how the paper version is funded, i am not sure. not by real estate ads anyhow.)

          • mac1 6.1.1.2.2

            “changing nature of newspapers in digital age” Ianmac, it was predicted by a top of the South Island newspaperman that the Marlborough Express and the Nelson Mail would be replaced in a year by the ChCh Press with a four page local insert for Nelson or Marlborough news. I’m not sure about the freebies whether they will continue, but they are likely to.

            • ianmac 6.1.1.2.2.1

              I think that it will be bigger than that Mac1. It is possible that all the Fairfax papers will be amalagmated into one large South Island paper with a page or so dedicated to each town/district local news. Pity I like the Marlborough Express..

        • mauī 6.1.1.3

          Great for finding lost cats.

          😆 I see that a lot on there, people losing their cat every day! Who would want to be the wildlife in urban areas…

          I think the site is a good way to pretend you still have a community when you’ve lost most of it. You can text your neighbour rather than meet them in person. In saying that it’s still a good online community noticeboard. I also heard its funded by Fairfax and I’ve noticed posts from the local newspaper on there weighing in on the flag debate and such. I think there will be increasing right-wing creep coming into it.

    • greywarshark 6.2

      Neighbourly thoughts?
      More info on self and locals. Like home-(neighbour)-schooling. Less info about realities out there and the wider world. Comfortable, nice, like-minded people talking, sharing together. And the media guiding the doings, having its finger in every pie.
      Some use, but assisting conformity somehow.

  7. save nz 7

    US is now desperate and bribing governments to join the worst trade agreement in history..

    U.S. offers $30 million to help Vietnam implement TPP

    http://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/u-s-offers-30-million-to-help-vietnam-implement-tpp-3409420.html

  8. save nz 8

    WARNING: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.

    POTENTIAL for CRIMINALIZATION OF DISSENT: The TPP’s IP provisions would adopt “criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without commercial motivation. Users could be jailed or hit with debilitating fines over file sharing, and may have their property or domains seized or destroyed even without a formal complaint from the copyright holder.”

    “The IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of expression, right to privacy and due process, as well as hindering peoples’ abilities to innovate.”

    https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp

  9. Paul 9

    Tourism destroying our country’s infrastructure and environment.
    We could learn lessons from Costa Rica and Bhutan.

    Ah, no that’s couldn’t be right……

    “There is no alternative
    The market will sort it out
    Trickle down works
    There is no such thing as society.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/201802175/no-vacancy-can-new-zealand-cope-with-rapidly-growing-tourism

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Bhutan
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecotourism_in_Costa_Rica

    • ianmac 9.1

      Wisdom.
      “Despite being open to foreigners, the government is acutely aware of the environmental impact tourists can have on Bhutan’s unique and virtually unspoiled landscape and culture. Therefore, they have restricted the level of tourist activity from the start, preferring higher quality tourism.”
      Hear! Hear!

  10. dv 10

    OK
    So the infrastructure for the new build in going to cost 17Billion.
    TO be borne by the auckland rate payers.

    There are about 500, 000 rate payers

    Say amortise the 17 billion over 20 years.

    That is an average extra rate cost per rate payer of $1,700 per year

    WOW that must please Aucklanders.

  11. greywarshark 11

    What is the connection between a NZ chef, Sweden and school lunches? This is an indication of how innovative we could be in NZ if people in power could turn the switch that at present keeps the hatch cover on it.

    Listen to Radionz now – starts about 11.30 a.m. and has video .

    11:30 Lyndon McLeod – The Swedish School Lunch Revolution

    School kids in the Swedish town of Gislaved regularly enjoy a rosemary-scented lamb stew that awarding winning Kiwi-born chef Lyndon McLeod learnt in his nana’s kitchen in Kaitangata, South Otago.In Sweden, school pupils receive a cooked lunch at school every day. The Gisle School Restaurant, which McLeod heads up, serves 1400 portions a day. Children can choose from two main courses, soup of the day, freshly baked bread and a salad buffet.

  12. Sirenia 12

    The latest Michael Moore movie called Where to Invade next has a great scene about school lunches in France. Even in the poorest districts a sit down cooked lunch with several courses, real crockery, good quality food.

    • ianmac 12.1

      And why not in NZ?

      • vto 12.1.1

        because children should learn how to survive in the free market

        . . . .

        New Zealanders: Neanderthals since 1984

        (actually, betcha Neanderthals looked after their own unlike us)

        • Kiwiri 12.1.1.1

          yeah, and because “user pays” and individual responsibility.
          if users and consumers can’t pay, it is their own fault.

    • millsy 12.2

      School lunches are not just about feeding children. They are about social solidarity, and doing things together. Where the children of doctors, lawyers, cleaners, checkout, operators, gang members and socialites can sit down together, all class boundaries eliminated to enjoy a meal.

      It’s probably the main reason why this is opposed by so many on the right. They cannot stand social solidarity.

      • Mr Scooter 12.2.1

        You are joking, aren’t you? Lawyers, doctors and socialites don’t send their children to the same kinds of schools that the children of cleaners, checkout operators and gang members go to. They can afford to live in the higher decile areas, or they send them to boarding schools.
        What la la world are you in?

    • mac1 12.3

      Japan has similar. A well-planned, dietarily sound, tasty lunch of about 700 calories served by the students in each class room, teacher included, at what seemed low cost. I was served three such meals while in Japan a few years ago. Tough on the teacher, though, as they seemed to have very little breaks from their students. Good idea, though, with good food and the kids cleaned up after themselves and cleaned the classroom while they were at it. Good skills, good socialisation and no-one was ‘too good” to be a cleaner.

  13. greywarshark 13

    Another Radionz piece that has big ramifications for us all.
    Empathy in medicine. Interesting how it soothes the human spirit or soul and helps with better outcomes and less pain relief needed and so on. Dr Youngson is part of a compassionate healthcare movement. This sounds as if might be relating to hospice care, but all patient care of all ages and types.

    Also the interviewee, an anaethetist, says that the approach to medicine has been that the human body works like a machine, and that medical care is fixing the broken machine. He says that most young people going into medicine start off with ideals but that the system tends to brutalise them.

    He talks about research into genes, and that they are changing constantly apparently, and alter depending on what one does, a walk, a period of meditation were examples he gave that people might do, and changes in genes would show up in some way or some test. Fascinating, and possibly society changing.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201802486 21.28 min

    11:05 Dr Robin Youngson – The Importance of being Empathetic
    If you’ve ever had a doctor who could do with brushing up their bedside manner – then you won’t want to miss this interview with Dr Robin Youngson. He’s an anaesthetist by trade but is also a leader in the compassionate healthcare movement and his research shows that patients who have an empathetic doctor have better healthcare outcomes than those who don’t.
    Robin Youngson is the author of the book Time to Care – How to Love Your Patients and Your Job and he’s aiming to put the heart back into healthcare.

    • Incognito 13.1

      I think you might like this The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist.

    • Molly 13.2

      I have a friend who has just attended a complaints hearing for an Auckland hospital.

      When she arrived for scheduled surgery, the admittance clerk/nurse told her there were no beds available (as if she was responsible). In the end, after the pre-op check, the porter took her on a stretcher and left her outside the surgery.

      She was there for three hours. During this time, she could hear the surgical team talking during the preceding patient’s operation.

      She was appalled to hear the surgeon make reference to the weight and general appearance of the patient. Even more disconcertingly, the chorus of titters and laughs from the rest of the surgical team. No one censured this conversation.

      IIRC, there have been studies in the past that shows that outcomes can be influenced by the surgical teams conversations while the patient is under anaesthetic. Despite that, it shows a callousness and a toxic environment for both patients and staff if this is the norm.

  14. greywarshark 14

    MinPrimaryIndignities has decided that fishing industry catches need oversight and has given the job to one of the main businesses. Completely fair and objective,
    full and fearless reporting on the matter. hahahahahahahahahaha

    We are so wilfully blind of government’s malpractices, that as long as politicians don’t go naked to Parliament, we don’t notice anything.

    • whateva next? 14.1

      Applies over and over again since this lot of crooks got power….

      “We are so wilfully blind of government’s malpractices, that as long as politicians don’t go naked to Parliament, we don’t notice anything.”

      I love it, you have summed it up there greywarshark, have to say it would be pretty hard to stomach if National’s caucus turned up naked though.

      • greywarshark 14.1.1

        whateva next?
        You turn out a nice pun. Nakedness pretty hard to stomach. I like it, lord knows I often need a smile or laugh. Keep up the skills!

  15. weka 15

    There’s been some awesome and radical activism happening from people with autism in recent times, a lot of it insisting that autistic people know what is best for them (which is a pretty basic human right). Here’s a comic strip explaining that the autism spectrum isn’t a line but a colour wheel,

    Rebecca Burgess sees a problem with the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. Her resolution? The comic below. The Tumblr user debuted “Understanding the Spectrum” (below), which gets rid of the linear autism spectrum image (i.e. you’re either “not autistic, “very autistic” or somewhere in between) and replaces it with a round spectrum full of several traits or ways the brain processes information.

    “I want people to understand that autistic people don’t all fit a stereotype, and show people the consequences of stereotyping,” Burgess, from the U.K., told The Mighty in an email. “[Stereotyping leads to] underestimating the skills of autistic people or not believing someone [who is on the spectrum].”

    http://themighty.com/2016/05/rebecca-burgess-comic-redesigns-the-autism-spectrum/

    • ianmac 15.1

      And possibly because of the round spectrum we can be rewarded with wonderful original thought. We average people are taught to think in linear ways and yet some ideas are beyond linear.

      • weka 15.1.1

        Yes! And we could apply the wheel instead of the line to many things eg IQ.

  16. Paul 16

    Another powerful cartoon by Sharon Murdoch.
    ‘The ghosts in our machine.’

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CjkfqbXVAAAnbo3.png:large

    • greywarshark 16.1

      Paul
      Thanks for heads up. What a great satirist. Paula has had very good dental work, and we use that image of her teeth set up like a portcullis gate. And Nick’s rather undefined face is really good. I do admire these arty people and their ability.
      If one turned round the line to The Machine in our Ghosts – I wonder what a brainstorm could come up with? Just a thinking exercise.

      Portcullis | Define Portcullis at Dictionary.com
      http://www.dictionary.com/browse/portcullis
      Portcullis definition, (especially in medieval castles) a strong grating, as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of a gateway of a fortified place …

  17. Sacha 17

    @lprent – headings in sidebar Feeds are linking to author avatars where those are the thumbnail, rather than to posts.

  18. Paul 19

    Principals struggling to fill teaching positions have resorted to buying houses for staff as a last ditch attempt to offset the impact of the housing crisis.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/80493595/schools-luring-teachers-to-auckland-with-help-of-accommodation

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      in the old days the Ministry always provided teachers with housing

  19. joe90 21

    Thin skinned bully has a whinge.

    .

    In what the Wall Street Journal characterized as an “extended tirade,” Trump spent 12 minutes of his 58-minute speech focused on the case and the California judge who will hear it.

    “I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel,” Trump told the crowd. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself.”

    Trump told his supporters he believes Judge Curiel should be removed from the case, citing the fact that Curiel was appointed to the bench by President Obama. Trump also said he believes Curiel is “Mexican.” The crowd — which had previously shouted “build that wall” — booed loudly.

    http://thinkprogress.org/education/2016/05/28/3782986/trump-university-federal-judge/

  20. Paul 23

    Opinion: Auckland’s housing market is broken and it’s a lie to deny it

    I’m so sick of the dishonesty in this argument.
    The lies. The short-sightedness. The incompetency.
    Younger generations are having their chance of home ownership snatched away, and those who have let it happen are doing bugger-all.
    Too many critics choose to focus on the perceived failings and unrealistic expectations of those trying to enter the market, rather than acknowledging the teetering Ponzi scheme that is the New Zealand housing market.
    The average Auckland house price is now 10 times the median household income. Two decades ago it was four-to-five times median household income.
    Don’t tell me it was just as hard to buy a house 50 years ago as it is today. The stats prove you plainly wrong.
    For a start, there were low-interest Government loans not so long ago. By 1954 state home loans accounted for 34 percent of all new-home mortgages. By 1966 home ownership had risen to 69 percent. Clearly, houses were affordable, and there were enough of them.
    What’s changed? According to economist Shamubeel Eaqub, by 2001 just 61 percent of New Zealanders in their late 30s owned homes. By 2013, that had dropped to 50 percent. Eaqub says if house prices keep rising at expected rates, mortgage repayments will be more than the average income within seven years.
    Why is an entire generation being shut out of the housing market? Did all those people suddenly up their expectations? Or was it because supply dried up, and house prices started rocketing?
    Auckland needs 13,000 houses a year, for the next 30 years. We’re currently building about 8,000. By 2018, it’s estimated the shortfall could rise to 25,000 homes.
    Anyone denying it’s now harder to buy a house is lying, stupid, or quite possibly both.’

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/opinion-auckland-is-broken-and-its-a-lie-to-deny-it-2016041914#ixzz46Emd9QBv

  21. Reddelusion 24

    don’t distort the market by restricting land problem solved, albeit not immediately, see Christchurch house prices flat as land increases and rules around deversity relaxed , One thing I do think the government does need to stand up and take on the chin is not realising or failing to act knowing distortion was going on in Auckland in regard to land and still allowing record immigration, likewsie not ensuring infrastructure ahead of the game. The former a big issue if aucklands urban boundaries are simply expanded willy nilly, likewise use of prime agricultural land

  22. Once was Tim 25

    Don’t you just lerrrrrrv that “Brighter Future”?
    I just took a constitutional from Courtenay Place to half way down Williis Street in Wellington.

    Just on one side of the road ….. 8 new faces of the homeless in various nooks and crannies (2 in the Opera House, 2 in and around Reading Cinemas, and the remainder in little enclaves where small businesses had finally shut up shop.

    I didn’t venture further, though I imagine the regulars would have still been present.
    I wondered about that Ghuznee Street motorway bridge thinking at least it’s waterproof and windproof – even if you do encounter one or two guys (probably straight but just desperate) offering to suck your dick for a penny or two.

    Yeah/nah – we’re a first world nayshun eh!
    And btw ….. didcha know … Mex Key is Twennyone (going forward)

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    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • 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
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 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
    7 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
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 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
    7 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    7 days ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
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    16 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    23 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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! ...
    3 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.   ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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