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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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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    22 hours ago
  • Antarctic heat spike shocks climate scientists
    A ‘Regime Shift’ could raise sea levels sooner than anticipated. Has a tipping point been triggered in the Antarctic? Photo: Juan Barreto/Getty Images TL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above that was recorded yesterday afternoon between and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #15 2024
    Open access notables Global carbon emissions in 2023, Liu et al., Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Annual global CO2 emissions dropped markedly in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing by 5.8% relative to 2019 (ref. 1). There were hopes that green economic stimulus packages during the COVD crisis might mark the beginning ...
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  • Everything will be just fine
    In our earlier days of national self-loathing, we made a special place for the attitude derided as she’ll be right.You don't hear many people younger than age Boomer using that particular expression these days. But that doesn’t mean there are not younger people in possession of such an attitude.The likes of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
    Buzz from the Beehive People working in the beleaguered media industry have cause to yearn for a minister as busy as Todd McClay and his associates have been in recent days. But if they check out the Beehive website for a list of Melissa Lee’s announcements, pronouncements, speeches and what-have-you ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
    When the National government came into office, it complained of a "war on landlords". It's response? Start a war on renters instead: The changes include re-introducing 90-day "no cause" terminations for periodic tenancies, meaning landlords can end a periodic tenancy without giving any reason. [...] Landlords will now only ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
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    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
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    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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