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Open mike 29/07/2015

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  1. idbkiwi 1

    Couldn’t agree more, good on you Mr Little

    “Labour leader Andrew Little has described the national anthem as a “dirge”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11488272

    • vto 1.1

      I like Mr Little.

      He is not scared of calling things out.
      He shows strength.
      He is unafraid to stand up to things wrong.

      Keep going Mr Little – and let a bit of that humour that we all know you have in spades out for some sunlight

    • Puckish Rogue 1.2

      Hes not wrong about the anthem

    • Ad 1.3

      It’s a bizarre comment.

      Why complain about the national anthem when you don’t want to change the national flag?

      • vto 1.3.1

        That is more bizarre – to link the two separate things.

        Both should be ditched mostly anyway – people show more allegiance today to their ethnicity and other life aspects than to their nationality, which makes more sense. The nation state is both dissipating and being hovered up by global elites hell bent on the coming world order. We are in the midst of this change which future historians will note we lived through and were part of.

        • Ad 1.3.1.1

          They are the two primary representations of national identity, which at least Little should be able to figure.

          Fair that the nation-state isn’t as strong as a concept as it once was, but it’s done a couple of millennia already and there’s little replacement on the horizon.

          • thatguynz 1.3.1.1.1

            I’ll take the nation state over global governance and control any day of the week. In fact I’ll fight tooth and nail to defend it.

    • Morrissey 1.4

      What a pity he doesn’t speak out so forcefully about something that actually matters—like the persecution of journalists in this country.

    • James 1.5

      So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

      Where the hell does Little get that idea? I dont know a single person who does (We always sing the anthem at games as a family) – and have never seen this.

      In fact as evidence that Little is talking shit – go to a AB game – Listen to the difference in the number of people singing to the NZ vs Aust anthem when we play Australia.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.5.1

        So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

        What’s that got to do with it?

        Where the hell does Little get that idea? I dont know a single person who does (We always sing the anthem at games as a family) – and have never seen this.

        That’s nice but do you actually like it? Everyone I know absolutely hates the bloody thing.

        In fact as evidence that Little is talking shit – go to a AB game – Listen to the difference in the number of people singing to the NZ vs Aust anthem when we play Australia.

        1. The Australian National Anthem has nothing to do with NZ’s being shit except possibly that they were both written by Australians
        2. Just because people sing it doesn’t mean that they like it

        • James 1.5.1.1

          So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

          What’s that got to do with it?

          Well – Little stated the “fact” that many NZ’s perferred to sing along to the Oz anthem – Quote from the link:

          “Labour leader Andrew Little has described the national anthem as a “dirge” and said many New Zealanders preferred to sing along to the Australian anthem than our own.”

          He also said “Most of them sing along to the Australian national anthem before they sing along to our own.””

          Im saying what he said was bullshit.

          And yes – I do like it.

          When I see someone saying something like “Everyone I know absolutely hates the bloody thing.” I think really ….. 100% everyone you know …… You need a wider circle of friends. Variety of views is good.

      • Lanthanide 1.5.2

        Ever since I can remember, my mum has said she always thought the NZ national anthem was crappy and Australia’s was much better.

  2. just saying 2

    Song for Karol wherever she is, and women of the left in general.
    Four non-blondes – What’s Going On?

  3. Hami Shearlie 3

    Why aren’t the revelations about our future medicine buying power under the TPPA the front page news in the Herald? Key says consumers won’t pay more, the Government will – but I wonder where people think the Government gets their revenue from – could it possibly be the taxpayers ?? Pharmac won’t be charging the consumer more for the medicines because Pharmac won’t be able to buy them at all in the future. The extension of patents on medicines will mean that generics will be so long in coming that the medicines will be superseded by others by the time we can buy the generic versions of them. Yet nothing in the country’s major newspaper – Has Key once again calmed the sheeple like the Pied Piper did the rats? Every person in the country except for the multi-millionaires should be very worried about themselves, their children, their parents. None of us know when we might get cancer or some other illness which requires expensive medicines – if we think they’re expensive now, just wait!!

    • jenny kirk 3.1

      Hami S – Strong words have come out from Labour and Andrew Little on TPPA re Pharmac ….. see below, and personally, I think NZers have started to wake up to the TPPA. It’ll be interesting to see what the next polling shows.

      We said Pharmac and its purchasing model had to be protected’ – Little

      The Labour Party says the undermining of Pharmac in the Trans Pacific Partnership breaches one of its bottom lines on the trade deal.

      Leader Andrew Little said Government had misled the public by not being upfront about the potential impact on the Government agency, which uses bulk-buying power to reduce the costs of medicine for New Zealanders.

      He would not rule out removing New Zealand from the controversial TPP if Labour entered Government.

      Prime Minister John Key conceded for the first time today that medicine costs could rise if New Zealand signed up to the TPP, which is expected to be finalised this week. ………………………

      …..Asked whether that meant Labour could not support the deal, he said: “If that bottom line isn’t met, then we don’t support the TPP.”

      The TPP does not need Labour’s support to be ratified, but Government may seek cross-party support on the legislation which would confirm the deal.

      Mr Little said he could not comment on whether a future Labour government would pull out of the TPP because the contents of the deal were not yet known.

      He said Labour had a number of options if it entered Government, which included “fixing” the agreement or leaving it altogether.

      Labour’s trade spokesman David Parker said he was confident that Labour could renegotiate the deal if it did not serve New Zealanders’ interests.

      Trade deals usually required a country to give six months’ notice before pulling out. …………………………………..

      Further details in this link – NZ Herald
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11488237

      • Hami Shearlie 3.1.1

        I sure hope the population starts thinking long and hard about this – they haven’t done much of that for the last few years!

      • Karen 3.1.2

        Little is doing well on the TPP considering the caucus still has Goff in it but on what planet is David Parker living?
        Confident we could renegotiate? Yeah sure , Japan and USA would be happy to help out.

        • Olwyn 3.1.2.1

          Little is doing well on the TPP considering the caucus still has Goff in it…

          I thought the same thing. I haven’t caught up with David Parker’s stance so I can’t comment on that.

        • The Chairman 3.1.2.2

          David Parker brought his credibility (and that of the Labour Party) into question when he said he was confident that Labour could renegotiate the deal.

          • Jenny Kirk 3.1.2.2.1

            Nonsense, TC. Parker is a lawyer, and he’s a very bright guy. He doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean.

            • Colonial Rawshark 3.1.2.2.1.1

              Jenny, how on earth can you have so much faith in any lawyer??? What has Parker achieved in the field of international FTAs which gives you so much faith in him?

              How do you expect NZ to be able to force the US Congress to meet and agree to the US renegotiating the TPPA after we have signed?

              Why should we place so much trust in the judgement of the Labour caucus?

              • gsays

                hi cr, speaking of labour and lawyers, makes me think of langes quip about never trust a lawyer, half of them are always wrong.

            • The Chairman 3.1.2.2.1.2

              Jenny, it was a silly comment for a supposedly “bright guy”.

              His confidence may be genuine but the reality of Labour renegotiating the deal is slim to none.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                I suppose it is no secret, but my sense is that Parker is not personally opposed to the TPPA.

    • northshoredoc 3.2

      I can’t really see anything changing, what is off patent now and/or contracted by PHARMAC will remain off patent and/or contracted by PHARMAC.

      Suggesting that PHARMAC is somehow going to disappear and that suddenly medicines are going to be more expensive in NZ is bizarre and yet another example of Key speaking without thinking, Helen clark would never have made such a silly comment.

      Even though there is some small variance in patents between the US and NZ in relation to medicines it is often the case that the relevant patent expires in the US before it expires in NZ. In relation to your comment about medicines for cancer the prices for those that are currently funded by the DHBs/PHARMAC will not change under a TPP except during a tender round wherein the price usually (but not always) declines quite significantly.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1

        I can’t really see anything changing, what is off patent now and/or contracted by PHARMAC will remain off patent and/or contracted by PHARMAC.

        As you well know it will be the new medicines that are going to cost more and they’ll do so for longer. We don’t keep using the same medicines forever.

        • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1

          How will the new medicines cost more ?

          At present PHARMAC drip feeds new medicines into the market anyway. Quite often we’ve had to wait for a products patent to expire before pHARMAC funded a product…

          If people really think the PHARMAC issue is the biggest hook in the TPPA they rally aren’t looking in the right place.

          • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1.1

            “Quite often we’ve had to wait for a products patent to expire before pHARMAC funded a product…”

            So now we’ll have to wait even longer for the patent to expire. How many people are going to die in the meantime?

            There was a story on stuff the other day about a drug that will cure hepatitis C. It costs something like $174,000 per patient in New Zealand, precisely because it is patented and the company can therefore charge monopoly rates.

            It is a literal life-saving drug. Pharmac cannot justify the current price. If prices like that (or slightly cheaper) stay around for more years, it means more people will go without the treatment than otherwise might have it, had we not agreed to longer patents.

            This is all so terribly basic, I don’t know why it needs to be spelt out to someone called “northshoredoc”.

            Someone from the Doctors for Public Health against Trade Agreements association (obviously biased) this on an interview on National Radio this morning that adding 1 year to patent lengths will cost Pharmac an extra $25-50 million per year. Frankly I trust their numbers more than your “nothing to see here” charade.

            There are also stories about new cancer drugs that are available in Australia, but not in NZ. Is increasing patent lengths on drugs generally going to lead to more drugs being available in NZ, or fewer? The answer is obviously fewer.

            • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Lanthanide I have no idea who these “Doctors for Public Health against Trade Agreements association ” are, perhaps you could enlighten me.

              In relation to the new medications for Hep C, PHARMAC has recently funded new products for Hep C as below.

              http://www.pharmac.health.nz/assets/notification-2013-08-09-boceprevir-and-pegylated-interferon.pdf

              This is a step forward from what we had available previously. The new medications from abbott and gilead are certainly a further improvement with reported ‘cure’ rates in the high 90% range. They are extremely expensive and many western 1st world jurisdictions around the world have struggled to fund them as the manufacturer’s pricing is exorbitant to reflect this price per cure (and saving on a liver transplant).

              With or without a TPPA these medications will struggle to be funded in NZ, of note the patent on these particular products expires earlier in the USA than in NZ. This is the same case for the new cancer medications I believe you may be alluding to .. biologics for malignant melanoma perhaps ?

              While you may consider this a ‘simple’ or ‘basic’ area I can assure you it is not and the simplistic comments on this website and by morons like key does little to inform anyone.

              • Lanthanide

                “With or without a TPPA these medications will struggle to be funded in NZ”

                At best, the TPPA changes nothing.

                At worst, it means these drugs will stay expensive for longer, hence less access.

                It really is very simple.

          • Colonial Rawshark 3.2.1.1.2

            northshoredoc

            How will the new medicines cost more ?

            I refer you to the NZMJ, 14th February 2014, Volume 127 Number 1389

            Through the TPPA, the United States (US) is seeking to eliminate therapeutic reference pricing, introduce appeals processes for pharmaceutical companies to challenge formulary listing and pricing decisions, and introduce onerous disclosure and “transparency” provisions that facilitate industry involvement in decision-making around coverage and pricing of medicines (and medical devices).

            This editorial examines trends in pharmaceutical industry conduct and strategy over the past 15–20 years and argues that if the TPPA (based on the US proposals) is successfully prosecuted, it will contribute to adverse health outcomes by increasing costs and reducing access to affordable medicines for New Zealanders. This in turn can be expected to disproportionally affect disadvantaged population groups, including Māori and Pacific peoples.

            • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1.2.1

              CV, Yes if any of those things are in the TPPA, most especially the inability to reference price it would make things more difficult for PHARMAC… do you have any information to suggest that they are ?

              Interestingly PHARMAC don’t tend to apply reference pricing to generics as the prices are so low there’s no real need and it would just lead to certain medicines no longer being available.

              As I have stated a number of times I think the PHARMAC issue is a red herring and we should be far more concerned regarding other issues of the TPPA most importantly… what’s actually in it for us in terms of better access to overseas markets, really we are all in the dark until there is an agreement in front of us to peruse.

              • Colonial Viper

                Agree with your contention that there may be bigger fish to fry in the TPPA in terms of things that we need to look out for.

    • ianmac 3.3

      You’re right Hami. Perhaps Auckland is in a Housing Bubble and in “TPP Free”
      Bubble.
      A great talk on Morning Report after 8 this morning.

    • vto 3.4

      John Key simply bullshitted New Zealand yesterday when he said that Pharmac costs will not affect New Zealanders…

      liar
      liar
      liar

      deceiver extraordinaire

      deceitful

      snake-oil salesman

      can’t stand liars and deceit

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Constitutional question:

    National unilaterally signs up to the TPP. Cabinet and Select committee use government majority to rubber stamp deal.

    National fails to pass enabling Pharmac legislation, being defeated by Labour/Green/NZ First/Maori Party votes.

    Constitutional crisis? Early election?

    • northshoredoc 4.1

      Sigh….what pHARMAC enabling legislation ?

      There won’t be any..

    • Jenny Kirk 4.2

      Not sure, Sanctuary. NZers don’t like early elections – they punished the Nats last time they tried it.
      Also – haven’t you seen the Maori Party (minus Sharples and Turiana) rolling over like good dogs for the Nats – they won’t vote against them.

  5. ianmac 5

    My guess is that Countries with high tariffs and subsidised farming will only free trade after about 25 year lead in. Just wait.

    • northshoredoc 5.1

      I think you’re absolutely right xianmac I doubt we’ll get anything meaningful for our agricultural/horticultural industries in the next 20 years which begs the question why do it ?

      • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.1

        Suggests that this commercial agreement is primarily directed by power politics, not by good economics.

        • Sanctuary 5.1.1.1

          Yup. We simply need to behave like a good little colony of the economic imperium of the United States, a supine position our Hawaii based, and paid up member of the globalised elite, prime minister is more than happy to adopt.

          • les 5.1.1.1.1

            quote John Kerry…’when it comes to NZ ..we dont even have …to ask!’

        • northshoredoc 5.1.1.2

          @CV, Yes I think it’s more about wanting to be part of the club and free trade ideology than anything else. I’m also of the opinion that Labour and National will OK the deal regardless.

          • BM 5.1.1.2.1

            Always better to be inside the tent than out.

          • Jenny Kirk 5.1.1.2.2

            NSdoc – Nonsense – Labour won’t okay the deal if their bottom lines are knocked out. Please get a bit real about this.

            • northshoredoc 5.1.1.2.2.1

              Jenny Kirk – of course they will – their bottom lines as they are, will be found not to be in conflict with supporting signing the TPPA if it comes down to it.

      • Stephen 5.1.2

        Dim Post makes the same point via dear ole Fran.
        https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/nuanced/

  6. Morrissey 6

    Kathryn Ryan claims big pharmaceutical companies are “not the bad guy”;
    Does she actually do any preparation for her interviews?

    Nine to Noon, Radio NZ National, Wednesday 29 July 2015

    We have expressed our concern on many occasions at the shallowness and the lack of knowledge exhibited by Kathryn Ryan.

    Open mike 18/07/2014

    Open mike 17/07/2014

    Open mike 21/01/2014

    Open mike 13/12/2013

    Open mike 24/10/2013

    Open mike 12/04/2012

    Open mike 04/06/2013

    This morning she perhaps scraped the very bottom of the barrel during an interview with a medical oncologist about the government’s reckless endangerment of our public health system by exposing us to the predations of the pharmaceutical conglomerates….

    KATHRYN RYAN: Let’s be clear here; Pharma, or the big pharmaceutical companies, is not the bad guy here.

    DR. BERNIE FITZHARRIS: No, and that’s fair enough. They want to maximise the return to their shareholders.

    Anyone who wishes to go a step further than Kathryn Ryan and actually do some reading about this should click on the following link….
    http://www.citizen.org/publications/publicationredirect.cfm?ID=7065

    • Marvellous Bearded Git 6.1

      @Morrissey
      Agreed. Ryan let her right wing leanings show this morning. I’m always amazed how few people on TS realise she favours the right.

      • Save NZ 6.1.1

        She’s hopeless and clueless.

      • Morrissey 6.1.2

        I was also disappointed by the muddle-headed response by Dr Fitzharris.

      • Jenny Kirk 6.1.3

        Agree also. Does Kathryn Ryan not know WHY Pharmac was formed? The big pharmaceuticals WERE playing bad guys in the 19802 and forcing the cost of medicines up high – too high for NZers.

    • DH 6.2

      There’s a good article here on how big Pharmas are ripping nations off….

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70539656/cost-keeps-cure-out-of-reach-for-those-with-hepatitis-c

      They don’t even try to justify the price of the drug…..

      “The price of Sovaldi and Harvoni is determined on a country-by-country basis taking into account the burden of disease in the country, its economic means and the value of the medicine in terms of its impact on improving overall health outcomes.”

      In other words they’re saying they charge as much as they can possibly get away with. They’re little more than hostage takers demanding ransom.

      I wonder if our consumer laws might be used to some advantage here. They should at least be required to refund if the cure doesn’t cure……

      • RedBaronCV 6.2.1

        And if you could work out which countries it is cheap in a little internet buying or even a trip overseas ( and arrangements with customs to bring it back in) would see a solid price drop

  7. northshoredoc 7

    🙄

  8. Morrissey 8

    Finally, some good news from the United Kingdom

    The Labour (or Labor) Parties in Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia are currently afflicted with mealy-mouthed, inept and pretty much useless leaders.

    But in Britain, at least, there is a real sense of hope emerging….

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-takes-22point-lead-in-labour-leadership-race-10422523.html

    • Colonial Rawshark 8.1

      dont worry, his Blairite caucus will sort him out

      • Sanctuary 8.1.1

        “The crisis (in the British Labour party) consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born”

        Corbyn is merely reflecting what is happening across the wider European left – an acceptance on the ground that the left is no longer defenders of social democratic welfare states but is again weak enough institutionally to be in a position to champion revolutionary action.

        The comfortably institutionalised elite leadership cadres centre-left parties are either going to be shaken out their torpor and into this new revolutionary paradigm (and be part of the new that is being born) or be the old, and die/merge with the right wing establishment so many of them are in reality part of.

        In the short to medium turn, that’ll probably involve a split in British Labour, with a bunch of Blairites moving to occupy the ground left by the recently massacred Liberal Democrats.

  9. Save NZ 9

    Why Labour is considered National Lite and losing voters. From the herald on TPPA

    Already the Labour Party has given conditional support only to the deal. It not only wants to see the fine-print but has signaled five no go areas.

    How can Labour give conditional support to a deal they have not even seen?

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    The global addiction to energy subsidies

    ENERGY prices have been falling for a year. Over the last month that trend has accelerated. On July 24th, the price of a barrel of oil in America reached a low of $48. In spite of this, governments are still splurging on subsidies to prop up production. Fossil fuels are reaping support of $550 billion annually, according the International Energy Agency (IEA), an organisation that represents oil- and gas-consuming countries, more than four times those given for renewable energy. The International Monetary Fund’s estimates are substantially higher. It said in May that countries will spend $5.3 trillion subsiding oil, gas and coal in 2015, versus $2 trillion in 2011. That is equivalent to 6.5% of global GDP, and is more than what governments across the world spend on healthcare. At a time of low energy prices, high government debt and rising concern over emissions there is scant justification for such spending. So why is the world addicted to energy subsidies?

    Apparently to help the rich

    This is a problem because it wastes fiscal resources and hardly benefits the poor, as the wealthy drive more and guzzle more power. The IEA believes that only 8% of subsidies accrue to the poorest fifth of the population.

    Just think, if we took those $5.3 trillion of subsidies and put them fully onto renewables we’d easily be able to achieve 0 emissions by 2050 across the world.

  11. Morrissey 11

    “Ummmm, ahhhh, you know”: The Eloquence of Fran O’Sullivan

    The NZ Herald‘s Fran O’Sullivan is a regular commentator on business and politics. While she is capable of speaking clearly and effectively, as she does when she is on television, or when addressing a gathering of business people, it’s quite clear that she doesn’t put a lot of effort in when she talks to someone for whom she doesn’t respect….

    1.) Monday 16 February 2009, 6:14 to 6:21 p.m.
    Fran O’Sullivan on Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Um”………. 51 times
    “Ahh”……….15 times
    “y’ know”…….9 times
    “um, er”………4 times

    2.) Monday 23 February 2009, 6:12 to 6:19 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Umm, aah, errrr”…….. 39 times
    “y’ know”…….7 times
    “Sort of”……..2 times
    “I mean”……..1 time
    “At the end of the day”….2 times

    3.) Thursday 26 February 2009, 6:10 to 6:20 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB,
    In a rambling ten-minute chat with Williams, O’Sullivan said “um” or “aaah” 76 times. That’s SEVENTY-SIX times. She said “You know” 20 (TWENTY) times.

    4.) Monday 11 July 2011, 6:20 to 6:25 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB….
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 47 times
    “y’ know”…….23 times

    5.) Monday 18 July 2011, 6:25 to 6:29 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 45 times
    “y’ know”……………….14 times

    6.) Wednesday 21.3.2012, 6:38 to 6:41 p.m.
    Still dumbing it down for Larry Williams…
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 56 times
    “y’ know”……………….6 times

    7.) Wednesday 11 June 2013, 11:07 to 11:24 a.m.
    Fran O’Sullivan, interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, Radio NZ National…
    “um, ahh”…. 89 times
    “Well” …….….11 times

    Open mike 11/08/2011

  12. Morrissey 13

    An OPEN LETTER from some of the world’s leading citizens

    10236 Charing Cross Road,
    Los Angeles,
    California

    Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Dear World,

    What exactly is it that Lord Sewel did that is wrong?

    Sincerely,

    H.R.H. Prince Harry
    Alan Dershowitz
    H.R.H. Prince Andrew
    Silvio Berlusconi
    Senator John Edwards
    Gary Condit
    Ed Schrock
    Congressman Mark Foley
    Newt Gingrich
    Donald “Buz” Lukens
    Senator Brock Adams
    Gary Hart
    William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton
    William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr.
    Rolf Harris
    Rob Lowe
    Lord Lambton
    Lord Archer
    Eliot Spitzer
    Senator Robert “Bob” Packwood
    Max Mosley
    Richard Worth
    David Letterman
    Paul Gadd
    Max Clifford
    Sir Cyril Smith
    David Wu
    Vance McAllister
    Anthony Weiner

  13. Save NZ 14

    Auckland you need to put on the biggest turn out that Queen St has ever seen!

    Join
    TPPA – Walk Away! AUCKLAND
    Saturday, August 15 at 1:00pm
    Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand
    1,755 people are going

  14. Save NZ 15

    TPPA Nationwide Protests – Christchurch
    Saturday, August 15 at 12:30pm
    Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand
    840 people are going

  15. Draco T Bastard 16

    Professor Steve Keen on Greece, China and private debt

    In this interview in Australia, Professor Steve Keen of Kingston University predicts a full market crash in China and explains why the crushing of Greek democracy by the European Union may well open the doors to fascism in Greece.

    The discussion is noteworthy for the economist’s very pessimistic views on Greece, Europe and China that chime with comments made by fund manager and Planet Ponzi author Mitch Feierstein.

    In addition, there is some discussion of the Australian property market and, although the focus is on Australian housing, his comments on private debt also provide lessons for the UK market.

    Well worth watching/listening to.

  16. Michael 17

    http://www.vox.com/2015/7/28/9014491/bernie-sanders-vox-conversation

    A great interview with US Sen Bernie Sanders. I hope this man becomes President.

  17. James 18

    Im sure that a few on here will love this news: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11488774

    Colin Craig taking people to court, again.

    Looking for $650k from Cameron Slater.

    Of course this will be interesting if its defended – If Whale has material to back up his post.

    Colin Craig is a gift to the left.

  18. Northsider 19

    Even an arch-Tory sees problems with hot and dirty money being allowed into the housing market. Pity our arch-Tories are blind to it.

    “David Cameron will promise to act against corrupt foreigners who buy up luxury properties in the UK using secretive holding companies to hide their “dirty money”.

    The prime minister will use a visit to Singapore to make an anti-corruption speech on Tuesday in which he will express concern that some properties, mainly in London, “are being bought by people overseas through anonymous shell companies, some with plundered or laundered cash”.

    Drawing on proposals advanced by campaign group Transparency International, Cameron will set out his determination to ensure that “the UK must not become a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/28/david-cameron-fight-dirty-money-uk-property-market-corruption

  19. Puckish Rogue 20

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/70653837/men-charged-with-500-sex-offences-against-girl-in-australia

    At some point i’d like to see a discussion started on the merits (or not) of the death penelty but i doubt it’ll ever happen

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  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
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  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
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    2 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
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  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
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  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
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  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
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  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
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  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
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  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
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  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
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  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
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  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
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  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
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  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
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  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
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  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
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  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
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  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
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  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
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    1 week ago
  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
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  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
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  • New grants for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
    Heritage buildings throughout New Zealand will benefit from the $1.1 million in Heritage EQUIP funding grants announced today. “These grants for seismic strengthening projects help private building owners get the advice they need to start building work or to get the work completed,” Grant Robertson says. “Timaru’s Grosvenor Hotel has ...
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  • Next level results for game development industry
    A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according ...
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  • More than 70 marae online through PGF
    Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, is among more than 70 marae now connected to broadband internet thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund’s marae connectivity scheme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. In February 2019, the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) allocated $21 million to connect rural towns ...
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  • PGF supports West Coast connectivity
    The West Coast has had a funding injection of over $1.2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika today.  The PGF projects announced are:  $800,000 to Development West Coast for a Grey District Regional Digital Hub ...
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  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Southland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has declared an adverse event for the Southland and Otago regions, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “Widespread flooding has resulted in severe disruption, with many people evacuated from their homes and many farms being affected by flood waters. It’s putting pressure on our farmers, ...
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  • PM announces public funeral service for Mike Moore
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a funeral service for former Labour Prime Minister the Rt Hon Mike Moore, ONZ, AO. A public service will be held on Friday 14 February at 2pm at Dilworth School senior campus, 2 Erin Street, Epsom, Auckland. “The service will be a celebration of ...
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  • Low unemployment shows economy in good shape
    Today’s news of low unemployment, rising wages and record numbers of Maori in work shows the economy is in good shape and that the Government is delivering better outcomes across New Zealand. “The Coalition Government has overseen a strong economy. Our investments in infrastructure, our focus on lifting wages of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha 9.30am, 5 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service ...
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  • Support for crayfish industry after disruptions
    The government has agreed to help crayfish exporters to minimise the impact of trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. Between 150 and 180 tonnes of live rock lobster are currently held in New Zealand in pots and tanks, at sea and on land, after export orders were ...
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  • Rural Communities Minister visits Southland flooding response
    Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor is travelling to Southland today. The region is in a state of local emergency following widespread flooding. “I’m heading down there to support response and recovery efforts and meet with the locals”, he said. “A lot of people have been evacuated from their homes, have suffered ...
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  • Māori armed forces honoured at new Waitangi museum
    Te Rau Aroha, a new museum at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, acknowledges the duty and sacrifice of Māori who served in New Zealand’s armed forces, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The museum, whose construction was funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), was officially opened today at ...
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  • Recognising more of New Zealand’s Top Scholars
    More top-performing students can now be recognised with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary school awards, in changes announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today. “Changes to New Zealand Scholarship awards will allow more young people to be acknowledged for their significant academic achievements,” Chris Hipkins said. “Up to ...
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  • Prime Minister’s 2020 Waitangi speech
    E nga iwi e pae nei ki runga o Waitangi Karanga mai, mihi mai. Nga aitua o te tau kua hipa, koutou e Ta Hek, e Pita, e Piri, e Mike, Koutou Katoa, Harae atu ra. Tenei te Whakarongo atu nei ki nga kupu korero. Kei aku rangatira e hui ...
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  • Speech to the Diplomatic Corps
    ***Check against delivery*** Tēnā koutou katoa. Acknowledgements to the many Heads of Mission gathered this evening. It is good to see so many nations represented here to share in this 180th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Welcome, especially to those for whom this is your first ...
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  • Waitangi Whaikōrero 2020
    It was on these very grounds in February 1940, 100 years on from the signing of Te Tiriti, that Sir Āpirana Ngata gave a call for participation He spoke of the “price of citizenship” for Māori as the 28th Māori Battalion prepared to go to war just 3 months later. ...
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