Open Mike 29/09/2017

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  1. Ed 1

    Powerful lobby groups using their puppets in the media to make the public think the world will end with a NZ First, Green, Labour coalition.
    This time it’s big business pimping for the TPP….

    The media is part of the problem.
    Reform it.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/340473/tpp-deal-hinges-on-coalition-decision

    • Eco maori 1.1

      + 100 Key was a control freak he has put his M8 in all the CEO Job’s that’s how one controls a society
      And they have been having fun playing with OUR Human weakness which is OUR emotions .
      Did you notice that key worked hard to control his emotions and he used the media to paint a perfect image of himself and national . Key still has a big influence in NZ because he put his M8 in all the CEO position that he could stock market E.C.T these people need to BE kicked out and people that are hired on there qualifications to perform there job to improve the organization that they are serving and not to USE there power to manipulate OUR SOCIETY TO BENEFIT THE NEO LIBERALS.
      Let’s get this strait the Police are a vital part of our society most of them server our society for the better of our society in NZ but with any population you get a few bad apples that CAN infect more people in that population It does not help that Key has put all his neo liberals BRO,S to run these organizations so we just need to change the culture of our police force to all have the attitude to server our society . And not to try and control US .
      These people that are harnessing me are not you standard police they have to much power to be Your normal cop they have the power and spin to influence Judges Lawyers other cops and everyone. I talk to they spin there shit and flash there badge and pump them for information and get the people to believe there lies yes I no this I have faith that this will get sorted out soon so Please respect our police that are serving us because it is a job hard mental job to server as a standard cop P.S. I think The Americas cup should be held in TAURANGA its a perfect location out along the Mount and Papamore every one could see it from the shore

  2. North 2

    Look at this facile crap from the wannabe Nation’s Scribe, Soper: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11927667

    A smartish 14 year old who reads the Herald a couple of times a week could do as well. My mind always go back to the time Winston Peters chucked him out of the room for his bitching hubris when Peters met with John McCain in Washington years ago. Soper’s got it in for Peters. Couple that with his Gower-like belief that he’s central to every story there’s some real fun coming up.

    • ScottGN 2.1

      Soper is pretty much clapped-out these days. Even by his, now, low standards that’s a pathetic effort at informed analysis.

    • tc 2.2

      Soper and his wife (HPA) are an excellent example of the type of owned puppets that get a few bullet points from their handlers and have to craft the rest themselves.

      The better ones, like Matty, can largely shield the intent behind his own angry persona whereas Baz and HPA lack the skills and don’t make the effort.

    • tracey 2.3

      He seemed underused pre election day. Or to put another way he contributed about as much as I would like

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Reading Chris Trotter’s columns lately brings back to my central question about the guy -Why is he such a defeatist? He is like the two fee-market economists walking along arguing about Hayek when one stops a $100 note on the ground “oh! Look! A $100 note!” Says one. “Impossible!” Said the other. “It would have been picked up by now!”

    Replace the economists with left wingers and the $100 with opportunity and you’ve got Chris Trotters basic world view – a defeatist who thinks that opportunity will never appear, and if it does it’ll be picked up by someone else.

    • tc 3.1

      IMO trotter is part of the DP arena, he may not be as willing or involved however he knows where his breads buttered with those MSM gigs.

      DP is as much about the memes as it is the muck raking and spin and one that’s been running for many years is to paint the bally lot of them as being all the same.

      • Bearded Git 3.1.1

        DP?

        • tracey 3.1.1.1

          Dirty politics?

          • Bearded Git 3.1.1.1.1

            Thanks…of course…not sure I have connected Trotter with this though.

            I did find his defeatist attitude a bit weird after the election. It seems that when he is on TV in front of a right-wing host he completely loses it.

            I mean the likely election seats outcome is Lab/Gr 54 Nats 56. WTF???

            • silvertuatara 3.1.1.1.1.1

              I have to wonder if Chris Trotter has a property portfolio which may be motivating his current political opinions which would be more likely be seen propagated by the right wing MSM and right wing political commentators.

              If he does have a property portfolio then perhaps he sits within the demographic that this election has voted more on self interest, as opposed to the wider common good of building a fairer and more sustainable tax/revenue base by taxing capital gain on speculative housing sales other than the family home.

              There is also the possibility that if his appearances on TV, and radio are paid positions that he could possibly derive more “TV, radio gigs” if he provides the candy that the right winged MSM would lap up.

              What could be better for the right winged MSM than a branded “Left-Wing” political commentator espousing left wing defeatist opinion in an attempt to undermine left block coalition negotiations.

              I think that Chris Trotter should come forward publicly for the sake of transparency and his own integrity and fully disclose where his political leanings are now positioned on the political spectrum.

  4. Ad 4

    Why does Sweden get business innovation and entrepeneurship so right?
    Doesn’t mean all things apply here, but it includes:

    – Tax reform to relatively flat
    – Monopoly-busting
    – Deregulation
    – Early state internet investment
    – Social security including free healthcare and free university
    – A bunch of cultural elements

    Good article I thought:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/sweden-startups/541413/

    • Johan 4.1

      Still asking the questions, plus a link but no real input from you Ad.

    • Molly 4.2

      Posted yesterday, but given your comment, worth posting again. Films for Action article: How Swedes and Norgwegians broke the power of the 1 percent

      Worth reading in it’s entirety, but short answer – they collectivised and fought for a culture where collaborative entrepreneurship is normalised, the level of trust in having adequate welfare and support systems in place while start ups get going is high, and the expectation of good behaviour is cultural.

      The article you linked goes back to the changes instigated by the 1990’s response to financial crisis, but the positive impact of those changes seems to be related to the national movement that took place in the 1930’s.

      • Ad 4.2.1

        Yes I saw the intriguing link, but what is the name of the film? I’d like to have a look if it’s online.

        • Molly 4.2.1.1

          Films for Action is a website with progressive articles as well as links to films and videos.

          The link sends you to an article. Fairly short.

          (If interested there is a reference in that article to a film as well, but I’m guessing you were just inquiring about the media at the end of that link)

  5. Andre 5

    I know nobody needs any more evidence to conclude that the current occupant of the White House is an utterly disgusting simulacrum of a human, but this story adds another dimension to just how vile he really is.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-time-donald-trump-turned-away-in-disgust-while-a-man-bled-to-death-in-front-of-him

  6. Paula bennett – if i was her i’d keep quiet instead of talking about the greens and gnats. Or maybe encouraging her is a good thing… 😈

    I notice in the stuff article they are saying Shaw won’t rule out the possibility – all this to put pressure on Winnie lol

    • JanM 6.1

      I find it seriously weird that the MSM are still wittering on about National and the Greens no matter how many times the Greens say there’s no chance of it happening. Talk about living in a parallel universe!

      • Cinny 6.1.1

        I’m with you fellas, Marty and Jan. After over a decade of national giving the Greens a hard time, name calling, nastiness and all the rest, national discovers it’s got no mates and expects everyone who they have ridiculed and bullied in the past to cuddle up to them.

    • Johan 6.2

      Bennett, whenever she opens her mouth comes across as unintelligent and clownish.

      • Molly 6.2.1

        Well, to be fair, anything else would be like expecting orange juice from squeezing an apple.

      • Once was Tim 6.2.2

        Indeed! Nasty thing to say I know, but even that constant smile and chuckles seem to me to be chemically induced. They’re so fake and plastic it’s otherwise hard to explain it. I’m like, kinda, like, like getting pissed off with being expected to remain dignified with people like her who have no hesitation in dishing it out, but who squeal like stuffed pigs when people throw a bit back.
        I think Paula Bennett would be the Natzi party’s biggest hypocrite – but then there are others. Nafe (I no longer like weed and whites but prefer wine), or Soimun 10, and a few others.
        Sometimes I feel embarrassed for them, and her in partic.
        I realise others are far more charitable, but there goes one really fugly specimen – and not just aesthetically. Oh for a MSM that would adhere to the principles of the 4th Estate (even RNZ at times) – it’s bloody staring them in the face ffs!

        • Draco T Bastard 6.2.2.1

          Indeed! Nasty thing to say I know, but even that constant smile and chuckles seem to me to be chemically induced. They’re so fake and plastic it’s otherwise hard to explain it.

          It’s taught at business schools and other ‘success’ courses that you should always smile. It’s a basic part of the deception.

    • Paula Bennett: National wants to talk with the Greens

      Bennett floated the possibility of National and the Greens talking to each other about forming a government – they could have a majority with the Greens’ seven seats.

      She believed her personal relationship with the Greens was “great” and that they respected her work on climate change.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Or, as Giovanni Tiso put it: This tells me talks with Winston aren’t going well and National is scrambling for leverage.

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    “home stagers” I’ve never heard of this line of work before – maybe I lead a sheltered life. But this must be one of the most unnecessary and pointless ways to earn a living.

    But, it is sad for people who took up jobs in an area where wealth has been floating on a bubble. A decent society would have checks against people throwing all their efforts into jobs built on a temporary bubble. It’s only going to end in tears and frustration for too many people – while the homeless and underpaid continue to struggle with insufficient infrastructure and lacking the necessary workers.

    • JanM 7.1

      I’ve come across them -my cousin has her house on the market in Tauranga – she’s quite a serious hoarder and her agent more or less made her hire some ‘home stagers’. For the first time I can get through her garage and walk through her house without risking life and limb -lol. Needless to say she hates it!

      • alwyn 7.1.1

        “her garage”.
        I imagine it was like most New Zealand garages.
        Why don’t we tell the truth and label them as storage rooms?
        Full of things that are never used but which people won’t get rid of.
        Then the car(s) get parked in the street.
        I can actually use my garage (boast, boast). However there are just two of us now living in a four bedroom home, so it isn’t really surprising.
        The people who clear out houses for sale are actually doing a very valuable job for the seller. Houses look much bigger and more welcoming if they are cleared out. I think people would be able to sell their house more readily if they got rid of half the contents before putting it on the market.

    • Molly 7.2

      “But, it is sad for people who took up jobs in an area where wealth has been floating on a bubble.”

      Sad for those individuals, yes. But in effect similar to the job insecurity of seasonal workers, who have guaranteed work for the short term and then nothing.

      Even more reason to ensure a fully functioning support system to provide welfare, housing and medical needs when work is no longer available.

    • DH 7.3

      They’ve been around a long time Carolyn_nth, staging was a commonly used ploy to flick on houses for a quick profit even as far back as the ’70s.

      People are strongly influenced by visual imagery and it can surprising just how much value can be added to a (rundown) house simply by mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge and generally tidying up the place. Artfully placed furniture, rugs & wall hangings can then transform rooms and hide a lot of blemishes.

      It does work and is perhaps a testament to our shallowness but we’re probably all guilty of that… I’m just as easily influenced as I expect most everyone is.

    • AB 7.4

      This is what you get when you deliberately fuel bubbles as National has done with housing. The people who got in too late and the bubble chasers like this woman in the ‘home staging’ business get socked. Others walk away with a great pile of free money.
      Why oh why is everything so idiotic and f*cked up?

  8. Karen 8

    Talk about delusional – Paula Bennett thinks the Green Party respects her because of her work on climate change!!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11927721&ref=twitter

    • Carolyn_nth 8.1

      Julie Anne Genter has published some tweets today, that bennett would be advised to read and digest:

      Genter Tweeted:

      If National really wanted to work w @NZGreens, they shouldn’t have spent last 9 yrs increasing cows, motorways, oil exploration & poverty.

      This is linked to other Genter tweets that said:

      Green policy options were always open to them. They had an MOU with us in the first term, they chose not to continue.

      Actions speak louder than words.

      • Cinny 8.1.1

        Epic goodness, Julie-Anne is one of my fav MP’s and sheez the nats have given her a hardtime in parliament for years and years, old boys club have really laid into her in the past. She’s an inspiring role model for women, switched on and passionate, love her work especially around COP21

        Thanks ever so much for the link Carolyn

        • Pete 8.1.1.1

          Julie-Anne Genter asked sensible, pertinent questions in Parliament of Simon Bridges. He just got rattier and rattier when his bullshit non-answers didn’t cut it and resorted to being petulant, nasty and childish.

          For that he gets a 10,000+ majority in Tauranga.

      • Tracey 8.1.2

        Now maybe the Nats and voters might begin to realise that 9 years of lying and BS and ad hominem at the Green Party has come home to roost. Nats are forced into having only 1 partner option and they tried to destroy him

    • savenz 8.2

      Karen, I had to laugh out loud when I heard that pearler!

    • weka 8.3

      Trolling the Greens.

      • timbeau 8.3.1

        I reckon Chloe Swarbrick’s line was pretty good, too:

        “When speaking about parties’ inaction on climate change, during the campaign, new Green MP Chloe Swarbrick said: “Saying you want action on climate change and still allowing new consents for oil drilling and coal mining is the same as saying you’re going to be faithful in a relationship and keeping the Tinder app on your phone.””

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/97370870/national-wants-conversation-with-greens-official-talks-yet-to-begin

      • Grey Area 8.3.2

        Totally. I thought even that awful creature couldn’t be that delusional. But then again …

        • Carolyn_nth 8.3.2.1

          The Nats blue-green bid shows a total disrespect for Green Party voters – the Greens said on their website, a vote for the GP was a vote for a Labour-led coalition – and shows Nats’ total contempt for democracy.

          They have demonised the GP since forever, and now they are saying to the GP leaders, give us all your GP votes.

          The National Party – all about power, and anti-democracy.

  9. Cinny 9

    Wozzers the house across the road sold for $500k after just a few weeks on the market. Was nicely presented by the family who sold it, well done the garden looks great.

    Dang, Motueka locals, young families etc who want to own their own home have no chance especially with sunshine wages and that blows.

    House prices around these parts have climbed around $200k over the last four or five years, it’s unreal.

    Can’t believe how quickly real estate is selling here. It’s also been unusual to see the camping grounds, domains and communes so full over winter.

    • JanM 9.1

      People are running away from the cities where survival has become too difficult – the same stuff is happening in Whangarei

      • tc 9.1.1

        Don’t underestimate the offshore impacts on this also, it’s not just akl that’s being bought up.

  10. rhinocrates 10

    The Economist is worried about Jeremy Corbyn. It’s quite a bit of fun reading these articles:

    https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21729724-our-correspondent-reports-conference-halland-braves-acid-corbynism-event-jeremy

    https://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2017/09/labour-conference

    There’s an inadvertent admission in the second:

    Mrs Thatcher argued that only by breaking with a failed consensus could Britain offer its people what they desperately wanted: private homes rather than council homes, efficient trains rather than nationalised cattle carts, economic growth rather than conflict and stagnation. Mr Corbyn is such a powerful candidate because he is performing exactly the same manoeuvre: arguing that the only way to solve problems that really matter to people—the shortage of homes, the awful trains, the unsatisfactory economic situation—is to break with the consensus that Mrs Thatcher established in the 1980s.

    Ah, so neoliberalism left us with a housing shortage, decayed infrastructure and a sick economy? Oops.

    • Molly 10.1

      Inadvertently clicked on more than three articles, but read the first.

      The petulance is strong in that one.

      Thanks for the read.

      • rhinocrates 10.1.1

        You can get around the limit by opening in different browser or by reloading and then hitting stop before it’s entirely loaded – if you have good reflexes. The latter trick only works with The Economist ‘tho.

        • alwyn 10.1.1.1

          Does that really work?
          I subscribe so it doesn’t affect me but I often want to recommend articles to friends to read. They get rather annoyed by the limit but I didn’t know a way around it.
          I shall have to have a play with those techniques.
          Thanks for the tip.

        • Molly 10.1.1.2

          Thanks for the tip, which worked.

          The whining is loud and clear in the second article as well – especially, as you pointed out – given the unconscious admission at the end.

    • Carolyn_nth 10.2

      I read an Economist article this morning about NZ’s potential coalitions – the skewed language and sources is a bit of a laugh:

      Mr Peters, who wants to ban foreign investment and give politicians free rein to meddle at the central bank, says he will not rush into “premature” decisions.

      Although it is not a requirement, the largest party has always formed the government. The economy has done well under the Nationals. And voters might see a coalition with Labour as overturning the results of the election, given the size of the Nationals’ lead.


      Mr Peters has also feuded with bigwigs in the Nationals such as Steven Joyce, the finance minister. He might expect to hold greater sway over Ms Ardern, who needs him more, than over Mr English. And his two previous tie-ups with incumbents were followed by heavy losses for New Zealand First, notes Matthew Hooton, a political analyst, so it may be “in his interest to side with someone new”. A similar logic might prompt Mr Peters, who is 72 and has already served as deputy prime minister, to refuse to join any coalition.

      Seriously, hooton a “political analyst”? – NZ First’s last stint with Labour resulted in losses because NACT’s dirty politics machine went after Peters relentlessly – and Hooton was on the fringe of the DP group.

      • Psycho Milt 10.2.1

        He might expect to hold greater sway over Ms Ardern, who needs him more, than over Mr English.

        What does “needs him more” mean in this context? Given that neither Ardern nor English can command a majority without him, they need him to exactly the same extent, don’t they? It’s a simple “majority = true or false” thing.

        • JanM 10.2.1.1

          It’s probably a put-down – as in, you know, ‘Uncle Winston’

        • Sabine 10.2.1.2

          one could even argue that Bill English needs him more as he wants his fourth term. Labour can like the Greens simply say, thanks but no thanks, you go ahead, we be the opposition. 🙂

      • savenz 10.2.2

        hooton a “political analyst – god another laugh of the day. Do they not realise he’s a political lobbyist?

        • Grey Area 10.2.2.1

          Yes but being honest about it wouldn’t suit their purpose.

        • Union city greens 10.2.2.2

          The morning after the election show on 3 had him at his inadvertently funny and most creepy best.
          Right at the end as the panel were winding up he went all Sméagol on Jacinda.
          Just for a brief moment the real Mr Nasty couldn’t be hidden beneath the fake smile.

          Precious.

  11. savenz 11

    Using the sea as our rubbish dump.

    Critically-endangered sea turtle dies after ingesting one litre worth of plastic

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/critically-endangered-sea-turtle-dies-after-ingesting-one-litre-worth-plastic

    • JC 11.1

      The tragedy of the commons!

      “By 2050, the oceans could have more plastic than fish. Already, the ocean is filled with about 165 million tons of plastic.”

      http://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1

      “Cruise ships dump more than one billion gallons of sewage into the world’s oceans each year, much of it after only minimal treatment.”

      https://news.vice.com/article/cruise-ships-legally-dump-massive-amounts-of-shit-into-the-oceans?utm_source=vicenewstwitter

      • Molly 11.1.1

        Spent a few days with friends up North while election was drawing to a close, and spent election night with various mobiles trying to keep track of the results.

        After several hours of conversation about politics and the effect on NZers lives, I managed to effectively silence a friend by suggesting tourism is perhaps not something we should be relying on, given our geographical position on the globe, and the use of fossil fuels necessary to get here.

        When speech returned, conversation then moved on to the stress on local government to provide for the added stresses of tourism in less populous places, and the unconcern shown by some – not all – freedom campers.

        It was an interesting conversation, one that would have benefited from the information about the cruise liners and the sewage. (I personally don’t like the visual pollution on our shore line, and the spending on deeper ports when utility infrastructure for residents is failing, as well as the price gouging for tourists that affects locals who reside at those locations but that is by-the-by).

  12. feijoa 12

    All this national green stuff put about by right wing trolls is hogwash

    Winston can say – If you don’t do what I want I’ll go with Labour

    National says If you don’t do what we say we’ll go with , er, er, er, er, er ( no friends) er

    I know! The Greens! (they’re naïve enough!!)

    Just don’t ANYONE have a bar of it
    Let Winston play his strong card

    • Carolyn_nth 12.1

      It’s possibly also aimed at splitting the GP in the long term. The Nats are ruthless politcal operators with their main aim gaining and maintaining power. Everything else is secondary, and they are never to be trusted.

      • Robert Guyton 12.1.2

        I think they scheme to make The Greens generally unpopular because they “turned down a golden opportunity to keep the country going strongly…” etc. Setting The Greens us as a scapegoat, no matter what the outcome of the negotiations. But so what? They do that already. I think The Greens should play for keeps.

        • AB 12.1.2.1

          They aim to destroy the Greens by any means available because the Greens are their ideological antithesis and aren’t sufficiently controllable.
          For example – the right wing commentariat seems to have had a role in determining which Labour leaders are deemed to be ‘acceptable’ over the last 9 years (Shearer good, Cunliffe bad). That level of influence/control over the Greens is impossible.

          • Robert Guyton 12.1.2.1.1

            And The Greens are so undeservedly righteous and they smirk and act all superiour when they should be, you know, grateful!

            • Robert Guyton 12.1.2.1.1.1

              Uppity! That’s what they are, uppity! especially that Gareth Hughes – oooooh! He needs a good spanking!
              Gareth Hughes.
              And that Chloe! Chloe Starstruck!
              She’s … she’s just a girl!
              Jeanette Fitzsimons, now there was a Greenie I could trust. And Rod Donald. Of course, at the time I didn’t but looking back…real Greens, those two. It all fell apart with that Australian Norman man; no manners, no respect for the Chinese King or whoever it was; waving his Australian flag, ridiculous! Wasn’t Norman married to Chloe? Wouldn’t surprise me. And that Sue what’shername, Tim Shadbolts bit of fluff? The grocery woman. Lived the high life in some elite suburb somewhere, pretending to be green. Not Bradford Arrrgh! Don’t remind me! I just don’t like those Greens. They’re not our sort.
              Edit: /s

              • Anne

                It all fell apart with that Australian Norman man;

                ‘… that Commie Aussie Norman man. And look at him now. Doesn’t shave. Bet he doesn’t even wash himself. ‘ FIFY.

                Thanks for the belly laugh.

              • Once was Tim

                If I had my way, I’d put em in the army! Show em some discipline!
                (/s)

                It’s quite amusing how those boomers we once grew up with whose parents were National Party used to protest the state of their parents.
                Only one or two decades later, they’re a fucking sight worse than their parent ever were.

  13. adam 13

    Centrist scum that is Emmanuel Macron, anti worker, and creating a police state in France.

  14. joe90 14

    Heard the tail end of a NatRadio piece about Nobilangelo Ceramalus’ push to rename Waiheke island’s Ōmiha bay so I googled Mr Ceramalus and oh boy, they’ve got a live one,

    https://bsa.govt.nz/decisions/show/212

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/340487/waiheke-islanders-at-odds-over-maori-place-name

  15. savenz 15

    Best quote of the day by Catherine Delahunty.

    “I’d rather eat hemlock that work with the National party”.

    • Carolyn_nth 15.2

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/340517/snowball-s-chance-in-hell-of-a-green-national-deal

      Former MP Catherine Delahunty said there was “a snowball’s chance in hell” that members would back such an arrangement.

      “I would rather drink hemlock than go with the National Party,” she said.

      “The last thing I want to see is the Green Party or any other party propping them up to put them back into power. They’ve done enough damage.”

      She said National was just floating the possibility to try strengthen its hand with New Zealand First.

      “This is just a whole lot of political manoeuvring by the National Party and others who would like to give Winston something to worry about.

      “It’s not even worth speculating about.”

      The former MP David Clendon – who resigned in protest over Metiria Turei’s benefit scandal – said a Green-National deal in 2017 was not a viable option.

      • marty mars 15.2.1

        Backfire gnat bastards now your true unplesantness is on the radio, tv, and net.

        Backlash went early with bms bumble – the funny thing is ALL of their tired lies, insults, and innuendo about the greens actually applies the them!!!

    • Cinny 15.3

      Love it 😀

  16. Frida 17

    OMG like picking a scab I just had my daily look at the Sewer. Leading the billshit today is a post criticising Guy Williams’ tweet about John Armstrong (which Williams has subsequently apologised for). Farrar rants indignantly about people focussing on appearance. All his own commenters ever seem to do is attack Jacinda on her appearance. That guy is so stupid it’s not funny.

  17. tracey 18

    Interesting quote on about why some men get so agitated about the idea of equality…

    ” When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a world in which women rule men as men have ruled women. ” Sally Kempton.

  18. swordfish 19

    Couple of days ago a young man by the name of Anthony R0bins highlighted a recent Colmar Brunton which revealed voters prefer NZF support a Labour rather than National-led government.

    The poll showed 46 per cent of respondents supported Labour, a third say National and seven per cent don’t want the party in government at all. The rest don’t know. …

    Peters campaigned against the Nats – his party wants him to do the right thing

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/1-news-colmar-brunton-poll-kiwis-want-nz-first-go-labour-not-national

    That encouraged me to tweet Colmar Brunton asking for a breakdown specifically for intending NZF voters

    Colmar Brunton have very kindly obliged with this brief analysis

    http://www.colmarbrunton.co.nz/1-news-colmar-brunton-poll-who-should-nz-first-support-labour-or-national/

    Key Finding

    Those people who support New Zealand First (for their party vote) were more likely to say they would prefer the party to support a Labour-led government (65%) than a National one (25%).

    So
    Prefer NZF support
    …………………………………… All …… NZF voters only
    Lab-led government …… 46% ………… 65%
    Nat-led government …… 33% ………… 25%

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    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    11 mins ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    25 mins ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    3 hours ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 hours ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    7 hours ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    19 hours ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 day ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    1 day ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    3 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    6 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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