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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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    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today that Australian Foreign Minister Hon Marise Payne will visit Aotearoa New Zealand for the first face-to-face Foreign Ministers’ Consulations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Australia is New Zealand’s closest and most important international partner. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Hon Marise ...
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  • Border exceptions will see more families reunited
    Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Government closed the border to everyone but New Zealand citizens and residents, in order to keep COVID-19 out, keep our economy open and keep New ...
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  • “He Taniwha He Tipua, He Tipua He Taniwha – The Dragon and the Taniwha”
    Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Foreign Minister 8.30am, 19 April 2021 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Speech to the NZCC Korihi Pō, Korihi Ao E rongo e turia no Matahau Nō Tū te winiwini, Nō Tū te wanawana Tū Hikitia rā, Tū Hapainga mai Ki te Whai Ao, Ki te Ao Mārama Tihei Mauri ...
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  • Backing sustainable wool carpets to create a compelling yarn for New Zealand’s strong wool sector
    The Government is supporting a new project with all-wool New Zealand carpet company, Bremworth, which has its sights on developing more sustainable all-wool carpets and rugs, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  The Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $1.9 million towards Bremworth’s $4.9 million sustainability project through its Sustainable Food ...
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  • New Zealand provides support to Timor-Leste for flooding and COVID-19 surge
    New Zealand is providing further support to Timor-Leste following severe flooding and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Our thoughts are with the people of Timor-Leste who have been impacted by the severe flooding and landslides at a time when the country is ...
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  • WHANAU OF MĀORI BATTALION SOLDIERS REUNITED WITH MEDALS
    A ceremony has been held today in Gisborne where the unclaimed medals of 28 (Māori) Battalion C Company soldiers were presented to their families.   After the Second World War, returning service personnel needed to apply for their medals and then they would be posted out to them.  While most medals ...
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  • SolarWinds compromise attributed to Russian state actor
    New Zealand has today added its voice to the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform. The Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little, says that New Zealand's international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform and attributed ...
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  • Queenstown roading project given fast track approval
    An expert consenting panel has approved the Queenstown Arterials Project, which will significantly improve transport links and reduce congestion for locals and visitors in the tourism hotspot.   Environment Minister David Parker welcomed the approval for the project that will construct, operate and maintain a new urban road around Queenstown’s town ...
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  • Screen industry secures landmark project
    Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says a landmark deal has been agreed with Amazon for The Lord of the Rings TV series, currently being filmed in New Zealand. Mr Nash says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) secures multi-year economic and tourism benefits to New Zealand, outside the screen ...
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  • Report into review of health response to lead contamination released
    The Government welcomes the findings from a rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply. Sample results from the town’s drinking-water supply showed intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination is still under investigation by ...
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  • NZ Upgrade Programme revs up economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the start of construction on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project on Auckland’s Southern Motorway, which will create hundreds of jobs and support Auckland’s economic recovery. The SH1 Papakura to Drury South project will give more transport choices by providing ...
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  • Speech releasing the Digital Council's report 'Towards Trustworthy and Trusted Automated D...
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  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
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  • Review into greyhound racing announced
    The Government is putting in place a review of the work being done on animal welfare and safety in the greyhound racing industry, Grant Robertson announced today. “While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has ...
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  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
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  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
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  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
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  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
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  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
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  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
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  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
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  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
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  • Workshop on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems – opening remarks
    WORKSHOP ON LETHAL AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS SYSTEMS Wednesday 14 April 2021 MINISTER FOR DISARMAMENT AND ARMS CONTROL OPENING REMARKS Good morning, I am so pleased to be able to join you for part of this workshop, which I’m confident will help us along the path to developing New Zealand’s national policy on ...
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  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
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  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
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  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
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  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
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  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
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  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
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  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
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  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
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  • Electricity Networks Association (ENA) Annual Cocktail Speech 2021
    Tēnā koutou e ngā maata waka Tenā koutou te hau kāinga ngā iwi o Te Whanganui ā TaraTēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā. No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.  It is a pleasure to be here tonight.  Thank you Graeme (Peters, ENA Chief ...
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  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
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  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
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  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
    We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (the ‘Five Countries’) met via video conference on 7/8 April 2021, just over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Guided by our shared ...
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  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel ...
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  • Drug-testing law to be made permanent
    Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals ...
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  • Better rules proposed for freedom camping
    Public consultation launched on ways to improve behaviour and reduce damage Tighter rules proposed for either camping vehicles or camping locations Increased penalties proposed, such as $1,000 fines or vehicle confiscation Rental companies may be required to collect fines from campers who hire vehicles Public feedback is sought on proposals ...
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  • Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens
    The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 ...
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