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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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    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
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  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
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  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
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  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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