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Open mike 29/12/2014

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openmikeThe Authors of the Standard are now in holiday mode. Posting will be less regular and dependant on individual author enthusiasm. Open mike will continue every day and prepare yourself for some year in review posts and some recycling of old stuff. And as R0b has said be nice to each other.

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75 comments on “Open mike 29/12/2014”

  1. what will bill english do when his pope issues his edict/call to climate-change action for all catholics..?

    ..will he obey his spiritual-master..?

    ..or his temporal-master..?

    • Paul 1.1

      Here is the article about this story.

      And an excerpt.

      ‘In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

      “The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.

      Maybe Bill English should an evangelical church (Destiny?) as it would appear they are happy to see the world destroyed.

      ‘Francis will also be opposed by the powerful US evangelical movement, said Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the conservative Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has declared the US environmental movement to be “un-biblical” and a false religion.

      “The pope should back off,” he said. “The Catholic church is correct on the ethical principles but has been misled on the science. It follows that the policies the Vatican is promoting are incorrect. Our position reflects the views of millions of evangelical Christians in the US.”’

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/pope-francis-edict-climate-change-us-rightwing

    • Skinny 1.2

      Sounds like Mike Sabin is a good practicing catholic ‘gets drunk on a Saturday night, has a domestic incident and goes to church on a Sunday and washes his sins away’ in typical catholic fashion.

      • Tracey 1.2.1

        proof for domestic incident allegation skinny?

      • Skinny 1.2.2

        Oh for goodness sake Tracy why you persist in defending Sabin’s honour is beyond me. His mug is plastered all over this site, in the newspapers. Why your intent on demanding proof of any wrong doings by this right wing mongrel beggars belief.

        [karol: it’s a legal thing, skinny. If you publish allegations on TS, without publicly available evidence, then TS trustees (mainly Lynn) will be the ones called up to account for it in any defamation proceedings. It’s not about politics but TS authors and mods protecting the site owners from lengthy and possibly costly law suits.]

        • Skinny 1.2.2.1

          Yes point taken Karol.

          As I understand there is a police investigation underway involving Sabin and a domestic incident. The police are using police investigators outside the Northland region due to Sabin being a former police officer. Sabin has made no comment and rather excise his right to silence. A real man would front up and end speculation.

          • karol 1.2.2.1.1

            Is “domestic incident” explicitly stated in the published reports?

            • Skinny 1.2.2.1.1.1

              i guess the operative word is ‘an alleged domestic incident’ in saying that I have a close friend (police prosecutor) that I socialise with, you get off the record comments about internal goings on.

              I think Sabin has more to worry about than my ranting, however if he take exception feel free to forward my name which makes up my email addy. I gave him a torrid time during the election campaign so not a problem renewing the battle.

              • karol

                As a general rule for TS – from memory, Lynn’s comments in the past have been that it is TS’s trustees that will be dragged to court, not the commenter. And Lynn says an off the record statement to a commenter is not something he can verify – he needs publicly available evidence to be assured he is not going to be dragged through the courts.

                • Skinny

                  In the case of Sabin here, very highly unlikely any action would even be considered. In the unlikely event should any defamation action be taken it would fall over at the first hurdle by simply failing the test. Public interest, smoke & fire.

                  Enough said and out of respect I’ll park it.

                  [lprent: Read our privacy policy. It still wouldn’t allow me to use your details. And I would still be liable for publishing it even if you did release them. Out of pure self-protection we usually just ban people who put us at risk.

                  Thank you. ]

                  • Lanthanide

                    “In the unlikely event should any defamation action be taken it would fall over at the first hurdle by simply failing the test. Public interest, smoke & fire.”

                    Er, “public interest” doesn’t mean you get to start rumours and make shit up. That’s kind of the point of “defamation”. See also: Clark calling that guy a murderer when he was convicted of manslaughter.

                • Bill

                  What if a comment begins ‘A man with a dog down the pub I was talking to reckoned that….’ type lead in?

                  Then, as long as it wasn’t an utterly objectionable comment that would be deleted or edited anyway, there really wouldn’t seem to be any point of traction for any would be, so it is alleged, sheep shagger, no?

                  • karol

                    I have just stated the rulings as I understand them. I’ll leave it for those with a better legal knowledge than me to answer Bill and skinny’s questions.

                    • Bill

                      Sorry Karol. My comment was intended more as absent musing than anything demanding definitive answers. Anyway…

                • lprent

                  Yep. Amongst other reasons because the privacy rules we run with mean that we won’t be releasing commenter details.

          • Lanthanide 1.2.2.1.2

            “Sabin has made no comment and rather excise his right to silence. A real man would front up and end speculation.”

            And a sensible one would follow his lawyers advice, which is almost invariably, not to comment in the media…

        • Bill 1.2.2.2

          Way I’m reading that comment from Skinny, the only actionable bit would be the allegation that he (Sabin) is a good practicing Catholic.

          The rest of the comment, within the inverted commas, is a caricature of Catholicism and Catholics in a general sense…and I can’t see the Pope or any other official voice of the Catholic Church being overly concerned.

          Anyway, in a more general sense, the thing about being careful, is that it can become guided by fear and result in an unwarranted silence.

          Maybe people should learn when to use little qualifiers to distance themselves from content that effectively run along the lines of ‘I heard/hear that…’, or ‘I wouldn’t ever say/contend that…’ or ‘Did you hear that…’ (Then of course, there are the hook slipping ‘allegedly’, ‘presumably’, ‘understandably’ ‘maybe’ etc)

          • lprent 1.2.2.2.1

            If I see a concerted attempt to leak information or spread a meme unbacked by verifiable facts then I’d clamp down on it. I really don’t like insinuation trolling.

    • Clemgeopin 1.3

      Good question : Faithful to spiritual God or appease the temporal Dogs? Divided loyalty…..A conscience killer!

  2. Lindsey 2

    He will probably do what most Catholic women do about the birth control edicts – ignore it.

  3. lprent 3

    Test comment, just to make sure that the server saves them

    Ok. Welcome to the alternate server. I’ll watch it for a little while to make sure that it doesn’t have memory or CPU issues.

    But it looks like time to wake up Lyn and hit the road again

  4. did you know that we have joined up with china and russia..

    ..in the upcoming currency-war with america..?

    ..i didn’t know that..

    “..From December 29 China – Russia – Malaysia – and New Zealand –

    – will start the usage of national currencies in mutual transactions.

    Beijing hopes to make the yuan an alternative to the US dollar in global trade..”

    (cont..)

    http://whoar.co.nz/2014/new-zealand-joins-with-russiachina-and-malaysia-in-a-new-financial-regime-one-that-byepasses-the-american-dollar-who-knew/

    ..(has anyone told peters..?..he should go into yellow-peril overdrive at this news..

    ..but our gummint has kept this significant move very quiet..haven’t they..?..

    ..i wonder why..?..

    ..(and our mainstream media seems to have been caught flat-footed..)

    ..and gee..!..i hope it won’t make for awkward moments on the golf courses of hawaii..eh..?..

    ..elderly americans cd throw their golf clubs at him..

    ..and call him a ‘commie’…eh..?..

    ..he might even have to come home early..eh..?..)

    ..so this is why he took his security-detail with him..eh..?..

    • rawshark-yeshe 4.1

      PU .. John Key arranged this for NZ when he was in China earlier in the year .. he permitted the direct exchange between renminbi/yuan and NZ dollar. After the public announcement in China, Key said he would become a money-trader again ( or still!) and play the market between the two currencies .. and was forced a few minutes later to say he was ‘only joking’. Sleazy fool he really is.

      Beware this link .. it has the smuggest image ever of Key .. and that is really saying something .. unctuous and unclean even …

      “You can now convert New Zealand dollars into renminbi, if you are of such a mind to do so. So, life after politics, I might go back to the foreign exchange markets and smack around the renminbi. Maybe not.”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11224933

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      The China Foreign Exchange Trade System has announced that since December 29, China, Russia, Malaysia and New Zealand will start the usage of national currencies in mutual transactions.

      Now that is interesting but I don’t think that it will have the effect that China hopes it will. The actual effect would be a move to truly floating international currencies and the removal of the reserve currency.

      • nadis 4.2.1

        What is treated as a reserve currency is more about perception than anything else, and its not primarily about the currency (as long as it is freely convertible), it is more about the size and liquidity of domestic debt markets.

        Given the size and legal structure of the US economy, the USD is the reserve currency of choice and will remain so for some time. My opinion is that until China is similar in size and global trade origination to the US the USD will remain paramount. And until China has a functioning domestic debt market and banking sector that is attractive to foreign investors (they need to park their reserve renmimbi somewhere) they won’t be the major reserve currency. And China still has currency controls which excludes it as a sensible choice anyway. But many central banks now hold some RMB as part of their reserves portfolio.

        The obvious sign for us in the street will be when commodities, global trade and alibaba start pricing in RMB rather than USD.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1

          What is treated as a reserve currency is more about perception than anything else, and its not primarily about the currency (as long as it is freely convertible), it is more about the size and liquidity of domestic debt markets.

          I’m sure that the private banks love you for believing such crap but you’re wrong. Money is an unfulfilled demand upon a countries resources. Once that demand is fulfilled the money should cease to exist. The fact that it’s not this way is just part of the delusional financial system that we have.

          My opinion is that until China is similar in size and global trade origination to the US the USD will remain paramount.

          It’s official: America is now No. 2

          There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.

          It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.

          And until China has a functioning domestic debt market and banking sector that is attractive to foreign investors (they need to park their reserve renmimbi somewhere) they won’t be the major reserve currency.

          There shouldn’t be a reserve currency at all.

          • nadis 4.2.1.1.1

            mate – your very long qualifiers like “shouldn’t be” and “should be”. Meanwhile, here in the real world the USD is still the reserve currency for the globe and the RMB is decades off the same status.

            And do I really need to explain the difference between GDP measured on a PPP basis versus a real basis? PPP basis is great when your gdp per capita is less than 10% of the USA.

            On a real basis the GDP of the US is still over twice the size of China.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Meanwhile, here in the real world the USD is still the reserve currency for the globe and the RMB is decades off the same status.

              That’s just it – it’s not the ‘real world’ but the one that we’ve made up that conforms to how we want things to be.

              And do I really need to explain the difference between GDP measured on a PPP basis versus a real basis?

              Nope, the article I linked to explains why it’s a better measure. Not that I needed the article to know that anyway as I worked it out some years ago. It’s obvious when you think about it. If I pay $100 for an item in NZ that someone in India pays 10 rupees for then it’s obvious that we just paid the same amount because we got the same item. The value of the item doesn’t change from place to place.

              On a real basis the GDP of the US is still over twice the size of China.

              Nope. On a real basis China is larger. Basically, they produce more than the US.

            • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1.1.2

              The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion — compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A.

              As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.

              To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.

              This latest economic earthquake follows the development last year when China surpassed the U.S. for the first time in terms of global trade.

              I agree the USA may still be the bigger economy by some specific measures. But the trend is clear: China is the one with the economic momentum.

              http://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-official-america-is-now-no-2-2014-12-04

              Also consider this (my emphasis):

              PPP is the real way of comparing economies. It is one reported by the IMF and was, for example, the one used by McKinsey & Co. consultants back in the 1990s when they undertook a study of economic productivity on behalf of the British government.

              Yes, when you look at mere international exchange rates, the U.S. economy remains bigger than that of China, allegedly by almost 70%. But such measures, although they are widely followed, are largely meaningless.

              • nadis

                Sure China has the momentum, and on every measure except gdp per capita, China will surpass the US by probably 2025. An extra 1.1 billion people does that for you.

                PPP is not the only legitimate way to compare economies. If we are talking about international trade and capital flows (which I thought we were) then market based GDP is more appropriate.

                If I want a big mac from New York then I have to pay New York prices, the fact I can buy 3 in China for the same price is irrelevant, I want a NY one.

                For any goods, services, valuations that are not substitutable by a local alternative (think commodities for instance) then PPP is irrelevant.

                On a PPP GDP basis, Equatorial Guinea ranks higher than NZ. You telling me that shitehole (60% of the country doesnt have access to clean water, child mortality rate = 50%) really ranks ahead of NZ on any useful measure? It’s the EM effect on PPP GDP, less developed countries rank much higher than developed countries for many reasons, but most significantly because PPP only applies to the non-tradeable sector (EM countries typically have much greater proportion of non-tradeables than developed) differences in quality of goods and services (house vs shack) etc.

                I’m confident – when talking about trade, capital flows investment flows etc use market based GDP. When comparing the LOCAL purchasing power use PPP measures. But you cant take Equatorial Guinea PPP and spend it in NZ, you can only spend it in Africa.

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  So you’ve told me that people want to buy and eat their Big Mac where they happen to be at the time. And that GDP (PPP or otherwise) doesn’t cover many aspects of quality of life. That’s not exactly a revelation, is it.

  5. Here is a doco which people could watch if they want a complete picture of our weather. Not saying we don’t have problems with the weather due to human activities but what if some of that activity was actually geared towards manipulating weather patterns? Chemtrails: the secret war

    • is that you..?..col craig..?..

    • TheContrarian 5.2

      People still believe the chemtrail thing? Wow.

      • phillip ure 5.2.1

        well..there’s trav..and col craig..

        ..that makes two..

        ..any other takers out there..?

        ..keen/willing to sign up..?

        ..to scanning the skies nervously..?

        ..i understand the thing with the chem-trails crew..

        ..is eternal vigilance..

        ..chiropracters make a fortune off them..

        ..all that looking up is not good for the neck..

        ..(and..f.y.i.. i am told that is why col craig walks funny…

        ..his natural equilibrium is shot..

        ..from too much chem-trail hunting/spotting..

        ..too much looking up while perambulating forward..

        ..that’s where the involuntary crab-motion comes from..)

        ..woof..!

      • BassGuy 5.2.2

        Early this year, I saw a most impressive set of contrails over my house.

        I emailed a copy of the photos to my father, who posted back a rant about chemtrails. I had no idea what he was talking about, and so looked it up.

        I thought it was a well-constructed joke for the first couple of pages that I browsed through, then I came across one where the owner was talking about using psychic energy to help the Sylph maintain it’s integrity against the airline pilot – apparently there’s some kind of war going on there? The same guy talks about using white vinegar in a spray bottle, to dilute the evil CIA chemicals that were being sprayed.

        Hmm. A friend-of-a-friend just recently completed his airline pilot training. I should ask him how many classes he had on chemtrail dumping. (If I vanish you’ll know why!)

        • Lanthanide 5.2.2.1

          The best parts are the glimpses of her lawn, covered in brown patches of dead grass…

          • phillip ure 5.2.2.1.1

            i’m predicting a run on vinegar..by conservative party supporters esp…

            ..and now you know what to give col for birthdays/xmas..

            ..a vinegar spray-set..

            (and only watch up until ‘we’re an unusual family’..the rest is just more of the same..

            ..there is no climax built up to..

            ..woof..!..woof..!..)

          • BassGuy 5.2.2.1.2

            I have no words for that.I’ve had a good couple of hours to think about what I saw in that video, and I’m stumped. It’s still left me speechless.

            I did get a good laugh out of that lawn, though!

    • short answer..plse trav..

      ..who..?..and why..?

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.

    Amazon, though, may be willing to forgo some income in the short term to create a service that draws readers in and encourages them to buy other items. The books, in that sense, are loss leaders, although the writers take the loss, not Amazon.

    Modern capitalism defined perfectly.

    Thing is, that’s how it’s always been. The producers are screwed over so that the bludgers, in the form of shareholders or aristocrats (there isn’t any actual difference between the two), can have more.

    • greywarshark 6.1

      Yeah DTB everything is compost under capitalism. But that just provides fertile soil for the rose of socialism. We will all arise smelling of roses.

  7. Penny Bright 7

    Hi folks!

    My Xmas grrrly swot has discovered some information about local government, in which some of you may be interested?

    Local government: Results of the 2012/13 audits

    http://www.oag.govt.nz/2014/local-govt/docs/local-govt.pdf

    “Setting rates

    During the year, it became apparent that there were several widespread problems with rating practices.

    Our audit work on rates revenue found that most local authorities had some level of compliance failure.

    Problems ranged from potentially serious legislative breaches, which created a significant financial risk to the local authority’s revenue, through to low-risk legal breaches.

    The problems we saw were related to all aspects of the rating legislation.

    Many of the problems seem to have arisen because of insufficient attention to legal requirements.

    The power to rate comes with obligations that need to be given the appropriate level of attention.

    It is important that local authorities use their legal powers to impose rates on their communities properly. ……… ”

    Kind regards

    Penny Bright

    • greywarshark 7.1

      I wonder if these rating misdemeanours are as a result of not complying strictly with shitty ACT instituted legislature that would tighten up local bodies desires to create business, attract tourists, hold community events etc. That is all the interesting things that make life attractive.

      But probably it would have allowed expensive stadiums sich as Dunedin’s to be built ushered in by determined self-interested councillors funding their own enthusiasms.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2

      Good luck reversing any of the decisions made: they’ll have papered over the cracks by now: a fait accompli.

  8. Clemgeopin 8

    Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness:

    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1403144.htm

  9. Penny Bright 9

    How to help ensure that elected representatives at local government level make decisions that comply with the ‘Rule of Law’?

    A simple suggestion – which I think would make a HUGE difference – what do you think?

    In my considered opinion, Councils should employ competent in-house lawyers, who are specialised in LOCAL GOVERNMENT law, and legislation that particularly pertains to Local Government.

    Before local government elected representatives ‘put their mind’ to any matter, in my opinion, they should first be briefed by their competent in-house lawyer, who draws their collective attention to the underpinning LAW that covers that matter.

    That way, elected representatives at local government level, (most of whom will NOT be lawyers), can help ensure that the ‘Rule of Law’, which they swore to the public that they would uphold, will be followed.

    That will help to prevent elected representatives at local government level from relying upon the advice of senior Council staff, who also are not necessarily lawyers, and who, in my opinion, and indeed experience, often tend to just ‘make it up’.

    If elected representatives at local government level, from the outset, act according to the ‘Rule of Law’, then that should help stop having to fix a multitude of stuff-ups further down the track, from NOT following the ‘Rule of Law’?

    Wouldn’t this be a very simple solution?

    That way, elected representatives would become VERY familiar with their statutory legal obligations?

    If you don’t agree- then how would YOU fix this problem?

    Seriously?

    Here is what is said in the Local government: Results of the 2012/13 audits, regarding ‘legal advice’:

    http://www.oag.govt.nz/2014/local-govt/docs/local-govt.pdf (Pg 11)

    “Legal advice

    1.16 Managing legal risk is vital for public entities that exercise public power and spend public money.

    Legislative obligations affect all aspects of a local authority’s work – how it operates, consults, runs meetings, makes decisions, and carries out what it actually does. Internal rules, such as organisational policies and delegations of authority, can also affect the lawfulness of individual decisions and actions.

    1.17 Local authorities need to be meticulous about complying with the law and showing that they are acting within the law.

    The governors of the local authority should set that tone.

    In our Kaipara District Council report, we noted numerous inadequacies in the attention that the Council paid to legal issues when its Mangawhai wastewater project began, problems with the way it sought legal advice, and damage to its reputation within the community as a result.

    1.18 If elected members are in doubt about their legal obligations, they should ask for professional legal advice.

    Some local authorities have internal capacity to provide legal advice. Many others rely on external legal advisers.

    The cost of obtaining such advice needs to be set against the importance of being seen to be careful to act within the law. ”

    Kind regards

    Penny Bright

  10. philip Ferguson 10

    War facts the ‘mainstream’ media never told us: https://rdln.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=10368&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    This has links to a bunch of stories on Redline about World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, Afghanistan. . . . included are links to the policies pursued in NZ by the first Labour government during the war and its introduction of peacetime conscription (and the fight against that) in the late 1940s.

    Phil

  11. The Fairy Godmother 11

    On a completely different topic what is to be done about youth unemployment. How do we help our young people who are qualified, intelligent and capable but can’t find work? How do we deal with annoying relatives who ask the awkward questions and want to give all sorts of advice which the young person already knows and is trying to do. Christmas is an awful time for this. It makes me want to weep. It seems as if no-one seems to accept that work is hard to get if you don’t have the contacts, and it must be the young person’s fault because they must be doing something wrong. Is there some sort of support group out there? And its not training that is needed she is really capable of a number of things it is a job.

    • karol 11.1

      Yes, I think personal contacts can count for a lot in getting jobs. And this is especially difficult for young people trying to get their first jobs. And even more difficult if they don’t come from a middle class family with the kind of contacts that lead to jobs.

      I don’t know about a support group, but blogs and other forums which target fairly young people might help e.g. On the Left.

      Or I could post your comment and question as a guest post here, if you like?

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1

        Yes, I think personal contacts can count for a lot in getting jobs.

        70% or more of roles are filled by word of mouth. Being highly skilled doesn’t get you a job but knowing the right person does even if you don’t have the skills.

    • Murray Rawshark 11.2

      In the short term, I don’t know the answer. For a lot of young people, the job market is a total lottery and the prizes often aren’t worth winning. All I can do is wish you success.

  12. The Fairy Godmother 12

    Thanks for that Karol. I have been thinking about work for some time. I am fortunate to have a job even though it sometimes really hacks me off, and I have been looking for another one for the past two and a half years off and on to no avail. Nearly there 2nd on the shortlist but not quite. So I know that the competition is huge. Once my daughter said to me dispairingly there are too many people and another time she said the problem is not enough work it is not enough money. This I believe to be true. In my work we are often short staffed. If we had another team member we would be able to do our job really well and of course there would be one more job for someone. The money is going to highly paid managers who have an interest in keeping costs down. Money being siphoned off to a few is the reason for no jobs. There is loads of work that needs to be done.

    I think that young people need a chance.

    If you want to put my comments in a guest post that would be cool.

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    Why we should all learn to love paying our taxes

    The vision of tax as a punishment of the rich for the audacity of their wealth, distilled in the phrase “squeeze them until the pips squeak”, was not Kinnock’s but Denis Healey’s. And it was not about the rich – it was about property speculators. His suspicion was that if landlords were left unchecked, Britain would slowly become a rentier economy. Vast and ever increasing numbers of people would be paying unreasonable, verging on impossible, proportions of their wages to a tiny number of landlords. What an old idiot, huh? Thank God nobody listened to him.

    And just how much of Britain and NZ have now become rentier economies?

    IMO, I’d say that we’re close to, if not over, the line at which the rentiers will destroy the economy because the economy no longer produces enough to cover their greed.

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    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    2 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    3 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    5 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    22 mins ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    36 mins ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    19 hours ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    19 hours ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    20 hours ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    6 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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