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Open mike 30/04/2019

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  1. I hear on the news the Chinese spy in the National Party (and in our parliament) wants the next census to be held early.

     

    Why?

     

    Perhaps so the PRC can have more accurate figures upon which to base any strategy?

     

    • Just thinking about what I wrote above – it reminds me of the story of England during the war – how all the signposts were turned around to confuse the enemy if they invaded.

       

      Perhaps the poor census data gathering was a 'Baldrick' cunning plan to confuse . . .?

  2. Observer Tokoroa 2

    The Chinese Spy …

    When will Judith Collins and Simon Bridges give us their reasons for installing a Chinese Military Spy into the National Party Caucus – within our Parliament ?

    Mind you, Mr Spy Guy is an adequate pointer to the rubbish pile which bloomer bloated National really is.  55 odd Goofs. 

    Like all polluting Rubbish –  National is Aotearoa Stink.

     

     

     

    • BM 2.1

      Trade Minister David Parker has firmly committed New Zealand to China's Belt and Road Initiative, putting an end to speculation that domestic political differences would stand in the way of a New Zealand work plan being developed.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12225644

      • cleangreen 2.1.1

        BM Bullshit.

        I watched that interview where David Parker said we will keep our right to change the rules as other countries do and China has done since when National signed up to the agreement in 2017, so don’t tell porkies BM..

        • BM 2.1.1.1

          What's bullshit?

          Did you even read the article?

          Soundings indicate that an ambitious NZ-led project to form an aviation and sea transport link from China through New Zealand and on to Latin America does not yet enjoy political support from NZ First.

          Is this the real reason why they want to move the port of Auckland up to Whangarei?

           

          The upgrade of the free trade agreement has been Parker's other key focus in Beijing. New Zealand officials are seeking improved access in priority areas such as wood and paper, services and e-commerce.

          Parker says a successful upgrade will also be a demonstration of both countries' commitment to trade and a rules-based system, and "our rejection of protectionism".

           

          Looks like Labour has really opened the door to China, that’s got to disappoint many of the people who voted Labour.

          • cleangreen 2.1.1.1.1

            BM You are a clever rationalist for National as we know, but again you misrepresented what Parker actually said when asked by Jack Tame "what is the belt and road actually now?

            Parker said he has not a clear idea but when Jack again asked Parker has it changed from what national signed up to in 2017?

            Parker said yes it has and that was when he said his government has reserved their right to change their agreement as China also has done,.

            Parker qualified this by stating that his Government needs to protect the interests of NZ citizens and our control of our "essential strategic infrastructure assets.

            So labour has now defined away from the agreement your buddies in National freewheeled signed up to then in 2017.

      • Gabby 2.1.2

        Zachary BMmer, how would Davy know what he was committed to without Comrade Colonel there to inform him.

  3. esoteric pineapples 3

     

    What happens when the religious right controls the US government

    "The Trump administration is under fire after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to end rape as a weapon of war on Tuesday that excluded any mention of sexual and reproductive health. The resolution was gutted after the U.S. threatened to veto the measure altogether unless language referencing reproductive health was taken out due to the Trump administration’s belief that the language was code for abortion. The watered-down measure also weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice."



     

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    David Cormack asks: Do the Greens deserve to be re-elected?  "Perversely this decision has put the Greens in as strong a position as they've been since Metiria Turei stood down as co-leader. If they've got the political nous to cash in.  Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition."  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193

    Except they haven't actually been doing that, eh?  It's the perennial Patton question (inside the tent pissing out, or outside pissing in) and they've opted for neither.  I agree being so well-behaved is good, inasmuch as the public views you as constructive.  But I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful.  It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option:  be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt.

    "Holding Labour and NZ First to account was a major platform of Marama Davidson's co-leadership bid. She said that because she was not a Minister like Julie-Anne Genter, she would more easily be able to criticise Labour and NZ First. Except that since becoming co-leader there hasn't been a huge amount of her publicly holding the Government to account."

    That's true, but too polite (I haven't noticed any such instance).  Campaign rhetoric can be genuine, yet evaporate into irrelevance when realpolitik of governance becomes the primary determinant of outcomes.  I don't blame her for feeling constrained by the necessity to create consensus.  I blame Winston for stymying the coalition on the climate change legislation.  If I was Marama, I'd break ranks and go public on that immediately – with a proviso.

    She'd need to be briefed by James on the precise nature of the hold-up, and secure an agreement with him & Jacinda that she was free to use the info to operate her leverage.  Tell the people exactly what is causing the process blockage, and the extent to which NZF is complicit in creating it.

    • mauī 4.1

      Perhaps you and the Chair can hire a meeting room…

      • Dennis Frank 4.1.1

        Better for Cormack to do that – he's the media pro.  They could use the bomber as MC – he does that.  His latest bitch about the Greens:  "After righteously attacking anonymous donations and anonymous money they are running a donations campaign using an anonymous donor.  Sigh."  https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/04/29/groan-oh-come-on-green-party-are-you-even-trying-now/

        But, but, but!  He's a leftist!  Leftists do hypocrisy!  How the hell else can anyone tell they're leftist??  After so many years copying rightists, I mean.  He must be in denial.

        • Jenny - How to get there? 4.1.1.1

          ;….Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition."  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193

          ……I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful.  It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option:  be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt…..

          Real leaders give a lead.

          Maybe the Green MPs could take a few tips from Greta Thunberg.

          Who has refused to fly.

          And started a movement…..

          • Jenny - How to get there? 4.1.1.1.1

            'You dirty smygflyga'
             

            If you thought leadership was not important, then you haven’t been paying attention.

            https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/flight-shame-europe-sweden-a4120231.html

            ….The move away from air travel was spearheaded by teen activist Greta Thunberg, who single-handedly kicked off the student climate strikes after boycotting school once a week to raise awareness for climate change. Thunberg refuses to fly and travelled by train to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the climate summit in Poland, while 1500 delegates flew in by private jet….

            ….flygskam (or flight shame) is spreading across Europe

            Fears over climate change have led many to rethink the way they travel and, in Sweden, they've even invented a new word for the shame associated with flying….

            …..The Swedes meanwhile have wholeheartedly embraced their rail network. SJ, Sweden’s national rail service, reported a record 32 million customers last year. The company attributes “the big interest in climate-smart travel” to its unprecedented growth…..

            "flygskam"

            “tagskryt”

            "lentohapea"

            The Dutch "vliegschaamte" and the German "flugscham"

            My personal favourite is “smygflyga” it has a certain unpleasant sounding ring to it, much like the Norwegian surname ‘quisling’.

            Maybe we could adopt this last into English, as in she/he was a dirty "smygflyga"

            Sure for people who have to travel overseas, (where currently there is no alternative to air travel). But what about public figures here, who claim to be ‘Green’ surely they could and should also be giving a lead and setting an example? At least for domestic travel where there are alternatives, couldn't they also refuse to travel by air?

            Come on you Green MPs, give a lead, take a stand, set an example.
             
            In Greta Thunberg's words, 

            “Is that really too much to ask?"

        • cleangreen 4.1.1.2

          Dennis you are way off there.

          Winston is greener than the greens are as he is solid on lowering truck emissions as he said at our last meeting that rail needs to be restored and carry freight to 'lower that excessive climate change emissions'

          Winston also wants NZ wool carpets installed in every Government building so does this sound as though he is anti climate change emissions advocate?

    • Jenny - How to get there? 4.2

      <blockquote>….Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition."  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193…..

      ……I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful.  It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option:  be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt…..

      </blockquote>

       

  5. cleangreen 5

    Here's for all those 'climate deniers' a solid warning to sell your seafront property and – buy a boat – or learn to swim now.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/new-research-finds-ross-ice-shelf-melting-10-times-faster-than-overall-average

    TV ONE 30th April 2019

    New research finds Ross Ice Shelf melting 10 times faster than overall average

    SCIENCE CLIMATE CHANGE

    New research reveals the Ross Ice Shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall average, which may cause New Zealand's sea level to rise much sooner and faster than originally predicted, NIWA says.

    NIWA's found it's been caused by solar heated waters beneath the north-western corner of the shelf. It's likely to result in higher surface ocean temperatures in the Ross Sea.

    NIWA scientist Dr Mike Williams told TVNZ1's Breakfast, "What we are seeing is a really important process that might impact upon the ice sheet and Antartica much faster than what we have traditionally thought… …so that might make sea level rise for New Zealand much faster and much sooner."

    Mr Williams said the report released is "quite significant". "It highlights a process that scientists have speculated about for about 20 years and it highlights that this process is happening

    • sumsuch 5.1

      Love the name , Mike Williams, the 'Left' politico who remained silent on RNZ Monday politics section  while Mathew  Hooten attacked the reality of climate change. God help us, because there is no help otherwise.

      All the figures go ahead of the forecasts. As a gardener, lawns growing amazonly, 2 weekly 2 months in to autumn. 

      We can't cope with a sudden cliff. Friends , prove me wrong. 95 % chance against us. With my demise in my eyes I feel happy about knowing it.

  6. A 6

    Yeah it matters.  Even when your phone is off the location of the device can be tracked.  What a pity they don't use the same tech to find missing people #Missing411

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-29/google-tracks-your-location-and-shares-it-police-even-when-your-phone

  7. Observer Tokoroa 7

    Hi Cleangreen

    We cannot expect the wealthy to believe in anything, let alone in Climate Change. !

    What we have to do is push them off our two major Islands – and save the reliable, wouking population. 

    It will not be long now before we have to rid ourselves of all stupid Deniers and their Wealth.  They will be no loss whatever.  For they have never done anything for New Zealand  – other than destroy it and waste it.

     

     

     

     

  8. Rosemary McDonald 8

    The Bishop was only joking, backs off a tad, then comes back full throttle.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/388066/brian-tamaki-says-tweet-threatening-violence-in-prisons-not-serious

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12226378

    Gang rape': Bishop Brian Tamaki lashes out at criticism from PM, senior Govt ministers

    A cup of tea and a wee lie down for the Bishop methinks.

     

    • "Bishop" Tamaki writes "We will plan thru Private Visits to inmates in every Prison to bring ManUp in nd cause inmate revolts in evey prison," then tries to claim he wasn't being serious despite the serious tone of the message and the phrase "I'm warning you" at the end of it.  The wannabe demagogue should be taken seriously when he posts shit like this, because he's a wannabe demagogue. 

      Also amusing: his claim that running an evangelical church as a means of enriching yourself, possibly the most American activity ever undertaken, constitutes an "indigenous programme."

      • Muttonbird 8.1.1

        It seems slightly contradictory for someone promoting an anger management program for prisoners to then call them to violence.

        What message is he sending them? Certainly a mixed one.

        • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.1

          I think "What message is he sending them?" is one of the reasons the govt should be well dubious about having his programme in our prisons.

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.2

      '

      The pyramid

      At the peak, 'genocide'

      Near the bottom, tolerating racist jokes

      Further up, claiming, 'it's just a joke'

      In the middle, 'telling racist jokes' 

      https://blavity.com/professor-uses-pyramid-of-white-supremacy-to-teach-education-class

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.3

      Destiny Church show that they are on the same pyramid of hate as the Christchurch shooter.

      The Destiny Church held a protest outside the mosque where an actual act of genocide was committed. The Destiny members at this protest condemned those killed by saying that Christchurch is a Christian City. The implication, non-Christians should not practice their faith in Christchurch, or risk being protested against, (or killed).

      The pyramid of genocide,

      'victim blaming' just above 'racist jokes' in the pyramid.

      https://blavity.com/professor-uses-pyramid-of-white-supremacy-to-teach-education-class

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4

      The only way that Brian Tamaki should see the inside of any prison is if he is sentenced to spend time there.

      And he should be.

      Threatening violence against a state institution, or infrastructure facility, (namely the Prison Service), to compel them do something, or not do something, is a crime under Section 5, sub-section (2)(b) and sub-section (2)(d) of the Suppression of Terrorism Act

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2002/0034/latest/DLM152702.html

      5 Terrorist act defined…..

      (2) An act falls within this subsection if it is intended to cause, in any 1 or more countries, 1 or more of the outcomes specified in subsection (3), and is carried out for the purpose of advancing an ideological, political, or religious cause, and with the following intention:

      (b) to unduly compel or to force a government or an international organisation to do or abstain from doing any act…..

       

      (d) serious interference with, or serious disruption to, an infrastructure facility, if likely to endanger human life:

      • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.1

        Brian Tamaki with his words and actions condones terrorism and violence.

        Tama Iti one of the only few people ever charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act.

        Expresses his shock and grief at the terrorist attack in Christchurch. 

        https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/tame-iti-sickened-act-terrorism-christchurch

        No evidence was ever presented that Iti had threatened violence against state institution or infrastructure facility.

        Tamaki openly threatens to commit acts of violence against an infrastructure facility, as defined under the Act and no one bats an eye. 

      • Rosemary McDonald 8.4.2

        He's most definitely in the frame for such charges, but they'll make tut tutting noises and dismiss him as a mostly harmless twit.

        But he is a twit with an agenda and a surprisingly large following…many of them young to middle aged Maori men.

        Not being in that demographic renders me incapable of divining exactly what the attraction is.

        • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.2.1

          It seems that the Suppression of Terrorism, like many other things in our racially and class divided society, is in the eye of the beholder.

          • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.2.1.1

            As the for the attraction. At the only Destiny church service that I had been invited to attend in there Mt Wellington Head quarters, is where the only haka I have ever personally witnessed being performed on a stage with a full light and sound production, where the performers brandished guns.

            (Replica guns mind you, but still this is the only haka that I can recall witnessing being performed with other than traditional Maori hand weapons)

  9. millsy 9

    I think Tamaki's intentions are perfectly clear, and that the sleepy hobbits need to wake up. He wants to go to the prison to recruit hardened gang members and criminals to form an army that would launch mass progroms against 'loose women', LGBT, atheists, etc. You though living under Helen was nanny state, you wait till you get someone in charge who wants to tell you who you can and cant have intamite relationships with, what information about how this world came to be you can access, what clothes to wear, who makes up your family, etc and so on.

     

    I can just imagine leather clad Destiny thugs burning books about evolution, smashing science labs, burning abortion clinics, and hanging LGBT.

  10. joe90 10

     

    A tool that asks supporters to supply the personal information of other people?

    Looks like doxxing, quacks like doxxing…

     

    CHICAGO — Sen. Bernie Sanders flaunted his ground operation Saturday with what he called the “largest distributed day of action ever in a presidential campaign” and announced a new online organizing tool called BERN.

    […]

    The online tool allows everyday supporters to contribute to the campaign’s voter database by logging names and background information of anyone from a family member to a stranger met at a bus stop. It matches each name to a voter record before noting their level of support, priority issue and even union membership.

     

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/bernie-sanders-2020-campaign-unveils-app-increase-its-voter-database-n999206

    • Gabby 10.1

      Surely Facelook would do that for a small fee.

      • joe90 10.1.1

         Do FB have a tool to potentially identify and harass people who don't support Sanders?  Because last time around, Bernie Bros showed such restraint and civility.

        /

  11. marty mars 11

    Good total for the t.rump

    Donald Trump likes to boast about his achievements, imagined and otherwise, that is no secret. The president regularly trumpets the success of the greatest economy ever, and the strongest military, and the most decisive electoral victory and all manner of other superlatives he’s supposed to have delivered. But one that is undeniable is that he has just become one of the most prolific liars in the history of American governance, passing the 10,000th lie of his administration this week – meaning an average of almost 17 lies a day over 604 days.

    Trump has made 10,000 untrue claims as president, factcheckers say

    Not all of his lies were created equally. Some have been harmless, almost goofy claims about his physical stamina or business acumen, or obviously exaggerated anecdotes about the types of things supporters say to him. Others are downright horrifying and dangerous, about serious issues such as immigration and abortion.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/29/donald-trump-false-claims-lies-germany-father-abortion-popular-vote-

    • joe90 11.1

      So it isn't accidental?

      • marty mars 11.1.1

        Neither accidental or deliberate imo just an actual part of that dude – he literally is a liar, in everything, from golf on down, everything.

        • Nick 11.1.1.1

          T.ell R.ambling U.nbelievable M.onumental P.orkies

          • greywarshark 11.1.1.1.1

            I didn't know he was a representative of an acronym.  Those damn acronyms – just a bunch of letters meaning something only to the cognescenti.   A pocketful of mumbles and gestures signifying nothing.

        • joe90 11.1.1.2

          My experience with dementia is that when a sufferer has to recall pretty much anything, they flounder about inside their own minds, searching. And when they're unable to find what they're looking for they confabulate, filling in the gaps with a response they truly believe to be the correct.

           tRump's an instinctual liar and I reckon he's showing all the signs of early to mid onset dementia. Dude's spent his whole life lying, factor in his confabulating and you hit  >10k untruths.

           

           

           

           

  12. A 12

    Good interview on Checkpoint atm with Womens Refuge discussing religious extremist Brian Tamaki.

    I live in a suburb with around 28 churches and I am very glad the Destiny cult is not among them.

  13. Peter 13

    Tamaki wants access to prisons for a commercial activity. I wonder how many pieces of silver it's all worth and whether there was any thought given to the good work of God being done because it was the right thing to do.

    • greywarshark 13.1

      Tamaki would have a small army soon from his jail movement, liking his story and leadership and POV that points to the major authority of The Bible.    And they wouldn't get their assets pinched by legal asset-stripping by the state.    It would all be much better run and they could turn away from crime, which is breaking the law, and go into stretching the law within a robust legal framework.    Learning all that devious capitalist pakeha stuff.

      • greywarshark 13.1.1

        Tamaki comment repeated on Radionz – says that Kelvin Davis is not treating him fairly – it is religious intolerance or something like that, that has resulted in his program not being accepted. Don’t trust him. Is he mates with John Tamihere?

  14. CHCoff 14

    Media is going to do whatever pays the bills.

    A bit more dynamic demand and supply via the political parliamentary parties producing their own content for the television once a week, weighted to their representation respectively of opposition & govt. parties, govt ones being given double time of opposition, would make the democratic structure more of a payer regards the first sentence.

  15. sumsuch 15

    Good shid about Bill Maher , him veering to the centrist Democrat to lock in Trump's defeat. 'Return to normalcy'. So nothing is wrong to our haunches, let alone their plutocratic nethers. Why does he bother? He's just a Cato or Cicero in the demise of an oligarchy. Despite Chomsky's pessimistic views he's more right.

    The Americans are so gauche, awkward in their moves for democracy. They don't know it. Unlike us who resent it's loss like our skin.

  16. sumsuch 16

    We talk about ourselves. In the meanwhile 4 billion world-wide have escaped poverty under the aegis of laissez-faire. Vital is to include the whole people of the world. What, are we, 16 % in the First World? Social democrats here talk about NZ endlessly but our legitimacy lies wider. 52, and 30 years of political thinking later I bring this up. Someone starving 'over there' is as much my fellow as anyone here.

    Do you know Malawi has 20 million desperate people?! Hopeless. Which is to say, no hope. They keep quiet as the strong desire. But they are our star. Our core. Which is to say, nowt we can do but if they go down we're done. And they have no hope.

  17. Kia ora Whanau some people would think that I was implying that they were solely responsible for our historical high roads accidents and deaths. They are just part of a big problem we cannot have people die needlessly on our ROADS. Te tangata te tangata te tangata . 

    I have said before that the big civil construction companies spend more on management than our past organisation did and that means less being spent on the road construction = roads being made of a low quality and low durability.

    I have seen a few stories to back my opinion up the new Wellington transmission gully project failed with in months of the project being completed WTF =cheaper design build practices and CHEAP materials being used in the construction of the Roads = shitting roads =more deaths on our road +put a million more cars on the road = higher road toll.

    What gets me is its the AGE of the computer and more money is being spent on managing these companies when a computer makes managing and designing much more efficient than when we did not have the technical knowledge one would think that management cost would come down not up as it has in all the big companies .???????????????????.

    Ka kite ano P.S links below .

     

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/105426828/kpiti-expressway-needs-23m-worth-of-repairs-just-18-months-after-opening

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/2018692954/nz-has-some-of-the-worst-roads-in-the-developed-world

     

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/93640345/road-repairs-not-up-to-standard-for-taranaki-roading-group

    P.S  is it a coincidence that our road construction company's we big national party donators 

  18. Eco Maori knows our road we're better 10 years ago 

  19. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute  

  20. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute . 

    When Eco Maori has a challenge I never give up on the challenge 

  21. This is a subject close to my heart my Mokopuna happy healthy FUTURE . Mitigating against climate change is a must for this to be possible in my EYES. 

    We are rising up again on May 24th for the second Global School Strike for Climate 🌍💙 
    This will look different in different towns and cities across Aotearoa as they work out what’s going to be best for them. Some may do tree plantings, others may do a strike in their town square, others a rally, a sit-in outside MPs offices or a community hui. 
    Event details will be posted on Facebook and the website in the coming weeks and we will make sure there are many different ways to be involved 💚 If you would like support organising something in your community, please get in touch!! Or if you’ve got an event organised, we can make an event and promote it for you 🤩 We look forward to standing with you all again on May 24th to demand climate justice

    Ka kite ano link P.S I hope they get my drift .

     

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/112375195/climate-change-strike-school-children-across-new-zealand-take-second-day-of-action

     

  22. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute . 

     

  23. Kia ora Newshub . 

    We all know that the muppets show tag belongs to national. 

    Its sad seeing the tug of WAR  going on in Venezuela .

    trump is owned by the oil barrons every move he makes is to force the price of carbon up. 

    Paddy getting closer to some closure for the Pike River mine familys Ka pai pitty it took this long and stuff disappearing.

    Let's hope that no to many native trees are losted to the extreme dry weather event caused by climate change.

    Ka pai to Japans new Emperor may you have smove waters in your future.

    Yes synthetic is a problem in NZ it was good to see the story on PEE last night if its easier to get than weed there must be heaps of the shit out there.?????????.

    Well I don't think that NASA can guarantee that claim about no asteroid is going to crash into Papatuanukue for a hundred years . They are not even trying to track them all it to hard a task. 

    Ingrid it going to be a dry winter from Taupo up to North land  that's going to be hard on some people . Ka kite ano 

  24. P.S if they could guarantee that claim than they should have been able to pridict the asteroid that have hit Papatuanukue in the last few years. A

  25. Kia ora Newshub. 

    Its sad that the firefighter Can not get his reserdincy to NZ for his family. 

    robert bar has just made a mockery of the USA justice system ????????.

    Its good that Facebook is going to try and stop the haters spreading their words and views on their websites .

     it looks cold down there m8 that's the way you tell it like it is the Pike River familys have been put through a lot of Bullshit I can see it happening  ???? 

    I'm a bit sceptical of your poll I Back the re entries of the Pike River mine why because its all a JUSTICE for the common person I don't want peace I WANT FAIR JUSTICE . 

    I want to get into mountain biking riding but can't afford the bike and because of Eco Maori  being a VIP I will probably trip over my escort LOL. 

    Good on the 2 ladies with their mother hood warts and all have  rising tamariki is a great task

    Last election some needed boxes of tissue I could see they counted there chicken and when Winston crowned Jacinda you should have seen the the tissues fly. 

    There should be a special law to gag mark lundy his acting is about as good as my 2 years old granddaughter 

    Ka kite ano 

     

     

  26. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute . 

     

     

     

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  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    17 hours ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    20 hours ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    22 hours ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    1 day ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    2 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    2 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    2 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    3 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    4 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    4 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    4 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    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 According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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