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Open mike 31/07/2013

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109 comments on “Open mike 31/07/2013”

  1. BLiP 1

    Okay, I think I’ve captured the last flurry of John Key’s “brain fades”, any suggestions for additions or emendments more than welcome. To prevent annoyance at another screed interrupting the flow of the thread, I’ve just included those newly apparent and which which relate specifically to his GCSB portfolio.

    critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commissioner, are all uninformed

    we do not spy on journalists

    I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance

    National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media

    I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report

    I was not opposed to the NZ Defence Force, Police and SIS making a presentation at the public submissions on the GCSB legislation

    • Bob 1.1

      “I was not opposed to the NZ Defence Force, Police and SIS making a presentation at the public submissions on the GCSB legislation” all that the link you provided here shows is why the GCSB bill should pass, and show Labour up as hypocritical, it doesn’t show a brain fade as far as I can see.

      • bad12 1.1.1

        No, what it shows is a LIAR, listen carefully to what the Slippery little Shyster says as He reply’s to the Green Party’s Russell Norman in question 2 of yesterdays Parliamentary Question Time,

        This is completely add odds with what He is saying to the media, Parliamentary Services are where the Prime Minister points the finger for the obligatory television and media soundbites, according to the used car salesman that has turned the office of Prime Minister into nothing but the tin shack to be found on any backstreet used car lot in this country, ”He is disappointed in Parliamentary Services for having released the phone records”,

        During the ducking and diving during Parliaments question time where the Prime Minister has to be more cautious we got a series of oblique answers from Him in question 2 and the following supplementary’s which also included this,

        ”Oh i don’t know if my Chief of Staff asked Parliamentary Services for the phone records, but if He did i apologize for that”, (not a direct quote but words to that effect),

        Doesn’t know??? what a load of utter BS, apologizes in the Parliament for something He doesn’t know happened??? god He is blessed that most National Party supporters seem to all extents and purposes to have come down with a bad dose of ‘functional idiocy’ and so so lucky that all these ‘functional idiots’ only watch the six oclock news and not the Parliaments TV,

        But then Slippery is well aware of that it’s why He knows He can get away with treating the ‘functional idiots’ to more of the idiocy…

    • muzza 1.2

      Nice, BLiP!

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Bradley Manning found guilty of at least 17 charges, but not guilty of most serious one of aiding the enemy. Greenwald describes it as a “sliver of justice.”

    Now faces sentencing, potentially over one century in jail.

    Remember, this is what you get in the US for disclosing war crimes committed by your government.

    • BLiP 2.1

      In New Zealand you just get your professional reputation trashed.

      • Murray Olsen 2.1.1

        Give it time. The US will suggest to Key that investigative journalism needs to be criminalised, if they haven’t already.

    • James 2.2

      He broke the law – he needs to be held to account. Simple as that really.

      It was his choice.

      Whilst there is a lot I do not agree with with the US – There have been no charges laid of war crimes (as far as I am aware).

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        I would have no problem with your position if it was the case that the US was applying the law equally to everybody.

        But as you say, those US officers who committed the war crimes revealed have got away scott free.

        So has Intelligence Director Clapper, who lied directly to Congress (a felony).

      • Jackal 2.2.2

        He broke the law to inform people that the US army was repeatedly breaking the law. Clearly the persecution of Bradley Manning while those who’ve committed far greater crimes and are still free is a complete travesty of justice. It appears that the entire United States system is highly corrupted, especially its army and officials.

      • Bob 2.2.3

        I agree with your sentiment, however backing it up by saying that “There have been no charges laid of war crimes (as far as I am aware).” is a little naive. What about Guantanamo Bay? Just because charges haven’t been laid doesn’t mean laws haven’t been broken.

      • Vinscreen Viper 2.2.4

        “He broke the law – he needs to be held to account. Simple as that really.”

        Well it’s that simple at a simpleton’s level.

        To the more educated, thoughtful and adult of us it raises the old problem of our duty of obedience to laws that run counter to our conscience or beliefs.

      • Murray Olsen 2.2.5

        One reason that no war crimes charges have been laid is that the US and A doesn’t recognise that its personnel are subject to any international jurisdiction. You could make an argument that Manning followed international law, as used at the Nuremberg Trials, when he made these crimes public. We need more like him. We need a flood of Mannings, to the extent that no soldier will kill a civilian or torture an enemy because they are too worried that some of their colleagues may have a conscience.

  3. Pasupial 3

    Last day to make a submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel. It doesn’t have to be a full screed – you can just dash off responses (before 5pm, online only now) to any of the focal questions at: http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/How-to-make-a-Submission

  4. Jenny 4

    Sir Geoffrey this is a difficult interview for me to do, in a way. Because I am a journalist and I want the the right to speak to whoever I want, whenever I want, without anyone knowing about that, within the boundarys of the law and without defaming Anyone.

    So I want you to tell people who don’t understand journalism and its significance, how important this is to a democracy, that journalists are able to conduct the kind of work journalists do without people snooping on them.

    John Campbell Campbell live interviews Geoffrey Palmer about the GCSB Bill.

    View the whole interview Here

    • Te Reo Putake 4.1

      Cheers, Jenny, that’s an amazing interview! Palmer, of all the ex-PM’s, has the best understanding of what this attack on the fourth estate means for our democracy. He seems to be barely able to hold back his contempt for those who organised the release of Vance’s phone records and who apparently don’t give a fig for liberty.

      • vto 4.1.1

        Yes agreed it was a fantastic interview. You could see his concern for the situation. His use of the description “dictator” on several occasions was telling. Anybody glancing at that interview would have been hauled in and listening intently, such was the gravity of the situation, Palmer’s manner, and his dictator comparisons. Palmer also outlined the issue very clearly – it was very good.

        Maybe Slippery’s slope has finally arrived.

        It is also very interesting to note the complete and utter absence of this massive and expanding issue on Farrar’s crappy blog today and yesterday.

        Me senses deep rumblings within Wellington and it aint got nothing to do with earthquakes.

        • srylands 4.1.1.1

          I thought Palmer’s interview was a load of absolute drivel. I could not care less who listened to my phone conversations. It is a storm in a very small tea cup for those of us who have real things to worry about.

          OK the Parliamentary Service should not have handed over the phone records. Oops sorry about that. We will be more careful next time.
          It was bloody Russel Norman that bleated about the need for an inquiry. Then when the inquiry happens he bleats about how it was done.

          I made it about half way through the Palmer interview before switching back to Mahler and enjoying the motorway view as I cruised into Wellington. Much better.

          • Arfamo 4.1.1.1.1

            All good then. No need for you to take any further interest in the issue. Just leave it to those who do. Catch ya later.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.2

            “I could not care less who listened to my phone conversations. ”

            God, you’re a dickhead. Even if this were true, I don’t think that the people you talk to on the phone would agree. Especially if you tell them at the start of every conversation with you that it may be recorded and that you’ve happily waived their right to privacy for them.

          • Rosetinted 4.1.1.1.3

            srylands
            When you make your first post for the day it is polite to announce yourself as “I will be your RWNJ for the day”.

          • Rosie 4.1.1.1.4

            Hey srylands, here’s a health and safety announcement for you. Next time you’re on the motorway, anywhere, can you please keep your eyes on the road and other traffic instead of the motorway view. I know the Wellington harbour is real pretty but you don’t want to be causing an accident. Would that be a real enough thing for you to worry about?

            PS. You better not be that f wit a while back who I had to overtake at speed to reach safety because he was veering all over the lanes as he was looking left out his passenger window and filming the view on his phone while driving along. He ended up on the shoulder and almost went into a barrier.

        • srylands 4.1.1.2

          “It is also very interesting to note the complete and utter absence of this massive and expanding issue on Farrar’s crappy blog today and yesterday.”

          Really? Farrar blogged this under the heading “A Parliamentary Service stuff-up”

          “This is major breach of trust, and they will have to work hard to recover that. Also as bad is giving the Speaker incorrect information.”

          http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/07/a_parliamentary_service_stuff-up.html

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.2.1

            PMs office gave the order.

          • Arfamo 4.1.1.2.2

            Well yes but he only posted that at 10 am this morning. He probably thought he couldn’t avoid it any longer as everyone else has scooped him to death, so he’d better blame the bureaucrats as quickly as possible. It’s sad, really.

            • srylands 4.1.1.2.2.1

              Yes well he is on vacation in south western USA. Cut the guy some slack.

              • Arfamo

                Fair enough. Good point. Why should we cut him slack though? He’s blaming the bureaucrats. WTF does he know about what happened? It’s all pretty murky really.

              • Te Reo Putake

                So he had his breakfast 6 hours before the rest of us did, had all that time to check the interwebs, emails from Nat HQ etc., yet only had time to knock out one piece of diversionary fluff on what looks like the most significant political event of the year so far. Plenty of time for posts about the beach, the wildlife, the cool jetski he got to ride though.

      • Pasupial 4.1.2

        Palmer has his problems, but he is a serious devotee of the law and the reason we have a Bill of Rights (ineffective though it may presently be). Ta for the link Jenny.

    • Te Reo Putake 4.2

      Palmer will be on Radio NZ shortly, should be interesting.

  5. ansell was just on tvnz breakfast..it was a hoot..!

    http://whoar.co.nz/2013/ed-high-humour-on-tvnz-breakfast/

    (excerpt..)

    “….and in fact ..as you will see ..squint a bit..and he is looking more and more like david farrar..

    ..(it’s kinda spooky..!..)..”

    phillip ure..

  6. vto 6

    Our police plant evidence and call themselves honourable

    Our defence force spies on the media

    Our government breaks its own laws without consequence

    Our Prime Minister is a bare-faced liar

    Our government ministers attack private citizens

    Our defence force threatens to murder journalists

    …..

    Face up to it NZ. We are just the same as every other piece of shit place in the world. In fact, each of those realities above is exactly what Mugabe does in Zimbabwe.

    • Pasupial 6.1

      Not exactly

      • vto 6.1.1

        which one does not happen in zim?

        • Pasupial 6.1.1.1

          They actually do the murder there

          • vto 6.1.1.1.1

            Would our defence force have acted on its threat to kill journalist John Stephenson?

            • Pasupial 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I got the impression that it was one specific officer mouthing off with those threats (from RNZ via Scoop):

              “A freelance journalist is calling on the Defence Force to investigate his complaint that a senior serving officer made death threats against him.
              “Jon Stephenson says that, to his knowledge, the Defence Force took no further action despite being informed that a police investigation had taken place.”

              Our military differs in that ours’ are a group of volunteers who have sworn an oath to the crown, whereas Zimbabwe presses children into the service of a tyrannical President whose country has been excluded from the Commonwealth.

              Apologies for any confusion from excessive brevity of previous replies, but I was feeding the Basupial with one hand, and typing with the other. Not the easiest of tasks!

              • Colonial Viper

                It’s a fucking sad day when you have to develop a justification for “why we are not Zimbabwe (yet)”.

              • vto

                Heh, know what that’s like – interferes with what little brain flow there is…

                But I agree with CV in that having to differentiate, in such relatively minor ways, our institutions from those of one of the world’s great despots is pretty telling.

                Further to the point I was making – we aotearoans are notorious for our blasé attitude, our idea that “she’ll be right”, our absolute naivety when it comes human behaviour in our own backyard. We are fools for this attitude and it will be our undoing.

                Those facts outlined above are appalling and when they happen in other parts of the world we tut-tut and pat ourselves on the back that it doesn’t happen here…

                … well It fucking does happen here and there is the proof.

          • bad12 6.1.1.1.2

            Pasupial, stick around long enough and…

            • Pasupial 6.1.1.1.2.1

              We’re more like Rhodesia than Zimbabwe. Anyway, I imagine we do have our own bush war on the horizon – all the more reason to engage with whatever political process remains available to us.

    • James 6.2

      As I understand it most of the people spied on were under Labours watch. Do you agree that if this is the case that they should be held to account also? Do we “recall” Helen Clark to face the music also?

      • richard 6.2.1

        If this is the case, then yes. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of behaviour by any government or any government agency.

      • vto 6.2.2

        Dontcha worry James the same blowtorch aims at the lot of ’em

        Clark’s regime similarly attacked base principles of our system for their own political ends and it stunk to high heaven as well.

      • Pascal's bookie 6.2.3

        Sure, but what evidence do you have for your ‘understanding’?

      • Murray Olsen 6.2.4

        I’m quite happy to believe that the spies watched members of Helen Clark’s government and reported back to their masters while she was PM. Who should face the music for that one?

      • vto 6.3.1

        Yes, and we think we are environmentally one of the best too………………

        Those surveys are shite.

        • srylands 6.3.1.1

          Have you, or your fellow commentators saying we are “corrupt” ever lived in another country? Try living in Indonesia, Spain, Argentina, or even Australia. You have no points of comparison except your imagination. Where did you go on your OE?

          Get out and spend a couple of years travelling and living and working in some other countries and then come back better educated about corruption. Unbelievable.

          • vto 6.3.1.1.1

            srylands you are a slippery shyster too. We had this good debate going yesterday and you left and didn’t return. It would be good to continue it as it goes right to very heart of the left/right divide and the labour/capital split.

            Here it is here /this-gives-me-heart/#comment-671537 see you there.

            (as to your silly point above, what I have done is none of your business. Who cares about relative corruption? it is not important)

            p.s. I think you are gosman returned in disguise

          • muzza 6.3.1.1.2

            Yes have, many.

            Rather have the corruption in your face, through the front door thanks, unlike the attempt at stealth corruption, then try to hide it like it’s not there, such as we have in NZ!

            In NZ, it’s a pretence, a perception of views from people abroad, who absorb the lies the media spins and know, no better than that, just like the foolish srylands types feed on.

            Make no mistake, NZ is being exposed as the sham that it is!

          • amirite 6.3.1.1.3

            Yes I have and I can recognise corruption from a mile away. I also know that you’re talking shit.

          • Murray Olsen 6.3.1.1.4

            I have lived in other countries. The only difference I see with corruption is the entry price. In some, you can start with $10 and get a cop to forget a ticket. In Aotearoa, you start with $50,000 and get a friendly MP. What does a casino cost? How much does rezoning of a piece of land by your mates on the council cost? I prefer corruption when it’s a bit more democratic, thank you very much.

        • bad12 6.3.1.2

          Purple and Pink rivers and streams are just so enviromentally the best…

      • Te Reo Putake 6.3.2

        “although I s’pose we could go higher.”

        I would have thought lower is the more likely direction after this week’s revelations.

      • Arfamo 6.3.3

        Re corruption, it’s a question of perception really:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_New_Zealand

      • richard 6.3.4

        From Transparency International NZ:

        65% of those surveyed thought the level of corruption in New Zealand has increased over the past two years

        http://www.transparency.org.nz/index.php/indices-reports/global-reports/161-global-corruption-barometer-2013

  7. Ten years on, has the deployment of NZ armed forces to the Solomon Islands achieved anything?
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/ramsi-and-politics-of-fantasy.html

  8. And does the failure of NZ forces in Afghanistan have its roots in little-known Pacific deployments to the Solomons and Timor?
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/the-real-reasons-for-mission-failure-in.html

    [lprent: No need to double up. All new identities must pass a moderators scrutiny. It is how we exclude people who are under bans. ]

  9. felix 10

    Peter Dunne on the wireless yesterday said he was super duper concerned when Henry asked for his phone records so he could compare them with Vance’s.

    Why was he concerned? Well, because that’s just wrong as a matter of principle.

    So why did you give him the records he asked for? Oh, because I hadn’t used my phone much in the time period in question so what the fuck do I care.

    What a tool.

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      My question for Peter Dunne, is if he was so concerned about that, how come he’s only tell us this now.

      Shouldn’t he have said “hey, some dodgy stuff went on with this investigation” at the time he was stood down as minister? You know, to distract media attention away from his little stuff up?

      • grumpy 10.1.1

        Bugger the phone records, if this was indeed a “honey trap”, I want to see the photos!

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          You want to see photos of Peter Dunne doing what exactly?

          mkay then.

        • RedbaronCV 10.1.1.2

          Modernise Grumpy modernise. The video taken by the cellphone is what you want to see isn’t it?

      • felix 10.1.2

        Good question.

        I would suggest it’s because he only ever does and says exactly what suits his own needs at the time – regardless of any concerns and regardless of any principles.

    • bad12 10.2

      LOLZ and wee Petey ‘the Hairdo’ Dunne knew that anything nefarious between Him and Vance definitely wasn’t conducted via the Parliament’s phone system,

      Among the revelations from Slippery the Prime Minister in the Parliament today that as far as Ministers who had access to the Kitteridge report and those Ministers contact via Parliaments phone system with the Dompost reporter Vance goes,(and that appears to be both ways), there was none,

      Nice to see our Prime Minister happily using phone records barely legally obtained, if legally at all, to defend Himself in the Parliament, when the GCSB Legislation passes this will give Him access to loads and loads of information with which to defend Himself against all perceived threats from both inside and outside of the Parliament…

  10. Rosie 11

    Civilian gold!

    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/stuff-co-nz-to-introduce-stuff1-with-hour-delay/

    Lots of lols there but this one rings true, as well as the bit about how stuff readers like to be uninformed…

    “Stevens added that Fairfax was also considering moving Stuff’s interactive component onto a separate, stand-alone site just for racist comments”.

  11. Tautoko Viper 12

    Just a thought. If Dotcom is being charged with secondary copyright charges, could John Key be charged with secondary illegal spying charges?

    • Arfamo 12.1

      It’s a novel idea but it probably won’t get past a Court Registrar. Best thing to do is probably just to vote him out in 2014.

  12. vto 13

    $19million and it has only cost this Swann fulla 4 1/2 years inside. Pretty easy work. Watch him now go and dig up the gold bars.

    Crime pays, it seems.

  13. vto 14

    $19million and it has only cost this Swann fulla 4 1/2 years inside. Pretty easy work. Watch him now go and dig up the gold bars.

    Crime pays, it seems.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8985260/Fraudster-leaves-prison

  14. aerobubble 15

    Fracking is the market response to peak oil. Peak oil being the point at which demand outstrips supply, which ha snow been past. Fracking oil, gas, will create a plateau in the price of oil, until the price then returns to its increasing trend (unless some other market response hit at a new higher price point plateaus the price again). Fracking costs more that normal drilling. And fracking doesn’t always produce the high density energy oil that runs our car fleets. So essentially as China, India, Africa, S.America grow, demand for oil will increase, and the west’s buying power will decline.
    what does this mean for average NZ, well don’t go and buy a fuel guzzling V8, and pray you brought into a home that in the cycle zone for supermarkets and other facilities because you’ll be laughing pocketing the money that would have gone on a vehicle. Yes, the way to get rich in the new economy is to live in the right place and not own a car.

  15. Tim 16

    …… sometimes I wonder…..
    Given today’s question time, and a Proim Minsta’s performance, and the artificial ‘nodding’ from members behind a Dear Leader broadcast on Parly Armint TV [sucking and Gerry bromancing included]
    whether even Pulla Bent and Nikki Kaye, and that daughter/uncle/whatever of Sam from Rakau Rd – the Great Laurie .
    ….
    whether they even agree – or whether they wish to push it all to its most violent conclusion.

    When the shit does eventually hit the fan – I imagine they’ll have some serious regrets. Already I’d put money on their ancestors ‘rolling in their graves’
    So far though, hero worship is still in play

  16. Rosetinted 17

    1 hour > 50 mins…
    Last chance for your Constitution Conversation submission – in before 5pm today 31/7.
    http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/Make-a-general-submission

    Put in something on something anyway. Here are the quizzes put up to quickly check out what you know.
    Get thinking with a quiz on each of five Topics.
    1 The Constitution http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/NZC_QuizSheet.doc
    2 The Bill of Rights http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/BOR_QuizSheet.doc
    3 The Treaty of Waitangi http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/TOW_QuizSheet.doc
    4 Maori Representation http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/MOR_QuizSheet.doc
    5 Electoral Matters http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/ELM_QuizSheet.doc

  17. Colonial Viper 18

    I am smelling the scent of enough raw meat for an early election to go into the oven.

  18. bad12 19

    Bradly Manning ‘guilty’ of exposing American soldiers machine-gunning to death innocent children from the safety of a helicopter gunship,

    Obama’s legacy and shame will be measured by every day that Manning spends in a jail cell…

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Hmmmm, to be technical it was an M230 chain gun with rounds far larger and more powerful than a 50-cal heavy machine gun. In the video you can see the road literally torn up by the munitions.

      • bad12 19.1.1

        My apology’s CV for such illiteracy in my description of the specific instruments that American Soldiers use to murder unarmed non-combatant children with,

        The platform from which these murders, on behalf of the Commander- In -Chief, were carried out was tho a helicopter right…

  19. karol 20

    Excellent coverage of the alternative Auckland Transport plan – the Congestion Free network on Campbell Live tonight. Very imaginative. A mix of rail, buses, ferries, light rail and roads.

    • grumpy 20.1

      Wow! Looks expensive! For the rest of NZ that is…….

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        All the more reason for the South Island to secede…

      • Draco T Bastard 20.1.2

        It’s 40% of the cost of presently planned roads.

        BTW, Auckland has been subsidising the rest of the country for decades – stop whinging that we’re getting some back.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.2.1

          BTW, Auckland has been subsidising the rest of the country for decades

          What, by being a massive negative influence on our balance of payments?

    • Paul 20.2

      Good to a story run in depth. Half an hour on the issue.
      Thinking people’s TV. Well done Campbell Live.

  20. The trend in the latest poll leaves no room for confusion.

    Labour below 30% National above 50%.

    Clears things up for some people here.

  21. gobsmacked 22

    Ironically that poll could work in Shearer’s favour. It was taken before the housing announcement on Sunday.

    So if he gets a “bounce” it will now be from a very low number. Logically that doesn’t make sense, but since when was the media reporting of polls about logic?

    Overall nothing has really changed, though. 18 months, zero impact, zero success. He’d be a goner if the caucus ever put the voters before themselves.

    • Paul 22.1

      If there’s a bounce then that’s proof the electorate want to see bolder policy from the Labour Party.
      Concision for LP – roll out more radical policy measures.
      If there’s no bounce, then Shearer must go.
      Whatever happens, it is clear that Labour playing National lite just is not a plausible policy.

  22. Paul 23

    Surely this result means there must be a change in the Labour Party leadership.

  23. bad12 24

    Lolz, check on Roy’s graph where the National Party were after the 2008 election in all those long months heading to the 2011 election,

    Gosh govern alone territory,

    Check on the Roy’s graph after how many months of being in Govern alone territory where did National end up at the 2011 election, governing alone, hardly,

    The bloke is messing with your minds along with all the other pollsters, for today’s funniest tho i just can’t go past Roy…

  24. bad12 25

    By the way, did i miss a Roy joke-poll some place, the last one i seen had the Mana Party with 1% of the vote,

    This latest effort at cracking me up from Roy says Hone’s party has dropped 05% to 1%, nah Roy wouldn’t be that crudely inifficient with the data would He…

    • bad12 25.1

      Nah found it, jeez, Roy had Mana polling at 1.5% in the last one, Lolz that’s another seat for Mana in the house right there,

      Easy to see why that adjustment was made…

  25. lprent 26

    I’m going to fiddle with mobile settings for about half an hour while I transcribe them from the test system to the production system.

    There aren’t usually too many people on mobiles at this time of night

    • lprent 26.1

      Ok the basics are in – just adding graphics. Let me know how it runs. Worked fine on the HTC One V with the current Mogan post

      I’m testing the post with the largest number of comments now on my HTC ~700 odd from earlier in the week on housing. Nope that one really is a fail.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    1 day ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
      The Council of Disobedient Women has learned that the Prefect of Aro Valley has been promoted to a new role with the blessing of the Pope of Wellington. Softy Jejune Parson has been appointed Mother Superior of Woke Wellington for the work she has been doing calling out heretics, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    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 saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    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
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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
    4 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
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    2 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    4 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    1 day 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 ...
    2 days 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 ...
    2 days 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
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