Party central

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, July 9th, 2010 - 87 comments
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Emmerson’s take on Party Central at The Herald:

87 comments on “Party central ”

  1. lprent 1

    It has already been up yesterday. Oh well a reprise can’t hurt. It is a create great cartoon in the best traditions of political cartoons

    Updated: One of the problems with the iPad is that it likes correcting my spelling. Useful most of the time….

  2. Carol 2

    I noticed Murray McCully came out with aggressive attack on current Auckland management, in response to the lates FU with ‘party central’. This seems like a standard tactic of the Key government. I guess Labour governments tend to do this also. But the level of aggression, while over-riding legitimate criticisms and democratic debate seems to be taken to a new level by NACT. It reminded me of Tolley’s attacks on principals in response to their criticisms of the National Standards.

    McCully was using it as a vehicle for promoting the new (undemocratic) supercity set-up. In contrast, Phil Twyford put the blame firmly with the governments mismanagement, and lack of vigilant over-sight of their party central plan:

    http://business.scoop.co.nz/2010/07/08/time-to-sort-out-party-central-shambles/

    For myself, I don’t understand why they want a ‘party central’. It just seems to be something that will promote all the worst aspects of booze-saturated, macho, rugby culture. I would favour supporting the whole of the CBD and viaduct area as an entertainment zone, with some big screens showing games in places where crowds can gather. The various bars, restaurants etc can cater to diverse lifestyles amongst rugby followers.

    • Tigger 2.1

      Yeah, McCully really put the boot in. Way to take responsibility there Murray. Key also slammed the sheds as not being of any value. Because historical value is worthless…

      • Jim Nald 2.1.1

        So where’s now the new ‘Party Central’ venue to launch the National Party Central campaign for Elections 2011?

        p.s. Some photo ops next to a Dipton shed?

      • ianmac 2.1.2

        After all, Mr Key’s estate is in the best possible taste and will have many years of service as a shrine to aspirations of greed and disregard to the average kiwi.

  3. D14 3

    They are lucky it is not in a brewery, because they couldn’t organize that.

  4. Rather than the erection of a temporary tent maybe they should take the opportunity of putting the money into creating part of the John Key memorial cycleway. They could create a track directly from Eden Park to the Viaduct. This will have the twin benefits of reducing the incidence of drunk driving and also provide a welcome kick start to a glorious project that unfortunately does not seem to be getting off the ground …

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    I’m notably fucking daft, but are there not clubrooms that:

    could use the patronage,
    are steeped in appropriate history that discerning rugby tourists might find quaint, homely and experiential,
    often have bloody great big paddocks attached?

    • comedy 5.1

      By all accounts party central is part of the RWC contract as signed by Trevor Mallard. I expect Heineken, as a premier sponsor, have it written in so they can fill the masses with their product.

    • Fabregas4 5.2

      Fantastic post Pascals Bookie!

      If I were a rugby club or bar owner I would be thinking that the RWC is an opportunity to make some hard earned money in the recession.

      I’d be totally annoyed that the govt decided to move it all to a very large corporate box! How anti business can you get – bloody lefties!

  6. big bruv 6

    The whole RWC is going to be a huge national embarrassment as well as a colossal waste of time and money.

    Clearly we could not organise a piss up in a brewery, why the IRB ever thought we had the ability to host this event is confusing, Japan would have been a far better option and saved us from making complete fools of ourself.

    • The Voice of Reason 6.1

      Speaking of making a complete fool of yourself, Blub, have you paid up yet?

      • BLiP 6.1.1

        heh! SNAP

      • comedy 6.1.2

        Play the comment not the man.

        The comment by BB is spot on.

        • felix 6.1.2.1

          The dilemma I have is that when he says “we couldn’t” and “fools of ourself” he has in fact injected himself, including his abilities and traits, into the discussion. In this case the comment is the man and that kind of comment is only going to lead to disorder.

          *I am on my feet!

    • BLiP 6.2

      Talking of making a complete fool of yourself, here’s the link to wikileaks for payment of your debt. Time to do the right thing, there’s a good lad.

    • BB

      In the interests of your posts being treated on merit and you not being reminded continuously about your failure to live up to the bet can I suggest that you pay up?

  7. tsmithfield 7

    This fiasco is exactly why there should be a super city. How anyone could hope to do business with the dysfunctional clowns there at the moment is beyond me. And why do they want to save that Gawd-awful eye-sore of a building when they could have a sparkling, brand-new one?

    • felix 7.1

      Perhaps we’re sick of Auckland’s “developers” tearing down everything more than 5 minutes old and replacing it with plastic tack.

      Why replace an old “eye-sore” with a new one?

      • tsmithfield 7.1.1

        If there was anything meritorious or special about it I would probably agree with you. However, I don’t think there is any shortage of ugly old tin sheds. Whether there should be a building put in its place is another argument. However, as it stands the existing building is what bulldozers were designed for.

  8. big bruv 8

    You are right tsmithfield, if ever one needed a reason to bring in the super city mayoralty this is it.

    However, that still will not change the fact that the RWC will be a cause for national embarrassment.

  9. prism 9

    The tourism Manager in Auckland on Nat radio this a.m. said they were expecting 43,000 visitors for The Cup which is a considerable increase on usual and that party central was a good idea to provide hospitality for the numbers.

    McCully should shut up, cough up the small amount of millions Wellington is providing (compared to the more expensive cruiseship terminal originally in the scheme about $100 million) and let Auckland get on with this cheaper option they have decided on.

    Trouble is pollies get grand nation (and self) promoting ideas, cf Greece and the Olympics, and normal spending caution gets mislaid. I think its another hat peg – Tolley has one for her imagined tiara, and McCully for his crown? Rugby Shield, Cup?

  10. prism 10

    I like the cartoon. Did I hear that vuvuzelas are going to be banned? (Hopefully)

  11. Anne 11

    Have been listening on and off to ZB Radio this morning. Paul Holmes (standing in for the climate denier supremo, Leighton Smith) is behaving like the philistine he is. All the blame for the Queen’s Wharf fiasco is being placed on the shoulders of the ARC and Mike Lee in particular. It’s got personal, and the viciousness is appalling. No balance… no acknowledgment that the original idea was just one of Key’s distraction tactics at the time, and had nothing to do with ARC.

    The Historic Places Trust is copping it too. The caustic comments are so outrageous I think someone from the HPT should be ringing him pronto. Stopped listening. Can’t take any more of his distorted ravings.

  12. walter 12

    I’m travelling to a foreign land for an event, do I want to:

    a) spend my time in a ‘manufactured’ facility rubbing shoulders with other visitors?

    OR

    b) sample the genuine, Kiwi hospitality of a range authentic local venues?

  13. Fisiani 13

    Place the blame where it belongs.
    The Auckland Regional Council claiming that delapidated sheds were worth spending $17,000,000 of ratepayers money on

  14. Anne 14

    @ Fisiani
    Ring Paul Holmes on ZB. You’ll get a sympathetic hearing. One philistine talking to another…

  15. tsmithfield 15

    Anne, just because buildings can be saved doesn’t mean they should be. Tell me, what is particularly meritorious about these buildings that makes them worth saving above other deserving cases? The way some people are going on here it gives the impression that the buildings are cathedrals or something. But they’re not. They’re ugly old tin sheds of which the world has plenty.

    • Anne 15.1

      @ tsmithfield
      Typical of a philistine attitude. You can’t see beyond the “ugly old tin shed” to their historical and hereditary significance. Shed 10 (the one in contention) doesn’t have to stay dilapidated and ugly.
      Fremantle, Perth did a marvellous job with their “ugly old tin sheds” and they are now a huge tourist attraction. We could do the same with at least the larger of the sheds. But that is too much for the likes of Key and McCully to possibly comprehend.

      @ Lanthanide.
      Yes you’re right. The HPT should have come up with their concerns much sooner, but better late than never.

      • comedy 15.1.1

        What is their historical and hereditary significance ?

        Is it worth 16 million more for the long suffering ratepayer ?

      • tsmithfield 15.1.2

        Now Anne, can you honestly say with your hand on your heart that this is the best way for the council to spend 17 million?

  16. comedy 16

    For those out of Auckland this is what the fuss is about.

    http://joelcayford.blogspot.com/2009/07/queens-wharf-site-visit-shed-10.html

    Feel free to make fun of us up in Auckland, although I hear that planning in Christchurch is almost as retarded as up here.

    • tsmithfield 16.1

      Comedy, I’m from Christchurch, and I’d agree. Planning here is pretty retarded.

      I had a look at those pictures you posted and I think I’ve run out of adjectives to describe how ugly those buildings look. Perhaps the council wants to save them to preserve an example of the most ugly buildings that humans could possibly dream up.

      • comedy 16.1.1

        I think part of the process of being an elected official is total frontal lobotomisation along with the insertion of a troughing and stupidity central programming device.

        • tsmithfield 16.1.1.1

          I think that getting into power infects them with some sort of PC virus that convinces them that if anything is old, ugly, and about to fall over it urgently needs millions of ratepayers dollars spent to save it. Who cares about basic council functions such as sewage, water, etc.

    • felix 16.2

      After seeing those photos actually I can see what the fuss is about.

      Quite a stunning space.

      • tsmithfield 16.2.1

        I agree. It would be a stunning “space”…. if that was all to it:- a space with no ugly buildings on it.

  17. Tui 17

    Will they have Water Police cruising around Key’s ‘Party Central’ to fish out bedraggled drunks and celebrities who cannot keep it down after falling off the dock in a fit of patriotic over-enthusiasm ?

    • big bruv 17.1

      How is it Key’s party central?

      Mallard signed the deal to bring the RWC to NZ, having a “party central” was always part of the deal.

      This issue is not political, it is simply another example of how piss poor we are as a race of people at organising anything.

      • felix 17.1.1

        was always part of the deal.

        Let’s think about those words, bludge – “was always part of the deal.”

        Pay your bill, bludger.

    • tsmithfield 17.2

      Nah…. thats part of the plan. A way of selecting out the defective genes from the population.

      A reply to Tui, by the way. Don’t know why the comment appeared here.

  18. randal 18

    typical national.
    they always wanta piss up on someone elses money.
    they want the best so they can trash it and walk away feeling satisfied.

    • big bruv 18.1

      Ha ha….”they always wanta piss up on someone elses money.”

      Pledge card anybody????

      • felix 18.1.1

        Speaking of other people’s money, you’re holding $100 of it.

        Pay up you bludger.

  19. Pat 19

    Just about every farm in NZ has an old tin shed on it. Why are the Historic Places Trust sitting on their hands?

    • tsmithfield 19.1

      Yeah. There are lots of councils wasting money on sewage, roading, and water that could be spending it on rescuing old tin sheds. They need to be getting their priorities right.

      • felix 19.1.1

        Need to see some pricing before taking those statements too seriously.

        The choice to be made isn’t “Sewerage & roading” VS “Fixing up old sheds” –

        It’s “Knocking down old sheds and building build new sheds” VS “Fixing up old sheds”.

    • Pat 19.2

      Isn’t the logical solution to remove the sheds, in pieces, to another location for restoration, and erect the temporary slug on the wharf for Party Central.

      Then after the World Cup, remove the shed pieces from their iodine solution (or whatever) and re-erect them for tourists to make comparisons against Sydney’s Opera House.

  20. Tui 20

    The Sydney Olympic party scene was pretty decentralised among the bars and restaurants of Darling Harbour, although they did construct a temporary ‘party place’ creatively using tarpaulins and 4×2 under the western off-ramp where a lot of winning athletes came to socialise and recover from their prolonged physical and psychological build-up. It seemed to attract all manner of young things, some people trying to keep a low profile, and a few well-known Aotearoans.

    But there was nothing as grandiose as ‘Party Central’ – a reflection of NACT’s small-town stalinist tendencies.

    How is it Key’s party central? He’s the PM.

  21. ianmac 21

    The sheds look a bit scuffy but on seeing the interior beams and so on there is scope for much individualistic identity. I imagine that the cladding can be beautified and beams stained and toilets put in and so on. Also the “party goers” will not be interested much in the cladding.
    I came and went through the huge Dubai airport several times recently and had no idea what the outside was like until I saw it from about 3km away. It looks like a huge –ummm slug!

    • comedy 21.1

      ianmac it will cost an additional shiteload on top of the currently proposed fiasco to do up these sheds – I take it oyou are not a local ratepayer ?

      • Pascal's bookie 21.1.1

        You’re pretty sucky at pretending to be ‘not-hs’.

      • mickysavage 21.1.2

        But you can erect a really expensive tent and then take it down. Or you could renovate a slightly more expensive building for use in the future. As an Auckland ratepayer I wish they would think about the long term effect.

    • felix 21.2

      Exactly ianmac – they’re just a bit scruffy.

      No reason to destroy them just to put up more tacky rubbish.

      ts and comedy would’ve knocked over the Vic Park markets too, no doubt.

    • Richard 21.3

      Yep. The sheds could be really good if some money was actually spent on them.

      For example, the Chelsea market in New York is built inside a renovated factory of similar(ish) vintage to the waterfront sheds. It looks really good, and is similar to what I imagine could be done with the sheds. See the images at this link for an idea of what of the Chelsea market looks like.

      Real cities can manage this sort of thing. And, as others have commented, Auckland did manage something similar in the past with the Victoria Park markets.

      • prism 21.3.1

        Great style at Chelsea. Probably flasher than we need for robust men like Andy Haden.
        This is what Chelsea market has –
        Check the calendar for events, or swing by everyday for fresh sushi and a chocolate-almond croissant. Sip a little cappuccino in a free Wi-Fi environment, decorated with stone sculptures, a new façade, copper walls, a rotating photo gallery and an indoor waterfall. Then pick up your meat, produce, wine, cheese, bread, flowers, and everything else you might …

        And they remember their past business history which affected the greats and grand parents. It was where the oreo cookie started (now in my supermarket) and where NABISCO was formed, a giant biscuit compamy that bought out our Griffins in the 1960’s.

        The old sheds at the wharf mighn’t be flash emough in the opiniom of today’s fashionistas and techno kids but they too have a history that is relevant to us now.

  22. Pascal's bookie 22

    “How is it Key’s party central?”

    Here’s how

    • Jim Nald 22.1

      I’m not sure it is do-able for Messrs Key, McCully, Bobo et al. That is far more ambitious than launching a new pizza.

    • BLiP 22.2

      From your link:

      “I see Queen’s Wharf as the cornerstone of this Rugby World Cup phase of the waterfront development.”

      Other projects include the redevelopment of the Jellicoe St and North Wharf area, planning for a Marine Events Centre and the Halsey St extension wharf at Viaduct Harbour.

      The developments will leave a “legacy of infrastructure that will enhance the visitor experience long after the cheers have faded and the scores are forgotten”.

      It will also help bring New Zealand out of the recession, Mr Key said.

      Key is just such a dick!

      • Jim Nald 22.2.1

        And if I were to swallow that, I would be a greater dick.
        Hello New Zealand?

  23. Mr Shennanigans 23

    Has anyone explained why you can’t have Party Central in Shed 10?

  24. Anne 24

    As ARC Councillor, Joel Cayford said on Radio NZ yesterday “Murray McCully is behaving like a bull at a gate. He thinks his idea must take precedence over everyone else”. I won’t say what I think of that man – it’s unprintable.

    • Mr Shennanigans 24.1

      Which man – McCully or Cayford?

      • Anne 24.1.1

        I asked for that Mr Shennanigans. 🙂
        Suffice to say have never liked the one beginning with M.

        Note to self: check before you submit.

  25. I dreamed a dream 25

    It is John Key who created the whole debacle, because he so desperately wanted people to think that Party Central was all his fantastic visionary idea. But what he kept from the public, or at least it wasn’t clearly made known, was that a party central was part of the contractual agreement for NZ to host the RWC. Well, I did not realise that it was part of the contractual agreement. I thought it was Key’s idea.

    I thought it was Key’s idea until I read what Murray McCully said, “We have to provide a fan zone in downtown Auckland for those who can’t get to the games, that’s part of our contractual obligation to the IRB (International Rugby Board).”

    A fan zone (or party central) has always been part of the agreement with the IRB, most likely before Key even became prime minister. Well, Key wanted the glory as the architect of the party central. Now he can take the custard too.

    If he had not tried to hijack the party central and impose his ideas on it, everything would likely have worked out fine. But he just had to mess it up!

  26. Luke.xensen 26

    The IRB contract did not require using Queens Wharf as party central. That was a Key directive.
    Auckland City were all set to use the newly refurbished Aotea Square as party central.
    Can’t see how spending $7million on a temporary structure offers good value for money.
    Theres plenty of room for ultra modern buildings at the Viaduct/Tank Farm.
    Good to keep some character in at least one part of Auckland.

  27. I cannot believe how insanely stupid “Party Central” is.

    1. It is meant to be a family friendly place sponsored by Heineken.

    2. It is promoted by a private enterprise supporting Government but it will suck patrons and turnover away from nearby businesses.

    3. The ARC is being criticised for being “short sighted” but for a huge price the Government intends to demolish a building with potential future use so they can erect a tent.

    4. The expectation is that a thriving sophisticated business will be set up in 12 months time and that it will then be able to be wound up in 14 months time.

    Am I missing something?

    • loota 27.1

      Oh, don’t be like that. Party central will give us the valuable event experience needed to organise and hold the Olympics in 2016. And we should put McCully in charge of that, too.

    • BLiP 27.2

      Am I missing something?

      It’ll be freezing cold, over priced, full of rugby boofheads, miles from parking/transport, and the last place a parent would want to take their kids to watch the footie.

    • big bruv 27.3

      Micky

      “I cannot believe how insanely stupid “Party Central’ is.”

      On this we agree, although, funnily enough I do not remember you saying anything about it when the Labour government and the NZRU signed up to host the RWC.

      As for the RWC, can anybody tell me why our leaders (be they Labour or National) think it is a good idea to give our money to the duplicitous NZRU so they can host a minor world championship?

      If Rugby wants to host the RWC then good for them, just do not ask Kiwis to pay for it then shut them out of the final (in a stadium they bloody well paid for) by charging prices that the ordinary bloke can never hope to pay.

      • comedy 27.3.1

        “can anybody tell me why our leaders (be they Labour or National) think it is a good idea to give our money to the duplicitous NZRU so they can host a minor world championship?”

        Because they are populist morons.

      • felix 27.3.2

        big bludge,

        You are in no position to comment on the honouring of agreements.

        You are also in no position to comment on monetary payment.

        Until you pay your debt you are voiding any comment you make on such matters.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    5 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    7 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    7 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
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    4 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
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    4 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
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    4 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
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    5 days ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
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    5 days ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
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    5 days ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
    The Government will be aligning the Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia in order to provide the vehicle import market with certainty and ease cost of living pressures on Kiwis the next time they need to purchase a vehicle, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“The Government supports the Clean Car Importer ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZQA Board appointments
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today announced three appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Kevin Jenkins has been appointed as the new Chair of the NZQA Board while Bill Moran MNZM has been appointed as the Deputy Chair, replacing Pania Gray who remains on the Board as a ...
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    5 days ago
  • More support for Wairoa clean-up
    A further $3 million of funding to Wairoa will allow Wairoa District Council to get on with cleaning up household waste and sediment left by last week’s flooding, Emergency Management and Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell says.  In Budget 24 the Government provided $10 million to the Hawke’s Bay Region to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister thanks outgoing Secretary for Education
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today thanked the outgoing Secretary for Education. Iona Holsted was appointed in 2016 and has spent eight years in the role after being reappointed in May 2021. Her term comes to an end later this year.  “I acknowledge Iona’s distinguished public service to New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister concludes local government review
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has concluded the Future for Local Government Review and confirmed that the Coalition Government will not be responding to the review’s recommendations.“The previous government initiated the review because its Three Waters and resource management reforms would have stripped local government of responsibility for water assets ...
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    1 week ago
  • Consultation begins on new cancer medicines
    Associate Health Minister for Pharmac David Seymour says today’s announcement that Pharmac is opening consultation on new cancer medicines is great news for Kiwi cancer patients and their families. “As a result of the coalition Government’s $604 million funding boost, consultation is able to start today for the first two ...
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