Paul Henry and Christchurch’s floods

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John Key sod turning central plains water

If you want a reason to bash your head against something hard then if you saw Paul Henry’s performance last night on his show it would surely have provide it.  He very clearly set out the reason that so many of us were afraid about the recent numerous appointments of right wing commentators to positions of power.  He provided a completely partisan inaccurate description of who is at fault for Christchurch’s floods.  He denigrated Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel in a way that was totally unjustified and blamed her for the flooding clearly in a way designed to protect John Key from criticism.

The Press has reported a transcript of some of Henry’s comments:

Don’t just stand in the rain and look like a drenched rat … actually sort this out.

New Zealand is a developed country where people paid rates and taxes to mitigate against events like this.

But this is where the rubber hits the road … and it falls on the shoulders of Lianne Dalziel and her council.

James Dann has described the show as follows:

Last night, Paul Henry went on an extraordinary rant, placing all of the blame squarely at the sodden gumboots of Lianne Dalziel. Paul Henry knows about as much about the flooding situation in Christchurch as he does about race relations in India – i.e. nothing.  I’ve never watched his show before, but was prompted by this rant. It’s as though he thinks he is a “man of the people” like stable-mate John Campbell, except instead of standing up for the little guy, he’s pushing the line for the big guy – his mate, the Prime Minister. It is Danyl McLauchlan’s description of how the PM’s office feeds the bottom-feeder blogs, except on a grand scale.

He judiciously cuts together footage to serve his narrative, rather than the truth. When Lianne says that she is dividing the task force into two, he screams “what does that even mean?” Well, Paul, as the presenter on what is theoretically a news show, maybe you could have done some research. But in lieu of that, I’ll explain it. The task force has been divided into two teams, one to look at the short term solution, and one to look at the long term resolution. We need both. We can’t have people going through this again, so we have to find a short term solution. But we also need to know whether this situation can be mitigated, by improving the drainage, raising the houses, or partial red-zoning. This takes more investigation, and has more serious implications for people’s primary asset, their homes. It makes sense to take some time with this.

First a very truncated description of the problem.  Onenews has an informative video.  The Canterbury earthquakes has caused sections around the Flockton Basin, just north of the Christchurch City Centre to drop by up half a metre.  Dudley creek has also been affected and cannot drain water away as quickly as it used to.  The flooding was caused by a combination of these effects and three “one in a hundred year storms” happening within a month.  The frequency  must be making people think that climate change is indeed occurring.  Proposed solutions are work on Dudley Stream to improve its drainage and/or a pumping station to move water on quickly.  The cost of a station is in the vicinity of $50 million dollars.  Either option would take years to implement.

The herculean job of rebuilding a city and now dealing with incessant flooding problems would drain the most capable of local bodies.  Christchurch needs all the help it can get.

You would think that the Government would step in and assist.  There must be some actual or potential liability for the EQC to meet.  Insurance companies are obviously also at risk.  Urgent funding so that this work can be conducted should be a given.

But John Key has said that the Government cannot do anything until Council asks.  It is funny that if increased water resources for farmers is involved then the Government will step in and sack a democratically elected organisation as well as pledging public money to make sure it happens but ordinary people having their houses flooded continuously attracts no such urgency.  Apparently Key was in Christchurch yesterday but not for the clean up but for the sod turning on the Central Plains Water Scheme.  How unfortunate is that timing.

The really worrying aspect is that Henry’s rant feels like it was somehow programmed.  As commented by Russell Brown:

Okay, here’s what I think is going on.

National has been using Curia to poll on perceptions of Brownlee in Christchurch, which will be awful.

So they fly in Key to stand next to Brownlee and radiate chummy star power.

But they also need to shift some of the public ire from Brownlee, so briefings go out to the usual suspects putting the heat on Dalziel.

Dalziel, I am sure, would like some help and wants to collaborate on the crisis (why wouldn’t she?), but she’s not getting that for political reasons.

The whole thing is, in my humble opinion, a very, very cynical political game, at the expense of the people of Christchurch.

I am afraid that Russell may be right.  This is going to be a long and brutal election campaign.

67 comments on “Paul Henry and Christchurch’s floods ”

  1. aerobubble 1

    I still don’t get it. Create a wall of sandbags around the hundred odd houses, bung up the dunny (maybe unnecessary as too high up anyway) and other pipes temporary in heavy rain, then hand out a pump and roof water piping to redirect water over the sand bags. Can they handle that for three years? Until some drainage is put in place. hell, get student to make up the sandbags. Am I missing something

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Apparently the sandbags do not work with houses with wooden floors. The water table rises and the water comes through the floor boards. The base of the stream has apparently risen by up to half a metre and you can imagine how much work would be required to return the stream to its former condition.

      • NickS 1.1.1

        It does if the water table isn’t high or the floodwater doesn’t sit for days, but yeah, better off red-zoning the worst areas, and excavating a holding pond to hold the flood water and slowly release it into the Dudley creek system.

      • aerobubble 1.1.2

        Sounds right. Okay, so how good will it be to pour some concrete on the earth under the house, so making it water proof (or whatever). Would that harm the house price??? like from moisture buildup over time??? i.e. take the bunging up effect one step further.

        • greywarbler

          Read Nicks below at 4 and 4.2 aerobubble.
          I can understand anyone getting impatient at the glacial pace that the remedial work and future planning decisions are proceeding. Nick’s ideas to transport the houses is a seriously practical one. Is it three 100year floods in amonth’few months? Better that homeowners are higher (and drier).

    • TeWhareWhero 1.2

      I am tempted to speculate on what you might be missing Aerobubble but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Christchurch is NZ’s second city – the state of parts of it 3.5 years after the first quake sequence is a national disgrace.

      People have put up with this for more than 3 years already and you blithely suggest they put up with it another 3 years by using a few sandbags and a pump. Pump the water where exactly?

      And it’s not just the areas that are at risk of flooding -which is way more than 100 houses – it’s the people still living with damaged houses or paying inflated rents for damaged houses or forking out $260 a week to pitch a tent.

      ChCh was built on a river delta; it is underrun by streams and aquifers; the 11000 + earthquakes have caused land to lift and sink; some of the millions of tonnes of liquefaction has ended up in river beds and/or the beds have lifted; parts of the estuary where these rivers and streams drain have lifted. It’s a HUGE problem – and to suggest that it’s just about a few sandbags every so often is insulting.

      • aerobubble 1.2.1

        Look I get you are going to be insulted easily by blithe suggestions, since I can feel that anger about the whole shoddy deal so many have had. But. Obviously I was not talking about homes that should be demolished. Or people tenting it. Or whatever other mayhem they are experiencing.
        I think most reasonable people can see that.

        But are you suggesting that some homes, that are fine, should be declared red zoned despite their residents solving the problem for themselves? The point of the red zone was the infrastructure was
        too costly to replace wasn’t it??

        I totally agree though that this problem of flooding should have been recognized by Parker quite early on in the piece.

      • aerobubble 1.2.2

        So nobody in the history of flooding has ever used sandbags. And it wouldn’t be a few sandbags I warrant. Yes, there is a serious flooding problem, due to lots of factors, I never said there wasn’t or that sandbags would solve every problem there. But nice troll attempt.

        • TeWhareWhero

          Who’s a troll?

          Maybe you didn’t mean to aerobubble but the way you expressed yourself made it sound as though you thought it was a relatively minor problem involving only a few houses, occupied by people who could easily put up with the inconvenience of occasionally bunged up dunnies, sandbags around their houses etc.. for 3 years.

          And yes we can be a little touchy down here in the Appalachians — sorry, South Island.

    • Marius 1.3

      Yes. You’re missing a piece of your brain, you sad tosser

    • Kahukowhai 1.4

      Yes of course you are. There has already been three years of flooding with three floods in the last 2 months alone. There are 1000 properties in just one area, but the flooding is also city wide.

  2. fender 2

    Yes it’s unsurprising to see Key knife Dalziel in the back, was only a matter of time. Equally unsurprising to see Henry batting for his beloved National Party. This is why I made a conscious effort to avoid his new program from the moment it was announced, the guy is a fuckwit of the highest order.

    • greywarbler 2.1

      @ fender
      FOHO I now proclaim this to be an acronym for those people who we wish would leave NZ and go live on another planet. It is particularly for bestowing on those who create mayhem more through their action, or lack of it, resulting from their mental processes than through physical action.

      • fender 2.1.1


        The trouble is GW these idiots like Henry do live on another planet, only their disgusting outer shell wasn’t issued with a boarding pass and now their empty craniums have become infested with National Party parasitic worms..

  3. TeWhareWhero 3

    I didn’t see this because I can’t watch Paul Henry for health reasons. There are some rightwing commentators and pundits I can watch, listen to and engage with – but this gobby, smug, wanna-be schlock jock is not one of them. He’s truly, appallingly awful- the more so because he is so very, very stupid.

    I recall his comments about infant mortality in the third world – joking about the families not really caring because they have 6 more kids out the back. Or words to that effect. Disgusting.

    Like most liberally minded people I do make an effort to try to understand people like him but this is one step too far. When he starts to use my home town to score his miserable blimpish and curmudgeonly political points I’m afraid he defeats even my liberal pretensions and I find myself considering the leaky boat/shark infested waters/ no oars option as the most appropriate.

    Give the show pony a knight hood, and his oppo a platinum handshake; protect the pie eater, EQC and insurance industry from criticism – and then try to blame the awful mess on the Labour mayor who has inherited the mess from them.

  4. NickS 4

    What I don’t get about the solutions proposed is why they’re not even bothering with creating an artificial wetland to act as a holding basin and slowly release the water into Dudley Creek. It would probably work out about the same cost, but create more recreation space, a wildlife area and avoid the massive disruption that would be needed to fix the bottleneck issues created by bridges over Dudley Creek and screw over the recovering creek ecosystem. Plus given most of the houses there sit on piles, the ones that are in suitable condition can be moved to new sites.

    As for why I say this – I live not to far away from the area and the route to work goes along Stapleton’s and Slater streets + artificial and reconstructed wetlands are usually best practice to deal with flooding in the long term. And historically, even during the 100mm+ rain events, the worst Dudley Creek system got to was being not even close to breaking it’s banks, although low lying gardens/lawns usually ended up underwater

    Also, Dudley Creek is flooding the whole length, from up by Flockton street, right down Banks Ave, with bridges often acting as bottlenecks, while the creek bed is still at it’s nominal depth as multiple floods have scoured out most of the silt from the sandblows. What’s changed though is that the land movements due to the quakes have altered drainage patterns and reduced stormwater capacities, so the Dudley Creek system now has far greater water flow during rain into it than before the quakes, which combined with lateral movement and the creek banks dropping, has lead to the current issues.

    Main bridges causing the issues – Hill’s Road intersection, Slater street (due to land height drop, there’s a significant dip at the bridge site), side bridges off Stapleton’s are also an issue. Not sure of capacity of Stapleton’s road bridge, although it appears to be an arch + piles, and lack of flood debris on the road suggest it wasn’t impeding the flood waters, with water levels being below the bottom of houses based on mud deposits on vegetation/etc. There’s also major issues with the drainage on Slater street, in that the road kerb channels aren’t flowing, which is likely due to land relief changes + stormwater drain damage due to sandblows.

    • greywarbler 4.1

      I seen to remember NickS that you have come up with good positive ideas before. The wetlands sounds a scheme to consider and quickly too.

    • NickS 4.2

      Cheers greywarbler.

      And here’s some links I should have added in;

      Some area’s do need pumps, i.e. lower Riccarton, due to springs, but Flockton Basin is surface run-off so use of wetlands/ponds

    • framu 4.3

      theres the other upside in this that the holding pond/wetland concept cleans up the storm water before it goes elsewhere

    • Good comment Nick – yes wetlands are a great idea imo.

      We must look to the land (and water) to give solutions, work with instead of against nature. It’s the only sustainable way for anything to work.

    • Ian Dalziel 4.5

      I too live in this area, and regularly walk along Stapletons Road by Dudley Creek, the current creek bed is pretty much silted up to where the bank tops used to be in many places, such that it hardly flows under Shirley Road and therefore backs up back towards Flockton Basin, Aylesford & Emmett street area (That may not be Dudley Creek per se, but it is a tributary – several creeks join Dudley Creek in this area). The bit near Shirley Rd hasn’t had the flows and has little scouring out.
      I am surprised it hasn’t been dug out at least back to prior levels.
      Maybe we should organise a working bee, get some shovels and pile it on to the road for the council or someone to take away.
      And yes the scouring along the Banks Ave stretch has it almost looking like a healthy river again – though tidal effects push outflowing water back up the creek.
      This area has always had a really high water table, I remember a flat in Berwick Street (between Cranford and Warrington sts) back in the ’70s, digging a hole resulted in a swimming pool pretty quickly – about 10 – 15 inches below ground level – nowadays it is so sodden that nothing drains away much, water just pools with any rain!
      And they are putting more suburbs on our good market garden land which was part of the flood plain as well – it was called Marshland Road for a very good reason.

      Your point about the bridges is interesting, where Dudley Creek flows under Petrie Street that is the highest point in the road, so perhaps it has been thrust up and is impeding flow?

      But once they stopped the Waimakariri doing what it has done for millennia and put a built environment on top of an alluvial plain, well, compaction and land slumping was inevitable…
      maybe thats why it was origanlly called the Settlement of Christchurch?

      Keep your powder dry!
      :- )

      • NickS 4.5.1

        Reduced flow is more due to changes in the creek’s gradient due to land movement, and it’s natural state is mostly slow flowing and silty with dark brown mud 😛 Dudley Creek from Shirley/Hill’s intersection now lacks the grey silt thrown up from the quakes, and if I didn’t some UV light traps + in stream sampling we’d probably see a relatively healthy assemblage of freshwater insects (for an urban stream passing through multiple residential properties). Heck, there’s now eels living in it 😛

        As for the stream running along Quinn’s road, I live pretty close to it, and it’s always been in a sorry state due to low flows over the last 20 years, mainly as the drainage channels dug around it’s headwaters reduced surface flow into it, and it wasn’t helped by runoff, both road and rural. Since the February Quake it’s regularly dried up in places due to slitting and I suspect the springs feeding it have either dried up or reduced in flow. What it needs is basically more water diverted into it to help keep the flow rate up and clean out the stream bed.

        And yeah, ground water levels are damn high around there, even on the higher bit we’re on, ground water levels are still high enough during winter that you can easily dig down to it, while ponding and streets getting slightly flooded were normal before the quakes.

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    Personal responsibility means blame Labour.

  6. Tracey 6

    it could backfire badly. christchurch people know how long their new mayor has been in, national might get away with treating people like bm, fisiani etc as stupid and still get their support…. but there is stupid and blindly stupid.

    • TeWhareWhero 6.1

      We can only hope that’s the case.

      In the Press today Key is quoted as saying to ChCh Council – ‘give us a plan and we’ll help action it.’

      What have Brownlee and his merrie men at CERA with their ‘unprecedented in peace-time’ powers been doing for three years?

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        its ironic given from even before the earthquake this govt was focused on stripping power from chch and canterbury…

        • aerobubble

          Should the new Mayor get some bulldozers in a just dig a ditch that’ll temporarily drain the area a bit, just enough to keep floors. And maybe if a few homes are all there is, then pay them out?
          Didn’t the head of the new agency to deal with the consequences of the Earthquake get the nod because he just got on with it and started digging a ditch for power despite RMA…
          …hey, where is that guy and why isn’t it his deal???

      • greywarbler 6.1.2

        A lot of politicians particularly local ones, get into council so they can find prime areas to invest in. Brownlee’s family have been in timber and I guess construction supply. What better way than to have a nice holding company and buy up sites as others move on. Have a dummy company and keep it aside from oneself. No hurry to get things moving then, govt wants Chch Council to sell assets too.

        So doing things judiciously and a bit slowly can only create a climate of dissatisfaction and the likelihood of owners selling and moving to where they can get their money working for them. And then it’s willing seller, willing buyer.

        • aerobubble

          I disagree. Politicians are naturally hesitant, delay prevaricate and have angles will the wealthy.
          Also its capitalism to find advantage in situations, and laws if they are excessively unfair.

          If you want to find fault, surely, start with how Christchurch build on sandy, sodden earthquake prone soils, and what happened to those who turned a quick buck turning the
          bog into real estate. i.e. those who have already made heaps, rather than those that might…

          • greywarbler

            Well the only thing now is to concentrate on getting one of those heaps and building one’s house on the top of it. It’s a pity that the powers that be/not don’t call on you as you have lots of ideas. NickS ones sound sounder though. How about teaming up and shaking Brownlee, it would take two, and be light on your feet as he has probably been fast with his fists since school days. Watch out for stairs too.

          • greywarbler

            Well the only thing now is to concentrate on getting one of those heaps and building one’s house on the top of it. It’s a pity that the powers that be/not don’t call on you as you have lots of ideas. NickS ones sound sounder though. How about teaming up and shaking Brownlee, it would take two, and be light on your feet as he has probably been fast with his fists since school days. Watch out for stairs too.

      • Dont forget Shipley Te Whare, Brownlee and his mates are a disgrace.
        Lets hope the good people of his electorate throw him out .
        Also anyone who watched Key on Campbell last night would have seen just what a cunning uncaring bastard he is .

        • NickS

          Brownlee’s embedded in Ilam like a bot fly in flesh. He will end up with a reducing majority, but due to the large upper and upper middle class income areas, it’s an easy seat for National and Brownlee’s active enough at the electorate level to get people voting for him. Plus Ilam had jack all damage from the quakes, and so have only had to deal with external issues like traffic congestion and benefit from increased housing prices. While the student population usually votes for their home electorates, rather than Ilam.

      • Rodel 6.1.4

        I think the CEO of CERA has probably been busy wondering what to do with his $10,000 a week salary. Must take a lot of his time.

      • miravox 6.1.5

        I’m well out of the loop on local news in NZ, but I had a quick squizz and the TV3 news on-line and got the impression that Key reckons it’s the council’s responsibility first because it’s flooding. Cera, otoh is responsible for earthquake damage? It’s as if the two aren’t related. Is this sort of what he’s saying?

    • John 6.2

      Good comment Tracey. National politicians have only 4 solutions. 1. Do nothing – the market will take care of it. 2. Tell people you forget, because of defective-selective-regressive memory syndrome. 3 Create a new reality beginning with the phrase: “The reality is …” which is designed to stymie debate because people who are not NACT voters who can afford $5,000 a head fund-raisers have no sense of “reality” ito (in their opinion. 4 Blame somebody else. Christchurch people aren’t dumb – they know who has been in power for over 1500 days. sitting on their hands and protecting scumbag insurance companies who are delaying, prevaricating and duck-shoving so they don’t have to pay out.

  7. Hami Shearlie 7

    Not once did Paul Henry mention CERA who are supposed to be all over this!! CERA set up by the National Led Government!! Mind you I hardly ever watch Paul Henry and even when I do, I can’t concentrate on anything he says because my eyes are always measuring his ears, his right ear is so much bigger and the bottom is lower than the left one! Has anyone else noticed this, I can’t stop looking at it!

  8. Papa Tuanuku 8

    500 comments on stuff!

    agree, i dont watch either – i switch or mute if im waiting for it to finish. same with hosking.

  9. feijoa 9

    Paul Henry is truly awful

    I saw him a month or 2 ago ranting about how he hates councils and bureaucrats

    I recall shouting at the TV ( pointless, I know), You stupid bastard, who takes away your sewage and shit – the council!! Try doing that yourself you fuckwit

  10. captain hook 10

    yep another hooton job. ring up tranny whipper henry and get him to provide a diversion immediately. he couldn’t win a seat so he became a lapdog. ugly.

    • Rodel 10.1

      CH was a tranny that whipped Henry in the election. Not the other way round.

  11. Dan1 11

    How is it that TV3 has Campbell positively pushing for answers in areas that concern the average Kiwi, and at the same time they employ an egocentric nutcase who failed as a National party candidate, was dropped from TV1, failed as a personality in Australia,… failure, failure failure.
    TV3 has a responsibility to give fair coverage.

    Their editorial bias with a blank cheque to Henry leaves me with a dilemma: do I do without my regular dose of Campbell in protest at the dogwhistling by a National party stooge who I rate lower than Whaleoil. I never watch Henry but that he goes out encouraged to pull in the rednecks is appalling.

  12. TeWhareWhero 12

    There used to be (still might be) – a twonk who posted on the Stuff website – his user name was paulhenryforprimeminister – and yes, he demonstrated all the intellect and tolerance you would expect from a PH fan. You know the type – nasty little person, so full of corrosive self loathing he has to turn it outwards or die.

  13. Rodel 13

    What really, really amazes me is that at least two contributors to this blog actually admit to watching Paul Henry’s show.( or did they hear about it from a friend?)

    Advance Australia…….God Defend New Zealand.

  14. ropata 14

    ECAN has been so busy irrigating farms for Judith Collins and the landed gentry, they don’t have time to fix puddles for the townsfolk.

    Can the Heathcote Estuary and the river be dredged?
    Can the sewage outfall project be co-opted to help drain stormwater?

  15. vto 15

    dig the bloody drains out for fucks sake

    diggers are for hire just down the road


    cera on top of council on top of ccdu on top of election on top of irrigation on top of ecan wtf to expect eqc all over again

    • Kahukowhai 15.1

      But Lianne your hero bleated it was going to take 2 years minimum to dig out the creek. I guess they have leased out all the shovels for that long.

      • vto 15.1.1

        the reference wax actually to your lot. did you not read what was wrote?

  16. vto 16

    paul henry remains’ new Zealand’s weakest link, what an arsehole.

    the new mayor is doing incredibly well, as everyone here knows

  17. Lloyd 17

    Why would anyone not turn off the TV or change channel when Paul Henry came on?

    I used to be a regular TV3 Nightline watcher.

    Not now…..

    I can proudly say the only time I have watched even 10 seconds of the Paul Henry mind boggle was last night as the TV was on and the sound turned down, and it took that 10 seconds for me to realise the TV had turned toxic.

  18. hoom 18

    You would think that the Government would step in and assist.

    Maybe set up some kind of Government controlled Authority with sweeping powers & run by a senior Cabinet Minister to help Christchurch Recover from the Earthquake….

  19. SPC 19

    The promos for the programme give the viewer fair warning as to the fact that it is right wing balance to the show at 7pm.

    Thus you had Henry accentuating the word force, when mentioning compulsory Kiwi Saver, force you to save more, in the promo.

    Whereas on TV1, there are the opinion-editorials of Hosking that permeate the show on TV1, such as his approval of taxpayer support for winners”, like Ko. And no balance whatsoever in the wider programming. It’s election year appeasement of National, the only political threat to the state broadcaster.

  20. Kahukowhai 20

    If you don’t live here you could claim ignorance as a defence. Or maybe you live in Dunedin where it’s even worse and their council says it will take 20 years to fix sewage overflowing in someone’s backyard. The Christchurch City Council has known there was a flooding problem for more than 3 years. The latest rubbish is it will take at least two more years to fix this problem. When a few diggers could take a few weeks to dig out the creek and raise the stopbanks.

    Yes the problem will take years to fix when all the politicians and bureacrats sit round and have endless taklfests about how to fix the problem and wring their hands and whatever.

    The council had to admit they only had 3 people working on the problem since the last flood, what a joke.

    • adam 20.1

      So if you what you say is true – then the central government has failed Christchurh on a massive scale. Smiling John is just that all smiles and no substance.

      Mind you this is what happens in a free market econonomy – so if you have ever voted for labour or national you desirve this shit to happen. So stop complaining, you voted, you got what you desirved.

    • NickS 20.2


      Because there’s so totes not a whole range of legal and hydrological issues that need to be dealt with, nor a number of possible solutions that need to be weighed up and you can so go just dig a drainage trench and not have any downstream issues such as more flooding or your trench collapsing.

      i.e. the banks of Dudley Creek are mostly on private land and include a large number of private bridges + have established trees growing on the banks, creating a mess of issues. Plus the Flockton Basin is the result of local runoff flowing into the depression created by the February quake and resulting land movement, which then flows into feeder streams/drains and overwhelms the capacity of Dudley Creek.

      But why think when you can just mouth off and make an ignorant arse out of yourself?

  21. Kahukowhai 21

    I’m sure you would love Key to sack the council so you can have a buck both ways. Wouldn’t you. Get off the fence. If the council keeps running round in circles there will be rioting in the streets over this.

  22. Kahukowhai 22

    Now how about the REAL news in Christchurch
    – The city council is broke yet they are trying to borrow money through a subsidiary to throw at subsidising a few so called “affordable” houses.
    – The city council is partnering with the government to build so called “affordable” $400,000 apartments in a poor part of town.
    – The city council is allowing gentrification in all the lower income inner suburbs so driving poor people out of those areas.
    – The city council has only repaired a few of the hundreds of damaged residential units in 3 years since the earthquakes.
    – The city council believes they can put their social housing into a shell company so it will qualify for income related rent subsidies. They haven’t read the government’s statement that council housing will not qualify.

    • Mark 22.1

      As per norm with this right wing troll, he places all the blame on the council and none on those National hacks he loves so much. He makes Paul Henry seem informed. As per norm, his “facts” are so far from the truth you could swear John Key said them. Treat him like the worm he is and hopefully he can return to the Press and leave his trolling for there.

  23. captain hook 23

    Lianne Dalziell has never been my cup of tea. She is too interested in Hardly Davisons but there is no questioning her committment to Christchurch and the recovery. for Tranny Whipped Paul Henry to start mouthing off about her is just as low as it can get and he should be ashamed of himself.

  24. Mr O Well 24

    The Paul Henry show

    Classic example of a WINZ back to work scheme going so sadly wrong.


    Well whoever is responsible needs to SORT THE PLAN you have had long enough. Then everyone should get a shovel and do the bizzo, even if they are not paid ( shock horror). Bet if everyone pulled together and did the work and didn’t bitch and moan the job would be done in a month. Bet that doesn’t happen, just more pissing and moaning from the government and Dalziel, fuck the deadlines just get the job done. Soft as butter. Thick as shit. Stop talking get working.

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    The Facts has posted –        KEY INSIGHTSOf New Zealander’s polled: Social unity/division 77%believe NZ is becoming more divided (42% ‘much more’ + 35% ‘a little more’) 3%believe NZ is becoming less divided (1% ‘much less’ + 2% ‘a little less’) ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the cynical brutality of the centre-right’s welfare policies
    The centre-right’s enthusiasm for forcing people off the benefit and into paid work is matched only by the enthusiasm (shared by Treasury and the Reserve Bank) for throwing people out of paid work to curb inflation, and achieve the optimal balance of workers to job seekers deemed to be desirable ...
    4 hours ago
  • Wednesday’s Chorus: Arthur Grimes on why building many, many more social houses is so critical
    New research shows that tenants in social housing - such as these Wellington apartments - are just as happy as home owners and much happier than private tenants. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The election campaign took an ugly turn yesterday, and in completely the wrong direction. All three ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 hours ago
  • Old habits
    Media awareness about global warming and climate change has grown fairly steadily since 2004. My impression is that journalists today tend to possess a higher climate literacy than before. This increasing awareness and improved knowledge is encouraging, but there are also some common interpretations which could be more nuanced. ...
    Real ClimateBy rasmus
    6 hours ago
  • Bennie Bashing.
    If there’s one thing the mob loves more than keeping Māori in their place, more than getting tough on the gangs, maybe even more than tax cuts. It’s a good old round of beneficiary bashing.Are those meanies in the ACT party stealing your votes because they think David Seymour is ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    8 hours ago
  • The kindest cuts
    Labour kicks off the fiscal credibility battle today with the release of its fiscal plan. National is expected to follow, possibly as soon as Thursday, with its own plan, which may (or may not) address the large hole that the problems with its foreign buyers’ ban might open up. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    11 hours ago
  • Green right turn in Britain? Well, a start
    While it may be unlikely to register in New Zealand’s general election, Britain’s PM Rishi Sunak has done something which might just be important in the long run. He’s announced a far-reaching change in his Conservative government’s approach to environmental, and particularly net zero, policy. The starting point – ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    14 hours ago
  • At a glance – How do human CO2 emissions compare to natural CO2 emissions?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    21 hours ago
  • How could this happen?
    Canada is in uproar after the exposure that its parliament on September 22 provided a standing ovation to a Nazi veteran who had been invited into the chamber to participate in the parliamentary welcome to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Yaroslav Hunka, 98, a Ukrainian man who volunteered for service in ...
    23 hours ago
  • Always Be Campaigning
    The big screen is a great place to lay out the ways of the salesman. He comes ready-made for Panto, ripe for lampooning.This is not to disparage that life. I have known many good people of that kind. But there is a type, brazen as all get out. The camera ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    23 hours ago
  • STEPHEN FRANKS: Press seek to publicly shame doctor – we must push back
    The following is a message sent yesterday from lawyer Stephen Franks on behalf of the Free Speech Union. I don’t like to interrupt first thing Monday morning, but we’ve just become aware of a case where we think immediate and overwhelming attention could help turn the tide. It involves someone ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    24 hours ago
  • Competing on cruelty
    The right-wing message calendar is clearly reading "cruelty" today, because both National and NZ First have released beneficiary-bashing policies. National is promising a "traffic light" system to police and kick beneficiaries, which will no doubt be accompanied by arbitrary internal targets to classify people as "orange" or "red" to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Further funding for Pharmac (forgotten in the Budget?) looks like a $1bn appeal from a PM in need of...
    Buzz from the Beehive One Labour plan  – for 3000 more public homes by 2025 – is the most recent to be posted on the government’s official website. Another – a prime ministerial promise of more funding for Pharmac – has been released as a Labour Party press statement. Who ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Vested interests shaping National Party policies
    As the National Party gets closer to government, lobbyists and business interests will be lining up for influence and to get policies adopted. It’s therefore in the public interest to have much more scrutiny and transparency about potential conflicts of interests that might arise. One of the key individuals of ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 day ago
  • Labour may be on way out of power and NZ First back in – but will Peters go into coalition with Na...
    Voters  are deserting Labour in droves, despite Chris  Hipkins’  valiant  rearguard  action.  So  where  are they  heading?  Clearly  not all of them are going to vote National, which concedes that  the  outcome  will be “close”. To the Right of National, the ACT party just a  few weeks  ago  was ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    1 day ago
  • GRAHAM ADAMS: Will the racists please stand up?
    Accusations of racism by journalists and MPs are being called out. Graham Adams writes –    With the election less than three weeks away, what co-governance means in practice — including in water management, education, planning law and local government — remains largely obscure. Which is hardly ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on whether Winston Peters can be a moderating influence
    As the centre-right has (finally!) been subjected to media interrogation, the polls are indicating that some voters may be starting to have second thoughts about the wisdom of giving National and ACT the power to govern alone. That’s why yesterday’s Newshub/Reid Research poll had the National/ACT combo dropping to 60 ...
    1 day ago
  • Tuesday’s Chorus: RBNZ set to rain on National's victory parade
    ANZ has increased its forecast for house inflation later this year on signs of growing momentum in the market ahead of the election. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: National has campaigned against the Labour Government’s record on inflation and mortgage rates, but there’s now a growing chance the Reserve ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • After a Pittsburgh coal processing plant closed, ER visits plummeted
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Katie Myers. This story was originally published by Grist and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Pittsburgh, in its founding, was blessed and cursed with two abundant natural resources: free-flowing rivers and a nearby coal seam. ...
    1 day ago
  • September-23 AT Board Meeting
    Today the AT board meet again and once again I’ve taken a look at what’s on the agenda to find the most interesting items. Closed Agenda Interestingly when I first looked at the agendas this paper was there but at the time of writing this post it had been ...
    1 day ago
  • Electorate Watch: West Coast-Tasman
    Continuing my series on interesting electorates, today it’s West Coast-Tasman.A long thin electorate running down the northern half of the west coast of the South Island. Think sand flies, beautiful landscapes, lots of rain, Pike River, alternative lifestylers, whitebaiting, and the spiritual home of the Labour Party. A brief word ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Big money brings Winston back
    National leader Christopher Luxon yesterday morning conceded it and last night’s Newshub poll confirmed it; Winston Peters and NZ First are not only back but highly likely to be part of the next government. It is a remarkable comeback for a party that was tossed out of Parliament in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • 20 days until Election Day, 7 until early voting begins… but what changes will we really see here?
    As this blogger, alongside many others, has already posited in another forum: we all know the National Party’s “budget” (meaning this concept of even adding up numbers properly is doing a lot of heavy, heavy lifting right now) is utter and complete bunk (read hung, drawn and quartered and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • A night out
    Everyone was asking, Are you nervous? and my response was various forms of God, yes.I've written more speeches than I can count; not much surprises me when the speaker gets to their feet and the room goes quiet.But a play? Never.YOU CAME! THANK YOU! Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • A pallid shade of Green III
    Clearly Labour's focus groups are telling it that it needs to pay more attention to climate change - because hot on the heels of their weaksauce energy efficiency pilot programme and not-great-but-better-than-nothing solar grants, they've released a full climate manifesto. Unfortunately, the core policies in it - a second Emissions ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A coalition of racism, cruelty, and chaos
    Today's big political news is that after months of wibbling, National's Chris Luxon has finally confirmed that he is willing to work with Winston Peters to become Prime Minister. Which is expected, but I guess it tells us something about which way the polls are going. Which raises the question: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • More migrant workers should help generate the tax income needed to provide benefits for job seekers
    Buzz from the Beehive Under something described as a “rebalance” of its immigration rules, the Government has adopted four of five recommendations made in an independent review released in July, The fifth, which called on the government to specify criteria for out-of-hours compliance visits similar to those used during ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Letter To Luxon.
    Some of you might know Gerard Otto (G), and his G News platform. This morning he wrote a letter to Christopher Luxon which I particularly enjoyed, and with his agreement I’m sharing it with you in this guest newsletter.If you’d like to make a contribution to support Gerard’s work you ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Alarming trend in benefit numbers
    Lindsay Mitchell writes –  While there will not be another quarterly release of benefit numbers prior to the election, limited weekly reporting continues and is showing an alarming trend. Because there is a seasonal component to benefit number fluctuations it is crucial to compare like with like. In ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Has there been external structural change?
    A close analysis of the Treasury assessment of the Medium Term in its PREFU 2023 suggests the economy may be entering a new phase.   Brian Easton writes –  Last week I explained that the forecasts in the just published Treasury Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU 2023) was ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • CRL Progress – Sep-23
    It’s been a while since we looked at the latest with the City Rail Link and there’s been some fantastic milestones recently. To start with, and most recently, CRL have released an awesome video showing a full fly-through of one of the tunnels. Come fly with us! You asked for ...
    2 days ago
  • Monday’s Chorus: Not building nearly enough
    We are heading into another period of fast population growth without matching increased home building or infrastructure investment.Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Labour and National detailed their house building and migration approaches over the weekend, with both pledging fast population growth policies without enough house building or infrastructure investment ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Game on; Hipkins comes out punching
    Labour leader Chris Hipkins yesterday took the gloves off and laid into National and its leader Christopher Luxon. For many in Labour – and particularly for some at the top of the caucus and the party — it would not have been a moment too soon. POLITIK is aware ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Tax Cut Austerity Blues.
    The leaders have had their go, they’ve told us the “what?” and the “why?” of their promises. Now it’s the turn of the would be Finance Ministers to tell us the “how?”, the “how much?”, and the “when?”A chance for those competing for the second most powerful job in the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW:  It’s the economy – and the spirit – Stupid…
    Mike Grimshaw writes – Over the past 30-odd years it’s become almost an orthodoxy to blame or invoke neoliberalism for the failures of New Zealand society. On the left the usual response goes something like, neoliberalism is the cause of everything that’s gone wrong and the answer ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 17, 2023 thru Sat, Sep 23, 2023. Story of the Week  Opinion: Let’s free ourselves from the story of economic growth A relentless focus on economic growth has ushered in ...
    3 days ago
  • The End Of The World.
    Have you been looking out of your window for signs of the apocalypse? Don’t worry, you haven’t been door knocked by a representative of the Brian Tamaki party. They’re probably a bit busy this morning spruiking salvation, or getting ready to march on our parliament, which is closed. No, I’ve ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Climate Town: The Brainwashing Of America's Children
    Climate Town is the YouTube channel of Rollie Williams and a ragtag team of climate communicators, creatives and comedians. They examine climate change in a way that doesn’t make you want to eat a cyanide pill. Get informed about the climate crisis before the weather does it for you. The latest ...
    5 days ago
  • Has There Been External Structural Change?
    A close analysis of the Treasury assessment of the Medium Term in its PREFU 2023 suggests the economy may be entering a new phase. Last week I explained that the forecasts in the just published Treasury Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU 2023) was similar to the May Budget BEFU, ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Another Labour bully
    Back in June, we learned that Kiri Allan was a Parliamentary bully. And now there's another one: Labour MP Shanan Halbert: The Labour Party was alerted to concerns about [Halbert's] alleged behaviour a year ago but because staffers wanted to remain anonymous, no formal process was undertaken [...] The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ignoring our biggest problem
    Its that time in the election season where the status quo parties are busy accusing each other of having fiscal holes in a desperate effort to appear more "responsible" (but not, you understand, by promising to tax wealth or land to give the government the revenue it needs to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A good summary of the mess that is science education in New Zealand
    JERRY COYNE writes –  If you want to see what the government of New Zealand is up to with respect to science education, you can’t do better than listening to this video/slideshow by two exponents of the “we-need-two-knowledge-systems” view. I’ve gotten a lot of scary stuff from Kiwi ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Good news on the GDP front is accompanied by news of a $5m govt boost for Supercars (but what about ...
    Buzz from the Beehive First, we were treated to the news (from Finance Minister Grant Robertson) that the economy has turned a corner and New Zealand never was in recession.  This was triggered by statistics which showed the economy expanded 0.9 per cent in the June quarter, twice as much as ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • The Scafetta Saga
    It has taken 17 months to get a comment published pointing out the obvious errors in the Scafetta (2022) paper in GRL. Back in March 2022, Nicola Scafetta published a short paper in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) purporting to show through ‘advanced’ means that ‘all models with ECS > ...
    Real ClimateBy Gavin
    5 days ago
  • Friday's Chorus: Penny wise and pound foolish
    TL;DR: In the middle of a climate emergency and in a city prone to earthquakes, Victoria University of Wellington announced yesterday it would stop teaching geophysics, geographic information science and physical geography to save $22 million a year and repay debt. Climate change damage in Aotearoa this year is already ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: Calling the big dog’s bluff
      For nearly thirty years the pundits have been telling the minor parties that they must be good little puppies and let the big dogs decide. The parties with a plurality of the votes cast must be allowed to govern – even if that means ignoring the ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The electorate swing, Labour limbo and Luxon-Hipkins two-step
     Another poll, another 27 for Labour. It was July the last time one of the reputable TV company polls had Labour's poll percentage starting with a three, so the limbo question is now being asked: how low can you go?It seems such an unlikely question because this doesn't feel like the kind ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • A Womance, and a Nomance.
    After the trench warfare of Tuesday night, when the two major parties went head to head, last night was the turn of the minor parties. Hosts Newshub termed it “the Powerbrokers' Debate”.Based on the latest polls the four parties taking part - ACT, the Greens, New Zealand First, and Te ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • When The Internet Rushes To Your Defense
    Hi,You can’t make this stuff up.People involved with Sound of Freedom, the QAnon-infused movie about anti-child trafficker Tim Ballard, are dropping like flies. I won’t ruin your day by describing it here, but Vice reports that footage has emerged of executive producer Paul Hutchinson being inappropriate with a 16-year-old trafficking ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Doubts about Robertson’s good news day
    The trading banks yesterday concluded that though GDP figures released yesterday show the economy is not in recession, it may well soon be. Nevertheless, the fact that GDP has gone up 0.8 per cent in the latest quarter and that StatsNZ revised the previous quarter’s figure to show a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • The Votes That Media Dare Not Speak Its Name
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38 2023
    Open access notables At our roots Skeptical Science is about cognition of the results of climate science research in the minds of the entire human population. Ideally we'd be perfectly communicating understanding of Earth's climate, and perfectly understood. We can only approximate that, but hopefully converging closer to perfection. With ...
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  • Failing To Hold Back The Flood: The Edgy Politics of the Twenty-First Century.
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    6 days ago
  • Pick this Chris, you get the Greens. Pick the other one you get Seymour.
    A bit of a narrative has been building that these two guys, your Chris and your Chris,  are not so very different.It's true to a point. The bread and butter timidity has been dispiriting to watch, if you have a progressive disposition. It does leave the two of them relatively ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • RICHARD PREBBLE: Who won the Leaders’ debate?
    Richard Prebble writes –  There was a knockout winner of the Leaders’ debate. Check for yourself. Recall how they looked. If you cannot remember or missed it, the debate is on TVNZ’s website. Turn off the sound and ask: “Which one looks like a Prime Minister?” ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Thursday's Chorus: GDP up an extra 33c per person per week
    Just like National when it was in government, Labour bought nominal GDP growth and momentum by pulling as hard as it could on the population lever. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTLDR: Stats NZ has reported better-than-expected GDP growth in the June quarter, thanks largely to record-high net migration of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s policy for failure
    We already know that the National Party are de facto climate change deniers who want to reverse virtually all climate change policy. So how do they think they'll cut emissions? According to their climate change spokesperson, polluting corporations will do it out of the goodness of their hearts: The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ’s  big dairy company reports a massive profit jump – but the lobby group Greenpeace doesn’...
    Dairy farmers, or at least  those who are also shareholders in the Fonterra dairy co-operative would have received  a second dose of good news this week, when the dairy giant reported a massive profit  jump. This followed news of  a better sale  at the Fonterra  GDT auction this week. Net ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • Big issues out of the mouths of giant babes
    A longtime New Zealand broadcaster and commentator is taking a theatrical turn in advance of the General Election to draw different kinds of attention to the issues New Zealanders will be voting on in October.In a pre-election event that invites audiences to consider New Zealand politics through a theatrical lens ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • That new hospital which Labour is promising – is it the same one which Sepuloni mentioned in May ...
    Our busy ministers – desperately busy trying to whip up voters’ support as their poll support sags, among other things – have added just one item of news to the government’s official website over the past 24 hours or so. It’s the news that the Government has accepted the Environment ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Queenstown was keeping rates low
    On Monday, we learned that Queenstown, one of the country's largest tourist destinations, suddenly had to boil its water to avoid cryptosporidium. Now, it looks like it will last for months. Why? The usual reason: they'd been keeping rates low: Queenstown could face months of having to boil water ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on chaotic coalitions, drinking water and useless debates
    This week’s ONE News-Verian poll had the National/ACT coalition teetering on the edge of being able to govern alone while – just as precariously – having its legislative agenda vulnerable to a potential veto by Winston Peters in the House. So close, but so perilous. During the run-up to election ...
    6 days ago
  • An ill wind
    National Leader Christopher Luxon likes to bag the way the Resource Management Act worked. Though it has been repealed and replaced by the Labour government, Luxon plans, before Christmas, to repeal the new legislation and, for the foreseeable future, revert to the old Act that he has consistently criticised. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Further Adventures with Martin the Chess Bot
    Earlier this month, I had a bit of fun with’s worst AI, the one and only Martin Bot: Well, in the past few days, I’ve achieved a trio of notable personal firsts against Martin. I thought I would record them in the morbid interests of ...
    7 days ago
  • The Inflation Reduction Act is reducing U.S. reliance on China
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Over a year later, its climate provisions remain a hot topic. The law’s proponents argue that it’s created a boom in domestic manufacturing jobs within the United States while paving ...
    7 days ago
  • Relief  for dairy farmers – and the NZ economy – as prices rise again at latest GDT auction
    New Zealand’s dairy  farmers  will  be relieved that prices rose  for the second  time this month at the latest Fonterra GDT auction. The encouraging  feature of the sale was the activity of  Chinese buyers who drove  up prices. As a result, the GDT price index rose 4.6%, helped by a 4.6% lift ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    7 days ago
  • Democracy McNuggets
    Here is a review of last night’s Democracy McNuggets debate, delivered in the style of last night's Democracy McNuggets debate.McNugget #1This format was very advantageous for the man who speaks in lazy SLAM DUNK.To hark back a few editions: The lazy SLAM DUNK doesn’t bother to make its case. It simply offers ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A Forced Pause.
    Unfortunately I will need to take a bit of time off from this blog. After months of misdiagnoses and a change in GPs, my precious son is in Starship Hospital about to have major surgery. He already has had one … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Better-than-expected BoP figures give Robertson something to bray about – but revisions helped, a...
    Buzz from the Beehive Source:  ANZ The latest balance of payments statistics – providing a broad measure of what the country earns and spends internationally – gave grist to Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s publicity mill today. The current account deficit narrowed to 7.5 per cent of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Dirty dairy corrupts our democracy
    The planning process under the RMA is meant to be one of public consultation: the council prepares a plan, and we all get to have a say on it. But it turns out that in Otago, the dirty dairying industry has been trying to rewrite the new land and water ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Calling The Big Dog’s Bluff.
    Can This Be Possible? For nearly thirty years the pundits have been telling the minor parties that they must be good little puppies and let the big dogs decide. The parties with a plurality of the votes cast must be allowed to govern – even if that means ignoring the ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: “Offsets” aren’t
    Since we began worrying about climate change, the market fundamentalists have pushed the idea of "offsets" rather than actual emissions reductions. There's just one atmosphere after all, so in theory it doesn't matter where the reductions are made, so you can just pay someone on the other side of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • GRAHAM ADAMS: Is Ardern a liability for Labour?
    Ministers are pretending the former PM has simply vanished. Graham Adams writes – Late last week, Tova O’Brien asked Grant Robertson on her Stuff podcast if Jacinda Ardern should be “rolled out” to “galvanise the base” to help save Labour’s faltering campaign. Robertson laughed. ”I’m sure for ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago

  • Te Whānau a Apanui and the Crown initial Deed of Settlement I Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me...
    Māori: Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna te Whakaaetanga Whakataunga Kua waitohua e Te Whānau a Apanui me te Karauna i tētahi Whakaaetanga Whakataunga hei whakamihi i ō rātou tāhuhu kerēme Tiriti o Waitangi. E tekau mā rua ngā hapū o roto mai o Te Whānau ...
    1 day ago
  • Plan for 3,000 more public homes by 2025 – regions set to benefit
    Regions around the country will get significant boosts of public housing in the next two years, as outlined in the latest public housing plan update, released by the Housing Minister, Dr Megan Woods. “We’re delivering the most public homes each year since the Nash government of the 1950s with one ...
    3 days ago
  • Immigration settings updates
    Judicial warrant process for out-of-hours compliance visits 2023/24 Recognised Seasonal Employer cap increased by 500 Additional roles for Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement More roles added to Green List Three-month extension for onshore Recovery Visa holders The Government has confirmed a number of updates to immigration settings as part of ...
    4 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Tā Patrick (Patu) Wahanga Hohepa
    Tangi ngunguru ana ngā tai ki te wahapū o Hokianga Whakapau Karakia. Tārehu ana ngā pae maunga ki Te Puna o te Ao Marama. Korihi tangi ana ngā manu, kua hinga he kauri nui ki te Wao Nui o Tāne. He Toa. He Pou. He Ahorangi. E papaki tū ana ...
    5 days ago
  • Renewable energy fund to support community resilience
    40 solar energy systems on community buildings in regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events Virtual capability-building hub to support community organisations get projects off the ground Boost for community-level renewable energy projects across the country At least 40 community buildings used to support the emergency response ...
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 funding returned to Government
    The lifting of COVID-19 isolation and mask mandates in August has resulted in a return of almost $50m in savings and recovered contingencies, Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Following the revocation of mandates and isolation, specialised COVID-19 telehealth and alternative isolation accommodation are among the operational elements ...
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of District Court Judge
    Susie Houghton of Auckland has been appointed as a new District Court Judge, to serve on the Family Court, Attorney-General David Parker said today.  Judge Houghton has acted as a lawyer for child for more than 20 years. She has acted on matters relating to the Hague Convention, an international ...
    5 days ago
  • Government invests further in Central Hawke’s Bay resilience
    The Government has today confirmed $2.5 million to fund a replace and upgrade a stopbank to protect the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant. “As a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, the original stopbank protecting the Waipawa Drinking Water Treatment Plant was destroyed. The plant was operational within 6 weeks of the ...
    6 days ago
  • Govt boost for Hawke’s Bay cyclone waste clean-up
    Another $2.1 million to boost capacity to deal with waste left in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake. Funds for Hastings District Council, Phoenix Contracting and Hog Fuel NZ to increase local waste-processing infrastructure. The Government is beefing up Hawke’s Bay’s Cyclone Gabrielle clean-up capacity with more support dealing with the massive amount ...
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  • Taupō Supercars revs up with Government support
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