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Paul Henry: Gone

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, October 10th, 2010 - 116 comments
Categories: accountability, boycott, Ethics, Media, tv - Tags: ,

TVNZ have announced the resignation of Paul Henry.

John Key’s going to have a LOT of angry rednecks on his case over this one. First Andy Haden, now Paul Henry. And then of course there are all the civilized people already on Key’s back about his gutless failure to protest Henry’s racism in the first place.

116 comments on “Paul Henry: Gone”

    • katie 1.1

      On this note, does anyone else find it astonishing how many Paul Henry supporters like to bring out the old “Freedom of speech” argument whilst seemingly having not even the most basic understanding of the concept?
      As I know it, Freedom of Speech gives people the right to talk whatever bullshit they want…..but it also means they have to accept responsibility and potential condemnation for that bullshit, as well as be mindful of of the “harm principle” and “offense principle”.
      I found this quote regarding freedom of speech on an American website and I think it kinda sums up the situation Henry found himself in:
      “Lastly, responsibility of speech requires those espousing unpopular ideas provide supporting reasoning for their ideas lest the person be labeled unreasonably radical and be held in contempt by a moderate society. Such labeling means these people will not be respected or considered for certain jobs, duties, or responsibilities. Speak freely but speak responsibly.”

  1. Jimbo 2

    Whoopee bring on more – Oliver Driver and co. I can guarantee that is just what the people want to see.

  2. gobsmacked 3

    But .. but .. this is not possible. Protests achieve nothing!

    Does not compute … does not compute …

    RWNJ head explosion, stand clear!

    • Kevin Welsh 3.1

      I expect Redbaiter to pop a vein over this 🙂

      • gobsmacked 3.1.1

        Yes, the veins are popping already …

        “Time to boycott TVNZ breakfast television and ALL of their advertisers.”

        (our old friend Big Bruv, on Kiwiblog)

        Hang on, I thought these boycotty protesty things were a waste of time!

        • the sprout 3.1.1.1

          😆 in their case they will be

        • felix 3.1.1.2

          It’s only a waste of time if you’re doing it to get less racism on the telly. Silly goose.

          • comedy 3.1.1.2.1

            Some of the best comedies are packed with racism………. just sayin

            • gobsmacked 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Such as?

              Note: lampooning racism, and attitudes to it, is not racism.

              • comedy

                Faulty Towers, Blackadder, All in the family, Monty Python, Kumars at No 42 etc etc etc

                One persons comedy is another persons racism….. ps Henry clearly went way over the line for a breakfast show.

                • gobsmacked

                  I put in the Note, and you ignored it. I’ll make it easier:

                  1. Racist.

                  2. About racism.

                  Different.

                  • IrishBill

                    To be fair Faulty Towers was a bit racist at times. But it was also written in the 70s.

                    • yep, it’s all about context

                    • Puddleglum

                      It’s ‘Fawlty Towers’.

                      Also, no it wasn’t “racist at times” – the only person who thought Manuel was a Spanish ‘dago’ was Basil, who was the butt of the entire show’s humour. If you want John Cleese’s take on racism see this. I think it falls into gobsmacked’s category 2.

                    • felix

                      I think Fawlty Towers goes both ways.

                      Yes, Basil the racist is the butt of the jokes, but there were also plenty of racist viewers laughing with Basil at Manuel.

                    • comedy

                      I must be a horrid racist/bigot as I just laugh if I find it funny.

                    • felix

                      com, that in itself is not what makes you a horrid racist/bigot. It’s what you find funny.

                  • QoT

                    But isn’t that always the pitfall of satire, felix? Like the bizarre American neocons who think Stephen Colbert is actually on their side.

  3. The Voice of Reason 4

    What a weekend! The Lenslide was good enough on its own, but add to that bye bye Banksie, Laws left knackered and Henry gone, this has got to be the best couple of days for the left in 18 months. Go on John, call a snap election, I dare you!

  4. illuminatedtiger 5

    Good!

  5. happynz 7

    The Breakfast Show was in need of a revamp anyway. Getting rid of Paul Henry is a good start.

  6. They didnt get rid of him, he resigned. I wonder how people will feel when the right starts a protest against left wing tv people like willie jackson who make racist comments.

    • Kevin Welsh 8.1

      So what’s stopping you?

    • illuminatedtiger 8.2

      I wouldn’t consider Willie Jackson to be “left”. And how is this a “left” versus “right” issue anyway?

      • jbanks 8.2.1

        They didnt get rid of him, he resigned.

        You’re wasting your breath here. Some of these fools seriously believe they were responsible for his resignation rather than the diplomatic uproar. Delusional . . . yes, but do you expect anything else?

        • Pascal's bookie 8.2.1.1

          Would that be delusional fools like this guy:

          jbanks 6.2.1.1
          9 October 2010 at 11:18 am
          You still don’t get the real reason why this has become a big deal in India. Idiots like you are making such a big deal of jumping up and down, seeking a response out of all proportion to the offending, that the media has seized on this overblown reaction and it keeps the story in the headlines for longer than it is worth being there. Do you understand this? The bleaters are fueling the media fire. Instead of letting the disciplinary action run it’s course, the bleaters are keeping it in the headlines. The strategy of the idiots has been to keep bleating about it until something happens. Well, something has happened alright – the whole bloody thing has gotten out of control and it’s caught the eye of India and now they’re fucked off.

          • Michael Foxglove 8.2.1.1.1

            That’s one of the sweetest burns I’ve seen in a while.

            • outofbed 8.2.1.1.1.1

              pwned

              [lprent: You’ve been warned before about this phrase (and the attitude it encapsulates). Take two days off to contemplate why one should listen to the moderators and why this is something we don’t like because it starts flamewars. ]

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Indian diplomats in NZ have had a tonne of phone calls, emails and letters from NZ Indians over the last few days, fueling the ‘diplomatic uproar’.

          Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.

          • nzfp 8.2.1.2.2

            Not just New Zealand Indians mate 😉 try New Zealand Maori 😉 as well as other Real and Unreal New Zealanders!!!

            Captcha: goes … and there goes Henry … 😀

          • William Joyce 8.2.1.2.3

            “Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.”
            Are you serious? Delusions of granduer?
            How was this a success for “mass action” – given a couple of weeks of news-cycles and this would over and PH would back ‘ont tellie.
            Paul pulled the pin too early.
            How was PH fundamental to the “Righty agenda”? – don’t kid yourself – the evil persists and doesn’t host a tv show!

            • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2.3.1

              Well, winning a war consists of winning lots of smaller actions, yeah?

              “Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.”
              Are you serious? Delusions of granduer?
              How was this a success for “mass action”

              In that case maybe I was talking about the Super-Shitty elections 😛

    • gobsmacked 8.3

      They didnt get rid of him, he resigned

      Girlfriends never dumped me, I just “needed some personal space”.

  7. M 9

    Hallelujah brother!

    The goofy picture of Henry a la Austin Powers is the icing on the cake.

    I’m smiling so much I’ve got fish hooks in my cheeks 🙂

  8. kriswgtn 10

    So wonder wot seat the fuktard will have the nerve to stand for??? North Shore? LOL representing the orange county electorate

  9. PC Brigadier 11

    “This resignation is a result of PC gone mad”

    Oh no it’s not. It’s because Paul Henry is a racist bigot and he was leaned on by his boss due to the reaction of decent people.

    Redneck NZ will go nuts over this. Fill your boots. It will be hot air.
    I think NZ moved a step closer to tolerance and acceptance today. Maybe.

  10. Tigger 12

    This isn’t about Henry. This is about TVNZ encouraging him to do what he did and Key for failing to take him on about it (a week later and he’s still not nailed the comments as racist). How neat for both TVNZ and Key that Henry has taken sizeable heat by falling on his sword. Doesn’t change their appalling behaviour.

    • QoT 12.1

      Hell yes on this. Obvious Rick Ellis subtext: “I am sorry that I will no longer be able to quietly approve this douchebag’s bigotry which has been so successful in getting TVNZ ratings and attention”.

  11. Brett 13

    Henry will be back in six months.
    Having him resign allows for that option.

    • William Joyce 13.1

      Absolutely. His resignation means nothing and acheives little. It just gives a boost to those who feel emascualted and in need of a little feeling of power.
      Most of India couldn’t give a dik or shit about PH and this does not change their lives one jot.
      And tomorrow we’ll all be bitching about the next person who has offended our sense of what’s right (no matter how trivial the offence!).

      • mcflock 13.1.1

        It means at least six months without that pillock on state tv.

        A small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

  12. Sookie 14

    Oh, how sweet it is. Resigning before one gets the boot is standard, face saving practice. Now he will be able to set up shop on Newstalk ZB or Radio Live and all his devoted redneck minions can enjoy him there. He can go nuts, no need to hold his tongue on Twat Radio. I don’t have any objection to racist/sexist/homophobic/far right dickheads, I just don’t think they ought to be pushing their agenda on breakfast telly. Certainly not on a state funded broadcaster.

    On a personal note, my hubby is a South African who often has people coming up to him and saying in polite conversation, ‘Saffa eh? You guys are like, really racist!!’ Like me, he has been flabbergasted at the support for Henry among the salt of the earth. Now perhaps he can turn around and politely name said people complete hypocrites. Nice one NZ, even a Boer thinks you’re beyond the pale, so to speak 🙂

    • felix 14.1

      Good on him, but he’s still got the poisoning to answer for 😉

      • nzfp 14.1.1

        hah hah hah hah hah … Yeah Invictus was a GREAT film right up to the end 😉

        Naaah, good on the Saffa’s!

        One simple question – which one of the SANZAR partners supported New Zealand’s bid for the 2011 Rugby World Cup after they lost their own bid – and which one supported the big money in Japan?

        Like I said, good on the Saffa’s!

    • A Nonny Moose 14.2

      “I don’t have any objection to racist/sexist/homophobic/far right dickheads”

      Whereas I do, because they hurt a lot of people and keep them oppressed.

      I’d like to think jerks like Henry won’t get another job any time soon, but I’m expecting a double header with Lhaws, if the studio can hold their egos together.

  13. This sets a dangerous precendent. Heaven help the next tv person who says something someone deosnt like.

    Then again I think if India didnt complain, then Henry would probably still have a job.

    • outofbed 15.1

      It wasn’t “someone didn’t like” it was fucking thousands of “someones”

      • felix 15.1.1

        Millions actually, but who’s counting?

        • William Joyce 15.1.1.1

          BShit! You only think it’s millions because that rectangular “window on the world” told you so. Don’t be sucked in. The level of outrage is over represented and is nurtured every time some microphone is stuck under someone’s nose.
          What is going on outside the frame of the lens? Just because the people behind Mike McRoberts are rioting (in front of the cameras) doesn’t mean all Lahore is rioting.

          • felix 15.1.1.1.1

            There are well over a billion people in India, William.

            Even just one percent of them is well over 11 million. I don’t think “millions” is a controversial statement at all.

            p.s. that’s not even counting Indian people who don’t live in India, or the people who aren’t Indian at all but found it offensive regardless.

            • William Joyce 15.1.1.1.1.1

              In that case, good on PH.
              If you’re going to get knee deep in de shit you might as well go large.
              To have pissed of so many people – now that’s somehing to tell the grandkids!

    • felix 15.2

      Yeah. You can totes blame India for this, for rizzle.

    • the sprout 15.3

      This sets a dangerous precendent. Heaven help the next tv person who says something someone deosnt [sic] like

      Oh don’t fret Sean, they should be ok as long as they don’t make several dozen highly bigoted and offensive outbursts on a state broadcaster.

    • nzfp 15.4

      Hey Sean,

      Then again I think if India didnt complain, then Henry would probably still have a job.

      I agree (whakaae) with you. This is an example of power. When Henry is – sorry WAS being a racist bastard to Māori and other racial and socio-economic groups without power – Henry was given free reign.

      However, Henry’s behaviour to an Indian Government minister is an example of hubris. For too long he got away with racism and bigotry – until he bit a much bigger fish. A fish backed by 1.3 Billion people with a free trade deal the NAct party are chomping at the bit to claim.

      While I am pleased that the racist bigot is gone – I am sad that it took another nation’s government to catalyse the event.

      Captcha: ENCOURAGING – which it is – nonetheless.

      • William Joyce 15.4.1

        Jonkey says he thinks the resignation bring closure to this matter. Doesn’t he wish!?! God forbid that he should have to commit himself to taking a position. On with the FTrade deal and then maybe we can all get some sleep 🙂

        • nzfp 15.4.1.1

          Oh hey bro,
          Let me be clear – I am absolutely against Free Trade. Free Trade simply means free to plunder, free to buy up what ever resources you like, free to sell the country for pennies on the dollar.

          I think maybe you are confusing Free Trade with Fair Trade?

          • William Joyce 15.4.1.1.1

            Sorry, poor attempt at sarcasm. I was being sarcastic about Jonkey and his ilk thinking FTA’s are what make the world a better place to be.

            Should read with “”‘s.
            Eg. “On with the FTrade deal and then maybe we can all get some sleep” 😉

  14. henry olongo 16

    It’s niiiiice!!!!!!

  15. nzfp 17

    He tino rawe te pūrongo!!!
    That is great news!

    • hateatea 17.1

      Pono. He karere tino reka – ka wehe atu ia.
      Good news indeed to hear he is going for good

  16. Draco T Bastard 18

    Now all they need to do is replace him with a credible interviewer who will actually hold politicians to account.

    • hateatea 18.1

      The ultimate irony – because I was boycotting TVNZ I didn’t know until I had time to clear my emails!!

      This totally vindicates the use of legitimate, peaceful protest. Big ups to all those who emailed TVNZ, the advertisers, MP’s, blogged, wrote to newspapers, telephoned talkback and protested outside TVNZ. You have sent a message that MOST New Zealanders do not think like Paul Henry though undoubtedly many do. Now, perhaps they can find someone pleasant and personable to share the couch with Pippa and whoever replaces her when she is on parental leave. It is to be hoped that whoever that person may be, they have intelligence and compassion, sense and sensitivity.

      captcha: err (That is what PH and Laws do so well)

      • Vicky32 18.1.1

        I was in Welly at the time, and the news was all over the paper! Seeing PH’s grinning simian face on the billboards as I walked past the dairy was so sweet!
        Deb

    • Herodotus 18.2

      DTB we only have one who can do this and has the skill to bring in an audience, he cannot do ZB breakfast, part time close up (should be full time IMO) next you will be wanting MH to head Q&A as well as breakfast. Poor Kate with that workload.
      How can the front person change a culture when the core is rotten? Sure PH may have gone (read monkey) yet the grinders are still all there. I would love to know what instructions PH got from his producers and TVNZ regarding his previous behaviour and if they gave him the impression that he was untouchable, as they should follow.
      re Q&A still think this should be replaced by The Sunday News Roast (Alt TV alas the sad death of this station 🙁 ) educational, informative, entertaining and unbalanced.

  17. THE MOUCH 19

    The moustached women of NZ will be dancing in the streets tonight.

  18. Mac1 20

    Now then, Draco T, hope springs eternal and all that, but steady on.

    Next we’ll have a proper calling to account of this government from the MSM in general. Did I mention general as in election?

  19. Gotham 21

    This is the best news since Len won Auckland (yesterday).

    Still, it doesn’t answer my original curiosity on the matter – wtf are all those people watching tv for at 6am????

    A moral victory for RNZ, in my opinion….

  20. Colonial Viper 22

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4217179/Paul-Henry-resigns

    Prime Minister John Key says Paul Henry’s resignation has brought “closure”.

    “This episode has been sad and regrettable,” he said through a spokeswoman.

    “Mr Henry’s resignation brings closure to the matter and we should now put it behind us,” he said.

    • rosy 22.1

      … and then JK wiped the sweat from his brow and said ‘phew that was close’ and got the strategists to work on the national seat for PH that was agreed on in the phoncall earlier in the day 😉

    • gobsmacked 22.2

      “Greater love hath no man, that he lay down his friends for his life”.

      Now, let’s get the questions in to Broadcasting Minister Coleman.

      “Did the Minister, or somebody on his behalf, speak to TVNZ executives about Paul Henry, between October 4 and 10?”

      • QoT 22.2.1

        Unfortunately one can only expect Coleman to be briefed to bring up that whole “just Paul being Paul” piece of utterly baffling fail from Goff.

        • come get some 22.2.1.1

          Goff hadnt heard the statement when he was first questioned on it, and probably had no fucking idea what the interviewer was on about. He probably should have said that, instead of trying to wing it. Idiot

        • toad 22.2.1.2

          Coleman has been strangely silent throught the whole affair, leaving Steven Joyce to front the Government’s (weak) criticism of Henry. Strange?

    • the sprout 22.3

      Paul Henry’s resignation has brought “closure”

      oh yeah, i’m sure Key’s desperate to believe that 😆

      • Colonial Viper 22.3.1

        You know, that’s exactly what I thought. *PM shakes bottle*. Hmmmm…the genie doesn’t appear to be in there anymore!!! 😯

      • come get some 22.3.2

        unfortunately, the media are going to listen to him

    • Huang Y.G. 22.4

      When I first read that bit, something didn’t sound right.
      Doesn’t convey like it is truly heartfelt.
      Sounded like there was a hint of rushed insincerity.

  21. nzfp 23

    You know,
    I kinda like the idea of being described as an “Unreal” New Zealander … heh heh “unreal” used to be a colloquialism from my childhood for “awesome” or “cool” or “choice”.

    Captcha: distinct – kinda the way “Unreal” makes me feel

    Cheers Paul Henry, have one on me (NOT) while you’re looking for another job and wondering if the 90 day trial period will mean that you get fired for nothing on the 89th day… (I know I’ve said this joke before but I love it).

  22. William Joyce 24

    All this “good news” and and yet no The Daily Show or Colbert Report *sniff*

  23. Rodel 25

    I like to watch the TV news in the morning.
    I’m pleased that I no longer have to put up with Henry’s silliness.
    He could probably get a job with Fux news?

  24. Gotham 26

    I have a little different take on the matter:

    I think Henry resigned as a middle finger to TVNZ for having suspended him. I BET he has had talks with the execs and PR spinners in which they told him directly along the lines of ‘you have to be yourself to the limit, don’t self-censor, don’t hold back, you have an enormous following in NZ and people love what you say…’. He was just doing what he was given licence (encouragement, even) to do.

    And so he must have been pretty pissed when they suddenly cut his paycheque for a fortnight, for doing exactly what he was told. So he decided to screw them back – he is probably pretty confident he can go on earning the same doing something else.

    I don’t think TVNZ were EVER intending on firing him.

    • QoT 26.1

      I think that’s a pretty good theory, Gotham, and it really just pisses me off that TVNZ are trying to play this as somehow being unexpected, unpredictable behaviour from the fuckwit which crossed some line that was totally drawn very clearly and had never been crossed before. Except for all those other times.

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      Yeah, the scope has to train on to the sick management culture at the senior levels of TVNZ.

  25. rohan 27

    i love henry’s presumption “I will be apologising in person to the Governor-General”. The g-g has a very busy schedule, as you would expect of a representative of our head-of-state. does henry think he has time to talk to every unemployed citizen, especially one who has publicly defamed, insulted and called into question his identity?

  26. nice bit of satire from ideologically impure…

    Pippa Wetzell resigns in tears, contrite for not doing enough to save Paul

    http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/pippa-wetzell-resigns-from-tvnz/

  27. come get some 29

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Henry-start-your-own-show/164114190281857

    Will be interesting to see how fast this climbs, and the ethnicity make up

  28. William Joyce 30

    OMG – you know you’re really on the wrong side of an issue when the intelligence vacuum and former brain cell known as Keith Locke agrees with you.

    “Green Party MP Keith Locke tonight also welcomed Henry’s resignation.”
    (Unless he said he “Welcomed the green tea preparation”)

    It makes you want to revisit your reasoning when someone with the intellectual strengh of talc agrees with you.I’ll have to assume it was a fluke, statistical anomily or that someone told him to say it. Other wise I will not sleep tonight in fear the strings in the universe have snappped or some pissed-off butterfly in India flapped it’s wings and caused a vaccuous poilition in NZ to speak sense.

  29. richard Bartlett 31

    Let us understand what is really happening here. New Zealand loses more than 20% of its
    movers and shakers every year. Henry, Laws, Tamahere, Jackson et al would be living their
    lives in a well deserved obscurity had that not been the case.
    This is all the fault of this so-called New Zealand being a not that good idea in the first place.

  30. Gotham 32

    And it looks like Prendergast is out of Wellington!! The news just keeps getting better and better!!

  31. graham 33

    Takeing the standard as my insperation henceforth i will add new clauses to my staff employment contracts
    and racist talks they will be fired (the working class are all bigots)
    any membership of a polictal party i dont like no matter how long ago i will sack them
    and the advantage with the 90 day fire at will law i and going to hire and fire to my hearts content
    i wonder if i can set a record for the most sackings in a month that will be fun

    • The Voice of Reason 33.1

      Hmmm, I suppose you can fire at will, Graham, but you really shouldn’t have fired the guy who proofs your public statements. It leaves you looking like an inarticulate twit.

    • Marty G 33.2

      If an employee’s actions constitute gross misconduct, you have the right to fire them. But be careful, gross misconduct for a TV presenter may not be gross misconduct for a lathe worker and vice versa.

      And Henry resigned.

      And only a fool wants to fire as many employees as possible because of the cost of replacing them. If you’re a fool, good luck to you and enjoy the court cases, but I suspect you’re just talking shit.

    • Vicky32 33.3

      “and racist talks they will be fired (the working class are all bigots)”
      Even if we are bigots, which is not true, at least we can spell!
      Deb

  32. Fraz 34

    Cool and I think they should ban fat people from being on the Breakfast programme because they set a bad example to the nation’s health! Where do you stop? The problem is that Henry was forced out by a vociferous minority and a hate campaign led by the NZ Herald. They also got nearly 30 people to protest outside TVNZ studios asking for him to be sacked – obviously by people who don’t have jobs!

    sprout: I guess you should ask John Key how he let this happen, or do you really think it was all the work of a ‘vociferous minority’ 😆
    If Key caved to a ‘vociferous minority’, what does that say about him as your PM?

  33. Alex 35

    Nice, measured discussion about this on Radio NZ just now.

    If you excuse PH for making those kind of remarks, by considering him a comedian, that is tricky. As people here are pointing to, good (and bad) comedy is often crass and flirting with ‘offensive’. Some of the best stuff Peter Cook and Dudley Moore did over 30 years ago you still couldn’t play on the radio now. People who like comedy often refer to their genius.

    I do tend to think of PH as a comedian. If I switch over to Breakfast, he is most natural when giggling, poking, doing his naughty boy schtick, which he does really well. When he’s doing deadpan, he seems to be bored and faking it. Many people of course won’t enjoy his humour, comedy is like that. Force me to listen to Mike King or Radar for longer than a minute and I’ll suffer an aneurism.

    Putting aside any notion that Breakfast is any kind of serious broadcasting (it’s fluff and chitchat and tail, the world over), it seems sad to believe that PH shouldn’t be on ‘our state broadcaster’ because he isn’t serious enough. The glamour and pathos and shallow analysis of TVNZ news is like most TV network news, it sets the bar very low. Any injection of … anything different, to me, is welcome. I hate to think that things like mischievousness and irreverence are being shut down, and then we can assume that all is well.

    He made a lame joke/rude suggestion, he should be told that it sucked (firstly by the PM sitting beside him!), and he should have fixed it, or have been asked to fix it, and they could have moved on. The response to the diplomatic situation with India seems cynical to me – clearly people in India would be wanting to deflect negative attention at the moment, particularly from countries who were outspoken recently about the commonwealth games.

    • The Voice of Reason 35.1

      Funny you should mention Cookie. The magazine he used to own, Private Eye, reproduces a clipping on page 20 of the current issue (1272) that features Sheila Dikshit with a humorous comment beneath that suggests the editor thought the name was a misprint. That would appear to be a genuine error, not a racist joke. Henry, on the other hand, is a racist joke. And it always going to be worth remembering that Key laughed along. Racist humour is, almost by definition, right wing.

      I can’t think of any Peter Cook sketches that would not be suitable for broadcast today, except for the excessive swearing that was such a refreshing feature of Derek and Clive. Certainly, there was some appallingly racist comedy on British TV right through till the ‘right on’ comics of the eighties made the likes of Bernard Manning look like the antiquated relics they were. Since then, it’s been all very post modern and ironic. The occasional comic does blow it big time, such as Michael Richards and Billy Connelly recently, but the likes of Cook and Cleese were classic liberals at a time when conservatism was the enemy. Cleese wasn’t Fawlty, Warren Mitchell wasn’t Alf Garnett. Both were taking the piss out of those middle class ‘little englanders’ that Thatcher so successfully represented in the eighties.

      So, if Breakfast needs a comedic presence, then in a post modern, ironic way, can I suggest Henry be replaced immediately by Mr Jeremy Wells. What could be more agreeable?

  34. Alex 36

    Interesting about the mag. This might not be the point anyway, but Cook and Moore also had songs (not TV) like ‘I’m a stupid n****r’, the one about the ‘stupid Dutch bitch’, and ‘Jump you f***er’ about someone who jumps from a window to escape a fire, to find he’s been tricked, so he falls and breaks his neck, and the song ends “We are miserable sinners, filthy f***ers”. Would be really interesting on a breakfast TV show, but I can’t see it.

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  • The Message From Messenger Park.
    Coasters Turn Out In Droves: It’s precisely the widening gulf between those with actual experience of things like guns, chainsaws and drilling machines, and those who regulate their use, that accounts for the angry crowd at Greymouth’s Messenger Park on Sunday, 17 November 2019. In the rarefied atmosphere where decisions ...
    1 day ago
  • JFK’s assassination: a bit of physics
    There are perennial arguments about the circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and in particular whether more than one shooter is required by the evidence (such as the Zapruder film). Those who know little about physics frequently claim that the sharp backwards motion of JFK’s head as ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 day ago
  • Is car washing so bad we need to ban it?
    Apparently, some people enjoy washing their cars. Each to his or her own, I suppose. I mean, some people like duck shooting, some people follow Coronation Street, and some people’s idea of a good day out is to sit on a grass bank at Seddon Park and watch cricket all ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • If Shane Jones isn’t corrupt, he is trying very hard to look it
    Last week we learned that New Zealand First had apparently tried to enrich itself from public office, with a dodgy forestry company linked to a number of NZ First figures sticking its hand out repeatedly for government money. Today in Question Time Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones had his ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need to end fossil fuels
    Finally, governments seem slowly to be beginning to act on climate change. But its not enough. While they're publicly signing up to targets, they're planning to destroy the world by continuing fossil fuel extraction:The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • As bad as we expected
    Stuff has begun interviewing NZ First's secret donors, and it turns out that its as bad as we expected. They start with racing industry figure Garry Chittick, who is predictably grumpy about NZ First's coalition choices. Meanwhile, I'm looking at the list of pork NZ First has effectively given its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    2 days ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    4 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    5 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    6 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 weeks ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Tackling child poverty
    It's been a great week of progress: we've celebrated Children's Day, we've made communities safer with 1800 new police, and we've seen almost 90% of eligible schools take up Government funding to scrap school donations - taking pressure off the families of more than 416,000 students. ...
    18 hours ago
  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    21 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    2 days ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    4 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    4 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    4 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
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