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Paul Henry must go

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, May 6th, 2008 - 53 comments
Categories: Media, spin - Tags: ,

This morning’s performace on breakfast TV by Paul Henry was a disgrace. His complete lack of objectivity on the rail and ferry buy-back was even more biased and partisan than we have come to expect from him. Despite Guyon Espiner’s best efforts to provide some objective analysis of the government’s decision, Henry simply shouted about the government being idiots who can’t be trusted, and then proceeded to turn the show into the shambles it so often becomes.

This is election year, and there are obligations on all media to provide balanced coverage of issues. Henry is quite simply not capable of this. It is interesting to note that the biography of Henry on the TVNZ website neglects to mention his failed run as the National Party candidate in Wairarapa in 1999.

He is obviously entitled to his opinion, but he has a number of options for exercising that. He could have another go at running for the Nats, or he could be a political commentator ( al la Hooton, Trotter et al), but what he can not continue to be is any kind of objective journalist or presenter.

53 comments on “Paul Henry must go”

  1. big bruv 1

    Let me get this right…so Trotter is OK, Campbell is OK, Comrade Espiner is fine, Mcarten is fine but Henry is not?

    You guys are a joke, is it really your intention to control all media in NZ?, this is the type of thinking that gave birth to the EFA, silence all those who dare speak out against dear corrupt leader.

  2. Why don’t non-National MPs on the show, keep pointing out his failed National candidacy when they are on the show, as Winston so brilliantly did a few months ago? Completely neuters him.

  3. vto 3

    good point big bruv.

    But I gotta agree that Henry is a bloody dill sometimes. Makes a fool of himself.

  4. Tane 4

    I find Henry quite frequently lets his National Party bias get in the way of his journalism.

    Others may remember recently when he interviewed Maryan Street about state housing he barracked her like an opposition politician. When she quite reasonably pointed out in answer to a question that Labour was rebuilding stock sold off by National in the 90s he screamed at her “Don’t you bring the last National government into this!” or words to that effect. The man is a disgrace.

  5. higherstandard 5

    He is a twat but the show is just fluff.

    Got to admit he hit it on the head with Jonathon Hunt as the “Fat Controller”

    Failing that Gerry Brownlee would be a good back up.

  6. rjs131 6

    What about his comments on Friday suggesting that Judith tizard didnt work constantly and relentlessly from 7am to midnight each day, everyday 365 days of the year? I thought his implied allegations that she is useless and lazy were disgraceful and so far from teh truth they werent funny

  7. Aj 7

    “Got to admit he hit it on the head with Jonathon Hunt as the “Fat Controller’

    He stole that from Campbell Live last night . . nothing original in the man

  8. Santi 8

    C’mon guys don’t be soft on Henry. Surely, you can invoke some obscure clause in the EFA and get him fired from TVNZ.

  9. higherstandard 9

    Rjs

    Implying that Judith Tizzard is useless and lazy . Yes an outrageous suggestion.

  10. Tane 10

    Surely, you can invoke some obscure clause in the EFA and get him fired from TVNZ.

    Last time I checked the only people to have invoked the EFA to try and suppress free speech were the National Party.

  11. Unbelievable, the only Journo at TVNZ who doesn’t toe the Labour party line and you guys want him fired.

  12. ghostwhowalks 12

    Radio Live in a news report ( the same station that Henry moonlights at) indroduced a voice item from Prebble as a ‘ former labour cabinet minister’
    Surely to be accurate they could have said ‘former ACT leader’, and mentioned as a sideline he camapigned as a Labour cabinet minister to save rail but reneged on what he said then.

  13. IrishBill 13

    I don’t want him fired! He is an unending cause of great hilarity and entertainment for me.

  14. Phil 15

    Wow, it took a whole 14 comments before Hoolian mentioned the “D-Word”

    Are we right wingers starting to slip or something?

  15. Hoolian 16

    I tried to get in quicker but my fingers just couldn’t type fast enough.

  16. uroskin 17

    Mr Henry’s ranting and raving – especially against lesbians like Ms Street – obviously stems from his humiliating defeat by Ms Beyer in the Wairarapa electorate. The man is a walking advert for psychoanalysis.

  17. Matthew Pilott 18

    Phil – quite the opposite – I thought there might be a bit more intelligent comment coming through. Hoolian to the ‘rescue’ eh?

  18. gobsmacked 19

    A talkback host, or a professional journalist?

    Chalk, cheese.

    If Paul Henry wants to be a shock-jock, he can do it on Radio Live. Or he can rant on blogs. But he is supposed to be TVNZ’s answer to a Dimbleby or a Cronkite. It’s not about politics, it’s about basic standards. He doesn’t measure up.

    The depressing thing is, we are so starved of professional, high-quality current affairs broadcasting in NZ, we forget how third-rate Paul Henry is. He simply wouldn’t get this plum TV job in any other English-speaking country. They’d laugh him out the door.

    We hear about the importance of “excellence” in areas like sport and business – and yet we settle for mediocrity in broadcasting. We have ego instead of insight or depth, and it’s a national embarrassment.

  19. Paul Henry should go back to talkback radio – at least over there most of the callers and presenters would be in ideological sympathy with him.
    Or better yet, he can become a guest blogger on Kiwiblog.

  20. higherstandard 21

    He simply wouldn’t get this plum TV job in any other English-speaking country.

    Couldn’t agree more unfortunately it’s not just in the broadcasting arena that we’re struggling – management and the civil service in NZ is in similar strife and one looks at parliament and wonders if some of them would even get jobs as inmates in an asylum at times.

  21. rjs131 22

    I guess if TVNZ hadnt made 160 people redundant last year then there might be some more people to replace him with…I guess they could always bring back Brian Edwards

  22. Higherstandard 23

    Anything but Brian Edwards please anything but that.

  23. big bruv 24

    What on earth would be wrong with Perigo?

    Personally I think that TVNZ should bring in a totally independent jounro (one of the many excellent independent BBC journo would be my choice) to facilitate this years leadership debates, there is not one Kiwi who is brave enough to make sure that Clark actually answers the questions put to her by the journo’s or the public.

    The other reason we need an independent journo is that our media has a sickening left wing bias.

  24. Bearhunter 25

    “The depressing thing is, we are so starved of professional, high-quality current affairs broadcasting in NZ, we forget how third-rate Paul Henry is. He simply wouldn’t get this plum TV job in any other English-speaking country. They’d laugh him out the door.”

    true enough. But by the same token government ministers wouldn’t get such an easy ride on TV in any other english-speaking country either. Paxman, Day, Frost, or Brian O’Farrell would have them gutted, filletted and lying on a slab inside a minute.

  25. big bruv 26

    Oh yes, how wonderful it would be to see Paxman carve Clark to pieces and can you just imagine what Paxman would do with Peters!.

  26. Bearhunter 27

    I would dearly love to see a genuine political interview with a genuine interviewer crossing swords with a genuine politician. Sod all chance of that down here though.

  27. big bruv 28

    Bear

    Then the only way you are ever going to see that happen is if you blindside the sods, do not tell them the length of the interview and do not tell them that there are not going to be breaks for advertisements.

    The reason the BBC can and do “fry” politicians that are being less than truthful is because the politicians cannot play the usual game of stalling until the next ad break or waffle as they know the segment allocated for the interview will soon be over.

    I would love to see Winston and Clark put under the blowtorch by a real journalist, given that we will never see a Paxman or Day here then the best option might be somebody like Fran or Perigo.

    [how about this interview of Clark on Hardtalk? SP]

  28. big bruv 29

    I did say “independent” journo not some hand picked pinko asking soft questions.

  29. Felix 30

    When did Paul Henry become a “journalist”? I missed that memo, sorry.

  30. illuminatedtiger 31

    Glad I’m not the only person with a problem here. It was absolutely disgusting!

  31. simon coffey 32

    I’ve never been a fan of Paul Henry’s, whether radio or tv, but really he does act like a buffoon a bit of a clown and really unlike King Lear’s Fool, he has no real insight, just the same old menial neo con drivel.

    I’ll even go so far as to say bring back Holmesy!

  32. big bruv 33

    Seriously chaps, what is so “disgusting” about a journo asking questions of this corrupt govt?

  33. illuminatedtiger 34

    The Producers,

    I don’t expect this to be aired nor do I want it to be (this is the only email address I can find in regards to the show). I’ve always liked Paul Henry but I think his antics today on air were downright disgusting. It’s good to have an opinion but he turned today’s show into an absolute circus with zero objectivity! Perhaps it is time the serious interviews particularly those involving politicians be moved off to Peter Williams or Pippa Wetzell as Paul Henry has clearly demonstrated a serious lack of objectivity.

    I trust that you will give these comments some consideration especially since Breakfast no longer has a monopoly over the early morning current affairs slot.

    Sent to breakfast@tvnz.co.nz

  34. redbus 35

    Simply horrendous commentary by Henry this morning. Wetzell seems to tag along with everything he says – what’s the point in having a second host when she offers no perspective?

    I find it particularly humorous that some commenters on this website are suggesting that TVNZ’s political coverage is left-wing! Absolute rubbish! One commenter even went so far as to group Guyon Espiner in with the likes of Matt McCarten and Christ Trotter!

    Meanwhile Fran O’Sullivan, Matthew Hooton, Paul Henry and the likes opine messages direct from National party press releases!!

  35. gobsmacked 36

    It’s good to see BigBruv supporting the idea of a commercial-free public broadcaster. Not a very right-wing view, but welcome nonetheless.

    The crap we get served is the direct result of not having a public ethos – our television serves the advertising dollar rather than striving to “inform, educate and entertain” (BBC). In the end, you can aim higher or lower, to be intelligent or infantile. One has a long-term national benefit, for healthy public discourse; the other is all about the fast buck.

    Fortunately Radio New Zealand still does have in-depth interviews, without the tiresome “we’re running out of time” refrain. So we can be better informed … thanks to the taxpayer. If you doubt the value of publicly-funded broadcasting, I give you one word:

    Talkback.

  36. big bruv 37

    Ha ha..I love it when the left wing work themselves into a lather about the free press.
    No wonder you lot love the EFA.

  37. big bruv 38

    There is none so blind…..

    Really, you lot are hilarious, a few weeks ago dear leader was under the cosh from Comrade Espiner and co, she launched into them with the dire warning that it was time they took a look at the Nat’s and the did exactly what dear corrupt leader told them to do.

    TVNZ and National radio have been a mouthpiece for this disgusting govt and disgusting PM for the last nine years (as has the Herald until recently) yet all that time the left said nothing, now when they finally start to point out the failings and lies of this corrupt govt you don’t like it.

    What NZ needs is a totally free media, the state has no right owning a broadcast network when it is open to the abuse we have seen from dear corrupt leader over the last nine years.

    Yes Gobsmakced I would support a commercial free public broadcaster if we were developed enough to allow it a free reign, sadly we are not mature enough and this govt has proven time and time again it will not let the media do its job without interference.

  38. randal 39

    what a load of twaddle bigbruv…how can you perjure yourself so easily. the manques at teevee1 have been on the governments back since day one and the press have just been biding their time. now they just forswear themselves with the polished ease that would make a harlot blush.

  39. sorry bruv, i think youll find its john key whos been interfereing with the media, wage-cut-gate if you will?

  40. Jum 41

    big bruv

    If you think Henry is an example of fair commentary, you really are lacking in objectivity.

    Bring back Hosking. He could give the PM a hard time and still be objective and entertaining. I’d love to see him interview Key.

    Henry is cringeworthy. Pippa started off being independent but is now just the same as Kay, the straight guy for the queer guy.

  41. green future 42

    heres paul henry actually on form slipping up john key..

  42. green future 43

    helen clark deserves a good ripping, do does key. its not paul henry’s job to back the national party line and attack the greens. if he was an mp… yah thats what he would do. but he is a tv presenter.
    ————–
    Let me get this right so Trotter is OK, Campbell is OK, Comrade Espiner is fine, Mcarten is fine but Henry is not?

    You guys are a joke, is it really your intention to control all media in NZ?, this is the type of thinking that gave birth to the EFA, silence all those who dare speak out against dear corrupt leader.

    [we don’t want to control anything, we’re just critiquing the media. It’s perfectly legitimate, indeed it’s important. SP]
    [lprent: At various times I seen all those you mentioned critically in posts on this site, except maybe Espiner (which one?). Engage your brain – try a search, then write. Also while you’re at it – read the About at the top of the page and look for the comments on media.]

  43. Dim (was dime) 44

    heh i cant stand henry… just a buck toothed nerd.. is he really right wing??

    cause he is wayyyyyyyyyy too nice when talking to the fuhrer every monday morning.

    whenever he has an opportunity to hammer her, he plays nice. i guess he has to our she wont come on anymore?

    i did however see a bit of him going ape about the trains.. was the first time he ever impressed me!

    in regards to the railways..

    i think the problem with you lefties is youre so far down the food chain when it comes to business, you dont quite understand whats really going on.

  44. lprent 45

    Assumptions – sign of a shallow mind. My second degree was an MBA from Otago. My family profession is running factories, as was my first career. My second career has been writing software for export, usually forming the company to sell it. I know business reasonably well, and I’m a ‘leftie’.

    Oh, and I’m the sysop here. Your assumptions are rather naive.

  45. jh 47

    There are more of us (chaps down the bottom)than there are of them ponces up the top “Up I’m”. Copy righted.

  46. jh 48

    and can I just add “Off with their heads”.
    [thanks]

  47. cm 49

    Paul Henry certainly wouldn’t want to lose his luxuries such as the showers he goes on about, even if it means some girl down the road starves to death!! That man makes national party look like a bunch of prats and he has swayed my vote alone!!! Should keep his big nose out of it

  48. ebug 50

    Big bruv. How can you say the Herald towed the labour party line when they put in the full front page complaint about the electoral finance act? Paul Henry is a disgrace. If he could be objective he would have all the traits that a journalist needs in that he is articulate and charasmatic etc but he obviously cant get off the National Party band wagon and until he can do that, he shouldnt be interviewing polititians.

  49. TimeWarp 51

    It’s a breakfast show. It has a veneer of news to it, but it’s really entertainment in terms of the core presenters and content. That’s why they have to cut to Peter Williams/Ali Mau/Corrin for news every 10 or 15 minutes in between the banter and “interviews”. There is commentary – but not analysis.

    At one level he’s an opionated git, but he’s like that on many things, not just politics, and is generally highly entertaining with it.

    I watch Breakfast for both news and entertainment. The news can sometimes be entertaining, and the entertainment sometimes is around news issues, but nonetheless there is no point in getting too serious about it in confusing the two.

    Anyway, TVNZ needs to take this approach to their programming or after 5 mins all the viewers would be tired of the TV “telling them what to do with their own family” and feel like “it’s just time for a change”. 😉

    Choose a brighter viewing image…

  50. randal 52

    well when he goes will he take the gayone with him?

  51. Mr Shankly 53

    Henry is easily one of the most entertaining presenters in New Zealand. Just contrast breakfast with sunrise on TV3 – Paul Henry is streets ahead.

    What is good about Henry is he makes it very obvious where he stands – so you know where his opinion is coming from. This strength is shared by Tamihere and Jackson on radio live.

    Unfortunately many on television are scared to tell you what they actually think.

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    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. ...
    20 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 ...
    22 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Trade, business and investment focus for visit to South Korea
    Advancing New Zealand’s trade and economic interests will be the main focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s four day visit to the Republic of Korea this week.  “South Korea is one of our most significant trading partners,” David Parker said.    “We enjoy a strong friendship that ...
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    45 mins ago
  • $80 million for Lincoln University rebuild
    The Government has approved $80 million to help Lincoln University rebuild its earthquake-damaged science facilities, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The funding will assist Lincoln’s recovery by replacing damaged buildings with teaching and research spaces that are safe, modern, flexible and future-proofed, and which are attractive to students, staff, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    54 mins ago
  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
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    1 day ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    2 days ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
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    2 days ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
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    2 days ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
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    2 days ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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    2 days ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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    2 days ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    3 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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    3 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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    3 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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    3 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    4 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    4 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    4 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    4 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The 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. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    4 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    4 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    5 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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    5 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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