Paul Henry’s jokes about women, deaf people and infant deaths, proudly brought to you by TVNZ

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Here’s a compilation from TV7’s Russell Brown from April this year, highlighting the value for money taxpayers get from paying Breakfast Bigot Paul Henry $300,000+ per year: ridiculing the appearance of guests whose opinions he disagrees with, ridiculing deaf people, women, and the disproportionate rate of infant deaths in developing countries – “but they’ve got enough babies to take care of that, don’t worry about that, we’ve got six others out the back!”. Hilarious Paul.

And special thanks too to TVNZ CEO Rick Ellis because without him none of this would be possible.  Ellis is continuing to hire this guy just for the sake of ratings and a few advertising dollars, even though he takes pleasure in ridiculing, hurting and humiliating people – again, and again, and again – even though he’s costing this country’s international reputation, economy and racial harmony. Top work Rick.

So congratulations TVNZ, you can be really proud of what you’ve become with Paul Henry and the fine judgement of Rick Ellis.

On another note, here’s a pretty good piss-take of Paul Henry’s anti-Indian racism from TV3’s Ali Ikram.

59 comments on “Paul Henry’s jokes about women, deaf people and infant deaths, proudly brought to you by TVNZ ”

  1. freedom 1

    “Media in India have widely covered the issue, including reporting that Indian ministers boycotted a dinner with Sir Anand, who is in India. ”

    Spend a minute with those words.
    This quote from today’s Herald is a very clear and highly disturbing statement.

    Instead of a humane showing of solidarity for the offensive comments made against him, Sir Arnand is now exposed to further insult and all beacause our PM could not Govern his way out of a wet paper bag.

    • JAS 1.1

      Our PM just showed once again how spineless he is, dismissing it as a joke that got out of hand, when you look at Henry’s repeated offensive “jokes” it ads up to one extremely bigoted person.

      As for the comment I have heard and read many many times this week, “hes only saying what we think and are too scared to say” …. who’s we? and if the majority really do think that way, I would be ashamed to call myself kiwi.

      This used to be a country that fought strongly against racism and bigotry, what the hell has happened?

      • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1

        I’m not sure that too much has changed for die hard bigots, JAS, but slowly, the country is getting more tolerant. In 1981 it was said we were a country evenly divided on the tour question. I’d say that now, we have a solid majority who are liberal in their approach, but the shrinking minority of bigots are shrieking louder and louder as they slowly disappear up their own fundamental orifice.

        In 1981, there were many who tacitly supported South African racism because they thought sport was more important. In the Henry case, there are many people equally confused about humour’s relationship to race. Paul Henry’s funny, so what’s the problem?

        All things pass, with time, education and understanding. For example, Whanganui will look a nicer city today, as one more racist git finally loses his grip on power.

        • JAS 1.1.1.1

          The saddest thing for me personally this week, has been seeing close friends openly support Henry, and go further by agreeing with his comments. It’s certainly changed my level of respect for a number of people, who I never imagined to have such attitudes.

          I guess since I have been vocal in my own disgust with his behaviour (not just in this latest incident, but in his prior ones as well), their attitude towards me may have changed too, but so be it, unlike our PM I do stand up for what I believe.

          • the sprout 1.1.1.1.1

            I’ve had that too JAS, but I’ve found that if you spell-out the enormity of what PH has done and the damage he’s doing to us all, they tend to eventually agree that he’s a knob and shouldn’t still be on the payroll.

            It’s just that for a lot of people their first response is “oh that’s just Paul Henry” because they haven’t bothered to get all the story and think about what his comments on a state broadcaster imply about NZ. A bit of gentle persuasion and calm explanation can turn people on this one quited easily.

            • rosy 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The best thing about this for me has been watching my teen niece FB thread, from your average, everyday fun-loving young adults….
              “Why the hell is everyone supporting Paul Henry. He’s such a racist wank”.
              “Well it’s generally just very rude and insensitive, I don’t care too much about the PC stuff but it’s like whoa. What a dick”.
              “It’s not the fact about the last name either, it’s about how the last name was “it’s appropriate cause she’s Indian””.
              ” its not blown out of proportion at all he intentionally went out of his wy to insult that indian lady and then two weeks ago all those rasict comments about indians in servos being bloody idiots. the guys an absolute cock”
              “I have never had the same thought as that cock head”

              Proud of them, I am 🙂

              • Ari

                Well, that’s because the younger generation brings a fresh perspective untainted by the meaningless bigotry of yesteryears. Makes it easier to see clearer- but absolutely no reason not to be proud of them for doing the right thing.

                • rosy

                  “Well, that’s because the younger generation brings a fresh perspective untainted by the meaningless bigotry of yesteryears”
                  Not so, both the old and young may or may not be bigots.

                  There were lots of comments from their peers supporting PH. I’m proud because the comments above are from young people who 1. Don’t think like PH and 2. are willing to stand up to their peers in a forum that is often about conforming.

        • Irascible 1.1.1.2

          One of the play actors in the Paul Henry play, John Key, doesn’t recall where he was or what he thought about the events of 1981 even when pressed. Probably explains his wet fish, scuttle & run reaction when Henry dropped the signal for the prat-fall line on him in the expectation that Key could ad lib a smart’ “funny” retort for Henry to show his “smarts” on.

    • Lazy 1.2

      The scaryiest part is Key’s behaviour.

      He excuses his lack of response at the time by saying he was taken by surprise. This clearly demonstrated his inabilility to think on his feet.

      Now nearly a week later he’s still to a large extent fence sitting. Where’s the leadership? Like it or not Mr Key you are the PM of a multicultural society – there is no place for racism here and certainly not on state television.

      Perhaps Key’s just scared of missing out on those cosy chats on the sofa, and Henry’s cheerleading in the run-up to the next election. Sorry Mr Key but I suspect from Ellis’s comments in this mornings Herald you are going to have to find yourself a new playmate.

      Henry must go.

  2. Laraine Barker 2

    I’ve never seen Paul Henry before but from what they showed on the News he appears to be a pretty bad comedian and certainly lacks taste. However, being in public life (especially political) automatically makes you a target for comedians, not to mention verbal “rotten eggs and tomatoes” from the people. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! The mildest thing we ever called a politician was probably “Piggy Muldoon”, which was actually a gross insult (the grossest one could ever make) to a noble animal. These days I would call him the contents of the a***hole of the Devil. We called Jim Bolger Blodger (once again too mild for him) and Jenny Shipley was Shitley, while Ruth Richardson was Ruthless Bitchardson. We considered these two women a disgrace to their gender.

    [sprout: I’m pretty sure that ‘we’ didn’t include one of our highest paid figures on our state broadcaster, and I’m pretty sure those insults directed at our political elites (note that doesn’t include the disabled or dying third world infants) didn’t cause our international reputation, economy and race relations the same sort of damage that Paul Henry’s bigotry is doing]

    • Ari 2.1

      Being a public figure is no excuse for people making bigoted or immature jokes. None of the nicknames you’ve mentioned are exactly tasteful, and frankly, if you’re going to give a politician a nickname, it might as well be directly related to your problems with them, and Richardson’s problem, for instance, was far bigger than whether or not she was a ‘bitch’, which by the by? Can totally be about trying to shame women for having careers.

      If Paul Henry wants to engage in that kind of stupidity, he’s welcome to do it off the airwaves. But we have broadcasting standards, that specifically mention decency for a reason.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    I should clarify: the state owns TVNZ, but TVNZ has to generate the revenue itself from which to pay Paul Henry; in theory Henry does not get paid by the tax payer, but the state broadcaster is the one who decides to keep him on.

  4. Lazy Susan 4

    The scaryiest part is Key’s behaviour.

    He excuses his lack of response at the time by saying he was taken by surprise. This clearly demonstrated his inabilility to think on his feet.

    Now nearly a week later he’s still to a large extent fence sitting. Where’s the leadership? Like it or not Mr Key you are the PM of a multicultural society – there is no place for racism here and certainly not on state television.

    Perhaps Key’s just scared of missing out on those cosy chats on the sofa, and Henry’s cheerleading in the run-up to the next election. Sorry Mr Key but I suspect from Ellis’s comments in this mornings Herald you are going to have to find yourself a new playmate.

    Henry must go.

    • Tigger 4.1

      Key is being careful to keep the focus on Henry and TVNZ and not himself. But make no mistake, his actions actually made this entire thing worse. If he had nailed Henry at the time, like any half-decent leader would have, we wouldn’t be here.

      • the sprout 4.1.1

        quite.
        Key hasn’t even started to pay for this yet.
        Henry on the other hand is about to have his long-overdue account settled.

      • RedLogix 4.1.2

        It needs to be made very clear that for some time this Monday morning ‘joke along session’ with Henry has been our Prime Minister’s prime media interview of the week.

        Key has deliberately been turning down regular and serious interviews with almost everyone else… except for ex-National Party candidate Paul Henry who has been the annointed ‘channel to market’. Key and his handlers have handed serial bigot Henry a strong and tacit endorsement and for this choice they have total responsibility.

        This is a noose Key has willfully stuck his neck into.

  5. The Voice of Reason 5

    Just watching some clips of JFK on telly reminded me of a speech I gave in my intermediate’s annual competition. Ironically, I came second to a kid who gave a ‘greed is good’ talk and I’ve been trying overturn that decision ever since.

    My effort was heavily based on this recording made by an American radio DJ, Tom Clay, in the early seventies. It’s an interesting artifact just for its early combination of music and speech, but the effect it had on me then still resonates to this day. Even now, it still brings tears to my eyes.

    My question to Paul Henry supporters is this: if a little kid can understand what prejudice is, why can’t Paul Henry?

  6. ianmac 6

    Campbell Live ran a poll last night. Sack Henry? 59% No. 41% yes. A bit strange?

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      Ignore TV text polls. They are moron-magnets.

      Every four years they have one, asking “Will the All Blacks win the World Cup?”. 93% say Yes.

      It doesn’t seem to help.

    • jbanks 6.2

      Most people realise that the dikshit comments are being blown out of proportion by the media.

      • The Voice of Reason 6.2.1

        That’s Dikshit, jb. And Henry is part of the media, for the time being at least, and it was he who blew the comments out of all proportion by giggling like a helium huffer while repeating them over and over and over.

        • jbanks 6.2.1.1

          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.

          • The Voice of Reason 6.2.1.1.1

            Dude, I am not seeking a response out of all proportion to the offending. If TVNZ had responded appropriately by sacking him, this would all be over by now (and TV3 might be reviving Sunrise with a new presenter!). But they didn’t and hence, worldwide outrage. Not my fault, not yours, but TVNZ and Henrys’.

            Anyway, nice to see you’ve got my point that the disciplinary process has not ended. Was it my well reasoned argument or just the coffee?

            • clandestino 6.2.1.1.1.1

              “Hamblin, Newdick win silvers.” – Could this headline be any more perfect right now, and it’s the Comm games!

              I feel sorry for all those whose political sensitivities have caused them to forget how to laugh.

              • RedLogix

                Nah…you’re supposed to grow out of sniggering at jokes about people’s names in primary school. Sooner preferably.

          • Pascal's bookie 6.2.1.1.2

            Classic jb.

            This is nothing coz I sez so and I’m not pissed off about it so no one else has a right to be and people are only pissed off about it because of the damn media writing stories about all the people who are pissed off about it and they shouldn’t be coz I sez so and now the bloody Indians know about it they’re pissed off about it but they might have a right to be pissed off about it but it’s so unfair and we would’ve got away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids. waaaagh waagh. sniff.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.1.3

            What you describe is what NACT, with the MSMs help, did with Winston Peters and what should have happened with the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act. It is, interestingly enough, not what happened here. What we have so far is a reasonable response and the media are doing their job. A large number of people have been hurt by the bigots words.

    • Lazy Susan 6.3

      Agreed Gobsmacked. These polls are meaningless. Close Up ran a similar poll and it came out 80% in favour of keeping Henry.

      Now if you think TVNZ are a bunch of incompetent morons who are completely out of touch are you likely to want to respond to a meaningless poll and donate them 50c/text. Probably not. Better to do the harder but more effective thing and write to BSA, TVNZ, advertsisers etc. and complain.

      On the other hand if you support Henry’s schoolboy antics…send..send..send..send..send..send…send…send. See that was easy!

    • bbfloyd 6.4

      considering the majority of people who can still bother to watch campbell, it would be surprising if the poll came out differently.. i’m surprised you bothered to even comment on it.

  7. Julie 7

    Thanks for the mash up, we do indeed have a weiner. I hope someone updates it for the last year or so of hideousness. It’s also worth considering that Paul Henry’s unaccepable behaviour is also brought to us by Breakfast’s advertisers. Hopefully the work this blog and others have been doing recently, along with past efforts to encourage complaints and lobbyingadvertisers to rethink their spend, will have the desired effect.

    • planning on launching the boycott campaign the day Henry goes back to TVNZ.
      if he doesn’t, no campaign.

    • lprent 7.2

      I’m pissed off with Henry, TVNZ, and the advertisers. I’m not intending to stop until the breakfast bigot is gone, along with the culture inside TVNZ that allowed him to flourish. The advertisers are the place to target. We’d want advertisers to actively specify that they don’t want their ads in that slot. A series of quite unreasonable opinions associating advertising with supporting Paul Henrys bigotry with a lot of cross linking is the best technique. Companies get quite sensitive about what comes up in google pages

  8. tea 8

    Ali Akram > Asif Madvi!

    We want satire! we wante satire! we want satire!

  9. Has anyone here protested Willie Jackson’s racist comments on his show?

    sprout: keep to the topic or join the spam queue

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    Yes. And if you want to write a post about it, there’s a ‘contribute post’ button near the ‘search’ button. The latter is useful for finding out the answer to questions such as yours, BTW.

  11. gobsmacked 11

    John Key is in the poo on this.

    If Henry returns as scheduled next Monday (my guess is he won’t, but let’s see) then Key has to make a decision. Oo er, a decision!

    The obvious decision is not to appear on TV with Henry. (If the Henry Fan Club can’t understand why, they must have carefully avoided all global media all week, and I can’t be arsed explaining to idiots).

    But then Key would be slagged off by his base, called spineless, PC, wimp, blah blah. And he needs to keep nodding and winking to them.

    So really, Key needs Henry to fall on his sword, or TVNZ to dump him. But then the questions and the OIA requests will come flooding in – who told who? check for fingerprints, Coleman, McCully, etc.

    And then there’s 100,000 pissed off Indian Kiwis, in marginal seats, and … so it goes on.

    Sooner or later, Key’s approach of pandering to everyone and dodging and shrugging was going to get him in trouble. It’s here.

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    The excuse that Henry is ‘half gippo’ seems to be an attempt to make himself a victim too.

    Funny thing though, the Roma are thought to have originated in India.

    A bit like his excuse that he an ardent royalist but takes pleasure in kicking the GG.

    Could another earthquake occur and Henry disappear into a hole in the ground.

  13. mcflock 13

    my guess is that one or the other of PH/PM won’t be there on the Monday Henry is due back, so Key has 4 days to watch the reaction.

    Actually, Key might claim “official business” and be elsewhere, sending some other tosser a minister in his stead to better gauge the reaction.

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    It’s looking more and more likely that he won’t be back

    TVNZ’s chief executive will consider Paul Henry’s future over the weekend as pressure mounts for the presenter to be axed.

    The state broadcaster’s head, Rick Ellis, last night suggested Henry’s future was far from certain, despite his earlier stand that Henry’s job was not on the line.

    Go down a bit firther and you can find the arse covering though

    Asked if he thought Henry was racist, Mr Ellis said: “I’m not sure I’m going to answer that question because I don’t want to be drawn into this whole debate about whether Paul Henry is racist or not.

    “Certainly the comments that he’s made have clearly been of a racist nature and they could only be interpreted that way … as a person deep down I think he’s a very decent human being.”

    Mr Ellis said he had taken steps to tighten editorial guidelines.

    “From time to time you do need to revisit the discipline around the implementation of editorial policies and that’s what we’re going to do.”

    And then there’s the normal it was a joke line from the PM

    Prime Minister John Key yesterday continued to dismiss Henry’s mockery of an Indian minister’s name as a joke which got out of hand.

    No, it wasn’t a joke – it was outright mockery.

  15. Treetop 15

    Should name a breakfast cereal after Paul Henry: “Bigots breakfast” supplier TVNZ.

  16. freedom 16

    “Key has deliberately been turning down regular and serious interviews with almost everyone else ”

    the quote above, from RedLogix, is as we all know quite accurate, unless you are John Key giving a post cabinet press conference on Monday last.

    He had the gall to stand there and say he accepts almost all interviews and events he is invited to.
    What is worse is not one member of the media has confronted him on this lie. If people are not made to commit to what comes out of their mouths, why should anyone bother telling the truth in the first place. It is no wonder the festering scabs of NZ’s social distress never heal.

    • felix 16.1

      Yep. Every journo in that room knows first or second hand that Key is telling the complete opposite of the truth re accepting interviews.

      Why do you think they keep quiet about it? Are they scared he’ll cancel the post-cabinet press conferences too?

    • Colonial Viper 16.2

      Way too many mice have press badges.

  17. Ian 17

    Ali Ikram? I’d feel a sight happier if someone with a name like John Smith was taking the piss out of our lovable little gypo.

  18. Sprout:

    Just asking, how can Henry is the only Journo people want fired, despite others making racist, immature bigoted comments. It cant be one rule for one and one for the other.

    • felix 18.1

      Who are you thinking of in particular?

    • the sprout 18.2

      Harawira is elected to office. You can’t fire MPs except by election, you certainly can’t fire them for saying things you don’t like. The unfirability of MPs is one of the reasons Bill English didn’t lose his job for defrauding tens of thousands of dollars with false domicile declarations, which is actually a lot more illegal than what Harawira says.

      Paul Henry is employed, not elected. He can be fired and in his contract will be a clause that he can be fired for gross misconduct, especially where it persists and worsens over time, despite repeated formal censure.

      This is not one rule for one and one rule for another. It’s one rule for one set of circumstances and a different rule for a different set of circumstances. Now I appreciate you may find that difficult to understand, but give it a try.

    • lprent 18.3

      We work on them one at a time

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    1 week ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    3 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
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    4 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    5 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    5 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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    5 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
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    5 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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    6 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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    6 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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    6 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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