‘Political commentator David Farrar’

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 am, November 12th, 2007 - 59 comments
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You do have to wonder sometimes who’s making the judgment calls in our newsrooms. Last night One News decided to use a National Party staffer, David Farrar, to comment on a poll that showed the Maori Party leading Labour in the Maori seats.

As you’ll see in the picture, Farrar was introduced as an independent ‘political commentator’. Not once during the segment, which involved criticism of the government, were Farrar’s party political biases revealed. This for a man who is on the National Party’s payroll, runs a pro-National blog from their headquarters, spent years working for the party in Parliament and is a life member of the Young Nats. David Farrar is a political operative, and he’s National Party to the bone. He’s certainly not an independent commentator.

That it’s come to this is no indictment on Farrar personally. He’s spent years building up Kiwiblog as the National Party’s online messaging hub, and judging by its popularity and influence he’s done a bloody good job of it too. You can hardly blame the guy for taking advantage of an opportunity to do the same thing in the mainstream media under the guise of independent commentary. The real fault lies with media outlets that should know better.

One News isn’t the only guilty party here – Farrar is regularly trotted out as an independent ‘commentator’ on Newstalk ZB, Good Morning and the Herald on Sunday, among others. Recently he practically co-authored an article for the Dom Post with Tracy Watkins.

This isn’t good enough. The public have a right to know whether they’re hearing an independent political analysis or being served up the recycled lines of a party hack – it’s something that goes to the very core of our democracy. Is a little disclosure too much to ask?

UPDATE: A reader sent us this youtube clip:

59 comments on “‘Political commentator David Farrar’”

  1. Note the post where he talks about left wing bias in the media, its strikes me as odd that it is posted just after 2 posts that are about the media being highly critical of the left, and the day before he is trotted out as non-partisan on what is, according to kiwiblog, “helen Klarks mouthpeice”

  2. milo 2

    I don’t see the media can be accused of pro-government bias when TV One breakfast described Trevor Mallard as a “dirty, dirty, dirty politician” and the New Zealand Herald has just claimed that “Democracy is Under Attack” from Labour and its friends.

  3. Monty 3

    I suppose you are also concerned about the Herald Front page this morning – “Democracy under attack” and then Pages A4 and A5 as well. I mean who does the Herald think it is makeing the Corrupt EFB an issue beyond the beltway.

    I have been sensing a rise in interest over the past few weeks, and then this. I expect the EFB suddenly has become a mainstream issue. Oh dear if you thought the Orewa-1 speech hurt labour, then I can see this becoming the major news for the next three / four weeks. Expect a major drop off in support for any party supporting this corrup legislation.

  4. Santa Claws 4

    “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while”

    I think I’ve seen Tane trashing Audrey Young for sharing her fathers politics (and definitely Fran Sullivan for being a dirty rightie)

    Complaining about media bias on the EFB issue is willful avoidance of the point that Labour is taking a chainsaw to the concept of open democracy in this country.

    It looks this appalling bill will be rammed through the house soon, but rest assured that the issue will kept alive though the next year, and Labour (and its poodles) will be publically attached for their actions. People will not forget this disgusting raid on democracy.

    As for Farrar on TV1, I suppose you think that the Labour bro’s are going to take back the Maori seats, right – happy dreams Tane. Maybe if you were a little more public with your identity you could get your face on TV1 as a political commentator on Maori issues too – would that make you happier?

  5. rjs131 5

    I hope you are going to insist on Christ Trotter stating in every interview that he got on stage and heartily sung the labour party campgaign song. Or that chris laidlaw, john tamihere when they are in the media to say they are ex labour MPs. I hear that jill pettis and dianne yates are being lined up for careers in the media, i hope they too also reveal their pasts.

    Are you going to comment on what the polls actually said?

  6. hypocrite 6

    How is your “about” page coming along? You demand transparency from everyone else and question $20 donations to the Kill The Bill campaign but seem to be reluctant to provide the same level (or any real) information on who finances this site.

  7. Benodic 7

    Interesting to see none of your on the right have actually engaged in the issue at hand – whether DPF should be introduced as a ‘political commentator’ with no reference to his obvious bias.

  8. r0b 8

    “You demand transparency from everyone else and question $20 donations to the Kill The Bill campaign but seem to be reluctant to provide the same level (or any real) information on who finances this site.”

    Dearest hypocrite – you shouldn’t waste your time on this tuppence ha’penny sfuff. Sites like The Standard cost nothing to run. You should go after the parties themselves. Why are parties so secretive with their accounts? Why don’t they publish their accounts annually and publicly? What are they hiding?

    (Oh – PS – Labour publishes its accounts publicly every year. It is the only major party to do so.)

  9. milo 9

    Interesting to see that The Standard had not posted on the biggest political story this month, let alone addressed the underlying criticisms of the EFB. Silence on this issue is tacit support. More than tacit.

    So is this a genuine political blog, or just a propagandist mouthpiece for those who are trying to steal our freedom?

  10. hypocrite 10

    We know who DPF does some work for from his disclosure statement. He states clearly in his about page and we can put his comments in context. Maybe the base costs of runnning the website is not much but who does Tane work for? Is this independent comment?

  11. Camryn 11

    Tane – You could’ve made a point here, although I doubt I would’ve agreed that commentators need to have their bias attached as a label every time they speak (see rjs131 above). If he was actually labeled “independent” then you may have a point, but “political commentator” makes no implication of independence. You’re the one who added that word, without any form of justification.

    Bendodic – So, the short answer is “yes, he should”. People can make up their own minds if the label is absent. or should we have a “State Pre-Speech Bias Assessment and Labeling Board” so no-one has to use their critical judgment anymore?

    Back to Tane – If David was actually on the National payroll and ‘blogging from headquarters’ then you might have a point that he should’ve been labeled as a National Party Spokesperson, but he clearly is not. His views most definitely align with National and that is the party he generally supports. However, he does say so when he disagrees with them – he does detailed posts on it. He’s no hack. Your own frequent protestations of independence would be taken more seriously if you didn’t unfairly spread lies about DPF.

    You can’t expect to be taken on your word about anything when you so blatantly lie about this.

  12. r0b 12

    “who does Tane work for? Is this independent comment?”

    hypocrite, your nick is aptly chosen. Exactly the same question can be asked of anyone who choses to post anonymously. Like you (and like me of course).

  13. r0b 13

    “he does say so when he disagrees with them”

    I don’t read his blog very often Camryn, so I’d find it helpful if you could provide a few examples of DPF disagreeing with National policy. Thanks…

  14. hypocrite 14

    Being anonymous I expect to be judged as such. I have no credibility and can only be judged on the context of the comment. If I purport to post as independent political comment then there is a higher threashold of disclosure (if you want to be judged as such).

  15. Daveo 15

    The Standard pretty clearly nails its colours to the mast –

    “The New Zealand labour movement used to have its own newspaper. A group of us thought that now might be a good time for it to be digitally reborn: The Standard v2.0”

    For the purposes of this blog I’d say that’s pretty decent. None of them are going on the telly claiming to be non-partisan political commentators. When you read The Standard you know what you’re getting. When you see Farrar on TV his bias is hidden.

  16. Santa Claws 16

    “When you see Farrar on TV his bias is hidden.”

    Well, its hardly his fault what TVNZ puts up on the screen. Why don’t you complain to TVNZ about it – after all, it is the state broadcaster.

  17. Margaret 17

    Farrar is clearly not independent from National, otherwise he would have done the decent thing about the Helen Clark misquote, not just gone all silent. I called him on it on the thread and although the comment had to go through moderation (meaning he was probably aware of it), there is no response…

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/11/who_said_this-2.html#comments

  18. I’m sure plenty of people will be, why do you feel the need to try and make it a non-issue on the internet?

  19. Daveo 19

    “Why don’t you complain to TVNZ about it – after all, it is the state broadcaster.”

    I intend to. But you’re wrong about TVNZ – it’s run independently along commercial lines.

  20. Santa Claws 20

    “it’s something that goes to the very core of our democracy.”

    No Tane – thats a FREE MEDIA – not one that is regulated to only run the Labour party line, or point out any perceived bias that suits you and your acolytes.

    If you were really concerned about democracy in NZ you wouldn’t be supporting the massive travesty that Labour is proposing with the EFB and associated actions. And don’t go banging on about Brownlee, It is Labour and its supporters that are introducing these changes and ramming them through parliament.

  21. Robert Owen 21

    I am so pleased EFB is under attack.
    Practically all my friends have commented that they planned to spend up large in the next election and the $5000 cap was just not enough

    Ps This is not a personal attack but wasn’t Farrer looking very one eyed on TV 1 the other night

  22. hypocrite 22

    Daveo

    As the “About” page has no details at all I suspect that this blog wants to keep their affiliations blurry. Does the “New Zealand labour movement” equal the NZ Labour party? Five minutes cleaning up the “About” page (you could use kiwiblog’s about page level of disclosure as a template) and they would have definately “Nailed their colours to the mast.”

  23. Daveo 23

    hypocrite- as far as a blog’s concerned these guys are more open about their positions than most. They’ve said elsewhere that most (but not all) of them are Labour Party members and it’s pretty clear that the labour movement includes the party (with trade unions being the industrial wing of the movement). It’s really no secret.

    But that’s not the point- you’re trying to distract from the real issue here, which is that DPF is on the telly being promoted as some kind of independent political commentator when he’s clearly not. It pains me to hear him on Larry Williams attacking Labour mercilessly without revealing his true motivations. He’s the furthest from an independent commentator that you could possibly get and it’s a disgrace.

  24. Santa Claws 24

    Daveo – anyone who cares, knows.

    DOes Chris Trotter give a lengthly disclaimer each time he’s on Radio NZ’s Panel. Does Brian Edwards. Does Matt McCarten?

    Sheesh, get over it already. This post is just up as a little sideshow while this blog’s authors are attempting to divert from the Heralds front page today.

  25. Daveo 25

    “anyone who cares, knows.”

    True, but most people who watch TV don’t care enough to do a google search of track down DPF’s disclosure page.

    Trotter is well known as a left-wing commentator, and I agree he and others should be introduced as such. His column in the Dom Post is called “From the Left”. I think David Farrar should have a similar disclaimer.

  26. Santa Claws 26

    Is this, one of the first comments on the Herald today

    “Eddie (Auckland)
    The Herald, as part of a media company and not a democratically elected ..”

    posted by the Same Eddie that posts here? He certainly managed to push all the Labour taking points (Hollow, EB, Wealthy secret individuals) pretty well.

    I note that he didn’t mention that he is a Labour party stooge and blogger in the post though. Shock Horror. Imagine A lLabour partyu member not disclosing that in a public forum!

  27. Daveo 27

    Santa. Trivialise and sidetrack all you like. David Farrar is not an independent political commentator and should not be treated as such. Our media should know better. It’s that simple.

  28. gobsmacked 28

    A lot of diversionary tactics on this thread, but the principle is very clear, and straightforward. DPF works for the National Party. This is uncontested fact. If you can’t see the obvious conflict of interest, it can only be because you don’t want to. Nobody could be that stupid.

    I suspect it is shoddy, lazy journalism rather than a great conspiracy, but certainly it does not meet the basic test of broadcasting standards. Viewers are entitled to be better served.

  29. Santa Claws 29

    Daveo, I must have missed where they called him “independent” – can you point out where TVNZ did that? Looks more like Tane invented that that aspect.

  30. Santa Claws 30

    Here’s a simple question for you boyz to answer

    Is Chris Trotter an ‘independent political commentator’

    Please view this link first:

    Twins?

  31. gobsmacked 31

    Santa

    If Trotter is on the Labour payroll, as a viewer I expect to be told that important fact.

    Is he?

  32. rod 32

    Boy oh boy, don’t these Tories and thier poodles yelp and scream when thier covert funding is threatened! Is the Herald getting a little desparate?

  33. dave 33

    so why was my comment deleted?

  34. Policy Parrot 34

    Farrar was probably reading from a script that had been pre-prepared for him.

  35. Don’t tell lies, rOb. The Labour Party’s financial statements have never been published. The New Zealand Labour Party is an unincorporated society. It never discloses its financial accounts.

  36. Santa Claws 36

    Gobsmacked – I’ve got no idea if he is paid by Labour. I can’t find a disclosure statement from him. Trotter could not be described as independent thouh, when he is on the stage, singing the party song, at the recent Labour conference.

    In contrast, Farrar makes his views and relationships clear and explicit

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/disclosure_statement

    When will this blogs authors publish a similar statement on their funding? (I’ll give you a hint, when hell freezes over). They are quick to attack TVNZ (which Farrar has no control over anyway), maybe they should have a word to the new minister of broadcasting, he’d probably give TVNZ a biff.

  37. Tane 37

    dave, your comment was not deleted. You probably entered the captcha incorrectly. Try it again.

  38. I missed the caption that said “David Farrar, Unbiased Independent Commentator Not Affiliated To Any Political Party”.

    But maybe it flashed by on the screen so fast I didn’t see it. I’ve also missed the bit that describes Chris Trotter as the same.

    Although they are both political commentators.

  39. Not A Pathetic Right Wing Whinger 39

    The Labour Party does in fact disclose its financial accounts, every year at it’s conference attending delegates are given copies of the Party’s finances.

  40. r0b 40

    Prick – “Don’t tell lies, rOb. The Labour Party’s financial statements have never been published.”

    Well I’m many things, Prick, but I’m not a liar. The 2007 accounts were published and handed out to everyone at the conference in Auckland last week (everyone including the media). This has been Labour’s practice for the last few years.

    I have a copy here in my hands, Prick. Post your address and I’ll send them to you.

    An apology is due, Prick.

  41. Santa Claws 41

    I’ll believe they ‘publish’ accounts when they are posted on the party website – like Farrar’s disclaimer is posted on his website.

    Handing out at a conference doesn’t really count as published.

    Maybe you could scan and post your copy rob?

  42. Obviously you don’t know what publishing means, r0b. Publishing means to make public by dissemination.

    Scan them and email to me.

  43. r0b 43

    “Handing out at a conference doesn’t really count as published.”

    Hading out to the media does count as published (kinda like most press releases). Audrey Young took a copy!

    “Maybe you could scan and post your copy rob?”

    Post where? Post your address and I’ll send them to you.

  44. dave 44

    I thought this was interesting.

    People will (or should) be aware that Labour, NZ First, Greens, Progressive, United Future and ACT are about to vote to change the law so that they can spend their parliamentary budgets on election pledge cards and the like. Even worse, the law changes works in tandem with the Electoral Finance Bill, so that all the money they spend – even if done in the week before the election – is exempt from the spending limits in the Electoral Act.

    So how much money are we talking about? Well from the 1st of December the parliamentary budgets available for pledge cards and the like increases to $16.2 million.

    Here’s the breakdown of MPs for each party:

    parlparties.JPG

    The new funding formulas for each party are as follows:

    1. Leadership – $100,000 plus $64,320 per non Minister
    2. Party – $22,000 per MP
    3. MPs – $64,260 per Electorate MP and 40,932 per List MP

    This means funding per party as follows:

    parlfunding.JPG

    Labour has less than National because they have 25 Ministers with Ministerial Offices out of which press secretaries and the like are funded. National has to fund all its non secretarial staff from its budget. Field and Copeland may not get their leadership funding until such time as they declare a party affiliation.

    Now I am the last person to advocate parliamentary parties shouldn’t have enough money to fund their staff and activities. But that money should not be used on promoting parties during the 90 days before an election. Under this new law, Labour and NZ First could spend their budgets on full page newspaper ads promoting themselves even after Parliament has been dissolved.

    And as if that isn’t bad enough, all these millions of dollars can be spent, without even counting as expenditure under the Electoral Finance Bill. Labour can now legally spend twice the $2.4 million limit. They overspent by $800,000 last time. This time they can overspend by millions and this little funding gerrymander makes it totally legal.

    One could have two identical brochures. One for say Labour and one for Party X which is not in Parliament. They could have the exact same text – talking about how people will be better off under their economic policies. Every word could be identical except substituting party names. But Labour’s pamphlet will be exempt from the spending limit if they spend their parliamentary budget on it (and stick a crest on), while Party X will have to count the cost of that pamphlet as part of their spending cap.

    Regardless of your political orientation, one should be principled enough to say this is unjust. It unfairly protects all incumbent parties and especially all incumbent Electorate MPs from competition.

  45. Not A Pathetic Right Wing Whinger 45

    Nice to see you have mastered the cut and paste module of your Stotts Correspondence course dave.

  46. r0b, you can email me at randomkiwi @ hot mail dot com

  47. r0b 47

    IP – you owe me an apology!

  48. LFC 48

    rOb- don’t hold your breath. IP’s MO is to call anyone a liar when they say something he disagrees with. It’s because he can’t handle the idea that anyone might be smarter than him even though it’s clear he’s a punter. I’m pretty sure it’s a self-esteem thing but regardless of its basis its results are unpleasant. Oh and he never apologies except in a backhand way – he seems to think that’s a clever thing to do.

  49. illuminatedtiger 49

    I’ve just made TVNZ aware of my feelings. I do not pay a portion of my taxes to them to see a political hack on my TV screen!

  50. Yes, Tiger. I’m sure TVNZ will take it into account, and cease coverage that includes any Labour Party ministers, MPs, and supporters forthwith. Chris Trotter will also be upset with you, that you’ve caused him to lose any further political coverage. As a result of your email to TVNZ, Willie Jackson has just lost his job hosting his show.

    r0b, I’m still waiting for that email.

  51. illuminatedtiger 51

    TVNZ is obliged to deliver fair and balanced coverage under the charter. I really wouldn’t care if a commentator came on and praised National as long as it can be shown the commentator had no loyalties to either party. Even if Farrar came on and praised Labour I still wouldn’t want him on the news. Can you see what I’m working on? It’s the principle that matters here.

  52. Yes, I can see your principle, Tiger. You’re quite happy for socialists to go on TVNZ news and be described as “political commentators”–even for former Alliance MP Willie Jackson to host a TV show–but you can’t stand the idea of anybody from the other side expressing an opinion. To you, balance only exists as long as the other side of the debate is silenced.

  53. Santa Claws 53

    IP – you must have forgotten “The World According to Willie and JT”, not only a former Alliance MP, but a former Labour cabinet minister also.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1046995

    Poor tiger, must be boring evenings for you, although to be honest there isn’t that much to watch on TVNZ anyway.

  54. Tane 54

    Chortle. JT’s about as Labour Party as Michael Bassett.

  55. Adam Smith 55

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zj6KdJ1_1Q. Great, now the guy is going to be on National Radio.

  56. Santa Claws 56

    Adam – and a very fine discussion it was too. Mind you Tane is probably penning another letter of complaint as we speak.

  57. Is a little bit of disclousure on the 6 o’clock news too much to ask?

  58. Adam Smith 58

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zj6KdJ1_1Q try that, if it doesn’t work just cut and paste it into your browser. Not sure if the last link is working.

  59. Luke 59

    Chris Trotter is certainly no Labour govt puppet. Although he certainly supports a Labour govt over a National one, he is not scared to attack Labour or praise National. I remember the Budget this year where Trotter was praising Key, and saying he looked like a real leader, and challenger for the first time. DPF would never say anything like that.
    Also Farrar is commenting on an issue not directly affecting the Nats.
    However the Maori seats may be the deciding factor in next years election so this makes the his “independent” comments worse.

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  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
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    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
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    3 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
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    5 days ago
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    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
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    7 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for food
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    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
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  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
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    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
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    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
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    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to progress Control Orders for community safety
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    2 hours ago
  • World-first plan for farmers to reduce emissions
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • More homes where they are needed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
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    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
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    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
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  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
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    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
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    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
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    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
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    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
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    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    7 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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    1 week ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
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    1 week ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
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    1 week ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
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