Political “courage”

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, January 27th, 2011 - 98 comments
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Today’s Herald editorial:

Courage in politics is seldom recognised when it is successful. It takes courage to challenge a sacred cow, but a well-aimed challenge can render the cow sacred no longer. John Key’s announcement of public asset sales yesterday should be recognised as a decision both courageous and well directed.

New today at exiledonline:

anyone pushing for austerity cuts and “pain” is automatically labeled “courageous”—which is an odd way of defining courage, since not a single rich politician or pundit pushing for “austerity” will actually suffer that pain, and most will profit from it. But that’s what counts as “courage” in our era. These same media elites used words like “courage” and “bold” to describe how Vietnam War deserters sent other people’s kids to die in Iraq—it was “courageous” because these warmongering draft-dodgers didn’t pander to the protesters in the streets or popular opinion.

Heh.

98 comments on “Political “courage””

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Great moments in the “Annals of Courage”.
    Didnt we hear the same line from Karl Rove about George Bushs invasion of Iraq.

    Yes thats right, his book was called “Courage and Consequences”\

    This was just so bat shit crazy then and now

  2. Roughan providing todays “roughage”. What a load of shit.

    captcha:” failures” – precisely.

    • pollywog 2.1

      From the first link…

      The Prime Minister has made a very good case for the decision to partly privatise the state’s three power companies and its coal company and reduce its stake in Air New Zealand. He says the sales are primarily to finance the construction of other public assets that will be needed over the next five years.

      These include new schools, highways, hospital operating theatres, the faster broadband network and other infrastructure.

      …like all the new prisons we desperately “need”.

      Thing is though, when you’re forced sell a prize asset it’s usually cos you’re desperately in hock to the loansharks not because you want to be Saint John of the public good

      fuck…he must think we’re thick as pigshit !!!

      • big bruv 2.1.1

        “fuck…he must think we’re thick as pigshit !!!”

        No…..only you.

      • M 2.1.2

        ‘He says the sales are primarily to finance the construction of other public assets that will be needed over the next five years.’

        Funny, I thought that’s what taxes were for, but Key told his mates that he’d give them the money instead.

      • Fisiani 2.1.3

        Courage is doing what is right rather than what is popular.
        Courage is challenging the outdated view that 100% of a power company has, simply has, to be state owned.
        Courage is admitting that times are the toughest they have been in 70 years and same old same old does not suffice.
        Courage is taking a stand like Roger Douglas and PHIL GOFF in the 1980’s to do what needs to be done.
        Courage is taking the slings and arrows of outrageous Chicken Little horrror.
        Courage is giving his word that the government will retain 51% control despite the demands of the far right.
        Courage is risking election defeat because he knows that debt has to be repaid.
        Courage is telling people news that they dont want to hear.
        Courage is being the leader we need and want.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.3.1

          Oh stop your kowtowing.

          Selling our strategic energy assets to the Chinese for worthless US dollars in the middle of peaking oil production is dumb and you know it.

          • Fisiani 2.1.3.1.1

            You know the shares will go and stay with Kiwi Mums and Dads. Why do you play the Chinese race card CV? Shame on you!

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.3.1.1.1

              Wealthy Kiwi Mum and Dads, the ones who can afford these shares, are going to flip for a quick profit. And who will be there to pick up the ownership shares in our strategic energy hard assets? (Exactly like they are queueing up for our farms and our mines): The Chinese.

          • Monty 2.1.3.1.2

            You are scare mongering and a liar Viper. Have New Zealanders sold all their contact Energy shares to overseas interests? = no CEN shares have pretty much been retained by the people who bought them. We have about 2000 shares – they are the same shares we bought when they were floated. There have been takeover bids that have failed because the “Mum and Dad” shareholderrs have held onto their stock.

            Key and National will win the election in a landslide. Shares will be offered to the public and the issues will be fully subscribed. We will continue to have ownership and a good investment.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.3.1.2.1

              Mate you gotta be kiddin.

              When CEN was floated in 1999 the Chinese Government did not have almost US$3T in foreign currency reserves burning a hole in their pockets, and the Chinese Govt was not on a hard out hunt for strategic hard assets to convert those worthless piles of printed paper into.

              THEY ARE NOW.

              Sheeeesh do all these Right Wingers know ***nothing*** about what is happening in the global economy at the moment???

              Real resources are the only valuable thing out there currently, doubly so when the US is simply printing US dollars off the presses as fast as it can*

              *OK the US Treasury is actually creating hundreds of billions of brand new deposits electronically; there are no actual printing presses involved. From those Treasury funds the Federal Reserve banks are creating trillions of brand new USD, magicked into existence. The crap is worthless. Our power generating assets are not.

        • KJT 2.1.3.2

          Why did Key increase debt to reduce taxes for those who benefit most from our society.
          And now he wants to burgle our remaining assets.

          The ventriloquists dummy for a repeat of the robbery inflicted on us in the 80’s.

          • Fisiani 2.1.3.2.1

            The robbery of the 80s was the fault of PHIL GOFF

            • mickysavage 2.1.3.2.1.1

              Oh Fisi you are so one dimensional. Why don’t you try and address the posts rather than hurl rather blunt insults?

            • Deadly_NZ 2.1.3.2.1.2

              How do you work that out?? This from Wikipedia
              https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Phil_Goff

              “When Labour won the 1984 elections, Goff was elevated to Cabinet, becoming its youngest member. He served as Minister of Housing and Minister of Employment. After the 1987 elections, Goff dropped the Housing portfolio, but also became Minister of Youth Affairs and Minister of Tourism. Later, after a significant rearrangement of responsibilities, Goff became Minister of Education. In the disputes between Roger Douglas (the reformist Finance Minister) and other Labour MPs, Goff generally positioned himself on the side of Douglas, supporting deregulation and free trade.”

              Nope nothing about selling anything.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.3.3

          “Courage is risking election defeat because he knows that debt has to be repaid.”
          Courage is resisting unending calls for tax cuts for 9 years so as to save money up in the bank.
          Courage is not promising and delivering tax cuts that significantly increase the countries debt.

          • Fisiani 2.1.3.3.1

            I think you meant to write
            Courage is resisting unending calls for tax cuts for 9 years so as to increase goverment spending by 50% to desparately try to buy votes to save Labour

        • Drakula 2.1.3.4

          “Courage is giving his word”; Oh yeh that’s rich considering the number of promises he has broken including this one that “NAT govt would not sell any public assets in the first term.”

          His words his credibility!!!!!!

          “Courage is telling people news they don’t want to hear” Oh like we are in crisis a conveniently created crisis don’t forget when the Nats came into power the books were in the black.

          There is such a thing as trading one’s way out of crises not flogging off the family silver!!!!

          • Deadly_NZ 2.1.3.4.1

            Actually they have not sold any assets in the first term. But now they starting to soften us up, and if they get in next year then the FOR SALE signs will be hung out.

            • Drakula 2.1.3.4.1.1

              Yes but my point is that the first term isn’t over yet is it; a lot could happen between now and the election.

              • Colonial Viper

                If they start slip sliding in the polls all talk on privatisation will go quiet. The Righties love their aset sales funding tax cuts to themselves, but they like power more.

  3. andy (the other one) 3

    But kudos to Emerson for the herald cartoon today:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10702235

  4. It takes courage to challenge a sacred cow…

    Why is it i’m reminded of Mater and Lightning McQueen, off the movie Cars, going out late night tractor tipping ?

    You stealthily rock up to the tractor, blast your horn and over they roll, totally befuddled while making a laughable farting noise.

    it’s all good fun til one awakens the angry combine harvester who then proceeds to chase you out of the paddock.

    yeah, real courageous…NOT !!!

  5. Pete 5

    It is politically courageous to put something out for debate that you know will be a tough sell and may not succeed – and may also end your political career.

    I’d far rather see someone who actually sounds like he understands what he’s talking about attempt what he believes in.

    We should debate this sensibly, explore what is the right balance of market and social policies, and public and private ownership.

    Instead there is a sadly predictable roar of rhetorical slogans from financial bogans.

    • Marty G 5.1

      when you’ve attempted to convincingly rebut the six points against selling assets that I’ve made, then you can say you want a debate. Right now, you’re just sounding desperate.

      • Pete 5.1.1

        Fair enough – I don’t have time this morning for that sort of detail, but no, I’m not desperate, this debate should take a few months so no rush. Unlike many conclusion jumpers (or spin sheep) I don’t know what the appropriate answer is yet. Each issue should be looked at on it’s merits, not from an ideological straightjacket.

        • mickysavage 5.1.1.1

          Unlike many conclusion jumpers (or spin sheep) I don’t know what the appropriate answer is yet. Each issue should be looked at on it’s merits, not from an ideological straightjacket.

          If you do not know what the appropriate answer is then you are in no position to say that any of us are conclusion jumpers, spin sheep or wear an ideological straightjacket. If you learn a bit about the subject you may conclude that we are right. If you come up with a contrary conclusion feel free to post it with your rationale and be prepared to defend it.

        • BLiP 5.1.1.2

          ideological straightjacket.

          Given that not one single privatisation in New Zealand has worked out in the best interests of New Zealanders, just who is locked into your “ideological straight-jacket”? It wouldn’t be those who are seeking to reimplement a failed policy over and over again, would it?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.3

          We’ve already had 20 years of it and the reality is that selling off state assets is bad for the country. No amount of debate will change that.

    • OK Pete let’s have this debate.

      Name me one privatisation in New Zealand that improved the plight of the local people and not the financial interests of the wealthy here and overseas.

      Then go each point of MartyG’s 6 reasons not to privatise posted yesterday (/6-quick-reasons-why-asset-sales-suck/#comment-291868) and say which ones are wrong and why.

      Then explain how transferring large amounts of money overseas in the form of dividends is good for our economy.

      The only rhetorical slogans I am hearing are coming from the right. And you could call Key a financial bogan as well as a few other things.

      EDIT – bet me to it Marty!

      • AndyB 5.2.1

        I would say that this one will in fact improve the plight of the local people. Maybe we will no longer be subject to price gouging and collusion of the power companies when they are finally having to properly compete with each other.

        “The Commerce Commission’s estimate that power users were overcharged to the tune of $4.3 billion”

        edit: Thats a rip-off to the tune of $1000 per person.

        • Pascal's bookie 5.2.1.1

          Like in the telecoms market?

          • AndyB 5.2.1.1.1

            Did i mention the Telecoms market? I’m sure i didn’t. Anyway back to the power companies, Micky asked for one, i gave him one. Not a previous one tho, rather, what it will be like after the power companies are partly privatized.

            Anyway, on to telecoms, i’m pretty sure that it’s a whole lot cheaper to make calls now than it used to be.

            • Pascal's bookie 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Andy, your argument, such as it exists, is that a partial privatisation might protect customers from the “price gouging and collusion ” that the comcom identified.

              You offer no reason to think it should of course, so I assumed that you meant that by bringing in private investors, this would, by some mechanism unexplained, reduce the gouging.

              The telecoms market in nz has many private investors, and yet…

              http://lmgtfy.com/?q=commerce+commission+telecoms+overcharging

              there is the same sort of price gouging going on. So why should we expect any different in the electricity sector.

              It would seem that the gouging is unrelated to the ownership model.

              • AndyB

                $9.5M vs $4.3B. yea very similar indeed. in fact the telecom over charging was in no way the same as the price fixing that was going on with the power companies. They are different by orders of magnitude.

                I do believe that this would not have happened with partial private ownership, but no doubt you are about to tell me how crazy i am for believing it. Private listed companies are under much more scrutiny than public ones.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  “I do believe that this would not have happened with partial private ownership, but no doubt you are about to tell me how crazy i am for believing it.”

                  No, I’ll just ask why you believe it. Why you think the ownership model makes the difference?

                  And the 9.5 Mill thing was just one part of what’s going on in the telecoms industry…

                  http://www.topnews.in/new-zealand-watchdog-says-telecom-companies-overcharge-2143602

                  it principle it looks like the telcos seem to collude to keep prices up, does it not?

                  • AndyB

                    I believe it because: “Private listed companies are under much more scrutiny than public ones”. Sure it’s happened in the past, and may in fact happen again. But i still believe that price fixing is the exception, rather than the norm. Also, thats what the commerce commission is for.

                    In principal it does look likely that there is a problem with termination rates between telco’s, that is the reason that txt and mobile rates are higher than they should be. Whether or not, it is proved to be a case of intended price fixing and collusion between telco’s remains to be seen.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Sure it’s happened in the past, and may in fact happen again.

                      No “may” about it – it will happen again. State ownership can, and should, be more open than private companies.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  $9.5m?
                  Try $10 to 20 billion and now we’re giving them another $1.5b of taxpayer money.

        • mickysavage 5.2.1.2

          AndyB

          Maybe we will no longer be subject to price gouging and collusion of the power companies when they are finally having to properly compete with each other.

          Feck do you actually mean this?

          There is one word that I think wins conclusively this argument and shows clearly how batshit crazy this privatisation idea is … and … that … word … is ENRON

          • AndyB 5.2.1.2.1

            Really? … Enron?, that’s your argument against part privatization of the power companies? So a listed entity, that is 51% owned by the government is going to be bankrupted by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud?

            Nice.

          • luva 5.2.1.2.2

            Micky, educate us please

            Enron is the one word because………?

            • Anthony C 5.2.1.2.2.1

              The California electricity crisis was manufactured by Enron to exaggerate prices on the wholesale electricity market.

              • luva

                Was Enron a company where the government had a majority shareholding?

                • RedLogix

                  What…just like what that nice Mr Key says will work out just fine?

                  • luva

                    Just trying to work out how some corporate fraudsters from Enron are relevant to this debate.

                    And please dont tread down the The h bomb fiasco road of ’98 and try and infer that Key is a crook

                    • RedLogix

                      Distraction.

                      You made the point that Enron was majority govt owned and that it still acted illegally. I pointed out that majority govt ownership is exactly what Key is proposing for our own SOE’s.

                      And if you are going to imagine that there are no corporate crooks here in NZ…..

                    • luva

                      The point I was making was that it was 100% privatley owned

          • travellerev 5.2.1.2.3

            Funny you should mention that name.

            Merrill Lynch, John Key’s bank was up to their neck in the Enron scandal but that all went out the window when in on 9/11 2001 the third tower collapsed in free fall speed breaking all laws of nature.

            Here is a link with some more information but you could also just google and do your own investigation

    • pollywog 5.3

      I’d far rather see someone who actually sounds like he understands what he’s talking about attempt what he believes in…

      OK…now that sounds like some south park NAMBLA justification…

      Like does anyone truly know the courage it takes to bestialismize a sacred cow ?

      “hey you, sacred cow..i challenge you to stay still while i brutally ass rape you.”

      “What ???… don’t you know it’s for your own good”

  6. Bill 6

    Courage? Stupidity? Or..’My scared cow is bigger than your sacred cow and can kick your sacred cows’ head in any day?’

    And then the school bell goes and on the way home and too late, the bully discovers that the wee sacred cow drives a massive public bus that fair flattens his big sacred cow.

  7. BLiP 7

    I guess there is a sort of courage in finally emerging from deep cover to set about the task set by your masters and in the knowledge that any hope of redeeming a skerrick of respect evaporates minute by minute as is becomes clearer and clearer that you’re not a nice person at all but, rather, just another international banker’s bum boy.

    • Bill 7.1

      I don’t watch much TV, but I happened to catch Campbell Live interviewing Key last night.

      His lines seemed utterly scripted and apart from the moments when a somewhat arrogant smirk lit up his face when he recognised an opportunity to deliver from his script, Key bobbed and spluttered before simply sinking

      Now, Campbell isn’t exactly the the most pointed of interviewers…

    • Olwyn 7.2

      Well said BLiP.

  8. luva 8

    I don’t know if courage is the right word but National policy for the past decade has been populist policy. “Tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts, we will give you more of your money to spend”, has been their selling point.

    In 2011 they are promoting something that is anything but populist. They now have a hard sell on their hands.

    This will show us what kind of politician Key really is. Can he sell an unpopular policy and thump Labour at the same time?

  9. Olwyn 9

    What is odd is how right wingers seem optimistic about these things, and seem resigned to the idea the the modern economy rests more and more on dispossession rather than production. This no doubt has to do with looming peak oil, as well as the fact that production has largely moved to Asia and places like Mexico. If you look at our history since Britain joined the common market, we have Rob Muldoon’s idea of borrowing enough to make us self sufficient and then telling the bankers to sing for it. Then we have Douglas’s faith-based position, that if we dutifully obey our creditors and privatise everything, we will get a star on our book and miraculously turn into Switzerland – I think he really did believe something like that. The we have Richardson, who seemed to actually believe in dispossession for its own sake on Randian, or similar grounds. Under Helen Clark’s much kinder Labour government, a housing bubble developed, which resulted in piece meal dispossession through housing and land. It is probable that people like Michael Cullen saw the potential for leverage in increased house prices; that it would give people the wherewithal to start productive enterprises, but instead acquisition became an end in itself. Now we have Phil Goff’s idea about developing high tech enterprises, with little detail so far as to what those enterprises might be, or who is going to invest in them rather than stick with the passive but reliable dispossession model.

    After that long rant, I would have more respect for a politician who has the courage to call dispossession for what it is, and genuinely seek alternative answers.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Key hawking off our assets to the lowest bidder is another sign of peak oil. The capitalists have figured out that the only way to make money now is to canabalise stuff we already own.

  10. MrSmith 10

    Yes that’s right ‘peck oil’ is just around the corner if not here already and that signals the end of cheap energy, After running the country into the ground wasting money on tax cuts and roads of Insignificance what does this government propose lets sell off 49% of our clean green free energy go figure, these bunch wouldn’t have a bright idea between them lets thrown them out on there ear.

  11. johnm 11

    Saw him on Campbell Live he came across as a red herring “Mums and Dads” Snake Oil Salesman.Part of the routine to sell your sh*t is image : flash suit and good grooming!

  12. Deadly_NZ 12

    STOP for a minute. take a deep breath, now flick back a page and have a look at the picture for Shonky ( I know this is hard but bear with me for a min) Now is that, or is that not an EXTENDED middle finger??????

  13. Jim Nald 13

    “It takes courage to challenge a sacred cow … John Key’s announcement of public asset sales yesterday should be recognised as a decision both courageous and well directed”

    The Herald Editorial is misguided. The Editorial sees balls where there’s really bullshit.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Yeah that’s because the Herald has been dunking in it so deep for so long that it can’t tell which hole is which any more.

  14. Lazy Susan 14

    Listening to Key on Morning Report he said that he’s proposing to:

    1) sell off these revenue earning assets (power companies)
    2) pay off public debt
    3) increase non-revenue earning public assets (health, education etc.) so that overall the public asset base will increase.

    Courage alone will be insufficient to convince the NZ public that the above 3 incompatable items are compatable. What will be required is very large amounts of bs. Looks like the Herald is already up for the challenge.

  15. Treetop 15

    Political “courage” my arse! More like “morally bankrupt.”

    • KJT 15.1

      Courage? Rather safe in the knowledge he will be rewarded by his partners in crime for attempting to repeat the 80’s and defraud New Zealanders. Again! No matter what the outcome.

      They will just wait patiently until we have added more value to our assets and then try and have another go with better spin, more pressure on the media and another charismatic ventriloquists dummy.

      • Treetop 15.1.1

        Key’s MO is testing the waters to see what his lot may get away with. They did it with GST and underestimated the return. Same with available spending this year about 700 mil down about 400 mil.

  16. KJT 16

    http://www.fabians.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110:issues-in-privatisation-costs-a-benefits&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=54

    To give just two examples of the effect on New Zealand’s liabilities: the Ameritech/Bell Atlantic/Fay, Richwhite, Gibbs,Farmer syndicate bought Telecom for $4.25 billion in July 1990, when the company had shareholder funds of $2.5 billion. Shareholder funds declined over the next several years despite cost-cutting because of large capital payments to its shareholders who walked out of the company from 1997 with a realised capital profit of $7.2billion, in addition to a share of over $4.2 billion in dividends[i]– adding approximately $10 billion to New Zealand’s international liabilities. Between1990 and 1998 the company’s shareholder funds halved to $1.1 billion by when it was heavily in debt. In the decade from 1995 to 2004, Telecom paid out dividends of $6.7 billion from net earnings declared in New Zealand of $5.4billion, of which approximately $5.0 billion went overseas[ii].

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Fay, Richwhite and co. were brilliant men! We should be celebrating their success and their wealth, not cutting them down like tall poppies and being envious of them.

      They saw opportunities for themselves and took them. What could possibly be wrong with that? One man’s success is success for us all. I mean, if you were to work just as hard KJT, there’s no reason you couldn’t be just as successful and as happy as they are.

      All you have to do is make the right choices, and work hard, and you’ll earn the big money just like Fay, Richwhite and co.

      We are all so much better off as a country for the contributions of these people, surely. We need more of their kind doing their wonderful work on our behalf. They are smarter and more talented than all the rest of us. Celebrate success and aspiration, I say!

  17. rob 17

    I am not a mum or a dad so do I miss out?

    • Fraid so and if you are not a wealthy mum or dad you also miss out. But you do get to pay more for power and some of your money gets sent overseas to wealthy people. And it is likely that coal will be burned to give you power so that your environment will be stuffed up.

      Feeling better?

      • rob 17.1.1

        You are right, yet such a downer. At least John Key can rob us blind with a smile on his face. I could almost hear the ghost of Don Brash giving a little cheer from his office in the possibly corrupt Hulijch Investments…

        To be serious though, the term “mum and dad investor” is one a fairy tale type term, and two, usually means investors with no real knowledge or previous experience.

  18. The Herald and Key are getting hammered in the Herald’s comments section

    • Deadly_NZ 18.1

      Not any more. The comments sections are gone, as are all the negative comments. And even a couple of the more balanced stories seem to have vanished as well. Now that’s the Herald showing it’s true colours. And a nice pic for this story of JK giving us all the finger.

  19. the sprout 19

    even the munters at Kiwiblog don’t support privatization – take a look at DPF’s poll in the left-most column of the Bog. Despite the careful push-polling weasel wording of the question and the audience, it’s still 63% against 😆

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

    should be fun seeing the Little Austrian trying to defend this one

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Key must be risking a public backlash to satisfy internal National Party politicking.

      Its far enough out from the election that he can safely do that, and tell his Right Wing that they could keep the pressure up on it, but they put the reigns of power at risk.

      The Right like their money and their asset sell offs. But they like the power better.

  20. seeker 20

    @Pete

    “It is politically courageous to put something out for debate that you know will be a tough sell and may not succeed – and may also end your political career.”

    I don’t believe Key cares – I think he is going to leave politics when this election is over. He said as much on his ‘holiday’ interview. He also said to the press on TV on 10-10- 09- “politics is much harder than you think”. He has never been cut out for politics -celebrity yes- good ethical leadership of the country a definite NO.
    He will have done his task of getting National in (by national animal magnetism!?) and has now told the country what National/Business really wants- privatisation- to line their already swollen wallets after they had been given that other amoral Key gift -5% tax cuts- disgusting! None of the last 2 years has been about New Zealand and its people. Just power for the sake of power and what certain people can get out of it. Typical centuries old Conservative egocentricity.

  21. Pete 21

    Chris Trotter on courage:

    Last Tuesday Phil Goff had the opportunity to demonstrate not only the courage of the party but his own willingness to risk everything for a Labour victory.

    He failed on both counts.

    Had you dared more, Mr Goff, you would have failed less. Courage is it’s own reward.

    I partially agree with Trotter on having the guts to have a $10k no tax threshold – it would force a total revamp of our tax system, simplification, clarity and honesty. Remove WFF (some people are tax free up to $50k and higher now) and all “take and give back” allowances.

    The best way to minimise evasion and “arranging one’s affairs” is to have a simple, clear fair tax system.

    • Marty G 21.1

      this is why Trotter is one of those “righties’ lefties”, like bryce edwards who is looking to replace him in the dom.

      I’ve already laid out my vision for a radically overhauled, simplier tax and redistribution system ( /the-new-economy-tax-redistribution/ ) but just because Goff’s plan doesn’t get there doesn’t mean it isn’t steps in the right direction.

      Trotter and Edwards can’t take progress as a good thing. It’s always not enough. That means all they ever do is criticise the Left and feed ammunition for the right.

      If I was trotter and edwards I would look at who is quoting me most regularly (farrar, the likes of Pete) and wonder whose side I’m actually on.

  22. North 22

    The man, albeit fabulously wealthy of his own “hard work”, is a nerd/creep. Unwittingly even. For that is Crosby Textor.

    And the editorial is just the Herald having a wank – a perfunctory wank I suspect – “facile” well describes it.

    This is an issue out in election year. If Mr Simpering Johnny wins the argument with a resounding return, then at least we know. Time to stop caring about foreigners eventually owning our balls, us becoming a cash-cow suburb of Los Angeles/Melbourne/Hong Kong.

    At least the issue’s out. And it’s timely for people to look a bit into the future and see the same fellow earnestly explaining why the country JUST CANNOT AFFORD NOT to go below 50%.

    Unspoken (The Herald will help out) – “If we don’t…..watch out your services…..your health……your pension. And if you’re on a benefit…..well !”

    Bastards they are !

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  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    1 day ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    2 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    2 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    3 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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