Politics is indeed a blood sport

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, July 25th, 2023 - 56 comments
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Parliament can be something of a hell hole for its inhabitants.

The extent of how much it is a hellhole was laid bare by the Debbie Francis Report into bullying and harassment in Parliament.  Her conclusion was that bad that she recommended that a confidential mental health helpline be provided for all those on the precinct, with 24/7 access to clinical professionals.

Staff are far too often the subject of bullying and harassment and show the scars.

National MPs have a significant history of engaging in bullying behaviour and have a significant culture problem.

But Labour MPs are not immune from criticism.  Gaurav Sharma’s treatment of his staff was appalling, especially since he saw himself as being the victim of bullying, not the perpetrator.  And Meka Whaitiri was demoted from Cabinet after a physical altercation with a staff member.  As I said at the time of her demotion Labour Ministers and MPs ought to treat their staff with dignity and respect.  No ifs no buts.

MPs are also not immune to the pressures of the place and there have been a few recent examples.

For instance Todd Muller’s issues with mental health are well known.  Jacinda Ardern’s instruction to the Labour Party to leave him alone was welcome and appropriate.  Her approach of being kind was the best way to handle the matter.

Jami Lee Ross was another whose troubles with mental health were well known.

Although there is more than a hint that there was an attempt to allow political considerations to dominate the decision making.  Because at the time Ross recorded a discussion between himself, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett and the tape was subsequently leaked.

From Dan Satherley at Newshub:

Secret recordings of a conversation involving Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett have been leaked to The AM Show.

The clip features Mr Ross talking to the National Party leadership ahead of his decision to take personal leave at the start of October.

The comments on the tape suggest the National leadership team was trying to cover up the wrongdoing by Mr Ross. They discuss what reasons they will give for his leave – medical or family. Ms Bennett says medical leave would be better, as it would reduce media interest.

“So it would be for medical reasons?” asks Mr Ross.

“Is that what you want?” asks Ms Bennett. “I think either medical or family.”

“Medical is true,” says Mr Ross.

“That’s right,” says Mr Bridges. “There’s no shame in that.”

“And it means everyone will back off you too – the media and all that sort of stuff,” says Ms Bennett.

Unfortunately the current National leadership do not consider that when Parliamentarians are suffering from medical issues they should back off.  They have gone after issues relating to Kiritapu Allan with a vengeance.

Compare and contrast Labour’s approach when Muller or Ross had their difficulties with National’s approach to Allan which is cynically calculated to maximise political advantage.  As shown by this fascinating insight provided by Jo Moir at Newsroom.  In particular what it shows about National’s approach to issues relating to Allan’s health:

Newsroom approached [National’s mental health spokesperson Matt] Doocey personally to ask him what his experiences after nine years in Parliament had taught him about dealing with mental health struggles and how politicians could better address this.

But the National Party blocked the interview, instead referring any comments to Luxon and justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

The National Party is campaigning to have a minister for mental health if elected to government but didn’t want its more-than-qualified spokesperson to comment on the environment and pressures that may have contributed to Allan’s behaviour.

Instead Luxon fronted media and pointed to there being “something going wrong in the culture and leadership of that Cabinet group”.

“Here we are yet again, another week discussing drama and personnel issues within the Labour government.

“It’s a Labour government that’s not focused on the New Zealand people,” he said.

National could have treated this issue with some sensitivity.  Clearly it decided not to for political advantage.

And the sense of double standard is strong.

Kiritapu has announced her retirement from politics.  I wish her well in the future.

56 comments on “Politics is indeed a blood sport ”

  1. tc 1

    Sam would know all about hitting things. People in glass houses….better have solid NDA's covering their prior behaviour.

    • Belladonna 1.1

      You do realize that A this is a spoof twitter account. And B, you are replicating the behaviour that you condemn in others.

  2. Belladonna 2

    All of the National MPs quoted (in the actual article that the spoof account riffs off) appear to be highly sympathetic towards Allen.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/07/25/uffindell-on-allan-arrest-politics-a-blood-sport-sends-support/

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Then why did National use Luxon and Simeon Brown to comment on the matter and block Matt Doocey from commenting?

      • Belladonna 2.1.1

        I've not seen any comment from Simeon Brown on Kiri Allan's resignation. Can you link to this?

        Luxon commented because he's the leader, and it's his job to do so.

        The article you didn't quite link to – had comments from Uffindell and Muller as well (both highly sympathetic) – drawing on their own experiences with being hunted by the media (yes, yes, for different reasons)

        • mickysavage 2.1.1.1

          The article I “didn’t quite link to” was put out a few hours after the article that I highlighted and was after National had received quite a kicking on social media. You will have to ask National why it said that Luxon and Brown were commenting on the issue and why it blocked the interview with Matt Doocey.

          • Belladonna 2.1.1.1.1

            Well, given you linked to the spoof of it – it seems difficult to believe that it wasn't publicly available….. Perhaps twitter has time travel.

    • Phillip ure 2.2

      Uffindells words are puke-inducing…

      Trying to paint himself as some kind of victim..

      No…he is no victim…he is the assailent…

      The 13 year old boy he beat..(he doesn't remember if he used a bed leg on his victim…yeah.. it's easy to forget such minor details… isn't it..?.

      uffindell should not be there…

      And for luxon/tories to point their fingers at allan…is fucken hypocrisy writ large…

      ..when they excuse this thug …

      (Not to mention their other glaring example…mitchell..the former mercenary soldier/killer for hire..)

      National have no standards..

      • Belladonna 2.2.1

        So no forgiveness for the teenage Uffindell.

        No doubt you'll apply the same highly-critical and unforgiving standards to the (adult) Allan.

        The point of the article I linked (the one that was spoofed in the OP) – was that none of the National MPs were pointing fingers at Kiri Allan.

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.1

          Remind me what did Labour say about Uffindell?

          • Belladonna 2.2.1.1.1

            I've no idea – what did they say?

            I'm commenting on what P ure is saying….

        • Phillip ure 2.2.1.2

          You are doing what I highlighted… namely doing some sort of equivalence exercise between Allan's minor traffic accident…and uffindell beating a 13 yr old boy…

          There is no bloody equivalence…!

  3. Chris 3

    It would've been national's filth machine hunting for anything to bring down most if not all of the however many ministers that've gone over recent months. Their current MO continues to embrace dirty politics with the added requirement to be better at it and don't get caught.

    Sure, some of the Labour people deserved what they got, but there'd have been a similar result if the boot were on the other foot, likely worse given the level of filth inside the national party.

  4. Ad 4

    It’s more an elite sport.

    Would not be hard to compare our MMP competitive system to a Football World Cup or a Rugby World Cup.

    Then we could rank the teams and their competitiveness, right down to the fitness of the key players.

    It would make List conferences just like the naming of an All Blacks or Black Ferns squad.

    After all politics at national level should be highly competitive, and the fittest and most skilled alone should be chosen.

    And you should not go into politics unless you are an elite player, or you will get hurt.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    The Natzo’s “Bed Leg Basher” Sam, and Barbara the animal torture enabler are a couple of the worst. As I said here previously–you need to be a genuine hard arse to survive for very long in the NZ Parliament. Not too many exit a political career with a grin on their dial–which is an issue for our whole society.

    Kiri should have got a cab. Micheal Wood should have divested his shares. Many years ago there was a diabetic NZ National Minister, Keith Allen who was filmed walking uneasily around downtown Wellington accused of being pissed, Robert Muldoon announced a General Election while clearly trolleyed. Most get hoisted eventually, and it is not right, but the Natzos get away with more because of their media channel contacts and influence.

  6. Roy Cartland 6

    There was no suggestion anywhere that Uffindel had any kind of mental health issue. He was a shit, and everyone agreed, even himself.

    But the house has been very empathetic to Kiri, so much so that I've had to eat my words. I thought the nats would be awful, but they've been very thoughtful, even hired killer, Mark Mitchell.

  7. bwaghorn 7

    My 2 cents on Kiri Allen is that she's obviously been allowed to rise to fast and gotten out of her depth, this shows poor management by senior members in labours leadership, talent needs to be nurtured and allowed to ripen slowly. Just because a youngen thinks they are ready for the big time doesn't mean they should be given it.

    • Belladonna 7.1

      I don't agree with "rise too fast" – she was (and is) clearly enormously talented and passionate about making a difference. There are too few truly talented people at the top to waste them in time-serving apprenticeships on the back benches.

      But, I'd certainly say that she was loaded up with too much responsibility – too many portfolios and too many changing portfolios (every time you gain a new portfolio, it takes time to get up to speed, and be at your best).

      The temptation of management (in all spheres, not just politics) to give more and more work to the competent – because they get the job done. It's a huge contributor to burn out.

      I've commented before about the weight of portfolios being carried by a relatively small core of senior ministers on the Labour team. This is a weakness, not a strength.

      In retrospect, Hipkins should be worrying whether his need for release of significant policy statements around justice, added unconscious pressure for Allen to return sooner than she should have. The pressure of expectations, and the subsequent internal pressure to perform at your best, is a huge driving force.

      Note: I'm not saying that it was anything to do with her Justice portfolio that triggered the incident – it seems to be established that it was personal; but rather, if she'd taken a month off – she'd have been at home with whanau support when whatever hit her, did so – not isolated in Wellington.

      • bwaghorn 7.1.1

        " certainly say that she was loaded up with too much responsibility –

        Sounds like you agreeing with me , to me. !!

        • Belladonna 7.1.1.1

          Oh I agree with too much loaded on to her.

          And, it seems clear that she did not have a political mentor to call on, when things went to custard for her, personally, in Wellington. None of the figures who 'touched base' with her – were trusted enough for her to call….

          • Dennis Frank 7.1.1.1.1

            They call it responsible government. Constitutional law. To take this notion seriously, one needs evidence that our govt is taking responsibility for what it does. If you employ a minister with known mental health problems, your duty of care blends with taking responsibility for making her a minister.

            Do we see evidence of Labour doing so? I'm guessing the answer is no but I've got an open mind and could adopt a favourable view if any evidence shows up to suffice…

            • Belladonna 7.1.1.1.1.1

              I think there is a different (indeed a very big difference) between employing someone with "known mental health problems"- and someone having a breakdown because of personal issues (God knows, relationship break ups are highly stressful, and with a stressful high-performance job on top of it…)

              That's not to say that people in either category shouldn't be employed. But a responsible employer needs to be aware of stress-points, and workloads and how they impact on individuals.

              There is no evidence that Allan has mental health issues prior to 2023. So no reason that Hipkins (or Ardern, for that matter) needed to take any extraordinary level of care (just as there was no indicator for Muller, prior to his breakdown).

              However, once Hipkins was alerted to a high-stress personal situation with Allen – clearly impacting on her mental health – he had a responsibility to take action to support her. We don't know what that action was (and we shouldn't – people are entitled to privacy – even MPs).

              I don't feel that anyone is directly to blame in this scenario – though everyone has their own actions or inactions to own and reflect over.

              • Dennis Frank

                Fair enough. I thought she'd had a track record of it but can't recall the details with clarity.

                The other factor in responsibility is metacognition: to what extent does someone know they are being irresponsible? Particularly germane when judgment is impaired. As in not taking a taxi. And refusing to accompany the cop. I suppose anyone's vulnerable to pressure, but what if they don't realise their vulnerability? Self-awareness isn't certifiable.

                I guess the PM could only trust his personal judgment & she seemed confident she had recovered. From a risk management perspective, it was worth the risk so give her the benefit of any doubt. Understandable.

              • SPC

                There is no evidence that Allan has mental health issues prior to 2023.

                When she was younger her church had her managed for her sexuality.

                "I've struggled with my mental health a good part of my adult life, that's something that I try not to shy away from," she said.

                https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/07/labour-mp-willie-jackson-s-message-to-those-politicising-sensitive-kiri-allan-case.html

                Such might suggest a role for someone checking on ministers well-being, rather than just than do not be like Curran, Nash and Wood in their lack of compliance with expectations.

                Perhaps the parliamentary leaders of the parties and their party presidents should note some acknowledgement of this.

    • SPC 7.2

      Sure, there is a case for new ministers to have a term with a more limited workload, the exception would be where they had years in opposition as spokesperson for the range of ministry positions.

      And also oversight of their awareness of ministerial p’s and q’s (as per Curran etc and Wood with his paperwork and related compliance).

  8. Anker 8
    • I think the majority of MPs have been quite sympathetic towards Kiri. Seymour, even Mark Mitchell.

    it’s not about scoring political points. The whole issue is political because she is the Minister of Justice and she has been charged with careless driving, being over the limit with alcohol and refusing to accompany a police officer. Voters have a right to scrutinise this as do the opposition parties. Generally I think people have been very kind to her, because most of us can imagine how awlful this will be for her.

    but there were many warning signs things weren’t right.and Hipkins had many chances to stand her down

    i do want to say that drinking and driving isn’t a symptom of a mental illness. Most people with depression don’t drink and drive and most health professionals would absolutely warm against doing so. She is responsible for her own actions

    Many people on this ite, myself included have had depression, traumatic relationship break ups, cancer. Most of us wouldn’t get into a car and drive when highly emotional or drunk. Willie Jackson talked to her on the phone on Sunday and said she was in a bad way. By the end of the call was smiling and cheerful

    • Craig H 8.1

      Not to excuse any of it, but she hasn't been charged with driving while over the limit – that was dealt with at the time with an infringement notice as she was under the criminal limit but over the infringement limit.

      • aj 8.1.1

        One glass of wine would bring a person close to the lower limit, 2 would be close to 400

        It does not take much to get close. Tested myself when the limits last changed and a couple of Twelves had me between 250 and 400.

        Have never driven since after drinking.

      • Anker 8.1.2

        As a women, I never drink and drive. One glass on an empty stomach efffects me. Two glasses I would absolutely not be good to drive.

        Here's a question. Do you think she crashed her car because of the alcohol or her emotional state?

        • SPC 8.1.2.1

          Or a phone …

        • Anne 8.1.2.2

          Good question Anker. It was probably a mix of both. It is not a good idea to drive while under the influence of a distressing experience of one sort or another, but we've all done it. Add a bit of alcohol and the consequences can be huge.

          There but for the grace of God etc……

          • Anker 8.1.2.2.1

            Thanks Anne.

            No I have never done it i.e drive under the influence or when I was so distressed that I shouldn't have been driving.

            Not trying to be holier than thou here.

            But it also is about judgement. Ability to self regulate and know when to take time out or not drink

  9. Corey 9

    National won't let it's candidates show up to anything without Luxons approval.

    We hosted a meet the candidates event a week ago, candidates from every other party took place, we tried for weeks to get a national candidate to get involved and all the national members and MPs were disgusted that we even asked.

    We hosted a comedy show and had every other party send a candidate, except national who were genuinely angry we even asked them to take part.

    National doesn't want us to get to know it's candidates, then again looking at their candidate history, if we got to know their candidates they might catfish us, bash us in our sleep or send our kids nude Snapchats.

    • Belladonna 9.1

      Goodness, which electorate?

      Our local one has the National candidate turning up to everything, and all over social media (personal comments – not a chat bot from the electorate office spamming the pages). [I can't say that I particularly like him, but he's certainly working hard]

      The Labour MP – rarely seen. Only pre-formated standard Labour party political messages from his office. Very reluctant to comment on social media (community FB pages, etc.). Turns up to community photo op events (but largely ones that align with his personal political philosophy – although this is possibly true of all MPs)

      I have no visibility of the electorate candidates from the minor parties (if any) – they haven't impinged on my local political radar.

      AFAIK there haven't been cross-party 'meet the candidate' events – though it's not the kind of thing I go to, so might have missed one. There have been both Labour and National 'senior MP + local MP/candidate' events on a particular theme (transport, and housing are the 2 I recall from the billboards on the corner)

  10. observer 10

    At least one journalist knows a low blow when he sees one …

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/07/lloyd-burr-what-was-david-seymour-thinking-with-urgent-debate-over-kiri-allan-s-resignation.html

    As for National, in case everyone's forgotten, only weeks ago Luxon was whining about the media even asking questions about him and his wife claiming the clean car discount. So unfair, so personal, yadda yadda … and that was on a relatively trivial issue. His skin is wafer thin.

    But he's now decided how he wants to play it. As soon as he declared that Allan should be treated as a mere extension of Nash and Wood, as if their circumstances had anything in common at all, he put decency in the shredder. So he shouldn't be surprised or play victim when he gets it back – and he will.

    • newsense 10.1

      Here’s the quote from the Spinoff:

      If clinical sign-off was applied to all politicians as National leader Christopher Luxon suggests, I suspect parliament would be half empty half the time – because politicians are human too. His comments are a sad and ill-informed weaponising of Ms Allan’s distress for political gain. They reflect disturbing and outdated bio-medical thinking. Not what we need to set the tone when addressing Aotearoa New Zealand’s mental health response.

      https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/26-07-2023/what-we-can-learn-from-the-response-to-kiri-allans-exit

      But I also suspect there are enormous privacy issues in play too.

  11. Peter 11

    Judith Collins, Duncan Garner, Iain Lees-Galloway.

    Of course it's a blood sport.

    It's how much of the public want it. Media interviews? The prime goal is not seen as informing, they're to see who 'wins' or 'loses.' A studio discussion is regarded the same as a martial arts bout.

  12. SPC 12

    Sure, going after Allan (the justice minister) after getting the police minister Nash was clearly part of the chaos campaign of the laura NACT order.

    The timing of the public service informant via media …

    • Anne 12.1

      And the Public Service is supposed to be neutral. Pull the other one. It's never been neutral. The various chiefs put on a first class act of seeming neutrality for the benefit of the public but most of it is a sham.

  13. observer 13

    "Luxon's comments are a sad and ill-informed weaponising of Ms Allan’s distress for political gain."

    … according to the head of the Mental Health Foundation. I think we should take more heed of his view than ignorant and unqualified political commentators.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/26-07-2023/what-we-can-learn-from-the-response-to-kiri-allans-exit

  14. James Simpson 14

    There needs to be a distinction between treating someone fairly when they have mental health issues, and bad behaviour. I

    n my observation there has almost been universal sympathy for Kiri in that respect.

    Where the criticism has been very pointed is the bullying allegations against her, and her decision to drive on the streets of Wellington after drinking. Health issues do not excuse either of those things.

  15. Patricia Bremner 15

    Christopher Luxon has one set of standards when it affects him or the National party, and reverts to hunter mode at any sign of weakness in Government Ministers.

    By being sole voice for National he is controlling his rather pathetic lot. He won't be able to control all interactions once the Election local meetings begin, he will have to be "everywhere man."

    As for Seymore, he could not resist in the house. He had his Deputy off stage making sympathetic noises in a formulaic way, but he kept the political machinations for a quick debate, as he smelled opportunity.

    No quick debate on Bridges or Kruriger though, or Uffindell for that matter. He and Luxon have a very big bumpy rug, with all that has been swept under it. imo.

  16. Sabine 16

    My issue really with this whole story is simple. Kiritapu Allen is now a a drink driver.
    If they would have taken a company car to drive after going out for drinkies and would have crashed in a parked car and then resisted (and i don't give that too much value all things considered) they would have lost their jobs immediately. And they would get charged for all the laws they broke. If they were ordinary Jo / Jane NZ. And no one would have any pity to spare nor would they be expected to show pity to some rich lister who broke the law. Why are we to consider Kiritapu Allen the victim in all of that when they took decisions that well turned out bad?

    Drink driving is the one thing that causes havoc in NZ every other weekend, school holiday etc. Constantly. So much damage and death.

    And they had a driver at their disposition. A tax payer funded driver on a 24 hour call.

    Why this person choose to take to the wheels after drinking i can not fathom, but that does not make them a victim. Neither does being Maori, as many Maori don't drive after having had a few drinks. Neither does being a female and a self identifying lesbian, as many females and lesbians don't drive after drinking.

    IT was a bloody stupid thing to do, and as Minister of Justice, ass. Minister of other stuff, and as member of Parliament they should have known better and they should have acted better.

    All things considered i actually put most of the blame on their boss, PM Chippy, who should have told Kiri to stay at home for a longer mental health break rather then call her back in and put again stress on Kiri, stress that they obviously could not handle.

    Maybe for all their personal goods, they were not cut out for life in the public light and certainly not for the portfolio of Justice.

    None of that is the fault of any party on the opposition, but Kiritapu Allens. They decided to go out for drinks, they decided to drink more then the allowable limit, and then they decided to take the car for a drive home. No one forced them to do that.

    Maybe a heartfelt and honest ' I am sorry' and "i am lucky' for only hitting a car rather then a person would be the best thing to do for Kiri.

    Anything else is just desperate paddling away from actually happened. The minister of Justice going on a drive whilst drunk.

    Quite sad actually.

    • roblogic 16.1

      Chippy should have kept her on the back benches after all the shit she has been through this year, and her drunken outburst at RNZ earlier this year.

      Kiri has some great qualities but like all of us some pretty significant character flaws.

      I wish her well, and hope this marks a turning point for her life.

    • Anne 16.2

      Oh dear, there are a lost of suppositions there Sabine – black and white stuff with no acknowledgement of the grey areas between.

      Who said she was drunk apart from a few third grade journos. She had a couple of drinks which in the normal scheme of things do not make a person drunk. Sure, she should not have driven herself home but she's paid a huge price for that.

      Being so righteous after the event is easy but doesn't mean it is accurate. I don't know if she went out for drinks with a bunch of people. If so, do you think they would have let her drive herself home if she was drunk? I doubt it.

      She has already made several heartfelt and honest apologies that you seem to have missed.

      Looks to me a bit like you have created a bit of a fantasy there to suit your preferred take on the event.

      • Sabine 16.2.1

        which fantasy Anne?

        that they drove a governmental vehicle into a stationary car? They did.

        that they drove whilst drunk? They did.

        that they resisted arrest? They did.

        that they are maori – and many maori don't drink and drive. True that too.

        that they are female – and many females don't drink and drive. True that too.

        that they are a lesbian – only human females are lesbians – and that not many lesbians drink and drive? True that too.

        that we have many car accidents with people maimed and killed thanks to drink driving and that Kiri should be happy and relieved that they did not cause such an accident whilst driving under the influence of alcohol? check the news every other weekend or have a chat with your local volunteer rural firefighters.

        that they are/were the Minister of Justice and associated minister of other things? Yes, they were.

        that they still receive a wage until election day? That too is true.

        that they would have been fired by any company should they have caused a drink driving accident in a company vehicle? totally true.

        Maybe you need to take your rose colored glasses of your eyes and actually understand what happened.

        A Minister of Justice, went for drinks, did not call a driver, but drove themselves under the influence, crashed in a parked car, resisted arrest and is now rightfully called out for their abhorrent behaviour.
        Either drink driving is an offense for all or it is for none.

        Looks to me a bit like you have created a bit of a fantasy there to suit your preferred take on the event, meaning, drink driving is OK when it is done by Labour Minister of Justice. For shame. For shame.

        edit: and it matters not one bit if they went for drinks by themselves or with others, and it matters not that if they were only a wee tiny tizy bitzy bit over the limit (limits are limits not targets) or blotto. Once you are over your two standard drinks it is best to call an uber, taxi or the tax payer funded driver that Kiritapu Allen had access to.

        • Anne 16.2.1.1

          Trying to re-direct your own behaviour back on to me and adding a load of shit that was not part of the subject matter or in contention.

          • Sabine 16.2.1.1.1

            you still fail to point out where i indulge in fantasy my dear.

            Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

        • Jester 16.2.1.2

          Agree with you totally Sabine. Not sure why Anne thinks you are in 'fantasy land' as you have clearly stated the ' knowns' or facts, whereas she seems unable to come up with anything to dispute them. The owner of the ute has now released video footage to the NZ Herald by the way.

    • Anker 16.3

      I agree 100% Sabine.

      I would feel the same way about anyone who drove over the limit.

      • Anne 16.3.1

        So, are you suggesting she had a breath testing kit with her and tested herself. She discovered she was over the current limit and decided to drive herself home regardless?

        • Anker 16.3.1.1

          Not at all that she had a breath testing kit with her.

          Because the limits are so low now,many people abstain from drinking when they know they are going to drive or say just have one drink with food.

          She's a lawyer and the Justice Minister, I might have thought she would be in a better position to know than many people.

  17. Anne 17

    It would not surprise me one little bit if, further down the track, Kiri Allan returns to parliament. She has such a lot to offer that she will be encouraged to do so when the time is right.

    In the meantime she will have time to recover from her personal troubles and perhaps take on a pastoral role of some sort among her own people.

    There are plenty of instances of people who, for one reason or another, lose their positions of authority and return at a later date to pick up where they left off.

    A good example was Colin Moyle back in the 1970s. He, too, had been a victim of dirty politicking and he didn't in the first instance handle it well. He lost his ministerial responsibilities and resigned from parliament. He returned a few years later, older and wiser, and had a successful parliamentary career.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Moyle

  18. Ffloyd 18

    Anne. Totally agree.yes

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    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

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

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

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

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

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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