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Quandary

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 pm, June 4th, 2009 - 58 comments
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This evening, Labour tabled in the House, with her permission, a statement from the woman that Richard Worth harrassed with his corrupt ‘jobs for favours’ proposals. Journalists got copies and have quoted from it but not shown it.

Except, the Herald briefly posted an image of it.

Here’s why we’re in a quandary. We’ve been sent a copy of that image. Should we post it?

The statement is now public information. In theory, ordinary members of the public can get to see papers that have been tabled in the House. On the other hand, would it be an unnecessary invasion of the woman’s privacy? That’s presumably why the Herald took it down.

What do you think?

58 comments on “Quandary”

  1. infused 1

    I think you know what the answer is. Not something to score political points over. I bet you’ll post it though.

  2. Have they released the emails that Mr Goff claimed existed? And shouldn’t you be using the word alleged somewhere in your post.*
    * Please do not assume that my comment is in anyway supportive of Richard Worth. It is not.

    • Eddie 2.1

      No one has alleged he committed any crime in reference to these activities (although maybe there could be a case for corruption charges) – no allegation of criminality, no ‘alleged’.

      You’re probably getting confused with the alleged crime that Key believes Worth committed and fired him for. You’re getting Worth’s scandals confused.

      • calltoaccount 2.1.1

        [Eddie: Hope there’s an article coming on the real issue, how Key’s antics forced her into making the statement. See my post at 9.18, down below.]

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Someone’s already posted a link on here (pdf). It’s a bit dodgy, because you can almost make out her name.

    I’d leave it alone, it’s not hard to find on the net. Sadly, some sh*t from the sewer will be tracking her down as we speak. It’s not hard to do really.

    I just hope she doesn’t get dragged through the mud, all because of that sleazeball.

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      Because it’s utterly unheard of for someone to make a false or exaggerated allegation, of course.

      I’m in no way implying that’s the case here because, like everyone else, I haven’t the proof either way… just that we’ve a long way to go before we can go applying terms like “sleazeball”.

      I’ve long believed that if someone makes an allegation that’s proven to be false, their automatic penalty ought to be that which would have been imposed upon the accused if they were found guilty (note that that’s not simply if the case is lost, but if the accusation is proven to be palpably false).

      “Dragging her through the mud” will do nothing to clarify the situation, find the truth, or simply stop us degenerating into a lynch mob.

      But nor will calling someone accused, and not yet charged let alone convicted, a “sleazeball” on the basis of an allegation.

      And, like barnsely bill, this comment shouldn’t be read as supporting Worth as a Minister. His performance before any of these personal allegations came to light showed him unfit for office, and I’m glad he’s gone.

      • gobsmacked 3.1.1

        I think he’s a sleazeball.

        “Alleged” is for discussion about crime. Not character.

  4. mike 4

    “Not something to score political points over.”

    But Goff’s up to his neck in it now – some media already questioning his tactics.

    This gift may yet turn sour for the preacher

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      Goff could have destroyed Worth in Parliament at any time. He didn’t.

      Get your timeline right, Mike. Goff said nothing in public until Key had sacked Worth AND told the media about these other allegations.

      No amount of diversion changes that simple fact.

    • Eddie 4.2

      This really is a desperate, desperate line from the Right.

      Go through Goff’s statements and show us how he has been anything other than dignified and measured. Then we can have a discussion.

      All you’ve got now is empty whining.

  5. Outofbed 5

    Leave well alone this is not whaleoil or farrar

  6. Daveo 6

    Um, it’s up on the front page of stuff right now.

    • Eddie 6.1

      Ah. It is too. well, we don’t need to if its widely available.

      • Anita 6.1.1

        Was there any reason you wouldn’t’ve posted it? Goff made it public record when he tabled it, and she’d given permission for it to happen.

  7. jcuknz 7

    It is careless not to include the word ‘alleged’

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    Perhaps it’s the journalist in me, but I’d have published and be damned. Presumably the statement was given to Goff with the knowledge he intended tabling it (I can’t imagine him doing so without the woman’s consent) and that it would have been explained to her that this made it subject to qualified privilege.

    That covers her privacy. As for Worth’s, once these sorts of accusations are known to be circulating it’s probably better that their exact nature be known. And given that nothing’s going to stop people debating his likely guilt or innocence, it’s also probably better that that debate have something other than rumour and speculation as its basis.

  9. calltoaccount 9

    Please don’t post it. As far as I understand, the lady was brave enough to front up with the info after Key, in effect, insinuated on Mary Wilson’s interview today that it did not exist. Leave the details out and respect her privacy, and focus on the real story, Key’s disgraceful handling of this issue.

    (A link to Wilson’s interview would be the way to go. There’s some wild comments in there from Key that are a real jawdropper, completely missed by the MSM…)

  10. Principessa 10

    Stuff.co.nz seem to have posted it and blacked her name out- if it’s the same statement.

    • Principessa 10.1

      Silly me- I should’ve read the above comments.

    • Eddie 10.2

      Yeah it is. As they’ve put it up, we won’t bother. It was only an issue of whether we should do it if the msm wouldn’t.

  11. Dan 11

    Leave it for Whaleoil. The lady was brave enough to start with. Don’t touch with a barge pole!

    • Anita 12.1

      To be fair to Key, if Tim Ellis is right about Key’s health (and Key has the cold I had) the neighbour’s decrepit arthritic and stone deaf cat could destroy him 🙂

      But back on point for a moment, a woman complains of sexual harassment and Key will only do anything if she’s willing to go public. Key’s handling of the sexual harassment aspect has been appalling.

    • Lew 12.2

      That’s one brutal savaging by Mary Wilson.

      And WTF is John Key on about? ‘Textses’, my precious…

      L

      • QoT 12.2.1

        Oh my God, I thought “textses” was going to be a one-off mispronunciation. But he KEPT SAYING IT. And the “well you would understand if you had ALL THE FACTS, but you DON’T, so shut up” attitude at the end was a thing of beauty.

        • Lew 12.2.1.1

          And treated with due righteous indignation by Mary Wilson, who never has much time for waffly bollocks.

          Righteous!

          L

  12. Ianmac 13

    I was thinking of unproven allegations in relation to the hammering that Tony Vietch received. Mmmmm?

  13. mike 14

    Worth is a creep and deserves to be punished – it just has a faint smell about it when a labour activist is happy to text-flirt with RW for 6 months then tables a document in the house attacking the PM for not acting faster.

    She needs to release all emails (including hers) to clear this up.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      “when a labour activist is happy to text-flirt with RW for 6 months”

      There is no one I’m aware of saying that’s how it was, other than fuckwits on blogs.

      • mike 14.1.1

        she must have been throwing him the odd bone to keep him interested from Nov 08 to Feb 09.

        But you are right – pure speculation. Hopefully she will release all the correspondence to clear it up.

        • Pascal's bookie 14.1.1.1

          Not if he was a fuckwit she needn’t have thrown him any bones at all. Creeps are like that.

          But are you saying that if she doesn’t “release all the correspondence” then baseless insinuations about her character are just what she has to put up with? And how pray tell is she supposed to prove she isn’t holding any back? If you want to be a sleazy little shit no one can stop you, but don’t blame her for your feces.

          Worth can sue if he’s been maligned.

        • Lew 14.1.1.2

          Mike, that’s bullshit.

          Refusing to take no for an answer and interpreting any response in favour of continuing their actions are classical defining characteristics of sexual harassers and predators. It’s not rational behaviour as you’re trying to argue – it’s a sort of narcissistic self-justifying cognitive dissonance, a form of sociopathology.

          Arguing that she was ‘asking for it’ in order to draw Worth into a Labour party honey-pot is misogynist mythology and wingnut partisan conspiracy theory. And regardless of your protestations, it does constitute a defence of Richard Worth, a justification of his actions.

          L

          • QoT 14.1.1.2.1

            Rock on, Lew.

          • mike 14.1.1.2.2

            It’s ‘bullshit’ putting words in my mouth…

            Worths actions are indefensible as an MP to be sure but having said you have evidence you then need to produce it to remain credible.

            The fact this went on for so long will no doubt raise questions about how she reponded to his advances. Only she can clear that up

          • Anita 14.1.1.2.3

            mike,

            That it went on for so long shouldn’t raise any questions about her actions. That it does is a sad comment on the questioner and the society they live in.

          • Lew 14.1.1.2.4

            Mike,

            It’s ‘bullshit’ putting words in my mouth

            Sorry, I ought to have specified that my comment was strictly in response to your statement “she must have been throwing him the odd bone to keep him interested from Nov 08 to Feb 09.” That doesn’t hold, and your arguing it does constitutes a justification of Richard Worth’s behaviour.

            As for the remainder:

            having said you have evidence you then need to produce it to remain credible.

            She needs to produce it to someone, but not to the general leering public. No doubt she has presented it to the only people who presently matter, viz, the NZ Police.

            L

          • Anita 14.1.1.2.5

            mike,

            The woman who was harassed by Worth has offered, more than once as far as we can tell, to provide the evidence to the right people to have the issue addressed

            You, me, TV1 news, and so on are not the right people, and she has absolutely no obligation to provide it to us.

    • rocky 14.2

      With dickhead comments from both you and the Prime Minister attempting to attack this woman’s credibility, is it any wonder she doesn’t want to go public?

    • Zetetic 14.3

      No she doesn’t she’s done nothing wrong. She doesn’t have to have her private stuff laid bare in public. It can all be handled confidentally like it should have been by Key in the first place.

      You just want to have a perve at the emails

  14. calltoaccount 15

    Here’s the issue from Wilson’s interview:

    Key said in relation to the texts, “If they’re real, lets produce them. Give them to me and I’ll give them to the media”. Under presure from an incredulous Wilson to respect her privacy, he finally gives a weak “yes”.

    Given that, the statement is produced by the lady, given to Goff, and used as rebuttal.

    The link (for the radio interview!) is here. It’s the most amazing interview of a prime minister since the last Nat gov. Incredibly bad performance.

    In short, Key flails around, and the lady has to make a statement to defend herself.

    [Eddie, this needs an article, fast!]

    • Kaplan 15.1

      Listening to him he reminds me of the odd ‘bullshit artist’ I have come across in my career.

      There are a few of this calibre around, they often have been in positions where no one else is able to challenge what they say and they grow accustomed to making up the rules, and often the facts, as they go along.

      In this interview Key sounds very much like he is doing that until challenged so forcefully. I really don’t think he is used to being treated like that and he doesn’t like it does he…

      Captcha “made passes”. I kid you not!

    • Eddie 15.2

      I’m writing one now but might hold it till morning. The Zetetic late show is about to start by the looks of things.

      • calltoaccount 15.2.1

        Great, both barrels. My lady is absolutely ropable. Attitude, privacy, shouting down a woman, etc etc.

        (My captcha btw was “more perks”. Bizarre.)

  15. craig 16

    Mike don’t blame Goff he went to Key with the info. Key stuffed up pure and simple.

    He should have suspended Worth( Natural justice) pending a investigation. Then acted depending on the out come of the investigation.

    Key has the info but didn’t act. If Worth was any Politician and he was innocent he would have stayed and faced the music.

    Goff has made it clear he gave Key proof, English speaking on Keys behalf in the house today has said that Key hadn’t seen the proof. Some ones lying!

    I suspect the Labour Party women is prepared to have the evidence tabled because Worth is now saying he is innocent.

    Worth is gone, Key knows that, thats why Key has turned on him, saying I would have fired him if he hadn’t resigned there is no place in my cabinet for this man.

    Fact is he didn’t fire him because he is weak . But the real political points will be scored when we find out who is telling the truth, Key or Goff.

    I know who my money is on.

    Key is a novice and it is really starting to show.

    • mike 16.1

      “Goff has made it clear he gave Key proof”

      Incorrect – Goff never saw emails or texts – took the woman at her word. Now she will need to front with proof (which I am sure she has) that she held back to avoid publicity.

  16. OhPlease 17

    We want to protect her privacy only because of the essential misogyny of society that says that when a woman is a victim of sexual harassment, she should somehow be ashamed . The more we assert that her anonymity is essential, the more we buy into this. If she were a victim of an “alleged” hit and run, there would not be the same hysterical sensitivity. As far as I am concerned, she is as innocent as any victim of robbery or bag snatch. She is clearly a strong woman who wants to see justice done. More power to her – I support her right to come out and make her allegation in whatever forum she wishes. If she send out a statement, lets post it wherever and however we can – I say.

    • Zetetic 17.1

      Interesting angle. Is the protective angle only because she’s a woman? Arising from a deep misogyny? Could be. Like to think we would act the same if it were a man. Not the sex of the person but the personal nature of the event. And her wish not to go public.

      • Anita 17.1.1

        I seem to remember that the Law Commission’s paper on suppression of names has some useful discussion about the rationale of suppressing the names of victims of sexual crimes. The issue is the nature of the crimes and society’s (appalling) attitude toward sexual crimes, not the gender of the victim.

        Having been, many years ago, a sexual harassment contact/support person at a University I am 100% sure that a man who had been sexually harassed would deserve just as much protection as a woman who had been, and that any responsible employer or investigator would make damned sure any victims of harassment (male or female) had their privacy protected.

      • OhPlease 17.1.2

        I am not sure – if it was Judith Collins harassing a married man half her age with sexually charged ‘texas’ and emails, would we be so overly concerned at preserving his privacy? If he submitted a statement, would we bend over backwards to discuss the appropriateness of positing it? Wouldn’t we assume that the bloke knows what he’s getting in to when he makes a statement tabled in the house, and assume he want to get his view out in the public domain?

        If I were her (I speak as a woman ) I would go public and say what happened – and dare society to make me anything other than a mature, sober , considered woman who stands up for herself. I think this would be a fantastic role model for her children frankly. Let Worth and Key be the ones to slink around behind closed doors and public relations’ offices .

        • Anita 17.1.2.1

          If the person harassed was a man I would be arguing just as strongly for his privacy, yes.

          I would like to say that if something awful happened to me I would have the strength and courage to stand up in public and tell every last detail with absolutely no shame. But I know that there are things that I don’t talk about publicly because I don’t want to be judged and know that everyone I ever meet has in their mind when they look at me the darkest moments of my worst nightmares. I probably have both the strength and the courage to do it, but I have weighed up the pros and cons and made that decision.

          Whether Worth’s victims want to tell it publicly or not is their call and we should respect it.

          FWIW I think it is totally revolting that there are people gleefully speculating on the net about what they think the Police investigation is about. Why is it at all acceptable to do that to his victim: she does not, in any way, deserve people speculating about something so distressing against her obvious wishes.

      • doc whose asking 17.1.3

        excuse me Zet as I first respond to Eddie’s post. Last evening a big time play fell upon the word pending which makes for max points in scrabble leagues.. depending as you’d expect on its position on that game board. With pending you can keep context in mind at the same time as overseeing whats on thetable, as it were.

        Zet, methinks it would help for due consideration of this family: if I heard correctly Mr Goff said it was this woman’s husband who came to see him in the hope that he would be able do something appropriate to resolve the somewhat pernicious possibilities then existent upon his wife… jobwise.

        Which word strikes a good deal of relevance for you folks… umm

    • Lew 17.2

      OhPlease,

      The more we assert that her anonymity is essential, the more we buy into this.

      There’s a gap between ‘being ashamed’ and ‘sacrificing all dignity’ – including, probably, that of her family. There’s also the power differential and cultural considerations. Worth, as a wealthy lawyer and minister of the Crown, is a dangerous man to go up against, and Korean treatment of matters like this is radically different to NZ treatment. In that regard I’m amazed that she mentioned it at all – in my experience Korean women simply put up with (what in NZ would be) unacceptable levels of sexual harrassment because that’s just how things are. It’s wonderful this woman has availed herself of the (cultural and legal) systems of redress available to her here. If she can do so while maintaining her family’s dignity, so much the better.

      L

  17. Kaplan 18

    Yep looks like the MSM have got it out there now. The Herald may have been having issues with what format to present it in. It was initially a badly scaled image before disappearing, then later it appeared in their photo media and only half visible. Amateurs.

    It does appear that the complainant is quite happy for this to be public domain.

    • Lew 18.1

      And Richard Worth’s statement is a .doc. WTF are those hacks at Star PR charging for? Never, ever release important documents in editable formats!

      L

  18. craig 19

    Wrong Mike, Goff gave the info to Key to protect the womans name six weeks ago. If he didnt want to protect her name he would have tabled it in the house and dribbled it out over the next few weeks

    But hey you believe what you like Mike. Just have the balls to say you were wrong when Goff finishes Key off.

  19. mike 20

    “Goff gave the info to Key”

    Craig, it’s widely reported there was no actual evidence given to Goff and the women refused to come forward. I’m sure selected messages will be drip fed by labour in the days to come though…

    • Zetetic 20.1

      No. They’ll have a private meeting with Key. They’re not stupid enough to do what you would do.

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    4 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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    2 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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    3 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
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    3 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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    3 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
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  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
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  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
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    5 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
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