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Religion and the threshold

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, May 24th, 2019 - 59 comments
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It has been quite amusing watching a new generation of journalists waffling on about possible religious parties maybe entering parliament as offside stooges for National. Don’t these dimwits ever look at history?

Religious party – please meet the threshold… It is 5%, or if National is feeling generous – National giving up a seat and actively campaigning against their candidate like they do in Epsom. Either way it is unlikely to work well, even for National – the most likely beneficiary.

For instance we’ve been through this performance before with the church of density. Wikipedia has a pretty good summary.

Political activities

Richard Lewis, a member of Destiny Church Auckland, formed the Destiny New Zealand political party in 2003. The party first ran candidates in 2005. Candidates from four different churches joined with candidates who came from Destiny Church. Despite Tamaki’s prediction that the church would rule New Zealand by 2008, the party’s 42 candidates gained only 0.6 percent of the vote. This fell well short of the five percent threshold required to enter Parliament without an electorate MP but proved the best performance of any party that failed to enter Parliament.[34] In 2007, City Impact Church and Destiny Church collaborated in the establishment of the “Family Party”, but the latter won just 0.35% of the party vote in New Zealand’s 2008 general election and dissolved in 2010.[35]

But if you look at the history of specifically religious parties in NZ it really is a history of abject failures, splits, mergers, and bloated egos failing to work together. Wikipedia has this classic diagram of “Chart of New Zealand Christian political history as of 2014, showing mergers, splits and renamings“. You need it to even keep track of the romantic couplings and divorces.

Of course in 2014, we had yet to see the spectacular disintegration of the new Conservative party into factionalism, faux news, innuendo, and the court actions. And the United Future died after Peter Dunne finished propping it up.

Actually the only significiant party with a religious component I can recall getting into parliament during my lifetime was United Future. That was an interesting hodge-podge of religious and special interest groups. For those who lost it in the sea of beige, the ‘Future’ bit was the religious side, while the United bit was a previous coalition of centre political careerists. But that is what it appears is required for our christian conservatives to get a religious party into parliament.

This is hardly surprising. New Zealand is quite strongly non-secular. When you look at the censuses, this becomes pretty clear. From Wikipedia again a summary of the gross religious trends from the census

Religion
2013 census[a]
2006 census
2001 census
Trend (%)
Number
%
Number
%
Number
%
2001–13
 
Christian
1,858,977
47.65
2,027,418
54.16
2,043,843
58.92
Decrease
 
Hinduism
/Hindu
89,319
2.11
64,392
1.72
39,798
1.15
Increase
 
Buddhism
/Buddhist
58,404
1.50
52,362
1.40
41,634
1.20
Increase
 
Māori
Christian
52,947
1.36
65,550
1.75
63,597
1.83
Decrease
 
Islam
/Muslim
46,149
1.18
36,072
0.96
23,631
0.68
Increase
 
Spiritualism 
and New Age
Religions
18,285
0.47
19,800
0.53
16,062
0.46
Steady
 
Judaism/Jewish
6,867
0.18
6,858
0.18
6,636
0.19
Steady
 
Other Religions
34,245
0.88
24,450
0.65
18,780
0.54
Increase
 
Total people
with at least
one religious
affiliation
2,146,167
53.64
2,271,921
60.69
2,232,564
64.36
Decrease
 
No Religion
1,635,345
41.92
1,297,104
34.65
1,028,049
29.64
Increase
 
Object to
answering
173,034
4.44
242,607
6.48
239,241
6.90
Decrease
 
Total people
stated
3,901,167
100.00
3,743,655
100.00
3,468,813
100.00
   
Not elsewhere
included[b]
347,301
 
292,974
 
287,376
     
Total 
population
4,242,048
 
4,027,947
 
3,737,277
     

And of course that doesn’t really highlight the reality of segmentation. For instance, with the Christians if you look at the wikipedia link, you’d find that the bulk are Catholic or Anglican – two religions that aren’t well known for political activism. In the 2013 census, if you got all of a single census religious grouping to agree to vote together (like that would ever happen), only the Catholics, Anglican, and the Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed” groupings would even get to the 5% threshold.

But with the groups that tend to be so prevalent in the christian political circles, you tend to see 5-20 thousand in the demographics – less than 1% if they happened to all agree. For instance wikipedia says about the Destiny church

At its peak in 2003, Destiny Church had a network of 19 churches throughout New Zealand, with a total membership in excess of 5,000. By June 2012 it had 11 remaining churches, with fewer than 3000 regular attendees. Churches have closed in Porirua, Wanganui and Dunedin.[16] By June 2013, Destiny Church Wanganui was no longer listed on the main church website.[17] In addition, other branches had KaitaiaOpotikiTaumaranui, and Hawkes Bay had either closed down or merged with other church branches.[18]

Just to give that some perspective, this site routinely attracts between 3000 and 5000 unique visitors per week who read the site multiple times during the week. I’d have to look it up, but I think that we usually get close to 3000 people who read it more than 5 times per week. Of  course there are differences between our ‘congregation’ and that of the Destiny church. We’re free for a starter…

Which rather explains the poor political performances of the religious right trying to form political parties.

Moreover, any survey that asked how much religious belief played in their political support, it’d probably be very low. Which is what we see in the political votes.  

Personally I’m in that “No religion” bit. The one that has risen from 29.64% or the population in 2001 to 41.92% in 2013. I’m expecting that once the 2018 census figures finally get released, that no religion will be the majority religion. 

So what exactly are the dimwits of the press doing with puff-pieces especially in the NZ Herald about the Density church and National’s religious right MP’s political offerings? I know that mid-first-term is a dead political period with little ‘sizzle’ to write about. But this is just stupid waste of bandwidth. 

There are politicians with religious backgrounds scattered through most political parties. Offhand I know of a number that I’d personally support, not particularly because they’re religious, but because they’re people worth supporting.

I also know of a number that I can only describe a hypocritical arseholes that I’d happily do the metaphorical equivalent of tripping up whenever I get an opportunity. The Tamaki family business is definitely one of those. 

It is really just the difference between people who lead by their own example and those who appear to hide behind religion or ideology  to disguise their inherent sociopathy. 

59 comments on “Religion and the threshold”

  1. woodart 1

    correct. the religos will lose there money, and voting power with these charlatans. The other thing I take from your column, (and have had commented by others) is that the herald is doing a great job of killing itself. charging admission to a site that is full of rubbish click bait, unsubstantiated rumours and poorly researched nonsense, is such a bad bussiness decision , its worthy of trump.

  2. SPC 2

    The level of coverage

    1. this sector will spend money on advertising. 

    2. they would be allies of National and thus business (other advertisers)

    3. its cultural divide clickbait (advertising).  

    The bible, the security gun and mammon – the big 3 of right wing politics (and the imperial global order thereof) are so connected and the 4th estate is their ticket to ride the popular mob.

  3. alwyn 3

    The first New Zealand political party to have a strongly religious orientation was of course the Labour party in its alliance with the Ratana Church. In order for the Ratana Church supporting them Labour gave Ratana an exclusive right to have its members stand for Labour in the Maori seats that lasted for decades.

    The four Maori seats that existed in the pre-MMP era were held exclusively by Ratana Church members as follows

    Southern Maori 64 years from 1932 to 1996.

    Western Maori for 61 years starting in 1935

    Northern Maori for 42 years starting in 1938

    Eastern Maori for 20 years from 1943.

    Even after relationships became strained the Labour Party still claimed that their alliance to the Ratana Church continued as exemplified by Helen Clark who, with a 26 strong party of Labour MPs, attended the Ratana celebrations in 2005 and told the church members there.

    "Along with fellow speakers, she highlighted the 69-year bond Labour had with Ratana and said they were "in for the long haul." 
    She said Labour was wedded to the vision of the prophet that "Maori and Pakeha live together in harmony. We know we are more likely to achieve our aspirations together than apart". 

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10007932

    And this from a woman who claimed in all her other activities that she was an agnostic.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 3.1

      'And this from a woman PM who claimed…'

      What are you implying, Alwyn?  That's it's hypocritical for someone who claims to be an agnostic to cosy up to believers?  Mind you, Clark probably had less time for the Exclusive Brethren than did the National party!

      "In 2008 Key stated that he attended church frequently with his children, but was an agnostic."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Key

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/general/key-attends-ratana-promises-movement-on-maori-issues–2010012217

      Key may have claimed he was agnostic, but why would anyone trust him, eh?

    • Dukeofurl 3.2

      Ratana Mps existed before the tie in with labour

       

      'Following the 1935 General Election of the First Labour Government, the two Rātana MPs agreed to vote with Labour"
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratana

      • alwyn 3.2.1

        They had one MP elected in 1932. He supported Labour.

        "In 1932, Eruera Tirikātene became the first Rātana MP when he won a by-election for Southern Maori. He was instructed to support the Labour opposition. Rātana favoured the Labour Party because it had consulted his supporters when devising its Māori policy. When Labour won a landslide election victory in 1935, the Rātana movement took a second seat, Western Maori.".

        Then in 1935, shortly after the election

        "The alliance between the Rātana Church and the Labour Party was cemented at an historic meeting between Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana and Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage."

        The formal alliance was after Tirikatene was an MP but the informal link and the support from Ratana was always there.
        https://nzhistory.govt.nz/page/ratana-and-labour-seal-alliance

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    “Personally I’m in that “No religion” bit. The one that has risen from 29.64% or the population in 2001 to 41.92% in 2013. I’m expecting that once the 2018 census figures finally get released, that no religion will be the majority religion. ”

    I'm in that 30% too.  I expect the authorities to continue their discrimination campaign, and thus provide further evidence in the 2018 census figures that they didn't want to measure the proportion of the populace who self-identify as spiritual – not religious.

    They could justify their discrimination on the basis that religions are social categories, and spirituality is not.  Such semantics seem evidence of ideological denial on their part!  Since my life-long political beliefs, values, and sporadic activism, have all derived from my spirituality, I naturally still see the authorities as full of shit.

    Even in the USA my category is quite large: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/10/16630178/study-spiritual-but-not-religious

  5. Poission 5

    For instance we’ve been through this performance before with the church of density.

    Not a wide enough following over the length of nz?

  6. observer 6

    I agree that the lack of historical background in the media is annoying. Some outlets do provide that (Spinoff) but in most cases the easy headline (Tamakis! Alf on abortion!) is all we get.

    So I'll step in 😉 …

    The time for this "conservative" breakthrough (I won't call it Christian) was around 2008. The so-called anti-smacking law had people revved up, for months. John Key in opposition got National to vote for it. Then as PM, he ignored the referendum.

    Whatever we think about Larry Baldock & co, getting the required signatures for a referendum is not easy (see asset sales later). A lot of names, a lot of work. There was a potential 5% base there.

    And NZ First were out of Parliament in Key's first term. So that was one less platform for conservatives/reactionaries.

    But here's the thing. They now had to oppose a National government. Not ranting about Helen, or Jacinda today. And if you look back at the language of the time, the timidity then compared with the ferocity now, you can only come to one conclusion. The "religious right" are a bunch of hypocrites.

    John Key voted for marriage equality. Outrageous! Adam and Steve! Let's march on Parliament! Enough is Enough! But … they didn't. Alf Ngaro became an MP in 2011. He then said nothing for 6 years.

    Whatever party label they have (see the Wiki diagram above), they have one thing in common. Attacking a Labour-led government is more important than standing up for values they claim to care so much about. When National are in power, those values are on hold.

    They're a fraud, so they fail. Thank, er, God.

  7. Dennis Frank 7

    Further to the political relevance of ecospirituality:  "One fifth of the US public and a third of adults under the age of 30 are reportedly unaffiliated with any religion but identify as being spiritual in some way. Of these religiously unaffiliated Americans, 37% classify themselves as spiritual but not religious, while 68% say they do believe in God, and 58% feel a deep connection to the Earth."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_but_not_religious

  8. marty mars 8

    Nice post. I'm happy for them to dash themselves against the rocks of the threshold. I'm even a supporter of a lower threshold and I doubt they'd ever get there no matter how low – once power got close their true natures would come out and it wouldn't be pretty imo – if GoT, the episode could be called 'The Red Gods'.

    • observer 8.1

      Agree. A lower threshold (say, 3%) might get the far right into Parliament. But they would only poison any coalition partner, and probably themselves. The smaller the caucus, the more bitter the in-fighting. Remember Hide's ACT? They were an ongoing soap opera (Heather didn't like Rodney, nobody liked David, somebody we've forgotten was next on the list and opposed everyone else, etc, etc).

  9. Anne 9

    The historical diagram is interesting. I had no idea there were as many identifiable religious-based parties. For instance, the Kiwi Party. That one passed me by altogether. That none of them survived shows how insignificant and ineffectual they have been. So:

    why indeed are the dimwits of the press doing with puff-pieces especially in the NZ Herald about the Density church and National’s religious right MP’s political offerings? 

    I would say it is because certain elites who have undue influence are desperate to find a new party – or an eventual amalgamation of a couple of them – that would provide National with enough 'friends' to give them a fighting chance in 2020.

    My pick is: these religious based groupings have been quietly encouraged to enter the political fray for some time now, and it is considered the right time to present them to the public.

    Over the next 18 months we can expect to see a plethora of articles plus interviews galore… with the intention of building a false image of their effectiveness and even their suitability for parliamentary representation. I use the word 'suitability' because some of these types are quite mad and they have narcissistic tendencies – eg. Brian Tamaki.

    • Dukeofurl 9.1

      Yes . I think  it was Morrisons win in Australia which  they are seeing as a 'sign'.

      They forget that Abbott and Rudd were Christians too

      • Anne 9.1.1

        They forget that Abbott and Rudd were Christians too.

        Yes, and one was narcissistic and the other a nutbar. 😀 

  10. SPC 10

    Brian Tamaki's attention to the detail (doing the paperwork) when applying for government funding has been in the news. Given that …   

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/pranksters-buy-coalition-party-websites-before-brian-and-hannah-tamaki-can.html

  11. greywarshark 11

    I am picking that the sudden decision to go forward with the Destiny-led political party is connected to the anti-abortion tsunami in USA.   Brian Tamaki's spiritual advisor in the USA was Bishop Eddie Long (died 2017) from Atlanta Georgia which is one of the states that has introduced a control on abortion that uses the 'heartbeat' (6 week) measure to decide whether it is permitted or not.

    Destiny Church had a close relationship with New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, USA, the church of Bishop Eddie Long.[23] In his autobiography Tamaki described meeting Long, "my spiritual father" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny_Church_(New_Zealand)#Origins

    Tamaki may well feel that this is a tipping point for his church to go forward into the political realm again.   He and his wife Hannah have decided that she will be the frontperson this time, probably to ensure that his reputation is not sullied by the political process.   Atlanta is in a furore over it, and no doubt Tamaki feels obliged to make some public move to bolster moral values.

    The good news is that Attorneys are saying they won't take actions under the law.    https://www.ajc.com/news/local/local-das-say-they-won-prosecute-women-under-heartbeat-abortion-law/hxaZuVoBODQBBZfSb8kLoK/

    Film companies are taking business away from Georgia prompting the Governor to go on site to appear to care.

    While thinking of churches, strict adherence and conservatism about sexuality etc. I looked up Israel Folau and find that he comes from a Mormon background and is now with the Assemblies of God which has USA affiliation.   This church has quite a large congregation.

    The Assemblies of God in New Zealand is a Pentecostal denomination in New Zealand and a member of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, the world's largest Pentecostal denomination. In 2007, the denomination had nearly 200 congregations and preaching points and 30,000 members and adherents, mostly in the North Island, and it sends missionaries to South Asia and Oceania. In 2016, the largest congregation was the Harbourside Church A/G in Takapuna, founded in the 1950s, with a weekly attendance of 1,500 people.     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assemblies_of_God_in_New_Zealand

  12. Dennis Frank 12

    One media report noted that the Tamaki's have different views on whether the new party is christian or not:  he said it was, she said it wasn't.  I suspect this is an inadvertent use of both/and logic, but it's still clever:

    "Newsroom understands Tamaki has a plan to help get in the door, in the form of a Mana-Coalition mash-up.  Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira has long had his heart set on winning back his Tai Tokerau seat in the north.  Like the Tamakis, Harawira has been critical of Labour deputy Kelvin Davis in recent weeks, following a heated exchange over Destiny Church’s Man Up programme.  Harawira says Davis’ comments about Man Up, and unwillingness to allow the programme into prisons, failed to properly serve Māori. Harawira believes he should be the man in the north. He has also posted an endorsement for Hannah Tamaki’s plans in a Facebook post on the Mana Movement page: “When Parliament doesn’t listen – time to go into Parliament,” he wrote."

    "If Harawira can win back the Tai Tokerau seat, Tamaki wouldn’t need to clear the 5 percent threshold to gain a seat in Parliament."  Does rather put the cat amongst the pigeons, eh?

    • Cinny 12.1

      Say's it's not a christian party, yet when his wife was interviewed on garners show this morning she kept referring for christianity.

      I feel very sorry for hannah tamaki, she is obviously nothing but a puppet fully controlled by her husband and is well out of her depth re politics. See for yourselves…

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/pranksters-buy-coalition-party-websites-before-brian-and-hannah-tamaki-can.html

      • Dennis Frank 12.1.1

        Well, it suggested to me that she's cleverer than him.  Apparently usage of coalition as brand was to signal that the christians would use the party as a vehicle for forming a coalition (as per the coalition govt, but by design rather than electoral outcome).

        Unless Hone decides to join Destiny, announcing his conversion to christianity.  No sign of that – yet he is acknowledging common ground with them, and many will read that as the prospect of them working together.

        Could be Brian is less keen than she is, but she made it a precondition, and he was obliged to agree.  If so, she's cleverer.

        • Drowsy M. Kram 12.1.1.1

          Agreed – Hannah is the real power behind the 'throne'. Don't be fooled

    • greywarshark 12.2

      Harawira not showing good political nous about the ManUp program in prisons. I don't think there are sufficient keen voters to get him into Parliament.   Can Harawira win Tai Tokerau back – he lost in 2011, 2014, and 2017.   He has lost votes at each election compared to the previous one. 

      Hone Harawira personal vote % from 2008 (rounded) was 62, 43, 40, and 33 for 2017 when he got 1455 party votes, (in 2014 he got no party votes). 
      Mana party vote trend: in 2008 was 6,204, 4.844. –  1,455.

      Kelvin Davis has gained popularity personally – from 2008 was 29, 37, 44, and 52 in 2017.
      Labour Party votes trend (rounded) from 2008 9,200.  6.900. 8,000. and 14,446 (exact) in 2017.    (The drop in Labour vote in 2011 – there was a by-election that year which changed patterns.)

      Here is a link with explanation of the by-election from wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Te_Tai_Tokerau_by-election

      I can't see that Hone Harawira will be able to gain Tai Tokerau and port Brian Tamariki into Parliament.

      • greywarshark 12.2.1

        Forgot to put the Tai Tokerau election figures link.

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

        • Dennis Frank 12.2.1.1

          So Kelvin got half the votes in 2017, Hone got a third of them.  Not an unsurmountable gap.  Kelvin has not distinguished himself as Labour deputy leader, and it wouldn't surprise me if those who swung to him have been underwhelmed by his performance.

      • Dennis Frank 12.2.2

        I think you may be discounting Hone's capacity for learning from experience.  I bet he's smart enough to see how being on the extreme left has reduced his electoral support base – just as it has marginalised the Greens.

        Sensible politicians win support in the centre.  I suspect he has realised that now.  It depends how many Maori voters are pragmatic enough to tolerate diversity, eh?

        It also depends if he can frame his view of the coalition credibly to the electorate.  I also wouldn't rule out advice from his mother being a factor in that too!

    • michelle 12.3

      I use to vote for Hone because he always genuinely fought for our Maori people like many others i did not want him to join with d -com because i knew he would lose. 

      Now he is thinking of joining another lot has he not learned his lesson 

  13. George 13

    Matthew Hooten's opinion piece in the herald about this is on point. This conjuring of a political Ally from out of the Christian right.. in similar fashion to loaves and fishes (but more about votes and wishes) are unauthentic and the public can see it a mile away. They think they are gaming the MMP system but essentially they are stuck in an FPP mindset because these conjured parties are merely a sidecars strapped to the side of the moped known as National putting along the back roads….

    • sumsuch 13.1

      The Right doesne have ideals, it has money. What would a Rightist ideal look like? Though money is a good position. When they float ideals ….belly and mind laughter.

    • greywarshark 13.2

      'Loaves and fishes > votes and wishes".    Neat and nice.

  14. Unicus 14

    I'm confused already about Brian's current identity 

    He seems to have  become bored  with  the  self gifted    "His Grace The Bishop  "  -recently  favouring  the  leather mobster look complete with  five chest  stars  – redolent of Patton  , Mc Arthur  or  perhaps  Goering  .

    Brian's blackshirts won't mind a bit  as long as they have his fatherly visage to swoon over

    Watch this space folks  the Bish could be lining  up for a five star Generalship   even  Felid Marshal – I've never seen him  photographed in a boat so Admiral is probably not in the frame –

    Today's  pic in  has him in  a Prime Ministerial suit   it's all a bit bewildering    – someone  should let him know " Your  Exelency  "  is the favoured  title  most wanna – be  dictators  use   – at least evryone would know what  his fantasys  actually mean.

    • Stuart Munro. 14.1

      A boat is not required:

      Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
      If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
      If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
      Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

      Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

      Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
      And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!

      All he needs is the proverbial "pocket borough into Parliament"

  15. Ad 15

    Agree re the Tamaki family. Cruel and rich off the backs of the poor.

    Destiny have been offering social programs so weak they are regularly rejected by the public sector. Brian is the very  definition of Supply-Side Jesus.

    Labour had truly Christian roots and their leadership were open about it.

    After Christchurch I'm pretty confident Labour are the natural home for Muslims as well: support the weak and hurt against the powerful and the culture of death.

  16. woodart 16

    if you look at recent history, the only times the main churches have intruded on politics has been when the natz have been kicking the poor, and the churches have come out in protest. REAL christians(the ones that help people, not help themselves to peoples money)are mostly socialist, and if the late JC came back to earth, he would probably be identified as a long haired green voter……sandals and all.

  17. swordfish 17

    Maybe the aim's simply to push NZF below that 5% threshold. Nothing more.

    • Pat 17.1

      but is there anything to indicate that there is a significant cohort of NZFirst voters who would switch….i.e. a religious bent rather than straight conservative, or is it a case of every little bit helps?

      • swordfish 17.1.1

        Mostly the latter … together with a whole heap of wishful thinking.

        Mind you, the voting-base of almost all political parties (with the notable exception of the Greens) includes a sizeable minority segment of morally conservative christians. (indeed a majority segment in the case of the 2011 / 2014 Conservatives).

        If … as a kind of rough proxy for overall religiously-informed moral conservatism*  … you look at responses to the 2014 NZES statement: "Abortion is always wrong" … you get the following:

        Conservative Party voters 49%

        Maori Party voters 37%

        NZF voters 25%

        Non-Vote 23%

        Labour voters 22%

        National voters 17%

        IMP 16%

        Green 11%

        Extrapolating a wee bit from the NZES … I’d say:

        Among Labour voters … they’re particularly likely to be Pasifikas.

        Among NZF voters … they’re particularly likely to be Maori.
        __________________________________________________________________________________

        * The NZES regression model suggested Regular (Weekly) Church Attendance was by far the most important factor associated with staunch opposition to Abortion.

        ___________________________________________________________________________________

        I couldn't help but notice Hannah Tamaki openly admiring Winston & Jonesy in her RNZ interview (possibly with an eye on NZF voters).

        Can’t see NZF con-christian voters (or anyone else) taking the bait, though.

        • Pat 17.1.1.1

          Looking at those numbers it is just as well there's religion involved then as whomever is proposing such a strategy would appear to be operating on a wing and a prayer

  18. sumsuch 18

    Lprent, looking back through my comments here I saw where I  said a Rightist Green party was ridiculous and they might as well turn to Christian bollocks. Sure enough. Bollocks in so many ways. In order to get away from the clods these parties regularly burp up they really need American insincere types with brains (the Republican Party). Delightful, in our much molested country, none of us take Bishop Tamaki seriously. 

    Putting the poor first would send a battalion of bats away.

    • greywarshark 18.1

      sumsuch     Do you copy all your comments?    Keep a file on them.    For a long time there has been no way to search and list them on here.

      • sumsuch 18.1.1

        I'm not computer literate, greywarshark. Just happy if my comment appears first time, and appreciative of the best computer skill-ist on the (pretty hopeless, at least Left) political blogs, Lprent. Even if best intent is sometimes shadowed by incomplete accomplishment. The best article on the matter of weapenising Christianity for the friends of the Right in NZ I've seen. These people are in my family so I'm scared. 

  19. Rae 19

    Here is my idea for a threshold for religious parties – 400%

  20. Darran Clarke 20

    Have refuges fleeing wartorn countrys that get given sanctuary in the uk being given softer treatment when it comes to the law because no one wants to be seen insulting there religion or culture Im all for political correctness but when do there crimes become so serious there citizenship should be removed?

    Is it right that Islamic extremists from Somalia like YASSEEN+HASSAN or Pakistanis like CHOWDARY can hide behind EU Laws to avoid deportation?

    Im sure the UK public would be interested in how many extremists are here carrying on their activities because the govt lacks the will to deport them?

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    If you like any article please help promote it (and the blog). Link to it on facebook and other social media, write about it anywhere or re-blog it. We’re very happy to have other people re-blog our material, all we ask is that you mention the original source and put ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 hours ago
  • Pronouns etc
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   John Fenaughty is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. In a recent column Fenaughty suggested that school teachers should use students’ “correct names and pronouns (e.g., he, him, they, them, she, her, etc.)” ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 hours ago
  • “People’s Faces” by Kate Tempest
    Heard this on Radio NZ this afternoon. Perfectly captures how I'm feeling just now.It's always good to find new music, though it would be nice to be hearing something celebratory. Even "Things Can Only Get Better" would be welcome, if it was accompanied by a thumping Labour victory. ...
    8 hours ago
  • A reflection on the British general election
    by Don Franks Like New Zealand, Britain is officially a country of equal opportunity under the rule of law, with increasing hardship for those at the bottom. When there’s an election, and the party most obviously callous towards poor people wins, decent folks are dismayed and bewildered. “What the hell ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    13 hours ago
  • Well, crap
    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    2 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    2 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    2 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    2 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    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 I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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
    6 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
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