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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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    I am a Kiwi living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City is the second-largest city in the state and is located directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan. Locals call it New York’s sixth borough. More than 350,000 New Jersey citizens, including myself, commute to New York daily ...
    18 mins ago
  • Expanding houses
    It’s  a beautiful autumn afternoon, we need to get out of the house, and so our bubble sets off on a bike ride around our local neighbourhood, Cambridge Park. The bikes come out of the garage, and, being really certain we have a front door key, close the garage door ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 hour ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 13
    . . April 7: Day 13 of living in lock-down… and unlucky for those who are superstitious. A day when there was a ray of sunshine from an otherwise bleak day of worrying signs. Today, as RNZ reported; Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield reported 54 new confirmed and probable cases ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 hours ago
  • A UBI in Spain
    So far, universal basic income policies, which see people given a regular income without any conditions, have been trailed only on a small scale. But now, Spain is introducing one nationwide as a response to the pandemic: Spain is to roll out a universal basic income (UBI) “as soon as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 4: Till et al (2020)
    Paul Connet, head of the anti-fluoride propaganda group, Fluoride Action Network, claims that the IQ of children bottle-fed in fluoridated areas drops by 9 points. But he misrepresented the research. There is no observable effect. For earlier articles in this series see: Part 1: Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only ...
    8 hours ago
  • The Role of Government
    The Queen’s coronavirus broadcast, with its overtones of Winston Churchill and Vera Lynn, prompted me to reflect on the tribulations my parents’ generation suffered during the Second World War – and I imagine that those parallels, given her own wartime experience, were very much in the Queen’s mind as she ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    9 hours ago
  • How to complain about MDC’s unreasonable LGOIMA charging regime
    Back in February, the Marlborough District Council increased the mount it charges for LGOIMA requests. I used the LGOIMA to poke into this, and it seems the case for increased charges is unjustified: the supposed increase in request volumes it rests on is an artefact of the Council suddenly deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 12
    . . April 6: Day 12 of living in lock-down… Another day of a near-empty Park N Ride carpark; . . And another day of near-empty Wellington streets; . . . Light traffic on the motorway. No apparent increase in volume. Commercial vehicles sighted; a gravel-hauling truck; McAuley’s Transport; a ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • A Lamentable Failure of Imagination.
    Imagination By-Pass: Had the Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi (above) taken a firm stand with Bauer, reminding them of their obligations to both their staff and the wider New Zealand public, then a much more favourable outcome may well have ensued. He should have made it clear to the Bauer board ...
    1 day ago
  • Simon Bridges can’t connect
    We all know that Simon Bridges has, at the best of times, an intermittent relationship with the truth. However you would think that during a pandemic and economic crisis the current opposition leader would pull his head in and start to do the right thing.Obviously leading by example should be ...
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
    Connett promotes Riddell et al (2019) as one of the only four studies one needs to read about fluoridation. But he misunderstands and misrepresents the findings of this study. Image credit: Fluoride Action ...
    1 day ago
  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    2 days ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    2 days ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    2 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    4 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    5 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    6 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    6 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    7 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs 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 unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago

  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    36 mins ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Statement from David Clark
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