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Replacing Russel

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, April 19th, 2015 - 48 comments
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The Greens have closed their nominations for male co-leader, and are running a number of provincial meetings. I went to the second one in the data starved bowels of the OGGB4 at Auckland Uni. 

Province

Date

Time

Venue

Top of the South – Nelson

18 April

1.30pm

Victory Community Centre, Totara St, Nelson

Auckland

19 April

1.30pm

Owen Glenn Building, OGGB4, University of Auckland, Auckland

Waikato –  Hamilton

21 April

7pm

The Meteor Theatre, 1 Victoria St, Hamilton

North-East – Tauranga

22 April

7.30pm

Wesley Centre, 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga

Central

23 April

7.30pm

Teleconference meeting

Wellington

26 April

2pm

Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Jervois Quay, Wellington

Deep South – Dunedin

2 May

1pm

Bart Winters Room, St Patrick’s Community Centre, 32 MacAndrew Rd, South Dunedin

Aoraki – Christchurch

3 May

2pm

The Oak Room, The Atrium (Netball Centre), Hagley Avenue, Christchurch

Northern – Whangarei

9 May

10.30

Northland Youth Centre, Bank Street, Whangarei

 The male candidates are (in alphabetical last name order1) :-

  • Kevin Hague
  • Gareth Hughes
  • James Shaw
  • Vernon Tava

Metiria Turei is the sole nomination to be re-elected as female Co-leader.

I don’t get to many Green meetings. They are usually either members only or full blown public events done cooperatively in conjunction with parties and organisations and targeted to a cause. So they are relatively new to me.

Like the Labour leadership meetings last year, this one had the candidates doing short prepared pitches. The welcome addition of a few selected questions collected earlier. Then the the media were excluded as the candidates answered ad-hoc questions from the floor including ones related to internal organisation of the party.

The Greens have a electoral problem. It is just different from Labours current one. From Wikipedia

House of Representatives
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
1990 124,915 6.9 (#3)
19931996
Part of the Alliance
1999 106,560 5.2 (#5)
2002[19] 142,250 7.0 (#5)
2005 120,521 5.3 (#4)
2008 157,613 6.7 (#3)
2011 247,372 11.1 (#3)[31]
2014 257,356 [32] 10.70 (#3)

Clearly the Greens have transitioned from the 5-7% band that they (probably) spent from 1990 to 2008 in. However it was a disappointing election for them in 2014 gaining slightly less than the percentage vote from 2011 on less than 10k more votes. 

Despite all of the support in polls prior to the election and even after the election. For instance the Roy Morgan poll just before the 2014 election showed them at 13.4% dropping from the 17% earlier in the year. Immediately after the 2014 election Roy Morgan (and other polls) showed them with 17.5% support – nearly 7% above what they actually gained.  Clearly the Greens have issues transitioning poll support to actual voting support.

 

This is my first real look at these candidates. But I’m sure that everyone who reads this site is aware of my biases when it comes to party leadership candidates. I prefer strong parliamentary and party experience. I think that leaders in political parties need to be able to drive and deal with their party and caucus, even if they do it more by a consensus approach than a autocratic one. I like candidates who are not pure animals of the “beltway” coming up through the nepotism of who they know rather than experience grounded in the society of NZ.

Ultimately politics for politicians is about getting people out to vote for their party, then being able to change society. Like it or not, party leaders are critical to the public face of political parties. But they are typically voted on by much smaller microcosms of the fishbowl microcosm of a parliamentary caucus and/or the slightly larger cohort of faithful members.

To a lesser extent they are presented to the public by the remaining journalists and non-journalists like me.

In this case for the Greens, they are elected indirectly by members sending delegates with voting instructions to the Queens birthday conference.

I’ll write my impressions of the candidates later. 

48 comments on “Replacing Russel”

  1. Maui 1

    To be shaw, to be shaw – That’s just my irish accent.

  2. 257 thousand – just doesn’t sound like many but dramatically 100k up from 2008.

    Good luck to all the candidates – I really hope the game-changer is elected because time is ticking…

  3. Murray Rawshark 3

    Kevin Hague is the only one I know. I think he’d be good. One reason for wanting a stronger Greens is to help keep Labour honest. I’m quite happy that Labour is not likely to be strong enough in the medium turn to do something like Rogernomics again.

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    If UK Greens and the SNP can bring Miliband to heel, the chances of a united left alliance here in NZ will grow appreciably. The SLUDing collapse of the rockstar economy myth under the wheels of Auckland property juggernaut should also reduce neo-liberal enthusiasm – optimistic of course – but if Labour remains trenchantly anti-Green I certainly don’t want them.

    • Clemgeopin 4.1

      Labour is NOT anti-Green. Labour is pro-Labour, just as the Greens are pro-Greens, and every other party is pro their own party. It is irritating and wrong to the opposition aims if such harmful claims are made. It is up to each party to try and grow their own solid support. It is disingenuous, untrue, childish and frankly quite stupid to indulge in such blame games.

      • gnomic 4.1.1

        In my humble opinion Labour has been consistently anti-Green Party and soft on green issues. As they obviously would be since the Labour Party still believes in infinite growth, snuggles up to neo-liberalism and monetarism, is in bed with the powers that be, and so forth. And the Greens taking Labour voters will be making them bitter as well. However sucks to them, ie Labour, as they failed to evolve in the green direction when any fool could see that needed to happen.

        Alas Labour may have no reason to live aside from personal identity politics since they have abandoned socialism. Why vote for NatLites when you can have the real thing? As you do, you lucky lucky people.

        • Clemgeopin 4.1.1.1

          “In my humble opinion”

          Your opinion is more arrogant, unfair, wrong and stupid than ‘humble’.

          • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.1.1.1

            Labour is as fundamentally incompatible with green (small G) values as National is, they just don’t go out of their way to prioritise anything at all over them the way National will wreck the environment to chase even small change. No, for Labour, it’s about whether it creates dirty jobs to destroy our future.

            I remember listening to a speech from a Green MP back at the old Drinking Liberally events where Trevor Mallard attended, and when they talked about how unlimited growth wasn’t a practical possibility and we would have to find a way to make resilient growth instead, his response was: “But that would cost jobs!”

            As if “jobs” are possible without an environment to support them, or the wellbeing of the people who are to work those jobs.

            A lot of Labour supporters focus on their emissions trading scheme being better than National’s in terms of their party being green. However, they don’t seem to remember that even Labour’s scheme was of such marginal benefit that the Green Party had to seriously debate voting against it, in case it killed the opportunity of something better being proposed in the future.

            Another great example is Labour’s approach to offshore drilling- which has very clearly been demonstrated to not be safe all over the world, no matter what measures are taken. However Labour’s stance is that with world-best safety standards, (Which don’t account for how they would stop a spill, isolate the spill, or clean it up in any acceptable manner) the risk of a devastating spill is somehow acceptable as a tradeoff for the jobs provided. It’s amazing how they justify this.

            Labour may not be as hostile to environmental interests as National is, but it’s laughable to claim that they’re friendly to any significant degree.

        • Murray Rawshark 4.1.1.2

          Your humble opinion makes a lot of sense to me.

        • greywarshark 4.1.1.3

          @ gnomic
          I’ll stick up for your strong opinion as being right gnomic. Times are serious and we have to sometime be prepared to sort out the sheep from the goats, and decide which of the two is the best lot to go into the future with to ensure we have something worth having.

          Both goats and sheep have something to offer, but one has been genetically altered I fear and is no longer robust enough to handle the vicissitudes of our future, having a limited vocabulary as well, preferring simple solutions to nation building, and capacity building in anything hard to explain to the people.

      • Stuart Munro 4.1.2

        I think the refusal to make a proper pre election alliance cost Labour about six points, and the Greens about three. I’d’ve preferred that they had won.

        • Clemgeopin 4.1.2.1

          No, I don’t agree. A Labour-Green alliance BEFORE the election would have strengthened the Greens, NZF, the conservatives and above all, National and weakened Labour the most.

          • Stuart Munro 4.1.2.1.1

            I’m talking about what happened, not what might’ve. Dissing the Greens was followed by massively worsening polls.

            • Clemgeopin 4.1.2.1.1.1

              “Dissing the Greens was followed by massively worsening polls”

              How can you ascribe the ‘massively worsening polls’ to what you refer to as ‘Dissing the Greens’? As you are aware there were a myriad of issues and varied unpredictable factors that worked against the opposition parties and in favour of National before the election.

          • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.2.1.2

            You don’t have to agree, it’s very obvious that the impression that the opposition parties couldn’t co-operate cost them at the polls, regardless of what your given stance is on pre-election coalition. Like this site has pointed out in the past, the highest polling for the Left was during the NZ Power policy announcement. If that co-operation with differing interpretations could have continued, we could have had a new government now.

    • dukeofurl 4.2

      Total nonsense.
      It looks like the dreamers and waffle heads from the last election have decided to pontificate on the UK election.

  5. saveNZ 5

    I’d like to see their meetings videoed and online. That way you can get to see their views and know more about them.

  6. outofbed 6

    James Shaw would be a good leader

    • Pasupial 6.1

      Shaw is very inexperienced within parliamentary politics. Whereas this is Hague’s third term, and Hughes second and a third (as he came in at the end of 49th parliament), Shaw has not yet served even a year as an MP. My preference would be for Hughes for male coleader, but I think Hague is more likely.

      That said; Tánczos, and Ward, both had more parliamentary experience than Norman back in 2006.

      • Colonial Rawshark 6.1.1

        If Shaw was smarter than he was ambitious, he would wait until his political stars were properly aligned to take the leadership.

        • Clemgeopin 6.1.1.1

          But by then, what if the Greens poll rating falls to 5% or below? Could be too late to make a quick turn around. But Metiria Turei and Kevin Hague will be good for Labour in a way.

        • Pasupial 6.1.1.2

          CR

          I think that the prize that Shaw has his eye on is the; Finance/ Economics spokesperson role. At present that is Norman’s turf, but if he is going to resign from parliament after May that will be up for grabs. So running for co-leader is a smart way for Shaw to raise his profile, even if he is unsuccessful.

          Of course, Norman may stay on till the next election, but young children are a handful – two are four times as hard as one, so three might be nine times that. However his resignation (or anyone else’s; I’ve heard rumours that two others are considering it – but that may just be gossip), would at least bring Marama Davidson in on the list.

          • Ron 6.1.1.2.1

            I agree that Norman will resign and we will get a new person into the House before 2017.
            If it turns out that way how much better would it have been to step down and resign at same time and let the new person join their MP’s Who Knows they may have wanted to stand for Leader.
            By the way why was Holly forced out at last minute of Green list. She would have been an MP if she had stayed

            • Pasupial 6.1.1.2.1.1

              Ron

              Walker was already an MP, but found the juggling of family life (having an infant) with parliamentary commitments too difficult. She chose the wellbeing of her family over the paypacket, trusting that her replacement would be able to represent the party better at this time. I can’t say I blame her – either is a lot of work.

              Hopefully she’ll back on the list next election once her unpaid labour of being a parent settles down a bit

      • To be fair, people had the same comments about Russel. If Hague is as good a leader as Shaw is, his better experience is a good argument for him. If you believe Shaw is a significantly better leader, he can always enter parliament later like Russel did.

  7. les 7

    Norman is a hard act to follow.None of the candidates from what I have seen can match him.Hopefully Shaw has some charisma and oratory skills.

  8. Chooky 8

    Being somewhat of a risk taker and an outsider observer to inner party politics i would punt on James Shaw ( and trust him not to be a rightwinger and betray the Greens)

    Experience is all very well ….but if it comes at the expense of a candidate who is truly brilliant , can inspire the electorate , win the youth vote as well as the more seasoned….and swing it in the ring for the Greens with the big boys…..then my bet has to be on Shaw

    …desperate times call for desperate measures…brilliance over experience I say… (this is why Norman was voted co-leader)….all the old hats can swing in behind Shaw and Turei and play very valuable roles in their own right

    …..and it is important to remember that the leader is not the most important role in a political party …but it is a STAR Salesman role and it is important to get the best salesperson for the job

    • Clemgeopin 8.1

      Whenever the time comes, Julie Anne Genter will be an excellent replacement for Turei, I think.

    • Maui 8.2

      +1 Chooky, you need an inspirational leader if you want to win votes from the other parties. Hughes is a great spokesperson for the party, but I can’t see him being someone the masses will want to follow. Hague is very capable but very dry, and I can only really see people over 50 wanting to get in behind him. We are in the age of personality politics and I think Shaw brings that exuberance, charisma and smarts that people will want to follow and listen to.

      • Chooky 8.2.1

        have to agree Maui….and we sure as hell need a very strong Green Party …preferabley to lead the Left coalition

        ….because thus far the Labour Party has been a disappointment imo

  9. fisiani 9

    I reckon Shaw and Genter would be a dream team for the Greens come 2017. Two eloquent speakers. My saying so is probably the kiss of death to such an idea.

  10. Thanks for the post, lprent, and thanks everyone for the feedback in the commentary.

    I just wanted to jump in on this thread to remind any Green Party members that, as this is a delegated vote, you’ll need to go to your local branch meeting to participate in the decision about how your branch wants their delegates to cast their votes.

    Also, if anyone’s got any questions or concerns about my candidacy, please feel free to get in touch via my website or Facebook page.

    • Chooky 10.1

      can you provide links

    • dukeofurl 10.2

      Doesnt sound very democratic?

      membership consensus to guide delegates who make the actual vote.

      Whatever happened to one member one vote.

      Not something dating from the property owning aristocracy who travel by horse to a party convention.

      • Pasupial 10.2.1

        duke

        From what I recall (not currently a member, so I have not got the incentive to sift through the procedural rules), the party positions (eg coleadership, coconveners) are voted on annually by the delegates to the AGM. I can’t think of an instance when an incumbent coleader has been voted out rather than retired. A coalition with National might do it though.

        The list rankings are determined more by member vote, though very much guided by delegate recommendations. If a coleader was unable to be removed through the AGM process, the membership could always give them such a low list ranking that their position would become untenable.

        • dukeofurl 10.2.1.1

          Direct Democracy its not.

          Even Labour had a direct vote by members/ Mps/ Unions

          Is this too hard for the Greens to be a party of the future and not stick with something that was relevant in 1985 or so.

          Even the number of delegates seems slanted:

          “(a) The following number of delegates shall represent each electorate:
          (i) electorates having 19 or fewer members shall have one delegate;
          (ii) electorates having 20 to 99 members shall have two delegates;
          (iii) electorates having 100 to 199 members shall have three delegates;
          (iv) electorates having 200 or more members or more shall have four
          delegates.

          • Pasupial 10.2.1.1.1

            I don’t know that Labour is the best example to use, as their; “direct vote”, gives the 32 MPs 40% of the weighted vote – equal to that of all other LP members, except affiliates who get half that to be allocated as determined by their union representatives. Democracies take different forms, and the GP’s method certainly could be improved; as could all party’s.

            However the pre-election list ranking vote is an expensive exercise for a party that is chronically skint. The funds that would be spent on having a similar coleadership vote every year can be better spent elsewhere. Yes, it does take a large amount of trust in the AGM delegates – but they are elected at branch level themselves. It’s all a balancing act, and there’s been no sign of excessive discontent thus far. Well,.. Bradford did storm off out of the party when; Turei beat her for the female coleadership, but she did that with MANA when she didn’t get her there way too.

      • Ron 10.2.2

        It’s not democratic and I have no idea why they are so resistant to having a proper vote. Voting by delegate is open to all sorts of rorts. Anyone who was a union member that used delegate voting can attest to that.
        After watching Labours STV vote for leader using a proper voting company it seemed to work very well.

    • lprent 10.3

      Good point. As was pointed out by many people yesterday, this is the one time that it is worth turning up to branch meetings in the Greens (and renewing your membership)

      I also have a post that was half written last night about my impressions of yesterday afternoon (and another about the Fabians the day before). But it got written off by Netflix and Lyn taking over my computer screens last night 😈

      • Ron 10.3.1

        I am sure Netflix was more interesting. Any chance of your resurrecting from memory. I was at Fabians and was most unhappy with Cullen’s stance on things

        • Kiwiri Raided of the Last Shark 10.3.1.1

          Oh, do tell. About Fabians. And Sir Michael C.

          • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 10.3.1.1.1

            Oh, do tell. About Fabians. And Sir Michael C.

            (Hmm, I’ve got pluses included in my handle!)

            • Ron 10.3.1.1.1.1

              Just his whole attitude. It seemed to me that he was still living in the past. A small instance when TPPA was raised I would say everyone in audience was anti TPPA and the feeling was that like Greens, Labour should come out and either support or not support the whole thing. Cullen definitely comes across as pro. He trotted out the line lets just wait till we see the appendices and then make a decision. I am sure most left wing voters are completely opposed to that. They would like Labour to say something like NO TPPA at all when it is structured like it is. It is obviously not a trade agreement in the normal sense of the word.
              With hindsight though how can you trust a Labour MP who voted for abolition of Titles and replaced them with honours that reflected NZ and as soon as National offered him the chance to take a knighthood instead couldn’t wait to grab one. A socialist he is not. The sad thing is that after he and Helen wrecked Labour in their third term by not planning proper succession and refreshing the ranks of MP’s etc I see now that he is on the committee over seeing where Labour went wrong. I have no expectations that Cullen will have learnt anything in his 40 months out of politics so don’t expect any great solutions to come out of the review. I hope I am wrong

  11. Rodel 11

    The selection of a co-leader is I guess based on lobbying , negotiations, consensus to a degree and voting.
    Sad to hear Kim Hill for whom I usually have the utmost respect, describing it as a ‘battle’ for leadership.
    FCS democratic selection should not be described in the language of war.

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    5 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    5 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
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    6 days ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
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    PunditBy Phil Vine
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
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  • We are all socialists now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
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    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
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  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
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    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
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    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
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    1 week ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
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    1 week ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
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    1 week ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
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    1 week ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
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    1 week ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
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    1 week ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
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    1 week ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
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  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
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    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    1 week ago
  • 68-51
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • The Air New Zealand bailout
    Stuff reports that the government is going to have to throw $2 - 3 billion at Air new Zealand to get it through the pandemic. Good. While international routes are basicly closed, Air New Zealand is a strategic asset which is vital to our tourism industry, not to mentioning airfreight. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why NZ’s tough coronavirus travel rules are crucial to protecting lives at home and across the Pac...
    New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people right across Pacific Islands, because New Zealand is a gateway ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The tiniest of teeth
    Back in early 2018, as a shoddy legal tactic to try and avoid the prisoner voting ban being formally declared inconsistent with the BORA by the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Andrew Little floated the idea of greater legal protection for human rights. When the Supreme Court case didn't go the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • One simple, common factor to success against COVID-19
    Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor James Ussher Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it? Some people estimate that, without ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • National should isolate Simon Bridges
    The Coalition Governments $12.1 billion economic package to help combat the financial effects of COVID-19 was generally well received across the board, even amongst many business leaders who would normally be critical of a Labour led Government.However there was one glaringly obvious exception, Simon Bridges. The so-called leader of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How testing for Covid-19 works
    With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand up to 12, many influential people are writing open letters and opinion pieces and doing press conferences asking why we aren’t pulling out all the stops and testing thousands of people a day like they are in South Korea. The thing is, ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • The COVID-19 package and the limits of capitalism
    by Daphna Whitmore The willingness to put human life before business shows that sometimes capitalism is capable of suspending its relentless drive for profit. For a short time it can behave differently. Flatten the curve is the public health message since COVID-19 suddenly overwhelmed the hospital system in northern Italy. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Black April, May and June?
    Worldwide, the 1918 influenza epidemic – wrongly called ‘Spanish’ flu – lasted about two years. However, it lasted about six weeks in New Zealand (remembered as ‘Black November’, because the dead turned a purplish-black). It is thought about 7000 Pakeha died and 2,500 Maori. The population mortality rate was about ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID 19 has struck… as has a lot of terrible ineptitude from far too many
    In a world and a time when the worst off and most vulnerable have been asked, time and again, to foot the bill for the complete subjugating to the will of the 1% thanks to the GFC, at a point where the world as a whole is now seeing quite ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • What’s in the Coronavirus Package?
    With the economy already reeling from a crisis that’s barely begun, the Government today sought to provide reassurance to workers and businesses in the form of a massive phallic pun to insert much-needed cash into the private sector and help fight the looming pandemic. Here are the key components: $5.1 ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • I just had my benefit suspended during a fucking pandemic
    I am a member of the working poor and so still need state welfare to make rent. So I had booked an appointment for yesterday with my caseworker at Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) to apply for a transition to work grant. However the current health advice in New ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago

  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    4 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    5 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
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    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
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    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
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  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
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  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
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  • $100 million to redeploy workers
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    1 week ago
  • More support for wood processing
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  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
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