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Right loses its shit after former criminal lawyer discovered to have acted for bad people

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, November 28th, 2017 - 85 comments
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It is going to be a long three years if the events of the past 24 hours are anything to go by.  The right have leapt into shock horror mode and proclaimed that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT IN VERY LOUD VOICES because former Criminal lawyer and current Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has in the past acted for VERY BAD PEOPLE.  And may have volunteered to help lawyers involved in the Rwanda Law Crimes Court to get experience in the field of human rights.

And the source of this scoop?  Something Golriz said herself.  In the Herald yesterday she was quoted as saying:

And even with the UN, defence lawyers didn’t have as many resources as the other side. To me it’s important to have that fair process. No matter how guilty someone looks, guilt needs to be established. But the defence team didn’t get paper for the photocopiers — it was like even the UN didn’t really believe in it.

From back here, having worked in court, I know the defence gets about half the resources of the prosecution. That’s really frightening — there’s definitely demographics involved.

Then in lept former Labour staffer Phil Quin with these pearls of wisdom:

https://twitter.com/philquin/status/934934703337103360

https://twitter.com/philquin/status/935138088795430912

https://twitter.com/philquin/status/934959405468127233

It is such a strange assertion, that lawyers acting for bad people must somehow believe everything that the bad people believe in.

There are plenty of others to match this level of breathless indignation.  The phrase “pile in” springs immediately to mind.

Although some of the responses were appropriate:

https://twitter.com/teJoshuaJames/status/935246125522546688

Andrew Geddes has a typically more nuanced take on the issue:

There’s a popular narrative around human rights. In this story, there is the good side and the bad side. The good side are those who stand up and fight for the rights of the oppressed. The bad side are those who do the oppressing.

It is the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. William Wallace facing down the English invaders. Smith in the bush, resisting Volkner’s neo-fascist enforcers.

One problem with this narrative is that the actual way human rights issues are dealt with in international legal fora involves a lot less heroic action and a lot more paperwork. That fact is not accidental. The basic aim of the international human rights project is to create binding standards of behaviour that then can be enforced through institutions which command the respect and voluntary obedience of all state actors.

In a nutshell, it tries through sheer dint of process and protocol to turn the fierce moral urgency of “you should respect rights” into “you will respect rights”. The Death Star isn’t really destroyed by two proton torpedoes; it’s slowly transformed into the Nice Star by pan-galactic accords requiring minimal standards of respectful treatment for the diverse stellar civilisations as developed by inter-species committees and overseen through quasi-judicial processes for resolving disputes over the application of those standards.

I think it’s this gap between what we imagine when we hear “international human rights lawyer” and what that job actually entails that led to Golriz Ghahraman hitting the interweb yesterday. For those of you who missed it, there was some shock—shock!—expressed at the news that her past work experience involved spending some time on the defence team for an individual facing war crimes charges in Rwanda.

The charges against her rely on her CV on the Green party website which contains this passage:

Her studies at Oxford, and work as a lawyer for the United Nations and in New Zealand, have focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account. Golriz has lived and worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power, and restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

The two comments I would have about this is that it is clearly written by a PR person and not by Golriz herself.  No lawyer would use this sort of language!  And as Geddis states enforcing human rights means contributing to the justice system and dealing with alleged war criminals in a properly functioning justice system is an important aspect of this.  Besides Golriz clearly did a lot of prosecutorial work.

The overwhelming feeling I get of this is one big beatup fostered by a dissident former Labour staffer and the usual forces on the right relying on a short slightly sloppily drafted piece of PR.  Looks like the forces of dirty politics are on the rise again.

Update:

So she was hiding her background was she?

85 comments on “Right loses its shit after former criminal lawyer discovered to have acted for bad people”

  1. Tuppence Shrewsbury 1

    the general lack of honesty in this government over such minor details right from the get go is going to cause issues down the track. Who cares if the PR person wrote the passage? Any MP worth their salt should check what goes out in their name

    [lprent: The actual paragraph was

    Her studies at Oxford, and work as a lawyer for the United Nations and in New Zealand, have focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account. Golriz has lived and worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power, and restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

    That’s it. Short eh?

    That neither said that she was helping to bring world leaders to trial as a prosecutor nor as a defense. It did inform that this was part of a process.

    Judgment: Reading your statement you clearly didn’t read it. I think that you are just being a dumbarse parrot troll. You also didn’t offer a defense and obviously don’t like due process. That makes it easy. 1 month ban. ]

    • mickysavage 1.1

      What is written is not wrong. And there may be a billion sentences written by parties about themselves on the web. Are you saying that if every single one is not pristine then this is evidence of corruption and lying?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        if every single one is not pristine

        …and comprehensive. In three hundred words or less fewer.
        Goddamn Stannis.

    • greywarshark 1.2

      One wonders if Tuppence Shrewbury and other RWs have actually crossed the educational Peters Principle line, ie they have used the sum of their learning and egos to rise above their level of wisdom and reached their respective levels of incompetence.

      • lprent 1.2.1

        Nah. They were just not thinking about how they’d like to be treated themselves in a judicial process.

        I was happy to demonstrate the downsides.

    • weka 1.3

      Take a look at Joyce’s bio. Any mention of the National government’s Minister of Finance failing his economics papers at uni? No, that’s because political party bios are about presenting their MPs a good light.

      They didn’t lie and the information about Ghahraman’s career has been in the public domain for anyone to see long before this stupid shit broke out. She’s done interviews on her career. What is happening in the past 24 hours is a beat up.

      • cleangreen 1.3.1

        Hi weka,

        I reckon it goes something like this here;

        What we are witnessing is sometimes called “manufactured public discontent’ now being perpertrated by a very ‘bitter broken national party’ now, as they dearly are trying to fracture this newly formed Labour coalition government as quickly as possible as they are seeing the national party poll ratings are now in freefall.

        • weka 1.3.1.1

          I used that term in the Thank-you Golriz post 🙂

        • Frank Macskasy 1.3.1.2

          Indeed, CG.

          And the best way to counter it is by hitting back. This cannot be allowed to stand.

          • Ed 1.3.1.2.1

            The government must go on the front foot.

            • DoublePlusGood 1.3.1.2.1.1

              (The Greens are not technically The Government)

              • weka

                (I think they are. How do you explain Ministers that aren’t part of government?).

                • DoublePlusGood

                  (Buggered if I know – but they aren’t in the governing coalition, they’re just providing confidence and supply. So they sort of are? It is weird)

                  • solkta

                    (They have Ministers of the Crown and therefore are part of the gummint as the gummint is the executive wing of the Crown. They are doing more than just giving confidence and supply as the have an agreement that covers significant policy and an active role in implementing that policy).

    • Baba Yaga 1.4

      LPrent

      I understand these are comments written by others about Golriz, not by Golriz, but you need to surely consider how a reasonable person would read the following statement:

      “Golriz has lived and worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power”

      I submit that the words ‘putting on trial’ are best construed as being part of the prosecution, and that to suggest they refer to a defence lawyer is just stretching the bounds of credibility beyond breaking point.

      • Psycho Milt 1.4.1

        The defence lawyers are part of the trial process. But sure, the sentence is ambiguous – if you had that and some evidence Golriz Ghahraman hadn’t been completely open about the fact that she’d been working for the defence in some of those cases, why, there might be some trivial issue there you could whine about to no useful purpose.

        However, given that the evidence is that Golriz Ghahraman has been completely open about working as a defence lawyer, what you’ve actually got is a dirty politics smear. Believe me, no-one, but no-one, here is surprised to see you peddling it.

      • lprent 1.4.2

        Nope. Defense is an integral part of any reasonable court process. It is damn near the first thing ever taught in any civics or law class. Essentially all trial systems have a three cornered pyramid. Judge, defense, and prosecution.

        All three parts plus a precedence operation have to be present in any legal system that learns and grows with its society.

        The explanation that you are describing is autocracy or lynch justice.

        Admitted that it appears to be the norm among the howling barbarians of the Kiwiblog sewer. But they also appear to be pretty incompetent at understanding anything more sophisticated than “ug”

      • Ed 1.4.3

        Dirty sewer politics not needed here.

      • Kate 1.4.4

        Have we any evidence that she was either given notice that that paragraph was being put up online, or that she had oversight of it at all? No. People can’t be responsible for what others may write about them. The fault here is most likely to be with the party, for not properly fact checking profiles.

  2. lprent 2

    I will be happy to provide a demonstration of arbitrary judgement without a defense and due process to anyone who cares to make a statement without an argument supporting it.

    Not a good place to be a trolling parrot..

  3. Bill 3

    Individuals accused of being party to a genocide absolutely need to be defended!

    Fuck. If they aren’t, then isn’t the institutional push for condemnation and punishment guilty of expressing much the same stereotypical or bullshit thought(less) processes or arbitrary whatever as those people who commit genocide?

    And where exactly does Phil Quin get the notion that Golriz Ghahraman denied the Rwandan genocide? He says she authored a paper. Does that paper exist, and does it actually argue from a position of denial?

    • mickysavage 3.1

      I presume he is referring to submissions made to the tribunal. It is the lawyer’s job and duty to represent to a court what the client says happened.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        But you can choose your clients.

        • mickysavage 3.1.1.1

          But you can choose your clients.

          Theoretically you can’t. And I would presume that if you want to do war crime prosecutions but don’t have the experience then the only way in may to be to intern for a defence lawyer.

          • Ad 3.1.1.1.1

            Even within the entire UN legal system you can’t seek the career path you want and specialise in prosecutions?

            I don’t believe that.

            Better to say she worked for both sides, by amending the Green Party site. It wouldn’t kill them to admit it and by doing so take a small hit and put it to bed.

      • marty mars 3.1.2

        I thought it was their defence that no genocide occured and she was implicated (in quins mind) as a member of that defence team.

        • lprent 3.1.2.1

          The way that courts operate generally is that it is up to the prosecution to prove their case. They are after all the people making the assertions of wrong doing.

          If you were charged with genocide, you don’t think that it is a good idea that that the prosecution actually proves that one happened?

          This is a variation of the same principle about checking computer failures. It starts with the question about if the power cable is plugged in to the power switch and that switch is on. About one time in 20 it isn’t.

      • Bill 3.1.3

        Yup. It is (their job).

        Incognito (below) might have linked to what Quin was on about. Nothing to do with denial if it’s the right paper.

        Btw. Quin as dissident? Hardly. I mean dissidents are those harangued and despised by those powers dependent upon the status quo, no?

      • Bill 3.2.1

        Well. From the abstract, that’s no denial of genocide.

        • Incognito 3.2.1.1

          Of course not; Mr Quin has fabricated a narrative that suits him, personally and/or his agenda, whatever the reason.

          I doubt that he actually read the paper in question if that’s the one he’s alluding to. If he wants to persuade us to see things his way he needs to much better than this half-baked disingenuous miserable excuse of an effort.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1.1.1

            Mr Quin has fabricated a narrative that suits him, personally and/or his agenda, whatever the reason.

            A place on the National Party list is my pick.

            • Incognito 3.2.1.1.1.1

              I challenge Mr Quin to make his case here and explain and support (with evidence) his allegations – even better would be if he were to have a face-to-face (moderated) debate with Ms Ghahraman on TV but that is not my call to make. If there is a threat to our parliamentary system, government, or democracy or something (a higher cause), as he seems to be hinting, then he will oblige. If, however, he is intellectually lazy and lacks the courage to present his case whilst running the risk of being incorrect then he will hide and occasionally throw some crackers in the fire. In other words, Mr Quin is a coward or a principled & concerned citizen and he’ll front. Let’s see what kind of man Mr Quin is …

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                I don’t see why Ms. Ghahraman should be encouraged to waste another second of her time on Mr. Quin’s behalf.

                Who else should she answer to? Cameron Slater? Tony Veitch (the partner bashing thug, not The Standard commenter)?

                Yeah nah. If Mr. Quin wants to take responsibility for his behaviour he can do that perfectly well on Twitter.

                • Incognito

                  It was merely a suggestion, not a ‘should’. I can think of several reasons besides the personal ones for Ms Ghahraman to seek out Mr Quin but as I said, it is not my call and no doubt she has other risks to consider.

                  My guess is that Mr Quin will not take responsibility for his behaviour and that he will continue posting crackers on Twitter.

                  It’s a hallmark of closed-minded people that they will keep digging (e.g. Steven Joyce). It’s a sign of cowards that they will avoid the truth coming out.

          • Ed 3.2.1.1.2

            Quinn is a useful idiot for the Act and National Parties.

  4. mauī 4

    Maybe it’s time for Labour to put out a media blacklist that includes anyone associated with Labour for the last 20 years. 🙂

    • What has Labour’s response been or other greens for that matter?

      • Bearded Git 4.1.1

        The Labour Party President Nigel Haworth has said on Facebook today:

        “Trite criticism of Golriz Ghahraman for doing her job is misguided. It takes moral courage and deep professionalism to be on the ‘other side’ in Human Rights cases. Even genocidal thugs must be allowed due process under the Rule of Law.”

        I would add to this “…so that it can be proved through evidence that they actually are genocidal thugs”

  5. mickysavage 5

    Last time I checked the Green CV for her is still the same.

  6. greywarshark 6

    Those electric elements have been turned onto high. Unsafe. To avoid fire and unnecessary callouts they should be turned off and rest in a waiting situation till they are actually needed for some practical outcome.

  7. Alan 7

    She has been at best economical with the truth. At worst she has bullshitted in order to present a more acceptable profile.
    Either way it is a bad look.
    I wonder what else will emerge?
    If the boot was on the other foot the left would be screaming for the truth and a resignation.

    • Barfly 7.1

      Pfft the Nazis at Nuremburg had lawyers FFS

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2

      Shall we list the National Party MPs who’ve worked as defence lawyers, and note how many times no-one from the Left has called for their resignation on that basis?

      • Alan 7.2.1

        That is not the issue, any reasonable person has no issue with the equitable application of the law.
        The issue is that she has been duplicitous in how she portrayed her involvement.

        [present evidence of duplicity and that she has pretended after the fact, or withdraw all of the allegations you have made in this thread, or expect a ban. Your reckons aren’t enough, you need to back up the assertion with actual evidence. – weka]

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1

          No, she hasn’t.

          Her various social media and professional profiles are open about it. She has talked about it in interviews.

          What’s more, it’s quite clear from her own words that she’s proud of it – and so she should be.

          Unlike Operation Burnham. With your concern for truth and human rights I expect you’ll be looking forward to seeing some light shone on that.

          I certainly am.

          • Alan 7.2.1.1.1

            I am not as altruistic as you OAB, my concern is that there may be a person in our parliament that paints herself as one thing but may in fact be another.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.1.1

              I spit on your concern: it’s mired in fraud and hypocrisy.

            • Frank Macskasy 7.2.1.1.1.2

              my concern is that there may be a person in our parliament that paints herself as one thing but may in fact be another

              Judith Collins?

            • AB 7.2.1.1.1.3

              Pfft – thinking back now, didn’t the endless puff pieces about John Key imply he was some sort of ‘business’ genius – but all he had ever done was speculate on currencies? Which is actually the opposite of ‘business’ because no useful goods or services were created?

            • Jeremy 7.2.1.1.1.4

              I cannot recall you being concerned about Jian Yang MP. His story is a better fit for your allegations regarding Golriz Ghahraman MP.

        • weka 7.2.1.2

          see moderation note above. In premoderation until you respond.

        • Alan 7.2.1.3

          ok Weka, I shall say nothing more and will watch with interest over the next week or so.

          [you are certainly welcome to do that as well, but in the absence of providing evidence or withdrawing your claim, I’m going to ban you. 1 month. Future bans will increase in length if you do this again. – weka]

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.3.1

            🙄

            Coward can’t support his own words, can’t bring himself to withdraw. No personal responsibility on display here.

          • Anne 7.2.1.3.2

            Weka has asked you to:

            present evidence of duplicity and that she has pretended after the fact, or withdraw all of the allegations you have made.

            You have done neither Alan. In my opinion you should now be banned.

        • Ed 7.2.1.4

          That is slanderous.

    • mauī 7.3

      Does this mean you only do business with companies where their website discloses the owner’s full work history. Honourable stuff…

  8. mac1 8

    Due process and proper representation benefit more than the defendant.

    We, the public, are assured that any conviction is fair and justice is served.

    Otherwise we risk the ongoing uncertainties and misgivings that we are experiencing here in NZ over trials such as those of Bain and Watson.

    Proper justice is proper, and anything less may paint us as vigilantes or even worse, complicit in the same behaviours that these defendants are accused of- denying someone else of their human rights of life and liberty.

  9. Ross 10

    Its a bit like saying that the late defence lawyer Greg King was a denier of murder because he defended alleged murderers. What a silly argument. Of course “genocide denier” is akin to holocaust denier which I suspect is the comparison Quin was trying to make. He must really despise the Left.

    I also note that prior to the election Quin was gleefully predicting that Labour would be in Opposition for the next three years. That he wrongly predicted the election outcome seems to have brought out the worst in him.

  10. Chris 11

    Personally think the defence volunteer jobs aren’t the biggest deal in the world.

    Not sure I would do it but I never wanted to be a lawyer, and you can learn more from both sides of the fence than sitting permanently on the “goodies” side.

    I just think she should have been a lot more up front about it. Especially given the Greens “preachy” habit of portraying themselves as some sort of moral guardians. It looks a bit hypocritical

    I did see she did an interview where she had spoken about it, but reading a few of her bio’s it’s pushing it to say she wasn’t,

    a) Brushing over the “baddie” defender bits

    b) Padding up he “goodie” prosecutor bits

    Weirdest thing is for an obviously highly intelligent chick, she is pretty naïve, if she thought people wouldn’t have a field day with it

    • RedLogix 11.1

      Nope. Whether she represented the defense or prosecution is totally, utterly and completely irrelevant.

      The only question of merit is; did she do a professional and competent job of serving the process of justice? And in this instance the answer is an unambiguous yes. And under especially demanding circumstances.

      As you say, you never wanted to be a lawyer (or barrister which is what you’re really talking about here) … and it’s clear from your embarrassingly vague sense of what this is all about, that was smart thinking Chris.

  11. Michael 12

    I think Simon Bridges should resign. He prosecuted people under our appallingly unjust criminal law.

  12. rhinocrates 13

    Robert Bolt, A Man for all Seasons

    Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!

    More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man’s laws, not God’s — and if you cut them down — and you’re just the man to do it — d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.

  13. newsense 14

    Has Phil Quinn ever done anything good in his life? If he is depressed or whatever could he do it without setting progressive causes back and helping the right? Or just join National already. Thankfully J. Pagani seems to be ok with having a Labour government!

  14. Sparky 15

    Yes they call them defence lawyers for a reason……they defend people. Its an important part of any legal system worthy of the title. What I’d like to know is where are Labour on this as an alliance partner? Have they made a statement?

  15. eco maori 16

    I think it’s bull that national try an cast a stone at Gloriz and try and paint a farcical picture of them selves. One saying I hold as fact is you reap what you sow and look at national harvest people under the bridge education failing hospital wait list years long jail overflowing a culture put down artist instead of help thy neighbours.
    A justice system that serves the ego of the self righteous instead of the people. And a social welfare system and accident insurance systems designed to deny the help that OUR people need. A culture of don’t trust the Brown people and a deliberate suppression of Maori people and OUR culture. Ana to kai

    • Ross 16.1

      To be fair, I dont think any National MPs have criticised Ghahraman. Which is pretty telling. They would realise that National has accommodated its fair share of lawyers, several of whom maybe defended criminals in a previous life. They would realise, I think, that they’d be skating on thin ice were they to attack Ghahraman.

      • Ross 16.1.1

        Indeed the then Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson, told an audience in 2012 that “no greater contribution to justice can be made than by a fiercely independent member of the bar who will take on unpopular cases or act for unpopular litigants”.

      • halfcrown 16.1.2

        “They would realise, I think, that they’d be skating on thin ice were they to attack Ghahraman.”

        That’s right. That is why they have their captivated MSM toadies like Quinn, Garner , the Penguin, Whaleoil, Soper to do their dirty work.

  16. peterh 17

    Every day you see fools rush in, to all you fools that are going on about truth,
    it has just been proven that Dot coms moment of truth, was in fact true, the whole country misled just prior to a election, by who John Key

  17. Any individual or group has EVERY right to a defence no matter their crime. End of story.

  18. lloyd 19

    When we are attacking politicians for being on the wrong side did we ever get the dinkum oil about John Key and how much his trading of NZ dollars before he dropped banking cost the NZ taxpayer? And how close he was to actions that resulted in the global financial meltdown?

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    3 days ago
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
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    4 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We are not America
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
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    5 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
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    5 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
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    5 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
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    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
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    6 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
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    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
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    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
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    7 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • What about renters?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
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    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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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    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
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    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
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    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
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    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
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    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
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  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
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    2 weeks 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 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks 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 ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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