Rochelle, that was pretty good.

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, September 15th, 2008 - 78 comments
Categories: activism, crosby textor, dpf, humour, john key, Media - Tags: ,

Well it turns out my niece has been having fun and done an effective google bomb on John Key. I’ve just been watching her TV3 clip when I wrote this post. Rochelle shows her experience with the media in expressing her opinion. This is something that belongs in the Tips on campaigning.

I’ve had something to do with enhancing her programming skills, but very little to do with her skills at activism. Those have been honed since she started campaigning on animal rights when she was about fourteen.

It appears that the Herald On Sunday reporter didn’t listen closely enough to what Rochelle said – that she is not currently affiliated to any political party. This has always been the case, her primary focus has always been on animal welfare. Her main focus as a member in the Labour Party was to put forward remits on animal welfare legislation. She has also promoted animal rights with other parties as well. Over the last few years her rapidly changing career and life has been limiting her degree of activism in most areas including labour, greens, other activist groups, and even in animal rights. But apparently not entirely.

I see that the updated article in the Herald on Sunday now correctly states that she is not currently affiliated to any party. The crucial dropping of a single word in the article was pretty poor editing. Rochelle is not exactly invisible on the net either, if any confirmation was required. This is what happens when media organizations shed too many staff and the quality of the media reporting suffers through lack of fact checking.

An astonished uncle.

Update: NZ Herald article today. Looks like John Key has been whining – face it John – you got done by a 22 year-old with a brain.

BTW: David Farrar did a post about Rochelle yesterday. The comment section was a bit turgid with conspiracy theories, but the post was amusing and fair and heavily updated, thanks…

DPF asked.

I also found it amusing that that they are trying to suggest with their Google bombing that John Key is clueless. The bombing works better if it is an attribute that many people will agree with. They should have gone with ‘swallowing dead rats’ or something.

That I can explain having done some reading today. It either takes a lot of time with few people to setup a google-bomb or it takes a lot of people a short time. It looks like Rochelle took the former course

Most of the phrases you’d now consider to be relevant weren’t current even at the end of last year. At that time John Key was an enigma to most people, and probably still is.  About the only thing that was known about John Key at the time was that he made policy and speech gaffes regularly (and still does). Who can forget his claim to be leading the Labour party… That was quite clueless.

However there is nothing like a long hard election campaign to shine a bright light on leaders. It is going to be a long 8 weeks. Lots of time for the voters get to know him better and to figure out if he is politically clueless or not, despite the usual Crosby/Textor techniques to avoid it.

78 comments on “Rochelle, that was pretty good. ”

  1. randal 1

    hey rochelle baby….way to go!!!

  2. Dom 2

    The Right are only jealous that they didn’t think of this – but given that half their supporters don’t even know how to turn on their computers I’m not surprised…

    Props to Rochelle. And I still think Key is clueless…my god, look at how he constantly mucks up time and time again – he is the most clueless political leader I’ve ever seen.

  3. randal 3

    yes he seems to have a big gap in his corpus callosum!

  4. I think DPF has taken the post down…? It is there when you click the above link but not when you search his site.

  5. Bill 5

    And although I agree it was a minor thing that shouldn’t have been on national news, the item DID link JK with two unsavoury fucked up politicians. And that’s an okay thing in my book.

  6. Anita 6

    I didn’t see it, but anyhow…

    I like that it made national news. I like that individuals and small groups can have a voice in this election campaign. Few individuals have the money to buy media coverage, but this proves that clever can work too.

  7. Daveski 7

    The bean … it’s on page 2 … DPF has been very active over the weekend! No conspiracy there.

    That’s she’s not currently affiliated is quite different from the fact that she has had affiliations or rather is somehow independent.

    But frankly, that this is news is disturbing regardless of one’s political pov.

    I can see what Anita is saying too although I suspect that the attitude’s towards it are skewed because it is anti-Key and a similar campaign against HC would be seen as dirty (based on past reactions).

    And LP – you should train her up as the next BOFH 🙂

  8. keith 8

    Supporting this kind of a stunt makes you lot look pathetic. Do you really want to be associated with schemes originating from the gutter?

    The only thing that this does is destroy Labour’s credibility – and you guys are endorsing it?

  9. r0b 9

    The only thing that this does is destroy Labour’s credibility – and you guys are endorsing it?

    Warning – humour free zone!

  10. lprent 10

    Daveski: It does become a bit of a problem when you have to try and anticipate what the journo MIGHT want to know.

    The standing rule is that one should answer journo’s questions with truth, however you’re there to expand on what you’d like presented to the public. If a journo wants to know more then they will continue with follow up questions.

    In this case Rochelle did exactly that and when asked what her political party affiliations were said that she didn’t know who she was going to vote for, and she had no current affiliations. That is the case. She isn’t going to vote for the Nats or Act, and is probably going to vote green or labour.

    Daveski – should she try to read a journo’s mind? Or aren’t they trained to ask questions.

  11. keith 11

    r0b – its a great way of turning people off Labour. Do you really think that anyone other than teenagers would be impressed with lame stunts like that?

  12. I think the reason it made the news, is not because someone did a google bomb, they are very common, but being a family member of the person who runs the standard and the media’s perception of the standard’s connection to the Labour party.

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

  13. jbc 13

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

    Because that would be dirty, not simply negative. Haven’t you been following the programme? 😉

  14. lprent 14

    Brett – probably not. The left appear to have less of a tendency at seeing conspiracies everywhere.

    I see that it is a common affliction in National politicians. First Bill English, and now John Key.

  15. lukas 15

    Brett – probably not. The left appear to have less of a tendency at seeing conspiracies everywhere.

    Iprent…. have you seen any posts by Trav?

  16. lprent 16

    lukas: Arrggghhhh, I even highlighted the ‘less’ with italics. It wasn’t an absolute statement.

    Have you read big bruv, redbaiter, whale, clint heine, etc writing. There are some that I suspect are faking it, but for some it is actually their reality. Shall we compare the ‘reality challenged’ (there was another phrase there, but in the interests of debate..)

    😈

  17. lukas 17

    heh agreed. Sorry, didn’t pay attention to the “less”. Apology given 🙂

    captcha 6th level- Isn’t the conspiracy that this is from the 9th level?

  18. Keep up the good work Rochelle!

  19. randal 19

    keith do you think we care about what you think. And furthermore there are just as many people who think rochelles prank was good stuff and will now vote for labour especially after bad tempered responses from the likes of yourself.

  20. Tim 20

    Rochelle (and supporters) – if you think this pathetic stunt will cause National to lose support your misguided. Idiots like you make Labour seem like a bunch of power hungry maniacs who will stop at nothing to impose their radical beliefs on NZers. In a few more weeks you guys will be gone – frankly it will be good riddance as far as the majority of NZers are concerned!!!

  21. lprent 21

    Ah radical beliefs? You mean like having a sense of humor. It is something that has obviously escaped you.

    By the way you used ‘your’ where you should have used ‘you’re’ or even better still ‘you are’. Besides, it is unlikely we will be ‘gone’. Unless you are planning on starting up some death camps somewhere.

    If you want to rant, then at least do it in manner that makes it look like you have passed some english classes somewhere and at some time.

  22. Daveski 22

    LP – fair enough.

    I don’t think my comments were at all negative of Rochelle and I certainly didn’t state she was being duplicitous. It does become an issue if it is inferred that she is independent but again your point is that this was not what she said.

    My bigger concern is that it’s just not really newsworthy – even if the journos did their job fairly.

    Let’s hope we don’t have copy cat Nats!

  23. Draco TB 23

    Ah, Tim (and others), most people would have a good giggle and carry on. I doubt if it’s going to change anyones vote at all. Some people, though, will actually think it means something.

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

    If DPFs relative had a comparable sense of humour I’m sure that most people would still have a good laugh and carry on. Some people will think it means something.

  24. the sprout 24

    my my, there are some tetchy conservatives out there – who would have thunk they are bereft of humour and perspective?

    of course this won’t do much to change anyone’s opinions, that’s not how shifting public opinion works.

    what it will do is just help to consolidate the frame of JK not really knowing what he’s doing. and that frame has been slowly and carefully constructed over an extended period of time, with a lot of help from JK himself. that’s why the Nats can’t laugh this off – they know there’s a ring of truth the public agrees with.

  25. lprent 25

    I think that it is probably newsworthy in some minor form. People in my profession get quite interested in this stuff. Google bombing was meant to be quite hard to achieve these days since they played with the algorithms about 3 or 4 years ago.

    I don’t think that it rates as being prime-time TV news etc either.

    Of course it helped the news media that she is a female programmer (still a rare breed), young, reasonably photogenic, and she knows how to put a press release together (and to sound bite very effectively).

    More importantly it was the first time in NZ and done in a context of an immenent election.

    There will probably be other attempts to google-bomb. However in NZ, it takes a quite a level of persistence amongst a small group. If it is widely know then it it is too easy to block it.

    I haven’t noticed the requisite level of persistence and skills being widely spread.

  26. Daveski 26

    LP – all good points and reason for being a proud uncle too! I didn’t really the extent to which it is an achievement 🙂

    Good to see DPF seeing it for what it was worth too.

  27. infused 27

    Google bombing has been around and used for yonks. Just makes your niece look like an idiot imo. If it’s associated with The Standard in anyway, Google will in fact sink your your website – hence why people aren’t stupid enough to do it anymore.

    Just some information for you.

  28. I doubt if this site or the right’s Kiwiblog will make one voter change their mind.

    Bloggers and internet forums wont have a big enough sway to decide this election.

  29. Phil 29

    I doubt if this site or the right’s Kiwiblog will make one voter change their mind.
    Bloggers and internet forums wont have a big enough sway to decide this election.

    Don’t be so sure. Even though I’m still cheering the blue team, it’s a little less vocal than before I started reading this, and other, blogs. I’ve even defended Green Party policy (not just playing devils advocate) using some of the posts and comments here…

  30. Keith 30

    Randal – in the same way I don’t care what you think – pathetic stunts like this only serve in tarring Labour with a power-hungry, muck-raking brush which is bad look when they are trying to campaign on trust and ambition.

    In enjoying this stunt you demonstrate either your simple intelligence levels or that you’re pretty immature.

  31. lprent 31

    infused: I think you’re thinking about google-washing. Quite a different technique.

    As far as I’m aware the google bomb has never been used here. It’d be easy enough to find out though – I’ll run a search when I eat.

    BTW: have a look at this (highlighted section).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb

    In the 2006 US midterm elections, many left-wing bloggers, led by MyDD.com, banded together to propel neutral or negative articles about many Republican House candidates to the top of Google searches for their names.[1] Right-wing bloggers responded similarly.[27]
    In January 2007, Google announced they altered their search engine algorithm to significantly reduce the effectiveness of the technique.[28]
    In March 2007, the Washington Post reported that Nikolas Schiller was able to Google bomb “Redacted Name” to highlight his website’s block on search engines.[29]
    In September 2008, John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party was Google Bombed with the query “clueless”[30]

  32. I just don’t think there will be a big enough swing because of bloggers, it didn’t happen in the states in 2006, and I don’t think it will happen here.

    How many people will actually change their mind who come here? A dozen maybe, two dozen tops, and the same goes for kiwiblog.

    Basically this election will be won by National, people are tried of this government and wont want to give it a fourth term, no matter how many google bombs or blogs hit the web.

  33. r0b 33

    I just don’t think there will be a big enough swing because of bloggers

    Has anyone made such a claim? Be pretty silly if they had.

    Basically this election will be won by National

    Maybe, maybe not.

  34. A nice change to see some more female coders out there!

  35. I somehow don’t think Key is clueless anyway? I mean anyone who has made themselves millions in not clueless.

  36. Felix 36

    He’s not clueless about making millions of dollars. Well spotted. But does that mean he’s not clueless?

    I’ve met people (and you probably have too) who have made a pretty good pile of money for themselves but don’t really have much of a clue about anything else. From what I’ve seen of Key I’d say he probably isn’t that interested in much else.

    Do we want a leader who has spent his whole life making millions of dollars for himself? Is that really a qualification to lead?

  37. randal 37

    actually most of it was in bonuses for firing other people who underperformed!

  38. mike 38

    FFS, you guys are incredible. Always going on about the real issues not getting debated and then thinking it’s great when a little fema-nazi cyber smears JK.

    Keep up the dirty stuff though as its playing right into the Nats hands.

    [lprent: There is a reason that phrase in the moderation (as I guess you’ve found previously). I don’t like it. Take 8 weeks off to contemplate why it isn’t a good idea to offend a male-nazi sysop. ]

  39. Pascal's bookie 39

    The top execs at ML, Bear Sterns, Freddie and Fannie, The L’ Brothers and so on all made bloody great piles of dosh for themselves over the last few years.

    Ask the shareholders of those firms for a reference on their awesomeness.

  40. Felix:

    I have never met anyone who has made that much money for themselves (unless its a lotto win) that was clueless.

    If he was that clueless, he would of lost it all by now. Its crazy to say the guy is clueless, its like the right in the states saying America is doomed because Obama doesn’t understand the issue of security.

    Key is not Clueless, Clark is not Clueless and talk like that just brings the debate down a peg or two but hey if ya want to be a bunch of little Karl Roves, be my guess.

    I want a leader who understands what personal responsibility is and that isn’t Clark.

  41. Trust me Satan 41

    Rochelle from hell.

  42. Draco TB 42

    I want a leader who understands what personal responsibility is and that isn’t Clark.

    From what I’ve seen of JK over the last 2 years I’m absolutely certain he does, as a matter of fact, know what personal responsibility is – and how to avoid it.

  43. mike 43

    “Do we want a leader who has spent his whole life making millions of dollars for himself?”

    Yes Felix I do. If it’s a choice between a self starter with real life experience or a career civil servant who puts her own lust for power before the NZ public then go figure

  44. RedLogix 44

    Ah right Mike, the kind of real life experience that has resulted in the Lehman Bros bankrupcy today… or BOA having to buy out Key’s old alma mater … is this the kind of experience you have in mind?

  45. So if Rochelle is engaged in dirty tricks because she once held a minor position on labour’s youth council and is related to Lynn then what is it when a current National party office holder who is on the National Party pay roll and the nephew of a very senior National Party MP gets involved in spreading smears about a Labour candidate’s sex life?

    http://robinsod.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/stalkathon/

  46. r0b 46

    a little fema-nazi cyber

    Why do so many of your right wing boys have problems with competent women? It is sad that you feel so threatened.

    (Captcha: ‘socialists might’ – well they might indeed!)

  47. Pascal's bookie 47

    That’s right mike, international bankers hate power, especially when compared to teachers. The are truly the salt of the earth.

  48. rOb

    The right loves powerful woman, Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin, Trisha Yearwood, Ann Coulter,

    We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman.

  49. A politician’s sex life should be private has long as they aren’t doing anything illegal.

    If Larry Craig wanted to hid the fact that he is gay and hung around in airport bathrooms that is his business.

  50. Brett – what about the National party connection? Surely that’s not a sign of an “upbeat and positive campaign”?

  51. Im sure this nephew of someone would be told not to do it again, unless the left who encourages this sort of thing.

  52. r0b 52

    We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman.

    And Rochelle has done that how? She needs to be called a “fema-nazi” because?

    As for Sarah Palin, playing on the fact that she’s a woman is positively the only thing she has going for her.

  53. Rob:

    If anyone dares says something bad about Aunty Helen, the left automatically jumps up and says “Your just saying this because she is a woman”

    Im sure if a relative of someone from kiwiblog had googled bombed a Maori MP, then you guys would be up in arms.

    As for Palin, well she has a good record in Alaska, but personally I hope Obama/Biden wins

  54. Tim Ellis 54

    I don’t think people should come down too harshly on Rochelle. It was an amusing prank, and quite novel in its approach. I think she could have been more up-front about her political affiliations and leanings, when asked, because I think it is material that she is a recent office-holder in the Labour Party. She set up this google-bomb, by her own admission, a year ago. She is, by LP’s admission, an LPG voter.

    I’ve said in another thread that I have noticed the tendency of some blog-writers and commenters to say they aren’t members of the Labour Party, while sounding, acting, and writing exactly as if they are. The Exclusive Brethren weren’t members of the National Party, either. The Exclusive Brethren members don’t vote. That doesn’t mean they weren’t campaigning against the Labour and Green Parties, on behalf of National and its friends. It’s just insulting to anybody’s intelligence to say otherwise. Rochelle isn’t alone in this, of course. As I’ve said, I think it seems to be a common theme.

    On the face of it, it also seems that Rochelle was not alone in setting up this google-bombing stunt. A number of people appear to have been involved in it. I very much doubt any of them were National supporters or right-wingers. Some of them appear to be commenters at the Standard, if this google-search is anything to go by:

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&q=clueless+site%3A.thestandard.org.nz&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

    [lprent: Ummm This is a site with literally millions of words in in. Typing in almost any phrase gets a massive hit rate.

    Try lemme see pejorative terms – pathetic, poppycock (an HS special), idiot, moron, dickhead, troll, whale etc…
    Hell you even get a few hits from gormless, dildo, wanker, etc..

    In fact you even get a few hits off pejorative

    I’d say that wasn’t particularly conclusive. Besides have a read of the wiki link – it is the hidden stuff on a link that does it]

  55. I guess “Clueless” is the buzz word for the extreme left. Oh well ya got to have a catch phrase I guess.

  56. r0b 56

    If anyone dares says something bad about Aunty Helen, the left automatically jumps up and says “Your just saying this because she is a woman’

    I’ve never said such a thing Brett, and I don’t recall it on The Standard. But We weren’t discussing HC, we were discussing the pathetic use of “fema-nazi” to describe Rochelle.

    Some of them appear to be commenters at the Standard, if this google-search is anything to go by

    Ahhh Tim, all you’re displaying there is ignorance of how a google bomb works.

  57. Perhaps we need a guest post from Rochelle to get the righties really wound up haha

  58. rOb

    People have been called “Retards” on this site, do you agree with that?

  59. Brett. You are a retard.

  60. r0b 60

    People have been called “Retards’ on this site, do you agree with that?

    What’s that got to do with anything Brett? No, I don’t like it when people get insulting. Except when ‘Sod does it – it’s part of his “thing”, like d4j and his surreal nonsense.

  61. Yo seem to be upset because someone was called a fema nazi, but not upset if someone is called a a retard.

  62. mattyroo 62

    Jeez, are all lefties bloody ugly… clark, rees, et al…

    Pity clark’s social engineering doesn’t run to looks!

  63. Andrew 63

    Try googling ‘labour funded blog’ from NZ pages and see what come up. Now that’s way more amusing than ‘Clueless’

    You couldn’t make it up any funnier. It just shows that you have to be carefull what you make a big deal out of as it may come back to bite you.

    Im sure there are many, many more variations out there in google land for both Labour and National. At the end of the day its just silly and who cares.

  64. Robinsod:

    Thanks for sharing! Your a funny guy, you should rent yourself out for formal occasions, well maybe not for the IHC fund raisers they might take offense.

  65. r0b 65

    Yo seem to be upset because someone was called a fema nazi, but not upset if someone is called a a retard.

    I said I didn’t like it Brett. Whereas your only comment on “fema nazi” is: “We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman”.

  66. Jeez, are all lefties bloody ugly clark, rees, et al

    Pity clark’s social engineering doesn’t run to looks!

    Not as ugly as your mum matty – not as easy either…

    Brett – no problemo my retarded hombre…

  67. Conrad 67

    Clueless is a good start, but perhaps someone should create google bombs around other words too: Slimy, rat, dirty, filthy, hopeless, incoherent, Armageddon, earthquake, black abyss, Lord Ashcroft, Hannibal, plague, economic ruin, flip-flop, idiot, moron and pond scum, to name a few.
    Let the Bombing begin!

  68. rOB

    Like most people, I despise anything that comes out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth, I understand he came up with the phrase Fema-Nazi.

    Like most on the right I love strong woman, and my take is, a lot of feminist are not out to make woman stronger, but make them into victims.

  69. Conrad 69

    -“a lot of feminist are not out to make woman stronger, but make them into victims.”

    Brett Dale is clearly right. It’s obvious that the majority of feminists have a secret burning desire to be repressed. They love being victims. In fact, it’s cruel not to persecute women. Let’s support the feminist movement by victimising women!

    Brett Dale, visionary. He spreads the light.

    I salute your towering intellect.

  70. That’s not what I said at all.

    The true strong feminists are all about power and making woman stronger and not playing the part of the victim, unfortunately a lot of people fall into the trap of doing this.

  71. Conrad 71

    It is true that some women often demand a double standard. They expect equal treatment in every respect (which of course they should have), but then retreat behind accusations of sexism when criticised. Look no further than Sarah Palin.

    But on the other hand I don’t think it’s correct to say that a lot of women set out specifically to play the part of the victim. Most women would take offence at that suggestion.

    By the way, the plural of woman is “women”

  72. Lprent- you mentioned me, but I am at a loss at what you are talking about? My blog has the same opinion of the Standard as you have of me. Except I revel in the fact that I am not in NZ seeing Labour in action…. and for that I am incredibly thankful.

    Although I am not that wound up enough to not want to have a Xmas beer with you on my return to NZ. I am not that bitter 🙂

  73. Dan 73

    How childish of her… I see Canterbury Uni cut ties with her before mid-morning yesterday http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=29723066&threadid=29723066

  74. infused 74

    I know they changed it. You can still pull it off easily enough. What I am saying is, when they detect one they investigate it. If they can link it to someone, using The Standard as an example, they will drop your ranking in Google.

    That’s why people normally use it for MPs, Presidents, CEOs etc.

    Regardless, I think it’s a rather childish thing to do. It’s not because I prefer National over Labour. If a nat did something like this i’d think the same. I know she apparently has no political affiliation (yeah right) but anyway…

  75. mike 75

    8 weeks thats a bit harsh

    [lprent: I was annoyed – you called my niece one of my least favored terms. Ok – lets drop it to two weeks.

    Of course I could always ask rochelle for her opinion? Ok I’ve been overruled by my girlfriend….. 4 weeks.

    BTW: she had a description about where you should stuff your complaint… Perhaps you could redeem yourself – try commenting on thehandmirror. I’ll watch with interest. ]

  76. Falafulu Fisi 76

    Lprent if you want your niece to be a top-notch in developing search engine algorithm, then I could point her out to resources of where to start. This is my domain area. I do know very well how the Google PageRank algorithm works. There are many variants of PageRank where they only vary in their precisions & recall capabilities. I have written one (power-law variant of PageRank) for the purpose of web-site surveillance. This is not new, intelligence services are using it. Also corporates are using it as well to keep an eye on their competitors in real-time (for the purpose of price wars) rather than manually (ie, a staff that is doing the surveillance) which is time-consuming (hard to keep up). The original article on PageRank (title : The anatomy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine) was published by Page & Brin (Google founders) was made available in the Proceedings of the seventh international conference on World Wide Web, 1998, so any interested person can grab the algorithm from this publication (available in most University libraries).

    The best online free publications (peer reviewed) of search algorithms is the Internet Mathematics. There are tons of other sources (online & print computing journals) that are dedicated to text/web search in general that I can list them here if your niece is interested & wants to be a top-notch software developer.

  77. randal 77

    mike…are you the person writing horrible thread headers on twademe about rachel?

  78. sean 78

    Why is that female computer programmers are always so naff-looking?

    [lprent: Why is it that trolls are such morons? Not to mention have the social manners of a yeti. ]

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    7 hours ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to June 3 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to June 3 include:PM Christopher Luxon is expected to hold his weekly post-cabinet news conference at 4:00pm today.Parliament’s Environment Select Committee resumes hearing submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today.Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    10 hours ago
  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
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    10 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    12 hours ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    12 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    22 hours ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 day ago
  • My Lovely Man.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
    Up until 1989, you could attend a New Zealand University, and never need to pay a cent for your education. That then changed, of course. The sadists of the Fourth Labour Government introduced substantial fees for study, never having had to pay a cent for their own education. The even ...
    2 days ago
  • Putting children first
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Minister for Children Karen Chhour is putting children first: Hon KAREN CHHOUR: I move, That the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the bill. It’s a privilege ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
    I could corrupt youIt would be uglyThey could sedate youBut what good would drugs be?Good Morning all,Today there’s a guest newsletter from Gerard Otto (G). By which I mean I read his post this morning and he has kindly allowed me to share it with you.If you don’t already I ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The days fly by
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
    The 2018 Social Security Act suggests that Labour may have retreated to the minimalist (neo-liberal) welfare state which has developed out of the Richardson-Shipley ‘redesign’. One wonders what Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser and Walter Nash would have thought of the Social Security Act passed by the Ardern Labour Government ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
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    3 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    3 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    4 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
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    4 days ago
  • Budget challenges
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    4 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    5 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
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    5 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Getting to No
    Politics is about compromise, right?  And framing it so the voters see your compromise as the better one.  John Key was a skilful exponent of this approach (as was Keith Holyoake in an earlier age), and Chris Luxon isn’t too bad either. But in politics, the process whereby an old ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – How does the Medieval Warm Period compare to current global temperatures?
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    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result of his non-disclosure could even see ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
    The relentless drone coming out of the Prime Minister and his deputy for a million days now has been that the last government was just hosing  money all over the show and now at last the grownups are in charge and shutting that drunken sailor stuff down. There is a word ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
    Buzz from the Beehive Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to riot-torn New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home. Today’s flight will carry around 50 passengers with the most ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Four Knights
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Gaza!
    It finally happened: the International Criminal Court prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes in Gaza: The chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has said he is seeking arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli officials for war crimes and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago

  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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