Russell Brown on rubbish HoS article

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, December 7th, 2014 - 88 comments
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Russell Brown at Hard News has already said what needed saying about today’s Herald on Sunday’s lead story:

Some reprehensible bullshit

EXCLUSIVE, trumpets the Herald on Sunday’s front page lead story today, HIDDEN ROOMS IN MAYOR’S NEW OFFICE. ‘What secrets are concealed in Len Brown’s flash new office?’ the headline inside demands. A better question might have been: is anybody really proud of this nonsense?  …

The “secret rooms” are not actually a “secret” in any meaningful sense of the word: their presence, design and, fittings and budget are literally a matter of public record. They are a dressing room with a two-seater sofa, an ironing board and a wardrobe, and a small ensuite bathroom. But, in what would seem to be a bid to blend the office’s ceremonial and practical functions, the door between the formal office and its ensuite has been designed as part of a bookcase. That’s it. That really is the sum total of the scandal. …

The rest of the story is padded out with inane quotes from failed mayoral candidate and leader of the deranged “Stand Down Len Brown” protests Stephen Berry, and four of the five council dead-enders who got crushed by their peers in a vote over Brown’s censure motion last year …

The editor, the reporter and the rentaquote councillors all know the story is bullshit. For the latter, it’s another chance to have a crack at Brown and for the paper it’s just more cheap clickbait. If Bevan Chuang gets used yet again – and Photoshopping her into a picture really is quite the sleazy touch – that’s just what happens to women who have sex, right?

Is this what you people got into journalism for?

Plenty more in the full post, go check it out at Hard News.

88 comments on “Russell Brown on rubbish HoS article ”

  1. Chooky 1

    yes agree it is an attempt to smear and undermine Len Brown yet again…

    but as an aside …..quite frankly i dont think Bevan Chuang was “used”…..more like Len Brown, the old fool, was “used”

    …lets face it , it wasn’t Len Brown who revealed the affair… and he called it off…. and Chuang did not have an unblemished reputation for honesty

    …this is sexism in itself ie women who have extra-martial sex are automatically “used” …Old Testament stuff…we have moved on from this in secular and feminist society

    • tinfoilhat 1.1

      Len Brown is a mayor so appalling that he makes John Banks like a good alternative by comparison.

    • So, totally radical idea, let’s focus on the actual subject of the post and not on re-hashing really tired old “lying harlot” attacks on a woman who isn’t even involved (except that the HoS wants to pretend she is).

      • Chooky 1.2.1

        ?..it was Slater that did the “using”…not Brown…and looks like the right wing are still trying to undermine Brown

        “If Bevan Chuang gets used yet again…” is a red herring and a misleading phrase…it is Brown the right wing are out to get

        • And yet *you* chose to describe Bevan Chuang as dishonest, and actually tried to cite feminism as proof that she isn’t a victim in this case (by arguing that it’s sexist to say women in extra-marital affairs are being used.)

          You want to attack Slater, attack Slater, but just stop pretending you weren’t having a go at Chuang.

          • The Al1en 1.2.1.1.1

            She was a bit of a skank and him a sad old man who let his little brain do his thinking.
            Apart from affecting your sensibilities, what’s wrong with reporting that? It’s the truth after all.

            • CATMAN 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Define “skank”?

            • Tom Jackson 1.2.1.1.1.2

              I don’t think that’s true. From her TV appearance she seems to be what they call “high maintenance”, which would make her a natural target for a desperado like old Len.

              Having an affair with the mayor was a pretty thoughtless thing to do given the potential consequences, but she didn’t deserve to be used and shamed by the Slaters and Palino.

          • Psycho Milt 1.2.1.1.2

            So what if he was? “Commenter has opinion about behaviour of someone in the news” isn’t exactly unheard of in blog comments threads.

    • greywarshark 1.3

      @ Chooky
      Good point. Let’s look at these things in the round, get the wider picture.

  2. Graeme Stanley 2

    The Dirty Politics Brigade that smeared a foolish Len Brown round Election Time trying to bring him down have never been brought to justice or scrutinised Pot Calling Kettle Black Syndrome alive and fermenting eh?

    • Chooky 2.1

      +100 Graeme Stanley …and they are still trying to bring Len Brown down with the Tax Payers’ Union taking the lead in another example of ‘Dirty politics’

      …as Bomber Bradbury says …”I’m no Len Brown fan, I don’t believe he should run again, he’s a damaged political brand after the character assassination Slater and his meth charged ‘Journalist’ put him through, but to try and spin an ensuite that Len had no input into as some sort of devious sex den for the Mayor to privately get his jollies off in is just vile and completely false. Let me spell it out – LEN HAD NO ROLE IN BUILDING IT!

      Bradbury puts the present scheming and dirty politicking succinctly:

      http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/12/08/taxpayer-union-the-nz-herald-and-len-browns-secret-hidden-love-den/.

  3. Clean_power 3

    The hapless Mr Brown has lost all his dignity for the sake of keeping his mayor’s salary, otherwise he should have resigned long ago. A man with little or no sense of shame.

    • A man with little or no sense of shame.

      Someone with a sense of shame is hardly going to get very far in politics, are they?

    • tc 3.2

      Yes no change from the bloke he replaced, banksy.

      Len is simply marking time but then so are plenty of well paid supercity folk who have ceremonial roles with no real power throwing mud….brewer, fletcher etc.

      Perhaps HoS could do ratepayers a real service and investigate the systems shambles hide, ford and foley created, it’s racking up thousands/day and is rudderless with no end in sight. What we call ‘works as designed’.

      • Chooky 3.2.1

        Auckland ‘Superscity’ fiasco…( and it would be far worse under John Banks! )….a failed model they are trying to force on Wellington and regions….against the NZ locals’ will

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2.1.1

          You can see the hidden hand of Rodney Hide in the “super cities” push

          The local government commission , with 2 /3 appointed by Rodney Hide in 2011
          designed the over the top super city for Wellington ( notice another unelected Maori Board)

          Just as the Auckland super city was Hides work.

          • Penny Bright 3.2.1.1.1

            This now popular mythology that the Auckland Supercity was all Rodney Hide’s ‘work’ is simply bullshit.

            It was LABOUR who appointed the Commissioners for the Royal Commission on Auckland Regional Governance – whose most important recommendation was the CCO model for the delivery of Auckland services.

            It was the John Key led National/ACT Government that railroaded through the legislation which forced this Auckland ‘Supercity for the 1%’ upon citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region, and denied us our lawful right to a binding vote on this amalgamation.

            It has been the CCO model that has been the mechanism for this, in my considered opinion, corrupt corporate coup, which has enabled BIG business and property developers to run the Auckland region ‘like a business, by business, FOR business’.

            There was NO political party which opposed the Auckland Supercity at the beginning – just a tiny handful of us – who campaigned from Day One – against this bigger public trough for fewer but bigger private snouts.

            Now- FINALLY – people are getting it, while anti-corruption ‘whistle-blowers’ like myself have faced the most draconian abuse of municipal power and authority, in order to try and shut us up and shut us down.

            Unfortunately – (For Auckland Council ‘Supercity for the 1%’) it appears to have had the opposite effect…..

            Penny Bright

        • swordfish 3.2.1.2

          Yeah, the two local body politicians who’ve long been pushing for this in Wellington are Former Labour MP and Mayor – turned far Right, Neo-Liberal, ACToid – (Wellington Regional Council Chairwoman) Fran Wilde, and her close chum and political confidante, our very own highly ambitious Porirua Mayor, Nick Leggett (in recent years, on the periphery of the extra-Parliamentary wing of Labour’s Right faction).

          I think it’s fair to assume both have designs on becoming the first Wellington Supercity Mayor (or possibly running on a Mayor/Deputy Mayor ticket). You can be pretty sure they’ve been carefully planning their career trajectories in that direction for a few years now.

          Leggett also seems to have – somewhat delusional – ambitions that he will become President of the Labour Party at some point. He suggested, after September’s General Election, that people in the Party were clamouring for him to put his name forward.

          The uber-ambitious always amuse me greatly.

          • Wayne 3.2.1.2.1

            Fran Wilde an ACToid – seriously?

            Just because she is no longer on the left side of Labour hardly makes her an ACToid.

            Unless you believe all moderate Labourites and all Nats are ACToids.

            • swordfish 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Wilde had her Road-to-Damascus conversion to Neo-Liberal Orthodoxy a decade later than most of Labour’s core Rogernomes.

              Back in the mid/late 80s, she was on the periphery of the small group in caucus openly hostile to Rogernomics (others included fellow greater Wellington MPs Sonja Davis, Graham Kelly and Elizabeth Tennet – among others, with Jim Anderton involved early on, but increasingly moving towards forming his own Party).

              Early 90s, she becomes Mayor of Wellington and begins moving in clear Rightward direction, particularly after meeting current husband, businessman and CEO of Landcorp, Christopher Kelly.

              By the early zeros, she was participating in a stormy TV current affairs debate (Wilde – by then CEO of Trade New Zealand – and Employers Federation Head on one side / Laila Harre and Union head (possibly Maxine Gay) on the other). Wilde came across in that debate as very Right-leaning, to the extent that she’d make you, Wayne, look like an anaemic Centrist.

              Apart from presiding over some astonishing budget blowouts (for which she would have been crucified by the Dominion Post and other local MSM if she’d been Left-leaning), Wilde’s long stretch as Wellington Regional Council Chairwoman has been characterised by her constant endorsement of policies favoured by ACT. Whatever the issue, you can be sure she’ll side with the establishment Right.

    • greywarshark 3.3

      @ Clean power – ” A man with little or no sense of shame.”
      You fit this description. You never have anything to offer except casting petty and nasty comments, like this one. Your opinions are skewed by a sour disposition apparently. Here’s some of your own back.

    • Tracey 3.4

      Yeah yeah…

      But Key rocks and Banks is full of… Integrity

      🙄

  4. hoom 4

    On the face of it I do agree it looks bad.

    Meat of the thing though as so often is at the very bottom of the article:

    council spokesman Mark Hanson said the mayor’s office had no input into the design.

    It was done by an architect and the project design team.

    The thing which is really surprising is that they have only a couple of Cameron Brewer quotes & they are buried in the middle…

  5. NZJester 5

    Looks like they are slowly starting their campaign to whitewash John Bank’s past and make Len Brown look more sleazy than Banks as they possibly can. Expect to see more articles praising Banks and demonizing Brown over the long run-up time to the next Mayoral election assuming they do not find some trumped up way to cut Len’s time in office shorter. Expect to see both their histories rewritten slowly over time to put Banks in a positive light and Brown’s made to look even worse.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      @ NZJester
      Pleae keep an eye out for these and then the rest of us don’t have to touch the NZ Herlad which is usually the print version of Whaleoil. When they appear to be redeeming themselves with something worthwhile it just raises suspicions, sadly often proving factual, that they have some motive for the long run.

  6. millsy 6

    Len Brown gave the right 95% of what they wanted….

    Imagine the crap from the media if we had a truly left wing Auckland Mayor.

    • Naturesong 6.1

      Nope – none of that matters.

      Although, theres been a fair amount of public land go under the hammer in the last 18 months, he hasn’t sold off Auckland’s public utilities … yet.

      The whole point of the Super City was to enable access to ARH’s assets.

      And given that my water rates have gone up over 300% since watercare was seperated as a CCO – I imagine that particular monopoly is looking pretty tasty to the rentiers within NZ’s population

  7. Lindsey 7

    Name me a Mayor who does not have a place to keep a spare shirt and to have a shower between engagements and meetings. Most of them work very long hours and need to freshen up. I bet Banks had a private shower and dressing room etc but The Herald is not going to tell you that. Banks also cost the ratepayers for a new garage for his Bentley as the open air Mayoral parking outside the Greys Ave building was not good enough.

    • Name me a Mayor who does not have a place to keep a spare shirt and to have a shower between engagements and meetings.

      Mayor McCheese?

      What do I win?

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    The post by Russell Brown shows we need a regular media watch type program ( TV as the newspapers wont touch it)

    But wait, isnt there “Media Take” with Russell Brown ?

    Its really only a ‘Seven Sharp’ for media junkies.

    Lots of nice soft soap for those in the media world, like this on this years opening show.
    “… looking at the way media works for the majority and talking to Stacey Morrison about that”.

    yeah right. its an even narrower world that that of “Streety’

    Or this:
    “… I talk to Katherine Reed, Associate Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, about the new face of serious reporting: Buzzfeed and Vice. ”

    Its like when Seven Sharp gets all investigative:
    “royal babies, why are the media so obsessed? , we tell you.”

    • tc 8.1

      Wait till maxwells silver hammer gets going at Maori TV, it’ll go from lightweight to CT styled media critique.

      Maxwell dodged every serious question when he appeared with a smile and ‘look what I’m about….’

    • Chooky 8.2

      @ghostnz….Morriessy already does the radio media watch very well on the Standard…. but it is a bit irregular…maybe it should become a regular feature?

  9. This really is bottom of the barrel stuff. Those who wrote and published this piece of schlock journalism know very well that a hint of salacity combined with a pinch of prodigality usually ensures a well risen moral panic – and a moral panic about someone popularly perceived to be on the Left is needed to divert attention away from National’s dirty politics scandals.

  10. The Murphey 10

    Q. How much has Dick Quax cost the city of Auckland by signing the ‘New Core Programme’ funding?

    A. $71m – original funding
    B. >$170m – newly estimated total required funding
    C. Unknown – the interest costs nor the total expenditure will ever be published in full

    Q. How might Dicks quoted comments add credibility to the article about the mayoral bathroom costs?

    • tc 10.1

      They don’t want to publish how much the Deloittes, PWC and the other snouts are making, it’s Rodney’s gravy train and completely unnecessary.

      Auckland council systems and processes should have been scaled up and out but no they’re reinventing it and badly burning shitloads in the process for an end result that will be at best no better probably worse.

  11. Naturesong 11

    It gest sworse with the followup here:
    ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall elections

    It’s not til halfway down the article that it is revealed that the the Dirty Politics boys of the Taxpayers Union calling for recall elections.

    I do note that in the interest of balance the article also states at the bottom;
    A spokesman for Brown told the Herald on Sunday that Auckland Council, not the mayoral office, made all decisions on what facilities to include in Brown’s new office.

    … before continuing the smear;
    A report released one year ago found Mr Brown used his council phone to make nearly 1,400 personal calls and texts to his then-mistress Bevan Chuang. He also failed to declare more than $39,000 in free hotel rooms and upgrades.

    • The Murphey 11.1

      “Councillors have already censured Len Brown for misusing funds but clearly the line in the sand is being ignored,” said Jordan Williams, Taxpayers’ Union executive director.

      “The Taxpayers’ Union was co-founded by Mr Williams and right-wing blogger David Farrar”

      Q. Are the articles deliberately written such they can be read as equally damaging to those quoted inside the article by highlighting their duplicity?

      • Naturesong 11.1.1

        If you just skimmed the article, or saw the headline, or did not know who Willaims or Farrar were, you would likely take the allegations at face value.

        Case in point (alert – anecdata incoming), my Mum, 2 or 3 months out from the election, when asked to present an opinion about David Cunliffe expressed distrust.
        When asked what had caused her to distrust an MP whose electorate is close to hers, she was unable to give any example, or even where she’d got the idea.
        I asked her to keep an open mind, and be attentive whenever she saw him speaking, instead of people talking about him.

        By the day of the election her opinion of Cunliffe was this:
        A serious and competent technocrat guided by his anglican beliefs. Missing the personal magnetism he needs to pull it off.

        Point being, constant negative new headlines, true or not, in papers you read or not, on TV whether or not you watch it still gets into your subconsious.

        • The Murphey 11.1.1.1

          The subconscious is a prison for the unaware. It keeps people trapped into believing the existing systems will do anything other than continue to enslave and kill all organic organisms.

          The anecdote about Cunliffe is apt.

          There is not one single politician who is currently involved or who would be allowed to enter politics that can offer anything other than support for the establishment. Support is not always directly perceptible even to the trained observer. The energy spent on supporting or believing in the establishment is astounding and must be broken down.

          When the subconscious prison has been escaped perhaps change could be possible.

          Time is not on the side of the imprisoned.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.2

        Williams and Cactus kate were two lawyers outed in the Dirty Politics scandal who were ‘let go’ by their employers soon after.

      • greywarshark 11.1.3

        Which councillors? That would be a great way to create false’ stories of apprehension by the whole council or the ‘ratepayers’ friends part of it. Ask leading negative questions and make statements as a councillor or through a councillor, then dash off a story to a compliant fish and chip printing rag claiming to have inside information about tensions and questions inside council against the Mayor. Smear every action. White-ant every public service work that is attempted.

  12. coaster 12

    I wonder if the sis have a camera installed in there.

  13. Lindsey 13

    I see The Herald is too cowardly to enable comments on this non-story.

  14. North 14

    A bathroom behind a bookcase ??? Jeezus !!! What’s Brown got in his shoe ???

    • BassGuy 14.1

      Well, James Brown had plenty of soul so Len Brown probably has some sole.

      (Sorry.)

      • Tom Jackson 14.1.1

        Len the unstoppable sex machine.

        • gsays 14.1.1.1

          papas got a brand new pad?

        • phillip ure 14.1.1.2

          brown cd use ‘sex machine’ as his next campaign-song/slogan..

          ..vote for len..!..he’ll get it on up..!..like a sex-machine..!

          ‘..first there was james..!..now there is len..!..getting it on up..!

          ..don’t get down and funky..get funky and down..!..with brown..!..

          (and i guess brown isn’t so much coming out of the closet..

          ..as going behind the bookcase..eh..?..

          ..and putting a new/salacious interpretation on ‘what’s len doing?’..’getting into a good book’..)

          ..has he thought of a line of perfume/colognes..?

          ..smell ‘len’..and then get on down..!..

          ..len..feel the power..!

  15. greywarshark 15

    What a heel!

  16. North 16

    Well spotted GreyWarShark ! That of course raises the spectre of Len’s palm which leads unmistakeably to questions of the greasing thereof……..My God things are getting worse. To HoS TipLine at once !

  17. Halfcrown 17

    Have you seen Slime News @5.30pm? Scoop, Terrible, Shame, Disgusting. Len Brown has a “secret” bathroom behind a bookcase. No mention of mirrors on the ceiling but there was a reference to that female he got involved with.
    Definitely a start to another sleazy dirty politic campaign against Brown.
    Personally I am not keen on the guy, but he is far superior to the other shit offered.
    Dirty Politics is alive and well.

  18. Penny Bright 18

    When is the ‘Tax Payers’ Union going to look at the BIG stuff?

    Like – how dodgy was the purchase of this whole new Auckland Council building – 135 Albert St Auckland City – not just Mayor Len Brown’s dodgy little room?

    How about following the BIG dollar$? ……..

    FYI
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    23 March 2013

    Auckland Mayoral candidate Penny Bright asks if there were corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ involved in the purchase by Auckland Council of the former ASB building

    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    On 21 March 2013, Auckland Councillors discussed at a workshop whether or not to move into the former ASB building at 135 Albert St.

    In the interests of TRANSPARENCY and DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY – how about we ‘back up the truck’ and look at how exactly it was decided to spend a stray $100 million (without full public consultation) on the purchase of this property, and for what reason?

    Let’s also have a good, hard look at who has been involved…….

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/auckland-council-headquarters-move-vy-124051

    Any untoward conflicts of interest between those who bought this property and those from whom this property was bought?

    Where are the publicly-available ‘Registers of Interest’?

    WHO IS CHECKING?

    I did some checking.

    This is what I found…………….

    AND (IN MY CONSIDERED OPINION) IT STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN WITH THE STENCH OF ‘CORRUPT CRONY CAPITALISM’!

    http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz/membership/member-organisations

    Peter Wall, Director of Auckland Council Property Ltd CCO, is a member of the ‘invitation-only’ / $10.000 per year membership fee private lobby group – the Committee for Auckland, along with Auckland Council CEO – Doug McKay.

    Peter Wall is also:

    EXECUTIVE TEAM OF AUCKLAND COUNCIL PROPERTY LTD

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ABOUTCOUNCIL/REPRESENTATIVESBODIES/CCO/Pages/council_property.aspx

    “Peter George Wall
    BCA – Bachelor of Commerce and Administration
    ACA – Associate Chartered Accountant

    Peter has enjoyed over 30 years in the Property industry participating in development, investment management and the acquisition and disposal of some $1.2 billion of Property assets. He has held CEO roles in public property companies, operated in UK, France and Canada and for 3 years was Managing Director, Property for Brookfield Multiplex in NZ and he continues to provide consulting services to this company.

    Peter is a past National President of the Property Council in NZ, President and Trustee of the North Harbour Charitable Trust, Trustee of the Graeme Dingle Foundation trust and Chair of the Harbour Access Trust which has as its responsibilities the development of the National Ocean Water Sports Centre at Takapuna and ferry services to Takapuna and Browns Bay.”

    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10816011

    Council eyes $122m ASB tower for new HQ
    By Anne Gibson
    5:30 AM Thursday Jun 28, 2012

    The Auckland Council plans to buy new upmarket headquarters so it can quit a civic high-rise block tentatively earmarked for demolition.

    The council has entered private negotiations to buy the ASB Bank Centre, valued by an Australian institutional fund at $112 million, substantially upgrading it for its staff and housing many of them under one roof.
    ………………………………..

    ASB Bank Centre, 135 Albert St.
    Valued at $112 million, owned by Brookfield Multiplex
    31 levels with extensive carparking.”
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/886938
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTIONS (NZ) LIMITED (886938)

    Last updated on 14 Dec 2011

    Company number:886938
    Incorporation Date:17 Dec 1997
    Company Status:Registered

    Company Addresses:Registered Office
    Level 8, 66 Wyndham St, Auckland , New Zealand

    Address for service
    Level 8, 66 Wyndham St, Auckland , New Zealand
    View all addresses

    Directors Showing 2 of 2 directors
    George KOSTAS
    36 Johnston St,, Annandale, Nsw 2038, Australia ,

    Peter George WALL
    233 Beach Road, Campbells Bay, North Shore City, 0630 , New Zealand ”

    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    What role did Peter Wall, Director of Brookfields Multiplex Constructions (NZ) Ltd; member of the ‘Executive Team of Auckland Council CCO, Auckland Council Property Ltd, play in the purchase of the former ASB building, owned by Brookfields Multiplex?

    How DODGY (corrupt?) is THIS?

    Auckland Council – $UPERCITY for the 1%?

    Run by big business and property developers FOR big business and property developers?

    Anyone else got concerns about this?

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

    • Chooky 18.1

      +100 Penny Bright for Mayor ….to sort out Auckland Supercity corruption

      Maybe Auckland needs to revert back to its separate regional councils and mayoralties?…and have an overseeing Auckland authority /body in an advisory and research role

      ….that way the power is spread around the regions and is more democratic and less susceptible to BIG MONEY Corruption and dirty right wing politics outside the voters’ control

    • Tracey 18.2

      never. its not on their agenda. that lovely fair minded blogger f6arrar is involved

      • Chooky 18.2.1

        yes but surely if the people got up a referendum and 99% wanted to go back …would it happen?….or dont New Zealanders’ democratic votes count for anything anymore

        …i fear for Wellington

  19. Murray Rawshark 19

    They thanked me for providing them with feedback:
    The above, particularly the picture with Bevan Chuang, does not belong in a serious newspaper. Congratulations for going down the same road as the unlamented Truth. Does the journalist responsible source their material from Cameron Slater?

    • Ed 19.1

      I doubt that Williams and Farrar needed information from Slater for this one. It is however a good illustration of the National party smear machine continuing. Farrar and Williams may well have been prompted by upset over media coverage of the subsidy to the mens Golf photo-op for John Key – Taxpayer Union is however a good front name that still seems to get reported at face value by the media. Next Farrar will be claiming to be an independent journalist again . . .

      • Murray Rawshark 19.1.1

        Yeah, I’m sick of those union thugs. About time we stood up to Farrar and Jordan.

  20. Pat O'Dea 20

    Dirty politics could not have succeeded without dirty journalism

    Unfortunately New Zealand is a poorer place for it.

    You have to wonder how these people sleep at night.

    All I can say is thank God for the blogs otherwise the sleaze and innuendo that the establishment MSM try to pass off as journalism would pass by unremarked

  21. NZ politics now makes professional wrestling look sober and tasteful by comparison.

  22. Sanctuary 22

    The Auckland political right – as represented by the NZ Herald editorial board, the business establishment and the dirty politics hard core – remains as unreconstructed, arrogant, unprincipled, corrupt, immoral and desperate as ever. They truly are disgusting people.

    Unfortunately, that means this story should show why it should be obvious that Brown can’t run again. Keeping those bastards like Brewer, his business partner Carrick Graham, Dick Quax and Cameron Slater well away from high office is the main thing, and Brown will clearly be subjected to an all out media assault of character assassination and beat-ups by the full Auckland establishment if he runs again. This story is warning shot and a taste of how the right will run the mayoralty campaign, mark my words.

  23. Sable 23

    What can you expect from the tired old Tory trumpet…

  24. Big Dog 24

    Well there you go.As someone who swore off the herald years ago I was mystified down the club yesterday by a lot of snide references to Mayor Browns bathroom facilitys.All stirred up they were as well but no surprises there.(yacht club)I would tend to agree that Brown should stand downas the thought of Banks as mayor again is unthinkable.Is it not possible to get a stake through this old scrote,as you get relaxed,thinking he’s gone and the worst that could happen is the odd whatever happened to story and then WTF like the creature from the black lagoon, its back

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    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    15 hours ago
  • A privilege
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    17 hours ago
  • Unbridled power again
    There's a couple of pieces about architect-of-our-constitution Geoffrey palmer's views on the current government doing the rounds today. The first, on Newsroom is an excerpt from a speech he gave to a Young Labour meeting last weekend, in which he says NZ an executive paradise, not democratic paradise. The Spinoff ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • National’s secret schools
    The government just introduced its Education and Training Amendment Bill to the House. The name is deliberately obfuscatory, because what the bill actually does is reintroduce charter schools - effectively allowing National to privatise the education system. That's corrupt and it stinks, but to add insult to injury, National's new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    23 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    23 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
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    1 day ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    2 days ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    3 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    6 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    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). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • The end for the Air Force 757s
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
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    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
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    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
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  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
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