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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”?

              • The Al1en

                In the instance of extra marital affair with old Len, Bevan Chuang.

                But googling ‘skank definition’, I’d pick option two – NORTH AMERICAN informal – A sleazy or unpleasant person.

                or

                Derogatory term for a (usually younger) female, implying trashiness or tackiness,

                Is that okay?

              • The Al1en

                Edit ’cause you replied.

                Old Len was a bit scody too. Gonna ask for that definition? Don’t worry, not going to make you google it yourself.

                “adjective
                (New Zealand, informal) unkempt; dirty”

                Or my personal favourite from urbandictionary.com

                “Scody
                when your roommate dont take a shower for a little bit. smells like ass.”

            • 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.

    • 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. 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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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 hours ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    21 hours ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    21 hours ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 day ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    8 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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