Sack Paul Henry – protests at TVNZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 am, October 5th, 2010 - 78 comments
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TVNZ are refusing to take action over Paul Henry’s latest racist outburst, going as far as to say:

The audience tell us over and over again that one of the things they love about Paul Henry is that he’s prepared to say the things we quietly think but are scared to say out loud.

People are expressing their disgust at the effective state endorsement (by both TVNZ and John Key) of Henry’s blatant bigotry. One TVNZ staffer has already resigned in protest. Complaints are being made to TVNZ and their advertisers. Facebook groups have been set up.

Join the protests this evening outside TVNZ in both Auckland and Wellington calling for Paul Henry to be sacked.

AUCKLAND: 5pm, TVNZ HQ, 100 Victoria Street West
WELLINGTON: 5pm, TVNZ, 86 Lambton Quay

78 comments on “Sack Paul Henry – protests at TVNZ”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    The management at TVNZ need a loud clear message.

    Please get as many people along to these protests as you can, put the word out through your email lists, facebook, call friends and family, local community groups. If you have ethnic national dress or even a T-Shirt which says “Fiji” wear it and come along!

  2. Murray 2

    If we join the Lynch mobs do we get free torches or do we bring our own?.
    If we bring our own, do we arrive with our torches lit or do we get sent to the back of the mob, if we light our torches too early?.
    Would a KKK outfit be appropriate?.
    These are all serious question on lynch mob etiquette to make sure we get it right.
    Its important to have the right mix of ethnic dress, hate groups and left wing politicians to make up a standard lynch mob

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Get off it mate, civil protest is a legitimate activity of a functioning democracy, and it has been since before the anti-apartheid marches of the 80’s.

      Grow up.

      Mass action is how we let the senior decision makers know that their people are taking their actions seriously and that there are consequences to those actions.

    • pollywog 2.2

      I’d rather someone turned up with a bucket of shit to throw over him and his car as he leaves the TVNZ carpark and have a mate film it then youtube it…

      …actually 2 buckets would be funnier. One for the car and one to splatter him when the wannabe staunch little prick hops out looking for a stoush.

      • comedy 2.2.1

        Make sure it’s out the rear of a dairy cow……. instant youtube hit.

      • billy fish 2.2.2

        Personally I would go with cream cakes – for that slapstick effect – also, and speaking from personal experience, when you are goign to throw something at someone be prepared for some of it to end up on you, and cream cakes are a lot nice.

        • Tigger 2.2.2.1

          Or we could, as cv points out, protect in a civilised manner that shows the strength of numbers…

          • pollywog 2.2.2.1.1

            …not really into civilised protest eh ?

            Some of the most memorable protest actions have been well less than civilized.

            Who can forget the lamington, the mud or the bare butt protests and what with youtube, it would shame Paul Henry no end.

            He needs the message to hit home, that if he ‘s gonna shit on NZer’s on TV he’s gonna get shat on by NZer’s in real life and wear the consequences in the media as well…literally !!!

            Might even start a ‘balls of steel’ like trend with annoying devils popping up all over the show.

    • ak 2.3

      Gee, nice one Muzz. Yep, them anti-racists are exactly like the KKK. Nice day outside, why don’t you go out and play?

  3. AndyB 3

    were you all this outraged when Hone called the the majority of New Zealanders white mother f*ckers? where were the protests and howls of outrage, and calling for him to be sacked.

    somewhat of a double standard.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      NZ has simply become more aware and intolerant of racism in the mass media since then.

      Its an improvement, not a double standard. I welcome it.

      • AndyB 3.1.1

        i still think there is a major difference. one is a complete fool that some people love to watch in the morning waiting for the next stupid thing to come out of his mouth … the other is an elected member of parliament. i think both of them should have been sacked.

        • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1.1

          AndyB, there were many, many condemnations of Hone’s racist outburst on the Standard at the time and no lack of fulsome debate about it. So no double standard at all, as you would have discovered if you’d put ‘hone’ in the search bar at the top right hand side of the page.

      • Murray 3.1.2

        Wow we’ve really improved as a country in such a short time.
        If I let the inane utterances of a senseless bigot like Paul Henry bother me I would probably end up like most of the left wing posters on this blog

        • the sprout 3.1.2.1

          instead you’ve ended up as yourself! well done Murray, you are a real free thinker

    • prism 3.2

      No, AndyB That was a general attack in an outburst, this was a named individual ranked high in NZ targeted by Paul Henry merely for being – 1 A different colour to Paul Henry (who regards himself as a ‘golden boy’) and 2 being in that highly ranked position. He belittles the rank of Governor General, the people who appointed him, and attempts to undermine the authority and respect to which the GG is entitled, and deserves because of his abilities, standards and achievements.

      Henry is of a piece with ACT who are contemptuous of our government system and democracy which they would like to alter, warp and gradually destroy. There used to be great fear of communism as destructive to society. A tool like Henry and ACT are the real deal when it comes to underfloor termites, they are white ants of a virulent kind.

    • Headlessrd 3.3

      Keep in mind Hone said something along the lines of “white mother f*ckers” have been riping us off for centuries.” It was also in a private email(not expressed on public TV).

      I’m not condoning it, I’m simply saying that he was right (if you remove the “whiter mother f*ckers” bit), and it was a different situation (which entails a different response).

    • pollywog 3.4

      Hone called the the majority of New Zealanders white mother f*ckers?

      uh no he didnt eh ?

      he said in the context of a private e-mail that…

      ‘White motherfuckers have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries and all of a sudden you want me to play along with their puritanical bullshit.”

      That implies only some white mofo’s have and certainly not the majority. Totally different kettle of fish….besides, it’s the truth and some white mofo’s are still doing it !!!

    • Blighty 3.5

      AndyB. Yes, most people were outraged by Hone’s comments. check the standard’s hone harawira tag old boy

  4. billy fish 4

    Don;t think sacking the man is the right response – hes a twat but …. well read the following – it sums up my thoughts

    http://choirboymotel.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/what-does-a-nzer-look-like/

    • billy fish 4.1

      btw should clarify my view on this – don’t sack him – move him to a new show “talk back twat” on at 3am on a Tuesday morning – seems a lot more appropriate for him

  5. KJT 5

    Who cares. Just a bigot and idiot proving the point. All countries and races have them. There are much more important things to worry about.

    Definitely not worth the space the Standard and other media has wasted on him.

    All the free publicity has Probably increased his viewers 100%

    • Blighty 5.1

      it’s one thing to have bigots. It’s another to employ them as lead presenter on the state broadcaster.

  6. Rharn 6

    In response to the studio’s defence of Henry I wonder what the IQ is of the audience that go to watch Henry’s show.

    • grumpy 6.1

      Well, we know Kaplan and lprent were watching this morning….. 🙂

      • lprent 6.1.1

        Only because I wanted to see if Heritage Hotels were still the sponsor. IMHO, that is a far more effective target than the ratings obsessed TVNZ for a blogger. A point that I see The Sprout picked up on this morning. My post on that topic can wait until tomorrow morning.

    • Murray 6.2

      “In response to the studio’s defence of Henry I wonder what the IQ is of the audience that go to watch Henry’s show.”
      Probably the red neck working class variety

  7. Sweetd 7

    And the ratings go up. Well done everyone. I think you have just ensured he will get the People Choice award next year as well.

    • Blighty 7.1

      sweetie. how about having the courage to just say the truth: you like henry and agree with his racist and bigoted remarks.

  8. Sweetd 8

    Blighty, I really couldn’t give a rats arse about henry and what he says. To ease your mind, no, I don’t support what he said. I don’t watch the show, having to do with the fact that I am at work. FFS he shocks, that is what he does, and the more you get vexed about it, the more he will shock, the more his ratings will increase. TVNZ get rid of him?, well if you think that, or the protest will achieve anything but promote him and the show even more then I have some magic beans you would be interested in.

  9. a human 9

    One of the funniest aspects of this stoush is that the media reports Breakfast as a ‘Current Affairs’ show. It is a tabloid fluffer, a magazine show at best.

    To its credit though,, it is a propoganda tool par’excellence
    so no surprise why it only ever gets wet tissue warnings

  10. Interesting 10

    I Hope that all the people proclaiming on this site and others how “racist” PHenry is have never once uttered a joke in which a person from another ethnicity was part of it and have never uttered from their lips anything that in any way could be taken as “racist”.

    And dont use the “in the public” line as a reason for why he should be condemned either.

    Either we it applies to everyone or no-one.

    • Cnr Joe 10.1

      henry sniggers all the time – it does not comedy make it
      his words were not delivered as a comedy routine (regardless of sideshow John playing straight man)
      he is not billed as a comedian.
      the ‘in the public’ is the point.
      your ‘rules, interesting, suck
      i mean, really

    • mcflock 10.2

      “In public”? No.
      “On national television”? Yes.

      Most people have at least one quirk or socialised phobia/bigotry/insensitivity to greater or lesser degrees. It is because we are imperfect humans in an imperfect society. I, for example, am still trying to expunge the word ‘retard’ from my reactive vocabulary.

      However, most of us would realise that some things which we find inoffensive might/should be grossly offensive to other people. As an example, I have a high level of graveyard humour, well beyond mere “insensitivity”. However, I would not make skull-!$%! jokes at a funeral, as it might cause offence/distress. When, on occasion, I do cause offence, I apologise for my actions because I should have moderated my behaviour, knowing that it might cause offence.

      Paul Henry did not have the nous to realise that an overtly racist comment on national television might cause offence, and then his “apology” was weak and flaccid.

      The guy is a broken unit. A sexist, racist broken unit who laughs at the thought of someone being starved of oxygen at birth. And he has no shame at displaying his wares on television, which is worse.

  11. Jagilby 11

    Nice to see rent-a-mob will be gainfully employed once more.

    I agree what he said was wrong, absolutely wrong. And I usually enjoy Paul Henry.
    However, don’t you think that your protests start to lack credibility when it’s the same handful of culprits every. single. time?
    People switch off – “oh, yeah, it’s just those same unemployed wackos having fun finger painting placards again..”

    I really don’t think TVNZ are going to take you seriously if you rock up with 10-15 regulars from ‘The Standard’ – I think they have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not within their target market.

    It’s like a Simpsons episode:

    “You may remember Rochelle Rees from such protests as:
    Solid Energy – Happy Valley
    Israeli tennis player
    Cannabis legalisation
    Pig farming
    Miscellaneous Climate change action”

    • Carol 11.1

      TVNZ has already taken the protests seriously and suspended Henry for 2 weeks:
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/4197611/Henry-suspended-after-G-G-comments

      • Jagilby 11.1.1

        …Psst, can you quietly divulge the secrets of time travel to me?
        Your protests aren’t until 5pm(?)
        I don’t think you can claim this one yet love.

        Also, that’s a little short of the sack don’t you think?

        Kyle Sandilands was suspended for 3 weeks in Australia for trivialising rape (absolutely abhorent! May I suggest even, on a completely different level to Henry’s comments) and now hosts, what I assume is one of, Australia’s top rating shows (X-factor). Doesn’t seem like suspensions mean a hell of a lot in showbiz, especially when you’re a ratings puller.

        Back to finger painting Carol – you’ve got a big protest to prepare for.

        • felix 11.1.1.1

          Cute, Jagilby.

          You’re on the wrong side of this. Just admit it and get over yourself.

          • Jagilby 11.1.1.1.1

            Wrong side of what?

            Did you miss this: “I agree what he said was wrong, absolutely wrong.”
            ????

            I’m questioning whether or not it’s really worth protesting over.
            Popular opinion has clearly already swung against Henry without the need to picket TVNZ.

            You guys sweat the small stuff and it costs you your credibility.

            • felix 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Even cuter.

              At 12.04 it was all a waste of time, no-one cares, stupid lefties any excuse for a protest and “real kiwis” won’t listen to you anyway etc

              At 1.23 there’s no point in protesting ‘cos we’re all on your side and always were anyway so please shut up, just shut up shut up shut up.

              Oh, and thanks for the concern.

              • Jagilby

                If it helps you sleep better at night then keep believing the opinions voiced here somehow influenced this.

                If by “real kiwis” you mean the 99% of the country that don’t even know The Standard exists – then I guess you’re right on that account. They won’t listen to you because most of them (staunch fans included) will have already made their mind up – it was unacceptable (you know independent thought).
                They don’t need the same crowd picketing on TV to drive that home to them. My point has been consistent from the start – you lot just appear to be opportunistically seeking camera time for a protest that is unnecessary – if anything I think it’ll be counterproductive.

                I just love the arrogance – the fact that you think the world suddenly woke up and listened to you. That people don’t have the competence to judge each of his statements without you guiding them to the water.

                BTW, I’m not “on your side” because I don’t think he will be sacked nor do I think sacking is appropriate in this case.

                • felix

                  “I just love the arrogance – the fact that you think the world suddenly woke up and listened to you.”

                  Not likely to ever happen. I’m just happy that this time they didn’t listen to the likes of you.

                  This time the racists and their apologists and enablers (that’s you and your “shhh, don’t rock the boat” mentality Jagilby) lose.

                  And that’s good.

                  • Jagilby

                    OK, I’ve told you twice now that I find the comment unacceptable but I’m still somehow a racist (wow, that’s a first – being an Asian NZer), an apologist, and, let’s not forget, an enabler.

                    All the buzz words.

                    Did you skip comprehension class?

                    Fact is the boat has already sailed before you’ve had a chance to “rock” it.
                    He’s been suspended without the hassle of getting out and beating your chest about it. And about “rocking the boat” – No one is being compelled to watch breakfast television (we’re not talking about a student union here).

                  • Jagilby

                    I actually find it quite sad that you had to resort to the racist card as a means of last resort. It’s always appears to me to be a form of ad hominem – an attempt to shut the debate down.

                    My point still stands. Paul Henry’s supporters have left him high and dry on this one – they recognise he was wrong. And again, because you’ve had some trouble with it – I think that the comment was unacceptable.

                    Picketing TVNZ, in my opinion, will be counterproductive because the people who, up until this point, have supported Paul Henry (i.e. the 35,000 or so on facebook at last count) will recognise that those who are apoplectic enough to get into the streets are representative of people who complain about the comments they loved – i.e. those nice people who send letters to him calling him a “pompous, self-conceited little pr!ck” and say loving things such as “die you c**t”.

                    You might hate that reality but I’m just putting it out there.

                    Lobbying sponsors etc, as some have suggested is probably a far more effective course of action. Even then, that didn’t stop Kyle Sandilands.

                  • felix

                    Yes you’re right. Henry has been suspended because of the people like yourself who sit quietly and say nothing. In fact that’s how all progression is made – by mutely accepting the status quo.

                    As for “But how can I be a racist – I’m FROM a race!”

                    er yeah. That’s where I stopped reading your comments. Probably forever, thickie.

                    • Jagilby

                      It truly saddens me that I won’t have to put up with you skewing the words or intent of my posts anymore (I assume they will be mutely accepted from now on?)

                      Anyway you’re late for your protest.
                      Or are you not going… com’on man, you need to rise up against the tyranny!

                    • felix

                      Too many hours drive for me. But that’s ok, plenty of ways to skin a cat – all of which seem to be working quite well at the mo which must be pissing you off royally.

                      And nah, of course I’ll read your drivel. I’m just not going to take it seriously now that you’ve laid your cards out for all to see how vacuous and shallow you are.

                    • Jagilby

                      I wasn’t asking how I could be racist because I’m Asian – it was more surprise at never having that accusation levied at me. It was a strange sensation being called racist.

                      I had a workmate this morning who presented the case that the comments ‘weren’t that bad’ – I rebuffed that and said “com’on mate, let’s not suger coat this shit, we all know what he was getting at. He fucked up on this one, there’s no way around it”. There were about 10 of us there who are usually fans of his inane musings and we all agreed. So call me what you will I’ll always honestly call it how I see it – despite the fact I love the guy – I have openly said that he was wrong in this case.

                      I just happen to disagree with hardcore haters thinking that beating down the doors will influence public opinion. Fact of the matter is that, in this case, Henry supporters thrive on him pissing off you lot – why do you think his acceptance speech went down so well???
                      It’ll just make him a martyr for the cause and then people will rally behind him. That’s the argument – you can crack out the pitchforks but at the end of the day, as I’ve said I think it’s a fruitless, counterproductive effort. With most people his public persona had already taken a hit over this and his fans have seen his ignorant side – that will probably fester.
                      As soon as the rent-a-mob jump in then that’s lost. You can’t compel people to think a certain way – they have to see it for themselves. Taking Henry off the airwaves now will be like taking the bottle away from the baby.

                      But I can’t save you from yourselves it seems – what’s a good outrage without a public display of outrage?

                    • felix

                      You don’t need to “save us from ourselves” you patronising fool.

                      But again, thanks for the concern.

      • hateatea 11.1.2

        Not before time. I hope they have also referred him to a psychotherapist or some other such professional who can help him to understand why the way he speaks / behaves is sometimes so very wrong

    • rocky 11.2

      Not sure why I’m bothering responding to this – but what the hell!

      Solid Energy – Happy Valley

      Supported their cause but don’t think I ever went to any protests about it.

      Israeli tennis player

      Yep, supported the cause, and went to one protest to protect civil liberties the police were trying to take away.

      Cannabis legalisation

      Support the cause but never been to a protest about it!

      Pig farming

      Yep that’s my main cause and I actually get as involved as I can!

      Miscellaneous Climate change action

      Been to a couple of big marches in Auckland but nothing beyond that!

  12. felix 12

    Well he’s suspended without pay until the 18th. That’s a start.

    • billy fish 12.1

      now the job of everyone out there is to watch the show for the 2 weeks he’s off to boost the ratings then stop watching it when he comes back
      Ratings (with commensuate advertising draw) – the only true factor that counts in TV land

      • Pascal's bookie 12.1.1

        Don’t torture yourself unless you have one of the people meter boxes.

        • felix 12.1.1.1

          Or one of them fancy internet porn-machine doohickeys…

          • Pascal's bookie 12.1.1.1.1

            people who watch tv on their porn machines are fucking sick.

            • billy fish 12.1.1.1.1.1

              I have started counselling for my “Good Morning” addiction, I realise it is destructive and linked to my self loathing. I will devote my self more to the correct use of the laptop for watching brazillian jelly wrestling

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.2

              People who watch Paul Henry on their porn machines are ****** sick.

  13. gobsmacked 14

    Priceless!

    “PC lefties wasting their time bloody rentamob who cares what they think just bleating online everyone knows protests never ever made a difference Paul Henry gets the ratings that’s all that matters what a waste of time complaining it won’t change a thing just get a LIFE …

    oh fuck he’s been suspended without pay …”

  14. a human 15

    curiouser and curiouser
    As we all saw it was about midday that the announcement of Henry’s sacking occured. Can someone then explain to me how this article that has just appeared has an update time of
    “Last updated 07:59 05/10/2010”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/4197610/TVNZ-suspends-Henry-over-comments

  15. MikeE 16

    ever considered just changing the channel?

    • nzfp 16.1

      I switched off the TV entirely. That said – the main reason I don’t watch Breakfast is because of Henry – many others have said the same on this blog as well.

      Just popped into your site – might have to grab some tunes to listen to in place of the TV 😉

    • Hey Rick,

      It might be ok in the US to have network sanctioned racists on TV –
      but in New Zealand its not OK.

      Are you OK?

      http://areyouok.org.nz/

  16. Colonial Viper 17

    Someone’s already said it. Suspended: that’s a start. Now lets muscle in with the power of mass action.

  17. Xjy 18

    The overt racists have just got into parliament here in Sweden. One of their main slogans was “Give us back our Sweden”. One of their main (public) demands is “Send the immigrants back where they come from”. God knows exactly what Sweden they’re on about, or which immigrants. (As an aside, one of the White Supremacist crew involved in a notorious police-killing a few years ago was black.)
    Their irrational contortions as they try to get mainstream acceptance are a laugh. They set a cut-off date for “Real Swedes” for those who were here in 1900. Bit like Britain’s “patrial” passport crap.
    Same thing should be tried in NZ. I’d be a bit more historically radical though. My cut-off date would be 1750…

  18. Bodiddly 19

    Anyone who can be that idiotic and insensitive in front of thousands deserves the boot

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    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    5 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    5 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    5 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three 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. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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