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  • Tories Face Landslide Defeat!
    Late Thursday night, around midday Friday here in New Zealand, we should finally, after fourteen years and five dismal Prime Ministers, see the Tories booted out of government in the UK.The Conservatives have produced a master class in what not to do in government. Be it strangling the economy with ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Goldsmith’s media move; “unprincipled” “sop”
    In a move of breathtaking audacity, the Government agreed yesterday to have a Cabinet Minister preside over a media subsidy scheme. The Minister will decide which media entities will be eligible to receive the proceeds of a levy the Government proposes to impose on Facebook and Google. Communications Minister Paul ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuttal Update Project – Summer break and relaxed publication schedule
    Regular readers might be surprised to not see another "At a glance" highlight for an updated rebuttal given that it's Tuesday when this blog post gets published and that we've done just that "regularly as clockwork" since February 2023. Please read on to find out why we are going on ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Why I left Reddit – Mountain_Tui
    I first joined Reddit November 2023. My user name, Mountain_Tui. I was pretty naive. I thought it was just a place to go share knowledge. Yesterday I deleted that account. I loved that account. I loved my time learning about politics. I more than enjoyed the company and hold dear ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 weeks ago
  • A licence for tyranny
    That's the only way to describe today's US Supreme Court ruling that the US president is above the law. Oh, it officially applies only to "official acts", but reading the fine-print, that basically means everything - even apparently inciting a mob to storm Congress in an effort to disrupt the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Macron’s gamble, and Biden’s last stand
    Emmanuel Macron’s plan B involves a risky, rope-a-dope strategy. Deliberately, he has opened a corridor to power for the far right, in the belief they will fail to win a large enough parliamentary presence in the 577-seat National Assembly to pursue their policy agenda. Supposedly, this failure will have blunted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago
  • Water Streets: transport infrastructure that makes space for water
    This is a guest post by Ed Clayton and Stu Farrant. It’s based on a talk delivered at the recent Transportation Group Conference in Nelson. The water street renders are by Tom Greer. Ed notes: “Tom is a freelance landscape architect with a background in ecology and environmental science. Hit him up ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 weeks ago
  • A Man with a Quarterly Plan
    They choose the path where no-one goesThey hold no quarterThey hold no quarter“The Government I lead is one of action and we are already making meaningful changes that will keep Kiwis safe in their homes, workplaces and communities," said the Prime Minister yesterday, telling us he’d be “making Kiwis safer” ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Outwitting the rural climate change deniers
    The Government may have attracted criticism from Greenpeace over its inquiry into farm methane emissions, but its proposal may have outwitted the Groundswell farmer protest movement. The inquiry panel includes some of the more high-profile critics of the blanket reduction approach to farming greenhouse gas emissions. But those critics are ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • What Key started, Luxon’s Government is determined to achieve – resisting EVERY step is critical...
    Around the world we see political blocs crumbling in the face of the Right. You’ll notice the word “Left” is absent there. That’s because, by and large, the Left hasn’t necessarily crumbled. Many who adopt the moniker have. Ostensibly “Left” movements in the political sphere have been caught on ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Hoist by their own petard
    When Fiji finally began its most recent transition to democracy in 2013, the coup regime stacked the deck in their favour, with a draconian political parties decree intended to outlaw the opposition. Dictator Voreqe Bainimarama then founded his own political party, FijiFirst, which subsequently held power until 2022. So its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Law Commission recommends outlawing anti-trans discrimination
    Back in 2021, as part of its discussion document on hate speech, the Ministry of Justice proposed finally amending the prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Act to include gender including gender expression and gender identity. Labour famously chickened out on hate speech, referring the issue to the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fairness and generosity
    My travelling companion Dick is a craftsman. In his spare time he has made water-going craft. Canoes, mostly, but he can also do you a dinghy or a boat. Also hot tubs. All with beautifully hand-crafted timber.As we've rolled through the villages and towns of Europe, he has looked at ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Adam: How deadly heatwaves are blown up by climate change
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Across the world people are sweltering under the extreme heat of heat waves - whether under the heat dome in North ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A Triumvirate Quest.
    As you might recall from my last newsletter yesterday was a family celebration in the Rockel household, with our youngest lad Matty turning 16. He’s an enthusiastic cook, especially of steak, with plenty of garlic, rosemary, and far too much butter. So when asked what he’d like to do he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Matariki on K’ Road: the proof is in the people
    Anybody who went to Karangahape Road for Matariki last Thursday evening (27 June), would have seen it absolutely packed with people. From Queen Street ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • 2024 Reading Summary: June (+ Writing Update)
    Completed reads for June: Aecerbot, a Field Blessing (poem) Against a Dwarf [remedy XCIIIb] (poem) Against a Wen (poem) The Nine Herbs Charm (poem) For a Sudden Stitch (poem) For the Loss of Cattle I (poem) For the Loss of Cattle II (poem) For the Loss of Cattle III ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 23, 2024 thru Sat, June 29, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is extreme weather juiced by our climate fumble creating an extreme start ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Frodo’s Failure: A Roman Philosophical Twist
    YouTuber Jess of the Shire has put out a video, looking at Frodo’s failure to destroy the Ring: The Lord of the Rings would be a substantially weaker book had Frodo not failed, of course. We are dealing with the core of Tolkien’s themes ...
    3 weeks ago
  • The Buggers Who Complain.
    Problem Solved? When all other options are exhausted, the firing squad remains. As Joseph Stalin is said to have declared: Eliminate the person, eliminate the problem.THE BEST GUESS I can offer as to the author of the line is William Brandt. He wrote scripts for the 1990s New Zealand television crime ...
    3 weeks ago
  • The State of Debate.
    Good morning all, I hope you’re continuing to have a lovely long weekend without too many worries about the things we usually talk about. First things first, today is a special day in our family, the youngest member, our Matty, my Mister Man, turns 16.Public transport in Bangkok, 2016.I’ve mentioned ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 weeks ago
  • Fact Brief – Does temperature have to rise before CO2 does?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Does temperature have to rise before CO2 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Our State of The Kākā Nation 2024
    TL;DR: Mānawatia a Matariki! It’s that time of the year for reflection and renewal so here’s our annual State of The Kākā Nation Report for 2024. Total subscribers grew 46% to 20,600 and paying subscribers grew 29% to 2,520 over the last year. Subscriber comments, ‘views’ and likes’ increased more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 weeks ago
  • Isn't It Great?
    Can't stop believin' I'm the greatestHearts breaking 'til I know I made itI'll never know what second place isNo pain, no doubt'Til the lights go outMatariki feels like such a positive event. People around the country enjoying time with whānau and friends, trying new things or just relaxing and reflecting. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 weeks ago
  • Mānawatia a Matariki
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on what you may have missed. Still on the move!ShareGreetings Jack Craw and Te Aka Music, love your work. Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 weeks ago
  • A Disservice to Alley Cats
    Hi,When I started Webworm four years ago (four years! thanks for being here!) it was motivated by a world slowly falling into conspiratorial madness.Reality felt like it was slipping, and I wanted to document the chaos. That has never stopped, be it examining how huge chunks of society have retreated ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 weeks ago
  • What is Social Investment Analysis?
    Evaluating the impact of social policies will be very difficult but the government does not seem to be doing much real evaluation. A couple of terms that have recently become fashionable are ‘cost-benefit analysis’ (CBA) and ‘social-investment analysis’ (SIA), typically proposed by people who have never done either. They sound ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 weeks ago
  • Translation #20 of The Conspiracy Theory Handbook published!
    Conspiracy theories attempt to explain events as the secretive plots of powerful people. While conspiracy theories are not typically supported by evidence, this doesn’t stop them from blossoming. Conspiracy theories damage society in a number of ways. To help minimise these harmful effects, The Conspiracy Theory Handbook, by Stephan Lewandowsky ...
    3 weeks ago
  • A debate to make the world tremble
     Worst. Presidential. Debate Ever. President Joe Biden and former President have just squared off in the first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign and the rest of the world has watched in slack-jawed horror as democracy’s once “shining city on the hill” hit a new low.The hyperbole in that introduction ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 weeks ago

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  • Protecting homeowners’ rights in natural disasters
    Associate Finance Minister David Seymour is glad to see the Natural Hazards Insurance Act come into force today, further protecting homeowners’ rights after a natural hazard event and seeing the Earthquake Commission (EQC) become the Natural Hazards Commission. “The Government is committed to ensuring Kiwis continue to get reliable insurance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Budgeting pressure relief for renters
    Restoring the brightline test to two years will help increase the supply of residential property putting downward pressure on rent, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “From 1 July, the brightline test will replace the five and ten-year periods with a more balanced two-year period. “Every day, New Zealanders are struggling ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Regional Infrastructure Fund opens to applications
    Councils, iwi, businesses and community organisations with infrastructure projects that support regional priorities are invited to apply for funding from the Regional Infrastructure Fund, which opened today. “The Coalition Government is focused on growing the economy. We are doing everything we can to enable an export-led recovery, regional prosperity and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New hospital building, new health policy, new health targets to benefit New Zealanders
    Kia ora koutou katoa – it’s a pleasure to join you here at Tōtara Haumaru on Auckland’s North Shore I would like to begin by acknowledging the many hands, over many years, that have been involved in the creation of this wonderful new facility Tōtara Haumaru, particularly those who are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence partnership with Tonga celebrated
    Defence Minister Judith Collins will visit the Kingdom of Tonga to take part in the opening of a New Zealand-funded His Majesty’s Armed Forces Leadership Centre and to meet with counterparts.  “New Zealand has a long, shared military history with Tonga and the development of this leadership centre is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Wairarapa lakes return to iwi ownership
    Today the Crown joined Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu at Papawai Marae to mark the return of Wairarapa Moana to iwi, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Crown Relations Minister Tama Potaka says. “The legal transfer of the ownership of Wairarapa Moana is the final chapter in a fraught dispute between ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago

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