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  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Pharmac Fiasco
    If you don’t understand how things work you make foolish mistakes. To explain how the government got into its cancer drugs muddle, we need to explain first how New Zealand’s pharmaceutical purchasing system works. There is a parallel between Pharmac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Government sets ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • An unexpected honour.
    One can take many things as a budge of honour but this was somewhat unexpected. Was it something that I said? See line 3: https://mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/1959715/ ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • An Ode to the British Tories
    The legend Jonathan Pie nails it in under 5 minutes. There is more, of course, but his summary is both fair and an outstanding take on the UK Conservative Party’s right wing legacy.Austerity, cuts to the public service, trickle down economics, corruption, policies favouring corporations and the wealthy, underinvesting in ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Knives out for Kāinga Ora
    Note this a longer read.TLDR: Bishop had always intended to shortchange Kāinga Ora and malign the Board and Executive. The $500,000 independent review of Kāinga Ora was anything but, and poses serious ethical issues in both conduct and outcomes. Kāinga Ora had a debt to assset ratio of 0.25 when ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Something's going to change
    If you’re selling your soul, working all dayOvertime hours for bullshit payNothing’s gonna change if all you do Is wish you could wake up and it not be trueJoin a union, fight for better payJoin a union, brother, organise todayYou’ll see where the problem really liesWhen the union comes around: ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 5-July-2024
    Welcome to the second half of the year! And another roundup of stories that caught our eye over the week. As always, feel free to add anything we’ve missed, in the comments. The fortnight on Greater Auckland Last week was a short week, but nonetheless action-packed: On Monday, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • How the team of 5 million lost the game
    A study of the 2020 election has found that though the swing to Labour was the biggest vote shift in New Zealand for more than a century, it was not structural. Indeed, the fundamental electoral forces that drove the result were not dissimilar to those that had emerged in the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #27 2024
    Open access notables Climate-driven deoxygenation of northern lakes, Jansen et al., Nature Climate Change: Oxygen depletion constitutes a major threat to lake ecosystems and the services they provide. Most of the world’s lakes are located >45° N, where accelerated climate warming and elevated carbon loads might severely increase the risk of ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand's Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety forgets the safety part
    By the time Van Velden rocked up to the Q&A studio on a sunny April’s day for an interview with Jack Tame, she was in her job as Workplace Safety Minister for over 4 months. And in opposition for a lot longer.So hands up who believes her story in the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • America’s dark future
    Today is July 4th, the day the US traditionally celebrates its independence. But in the wake of the Supreme Court's turning the clock back 375 years to rule that America's president actually is an unaccountable absolute monarch after all, effectively creating a turnkey tyranny for the next Republican president, there ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Thoughts and Prayers
    Bow my head, said my prayersI'm the good one, ain't I?Wash my hands of all my sinsI'm the good guy, ain't I?If everyone were like meCould that be the change I'd like to see?Ain't I good, ain't I right, did I try?You’ve probably seen the news of the Kiwi woman ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Nobody wants to run a boot camp
    National has a problem: they've promised boot camps by the end of July to grub votes from pedophobic old zombies kick kids into line, but nobody wants to run them. NZDF has said "fuck no! Never again", and Oranga Tamariki - the organisation formally responsible for them - can't find ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What's up with Chris Bishop?
    Chris Bishop is the smartest man in any room. If you don’t believe me, just ask him. There is no answer he can’t give. There is no logic he won’t compute to dazzle you and at the same time belittle you in his chosen field of mastery - talk.For his ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • GUEST POST: Why the MPI job cuts are an attack on the environment AND on commercial fisheries
    Last year, we sentenced this guy to over two years in jail for abusing customary permits in an investigation by MPI because he took $300,000 commercial value worth of crayfish (over 4,600 individual crays) from Mahia, near Gisborne. The article is all about how shocked the man is that his sentence is ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on saving journalists, not an industry that routinely exploits them
    L abour is saying it needs to listen. Apparently, Labour is going to spend 2024 listening, and 2025 thinking about its options. It could be 2026 before Labour finally reveals what it has in mind. Really? Currently, National and ACT are burning down the house, people are screaming for relief ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • How much will climate change drag down the economy?
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections When Category 5 Hurricane Otis roared through Acapulco, Mexico, in October 2023, the city was left in ruins. Winds stripped facades from beachfront buildings and storm surge flooded lobbies. The storm killed at least 50 people and damaged 80% of hotels in ...
    1 week ago
  • Cold Mornings & Blue Sky
    Late yesterday morning I was sitting on my deck enjoying another beautiful day in Tamaki Makaurau. Stunning and clear but still a bit chilly. A treat to have such a day in July, and through June it seemed that for once Auckland had some decent weather as things went more ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Speak up for safe speeds
    Simeon Brown’s lethal draft speed-setting rule is open for public consultation until Thursday 11 July. We strongly encourage you to take a minute to add your voice. The simple online survey asks for your thoughts on seven key proposals (see page 4). You can also email your thoughts to speedrule@transport.govt.nz Scroll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • My Time at TV3 News
    Hi,Before I get sentimental and share some ridiculous videos from my old life as a TV news reporter, your comments about the presidential debate (all 362 of them) did make me feel more sane.I think Webworm reader Kevin said it best:“America’s political party system is like that cargo ship in ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • David Seymour snapchats minors
    Seymour does not see “any issue with directly messaging young people without parental permission or oversight." While it’s been clear that David Seymour did not write “inappropriate” words to kids in his Snapchats, the real question at hand is whether we condone an environment where minors are not off-limits to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand deserves better than marketing
    THE GOVERNMENT DROPS THE TITLE “FAST-TRACK” FROM FAST-TRACK BILLThanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Today the Coalition Govt said they were doing away with the name “fast-track.” This is a Govt of professional lobbyists so I am not surprised by ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 weeks ago
  • Of Censorship, Book Publishing, and TERFery
    I really hate Culture War stuff on principle. The fact that it has pervaded so much of modern political discourse is yet another reason to find the 2020s an utterly depressing decade. But today, the artillery of Culture War has been sending shells near my particular trench… and thus I ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Unfit to be transport minister
    There is surely a German word for the dismaying, frustrating, enraging feeling of watching a person being put in charge of our future and completely fucking it up.I am surrounded by Germans right now, perhaps I should ask.I expect they might reply: oh do you mean the Supreme Court justices ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • AI vs the OIA
    Oh dear. Not only has Judith Collins become an AI cultist - she thinks it can be used to answer OIA requests: But New Zealand has no specific AI regulation and Collins is keen to get productivity gains from extending its use across government, including using it to process ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Government ignorant of local transport needs
    This is a collective post by several Greater Auckland authors. (The header image shows children trying to cross the road a few hundred metres from a school gate, at a location where a raised crossing was subsequently installed.) The final version of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice served?
    Sun is up, I'm a messGotta get out now, gotta run from thisHere comes the shame, here comes the shameYesterday Golriz Ghahraman’s fall from grace was complete. Convicted and sentenced, more harshly that I’d anticipated. In my view Golriz had suffered quite disproportionally already, considering the nature of her crime. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #26 2024
    Open access notables Tipping point in ice-sheet grounding-zone melting due to ocean water intrusion, Bradley & Hewitt, Nature Geoscience: Here we develop a model to capture the feedback between intruded ocean water, the melting it induces and the resulting changes in ice geometry. We reveal a sensitive dependence of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • At the start of 2020, no-one was in a position to say where that virus was taking us
    Some of the wilder things that have crossed our paths in the last couple of weeks:Wilder thing #1: A snake sunning itself on the hot asphalt as we came riding towards itDick was in front and was slowing down to take a picture, thinking it to be another carcass.But this ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: A strapped chicken “review”
    As part of its coalition agreement, the climate-change denier National government promised its climate-change denier coalition partners a review of our agricultural methane reduction target. Today they announced the members of their "independent" review, and released its terms of reference. I'm not familiar with the academic records of the panel, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • In Praise of National.
    And you can see it in the way they look at youFeel it in the way they treat youAlways the last to knowAlways the first to leaveJust let them walk all over youLaugh through the punches and the painLet the life-blood drain away from youThey're right, you're wrongOK, first things ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Six incredibly popular climate policies
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Astrong majority of registered voters support certain policies aimed at tackling climate change, according to recent research by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (the publisher of this site) and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the freeing of Julian Assange
    Finally, Julian Assange is free after 12 years of confinement, much of it spent while under the threat of rendition to the US to face charges carrying a term of 175 years in prison. Yet ultimately, Assange has not been set free because the charges (of espionage and conspiracy to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 weeks ago
  • Was the 2024 Auckland RLTP Competition Rigged?
    A note to readers This satirical post is based on this document. Received from Auckland Transport under a LGOIMA request. the document reveals the ranking process used by the working group for the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). It shows how the RLTP working group (Auckland Transport, KiwiRail, NZTA/Waka Kotahi, and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 27
    TL;DR: Six things from Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy I think are worth noting on the morning of Thursday, June 27:The NZIER has estimated almost a third of new spending in Budget 2024 will have worsened the Government’s Paris agreement climate liability, which Treasury has already estimated at up to $23.7 billion. ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • The Strange Split Reality of Brooke Fraser
    Hi,Four days ago New Zealand pop royalty Brooke Fraser broke yet another record — largest attendance for a Kiwi solo artist at her Spark Arena gig.She was joined on stage by the Auckland Philharmonia orchestra, Radio New Zealand gushing that it was “hard to pick a singular high point of ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 weeks ago
  • Tax the rich!
    Whenever people make the perfectly sensible suggestion that the world could solve its problems by taxing billionaires, the latter's stooges flood the zone with claims it would never work. Apparently billionaires are so inherently criminal that they would evade such taxes, laundering their money and hiding it in criminal jurisdictions ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Beaten by the Danes
    This week the National government introduced legislation to remove agriculture from the ETS, ensuring our largest polluters continue to get a free ride for as long as they hold power. But while National is dragging us backwards, Denmark is moving forwards, and is making its farmers pay for their pollution: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • King of the Cookers
    Breathe.Inhale deeply through your nose, and hold it.Open your mouth slightly. Exhale slowly, feel the breath passing over your lips.Hear it. You’re alive.Statistically, if the last government hadn’t taken the actions it did, about twenty of you, even in my small audience, would be dead now. If I do a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 weeks ago
  • Growing affordability concerns over power and housing
    TL;DR: Electricity affordability is a growing concern for households and small businesses, despite falling generation costs for solar and wind, a survey has found.Meanwhile, Stats NZ is forecasting more than a third of 19-29 year olds will stay living at home within the next two decades, no doubt because of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 weeks ago
  • Some fine ideas for making Aotearoa safer
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis, reposted with his kind permission. It originally appeared on his excellent blog Adventures in Transitland, which we warmly encourage you to check out. Aotearoa has one of the worst road safety records in the developed world. Australia is doing quite a bit ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 weeks ago
  • Saying Goodbye To a Friend
    The audio in today’s newsletter contains a conversation I had last year with journalist Elizabeth Williamson, author of an incredibly moving book on Sandy Hook. We talked America, conspiracies, and Alex Jones. It’s been gathering dust for reasons we’ll get to, but I wanted to share our conversation today. ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 weeks ago
  • The real reasons why Councils opposed Three Waters
    The anti Three Waters campaign which seemed so simple during the election campaign is now bogged down in a Select Committee as submitter after submitter raises issues with the replacement legislation. The so-called “Local Water Done Well” has now morphed into the Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill, which ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 weeks ago
  • At a glance – What caused early 20th Century warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 weeks ago

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  • New fund for mental health services set to open
    The first round of the government’s $10 million Mental Health and Addiction Community Sector Innovation Fund is set to open for applications later this month, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says.   “The Fund will support new and innovative initiatives that are focussed on increasing access to better mental health support, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Going for Housing Growth speech
    Speech to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand - 4 July 202 AcknowledgementsGood morning. Can I acknowledge Jen Baird and the team from REINZ. It’s good to be here with you this morning.IntroductionThis morning I’d like to talk to you about the Coalition Government’s plan to fix our housing crisis and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Focus on resilience and education in Nauru
    New Zealand and Nauru are deepening their relationship, including on economic resilience and education, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Nauru have a warm, long-standing relationship, and we are strengthening our engagement through enhanced political, security, and development cooperation,” Mr Peters says.    “The good functioning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Going for Housing Growth stage one unveiled
    The Government will establish ambitious new housing growth targets for New Zealand’s cities, while taking steps to make it easier to expand both up and out, says Housing and Resource Management Act (RMA) Reform Minister Chris Bishop. “Our Going for Housing Growth policy focuses on the fundamentals that have led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New tools announced to tackle kina barrens
    Increasing the recreational daily catch limit for kina around the northeastern North Island and a new special permit to remove kina will help tackle kina barrens, Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones says. Kina barrens are areas of rocky reef where healthy kelp forests have been consumed by an overpopulation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 500th RCG mobile tower delivered at Anawhata
    The Government has marked a major milestone for rural connectivity at the official opening of the 500th RCG mobile tower in Anawhata today, Communications Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “Rural, rugged and remote, like many of the 500 towers delivered, RCG worked alongside community stakeholders to deliver better connectivity for Anawhata ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Endeavour Fund updated to grow the economy
    Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins today released the updated Endeavour Fund Investment Plan – the Government’s $55 million per annum fund for science and research. “Endeavour is the Government’s largest contestable fund investing in science and research. It is crucial that this investment aligns with this Government’s priority ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Critical minerals stocktake underway
    Work on a critical minerals list and a stocktake of New Zealand’s known mineral potential is underway and will be key to enabling a strategic, considered approach to developing the country’s resources and strengthening mineral resilience, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. Together, the list and the stocktake will identify the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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