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Silly stories

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, December 8th, 2009 - 44 comments
Categories: labour, Media, phil goff - Tags:

Helmetless Hone: Keen to continue the Hone Harawira saga, One News reported that complaints had been laid over Harawira not wearing a helmet when he rode the motorcycle of a visiting anti-violence campaigner on Parliament’s forecourt. I hope the Police have better things to do than investigate an MP for taking a 50m spin on a motorcycle on Parliament’s forecourt. It’s not as if he rode a tractor up the steps.

Goff in charge: Despite not being able to find a single figure in Labour willing to say, even anonymously, that Phil Goff’s leadership was in question over his recent speech, TV3 still ran a sh*t-stirring story about it. To think that there could be real leadership rumblings because of Goff’s speech is silly. A number of people, including me, genuinely disagreed with the speech, not because of the issues it focused on but because it looked a hell of a lot like a dogwhistle. But that doesn’t mean Goff’s leadership is in danger. He has his chance in 2011.

I don’t think Goff as PM is going to be the second coming of Michael Joseph Savage but he will do a hell of a better job than John Key is doing, and on that basis I’ll be fighting for a sixth Labour-led government led by him. That’s the great thing about not being a Nat, I guess. On the Left, you don’t have to blindly idolise party leaders; you can disagree and debate the details while still broadly supporting them.

44 comments on “Silly stories”

  1. fizzleplug 1

    Goff has to be the leader in 2011. Who else is there?

    I probably would have voted for Labour at the last election were Phil Goff in charge, but I don’t think I will at the next. He comes across as just a little bit to holier-than-thou.

    • gingercrush 1.1

      Well if we take the media spin. The two other options at this time are David Cunliffe and Shane Jones. Those two are really holier-than-thou. Goff doesn’t come across as holier-than-thou he just comes off as confused.

      I cringed at the One News item on Harawira. It was embarrassing. Of course Phil Goff has over-egged on the whole Hone thing. So you can’t expect the media to let off on Hone if Phil Goff and elements on the left keep attacking him.

      As to your second point. Well you do have to idolise your leader if you’re Chris Trotter. Now there is someone going off the deep end.

  2. Swimmer 2

    I can’t believe the media beat up over this. Hone wasn’t hurting anyone, where were the pedestrians and motorists? Phil is fine and doing fine as leader. Again beatup!
    I’d vote for Labour with Phil in charge.

  3. lukas 3

    Jones can not seriously be taken as an option for the leadership after the 2011 defeat.

    Anyone who listened to him when he was the Labour representative on Paul Holmes breakfast show would know why!

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      How about you elucidate the problem, for those of us who didn’t listen to him on the Paul Holmes breakfast programme? Which I’m sure will be the large majority of people here.

    • Loco 3.2

      What about David Parker or Maryan Street as wildcards?

  4. So eddie, speculating about Goff’s leadership is bad but it’s good to do it about Key being rolled as many have predicted here.

    Likewise, idolatry of Key is bad but the sanctification of St Helen is good.

    Silly stories indeed.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      We haven’t had any senior MPs calling Goff a ‘do-nothing’. Can’t say the same for Key.

    • felix 4.2

      So eddie, speculating about Goff’s leadership is bad…

      Eh? Please explain, I can’t see where Eddie says anything of the sort.

    • lprent 4.3

      I think that the criteria is what people do. John Key seems to be good at photo ops and being relaxed. Those are definitely things that Helen wasn’t good at. I suppose that it reflects the differences between the parties.

      • Daveski 4.3.1

        Not at all. It simply reflects our different perspectives. Key is certainly less dogmatic which depending on your view point is either a strength or a weakness.

        What’s particularly interesting is that Key’s no longer being attacked here for his “flip flops” as Goff has started to rewrite Labour’s position. All of a sudden, Goff being less dogmatic is a strength.

        As far as the Nats are concerned, regardless of what is gospel here, the problem is not Key but some of the poor performers under him. However, still happy to bet that if Goff is still Labour leader, they won’t win next election, just as the Nats had no chance with English.

        • lprent 4.3.1.1

          Keys flip-flops haven’t gone away – basically he is a pretty good ditherer. However since he hasn’t been doing much (as Rodney pointed out) they are much less apparent.

          It looks as though John is relaxing into being PM with the major signs of activity being keeping an eye out for his photo-ops.

  5. Santi 6

    I despise Labour and its socialist ideology, but I have to admit Goff is the worst leader the party needs at the moment.

    Opposition to the lazy John Key should concentrate on his inaction, his total lack of energy, his countless flip-flops, his lack of policies, instead of going back to Foreshore and Seabed legislation.

    The Tories must be very thankful Goff and not a true leader heads your party.

    • It’s not ‘my’ party – I voted for it once in the last four elections – but I agree with your drift. Labour is currently the best of some very poor options and Goff the Grey is merely the least worst of a third-rate line-up of leaders, potential or actual.

      The problem is that anyone coming to the fore because of their passion, fire, eloquence and commitment is as likely to be a Hitler as a Churchill – the only MP currently displaying passion, fire, eloquence and commitment is Hone Harawera. ‘Nuff said.

    • Roger 6.2

      “Opposition to the lazy John Key should concentrate on his inaction, his total lack of energy, his countless flip-flops, his lack of policies, instead of going back to Foreshore and Seabed legislation.”

      It would be nice if the mainstream media made more than passing referrence to this also.

  6. ak 7

    I don’t think Goff as PM is going to be the second coming of Michael Joseph Savage…

    No, but the “born again” KISS Phil of late is quite impressive and a welcome development. Floppy Dolittle is becoming increasingly tangled in the inherent tory contradictions – Phil now needs to emerge the clear, caring “anti-Grinny”, and has made a good start. Chanelling Jim Knox or a concise Jim A with a pinch of Mother Theresa sprinkled throughout should do the trick.

  7. gobsmacked 8

    So now Key has delivered his judgement from the throne, telling the police how to do their job:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3137847/Don-t-charge-Hone-Key

    Of course it’s a non-story. So the Prime Minister should just ignore it. Instead, Key now seems to believe he can and must comment on anything he pleases, because he is King. Judges, Reserve Bank, police, broadcasters – you name it.

    Who needs independent authorities and separation of powers? John knows best … about everything.

    • fizzleplug 8.1

      Police being told how to do their job by the Beehive is nothing new.

      • gobsmacked 8.1.1

        But I thought Key was something new?

        If Clark did it, she got criticised for it – by right-wing blogs, the National party and the media. Not given a free pass.

  8. Tim Ellis 9

    Those are fair points on both counts Eddie.

    I suppose on Mr Goff’s leadership, though, that instability in leadership almost always begins with a silly story that gains momentum, as long as it has a basis in reality. The reality is Mr Goff’s polling at five percent in the polls, and his party is more than twenty points behind National. Silly story or not from Mr Garner, Mr Goff’s leadership just isn’t sustainable with that polling position.

    • lprent 9.1

      On that basis (5%) Helen should have never been leader of Labour? She was polling below almost every other contender on the left including Jim Anderton after she took leadership.

      Fact is that parties elect their leaders. The party is doing ok for this stage of the electoral cycle. So is Phil.

      That is a rather silly position to take… But if you’re really concerned perhaps you should become a Labour member? Then you might be taken seriously after you show what you can do…

    • felix 9.2

      …instability in leadership almost always begins with a silly story that gains momentum, as long as it has a basis in reality.

      Whatevs. Just as likely to begin with leader who is an utterly useless cunt having his own ministers slag him off for being such.

      • Tim Ellis 9.2.1

        So that’s how you sleep at night, Felix, safe in the knowledge that even though 60% of New Zealand voters are stupid for liking John Key and supporting his government, you are smarter than they are because you know better.

        In a democracy however just being smarter than everybody else, whose political preferences you despise, doesn’t help you to win.

      • fizzleplug 9.2.2

        Wow, that’s pretty strong language. Can’t we all just get along?

      • felix 9.2.3

        What a strange perspective you have, Tim. Getting to sleep at night for me isn’t dependent on the success or otherwise of politicians.

        But I suppose if I worked in the field might attach more significance to it.

        Like you do.

  9. Another TV1 News beat-up was the nonsense shock-and-horror story about the sex and swearing in the play Wellington kiddies were ‘exposed’ to – none of the adults desperately interviewed about it confessed to any shock or horror and the kids, if they even noticed, were amused.

    And the best thing TV1’s very expensive presence in the USA has been able to serve up every night for the last week is recycled salacious gossip about a golfer.

    Were I a TV news teleprompt reader I would be ashamed and embarrassed by the crap I was required to serve up to the Nation every night – but I guess an obscenely high pay-packet for a job just about anyone could do is a good anti-nausea medicine.

  10. The Voice of Reason 11

    Tim, there is no poll that says 60% of Kiwis like John Key and his government. A significant percentage like John Key, but it’s hard to find anyone who likes his government. Their incompetence, mismanagement, troughing and mendacity will eventually destroy Key, too. And sooner rather than later, methinks.

    • Tim Ellis 11.1

      I suggest you look at the government confidence rating polled by Roy Morgan every fortnight TVOR. It shows that over 63% of the public believe that the government is heading in the right direction, and have believed so since Mr Key’s government was elected. You will note that on a preferred party basis Mr Key’s governing parties have been hovering consistently at around 60%.

      • felix 11.1.1

        Do you believe that everything popular is good, Tim?

        Do you think Robbie Williams is the worlds greatest vocalist and Tom Cruise the greatest actor?

        Is McDonalds the best food? If not, why do they have so many restaurants?

        Are the smartest people drawn to the most popular ideas?

        If not, why not?

        • Tim Ellis 11.1.1.1

          No I don’t think what is popular is necessarily good Felix.

          But if you asked the population, “do you think Robbie Williams is the greatest vocalist”, or “do you think McDonald’s is the best food” I doubt you would get overwhelming votes for either, despite their popularity.

          We live in what is really a two party system. You either support one side or the other. If one side is doing well in popularity stakes, they are doing either a competent job as far as the public are concerned, or the other side are performing very badly.

          The public overwhelmingly support Mr Key’s government. They overwhelmingly do not support Mr Goff’s opposition. Mr Key is consistently polling at over 50% in the preferred prime minister stakes. Mr Goff is consistently polling in single figures. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Mr Goff has reached double figures once yet.

          Given we are in a democracy where either a side is winning or losing, how much support it has from the electorate is the only thing that matters.

          • felix 11.1.1.1.1

            No I don’t think what is popular is necessarily good Felix.

            Then why did you imply that I can’t possibly be smarter than the supporters of John Key purely on the basis that they outnumber me?

            Serious question and I look forward to a serious answer.

            • Tim Ellis 11.1.1.1.1.1

              No I didn’t imply you can’t be smarter, Felix, as I don’t doubt you’re smarter than the majority of people who support any party. Just because you’re smarter than the average person doesn’t entitle you to dismiss their views though. We live in a democracy, where even people you think lesser of are entitled to vote.

              • felix

                Don’t put words in my mouth, Tim. Expressing my own views isn’t dismissing anyone else’s and I never suggested that I “think lesser of” anyone for having differing views.

                In fact it sounds like you’re saying views opposed to the majority should be kept to oneself.

                I actually quite like the fact that so many kiwis backed such a dud PM for such stupid and shallow reasons – it’s already making the bbq circuit very entertaining for me.

              • Tim Ellis

                I think the Left will continue to have real problems engaging with the electorate while you continue to believe that people who supported your opponent are stupid and shallow. Not a very flattering way of winning them back, wallowing in such anger like that. Until you respect voters’ decisions your party will be a long way from being in government.

              • felix

                I’m not trying to engage with the electorate Tim you utter moron.

                I’m not a politician. I don’t represent a political party.

                I wonder why that’s so difficult for you to grasp?

      • Pascal's bookie 11.1.2

        “Electors were asked: “Generally speaking, do you feel that things in New Zealand are heading in the right direction or would you say things are seriously heading in the wrong direction?’

        Does not equal what you claim it equals.

      • Lanthanide 11.1.3

        Actually the question is “Is the *country* headed in the right direction”, which is a very different question to “Is the government headed in the right direction”.

        At the moment almost everyone will give a ‘yes’ to the first question, because we appear to be coming out of recession etc. Just as if we were heading into a recession, the answer would be an overwhelming ‘no’.

        Nice try Tim, but again your nicely-spun lies don’t hold up well to scrutiny.

        • Pascal's bookie 11.1.3.1

          The question is biased towards a positive answer too.

          Generally speaking right direction vs seriously heading wrong direction.

      • felix 11.1.4

        Care to explain where this mythical poll result came from, Tim?

        No-one else has ever heard of a question asking “is the government is heading in the right direction?”

        Is it your own poll? Did you just ask yourself?

        If so, why such a low result for the govt?

  11. Zaphod Beeblebrox 12

    Ruth Dyson and Maryn Street have always impressed me whenever I heard them speak. I’m not sure how the numbers would stack up for them though.

    In any case, I feel that Phil would be a fantastic PM- when the press can’t do any research they always make lazy assumptions so I never put any credence on anything they say.

    BTW I don’t feel Key is that bad either- its his ministers with the exception of Simon Power that are all hopeless.

    • grumpy 12.1

      Phil would be OK as PM, the other two, Dyson and Street are totally unelectable.

      Looks like Phil is safe.

  12. TightyRighty 13

    I see that the stuf website has an article about labour closing ranks around goff. we are supposed to believe that article right?

  13. Dancr 14

    In terms of the TV3 story Duncan adds some more context in his blog he says:
    So given that, Labour MPs started asking Goff questions about this ‘change in position’.

    So that’s where the concerns lie, apparently. And Goff and some of his MPs will discuss that ‘change of position’ tomorrow.

    One of those concerned is Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson. There are others. But I want to put this on record; I think the area of concern is narrow. Goff’s leadership is not on the line.

    In my opinion he is safe as leader and he will be the leader going into the 2011 election. I’ve spoken to a number of frontbench and middle-ranked MPs today – not one said this is a leadership spill.
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Goff-is-safe—for-now/tabid/1135/articleID/133011/cat/924/Default.aspx
    Linda Clark provides a good analysis here (also on TV3)
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Linda-Clark-reviews-Phil-Goffs-performance/tabid/572/articleID/133117/cat/67/Default.aspx

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    6 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    7 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 weeks ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago