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Simon says it’s all Labour’s fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, August 14th, 2018 - 102 comments
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Last night Newshub published figures showing that Simon Bridges had during his tour of the country spent quite a bit of money on hotels and limos.  It was bread and butter click bait stuff.  The left complained about the cost and the right, well they did what they normally do and tried to divert attention.  And got owned in the process.

Then Simon struck.

First of all he claimed it was all Labour’s fault that he had gone around the country and spent up large on limos and hotel rooms on the taxpayer’s dime.

From Stuff:

Simon Bridges says the country has been forced into “wasting a couple of hundred million dollars” because the Government did not do enough work while in Opposition.

Bridges was responding to a Newshub article that claims a leak shows he has spent more than $100,000 on travel and accommodation over the past three months.

The National Party leader said he’s been travelling the country “to understand what’s happening and what New Zealanders want from the Opposition and Government”.

But he said if Labour had done more groundwork before they won the election, “we wouldn’t now be wasting a couple of hundred million dollars on work on working groups and inquiries”.

That is a strange use of the concept of causation. Labour did not do something costing money before being elected so it has to spend money on consultants now so Simon had to go out and spend big on limos and hotel rooms.

Then there was this train wreck of an interview on Morning Report.

From Radio New Zealand:

Mr Bridges said he did not know who leaked his expenses, which were due to be publicly released later this week, to the media.

The Speaker of the House receives information about MP expenses and the whips of each party also get given the information to pass on to MPs.

“It does seem pretty strange but I haven’t turned my mind to any of those issues yet.”

“Already I’m getting a sense that this is not from my party, that there’s something different at play here. As I say though, I don’t have perfect information on that. It may be over time we see what the truth is but it does seem pretty strange,” Mr Bridges said.

Asked whether he could rule out his own MPs leaking it, Mr Bridges said, “the information I’ve had so far suggests that’s not the case”.

The statement is so clumsy. First Bridges hasn’t turned his mind to the issue of who leaked the information. Then he says he has a sense the leak did not come from his party and that the information he has had so far suggests it is not one of his MPs.  Which is it?  He hasn’t turned his mind to the issue or he has and concluded that it is not one of his MPs.  And if he has concluded it was not one of his MPs while not making the most rudimentary of checks then that is ridiculous.

He should have been brave and said about his tour that the cost is the cost. Or he could have been really clever and driven himself around in an electric car, just like Jacinda would do, and then make a big deal about how he was saving taxpayers money.

Or he could have shut up and said nothing. The story would have died pretty quickly.

Instead we have a second day of adverse media attention and comment and the wonder if this was an inside hit job on Bridges by a disaffected National MP.

If Bridges wants to see how to be on top on your media game Clarke’s tweet above showed how to do it.  Be funny.  Be sharp.  But above all else be sincere.  And for one of National’s apologists to attack Jacinda in an attempt to divert attention is just too funny for words.  The country loves her.  The right should realise this and lay off the attacks on her.  Otherwise this could be early evidence of Ardern Derangement Syndrome.

I hope Bridges stays leader of the opposition for a long time. For the good of the country.

102 comments on “Simon says it’s all Labour’s fault”

  1. Matiri 1

    Deranged Ardern Syndrome? Shouldn’t that be Ardern Derangement Syndrome …..

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Aye. Corrected. Not enough coffee …

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        How the times have changed.

        The pettiness of politics is demonstrated with silly names like this. I used to cringe when Farrar and co used to use “Key Derangement Syndrome” for anyone who opposed their world view.

        Now we have jst flipped sides but the silliness continues

    • Cooper oil 1.2

      Not ADS it is Ardren Infant Derangement Syndrome. Spread so quickly there must be a right wing daisy chain looping New Zealand

  2. marty mars 2

    Hooton caught spinning untruths again – what a loser.

    Simon sez hey look over there.

    Gnats in disarray.

    Ahh the world has not spun into a parallel universe – all is well.

  3. ianmac 3

    A few years ago there would be lots of speculation in the media that the National (Labour) Caucus was tearing itself to pieces as their Leader fails to handle issues.
    In this case Simon provides his own foot for shooting at.

    • D'Esterre 3.1

      ianmac: “In this case Simon provides his own foot for shooting at.”

      Ha! Very neat. And wickedly accurate.

      • Dukeofurl 3.1.1

        I’ve noticed that a couple of times now. Bridges talks out of both sides of his mouth.
        One side says it’s not something to worry about and he’s not bothered and on the other side it’s clear that it’s all labour’s fault.

        He lost a chance to reprise his ‘everywhere tour’ you know pick some small town and make a big fuss about the place. That will do 2 things, first turn off the chattering classes as they can’t stand small town NZ, and secondly make the spend of money somewho worthwhile as well as giving him cred in Nationals rural base.

        In the end he seemed small himself rather than saying ‘ what I’ve learned from small town NZ is…………

      • And anyway, as they say…. It is public money after all!! Precious!!

      • NZJester 3.1.3

        He is not putting his foot up to be shot at. He is putting it up to put it in his mouth.

  4. Puckish Rogue 4

    Ok so conspiracy theory time (which is always the best time)

    So just before a story breaks about 240 million more being spent on the billion trees (or it might be 500 million trees, who really knows) Simon Bridges expenses are leaked to the media which could just be normal politics however lets go back a few months and remember this:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11992215

    happened the day the victims of Labours sex camps were first interviewed

    Coincidence or something else…

    • This is called a long bow.

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        • Cinny 4.1.1.1

          Why yes, but nothing is cooler than a tinfoil hat wearing archer.

          Jokes aside…. simon and nationals go to excuse for any issue seems to be, blame someone else.

          Pucky, could it be an inside job lead by judith?

          • reason 4.1.1.1.1

            Given that Judith Collins has a record for nastiness, ….. and she supports through BS excuses the biggest thieves and abusers of humane rights on our planet …. Leaking her way to leadership coup would be small change for this queen of dishonesty.

            http://www.sarawakreport.org/search/?q=New+Zealand&lang=en&page=1

            …..”the huge sums flushed through property, businesses and the art market, countries like the United States, Switzerland and Singapore have taken action and are punishing financial facilitators in their regions.

            Yet, down south, Australia and New Zealand are still doing their best to pretend none of this was to do with them.”

            …..” New Zealand had 11,645 trusts in April last year but fewer than 3000 have registered with Inland Revenue under the law changes. Some 3000 said they didn’t want to operate under the new rules while another 5000 didn’t respond, meaning they will be struck off.

            However, as financial writer Graham Adams has told Sarawak Report “Extraordinarily, the government is spinning this as trusts finding the new conditions to be onerous rather than evidence of the trusts formerly being used to hide illicit money and packing up shop because their cover has been blown”.

            Judith Collins …. ” “Revenue Minister Judith Collins said the drop in trust numbers was not surprising and it shouldn’t be assumed that was because many had been handling the proceeds of illegitimate activities. “There is a much heavier compliance burden under the new regime with more disclosure required than ever before.”.. she said, adding New Zealand now had a “world class regime”.[Stuff NZ]

            Who believes that – after all, how burndensome is it to write down your own name?

            Nor is this system yet ‘world class’. The New Zealand Government have notably refused to extend to the full transparency that would actually be expected of a benchmark regime”

            Judith is as bent and as dirty as John Bent Key ever was …..

          • Puckish Rogue 4.1.1.1.2

            Pucky, could it be an inside job lead by Judith?

            Ok so taking off the tin foil hat (and jesters hat) for a sec theres some things to consider.

            Who gains the most out of this?

            Judith Collins certainly stands to benefit from all this but theres still quite a ways to go until the next election however she could be laying the ground work for a challenge next year

            Labour absolutely gain by having their main opposition be led by an unpopular leader so making him out to be a spendthrift tory and keeping him at around 10% helps the COL

            However having said that Judith Collins has probably surmised that if shes found out it will not go down will voters and supporters, back stabbing your own leader never goes down to well

            Whereas if Labours been found to have done then most people will probably just go meh because most people know politics isn’t clean anyway

            So I would say that on the balance of probability that its been leaked by Labour however if this happened next year or so then I’d probably swing towards Judith Collins being the instigator

            • McFlock 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Except everyone in the nats had access to the figures, nobody in the Labour caucus did.

              For it to be someone other than a caucus member stirring shit, either mallard has decided to chuck his legacy into the toilet or a parliamentary employee is putting their career on the line for a fuckall pointscoring enterprise against bridges. Why? For what? Because national under bridges is holding its position as the biggest loser? 45% gets you second place if you have no friends.

              Whereas if someone in caucus thinks themsef to be a contender for the job (or elevation under a new leader), they have a much more clear motive.

              As for the trees – that’s good news. More regional jobs, and progressing towards an election pledge. Why would Labour distract from that?

              • Puckish Rogue

                Well we don’t know all the details just yet so lets just hold fire on the accusations

                Is it good news, how many trees have been planted thus far and yet even more money is being pumped into the re-elect NZFirst fund, sorry the tree planting

                Must be a bit galling to know, as a teacher say, that getting NZFirst re-elected is considered more important than getting a decent, and well deserved, pay raise

                🙂

                • ^^^^

                  New found sympathy for the workers and Trade Unions.

                • McFlock

                  lols

                  Must be galling that the only thing you can reasonably do is deflect to other issues rather than accuse Labour of leaking something that they didn’t know about.

                  Come on, you should be talking up how awful Bridges is – it will help bring forth the age of the Collins.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    “Come on, you should be talking up how awful Bridges is – it will help bring forth the age of the Collins.”

                    I don’t need to do anything, hes doing it all for me 🙂

                    • McFlock

                      nah – he’s doing just well enough to keep his job without being in too much danger of becoming PM in 2020.

                      But there’s enough danger in it for me to want Collins as leader of the opposition – she’ll knock you guys down a point or two.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      “But there’s enough danger in it for me to want Collins as leader of the opposition – she’ll knock you guys down a point or two.”

                      Well if she gets the leadership it’ll make for a very fun and interesting election battle

                    • Heeheehee,…

                      Picture it… Adern constantly rolling her eyes and saying ”Oh , come on…”

                      Collins on the other podium bulldozing her way through a statement she just made much to the boo’s and jeers of the audience…

                      Yeah it could be fun.

                      🙂

                    • McFlock

                      And when Nats under Collins get 40% in 2020, they’ll try coalition negotiations with the Greens lol

                    • dukeofurl

                      Collins wasnt even close last time they contested the leadership. Amy Adams was runner up.

                      The reality is most of the caucus dont support her.

                      Plus Rogue cant count. national is allready at 45% by following the polls on what the swing voters want. Go hard right and what happens ?
                      You pick up Acts 1.2% . !
                      And then lose the 10% moderate voters

                      Good luck with that

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      I don’t need to bother with counting, my faith will sustain me 🙂

                • KJT

                  Both are needed.

                  Costly to fix Nationals years of vandalism and theft.

            • Cinny 4.1.1.1.2.2

              Thanks Pucky for the reply.

              I admire your dedication towards judith, and seeing you are a tory, was interested in your point of view.

              Now it looks like the info may have been readily available to many, so it could be anyone.

              Media will be having a Cluedo clickbait field day lmao.

              Seriously doubt jude will ever be a PM, our country has evolved beyond her thinking.

              I wonder if judith will end up leading a break-away party?

              • Puckish Rogue

                I’m not actually a tory by the way 🙂

                She does have a profile so she could definitely start up a new party…or take over Act 😉

            • veutoviper 4.1.1.1.2.3

              Nah, not Judith. More like Paula Bennett. Sorry, Pucky.

              She can hardly contain herself today in the House. First, her whole own question to the Prime Minister and now she is performing as a “I want to be Leader of the Opposition” in the debate on the Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill..

              Either that or she is hoping for an Oscar! The posing and confidence is OTT. LOL. Smacking the hands, hammering, counting off on her fingers, hands on hips – shes doing it all. It smacks of some form of recent (theatrical) training. Its worth watching with or without sound!

              Here is the Question – Estimates debate will take longer but will put it up later when it is up.

              https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=202108

              • LOL! – PB is a bigger joke than JC !!!

                Come Soiman, come Pullyer , come Crusher,- matters not . We will be entertained for the years to come. Better than the best of British humour.

              • Venezia

                Paula Bennett bleating about victims of bullying and intimidation??
                She has a fine record on that issue – releasing personal and financial information about sole parent beneficiaries because they questioned publicly the decision to cut a training allowance which she herself took advantage of as a single parent.

    • reason 4.2

      Labours sex camps ????

      Projecting your own sleazy mind Puckish ???

      Just out of interest …. what would a sleaze like yourself … call the sexual assaults dished out against female visitors to this country who were visiting in connection to Kim Dotcom ???. …. the ones done by customs agents .

      Or are sexual assaults only of interest to you if you can make political mileage out of them ?.

      ie …. your a bit like James … or TRP.

    • Hongi Ika 4.3

      Puck get it right m8 it’s 20 Billion trees when the whole of the East Coast is replanted in Manuka & Kanuka, we have to stabilise the hillsides FFS open your mind ?

  5. MaggieMc 5

    Matthew Hooton seems to be getting more and more hysterical. I’m listening to Simon talking with Kathryn Ryan. I wish she’d pick him up on his waffle more than she does.

    • veutoviper 5.1

      Totally agree, MaggieMc. I haven’t seen you here before, so welcome.

      That Law and Order interview by Kathryn Ryan of Simon Bridges this morning was an absolute dozy. She basically let him waffle, although to give her due she did pull him up on things like the changes to bail laws during Nats time in power – and not a peep about his expenses.

      Here is the link for anyone who did not hear it (21.55 mins).

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018658000/simon-bridges-talks-law-and-order

      I must admit I really had to force myself to keep listening but decided I needed to do so togive him a fair go and to be sure of what he said. I really cannot abide his voice but need to try to get over tha.

      I also feel that he has been given a list of ‘sayings’ where he needs to tick off at least one instance of saying each one. LOL. This interview felt a bit like ticking off a bingo card!! Just a few – actually quite a few:

      “If I can say so …”
      “What we do know though is that …”
      “My bottom line is …”
      “The reality is … ” – he like that one and said it several times.
      “Think about this …”
      “The truth is …”
      “Here is my point to you …”
      “Be careful that …”
      “Be clear that …”
      “I’ve been really clear that …”
      “I am not going to apologize but ..”
      “I accept a lot of the evidence .. but …”
      “If … I am all for that”.
      “I/we can chew gum and .. at the same time”

  6. marty mars 6

    I think Simon may regret having the speaker try to find the leak. This could be the start of the end of the little baffler – and a skirted smirker lurks in the wings.

    If he does go – that will be 4 gnat leaders in as many years – what a rabble. I’m LOVING it lol.

  7. bwaghorn 7

    Fuck i hate that hooting piece of shit. Your scum hooton .

  8. Observer Tokoroa 8

    A Creeping Hoot and a deceitful Bridge

    As Paula and Simon will tell you, they are there to impoverish and destroy decent people. By means of untruths and theft. They have no other purpose.

    For they are Capitalists. It is their job to fail to pay proper wages and to lie through their teeth. Evil.

    It works for them. They have endless wealth. Stolen from the decent people of new Zealand.

    It will be but a matter of time before the decent people of New Zealand send the Bill to the Capitalist Crims of NZ.

  9. D'Esterre 9

    “I hope Bridges stays leader of the opposition for a long time. For the good of the country.”

    Indeed. Whatever he says, he manages to sound like a petulant adolescent. To the extent that I leap for the “off” button whenever he’s on RNZ. I can’t take seriously anything he says, so not listening is good for my blood pressure.

    However – having said that, and against my better judgment – I listened to his interview with Kathryn Ryan this morning. He asserted that Andrew Little’s plans for criminal law reform indicate “a crisis of incoherence”, then went on to be just as incoherent as he accuses Little of being. Yup, carry on as leader of the opposition, Simon…

  10. Cinny 10

    Turns out national had access to bridges expense info. So it wasn’t leaked by anyone else but ‘his own’.

    Now he’s spinning that it’s a big distraction…..since his excuse that labour leaked it was proven to be incorrect.

    See ya later simon you spinner, you’re such a gone burger..

    Edit… how’s this for a theory…. don brash nicked the info off simons desk….(insert dramatic music here)

    • veutoviper 10.1

      Just going on memory alone (so could be wrong or things may have changed over recent years), my recall is that, as Wayne said on the Bludger Bridges post, drafts of expenses go to each MP initially for checking etc prior to the full records for each Party being collated and released – but in so doing, they could be seen by the MP’s/ Minister’s staff.

      IIRC drafts of all that party’s MPs’ expenses also go to the Whips for that Party. Current National Party Whips are: Barbara Kruiger, Senior Whip, Matt Doucey, Junior Whip, and Tim van de Molen, Third Whip.

      • Cinny 10.1.1

        Thanks VV 🙂 It now looks like it was available to many different people. The beginning of the end for simon, me thinks.

    • Hongi Ika 10.2

      This one might be an own goal ?

  11. mary_a 11

    Natz has a serial leaker or two lurking in it’s murky swamp. One in particular, eh Paula?

  12. Paul Campbell 12

    Why is this an issue at all, surely all such spending of public money should be available to everyone?

    • McFlock 12.1

      it is, but it all gets released at the same time.

      That is supposed to avoid this exact situation, where only one person is the focus and there’s no comparison with anyone else. Because it’s released by parliament via the speaker, the release should be done in a politically neutral manner.

  13. Ross 13

    You though Clarke’s tweet was funny? You need to get out more. 🙂

  14. Robert Guyton 14

    “National has confirmed all of its MPs had the full range of National Party MP expenses.”

    Collins!
    That’s just rude, Jude.

    • Puckish Rogue 14.1

      Now now, its innocent and pure (as the driven snow) until found to have been the victim of a set up

      • Robert Guyton 14.1.1

        Chips, cracks and fissures are appearing all over your clay-footed goddess lately, Pucky! The fake-news text was a foolish and revealing misstep, Jude’s gleeful promotion of double-bunking has been taken out again for an airing and now this; suspicions swirling around her over knifing her leader for her own gain! I hope you’re not driven to drink as a result of Jude’s hebdomas horribilis.

        • Puckish Rogue 14.1.1.1

          A week is a long time in politics indeed but I’m confident that St Jude of Papakura will rise above the trials she finds herself under (probably due to jealous men) and will come out the other end stronger, tempered and ready for battle

  15. Greg 15

    Tory’s aways seem high maintenance there not really cost effective and aways bankrupt the host like a virus

  16. Harpoon 16

    Putting aside the truth or otherwise of Bridges’ claim that he was on a ‘listening tour’ rather than a political marketing tour …

    It is unfair on Simon Bridges that this large expense gets sheeted home to him.

    IIRC, the hourly rate charge to VIP Transport users of about $100 is just an accounting strategy to show how the large annual fixed cost of running the VIP Transport fleet is shared out amongst its users. The cars get used (and need to be available for) by Ministers, the Leader of the opposition, visiting VIPs, members and ex-members of the Privy Council, and some others.

    The bulk of the annual cost for the VIP car fleet is fixed, occurring irrespective of how frequently they are used or by whom (capital cost of the cars (a fraction of the retail cost), depreciation, the salaries facilities up and down the country). The variable costs are probably quite low, just diesel and maintenance.

    Bridges gets to use VIP Transport he is Leader of the Opposition partly for security reasons. I imagine security aspects would include high-level training [eg tight and fast motorcades], escape tactics, confidential movement plans, and security-clearance at the least. The alternative would be private hire or taxis, which might make Bridges’ personal budget look cheaper but would lack the security requirements and there would be no overall saving for the taxpayer because the fixed cost of the fleet would still be there to be shared among i-less user.

    • Cinny 16.1

      Harpoon,
      One would have thought he had been listening to the people while he was in government. He was certainly traveling the country enough to do so back then with his buddy key.

      Road trip was a publicity jaunt, nothing more.

      And not very good value for money at that considering his tumbling preferred PM poling.

      What’s simon going to do from now on to ensure he brings his costs down?

      • Harpoon 16.1.1

        Cinny, as I explained, there are high fixed costs shared across all the designated users. If Bridges travels in VIP cars, which is kind of necessary since he is Leader of the Opposition, then there’s probably very little he can do about the hourly or mileage cost of using the beemers. If he travels in taxis, then the likelihood of a security risk eventuating increases. Mitigating that risk might cost more than just using VIP Transport. Same goes for all the other designated users.

        If you’re saying he shouldn’t be allowed to travel around the country doing his political schtick, then be careful what you wish for. The same rule would apply to a Labour leader in opposition.

    • Robert Guyton 16.2

      “It is unfair on Simon Bridges”
      Poor wee mouse!

  17. Michelle 17

    sounds like Hooten and his lot are getting desperate and are starting to make things up
    they need to stop picking on baby Neve

  18. Jenny 18

    Simon Bridges says he wants a (costly) full and independent inquiry into finding out who leaked his travel costs.

    Maybe Simon Bridges could save us all a lot more money and just have a quiet word with Winston Peters, and ask him?

    Peters is currently pursuing through the courts the matter of who in the National Party leaked details of his Superannuation over-payments.

    Winston would have got by now, a pretty good idea of who the leakers are in the prosecution of his case. Quite likely, the same people in the National Party who don’t like Winston Peters are the same people in the National Party who don’t like Simon Bridges either. And as is proven these people are not above using leaks against their perceived political foes and/or rivals.

    “I’m incredibly confident it’s not going to be a National MP. I have a bit of an understanding and sense of things here, but ultimately I’m confident it’s not going to be a National MP,” said Bridges.

    He said there would be consequences if it was, and he would expect his own caucus to co-operate with an inquiry, which had to be lead by “someone like a High Court judge” and bring in top computer forensic specialists.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/106241086/speaker-trevor-mallard-launches-inquiry-into-simon-bridges-travel-leak

  19. Paul Campbell 19

    I posted this in the other thread:

    My current theory is that Bridges realised it was going to come out that he’d just spent $100k of the taxpayer’s money campaigning for National … what better way to get out in front of the inevitable scandal than to release the info yourself and then make a big fuss trying to find the mythical releaser … and of course throw a bit of shade at Judith in the process

  20. BM 20

    Does Gayford sit in on all of Arderns meetings?

    [lprent: Irrelevant twaddle, and evident post hijacking. Banned for 2 weeks as a preliminary warning.

    Dropping to bottom of the post and warning you that if I see you try to hijack a post off topic again, then I will issue a *LONG* ban. In particular when you attack a spouse and child for MPs. In this case they were part of the story. However you took this far out of context.

    You know better and I have zero tolerance for this shit regardless of political party. ]

    • Andre 20.1

      If the best a spinmeister like Hooton can do with clear malice on his mind is describe the meeting as drinks in her office with journalists, then it doesn’t seem likely to be serious work-related. If that’s the case, then what’s the problem with Gayford being there?

    • Kevin 20.2

      As he is the principal care-giver, with baby’s mum at work, why wouldn’t he be there?

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

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    11 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
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