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Beached as bro

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, March 30th, 2012 - 57 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national - Tags: , , , ,

Within minutes of Simon Lusk’s name being linked to the leaking of the Boag email, a message came through on the tip line – Slater is going feral over Lusk’s name being mentioned. And well he might, Lusk is Cameron Slater’s meal ticket. After a stunned silence on Whaleoil for a few hours – Slater/Lusk were back with all the dirt they could sling.

Trevor Mallard was Slater/Lusk’s primary target (I’m using the names conjointly because they both use the Whaleoil pseudonym and who can be bothered sorting one from the other). I’m sure that having the same old material thrown at him again isn’t going to worry Mallard in the slightest. Slater even appeared on TV in sunglasses (to hide bloodshot eyes maybe?) to accuse Labour of being the ‘nasty’ party (oh the irony). Well, I’m pretty sure it feels nasty to have his little empire crumbling around him.

The lashing out at Boag continued as well. Slater/Lusk know they are in a civil war, and they know that unless they pull out all the stops, they’re sure to be on the losing side. It’s a sharp contrast to Farrar, who is obviously completely out of the loop on this fight and has taken a bland pro-National line. For Slater, there’s the personal element that Boag rolled his dad as party president – in a party that is all about elitism and personal power, that’s a scar that doesn’t fade.

Of course, all the ferocity of Slater/Lusk’s response since Lusk was named tells you that a nerve has been hit.

Wiser heads, like Farrar, will be counselling to bring the fight back behind closed doors. But Collins would have to make some kind of admission of fault over the leaks for that to happen though. And Slater just isn’t going to listen. Civil war holds no fears for him – he’s been smearing potential National candidates for a fee with Lusk for a while now. But that makes him a huge liability to the rest of the party. The question now is, what can they do about it?

[Note: If you’re wondering about the basis for saying Slater/Lusk are paid to run campaigns for National party nominations, which frequently involve smearing other National nominees, check out this from Whaleoil:

Some boneheads in the Auckland region hierarchy have been putting about that candidates should not pay for advice or pay for strategy. They are as prissy and as puritanical as the old amateur era rugby people and need to stop this silliness. Laughably the main proponents of this argument are people who earn a living by charging for their services themselves.

If you want to be a National candidate there is a very small group of talented, experienced professionals who will greatly enhance your chances of winning. Yes they will cost, but who else won’t you pay – your lawyer, your accountant, your printer, your speech coach, the petrol station for the gas to get to delegate meetings? Professional advice costs money all over town, why not in politics?

What I can’t understand is why paying for someone who gives you the best chance of a long career in politics is wrong or unethical or whatever else the buggers muddle in Auckland seem to think is reason for not engaging professionals. Aspiring candidates should call the tip line if they want introductions to competent political advisors.

Blog readers are well aware of my views on people who behave unethically, and the best way to out them is to publish information. I realise pride is a sin, but I’m feeling just a little bit proud that I have contributed so meaningfully to the selection of a really good candidate and future National MP. I am also proud that National know that they cannot cover up skullduggery in the party. The tipline callers are many and varied and the truth will out.

– and if that was written by Slater, I’ll eat my hat]

57 comments on “Beached as bro ”

  1. Aye it is delicious that Slater/Lusk should be at the centre of the maelstrom that is the National Party melt down we are witnessing.
     
    And it is clear that there are elements of the National Party that disapprove of their behaviour and are trying to rid the party of them.
     
    He should change the name of his blog.  Whaleluskoil?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Lets keep it as the Oily Orca and the Waipawa Weasel.

      • King Kong 1.1.1

        You may enjoy taunting Cameron but I can’t see this ending well.

        Saying he alone doesn’t write his blog will send him apoplectic and being fair, the one thing he seems to do quite well is vendettas if only because he is the kind of lunatic who doesn’t mind setting fire to himself to burn you.

        [lprent: He has been trying that since 2007. Doesn’t seem to have worked.
        What is your point? That he is a wee bit obsessional? ]

        • King Kong 1.1.1.1

          Absolutely. He is as mad as a toaster and whilst the Standard might not of been on his Christmas card list, sometimes all that is needed is that extra bit of motivation to take the game to ridiculous new levels.

          I am just speculating that the needling of the last couple of days might just tip him off the edge.

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, Irish was lamenting the other day that he couldn’t see how it’d be possible to make so many organisations look a bit crazy without having Whale around to ‘support’ them.

            Perhaps we should start a Whale conservation society for the purpose of conserving the ideal “supporter” – one who tarnishes those he supports.

          • mickysavage 1.1.1.1.2

            The problem is KK that the needling would not be possible without the assistance of some within the National Party.  It is not a very happy place.  Some do not appear to approve of what Cameron and Lusk are doing.
             
            /smirk
             

          • NickS 1.1.1.1.3

            I am just speculating that the needling of the last couple of days might just tip him off the edge.

            Nah, it’d probably take a longterm campaign of Anonymous/4Chan, /b/tard level harassment, and while Slater may be a nice vein of potential lulz, he’s small fish really compared to the myriad of US based targets with far higher levels of stupidity and their communities that can be whipped into a beautiful froth of idiocy.

            Besides, if Slater was that unstable he’d be another sad NZ depression statistic by now, as from recent personal experience there’s triggers aplenty :/

            He could do with a mental health vacation though, say somewhere without internet and plenty of exposure to the sun…

  2. vto 2

    Yes well it should be the entire National Party which beaches itself over this…

    This saga involving the use of public office and power for private gain has the rancid stench of a form of corruption.

    This is the exact smell which people in Canterbury got a whiff of over the sacking of Ecan. It seemed a very obvious link to connect the National Party’s support base and Ministers such as Carter and Smith and Creech with their private involvement in the dairy and wider agriculture sectors to the sacking of the regional council in order to get the river water for irrigation. It was as clear as a bell.

    And how has Simon Power’s public office holding been tied in with his new private sector work?

    The above are just two examples. How many more could be found via the likes of Shipley?

    Where else does this linkage occur and how common is it?

    Perhaps the corruption that many have long suspected of the National Party has finally blown apart for all to see.

    • shreddakj 2.1

      Are we destined to see another National Party coup resulting in a lost election and then a subsequent resignation and then another election loss at an even lower result than English achieved in ’02?

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        Or even a party schism, with a few electorate mps moving off to join the conservatives? Dare I hope for so much?

  3. Lanthanide 3

    Be good if the long excerpt from Whale was formatted as a block quote

    Like this.

    [lprent: did that ]

  4. captain hook 4

    I thought slater had god on his side.
    He gets a free ride on Radio rhema so maybe they can jack up a mircale?

    • tc 4.1

      Rhema is my god is better than your god stuff and about as tolerant as the NACT for alternative beliefs.

      • Vicky32 4.1.1

        Rhema is my god is better than your god stuff and about as tolerant as the NACT for alternative beliefs.

        Sorry, that just comes under the ‘it is to laugh category”! Seriously, what do you expect it to be like? Your comment is somewhat like expecting the National Bank to have adverts praising Kiwibank…* what do you think Rhema is for? 
        (* Or to use an aanology that would probably mean more to you, “ASH  is our cigarettes are more evil than your alcohol  stuff and about as tolerant as the NACT for smoking”.)

    • Rodel 4.2

      I just found out that Radio rhema is a good friend of Mr Slater. I normally take little notice of and am disinterested in Rhema but their support of him is disgustingly bizzare.Surely they don’t think their god would approve of his sleaze and his abuse of the state that supports his nefarious activities? Rhema you just plummeted in my estimation from zero to minus a lot.

    • fender 4.3

      Thats just bizarre, how could a religious station want anything to do with someone like that. Didn’t they do their homework, and didn’t they also sense the presence of evil one can’t help but experience when confronted with such vile nastiness. This is a bad move for Rhema to make, maybe they think their listeners read nothing but the holy book. Surely they have heard of him before and would know there’s nothing going on in Whaleslob land that has any compatability with religious values.

      • rosy 4.3.1

        It works if you see them as part of the Rick Santorum school of mixing religion and politics. e.g.:

        “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up.” –Rick Santorum, on JFK’s 1960 speech about the importance of separation of church and state (October 2011)

      • Rosemary 4.3.2

        What about the hypocrisy in Slater posting those “daily proverbs”? Unbelievable.

      • Vicky32 4.3.3

        This is a bad move for Rhema to make, maybe they think their listeners read nothing but the holy book.

        You may hate them, I don’t listen to them and never have, but you ought to realise they’re not morons.
        They probably are, however, conservative and somewhat gullible.

        • fender 4.3.3.1

          Vicky32,
          Certainly wasn’t suggesting listeners of Rhema were morons. There must be a moron within the radio station though, sanctioning the input from vigilantes or enemies of the working people is not a good move.
          And no I don’t hate them either, no suggestion of that in my post.
          I don’t listen to the station at all but many years ago a colleague did and so I was familiar with the format, and so it surprises me that they would now welcome input from slaters or cockroaches.
          However if the station believes its listeners are too busy to read anything but the holy book they may think listeners are unaware of the toxic hazard they are being exposed to.

          • Vicky32 4.3.3.1.1

            I don’t listen to the station at all but many years ago a colleague did and so I was familiar with the format, and so it surprises me that they would now welcome input from slaters or cockroaches.

            I see your point… I had to listen to Rhema, on a long car journey once, and it’s absolutely not to my taste! Maybe I’ve been judging it by LifeFM, which I used to listen to (even though people who knew me thought I’d listen to Rhema cause I am old .. 😀 ) LifeFM did assume its listeners were aware of others things, although it also assumed they were arch-conservatives which is why I never listen to it any more.

    • NickS 4.4

      Heh, well theocrats do love authoritarian douchebags that align with with them on conservative bullshit, and given the failure of Christian political parties in NZ to gain any longterm traction they have to fall back on the National Party and it’s rural politicians, who oft use religious support as a base. So it’s not so surprising they shill for Slater, given the lack of alternatives and the teh low impact of right-wing Christian bloggers in NZ.

      As for the whole “but god…!” thing, this evil Atheist finds the above posters lack of understanding of the “flexibility” of biblical interpretations most amusing…

      • Vicky32 4.4.1

        right-wing Christian bloggers in New Zealand

        I can only conclude that you have (possibly wilfully) ignored the very existence of left wing Christian bloggers, at least one of whom used to comment here on the Standard…

        • NickS 4.4.1.1

          I know all to well they exist, but Rhema’s conservative outlook made mentioning them a mute point, so suggesting I ignored them is a bit stupid on your part.

          • Vicky32 4.4.1.1.1

            mentioning them a mute point,

            I swore I wasn’t going to go grammar nazi on anyone’s donkey again, but I can’t resist – “mute point”, oh it’s hilarious! Almost as good as Joey Tribbiani in Friends, saying “it’s a moo point, like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter”… 😀

            • ropata 4.4.1.1.1.1

              Regrettably right wing “Christian” mouthpieces like Slater (wishart, mcroskrie) continue to enjoy a great deal of influence … far outweighing the merit of anything they say

              NIckS is right that Rhema is a right wing outlet and their broadcasts are generally devoid of anything that might get christians to actually stop and think for a change. Mostly it exists to make conservative fundies feel good about themselves and reinforce the gilded cage they live in

              • Vicky32

                NIckS is right that Rhema is a right wing outlet and their broadcasts are generally devoid of anything that might get christians to actually stop and think for a change. Mostly it exists to make conservative fundies feel good about themselves and reinforce the gilded cage they live in

                True that, which is why I have never listened to it, and I stopped listening to LifeFM, which is their sister station…

  5. bad12 5

    Would like to comment broadly and in detail here but alas we are all way to busy formulating believable stuff we can insinuate into that one,s wee pea via the tip-line to spur Him on to keep on fighting the good fight,(snigger)…

  6. just saying 6

    Sounds like the Whaleoils and Sarah Ferguson share an intellectual, business, and ethical lineage.

    Haven’t got a tip myself, but where exactly is the ‘tipline’ button on this site? NZ being a very small place with few degrees of separation and all that…

    • Blighty 6.1

      they’re just referring to their email address I think. Slater likes to talk about his ‘tipline’ and they’re mocking him for it.

  7. Johnny 7

    So what you are saying is that some of this Mr Whaleoil’s posts are actually scam ones by someone else. Not the first time his lot have been accused of as much. Where is honour and integrity these days?

    http://scambusters.co.nz/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6082

    • good find, johnny

      • Eddie 7.1.1

        Check out Juana’s shareholdings on the company’s website, they tie in with Slater’s and someone called Harold Honnor who seems to have fingers in a lot of pies.

        Juana owns 70% of Frog Rock Management, which used to be part owned by Slater too. Frog Rock owns, along with a company called Prescott Corner (owned by Honnor) a company called Te Aronga Maru, which has owned a string of security companies, the latest being Botany Security – Honnor is the director and Slater was formerly a director.

        Slater used to own a company – Ironbark Corporation – with Frog Rock and, if I’ve got the story right, that was a security company that went belly up, which is when he got depression, which is how he got on 6 figure a year income insurance (what is it with these righties and their massive insurance payouts?). The insurance company seems to have cancelled the payments when he started appearing regularly in the media, showing he was fit for work in their mind. he ran a series of posts angrily denouncing and threatening to sue that didn’t seem to amount to anything in the end.

        he went on the benefit – but, the emails go, he has done repossession work for the security company that is ultimately part owned by his wife. He’s since mentioned having an office at a workplace with lots of burly men, presumably said repo outfit – Botany Security.

        I wonder who Harold Honnor is? He owns a lot of companies with odd names “search engine optimisation 4321 company ltd, vehicle importing company ltd, social media consultants ltd”.

        There are more personal stories about Slater as well but it’s more his style than ours to run that kind of thing.

        I hope Slater pays tax on the payments he and Lusk get for services rendered. He’s not currently registered as owning any company, so presumably, he’s registered with IRD as self-employed and pays tax on all these cash jobs. I don’t think he’s still getting the benefit. I’m sure he would be careful to keep everything above board.

    • deuto 7.2

      Also thanks for that link – the infamous “Spanish wife”!

      Funnily enough some time ago I came across her sales of murals on Trade Me by accident – also found them tacky but the wording of the ads did not inspire me to go any further.

  8. That sales pitch for Lusk’s services was far too fluent to have been written by Slater

  9. bad12 9

    The rumor that His knuckles actually scrape pavement when He walks is totally unfounded,(theres at least a couple of centimeters clearance),

    Who,us lot ”mock” Cameron???nah never…

  10. Te Reo Putake 10

    Gotta feel sorry for Cam. It looks like the POAL ATM won’t accept his card any more and he has now launched into a abusive attack on the board. He also has a try at maths, but fails miserably.

    • If he was to spin any more he could be harnassed as a renewable source of energy and power most of the North Island.

      • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1

        They’re still maintaining in comments that POALs legal strategy was fine. Everything was done by the book. It’s just a flesh wound.

        • Te Reo Putake 10.1.1.1

          Yep! My favourite is the numb nuts suggesting that the union members be followed around by 6ft 10″, 200 pound security guards in case they resort to thuggery. The irony must just fly by these half wits.
           
          Still, can’t be a happy day for the scabs, eh? I wonder how the poor sap in the company video who said ‘bring it on’ is feeling now? All those promises, all those aspirations of a brighter future as a faithful capo in the new regime that Pearson and Slater promised them have turned to dust.

        • Tc 10.1.1.2

          Yup the hollowmen play book isn’t known for its adherence to the law of the land…..methinks some more under urgency fixes on the way .

  11. Michelle Boag just made a statement where she said that “there may well be people in National who have decided to leak material, although she can’t see why they would do that – unless they were seriously unhinged“.

    I wonder  who she was referring to?

    • the sprout 11.1

      😆 unhinged and about to be rendered for lubricant 

      • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1

        Yeah, but she was also talking about someone who has access to ACC data to *give* to Slater.

        Slater isn’t leaking anything, he’s just a useful tool.

    • deuto 11.2

      Laughed at her “unhinged” remark – but my overall impression of the interview was not so much what she said, but that some hard talking has gone on behind the scenes (Key at the Michael Hill tournament where they both supposedly were today?) and she was in damage control.

  12. Tiger Mountain 12

    That “king ’O sleaze’ Slater gets even double edged sympathy at times from some commenters here shows that empathy is more often a left quality. Most humans have a duality of character to some degree, but why indulge ‘whale’, he rides the mental health angle like a jockey.

    His ‘junior Stasi’ tipsters and curtain twitching underwear sniffers are simply reprehensible. He has lied about and slandered honest working people at the Auckland wharves to serve his masters. Put the slipper in.

    • Tc 12.1

      +1 about time the left showed some ruthlessness and did cam a favour, maybe time for a change of career as they may just have expired your usefulness.

    • Vicky32 12.2

      … shows that empathy is more often a left quality.

      Lolwut? 😀 😀 😀

  13. randal 13

    creatures like slater only have a limited shelf life.
    their masters get tired of them and then POOF!…they’re gone.
    just like that.
    think haldemann and erlichman.

  14. deuto 14

    WO is busy on his blog this morning – perhaps he and Lusk cancelled a hunting trip.

    Won’t provide links but some of his posts this am include various Pullar emails to him over the years on insurance claims including his, problems she was experiencing with Vodaphone seeking his support etc.

    But will quote a little gem from one of his posts:

    We learned this week that Bronwyn Pullar and Michelle Boag are accomplished at stand-over tactics.

    They were successful with Sovereign Insurance and that was detailed first on this blog and then later by Close Up. They got busted when they tried their stand-over and blackmail on ACC, but unfortunately they cost Nick Smith his job.

    But they have also played the double team over smaller issues and in other areas

    Then goes on to the email re Vodaphone.
    Bold in the quote is mine.

    Woops – bold was supposed to end at the full stop. Won’t try to correct as still learning this blockquote and bold formatting.

    [lprent: fixed ]

    • felix 14.1

      re- formatting: Looks like you’re having trouble closing your tags.

      The tag at the end of the section you want to format needs a “/” immediately after the “<"

      • deuto 14.1.1

        Thanks – now see that in the printout of the FAQ I did yesterday. Learning slowly!

        The bit in the WO quote I found interesting and tried to bold was “that was detailed first on this blog and then later by Close Up. ” In other words, is WO claiming to have had/known about the Sovereign letter before it came to light on Close Up. If so ……………….

        • kermit 14.1.1.1

          Its interesting how much correspondence WO apparently had with Ms Pullar.

          “I didn’t run a story about Bronwyn Pullar’s customer service issues. But knowing that Pullar had sent all this to her stand-over expert Michelle and how she operates I gave the Vodafone PR guy a little heads up about it. He told me that she had been driving them all nuts and now he knew what she meant when she said it was going to get nasty for them.

          When I advised Bronwyn that I had told the Vodafone PR bloke about it she replied:

          I hold [sic] you told them I was a mental bitch, with a head injury who doesn’t cope with any form of stress, and has a tendency to get very violent when angry. Just a shame I haven’t got a gun or I’d be down at Fanshaw [sic] street demanding service!”

          1. Why did Bronwyn Pullar copy WO into her emails to Boag?
          2. Why did WO ring Vodafone PR about Bronwyn Pullar’s internet problems back in 2009?
          3. Why was Bronwyn Pullar so enthusiastic in telling WO to inform Vodafone that she was a “mental bitch”?
          4. Did WO sort out Bronwyn Pullar’s internet problems with Vodafone? If so, why?
          5. Did WO sort out other issues for Bronwyn Pullar?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Dunedin as Spring Snowglobe
    Dunedin has had a succession of mild winters – our last genuinely cold one was in 2015. 2020 was no exception. But that still leaves spring… and having lived through the week-long spring blizzard of 2011, I am not unaware that September snows are a thing. Such was this morning, ...
    2 days ago
  • Spain is (still) not a democracy
    The list of Spanish abuses of Catalonia's democracy is long. When Catalans voted for independence, Spanish riot police seized ballot boxes and beat them in the streets. When they elected leaders to represent their views, Spain refused to allow them to take their seats, or jailed them for "sedition". And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Crusher threatens Nicky Hager
    Crusher Collins - National Party LeaderEverybody should know by now that Judith (Crusher) Collins is a very malicious person. She is perhaps the most vindictive MP ever to disgrace our halls of power.Some of her unprecedented nastiness over the decades has been well documented in the book Dirty Politics: How ...
    2 days ago
  • The Confident Traveller Led Astray – A Poem For Winston Peters.
    Quo Vadis, Winston?Where are you going, Winston, Son of the winterless north? We have lost count of the summers Since first you ventured forth. This track on which we find you, Unmarked on any map, Leads travellers to strange places. Do you not fear mishap? Countless roads I’ve travelled, Oh ye ...
    3 days ago
  • Racism loses in Switzerland
    Over in Switzerland, the racist "People's Party" tried to have a Brexit-style referendum on ending freedom of movement with the EU, so they could stop the "flood" of foreigners. But the Swiss people said No: Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected an attempt to tear up the country’s agreement with ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • International Right To Know Day
    Today, 28 September, is International Right To Know Day (or, as the UN puts it, the "International Day for Universal Access to Information"). The Ombudsman is celebrating with a poll showing that while most people don't know about their freedom of information rights, those that use them mostly get what ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • One way or another, we’re paying for this
    Back in July, when foreign polluters (and archaeological criminals) Rio Tinto announced they planned to close Tiwai Point, I was dancing on its grave. Why? Because the carbon subsidies alone were more than enough to fund alternative jobs - or even just to pay everyone dependent on it a reasonable ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • End of life – it isn’t so easy
    In a few weeks, New Zealanders will make a choice whether we implement into law the End of Life Choice Act 2019.  My scientific expertise includes developing and validating methods to predict future events of ill people including death. There is one section of the Act that concerns me deeply. Section ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    3 days ago
  • Democracy Under Threat
    My wife and I are at an age when we have begun to think (and worry) about the kind of world we will leave behind for our children and, particularly, our grandchildren. We have experienced during our own lives, like others of our generation, our fair share of hard times ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Why it’s important to be open to relationships with people who vote differently
      There are few things written more deeply on the human heart than religion. Differences between us on the purpose and ultimate destiny of human existence have sometimes inspired great intolerance and even wars. But what would we make today of a Catholic who refused to countenance a meaningful relationship ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #39
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The Warming Climates of the Arctic and the Tropics Squeeze the Mid-latitudes, Where Most People Live Melting Arctic ice sends ...
    4 days ago
  • Where in the world will the next epidemic start?
    Naomi Forrester-Soto, Keele University Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Fiscal Maths with Paul “Goldie” Goldsmith
    Mr Thinks has asked me to come onto the blog today to outline a few concepts in fiscal mathematics. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #39
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 through Sat, Sep 26, 2020 Editor's Choice Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial A crack on the Amery Ice Shelf in ...
    5 days ago
  • National behind the times
    When Todd Muller resigned as leader of the National Party and allowed for Judith Collins to assume command, you could tell the blue “team” was desperate and in search of past glories. After all, Crusher is towards the end of her political career and from a bygone era where dirty ...
    5 days ago
  • Coronavirus: the road to vaccine roll-out is always bumpy, as 20th-century pandemics show
    Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that the stakes are high. Very few vaccine trials in history have attracted so much attention, perhaps since polio in the mid-20th century. A now ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • PREFU: The State of Government Accounts
    The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update’ (PREFU) tells us something about the future of the Public Sector but it requires careful analysis to assess how it is going. The 2020 PREFU is the most important economic statement during any election campaign. Unfortunately the commentariat tends to treat it briefly ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Predatory delay
    Farmers are whining again about being expected to clean up their act: Canterbury farmers want politicians to stop painting them as climate change villains, listen to their needs and allow them more time to boost environmental standards. [...] “The targets are necessary for the environment, but do we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to nowhere sends the wrong message in climate crisis
    Qantas Airlines’ 7-hour “flight to nowhere”, that sold out in 10 minutes with prices from A$787 to A$3787, seemed like a sick joke to climate advocates. Apart from the waste of fuel and the pointless emissions, passengers would be able to see first-hand, from a plane just like those that ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: The cannabis referendum – a doctor’s perspective
    Cannabis is part of our culture: 80% of adults have tried it sometime. Intuition tells us that legalising cannabis will increase use – science suggests that is not likely. Our Dunedin and Christchurch studies show that cannabis use peaks in our 20s. Older people are less frequent users whether it ...
    6 days ago
  • First steps: Jerry DeSilva on the evolution of bipedalism
    Yesterday morning I got up (at the rather early and unaccustomed hour of 3.30am) to listen to a webinar by paleoanthropologist Dr Jeremy DeSilva¹. Titled “First Steps”, his presentation was about the origins of bipedalism in the human lineage. It was a fascinating session & I thought I’d turn my ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    6 days ago
  • True Believers In A False God.
    Down The Rabbit Hole: "Social psychologists have found that when fearful people contemplate potential misfortunes, they tend to feel helpless and pessimistic, but when angry people contemplate the same, they feel a sense of optimism and control. And one simple way to transmute fear into anger is to perceive an evil ...
    6 days ago
  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
    Fifty Percent Plus One: New Zealand’s genuine-majority-delivering two-party system endured for five elections only (1938, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951) a period of just 16 years. Very few New Zealanders alive today can boast of participating in an election which delivered a true majority to either Labour or National. Someone who ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    1 week ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    1 week ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The case for tax (more of it, much more)
    Laura O’Connell Rapira | Contributing writer, the spinoff, 21 Sept, 2020. Let’s put tax at the core of this election. Sharing wealth is how we share care and responsibility for this land and all of the people in it, writes Laura O’Connell Rapira It’s election season in the middle of ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    1 week ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    1 week ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    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 How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    1 week ago

  • 100 reasons to vote Labour
    Soon, people across New Zealand will get to decide who they want to see leading our country through the next three years.  We’ve always believed that putting people and our shared futures at the heart of everything we do is the only way to run a Government, and we want ...
    2 hours ago
  • Labour’s fiscal plan: responsible, balanced and fully costed
    We’ve released our fiscal plan for next term, and it shows how we’ll continue to manage the Government books responsibly if re-elected on October 17th.  ...
    2 hours ago
  • Jacinda Ardern takes out Newshub debate
    Jacinda Ardern nailed it in this week’s Newshub debate, holding Judith Collins to account on National’s shambolic economic plan and outlining our plan to keep New Zealand moving. ...
    2 hours ago
  • Greens announce plan to close digital divide and support high-tech industries
    The Green Party has today outlined plans to address the digital divide and support New Zealand’s high-tech sectors. ...
    4 hours ago
  • Modern hospitals, quality care: Labour’s record on health
    We believe that when New Zealanders need healthcare, they deserve to have it delivered in a safe and healthy environment. Patients and staff shouldn’t have to worry about mould or rot in hospital walls – but that was the reality when Labour came into Government in 2017. We inherited a ...
    1 day ago
  • Why we support increasing the minimum wage
    Labour has a proud history of standing for fairness at work, supporting the development of high-quality, high wage jobs and for improving the quality of life for New Zealand workers. ...
    1 day ago
  • Working with farmers for a better future
    Farmers play a key role in our economy and in our communities, and will be at the forefront of our COVID recovery. Labour has worked in partnership with Kiwi farmers over the past three years and together we’ve tackled Mycoplasma bovis, worked through droughts and flooding, started cleaning up our ...
    1 day ago
  • Is National really better than Labour with the economy? Yeah, nah.
    National tells New Zealanders to trust them with the economy, but recent data shows they’re not the strong economic managers they like to claim. Labour has a strong track record of keeping debt under control. We’ve worked hard over the past three years to pay down the debt we inherited ...
    1 day ago
  • Minimum wage increases vs. tax cuts – what really boosts the economy?
    This election, Labour and National have set out very different proposals for growing our economy and supporting New Zealanders through our COVID recovery. But when it comes to real results, the experts are clear – only our plan will keep New Zealand moving. ...
    1 day ago
  • Do Kiwis trust Labour more than National on the economy? Three polls say yes.
    As our economic rebuild gets underway, New Zealand needs a strong, responsible government to lead our recovery. National bills itself as the Party with economic credibility, but that’s not what the numbers show or what voters believe. In the past five months, three polls have consistently shown that more New ...
    1 day ago
  • Better healthcare for Kiwis
    From mental health support in every primary and intermediate school to more publicly-funded medicines, Labour’s plan for health will ensure New Zealanders can get quality care. ...
    2 days ago
  • Green Party responds to NZ First Foundation SFO charges
    Green Party spokesperson on Electoral Issues Golriz Ghahraman said: “We’re glad to see the SFO has laid charges before the election, so voters have more clarity on what is going on before they cast a vote. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Auckland to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Auckland including new investments in light rail, busways, an expansion of regional rail services, and quick improvements to buses. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Wellington to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Wellington including investments in light rail, an expansion of regional passenger rail, and fast-tracking improvements to buses. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold transport plan for Christchurch to tackle climate change and congestion
    The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Christchurch including new investments in commuter rail, a high frequency bus service to the airport, and cycleways. ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens announce bold plan to ensure NZ transport tackles climate change
    The Green Party will transform how New Zealanders get around to address the climate crisis, with a comprehensive climate-focused transport package.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Reports of great whites finned alive cement case for cameras on boats
    Claims of illegal fishing and live finning of great whites in New Zealand waters show once again that cameras on fishing boats are long overdue, and must be urgently rolled out. ...
    3 days ago
  • We must investigate COVID-19 retraining support that skews towards men: Greens
    The Green Party is calling for a review into the gender split of training programmes offered by government to help New Zealanders retrain following COVID-19 job losses. ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour’s plan for plastic and waste
    As part of our plan to build back better, we’re taking action on waste and improving recycling to protect our environment, create jobs and future proof our economy. ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour’s plan for plastic and waste
    As part of our plan to build back better, we’re taking action on waste and improving recycling to protect our environment, create jobs and future proof our economy. ...
    4 days ago
  • Week that was: Three weeks to go!
    Today marks three weeks until the election, and the campaign is ramping up. This week, we’ve continued to focus on our economic recovery, announcing our plan to reduce costs for farmers and growers. We also set out our commitment to continuing our partnership with Māori as we rebuild together. ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Māori Manifesto: Working together in partnership
    Together, Māori and Labour have walked a new path in our first term of Government. Based on the articles of the Treaty and the promise of equality, this path has been one of partnership and collaboration. Our Māori Manifesto builds on the work we’ve undertaken with Māori during our first ...
    5 days ago
  • Healthy, affordable homes a Green Party priority for Wellington
    The Green Party would push to ensure everyone in Wellington has a warm, safe and affordable place to live as part of the next Government. ...
    6 days ago
  • Environment and climate will be decimated by National’s dangerous agriculture policy
    The Green Party is slamming National’s agriculture policy as a huge step backwards which puts future generations at risk. ...
    1 week ago
  • Reducing costs for Kiwi farmers
    New Zealand’s farmers and growers play a key role in our economy and in our communities. Labour has set out a clear vision to transition to a carbon-neutral economy and today we committed to supporting our farmers and growers to achieve this goal. ...
    1 week ago
  • Jacinda Ardern sets out Labour’s plan in first TV debate
    Tonight was the first Leaders’ Debate, broadcast live on TVNZ 1. It was the first time New Zealanders have seen Jacinda Ardern side-by-side Opposition Leader Judith Collins this campaign. ...
    1 week ago
  • Helping Kiwis into homes
    Everyone deserves a warm, dry place to live. As part of our plan for housing, Labour’s making sure more New Zealanders have a healthy place to live, while tackling long-term issues like homelessness and housing affordability. Here’s how we’re helping Kiwis into homes. ...
    1 week ago
  • Our plan to keep New Zealand moving
    Last updated 30 July 2020. The whole world is battling with COVID-19, and no country is immune. In New Zealand, our focus is getting the latest resurgence under control and making sure we put in place immediate financial supports to cushion the economic blow. As before, the best economic response is ...
    1 week ago
  • Our Achievements
    Led by Jacinda Ardern, our strong, stable government has delivered results and put people first every step of the way. In health, housing, education and more, we've got a strong track record of delivering for New Zealanders. Now, we’re continuing to put people first with our decisive response to COVID-19. ...
    1 week ago
  • Why should I vote for Labour?
    Labour has a strong track record of making progress on the big issues facing our country. Now, as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19, we’re rolling out our plan to grow our economy, support businesses and communities, and keep New Zealand moving. If you’re still undecided ahead of this year’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan to create jobs
    Creating jobs is a key part of our plan to grow the economy, support communities and seize the opportunities created by our world-leading COVID response. We’ve already started rolling out initiatives that are creating thousands of jobs right around the country, and we’ll keep up this momentum as we continue ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan to tackle unemployment
    New Zealand is not immune to the global economic impacts of COVID-19, but our strong health response means we’re now in a better position than many other countries. We’re taking advantage of this headstart by rolling out our plan to protect jobs, create new ones and grow our economy – ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for reducing child poverty
    Child poverty is a complex issue that won’t be fixed overnight, but so far under Labour’s leadership seven out of nine child poverty indicators have already started to improve. Under National’s nine years of neglect, seven out of nine indicators got worse. ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s health response to COVID-19
    We went hard and early in our health response to COVID-19 – and it worked. After a short period of lockdown, we were able to safely ease restrictions and open up our economy much quicker than many other countries. We had a plan in place to combat a resurgence, which ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for managing our borders
    As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, robust border controls are essential to protect New Zealanders and keep our economy moving. Labour will continue to carefully manage our borders to keep New Zealanders safe, while ensuring businesses can access the skilled workers they need for our recovery. ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s infrastructure investment
    One of the key ways we’re keeping New Zealand moving through our COVID-19 response is by investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects. No country is immune to the economic impact of COVID-19, but with targeted infrastructure projects throughout New Zealand, we are creating new jobs and ensuring our communities have the ...
    1 week ago
  • Who should I vote for?
    It’s now less than one month until election day. If you still haven’t decided who you’re voting for, check out our handy guide below to help you make up your mind! ...
    1 week ago
  • A vote for National is a vote for putting on the brakes
    Thinking about voting National in this year’s election? Here are five reasons you might like to reconsider ahead of 17 October. ...
    1 week ago
  • How Labour’s team is leading New Zealand
    During our time in Government, the Labour team has worked hard to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders while making progress on the long-term challenges facing our country. There’s still more to do, but our track record shows that our team is leading New Zealand in the right direction. Read ...
    1 week ago
  • What’s the difference between National and Labour?
    Still weighing up who to vote for in this year’s election? Here are five key differences between National and Labour to help you make your decision. ...
    1 week ago

  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Residential building sector growing stronger
    Figures released by Statistics New Zealand today show healthy growth in residential building consents in an environment of Government support for the sector during COVID-19, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. Statistics New Zealand reported today that a record 10,063 townhouses, flats, and units were consented in the August 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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