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Soper gets sucked in by National’s fake Ardern quote

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, June 28th, 2018 - 51 comments
Categories: Economy, journalism, Media, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, Unions, workers' rights, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

It is bad enough that National pedals through its social media stuff that is blatantly not true.  But it is really annoying when senior political reporters uncritically restate what is demonstrably not true.

This is what happened this morning when Barry Soper repeated National’s misrepresentation of something that Jacinda Ardern said during the last election campaign.

Soper said this:

How was Jacinda Ardern to know when she was being interviewed on a television debate last year that this time next week nurses could be downing their stethoscopes?

She was asked under a Government led by her whether the country would go back to the days of national, industry-wide strikes and she was adamant: “No we will not.”

Pressed on whether she was giving a rock-solid guarantee she was equally adamant, answering in the affirmative.

You could have expected her to know with the trade unions exerting much more power in a Government than they’ve ever been allowed to in the past that was always going to be a risk, which is now being realised.

There is one basic problem with Soper’s claim.

Jacinda was not asked if a Government led by her whether the country would go back to the days of national, industry-wide strikes.  She was asked if there would be national strikes as a result of Labour’s fair pay industry wide bargaining proposal and her answer was there would not be.

National trimmed the video to remove the context and it looks like Soper fell for it hook line and sinker.

51 comments on “Soper gets sucked in by National’s fake Ardern quote ”

  1. Jum 1

    I hope you have contacted him for his excuse; I want to see why it is that he made a lazy rookie mistake or is he yet another bought and paid for Nat flunky?

    English and Key did the same to Helen Clark pre 2008 election when they changed wording and left stuff out to suggest she was criticizing New Zealanders instead of the ‘visionless’ Nat Act parties.

    Was this on the TV3 duncan garner comedy show?

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    The link to Soper is to the wrong story: here’s the one you want.

    Soper’s brain has adapted to dishonesty, I suspect.

    [Thanks. Right you are. I have corrected – MS]

    • AB 2.1

      “Soper’s brain has adapted to dishonesty…”
      Don’t single-cell organisms adapt more quickly than complex ones?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        Garret et al 2016:

        …we provide empirical evidence for a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty and reveal a neural mechanism supporting it.

        The findings uncover a biological mechanism that supports a ‘slippery slope’: what begins as small acts of dishonesty can escalate into larger transgressions.

        If they stand scrutiny, these findings will go a long way to explaining the National Party.

  3. Sacha 3

    Another lazy old hack who should be put out to pasture. If our publishing laws had any teeth, his editor and publisher would be punished for spreading lies.

  4. gsays 4

    Ok, soper got sucked in, (very gracious description), what matters is how many readers believed him.

    • Ed 4.1

      Very generous.
      What he did was pimped for the powerful.
      Sadly, some morans will believe him.

  5. Wayne 5

    You are being pedantic (and way too defensive). It was essentially the same thing.

    I doubt Barry Soper relied on a National Party video, he would have done his own research. Just because he didn’t use the exact same words as the question doesn’t mean he is inaccurate in framing it the way he has done. The sense of what the PM was saying was perfectly clear.

    • mickysavage 5.1

      I doubt Barry Soper relied on a National Party video, he would have done his own research. Just because he didn’t use the exact same words as the question doesn’t mean he is inaccurate in framing it the way he has done. The sense of what the PM was saying was perfectly clear.

      Well how did he get it so wrong and why did he repeat National’s line? Ardern made the comment specifically in relation to planned fair pay industry agreements. Soper’s comment reflects the National line, that she made the comment about all national strikes.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2

      The sense of what the PM was saying was perfectly clear.

      Yes: I watched the video to refresh my memory and what she says is perfectly clear: Labour’s proposed sector wide bargaining framework will not lead to more strikes.

      Also, I note the (let’s be charitable) inaccuracy of National’s claim of more strike action.

      There seems to be a pattern here: you can’t trust anything the National Party says.

    • Gabby 5.3

      Do you routinely quote people not using the exact words wayney?

    • lprent 5.4

      I don’t think it is pedantic to point out that National is simply deliberately lying…

      I think it is just the truth.

      I guess you prefer the deliberate misquoting.

      I suspect that Soper was just being lazy.

      But the intent of Jacinda’s comments was perfectly clear and completely unrelated to Nationals deliberate lying about what she said.

      • Wayne 5.4.1

        National wasn’t lying.

        It is a perfectly reasonable interpretation of the effect of Labours law changes. Will we go back to widespread nationwide strikes or not as a result of Labour’s employment law changes?

        That is what National is saying. The PM denies it.

        It is a pretty straight forward debate (except for pedants).

        Anyway you have your view, I have mine.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.4.1.1

          National was lying.

          It is a perfectly reasonable interpretation.

          National denies it.

          Pretty straight forward.

          Anyway you have your view, I have mine.

          Wayne Mapp.

          [see what I did there?]

          • Wayne 5.4.1.1.1

            Yes, a bit of humour without the usual insults.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.4.1.1.1.1

              Here’s another perspective Dr. Mapp.

              The National Party’s relentless bad faith and dishonesty isn’t just an insult, it’s an assault. Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.4.1.2

          National wasn’t lying.

          Yes they were by leaving out relevant context. Otherwise known as Lying by Omission.

          It is a perfectly reasonable interpretation of the effect of Labours law changes.

          No it’s not but that’s not what they’re lying about. They’re lying about what Ardern said.

          Will we go back to widespread nationwide strikes or not as a result of Labour’s employment law changes?

          That is what National is saying. The PM denies it.

          Except that’s not what National are saying. They’re deliberately saying that Ardern said that we wouldn’t go back to that when that’s not what she said.

          As I’m pretty sure you understand the difference that means that you’re lying as well.

          But, hey, as ex-National MP John Banks implied – RWNJs have to lie else they wouldn’t get elected.

          • rhinocrates 5.4.1.2.1

            Speaking of omissions, Wayne must be well aware of the culture of sexual abuse in the legal profession. It’s off-topic I know, but since Wayne wants to present himself as a paragon of common sense, decency, fair treatment, decorum and so dedicated to preventing offence of the delicate sensibilities of rich men (which are so easily hurt) at all costs… So tell us Wayne, as someone soooo concerned with honesty and integrity and accurate reporting, what did you do to prevent it or at least give women who were harassed a voice and a hearing?

            I am so sick of the sanctimonious pontifications of this gin-marinated buffoon.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm09d4z65Bg

        • mickysavage 5.4.1.3

          Hey Wayne

          National wasn’t lying.

          It is a perfectly reasonable interpretation of the effect of Labours law changes.

          But the allegation is that Jacinda said something which was taken totally out of context. What do you think about the decision of National’s social media team to delete the opening words of Hosking’s question?

    • tc 5.5

      How predictable Wayne, defending one of your shills.

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    pedals => peddles The Gnats will be on their bikes soon enough.

  7. Jum 7

    Here ’tis:
    “How can our nation go ahead without the public resources to make huge investments in our future potential? Tax cuts are a path to inequality and underdevelopment in today’s circumstances. They are the promises of vision-less and intellectually bankrupt people,” Helen Clark told her party’s conference in 2000 – a statement the Nat beavers clearly unearthed with glee.

    Miss Clark’s office pointed out that National had been extremely selective by leaving out the “in today’s circumstances” from their version of the speech. But it is a fine point that will be lost on most voters.

    (They also added ‘a’ which changes it to ‘a vision-less bankrupt people’ not the obvious Nats.)

    Time for The Hollow Men to be republished and also read in schools to prevent future naivety, because the nact’s money men and lizard people are rearing their ugly heads once again.

    • Baba Yaga 7.1

      Yes, shocking idea to actually give people their own money back and having them make their own decisions about it. It simply can’t be allowed. After all, Labour needed to hang on to that money to stop the economy going into recession in 2007/08…oh wait…

      • Jum 7.1.1

        Baba Yaga, It’s shocking that you think these profit takers are ‘getting their own money back’. Think creative accounting; think secret accounts, etc., not to mention the types that made their money without actually producing anything.

        Contrast that with the straightforward tax bills charged and paid by those on low and middle incomes.

        Note to you; the gfc started in 2007, not 2008; stop continuing to mislead people.

        The interesting part is that those on low and middle set incomes are the people that would be happy for their taxes to be spent on education, transport, health… that help all New Zealanders, unlike your friends the wealth hiders.

        It’s just so great this year to see some integrity and gravitas from a new Government, instead of the frankly grubby little antics of your opposition buddies.

        Same question about john key. If he was so clever in finances why didn’t he warn Clark and Co about the sub prime (no doubt manufactured) crisis, to take more money off the low paid, instead of his hysterical demands to give out tax cuts. Or did he plan to then blame them for low funds and therefore a perfect opportunity to sell off NZer-owned assets in bulk. That’s closer to the truth of Mr key, America’s man.

        • Baba Yaga 7.1.1.1

          “It’s shocking that you think these profit takers are ‘getting their own money back’. ”

          Really? The money was taken from them in the first place, just as it is taken from all of us. The less we are taxed, and the more responsibility we take for our own provision, the better.

          “Contrast that with the straightforward tax bills charged and paid by those on low and middle incomes.”
          That’s just socialist rhetoric. High income earners pay their fair share, in fact more than their fair share, both in terms of income tax and GST. Not to mention the excessive rates they pay for no other reason than where they live.

          “the gfc started in 2007, not 2008; stop continuing to mislead people.”
          Where and when did I say it started in 2008?

          • logie97 7.1.1.1.1

            The “wealth creators” do not pay the same GST – only the same rate.
            They invariably purchase their luxury items at wholesale price from their mates (if they don’t already own the warehouse).
            The less well-off pay GST on the retail price.

            e.g.
            Washing Machine wholesale 1000 + gst 15 pcnt – final price $1150. (tax 150.)
            Washing Machine Retail $1400 + gst 15 pcnt – final price = 1610. (tax 210.)

            The “wealth creators” employ “good” accountants to make sure that they pay as little tax as possible. And as for claiming living expenses against their company …

            • Baba Yaga 7.1.1.1.1.1

              “The “wealth creators” do not pay the same GST…”

              No, they pay a lot more, because they have more disposable income.

              “The “wealth creators” employ “good” accountants to make sure that they pay as little tax as possible.”
              You clearly have little experience of the current tax system.

              • logie97

                Merchants and financial heads and bankers aren’t wealth creators.
                On the other hand you could say that agriculturists are.

                And they have found very creative accountants to make sure that they pay as little tax as possible. Student allowances come to mind. They pay themselves so little that their children qualify whilst a couple on a moderate combined income don’t. I understand the tax system well …

                • Baba Yaga

                  “Merchants and financial heads and bankers aren’t wealth creators.”
                  Actually, they are. They pay tax, spend their income/wealth, which incurs GST and creates jobs.

                  But I could counter with “nor are welfare bludgers”. See I can do it too.

                  ” I understand the tax system well …”
                  Nah you don’t.

                  And how do feel about Labour enabling middle class welfare at the expense of the ‘less advantaged’ – to quote Peter Davis on Labours fees free idiocy:

                  “This is a massive re-distribution of public funds to the aspiring middle class. Uni students are overwhelmingly from professional and managerial backgrounds, and end up in those self-same jobs. Those who need the help are from less advantaged backgrounds”.

                  • Tricledrown

                    Babygaga Banks are predatory fraudulent Cartels.
                    Check out Australian banking enquiry.
                    One Aussie bank has been fined $700
                    Million and many senior bankers face
                    Up to 5 yrs behind bars.
                    Not only the aussie involved in criminal fraud but Deuche Bank and others colaberating to defraud.
                    Same bank that was behind predatory lending grifting politicians to defraud the Greek people.
                    Looks similar to what’s happening in Australia and NZ.

          • Jum 7.1.1.1.2

            Babi … You said recession not gfc – huge difference. GFC – greed from the greedy planned to take from the already exploited.

            There’s also a huge difference between high earners paying their ‘fair share’ and those whose accountants have determined what is their share.

  8. Sanctuary 8

    It’s called confirmation bias. Soper believes National propaganda because he wants to.

  9. ianmac 9

    Trouble is that the Public hear/read the edited version, see that Nurses may strike, and it puts doubt in the mind. We try and correct it all but it is too late.
    They have already moved onto the next edited version. Explaining is losing.

    But the perpetrators have to be unscrupulous and able to avoid being accountable.
    Bastards really.

    • BM 9.1

      The sheeple don’t read that shit and don’t care.

      Apparently, the new NZ Herald approach to “news” has reaped huge results readership and page views are way up, that dross they print now is what your average munter actually wants to read, fucking terrifying.

      Idiocracy here we come.

      • ianmac 9.1.1

        Actually the Herald said that they were doing better but then a few days ago I saw somewhere that they were down about 7% I think.

      • McFlock 9.1.2

        Before Trump I thought that maybe things would reach a crescendo of absurdity and the Idiocracy outcome would be averted.

        Then it came true.

  10. R.P Mcmurphy 10

    soper has always been a dickylicker apologist for the tories and objectivity and verification are words that are not in his dictionary.
    he is a frigging dinosaur and it is about time the whole lot were cleaned out but that would mean a cohort of infantilised junior jimmy olsens and that would be even worse

  11. Tuppence Shrewsbury 11

    Please, keep up this pythonesque defence of this governments yes ministers.

    Soper and the National party lying? Or highlighting some very inconvenient truths about a government that is struggling to govern

    • patricia bremner 11.1

      TS….. LOL LOL You are a troll keeping up the meme.

      “government that is struggling to govern”

      Like “in a shambles” “not coping” “Infighting” “Winston”

      What did your lot do?

      Caused more poverty, low wages, shit in walls, kids doing homework in cars!!

      Soper and you are in total denial, now peddling twisted half truths, annoyed at no real failings you have to invent and exagerate.

      Soper never wrote about Key’s carry on, or Joyce, or Brownlee. No hope Nats.

      • Tuppence Shrewsbury 11.1.1

        Like public sector strikes being threatened seemingly every other week. Something only the government can control. Something they don’t seem to be able too.

        Never saw it in Clarke’s years.

  12. JustMe 12

    Way to go NZ Media. You show yourselves through utter perseverance and determination to prove to the world you are nothing more and less than the mouthpieces of the NZ National Party and its supporters.
    Job well done to Barry Soper and so many others to proving to all and sundry around NZ that the NZ media are nothing more(and less)than a bunch of mouthpieces for a political party that are sore-losers.
    Carry on the good work Soper, Hosking, Hooten, Young, Roughan,etc.etc.etc and you will win the race to the bottom of the barrel along with the NZ National Party lack of credibility, honesty and accountability.
    Oh but as per usual and applying the National Party mantra nothing will ever be YOUR FAULT. You will always blame everyone else but the faces staring back at you in the mirror.
    To date the mainstream NZ media has lost all credibility whilst it still remains in the NZ National Party pocket perhaps financially for personal gain for each journalist it has in its grasp and control.

  13. Pete 13

    Don’t worry Soper will apologise, loudly, prominently and fulsomely.

  14. Observer Tokoroa 14

    Micky Savage

    Where the Media has released a misquotation or omitted words of a statement made by the Labour PM or a Minister, the Media responsible and the person who uttered or wrote the wrong information should be taken to Court.

    Likewise any Standard TROLL who supported the Media’s error or falsehood, should be taken to Court.

    I think Labour would have plenty of persons who would defray Court Costs if asked.

    The problem the Media has is that it Worships and supports any person who is a wealthy Capitalist.

    It goes out of its way to rubbish any non Capitalist. It loathes the workforce who keep NZ producing. It Hates the workers getting housing, or fair rentals or decent Health Care. Or any Advancement. Or even Heating or Transport.

    IT despises the really decent people of NZ. Capitalists are rabidly evil. They support nothing that does not t bring themselves riches. Greed is Evil.

  15. R.P Mcmurphy 15

    Whats getting to me is the local rag/twominutesilence.
    every day there is a 3/4 op ed syndicated attack on the government written by soper or gluon espiner.
    the press conglomerates have completely taken over the manufacture of lies on behalf of the nationals party and it has become ubiquitous.
    they are slowly creating an authoritarian one party right wing state.

  16. Jackel 16

    The media are dead boring, most of it is
    mindless infotainment. The rest is Tory media attack dogs spouting the drivel their Tory bosses tell them to. If you read each of them carefully, it’s obvious they say basically the same thing on an issue as if told to. One of the things I’m sure they’ve been told to spout by their Tory bosses is to attack Labour on competency and their relationship with the unions.

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    5 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime II
    Last month, we learned there was a flaw in our electoral transparency regime, with the New Zealand Public Party receiving a quarter of a million dollars in donations which will never have to be decalred. And now its got worse,as it turns out they're also explicitly soliciting donations from rich ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Entirely separate”
    When two people whose identities we all know but cannot say publicly due to name suppression were charged with "Obtaining by Deception" over routing donations to NZ First through the NZ First Foundation, Winston Peters claimed his party had been exonerated because "The Foundation is an entirely separate entity from ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Judith Collins' little green lies
    New Zealand is not the United States, thank goodness. We don't have the same level of political partisanship nor public media outlets that blatantly display political bias. However, during the closing weeks of this campaign I do feel an infection of trumpism is evident. Judith Collins and her National Party ...
    5 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Psychology of Ardernism
    Jacinda Ardern has made New Zealanders feel safe. Josh Van Veen looks at psychological understandings of leadership to help explain the ongoing success of Labour in this election campaign.   Simon Bridges could have been the Prime Minister. Opinion polls in February suggested a close election, with Colmar Brunton giving the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Let's Make Jacinda Break Her Promises.
    Make Her An Offer She Can't Refuse: Expecting Jacinda and her colleagues to break their promise not to introduce a Wealth Tax is not only unfair it is unwise. A consensus for change has never arisen out of a series of polite discussions - or base betrayals. A better New ...
    5 days ago
  • Two days to go, 12 questions still worth asking
    One last lap. One last crack. One last chance to boost your own policies or knock down your opponents. Tonight TVNZ hosts the final leaders’ debate and although over a million New Zealanders have voted and much of the policy debate seems to have stagnated around negative attacks, there are ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Possible inter-satellite collision on Friday
    Two objects in low-Earth orbit may collide with each other on Friday, in a hyper-velocity impact which would lead to millions of fragments being left on-orbit, each potentially-lethal to functioning satellites. Fingers crossed (not that I am superstitious) that it is a miss, rather than a hit. One local ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Do Elections Deliver What We Want?
    MMP may deliver a parliament which reflects us, but frequently the government does not. At the heart of my recent history of New Zealand, Not in Narrow Seas, is the interaction between economic and social change. I could measure economic change via the – far from comprehensive – ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Flailing last grasps bring lasting gasps in the NZ General Election…
    The last week of the 2020 election here in New Zealand has been an increasingly torrid and venal affair has it not? Many expect the last week of any Election campaign to get considerably more tetchy, everyone is hurrying to nail the last voter down after all. But this ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #41, 2020
    Zika follows climate Sadie Ryan and coauthors combine what we know about the Zika virus and its preferred regime with modeling to show the pathogen will greatly expand its range during the next few decades. We do have some remaining control over the situation. From the abstract: "In the ...
    5 days ago
  • Does a delay in COP26 climate talks hit our efforts to reduce carbon emissions?
    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 Will the delay of the COP26 UN climate negotiations impact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Where do the parties stand on open government?
    The election is in less than a week, so I thought I'd take a quick look at where the parties stand on open government, freedom of information, and the OIA. The short answer is that most of them don't. While Andrew Little has "promised" to rewrite the OIA, there's no ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Second Time As Farce: National's Election Campaign Falls Apart.
    The Mask Of Civility Is Removed: According to Politik’s editor, Richard Harman, Collins has become her own campaign manager. Now, as a lawyer, you might think that the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with the old saying: “The lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.” ...
    6 days ago
  • National's Little Helpers have A Cunning Plan.
    Keep Your hands Off Of My Stash: Viewed from the perspective of the 2020 General Election as a whole, the intervention of the Taxpayers’ Union against the Greens' Wealth Tax confirms the Right’s growing sense of desperation that the campaign is slipping away from them. With hundreds of thousands of ...
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19: A planetary disease
    Louise Delany* This blog focuses on the underlying environmental causes of Covid-19 (Covid) and the role of international law in tackling both Covid and other planetary crises. I argue that major changes to our relationship with our planet and its creatures are needed and these changes must be supported by ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: How to make your mind up
    If you’re still on the fence about how to vote, Liam Hehir says it’s probably more important for you to vote on the basis of your principles, and he offers a way to think about how these principles might align with the main party options.   Still undecided? Here’s how ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • What else apart from a Wealth Tax? The shape of a Labour-Greens coalition
    If you haven’t heard, the Green Party supports a Wealth Tax. Yeah, I thought you might have heard of it. Everyone’s been talking about it on the campaign trail these past few days. It would force the wealthiest six percent of New Zealanders to pay a one percent tax each ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Time is slipping by for the fruit industry to improve wages
    The covid-19 pandemic has meant a lot of changes for New Zealand. Lockdowns, social distancing, a massive shift to working from home and the death of tourism for a start. But the sensible and necessary border closure has also completely cut off the supply of cheap, migrant labour - and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new low in American “democracy”
    Every US election, we're used to seeing long lines of voters, and reading stories of widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression (including things like flyers falsely telling people their assigned polling place (!) has moved or that voting will be on a different day, and robocalls threatening that people will be ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A suggestion for Biden’s foreign policy.
    I have been thinking about US foreign policy after the upcoming election. My working assumption is that try as he might, Trump will lose the election and be forced from office. There will be much litigating of the results and likely civil unrest, but on Jan 21, 2021 the Orange ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Bleak views of melting Antarctic ice, from above and below
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Images from satellites high above the Earth have helped a research team put together a stark visual chronicle of decades of glacier disintegration in Antarctica. Meanwhile, a separate international research team has taken the opposite perspective – studying the ice ...
    7 days ago
  • Five reasons I am voting for National (and why you should too)
    Centre right voters have three realistic options this year.
      The National Party, which is currently at something of a low ebb but which remains the primary vehicle for conservative and moderate liberal voters; orThe libertarian ACT Party, which is undergoing a temporary boom as National struggles; orThe centre-left Labour ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Graeme Edgeler: How to vote, and how to think about voting
    Your choice of who to vote for could make a real difference. Electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler suggests you make an informed choice, and he goes through a variety of different ways to think about your voting options.   The New Zealand general election is being held next Saturday, the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • That School Debate: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and Anti-Stratfordianism
    Today, I am responding to one Philip Lowe, who back in August 2019 produced an interesting but flawed piece, looking at the way in which Tolkien viewed Shakespeare: Tolkien and Shakespeare: Counterparts ...
    1 week ago
  • Marching to the ballot boxes
    Today's advance voting statistics are out, showing that 450,000 people voted over the weekend, bringing the total advance vote to 1.15 million - just 90,000 shy of the 2017 total. So its likely that by the end of today, more people will have advance voted than did in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The long road to “Yes”
    One day in 1985, I came down from the loft where I was working as deputy editor of Rip It Up magazine, looking for lunch, and walked into a scene. There, on the corner of Queen and Darby Streets, a man was in the process of getting two kids to ...
    1 week ago
  • A funny thing for Labour to die in a ditch over
    Over the weekend, National unveiled its latest desperate effort to try and gain some attention: campaigning hard against a wealth tax. Its a Green Party policy, so its a funny thing for national to campaign against (alternatively, I guess it shows who their true opponents are). But even funnier is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The comforting myth of the referendum ‘soft option’
    Assuming we don’t count Bird of the Year, last week was my first time voting in a New Zealand election. I’ve been here a while, but for reasons too dull to recount, I didn’t have permanent residence in time for any of the others. Anyway, it’s hardly up there with 1893, ...
    PunditBy Colin Gavaghan
    1 week ago
  • Election: Equality Network’s Policy Matrix
    How will you vote this Election? We suggest comparing the Party policies on addressing inequality: The Equality Network identifies Ten Key Policy Areas that will make a difference: ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network: Party Policy Star Chart
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • A Tale of Two Elections
    AS 2020 draws to a close, two very different countries, in different hemispheres and time zones, are holding elections that are of great importance, not only for their own futures but for the future of the world as well. The USA and New Zealand differ greatly in physical and economic ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41
    Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... How Joe Biden could reorient foreign policy around climate change A new report lays out ...
    1 week ago
  • Potential attack lines in the campaign's final week
    In the final week of the election campaign, parties large and small will want to make clear to voters why they are more deserving of your vote than the other guys. It doesn’t mean going negative… oh alright, it does a little bit. But it doesn’t mean playing dirty. It ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 4, 2020 through Sat, Oct 10, 2020 Editor's Choice What Have We Learned in Thirty Years of Covering Climate Change? A climate scientist who has studied the Exxon Valdez ...
    1 week ago
  • Economic Resilience or Policy Brilliance?
    The economy has been through a traumatic experience. Prospects look sobering. Preliminary official estimates suggest that market production (GDP) fell 12.2 percent in the June Quarter 2020 – a huge, and probably unprecedented, contraction. In mid-April the Treasury had expected a fall of 23.5 percent (published in the 2020 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project
    Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up, PhD candidate ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Nicky Lee
    Fellow New Zealand writer, Nicky Lee, has been doing some Q&A with other local speculative fiction authors: https://www.nikkythewriter.com/blog Each fortnight is a different author, answering ten questions about their Writing Process. I think it’s an excellent way of helping build the profile of the New Zealand speculative fiction ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Capital Vol. 3 lectures: converting surplus-value into the rate of profit
    This is the third in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation.Here he looks at the problem of converting surplus-value into the rate of profit.(Part one of the lecture series is here, and part two is here) ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Another call for OIA reform
    A collection of top-level environmental and human rights NGOs is calling for reform of the Official Information Act: The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The advice on moving the election date
    When the Prime Minister moved the election date back in August, I immediately lodged OIA requests with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Justice for any advice they'd given. Both refused, on the basis that the information would be proactively released. That's finally happened, a mere three weeks after the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Pre-election craziness in the US.
    This week in our “A View from Afar” podcast Selwyn Manning and I reflect on Trump’s increasingly erratic behaviour in wake of contracting Covid-19 and the domestic and foreign implications it has in the run-up to the November 3 national elections. You can find it here. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF helps Bay of Plenty youth find jobs
    Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a pathways to work hub in Tauranga will help address high youth unemployment in the Bay of Plenty by connecting young people with training and meaningful employment opportunities, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced. “Priority One Western Bay of Plenty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government confirms new acute mental health facility for Lakes DHB
    A new acute inpatient mental health facility at Rotorua Hospital will provide more patient-centred and culturally appropriate care to better support recovery, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Improving mental health and addiction services remains one of the biggest long-term challenges facing New Zealand,” says Chris Hipkins. “Lakes DHB’s existing Whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community Languages Fund to increase support for Pacific community language projects
    Round two of the Community Languages Fund (CLF) will provide even more support for Pacific grassroots community and family language projects with the introduction of a second funding tier of $10,000, in addition to the $2,500 tier, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  During the first round of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government puts teacher wellbeing at the centre
    The Government is committing nearly $9 million to ensure educators in early learning services and schools get the wellbeing support they need. Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement, which includes providing frontline counselling and advice services for educators, during his address at the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) annual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago