Splits and divisions

Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, January 7th, 2009 - 57 comments
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Which MP only got his job by 39 votes?

Which former State house kid and brand-new Tory MP already has ambitions to be the next John Key?

Which National MP from a working-class background is going around telling people he opposes the 90 Day Fire at Will law and thinks rushing it through was a huge mistake but won’t say so in public to protect his career prospects?

How many others in the National caucus does he say also think Key has made a hash of things and will have to go if he can’t prove himself in the coming year?

57 comments on “Splits and divisions ”

  1. lukas 1

    My guess is SP will use the phrase- “Word around the traps is” or something to that effect and not give a shred of evidence to back up anything he just said other than the margin that the MP won by.

  2. Who is Aaron Gilmore?

  3. 8 & 4 3

    National’s leadership has been flat-footed on the Israel/Hamas issue (biggest story of 2009 so far). Goff and Clark have been all over it.

  4. sweeetdisorder 4

    8 & 4

    Everyone is still on holiday, or in holiday mode. Nobody gives a toss about this at the moment.

    As for biggest story of 2009, umm, it is only the 7th of Jan for fecks sake!!!! Suggest you, take some time out and go to the beach. Come back in Feb when the year really does begin.

  5. Whero 5

    Wouldn’t be “Double Dipper” Sam, would it?

  6. 8 & 4 6

    sweeetdisorder – I would take some time out at the beach, but my Hawaiian beach front holiday home is being renovated.

  7. Tigger 7

    The Nats continued silence over the Hamas mess is further proof that they have no clue how to handle international stuff. And clearly that comes from the top. Key isn’t a leader and he’s certainly not PM material. He won’t go until there is someone to take his place of course…and at the moment there isn’t.

    Wait until the economic climate starts to bite, unemployment rises and petrol goes through the roof again…then there will really be a mess to watch and pressure on Key to step up or step down…

    As for the guessing game – which National Cabinet Minister has been backstabbing Paula Bennett every chance she gets both privately and semi-publicly? Come on National, Labour and the others have the knives out for you – it’s a bit soon to be turning on one another.

  8. John BT 8

    O dear, we have got at least another 9 years of this picking on that nice Mr Key and his friends. Well I suppose it is better than that other crowd who only know tax, tax, tax and we are still no better off.
    Also, I thought Double Dipper was called Shane or Steve.

  9. TghtyRighty 9

    “The Nats continued silence over the Hamas mess is further proof that they have no clue how to handle international stuff”

    Are you serious Tigger? having both Muslim and Jewish communities residing in New Zealand, and an independent foreign policy means that National, Key and McCully are getting it right. Refusal to condemn said actions, while calling for a ceasefire is rather practical.

    Just because National don’t go in guns blazing, condemning things, like Goff, Minto and Loony Locke do does not mean they have no clue. Rather it protects National from allegations of hypocrisy, as National would be doing exactly what the IDF are doing, running in, guns blazing, condemning things. Therefore, the actions of Goff, MInto and Loony Locke in condemning the IDF’s considered response to provocation, can be accused of hypocrisy.

  10. Rex Widerstrom 10

    1. I don’t care. Under the system we have, that’s what can happen. I’m all for debating changing it, but what’s the point of whining about a perfectly legitimate result (or, to put it another way: they won, you lost, eat that).

    2. A first term MP with ambitions to become PM?! Wow! Gosh! Golly! Errrr… perhaps you could show me one of the conniving little suckers from any party that doesn’t nurture that dream somewhere in their pinstriped breast?

    3. An MP with an independent mindset and you want to squash it. Yes, who is it Steve, so we can all praise him or her for a) breaking free of the hive mind required of their members by National and Labour; b) injecting some actual debate into the “debate” and c) (hopefully) arriving at a conclusion after talking with and listening to the people s/he represents?

    4. It’s just a tad early to be squawking “leadership spill”. The rule is usually to wait till the Leader has had a chance to make a balls-up on the first day of Parliament, then keep it up every fortnight or so. And it’s handy to have a “code phrase” you consider riotously humorous, like “barbecue at Phil’s place”.

  11. Rex. I would praise him on 3. if he had crossed the floor on the issue or at least stated concerns. As it was, he is a coward.

  12. lukas. unfortunately, the secret taper isn’t around everytime the tories let the truth slip.

  13. lukas 13

    This information is probably as reliable as whoever it was that whispered to you that Rodney was going to lose Epsom

  14. Rex Widerstrom 14

    Not every internal division in a party needs to be fought out in public. I heartily wish it could be, because then we’d see democracy at work. But whenever someone breaks free of the hive mind the idiots in the media play it up as “internal divisions” and “rifts” and label the MP(s) as “maverick(s)” and generally make a huge drama out of what should be quite an ordinary process so as to give themselves airtime or column space to pontificate on the likelihood of some sort of showdown.

    Hopefully this individual is also lobbying his fellow MPs on the issue and not just blabbing to supporters. Perhaps s/he’s trying to signal to the powerbrokers that unless they moderate their plans there’ll be dissent, but in such a way that both they and the powerbrokers can pretend no such thing occurred and thus save face. That’s often the way politics is done.

    There’s a myriad of possible reasons – including a lack of experience leaving the MP concerned not really knowing what s/he can do to change things, so just expressing their frustration to anyone who’ll listen.

    Rather than trying to shoot them down, perhaps you’d be better advised to be shoring them up? Certainly if I were working for a union I’d be getting alongside that person now, not taking pot shots in blogs.

  15. Oh don’t worry Lucas – those wee tid-bits seem about right to me and I’ve got a strange knack for finding these sorts of things out…

    I’d also add provocative question five – “which senior government MP has done more than a little moonlighting over the last few years?”…

  16. Do you work for a union Rwex?

  17. mike 17

    Up to the old dirty and desperate tricks eh SP.

    Since the direct smear on Key back-fired so spectacularly the pinko’s think divide and conquer work. Get a life FFS.

    On the middle east issue – here’s one from left field, tell the hamas terrorists to stop trying to kill innocent Israelis and the conflict will end – its not rocket science

  18. Peter Burns 18

    Wodinwod – what union represents the 357 CYFS kids killed by the state since year 2000?
    Welcome to the kiwi nightmare kids!!!

  19. faded tigger 20

    GRASPING AT STRAWS & CONSPIRACY THEORIES.

    The classic hallmarks of the losing team.

  20. Rex Widerstrom 21

    Robinsod: No, but I have in the past, handling media and government relations. If I heard a whiff of an MP with supposed leadership ambitions and a problem over government policy I’d be cultivating them. Perhaps much in the way a farmer cultivates lambs – and for the same reason – but cultivating nonetheless.

  21. Peter Burns 22

    I like the idea of cultivating MP’s for the meatworks, because they’re only good for blood and bone fertilizer to put on me Toms.

  22. Tigger 23

    TRighty – “Refusal to condemn said actions, while calling for a ceasefire is rather practical.”

    No, they’re fence-sitting while hundreds of Arabs die every day. Nuttin’ ‘practical’ about that, mate.

    The Nats are fence sitting to keep their dream date the USA happy. They’re not actually making a decision based on what they believe – or even being diplomatic – they are simply brown nosing.

    I’ve read people deride Labour’s stance and the Green’s position as simply spouting words. Words might be hollow given that words alone ain’t gonna stop this mess, but I’ll take conviction and taking a stand over pathetic fence sitting any day.

    This ‘don’t want to say anything that might make Uncle Sam unhappy’ position is the foreign policy we can expect till Key and his merry band of impotent wimps is gone. And it’s kind of pathetic.

  23. Tigger 24

    Hang on, just read McCully’s latest press release –
    “New Zealand is deeply worried by the mounting humanitarian crisis in Gaza as a result of the continuing Israeli ground offensive,” he said.

    Oh yes, I can see peace ringing out in the Middle East as a result of Murray McCully’s inspirational words of encouragement…

  24. marco 25

    your kidding yourselves if you think Helen would not be fence sitting right now.

  25. TghtyRighty 26

    Oh no hundreds of arab’s dying? most of whom carry assault rifles and are committed to throwing israel back into the med. sorry if i don’t get all anguished if a few innocent arab’s get caught in the crossfire, unfortunately it may be the price you pay when your state is run by democratically elected terrorists.

    Sitting on the fence to keep the USA happy? your pretty deluded, specially as National are calling for a ceasefire, which is a more productive form of involvement would you not agree?

    Oh, and I’m not, nor ever will be, your mate.

  26. lprent 27

    TR: “unfortunately it may be the price you pay when your state is run by democratically elected terrorists.

    Yeah the Israelis have had a problem with having elected both convicted and effective terrorists for the past 50 years. It explains a lot about the political culture of Israel and why this conflict has gone on for so long. People who think that power grows out of the barrel of a gun tend not to negotiate or compromise, even when it is in the best interests of whom they purport to represent.

    Of course when they do get someone that does start working for peace then they get shot or a shift in coalitions to prevent it from happening. Most of the time politics in Israel consists of leaders saying that “I’m more of a terrorist than the other guy”.

    These days they have built their very own Warsaw ghetto Gaza strip with walls, guards, and have embarked on the starvation of the inhabitants. Ultimately they hope that the inhabitants will starve to death embrace co-existance. Thereby getting rid of the problem.

    Anyway, just as the Israelis have learned from the peoples of eastern and central Europe in the pogroms and genocides of the 19th and 20th centuries, they are now passing the lessons on. Even their rationale and excuses for their barbarous actions sound like the ones emitting from Germany and Austria in the 30’s and 40’s.

  27. TightyRighty 28

    good one lprent, i remember reading in every account of world war II, that it was preceeded by poland and frace and especially their jewish populations firing artillery and rockets into german civilian populations.

  28. Tim Ellis 29

    Happy New Year to you LP. I understand the passion involved here, but comparing the Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto says to me that you haven’t visited either place. Conditions in the Gaza are pretty tough, but using hysteria like that isn’t helpful.

  29. Lew 30

    TR: Do you think the Nazis’ actions would have been justifiable if the Poles had fired a few mortars before being invaded?

    Yes, I know it’s a pig-fucker argument, but just look what a stupid argument you’re trying to make. Not that comparing Gaza to the Holocaust is much better.

    L

  30. Johnty Rhodes 31

    TR – can you give references to the Jews firing rockets into German cities? I have read many accounts of WW2, especially the Eastern Front but I cannot recall reading this. Least get some facts right.

    Also, the walls kept the suicide bombers out have they not, that is why they were built. At least the Germans were not economical with the truth as to the WG being set up.

    While we are on the Warsaw Ghetto, why did the Russians stop at the Vistula for 2 months while the fighting was still going on, after all they had just destroyed Army Group Center in Op. Bagration? Sounds like the Arab nations/UN to me.

  31. TightyRighty 32

    Jonty,

    I think the facts you are looking for are filed under S for sarcasm.

  32. Quoth the Raven 33

    Over at Lenin’s There is an interesting look at the numbers of dead. 550 Gazans out of 1.4 million killed over 11 days is proportionally worse than what happened in Darfur at the height of the killings. It was easy enough for people to look at what was going on in Darfur and call it genocide…

  33. lprent 34

    TE: The stages of the formation of the Warsaw ghetto look disturbing like Gaza to me.

    Push a pile of people into an enclosed area with high density (makes it easy for disease to spread).

    Limit the availability of medicines (ditto).

    Reduce the food supply and steadily drop it (ditto)

    Use people as a workforce for a while.

    When ready use any provocation(s) to attack regardless of the proportionality.

    Ummm I’m having a real problem in distinguishing between 50 years of Israeli policy towards Gaza, and the first few years of German policy towards the Warsaw ghetto.

    Perhaps you’d clarify what I’ve missed?

    TR: So what you’re saying is that if the people stuffed in the Warsaw ghetto had rockets – then they shouldn’t have fired them in case they hurt some Germans?

    Explain to me exactly how this interesting concept in ethics operates? Just at present it sounds like you’re saying that the people stuffed in ovens should have been grateful?

  34. outofbed 35

    Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee could not be contacted last night.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4812056a11.html

    Funny that

  35. TightyRighty 36

    No Lprent, you were saying that the reasoning for the legitimate attacks on gaza coming from Israel at the moment are similar to those coming out of austria/germany at pre-world war II. i think the reasonings coming out of israel right now are dealing with the specific threat that hamas poses to israels civilian population.

    Hama’s charter has a clause in it dedicated to the destruction of the state of israel. that is more like 1930’s germany than Israel is.

    And of course im advocating the Jews in the warsaw ghetto rising up, they did, with great impact but it was ultimately futile. however palestinians in gaza are in the ghetto not just because Israel quite rightly doens’t want a bunch hamas voting loonies within it’s border, but also because no other arab nation will take them in. despite the racial, language and cultural similarities.

    and really Lprent comparing the suffering of the most persecuted people on earth in possibly their darkest hour to what is happening in gaza is pretty pathetic and ludicrously dissproportianate.

  36. lprent 37

    TR: You mean that Israel did not want people that should have been their citizens to come back after 1948. It would have interfered in the state of Israel seixing their property.

    So you are in favour of either state sponsored ethnic cleansing or state sponsored property theft?

    BTW: Israel is actually responsible for the people of Gaza until they are taken up as citizens by some other state.

  37. TightyRighty 38

    Hyberbole and rhetoric, don’t forget Lprent that setting up the state of Israel was one of the first major acts of the united nations. the same UN that we are all supposed to bow down to now whenever it lifts one money wasting legs and passes wind.

    Israel shows more responsibility for Gaza than Hamas does. at least the israelis are attacking in defense, i don’t think the same could be said about hamas, who incidentally use their own people as suicide bombers against Israel.

  38. I see the spelling of your handle has been changing TR – are you are relogging for sockpuppet effect? ‘Cos if you are it might pay to consider the fact that two stupid righties making ill-educated arguments doesn’t stop the arguments being ill-educated. No matter how hard to try to back yourself up…

    Oh and TR you stupid fuck – you don’t get to challenge the “disproportionate” nature of others arguments when you spout absurd shit like “sorry if i don’t get all anguished if a few innocent arab’s get caught in the crossfire” (which, by the way, has a misplaced apostrophe…)

  39. TightyRighty 40

    i did change my handle OD, thats ok, thats my choice and i won’t be logging on as my old one. so you can keep your sock analogy.

    you epitomise the problem with the left OD, you don’t like when other people don’t think your way and don’t act your way. in fact you dislike it so much that you mouth taunts that i bet you would’t dare if i was standing face to face with you.

    Nothing about me is ill-educated, i read widely and am a product of the public school system. I at least encourage discussion without telling other people what rights they do and do not have in discussion. if you think it’s absurd that i don’t cry in my bed at night hugging my red blankie because a few arab civilians were killed in cross fire, thats fine. But i am not a stupid fuck.

  40. Steve Withers 41

    RE: “legitimate attacks”? No. Understandable, maybe but “legitimate” – not even close. I include both sides.

  41. lprent 42

    TR: Israel has been refusing responsibility for its citizens since 1948. It prefers (like you) to mindlessly label them as ‘terrorists’ so it can disenfranchise them.

  42. TightyRighty 43

    correct me if im wrong, but there is a signifcant minority of Arabs still in Israel proper isn’t there? i don’t think they are all labelled terrorists and treated as such by the Israeli state.

    [lprent: Damn spotted this while moderating…. Oh well treat as a comment
    About 5-10% from memory.
    Someone will no doubt inform you of the many ways that Israeli Arabs are treated as second class citizens in the own country. Are you really that ignorant of Israel’s internal political structure ?]

  43. randal 44

    national is a party of straw men and will be gone in three years

  44. Felix 45

    Hi ‘sod,

    TightyWhitey is one of the many goons who changed their handle in order to avoid the inevitable conflict between their pre-election support of National Party promises and their post-election support of National Party actions.

    Today’s display of his complete ignorance of middle-eastern history is just a holiday program really.

  45. TR – I’d certainly say such things to your face you wee dick. It’s not that you think differently from me that makes me think you’re a stupid fuck but the fact that you say suck stupid fucking things. As for your whining like a little girl about me telling you what rights you have in conversation? Suck it up – error has no rights. And you are in error. Consistently and without excuse…

  46. Pascal's bookie 47

    Tighty, on account of how you are not a stupid fuck, perhaps you could explain how the current IDF operation is supposed to achieve it’s stated objective of halting rocket attacks. Israel has stated that they have no intention of permanent reoccupation so if that isn’t the strategy, then what is?

    Seems to me at least, that the thinking is along the lines of “those Palestinians need to be taught a lesson, we’ll hit them hard and then they’ll be too scared to fire rockets”. But that seems really fucking stupid. Gaza has been hit hard before, and the hitting hard thing has never really worked. Indeed those unintended consequences often blowback all over the place. Often in cafeterias and buses. Not excusing it btw. Just saying what is. What ‘ought’ is of less interest to me. Western liberal notions of ‘ought’ don’t count for much in the middle east it seems to me. So it’s pointless discussing it that way.

    So if the action is related to the specific threat of the rockets as you claim, then how is it supposed to work, specifically?

    As you enjoy reading widely, I hope you find the following link thought provoking, I’d appreciate your thoughts as a non stupid fuck. This quote touches on some of that “throwing rivals off of buildings” thing you mentioned. Awful business, but Islamist underground politics under occupation and in police states throughout the middle east is a tough line of work.

    Hamas enjoys a special place in al-Qaeda’s enemies list. Al-Qaeda has long been desperate for a foothold in Palestine, but has been largely kept out because Hamas has the place locked. Jihadist forums bear a deep grudge over Hamas’s crackdown on various jihadist groups which have tried to set up shop there (Jaysh al-Islam, et al). In March 2006, Zawahiri denounced Hamas’s electoral victory and called on them to reject the democratic trap and pursue armed struggle. In February 2007 he attacked the Mecca Agreement between Fatah and Hamas, and in March declared that Hamas had “surrendered most of Palestine to the Jews, sold the Palestinian issue, and sold shari’a in order to retain leadership of the Palestinian government.” In June 2007 he called on Hamas to “correct your path.” Just last week, the leading Jordanian jihadist theoretician Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi (thanks to Will McCants) complained that “Hamas is misleading Muslims with its glittering slogans, which blind people to their wayward goals and strategies, leading them down the path of criminals… [and] Hamas started the bloodshed in Gaza several weeks ago when it killed members of the Army of Islam organization.”

    From al-Qaeda’s perspective, therefore, Israel’s assault on Gaza is an unmitigated blessing. The images flooding the Arab and world media have already discredited moderates, fueled outrage, and pushed the center of political gravity towards more hard-line and radical positions. As in past crises, Islamists of all stripes are outbidding each other, competing to “lead” the popular outrage, while “moderates” are silent or jumping on the bandwagon. Governments are under pressure, most people are glued to al-Jazeera’s coverage (and, from what anyone can tell, ignoring stations that don’t offer similar coverage), the internet is flooded with horrifying images, and people are angry and mobilized against Israel, the United States, and their own governments. That’s the kind of world al-Qaeda likes to see.

    http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/node/14962

  47. paul the sour 48

    God, yes. Poland’s Jews were, after all, being armed in secret by Britain and using those weapons to kill and maim innocent Nazis and their families. That’s why Israelis are so suspicious whenever a rocket lands in their yards, fired by a Hamas ghetto-inhabitant. They see these trivial incidents through the lens of their own historical crimes.

    “Embarked on the starvation of the inhabitants” – yes, those relief convoys the Israelis sent through were packed with zero nutrient goods, items that trick your body into thinking you’re eating food while you starve to death. Worse than smallpox blankets, that. And in the market during the cease fire, all those shoppers were actually getting more of the same mock-food. And the UN warehouses passing wares out by the wheelbarrow? Almost all of that was GM rice (and we know what THAT does to the consumer).

    Jews fighting back. Horror.

  48. Felix 49

    paul you’re absolutely right. They should be grateful. They wouldn’t survive in the wild so they’ve been well looked after innit. They all look like terrorists anyway. Have to break a few eggs an that eh?

  49. Quoth the Raven 50

    TR – Don’t forget the nomadic Bedouin people forced to live sedentary lives in ghettos in Israel. The state hardly bothering to provide them with basics such as water and healthcare all in their own land which they aren’t allowed to move around in anymore.

  50. Bill 51

    Strikes me that a debate within the confines of the left about Gaza would be interesting and while probably confrontational would be educational. That the right have NOTHING coherent to say, while not entirely unexpected is, IMO deeply, deeply sad.

    All I’m learning from the various comments from the right is how fathomless their pit of intellectual and moral bankruptcy is.

  51. lukas 52

    Bill… have you read a single post by Randal, Rave or Trave… sure the right have Dad, but…flip.

  52. Felix 53

    Past your bedtime lukey. Chop chop.

    Or you could refute Bill’s statement by pointing to a comment on this thread from a rightie who has ANY understanding of middle eastern affairs or history and has added ANYTHING of value to the discussion.

    Night then.

  53. Peter Burns 54

    dad is banned from here lukas because big bruv said so.
    hi big bruv, your intense hatred is sooooooooooooooooooooo obvious creepster.
    got a real name big blouse?

  54. Stever 55

    One sad but, I suppose, not surprising result of all this is the signs of a revival of extreme reactions by people in “the West”, as reported here.

  55. randal 56

    peter burns
    he’s actualy a announcer for radio spud
    thats his deep cover

  56. Dr.Strangelove 57

    Is outofbed’s post meant to suggest that Gerry Brownlee is the new Pretender ?

    If not, then let’s name names .. John Key is missing in action which leaves Murray McCully.

    Cheers.

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    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    5 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    5 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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