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Stand With Pike: You shall not pass

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 pm, December 11th, 2016 - 86 comments
Categories: disaster, health and safety, journalism - Tags: , , ,

Patrick Gower has broken the story about the latest turn of events down at Pike River:

Newshub can exclusively reveal efforts to seal the Pike Rive mine now face a legal and physical roadblock, with the victims’ families taking legal control of a privately owned piece of road needed to access the site.

The farmer that owns the road has handed it over to Bernie Monk, who will serve trespass orders on the concrete trucks, needed to seal the mine, from Monday.

“We’ll be blockading it. If anyone passes that without our permission, we’ll be serving trespass notices on them,” Mr Monk says.

Construction is already underway.

Mr Tommy Daly, an unbroken colt of a man (says The Guardian, who are we to argue?), and whanau make a start on OUR new…

Posted by Stand With Pike on Saturday, 10 December 2016

If you’re in Wellington on Tuesday, get down to Parliament at lunchtime to #StandWithPike. Details on Facebook.

86 comments on “Stand With Pike: You shall not pass ”

  1. Rosemary McDonald 1

    YES!

    This is where the revolution begins…landowner taking coin, rejects coin in favour of righteousness.

    Kia Kaha, Pike River Families.

  2. Shona 2

    Feeling proud to be a Kiwi for the first time in ages!

  3. Muttonbird 3

    They really are fighting hard – it is great to see.

    A few things on Gower’s ‘exclusive’. Other outlets are carrying it so it is not an exclusive.
    The headline is framed in favour of Solid Energy – their ‘efforts’ are being ‘blocked’ by the families.
    Gower calls this an ‘unforeseen problem’ for Bill English – only if he’s been under a rock that is.
    Gower also refers to the families’ action as creating a ‘problem’, having found a ‘loophole’. Both are negative descriptions.

    He presents this ‘exclusive’ as a just a regular political nasty for the government rather than what it actually is – a once in a generation call by these families’ for their boys’ voice to be heard.

    • Richard Christie 3.1

      No doubt about it, Gower is both a clown and a disgrace to journalism. In addition to that, he is vile – a seriously nasty piece of work.

      Thanks for the clarification but I guess we shouldn’t let this story get diverted to discussing the messenger. Hard to do when it involves Mr Gower.

  4. Johnny Tucker 4

    Interesting development.

    The papers released with the title show there is no easement over the land but that it is subject to the Public Works Act. That act specifically mentions roads, and gives any minister of the crown the ability to order removal of any obstruction that causes danger to traffic on the road.

    Don’t be surprised if this is used as justification for removal of protestors in the coming days.

    • Richard Christie 4.1

      How does a sold privatised mining company fit into a public works act?
      Seems more likely to now be a civil dispute.

  5. Truth has a way of coming out in the end.

    And sometimes things have to be done that shake the boat up. This is good. And also good the landowner has come out in favour of the Pike River victims family’s. So good the family’s just didn’t give in… 6 years is a long , long time to campaign for basic decency and justice … when they never ever should have had to in the first place.

    It raises the spirits to see the tenacity of these tough and marvelous West Coasters.

    They have a case, and could have given up at any time ,… but they didnt. As far as I see it, their issue is our issue, and we owe to them to stand and support them.

    The Upper Big Branch mine was very similar to Pike, happening 2-3 months beforehand, … and like Pike, … 31 miners involved, … and 29 killed. The same poorly maintained substandard ventilation systems, the same incompetence and negligence in rectifying health and safety issues by management, the same failure to address dangerous methane levers…

    And the same company that owned shares in Pike River owned Upper Big Branch mine as well…

    Its worth a watch just to re- familiarize yourselves with the sort of skulduggery that goes on and also went on under ex Prime Minister John Key. Lets hope Bill English can be more honorable.

  6. Venezia 6

    Wow – that video (& report) is quite an expose of the industry in 2010.
    ” Only the weaklings and the incompetents evade responsibilities in this age of industrial safety and efficiency.” Coal Age magazine 27 May 1916.

  7. Tamati Tautuhi 7

    Looks like another “Standing Rock Confrontation”?

    • Cinny 7.1

      Tamati, I was thinking the same.

      On the Listening Post this weekend (fav media roundup show on AJ) they explained why the lack of media coverage at Standing Rock. Made me think of Pike River, the lack of media coverage…

      PROUD OF THE ONES STANDING UP FOR THOSE LOST AT PIKE RIVER. MASSIVE RESPECT TO YOU ALL.

  8. adam 8

    national has 29 problems, and it has not said a dam thing close to truth on this matter for a very long time.

    • Cinny 8.1

      Adam the link above many interest you, it’s the listening posts coverage re lack of media at standing rock.

  9. Sanctuary 9

    Good to see people who won’t take being told what to do by a bunch of lying suits from downtown.

  10. I think it’s time for the Pike River families that are trying to get bodies recovered should move on from a dangerous and quite possibly futile exercise.

    It would be dangerous enough just to reenter the mine. It would be a lot harder to actually locate and recover 29 bodies, given time and the explosions – and the time and logistics that would be required increase risks substantially.

    Even if some of the bodies were able to be recovered and identified that won’t stop the grief.

    I understand that some of the families feel aggrieved by the mine company and by the Government, but they would be better to move on and find more productive ways to continue their grieving.\

    [Your attempts to apply your beige, risk-averse handwringing to this situation is deplorable. You aren’t a mines rescue expert, unlike the many people who have provided support and technical advice to the families. You don’t get to tell people how to grieve. You don’t get to scold them for their response to a situation you cannot possibly fathom. Take a week’s ban for being a shitty person. – Stephanie]

    • Sanctuary 10.1

      “…I think…”

      No one gives a fuck what you think bro.

    • Cinny 10.2

      You are entitled to your opinion and the family members are entitled to theirs. They are taking action, some would prefer that it all went away, but not the Coasters, they are strong people and will fight to the end for what they believe in.

      Unlike Key they are not quitters. And most of the country is behind their actions.

      Pete you say… ” but they would be better to move on and find more productive ways to continue their grieving.”

      what on earth do you suggest would be a more productive way to continue their grieving? Unreals

    • Muttonbird 10.3

      What would be a ‘more productive’ way to continue their grieving?

      Advocating for a strengthening of workers rights? Advocating for tougher laws against employers who abuse the safety of employees? Promoting union representation on all company boards?

      Perhaps you mean the pressuring of government to reverse the decision not to charge Peter Whittall and the owners, or perhaps to charge him retrospectively under the new corporate manslaughter law?

      • Pete George 10.3.1

        Continuing to pursue things that are unlikely to happen doesn’t appear to be helping them.

        • Muttonbird 10.3.1.1

          They are making progress and the decision to re-enter is just that – a decision which change at any time.

        • michelle 10.3.1.2

          Like our pm pursued with the TPPA Pete even though it was selling our sovereignty and he pursued with our flag change( 20 million or thereabouts Pete) despite the polls saying the majority didn’t want it is that what you mean Pete

        • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3.1.3

          Continuing to pursue things that are unlikely to happen doesn’t appear to be helping them.

          Doesn’t appear to do a damn thing for you either, and yet here you are.

    • gsays 10.4

      Hi Pete g, that simply means you stand with the corporations and not with the families.

      Tories love money, socialists love people.

      • Pete George 10.4.1

        I don’t stand with any corporations.

        Some socialists seem to like stupid slogans.

        I think the families would be better off if they let go of mine re-entry. Not all of the families are involved in the current action. What is the ongoing publicity doing for them?

          • Muttonbird 10.4.1.1.1

            All the John Key fans wheel this one out to attack the families with.

          • Paul 10.4.1.1.2

            So all the other family members are wrong, eh, bm?

            • michelle 10.4.1.1.2.1

              its called a majority Paul the same way our tory PM got to power on a one seat majority and then they lost that seat and have to rely on Act , United and the Maori ,they have such a big majority Bull shert wake up and stop talking whole lot of kaka

        • gsays 10.4.1.2

          “I don’t stand with any corporations.”
          it is just a conincidence your opinions and attitudes align with the corporation in this case.
          you certainly don’t stand with the families, which is the context of this post.

          what i assume you are reffering to as a stupid slogan is far from that.
          it is a conclusion from many years of observing folk and politicians.
          this website is a great example.
          also while it may make you feel uncomfortable or show your opinions in a poor light, still don’t make it stupid.

          • Pete George 10.4.1.2.1

            “it is just a coincidence your opinions and attitudes align with the corporation in this case”

            I don’t know which corporation you are referring to, nor what corporation opinions and attitudes might be.

            I think my opinions probably align with quite a few people, possibly including some Pike River families, and certainly similar to others here.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 10.4.1.2.1.1

              🙄

              Yeah, silly me, I thought we were talking about Pike River Coal and Solid Energy, and then I realised I had the wrong corporation.

            • gsays 10.4.1.2.1.2

              re yr opinions and their alignment, at the time of writing,
              17 on side of families,
              4 neutral,
              5 backing key/national party/solid energy.
              so..5 out of 26 ain’t quite a few in anyones book.
              dodgy maths for a money lover.

            • Cinny 10.4.1.2.1.3

              Pete would you please answer my question from above…

              Pete you say… ” but they would be better to move on and find more productive ways to continue their grieving.”

              What do you suggest would be a more productive way to continue their grieving? Other than ‘moving on’ or letting things be’ what would your advice be to them on how to continue their grieving?

              • gsays

                hi cinny,
                i have found pete to be a dump and run timewaster.
                half arsed arguements that do not bear too much scrutiny
                i unfortunately engaged with him.
                from now on i will put him in the list with bm, alwyn etc.
                dnftt-do not feed the troll.

    • Rosemary McDonald 10.5

      Pete George….why don’t you sit down, take a few deep ones and then go let your fingers do the walking and do some proper research into what is going on here.

      Yes, recovery of the bodies of the 29 is the primary aim of the families.

      Also, and of equal importance, is going as far into that mine as possible to gather evidence that will help find out why there was the explosion…and, and this is very important….would it have been possible to rescue some of the 29 had the Mines Rescue crew been allowed to enter the mine during the ‘safe’ window that opened after the explosion?

      The unseemly haste at which the decision was made to never make any attempt at recovery is suspicious in itself.

      And the complete rejection by the government of the advice of experts in the mines rescue field that it is possible to at least go partway into the drift to investigate…is again suspicious.

      No…you DON”T “understand that some of the families feel aggrieved by the mine company and by the Government” or you wouldn’t be so keen to impart your advice to the grieving families that they should ‘move on’.

      PG…who the hell do you ( and your mates on your little gossip website and your mates over at Farrar’s cesspit) think you are to tell grieving mining families how to deal with their grief?

      Don’t you get it?

      They can’t ‘move on’ until they have answers.

      Because, unlike those who blindly accept what their National overlords tell them…some of us have questioning minds as well as an instinct for when we are being treated like mushrooms.

      So go back to your dark place Pete George…while we support in spirit these families seeking the light.

    • michelle 10.6

      How do you understand when you haven’t been through what these families have been through Pete George. If they recover anything at all this will help with the healing and the grieving process and that will be a good thing. Since when have NZers taken a step backwards we can do anything we put our minds to we just need to be given a chance or opportunity exactly what Gareth Morgan has been talking about.

    • Paul 10.7

      Your right wing shilling has hit new lows.

  11. Brutus Iscariot 11

    This is getting quite sad. I can understand the anger and hurt, but they just need to let go. Nothing is going to bring those people back.

    • Richard Christie 11.1

      A short trip down the mine might well bring them back.

    • garibaldi 11.2

      BI, you’re another one who just doesn’t get it. These poor families need an outcome. They have been treated with contempt , lied to and shat on. They must have proper closure and this is the least that must be done for them. No ifs or buts.

      • rsbandit 11.2.1

        Why risk live people to recover…what, exactly? That is unacceptable. How would they feel – everyone feel – if people entering the mine died doing so?

        No benefit, all risk. Move on.

        • In Vino 11.2.1.1

          Firstly, there are plenty of volunteers who know the risks and state that they are willing. Secondly, extreme caution will reduce the slim chance of disaster. When the catastrophe happened, people were doing an ordinary day’s work. This exercise would be nothing like that.

          • rsbandit 11.2.1.1.1

            Would you let your family go in? Daughter? Son? Partner? Why advocate someone elses family member goes in, even if they want to?

            All risk, no gain. Move on. This is political rather than considering lives of living people and I find it utterly distasteful. I support the government on this one.

            • In Vino 11.2.1.1.1.1

              The families are living people, in case you failed to notice. Try listening to them – in telling them to ‘Move on’ you achieve the height of ignorance and arrogance.

              • rsbandit

                Fair call. I apologise for saying “move on”. But I plead with all those demanding people go in not to risk any more lives.

  12. Carolyn_nth 12

    Such fine words from John key at the memorial service for the 29 miners. So Churchillian – banking political capital by tapping into the (MSM led at the time) sentiments.

    He also managed to make it all about JK:

    PM’s Pike River address

    And I’d like to say something personal to the families of the lost miners, and in particular to those mothers of children who have so cruelly lost their fathers.

    Amongst all your other emotions and pain there may be fear for your children growing up without the father who loved them.

    Because I was such a child, I know that the absence of a parent is a heaviness you learn to carry in your own way.

    It is a terrible thing to happen. But it doesn’t mean your children will not go on to live happy, worthwhile and fulfilling lives and, in time, experience joyfulness and love in new families, yet to be created.

    And even if those children’s memories of their fathers fade, his legacy will live on in each one of them.

    Any sudden death in a close-knit community like this would be hard felt. To have 29 deaths in a single, terrible incident is almost beyond imagining.

    What makes it even harder is that you have not had the opportunity to lay your men to rest in a place and manner of your choosing.

    I do not know whether some or all of your men are in their final resting place.
    […]

    I am proud to lead a country whose people care so much about each other.

    The miners’ families have told me that although their personal grief is immeasurable, they have deeply appreciated the expressions of support from all over the country, and from overseas.

    In the streets of Greymouth, and all along the Coast, the intensity of this loss has weighed heavily on every heart.

    But the human spirit is resilient, and people are by nature, hopeful.

    I hope the knowledge of the nation’s support helps you through.

    Your men were our men. And even if many of us know them only as names, and faces and stories, their deaths touched our lives, and we will remember them.

    May they rest in peace.

    JK stored up a lot of politcal capital by free-riding on the (MSM-led) national sentiments. Such sentiments so easily get lost when the next disaster happens.

    Then, with promises unfulfilled, and the government no longer standing in solidarity with the Pike River families, JK pisses off to his life of luxury, hobnobbing with the rich and powerful.

    • gsays 12.1

      hi carolyn,
      i also remember hearing key say, in a meeting with the families, “absolute ressurance”, “commitment” etc, he then went on to say that anyone doubting this resolve was playing politics using emotions.

      disgusting.

  13. michelle 13

    People exhume bodies all the time it can be common for Maori to exhume even after many many years some take their loved ones home to their whanau lands so they can rest in peace it depends on what you stand for and believe in. Many NZers accept the staus quo too much and believe everything they hear from our political masters. I say wise up NZers listen to the good people of this country not the government or half wit journalist like Gower before it is too late to save our country from big corporations raiding happening under the gnats.

  14. Whispering Kate 14

    The landowner to me is the hero of he moment, us lefties generally think all landowners, cow cockies of whatever you want to call them are National admirers with limited critical thinking abilities. One only had to see on Q & A yesterday the opinions of the Wairarapa farming electorate over what they want for the future of this country – more of National’s policies.

    So all hail to the landowner who obviously does not agree with the cynical attitude of this Government over Pike River. Labour is cheap and so is life for this government, money is the mana from the gods to them and for which they adulate over.

  15. mary_a 15

    Yes absolutely …

    #STAND WITH PIKE

  16. Wayne 16

    This has been turned into a Left/Right issue on this site (as noted by Pete George).

    But it shouldn’t be. And in my view is not.

    The public issue of re-entering the mine is one of safety. That has to be the primary concern of public officials.

    At the moment the families say their expert advisors say it is safe to enter. Solid Energy’s experts say it is not.

    Perhaps an independent panel of expert mine safety engineers could assess these two positions (actually assess the evidence presented) and then make their recommendation.

    In the nature of things the independent panel would one expert appointed by each party (but not their existing experts) and a chair appointed by these two.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      The Prime Minister politicised it when he turned it into an “ethics and the rule of law”/”getting away with manslaughter” issue. FIFY.

    • dv 16.2

      Yes Wayne. Good idea that they talk to each other!!!!

    • gsays 16.3

      hi wayne,
      perhaps the solid energy/national party ‘experts’ could be named.
      you know, to shed a little light on the government’s position.

      • Whispering Kate 16.3.1

        I agree – the ex PM was noted for his “show me the money” in a debate but his Government at the time were all talk and no show when it came to revealing who their “experts” were over the safety of the mine. An independent safety inquiry needs to be done before this country will believe that the mine is unsafe to enter. The odds are strong it will be safe knowing the record of the present government and their many lies which they have spun. No wonder people are cynical, who would blame them.

      • Cinny 16.3.2

        well said G.

    • DH 16.4

      Have you any idea how ridiculous you sound Wayne?

      You’re using the word ‘safe’ in its literal form, as are the usual line up of Pike deniers. No activity is safe, there’s risk in everything humans do.

      If you were honest in your ‘opinion’ you should be saying it’s not safe enough.

      • s y d 16.4.1

        I think there is a sleight of hand where ‘safety’ has been horribly, and perhaps purposefully, confused with ‘liability’. There is now a clear linking of liability to officers of corporations and they will never, ever take on that liability and risk – the foreseeable financial costs cannot be insured against and so they won’t be able to repeat Mr Whittals’ shameful payout.

        The safety referred to is not for the workers who would re-enter the mine, but that of the directors. You need only read the final paragraphs of Solid Energy’s directors ‘open letter’ to see where their thinking is based.
        http://www.solidenergy.co.nz/

        PS – The decision not to re-enter is not being taken by ‘public officials’ Mr Mapp, but by officers of a corporation.

        • Wayne 16.4.1.1

          syd,

          From what i have read, Solid Energy made their decision on the basis of advice from mining experts. What I am suggesting is an independent review of both the families and Solid Energy’s expert advice.

          If the view is that the govt be involved, then surely they will want an independent assessment of the safety and the risks – hence my comment about the responsibility of “public officials.”

          DH,

          I am perfectly aware of the balancing issues in respect to safety. Nothing is ever 100% safe. But independent experts will be able to advise whether it is, or is not, safe enough to enter. From your response it seems you are suggesting there should not be an independent assessment?

          • DH 16.4.1.1.1

            You seem to have been misinformed on this Wayne. It’s not an issue of whether the mine is safe to enter or not, the issue is about whether the mine can be made safe to enter or not. The secondary issue would then be how much it would cost.

            You say;

            “the mine isn’t safe to enter”

            and the families have been saying;

            “It is possible to make the mine safe to enter.”

            You’re both talking about different things, both of you can be right. Personally I think your position is dishonest and distasteful.

  17. Tiger Mountain 17

    as Bernie Griffin sang–“29 diamonds for a chunk of coal…”

    all power to the families and supporters, leading by example

  18. Susie 18

    Made my day.
    Thank you also, ‘Wild Katipo’ for your customarily robust insights here. There is a lot more to this mess than meets the eye, IMHO.

  19. rsbandit 19

    It’s time for these people to move on. They want to risk the lives of others to recover…what, exactly?

    • mauī 19.1

      Does every troll have the exact same line? Serious lack of humanity too. Unless you think covering your son with 20 metres of concrete after their unexplained death is something that feels human to you.

      • rsbandit 19.1.1

        So trolling is saying “it’s not worth someone dying”?

        I find the support of this endeavour utterly repugnant. You can see from the glee in this thread that it’s about politics, not any consideration for the lives of people who would go in there.

        Would you go in?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.2

      I don’t believe they want to risk anyone’s lives. Some experienced people have volunteered to risk their own lives. Is it possible for you to respect their loss enough to stop lying about them?

    • Rosemary McDonald 19.3

      Go be a shitty person elsewhere….

    • @ rsbandit ( 19 )

      No one has a right to tell others to simply ‘ move on’.

      No one.

      That is a phrase trotted out – usually – by those who are either frustrated with an issue or because it threatens their own agendas , – and because it does not affect them personally , – feel quite free to marginalize whats viewed as important by others.

      I would hardly think you would apply the same thinking to victims of the holocaust – where even today inquiry’s are still held into the perpetrators. Or any other retrospective case involving loss of life for that matter , – no matter the way or motive in which it occurred.

      The difference is with Pike is there are far too many issues that have been left unanswered, in what seems like an all – too – convenient fashion. It does not matter which political party was incumbent as well . In fact the timeline of this mine had crossover with both Labour and National. For someone to claim it didn’t hasn’t researched the issue entirely enough.

      Aside from recovery of human remains – which grants a certain amount of closure to the victims family’s , – there remains the critical issues of gathering of forensic evidence – which so far has been denied the victims family’s as well as the New Zealand public.

      It therefore becomes an issue of national importance as the manner by which this plays out has a direct bearing on any other future disasters – and the trustworthiness of any future governments dealings with the public. Therefore we now see at least two good solid reasons why it is a trite cop out , … and counter productive to trot out that tired old catch phrase to simply ‘ move on’.

      And both of them have direct and indirect implications as to the quality of present and future public and private officials and their accountability to the wider public in basic issues of honesty , integrity ,safety , and the value and sanctity of human life.

      • rsbandit 19.4.1

        I wonder how vocal people will be if someone else dies in that mine. Worth it? Is this political attack really worth it?

        I say it isn’t. Nothing will bring them back. Some families will never accept it but that is no reason to risk more lives.

        “Go be a shitty person elsewhere….”

        No, you go be a shitty person elsewhere. You’re very brave from outside that mine and it is very shitty to risk other people’s lives recovering…what exactly?

        Utterly disgraceful.

        • WILD KATIPO 19.4.1.1

          And you – who has obviously sided with this govts stance, – and by association , Solid Energy’s – are the one politicizing it. And then using emotionalism by claiming more people would die . And that’s disgusting.

          The facts are , that there are experts – many of them – that say not only is the drift safe to enter under controlled methods , but have presented many reports containing the methods to be used.

          And the fact that Solid Energy’s stance of belligerence in not even listening to these experts – and the point blank refusal to meet with them and a govt that only listened to Solid Energy – and was prepared to use our own police force to back up Solid Energy – as time went on,… has now backfired monumentally in their face. And the longer this drags on , and the longer any govt refuses to deal with the issues will only make it harder on any incumbent govt.

          And make them appear bloody minded and as if they have something to hide.

          Lets hope this govt under Bill English has far more wisdom and integrity than it did under John Key … who was only too willing to wash his hands of Pike River and let a govt department call the shots instead of using his executive position to direct an operation that should have been completed years ago , that is , the entering and retrieval of human remains and forensic evidence from Pike River coal mine .

          • rsbandit 19.4.1.1.1

            So be it. Be any deaths that result in entering the mine be on the heads of those calling for entry.

            I will continue to oppose it and pray that common sense prevails.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 19.4.1.1.1.1

              The only reason you oppose it is because Dear Leader told you to. If Old Dear Leader decides there’s votes in it, you’ll change “your” “mind” faster than you can say sycophant.

              Personally I think we should round up everyone who’s ever lobbied for deregulation and send you in first as a human shield.

              • rsbandit

                I’m a Labour voter, FFS. Why risk more lives? For political gain, dressed up in grief?

                No, I say. No.

                “send you in first as a human shield”

                That really does sadden me. We are supposed to be the party that cares.

                • DH

                  I doubt you’re a Labour voter or any kind of humanist. The handle arsebandit is a bit of a giveaway as to your character, as is your apparent ignorance of basic human nature.

                  Do you even know why people engage in dangerous rescue & recovery actions? They do it because they understand that if the boot was on the other foot they’d want people to do it for them. We take risks to help others so others will take risks for us if we’re ever in need of it.

                  Coal mining is a dangerous occupation and like any occupation of its kind miners work in the implicit understanding that they may either need rescuing themselves one day or they could be rescuing others. If they all knew no-one would come for them no-one would go down a mine.

                  The decision on whether or not to enter the mine is for those who would do it to make. So far they’ve been prevented from even being allowed to make that decision, which could ultimately be no.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Sorry, my mistake. I just don’t think anyone has a right to tell experienced volunteers the level of risk they’re prepared to accept. Or shall we outlaw mountaineering?

  20. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/…/pike-river-families-block-mine-access-road-from-dawn

    Hmmmm… the ‘ Sorry – looks like weve stuffed up ‘ notification comes up if you try to view that link… however you can at least visit that page using the title.

    Good on the Family’s… they have managed so far to get this cringing Solid Energy and other involved party’s on the back foot and on the run. For now.

    What a disgusting episode in NZ history.

    That these people even had to go to these sorts of lengths to get some form of closure and justice from the very officials who were supposed to be the ones upholding safety and justice.

    Totally mind boggling.

  21. Marple 21

    Hey I’m overseas so won’t be there but can I ask (sorry if it has been mentioned before) if there is any way of donating to the protesters?

  22. Thinkerr 22

    Go the families!!

    If there is/was any possibility of re-entering the mine it should be/have been done as soon as possible to do it.

    We have a Prime Minister’s word on that and if you can’t trust the word of the Prime Minister in the time of a national tragedy, what sort of a message does it send?

    If impossible to re-enter, then that’s a different story, but every possibility should be exhausted before that decision is made. I don’t think the issue is about recovery, now, so much as closure – letting the families know what happened (as far as possible) and even if it is found more could have been done, at least Pike River could be an example for the future.

    IMHO, if the government closes the mine up too quickly, there will always be doubt about its motives (mixed up with the debate about whether re-entry was possible) and Pike River will then join a long list of home-grown conspiracy theories with no opportunity for resolution. More material for the likes of Ian Wishart (no disrespect).

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    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    31 mins ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    43 mins ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    54 mins ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 hour ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    6 hours ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 hours ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    8 hours ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    20 hours ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    1 day ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    3 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    3 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    5 days ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    5 days ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    5 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    6 days ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    6 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    6 days ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    7 days ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
    Over the weekend, Labour released its welfare policy: an increase in benefit abatement thresholds. And that's it. Faced with clear evidence of ongoing hardship among beneficiaries and a call from its on Welfare Expert Advisory Group to raise core benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent, Labour's response is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (Bogota; 09/11/2020) The murder of Javier Ordoñez in the neighbourhood of Villa Luz in Bogotá, Colombia at the hands of two policemen brings to the fore the issue of police violence and its function in society. First of all we should be clear that we are ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
    Story of the Week... La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS...  Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale – report Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% ...
    1 week ago
  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
    Gabrielle Po-Ching In November 1918, the cargo and passenger ship Talune travelled to Apia, Samoa from Auckland, carrying a number of passengers who had pneumonic influenza. From these passengers stemmed the biggest pandemic Samoa had ever seen. With around 8,500 deaths, over 20% of the country’s population at the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
    Prof Nick Wilson*, Prof Michael Baker In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
    So the Greens co-leader James Shaw recently made a mistake. In his role as Associate Finance Minister approving funding for “shovel-ready” projects, he fought hard for a private “Green school” to get funding to expand their buildings and, therefore, their student capacity. There are many problems with what he did: ...
    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 through Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Editor's Choice With California ablaze, Newsom blasts Trump administration for failing to fight climate change Trinity River Conservation Camp crew members drown ...
    1 week ago
  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
    It finally happened: about 13 years after first watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) in 2007 when it became available in Germany, I recently completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training! Participating in this particular training had been on my to-do list for quite some time but it ...
    1 week ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
    Windows 95 is famous for requiring the shutting down the system by clicking ‘start, like stopping your car by turning the ignition key on. Why are so many interfaces so user-unfriendly? The Covid app to register your entering premises can be so clumsy. Sometimes I have signed in, sat down ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Underwhelming
    Transport is our second biggest polluter after agriculture, making up 17% of our national emissions. Cars and trucks emit 15 million tons of CO2 every year. So, if we're serious about tackling climate change, we need to eliminate this entirely. Public transport and better urban design will be a key ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A Time To Begin Again.
    A New Holy-Day: Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home. Perhaps, by celebrating Matariki, we can learn to take ownership of our colonial ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s tax trauma victims and how they might help the Greens
    If there was any doubt left, we can surely call it now. Time and date. End of. Finito. Perhaps you thought you saw a flickering eyelid or a finger move? You were wrong. Labour has given up on tax reform for the foreseeable future. One of the key remaining left/right ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 weeks ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Labour gives up on tax transformation
    Will the rich get richer under Labour’s latest tax policy? Based on the analysis in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, the answer would seem to be yes. The consensus from commentators is that inequality and severe economic problems will remain unchanged or even be made worse by Labour’s new policy. Although ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour on energy: Business as usual
    Labour has released its energy policy, and its basicly business as usual: bring forward the 100% renewable target to 2030, build pumped storage if the business case stacks up, restore the thermal ban and clean car standard (but not the feebate scheme), and spread a bit of money around to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Overshoot
    California is burning down again. In Oregon, the city of Medford - a town the size of Palmerston North - has had to be evacuated due to the fires. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rene has become the earliest "R"-storm to form since records began, beating the previous record by ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Says it all
    What's wrong with Labour? The end of yesterday's RNZ health debate says it all: Do you have private health insurance? Reti: "I do." Hipkins: "Yes, I do." Hipkins is Minister of Health. But it turns out that he won't be waiting in the queue with the rest ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Secret Lives of Lakes
    McKayla Holloway The helicopter carries a team of four Lakes380 scientists and me; we hug the Gneiss rock walls that tower over Lake Manapouri. It’s arguably one of New Zealand’s most well-known lakes – made famous by the ‘Save Manapouri’ campaign of the 1970s. My chest is drawn back into ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning Joke: Why The Traditional Left Will Just Have To Live With Rainy-Day Robertson’s Disappoin...
    Rainy-Day Man: Is Labour’s tax policy a disappointment? Of course it is! But it’s the best the Traditional Left is going to get. Why? because Labour’s pollsters are telling them that upwards of 200,000 women over the age of 45 years have shifted their allegiance from National to Labour. (Where else, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Volume VIII
    When we last left our intrepid Drow Rogue, he was sitting in a tavern with his companions, only for a crazy Paladin to burst in, and start screaming about the Naga. It soon turned out that ...
    2 weeks ago

  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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