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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 6th, 2011 - 71 comments
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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56.

71 comments on “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011”

  1. kevin007 1

    A sad loss of a true leader and visionary

  2. Kevin Welsh 2

    Gutted.

    Hooked form the moment I first played on an Apple IIE at school. Have spent last 27 years almost solely working on Apple kit and it still baffles me how they constantly managed to just get it right.

    A true visionary.

  3. r0b 3

    Bugger.  Started on Apple IIe, posting this from a 30in iMac.

    Think different… 

    • lprent 3.1

      I’ve only ever had a single Mac, a PPC Mac mini from 2004 that I brought to suss out the irritating CSS differences in safari. It lived onwards attached to a TV as a media box afterwards.

      However I have programmed various Mac OS’es from the early 90’s to OSX. The latter is a good system, and the previous ones sucked for a programmer because Apple never cleaned out old API’s.

      These days I have a iphone and an ipad that I don’t bother programming for. I’d have to buy a Mac, mount three operating systems on it, and keep bouncing from tone to another. I’d be like an engineer across the way who has a 30″ Mac that he runs linux on because that is the current target platform. I don’t think it has gone into OSX since a few days after he got it. And he paid about three times the cost for the equivalent hardware because ‘soon’ he will have to write code for IOS… Needless to say my next tablet and/or cellphone won’t be apple, because open systems will have caught up.

      But Steve Jobs was a hell of a marketer. And I do recommend his products to the technically challenged quite a lot.

  4. higherstandard 5

    Great looking products, very user friendly and excellent marketing – pity about the slave labour.

    • Kevin Welsh 5.1

      Thats capitalism for ya HS.

    • Bazar 5.2

      or the overpriced aspect
      or the limited the freedom of iphone/ipad owners
      or the way it treated its developers
      or the way gave shit contacts and terms to developers in the app store
      or the way it used/abused its monopoly on apple devices to cut everyone out of business
      or the bullshit lawsuit it filed against samsung to stop competition

      Apple was innovative and used great hardware.
      Every other aspect of apple is a cancer to the IT industry.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.2.1

        Ooh a nasty little layer of “windoze” fans here it seems. Show some respect on this day you shitheads.

        Apples hardware/software integration and intense industrial design kept them afloat.
        Steve kept on truckn’ as one of the miniscule 1% that ever survive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis for more than a few weeks.

        Yes Apple was subject to some of the usual behaviours of captialist companies, technology and research sometimes develop -almost- indendently of political systems but ultimately private ownership and shareholder control spoil the party.

        I am typing on an alu imac with wireless magic mouse and I ain’t sending them back.
        RIP Steve.

        • Bazar 5.2.1.1

          “Ooh a nasty little layer of “windoze” fans here it seems. Show some respect on this day you shitheads”

          I’ve not said a single thing against Jobs, and personally i neither like nor dislike the person.
          Apple the company is a different matter.

          Also its called “Windows”, you show your immaturety by deliberately misspelling it. In fact i’m loath to reply to such comments, but still i want to set the record straght.

          ” am typing on an alu imac with wireless magic mouse and I ain’t sending them back.”

          And we needed to know what you typed this post out with why?
          Truly a mac fanatic at its finest.

      • Lanthanide 5.2.2

        “Every other aspect of apple is a cancer to the IT industry.”

        And yet they’re the biggest IT company around (by share value). How many people do Apple employ?

        I would say Apple were very beneficial to the “IT industry”.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.2.1

          I’d say that they were at one point but now that they’re descending into ridiculous patent lawsuits for something they themselves did (copied others) then I’m of the opinion that they’ve started to become a liability.

          • tc 5.2.2.1.1

            Yeah this IMO reflects Jobs decline and the lawyers rise, the man had game, shiploads of it and dwarfs those remaining so they revert to protecting what they have with the craetive drive gone.

        • Bazar 5.2.2.2

          Size is not a virtue.
          As for how many they employ, at the cost of what other companies?

          The iPhone was nice and all, and is basicly the foundation that apple made its revival on, but at the cost of dominating the smartphone market.

          That has basicly seen Nokia get bumped off, and is now having serious troubles. How many thousands of workers got made redundant last month from nokia as a result?

          As a whole, that wasn’t a bad thing (unless you were nokia). Smart phones evolved quickly and rapidly. So in that aspect i would agree that Apple was very beneficial to the “IT industry”.”

          But that was the past. The iPhone hasn’t evolved anything, the iPad is just a larger iPhone. And all the while apple moves in ways that don’t progress the industry, but simply reinforces the control apple has over it, as well as taxing it.

          Do you think having the samsung galaxy blocked from sale in all of europe is benefical?
          Do you think it was fair that they got it blocked because of a primitive design law, localized only in Germany.
          That the evidence produced was a design scribbled on the back of a napkin, written before the iphone was designed, that was basicly at best, an outline of any generic looking smart phone
          That due to the badly thuoght out law in germany, that its a victory by default, and it needed to either be dismissed out of hand (illegal) or go to the appeal process to be rejected, with germany’s design copyright.
          And that because germany is part of the EU, and has a design law that will always be upheld in court so long someone paid a filing fee (to the point where a napkin is permissable), the biggest threat to the iPhone was blocked in all of EU.

          Or how about how anything that is ever done on the ios has to be authorized by apple?

          Or how about how if you sell an app through their store, apple takes 30% of the cut, and then you are required to offer a refund without conditions. Should the customer take the refund, you refund the customer in full, but apple still keeps 30% of the cut!

          Or how about if you sell any books or subscriptions via ios, you have to list it at the lowest price you sell the product anywhere at AND apple keeps 30% of the gross profit. (So you can’t simply raise the price to cover the apple tax and sell it cheaper to the customer elsewhere)

          I can go on, and on, and on.

          Apple wants to tax every software, charge an Apple service for all hardware, and prevent any other choice besides the Apple way. And Apple fanatics love them for it….

          But please, go on and show me how Apple is being benifical to the world.
          Frankly if i had to choose between nokia’s stupid phones, or an apple way of life, i’d happly stick with a $80 nokia.

          I’d perfer a samsung tablet instead, but well thats not much of an option thanks to apple.

        • felix 5.2.2.3

          Gosh, who coulda predicted that this thread would descend into a mac vs pc flamewar?

    • AAMC 5.3

      +1

      I managed to download the “phone story” app/game that slipped through the Apple censors for a couple of days, basically you have to stand over kids in the Congo with guns as they mine Coltin, then you move to the Chinese assembly factories where you have to catch suicide victims jumping from the building, then you’re an Apple store worker throwing product at the storming fans / consumers, the you have to sort for recycling in Bangladesh. Classic.

      Strangely, the guy at the Mac shop seemed a bit bemused, even a little put out – like a Jehovah’s Witness might be as he’s ejected from your doorstep – when I proudly showed him my new game.

  5. RIP Steve Jobs, thoughts go out to his friends and family.

  6. uke 7

    “Apple was innovative and used great hardware.”
     
    Yes… and also innovative in creating hardware with built-in obsolescence, e.g., the clickwheel iPod of which 25% broke down just outside the 12-month warranty.

  7. millsy 8

    RIP Mr Jobs.

    The purists may think otherwise, but it was Apple’s creation of the ipod/iphone/ipad that will ultamitely lead to the decline of the PC in a lot of households. Which I think is probably a good thing.

    • millsy 8.1

      In saying that, they are rather cumbersome to use IMO – the iPod you can only put music on it thru iTunes, and the iPhone you cannot use on prepay – which is the most cost effective form of paying for mobile device use.

      • lprent 8.1.1

        Nope. You can load music on the devices using Banshee, Rythmbox, Amorak (and probably others) from linux with varying levels of success because of some elegant reverse engineering giving a common library across media programs. On windoze* you can use MediaMonkey (and probably others).

        I hate iTunes with a passion as being one of the most inefficient and bloated programs I have ever had the misfortune to have to use. But it is the only program to that you can backup and upgrade IOS from.

        * Note to QSF: I’ve been programming on windoze since about 1986 (and seriously since 1991) and that has always been what I called it. Everyone who knows the platforms does. The standing joke is that it doesn’t matter what hardware is available, Microsoft will always find a way to suck up the CPU cycles and available disk space unproductively. You don’t realize how much until you start programming across platforms and find superior platforms in terms of performance on far inferior hardware. Or even if you just drop the GUI shell on windows servers and find a really fast and pretty clean OS underneath.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1

          Microsoft will always find a way to suck up the CPU cycles and available disk space unproductively.

          Yep, I always liked to compare AmigaOS with Windows.

          AmigaOS:
          250k
          True multi-tasking
          Full windows
          Nice, elegant and fast libraries

          Windoze
          Multiple megabytes
          Multi-tasking was partial at best
          Full windows
          Bloated, slow libraries (it didn’t help that the early versions were just an addon to MS DOS)

          The “success” of MS is another major market failure 🙁

        • queenstfarmer 8.1.1.2

          * Note to QSF: …

          Note to me, or to Bazar with a similar gravatar? I am a Windows/ze programmer (more recently .NET) and wouldn’t disagree with what you say! Although I do find .NET to be incredibly developer-performance-productive, which these days is the type of productivity I’m after.

        • Bazar 8.1.1.3

          “… and that has always been what I called it. Everyone who knows the platforms does.”

          I haven’t heard anyone working in the industry refer to windows as “windoze” for many many years. Were talking references to windows 98 here.

          I’ve even asked my friends, working from NZ and Australia, in a variety of professional programming rolls, and they all got laughs at me for calling it that, no one they know or worked with calls it windoze either.

          Windoze is slang that died in the early 00’s… And if not, should have.

          • lprent 8.1.1.3.1

            Yeah right. I think that windows 98 was about my 6th or 7th windoze version. There were many joys after that. The joys of monumentally broken ME, the dearly beloved vagaries of delibertately broken networking of “home” editions of XP and vista, the sluggishness that is vista etc.

            For instance, I have vista business on my vaio z (it shipped with it in 2009) on dual boot with ubuntu. It takes about 4 times as long on bootup compared to ubuntu to get to the point I can edit code. And that wasn’t a under specced system.

            And the other night I watched incredulously when it took more than an hour to shutdown after collecting a months worth of security updates – warning me that to touch it was dangerous as it powered off. On a laptop!!!

            It only has a few programs installed since I brought it – kaspersky, slickedit, itunes, open office, and visual studio so it isn’t like it has done much to mess it up. Amazing how two and a half years of microsft updates can destroy a OS

            I haven’t used windows 7 on any of my systems yet – just a few development boxes whilst testing code at work. Rocky and some others have reported that it works well. But for anything I actually need to work I will use a reliable OS that doesn’t slow down over time or have strange broken sections inserted for marketing reasons

            I have to say that I liked windows 2000 and 2003 R2 server… Still have one of the latter running my last remaining asp server code and mdaemon. I had to move it at the start of the week because the motherboard went crispy when the UPS failed badly. Hasn’t been worth changing it to Linux in the 6 years it has been running.

            You should try some other systems to pick up some perspective.

            • Lanthanide 8.1.1.3.1.1

              “I haven’t used windows 7 on any of my systems yet – just a few development boxes whilst testing code at work. Rocky and some others have reported that it works well. But for anything I actually need to work I will use a reliable OS that doesn’t slow down over time or have strange broken sections inserted for marketing reasons”

              W7 is much much better than Vista. I always maintained that Vista was ok on brand-new properly specced hardware, and still hold to that. But W7 is still better on the same hardware.

              As for the gradual slowdown, that only seems to affect XP.

    • mik e 8.2

      land lines are faster than wireless ,then their will be overcrowded airwaves when every man and his dog has a mobile device as is happening in some areas of the world already.

  8. queenstfarmer 9

    I respect Steve as a CEO and visionary, but I hope it’s not churlish to say that I have long been uncomortable with some of Apple’s practices in recent years. Apple has pioneered a lot of good things, but recently this included very draconian restrictions in intellectual property and user rights and freedoms. There is also significant danger to the broader internet in the “walled garden” approach used by Apple. Some of its practices are looking rather familiar to those of another IT industry behemoth that once had a predilction for heavy-handed and anti-competitive behaviour.

    In short, it seems to me that Apple may be on track to becoming the next (evil) Microsoft.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Apple has pioneered a lot of good things, but recently this included very draconian restrictions in intellectual property and user rights and freedoms.

      It’s sad, especially when you consider that what Apple did was pretty much a copy or adaptation of what someone else had done before.

  9. tsmithfield 10

    “It’s sad, especially when you consider that what Apple did was pretty much a copy or adaptation of what someone else had done before.”

    What isn’t?

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      Nothing which is why the IP laws of the world are an injustice.

    • mik e 10.2

      windows icons and the mouse are probably the 2 unique inventions his company created

      • Colonial Viper 10.2.1

        Xerox PARC facility created those. Apple nicked them.

        Let me add: there is a real genius in seeing the possibility in others’ inventions that they cannot see themselves, and making it happen in a real, commercial, popular sense.

        Xerox died. Apple thrived.

  10. Afewknowthetruth 11

    Born after me, died before me.

    A couple of weeks ago it was Andy Whitfield (who died aged 39).

    I get the distict impression the industrial economy is an out-of-control killing machine. Not only is it killing numerous non-human species and ‘killing’ the Earth but it is also killing those embedded in it who supposedly benefit from it.

    Keep extracting the oil, driving the SUVs, flying the planes, burning the coal and lacing the food with chemicals. Judging by the epidemic of cancers we are now witnessing, the next generation will almost certainly have a much lower life expectancy than the current generation.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 11.1

      Are you saying the “industrial economy” killed Jobs?

      Should have known it was a conspiracy.

    • burt 11.2

      Yes, we all lived so much longer when we roamed the jungles as hunter gatherers.

  11. joe90 12

    Another, probably unknown to most who read this, who passed away today was veteran civil rights campaigner Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

    Also, Timeline: The lifework of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

  12. lprent 14

    The economist has an obituary (and I do adore their obituaries above all others) it concludes with…

    His on-stage persona as a Zen-like mystic notwithstanding, Mr Jobs was an autocratic manager with a fierce temper. But his egomania was largely justified. He eschewed market researchers and focus groups, preferring to trust his own instincts when evaluating potential new products. “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” he said. His judgment proved uncannily accurate: by the end of his career the hits far outweighed the misses. Mr Jobs was said by an engineer in the early years of Apple to emit a “reality distortion field”, such were his powers of persuasion. But in the end he changed reality, channelling the magic of computing into products that reshaped music, telecoms and media. The man who said in his youth that he wanted to “put a ding in the universe” did just that.

    Oh yeah!

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/10/obituary

  13. logie97 15

    One of the pluses of being a consumer of Job’s and is crew’s creations is that
    Apple computers have, ’til recently, been niche appliances and therefore “attack” free.

    So while Windoze was harbouring all the nasties in the world and the home to all viruses Apple was evolving and has effectively managed any intrusions and vulnerabilities (for nothing) though Norton et al market protection software but apparently this is to protect their Windoze clients who might receive communication from a fellow Windoze client via an Apple enthusiast.

    Now that it is becoming the consumer platform of choice, newbies can enjoy the confidence of the Apple world that the erstwhile minority have enjoyed all along.

    • Bazar 15.1

      http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20060513

      Enough said, especially for someone who thinks “windoze” is a word

      • logie97 15.1.1

        Extraordinary response Bazar to mine, but for your information…

        Windoze
        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Windoze

        • Draco T Bastard 15.1.1.1

          In what way was it extraordinary?

          • logie97 15.1.1.1.1

            How many colds and diseases of any sort have users of Apple computers had to put up with…? It is a fact that there have been none. Seems to me (despite the “amusing” cartoon link) that more and more punters are enjoying that fact.

        • lprent 15.1.1.2

          Reading some of the stuff he has written further up on the subject, I suspect that he is one of those people who believes in vapourware, that being able to demo a product means that it is in a releasable condition, and there is such a thing as the correct use of a language (definitely doesn’t want to read some of my library level with the quirky optimization code). Most importantly I suspect he believes PR has something to do with reality.

        • Bazar 15.1.1.3

          urbandictionary is not a creditable dictionary. Its useful for finding out what some obscure slang reference is.

          but still, to further my point.

          windoze: (assuming you take the most popular version)
          Derogatory internet slang for Microsoft Windows.

          Slang:
          Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker’s dialect or language

          “Windoze” is not a word.

          And i’m not even saying that as a grammar nazi. Its that people who use such references (this includes “shonkey”, “liarbour”, etc) are often so utterly biased that you get nothing but rubbish from them.

          People will judge you based on how you write, you’d make a better impression and post if you simply tried.

          • logie97 15.1.1.3.1

            …this subject been keeping you up at night? (3.03 am?).

            http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Windoze.

            Seems it’s become part of the vernacular – you know, like the word “mana”. It will eventually find its way into Websters and The Oxford.

            (… better check my punctuation, cripes!)

            • Tiger Mountain 15.1.1.3.1.1

              Heh. Bazar may have been on some form of “no-doze”. I try to only mangle language Bazar with reference to three subjects–US imperialism, NZ torys and NZ police. Which admittedly gives me some scope.

              RIP Steve anyway. Carol below is probably correct, but the reaction (to Job’s death) also shows the influence of commodity fetishism as Marx first described it. For fans, the luvvies at Public Address have quite a chat going.

            • Bazar 15.1.1.3.1.2

              the free dictionary? really, do you just drag up any link on the internet and consider it proof?
              Its references are from an external dictionary devoted to computers, so includes slang references.

              Its no better then citing urban dictionary. At least UD’s definition listing it as slang was accurate.

              “It will eventually find its way into Websters and The Oxford.”
              No, it never will.

              And i’m done arguing this, you can continue using windoze for all i care, myself and others will as a result treat your posts, and yourself with contempt due someone unwilling to treat both sides of an issue with respect.

              PS: Sometimes my job requires that i work late or early.

              • logie97

                Now Bazar, if you were to read my initial post again, you will see that I have simply discussed a case for people adopting the Apple platform. Your hyper-sensitive reaction to the use of Windoze says more about you and your lack of ability to be balanced.

                Interesting that you speak for others – “myself and others will … treat … contempt.” Work in a syndicate do you? Take it in turns to comment on blogs?

                • Colonial Viper

                  lol, out of the mouth of babes 🙂

                • Bazar

                  ” you will see that I have simply discussed a case for people adopting the Apple platform”

                  A case which is incredibly inaccurate and illogical.
                  You state that Apple is a far secure OS. Studies and experts have shown that’s just not the case, its simply that no one gives a shit over a niche market, so nobody bothers to attack it.

                  You state that Apple is more secure because of Norton. But Windows machines can come with Norton as well. Sounds like you are comparing Apple+Norton to Windows, instead of Windows+Norton.

                  Going back to this final statement you made:
                  “Now that it is becoming the consumer platform of choice, newbies can enjoy the confidence of the Apple world that the erstwhile minority have enjoyed all along.”

                  If apple was actually a major player in the PC market, malware developers would actually target the platform. And the platform does have significant security holes.
                  In fact its already starting to happen. I’ve already had a malware attempt to infect one of my clients mac machines. It failed only because of my security policy (they never had the power to become administrators)

                  So the reasons you discussed for why macs were better, was either ignorant or naive.

                  “Interesting that you speak for others – “myself and others will … treat … contempt.” Work in a syndicate do you? Take it in turns to comment on blogs?”

                  Arguing for the sake of arguing? Is that truly the best you can do?
                  Just read around a little and pay attention, i’m not the only person who’ll state they stopped reading/caring when someone starts spouting dribble like “windoze”, “liarbour”, “shonkey”.

                  As for some homework, should you wish to continue this thread, read
                  http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10444561-245.html

                  Macs are generally considered more secure, not because they are more secure then windows, but because NO ONE GIVES A SHIT.

                  • logie97

                    Save the capitals at the end Bazar.
                    Seems you wouldn’t meet Tolley’s standards in Reading comprehension.
                    Read my post again (if you can).

                    Nowhere did I claim that Nortons makes Apple more secure.
                    My assertion was that Nortons have become rich on the back of Windoze. They have virus software written for Apple to prevent Apple users passing Windoze Viruses on.

                    Apple used to be a niche market and therefore avoided malware. Because their systems are so strong the retards who write malware have to continue to attack PC’s.

                  • logie97

                    Read your link.
                    Most of the comments are from producers or vendors of virus software. Nice one. They would say those things wouldn’t they…?

                    When is your Nortons update subscription due – another 12 months of worry free surfing?

                    I know of one iMac owner who runs Parallels on his machine, for the few PC specific programmes he has, and has to keep paying for the update of his Kaspersky for PC…. oh dear.

                    • Bazar

                      “Most of the comments are from producers or vendors of virus software.”

                      You mean from professional security experts, who know what they are talking about?

                      From experts who design security software and know the ins and outs of both systems?

                      Who else did you expect it from?

                    • Bazar

                      “Nowhere did I claim that Nortons makes Apple more secure.”

                      And yet you wrote:
                      >Apple was evolving and has effectively managed any intrusions and
                      >vulnerabilities (for nothing) though Norton et al market protection software

                      “They have virus software written for Apple to prevent Apple users passing Windoze Viruses on”
                      While that’s true, it also protects the mac from mac viruses, few as they are, and other exploits.

                      I’m also wondering why you’re raising the price of antivirus subcriptions.
                      You understand that if macs get popular, macs will need antivirus protection as well right?
                      And if you really want to get into a cost comparison. Its one that the PC will win effortlessly.

                      But please, continue believing that macs are inherently secure and cost effective. Just make sure to continue disregarding all evidence that disagrees with your perception.

  14. Carol 16

    It’s sad to see someone die so young, and Jobs did make some significant contributions to the IT world. However, I am getting a little fed up with the OTT eulogising about him in the media and online.
    I’m not an Apple fan, or a Microsoft or windows one either. We live in a computerised world and I buy/use whatever fulfills my needs as cheaply and easily as possible. (never owned or used an i-phone, i-mac, i-pod, i-pad)

    But, Jobs was an entrepreneurial capitalist businessman, out to corner and control as much of the market as he could. The whole i-marketing machine has created an aura around Apple products that encourages many people to spend and or desire to spend big bucks on gadgets many people probably don’t really need, using up world resources and often produced by underpaid workers.

    I think Woz was really the original Apple techie innovator, and there have probably many others working for Apple since then that contributed to the products marketed by Jobs.

    To me a leftie blog is not really the place to get into Jobs fan worship…. there are others more crucial to the left cause.

    • Brett Dale 16.1

      This is a post on Steve Jobs though, I wonder how many people had employment because of him?

      Just because he is an American businessman doesnt make him bad.

      He has changed the way world communicates, and everything I have read or heard about him is that he was a heck of a nice guy.

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.1

        This is a post on Steve Jobs though, I wonder how many people had employment because of him?

        Lots of Chinese workers got $2/hr jobs because of him, as he moved all Apple manufacturing away from his own people. Grand.

  15. tc 17

    Job’s was the consumate marketeer, wrapping up existing technologies in a user friendly manner and knowing not only what punters want but the real cunning was in knowing how to tap an existing resource and resell what already exists in another format.

    The mac interface him and Wozniak stumbled across in Xerox PARC facility a.k.a STAR os.

    By locking down music/video etc on his devices he could guarnatee the copyright owners there’d be no mass copying away from the apple ecosystem so they flocked in droves to kaching some more out of their bulging decades of music/film/tv archives….whilst Jobs kachinged off the many versions of iPod etc.

    brilliant marketing meets technology and as Paul Macguiness (U2’s manager) said….all those people making more and more money out of our music….RIP Steve you were the right man at the right time and you will be missed.

  16. Bored 18

    For the record Jobs is an age contemporary of my generation, to close so its too young. Unfortunate.

    I have no views on him at all, nor his products: again for the record I work with technology, its how the cash is made.

    So lets have a look at the world when Steve and I were in primer one….cars electronics had no computers, they went really well. Egg beaters were (unless you were rich) handamatic…they beat eggs well. Cell phones did not interrupt you, you were lucky to have a land line. Consequently you made arrangements, and talked face to face. Life was not inflicted with emails, young lads had the pleasure of translating their scrawl to the lovelies at the typing pool. Or they wrote letters by hand. Waiting for the mail to arrive bringing the love letter from the remote loved one….recieving it, magic.

    We move with greater speed, we are in touch, are we communicating any more effectively. My take is we have become slaves to the technology. It has taken away more jobs than it now produces, and it does not appear to make us more happy en masse. Except in the trinket department. Thorstein Veblen would have had a lovely time with Iphones and Macs.

    • Brett Dale 18.1

      Im kinda guessing technology has created more jobs.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.1

        Why?

        More jobs for whom, where, and paid how much?

        Not in the US. 46M on food stamps.

    • logie97 18.2

      Bored maybe you are right, but being able to “Facetime” with family around the world is brilliant.

      And you will know that it used to cost Stlg 1.00 per minute to phone home and when you did your parents spent most of the time telling you that the call was costing you a fortune and wanted you to hang up.

      (By the way Windoze users, sorry but not sure what you are lumbered with – probably Skype and all its pixilation and freezes. Facetime is an Apple application – it’s reliable and works (simply) and you don’t get all those spammers.)

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    1 day ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    2 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    20 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
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