Steven Joyce rewrites history

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 20th, 2016 - 62 comments
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It is the second week of post John Key National and they are already struggling.

Following on from the decision to bail out of the Mt Albert by election because of the concern of receiving a further shellacking National is trying to avoid accusations that it has chickened out by rewriting history.

From Radio New Zealand:

National’s campaign manager Steven Joyce said the decision not to stand in Mt Albert was a tactical one.

“This is a very safe Labour seat, if you add the Labour and green votes together it’s hugely safe, our view is simply to conserve our resources and have the General Election at the end of the year.”

They [Labour] made their own decision for example not to stand in Northland and that was fine for them,” Mr Joyce said.

When it was pointed to Mr Joyce that Labour did field a candidate in the Northland by-election he responded “oh they did, but they didn’t – they just said ‘you guys will vote for Winston’ [Peters] and they did.”

“When they said they stood I think that’s a relative term.”

It takes extraordinary linguistic gymnastics to suggest that standing a candidate in an election is the same as not standing a candidate.  Only on Planet Key.  Or is that now Planet Joyce?

62 comments on “Steven Joyce rewrites history ”

  1. Sacha 1

    Good on Benedict Collins for calling him on it. Real journalism.

    • Cinny 1.1

      +1

      Some Tories claim that it is OK with voters in Mt Roskill, this decision.

      But I would like to see NZ media actively go to Mt Roskill and talk to many people from as many walks of life as they can find in that electorate, and really discover if it is ok with voters, especially the tories if they find any willing to talk about it.

      I feel this is a lack of democracy and accountability by the outgoing government. Mr Dildo says it is strategy, it looks to me like a failing campaign manager who (loving this wording from Mickys write up) likes to play linguistic gymnastics.

      • Cinny 1.1.1

        lolz sorry I mean Mt Albert not Mt Roskill I’ll call that a by election blonde moment lmao

      • Skinny 1.1.2

        I find it incredible no one has questioned why Joyce is still the National Party campaign manager? I see it as a clear conflict of interest him being both their campaign manager and the Finance Minister.

        Joyce has a history of offering up pork barrel/corporate welfare, so in his new ministerial position one can fairly well assume he may deal out plenty of pork from the taxpayers trough to his mates. Think we will heat up the pork offerings during the by-election 🙂

  2. framu 2

    theres also the fact that in the mt albert case, were talking about the majority party in the sitting govt, with a new PM, not running, a year out from the election

    sure theres arguments as to tactics and all that – but to ignore the context is a bit of a stretch when making comparisons

  3. Carolyn_nth 3

    Northland – kinda like National not standing a candidate in Epsom – tho Epsom with some convoluted nods, winks, and cups of tea.

    • Sacha 3.1

      A Northland equivalent would have been Labour and the Greens throwing the seat to Mana. Funnily enough, that’s not what happened. Act is only in parliament because of a single Nat-strong electorate.

      • Carolyn_nth 3.1.1

        True.

        I was just thinking of a fairly superficial “not standing” while standing comparison.

  4. doug hood 4

    like “pretty legal”

    • Ben Clark 4.1

      Yes, standing is a “relative” thing apparently. And things are not legal/illegal, but “pretty legal” (does he think those laws he passes only kind of need to be met?).

      Next thing he’ll be a “little bit” pregnant…

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        does he think those laws he passes only kind of need to be met?

        That’s exactly what he and the rest of National think. Just look at their complaints about being caught speeding. They complain that it’s a revenue collecting method instead of law enforcement.

  5. Nick 5

    Planet dildo

  6. Anne 6

    “This is a very safe Labour seat, if you add the Labour and green votes together it’s hugely safe,…

    Oh I see, so how will that work out? Say there’s an election 6 month’s after the by-election… does that mean the Lab. candidate will be the MP for 3 months and then the Green candidate has the next 3 months?

    Attempting to confuse voters by mixing up the electorate vote and the party vote?

  7. Muttonbird 7

    I can see National not standing in several seats in the general election, especially in Auckland which they seem to have conceded, and accepted is broken through their lack of vision and harmful immigration policy

    It will seriously damage their party vote.

  8. aerobubble 8

    National will likely back an independent, so its just a boring story. pr requirements mean the brand must be in our faces all the time. Like Trump. Superficial media, attention seekings apply there.

    Labour crying about National voters getting no say in the by election, just more lacklastre from pr heads. The practices of playing within the rules, like Epson are not underhanded, they actually suggest the party has an interest in the process.

    Labours inability to fight a corner, show its engaged, rather than its wornout refrain of procedural engagement, saying its connecting, rather than connecting. Labour are a constituency party, Greens a list party, so do the maths, you get more MPs n splitting the vote pay list Green, local seat Labour. Sure proportinally its whatever, but should enough voters do so, they get more local MPs, like in Epsom. And you have to wonder why its okay for National to play inside the rules but not Labour. Since having ng more local voices, overhang MPs like the Maori party.

    Maybe then votes might start seeing a Labour party fighting for them, heaven forefend.

    • Cinny 8.1

      Regardless of your opinion Aerobubble and mine too, I wonder what the people of Mt Albert really think about this lack of democracy?

      • Fisiani 8.1.1

        What lack of democracy. They get to vote. The outcome is already known so a master stroke from Bill. The carping here is because they cannot have a victory. All that matters is whether National gets more or less than 50% in October

        • Skinny 8.1.1.1

          Umm are you not worried by chickening out of the by-election Bill English will slip back to Mr Twenty One % by July?

          • fisiani 8.1.1.1.1

            I fully expect National to rise in the next poll and stay high till the election. I actually believe that there will never be another Labour government.

            • the pigman 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Great — I will be sure to have this engraved in your 2017/2020 political headstone.

              Not even the most deluded Natbots believe in indefinite one party rule.

            • Skinny 8.1.1.1.1.2

              Aim high, fall big, ouch!

            • Muttonbird 8.1.1.1.1.3

              These are David Farrar’s thoughts exactly.

              I imagine the Bill English shotgun government will get some kind of poll bump so you are not exactly Nostradamus there. Don’t expect that bump to be sustained though after he pulls away from Auckland communities and gets bogged down by the media.

        • Cinny 8.1.1.2

          Fisiani… a lack of government representation for the voters, the largest political party in NZ refuses to represent the people of Mt Albert.. yeah that’s really democratic, I’m sure that won’t help the outgoing government win votes next election.

          “The carping here is because they cannot have a victory”

          I’d say the problem is the people of Mt Albert unable to ask the government any questions re policy at the by election.

          Tories will say it’s strategy, simply because that’s what they want it to be, strategy makes it sound so much more palatable to them. Time will tell how that works out.

          If their so called strategy was to save money for the general or if they were really concerned about the cost of a by election to the tax payer they would simply hold an early election. But noooooo apparently it’s strategy. Funny old world isn’t it?

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.3

          Haha haha hah

          Nobody is carping on here. We’re pointing out that National lost big time.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.4

          Not carping on at all. Just noting that National lost big time.

      • aerobubble 8.1.2

        nAtional will give a independant the nod, no lost democracy. Whinging about it is boring. Do better like declare how lousy National are short of money, crap with money and rhe economy, how investment is not a bad word. free trade who does not want lower costs of business, who would support ttpa when it locks in big pharma, big global energy, to profits no matter what. Its just a disgrace Labour talks about unfair processes when they are not. Its smart for people to split their vote as they get twice the representatives from thier area. Epsom has FOUR local MPs, ACT, NAt, Gren and i possbly a LAB list. Get off your tight nanny arses and fight for something damnit.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    The problem that National has now that Key has stood down is that none of the rest of them lie as well as Key did.

    • tc 9.1

      Exactly draco. Shonky could sell snow to eskimoes, a skill theyve relied on for years.

      The chief BS artist has gone now so the opposition should be putting a blowtorch to the likes of joyce, bennetts (both of them abhorrent), smith, coleman who will have to spin their own yarns now.

    • mosa 9.2

      Yes Draco

      Joyce and his claim of not standing a candidate to save resources is a case in point.

      They have huge funds at their disposal it just means they can choose what battles they think will have a chance in and in Mt Alberts case hoping their supporters wont feel ignored.

      This will all be forgotten history by the time of the general election.

      • Anne 9.2.1

        Yes. That’s what they’re banking on – the p*** poor memory of the voters. Plus there’s a good chance of another routing – just like the electorate next door. Two routings in a row – very bad look.

  10. “This is a very safe Labour seat…

    Er, around 3500 more people voted National than Labour in the Mt Albert electorate in 2014 (10,823 Labour vs 14,359 National). That’s a very safe Labour seat?

    …if you add the Labour and green votes together it’s hugely safe…

    The Green Party got 8005 votes, so that makes 18,828 Labour-Green vs 15,434 National-ACT-Conservatives. So, yes more people voted left than right, but it’s not what you’d call “hugely safe.”

    Still, I guess it’s no more bullshit-laden than anything else Joyce says.

  11. Gristle 11

    Does this mean that for the 2017 General Election National will not have candidates in any electorate that is a “very safe Labour seat”?

    It’s the best way “to conserve our [National Party] resources.”

    • Ben Clark 11.1

      I thought they always had enough resources for 2 general elections in a row if a stable result couldn’t be met? And now they can’t afford a by-election…

      • Carolyn_nth 11.1.1

        Maybe loads of financial backers are exiting with John Key? Probably not, but….?

        • tc 11.1.1.1

          Not so much exiting but probably got what they paid for so no need to continue contributing to the nats at the same levels possibly.

          More focus on the sinecures and comfy post govt positions the likes of bill, steven and chris will get. Just look at where ryall and power ended up as a guide.

  12. Janet 12

    Saving money for the Eminem case? Cos ‘pretty legal’ may not be legal enough.

    • Siobhan 12.1

      Barry Soper: Mt Albert byelection waste of money

      Barry Soper: Right flag wins referendum
      “One can only hope that Labour can now finally move on from its feeble opposition to the money spent….”

      So in ” NewstalkZB – Herald Land’ Flag referendums are good, Democratic process…not so much.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11769892

    • michelle 12.2

      Saving money what a joke from the party that gave 11.5 to Saudi and no trade deal, spent 20 something million on a flag no one wanted, then there is all the consultant fees we don’t know about, add the pulla rebstock 500 k for her leaky MFAT report and the pay out to the two state servants whom she discredited.
      ACC costs ( being taken to court by John Miller) with people denied ACC entitlements costing us millions. We must not forget Nick Hagers’ daughter how much did she get for the police raid all of this makes the gnats saving money stance bullshert to say the least.

  13. Greg 13

    It wasn’t dildo bagins who went to mt doom frodo wasn’t yellow unlike old dildo bagins

  14. red-blooded 14

    Of course, the theory with MMP is that you vote for the person you think will best represent your electorate, and the party you think will be best at governing the whole country. Most people put both their votes in the same place, basically treating both as Party votes, but not all. Last time, a significant number of people trusted Phil Goff on a personal level, but still wanted a National-led government. Goff is off the scene, so those people (theoretically) were ripe for the picking. It seems to me that National are treating those people with contempt.

    Having said that, Joyce is probably right – Labour are going to win, and now they have to expend resources that National get to keep in the war chest for later in the year. A good reason to donate to Labour (hint, hint…).

    • The decrypter 14.1

      How’s about. -The natz backroom assassination team are assembled now, and have already identified and greased selected media hands with the money they could and usually would put into a by election. The assassination groups snipers -{via media lapdogs} can now, from a distance, snipe away at all opposition parties thoughts promises, actions ,views .Prepare responses. not have to think on the hoof , wait for slipups to attack, guage/poll public thoughts, be forewarned of likely opposition directions. They were in for a hiding anyway and this way awkward questions wont need to be answered.

  15. Bigdog 15

    I just noticed someone on FB suggested that to make it easier,Joyce should go by the name STILDO.I like it😂

    • Cinny 15.1

      There once was a fella called Stildo
      Poor bastard looked like a Dildo…

      “Stildo” loves that nice one ty for sharing.

  16. repateet 16

    There are so many holes in what Joyce says and does he surely is in line for his own TV show: Country Colander [Not sure about the spelling.] (I mean of the first word)

  17. Bill 17

    Sure. Labour stood in Northland. But it was with a hugely theatrical nod and a wink to the electorate there. National just robbed Labour of a lot of oxygen by not standing in Mt Albert.

    And sure, if you’re a Labour supporter, you can claim they’re running scared (even if that makes no sense), but the fact remains that when Labour wins the by-election as they may have done anyway, it will receive about as much notice as a by-line on page 6 or 23.

    And the campaign itself will receive bugger all coverage beyond the reporting of the fact that National aren’t standing a candidate.

    • Muttonbird 17.1

      You’re desperate. 🙂

      • Bill 17.1.1

        Me? I’m just calling it as I see it from a left perspective that’s openly tired of the tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum of centrist ‘bound and gagged’ NZ parliamentary politics.

      • infused 17.1.2

        I always find it funny when people say the right are so desperate… look in the mirror my dude. National are not the ones polling in the 20’s.

        • WILD KATIPO 17.1.2.1

          ” National are not the ones polling in the 20’s. ”

          No, but their leader / party did back in 2002.

          Seriously ….. Dipper and Pullyer?

          Even you have to admit both of them have been portrayed as either a joke or ineffectual. Or both. They’re like the Odd Couple , Laurel and Hardy… and how is this related to Mt Albert ? … well… quite directly as many of the above comments point out.

          The fact is, … Key is gone. NONE of the current line up have either the sleazy used car salesman acumen of Key or his ability to twist the truth. ALL of them have embarrassing pasts and are well known for it. And they cannot keep bathing in the afterglow of the Key persona forever. That , like the rules of entropy , means even that will decay.

          This is no ‘ strategic’ ploy by this govt – its simply a govt that wants to present some sort of perceived ‘intelligent game plan ‘ instead of the general decline it knows is now going to inevitably happen.

          Again,… after the embarrassment of Northland followed by Roskill … it is hard to really believe anything Dildo says… lets be honest here.

          They have no answer.

          Poor David Farrar…

          Trying to make a silk purse from the proverbial sows ear from this fetid , motley bunch will give him nightmares.

        • Muttonbird 17.1.2.2

          I always find it funny when people retreat to the latest polls when feeling under pressure.

  18. JustMe 18

    If my memory serves me correct but in the lead-up to the Northland by-election John Key(the now ex-pm)warned that a change of MP in Northand would result in problems for the TPPA. What an opportunistic scare-monger(as per usual for Key)he was.
    Key even said in the lead up to the previous general election that a change of government would result in a credit downgrade by Standards and Poor. Again a Key tactic that was again a load of bullocks.
    The reason Key got in at the last election was due to typical Kiwi apathy. There was opportunity for Kiwis to vote but they didn’t. And for those who didn’t vote and probably complain to this day about the then Key and now English government…… well you have only yourselves to blame.
    Steven Joyce is abit of a no-hoper. It took him more than 3 days to bother to go to the Bay of Plenty region after the Rena hit the Astrolab reef. We can hardly expect him to place any great priority on anything unless there is the possibility of votes involved.
    The impression I get in regards to the English government not putting up a National MP for Mt Albert is they intend to do abit of political manipulation. That is they will try to create through innuendo the belief that a by-election within 11 months out from the next general election(if held in November 2017) is a waste of NZ taxpayers money and we must blame the Labour Party for the need of a by-election. The typical National ploy of blame everyone else at every opportunity in attempt to look good through a beguiled with all things National government NZ media.

  19. fisiani 19

    There is no mood for political change in NZ. The only question is whether National will get above or below 50%.

    • Muttonbird 19.1

      English is not going to maintain the same everyman facade that so beguiled the selfish half of the electorate during the now gone Key years.

      Even the once compliant youth wing of the msm is having a crack at English, something they wouldn’t have dared do to Key.

      No, momentum is important and National has stalled while the opposition is becoming energetic.

      • Sacha 19.1.1

        Timing of the election is a big factor. The world’s looming economic troubles can only be downplayed for so long before voters get anxious ..

      • WILD KATIPO 19.1.2

        Id have to agree… English , Bennett, et al,… have none of the machismo charismo of Key.

        The nearest one that has got it is Collins.

        And we all know what her treatment by Blinglish is sposed to represent.

        …. L0L !….. Oravida Collins!

        Enough said!

        And even if they do well in the coming election , it will be touch and go . We are now looking at the decline of National. There just isn’t anyone to replace Key. None of them can think fast enough on their feet , all of them are gaffe prone , none are particularly inspiring and all have some serious past issues.

        The whole National party iilusionary mirage will take about 8 months to crumble. If that.

        That’s about the time Key will then be forgotten and passe’ , … failed party policy’s ( particularly social policy’s eg : housing , welfare, homelessness ) will cause popular discontent and criticism by the media as they realize they have nothing left to lose and their security blanket Key is no longer there to provide a bulwark, … and if a large number of people get burned with a popping of the housing bubble…. this govt will be lucky if they are not tarred and feathered and drummed unceremoniously out of town.

        And for National ?…

        It’ll be back to the future to the year 2002 all over again.

        • Hanswurst 19.1.2.1

          all of them are gaffe prone

          Key was highly gaffe-prone, probably more so than any of the current line-up bar Bennett. He just had a laid back and unassuming demeanour that resonated with the public over the last few years.

          Bill English is certainly competent, and I think that, as unlikely as he is to chime with the electorate on a personal level in the same way that Key did, the appearance of being on top of his game, and the change from the handwavy, slapdash air that Key transmitted could well aid National’s image.

          The opposition could well have a harder time pushing Little as a solid, reliable alternative now than they would have to the bubbly, lightweight and bumbling ways of the outgoing Prime Minister, since the new (old) fellow already exudes those qualities.

          Aside from the obvious focus on important issues like housing and wages, the opposition would perhaps be best ignoring English as far as possible and focussing on manifest idiots like Bennett and Bridges. While not an idiot, Joyce can be relied on to make an ass of himself in the public eye without any outside help.

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  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

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    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

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    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
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    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

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    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

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    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
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    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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