Stick a fork in them, they’re done

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, June 25th, 2021 - 84 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, todd muller - Tags:

I have been criticised for posting too much about National lately.

I admit that I have done a lot of attack posts on National.  There is so much material to work with and pointing this out is good for our country’s future.  So what is a blogger to do?

My fascination is in part because I had an inside view of what happened to Labour in 2012-2014 and I learned to spot the evidence, see breaking media stories obviously seeded by one party or another and the way they wrecked havoc and caused the media to buzz around one leak or another and create the scandal of the day.

Things are different now.  I can sense no Labour briefing of the media to try and create an attack on National.  Every attack story is coming from sources within National.  Clearly they would eat their young for political advantage.

The best comparison to the current shitstorm is National’s creating of a media narrative in 2014 around Donghua Liu, where an actual donation to the National Party was converted into a fictitious donation to the Labour Party and a full on attack on David Cunliffe because 13 years earlier he had written a pretty benign letter on behalf of Liu asking when Liu’s citizenship application may be granted.

I posted about it here.  Rereading the post still causes anger and amazement.

That episode showed one party at the peak of its ability to suck in the media to attack its main opponent.  I hope that the media is still embarrassed by what happened.

Let us move forward to yesterday and work out what happened.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party, God bless them, have decided not to get into dirty politics.  Good decision.  Us lefties always sucked at it when we tried.

All of Nationals problems are coming from within.  The only question is which National Party faction is currently briefing against the other faction and why.  This recent Claire Trevett article suggests both factions and as much as possible.  The dim dark days of Labour in 2014 is but a gentle walk in the park by comparison.

Bear in mind that what Trevett was reporting on are caucus discussions and if there is ever a party meeting where discretion should be observed it is a caucus meeting.

But the only conclusion that can be drawn is that each faction has weaponised leaks against the other faction.

Let us play our favourite game, which National Party faction (Judith or Simon) leaked this to the media?  Trevett’s article (paywalled) made the following claims:

  • Barbara Kuriger was the MP who dobbed in Todd Muller for speaking to the media about Hipango.

Definitely the Simon faction.  Kuriger went from 21st caucus ranking under Muller and is now ranked 14th in Judith’s list.  Such promotions do not come without jealousies arising.

  • Muller announced his resignation following a “brutal” caucus meeting in which he told either to walk or he would be suspended from caucus.

Judith faction.  Muller should have been allowed to resign with a modicum of dignity.

  • Collins confronted Muller about the leak and Muller admitted it.

Judith faction.

  • “The dobbing in sparked a caucus meeting which had all the drama of a documentary on wild animals battling at the savannah water hole.”

Probably both factions.

  • Muller tried to hold his ground but was attacked by the pack.  “There were allegations, betrayals, acts of revenge and cowards covering their own butts.”

Definitely Simon faction.

  • Some MPs thought Muller’s treatment was brutal especially given his mental health issues.  They also questioned if the punishment was proportionate to what happened.

Simon faction.

  • Some MPs agreed there had to be a zero tolerance approach to leaks.

Judith faction.

  • “The final nail was hammered in by Chris Bishop: Muller’s old “numbers” man who played a critical part in engineering Muller’s coup of Bridges. The Herald was told Bishop urged Muller to resign and go with dignity rather than force a messy, bloody suspension – using that well-trodden phrase “for the good of the party”.”

Clearly Judith faction.  Bishop has taken a major hit.  Judith is clearly giving back double.

  • National’s MPs have been ordered not to talk to media about the meeting or about Muller.

That is working well.

What is amazing is the detail that Trevett reported on.  It is as if she had a prime seat in the middle of the Caucus meeting and was equipped with popcorn.

On Wednesday, the day after the meeting Simon Bridges posted on facebook:

“Speaking with the press is a normal but important part of being in politics. For me it’s an opportunity to speak not only to journalists, but to all New Zealanders.”

The overwhelming conclusion from this is that Simon still wants to be leader.  And that National is stuffed.  I just hope that they continue with their civil war.  The country will be a better place because of it.

84 comments on “Stick a fork in them, they’re done ”

  1. Sacha 1

    The country will only be a better place if that party re-centres integrity as a core value.

    If that emerges from their current scrapping then we may all get the decent parliamentary opposition we deserve, and that we pay for.

    • woodart 1.1

      "if the party re-centres integrity as a core value". once you can fake sincerity, everything else is easy….selecting smooth talking slimeballs as candidates and taking bags of cash off new New Zealanders has pushed integrity to the margins. when nat media mouthpieces such as hooten fail to recognise their own large part in the parties downfall, it is obvious that integrity only has an outsiders chance with the nats.

    • KJT 1.2

      The party that represents those who steal the commons has trouble getting people with a conscience to work for them. Why are we surprised.

      I actually hope that National does find some decent people, even ones I may not always agree with.

      Because at some stage they will talk their way back into power, assisted by a media which thinks their job is to propagandise for National.

    • Gabby 1.3

      Will their handlers tolerate people with integrity?

    • Jenny how to get there 1.4

      May the ‘decent parliamentary opposition we deserve’ be to the left of centre.

  2. Incognito 2

    There’s one thing that all (just two?) factions within the National Party want most. Once they realise this and pick the right Leaders to get it, they’ll be a political force to be reckoned with again, I reckon.

  3. Margaritte 3

    " I hope that the media is still embarrassed by what happened."

    There is no evidence that they are/were embarrassed or that there is any meaningful change in media behavior. This country needs some editorial standards for media and the removal of journalistic protection for those outlets that do not meet these standards.

    This i feel is relevant to the post because the ability to control the media is part of why the national party does not learn from events

    • Anne 3.1

      Agree wholeheartedly. There are journos out there who are still rubbing their hands with glee over their assassination of Cunliffe. No sign of regret.

      I found myself in a prime position at the Labour Party conference where the first volleys were fired (was it 2012?) and I thought I was hallucinating over the level of the antics I witnessed.

      • Sacha 3.1.1

        Hager's big mistake in Dirty Politics was not naming his dodgy journalistic colleagues. No accountability moment for them.

      • KJT 3.1.2

        Isn't there a few, or more, within the Labour party who are also "rubbing their hands" over Cunliffe?

        • Anne 3.1.2.1

          Most of them have gone now.

          • Marcus Morris 3.1.2.1.1

            Then good riddance to them. David Cunliffe had the intelligence and skill to be a great leader. All history now and I am happy to be where we are but he should have followed Helen. Gough was yesterday's man and barely kept the seat warm. That cost the party nine years in the wilderness and gave Key an open court.

            Imagine a Cunliffe/Ardern team. Cunliffe's intellect and Jacinda's compassion.

    • Christopher Randal 3.2

      The media is never embarrassed by what they do for to be embarrassed one must first have integrity, a quality sorely lacking in the NZ media

      • Grumpy 3.2.1

        Absolutely correct, the media have absolutely no moral values. It does not matter what side of politics either.

        The recent revelations that NZME, NZ Herald, ran a paid for article portrayed as news lauding the achievements of a political candidate. Paid for by the Labour Government just days brfore a selection process that saw Louisa Wall dumped as her electorate’s candidate need explanation.

        No doubt there are contributors to this site who can offer a justification?

        • Incognito 3.2.1.1

          I note that you’re getting your conspiracy talking points from PDF over at KB.

          • Sacha 3.2.1.1.1

            Over at KiwiBuild? The way they attach the slurs is sly.

            However the story in question sure does not disclose it's subject's involvement as a political candidate – if that was the case at the time it was written. To avoid needing to visit the dodgy intermediary's lair, here is a direct link: https://www.oneroof.co.nz/news/how-hobsonville-pts-community-spirit-became-an-antidote-to-covid-19-37953

            • Sacha 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Without even reading beyond the initial paras on his homepage, I feel like a shower.

            • Incognito 3.2.1.1.1.2

              Yes, at the time of the OneRoof piece (27 May 2020), it was well known that Williams was a challenger for the Labour candidacy for the Manurewa seat. The candidate selection was postponed from the initial date of 21 March 2020 and Williams was selected as the Labour candidate 3 days after the OneRoof article was published (i.e. 30 May 2020), after Louisa Wall withdrew the day before (i.e. 29 May 2020), as far as I can ascertain.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    Dr. Reti is keeping his hands clean, yes?

    A Great Healer has to step forward and bandage the wounded, salve the burned and reset the party's broken bones (bury the dead too, after dusting the corpses with sulphur).

    Reti's scrubbing-up.

    "Scalpel, Nurse Willis."

    • Incognito 4.1

      Scalpel? Guillotine, is what’s needed, quick, clean, and painless: chop.

    • Red Blooded One 4.2

      Dr Reti will need more than his Magic Underpants to salve the festering pus that is the National Party. I think Luxon will continue to be the expected saviour of the Nat Party. god help us all.

      • woodart 4.2.1

        luxon's god probably wont help him. will be hard to buddy up with the actoids and middle NZ has very little appetite for religion.

        • Sacha 4.2.1.1

          Luxon will probably keep his laying on of hands on the downlow more than his evangelical chum across the ditch.

      • Pete 4.2.2

        If Dr Reti is the answer the condition is terminal.

    • Patricia Bremner 4.3

      I agree Robert, and Reti and Willis would happily work with Act. Rust never sleeps.

      Let us hope Jacinda gets a third term where the work will show gains.

      National still believe, as in streaming in schools, that they are the top class natural leaders.

      They pay lip service to consultation and inclusion, talking and interacting with people like them, ignoring or belittling "others", putting defining labels on them. "Pretty little Communist' "Bludging Beneficiaries" etc

      Currently their venom is aimed at their own factions, revealing their weaknesses, but they may rally sooner than we hope.

      Keep going Micky, this is the main subject and time well spent, reminding us of what used to be, and how we all need to avoid that like the Delta virus.

  5. GreenBus 5

    Keep them coming Mickey Savage, this is my favourite subject, National Party implosions. I can't think of any person or group that more deserves to be attacked than this bunch of born to rule losers. Actually I can, but it's too late now that the smiling assassin has fled. Long may the crusher rule the natsy Natz and keep them from power. With so little progress being made to fix 9 yrs of punishing failure, we certainly don't need the gear lever shoved into reverse by this lot.

  6. Ad 6

    It's the complete wrong time to have a failed Opposition:

    – one of the slowest innoculation programmes in the western world, showing us more vulnerable every single day

    – transport investment smashed up across the country and major projects blown out or unstarted

    – gangs accelerating dominance in two regions

    – health system in turmoil and mental health utterly failed

    – economy surviving through a $60b injection and $100b of RB "printed money"

    – 2 major industry sectors nosediving into a cliff

    … it's not like an effective Opposition has a lack of targets to hit.

    And this kind of government is just not getting the scrutiny it needs.

    • Incognito 6.1

      And this kind of government is just not getting the scrutiny it needs.

      QFT

    • Enough is Enough 6.2

      Completely agree. Your list shows how utterly incompetent National is.

      This government has multiple failings which you have highlighted. They should be on the ropes on a daily basis.

      The fact they aren't in trouble is because they have no opposition.

      • Ad 6.2.1

        Not just National.

        With National in ICU, ACT with 2 functioning MPs, and the Greens heavily marked by Labour Ministers whenever they dare speak, we have a Parliament that can't be a useful democracy.

        I can't recall the last time we had something useful come out of a Select Committee. Without people such as Nick Smith there's no chance the three big RMA legislative drafts are going to get the scorching that they desperately need.

        Nor do we have anyone in Opposition who can articulate the growing conflict between the Electricity Authority legislation and the climate change legislation: that massive energy price spike is occurring at the same time as huge boatloads of Indonesian low-quality coal are being burnt to satisfy Huntly demand and low hydro production and low wind farm production. Every consumer is about to lose big-time.

    • Sacha 6.3

      one of the slowest innoculation programmes in the western world

      Just a handy attack line from the righties. Look at our overall Covid performance and you will see why supplies have gone elsewhere first.

      • Enough is Enough 6.3.1

        That's correct. We are nobley standing back and letting countries in more need take the vaccine that we would otherwise have been able to get had our response not been so succesful.

        Until the US and Europe have the vaccine under control we will happily see the vaccine go elsewhere first.

        The use of lockdowns when one person with the virus flies into the country is a succesful strategy.

      • georgecom 6.3.2

        no not a handy attack line, either an ignorant or a muck raking line. If someone thinks NZ can simply magic up extra vaccines or demand greater deliveries from Pfizer then they are woefully ignorant and might as well demand Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy deliver them some vaccines. If someone knows the reality of world supplies of vaccine but makes such a statement then they are simply shit stirring. The Nats have a history of shit stirring over covid, Woodhouses homeless man, Boags leaks etc etc an nauseam.

        Is Ad ignorant or is Ad just a shit stirrer?

    • KJT 6.4

      There are things to criticise about this Government.

      But most of your points cannot be laid at the door of the current Government.

      Which is why National are not targeting them .

    • Pete 6.5

      It is getting the scrutiny it needs by the incisive, unrelenting efforts of David Seymour?

      Haven't you seen him being a child in the House including the questioning the PM about whether she'd driven an electric Toyota ute?

      He's as much a pillock as Chris Bishop and the rest of National, it's just that his style is different.

    • Margaritte 6.6

      "one of the slowest innoculation programmes in the western world"

      Ahh perhaps thats because we have chosen to to go the organized and timely based on scientific evidence route. I see no epidemiological benefit in some sort of race for media points!

      • Anne 6.6.1

        yes

        Well said.

      • Ad 6.6.2

        Thankfully for the non-doctors in this world, epidemiology is not the only measure of collective success.

        This week we have narrowly avoided shutdowns of our economy as Sydney is experiencing, and we can certainly see that the vaccination efforts in Fiji haven't assisted an economic and social catastrophe unfolding there.

        Being a non-vaccinated outlier in the developed world has as much virtue as being an anti-vaxxer.

        • Drowsy M. Kram 6.6.2.1

          This week we have narrowly avoided shutdowns of our economy as Sydney is experiencing, and we can certainly see that the vaccination efforts in Fiji haven’t assisted an economic and social catastrophe unfolding there.

          Not to worry Ad, we’ll snatch COVID catastrophe from the jaws of victory any day now.

          Being a non-vaccinated outlier in the developed world has as much virtue as being an anti-vaxxer.

          Being an 'anti-vaxxer' is a choice. Perhaps you have some ideas about how ‘NZ’ could choose to accelerate its COVID-19 vaccine roll out?

          NZ is an outlier in so many ways; our rate of 5 COVID-19-related deaths per million is seven times lower than Australia's, despite that country's faster roll out.

          Oh, lookie here:
          https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations?country=OWID_WRL~NZL~AUS

          As of 23 June, 4.3% of Aussies and 7.9% of Kiwis were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – just keep playing to the plan, not that it's a competition.

          And not that much coverage of the Black Caps' recent success in the Australian media.

          India folded in the World Test Championship final to hand victory to New Zealand​.

          Ah yes, the Black Caps were handed victory.

          The disappointment of the Indians, and sheer delight of the New Zealanders, painted a picture of a major global tournament that could, one day, be the undisputed pinnacle of Test cricket.

          Get real, that tournament won't be the undisputed pinnacle of Test cricket until the Aussies win it, underarmers, sandpaper and all. Talk about spin.

          Ahh, at last a sensible assessment – hard to believe Gideon Haigh's an Aussie:

          But Williamson’s men are the epitome of the no-frills team greater than the sum of their parts. They field superbly, with the world’s most reliable slips cordon. They bat all the way down, whereas India regularly field three bowlers who should bat at No.11. They have quality reserves, invisible coaches, efficient administrators, fun fans, and even good commentators.

          Watch the Black Caps go cheerfully and also mercilessly about their work, and you’re consoled that, once cricketers take the field, cricket is 11 versus 11, rather than GDP versus GDP, as significant as the latter is in a resource-dependent world.

          Watch super-rich, super-talented India accept the defeat — and Virat Kohli was a model of grace as a losing captain — and you understand the transcendent appeal of a good team going about the cricket the right way.

          https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/cricket/nice-win-nz-but-dont-forget-to-genuflect-to-australia/news-story/e23a5b6146c7245a0de8940bf1d2721c

        • woodart 6.6.2.2

          wasnt hoskings threatening(promising) to phuck off to sydney? wonder what "mikes minuite "sounds like now?

        • Margaritte 6.6.2.3

          "Thankfully for the non-doctors in this world, epidemiology is not the only measure of collective success"

          Its a pandemic! are you perhaps under the impression it is a competition for "likes" or "clicks" ?

      • Patricia Bremner 6.6.3

        smiley yes. Margaritte

      • Grumpy 6.6.4

        If our recent tourist from Australia had not been vaccinated ( he would not have been if he were a Kiwi) and if he had the Indian variant you might not be so complacent.

        The fact that his wife tested negative was a big clue to the hype in Wellington being a media beat up.

    • ken 6.7

      The Nats were far more likely to vote against cannabis legalisation.

      It's a bit rich of them to complain about the accelerating dominance of gangs when the nation's cannabis market has just been handed to the gangs on a plate.

  7. JustMe 7

    I think the NZ National Party is entering the death throes.

    It's about 10 years short of reaching its 100 year existence and the way it's imploding before our very eyes is enjoyable to watch.

    If there is a name change between now and say election 2023 it may need to be called the Judith Collins Nasty Party. She(Collins) seems hellbent on weeding out anyone and everyone she doesn't like or get along with.

    And in those MPs who have quit she replaces them with say a List MP that has now been caught out mis-using NZ taxpayers money for personal items eg a tv..

    It shows to me also that Collins lacks morals and her choice of sycophantic MPs to stand behind her at a media meeting shows how happy she is to allow her MPs to also lack morals.

    Even though Muller wanted NZ to open its borders early I feel sorry for him and where he is right now. He must surely feel like he was treated like a leper by his so-called one-time friends in National. It must be quite a lonely place for him now.

    Maybe for the sake of his sanity and not the pay packet and perks of the job that Muller gets he should resign which would open up for a by-election in the Bay of Plenty. And if National loses that seat then it will be obvious the problems with National and its lack of credibility starts at the top and rests with the top i.e Collins, Reti etc.

    • Sacha 7.1

      Look at Muller's lavish paid sick leave before you feel sorry for the guy. Rolling a leader and then failing so abysmally to handle the role yourself is never going to win either friends or respect. Should have been gone immediately.

      • Grumpy 7.1.1

        The fact that a political party can pick a guy like Muller as leader is a big concern.

    • Ad 7.2

      If Labour can revive after a century (after the appalling 2014), National can too.

      • Sanctuary 7.2.1

        Both main parties have suffered from the same problem – talent (and in National diversity) has been largely treated as a nice to have secondary function of the MP selection process and to be brought into parliament by mid to low list rankings. Incumbent protection along with loyalty to the dominant faction is the primary selection criteria that is rewarded with safe electorates and lofty list placings.

        The problem with that approach is if you lose an election heavily then (as Labour discovered) renewal become very difficult. In the case of National out the window went all their diversity and much of their liberal faction, whilst their safe electorates have been quietly colonised by socially conservative Evangelicals and the party list dominated by deadwood. Collins is simply making the talent catastrophe worse by making being a simp for Judith Collins the primary qualification for promotion. Since Collins is deeply unpopular with everyone except her cabal, that is a disaster for National – a classic case of the perversion of internal logic in a closed system. They have a caucus of cowardly preening wannabe Svengalis, who largely expend their time nursing their sense of grievance and engaging in Byzantine combinations against each other that go nowhere because no one has any balls to actually do anything.

        It is hard to see how they can turn that ship around anytime soon.

      • Patricia Bremner 7.2.2

        Ad, there was a concerted attack on Labour in early 2014 by both insiders "The ABC Club" and Armstrong in the Herald flatly lying about donations, plus the Nats actively promoting stories of dubious truth through the media.

        That is not happening now. What we are commenting on are events, not rumours.

        Labour has carefully avoided getting involved in dirty politics.

        In 2014 Labour chose a straight talking upright leader Little, who stood aside for talent, in Ardern.

        Do you believe National currently has someone like that? Or talent in the wings?

        Robert and I think Reti and Willis see themselves like that.

        • Enough is Enough 7.2.2.1

          The social and fiscal conservatives in New Zealand won't just dissapear because National is going through a crisis within its Parilamentary team. There is a core centre right constituency, which will be there for ever and a day.

          3 months before the 2017 election, Labour was being asked the same questions that National is being asked now. The media were saying Labour could not win with Little as leader. Next minute Jacinda. And the rest is history.

          Politics has always, and will always swing from one side to the other.

          Anyone who thinks that, National is in terminal decline, has no knowledge of history, or in how politics works in every single western democracy.

          • KJT 7.2.2.1.1

            They may head to ACT.

            Horrifying thought.

            "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

        • Pete 7.2.2.2

          Early in 2014? Was that when Jason Ede was a PR man in Parliament? It's reasonable to ask if he was on the payroll since National fans lately have been very upset about the present government employing what they see as propaganda merchants.

          • Enough is Enough 7.2.2.2.1

            Should we all be upset that both of the establishment parties engage in propoganda campaigns?

        • mac1 7.2.2.3

          "Labour chose a straight talking upright leader Little, who stood aside for talent, in Ardern."

          I again stand in grateful thanks that Little acted as he did. Firstly, for the good of the party. Secondly, as an example to his fellow caucus MPs and the wider membership of the wisdom, insight and selflessness of his action- especially the last. He acted. He overrode his own ego and ambition.

          Maybe, as a cancer survivor he has earned a deeper appreciation of what is important?

          No matter what, he is the Ross Taylor of the winning Labour team- senior, selfless, supportive, performing.

          To return to the post’s main idea- who in National has that pedigree?

        • Incognito 7.2.2.4

          I think that Nicola Willis has a bright future ahead in politics.

      • woodart 7.2.3

        labour has principles , nats sold theirs to someguy for a bag of cash. please tell us what a blue rinse from tauranga, a shitkicker from southland and a new New Zealander from the nth shore have in common,(apart from self-interest)?

    • Anne 7.3

      It looks very much to me he has been made the scapegoat in order to take the heat off others who have committed more serious misdemeanours. His past problems make him look like 'the weakest link' and therefore an easy hit.

      I bet those who stepped down at the last election are thanking their lucky stars.

  8. greywarshark 8

    Love your apt title micky. Hot and sizzling, perhaps overcooked on at least one side, if that's the best that this well-known establishment can serve up it will never achieve a Cordon Bleu.

  9. Stephen D 9

    A lot of Nats behaviour comes down to them being in power for powers sake. They find it very hard to articulate what they actually stand for. At the moment they only have againsts.

    The farmer vote is shrinking with amalgamation. The SME vote has been captured by Labour via the Wage Subsidy. Until the Nats can develop some policy to present to the electorate they're doomed to wander in the wilderness taking potshots at each other. This is going to be hard. The social right are easily captivated by NZ1. The economic right by ACT. So that leaves the religious right, led by Luxon. Not really worth much more than 10% at best.

    As Labour have discovered, being a broad church works well under a skilled leader. But falls into factionalism without. Until National discover such a leader, they're going to remain lost. And given their current caucus, that could be for a while yet.

  10. Adrian 10

    Don’t believe the bullshit about the slow vacc program, at least compared to Australia, two same age friends of mine over there, one with heart health issues, have been stabbed on the same day I was here in Nelson/Marlborough. They got the inferior AstraZenaca, I got the far superior Phizer ( thanks Labour ) , so they are not ahead of us and yet they have their own AZ factory.

  11. Byd0nz 11

    Keep going highlighting the deserved demise of that awful Party, they are nasty, nasty to themselves as well as to the good of all NZ. They are a Party of narco politics that should have no place in any Government anywhere.

    If there is any justice at all, then the Nats should be confined to the anuls of history come the next election.
    Pack them off to Israel.

  12. Vivie 12

    This is a great post Micky. It is bewildering that anyone would complain about you attacking National's toxic, shambolic, bullying behaviour and culture. You are simply pointing out fact.

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  13. Sacha 13

    Nat-friendly journo Jo Moir offers another confirmation of internal disarray. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/nationals-two-year-ticking-time-bomb

    There’s clearly a group of MPs within the caucus who are still feeling very raw about the rolling of former leader Simon Bridges. No party, not even Labour with its majority, could function with one group still so angry with another so long after the fact.

    Here the National Party is, one year on from the Muller coup, and in worse shape than it was then.

    The result of Tuesday night’s crisis meeting is now having an MP who has zero loyalty left to his leader, but remains in the thick of the party. In other words, a forced waka-jumper who still has a seat in the waka.

    • Anne 13.1

      The amount of information that has made it into the public domain since Tuesday night shows the party’s learnt nothing from past mistakes.

      The mind just boggles!

      There they were in the Caucus room tearing shreds off Muller for talking to some journalist, and forcing him to step down by the next election (he'll go well before then of course) and the moment they are released they're talking they're heads off to journos right, left and centre. The irony it hurts.

      What’s Judy gonna do about it? If she points the finger at all of them will there be anyone left – apart from herself and one or two minions.

      • Sacha 13.1.1

        Desperate creatures.

      • georgecom 13.1.2

        Collins making desperate attempts to stop leaks and frank conversations with the media. Were she doing so for the good of the party there might be some compliance from the party caucus. When your leader has operated by leaks and dirtiness for years then it just smacks of hypocrisy and a leader clinging desperately on to power. Collins lacks any credibility. For there to be any hope of the leaking to stop MPs will have to look beyond the current hypocrisy and think of the good of the party under the next leader, stop leaking now for the benefit of the party when Collins gets rolled and the guy from Botany can make a fresh start.

      • Pete 13.1.3

        What’s Judy gonna do ? Well she went crazy last year when Denise Lee emailed critical comments about her.

        Well comments critical of the leader's intention to review Auckland Council without consulting her first as spokesperson. It was Lee's neighbourhood and her portfolio yet Collins was ploughing ahead without consultation. I suppose if you're the boss you can do that.

        At the same time Collins was in election material and other media putting out this notion that they were a 'team'. What?

        It all smacked of the poorest management possible but when it was highlighted Collins spat the dummy. She's not a leader's backside.

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    3 hours 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. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 hours 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
    5 hours 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
    5 hours ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.
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  • 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 hours 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 hours 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 ...
    17 hours 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
    19 hours 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, ...
    21 hours 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 ...
    21 hours 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
    22 hours 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 day 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 day ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 day ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day ago
  • Some changes are coming
    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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 ...
    2 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days 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
    2 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    3 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    3 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    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 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    4 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    4 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    5 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    6 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Women in Space.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
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  • $25 million boost for conservation
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  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
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  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
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