Talk is cheap Tamihere

Written By: - Date published: 5:13 am, August 22nd, 2019 - 56 comments
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I am really not a fan of political candidates bullshitting that they and only they can get the unachievable in politics.

John Tamihere – candidate for Auckland city Mayor, is just the epitome of this kind of blowhard. Politically over many years, he has been the kind of fool who seems to keep his brain mounted right next to his testicles to inform his mouth what to say.

He released a transport policy fantasy that appears to have been born directly out of a sustained release of testosterone while tripping on illegal substances in an alternate universe. 

So far he has been promising money that the city doesn’t have for multiple projects on transport infrastructure that is owned and operated by the state. Funding that he has doesn’t have a shit show of getting because it is based on funding that the rest of NZ is also competing for. He also says that he can get them happening on impossible timeframes.

Each project will cause traffic chaos while they’re implemented because they will require construction on existing infrastructure while it continues to run. Ask anyone who has had to deal with the choke points on the much needed   – just look at the joy for motorists that has been the much needed Southern Corridor Improvements  for the last 4 years. 

Most of the transport he is blithfully talking about isn’t Auckland City controlled. Changes to them depend on national funding because they are state roads. But there is a curious silence about the kind of business case that would be required to convince the rest of NZ to fund them. I guess that level of detail was too hard.

Even looking at his policy for the locally controlled transport infrastructure is just sheer fantasy. Somehow cutting the regional petrol tax that is funding the existing expansion is meant to magically cause transport projects to rise. Apparently by sweetheart deals with capital funding 

Mr Tamihere said: “There are investors wanting to invest in park and ride facilities that will help get this city out of grid lock,

I’m sure that there are. All that they will require is the free land, a removal of all local input during the planning process, zero risk built into secret contracts that require ratepayers to be liable for the private profits, and a massive cost to Aucklanders. After all, every PPP scheme I have ever looked at closely seems to contain those elements. 

Auckland is a city that is currently bumping up against its debt ceiling.  Rate payers (like myself) have a steadily rising price to pay for the previous lack of local transport work by his political partners in National’s C&R over past decades. Because of this beholden relationship, it appears that chopping the regional petrol tax that is helping to user fund current local transport projects is part of the deal. So is the hugely expensive East-West road link because there is no way that makes any sense nationally.

In fact the actual John Tamihere transport policy has a complete lack of ANY information about how any of this is going to get funded. Which really is my signal that he really is a flatulent do-nothing whose only really useful role appears to be a radio shock jock.

John Tamihere comes across as just being another dimwitted loud-mouthed conservative who is good at being a chattering critic and and grossly unrealistic at the reality of actually doing anything. Reminds me of John Banks as mayor or John Tamihere’s previous outing as a MP. 

I think I’ll just vote for Goff who is actually working on a reality that has funding plans and way less blowhard magic.

 

56 comments on “Talk is cheap Tamihere”

  1. Bomber is backing JT, amazing how he picks 'em (internet mana, kim dotcom lol)

    • Rapunzel 1.1

      It seems that things stay behind the paywall but this was a snippet from a Herald story on Monday that not all have seen,

      "Is there a crisis? Rates, debt and Auckland Council
      Is spending out of control?
      No. At the end of the third quarter of 2018/19, Auckland Council was $56 million better off than budget. That was caused by $24m in additional income and $32m less spending.
      That's part of a trend. Over the three-year term of the current council, it has reduced general spending by $69m. For the next three years, savings of a further $62m are projected. Since the Super City's first full budget back in 2011/12, the council has made general savings of $293m.”

      • lprent 1.1.1

        That paywall is somewhat irritating for Auckland.

        It isn't that I mind paying for news and view services. After all we currently pay for NYT, Economist, Guardian, Medium, and a host of professional  information sources.

        It is just that I expect value for money. And that is exactly the kind of information that I like. But the "Unlimited premium content from NZ Herald" is mostly junk opinions on local content as far as I can see. I can get that here or anywhere around the local net.

        And to pay for that, I would have to dump something that is useful. 

        I'd go for a pay per view on a prepaid account without a time limit. But not coughing up a few hundred dollars per year every year just in case there is something worth reading.

        • Sacha 1.1.1.1

          I would happily pay per story or even per author.

          • esoteric pineapples 1.1.1.1.1

            Interesting to hear that. See my comment just below on that subject

        • Rapunzel 1.1.1.2

          Our local BOP paper had become so pitiful and full of Herald stories anyway, the paywall option and the local paper just on Saturdays costs us the same amount we were paying. Not sure if I will stay what they choose to paywall and what is "free" seems to have an ominous pattern to it – I would pay to avoid Hosking but I notice that Hawkesby is not getting many inches now, not sure but certainly no loss.

        • esoteric pineapples 1.1.1.3

          There's a real opportunity for independent media outlets that pick off the news that really matters and leave all junk opinions etc to the Herald and other media (media not being the same as news) outlets.

          All you need is a couple of journalists and a free Google blogger blogsite, then get advertising avenue on the page which will quickly build up a following, An accompanying youtube channel could be used to attract advertising revenue as well. Plus you invite people to become members with the bonus of extras, and also invite people to donate to the site or individual journalists pages using Patreon etc.

          You will never get rich but you could earn a living from it. There's plenty of people now earning a full time living from posting videos on Youtube alone.

          • Sacha 1.1.1.3.1

            Digital advertising is not enough to be viable, sadly. Newsroom.co.nz is doing that model but with sponsorship, presspatron.com donations, and a premium subscriber service for business news, not relying on advertising.

            • David Mac 1.1.1.3.1.1

              I think digital advertising will accumulate value as it becomes more targeted.

              A Toyota full page ad in the Herald might cost them $10,000. Of the 50,000 people they've paid to reach, 10 might purchase the new Corolla. The Toyota marketing dept would prefer to place their ad in front of people that have spent time with a digital road test of the model.

              • Dukeofurl

                Stuff revenue  last financial year was around $300 mill 

                Thats huge for a media business, cant explain what they spend it on as   100 journalists on an average of $75k  salary per year is only $7.5 mill.  For the whole country make that 200 including production journalists ( used to be sub editors) and overheads looks like  $20 mill plus.

                We need a full Commerce  Commision investigation like they did for the Oil companies to find out what they are spending their money on – before they start dipping into the tax payers pocket

          • Dukeofurl 1.1.1.3.2

            "There's plenty of people now earning a full time living from posting videos on Youtube alone."

            Plenty ?  Maybe in the worldwide sense but not locally.   And creating news is expensive .  Youtube videos are  essentailly about nothing or are  advertisments for products anyway

            I was amused to read about Sparks live sports feeds, sure its a lot cheaper than paying for Skysport  – if thats your thing.

            But some viewers  noticed they arent getting half time commentaries and after match  analysis that Sky Sport provided ( and could plug in advertising)

        • Dukeofurl 1.1.1.4

          There was a  free Chrome store  extension  for  workaround of the type of paywall NZME was using . They changed their HTML a few times to  overcome it but  as you would expect the extension was updated too. Then Herald got the software removed from Chrome store, so no more updates , but it still works if I disable javascript.

          You are right about the premium content being of poor quality, and often Stuff will 're-purpose' Herald  stories within  an hour or so  ( happens the other way too). They have bought back that Key fanboy Roughan and  hes at the same level as Hosking now, but more verbose.

        • Jimmy 1.1.1.5

          NZ Herald used to be my home page and by far the most read (even though some of the articles were pretty average). But now its become pay wall, I hardly ever visit it anymore. 

    • lprent 1.2

      Bomber is backing JT

      Same style. Talk is cheap – politics is just boring hard detailed yakka over decades. 

      I'm pretty well out of the political sphere these days while I concentrate on work (while I still can). But after many decades of doing ground-level productive political work looking at what needs to be done to make everything work, you learn to who is worth supporting. Anything else is wasted effort.

      I don't think Bomber ever really learnt that.

    • Incognito 1.3

      The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    • Clive 1.4

      Bomber backs anyone who may in the future provide him with work/funds/benefits.  The differences between himself and Slater are too small and insignificant to list but I will. Bomber still has a blog.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    Tamihere is simply a full of shit blind blowhard with a campaign being run by the serial loser Matt McCarten who seem to think they can fool enough of the people for long enough to win and then… What? Like Trump I doubt he actually thinks he can win and like Trump if he did he is so stupid he would simply double down on his ridiculous behaviour and waste three years fighting his imagined enemies in a culture war about everything.

    Tamihere offers nothing to address the real issues facing transport in Auckland, like the 1990s Rogernomics legacy of a Byzantine operating model for PT in Auckland, the rear guard of structural opposition within NZTA and AT to multi-modal models for transport, the glacial pace of cycling infrastructure roll out, and the chronic underfunding of PT.

    He simply offers grandiose fantasy projects paid for by God knows what, since he is totally captured by the right who are finding him as their useful idiot and is therefore proposing to cut sources of dedicated transport funding like the fuel tax. Presumably as the right's puppet he'll declare an emergency and flog off Auckland's assets to the plutocrats who are funding him.

    What a fucking idiot he is. 

  3. Sacha 3

    Interesting how the right is now pulling other candidates and putting support behind this oaf. Shows how much they respect voters, I guess.

    • Sanctuary 3.1

      The model they are looking for is a useful idiot to fight a culture war while they get on with the job of asset stripping Auckland.

  4. Visubversa 4

    JT has just adopted the Trump model of saying outrageous things to attract the press attention. The Nats have obviously worked out that they can't beat Goff on competance, so they are having a go at beating him with bluster and bullshit.

  5. David Mac 5

    Verbal flights of fantasy are good for getting a talkback radio switchboard lit up. Not so good for creating a harbourside home for over a million people.

    JT can prove he is the man for the job. He need only table his performance as the chief executive of the Waipareira Trust. Highlight the Whanau Ora dollars we've invested and the outcomes he has been able to achieve. If we're getting fantastic bang for our buck there, maybe he does have what it takes.

    Last time I heard him commenting about the Trust he was defending the payment of $600,000 to individuals in the form of dividends. 

    • Dukeofurl 5.1

      And the other 'arrangement'

      Trust funds moved day of Tamihere house deal

      "It shows a "Te Whanu [sic] O Waipareira Trust advance" for $500,000 was paid into the "Tamihere Childrens Trust" held with Corban Revell lawyers on April 18, 2008. The money was paid out again the same day into an unknown BNZ account. .."

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11231114

      And this
      https://www.propertytalk.com/forum/showthread.php?32873-How-to-Buy-a-House-John-Tamihere-Style
      1) Get to be the CEO of a government quango.
      2) Get this organisation to give you a mortgage.
      3) Buy a big flash house using this money (and some of your own if you have to).
      4) Get this organisation to forgive the debt i.e. wipe the mortgage.
      5) Sit back and relax. Maybe think about increasing your salary by becoming an MP

      • Sanctuary 5.1.1

        Some right thinking people may in their opinion consider this corruption, but who are we to say?

        • Dukeofurl 5.1.1.1

          Not a peep from The Herald when hes backed by National party types for mayor, that  was a different approach taken when he  became a labour MP.

          Surely the journalist Nippert who dealt with this before is itching to write a major feature covering  Tamiheres 'history' [ I understand hes been in UK on Wolfson study but that is finished now and as he says on Twitter – Back to Work]

    • Sacha 5.2

      Tamihere is not applying to be CEO of the Council though. Mayor is the wrong sort of job for him.

  6. David Mac 6

    Yep, Roastbusting foot in his mouth and his money hook in our pockets.

    Ricky Houghton's name is in your link. His name is occasionally in the press. Usually in association with a genuine and plausible initiative to raise the Nga Puhi waka. Mayoral campaign aside, JT generally hits the press for being dodgy.

    I think JT could be a viable candidate if were reading 'West Auckland Maori Health best in NZ' headlines instead of reports of half a million mystery dollars appearing in his childrens' trust account.

  7. tc 7

    A graduate from the Shane Jones/Tau Henare school of political management.

    These mayoralty contests are perfectly suited to egomaniacs like him.

    It's easy to be loud and destructive, however it takes time, skill, patience, empathy and collaboration to get stuff done which JT's proven aren't his strengths.

  8. Shadrach 8

    I am writing this sitting in a café in the Mt Albert shops, looking out on the cluster f%%& that AT made of my local shopping village.

    A few months back, Jacinda Ardern (our local MP) and Phil Goff attended a ceremony to mark some kind of milestone in this project that simultaneously managed to utterly stuff up traffic flows and nearly destroy some local businesses.  I was genuinely surprised by the level of anger visited upon both by locals.  Jacinda Ardern was actually engaging, Phil Goff was an arrogant sod.  He spoke condescendingly to business owners, and refused to engage in any meaningful way, palming the whole discussion off to local board members.

    Phil Goff is a dead set useless mayor.  He has endorsed AT’s approach to wrecking local shopping villages, and has proven himself to be arrogant, with some alarmingly dictatorial tendencies.    I have no time for Tamihere, but at the moment the mayoral election is shaping up to be between someone who is currently wrecking Auckland, and someone who might.  What a choice we have.

    • Muttonbird 8.1

      Bring back Banksie!💩

      • Dukeofurl 8.1.1

        His illegitimate son  was looking for  him too…. all that family first, god fearing bullshit from Banks…and the two big donations to Dotcom …

        I suppose all that means Banks wasnt going to run on his 'record'

    • Sanctuary 8.2

      The Mt. Albert redevelopment is a first class disaster for sure. It is probably a poster child of how to be penny wise and pound foolish and waste 6.5 million dollars of ratepayers money to make everything worse. 

      Take a bold design to transform an area (roof over the station, build a plaza, covered access to Unitec, traffic redesign, cycle ways) then let ferocious opposition from the local retailers to losing car parks and the sort of local yellow journalism Bernard Boresman specialises in spook you over the cost so you end up with a piece of work that keeps all the worst aspects of the proposal and delivers none of the benefits.

      It doesn't help that the "Mt. Albert "upgrade" has worked" has assumed zombie fact status on sites like greater Auckland, those guys need to visit more of the city than wherever the latest AT junket takes them.

      • Shadrach 8.2.1

        Not much in there I disagree with, although I'm with the retailers on the car parks.  The place is dead now, and peoples livelihoods have been ruined.

    • David Mac 8.3

      Phil Goff didn't kill our suburban shopping villages. We did, we all turned into mall rats. Just over the last year or 2 shopping mall patronage has plateaued and is trending downward.

      We are slowly starting to rediscover the charm of places like the old Mt Albert shop facades. They'll never be electrical and hardware stores again, we'll see Cafes, delis and boutiques. Traffic flow didn't kill Mt Albert Village, Westfield did but they're bouncing back Shad. 

      • Sanctuary 8.3.1

        Albert's Post hints at the beginning of gentrification of the Mt. Albert shops. The 3000 new dwelling at Unitec will provide a huge injection of bodies looking for retail. They should have roofed the station and provided the covered link to the Unitec site when the original development was done, I hope they revisit the whole project and carry through on the original promise.

        • Dukeofurl 8.3.1.1

          Its 700m from the station to the main Unitec buildings along Carrington Rd

          I dont think you are really familiar  with the  station and the residential area before the Unitec site.

          St Lukes  and its big box retailers nearby will be the big winner from any residential   development. Mt Albert shops date back to the 1920-30s and are small size  and arent how modern retail works. Fine for  cafes and little owner operator businesses

          • Sanctuary 8.3.1.1.1

            Ummm, I worked there for ten years and live 2km away.

          • Shadrach 8.3.1.1.2

            Funny that.  The retailers in Mt Albert have been told by our mayor and his council that they will be big winners from the Unitec site development.

            "Fine for  cafes and little owner operator businesses"

            Totally agree.

        • Shadrach 8.3.1.2

          When the re-paving was laid along the frontage of Albert's Post, AT laid the concrete incorrectly, and they couldn't open one of their front doors.  There is more I could say, but I'd be getting someone into trouble, and that isn't my intention.

      • Shadrach 8.3.2

        Thanks David, let's hope so.

    • That_guy 8.4

      I'm a Mt Albert local and I honestly don't see what's so bad about the redevelopment. But I'm willing to be educated.

      • Shadrach 8.4.1

        1. Less parking – which is really hurting local business.

        2. Provision of cycle lanes no-one uses – which has added to traffic congestion.

        3. Try coming along Carrington Rd from the Pt Chev end and going straight ahead at the intersection.  At peak times it takes multiple phases to get through.

        4. Because of the stupid way the cycle lane has been incorporated into the pedestrian way, there are issues on rubbish collection day.  Go through on a Thursday (??) – you'll see what I mean.

        I could go on and on but it makes me f'ing angry. 

    • lprent 8.5

      I grew up on Fowlds Ave a few kilometres down the road.  The Mt Albert shopping area was always pretty useless.

      A natural choke point. Terrible to get to, hard to get in and out of. Completely dangerous to bike around.

      Before St Lukes changed my shopping area (and killed off my favourite skink rock pile),  I'd head to Sandringham or even Mt Roskill to shop before I went near Mt Albert.

      About the only thing that I ever saw change in the last 50 years was the change to the rail station and 'new' post office. It really was an archaic dead hole.

      Hard to see how any development could have made it worse. Getting rid of the parking and putting it off the main drag would have at least freed up the road space.

      • Shadrach 8.5.1

        Freed up the road space for what?  Carrington Road is now a total bottleneck.  Virtually no-one uses the dead set waste of space that is the cycle lanes, and now all we have is congestion.  Mt Albert could have been so much better, but no AT made it into yet another monument to their stupidity.

        PS – my wife grew up in Fowlds Ave. Scary.

      • Anne 8.5.2

        I go back a bit further when the Mt Albert shops were a hive of activity. There were the trams in the very early days followed by trolley buses. The only time traffic became a problem was around 5 pm. We had every type of shop in existence including a local theatre (as we preferred to call cinemas in those days). The trains were a big draw card and we kids would travel in and out of the city by train at holiday time. I grew up in Weston Ave on the western slope of the mountain – many a grand time was had sliding down those slopes on Nikau palms.

        • lprent 8.5.2.1

          My mother said that as well about the trams. 

          We used to head up the mount a lot from the Owairaka side. Great place for kids to lose themselves for most of a day.

  9. cleangreen 9

    "Talk is cheap Tamihere" good one Iprent;

    Our family is likely to vote for ‘Social Credit’ now during the 2020 election, because Social Credit is far more ‘socially responsible’ above all others, at a glance.

    All the other parties at present appear to be leaning towards being “risk adverse” as they are all desending into the big dark hole of being risk adverse and willing to endanger our population and damaging the health and wellbeing of all citizens now.

    There are far better ways for political parties to meet with providing citizens with health and welbeing success while taking a bare minimum of risk.

    Risk-adverse politics now seem to favour the method of playing it safe, preferring slow and steady gains to the possibility of a political failure.

    Assessment
    The first key to managing the risks involved in any project is to make an assessment.

    Developing a framework for risk assessment is worthwhile, and it doesn’t have to be a complex or high-budget endeavor.

    Risk assessment involves taking stock of any project and determining what problems could arise beyond normal expenses.

    Many outside factors must be considered, such as any adverse environmental impacts to citizens interests, while assessing the economy, citizens demand and labour relations.

    A good risk assessment takes account of anything that could go wrong with a project and firstly must have regard for the cost to provide Environmental, social, health and wellbeing responsibility then determine what it would cost would finally be.

    Risk assessment allows a political party to decide if proceeding with a project is worthwhile, ater first considering their responsibility to provide citizens with Environmental, social, healh and wellbeing.

    Labour needs to shut down half the truck freight and spend big on regional rail, as rail has a definate proven safety advantage while offering a ‘low carbon footprint’ as well.

    This is simply one way to save our ‘Environmental, social, healh and wellbeing’, as there are many more that need addressing also.

    Yesterday the national shadow transport MP said “NZ are registering 1200 new vehicles each day”.
    QUESTION; Labour what are you doing to reduce the vehicle fleet?

    nothing I see here if these numbers are correct.
    We need a bold policy of ‘action not words.’

    As the saying goes; -“Action speaks louder than words”

    • Dukeofurl 9.1

      Not. Going. to. happen. We arent a dictatorship where  big things  changes for many are only wanted by a few- that was the Roger Douglas approach

  10. Dean Reynolds 10

    Tamihere's campaign is being run by Michelle Boag – that means that he's in bed with a National Party Bezelebub

    • Obtrectator 10.1

      Surprised to hear any female could be running his campaign, bearing in mind the grossly opprobrious term he used for them – in public too – not so long ago.

  11. peterlepaysan 11

    Tamihere and Boag in cahoots?  Something smells.

  12. rod 12

    Wonder who is bank rolling JT's mayoralty campaign. I expect he will tell us all before voting starts, but I won't hold my breath. wink

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    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    6 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    6 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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