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Tania Billingsley’s statement

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, July 10th, 2014 - 96 comments
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Tania Billingsley has waived her right to name suppression in the case against the Malaysian diplomat accused of attempted rape – and a Minister of Foreign Affairs who wants the finger pointed at anyone but him.

In an interview and statement (pdf) to 3rd Degree she’s laid out the issues with how her case has been dealt with, and how sexual violence in general is dismissed and downplayed in NZ.

I think her statement should be required reading – and Tania Billingsley is a big damn hero.

I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I have gone through. And if my idea of justice means ensuring the safety of women and others, then it cannot stop at the prosecution of this man. Violence does not occur in a vacuum. There are very real reasons why sexual assault is happening in our country every day. This is because our society normalises, trivialises and in both obvious and subtle ways condones rape. This is called rape culture.

We have seen this rape culture reflected in our own government’s response to my assault. It only became a matter of importance that was properly addressed when it started to inconvenience those in power.

Moderator note: any awful comments about Tania Billingsley are getting fired into the sun. This is a complex, painful topic for many. Be respectful.

96 comments on “Tania Billingsley’s statement”

  1. Ant 1

    What a brave person. I don’t think I would have had the stones and conviction to do that at 21.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    “Your discomfort at hearing the realities of rape culture is not more important than the struggle of people trying to survive and recover from the effects of rape culture.”

    Says it all.

  3. Paul 3

    The Herald complicit in promoting rape culture by its continued description of this matter as a sex case.

  4. Anne 4

    This young lady is strong, intelligent and special. I have the impression she is a Green supporter. That being the case, I hope the Greens nurture her and bring her into the fold. Parliament needs women like Tania Billingsly.

    • Saarbo 4.1

      +1

      Hopefully her brave move will shift attitudes.

      Also proud to be a Labour member knowing we have a leader who understands this issue as opposed to the way McCully and Key have handled this. Some media need to take note also, including Duncan Garner who showed incredibly poor form when reporting on DC’s speech to Womens Refuge last Friday (Radio Live, 1st and last time I listened to him), this is what it is about Duncan Garner!

  5. TheContrarian 5

    “Tania Billingsley has waived her right to name suppression…”

    That takes guts. Kudos.

    • Ennui 5.1
      • heaps. I really admire that she has held the politicians to account. What her allegiances are is unimportant, she speaks for all of us in demanding better from our elected representative.
      • Anne 5.1.1

        What her allegiances are is unimportant, she speaks for all of us in demanding better from our elected representative.

        Correct Ennui. My comment was said in the context that she is the sort of young woman we need in parliament, and since she approached a Green MP (Eugenie Sage?) for assistance then it seems possible they could be the vehicle to see her eventually get there.

        • Macro 5.1.1.1

          I agree with all you say Anne.
          As an aside, the work Jan Logie is doing in this regard is incredible, but of course our so called media seldom want to let others know.

  6. Eralc 6

    While I admire the courage of Tania in waiving her name suppression, I do not believe anyone has been done any favours by the airing of last night’s show. Any hope we have of justice being done is now diminishing. I think Tania was ill-advised in going ahead with last night’s show. The timing was not the best.

    [Stephanie: This comment is treading a very fine line. Given the circumstances of the case and the clear mishandling involved, Tania Billingsley has already seen her chances of real justice undermined – that’s why she’s come forward. And she has done all survivors and our society in general a massive favour by speaking out and illustrating the issue of rape culture and the struggle of survivors to get justice.]

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      I watched 3rd Degree, and they stated very clearly up front that they would not make any comment that would impair fairness or compromise any future court action.

      Therefore, her televised, and I presume written statement, has been cleared by TV3 journalists and lawyers, who we should be able to trust with this sort of thing.

      She also called herself the “alleged victim” in the interview, so clearly she has been advised on the boundary of what can and cannot be said.

      • grumpy 6.1.1

        All the same, it might have been a better idea to not give Malaysia an excuse to avoid sending the guy back. If he was already back here and facing trial, would this program have been aired? If the answer is “no”, that might show the program may have unintended consequences.

        • There has been no indication that Malaysia has a problem sending him back – by all accounts including McCully’s it was only our own diplomats’ “informal and ambiguous” conversations which caused them to cite diplomatic immunity and send him back to Malaysia.

          • grumpy 6.1.1.1.1

            I agree, Malaysia has been surprisingly accommodating about this but attitudes may change if the political focus detracts from the ability to provide a fair trial.

            • Te Reo Putake 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Rubbish. The Malaysian media were the first to break the news that it was on their people that was accused and they extensively covered the ‘confusion’ that allowed the diplomat to scarper. This was all before the Malaysian government decided to send him back here to face justice. Clearly, the Malaysian government have confidence in our judicial system. Whether they have the same level of confidence in MFaT is another matter.

              • grumpy

                I hope you are right…..

              • Colonial Viper

                Interestingly, I think in their actions the Malaysian govt is interested in staying on good terms with the NZ people as much as anything else. I doubt that they care too much about McCully who by all analyses is on the way out.

            • Zorr 6.1.1.1.1.2

              How come in an alleged rape like this, the media attention would be considered detracting from the potential for a fair trial… but in the case of other violent crimes such as murders and the like, the media attention isn’t considered detrimental.

              Obvious concern-troll is obvious

              • grumpy

                In this case we are trying to get the alleged offender extradited. any perception that the trial will not be “fair” will be used to try and ensure that justice “isn’t” done.

                • Zorr

                  How about… we shouldn’t have to be extraditing him because MFAT should have done their job? As far as I can tell, the only people worried about an “unfair trial” are the right wing concern trolls… not even Malaysia is on your side.

                  • Enough is Enough

                    There was clear mishandling in this case and things should have been done better. However in remembering this alleged perpetrator had diplomatic immunity, and MFAT had no legal power to actually prevent him leaving the country, I would not go as far as to say that they “should have done their job”.

                  • grumpy

                    Meanwhile…..back in the real world….

    • Eralc 6.2

      Stephanie, in reply to your comment –

      I’m firmly in Tania’s corner, as is everyone else I know (both female and male). As a woman, I admire her courage (and admit that given the same circumstances, I may not have found the same courage she has displayed to speak out).

      However, my comments are out of concern for her and that real justice is done. The handling of this case by all stakeholders has been appalling and right from the start I’ve said “what about the victim?”

      Yes, chances of real justice have already been undermined by events that went on before last night’s show, but my point is there’s a real risk that those chances have been further undermined (by last night’s show). I am concerned that Tania is vulnerable, no matter how confident she came across on 3rd Degree, and may have been ill-advised in terms of the timing of her speaking out. I’m definitely not against her speaking out, it’s the timing that I’m concerned about. It’s already a messy situation – what we don’t want is any more roadblocks on the way to ensuring justice is done.

      • Tania Billingsley has been supported by Louise Nicholas, who is an experienced and smart victims’ advocate. And as Lanthanide said at 6.1, the interview will have been thoroughly cleared by TV3’s lawyers.

      • Sabine 6.2.2

        ahh, now we need to protect the victim who is vulnerable from the victim who wants to fight back, cause justice would otherwise not be served.

        She does not fit the narrative of being responsible for her attack by being a. drunk, b. hung with the wrong crowd, c. asked for it – short skirt, low cleavage etc etc. She is well spoken, well educated and she is obviously not going to pretend all is well.

        So I can see why some would like her to not speak out, to be silent, to not inconvenience our Government and its ineptitude to handle the most basic things. I can understand that she would make those hat believe that rape culture does not exist and that victims of rape and assault have to have at least some responsibility (nudge nudge wink wink) uncomfortable.
        She proves them wrong on all accounts.

      • McFlock 6.2.3

        Seems to me that Tania B is an intelligent person well able to make her own decisions, balancing her concern for what you call “real justice” (court procedure) and the wider issue whether the govt (from PM down to diplomat) gives a tinker’s damn about sexual assault.

        If you were “firmly in Tania’s corner” it seems to me that you’d respect and support her decisions, rather than expressing backhanded “concern”.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 6.2.4

        Let’s all take a few seconds to respect Eralc’s concern. If nothing else it’s a teaching moment.

  7. Craig Glen Eden 7

    Very impressed by this young womans articulation of the real issues around a very sick behavior that woman are subjected to in NZ and indeed probably in many places around the world. Cunliffes apology I believe was heart felt but Tania Billingsly has really explained the issues for all to understand. I suspect many particularly men wont have the fortitude or the willingness to process the issues Tania has identified. Strangely family first have not said a word and neither have others who are usually only to willing to play the family values banjo. We should remember that this incident is on top of the roast busters Police bungle. I believe these two examples show a terrible indifference to sexual violence against woman. Its time for this culture to change and it will take men like David Cunliffe who are willing to throw off the blokey bloke culture to make it happen.

    • grumpy 7.1

      However, I am mindful that the accused in this case is not a New Zealander and comes from a culture not necessarily renowned for it’s positive attitude to women and that the Mfat employee widely touted with giving Malaysia “mixed messages”, is, in fact, a woman….
      We would all like to see this person extradited back here and face charges and punishment in our legal system but this media furore aimed mainly at the National Party give Malaysia an easy way out to claim that a fair trial is no longer possible.

      • Chooky 7.1.1

        ..interesting that the Head of Foreign Affairs John Allen knew nothing about it…maybe McCully thinks he can do the job of Foreign Affairs better and without the professionals?

        ….another reason for New Zealanders voting out John Key and McCully’s National Party …not only are they inept but they are sexist in the way this has been handled

        • grumpy 7.1.1.1

          Question……..was it up to McCully to advise Allen or should MFAT staff have done that? Seems to be very few “professionals” in MFAT. Seems that MFAT staff advised McCully but not their own boss.
          Anyway, this has bugger all to do with the attempted rape case or the TV3 interview.

          • Chooky 7.1.1.1.1

            a lot to do with how it was handled…or the bungled handling…and a lot to do with how McCully has gutted MFAT and replaced allegiances to John Allen as Head of Foreign Affairs to himself..it is democratically dangerous when a government does this

            …McCully should resign or Labour and the other Parties should keep the heat on the ineptitude of this NACT Government and their injustices against women

  8. Gruntie 8

    It was reported somewhere that there have been around 10 cases in the last 5 years where diplomatic immunity has been invoked – I wonder how many itger cases if violence / sexual assault have been botched and swept under the carpet ?
    What a brave woman ! Standing up to Key and McCully – not even the Herald have the guts to do that!

    • grumpy 8.1

      How is she “Standing up to Key and McCully”?

      • dv 8.1.1

        Does that REALLY have to be explained to you!!!!

        • grumpy 8.1.1.1

          feel free……

          • dv 8.1.1.1.1

            Cant be bothered.
            Join your own dots!!!

          • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1.2

            Grumpy, they’ve both wronged her – McCully with his abdication of personal responsibility, Quisling finger-pointing and apology to his cult leader. Key with his failure to hold McCully to account, and his utter sociopathic boredom and resemblance to Pontius Pilate.

            Instead of cowering, she’s called them out, and in doing so exposed the fact that they’re so out of line she still hasn’t heard from either of them, while they pay lip service for the cameras.

            Are either of them man enough to do the right thing? No, they aren’t: they’re National Party, and being National Party means it’s always someone else’s fault.

  9. outofbed 9

    If McCully was as brave, he would to the right thing and walk
    If Key was as brave he would do the right thing and sack McCully

    What a brave strong woman Tania Billingsly is

  10. freedom 10

    An incredibly brave decision from Tania Billingsley and full credit to the team who put the article together under such difficult legal restraints.

    In contrast to the sincerity of the message last night, it is hard not to notice the absent comment sections on the NZH and the Stuff articles today!

    • Sorry freedom, not sure why but the spam filter didn’t like your comment.

      • freedom 10.1.1

        thanks Stephanie. I posted a few times so am guessing you dumped the duplicates. Posting this from a public terminal which seems fine, so will see what happens on returning home later.

        • freedom 10.1.1.1

          test: on returning home I seem unable to post again, from either FF or chrome

          [Stephanie: Sorry about that, freedom! Hopefully lprent has some idea what’s happening.]

          • freedom 10.1.1.1.1

            these things do happen Stephanie, I am kinda used to it tbh 🙂
            btw Lprent: TS won’t even load in FireFox now. Just keep getting a blank page.
            Chrome seems stable.

  11. Ad 11

    +1000 Steph

  12. Pete 12

    I admire her. That couldn’t have been easy.

  13. coolas 13

    One of my greatest fears as father of a teenage girl is that she might be subjected to sexual violence.

    I applaud Tania for speaking out about rape culture, and the more brave women who do so, the safer my daughter will be.

  14. Hami Shearlie 14

    A very brave young woman spoke out last night on 3rd Degree and said what many of us are thinking about Murray McCully – What a disgusting person he is, trying to offload blame on everyone but himself, he takes “the man in charge” salary but won’t take the responsibility!!! I thought her comments on John Key’s ” bored, can’t be bothered”attitude were very astute and hard hitting too – women of NZ take note of this, this is the way YOU could be treated by this Government if you were to fall victim to a similar crime!!

    • grumpy 14.1

      To be fair, Key’s interview was at 6am!

      It seems inexplicable that McCully did not keep on top of this one. He is reputed to be a micro manager but seems to have been more preoccupied with getting a seat on the UN Security Council.

  15. ianmac 15

    Impressive is Tania. Somehow I could see her in a serious big leadership role. Direct. Clearly spoken. Unequivocal. Certain of her philosophy. Compassionate. Open. Articulate.
    She might not be interested in politics but if she was, I could certainly welcome her as a Leader.

  16. Naki man 16

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Tania is already part of a left leaning political party.

    [lprent: I wouldn’t be surprised if she is thinking about that now after having McCully crapping all over her from his lofty height.
    BTW: Could you try not change your handle. It means you get caught in the first time approval check and it does waste our time. ]

    [Stephanie: lprent has let this one through but this is a personal attack against Tania Billingsley and future comments of this kind aren’t welcome.]

    • bad12 16.1

      Nakahi-man, what the fuck has Tania Billington’s politics got to do with any of the mistreatment She has suffered since the alleged home invasion and sexual assault took place,

      i wouldn’t be surprised if you lose significant amounts of DNA every time you attempt perambulation, but, that like your comment above has no place being aired here…

    • dv 16.2

      How about Maggie Barry then Naki?

      • Tracey 16.2.1

        of course no one has accused her of taking political gain from the rolf harris thing.

    • Ennui 16.3

      Tania is also a citizen: when events happen to citizens of a functioning civil society the legal checks and balances of the state should mobilise to protect the rights of that citizen regardless of gender, voting preference etc etc etc. Quite obviously this young female citizen feels let down by the response (or lack thereof) of the elected part of that civil society, namely the politicians. Tanias party preference may be open to speculation: it is not relevant.

    • Naki man 16.4

      It is not a personal attack at all. What do you think about Hone’s comment???
      The less said about this until after the trial the better.

      • Tracey 16.4.1

        cos the pm never determines. what time he speaks to media if at all.

      • Tracey 16.4.2

        she hasnt said anything about the incident, only about two prominent politicians handling of it. nothing she has said impacts the trial. it wont stop the two idiots cowering behind it as an excuse.

  17. Jrobin 17

    Thanks Tania, good analysis of John Key’s role in supporting rape culture. Stay strong you have the support of many New Zealanders.

  18. Bearded Git 18

    National Radio just reported that pressure is growing for McCully to resign.

    Can Key take two ministerial passengers (Collins, McCully) to the election?

    Decision time for Slippery.

  19. yeshe 19

    Wow, such a brave and compassionate young woman .. risking herself and her privacy to draw this serious and articulate attention to what needs to be changed. Kia Kaha and thank you, Tania. May it bring the results Tania wishes for us all, reframing the dialogue around sexual violence and its causes.

    Key and McCully should be deeply ashamed simply as humans, but they won’t be. Time for them to go, please.

  20. xtasy 20

    Tania Billingsley has displayed courage to come out and tell her story about her treatment by the authorities, in particular MFAT and the government!

    Fact is, this would not be in the media at all, had it not been for her determination to take action and have her name suppression removed, and had it not been for one person in the otherwise rather useless, even at times very biased mainstream media, to decide to dig into this, which though will have been done merely for pure “media opportunism”, exploiting the momentum of a scandal involving the highly sensitive area of diplomacy and foreign relations.

    Looking beyond of what Tania is talking about, and her personal feelings and views though, this is NOT something unusual at all, and it is not limited to incidents of attempted sexual abuse or even rape being questioned, marginalised or suppressed.

    In reality, these kinds of incidents are DAILY occurrences, and it is all about the arrogance of bureaucracy in New Zealand (like anywhere else)! Every day people get denied their rights and respect, and get fobbed off, are they treated with contempt and ridiculed. Bureaucrats, staff and management in many departments and agencies often make mistakes, it may be the police, the IRD, WINZ, ACC and also District Health Boards and elsewhere. When they make mistakes, they do all to cover up, and they tell people, that clearly wrong actions by staff have actually been “correct”, may be corrected (if found being wrong), or they even dare to claim they never happened.

    Try taking issues to the Independent Police Conduct Authority, the Health and Disability Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner, even the Human Rights Commissioner, and you will find, all those Offices are mostly also full of “experts” in fobbing people off with weak excuses and explanations, using their “discretion”, and taking no action, as there is insufficient “evidence” of wrongdoings. If something is found wrong, at best it is a “slap on the writs” with a “wet bus ticket”.

    New Zealanders are in general far too long-suffering, forgiving and too easily resigned to being stuffed around. It is damned REFRESHING to see a young woman stand up against all this endless BULLSHIT that goes on every day!

    Murray “McCoward” should resign after all this, and John Key, today leaving for his “holidays”, should publicly apologise for the failings and wrong-doings of his “cover up” government!

  21. Philj 21

    xox

    This issue raises serious questions about the quality of our leadership, government, justice, media and demockary.

  22. Hagar 22

    Those calling for McCully to resign, be careful of what you wish for. Consider this… He resigns and doesnt stand in East Coast Bays electorate, but remains on the National list. Colin Craig gets in by default ( you asked for it! ) and the conservatives get 3 seats.

    • Anne 22.1

      My concern too.

      However he can be forced to resign his Foreign Affairs portfolio but that doesn’t mean he has to resign from representing his electorate. That of course would be a better outcome.

    • bad12 22.2

      Hagar, as if the National Party isn’t planning on having McCully step aside from the seat anyway, attempting to protect McCully on the basis of political expediency is probably deserving of the attachment to you of a number of epithets…

      • Populuxe1 22.2.1

        Unless the whole event has proven a useful excuse for National to orchestrate a new coalition partner as ACT, the Maori Party and Peter Dunne go tits up

  23. Wht NEXT 23

    This situation shows up how shallow Key and McCully are in understanding the reality of this crime that has been committed and their obvious sexist attitude to how to handle being in charge of the power to administer justice in this case
    With Key its to be expected because of the coincidence between how he is alleged to have manipulated the NZ currency back in 1987 and this situation with this arrogant bastard who thinks he can sexually assault a woman in this country and get away with it both manipulations of human rights
    Denial the tool of the privileged
    I wonder if Key can sleep some nights wondering when the currency will crash as it did being supposedly overvalued back in 1987 or whether he can can get away it this time a bit like how this alleged rape case is unfolding
    The parallel is all to obvious to me without stating it further
    As for McCully hes obviously out of his depth in understanding the seriousness of this internationally that it will require focus on the level of the recent proceedings in Britain in regards to phone hacking
    This diplomats action deserve the treatment his country dishes out on drug traffickers and that would really attack the credibility of the law and justice procedures in both NZ and Malaysia
    This will create a precidence that must be addressed in all levels of govt now and the fervour that the Nats showed to put so much legislation thru under urgency in the last 5yrs they should now do with this case before the election
    Gladly this will probably seal the fate of this national govt demise because it is showing up to be the issue that will show who is really capable of leading this country
    The misery that this ineptitude of these two parliamentarians have shown and their lack of any heart felt apology to this young lady is beyond decency
    and quite frankly Key should be denied a holiday untill he fixes this and if he gets done in by it all then may be he will know what that lady has to live with

  24. It is good that Hone has made an apology over his backbenchers comments

    Asked on the show about the political storm around alleged attacker Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, Harawira said: “I think all of the media, their heads should roll for making a big fuss about bugger all.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10252967/Harawira-U-turn-in-diplomat-sex-case

    The apology

    “Sometimes I make little mistakes and sometimes I make big mistakes. The thing is, when you’re wrong, front up and deal with it. I made a BIG mistake last week, and here’s what I have to say about it …

    I want to sincerely apologise if my comments on Backbenches may seem to have minimised the gravity of the situation regarding the young woman who asked police to investigate the complaint of sexual assault against the Malaysian diplomat.

    I have reviewed the tape and I accept that my comments were not helpful at all. Sexual assault IS a big deal, and I applaud Tania Rose Billingsley for her brave and courageous appearance on television last night.

    I think it was a big mistake but at least he has recognised it.

    • I have to disagree, marty. I don’t think much of apologies which feature the words “if”, “may” and “seem to have minimised”. Not to mention that the problem wasn’t whether his comments were “helpful”.

      If Hone really understands that he made a big mistake he’s done a very poor job of showing it.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 24.1.1

        Yep, another Clayton’s apology. He’s apologising for other people’s perceptions, well newsflash, Hone, you aren’t responsible for other people’s feelings either: say sorry for yourself or not at all.

      • Eralc 24.1.2

        You’ve nailed it, Stephanie!

        I see it as a shallow apology made under duress. If it hadn’t been for Laila, the apology may never have happened.

    • The Al1en 24.2

      Little mistake or big mistake, it’s all insight in to the man behind the headlines.
      Good call DC.

  25. Little mistake or big mistake, it’s all insight in to the man behind the headlines.
    Good call DC.

  26. One Anonymous Bloke 26

    If this is the Mainstream Media’s idea of “sex” their loved ones need our protection.

  27. blue leopard 27

    Stunning actions by Tania Billingsley.

    I hope this issue doesn’t simply get framed into ‘to fire or not to fire’ [Mr McCully] or ‘right vs left’ or ‘war on men’ – or any other such narrowing of the very wide perspective that Tania offered us all.

    I believe that would be trivializing what Tania spoke about. She provided a very insightful message and an inspiring attitude.

    I wish Tania a speedy recovery and hope that she has got a very supportive network surrounding her because I have noticed National tend to get very dirty when the thin veneer of their fake displays of decency and competency gets scratched and what is underneath starts becoming apparent.

  28. Whatever next? 28

    Remarkable young woman, Key’s daughter is a similar age, I wonder if has reflected on if he would look so bored if it were her who had been attacked?

  29. Murray Olsen 29

    Tania Billingsley seems like a highly admirable young woman. Total respect for her. Total contempt for NAct, the party of rape culture.

  30. Some person 30

    As a woman, feminist and mother, I am horrified that the accused is being judged by mob mentality. The case needs to go to trial and both alleged victim and perpetrator need to stand before a judge and jury – those trained to understand complexity. Getting media involved has never been a good idea and I don’t think it ever will be.

    • Eralc 30.1

      Some person, I agree with you.

      There are too many chefs in this kitchen and someone’s going to get burnt.

    • McFlock 30.2

      lol what training do juries get?

    • Murray Olsen 30.3

      Tania spoke about how she felt let down by the government. She said virtually nothing about the alleged attack or the legal case. Your not wanting to involve the press means you do not think McCully and Key should be held to account for their filthy actions. Sorry, but I think you’re just a Nactoid, which is the scientific term for a Key loving haemorrhoid.

      • Some person 30.3.1

        Wow Murray, that is mature. I have absolutely no interest in your political opinions, in fact I have find political arguments something of little value… there to keep commoners feeling important.

        • Murray Olsen 30.3.1.1

          Commoners? Haha. Royalty are we?

        • Draco T Bastard 30.3.1.2

          Politics is the most important thing that happens within society. It is how we define our society and it’s values.

          And then we have people like you debasing that importance to make you feel that you’re better than others. Of course, all your belittling does is prove how small and pathetic you are.

      • Pascal's bookie 30.3.2

        Exactly Murray. Tania’s statement was talking about the things the announced ministerial inquiry will be hopefully looking at. the management of the diplomatic aspects, which are not criminal and will have no bearing on any court case.

        I’ve not seen any concern trolling about that inquiry being a ‘breach of natural justice’ or anything, which pretty much shows what the river of smarmy bile directed toward the complainant since she went public is really about, as far as I’m concerned.

  31. Grant Clark 31

    I am sad for Tania, but am absolutely certain she has been played by the Greens to their advantage – the press coverage may be what she wanted – who knows.

    Why go public before a charge has been laid. Does one think our fair mined public fed by the media will ensure there is a fair trial? I have looked at the commentary on this sad event and it seems every man/women and their dog has an opinion.

    The opportunitity to push the rape culture argument and point the finger at the Prime Minister is not overly clever – the “alleged” offender was employed at the Malaysian Embassy and to somehow link him into this NZ rape culture is a bridge too far. As well, (by association) to find the Prime Minster a party to this tradgic event is pushing the boundaries too far. The Law Society spokesman on radio has also said as much.

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  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    1 day ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    2 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the 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. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    22 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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