Thank you Jacinda Ardern!

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, September 24th, 2017 - 44 comments
Categories: election 2017, jacinda ardern, labour - Tags: , , ,

While the election didn’t get us the result we hoped for, the fact that we could even hope for a Labour Green win is remarkable – was inconceivable just 2 months ago.

The mood for change was there, it just needed a spark, and the spark was Jacinda Ardern. Despite what must have been very strong reservations, she stepped up and gave it her all. The Labour team and supporters gave their all too. The campaign that I saw locally in Dunedin North was astonishing – a whole new level. Nationally Labour’s surge has been incredible. Thank you Jacinda Ardern, and thank you all who worked so hard.

If you haven’t seen Ardern’s speech on the night, Newshub has it here – Let’s Keep Doing This!

So now it’s up to MMP, and the Winston fest begins. Buckle up.

44 comments on “Thank you Jacinda Ardern!”

  1. bwaghorn 1

    ”So now it’s up to MMP, and the Winston fest begins. Buckle up.’

    might be worth the left laying of the whole winstons in it for himself memes , i could live with a L,NZF,G three way

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      Yeah I’m not sure where National & NZ 1st policies overlap. If policy makes the coalition, that is.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    “was inconceivable just 2 months ago”

    Not exactly.

    The Nats haven’t really moved in terms of their support from where they were two months ago. At that time it was going to be a L/G/NZF coalition which booted them from power.

    Unfortunately that is exactly where we are this morning. Relying on Winston.

    I am very fearful that the cost for his support will be the Greens siting outside of cabinet.

    I have woken up rather depressed with this result.

    • lurgee 2.1

      Two months ago, Labour + Greens was about 40%. Last night, Labour + Greens was about 42%. That’s the scale of Jacindamania. A two point boost. Against a tired and corrupt government lead by someone with the charisma of an artichoke.

      Sorry if my applause is slightly muted.

      • red-blooded 2.1.1

        I was part of the campaign in Dunedin North. We had hundreds and hundreds of people come forward to offer help in the weeks (and it was only weeks) between Jacinda taking office and the election night. It was astounding.

        Don’t be so dismissive – this woman deserves huge thanks and support. Ask yourself – what would have happened without her? (And let’s remember that Andrew Little may well still have withdrawn, and Meteria Turei had already put herself in the firing line without thorough enough prep, without full support from her caucus and without the basic forethought about paying back the money owed.)

        Ardern is going to make a stunning PM. It’s possible that she’ll manage it this time, with L+G+NZF. If not, it’ll be next time. And in the meantime she’ll be a force to reckon with as Leader of the Opposition.

      • left_forward 2.1.2

        Up from 36% at the last election – a 6% swing is a significant achievement – we all hoped for better, but quit the glass half empty BS – we have a genuine shot at forming a Government coalition, despite your negative opinion about the prospects.

        • Anne 2.1.2.1

          And Willy Jackson was positive about a Lab/NZ First/Green coalition on Q&A this morning. He’s had nasty press in the past, but the real Willy Jackson has stood up and I’m impressed. Smart and likable. So glad he’s on the Labour bandwagon.

          • tracey 2.1.2.1.1

            Whetre do you reckon Jones sits in the Nats or Lab. Call for NZF? Did he leave Labour under bad terms?

            • Anne 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Shane’s relationship with some in Labour became strained over a few ‘misadventures’ back in 2010/2012 and he eventually lost his front bench position. Murray McCully took advantage and offered him a role as ‘roving ambassador to the Pacific islands’. He left parliament in 2014 to take up it up.

              I remember him saying recently something to the effect… he was born into the Labour Party and would be very pleased if NZ First formed a coalition with Labour. I get the impression he is on close terms with Winston and that he may play a role in negotiations.

          • patricia bremner 2.1.2.1.2

            When Andrew Little encouraged Willie to join Labour and become the Maori seats campaign manager, I thought WOW!!

            Andrew is excellent at finding people to match a role. He was right.

            He got Tamati Coffey to change from the Rotorua Electorate to Waiariki.

            This meant ” Nat no friends” lost a potential partner in the Maori Party, and left Winston as the party to make up a coalition.

            Now we are paying Winston respect by putting up a negotiating team he knows, and that we can be proud of.

            Andrew’s other decision re Leadership, has been a roaring success. Jacinda raised our hopes and vision of what we could be. Look at the quality of the new members for Labour. Brilliant.!!

            Marama Fox said, after Flavell’s defeat, “Tamati Coffey? What has he done??”

            He has excelled at most things he has tried. His business in Rotorua pays a living wage. He has raised thousands in fund raisers, and seriously connected with his electorate, doing working bees, huis, plus research on what his constituents hoped for. He is switched on and is a real asset. He is just one of the new members for Labour.

            So to all those knockers, we have excellent members who care. Let’s do this.

  3. Ad 3

    We were there for her speech on the night, and it hit just the right tone.

    The volume of new Labour Members of Parliament is going to see a powerful energy in Parliament emerge.

  4. So close but corbyn – Jacinda did everything she could and labour gave it a good go. I cannot fault the campaign that made a silk purse out of Andrew going. Yet close enough is just so not good enough for the people dying and suffering.

    Mauri ora

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      Don’t get ready to despair quite yet: if the coalition is decided on policy, here’s something from NZ1st:

      Instruct the Law Commission together with the Human Rights Commission to urgently review the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act to broaden its cover…

      Replace National Standards at Years 1 to 8, with children’s progress and achievement being assessed against level bands within the New Zealand Curriculum.
      Repeal the amendments to the Education Act 1989 that allowed the creation of Charter Schools at the same time as reviewing Section 156 of the Designated Character Schools section within the same Act…

      …and so on. After specials L/G/NZF might have 62 seats. Tight, and better than the sadistic corrupt status quo.

    • Heather Grimwood 4.2

      I grieve too Marty for those who struggle for whatever reason. I know though that Labour in the southern region ( only one I was involved with) worked and succeeded hugely, resulting in the Dunedin seats returning to Labour party vote and the election to the list and so to parliament of Dr Liz Craig, the tireless professional researcher of and advocate for child health and the effect of poverty on it.
      As well, I have never seen such superb planning from Head Office, and know that this competence augers well should we face a snap election.

      • tracey 4.2.1

        The problem is that Party vote is the crucial thing for the big parties.

        The people of Dunedin are brave souls cos they have been poorly treated by those who dont need their votes.

        For those who voted for the extra 20 bucks, I hope you can afford health insurance cos you have traded that 20 bucks for an improved health system. As you get older your premiums go through the roof. Trust me on this.

  5. patricia bremner 5

    Don’t hold a tangi too early. We might be celebrating a wedding.

    Like all families, we need to enhance common ground and agree to disagree in places.

    Winston believes in fair pay.

    Winston believes in old values of consideration and caring.

    He wants NZ assets in NZ hands.

    He favours rail and ports and exports.

    He will want to leave the country better off for future generations.

    So wait for him to negotiate.

    We may be very pleased.

    • DH 5.1

      It’s a nice thought patricia but I can’t see it happening. Peters represents too many self-interested people’s failures. He’s there, they’re not but want to be, and they hate him for it.

      Most of the criticisms hurled at Peters is plain old spite and I’ll wager that won’t stop. Labour & Greens could easily win Peters over and form a stable Govt but I’m doubtful they have enough sincerity in them to do it. Helen Clarke showed the way which was to treat him with respect and honour your deals.

    • Johan 5.2

      Winston is set to lose a lot of mana, if he throws his support behind the lying two-some of English and Joyce. These two have brought electioneering to a very dangerous level.

    • savenz 5.3

      Agree with patricia bremner

  6. Adrian Thornton 6

    Personally I thought it was a terrible result,and to make matters worse, it seems as if many on the Left are believing the hype around Ardern, which labour (who should) and the media (who shouldn’t) appear to be inventing as they go along, maybe it’s time to just stand back, take a deep breath and analyze the results.

    2017 National: 46% Labour 35.8% NZ First 7.5% Greens 5.9% ACT 0.5%

    2014 National 47% Labour27% Greens 11% NZ First 6% Maori/Act/United all 1%

    So Labour have picked up 6% from the Greens, 1%from Maori Party = Labour 34%
    which would mean in general terms Ardern has swung maybe 2% of voters that didn’t perviously, to vote Labour, as the rate of enrollment went up by only 1%, this might be just slightly more, but still very very low for a fourth term election cycle.
    This result, after all the free positive spin that Ardern has received (probably more in one week, than Little received in his whole time as leader) is really a pretty sad indictment on Labour, especially when one thinks of the disaster National is unleashing on New Zealand. as we speak.

    Where was all the supposed highly motivated and mobilized youth vote Labour and the media was telling us all about? where was the relentlessly talked about Jacinda effect?
    Was it all just hollow hyperbole created by the media to add interest and drama to what has turned out to be, what was probably always going to happen anyway.

    So it looks like all this being relentlessly positive and pragmatic is not finding traction with most workers, students from less well off families and the disenfranchised, many who live lives that are relentlessly grinding, long and hard.
    So chasing the middle ground voter has backfired yet again on Labour.

    I for one would like to see a Strong Labour leader who is relentlessly outraged at the destructive path Neoliberalism and National is relentlessly dragging NZ down, there is nothing positive in that future what so ever.

    • Carolyn_nth 6.1

      I for one would like to see a Strong Labour leader who is relentlessly outraged at the destructive path Neoliberalism and National is relentlessly dragging NZ down.

      Yep.

      • Bill 6.1.1

        Sadly, NZ Labour doesn’t see the connection between macro economic settings and that path. Depending on what the reasons were for the Greens signing up to that fiscal responsibility nonsense, neither do they.

        On more positive notes, Shaw talks a good game (that speech last night). Numbers stack for a NZ Labour/Green/NZF coalition. And if a Nat/NZF coalition governs, the common ground that exists between NZF, NZ Labour and the Greens probably means that many Nat policies will fall.

        The asylum could certainly be in better hands (social democratic ones), but that means having a parliamentary party willing to call time on Liberal economics. Until then, the working class will continue to be shafted and offered a parliamentary ‘Hobsons Choice’ at election time.

        So is it time for a movement? Well…yup. I think it’s time for a movement.

        • Carolyn_nth 6.1.1.1

          For me, a flax roots movement is the only way forward for the left, whatever happens to the NZ government in the short to medium term.

          We have work to do!

    • red-blooded 6.2

      Well, shock horror – Adrian is relentlessly negative as usual!

      And let’s wait until the specials have been counted before we draw final conclusions about youth voting, shall we? There were huge lines of people signing up and voting in the university campus and polytech here in Dunedin and (as I understand) elsewhere, mostly in the last week of the campaign. They get counted as specials.

      As for negative media coverage about Little’s leadership – I agree with you, Adrian, it was a big factor in grinding him down and undermining his leadership. I seem to recall that you were pretty damn negative about him at the time too, though.

      • Siobhan 6.2.1

        Dunedin students…well, last night the TVNZ reporter had a hard time finding a pro Labour Party celebration down there.
        Maybe the Labour Green voters are too cool for that sort of thing.
        However a good number of the students he found did not like the idea of free study, because thats what Trust Funds and Mommy and Daddy are for.
        Left wing NZ political parties need to reach out to the youth, and that’s not a group well represented by University students in 2017.

        • red-blooded 6.2.1.1

          Siobhan – I was at the Labour celebration in Dunedin North. We had to have two, because the numbers of volunteers had increased so much and the venue for the main event couldn’t cope with the numbers. If TVNZ couldn’t find the celebration, maybe they should have asked. It was a different venue than the past (and much nicer).

          • NixSaved 6.2.1.1.1

            When I watched the RNZ coverage (Freeview channel 50) of the election, the Dunedin reporter there said the same thing as said by Siobhan. He went to 3-4 student flats and struggled to find any Labour supporters-only National and TOP supporters. According to that reporter, it seems that those students have a beef with the ‘free study’on offer-which I thought was ironic given that they are at University. Perhaps the current crop of Students are of the belief that their should be less government involvement? I was lead to believe that the majority of Students at the University of Otago were Labour (Greens?) supporters-although maybe that could still be the case given the results in Dunedin. Well done to those involved though-I think Dunedin was Labour’s best performance.

        • Bill 6.2.1.2

          Universities were traditionally hotbeds of small ‘c’ conservative privilege. And “user pays” was only ever going to shift University back to its “rightful” hands.

          My grandfather had a childhood memory of seeing workers drag strike breaking University students from Glasgow trams during the General Strike of ’26.

          Fast forward 40 years to the sixties and University students being strike breakers would have been reasonably unthinkable.

          Fast forward another 50 years and…yeah, not so unthinkable.

          But that’s simply what resurgent and somewhat entrenched Liberalism does.

          • tracey 6.2.1.2.1

            And the running roughshod over “critic and conscience of society”. None of this is by accident.

            • Incognito 6.2.1.2.1.1

              Indeed, the party with a social conscience is not a great fan of others fulfilling their civic and legal duties as critic and conscience of society. The same party that manipulates the OIA to save itself from embarrassment.

        • Wayne_2 6.2.1.3

          Labour party is no longer left
          It is a populist Trumpesque party, but the so called American ‘basket of deplorables’ is vastly preferable to the hypocritical hand wringing Ponsonby/Pt Chev libtards who reap the benefits of sky rocketing house prices, while decrying foreign buyers who undergird that wealth. Ardern is one of them – the worst example actually

    • One Two 6.3

      To the point!

  7. Adrian Thornton 7

    Hey I always said I liked Little on a personal level and also thought that he was without doubt the most honest politician in NZ, but that he was too compliant to the neo liberal elements in Labour, therefor bad for Labour (and for NZ) in the long game…IMO

    All I am saying is that centrist elements in Labour and the media got what they wanted in Ardern and it hasn’t made any real impact, except in their own minds.

    You will know that Labour is on the right path when a Labour leader turns up for speech anywhere in the country, and the hall is full of workers and students, and fuck all middle call liberals.

    • Gabby 7.1

      You’ll have a fair idea where the middle call liberals have all gone if they’re not there Ade, back to natland. We just don’t have enough poor people groaning in their chains, and it would be callous and perverse to wish we had more.

      • Adrian Thornton 7.1.1

        @Gabby, well maybe not in your social circles…however every time you walk into a Mitre 10, The Warehouse, or any other big box store you care to name anywhere in NZ, eat from any fast food outlet anywhere in NZ, eat an apple or any other NZ grown vegetable or fruit etc etc, most of the workers you will encounter at these places, or eat the produce picked/and processed by these workers you will find they are all on minimum wages or not far above, probably not even with the security of a a full 40 hour week in many cases… so as I said, I am not sure what circles you mix in.

        And remember it is called minimum wage for the very reason that it is the minimum amount of money allowed to pay a worker so they can still exist and work week to week…and nothing more.

    • Ad 7.2

      11 points in 6 weeks is no impact?

      If you are looking for a party run solely by the proletariat, then there isn’t one that ran for office last night. Maybe you could form one. Maybe then you could stand for election in 2021. Maybe see how may votes you get.

      If you think that any social reform is possible in New Zealand without the bourgeoisie, then you will be able to point to a social movement in New Zealand in the last 50 years that achieved something without them. The one exception In can think of is Unite Union.

      The biggest social movements in the last 50 years originated from activists coming out of universities: PYM, the revived feminist movement, the environmental movement, the anti-nuclear and anti-war movements, the Maori sovereignty movements, sub-groups seeking Council majorities like CityVision, even avowedly proletarian movements like Sue Bradford’s efforts came from people with minimum BA’s and many with PhDs.

    • Wayne_2 7.3

      Fully agree.

      I voted Green and hoped for a Labour/Green coalition as a least worse among the alternatnives

      Jacinda though I absolutely detest. She is a wine toting liberal, with vaunting personal ambitions and the I love the kids bs is just a cause she can hitch her wagon to and ride to power. The poor are just a prop to realise her dream of becoming PM. A complete and utter phony

      • patricia bremner 7.3.1

        Personally I think you are so wrong.

        Jacinda drinks whisky.

        The kids know she is genuine.

        It is ok for a man to want to be PM? But not a woman?? Why??

        As for using the poor as a prop!! Totally in your mind!

    • savenz 7.4

      No offence Adrian Thornton, but these days there are less and less workers and the students are from overseas and less understanding of NZ politics or the local students brain washed by 30 years neoliberalism. Therefore you will be waiting for eternity for Labour leader turns up for speech anywhere in the country, and the hall is full of workers and students, and fuck all middle call liberals.

      In fact the internet has replaced the halls apart from the older folks so it’s not really a good representation.

      I personally thought Andrew little was great for the Labour Party and Jacinda’s success was in part because of all his work uniting the party, subtly cleaning out the neolib Labour MP’s, and in particular his work with the Greens and NZ First (aka helping them in the by-election).

      Jacinda has done a great job. But it’s not over. Her success will be if she forms the coalition with NZ First and Greens to run the country.

      It and has always been, Labour’s election to lose. She quipped she like’s ‘single malt’. Now’s the time to make it happen.

      It’s crush time for Jacinda. So she needs to stand by her words, be the personable and respectful person she is, and Let’s do it.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    7 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    7 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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    5 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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    6 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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    6 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    7 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    1 week ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
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