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Thanks DPF for my laugh of the day

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, November 12th, 2012 - 60 comments
Categories: blogs, dpf, humour, The Standard - Tags: , ,

Someone tipped me off about this Kiwiblog post where DPF tries to play the wise ‘ol political insider:

The war against Shearer

The Standard has done three posts in two days calling for David Shearer to go, and on who should replace him.

While each is by a different author, I have been around politics far too long to think for a second that this is not part of a co-ordinated strategy to destabilise Shearer in the leadup to the Labour conference. …

Again, if you think this is a coincidence, I have a bridge for sale. Someone has decided to push the button.

Tee hee!

Alas the increasingly irrelevant one’s political instincts (which were never good) now seem to have failed him completely. I can state with utmost certainty that (1) The Standard is a loose collective of leftie authors, who (2) are “led” or instructed by no one, and (3) frequently disagree with each other, and (4) have not had any “button” pushed to orchestrate a campaign against Shearer.

DPF also conveniently ignores the posts that don’t support his theory – and is taken to task for it in the first comment on his post.

I can see how Farrar would make such a mistake, being more used to a command and control structure for his Nat blog. Interesting to note in this interview that National nearly closed Kiwiblog down, and it “was probably quite lucky to survive”. Well well. But here at The Standard we don’t take orders from anyone. We frequently disagree, on Shearer and on many other issues. Long live free speech eh?

60 comments on “Thanks DPF for my laugh of the day”

  1. Matt Fairhurst 1

    You mean you’re not a team of leftist sleeper agents controlled by a shadowy cabal headed by David Cunliffe? Last time I read THIS blog.

    • Hehe Matt.

      I think the evidence you are looking for is here … 

      • lprent 1.1.1

        Cracked me up. We’ll have to see about getting that here. The PG 5000 was ummm interesting. I wonder how he will take the joke?

        • mickysavage 1.1.1.1

          I am sure he would have been delighted.

          I am a bit disappointed though.  Apparently to some in Caucus I am satan’s mouthpiece and everything I say and do is at his bidding and is part of his neferious plans of world domination.  Yet I did not even get a mention.  I feel robbed … 

          • PlanetOrphan 1.1.1.1.1

            Welcome too Hell M8! , no more loitering @ the Gate in ya go …. o-:

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.2

            🙂 Yes Scott was somewhat remiss. Tell you what, I’ll help make it up for you. I’m about to test a RSS feed on the right hand side. I’ll stick waitakerenews in on the first test.

              • Anne

                Apparently to some in Caucus I am satan’s mouthpiece

                That is the strongest indication yet what I have suspected for some time:

                A worrying degree of cerebral instability has afflicted some Caucus members. We can only hope it isn’t catching…

  2. karol 2

    And today makes it 2 posts for Shearer, 3 against.  So DPF’s comment was a little premature…. unless, of course, he includes Tapu Misa in the conspiracy?

  3. Tracey 3

    Perhaps he should blame Hooten, he seemed to be advising the dumping of Shearer in a few threads here recently

    • Anne 3.1

      Ahhh Hooton:
      He announced to the world 15 mins ago on Radio NZ that a coup is underway as we speak. He knows this cos someone told him at the beginning of the year that the coup would be in November.

      We’ve been lining up the ducks all year apparently and we’re ready to move folks!

      When questioned by the indefatigable Kathryn how he knew all this, he said (and I paraphrase) that the architects of this conspiracy have already given the Dom. journos a head up…

      I turned off my natural audio antennae.

      • Uturn 3.1.1

        Of course, the ducks!

        I knew there was a mole in the Labour party, maybe even a a vole, but now the ducks lining up settles it.

        • prism 3.1.1.1

          Ducks carefully placed, so tasteful. Perhaps Baron Munchhausen has been whispering in DPF’s or Hooten’s ear. Baron M was great at tall stories. Shot a flock of ducks so neatly that he recovered a hastily-utilised bullet, a diamond at hand, from the last one of the line. Good story eh, stand up to any from the political mai mais.

          And stupid comments about concerted pusch so time-wasteful. Who are we to be led by – General Dissatisfaction? Or Major Concern.

      • Tracey 3.1.2

        Yes Hooten, mentioned Labour’s part int he pike river mine disaster and when whoever was on the panel countered with something about National he smugly stated “but that’s politicising this…” and moved on. I like Kat Ryan but Hooten really does tend to control his own interviews.

        At least it wasnt Geoff Robinson…

        • karol 3.1.2.1

          Meanwhile Josie Pagani, head in sand, was continuing to cheer-lead for Shearer.  And she claimed that most (or was it a lot?) of the people commenting against Shearer on blogs are not Labour Party supporters – or words to that effect.

          But Josie seems totally unaware of how offensive it is to many women and lesbians/gays (of diverse social classes) that she is arguing for the reinstatement of Tamihere to reconnect with the working classes.

          • Tracey 3.1.2.1.1

            she may be right, that they are not Labour supporters now, but they probably used to be…

            • Dr Terry 3.1.2.1.1.1

              True, Tracey. I was a member in his electorate and felt badly let down. I am consequently a very happy member of the Greens.

      • lprent 3.1.3

        Yep. Sounds like more retrospective bullshit.

  4. What, you mean you are not all blogging from the wine cellar beneath Cunliffes multi million dollar Herne bay mansion?

    • r0b 4.1

      As previously revealed, The Standard secret bunker is buried beneath Parliament itself – with a super secret entrance via the kitchen at Bellamy’s.

    • lprent 4.2

      BB: You should really look at a map and at least be geographically accurate if nothing else. I’m pretty sure that David Cunliffe doesn’t live in Herne Bay when he is here in Auckland. He lives in St Marys Bay.

      Next thing you’ll be telling me is that John Key’s Paritai Drive mansion that he lives in whilst up here is located in his Helensville electorate rather than on the Parnell street where my sister’s dog craps on a daily basis.

      • Shady 4.2.1

        I think you are the one in need of a map LPrent. John Key lives in Parnell (St Stephens Ave), not Paratai Drive which is in Orakei and is separated from Parnell either by an expanse of water and causeway, or a drive through Remuera. According to all media reports, David Cunliffe does live in Herne Bay. Maybe (according to you) he does live in St Mary’s Bay – which is even further from his electorate than Herne Bay. Proud moment for you that your sister’s dog craps in the same street as John Key’s mansion… so was that Paratai Drive or St Stephens Ave. A really long walk.

        • Fortran 4.2.1.1

          Cannot be St Mary’s Bay as that is where Winston lives – neighbours I do not think.

        • lprent 4.2.1.2

          Well my sister lives in Parnell so I’d guess that would be right. I tend to stay on the other side of the city. I’ve seen both Key and his house over there when my sister and the dog are trying to kill me with their “gentle” walks after I’d had a wee heart problem..

  5. Uturn 5

    Oh my gosh, someone has decided to push the button!

  6. Andrew Scobie 6

    what i find funny is that the person taking him to task over the balance of his post is none other than Pete George, who has been treated like shit by most of you 🙂

    • Tracey 6.1

      I dont consider I have treated him like shit, however I hope you are not saying that I have to agree with everything a person says if I agree with one thing they say?

      • Andrew Scobie 6.1.1

        i certainly don’t mean that everyone treated him like shit, but unfortunately whenever pete said anything, good or bad, there were a bunch of people that would deliberately jump into the thread to try and wind him up. that’s why the threads got hard to read.

        anyway …

        • Jackal 6.1.1.1

          You know, there’s some truth to what you’re saying there Andrew Scobie. But the problem is that Pete George wrote a lot of really really stupid stuff. On the balance of things, I would say that around 50% of what he wrote was wrong, 25% was trivial and 25% was worthwhile reading. Generous eh!

          It didn’t take long for people to become critical of everything he wrote because of that 50% that was clearly wrong! Even when presented with the facts, Pete George would continue proclaiming he was right. That resulted in long and extensive debates, where nothing was resolved. They were therefore rather pointless! This pissed a lot of people off, including myself.

          Its human nature to let what you don’t like about what somebody says or does cloud anything good about them. In fact with politicians it’s often even worse, with people closing themselves off to the good in what they say because they don’t agree with one particular aspect of their politics. These judgements can even be made because of what another politician in the same party has said years ago. It can be even worse than that, with people not giving others a chance purely based on prejudices of race, sex or religion etc.

          That’s not why I gave Pete George a hard time though. My prejudice against him and Peter Dunne are in my opinion entirely justified and a result of the stupid things they believe in and try to foist onto others.

          Thankfully Pete George has improved a lot recently… In fact his comments are often the only ones of value on the entire KB general debate threads. So perhaps he has learnt something worthwhile from his Standard experience… Which is more than can be said about some closed minds out there.

    • r0b 6.2

      Don’t believe I’ve ever treated him like shit – though I do disagree with him most of the time.

      Someone banned Pete (don’t recall who or why), and though I might get beaten up in comments, I think it was a decision that could be reviewed some time.

      • karol 6.2.1

        For me it wasn’t so much the content of PG’s comments, but the amount.  He was flooding discussions with comments, making it a little more difficult than necessary to follow the main threads of a discussion.

        • mike e 6.2.1.1

          I have no shame and gave him everything he deserved but when he was sensible which was rare I did praise him as well!
          But Hootten is one slippery operator I don’t know how he manages to sit in a chair properly!
          Excuses followed by excuses on behalf of Nationals failure on their promises.
          The hosing bubble is stopping our productive sector in its tracks and now we have an unorthodox reserve bank governor allowing this to happen speculators are having a tax free ride at the expense of the productive sector.
          Hands off bullshit for once Pagani got stuck in a bit but allowed Hootten to shout her down
          to much deregulation is whats stuffing our economy!
          We need the housing bubble burst sooner than later once those manufacturing jobs have gone they go forever the countries that pick them up know better than us !

      • lprent 6.2.2

        Someone banned Pete (don’t recall who or why)…

        Me. I got tired of giving him short bans for trying to tell us how we should be running our site. When he started to try to lawyer his way through the rules I got pissed off and permanently banned him.

        I figured that he could expend the time on his own site where he could criticize how we do things without me having to exert any effort. And that is exactly what he has done.

        http://yournz.org/tag/the-standard/

        Recently he has been taking us to task for things that commentators write. He really is a bit confused. Better him doing it on his site than wasting my time.

  7. RRM 7

    And who “Took DPF to task”…?

    None other than Pete George, who is banned from commenting on The Standard…

    It’s funny how the seasons change, isn’t it?

  8. On one hand I don’t mind whether he stays or goes. But on the other the NZ Herald seems to be cheerleeding the government today and turning a blind eye to the increase in unemployment and poverty in their ‘score card’ ( http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10846807 ); while attacking the welfare state and carrying on beneficiary bashing ( http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10846690 ).

  9. the sprout 9

    Once again, the only people supporting Shearer are the rightwingers. What a joke

  10. the sprout 10

    And tumeke, dimpost, and public address – pretty much all of the larger left blogs are calling for Shearer to go.

  11. There has been huge action on Ipredict today.  Shearer’s gone by Christmas stock has doubled in price and there are a number of protective bids put in.  Turnover right now is 2,340 against an average daily turnover of 40.  I know that it is silly and Hooton profits from it but it is interesting …

    • Matthew Hooton 11.1

      micky, it would be more accurate to say that i lose money from it ….

    • felix 11.2

      “Doubled in price”, sure, or to put it another way it was worth bugger-all last week, then dropped to sod-all a few days ago, then rose dramatically to half-a-bucket-of-fuck-all today.

  12. Cricklewood 12

    I do like the slightly mischevious quote ‘was lucky to survive’ when the full quote was ‘ I was lucky to survive’ as in himself working for the nats… selective quoting straight out of dpf’s own playbook…. And rather apt given the mornings posts

    • r0b 12.1

      I try not to do “selective quoting”. I thought it was clear from the context that the “I” refered to Kiwiblog, but I see that yes there is another reading. Either way the point remains – Nats assumed the power to close the blog down. Here for the record is the full quote:

      During the year Farrar was working for his party and actively blogging, “there actually were attempts to close it down from some people in the National caucus because sometimes I was saying things that weren’t totally in line there”. He shakes his head sorrowfully. “I was probably quite lucky to survive.”

  13. felix 13

    Hahaha I see that terminal fool InventedTory2 is in the thread pretending to know the identities of several of The Standard’s authors. With near absolute certainty too.

    What a dick.

    • r0b 13.1

      What thread?

      • felix 13.1.1

        The Kiwiblog thread.

        • r0b 13.1.1.1

          Still can’t see it. Never mind – just more random idiot witterings I expect. ‘night.

          • weka 13.1.1.1.1

            I can’t see it either. What’s the name of the thread felix?
             
            I see DF updated his post though:

             
            I should clarify something relating to my earlier post. I never suggested The Standard has a group view on Shearer. I know each author is independent. What I focused on is the fact that two (now three) of the most longest serving and prolific authors have all called for Shearer to go – BEFORE he even gets to the first party conference. The fact a couple of other authors have disagreed does not change the significance of this.
            My statement that this was no coincidence was not referring to a co-ordinated effort between The Standard authors as a bloc. I meant that it was being co-ordinated by one or more MPs who have chosen to try and force the issue before conference.
             

            Is it just me, or does that not make any sense either?

            • r0b 13.1.1.1.1.1

              DPF does seem to be a bit agitated about all this doesn’t he. The size of his conspiracy has now shrunk to embarrassingly small proportions.

              But he’s still peddling a conspiracy, still claiming that (1) Labour MPs know who the authors are, and (2) MPs have some control over authors. So I guess my response is still the same. Hah!

              • lprent

                MP’s are more likely to get their hand bitten off with a story about attempts at undue influence written by me and in my usual style. Or now I think about it, even worse would probably be a gentle word from Mike.

                But our authors tend towards being somewhat ummm awkward individuals to budge (actually bloody minded and stubborn comes to mind). You can count the nice ones on a single hand.

                Amongst the current band – You of course, probably Karol (don’t know enough), James maybe?, umm ummm…… Ben. Ah Mike (but he is more nice in person than anything else). And then of course there are the really even tempered ones (but probably not in the way that most people mean) like myself, Irish, Fuckity Fuck Fuck :twisted:, and even RedLogix when he gets fired up. The rest of the authors tend to be sort of between the extrmes.

                The best any MP can do is what they always have to do – figure out a good story and try to charm it with personality or logic. I have no idea if any authors have blabbed to MP’s. But we got in the mode of being cautious quite early. That was mostly due to the Farrar and his cohorts. But since most of the original authors are no longer with us most of those they may have known are no longer writing.

                But they sure as hell don’t approach me trying to tell me what would be good to write. Usually they just put me on mailing lists for their material.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    6 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    7 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 weeks ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 weeks ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago