Thanks, Helen

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 pm, April 8th, 2009 - 46 comments
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There goes the best leader we’ve had in a life-time.

Was she perfect? No, far from it. There are many things she might have done differently but she led governments that made New Zealand a better place in so many ways. We’ve heard her government’s achievements so many times I won’t try to list them all. They have reshaped this country, lifted hundreds of thousands out of poverty, and created a fairer society.

She dedicated herself totally to the job. Her personal conduct was beyond reproach. She is incredibly competent and knowledgeable. She has set a new standard that subsequent Prime Ministers will struggle to match.

Helen, you’ve done yourself and the country proud. Best of luck in the future.

46 comments on “Thanks, Helen”

  1. Well put Eddie and Helen deserves our thanks. I rank her as our best modern prime minister and up there with Savage and Fraser.

    I wonder how long it will take before the wingnuts start with their diatribe about how Helen was a communist lesbian wrecker of families and the good state of the economy was luck while also being a wasted opportunity?

  2. omg 2

    She was good and then got lost in the power and started pushing NZ in the wrong direction (authoritarian and banning).

    Less whittering about Savage and Fraser.

  3. r0b 3

    My vote of thanks too. You (and Michael Cullen) restored my faith in the Labour Party. You accomplished so much good for New Zealand. May you go on to even better things at the UN. Kia kaha. Farewell…

  4. Ralph 4

    Farewell – Me he aroaro tamahine.

  5. whakamoemiti Helen and Peter, kia kaha and don’t be strangers now y’hear?
    We’re heading into old-boy shit-street for a few years here and will need resuscitation and rehabilitation once this lot have shuffled this deck of cards and gambled with our chips on the gaming table they perceive this society to be.
    captcha: munged metaphors

  6. gobsmacked 6

    The scale of Helen Clark’s achievement still isn’t really understood, in our insular little land.

    Look around the democratic world. Look at the “left-leaning” parties in other nations, called Social Democrat or ALP or Democrat or Labour (UK) or Socialist (France) … and so on.

    Look at what usually happens to those parties. If they win power, they either shift to the right, or they are shifted out of power by the voters. Or they dump their leaders. How many left-leaning leaders in the world can you name who won three elections?

    And yet Clark never had a guaranteed majority in parliament. A simple fact, so easily forgotten. How she must have envied Tony Blair, with his inflated FPP landslides. But she was a truer social democrat than he ever was.

    Helen Clark was the most successful centre-left leader of our time. Not just in New Zealand, but around the globe. That’s such a remarkable thing, that we don’t even realize or appreciate it. (And if you disagree, then you’re welcome to offer alternative nominations! It’s a pretty short list.).

    Good luck, Helen. And thank you.

  7. BLiP 7

    Ka kite Helen – Aoteara is the better for your work and so too will be Earth during your time at the UN. You have suffered the worse barrage of filthy right wing viciousness with dignity, never raising to the bait even as the forthing-at-the-mouth spluttering rage of the white trash grew and became increasingly malignant and destrucrtive.

    My only regret is that your appeared to have been captured momentarily by the blinkered science that defends genetic engineering and, thus, I was unable to vote for you last time around. I know that your role at the UN will open your eyes to the evils of the corporate ownership of seed stock and the patenting of life forms. I don’t know what I’m going to do now that I have been left disenferanchised by the Greens . . .

    Having said that, you remain an inspiration to me, a true national symbol of progress, a beacon of hope for how our political leaders should behave, and a living example of how far Kiwis can fly when determination mixes with talent and skill.

    Kia Kaha.

  8. SjS 9

    As a recent graduate and a hard working kiwi, thanks Helen for making NZ a better place to start an adult life and work in!

    Cheers

  9. tommy onions 10

    I have enormous respect for Helen Clark’s intellect, personal integrity and capacity for sheer hard work – and her ability to rise above all that vile, vitriolic and personalised abuse from the crazed ultra-Right. (What was that lovely phrase of Trotter’s about the ‘creatures of the barbeque pit and sports bar?’ )

    What she appeared to lack – but it’s also probably what made her capable of holding a disparate coalition together for 9 years – was fire in her belly. She was maybe too cerebral, at times impatient and too controlling; she believed no-one could do a job as well as she could – except Cullen maybe – and she was probably right.

    My single biggest criticism is that as a leadership, she and Cullen didn’t work hard enough on a succession strategy. In that respect they have not left the Labour Party in a strong position – and perhaps more than at any point in our history, we need a strong, unified, principled and intelligent party voice speaking for ordinary New Zealanders.

    • vto 10.1

      tommy and his onions “What was that lovely phrase of Trotter’s about the ‘creatures of the barbeque pit and sports bar?’ ”

      imo that was far from lovely but instead epitomised the arrogance and ignorance of Trotter and much of the ‘intellectual’ left. Nasty bones shone through with that comment, nasty nasty. Exctly like the nasty right but in reverse. Could have been said by Cullen such was its evilness. And tho probably never expressed by Clark, no doubt thought so. Shows a basic and substantial lack of understanding and compassion for fellow manwoman. Which was one of the major reasons for the Clark Cullen failure at the end.

      Anyway, best you lot get back to your fawning..

      (that comment was also almost the perfect example of one of the last sexist and racist permissions in existence)

  10. expat 11

    He wahine ki uta, he kahawai ki roto ki te wai

  11. Judith 12

    ‘creatures of the bbq pit and sports bar’ FFS thats Labours core demographic except the academics forgot that and wonder why the voters left them.

  12. Relic 13

    leave it out vto, the ratio of unpleasant bastards in this country is still way too high for my liking, inclusive of Trotter’s “feckless women that support them’.

    In real life I challenge the knuckle draggers in a number of ways, not just because it is necessary for societal progress, it is also marvellous fun!

    • vto 13.1

      relic did you not recognise that as a similar challenge to other knuckle draggers such as Trotter and his ilk …

      • roger nome 13.1.1

        VTO – that you characterise Trotter as a knuckle-dragger shows just how wide of the mark you are – generally.

  13. ak 14

    Exctly like the nasty right but in reverse.

    Oh sure veets. Exctly the same. Just identical with the barrage of unimaginable filth and hatred from the sewer (including calls for Helen’s death) and talkback for years now. And Jesus was just as bad as Adolf.

    Anyway, best you get back to your pathetic, bare-faced lies…

  14. dad4justice 15

    So many lies where do I start? How Sandra M got her transfer is the best one.

  15. ripp0 16

    I hadn’t planned on adding anything more than the very best of wishes that folks here have already sent Helen Clark..

    Yet TO’s comment (final par) has me say how the succession issue is a double-sided coin. Leaders, party. Methinks in H.C.’s case* that the latter lapsed. They have been too reliant.

    To me that sliver majority, whilst an achievement in getting out the party vote back in 05, didna really track enough political capital for the lady or her team. Something the Opposition worked on and worked over time and again, even negating in their non-nation partisan cause, effective government. Yep, they gamed MMP! [ select committees etc..] And, yes, vile power-play tactics. Which leaves the sentimental cold.. implacably opposed (to the behavior, understand, more than manifest policy and intents). Negativity does that. Isolating Clark and her followers.

    And yes, the the Opposition knew this, played it, gamed the government. And, importantly, all New Zealanders.

    Which is the thinking behind our call for Responsibility in government. Why Responsibility deserves its own movement to encourage government of the people by the people and for the people.

    When you rely on one (leader) overlong, or indeed the wrongun underlong, you get overdone/underdone and not of, by and for people effectively anymore.

    *the personal plaint: back in 1999 I visited a mall at Riccarton.. walking down to buy coffee beans at the supermarket.. folks smiling for no reason I could think of.. not that saturday morning.. so.. curious me asked around in that store’s aisles. Dontcha know..! they’d say out loud. Me—smiling—you wanna know—really—okay I’ll tellyer. This is end of cuts day.. end of women knifing better blokes in the back jus’ so they can be the first woman PM—self-appointed FFS! Thissis end of the big bozo flapping around any wall big enuff for her mug in this town—bitch! Auckland can havver! That’s what. That clear, mister. Yeah, this our big smile day.

    Hard lingo. Lovely, toothy smiles. Warmed me then, warms me now, and has warmed me many times in between.

    And, oyez, if nothing else, the italian beans I bought that day have never been better tasting since.. secret is to get enough bean buyers to guarantee turnover and freshness.

    Last word for Peter who will never ever recall the conversation I once had with him—I’m happy you’re going with Helen. And hope the new “chains” she mentioned are not anywhere near as onerous as those you both surrendered.

  16. QoT 17

    LOVE YOU AUNTIE HELEN!

  17. Evidence-Based Practice 18

    NZ might take awhile to realise how lucky we were to have Helen’s leadership – some people are just ahead of their time. They challenge those who think they deserve to have all the power, and make the place a better place for the powerless. The DomPost today reflects the attitude of the former with comments about cold socialists. QoT above has a more accurate reflection of the feelings of ordinary people.

    And it’s not about one person and their ego – it’s about building a team and relationships and networks, and encouraging others, The succession planning and bringing young new talented MPs into the party has been clever and strategic.

    Thanks Helen.

  18. Rex Widerstrom 19

    My Aunty used to make a great fuss of me, and undoubtedly had my best interests at heart. She’d spoil me with treats but in the end I knew I had to eat what she served up, go where she wanted to go and, when allowed some freedom, to never venture further than the parameters she set me.

    I accepted this because I was a child and she did know best at the time. But having reached the age she was, I’d prefer the freedom to make my own choices.

    Clark had absolute dedication, an unrivalled mastery of politics and a formidable intellect. Those traits require the person to be surrounded by equals (or at least near-equals) who’ll challenge and hold their ground. Instead – like Muldoon – Clark was surrounded mostly by hand-picked inferiors, some bordering on sycophants, who knew only too well that their ineptitude meant they were effectively serving at the whim of the Leader because they could never gain preselection / list ranking on their own merits.

    As a result, against an undoubted list of policy achievements there also must stand an albeit shorter list of political mis-steps and arrogance (borne from a genuine belief that she was following the best course, but arrogance nonetheless), particularly in the last term.

    And while a lack of backbone amongst those who ought to be advising caution, or perhaps a change of direction on some issues, explains an air of hubris it doesn’t excuse it.

    If we are to make good use of the few truly intelligent and able people who choose to make their career in politics we need to see ourselves as part of the process, not merely as consumers of it. We need to demand our leaders explain, justify, and seek our approval on policies during their term – especially as it’s now so technologically easy to do – not merely assure us they know what’s best. And we need to reject the dull-witted sycophants offered to us at the ballot box, regardless of the colour of ribbon pinned to their chests.

    The problem with Helen Clark was that few in Parliament were her equal, and fewer still were in her caucus. Looking out across that landscape for so long it’s easy to believe that your way forward is the only one with any validity.

    That New Zealanders seem to embrace this suffocating “I know what’s best for you” approach says something about our collective psyche. It’s the same reason Muldoon was so popular for so long… we seem to want “strong leadership” which all too often translates into a something approaching benign dictatorship.

    But I didn’t want an Aunty, making me eat my sprouts and sending me to bed, no matter how well intentioned she may have been. I wanted a partner, who’d consult me on how the household was run and accept that my opinions, while sometimes different, were equally valid.

    • ripp0 19.1

      If we are to make good use of the few truly intelligent and able people who choose to make their career in politics we need to see ourselves as part of the process, not merely as consumers of it. We need to demand our leaders explain, justify, and seek our approval on policies during their term – especially as it’s now so technologically easy to do – not merely assure us they know what’s best. And we need to reject the dull-witted sycophants offered to us at the ballot box, regardless of the colour of ribbon pinned to their chests.

      Congratulations, Rex!

      • Pascal's bookie 19.1.1

        hmm.

        I like the sentiment, but whenever I think about what this:

        We need to demand our leaders explain, justify, and seek our approval on policies during their term – especially as it?s now so technologically easy to do

        …would actually look like in practice I keep running into:

        “Pollie Idol”

        “NZ’s Top Prime Minister”

        “the your views section of the Herald”

        just saying, and would like to be proven wrong.

        • Rex Widerstrom 19.1.1.1

          “NZ’s Top Prime Minister”

          Funny you should say that, Pb 8-/

          Yes it’s a process fraught with potential problems – one I’ve been studying and debating since 1999.

          So while I admit the potential for it to become governance not just by Herald “Your Views” writers but even by *shudder* callers to Michael Laws I believe it is still a process we need and deserve to explore and debate.

          But to do so here would be to thread-jack a post which is designed to discuss something entirely different. I’ll just say that part of the way forward is being demonstrated right here, every day, by the way in which The Standard is moderated.

          And thanks to others for the compliments. Alas workload is either a drought or a tsunami, meaning I’d either witter on several times a day or you’d hear nothing for weeks, so my own blog is probably not feasible. But I do try and wade in here (and at the dreaded Kiwiblog) when the topic is something I’m passionate about.

    • BLiP 19.2

      Excellent contribution which has left me thinking – thanks for that, Rex.

      I can’t accept that the hubris was genuine arrogance or presumption. She certainly came over that way in that most narrowing of media, the televison. Yet, having spent a little time in her company I feel that part of her personality was a healed over scar, the result of the suffering she enduring at the hands of the malicious – suffering not so much from their actons but more that New Zealand could manifest so hideous an underbelly. She did from time to time expose the scar of a hardened soul, but it was, really, more carapace than visceral.

      Also, what was that link to the Canada site? I don’t get the point – unless it was a private joke with PB or something.

      • Rex Widerstrom 19.2.1

        …what was that link to the Canada site…

        That they are, in fact, running a gameshow called “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister”… a small touch or irony given that PB has nightmares of such a thing happening here 😉

  19. jimbo 20

    Excellent post, Rex. Agree entirely that HC was (and is) an extremely capable politician who achieved a great deal of what she set out to do.

    HC was also extremely good at playing the “long game”. For example, she was clearly keen to remove all ties to our Colonial past, but she realised that it would not be achieved under her leadership because there was not enough time. Instead, she was happy to chip away at it through various policies and law changes so as to lay the groundwork for later. You have to admire the restraint and patience, but I think some of that deserted her in the final term when she reliased time was running out.

  20. Daveski 21

    As above, an excellent post Rex. If you’re not going to run your own blog, it would be great to see some guest posts of yours here or elsewhere as you have obviously valuable insights.

    In broad terms, rather than strengths and weaknesses, strengths can be a weakness (and vice versa) depending on the context.

    I think HC was a strong leader who had a clear view of what she thought was right.

    Your point about those who were selected etc is also valid – while she was clearly a successful PM, the party does not appear to have been prepared for her departure.

    Anyway, here’s hoping for more from you more often.

  21. jarbury 22

    Having grown up in Mt Albert I always felt a close connection with Helen Clark. She helped my mother set up the Sandringham Community Centre in the early 1980s when I was just a baby, I remember cheering at Mt Albert Primary School in 1989 when it was announced she’d become deputy prime-minister. Whilst of course nobody is perfect I always thought of Helen as an extremely competent leader who had the best interests of the country very much close to her heart.

    In more recent times I have seen Helen’s caravan parked in Sandringham shops every Saturday morning – proving that even though she was PM she still had time for her local area. Prior to the election I took my four year old daughter down to the shops and met with her. We had a nice chat about Maurice Williamson’s roads-fetish, and my daughter was immediately enamoured with her, to the extent that she pointed out every billboard of “Helen Clark!” she saw. At the voting booth last November she ticked Helen’s box for me (though my party vote did go Green).

    Our loss is the UN’s (and hopefully the wider world’s) gain. I have utmost confidence Helen will do us proud as she has particularly done so in the past on the international stage.

    Personally, I think Helen’s best decision ever was to not get us involved in the Iraq war. There was a lot of pressure on for us to do so, and we potentially put trade agreements in jeopardy by taking the stance she did. But she knew the war was wrong and stuck by that principle. For perhaps more than anything else, that is why I think she was a great leader and a great person.

    I will miss her.

  22. Dan 23

    I saw McCully on the news tonight looking quite out of his depth in Washington. When I reflect on the foreign policy of Clark’s cabinet, and further back to Lange and Kirk, I cringe at the thought of McCully leading us back to the 70’s foreign policy of the Nats which was do whatever the Americans wanted.
    Thank you Helen Clark for maintaining our independent foreign policy. I am not isolationist; I am not unaware of the realities of terrorism and a militant Muslim world but America has lost the moral mandate it once had. The world needs more leaders like Clark.

  23. jarbury 24

    Moral integrity is a hugely under-rated aspect of foreign policy. Australia and the UK sold out their moral integrity hugely over the 2001-2007 period, as obviously the US did too. For New Zealand to maintain its moral integrity over that time is huge kudos to Helen and her government.

    Keeping out of Iraq meant that we could get on a bus each morning and not have to worry about someone blowing it up. And that we still maintained civil liberties to a far greater extent than was seen in the US, UK or Australia. You CANNOT under-estimate the value of that.

  24. r0b 25

    Too much pandering to Rex there, I’ll bite!

    As a result, against an undoubted list of policy achievements there also must stand an albeit shorter list of political mis-steps and arrogance (borne from a genuine belief that she was following the best course, but arrogance nonetheless), particularly in the last term.

    Agreed there were mis-steps, no one is perfect. But the whole “arrogance” meme is 90% beat up from the Right that you’re buying in to. Especially in the last term the attacks became truly hysterical. Say it often enough, say it loud enough, and many will come to believe it.

    Subject National to the same level of scrutiny and by any measure they are far more arrogant in their first 6 months than Labour was at the end of 9 years. A 100 day blitz of legislation under urgency that even The Herald was forced to call an assault on democracy. Rushing through huge changes to the governance of Auckland without any public consultation (where is the brave Herald on that one?). These are huge, significant developments in which the people have had no say at all.

    I wanted a partner, who’d consult me on how the household was run and accept that my opinions, while sometimes different, were equally valid.

    Ask yourself honestly whether you got a better deal there from Labour or National, and who is truly arrogant. From The Herald link above:

    The Clark administration was often described as taking a “nanny state” approach – but it did consult widely; the Nats, by contrast, are looking remarkably like bullies.

    • Rex Widerstrom 25.1

      You won’t find me defending National’s “blitzkreig” (as I think Tane memorably described it) r0b. The passage of contentious and poorly-drafted legislation without adequate consultation is an affront to my belief in democracy no matter who practices it.

      Labour started off right and ended appallingly. Being a reformed pessimist, I’m hoping that National is just getting over the excitement of finally having its hands on power and, having started off appallingly, will end right.

      But then again, they’re politicians. So I’m really struggling to see a half-full glass here…

    • r0b 25.2

      Labour started off right and ended appallingly.

      As with RedLogix, how so? If you’re referring to the EFB/EFA, I agree that Labour made mistakes. But the bill went through the regular parliamentary process, was modified as a result of public feedback, and had the support of every party in parliament except National and ACT (right up until the last moment of the final reading when Peter “spine of jello” Dunne jumped ship (Edit: the MP were ambivalent)).

      So I fail to see where you get the label “appallingly”, and I think you are buying into the National spin / media hype machine. Again, by any democratic measure, the Nats have started much much worse than Labour finished.

  25. RedLogix 26

    That New Zealanders seem to embrace this suffocating “I know what’s best for you’ approach says something about our collective psyche.

    I have to agree with r0b here Rex. Just a few days ago I had to listen to a pro-Nat CEO spouting on about how this new National govt didn’t waste time ‘consulting everyone’ and just ‘got on with it’… and what a wonderful refreshing thing this was.

    It is your thesis that Helen Clark was an overbearing strong leader, yet looking back I see precious little actual evidence of this. Clark ran a tight disciplined government yes, and was undoubtedly hyper-competent… so what exactly are you carping at here? Are you telling us that Clark’s govt should have consulted more? That HC should have been a ‘weaker leader’?

    Exactly what did Helen actually DO that made her a ‘benign dictator’?

    • Pascal's bookie 26.1

      The thing about arrogance, is that it’s what you think about pollies that you don’t like for some other reason.

      All pol’s are by definition, arrogant. It’s kind of inherent in the idea of running for parliament. So, no one likes arrogance, but when someone is arrogant and you agree with them, they are confident, and showing leadership.
      When you no longer like them or are sick of them, all of a sudden they is arrogant. But it’s not them what’s different in the two cases. It’s what else you think about them.

      It’s the most simple but bullshitiest pollie trait ever.*

      *”Phony” as possible tie.

  26. Rodel 27

    Clark’s Legacy
    I’ve just read Espiner’s column about Helen Clark’s legacy. How can a supposed journalist get it so wrong? His fabrications and his John Key arse licking must be embarrassing to whoever tried to teach him how to be a journalist. Has he been unwittingly or willingly sucked into right wing PR propaganda with no views himself of any substance?He should be on National’s hollow men propaganda team.
    Helen Clark has vision and in person is kind and non assuming but doesn’t take the bullshit that John Key sucks up to, changing his views depending on who he’s talking to.Sometimes I wonder if Espiner has ever met her.
    He’s about the same as Paul Henry and that other simpleton Hooten on the Dick head’s incompetence scale.
    Helen Clark is world recognized as one of the great leaders- end of story.

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    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    7 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    1 week ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

  • Government to progress Control Orders for community safety
    The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill will have its first reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. “The control orders Bill will mean our community is better protected from the risks of the very small number of New Zealand citizens who have engaged in terrorism related activities overseas. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • World-first plan for farmers to reduce emissions
    The Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to a world-first partnership to reduce primary sector emissions in one of the most significant developments on climate action in New Zealand's history. Today farming leaders and the Government announced a plan to join forces to develop practical and cost-effective ways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
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