The best they’ve got?

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, October 19th, 2008 - 62 comments
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When I heard a Chinese national had been approved for citizenship by a minister against the advice of officials and with a letter of recommendation from a Labour MP, after he had apparently donated to the Labour Party, I thought ‘seeing as this is coming from Ian Wishart, it’s probably nothing but the jokers better not have got themselves into anything dodgy’. So, it’s nice to see Wishart has made a fool of himself again, and accidentally turned what was meant to be this great scandal on Labour into an embarrassment for Key. 

Yang Liu appears to be a slightly dodgy businessman who has got to know politicians across the political spectrum. Indeed, John Key remembers meeting him three times (funny how his memory is so clear on this, when claims he struggles to remember so much else). He gave both Labour and National $5000 in 2005. He is also apparently strongly pro-democracy and a supporter of Falun Gong, which got him off-side with the Chinese authorities.It seems he has used multiple Chinese passports in the past, which isn’t unusual among dissidents. 

Dover Samuals and Pansy Wong gave him letters of recommendation for his citizenship application, a common practice for MPs. Immigration Minister Rick Barker also knows Liu. When Liu’s application came before him, he did the proper thing when there is an actual or possible conflict of interest, he passed the decision to the Assistant Minister Shane Jones, who approved it. That decision is now being reviewed.

The allegation of corruption is simply dumb. Liu gave a small amount of money to both major parties, the Minister correctly stood aside from the decision given his personal acquaintance with Liu. The idea that Labour is giving citizenship to people who give them $5000 donations is laughable, the guy isn’t even a Labour man he has just been getting to know politicians, regardless of party. Indeed, he seems to have known National better.

Frankly, we get emailed things like this all the time. Pointing to a few pieces of data and alleging that it there must be some huge story underneath it all. In my experience, these things usually rest on all kinds of assumptions for which there are simply no evidence. It’s the kind of thing that Ian Wishart has built his reputation on.

62 comments on “The best they’ve got? ”

  1. T-rex 1

    “It’s the kind of thing that Ian Wishart has built his reputation on.”

    Nicely put 🙂

  2. Lew 2

    While I’m normally a defender of the NZ media’s relative lack of bias, the HoS is pretty partisan on this one:

    Millionaire gives $5000 to Labour
    4:00AM Sunday Oct 19, 2008
    By Jared Savage

    A millionare businessman wanted by authorities in China – and who has been granted New Zealand citizenship – donated money to a Labour Party campaign fund.

    The Herald on Sunday understands Yang Liu donated $5000 to Cabinet minister Chris Carter’s Te Atatu electorate committee before the last election. Wagering a bob each way, he also met National’s John Key and donated another $5000 to that party.

    (from
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10538260 – my italics)

    I understand that only the government has the power to override the DIA’s decision not to grant leadership – but why is only Labour mentioned in the headline and lead paragraph? The information about National isn’t exactly buried, but it’s certainly downplayed so as to imply that Liu is a Labour partisan, when on the information given he’s an advocate for more Asians in NZ politicis whatever their political persuasions.

    But yeah – more wishful thinking on behalf of the brigade who think even the smallest bit of soot is a smoking gun.

    L

  3. milo 3

    Hey Steve, who’s this “they”? Does it include me?

  4. Lew 4

    Incidentally, while I’m happy to defer to people with more specific knowledge on this matter, I’m not at all shocked that there’s some confusion over dates of birth and names. Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese (at least) traditionally count their ages differently than Westerners do – the primary difference is that on the date of your birth, you’re considered to be a year old – the time in the womb is counted as a year on your age. In addition (in Korea at least), everyone gains a year on New Year’s Day (so in principle you can be counted as 2 years old when by our reckoning you’re only a couple of days old). This means that when an actual birth date is uncertain, counting backward may not produce reliable results. This was the source of much confusion and merriment when I lived there. Wikipedia has a primer here.

    Also – the past century (and especially the bit between 70 and 40 years ago, when I presume Liu Yang was born) was a pretty complicated time in China, one where many families were broken up and killed, many records were destroyed and lost, and the generally Confucian weight given to such information was somewhat lessened. It’s not at all uncommon for people of a certain age to have more than one name – since the Japanese enforced the adoption of Japanese names in many of their colonies and concessions, and since the ructions of the occupation, the Korean War, the Civil War and the Cultural Revolution necessitated widespread fostering and adoption.

    Now, I don’t know if any of this applies in Liu Yang’s case – and I’ll not speculate. But the `different name + different date of birth = false identity’ calculation isn’t as simple as it appears.

    L

  5. Lew 5

    Err, I understand that only the government has the power to override the DIA’s decision not to grant leadership should read citizenship.

    L

  6. Pat 6

    Frogblog is making some pointed observations:

    “Labour hasn’t declared a single received donation over $20,000 this year to help fund its estimated $2.4 million dollar campaign”

    IrishBill: That’s because Labour are not going to get anywhere near their $2.4m limit. Because they don’t have the money to do so. It’s also because they’ve focused on the Obama model of many small donations from a broad constituency and so won’t have had to declare them. Another reason to drop the declarable donation limit.

  7. Spider_Pig 7

    Well it’s clear that the bureaucrats involved in approving citizenship applications at the Department of Internal Affairs can be sacked (or removed via natural attrition). They clearly can not be trusted to make decisions on our behalf; that honour can now fall to the Labour Party.

    National certainly would not have had the same level of information about this gentleman’s background as Labour had, and therefore Labour have a lot more to answer. And Labour’s statement that he donated $5000 cannot be backed up by evidence because of the manner that Labour have used to fundraise.

  8. randal 8

    more tripe from the swingeing right. get on with it. I want to hear what the nats policy is on selling kiwibank and privatising ACC.

  9. higherstandard 9

    No corruption – just appears to be an immigrant who has plalyed a few people for chumps and a Minster making a decision which perhaps should have relied more on the civil servants dispassionate advice than those of the immigrants QC and supportive letters from MPs.

  10. randal 10

    okay…so what is the nats policy on selling kiwibank and privatising ACC?

  11. gobsmacked 11

    It’s very simple.

    This corrupt foreigner cynically donated money to Labour, to try and buy favours.

    He then stepped inside a phone booth, rearranged his underpants, and emerged as a Kiwi philanthropist, who generously donated money to National, and courted John Key. In an entirely unrelated development, he then received help from a National MP.

    That’s all.

  12. Bill 12

    TV 1 reported that Patsy Wong wrote a supporting letter too. Anyway. The deal is that all other things being equal, if you have a million to invest you are in.

    Bribery? Nope. Immigration policy.

    Anybody remember ‘internationalism’ and the arguments for the right to freedom of movement for all people regardless of their wealth?

  13. Lew 13

    Spider Pig: National certainly would not have had the same level of information about this gentleman’s background as Labour had, and therefore Labour have a lot more to answer.

    You’re half-right on this one. Nobody is saying it’s wrong to accept donations from dodgy folks; only that it’s wrong for them to gain from their donations. Since National have no power to grant anything (being as they are in Opposition) there’s no question they did. That is the reason Labour has more to answer than National in this case.

    However, when reporting the facts of the case, saying Liu Yang donated to Labour (and conveniently omitting from the headline that he donated equally to National) implies something which isn’t borne out by the facts: that Liu is a Labour man. That’s my problem with the HoS coverage.

    L

  14. Rodel 14

    On the Waiheke Island Ferry recently (Sunday 5th October,12 o’clock Ferry) sitting just across From Nick Smith and the Nat candidate for Auckland Central. I think her name is Nikki Kaye.
    I overheard them talking about the free travel for senior Supergold card holders which had just been instituted, and on which my wife and I were travelling.
    Petulant comment by one of them was,
    “As a taxpayer I have to say…..Of course you know where this money’s coming from…. From family incomes.”

    But the best was the derisive comment,
    ” what’ll happen now is they’ll regulate that bus stops have to be outside old people’s homes.”

    Nearly leapt up and said.. “what a bloody good idea.”
    I found these comments interesting but exhibiting a somewhat callous and small minded attitude. Oldies are now up and about all over NZ. A new lease of life for many.

  15. Rodel 15

    I don’t vote for Winston but I watched with amusement (on Willie Jackson’s eye to eye programme) the attacks by Matthew Hooten on Winston Peters.
    Intellectually it’s like a gnat attacking a giant.I nearly laughed as much as Winston did.

    Hooten’s accusations and his ability to debate intelligently are nearly as funny as Ian Wishart’s attempts at a rebuttal of Richard Dawkins.

    The other amusement is Hooten’s silly spinny attempt to describe himself as ‘Centre right.’ (Should be ‘centre’.yeah right!

    Does he really think that New Zealander’s are as dimwitted as he is?

  16. appleboy 16

    where is dad4justice? the silence is deafening…choking on yer dead rats? the smell of dead rats on the breath will keep the girls away you know.

  17. lprent 17

    This is pretty much what I expect from the fevered paranoia of Ian Wishart. Very few facts, deliberately mis-interpreted, and a paranoid fantasy thrown in on top.

    Then get a pile of credulous dullards with limited brain capacity to push it around the net and see if it can be bloated into a story. In the meantime use all of this to push that horrible little rag of his – ie deliberate spamming of the blogs for advertising purposes.

    Most electorate offices spend inordinate amounts of time on immigration matters. It is common for MP’s from all parties to write letters of commendation to immigration department and minister.

    It is also common for the relevant ministers to override the bureaucracy. In this case apparently because the immigrant in question had lousy documentation, but had already setup here as a resident, had family and business. They were using the discretion given to them by the act – which is why it was written in there in the first place. The bureaucracy has to follow the exact rules, the ministers have to follow the intent of the act. Now it has been raised, the decision will be examined – and I expect nothing much to come from it.

    That really leaves this clown Wishart and the behavior of his campaign to promote his rag and books on this site. It has happened several times and I’m getting pissed off with it. Moveover it wastes my time because we usually have days of crap before the release of any actual information. It is just another form of spamming.

    I’m seriously thinking of adding anything to do with Wishart to the lists of things you can be banned for here. It adds nothing to discussion, we just get trolling from it. It always turns out to be a crock of shit.

    In the meantime I’ve added the clown and his rag to moderation. If I detect another campaign of this type I will throw the relevant people into moderation if they cannot point to a link with some facts in it.

  18. appleboy 18

    lprent – well said. Many of us rely on you to sift through the spin and mediamania to provide us with good information. Let’s put a stop to a bunch of right whingnuts in la la land speading Ian Wishart bile and hijacking this forum.

  19. Ianmac 19

    The trouble is that to the general public, the bits that they remember from the HOS headline is something like :” Those Labour people cheat/deceive/ are corrupt. Not interested in the details.” Its a constant smear, a bit like the constant barrage against, Peters or Veitch. (What do you remember about Veitch? Oh he’s the one who bashed his girlfriend and put her in a wheelchair.) Labour? They get money for letting criminals into the country. They won’t let you have a proper shower. They think 2X2 is a good idea. They think that the Govt has put us in huge debt. It adds to the smear. And the “light-hearted” intro to TV1 Friday night news which re-ran Helen’s comment repeatedly to ridicule, adds to the smear.

  20. burt 20

    If on my way walking to the beehive to bribe a politician I threw a $2 coin at blanket-man would you say he was involved in the bribery as well ?

  21. burt 21

    Ianmac

    Did you read Wisharts piece? In the same edition there were stats on the debate. Helen barked over Key more than Key barked over Helen and as I thought when watching the debate – the “don’t shout me down” nonsense from Helen was actually Helen stomping over a point John Key was making.

    She lost the debate – get over it.

  22. Ianmac 22

    Yes. That should have been my $2. I would be the old chap standing with an empty bucket!

  23. Now then where was I ? Oh that’s right the standard blog, now this Chinaman thing has serious consequences regarding lapses in National Security, or is it a mandate from Labour to let unscrupulous businessmen into the country through shady political circumstances? That will do for a start.

    Edit – Hi Helen

  24. Akldnut 24

    Ianmac – You’re right on the mark. As usual they are working from the old adage “If you throw enough shit – some of it will stick” be it true or not.”

  25. milo 25

    Well, for the record, here’s what I said at Kiwiblog ot 7pm on Friday, before much info came out.

    “This just reads like the system working properly. He was rejected for something suspicious, appealed on the grounds that it only looked suspicious, and actually wasn’t a problem at all. And the Minister upheld the appeal. On the evidence provided above, I don’t see anything wrong whatsoever.”

    Got 18 negative karma for that! Always nice to be an early mover.

    And I agree the Herald headline is disgraceful.

  26. Lew 26

    milo: Heh, if you’re pissing people off both here and there I suppose you must be onto something.

    L

    Captcha: `Rough discussing’.

  27. “Wherever you see a man who gives someone else’s corruption, someone else’s prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.”
    – John Jay Chapman, Practical Agitation (1898)

  28. JoshRV 28

    That’s the only intelligent thing I’ve ever seen you post, d4j – and those words aren’t even your own.

  29. lprent 29

    milo: My sympathies. That is also why I don’t think that the karma thing works and why I haven’t implemented it here.

    What infuriates me is the way that Wishart promotes his ‘stories’. He gets the mindless to spam the blogs for long periods of time. I think that is exactly how I’ll start treating it from now on. It distracts from debate, and it isn’t like he ever has anything particularly interesting.

    burt: As far as I can tell the clown has counted Helen talking with Key interjecting and Helen talking over his interjection as Helen interjecting. Is that what you define as an ‘barking over’? If so why is that? Explain your logic.

    Consider the source of these ‘stats’. Face it the guy is a total dickhead with a slim grasp of reality.

  30. Jesse 30

    [lprent: warning comment by a previously banned wishart spammer]

    The issue is not that the man gave the donation to Labour or National. The issue is that Shayne Jones and Rick Barker cocked up knowing the facts and gave him Citizenship. That does smell fishy whatever spin you try and put on it, Pansy Wong and National didn’t have the facts in front of them like these two Cabinet Ministers. I would think that Helen Clark is seething mad over this incompetence shown yet again by a couple of her ministers. Shayne Jones ego gets in the way of everything he tries to do he just about needs a semi trailer to pull his ego along behind him. Whatever you say Wishart has done it again and no one is disputing the facts.

    [lprent: You’re talking total crap. That is what their job is. To make judgment calls on appeals about immigration decisions. They are specifically told to make those judgments on appeals by the immigration act. No-one is disputing the facts. What is in dispute is the interpretation the clown puts on it. That appears to be the result of a fevered imagination and no judgment or understanding of the immigration ministers roles.

    Now on to other matters. I just did a interesting scan of the comments using your identifying info.

    You are now permanently banned (again) for spamming under all of your various aliases – you have been warned on it previously several times. I’ve also tagged your previous comments so people reading them know exactly who you are]

  31. Bye bye Jesse. Another good chap banned. I’d better watch my right step in a red minefield.

    [lprent: Seems to have copied most of his lines. I get annoyed by shills that can’t express their own opinion. Spammers don’t deserve any sympathy from anyone]

  32. appleboy 32

    dad4justice – still no comment from you on john key meeting this man 3 times, the national party accepting a $5000 donation too, and Pansy Wong (she’s a National MP) writing to immigration in his support?

  33. appleboy 33

    dad4justice – i note you tried running this stupid story again under the 12 Key Flops discussion too – how does it feel to be humiliated in public? You predicted Labour would slide to 25% after this story broke! Are you bonkers? Come we’d like to see your comment on Mr Key’s meeting and accepting a $5000 donation and Pansy Wong’s leter of support for this guy..your silence will be deafening..or will you just hang yourself…

  34. radar 34

    “Indeed, he seems to have known National better.”

    Apart from absolutely nothing, what do you base that statement on?

  35. Bill has it about right. If you have piles of money, you can buy your way into NZ….and it would be a debate worth having to work out whether National or Labour would be any more careful than the other about letting such people in.

    Being wanted by the police in China isn’t necessarily a black mark. It might just mean some party boss wants to put a competitor out of business…..or take over that business.

    As for this case, there have been numerous like it in the US in recent years: dodgy Chinese businessman with “links to the Communist Party” (as though that can be avoided in China) donated big cash to everyone in sight……seeking favour.

    Just like back home.

    I’d like to know under what circumstances Shane Jones overrode the original decision. There must have been an appeal or he wouldn’t have heard about it.

  36. applebox – was it John Key who granted this man favouritism citizenship?
    Oh for a few too many yen…………………….

  37. Lew 37

    Dunno how many yen a Chinaman would have, D4J. Care for a guess?

    Steve Withers: Yeah, this is what makes China (and Asia more generally, to an extent) so interesting – it’s as nepotistic as all hell. I’m unusual in not necessarily thinking that’s a bad thing 🙂

    L

  38. Silly me Lew,always catch one everytime, because the unit of Chinese currency is Yuan, divided into ten Yiao, which are again divided into ten Fen. 1 Yuan = 10 Yiao = 100 Fen, however the point I was trying to smack home was the fact the man brought himself residency under a Helen Clark lead government ( no doubt $US dollars).This is both a slap in the face for the kiwi born and bred struggling family and common respect and decency. The Labour government are one scandal after another. This man must be deported tomorrow.Keep it kiwi said Helen but she sold our soul to Chinaman.

  39. deemac 39

    pathetic how people whose only info is Wishart (well known spinner) are willing to denounce someone they actually know nothing about as “corrupt” a “liar” and demand he be deported. The same people who denounce the Chinese govt as tyrants (often true) now treat their allegations as valid!
    Quite apart from the fact that this guy was granted residency ages ago, on humanitarian grounds alone anyone with a wife and babies who are all NZ citizens and who has been here for 7 years without committing any offence must be odds on to stay (short of an application by the ICJ in the Hague!)

  40. Ok deemac, if your happy with the situation it must alright to buy a kiwi passport? What a sad indictment.

  41. Hi Dad, care to answer the question I asked you last night?

  42. Don’t talk to jerks. Time for a Tiger Tea bag.

  43. Lew 43

    D4J: Hey, you can has wikipedia!

    L

  44. D4J I ask once again, what do you think of National’s welfare policy? I’m curious.

  45. randal 45

    was that ten fen yuan yiao by any chance. very sorry but none of this even got mentioned on the deputies debate tonight. good name for a punk pand. deeforjay and the morons.

  46. What drugs are you on randal? Imported from China ?

  47. randal 47

    naturalhigh dude. this is as good as it gets. New Zealand the beautiful is reason enough to express optimism in the future of our great little nation. dig?

  48. appleboy 48

    dadfor justice – no answer then – you just visit us to tallk crap..nice one you are now clear for all to see…

  49. Go away and see the big bad witch for your nightly poison apple you egg head!!

  50. Can you get a New Zealand passport on Trade Me or do you have to see Mr Jones?

  51. burt 51

    Steve P.

    Have you actually read the article by Wishart?

    [lprent: I did. There was literally nothing in it apart from a few facts and the clown doing a lot of twisting to try and make those facts fit his theory. Face it Wishart is a person that simply likes blowing crap. To date in the past 9 years the only thing he has ever ‘proved’ is that Tamihere should not trust a ‘journo’ of the clown’s low stature.
    So did you read it? Did you read it with a skeptical eye? Or are you as credulous as ‘Jesse’]

  52. burt 52

    lprent

    Of course I read it with an impartial eye. I also imagined how I’d fell about this if it were my team that were pulling the strings. You know what, I don’t give a piss which party people are in when it comes to things like this. If people with that much ‘dirt’ on file with immigration officials can get a fasttrack citisenship approval with their mate the minister (Dirty o’l Dover) personally doing the deed then one needs to wonder about what is going on.

    How would you react about this if it were a National party minister and one of his big business mates buying favours rather than a Labour party person with his big business mates buying favours ?

    Of the ‘noting in it’ that you talk about, do you dispute any of the details from DIA? Do you think Wishart has made them up?

    I wonder how many people receive fasttrack citisenship approvals with so much trouble on their international criminal record ? Or is there noting to see here and we should move on.

    Question: If he is found to have committed fraud in his application will he forfeit his assets in NZ like he did in Aussie before he was granted citisenship here. (as DIA knew and had advised the minister.)

  53. burt 53

    Steve P.

    I’d still like to know if you have read Wishart’s article?

    PS: Is ‘Wishart’ a word that invoked moderation?

    [lprent: Yep. I thought I’d made that clear earlier. I think that the clown wastes my time so it is moderation permanently. Seems the simpliest way for me to identify people like Jesse who I suspect was the plagarist Rob]

  54. Your comment is awaiting moderation? What did I say that was offensive. I think burt is right as the W word upsets the apple cart?

  55. Felix 55

    Hardly surprising that the W word would be moderated.

    It’s a word which quite simply doesn’t come up in serious rational discussions among non-retarded adults. As evidenced by this very thread.

  56. burt 56

    Felix

    This very thread being the original post or this very thread being the people that have commented on it?

  57. appleboy 57

    re dad4justice – can we get of this right whinger troll – he has come on here post after post going on about this silly wankhart story that we have now 100% discredited – go and play in the sand pit with the other trolls – we don’t need crap from losers like you.

  58. Felix 58

    burt,

    If you’d read the original post you wouldn’t need to ask. But no, I’m quite obviously calling you and dad retards, not the writer of the post.

  59. Pascal's bookie 59

    appleboy, d4j gets granted leeway for style. It’s an aesthetic thing.

    There is also the unresolved question as to whether he is an art project, a stroppy Artificial Intelligence program whose developers are using blog comment threads as a Turing test, or something else.

    In any case, don’t read him if you don’t like him. Or rather read him, but don’t respond untill you find something to like about him.

  60. Felix 60

    Good advice Pb. I wouldn’t want to lose the little bastard either.

    Sort of how I feel about Winston – question time just wouldn’t be the same.

  61. lprent 61

    burt: I don’t dispute facts from the DIA immigration department. What I dispute is the clown’s interpretation of those facts – quite simply he ignores the simplier explanation, that the ministers were following the Act.

    But more importantly for this site, I don’t and won’t tolerate spamming here

    The reason why some words have been put in moderation is because I’ve been reading comments put in by shills for the clown all week promoting this pile of crap. The same thing happens whenever he comes up with a story or a book. They hype big and fall short every time. This is about the third or fourth time I’ve seen the pattern.

    This is not a site for advertising. This is a deliberate spamming policy by some clown that thinks he is a journo (against all the evidence). So anything to do with the clown is in moderation because IMO he is a just another spammer.

  62. Rich 62

    I’ve always felt that a flaw in the system is that we give credence to convictions in places like China where reasonable standards of justice don’t apply. As someone said above, this guy might have a conviction there, but that could well just mean he’s pissed the authorities off.

    I reckon that to be denied citizenship somebody should have to have been convicted of something that is a (reasonably serious) crime here on evidence that an NZ court would reasonably have accepted.

    I’m actually less likely to vote Labour (even at electorate level) after seeing ministers acquiescing in Wishart’s lunacy.

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    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    2 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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    3 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    4 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
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    5 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • The looting is the point
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    6 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
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    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
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    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
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    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
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