The birth of NZ’s very own Birther movement

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, September 26th, 2013 - 81 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, labour, uncategorized, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

slaterThe right must be very afraid of David Cunliffe.  Because they are coming up with the most extraordinarily crazy conspiracy theories to try and discredit him.

It is becoming a bit like the Birther movement in the US.  Over in the land of the free and the brave some chose to exercise their freedom of speech by claiming that the President of the United States was not born there but was actually born in Kenya.  There is no proof that this actually occurred.  Their basic motivation appears to be that Obama is black.  Deep down they cannot accept that a black person could or should be their leader.  And so they have talked up an amazing conspiracy theory.  It is full of dog whistle, after all they are not complaining that their leader is black, just that he was born in a nation where most of the people had dark skins.  And he is obviously not an American, so why should he lead them.

And despite POTUS producing an unimpeachable piece of paper showing that he is American born, they refuse to believe this and still claim that he is an Alien.  As far as I am aware a poll has not been conducted but I suspect that a significant part of the Birther movement believe that Obama was born on one of Jupiter’s moons.  I guess that democracy requires an acceptance that some people may have the most bat shit crazy beliefs possible.

Despite their efforts, actually probably because of their efforts, Obama was recently reelected leader of the free world.  The last election was fascinating.  Obama probably won the first because he lifted everyone with his soaring oratory and vision, he won the last election because lefties and progressives, even while harbouring significant reservations, insisted that their country should be run by someone who was at least sane.

Over here things are developing in the same way.  David Cunliffe has recently received the overwhelming endorsement of Labour Party members and affiliates.  He has then engaged in a dream week where he has been concise and competent when interviewed by the media, sharp with his policy announcements and somehow he has made the Labour caucus look united.  He then had a significant bump in the latest Herald Digipoll and for the first time in 6 years Labour and National are suddenly getting close to equal pegging.

So what does National do?  It engages its social media geniuses to try and destroy Cunliffe’s reputation.

First off Matthew Hooton calls Cunliffe a liar because he said he had some involvement, not specified, in the formation of Fonterra.  Not once, but four times on National Radio.  An apology today by Kathryn Ryan shows what RNZ thinks of Hooton’s claims.

And then Cameron leaps to the fore and decides to attack Cunliffe’s release of a document showing that when he was with BCG he did work that led up to the formation of Fonterra.  Not just with one post, but with multiple posts where he quotes people such as “A Reader”, also known as a staffer of National’s Parliamentary Research Unit, as confirmation that there is something dodgy about the timesheet that Cunliffe produced.

So let me get this right.  Cunliffe produces a fake timesheet that he says was provided by Boston Consultancy Group, one of the most well respected consultancies in the world with offices in 75 countries and BCG will not notice if it is a fake?  Do you think that if the timesheet is false BCG may actually express its concern?

This has about the same chance as Obama being Kenya born.  Actually it is less likely.

We are witnessing the birth of our very own birther movement.

 

81 comments on “The birth of NZ’s very own Birther movement ”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    The Righties appear to be spiralling out of control. This is developing into a big problem for Key. If he doesn’t rein them back in it will eat into the credibility of any future attacks on Cunliffe eg during the actual campaign next year.

    • chris73 1.1

      This isn’t really required by the right, I’d suggest just sticking with Andrea Vances articles and keep leaking whats coming out of Labour

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Chris do you get instructions from on high? In the past I agree that Labour leaked like a sieve but my impression is that the caucus is very resolute right now. Do you have any evidence of Labour MPs leaking? Or are you just running lines in the hope that your wishes match reality?

        • chris73 1.1.1.1

          Depends because from where I was sitting Phil Goff did an admirable job but was hamstrung by his ministers, David Shearer was set up and dropped by his ministers and Cunliffe was apparently a tad unpopular with some in the party as well

          Yet somehow everything has now changed and its all solidarity and teamwork…its also the same thing that was said during Goffs and Shearers tenure

          You have (mostly) the same people in (mostly) the same positions and yet you think you’re going to have a different outcome?

          I think the same people that stopped Goff from becoming PM, didn’t even let Shearer get to the campaign and actively tried to roadblock Cunliffe are still there and are leaking like a sieve

          Why they’re leaking is something I don’t get because whats the point of being a politician and not wanting to have the power?

        • David H 1.1.1.2

          Great article Micky, Except I think this “Over in the land of the free and the brave” Should really read ” Over in the land of the Paranoid and Insane.” Now that a way more apt description of the state of mind over there.

          Sorry did not meant to detract from the discussion, but with Chris73 up to his RWNJ Tricks.

      • billy fish 1.1.2

        The article also forgot to mention the other facet of the “birther movement” here
        Continual claims that all the shit is coming from inside Labour in an ever increasing leak torrent

        Happy birther day Chris

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.3

        Another bad poll or two and National is going to start leaking like Fukushima

        • Rhinocrates 1.1.3.1

          Good point. To assume that National is united would be stupid; the would-be successors to Key will see any weakening of his position as an opportunity. Collins may not believe that she can take the leadership before the next election, but after that, surely…

          Keep an ear out for the leaks coming from what so far has been a tightly disciplined machine, but which won’t be for long.

        • Chooky 1.1.3.2

          CV+1….smirk

      • mike e 1.1.4

        C73 the birther movement has lead to a miscarriage of justice

  2. Hayden 2

    WHAR TYMSHET? WHAR?

  3. irascible 4

    On Planet Key life can be measured by the slaters which crawl from the woodwork a hooton’ and a hollering that they only have the true tin foil hats to preserve NZ from a Labour government.
    Mind you I’ve heard Key echo the tinfoil conspiracy recently when he proclaimed that a Labour-Green coalition would not be a genuine government if the only opposition was him and his National-ACT party.
    Me thinks the residents of Planet Key are losing their grip on the already shadowy reality they may have.

  4. Pete 5

    I mentioned on Monday how Hooton sounded like a shrill Birther or a Truther. Do we have some Koch brothers to go along with it?

  5. Tim 6

    He’s running lines. Polly wanna cracker?

  6. karol 7

    excellent post, micky. I am amazed how some righties have chosen to keep on trying to claim something that has been proved to be incorrect.

    Mind you, I wonder how much of it is a diversionary tactic? Hard to tell how sincere they are. It means us lefties spend a little less time talking about important policy issues.

  7. QoT 8

    Well, see, BCG are obviously part of the conspiracy. Notice the three letters in their name?

    B = Bolshevik
    C = Communist
    G = Gorbachev

    WAKE UP, SHEEPLE.

    • mickysavage 8.1

      😀
      😀
      😀

    • Pete 8.2

      Just another one to add to The List:

      List of Conspirators Against the National Party, and Therefore New Zealand

      The Boston Consulting Group
      Public broadcasting, especially Radio New Zealand
      Timesheets
      Shower heads
      Gays
      Lesbians
      Artists
      Actors
      Anyone who didn’t like The Hobbit
      All columnists except Fran O’Sullivan
      People who move overseas
      People with student loans
      People who move overseas with student loans
      People who return from overseas with student loans
      Safety inspectors
      The entire city of Christchurch
      Maths
      Bloggers
      ASB Bank
      The Governor of the Reserve Bank
      BBC Hardtalk
      Scientists
      The Commerce Commission
      The Ombudsman
      John Campbell
      Parliamentary Services
      BMW
      Jon Stephenson
      Three-way handshakes
      Nicky Hagar
      Breakfast (the meal)
      Martyn Bradbury
      Environmentalists
      The Supreme Court
      Labour Unions
      The entire public service, except Treasury and the intelligence agencies
      Teachers
      Universities
      Academics
      Bernard Hickey
      Gareth Morgan

      Feel free to amend as you like

  8. karol 9

    The suggestion on another thread that the documents Cunliffe provided to RNZ were obviously fake? Did this misguided person think that the documents hadn’t been scrutinised and accepted by RNZ’s lawyers/researchers?

    Or were they just not that bothered, with this issue that could have legal repercussions for them?

    • David H 9.1

      I think it was attributed to Whaleslime’s sewer site, and therefor a non event. But not positive.

  9. Rhinocrates 10

    Vespasian, a Roman emperor (certainly one of the better ones), once said of a critic – “I will not kill a dog for barking at me,” and the effect was far more devastating than an execution would have been. David Cunliffe seems to have handled this well, by making an immediate link with the birthers.

    If this keeps up, they won’t look evil, they’ll look silly – and politically, that’s worse.

    An old proverb, attributed to every great philosopher is this: “who defines the terms wins the argument.” That’s why Gaffe and Mumblefuck lost – it was always “me too” or attacking beneficiaries and teachers. They let Key determine the terms of the argument, as Thatcher said that Blair was her greatest triumph. This time it’s “you’re not even Satan – he had depth”, and it works.

    • Rhinocrates 10.1

      I’ll have to say, he certainly didn’t say “Bow wow!” either, which was what Gaffe and Mumblefuck did.

    • The Al1en 10.2

      “If this keeps up, they won’t look evil, they’ll look silly – and politically, that’s worse.”

      Watch DC with Gower, he already does this by talking to him like a naughty 5 year old.
      Fun to see.

      • Rhinocrates 10.2.1

        Seeing Rat Boy put in his place would be nice – do you have a link?

        • The Al1en 10.2.1.1

          I don’t have a link, but if it helps, there’s a small example of it at the end of DC’s candidature press conference, which would be somewhere on the tv3 site I guess.
          It’s happened a few times before and a couple after, but just check the tone and manner of Cunliffe’s replies next time they’re both on if you can’t find one. I’m picking pre planned as a neutralising tactic, though accept it could well be a subconscious thing.

    • Mike S 10.3

      Exactly. They obviously didn’t even consider that Cunliffe would produce a timesheet and what’s more produce it immediately for scrutiny. Talk about thickwits.. This is a thing I see in Cunliffe, he is not afraid to stand up and defend himself instead of dismissing the issue as if beneath him or hiding from the issue. In my opinion his actions show someone who has a strong belief in what’s right and who will fight rather than flee or crumple.

      • Delia 10.3.1

        He has been around enough that he knows all their dirty tricks and he knows what to do with them, he is not Helen’s ‘son’ for nothing.

    • Rodel 10.4

      Rhinocrates
      Your Vespasian,quote was on the button but the terminology maligns dogs…. For G and H It’s ‘rodents’.

  10. bad12 11

    Now that Blubber Boy has destroyed the ‘news spit paper’ that they gave Him to play with,(Daddy’s attempt to make the little psycho grow up???), what’s the lump of lard do for a crust these days,

    Back on the sickness bene for psyche issues is it, could never quite work that one out either, what was the line there, Wee Cam the only sickness bene in the whole nation who wasn’t faking it…

    • Delia 11.1

      He should be happy to be on a Job Seeker allowance and go find another job…just like he and his mate expect all those other ‘bludgers’ do do.

    • Delia 11.2

      He should be happy to be on a Job Seeker allowance and go find another job…just like he and his mates expect all those other ‘bludgers’ do do.

    • Murray Olsen 11.3

      I have heard that WhaleSpew uses private income insurance. The insurance company possibly thinks it’s better to just pay him than wrestle with a pig in mud. Of course, this probably also allows him to receive money from all sorts of sources that wouldn’t be possibly if he relied on Paula for his income.

      • lprent 11.3.1

        I thought that his insurers had cut him off a few years ago.

        • Murray Olsen 11.3.1.1

          It’s quite possible that what I heard was wrong. How he supports himself is hardly one of the things that excites my curiosity. On a sociological/psychological level, I am curious as to how he manages to be as influential as he is. I can see why NAct would have him around, as it’s hard to imagine a depth he wouldn’t sink to in his slavish devotion to his daddy’s legacy, but why on Earth does anyone put him on tv?

          • lprent 11.3.1.1.1

            TV in NZ has dropped to depths that make the news and much of the political commentary to be laughable. It has largely become infotainment and played as much for laughs are information. If you want information then most younger people just use the net – including what broadcast TV is worth .

            The other content on TV is just as useless, including Sky’s pay TV.

            It was kind of weird the other day realising that virtually no one at work watches more than a miniscule amount of broadcast TV any more. They pay reasonably small amounts of money to get their entertainment without ads and in their own time schedules. I’d thought that it was just my circle of friend and family who were doing that.

            I haven’t connected the TV aerial since I moved back into my apartment last september.

            Whaleoil is presumably entertaining and suits the content makers of a dying industry.

  11. mike e 12

    hopefully bennett has him drug tested and ready for work!

  12. hellonearthis 13

    Matthew Hooton made his claim 5 times before he was told to shut up. He was given a warning at four and then said it again.

  13. tracey 14

    never underestimate tgd power of the right. whoever controls the dialogue wins and murdoch controls the dialogue… gonna be hard work defying that.

  14. Aotearoean 15

    Mathew Hooton will have to decide who needs him after the next election?

    • Tim 15.1

      I think he has aspirations of a job with Crosby Textor

    • David H 15.2

      And he’s going to point to his “Liar Liar Liar etc etc ad naseum” debacle on his CV? Not a good look, accuser, then made to look a fool all in under 24hrs.

    • felix 15.3

      He’ll probably be hospitalised by then.

      Unfortunately there’s no cure for what Hooten has, so he’ll almost certainly live out his last days in the “Hospice For Failed Desperate Spinners Who Got Lucky A Couple Of Times And Don’t Know When They’ve Outlived Their Usefulness”.

      You know, where John Ansell lives.

  15. Saarbo 16

    These idiots can say what they like about Cunliffe, but they (Hooten, Whale, Farrar, Armstrong, Vance) who have a go at him and his CV wouldn’t get close to being employed by BCG. BCG are a clever bunch and to become a BCG consultant requires serious brain power and qualifications. In my 15 year corporate career (I’m out of that scene now, too constraining, they can go and stick their “performance appraisals” up their arse, you know what I mean, the indignity of corporate life) I learned more when the company I worked for contracted BCG than in any other environment I worked in. They come out with some amazing thinking and tools to boost business performance, so I’m very interested to see what DC comes out with in terms of economic development.

    And I have a chuckle when I think about DC versus Steven Joyce, the small time radio man from New Plymouth who made good by rationalising a few radio stations into national format…that is his one claim to fame and he now thinks he has the know-how to create economic development in New Zealand (Lets be honest, he is doing fuck all). In my 15 year corporate career I worked beside heaps of consultants, and BCG would be the only consultant that I reckon were worth the money paid to them, and its fair to say it was serious money too. Steven Joyce wouldn’t get close to being employed by BCG, he’s a lightweight and his performance shows it.

    • tinfoilhat 16.1

      Strange I also used to work in the corporate sector many years ago and also had dealings with BCG (not David Cunliffe) though, my impression was that they were very expensive buffoons and yes men (very few woman) and generally pretty crap.

      • Saarbo 16.1.1

        @tinfoilhat

        There were more women than men on the Fletcher Challenge Paper job, many process engineers with phd’s from US and Aus universities from memory.

        • karol 16.1.1.1

          When I was researching Cunliffe, BCG & Fonterra, I found a couple of ex BCG women and men now with Fonterra.

    • One of the most comedic moments from Whale’s Birther/Bircher threads on Cunliffe’s document was the one where a WO moderator, ‘Petal’ indignantly posted that BCG hadn’t replied to his email request for info confirming the legitimacy of the document, so he phoned them. He added that when he told them what blog he was from, they forwarded him to a voicemail. Then, after a dramatic line-break, added ‘I think I’m being stonewalled.’

      I actually sprayed coffee. The idea of the conceited little knob calling BCG and trying to strong-arm his way past reception with an Aaron Gilmore-esque ‘do you know what blog I am from?’ bluff had me in stitches.The dramatic line-break followed with the ‘I think I’m being stonewalled’ might just have damaged my bladder for good in my effort to retain continence.

      The evident cognitive dissonance was fantastic. He may as well have posted a video sobbing “But I thought big business was on our side?”

    • newsense 16.3

      let’s wait and see him prove that. A dullard with a club can beat a knight with a sword if he hits him first and when he’s not ready…proof of the pudding is the results.

  16. trickldrown 17

    Hooten is going to work for fisher and paykel so they can do
    research on machines that a permanently stuck on spin cycle.

    • Sable 17.1

      I thought he might be working with agricultural research to develop his own brand of extra strength fertilizer..

  17. Sable 18

    I think Shakespeare said it best: why stoop to pick up nothing…

    • billy fish 18.1

      Is there nothing that Shakespeare had no quote for? I am always awed by the mans skill. The Motzart of the English language

  18. Rhinocrates 19

    Funny that Hoots hasn’t shown up here – you know, to “stand by” his excretions. He’s got moral courage and facts by his side – or so he he says, so he’ll “stand by” what he says, I expect.

    Mind you, I once stood in a paddock by a cow pat, so I guess I “stood by” that and so it’s pretty easy.

  19. such fear and loathing towards Cunliffe from the right, and yet they seemed to love Shearer and the ABC.
    funny that

  20. CV 21

    I have Cameron Slaters CV

    2003 Owned Security Company
    2004 Inbetween Jobs
    2012 Editor of Truth (6 months)
    2012 to today Inbeween Jobs

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    5 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
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    5 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
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    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
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