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The countries that accept foreign donations to political parties

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 86 comments
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The countries that accept foreign donations to political parties are in red (source):

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86 comments on “The countries that accept foreign donations to political parties”

  1. adam 1

    Sorry about the poor video quality.

  2. Gosman 2

    In Africa it looks like the countries with the best democracies allow it.

    • Grant 2.1

      Yes Chad and the Central African Republic are certainly sterling examples of exemplary democracies alright. Pleased to see your political and historical analysis is holding to its usual standard. (low).

      Apart from the ones I’ve already mentioned, perhaps you’d like to give us a run-down on the attributes of Uganda, Burkina Faso and Mali?

      • Phil 2.1.1

        Pleased to see your political and historical analysis is holding to its usual standard. (low).

        Transparency international still considers New Zealand and Australia two of the most transparent political systems in the world, with low levels of corruption. Additionally, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and Holland are democracies held in relatively high regard. Spain and Italy, not so much (but they have other problems).

        Meanwhile, the foreign-political-donation free nations of Venezuela, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Greece, the United States and so on, are doing a top-notch job.

        Bottom line is: I look at this chart and see zero useful correlation.

        • Grant 2.1.1.1

          The chart may not be a useful tool, but Gosman certainly is.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          Transparency international still considers New Zealand and Australia two of the most transparent political systems in the world, with low levels of corruption.

          No they don’t. They report that we have a perception that we’re the least corrupt country.

          This, as John Key and National have proven, is complete bollocks.

          • Philj 2.1.1.2.1

            Nicky Hager explained to me that it was a measure of the perception of corruption. It is not a measure of corruption, but a measure of the PERCEPTION of corruption. Quite a difference.

            • The lost sheep 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Did Nicky explain why Transparency International chooses to use perception as it’s measure PhilJ?

              Did he provide you with some Internationally recognised research that illustrated the difference between NZ’s Transparency International rating and, er, some other measure of corruption?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Did Nicky explain why Transparency International chooses to use perception as it’s measure PhilJ?

                IMO, it’s because it hides the actual corruption.

                Did he provide you with some Internationally recognised research that illustrated the difference between NZ’s Transparency International rating and, er, some other measure of corruption?

                The only valid measure of corruption would be convictions/100,000. Unfortunately, NZ doesn’t have any laws against corruption. If we did McCully would be in jail for his bribe to Saudi Arabia.

        • maninthemiddle 2.1.1.3

          TI’s perception analysis is largely correct. NZ is virtually devoid of political corruption, and anyone who has or does do business overseas knows that.

          There are also other measures that show how strong NZ’s reputation is:

          http://www.worldaudit.org/corruption.htm
          NZ 4th/150 as least corrupt.

          https://government.defenceindex.org/#close
          NZ is one of only 2 countries with a defence corruption index of Very Low.

          There’s more, but you get the drift. NZ is up there with the best when it comes to the lack of corruption.

    • Muttonbird 2.2

      What about Venezuela? That’s the question on everyone’s lips.

    • Anno1701 2.3

      “In Africa it looks like the countries with the best democracies allow it”

      heh…..

  3. save nz 3

    Shocking! Personally I don’t even think you should be allowed to donate past $5000 to a political party and donations from companies or trusts should be outlawed. It should be an even playing field.

    We would have a better world if we all have an equal vote. Now apparently USA (where we seem to be heading) it is all about how much money you have in campaign not about your policies or your integrity. Hence the choice of Trump vs Clinton, who the voters loathe the least. And Obama still trying to force through TPPA even though ‘apparently’ both Clinton and Trump and against and so is most of the US population.

    No wonder world leaders can’t be bothered doing anything about major threats, climate change, water and air pollution, food quality and so forth when they are more motivated and indebted to oil, arms, hollywood and GM companies to win their elections for them and push through policies for them.

    • gsays 3.1

      i agree save nz, and would add:

      a transparent lobbying register and
      publically funded election campaigns.

    • Chooky 3.2

      +100 save nz and gsays…a STOP should be put to foreign donations!

      …otherwise Elections are bought by foreign interests…antithetical to a Democracy

      …and tacit approval of corruption of politicians and political parties

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      +1

  4. RedLogix 4

    Well even the Australians are concerned:

    Momentum is building to consider a ban on political donations from overseas, after an ABC investigation of Chinese-linked payments to the major parties.

    The ABC has revealed that between 2013 and 2015 Chinese-linked companies and individuals made more than $5.5 million in donations to both Labor and the Coalition.

    The donations include $850,000 given to the ALP by a businessman whose address is shared by a centre for retired Communist Party officials.

    Former treasurer Wayne Swan has warned foreign donations could be “skewing” political decision-making.

    “I certainly think we should be having a stronger debate about the role of political donations and how that potentially is leading to political decision-making being skewed in favour of foreign countries,” Mr Swan told the ABC.

    “I’m all in favour of that, and I’m all in favour of looking at tighter control in that area.”

    Chinese political donors

    An ABC investigation of political donations reveals Chinese businesses are by far the largest foreign-linked donors to both major parties. Search the data here.
    He has an ally in Independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, who wants to make overseas payments illegal.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-22/foreign-donations-could-skew-australias-democracy-politicans/7775060

  5. Gosman 5

    Given that map it 2oukd suggest there is little problem in the world with foreign donations to political parties.

    • nom 5.1

      Sure, if you happen to live in one of the green countries that doesn’t allow foreign donations. But did you notice that New Zealand was coloured in red?

      • Gosman 5.1.1

        Ummm… why does that show a problem with countries receiving foreign donations for political parties? The most democratic country in Africa is Red. Are you stating that South Africa is being corrupted by foreign money and a place like Zimbabwe is a paragon of democratic virtue as a result?

        • joe90 5.1.1.1

          South Africa is being corrupted by foreign money

          Of course not, everyone knows the ANC’s ties to China are cultural.
          /

          Like global south-to-south trade, south-to-south political funding is growing fast. China likes to help out African ruling parties, says Patrick Smith, editor of the Africa Confidential newsletter. Senior officials of the African National Congress (an entity ever harder to distinguish from the South African state) have long benefited from training at the Chinese Communist party’s leadership academy in Pudong. Now the ANC is creating its own Chinese-inspired academy at home in Venterskroon. Possibly coincidentally, the ANC’s head of research discovered in the course of a Chinese study tour last year that China has “opposition parties, whose role was to assist the government to govern” — a model for South Africa’s “rowdy, noisy and disagreeable opposition”, he added, in a newspaper opinion piece after the trip.

          http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CoLlbrU39YQJ:www.ft.com/cms/s/2/40edc692-cf80-11e5-92a1-c5e23ef99c77.html+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz

          http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2016-08-01-who-is-funding-our-political-parties-and-why-dont-we-know/#.V7vb-BJZAXk

        • The purpose of the map is very obviously to show the scarcity of countries which allow foreign donations to political parties – which you understand, or your first snarky comment wouldn’t make any sense. So why try to spin it otherwise? Why so invested in the right of foreign money to influence our democratic process?

          • Gosman 5.1.1.2.1

            Do you have evidence that the countries that allow foreign donations to political parties are in any way less democratic or more corruptible than the ones that forbid it? Then show me the information which supports that. All that map does us show a number if countries forbid it. That doesn’t mean it is right or wrong. Heck I could do something similar a few years ago showing countries where gay marriage was allowed. It doesn’t mean that gay marriage is a bad thing if a majority of countries don’t support it. Ditto with foreign funding of political parties.

            • Stephanie Rodgers 5.1.1.2.1.1

              Why are you demanding I defend an argument which no one has made? I suspect because you’re trying to derail the conversation away from the troubling fact that very few countries allow foreign donations to political parties.

              It’s a bit strange how worked up you are about a post which is literally one sentence and a picture, if, as you are asserting, it proves nothing.

              • Gosman

                Who cares if only a few countries allow foreign donations to political parties? That is not an effective argument against allowing it to occur. Indeed many of the countries that do allow them seem to be the most free and less corruptible than countries that ban it.

          • Macro 5.1.1.2.2

            “So why try to spin it otherwise? Why so invested in the right of foreign money to influence our democratic process?”

            Because Stephanie the funding for Acts campaign slush fund would dry up overnight, and where would the greedy little buggers people be then?

  6. Huginn 6

    Well, speaking sort of which – has any light been cast on ACT’s championship of the legislation that enabled Ukrainian and Russian organised criminals to sell dodgy carbon credits here in NZ?

  7. Ovid 7

    There is a limit of $1,500 a year for donations received from overseas persons. I don’t think our politicians are quite as cheap as that.

    • NZJester 7.1

      There are limits also on the max amount of an anonymous political donation that can be made by an individual to a party in New Zealand, but National has found loopholes around that. They have exploited loopholes to have the largest pool of anonymous donation funds that is even larger than all the anonymous donations of all the other parties combined. Things like the National Parties Cabinet Club where people get to stay anonymous with their donation but get 1 to 1 access to the National Politicians is a classic example of this routing of loopholes in the anonymous donations rules. They are able to claim not to know who the donation is from even though all the people at the Cabinet Club had to pay to be there.

  8. Adrian 8

    Except Gosman, it now appears all NZers and not just the Nats have to pay back the big donation by way of a dairy farm in a desert.
    Oh, and all the insurance company help in return for rooting ACC.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    Clinton has accepted massive donations from foreign donors. Of course, she’s not a country, so not listed on this post.

    • Phil 9.1

      The Clinton Foundation isn’t a political party, either.

    • TheExtremist 9.2

      Do you have to inject your Clinton hate into every single fucking post? I don’t like her either but for gods sake man, get a fucking grip!

    • Either you’re misinformed about the Democratic Party’s processes – which strictly limit donations to American citizens or permanent residents (see https://my.democrats.org/page/contribute/contribute-from-abroad) – or you’re being deliberately vague in order to slag off Hilary Clinton in an unrelated post. I don’t see the point.

      • TheExtremist 9.3.1

        I’m guessing the latter.

        Also note that CV, the massive Trump pimp he is, fails to mention that Trump solicited an illegal hack by a foreign power of a political rival. But Clinton *falsely* receiving foreign funding is the real problem, apparently.

        • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1

          Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that it is not possible to conclude who hacked the DNC systems, and further said that pundits should stop “hyperventilating” about Russian hackers.

          How is it you know so much different?

          • joe90 9.3.1.1.1

            Clapper said I don’t think we’re quite ready yet to make a call on attribution and was adding a little snark when he said no one should be “hyperventilating” about the hack.

            http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-hack-russia-226384

          • te reo putake 9.3.1.1.2

            He didn’t actually say that, CV. He was not country specific in his comment, saying it was too early to attribute guilt. What he actually said was that the hyperventilation about the breach was odd because nobody should be surprised at hacking any more. However, he did note that it was probably one of the “usual suspects”, so he wasn’t entirely letting the mafia state off the hook.

            • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1.2.1

              Bill Binnie former technical director at the NSA has also suggested that US intelligence insiders have a serious grudge against Clinton for her cavalier handling of top secret emails and acted against her.

          • TheExtremist 9.3.1.1.3

            Because Trump said so, you idiot. He invited Russia to hack Clintons emails. It was a major story covered by all news outlets which Trump later claimed was a “sarcastic” joke.

            Do try to keep up

            • Colonial Viper 9.3.1.1.3.1

              Not sure what you are on about. Clinton invited the world to hack her emails five years ago when she was Sec State, and using an unsecured, unapproved server in her home basement to do official work from.

              PS do you really believe that the Kremlin jumps into action whenever Trump gives them commands on prime time TV? Is Trump in actual fact a senior general of the Russian Intelligence services?

              PPS Clinton has received millions in donations for helping Russian businessmen buy American uranium mines. Actually true. Google Uranium One deal.

              • TheExtremist

                Trump speech – you know the one where he asked a foreign power if they could dig up more dirt on Clinton by way of hacking.

                It was news over every channel (except for maybe RT which seems to be your primary source of “news”).

                Don’t play dumb

                • Colonial Viper

                  why do you believe the Kremlin takes orders from Trump? Is Trump a secret Russian general?

                  • TheExtremist

                    No, I believe Trump is completely unfit to be president because he advocated what amounts to treason, is a racist, mysoginistic bigot who supports extreme pro-life positions, lies with every breath an appears to be completely unhinged while proposing massive tax breaks to those that need it least. And while you moan, incorrectly, about Clinton receiving foreign money Trump tacitly supports foreign powers hacking his rivals.

                    Seemingly your choice for candidate. Well done you.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Your wild and uneducated claims are a bit sad.

                      BTW here is a short list of the foreign money that Clinton has received which I have put up before (from Zero Hedge):

                      -THE CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS TIED TO SAUDI ARABIA WHILE CLINTON SERVED AS SECRETARY OF STATE
                      -AN EMBATTLED BUSINESSMAN WITH “TIES TO BAHRAIN’S STATE-OWNED ALUMINUM COMPANY” GAVE BETWEEN $1 MILLION AND $5 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION
                      -A VENEZUELAN MEDIA MOGUL WHO WAS ACTIVE IN VENEZUELAN POLITICS DONATED TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DURING CLINTON’S TENURE AS SECRETARY OF STATE
                      -GERMAN INVESTOR WHO HAS LOBBIED CHANCELLOR MERKEL’S ADMINISTRATION GAVE BETWEEN $1 MILLION AND $5 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, SOME OF WHICH WAS DURING MRS. CLINTON’S TENURE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
                      -THE CEO OF AN AMSTERDAM BASED ENERGY COMPANY DONATED AT LEAST $1 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND LATER ANNOUNCED AT THE 2009 CGI MEETING A $5 BILLION PROJECT TO DEVELOP ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY POWER GENERATION IN INDIA AND CHINA
                      -INDIAN POLITICIAN AMAR SINGH, WHO HAD DONATED AT LEAST $1 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, MET WITH HILLARY CLINTON IN SEPTEMBER 2008 TO DISCUSS AN INDIA-U.S. CIVIL NUCLEAR AGREEMENT
                      -THE CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED ADDITIONAL DONATIONS FROM INDIAN BUSINESS INTERESTS PRIOR TO HER BECOMING SECRETARY OF STATE
                      -BILLIONAIRE STEEL EXECUTIVE AND MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN INVESTMENT COUNCIL IN KAZAKHSTAN LAKSHMI MITTAL GAVE $1 MILLION TO $5 MILLION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION BEFORE CLINTON BECAME SECRETARY OF STATE
                      -SOON AFTER SECRETARY CLINTON LEFT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THE CLINTON
                      -FOUNDATION “RECEIVED A LARGE DONATION FROM A CONGLOMERATE RUN BY A
                      -MEMBER OF CHINA’S NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS”
                      …AND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DEFENDED ITS PARTNERSHIPS WITH BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC CORPORATE INTERESTS
                      -POWERFUL AND CONTROVERSIAL CORPORATE INTERESTS BASED IN THE U.S. ALSO DONATED TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION
                      -AMONG THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DONORS REVEALED IN 2009 WERE SEVERAL FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WHO HAD GIVEN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
                      – WHEN HILLARY CLINTON BECAME SECRETARY OF STATE IN 2009, BILL CLINTON AGREED TO STOP ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION FROM MOST FOREIGN COUNTRIES
                      -IN THE PAST, SOME OBSERVERS HAD LINKED FOREIGN GOVERNMENT DONATIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND SECRETARY CLINTON’S WORK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
                      -THE CLINTON FOUNDATION CAME UNDER INTENSE SCRUTINY IN FEBRUARY 2015 WHEN IT WAS REVEALED THAT THE FOUNDATION HAD ACCEPTED DONATIONS FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AFTER SECRETARY CLINTON LEFT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
                      -THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TIED FOREIGN GOVERNMENT DONORS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S ENDOWMENT FUNDRAISING UNDER SECRETARY CLINTON
                      -CLINTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT SHOULD HILLARY CLINTON DECIDE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, THE FOUNDATION WOULD FOLLOW APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES FOR ACCEPTING DONATIONS FROM FOREIGN DONATIONS, JUST LIKE IT HAD HAD UNDER SECRETARY CLINTON…
                      -REPORTS THAT STATE DEPARTMENT LAWYERS DID NOT EXHAUSTIVELY VET BILL CLINTON’S PAID SPEECHES DURING SECRETARY CLINTON’S TENURE RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROLE CLINTON FOUNDATION DONATIONS MAY HAVE PLAYED IN ORGANIZING THOSE SPEECHES
                      -SOME CONSERVATIVES USED THE FOREIGN DONATIONS CONTROVERSY TO IMPLY THAT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION IS NOT A CHARITY AND QUESTION THE FOUNDATION’S CHARITABLE WORK
                      -THE CLINTON FOUNDATION HAS ACCEPTED DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS, SOME OF WHOM HAD TIES TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, DURING HER TENURE AS SECRETARY OF STATE
                      -THE CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED MONEY FROM A FOUNDATION FORMED BY FORMER UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER VICTOR PINCHUK
                      -WALL STREET JOURNAL COLUMNIST MARY O’GRADY CITED A CONTRACT BETWEEN TWO CLINTON DONORS FOR HAITI AID AS EVIDENCE OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE CLINTONS

                    • TheExtremist

                      Which claims are “wild and uneducated”?

              • NZJester

                Trump has very close ties to people in the Kremlin.
                His daughter Ivanka Trump took a Vacation recently this month with Wendi Deng who is reported to be Putin’s girlfriend. You can not get closer ties than that. Trump also owes a lot of money to people in Russia a lot of who are in Putin’s wider circle of friends and apparently at least one in Putin’s closest inner circle is owed money by Trump also.

    • joe90 9.4

      Meanwhile, Trump solicits……

      • marty mars 9.4.1

        the latest rumour I read is that trump has given up on the election and now trying to build a All Racist Supremacist Endorsed – White Internet Publicity Empire – good luck with that one donny, meanwhile his hand is out but not much money can fit in it for some reason.

        • Colonial Viper 9.4.1.2

          ” the latest rumour I read is that trump has given up on the election”

          In the next two days Trump is holding massive campaign rallies in Florida, Texas and Mississipi.

          That doesn’t strike me as giving up.

          Where is Clinton holding her campaign rallies over the next two days (trick question, she has none)

          • marty mars 9.4.1.2.1

            it the monertise moment perhaps – he just wants the money and to see ARSE-WIPE get off the ground.

          • Phil 9.4.1.2.2

            In the next two days Trump is holding massive campaign rallies in Florida, Texas and Mississipi.

            That doesn’t strike me as giving up

            Two of those locations scream out “I don’t give a fuck about actually winning, I just want to bask in the adoration of another rabid crowd”.

            Is that “giving up”? No, but it’s not far away from it.

        • Nic the NZer 9.4.1.3

          The official rumour (as reported by CNN) has him appealing to african americans with the phrase ‘what the hell do you have to lose by backing me’.

          • Colonial Viper 9.4.1.3.1

            Listen to Trump make his inner city, economic, jobs and law and order case to Blacks and Hispanics today at a massive rally in Akron, Ohio.

            • joe90 9.4.1.3.1.1

              More hate.

              Trump in Akron adds some stress to middle name of "Barack Hussein Obama."— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) August 22, 2016

              Trump is asking his supporters to become vigilante vote-fraud monitors in minority communities. This is one of his most dangerous proposals.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 22, 2016

              Both sickening and fascinating to watch: Trump is trying to rebrand dehumanization verging on hate speech as "outreach."— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 23, 2016

            • marty mars 9.4.1.3.1.2

              yeah trump is really down with the brothers and sisters – what a fucken joke – all for sycophantic stupid pale supporters though – funny that.

    • “Clinton has accepted massive donations from foreign donors. Of course, she’s not a country, so not listed on this post.”

      lol – thanks for that one cv

    • Chooky 9.6

      + 100 good point CV…there is more than one way to corrupt a country or a political party …go to the politicians directly and funnel money through trusts , foundations etc

      https://www.rt.com/usa/356782-clinton-emails-bahrain-prince/

      https://www.rt.com/usa/355447-clinton-emails-state-department-foundation/

      • TheExtremist 9.6.1

        RT is as reliable as Fox. I find it totally mind boggling for anyone to actually link to it as a source for, well, anything.

        • Colonial Viper 9.6.1.1

          Why are you shooting the messenger? RT is a news service reporting on the latest on Clinton’s lies about her criminal handling of official emails.

          If you really prefer, here is a US news source reporting the same thing:

          The Obama administration acknowledged Monday that the FBI found at least 14,900 more email messages former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government, and officials are facing intense pressure to release them ahead of November’s election.

          A federal judge ordered the State Department to speed up the process, and the Republican National Committee said the administration should strive to release an initial set of the secret emails within a month, or when the first states conduct early voting.

          The existence of the emails marks yet more trouble for Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, who insisted she turned over all of her work-related messages in December 2014.

          http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/22/fbi-found-14000-new-hillary-clinton-emails/

          • TheExtremist 9.6.1.1.1

            Because, like Fox, RT is a known propaganda channel. Citing RT on anything to do with the US election is like citing Creation.com on matters pertaining to biology.

            • Colonial Viper 9.6.1.1.1.1

              Still shooting the messenger? How about what I quoted out of the Washington Times then, since you don’t like RT.

              What’s your comment on the Washington Times piece?

          • marty mars 9.6.1.1.2

            I read the rt stuff the chook put up and it was rubbish conclusions based on tenuous connections to a dump of unrelated facts – apart from that it had its merits not.

            • Colonial Viper 9.6.1.1.2.1

              Which were the rubbish conclusions?

              Clinton lied about handing over all her work emails. How is that a “rubbish conclusion”? It’s absolutely true.

          • joe90 9.6.1.1.3

            If you really prefer, here is a US news source reporting the same thing:

            the FBI found at least 14,900 more email messages former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government,

            Conveniently omitting the fact that these emails had long been deleted, by an admitted technophobe who like most folk probably thinks deleted means gone forever, and recovered forensically.

            “We found those additional emails in a variety of ways,” Comey explained in July. “Some had been deleted over the years, and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton … Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of email fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.”

            http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-found-15000-clinton-emails/story?id=41576112

  10. The Nat’s membership of the Pacific Democratic Union enables the Republican Party USA.to help Right Wing parties in this umbrella grouping. I have always suspected that the Dancing Cossack advert from
    Hanna Baba in Muldoon’s day was paid by the PDU .The amount of money spent by National every election make one suspicious of its source . The next Labour government should open the books on this as soon as possible.interesting that Key chaired this grouping last year .i wonder how many people knew this.

  11. alwyn 11

    Why do you include a link, under “related” to a smear against Earl Hagaman by Andrew Little?
    The Hagamans live in New Zealand, as I am sure you are aware.
    Why didn’t you put a link to the enormous donation by Owen Glenn to the Labour Party some years ago? He wasn’t a resident at the time but lived in Monaco. He certainly did qualify as a non-resident. Hagaman doesn’t.

    [lprent: The links are automatically generated based on correlations with the heading, categories, tags, and text of the post. They are different between the desktop and the mobile versions because they use different toolkits. And they are different over time because they are calculated pretty close to the time when the post is displayed depending on database caching.

    Did you really think that we’d waste time doing a manual selection of 3 related posts whenever we write a post? You might as well complain about the colour of the sky or the essential perfidy of John Key. Whining about those isn’t going to change them either. ]

    • The “Related” links at the bottom of each post are auto-generated by WordPress, not chosen deliberately by the author of the post. Presumably since both stories refer to political donations, the machine assumes they’re relevant to each other.

      The Standard wasn’t even a year old when the Owen Glenn donation issue broke in mid-2008, and apparently none of the authors of the day chose to blog about it.

    • Nic the NZer 11.2

      Yes, as Alwyn points out (in a round about way) offshore donations is not just a way for foreigners to donate but residents and nationals can use it to donate as well. Clearly in some cases this may be to evade donation rules in some way. Maybe it might be easier to organise an ‘anonymous’ donation through offshore channels.

  12. Muttonbird 12

    Poor alwyn. Not too bright.

    Perhaps he or she went to one of those online schools.

    • b waghorn 12.1

      paranoia creeping into the right now the lefts gaining.

      • Muttonbird 12.1.1

        Yes. Irrational and automatic distrust – exactly what former National government minister Dr. Wayne Mapp accused ‘many Standardnistas’ of just this morning.

    • alwyn 12.2

      You should try some of the on-line courses.
      You could get the education you have obviously missed in your younger days.
      Have a look here
      https://www.edx.org/
      You probably won’t recognise these places but I can assure you that MIT is very good and Harvard isn’t too far behind.
      Try them out. They are free and the material is very good. You can go as slowly as you need too.

      • Muttonbird 12.2.1

        *to*

        That just confirms the quality of your online education.

        • alwyn 12.2.1.1

          Very good. I wondered if you would notice. Unfortunately I didn’t see the mistake until the time to edit the comment had elapsed.
          Perhaps you aren’t quite as ignorant as you appear.
          I would recommend the MIT courses though. If you want to get an education it is very good. I look at them these days to find out things I didn’t have time for when I was younger. It was a great place to study when I was there in the late 60’s and it is better now. Probably harder to get into as a graduate student than it was in my day though.

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  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    2 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    5 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    3 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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