The Herald doesn’t want Winston to go with Labour

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This weekend we have had the full court press as the Herald threw article after article at the preposterous notion that Winston may go into coalition with Labour.

First to address what is their primary claim, that the largest party has first claim to forming a Government.  The largest party has no expectation of anything, all it has is a starting point where it is closer to 61 votes in Parliament than anyone else, no more, no less.  After that the rules of arithmetic kick in although you can bet that if National do not form the next Government then its sense of self entitlement and its indignation at having power taken away from it will be on display big time.

This election is especially difficult for National because apart from puppet party ACT it has no mates.  None.  Clearly the strategy was to burn everyone off, get New Zealand First under 5% and then have a majority.  It nearly worked.  But the people have spoken and National needs to make deals and compromise, something it has been very bad at doing previously unless the compromise was opinion poll and focus group mandated.

But this did not stop the Herald collectively claiming before the negotiations had started that they should be finished and the reigns of power handed back to National.

First up was John Armstrong.  He said this:

The feeling that the monarch-maker is the one who will end up being the monarch is accentuated by the sudden deference displayed by the two major parties towards Peters.

After months of intimating that accommodating the veteran politician was about as inviting as cohabiting with Attila the Hun, Labour and National have been auditioning as doormats who could not welcome Peters across their respective thresholds fast enough.

The level of obsequiousness to which those two parties are capable of sinking was amply demonstrated by English’s labelling Peters a “maverick”.

This is a complete rewrite of history.  Labour relationships with New Zealand First have been constructive for a long time.  Both parties realise that there is considerable agreement about a number of policy areas.

But this claim about the parties being doormats?  Well it is true at least as far as National is concerned.  Since the election:

  • Chief of Staff Wayne Eagleston has announced his resignation.
  • Paula Bennett is getting ready to vacate the position of Deputy Prime Minister and she is clearly being sidelined.
  • David Carter’s tenure as speaker has signalled it will end.
  • Anne Tolley’s future as a Minister must be in doubt.
  • Steven Joyce is that worried about what may happen he has been trying to patch relationships up with the Greens.

And how has Labour resembled a doormat? Umm?  Apart from treating New Zealand First with respect for the past decade nothing.  Before a negotiating position is advanced Labour is accused of being a doormat.  I mean WTF?

National’s dramatic action is required because it has to repair relationships with New Zealand First fast if it wants to remain in power.  The dirty politics it has been engaged in this year which include the attempted hit on Peters over his Superannuation overpayment is but the latest of nine years worth of attacks it has put Peters through.

Armstrong thinks that Peters’ main goal will be to ensure that New Zealand First survives Government and claims that going with National will achieve this.  He forgets that Peters spent the campaign advocating for change.  Backing National will betray most of his supporters as the polls show.  And it did not work out well in 1996 when in very similar circumstances New Zealand First did exactly that.

John Roughan wrote an article with a similar view.  It contained this rather unusual passage about the prospect of a Labour-Green-New Zealand First government:

A coalition of losers is a definite possibility, especially if special votes reduce National to a two point margin over the combined tally of Labour and the Greens. Mr 7 per cent (probably, after the specials) is planning to sit like King Solomon and invite bribes from both sides.

He and leaders of other losing parties are trying to convince us this is perfectly legitimate under MMP. Professors of politics explain that under proportional representation we get to elect a parliament not a government. Professors of politics need to think more carefully.

Elections for most people are not just a debate, they don’t vote for academic interest, a parliament of neatly proportionate views is not the point of the exercise for them. They think they are electing a government and that matters to them very much.

But again this ignores the nature of MMP.  If this formula was to be applied then the grouping (left or right) with the weakest support parties would always win.  Having diverse parties is somehow a weakness with this sort of logic.

And this morning there was this tragic attempt by Heather du Plessis-Allan.  Right from the start she gets things wrong.

There’s something unseemly about the current coalition flirting. The way the two major parties fawn over Winston Peters. The way the two deputies act like martyrs by giving up jobs that would be taken off them anyway. The way the leaders almost salivate at the thought of power.

Note to Heather the only person who will be giving up their job is Paula Bennett who last time I checked is the current Deputy Prime Minister.  And can she point out where Labour is fawning over Peters?  As I noted before National is the only party knifing its own members to clear out those most upsetting to Peters.

She then offers this really passive aggressive “advice” to Jacinda.  According to her Peters will dominate the media and the Greens are a shambles and at the same time will force Labour to tack left.  Of course National faces the same problem about Peters dominating the media and its one remaining support party ACT is a complete and utter shambles so her concern rings a little hollow.

She then talks about how previous Labour Governments only survived for one term, neatly ignoring that the more recent Clark Government lasted three terms and the Lange Government lasted two.

And she notes that we have never had a MMP Government run by a party that gained the most votes and “who knows what happens next”.  Maybe they have a vote or something and see who gets the most votes in Parliament.

Her advice have some merit in a political game playing sense.  But there are hundreds of thousands of kids living in poverty and our environment is being wrecked.  Waiting for our turn means that nothing apart from PR will be done about these problems.

To be fair to the Herald there is this much more nuanced effort by Audrey Young.  She describes in some detail what happened in 1996 and leaves open the possibilities of what may happen in the near future.

But the tone of the other articles, that it is all over and we should just hand power back to National, is concerning in the extreme.

132 comments on “The Herald doesn’t want Winston to go with Labour ”

  1. garibaldi 1

    Jim Bolger raving on about the Greens needing to be inside the tent on Q+A made me laugh. That would produce the same result as the Maori Party got for being inside National’s putrid tent. The arrogance of National defies belief. Bastards.

    • Ed 1.1

      They are worried.

      • cleangreen 1.1.1

        The ” stable” National party were supposed to be “stable” are truly freaking out now with Bolger making wild aqusations that Winston is planning to go “cross bench” now!!!!!

        This same idiot Bolger last week said the media that they all need to relax and give the two weeks grace to get the ‘negociations completed?????

        What a bloody flop-flog this idiot Bloger really is now, bloody clown!!!!

        How supid they look now.

    • chris73 1.2

      Well heres some of what the Maori Party achieved:

      Pita Sharples made Minister of Maori Affairs and Associate Minister of Corrections and Associate Minister of Education.

      Tariana Turia became Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment.

      Whanau Ora: Around $400 million of extra spending on Maori initiatives since 2008.
      Many more policy wins and influence over government policy. They influenced more than $3 billion for kaupapa Māori initiatives and almost $3 billion for all New Zealanders.

      The Māori Party influenced the Government to invest more than $300 million in emergency housing for homeless families

      The Maori party was a key driver in anti-smoking policy including plain packaging
      Secured funding to support kaupapa Māori programmes run by Māori to tackle high suicide rates among Māori youth.

      Initiated the largest trades training programme in more than two generations for Māori and Pasifika youth, which so far has created more than 8000 trade training places for them

      Secured $60 million for building three new kura kaupapa Māori, Māori language medium schools.

      • tracey 1.2.1

        Strange that Nats didnt champion those successes during the campaign nor the media who preferred to give disproportionate coverage to Act?

        Can you be more specific about.

        “They influenced more than $3 billion for kaupapa Māori initiatives and almost $3 billion for all New Zealanders.”
        Or give us the link to your source?

      • If they achieved so much then why are Māori worse off?

      • newsense 1.2.3

        yet what happened to quit line and to tax on cigarettes?

      • North 1.2.4

        Imagine what they would have got if the National Party weren’t comprised primarily of not wilful but certainly subliminal racists. Maori Party deserves what it got. Imagine……fucking off with a sugar daddy the kids hated.

    • tracey 1.3

      They keep viewing this through a single paradigm. How politics has always been so it must be. Actually, no. And some heads are exploding cos of it…

  2. If the Herald doesn’t want Winston to go with Labour, then Winston going with Labour
    is probably the best option.

  3. tracey 3

    Also this notion that Winston has all the power is nonsense. National can say no to anything he suggests. So can Labour. He only has “all” the power if Nats and Labour let him by doing anything for power.

    As for “losers” tag. That is an emotive outpouring by someone who might otherwise be stamping their foot and saying “if I cant win I am taking my ball and going home”.

    We need research and analysis from all views to challenge our own and make shifting perspectives possible. The one way traffic right now is continuing the pre election polarisation.

    • carlite 3.1

      Yep. I wonder if he’d have called UF (before they entered oblivion) and Act ‘losers’ without prompting.

    • patricia bremner 3.2

      The creation of a climate of “We have been cheated of our rightful win” is deliberate.

      If and when the coalition L NZF G forms, National want it seen as a usurper.

      All the naysayers will line up to pick holes in all aspects of the coalition L NZF G, with a view to going back to first past the post, as a supposed clearer view of voter intentions. (Ignoring that MMP was to avoid distortions caused by FPP.)

      Further, the effort to try to get the Green Party to form a coalition with National would spike NZ First guns and deprive Labour of viable coalition partners.

      All of this smacks of Joyce conducting and using attack lines saying National really won, and anything else is unacceptable.

      Hopefully, NZers are aware now of this type of behaviour, and NZ First Greens and Labour staying clear of it speaks volumes as they await the final count on the 7th.

      National and their virulent mouthpieces are looking more desperate and ridiculous by the day. Sometimes repeating a meme raises more questions than answers.

      Like, what is at stake for the journalists? National Party members and the Blue Dragons??

      • greg 3.2.1

        there desperate all right dont they understand we hate everything the tory scum stands after 9 years of this scum bag government we want revenge on these bastards

    • To be fair, New Zealand First has power over any position that Labour and National disagree on, and anything they’re willing to give him in order to secure policy that one of the three disagrees with the other two on.

      That’s not insignificant.

      That said, if you look at what Winston’s gotten in the past, even when he arguably got “too much,” the spending for coalition commitments as a percentage of the budget was never higher than his vote as his proportion of the party vote, so arguably the major parties, at least in terms of budget discipline, are ensuring that the dog in fact wags the tail.

    • Grantoc 3.4

      You’re right tracey about the major parties having ceded power to NZ First.

      But currently so have the Greens. At the minute they appear to have decided not to identify what power is available to them and, so, what to do with it. They can exercise some power now if they decided to. Their official stance is not to do this and this reinforces your point.

      If they chose to they could sit down and discuss coalition/sitting on the cross bench scenarios with NZ First and/or with National. Or even Labour. They should do this.

      This would reduce NZ First’s power and could throw up new and interesting possibilities.

  4. carlite 4

    This is the problem with conservatives and conservatism: there is no tolerance for diversity on any level.

    It shows through in National’s FPP campaign and it shows in the Herald contributors’ lack of understanding of the purpose of MMP; which is to provide diversity and true ‘representation’.

    The other explanation for this is political bias on the part of the Herald. In that case, they should just come out and say it.

    • Baba Yaga 4.1

      It’s not bias, it’s ignorance. MMP doesn’t work the way the Herald writers are making out, and Roughan’s ‘coalition of the losers’ comment, while pithy, shows his ignorance.

    • Incognito 4.2

      It appears that the NZH is suggesting that the electorate does not understand MMP and elections but rather than countering this ‘misunderstanding’ it feeds and propagates it!?

  5. Ed 5

    The Herald is a tool of corporate interests.
    What would you expect it to want?

  6. Sacha 6

    The Harold is best understood as the Auckland newsletter of the National party.

  7. adam 7

    Come on Mickeysavage it’s the granny, it’s for the Tory manifesto, a 100 times out of a 100.

    Any trick and spin it can fire off, it will.

    Any lies, bs, and indeed dirty politics it can get away with, it will.

    This paper (the granny) is why the Maoriland Worker Started in the first place.

    Rather than counter it’s lies, spin, dirty politics. Lets do somthing better, lets put forward our news and view points – so people can be informed.

  8. whispering kate 8

    During this period of waiting for the final votes come in surely to God there should be a limbo period where the media and other so called pundits should be banned from trying to persuade or try to determine the final outcome of this pending new coalition Government.

    Its an insult for the voters from overseas – doesn’t their vote count for God’s sake, why are we also forgetting this is an MMP system of voting now and all this rubbish of a FFP system still being in contention is deliberately misleading. The MSM have lost all their sense of what is correct and decent. Local TV is never watched and Aljazeera is now our source for news these days. Seriously this country is going to the dogs and that’s an insult to man’s best friend.

    By the way a loved one who lives in Central Auckland says a lot of the dairies now no longer have the Herald in stock as nobody is buying it and its a waste of money having it clutter up their shelves. I am now having a second attempt at the Herald, gave it up years ago, but they never give up do they and I am on a 5 week freebie delivery. What a god damn waste of time that was, never have I read so much tripe, I don’t even read it now and it goes straight from the letterbox to the recycle bin. I am writing to the Editor of the paper and once again they will get exactly what my opinion is of their shit rag.

    It pisses me off that there is absolutely nothing worth while viewing or reading these days and we have to search for online current affairs/entertainment to keep the brain engaged.

    • tracey 8.1

      I took up their last freebie so when theg rang to see how it went I told them It was great for wrapping stuff for my house move and that as long as it was full of opinion pieces and little analysis I would never pay a cent for it.

  9. Wayne_2 10

    To be fair to National, New Zealand has obviously not done too badly over the past 9 years since the GFC. A lot of OECD countries have suffered far worse than we have. That’s a simple fact. Maybe it is the China FTA signed under Labour, and simply being fortunate enough to be in the most rapidly developing part of the world, but Bill English’s stewardship has also played a big part.

    And a lot of our current unemployed could simply be of the utterly unemployable type.

    I work at a large tertiary institute and have never come across a time such as now in which graduates have found it so easy to find work. Employers are coming to us begging for graduates rather than the other way round

    Yes, National have dropped the ball in some areas —but a strong economy is a prerequisite to fixing homelessness and poverty. Let’s face it, if trade is stuffed up, then jobs are stuffed – any housing no matter how cheap is unaffordable if you don’t have a steady job..

    This is very interesting:

    “The 20-year trend of more New Zealanders moving to Australia than vice versa was broken in February 2016 when New Zealand had a net gain of 800 migrants from the Lucky Country.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11928343

    Now if NZ was such a basket case that some here make it out to be, then surely we would not be gaining migrants from Australia?

    • Carolyn_nth 10.1

      And yet, after 9 years of National touting their great economic management and rock star economy, homelessness, diseases of poverty, and low wages get worse and we have a health system crumbling and failing Kiwis.

    • Baba Yaga 10.2

      Quite simply because NZ is not a basket case. But, and it is a big ‘but’, the people you describe as potentially unemployable (and you may be right), the people who are homeless, the people who are genuinely struggling financially, need the economy to deliver for them as well. If we don’t address these issues, ultimately we will reap the results in social dislocation, and in a poorer society as a result.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3

      a lot of our current unemployed could simply be of the utterly unemployable type.

      The unemployment rate in 2007 was ~3%: you’re going to have to find some other lie with which to smear your betters.

      • Carolyn_nth 10.3.1

        And if there are so many “unemployable” people, what does Wayne and his Nats plan to do about it? Hound them off benefits so they all lie slowly dying in the streets?

      • AB 10.3.2

        OAB – surely you know that whenever the Nats are elected around about 2-3% of the population wake up the next day and say:
        “Oh goody. The Nats are in. I’m going to be lazy and unemployable for 9 years coz I just feel like surrendering myself to the sadistic micro-management of WINZ”

    • Stuart Munro 10.4

      Reasonably large numbers of NZers returned from Australia as the job market there flattened because there is no social security net for us there now.

      To pretend that this is in any way an endorsement of the atrocious government that has been plundering NZ for most of a decade is beyond fatuous, it is dishonest.

    • Andre 10.5

      Wayne, are you the former Nat minister that regularly comments here with the handle “Wayne”? If you’re not, it might be a good idea to change your handle to something else, like maybe “Wayne (not the Nat)”.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.6

      Wait. Which “Wayne” are you?

      • tracey 10.6.1

        Have politely asked him if he would consider adding a g to the dnd of his name cos I doubt Mapps ego will let him change his

    • RedLogix 10.7

      Now if NZ was such a basket case that some here make it out to be, then surely we would not be gaining migrants from Australia?

      A lot of kiwis were employed in the Australian mining construction sector which really has taken a big downturn and I’m not surprised many of them returned back home. In many cases they were there for the big money as long as it lasted, and never intended to live in Aus long term.

      And because kiwis using the SCV 444 visa are not eligible for Centrelink support, if they don’t have a job then they pretty much do have to return home.

      It will be interesting to see how this trend plays out longer term; because while Australian wages are going through a prolonged flat-patch due to the Lib/Nat govt anti-union policies … incomes are still higher and outside the Sydney and Melbourne the cost of living is lower than NZ. If you still have a good job in Aus I really can’t see most people moving back over the Tasman.

      • Wayne_2 10.7.1

        I think the article referred not to returning kiwis, but actual Australian citizens who came to live in NZ.

        Over the past two years, there have been more Australian citizens coming to live in NZ than NZ citizens going to live in Australia. This bucks a two decade trend.

        • John up North 10.7.1.1

          But are they really Aussies?? Kiwis???

          Seem to remember a report with Immgration NZ basically saying arrivals only advised their point of embarkation on entry papers and this was the information used to compile immigration figures.

          So a Liverpudlian** flies round the globe with last stopover in Sydney. On arrival Auckland entry documents state boarded flight Sydney. Immigration record as Australian arrival??

          ** Insert any country that tickles your fancy.

    • Incognito 10.8

      but a strong economy is a prerequisite to fixing homelessness and poverty

      There are at least two possible responses to this statement:

      1) This ‘strong economy’ has not delivered to all and the homeless & poor are evidential proof of this. It is also obvious by now that those at the bottom and margins of society – a growing segment of the population – are never going to truly benefit from a ‘strong economy’ as it is currently defined & achieved. This brings me to the second response;

      2) Homelessness & poverty are caused by the so-called ‘strong economy’. They are the necessary & inevitable by-product of our crazy consumption-driven growth-obsessed capitalism-based economy. Low pay & wages is an obvious necessity for profit-growth, for example.

      It’s economy, Jim, but not as we know it …

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 10.8.2

        “but a strong economy is a prerequisite to fixing homelessness and poverty. ”

        Actually that is an insidious neoliberal lie (I’ve mentioned this a few times here!)

        NZ is very wealthy but wealth is very poorly distributed. You can deliver far more to poorer people by redistributing a small amount of the wealth, than you can ever achieve by growing the economy.

        e.g. if top 10% have 10% less (e.g. $90m instead of $100m), the poorest half can have double what they currently have. You would need to grow economy by far more than 100% to deliver the same benefit (because most growth accrues to the already wealthy).

    • garibaldi 10.9

      Take away immigration and the ChCh rebuild( done on insurance money)and a housing bubble and then the economy doesn’t look so flash, in fact productivity is falling. Bill English ….huh.

    • reason 10.10

      Although not about winston …. this post is about the Heralds dishonest reporting …. their fear mongering in favor of bad legislation ………all based on Nationals pack of lies ….

      It provides a pretty good example of modern NZ Print Propaganda ….

      #############################################

      The Nacts may be a pack of dirty hearted con artists ….. but our dirty media joining in and spreading their Lynch mob Lies ….. is how they keep getting away with it …. .
      Instead of exposing the lies and revealing the facts …. Our News misinforms and fear mongers…. on their behalf

      Modern day witch trials ….. Lord of the flies as practiced by low down grown ups …… Herald styles

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11927457
      “The great meth testing scam” …. The headline is factual … and initial reporting seems ok ….

      Apart from failing to mention once in the 10 or more times they used his name, while quoting him,…… that Dr Nick Kim, a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at Massey University,….. is actually a Dr and one of New Zealands top expert toxicologist …

      “Sugar soap and elbow grease
      “Any standard detergent will do. I’ve suggested they should use two different ones if they want to be sure, and then get it retested,” he says. That’s Massey University environmental chemistry expert Nick Kim’s antidote to a bit of methamphetamine on your walls. It’s the advice he gives frantic homeowners who ring him after their properties have tested positive for P.”…..“Those that have got back to me have said, ‘yeah, the second test came back fine’.”

      “Landlords are evicting tenants, insurance premiums are rising, and property owners are spending tens of thousands of dollars on decontaminating houses at levels so low the risk to human health is neither appreciable nor quantifiable”….

      “At 1.5 residue levels are so negligible that to call it ‘contamination’ is an abuse of language, Kim argues” …

      The Herald tells us to be shocked by the rational Ross Bell… because, “ the New Zealand Drug Foundation, an organisation whose reason for being is to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse, backs Kim “ ….

      And then the Herald serves up ignorant … or dishonest bullshit….. As their story attacks their own Headline…

      First up, a real arsehole landlord ….. “He gets each of his 30 properties around greater Auckland and the Waikato meth tested before a new tenant moves in” .
      ..
      “The result is I’m having long vacancies because it’s only about one prospective tenant in 20 goes into my houses now.” ….. Greedy …. and nasty …. and paranoid.

      Then we get quotes from a robber ‘meth decontaminater’ ….. whose dishonesty fuels his bussiness …..

      Yet Miles Stratford, a con man getting rich from his hoax business is not asked how much money he’s fleeced ..and his modern day snake oil sales pitch is printed as facts …
      …..“MethSolutions chief executive Miles Stratford says around a third of long term meth users try their hand at cooking the drug,” …… ““When drug user X runs out of money, let’s have the mobile lab rock up, shall we?” …….

      But it gets worse than Miles Stratford acting like a Nigerian scammer trying to take our money … …. Like a banana republic we are adopting Nact Voodoo standards ……

      “NZQA is also going to give the decontamination fraud industry a emperors clothes type legitimacy …. “Stratford says. Under the new rules participants must achieve an accreditation standard to continue operating. This will mean staff gaining an NZQA unit standard which is in the process of being set up.” …..

      If the Herald was an e-mail …. We’d recognize it as National spam……

      Their story and reporting is certainly Trash ……. which brings us to a Aussie with the wrong name ….

      A Aussie academic, Police contractor …and ( paid?) speaker at meth ‘decontamination’ industry events ‘ by the name of ‘Dr Wright is quoted by the Herald..

      .. and unlike their references to DR Kim, where they never referred to him as a doctor …….the Herald makes sure we know shes’s a Dr straight off the bat …. giving credence to her remarkable evidence lacking opinions …. her outright lies … and her dishonest projection ….. “It’s not appropriate to take that out because it suits your agenda.” …..

      From her research and ‘studies’, she claims …. “We are seeing quite consistent health effects in people. Respiratory problems, eye irritations, skin irritations, behavioral changes particularly in children.” ..

      .” At least two of her case studies were houses where the drug had been used as opposed to manufactured, she says.”

      At least two houses she has studied were smoking only ?????? …….““We are seeing quite consistent health effects in people.” … from the two house she has studied, with just smoking, no labs. ….

      From her ‘research’ of two houses s ….” she is adamant that Kim and the New Zealand Drug Foundation are “very wrong” in their assertion that low levels of P residue cause no harm.”

      She then tells another lie … “much more research is needed” …Does she not know of the over 80 years of Amphetamine use ….. and abuse

      “America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic 1929–1971
      A Quantitative and Qualitative Retrospective With Implications for the Present https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2377281/

      The math behind the bullshit is quite revealing and informative ….

      …. A childs prescription ADHD medicine ,…… Desoxyn , ……which in its 5 mg pill form ….. contains enough methamphetamine to fail 3333 meth test at the new higher level of ‘contamination’ http://www.iodine.com/drug/desoxyn ………….

      The only good thing to say about the Three-thousand three-hundred and thirty three failed tests that a 5 mg prescribed pill could produce …. is that its better than the 10,000 fails the old level was set at .

      “At 1.5mcg residue levels are so negligible that to call it ‘contamination’ is an abuse of language”

      Drug policy abuse ….. from charmers like this Aussie tolley clone https://twitter.com/MikeCarlton01/status/898332899417538560/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.michaelwest.com.au%2Fshambles-of-a-government-shambling-through-shambolic-shambleathon%2F

      We had Mike Sabin … and his expertise …..

      $78 Million of Government money has been wasted on this scam ………….

      • North 10.10.1

        Talk to any cop up here in the North and they’re very dirty on Sabin. Police invested big money in his meth’ menace education and what does he do ? Fucks off into private ‘consultancy’ thereby appropriating to his own advantage the very expensive training he got and the Police paid for.

    • greg 10.11

      come on Wayne any monkey can show growth if you ramp up immigration and pump up a debt fueled housing bubble to drive consumption all those middle class debtors running an ATM on the mortgage who will the nats blame when the piper wants paid back?????????and it isnt that far off.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/how-interest-rate-rises-could-affect-home-loan-stress/8798274
      australia is popping already

    • KJT 10.12

      Wayne. 1.2 billion trade deficit.

      Doing OK.

      All you can claim is that National ‘did not stuff up too badly’.

      If you look at the numbers, it is only ‘Communist China’, insurance money from natural disasters and an entirely fortuitous demand for milk powder, combined with Cullens refusal to get into debt for tax cuts for the wealthy, and a short lived stimulus from excessive immigration before we have to pay the infrastructure bill, which has saved National from disaster.

      Then they get a majority of votes with an entirely cynical and dishonest pretence to be more socialist than they are, combined with outright lying about other parties policies.

      If i was a National MP, I would be ashamed to show my face on public.

  10. Peter 11

    You get the impression Heather du Plessis-Allan’s articles are written for her.

  11. Reality 12

    First time Wayne has ever conceded National has “dropped the ball in some areas”! Perhaps he is wanting to present a less flinty face for Green voters.

    Re employment – I know of a young person who had to work 6 hours straight and was not allowed to go to the toilet. That is the sort of working conditions ushered in by National.

    National’s playmates (Act, UF, Maori) have petered out so now they want Greens to look kindly on them. Suddenly National really does care about the environment! It seems Nick Smith has been locked up somewhere in case he makes one of his stupid comments.

  12. Wayne_2 13

    “And if there are so many “unemployable” people, what does Wayne and his Nats plan to do about it? Hound them off benefits so they all lie slowly dying in the streets?”

    Firstly I am not a National supporter. I voted two ticks Green.

    In answer to your question, of course not. We have to support these people and support them comfortably, as an absolute moral imperative, regardless of whether or not they are unemployable or otherwise.

    But the lowest 5 % (or even 10%) of any population will always require governmental support, and this is going to be increasingly the case as the world becomes more technologically advanced and itegrated. The jobs out there are simply becoming more and more cognitively challenging.

    Consider this, the 5th percentile corresponds to an IQ of around 75, which is ‘borderline retarded’ (not saying that the unemployed profile aligns neatly with the distribution of intelligence – for example there are a lot of unemployed law graduates – but I don’t think these exceptions will detract from the general point I am trying to make)

    In an increasingly technologically sophisticated civilization the jobs available to people in say the lowest 10% to 20% of intelligence will be few and far between. And it is only going to get worse.

    In fact a lot of jobs in the developed world are now being lost, not so much because of competition from low wage developing countries but from automation.

    https://www.recode.net/2017/3/25/15051308/us-uk-germany-japan-robot-job-automation

    • Andre 13.1

      Wayne, I really recommend you clarify you’re not the former Nat minister that regularly comments here. That confusion is why you’re getting a lot of hostile responses out of line with your comments. Kind of like our commenter Tony Veitch that needed to change his handle to “Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster)”

    • tracey 13.2

      I am sure you have been asked before but there are 2 Waynes. 1 is Wayne Mapp who will never change his name on here because his ego wont allow it and the other is you. It causes confusion.

      As a fellow Green voter and supporter would you change to WayneG or something so we do not mix you up.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.3

      Check back over your previous comments, Wayne. You’ll find some moderator notes waiting for you.

    • Stuart Munro 13.4

      You’d be the first Green voter I’ve heard who would say “New Zealand has obviously not done too badly over the past 9 years” – so I’m guessing you’re a fugazi.

      • tracey 13.4.1

        Even if Wayne is not a fan of social justice greens but environmental greens, Nats 9 years must still be considered a fail?

        • Stuart Munro 13.4.1.1

          The fake carbon credits scam has not exactly earned Green trust. Nor has the relentless inhouse and media sledging. Bennett may think Paris was a triumph but Greens are in general educated and thus more critical.

        • Wayne_2 13.4.1.2

          Yes, you are right. On certain trade and employment and other economic indicators the Nats have been successful, perhaps one could say quite successful (B+)

          But they have rocketing house prices, increasing levels of poverty and homelessess, and the environment. Indeed these problems had to be repeatedly pointed out to them, but they only started to admit the issues during the election campaign. (D – i.e. a fail)

          Overall I would say the Nats would get a C+

          Hopefully a Labour/Greens/NZ First coalition government can keep trade and the economy ticking along, while at the same time implementing policies that will alleviate the suffeering of our most vulnerable by using that wealth created by a strong economy. That of course requires Ardern to take a pragmatic approach when it comes to our trading relationships and housing. Perhaps pissing off the South Koreans over what is probably a miniscule impact on the housing market by their nationals, is not worth putting $4 billion in trade and thousands of jobs at risk.

          • Stuart Munro 13.4.1.2.1

            You are dreaming.

            Real unemployment is in excess of 11%.
            Real GDP growth ex migration & Christchurch is 0.9%

            The only thing the Gnats are good at is faking the stats. A growth rate of 0.9% puts us among the very bottom performing OECD countries, and goes a long way to explain the many negative social indicators that would otherwise be anomalous. We don’t have record suicide and homelessness and flatlining wage growth because Bill is a rockstar, but because he is not.

            C+? Not in any course I teach.

          • JC 13.4.1.2.2

            “On certain trade and employment and other economic indicators the Nats have been successful, perhaps one could say quite successful (B+)

            http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/291744/low-pay,-abuse,-long-hours-apply-within

            Will the real Wayne stand up please….

    • DH 13.5

      “Consider this, the 5th percentile corresponds to an IQ of around 75, ”

      How did you get that figure? I’d be dubious of that one, might be true in some countries but can’t see it for NZ.

        • DH 13.5.1.1

          You might want to think about that one. This bit from that link is probably where people get the notion from….

          “About 5 percent of the population scores above 125, and 5 percent below 75”

          Hint… what ‘population’ are they referring to?

          • Wayne_2 13.5.1.1.1

            The population is the general population of most ‘white’ developed countries, with 100 being the median which for any measure that is normally distributed also corresponds to the mean. For mental retardation the cut-off point (using the ‘white’ distribution as an arbirtrarily selected benchmark,

            If we are talking of US blacks, their mean IQ is around 85, while for East Asians (Japanese, Chinese, Koreans) their mean IQ is around 105/106. This has implications beyond simply the difference in mean/median scores. For example, approximately only 16% of blacks have an IQ above the white median of 100, whereas around 65% of East Asians exceed 100. These facts are well known and accepted throughout the mainstream academic community —what is debated is the cause of these differences, i.e. genetic or environmental or both in various proportions.

            In any case for NZ, the lowest 5 percentile in cognitive ability, regardless how it is measured or the validity of the various tools employed to measure it, will struggle in a world that is becoming more and more technologically sophisticated. Jobs are becoming on average more and more cognitively demanding, and with automation, low skilled factory and assembly line jobs will likely disappear over the next one or two decades.

            I think the unavoidable conclusion is a certain percentage of the population will become simply be untrainable and thus unemployable for the type of jobs on offer in a modern developed economy. When you have only 5% unemployment it is quite likely that a significant proportion of this population simply does not have the mental capacity for work beyond that of fruit picking or ditch digging.

            Wealthy countries will thus have to rely more and more on skilled immigration from the developing world to plug the gaps in the trades and professions.

            • DH 13.5.1.1.1.1

              I don’t think you have a good grasp of it there Wayne_2. Even if your numbers on race were correct NZ is a very racially diverse population so there wouldn’t be a ‘white average’ IQ here would there.

              And IMO you’re way overstating modern cognitive requirements. There’s a difference between being intelligent and being educated. For the most part a lower IQ person is no less capable, they just tend to take longer to learn.

          • Incognito 13.5.1.1.2

            Your 1st Q was about the “figure” to which I tried to give a handy link for an A.

            I cannot answer your 2nd Q.

    • Carolyn_nth 13.6

      A moderator asked you to change your handle – she corrected yours to Wayne_2.

      You are causing a lot of confusion because Wayne Mapp has identified himself as the Wayne who has been commenting here for a few years. Surely you must realise this is creating a problem?

      See here where a moderator asked you to change your name.

  13. Tony Veitch (not etc) 14

    Just heard on the 3pm news that Christine Rankin said the Greens should go with the Natz!!

    Crikey, has Christine Rankin any credibility?

    • tracey 14.1

      Neither a Green nor Nat member. Who cares what she thinks?

    • Carolyn_nth 14.2

      This is just saturation bullying from the Nats and their shills!

      The National Party spin machine is showing its true authoritarian underbelly.

    • Anne 14.3

      And according to Stacey Kirk: everybody knows the Greens ought to go with National but they won’t. Jesus Christ in the name of…

      What the hell is the crappy MSM doing asking that nutcase Rankin for her views anyway?

      • Carolyn_nth 14.3.1

        It could be the old dead cat on the table ploy. What are the Nats trying to divert from?

        • Graeme 14.3.1.1

          They seem to have a ready supply of deceased felines, there’s getting to be quite a pile on the table. Have there been some casualties in the National caucus room in the past few days?

      • tracey 14.3.2

        Or getting opinions from anyone except Green members or voters?

  14. Incognito 15

    Interestingly, over on Fairfax they’re pushing strongly for a National-Green deal.

    Whom are they trying to manipulate & pressure: the voters who have done their job and can now sit back & relax and wait & watch or the four remaining parties and their negotiating teams?

    There are relatively (??) few in MSM who’re pushing for a Labour-NZF-Greens deal; plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose …

    • Anne 15.1

      Yes isn’t it interesting. I was at a function where a group of us were discussing the possible/probable links between some of our politicians/media types and the CIA. We went back over the decades and listed the number of politicians formerly in Labour who went to America on some kind of political study arrangement and ended up going hard Right some time after their return. It is also well known that a number of our journalists and reporters have also spent time “studying” in America.

      You really have to wonder what kind of brain-washing techniques might be being used on them because it is in America’s interest to have the politicians and media hyenas of their ‘allies’ dancing to the beat of the Yankee drums.

    • tracey 15.2

      The hatred of Peters in MSM must run very deep

  15. Bruce 16

    Whilst it shouldn’t be relevant, I wonder if in the interests of balance and fairness, those being rather shrill in their comments re Winston and re Nats going with the Greens (including Heather, Duncan Garner and Rachel Smalley) shouldn’t declare their vested interest by declaring who they voted for?

  16. Wayne_2 17

    OK, apologies for that:

    ” “Consider this, the 5th percentile corresponds to an IQ of around 75, ”
    How did you get that figure? I’d be dubious of that one, might be true in some countries but can’t see it for NZ.”

    WTF?

    [lprent: I have gone back through your comments and changed them all to Wayne_2. You can keep it or change it. ]

    [I also did that the other day (Wayne 2). He obviously did’t read the moderation notes – weka]

    • Stuart Munro 17.1

      In NZ all the women are strong, all the men good-looking, and all the children above average.

      But if you’re familiar with the Flynn Effect, the number who would now rate 75 is probably significantly lower. IQ is not without its critics though, Flynn’s studies of Asian IQ suggested it measured something other than intelligence.

      • KJT 17.1.1

        I.Q. testing, like the tests used by HR, to sort people, has proven to be inconsistent at best, and down right misleading at worst.

        Especially when you use tests designed for the knowledge set of one ethnicity, on a different one.

        And. Many of the jobs that will still exist, depend on empathy and caring, or thoroughness, not intelligence. Intelligence can be an obstacle to success.

        • Stuart Munro 17.1.1.1

          Yeah I did a couple of units on psychometric testing. Inside 2 standard deviations the results aren’t very meaningful – outside you may have a problem but could probably tell that without the test. But the whole field is rife with charlatanry. Myers Briggs – often used by HR – is about as objective as astrology – maybe less.

          • KJT 17.1.1.1.1

            HR, the drug testing industry, and now, safety consultants. All products of finding a new way to charge people for services, propelled by dubious research, by those who have found a new way of charging for un needed services.

            The latest is that your house will fail the test, for methamphetamine commonly used, if you had a child on Ritalin. I’m Waiting with bated breath, for the testers and cleaners making a fortune out of P testing houses, to be done for fraud.

            As for industry drug testing……………

    • DH 17.2

      Wayne_2 look up scaling. A diagnosis of retardation is literal, scaled IQ isn’t.

  17. rob 18

    Pity the MSM cannot just wait for the final count, like Winston, and then have their tuppence worth.

    • tracey 18.1

      Poor lil empty heads needing instant gratification. Shows how wrong some are in their negative generalisations of “young people today”

      ” “Kids these days are better at delaying gratification on the marshmallow test,” Protzko writes. “Each year, all else equal, corresponds to an increase in the ability to delay gratification by another six seconds…

      On a whole host of other measures — substance use, sexual behavior, seat belt use, to name just a few — teenagers today are performing much better than their peers from several decades ago ( https://www.vox.com/a/teens ). Many of these measures reflect precisely the sort of gratification-delaying ability that the marshmallow test has been shown to predict”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/22/actually-kids-are-good-now/

    • alwyn 18.2

      “just wait for the final count”.
      Perhaps all people proposing that idea should try it themselves.
      Anyone who thinks that the MSM should shut up until next Sunday should stop posting their own views.
      Anyone who thinks that the MSM are entitled to say anything they want to, whenever they want to, can continue to do so themselves.
      Any starters? Or do people just think that nobody should be allowed to say anything that they personally disapprove of?

  18. I am not Christine Rankin – or Wayne – or Tony Veitch – or anyone else.

    [lprent: Obviously not. I’d expect that they would be capable of using the reply link so that others could see who you were responding to. I know that it would help me when trying to find out what you were responding to. ]

  19. Tautoko Mangō Mata 20

    Jim Bolger talks of the “responsibility” of the Greens to negotiate with National. What about the “responsibility” of National over the last 9 years to ensure that there were no shonky carbon credits, the responsibility to ensure that cattle numbers were such that rivers were not becoming more polluted, the responsibility to recognise that further oil and gas exploration was detrimental to the environment, the responsibility to ensure that DOC had sufficient funding to cope with the additional tourist impact causing degradation of some of more fragile environments, the responsibility to act to ban single use plastic shopping bags which are endangering marine species, etc. Where was Jim’s voice over the last 9 years of environmental exploitation?

    • Pete 20.1

      The same Bolger was on radio before the election saying how marvellous English was because of his moves to help low paid workers and the pay equity deal. You know, like English came up with the idea and rushed through legislation having been made aware of anomalies.
      The Greens and no-one else has the responsibility of listening to anyone who is so obviously deluded, senile or just stuffed in the head as Bolger demonstrated with those words

      • tracey 20.1.1

        And who regrets his part in perpetuating neoliberalism… I admired him for that, but this?

    • patricia bremner 20.2

      Jim’s voice was In the neo liberal cupboard along with his caustic comments about the lack of school lunches all those years ago.

      Bolger”Don’t tell me they can’t put two slices of bread together”

      Shipley at the time, “To make a nourishing meal using my recipes, go to your store cupboard for the following”…. Really???

      Neo liberal idiots who have hardly learned anything!!! Full of it!!!

  20. Delia 21

    National had a big brag fest in govt for nine years, publicly patting each other on the back and sneering at the Greens, Labour and NZ First. How many times did Carter toss Peters out of the House , for virtually nothing (maybe just being smarter than him)..well now they are friendless and the chickens have come home to roost and the big party at our expense is over.

  21. Wensleydale 22

    Heather’s “article” just goes to show that you can still function as a modern journalist, despite not knowing the first thing about that which you’re writing. There’s more substance to a budgie’s fart than there is to her drivel.

    • patricia bremner 22.1

      22.LOL LOL Luvit!!!

    • tracey 22.2

      Most of MSM have not read the Green Rules, their Charter, or that they said they will not go with National. None of them address the need for trust in negotiations and post negotiation relationship. The only way any of this makes sense is if you accept that anything National said during the campaign was just meant to win votes and not to be relied upon… which in itself adds to mistrust.

  22. Sanctuary 23

    The pressure on the Greens is simple. The Nats don’t expect the Greens to go with them in a million years. If they go with National, it will purely be a bonus outcome for National that will be a three year suicide note for the Greens that’ll leave Bill English smirking.

    It is simply about destabilising what the National part clearly sees the most likely outcome of the coalition talks – a Labour-NZF government with the Greens propping it up.

    By wooing the Greens they want to make Labour unsure of how much they can offer, lest the Greens actually walk away. That way, National thinks it can win the bidding war.

    If their tactics don’t work, their next best option is pressure the Greens to stay out of government except on supply and confidence. They can still spend the next three years trying to wedge the Greens and screaming “illegitimate government”, “unstable” and “coalition of the losers”.

    The most interesting thing isn’t the tactics, but the full spectrum command of the MSM opinion writers the National party is demonstrating as it orchestrates it’s campaign of lies.

    • dv 23.1

      That way, National thinks it can win the bidding war.

      So what about those bridges then.

      • Anne 23.1.1

        I also wonder if TV1 or TV2 has a poll coming out before next weekend and the Nats are trying to lure voters into thinking the Greens ought to go with them. After all they have just proved how easily led they are by Nat Party lying and cheating.

    • tracey 23.2

      And are the big donors looking at reviving the end MMP campaign? Shirtcliffe anyone?

  23. Skinny 24

    It is obvious national are playing more dirty politics. They are faking they want a deal with either NZF or Greens. What they really want is to go for another election. And they fancy their chances given they know the Greens won’t be pushed around by Peters or Jones.

    Of course they will act all innocent saying look we bent over backwards trying to accommodate a deal but the others didn’t want it. Trickery no doubt about it.

  24. KJT 25

    “Reporters” think, they should say who is in power, not voters, who they despise in their worship of authority.

  25. mosa 26

    Oh what a magnificent right wing paradise NZ must be in the minds of Roughen , Armstrong and the other pretend journalists of the Herald.

    The crap they fill this newspaper with should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

    These are the people who believe that the ” natural party of government ” should be a permanent state of affairs and that only National should govern and why bother with regular elections because only National can rule in the interests of their constituency and everyone else should be grateful of their tax cut and go away and be quiet while their supporters grow their wealth and their support base are looked after by not changing the status quo with nasty water taxes or strong employment law.

    But unfortunately for them this is a democracy of sorts and people do wake up every ten years or so and demand something better than the National party prescription and vote for change and Labour is ready to lead that change when called upon.

    I would have liked to see Adern with 42-45 % of the vote which would have been a good place to start.

    This is NOT a change election on these numbers.

    And the right wing sympathisers of the Herald know that and have hedged their bets on the ruling party ……….that being National to form the next government.

  26. Sanctuary 27

    Things are not helped by having the likes of Chris Trotter bleating that New Zealanders are to narrow minded to accept anything but a National led government (WTF is wrong with that guy? He is a defeated man, old before his time, who sees all the problems and none of the opportunities) and the other usual “left” lap poodles like Pagani and Quinn joining the pile on.

  27. I remember Marilyn Waring (Nat MP/who in fact Inhad some time for
    stating that 7% of unemployment was essential or National Policies to be successful. That was Tory policy then and still is.That’s why they have crushed Unions .

  28. spikeyboy 29

    This is all very much out of the Hillary Clinton DNC playbook. If you end up losing its not your fault so its not you that has to change anything rather the rules need changing so that next time they favour you even more. Luckily in Nz we have a fairer voting system which is unlikely to be changed in the near future and if the Nats cant hack it in this system they will just atrophy and die.

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    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
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  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

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    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
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    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
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  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
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  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    14 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    6 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    6 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    6 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    6 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    6 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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    7 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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    7 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

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    1 week ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    1 week ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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