The shame of poverty in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, June 6th, 2015 - 30 comments
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A piece in The Herald yesterday outlines the shame of poverty in NZ:

NZ children suffer higher relative hardship than 20 European countries

The title is confusing. The measures of poverty discussed are absolute, not relative measures. “Relativity” enters in to it when comparing children to other age groups in the population.

Children are more likely to be in material hardship relative to the rest of the population in New Zealand than in any European country, the Ministry of Social Development says.

Worse than any country in Europe.

A ministry report prepared for the child poverty package in last month’s Budget, published online yesterday, found that 18 per cent of Kiwi children lacked at least five out of 13 items of material wellbeing in 2008, compared with only 11 per cent of the whole population and 3 per cent of the elderly aged 65-plus.

New Zealand’s ratio of child deprivation to the whole population average, with children suffering at 1.6 times the average, was higher than in any of 20 European countries for which the same data was available.

It’s good that we take care of our elderly. But it shouldn’t be at the expense of children.

The 13 measures of material wellbeing included “having a meal with meat, fish or chicken every second day”, “keeping the home adequately warm,” “having two pairs of properly fitting shoes” and “having one week’s annual holiday away from home”.

The report also looks at NZ data for a wider list of 17 items including measures of hardship such as “postponed visits to the doctor”, “put up with feeling cold to save on heating costs” and “borrowed money from family or friends more than once in the last 12 months to cover everyday living costs”.

Again children were more likely than the general population to live in households with these hardships. For example, 19 per cent of children lived in homes that borrowed to cover everyday living costs, compared with 13 per cent of the whole population.

Poverty fell under the last Labour government, leapt up with the 2008 recession. Since then there is some evidence that it has fallen again, but not to pre 2008 levels. But then there’s this, also yesterday, by Jessica Sinclair for the Child Poverty Action Group:

Child poverty figures – fix the problem, not the warning light

On 25th June the Department for Work and Pensions will release updated figures on poverty, including child poverty, for 2013-14.

These figures were delayed until after the election, meaning the last government went into a General Election with child poverty figures available only up to the end of March 2013 –  that’s before most of the austerity-driven benefit cuts had been implemented.

The delay enabled government ministers to make repeated claims that child poverty had fallen during the last parliament, a claim that is unlikely to survive the publication of the 2013-14 figures. Independent experts including the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the New Policy Institute expect the number of children in poverty to have risen, probably by around 300,000. Even more worryingly, they see this rise as part of a longer term upward trend in the number of children growing up in hardship.

Even if these projections are inaccurate, there’s no disputing that the Government’s child poverty strategy is failing – it simply isn’t going to meet the legal targets to end child poverty by 2020.

Let’s hope that the predictions of an increase in child poverty are wrong. Let’s hope that we don’t have to see any more headlines like this:

death-damp-house

30 comments on “The shame of poverty in NZ”

  1. Tracey 1

    r0b

    I am confused, can poverty be measured, or not? Bennett was adamant it couldn’t be measured when she was Minister for Social Development, yet now it seems MSD might be suggesting it can be measured?

    • miravox 1.1

      I’m sure Bennett only said NZs poverty that can’t be measured. Reasons unclear. Other similar countries measure theirs all the time.

      Although the commissioner for children disagreed with Bennett’s view. http://www.nzchildren.co.nz/introduction.php

      • vto 1.1.1

        Bennett is part of this shameful government. She is a liar and cannot be trusted.

      • Tracey 1.1.2

        See, that’s why it is so confusing. But then, THAT’s the purpose isn’t it?

        This smoke and mirrors government doing “caring by cost/benefit analysis, and compassion by actuarial assessment.

        • miravox 1.1.2.1

          Absolutely. People can get so confused it all becomes meaningless doesn’t it? I mean, if all it is is counting pairs of shoes, I know heaps of kids who are doing ok that meet the criteria.

          /sarc.

          Some days I get as heatedly angry as vto (below). Other days I’m just coldly furious that NZers can consider this situation for children in a well-off country is acceptable or even worse, is deserved.

          • Tracey 1.1.2.1.1

            ditto. especially as no one i know who cares about what is happening is calling for unaccounrable money thrown at these areas. no one wants to waste monet yet that is the constant accusation…

            27m on the flag for example…

        • Sable 1.1.2.2

          This government wouldn’t know the truth if it tap danced thought cabinet. This is disgraceful and there is worse to come. The disgusting MSM have a role in this too as enablers for these bastards.

      • Stuart Munro 1.1.3

        Bennett is right though, it can’t be measured because NZ’s poverty is infinite – being a product of her government’s intellectual poverty. I’ve grown smarter vegetables than this lot.

        I mean Bill English is still there. Hard to believe: if you had a dog that was losing $300 million a week you’d shoot it. It’d be kinder really.

    • r0b 1.2

      Poverty can be measured if you want to. The Nats have always known about the power of measurement:

      Measuring poverty

      Mr English said the valuation [of benefit costs] was an important “performance tool” and would change the behaviour of the Government by forcing it to confront the long-term issue rather than accepting it was an unavoidable cost. … “When you take a long-term model, there’s no place to hide.”

      The Nats don’t measure poverty because they don’t want to know. There are none so blind…

  2. vto 2

    John Key should be ashamed.

    It disgusts me that we have children dying because of shoddy housing. The leader of a community should FIRST ensure all members of that community have a safe warm and healthy place to sleep at night. There is nothing that should be higher in priority.

    Disgusting pigs.

    Money for dairy irrigation, money for Rio Tinto, money for Americas cup, money for Americas wars, money for casinos, money for fucking everybody except those who fucking need it.

    I am ashamed of our society, which continues to elect people like Key with those priorities. I am ashamed of the attitudes and philosophies of the people around me, in close proximity who live with these priorities and vote John Key. They too disgust me.

    New Zealand disgusts me in its current form.

    We should be hanging our heads in absolute shame

    shame
    shame
    shame

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      The leader of a community should FIRST ensure all members of that community have a safe warm and healthy place to sleep at night.

      And food on the table.

      John Key should be ashamed.

      I’m reasonably certain that he’s never felt shame in his life.

  3. Tracey 3

    Maybe NZ’s poor need to move to Queen Street for a week and love on that main street. Just to show how many there are.

    Good on the Green Party for standing up, and THIS is how a partnership of sorts with LP can work. Laour can be the appeal to the everyman BS they want (whatever the everyman is), and the Greens can be the compassion, and when/if they get enough seats together LP can say these are the compromises we will make… and they turn out to be humane ones, where the vulnerable are at centre, not on the margins.

    BUT someone has to start having the brains to take on the myths… with pithy comebacks repeated ad nauseum til they take hold, with examples from the majority of those on benefits who are not bludgers, of the hard working struggling to get by… of the unemployed who were employed when they had the children the haters are now saying they shouldn’t have had…

    and do it like National does, over and over

    • Sabine 3.1

      I have been saying for a while now that we should start up Key-Villes in our Domains and Parks.
      Let those that don’t care see what their attitude creates. Of course the Police would come and arrest us, but that too would be par for the course.

      I really really would love for a polititian of the opposition to put forth a bill for the opening of grand cricket places and rugby fields to be opened for shack living in NZ.

    • Sabine 3.2

      Phil Twyford has been very good at this. I like his questioning of Nick Smith and others. IT always makes for a good laugh and a good cry.

  4. Charles 4

    I’ll spare you the “I lived in Europe” story and cut to the chase…

    The MSD will have a hard time selling their measures of hardship to an unsympathetic majority – as if that was ever their intent. Butter wouldn’t melt…

    The article is a reversed-but-same attitude that has been prevalent in NZ culture all my life: Someone has it worse, so shut up about your problems. Now it’s become: If we set the bar high enough that the aspirant classes will laugh, we’ll shame people falling into poverty, and those trying to halt the descent, into shutting up. I mean really, how stupid do they think we are? Bricks. That’s what we need. Fast Post a brick to the Herald. During office hours.

    The argument shouldn’t ever be allowed to become “how bad can we let it get before we feel guilty about what we’ve done and try to adjust it” and those reported measures of hardship will allow that argument to re-activate, and purposely seeks that direction. Bad job. Really fucking malicious reporting on behalf of the Herald, actively malicious terms of reference from the MSD. Only bright side is at least Jessica Sinclair didn’t buy into it.

  5. Foreign Waka 5

    Yes, there are hungry children and families in poverty. The only relativity is how many at any given time – i.e. 1930, 1945, 1970, 1990 etc… The earthquake in Christchurch has worsen the situation by a staggering amount due to the absolutely unbelievable neglect of providing basics (not luxuries Mr Brownley) to families. I have been to Christchurch last month and what I saw was heartbreaking – 4 years on! The only thing that seem to have happened is the bulldozing of everything. Someone, somewhere made a fortune because this is not normal with the supposed billions spent. My first question of the day: where the heck is the money gone? Worse the Fifa, I say.
    Secondly, the policy of envy is now fully played out. To compare the children’s plight to that of elderly smacks of utter nastiness. Firstly, and lets be clear about that, most of the elderly have worked all their lives and contributed with their taxes to building this nation. Secondly, most of the elderly are just scraping by and have been brought up not complaining. Many, many and more die before they get medical treatment (how ghastly is that!) living on very little and hope to not be a burden! The pictures on TV with retirement homes filled with well to do older people are just advertisement – get it?
    And all of them are mothers and fathers of a generation that seem to be constantly pointing fingers instead of growing some guts to make a political statement and build “their” nation – articulate and vote. If it is to be equality for all- don’t wait for the elderly to do it for you (again) and don’t use the children as a shield to build an argument.
    Yes, there are many people who just have enough, and there are many who are poor. No relativity here if you cant feed, cloth and house your family.
    The current government gives into the rich “I want” list and Labor has not shown any vision what an alternative society could look like. And this is what is lacking, everybody sits back and waits for someone to invent the next gadget that will fix all. Meanwhile, NZ is becoming a peasant country.

  6. Foreign Waka 6

    Yes, there are hungry children and families in poverty. The only relativity is how many at any given time – i.e. 1930, 1945, 1970, 1990 etc… The earthquake in Christchurch has worsen the situation by a staggering amount due to the absolutely unbelievable neglect of providing basics (not luxuries Mr Brownley) to families. I have been to Christchurch last month and what I saw was heartbreaking – 4 years on! The only thing that seem to have happened is the bulldozing of everything. Someone, somewhere made a fortune because this is not normal with the supposed billions spent. My first question of the day: where the heck is the money gone? Worse the Fifa, I say.
    Secondly, the policy of envy is now fully played out. To compare the children’s plight to that of elderly smacks of utter nastiness. Firstly, and lets be clear about that, most of the elderly have worked all their lives and contributed with their taxes to building this nation. Secondly, most of the elderly are just scraping by and have been brought up not complaining. Many, many and more die before they get medical treatment (how ghastly is that!) living on very little and hope to not be a burden! The pictures on TV with retirement homes filled with well to do older people are just advertisement – get it?
    And all of them are mothers and fathers of a generation that seem to be constantly pointing fingers instead of growing some guts to make a political statement and build “their” nation – articulate and vote. If it is to be equality for all- don’t wait for the elderly to do it for you (again) and don’t use the children as a shield to build an argument.
    Yes, there are many people who just have enough, and there are many who are poor. No relativity here if you cant feed, cloth and house your family.
    The current government gives into the rich “I want” list and Labor has not shown any vision what an alternative society could look like. And this is what is lacking, everybody sits back and waits for someone to invent the next gadget that will fix all. Meanwhile, NZ is becoming a peasant country.

  7. tracey 7

    Funyy what they can always find money for

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11460627

    “Housing New Zealand paid an investment banker $1.6 million to help it sell state houses, official documents show.

    Low-profile Auckland banker Andrew Body gave advice to the Minister of Housing and secured lucrative contracts to implement the policy while also advising potential buyers of state housing stock – a dual role attacked by the Labour Party as a conflict of interest.

    Housing New Zealand (HNZ) and Mr Body say correct procedures were followed, and conflicts were declared where required.

    Mr Body was appointed in 2010 by then-Minister of Housing Phil Heatley to the housing shareholders advisory group, then later to an advisory panel to help form government policy on social housing.

    Part-way through these appointments, at the end of 2011, HNZ contracted his company, Andrew Body Ltd (ABL), to conduct work in the “asset transfer workstream”.

    Its job was to “provide advice in regard to scoping the transfer of social housing stock from HNZ” to non-government and private sector parties.”

  8. coaster 8

    sigh.

    i tried to explain that ive seem things get worse over the last 2 years( on the ground, not in fact and figures), in particular with hungry kids. the standard reply (from good people) is that its the parents fault and if start feeding kids it will make things worse.

    Not feeding the kids is making things worse, hungry kids disrupt classes, kids from poverty disrupts classes, poverty brings everyone down. The old saying the a team is only as good as its weakest link is very true, nz is a team , we need those weak links helped up so we all can do well.

    We dont need to measure something that is staring us in the face, we need to realise its there and fix it.

    • ropata 8.1

      that’s the gnat strategy. deny there’s a problem, stop measuring it, hide the figures, then do a half arsed solution when the truth gets too embarrassing.

  9. Amanda Atkinson 9

    We don’t have poverty here. Children are not starving to death. People are not living in shanty towns. I’ve just been to south America. You idiots don’t have a clue what poverty is. Now, should we wait til we get like Brazil or India or mexico before we address the issue of people falling through the cracks? No. But stop exaggerating, and more people might take it seriously. Saying we have poverty is an insult to the people of Brazil etc. Get some perspective please.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      Hi, idiot here.

      There are two components to this answer.

      One, Epidemiology informs us that universal social harm is proportional to a given country’s income inequality. Before you say it, no, that doesn’t mean the best value of the GINI coefficient is zero.

      Two, there are internationally agreed measures of poverty and some* NZ kids meet the criteria whether you like it or not.

      *one would be too many. It’s more than one. Google is your friend.

    • ropata 9.2

      you are comparing with developing countries? will you only do anything when kids die en masse? what a cruel attitude.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      Children are not starving to death.

      Maybe, maybe not but they are starving and that shouldn’t happen at all. Any poverty is proof that our economic system is failing.

      But stop exaggerating, and more people might take it seriously.

      That’s just it, we’re not exaggerating. We really do have people dying due to poverty. Some of those will be older people who die because they didn’t have the heater on, some will be dying of respiratory illness caused by cold and damp houses and other issues that are a direct result of poverty.

      These things are happening in NZ today and yet you try to tell us that they’re not. You’re the one who needs perspective.

  10. ropata 10

    Smashing a few of the tiresome poverty myths we see spouted by the “do nothing” advocates: http://www.critic.co.nz/culture/article/4187/profile-new-zealand-child-poverty-101

    The simple answer is this: we can’t afford not to care. The effects of child poverty cost New Zealand around $6–8 billion a year, a cost we all bear. With good reason, it’s an election hot-topic — recent polls indicate that voters see child poverty as about the third most important political issue of 2014. If you’re planning to vote, you can’t ignore child poverty.

    Regardless of where you stand on the whole debate, the figures just don’t add up. It’s hard to argue that people could make better choices with money they don’t have. Families have to balance rent, power and food; transport, clothing and medical expenses … Where would you make the cut? Child poverty is directly attributable to income inequality and poor wages

    Children are silent victims in all of this. Children can’t debate, or vote to change their situation. And their situation is pretty dire: 83,000 children in this country go to school hungry each day.

    New Zealand currently has the one of the highest rates in the OECD of “Third World” diseases. Children in poverty suffer from recurrent chest infections, bronchiectasis, pneumonia and rheumatic fever — direct results of poor housing and overcrowding. We may not have many people living on the streets, but we do have families of 14 crowding into damp three-bedroom houses. Again, it’s the children who suffer the most: a child sharing a room with adults is far more likely to pick up infections and diseases. Our lower class carries the burden of poor mental health, high infant mortality and high hospital admissions. Since 2007, hospital admissions for poverty-related diseases have risen by 21 per cent.

  11. Mike the Savage One 11

    I have been overseas and I lived in Europe, also in Germany. What I can tell readers here is that as a tenant, despite of some increasing problems in that area also over there, you are generally treated a whole of a lot better than in NZ.

    Here in Auckland I have had 8 to 10 degrees minimum in my flat, unthought of in Europe, the supposed basked case on economic terms, if we believe the government.

    I met and lived with people who had a warm home, while outside you had snow and ice. Here in NZ you freeze even in many homes in supposedly “subtropical” Auckland. We have wet, damp and damned cold homes all over, about nearly half of NZ homes are according to developed countries’ health and building standards and statistics not fit to live in, at least in winter.

    In that and other countries they pay you welfare not just at base rates and top ups, they include basics and rent and heating, not like here, where you have to starve to afford heating your home.

    So how great is this for the “rock-star economy”, I ask?

    Add child poverty, of course comparable, as we know, but that is OECD measurement, and NZ is a country of two societies, those that cope and do ok, or even reap great profits, and those at the bottom end, freezing again, in their homes during winter now.

    As for that grandiose talk about insulating homes, it largely was only done in Housing NZ homes, and I know first hand, it is a bit of a con job too. All they did is put a few insulation pads over the roof and under the floorboards, it may improve temperatures by a few degrees, but I know many still freezing.

    And the other day I listened to the news, and one leading lawyer commented that the NZ government learnt nothing from the leaky home crisis, as now rushed building of supposedly affordable homes led to many short cuts being made.

    This country needs a revolution to sort things out nothing short of a revolution, sadly most are lulled into indifference and self interest instinct behaviour by a highly manipulative media and commercial advertising sector.

  12. Mike the Savage One 12

    What makes me really sick is another property lobby spokesperson pipe up on the news tonight, saying, he challenged all renters whether they wanted higher standards and pay more in rent for it, or not so.

    With this kind of shit going on, who needs more enemies, worse than Key and his corrupt government?

    http://www.3news.co.nz/business/property-investors-threaten-rent-increases-2010031119#axzz3cGxZFfSQ

    Extortion is the game, extortion and anti social behaviour by vested interest stake holders, shame on them.

    • Lanthanide 12.1

      That story is from 2010?

      • Mike the Savage One 12.1.1

        That story keeps repeating itself, same as the legend that the poor can only be blamed for their own fate, full stop, no further questions asked. We know where i t comes from, so no surprises.

        The ones that hold the levers of power love to blame the failures on those that have no chance of getting a hand onto any lever of power. Social Darwinism of the worst kind, I fear.

      • Mike the Savage One 12.1.2

        Sorry yes a mix up, but watch The Nation tomorrow and it was there, or on one of the main news channels where a property investment spokesperson spooked the same yet again . Sorry I cannot link it right here, but it is factual, they repeat the same mantra again and again.

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    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    7 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    1 week ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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