The Standard and s92a.

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I’m not going to go over the whys and wherefores of this clause of the new copyright act. No Right Turn, Just Left, Public Address and David Farrar already have.

I have a lot of sympathy for the intent of this clause. Many of the people I come into contact with do creative work, including my partner. However I have no time for the wording of this clause. The possible uses of it have ramifications far outside of the intent of the politicians who made it.

I got vaguely concerned about this when it went to select committee last year. But various people pointed out the issues to them. When I saw that the clause got removed in select committee, I moved on to more pressing matters – like the impending election.

Well it has reared itself again because the offending clause got put back in before it got passed in an even worse form than it was prior to select committee. I’ve been annoying people in the Labour political sphere for the last few days since David Farrar brought it to our attention. It was good to see that Clare Curran attempted to enter a bill to provide time to correct the main flaw today. Lew has put up the audio of the Nats stupidly blocking it over at KiwiPolitico.

I’ll explain my viewpoint from my most parochial of perspectives. It affects running this blog site – I will need to move the hosting offshore. It should demonstrate exactly how far the s92a clause goes from the intent of the people who moved the bill.

At The Standard we get a requests periodically to do something about ‘copyright’ items. This is common to every website with frequent page updates – especially those being done by volunteers. We have no idea about the provenance of most of the graphics on this site. They are located on YouTube or accessible on google images searches. If questioned we may try to find out. If we attempted to get rights for every graphic, then we’d never post any.

The last copyright violation was the NZ Police getting upset with me using a clip out of their website logo on posts critical of police policies and practices. Steve got a request from the police to remove it, which he did. He then replaced it with a picture of Cartman as a police officer wanting respect. There is a good chance that also has a copyright issue if someone chooses to get wound up about it. What we’re doing is to put appropriate images to the topics.

This cooperative approach to handling complaints between the rights owner and the site host has been normal procedure for a decade or so across the net in many mediums. On the 28th it is to be destroyed by a poorly written clause. That will force this site to move offshore as a (hopefully) unintended side-effect.

So some of the writers and I will do our bit for changing the the clause both now and for the foreseeable future.

The normal approach and handling of copyright violation is what Jordan Carter refers to as the “notice-notice” procedure.

InternetNZ, where I work, proposed notice-notice. This would have seen the complaint passed to the user, and remaining an issue between rights holders and users. We thought that was fairer, because ISPs should not be unpaid agents of the state in enforcing someone’s private economic rights.

The changed law would put the onus of making that decision on to my hosting provider who is located in NZ and is susceptible to this law.

For the $160 + GST per month that I pay them, there is no margin for them to make that decision on a considered basis every other month. Their optimal responses are to either increase the hosting costs (already high by world standards) to cover costs or just to ‘notice-takedown’ where a complaint is received so they take the site down. There is no requirement for the ISP to actually determine the validity of the complaint. It is likely that the ISP wouldn’t even be able to tell me who complained for privacy reasons. In any case it is likely that I wouldn’t be able to take action against the complainant – they did not directly take action against the site.

So imagine it is a troll or a politician that we’ve offended (as we do routinely). All they will have to do after the 28th is to find a graphic and complain about it. The ISP will take the site down for them.

As Russell Brown says

One argument in favour of 92(A) is that the doom is exaggerated, and that rights holders will be visible and responsible, and would not make frivolous complaints. One would hope this would be the case, because a penalty for frivolous accusations was removed from the amendment bill.

That attitude is a load of bollocks. There will be frivolous and malicious accusations made because it is costless to the complainant.

Why do I think this is the case? Because I read the law as it is written not as people would hope it would be read. If something can legally be done with the legislation, then you may assume that at some point it will be done. This has come from hard and expensive experience.

I’ve successfully helped to defend two people in 2006 from a frivolous charge being laid by the police from a stupid charge of “intimidation by loitering”. That took 18 months and cost $30,000. It was a charge from a clause of the Crimes Act that doesn’t seem to have been used since it was written in 1981. That was done (in my opinion) so some over-zealous paranoid idiots at the police’s threat assessment unit could further their intel operations and obtain a search warrant. In other words, both frivolously and maliciously. The politicians debating that clause didn’t think that it would be used against either the unions or protesters – they were wrong. At least in that case we could and did argue it to the high court.

police_officer_cartmanWith s92a  it is likely that I couldn’t take action against the complainant. What in the hell would I try to sue them for? Imagine someone complained about our use of the Cartman image even though they are not the rights holder. I cannot sue them for making a mistake? Because they thought that the makers of Southpark might be offended by us using an image of Cartman that the makers of Southpark didn’t even make? And that is if I could find out who the complainant was.

Bad law sits around and eventually it is always used frivolously. This clause will be used friviously because there is no burden of proof or possible retribution against the complainant.

So I’ll move this site offshore because NZ law is being an ass. I’d advise the people in creative industries to do the same. From my reading of this clause, all it takes is some disgruntled person to maliciously derail your project (and there are a few around the arts communities). So it will even cause problems for those it is trying to help.

40 comments on “The Standard and s92a. ”

  1. Herbert. 1

    Maybe we should hire a boat and pirate blog off shore – stuff big brother nutbar rules!
    12 mile limit here we come, haul the anchor Captain Freedom of Speech.

  2. lprent 2

    Thank you for those kind words Peter. But I suspect that Estonia or Canada sounds like a good location for the site.

  3. ieuan 3

    Is it really that hard to use material that is not copyrighted? Have you guys heard of istockphoto? For a couple of dollars you can download an image that is totally legal to use and the money goes to photographers who make a few bucks for their efforts.

    See that is really the problem with the internet, people think they can just help themselves to other peoples creative efforts and not pay anything.

  4. lprent 4

    Get real…

    Have a look around the posts here and see how many photos we use. Bugger all. Mostly we’re using graphics of various forms. Most of these come from other websites where we have seen them on something related. Half of the time the photo has a tangled provenance. Most of the time the stock images don’t have much that is relevant. For instance one that I used for Karst on Nuie would never be in any stock photo.

    We have lives outside of writing posts, and most of the time an image is to decorate the post.. It isn’t the point of the post. There are 15 odd writers here. Each picks their own images. The ideal would be to have subscription for the site. So look at the prices…

    IStock – min USD108/mo
    Getty images – $ 3,399.00 NZD (1 year).

    Frankly the images there are far too limited for our purposes.

    It costs more to do that than it takes to run the whole rest of the site.

    Of course we could spend more time to find the image than we do to write the post.. Yeah right….

  5. the sprout 5

    I wonder how long it would take for a rash of vexatious complaints to get the National Party website, the Parliament website, any government department website taken offline by their ISPs?

  6. Joseph 6

    ieuan, people will take what they want, don’t blame the tool for the users choice.

    How to explain the difference between CDs being stolen IRL, compared to music downloading. The fact that it’s so easy to copy music, at very little cost to the person doing it, compared to stealing a CD and getting shoplifting charges.Of course, stealing CDs is not the same as downloading music at all, because the CD maker doesn’t lose physical property. It’s not theft, and if it was, it would be charged as so.

  7. lprent 7

    ieuan: In any case it isn’t relevant for the thrust of my post.

    Even if I had complete rights to use a image, I’d probably have to go to civil court to establish the right if someone complains and the ISP shuts my links down.

    Basic economics…. $160+GST per month doesn’t leave any room for having humans look at legal issues… Tell me what the going rate is for a copyright lawyer?

  8. ieuan 8

    ‘Get Real’ is that all you’ve got?

    You guys were all over John Key for using ‘Clocks’ on a promo piece and yet when it comes to you guys its too hard.

    H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S

  9. lprent 9

    Get real: Compare apples with apples. You are just being extremely pathetic.

    Unlike an overpaid PR company, we do not get paid for this. So you are comparing a company getting overpaid by National, who is in turn getting overpaid by their anonymous backers with what? A group of people who write stuff in their spare time.

    Not to mention the megabucks for printing pirated CD’s

    I’m perfectly willing to have someone tell me that something is copyrighted. We usually have a look around to see if it is. But there isn’t the money or time to do it for a site that is run in peoples spare time to spend hours looking for copyright violations.

    Now could you be a nice troll and go elsewhere… You don’t make any sense..

  10. IrishBill 10

    ieuan, whether we have the right to use the images we do is a case by case issue. Early on in the standard’s life we had John Key try to force us to remove an image of him that we felt was covered as fair use by way of it being used for parody.

    Under this law we would likely not get the opportunity to make our case. I would also point out that I was the one that broke the story of the misuse of clocks by national and my claim was borne out by the fact EMI made them remove it. They would have had right of reply. Under this law many internet users will not.

    Now, on the matter of pointless insults directed at the blog owners. You have had your last warning. Show some manners or you will wear a week’s ban.

  11. ieuan 11

    ‘Now, on the matter of pointless insults directed at the blog owners. You have had your last warning. Show some manners or you will wear a week’s ban.’

    Last warning? When did I get my first warning?

    Kind of ironic isn’t it considering the subject of your post.

  12. lprent 12

    This is after all our site. If I bothered to look back I’d bet that there are many warnings to you previously. The database would pull them out. I seem to remember issuing a few to you early last year myself. There are no time limits.

    Anyway you’re incorrect. This is dialogue. I could just add you to the spam queue – that would be a closer equivalent to a s92a action.

    But I suspect you don’t understand dialogue – I’ve never seen you do anything that civilised. Perhaps if you bothered to actually say something on interest then we wouldn’t treat you with the contempt you get. I notice for instance that you never actually address the points that I raise when I answer your points. You just move on to pointless insults on other matters. In fact you have never bothered to address the s92a debate at all in this discussion – why is that?

    Perhaps that is all you are capable of – attack other people without discussing anything? Seems to fit your behavior – looks like you have swallowed the C/T operations manual about how to be a mindless drone.

  13. ieuan 13

    ‘This is after all our site. If I bothered to look back I’d bet that there are many warnings to you previously. The database would pull them out. I seem to remember issuing a few to you early last year myself. There are no time limits.’

    Please, be my guest………….I think you will find your memory is rather faulty.

    As to the s92a debate, I can understand the concern about people being arbitrarily dropped by their ISP but the reaction of most (including this site) is somewhat hysterical.

    As I pointed out in my first comment it is really not that hard to avoid infringing copyright.

  14. Andrew 14

    I 100% agree with lprent and IB on this one. ieuan, you state that “it is really not that hard to avoid infringing copyright”, but in reality I think you will find it is a lot harder than you think. Once material makes it onto the information super-highway it is impossible to police. You cannot control the internet and the information on it. You can try, but you will fail.

    The point of this post is the opposition to s92a that basically states that your ISP should remove your access to the internet after various accusations of copyright infringement. Not actually guilty of it, but only accused of it.

    I’m sorry but that is absolutely wrong and breaches my rights as a human being living in a free society. Extreme example, but that’s like saying I’m going to take your car off you because you have been accused of speeding by a member of the public. Not actually ticketed by a police officer.

    Sure, if I am convicted of multiple breaches of copyright by a court of law, then fine i’ll take my medicine. But for some Joe Blogs that happens to dislike me to come along and accuse me of copyright infringement only to have my internet cut off … THATS JUST WRONG!

    Your arguments are indefensible, i would suggest you stop.

  15. Ag 15

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised. The representatives of copyright holders have never in my experience taken a measured approach to copyright law. Their attitude has been draconian and contrary to the public good.

    This law is their last feeble effort to get people to pay attention. New Zealand’s copyright law is asinine anyway, so I’ve spent most of my life ignoring it.

  16. ieuan 16

    My understanding of the law is that it makes ISP’s adopt a policy where they can terminate peoples’ connections.

    There is little in the law about the process. Of course this should be clearer and better defined but in the vacuum this creates there has been a lot of hysterical nonsense.

    Ag: I’m sorry but I don’t accept the argument that copyright sucks so I’ll just ignore it, the speed limit sucks should I ignore that too?

    Council building regulations suck when building disabled showers, should I ignore those?

    Sure we need better copyright laws and these need to reflect the technology we have but they still need to balance the rights of the person creating the work and those who want to use it.

    I see little from those who want to create, license and protect a work only those who want to copy it and pay nothing for the privilege.

    It is time for a change in attitude.

  17. vidiot 17

    lprent – my understanding was that only the holder of the copyright (or an authorised agent) could lodge a complaint with the ISP. The complaints can not be made by any joe bloggs in a vexatious manner.

  18. lprent 18

    vidiot: Yeah? So show me that in the clause. The final one in the act has the following.

    92A Internet service provider must have policy for terminating accounts of repeat infringers

    (1) An Internet service provider must adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the account with that Internet service provider of a repeat infringer.

    (2) In subsection (1), repeat infringer means a person who repeatedly infringes the copyright in a work by using 1 or more of the Internet services of the Internet service provider to do a restricted act without the consent of the copyright owner.

    Note that there is NO responsibility anywhere to find out if the person complaining is the rights holder. The nett obligation on the ISP’s is that they have a policy and that policy is implemented. What I’m arguing is that the simpliest and most effective policy cost-wise for an ISP is to do what Telstra-Clear are doing. Dump on accusation. The alternative is to increase costs to provide adjudication – something that isn’t possible on current margins.

    There is no penalty at all for people making vexatious complaints. This was mentioned in the bill, but was dumped when the clause was reinserted after the select committee dumped it.

    If you disagree and think otherwise, then tell me HOW your expectations are implemented in the act. I’m afraid that your HOPE isn’t recognized by the courts.

    To establish a set of principles, a ISP would have to be sued in civil court by someone they have disconnected. In 18 months or so and large amounts of cash later a decision may be reached. Basically that is a *lot* of hassle. It is easier to move the site hosting offshore where I don’t carry the risk.

    Now tell me why that isn’t the rational behaviour?

  19. lprent 19

    i:

    There is little in the law about the process. Of course this should be clearer and better defined but in the vacuum this creates there has been a lot of hysterical nonsense.

    There is nothing in the act about process. This means that the whole thing will have to be tested in the courts. So what website wants to be the test case(s) and spend all of the money and time to do it. To clarify the acceptable process of this clause in civil court is going to take years, and we could probably only sue the ISP – not the complainant.

    Now do you see what we (the operators of sites) are ‘hysterical’. To define this law for the copyright holders benefit we pay – they or claimants proporting to be them don’t even enter into the litigation.

    My question is why would I or anyone bother staying in this jurisdiction? The site would run just as easily from Canada. Slightly higher latency and lower costs. At least they have a reasonably rational legal approach to this.

    To preserve your precious copyright, the local hosting industry has to die.

  20. Felix 20

    Lynn,

    You’re correct about the shortcomings of s92, but your initial response to ieuan was that it’s ok to use copyright material without paying for because it’s too expensive.

    That’s not a legitimate argument for obvious reasons and it’s exactly the position that this (albeit misguided) legislation has been drafted to combat.

  21. ieuan 21

    Thanks Felix, I feel like I’ve just grabbed a rottweiler by the testicles.

  22. lprent 22

    Actually I didn’t say that.

    What I said was that the cost of getting images with a 100% verified provenance was too high (getty images, istock etc) and quoted prices to prove it.

    Then I said that these sources were of limited use anyway because most of the images we’d want to use have no easy to find provenance.

    For instance the karst image on Nuie that I used in a post last month about phosphate reserves. I spent an hour trying to figure out what the rights on that were. It may have origionally come out of a survey document by the UN – in which I could use it. The UN may have gotten the rights from someone else. But in the end looking for if I could use it or not was taking more time than writing the post.

    We do try to look at these issues. But there really isn’t any good 100% way apart from paying more for images than we do for bandwidth, and having a very restricted selection.

    Under the current regime, a rights holder could contact us, and we’d probably remove it. That is acceptable.

    Under the new regime a troll (or a politician or Crosby-Textor) could get our ISP to cut off the site without bothering to produce any proof that they have any rights at all.

    It is going to be simpler to move the site offshore – along with virtually every other website still operating out of this country.

  23. lprent 23

    ieuan: Quick hint.

    If we’re not writing in bold at the bottom of your comments then you’re still getting talked to as a person rather than a troll. ie we’re not moderating we are discussing (doing both roles on the site is a bit tiresome)…

    I don’t ban people that I’m in discussion with. It is a form of protection – at least from me. However the moderators act independently.

    What I was getting annoyed about was that you weren’t looking at what my post was about. I accept copyright and I probably do more to be concerned about it than anyone else here. But this clause just leaves me wide open to anyone – not just the rights holders and there is essentially no recourse for any redress. I don’t think that I could even sue people making false accusations . That makes it a stupid law.

    That is what my post is about.

  24. vidiot 24

    lprent – have a read what this says – http://www.vodafone.co.nz/personal/about/legal-stuff/copyright-amendment-act.jsp

    Make note of the words ‘copyright holder’ or ‘rights holder’ and then look at the sample take down notice that vodafone have, it clearly shows “Copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorised agent”

    and woot found it !!!

    92D Requirements for notice of infringement

    * A notice referred to in section 92C(3) must—
    “(a) contain the information prescribed by regulations made under this Act; and
    “(b) be signed by the copyright owner or the copyright owner’s duly authorised agent.

    So in laymans terms no troll or MP can be a prick and cause shit for you, unless of course they are the copyright holder or an authorised agent for that holder.

  25. Felix 25

    Lynn,

    With all due respect,

    But there really isn’t any good 100% way apart from paying more for images than we do for bandwidth, and having a very restricted selection.

    is just another way of saying it’s too expensive (poor value for money).

  26. lprent 26

    Felix: Sure, and I’d support anything that gave us a search-able registry of the copyrights. Which would be the way to reduce those charges. Of course that would require a registration of copyrights in the same manner as patents, and it would be pretty expensive (in the same way as patents) for the rights holders. But hey, it’d be cheaper and easier for me than what I’d have to do now..

    From my perspective I’d at least have a chance at finding out the owner of rights on the images I want to use… I’d support a registration system.

    As far as I can see this whole issue is about making it as cheap and easy for the rights holders as possible, and bugger everyone else. That isn’t equitable.

  27. lprent 27

    vidiot: Toothless…

    All I have to do is to say that I hold the rights – it doesn’t say that I have to provide proof.

    That was where it blew up when the TCF proposals died..

    From Russell Brown’s post

    It is quite proper to seek efficient ways of adjudicating legal disputes, but the problem with Section 92(A) is that it places the adjudication of a legal dispute either in the hands of parties who are not competent to make such decisions (ISPs and telecommunications companies), or (in the approach endorsed by RIANZ’ Campbell Smith) in the hands of one party to the dispute. To say this isn’t ideal is putting it mildly.

    Essentially RIANZ’s position was that rights holders should not have to present any proof of copyright. It would involve them in effort. They’d prefer that the ISP’s took their word. Problem is that ISP’s are not experts – they’d also have to take the word of every other tom-dick-and-harry.

    If you read Jordan Carter or David Farrar’s posts, the sense of frustration shows through strongly – both are on INZ who has also been trying to get a protocol through for this crap clause.

  28. lprent 28

    My view is that to make this work, they’ll have to set up a separate tribunal to make the decision. That would require considerable funding from somewhere. I’d suggest the ISP’s and bodies like RIANZ, booksellers etc. The expense would have to be considerable to handle investigations in a expeditious manner.

    Of course I’d probably still move offshore. The differential cost between NZ and elsewhere for hosting a site would become too high.

    The alternative is that providing incorrect information to the ISP’s is a criminal matter – ie something akin to fraud. Disputes about copyright should be handed to the police for investigation. At least they have the capability to develop expertise

    I’d suggest that they retask the TAU and SIG to that purpose – they’d be more use there.

  29. Felix 29

    Lynn,

    The searchable registry model seems unnecessarily complicated and fractured – I think the model to look at is one of blanket licensing, along the lines developed for performing rights.

  30. lprent 30

    That would be fine. It just has to be something that could be done in the 10-15 mins I have for searching out a suitable image and deploying it.

    That means that we pay a standard monthly general levy to use whatever material we want under a license. The costs should be low (a LOT lower than getty or istock or their ilk) because it will have economies of scale. It should cost a lot less than the network hosting because we really don’t use many images. But the range of images has to be far far wider and include free to use images.

    Have a look at google images way of doing it. I want that copyright statement to be at least 50% either yes or no. The current 99% ‘maybe’ is unacceptable

  31. ieuan 31

    Iprent – great to see that you have moved from ‘we’re moving to Canada’ because this thing is draconian to ‘how can we make this work’?

    A couple of suggestions:

    iStock photos are available from around $1US each on a pay as you go basis (rather than a monthly subscription).

    Wikipedia only uses public domain or free to use images (but I am sure you know this) and they are available for general use (in most cases).

    And of course – if you can’t get the image you want without infringing someone’s copyright don’t use it, honestly most of us come here to read the text and not look at the pictures.

    As for graphs – if you have to, redraw them, if the info is in the public domain you can do what you want with it.

    And finally – really if the issue is cost why aren’t you guys asking for donations from readers (like Wikipedia did)?

  32. lprent 32

    Nope I’m still likely to move the sites hosting to Canada or elsewhere. I have an aversion to uncontrollable risk levels. We do use a high proportion of wikipedia images. We also use a high proportion of non-copyright materials – however these are time expensive to figure out. But there is a proportion of questionable images on the site. It is almost impossible to be a 100% sure in the current copyright environment.

    Reason why I don’t want to do the peicemeal – because my time is pretty precious, at least that is what my employers pay. My other voluntary activities (like this) are much the same. The same thing applies to every one else writing posts here. We’re always looking at how to reduce time.

    The problem with a piece meal approach is that I don’t use a credit card for micro transactions, and I prefer to pay on a subscription model because the charges require less work on my part. We could have put this site on a donation model (or the advertising one I’m testing now) a long time ago. But the problem is that both take more time than normally I have available. The only reason that I’m considering it is because I’m assured that it won’t chew anymore time. But I figure I’ll just keep paying anyway, but hunt for a cheaper less risky hosting offshore.

    It has been cheaper for me to pay the sites running costs out of my pay, because it takes only a few minutes per month. That is why customers like contract rates, subscription models, etc because it consumes less time.

    Also explains why the fortunes of the microtransaction model are still as sluggish as hell. Look at the Puhio motorway…

  33. Felix 33

    Lynn,

    It is almost impossible to be a 100% sure in the current copyright environment.

    Not at all. The way to be 100% sure is to use only your own material. Put that shiny new iPhone to use 🙂

    You can point out all the ways in which it can be time consuming, difficult, inconvenient or expensive to stay within the law but ultimately you don’t have to use any copyright material at all – it’s entirely your choice to do so.

  34. lprent 34

    Felix: I think that a trip to Nuie to photo the krast fields for the phosphate post would have been a tad more time consuming.

    I really wanted that picture to show the costs of the phosphate trade to the suppliers. I remember seeing it 30 years ago.

  35. Felix 35

    Yes of course, but the point I’m making is that you don’t have to use it at all – even though you “really wanted” to.

    I’m not trying to pretend that we have an ideal system for managing copyright and I’m not supportive of the “guilt by accusation” aspect of the proposed changes – as I mentioned above I think there’s probably a better solution closer to some sort of blanket license – but I don’t see how just ignoring the law because it doesn’t suit you is a defensible position.

    I’m not saying that there aren’t defensible reasons for ignoring the law, just that inconvenience isn’t one of them. And arguing that it is only gives weight to the RIANZs of the world.

  36. lprent 36

    The way that the law is set up at present on copyright essentially states that every person using something has to figure out who owns it.

    That would probably be fine prior to the net, and if it’d actually had a copyright notice on it. Even then you couldn’t be sure that the rights of the creator were being maintained – eg counterfeiting and plagiarism. So the best that could have ever been in the courts would have been a duty of care to make as certain as you could be. ie some kind of reasonable person test.

    With the net – what is the reasonable persons test? Anyone can strip identifying marks in seconds including watermarks and tags, claim it as their work, and say that it free for any use. Most of the time the latter two aren’t present either.

    What you’re suggesting is that it is only what you produce yourself. Kind of ignores the whole development of economic systems since the hunter gatherer days.

    What ieuan is suggesting is that we should pay middlemen to do that work, but on some kind of piecework approach. Again ignoring the changes in economic models over the last couple of centuries and the cost of transactions.

    The best one would be some kind of subscription/performance license. But expecting artists to work cooperatively together on a economic system is not all that likely? Of course pigs could fly…

    However what I will not accept is a presumption of guilt that is the basis of s92(a) because it abrogates the idea of any reasonable person test. It is easier to move jurisdictions if these dickheads can’t figure out a better test than guilt by accusation.

  37. lprent 37

    I could disable every image on the site – with a message blaming it on RIANZ and whoever else are acting like idiots. Could make a major google bomb out of it…. That is worth a post…

    Of course we (net programmers) could always just treat this as a classic censorship problem. I could shift every image offshore and merely refer to them with URL’s. Then it is the client machine that is serving up the image from an offshore site. Effectively that is the youtube solution I’d bet that there are image servers readily available.

    Similarly proxy solutions, moving servers, etc…

    Time for some widespread civil disobedience ??

  38. DeeDub 38

    RIANZ can suck my d**k.

    And I say this as an artist thrice nominated at their Music Awards since 1990.

    They’ve got it sooooooooooo wrong it’s not even funny.

  39. Felix 39

    Lynn,

    The best one would be some kind of subscription/performance license. But expecting artists to work cooperatively together on a economic system is not all that likely? Of course pigs could fly

    It works pretty well for performing rights in music, pretty much globally and fairly seamlessly. Of course there are always people bitching about having to pay the licensing fees but fuck em if they’re too ignorant to realise they’re using someone else’s work.

    DeeDub, I don’t think you want Smith anywhere near your “d**k” but I second the sentiment. So very, very wrong.

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  • Slow train of accountability for Cameron Slater
    It’s an adage, almost a cliche: ‘Justice delayed is Justice denied’, but genuinely, that has to be one’s response to news this last week: That dirty PR attack blogger Cameron Slater has (finally) been judged in the High Court to have defamed Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield. Further, that Slater’s false ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    9 hours ago
  • Not political in the slightest
    In one way it was phenomenally dull, in another fascinating. He had never met people with such certainty before. Jews and Catholics were less. Irish ugly, Chinese and Aborigines not even human. They did not think such things. They knew them.The Narrow Road to The Deep North Richard Flanagan Wellington ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    23 hours ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: Democracy denied
    Political Intervention From Above: From the early-1970s on, lobbying firms and think-tanks have grown like Topsy all across the capitalist world. Had the progressive middle-class not drawn its teeth and clipped its claws, an angry working-class might have risen to meet the Robber Baron’s challenge as it did in the 1890s, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Aotearoa Divided.
    Hey, hey, heyThere's no need to panicThis is just how it isYour pulse is fast and franticAnd it feels like you'll explodePanic isn’t the right word, although sometimes I feel a bit that way when I think about things. Despair is probably more accurate. And sadness. Those are the things ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 23
    Luxon says Kiwis need to face the ‘brutal facts of our reality’, but the evidence shows our financial position is nowhere near as troubling as in 1991 and even if it were, the advice of the ‘financial grown-ups’ of the world is to avoid pointless austerity measures. Photo: Lynn Grieveson ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Hell of a week
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style1. What did the Atlas Network do in Aotearoa this week?a. Got a tobacco whistleblower firedb. Got Michael Bassett to ghost-write legislation c. Planted Kompromat on John Campbell d. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Media chiefs struggle to understand democracy
    Graham Adams writes — Listening to Sinead Boucher speak last week at a parliamentary hearing on the Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill, it was easy to be captivated momentarily by her rhetoric about democracies requiring a strong and free media. Addressing the select committee MPs, she said: “A strong, ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    2 days ago
  • Do We Take Regulatory Impact Statements Seriously?
    The Sorry Story of Earthquake-Prone Buildings.The Treasury requires that when new or amended legislation is proposed, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) be provided – ‘a high-level summary of the problem being addressed, the options and their associated costs and benefits, the consultation undertaken, and the proposed arrangements for implementation and ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Enjoy your weekend in the best little country on the planet in a fragile state under new management
    1. What did the Atlas Network do in Aotearoa this week?a. Got a tobacco whistleblower firedb. Got Michael Bassett to ghost-write legislation c. Planted Kompromat on John Campbell d. Sent Cameron Slater flowerse. None of the above2. According to our one-liner Prime Minister the state of the nation is what?a. Fickle  b. Fragile c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Comings and goings – McClay heads for Abu Dhabi while our leaders prepare to welcome Indonesia Vic...
    Buzz from the Beehive Not too long after we posted Geoffrey Miller’s article about the challenge facing Trade Minister Todd McClay in Abu Dhabi, the minister announced he will be travelling today to attend the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation where he will take up his role ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Garrick Tremain’s view…
    ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Bought and paid for
    Candidate donation returns for the 2023 election are out, and surprise, surprise - Shane Jones has been taking money from the industries he is now responsible for regulating: Newly released donation information for 2023 election candidates show the Fisheries Minister received $5000 from West Food Seafood (Westfleet Seafoods Limited). ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s dilemma at the WTO’s big meeting in Abu Dhabi
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s new trade minister is a busy man. Just weeks after taking office in late November, Todd McClay was also elected as vice-chair for the upcoming 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A major gathering of trade ministers from the WTO’s 166 members, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What if Generative AI isn’t the ‘benefit’ or ‘existential risk’ to humanity that it’s be...
    This is a fascinating conversation about the roots, the dangers and hype around AI. Both of these thinkers are so insightful about the issues, and raise issues in context with such clarity.I appreciate them so much. Watch the video from Al Jazeerah English at YouTube or below, and I have ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    3 days ago
  • MIKE GRIMSHAW: Kiwi populism… and future shock
    Mike Grimshaw writes – The last decade has seen the rise of populism across the Western world as well as more authoritarian populist offshoots in Latin America. Populism occurs on both of (what were) the traditional Left and Right, combining a charismatic leader, socio-economic change and challenges, and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Are You Old Enough?
    Ten years in the jailer's eyeAnd I'm thinkin' 'bout my babyLooking at my life go byFalling in the streets, I'm brokenAnd I'm laughing at the poor man talking to the blind manIf you could choose anybody to lead Aotearoa, who would it be? Maybe you’d like to see Jacinda back, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Article Link. “South America’s Strategic Paradox” in MINGA.
    The Latin American multidisciplinary journal MINGA just published my article on “South America’s Strategic Paradox.” I was surprised that they wanted to do so because they have a very clear left-leaning orientation and my article was pretty much a straight-forward … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the perils of joining AUKUS Pillar Two
    The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:We’ve been gratified ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s dilemma at the WTO’s big meeting in Abu Dhabi
    New Zealand’s new trade minister is a busy man. Just weeks after taking office in late November, Todd McClay was also elected as vice-chair for the upcoming 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A major gathering of trade ministers from the WTO’s 166 members, ‘MC13’ will take ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 23-February-2024
    It’s Friday and here are some of the things that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt asked if the upcoming Regional Land Transport Programme will be another debacle. On Wednesday we ran a guest post from Nick Reid on why the CRL ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Democracy Denied.
    Political Intervention From Above: From the early-1970s on, lobbying firms and think-tanks have grown like Topsy all across the capitalist world. Had the progressive middle-class not drawn its teeth and clipped its claws, an angry working-class might have risen to meet the Robber Baron’s challenge as it did in the ...
    3 days ago
  • “I Was Hacked!”
    Hi,“I was hacked” is a wonderful excuse for a variety of sins, and it was used to perfection this week by Brian Houston, the New Zealand founder (and disgraced former leader) of toxic megachurch Hillsong.Ladies and girls kissing” Brian tweeted at 11.41pm on Tuesday.It was four words he’d clearly meant ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Child poverty progress reverses to 2019 levels
    It was touted as a focus by the previous government, but what progress was made on reducing child poverty has now been eroded away back to 2019-levels. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Six ‘newsy’ things that stood out for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy and beyond from my reading over the past ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume V
    Time for another D&D update. Session XI Gunderlun. So the party is back on dry land. First dealings were with the harbour master, who not only requested his fee, but also noted that if Sir Goatslayer (Goliath Monk) is going to have people lugging around his giant tome ...
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #8 2024
    Open access notables Transition from positive to negative indirect CO2 effects on the vegetation carbon uptake, Chen et al., Nature Communications: Here we investigate how the impacts of eCO2-driven climate change on growing-season gross primary production have changed globally during 1982–2014, using satellite observations and Earth system models, and evaluate their evolution ...
    3 days ago
  • Gravity wins, everybody loses
    This government should come with a whiplash warning. Did you hear the Prime Minister just go off about the Black Hole They Left Us? - how much was it, 20 billion? 200 billion? Or was it 2 gazillion billion? God he just gets so excited doing his we were going ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Gravity wins, everybody loses
    This government should come with a whiplash warning. Did you hear the Prime Minister just go off about the Black Hole They Left Us? - how much was it, 20 billion? 200 billion? Or was it 2 gazillion billion? God he just gets so excited doing his we were going ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Willis tells us before dawn about her travel plans and – early this afternoon – she reports on h...
    Buzz from the Beehive Finance Minister Nicola Willis – and press secretary Nick Venter, too, we may suppose – were up and about before sparrow’s fart. Her bags would have been packed and her passport checked. We report this on the strength of an email from Venter which landed in ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH: Grant Robertson’s new job sends an awful message to students about meritocracy in ...
      The appointment of Grant Robertson as Vice-Chancellor of Otago University has raised hackles – and questions – among academics.  Robertson’s credentials for the job is one issue.  The appointment process is another.  University of Auckland economics professor Rob MacCulloch has posted these three articles in the past few days ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Govt's Budget 'just like a household,' says Willis
    TL;DR: Flying in the face of comments from a ratings agency and a mountain of demand for a new long-term sovereign bond issued yesterday, Finance Minister Nicola Willis has again characterised the Government’s finances as too fragile to borrow in its own right to solve Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure deficits. She also ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How oil sands undermine Canada’s climate goals
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Now in his ninth year as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has sought to position Canada as a global climate leader, touting one of the world’s highest taxes on carbon pollution, clean fuel regulations, and clean technology tax credits. Yet Canada’s per-person climate pollution remains stubbornly ...
    4 days ago
  • Untold back-stories: the little things media don't tell us but which are nevertheless pertinent
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.In an article entitled "School donations continue to yield millions of dollars for wealthier schools" on RNZ's website on 19 February, Data journalist Farah Hancock reported on the fees ("donations") that (some) schools were ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Untold back-stories: the little things media don't tell us but which are nevertheless pertinent
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.In an article entitled "School donations continue to yield millions of dollars for wealthier schools" on RNZ's website on 19 February, Data journalist Farah Hancock reported on the fees ("donations") that (some) schools were ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins – Gone Too Soon.
    My wife’s breathing was heavy beside me as I woke this morning, still dark. Yesterday, and it’s awful news, came crashing into my head and I lay there quietly crying.Thinking of Efeso’s family and loved ones. Of so many people who knew him and were devastated by the shocking news. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins spoke in Parliament only yesterday on bill which will regulate social workers (and vot...
    Buzz from the Beehive Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and other party leaders have been paying tribute to Green MP Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, who collapsed and died during a ChildFund charity run in central Auckland this morning, . The event, near Britomart, was to support local communities in the Pacific. Collins, ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • This is corrupt
    Earlier in the month, a panel of "independent" experts in Wellington produced recommendations for the future of housing in the city, and they were a bit shit, opposing intensification and protecting the property values of existing homeowners. Its since emerged that they engaged in some pretty motivated reasoning on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Efeso Collins
    God, life can be cruel sometimes can’t it?If only everyone was like him. He was so very warm, so very generous, so very considerate, so very decent. Plenty of people have those qualities but I can think of hardly anyone I've met who had them as richly as he did.Let me ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Is applying “tough love” to a “fragile” nation the right answer?
      The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer:  How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • DON BRASH: Is an independent foreign policy really feasible?
    Don Brash writes – A week or so ago, Helen Clark and I argued that New Zealand would be nuts to abandon the independent foreign policy which has been a characteristic of New Zealand life for most of the last 40 years, a policy which has seen us ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • YVONNE VAN DONGEN: So proud
    Ratepayers might well ask why they are subsidising people who peddle the lie that it is possible to be born in the wrong body and people can change sex. The preponderance of events advertising as ‘queer’ is a gender ideology red flag. Yvonne Van Dongen writes –  It ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • S&P slams new Govt's council finance vacuum
    Wellington Water workers attempt to resolve a burst water main. Councils are facing continuing uncertainty over how to pay to repair and expand infrastructure. The Wellington Regional Council was one of those downgraded. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlooks for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Resigns.
    Yesterday the man that I admire most in NZ politics called time.Around the middle of yesterday news began to filter out. People were posting unconfirmed reports that Grant Robertson was taking a new role as Vice-Chancellor at Otago Uni. Within an hour it became clear that he was indeed retiring ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    6 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    6 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    6 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    6 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    7 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago

  • Government backs police to crackdown on gangs
    The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell.  “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase. At the same time, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Northland’s new Kāeo Bridge officially open
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed the official opening of the new State Highway 10 (SH10) Kāeo Bridge, which will improve safety and traffic flow for people heading to and from the Far North. “This is an important piece of infrastructure for the Northland region that will help members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Dry weather triggers extra support for farmers and growers across the top of the South Island
    The coalition Government is providing support for farmers and growers as dry conditions worsen across the top of the South Island. “Conditions on the ground across the Marlborough, Tasman, and Nelson districts are now extremely dry and likely to get worse in the coming months,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trade Minister heads to Abu Dhabi for key WTO negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today, to take up his role as Vice Chair of the negotiations. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body within the WTO and meets every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Appointment round for King’s Counsel announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced an appointment round for King’s Counsel will take place in 2024. Appointments of King’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint King’s Counsel in recognition ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Retiring Chief of Navy thanked for his service
    Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia.  “I would like to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indonesian Vice President to visit New Zealand
    Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnership,” Mr Peters says.  “The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government boost to fight against caulerpa
    The battle to contain the fast-spreading exotic caulerpa seaweed has today received a $5 million boost to accelerate the development of removal techniques, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The time is now to really lean in and build on the work of Biosecurity New Zealand, mana whenua, communities and local ...
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