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The Standard line: Showerheads

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, October 15th, 2008 - 39 comments
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So, you’re talking with someone about politics and they say something really dumb and wrong and you know it’s wrong but you don’t have the arguments and facts at your fingertips to make a decisive point. That’s where our election series, The Standard line, comes in. The info you need in bite-size form. Today, showerheads:

Counter-points:
– It is not and was never Labour policy to limit the flow of water through showerheads.
– There was a policy proposal from within a ministry that suggested a limit of 6 or 9 litre per minute for new showerheads as one option to help families reduce their power bills. As is normal, the Ministry consulted with interested groups on this proposal and the resounding reaction has been it is not a goer. 
– Ministries come up with policy ideas all the time. It is important that new ideas are discussed. Some of them are pretty oddball but unless they have been accepted by the politicians they are not official policy. The Minister for Housing, Shane Jones, has firmly said the Government and the Labour party will not be accepting this idea.

Attack points:
– National wants to make a big deal over this because they would rather Kiwis are distracted by trivial issues than ask the important questions like ‘can John Key be trusted given his history of lying (eg TranzraiL)?’ ‘What is the secret agenda that National MPs refer to in the secret agenda tapes?’ ‘why should Kiwis give up their Kiwisaver for tax cuts for the rich?’ ‘who has the policy to get us through these economic conditions keeping employment high and wages up?’

39 comments on “The Standard line: Showerheads”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    SP, could you please explain what “the Standard Line” means?

    Labour would say it was not Labour Policy to outlaw occasional smacking of children. It was Green policy to do so. A policy option comes up, with a recommendation to change the building code. Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code.

    That sounds like it does contradict your statement that it was never Labour Party policy to limit water flows.

    If we take the 2005 election as a precedent, Helen Clark said it would be unnatural to ban smacking. The Greens are very supportive of limiting shower flows. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is resurrected if Labour wins government again.

    We know what the Greens’ instinct is. We also know what Labour’s instinct is–the initial decision.

  2. higherstandard 2

    SP

    1. I thought you were a stronger supporter of the Green party than the Labour party – this policy is clearly environmentally friendly and should rightly be championed by the Greens and yourself.

    2. I thought the Standard was a forum made up of various posters with differing views (As Lynn frequently points out) – is this no longer the case ? Are you now the mouthpiece for The Standard ?

    [lprent: And still do say. Just a ‘standard’ phrase that is now wasting some of my precious time 🙄 answering questions ❗ ]

  3. Tim. ‘what is the standard line’ read the post.

  4. Pete 4

    Ministries come up with policy ideas all the time. It is important that new ideas are discussed. Some of them are pretty oddball but unless they have been accepted by the politicians they are not official policy. The Minister for Housing, Shane Jones, has firmly said the Government and the Labour party will not be accepting this idea.

    Hmmm so Shane Jones was never briefed by officials on the consultation document? I find that VERY hard to believe. Perhaps an OIA request asking for all relevant documents is in order but then I’m guessing the Department of Housing will fudge release of any documentation until well after the election…

    Bad look for Mister Jones supposedly one of the bright spark Labour MPs of the future.

  5. r0b 5

    If we take the 2005 election as a precedent

    Sadly that seems to be exactly what National are doing. Crosby Textor tactics, tax cuts as their only issue, let us hope however that they are going to refrain from the kind of tactics that cost Don Brash his political career.

    Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code.

    Could you link to that announcement please? I’d be interested to have a look.

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    SP I don’t want to misinterpret what you’re saying, and I did read the post, which is evident because I commented on the substance of it. The post title is “The Standard line:…”. I don’t want to appear pedantic, and I’m just seeking clarification.

    What does “The Standard line” mean? Does it mean “the official view of the blog known as The Standard”, or does it mean something else?

    [lprent: Nope – posters write as individuals. I’d guess that it is some kind of play on the association between the sites name and a common political phrase.]

  7. Paul 8

    So back to planet earth (what’s with the semantic chess?)

    This illustrates how bad they want to get into power. They are willing to lie their ass off and we in New Zealand have a good press but a bloody spineless pathetic press when it comes to being critical of the so called facts.

    He’s a lying bastard and until the day the media in NZ picks up on any of the politicians lies (red, blue, green or brown – or Vanilla) then we are going to get shat on from on high time and time again. And they think tagging is the start of crime – think again, it bloody well starts with those habitual liars.

  8. Ianmac 9

    Tim Ellis said:”Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code.”
    This is another flat lie. Shane Jones said:” There was a discussion document put out for industry discussion re: conservation of power/energy. The 6litres pm was one of the suggestions like insulating hw cylinders. The 6 litre shower is out of the question, unless of course conservation minded people would like to choose so.”

  9. Tim Ellis 10

    It’s too early in the day to feel so venomous Paul. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?

  10. Dom 11

    Paul Henry misled everyone during the interview with Jones. He complained that the online calculator was complicated. What he showed to the public was the workings behind the online calculator – not the calculator itself which is fairly tame for these types of things.

    Jones himself is up the food chain and might not have realised that himself…

    Course, this is the same Henry who cheers during Breakfast when a caller says they are voting National… And who once told a wife who thought she was a lesbian on How’s Life that it was just a phase and to go back to her husband. I hope I never run into him in the street…

  11. r0b 12

    Rob Check out this site.

    Thanks Doug, but I don’t see the announcement that Tim referred to. “We won’t make the changes until the rule is firmed up, which they say is going to be the end of October” – so obviously possible regulations are being discussed, not final ones.

    Ianmac said: “This is another flat lie. Shane Jones said: ‘There was a discussion document put out for industry discussion’ “.

    So Tim – is that it? Or do you have an actual source for your claim?

  12. Tim Ellis 13

    ianmac, let’s deal with the idea that the flow-limit on showerheads was just a policy option that the Government hadn’t decided on:

    The DBH’s website says:

    Changes to the energy efficiency provisions in the Building Code and H1 Compliance Document were consulted on in May 2007. Following on from this, the Building Code has recently been amended to require hot water systems in houses and HVAC systems in commercial buildings to be more energy efficient. Corresponding changes to the H1 Compliance Document need to be finalised.

    Followed by:

    The changes to the Building Code Clause H1 come into force on the 1 February 2009. The amended H1 Compliance Document will be published at the end of October 2008.

    This was not just an idea put up by an official. It was the intended outcome. It would have been the outcome if a big fuss had not erupted over it.

  13. ‘The Standard line’ is a pun – this blog is called ‘The Standard’, people try to run their ‘standard lines’ in debate or argument, this series of posts is intended to arm people with some basic arguments for various issues – hence ‘the standard line’… like most of my humour, it is self-deprecating

    if you read the post you will quite clearly see that it dos not claim to be the official opinion of all the Standard writers anymore than any other post does.

  14. higherstandard 15

    You, self-deprecating ?

  15. r0b 16

    That’s fascinating Tim, but I was looking for the source of your claim that: “Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code”. Do you have a source for that?

  16. Felix 17

    Tim if you’re going to lie, at least make it entertaining.

    Also, do you think the words disappear from the page when you make a new comment or something? We can all read exactly what you wrote so please, come up with a better story.

    So boring.

  17. Ianmac 18

    I guess the shower limit is just another effort to label Labour as “Nanny State.” This Tim, will haunt you should National have to take on governing responsibility. Just imagine, that now the population is tuned into the Nanny state mythology, every time a Government plan is introduced there will be the silly call that “National is Nanny State!”

  18. John Stevens 19

    I liked the suttle rebuttal from HC last night saying that it is not Labour policy to introduce the 6l/min showerheads. That may be true, but it will be a Lab/Grn govt that would pass this legislation as Lab would not have the numbers in govt.

    Remind me again what HC said about parental displicing before the 2005 election? Then blame repeal of the S59 defence on the Greens when Lab MPs were told that they had to back the Bradford bill.

    You cannot trust Labour not passing this into law one way or another if re elected with the Greens.

  19. John Stevens 20

    National want to move away from the nanny state. It will be a hard road though after the surplus has been Cullenated.

    They want to instill In-dependence, not dependence when it comes to state help. Even the MP are tring to get rid of the dole.

  20. randal 21

    the national line is meatheads unite

  21. higherstandard 22

    The Randal line is gibber gibber, rant, misspell, don’t use apostrophes, belch !

  22. Tim Ellis 23

    Come on HS, Randal’s entertaining! I do sometimes wonder if he’s a right-winger pretending to be a Labour Party troll. Everything he says is pretty inoffensive, and sometimes quite funny, because he takes such a ludicrous position so often.

    SP, thank you for your clarification on the use of the term “the Standard line”. I’m still a bit perplexed by it, but it’s not a big issue. It was obviously a degree of subtlety that was lost on me.

    r0b and Felix, I don’t resign from my position that the showerhead issue was almost certainly going to be included in the building code, and that the tone of Shane Jones statement was to defend its inclusion, before the PM shut it down. The Government had already done its consulation 18 months ago and had written the amendment to the Building Code, which was due to come into force in a few months’ time.

    It is fair and reasonable to say that it wasn’t Helen Clark’s intention to limit shower pressure, because I very much doubt she knew about it. Shane Jones clearly knew about it–perhaps after the fact and only after protests, but his initial position last week was to defend it. That was a wrong judgement call on his part. In the scope of things it really is pretty trivial, but it’s trivial things like this that have the potential to flare up and derail campaigns.

  23. randal 24

    tim ellis. It is not easy being green! hs take three thorazine and go to bed.

  24. randal 25

    you see tim I have worked for large enterprises and understand economies of scale and toeing the corporate line and the sacrificing of individuality to the greater purpose. I also understand the power of compound interest and double entry bookkeeping but I treat them as inventions and not laws for the domination of other human beings. As Adam Smith said the primary goal of employers is the command over labour. It has more psychological imprtance than money. so think about that while all the little tinopot tories go vibrating off into a positive futuure its all crap desinged to obscure their pathological desire to tell other people what to do.

  25. tony norriss 26

    There is a much stronger case for government interference so far as light-bulbs go. Labour are legislating to force people to use the economy versions. No grounds to dispute that. Typical nanny-state stuff.

    I tried one the other day. It purported to be 15W but equivalent in brightness to a 60W bulb. Well, it took about 20mins to reach maximum brightness, and when it did, it was nothing like the 60W equivalent for brightness. It said on the box it would last up to seven years. It died within three days. Also, there is the dangers of mecury poisoning when they break.

    Sounds like a bad joke, yet its still going to be forced on the country if Labour get back in.

  26. Felix 27

    Tim you’re doing it again. Here’s what you said first:
    “Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code.”

    And now you say:
    “I don’t resign from my position that the showerhead issue was almost certainly going to be included in the building code”

    So essentially you admit that your first statement was pulled out of your arse.

    You’re not even a good liar Tim, and certainly no more than an amateur thinker. Back up what you said or apologise for misleading the house.

  27. Tim Ellis 28

    Felix thank you for the lesson in integrity from somebody who calls other people liars from the veil of anonymity.

    Shane Jones said:

    The Facts are:

    • The proposed amendments are only intended for new homes and additional water systems and will not apply to existing homes unless a whole new system is installed.

    • The rules are to improve the energy efficiency of hot water systems and will help people save money on their energy bills.

    • The low-flow rate is not mandatory. People will have an option to use a shower head of their choice.

    • A high-flow head could be used if an efficient heating system is installed, like a heat pump or a solar system. The important point is the over-all energy efficiency of the water heating system.

    That was the standard due to come in force in a few months’ time. Shane Jones’ initial reaction was to defend it. He only canned it when the PM reined him in.

  28. r0b 29

    Felix thank you for the lesson in integrity

    Good, because you need it. It is starting to look like your style to mix lies in with reasonable argument and the usual spin. The only question is whether this is down to a genuinely distorted world view (you genuinely believe your incorrect claims) or whether it is completely deliberate propaganda (you know exactly what you’re doing).

    The bullet points you have quoted above come from here here. They make it clear that what is discussed is “proposed amendments” which are “not mandatory“. And you missed a couple out:

    • The Department of Building and Housing have consulted on the proposals. All submissions will be carefully evaluated before a final decision is made.

    • Any such measures will come into force after a full and considered reflection on the consultation.

    This is so far from your original claim that it ain’t even funny.

  29. Tim Ellis 30

    r0b, again I value your attempt, behind the veil of anonymity, to accuse other people of lying, when you don’t have the integrity to put your own name to the accusation.

    Did you see the Close Up show on Monday? Shane Jones pretty much conceded it would have gone ahead if there had not been a public backlash against it. The regulation was due to come into force in a couple of months’ time. Spare me the sophistry of a consultation process. You don’t change regulations just a couple of months before they’re due to come into force, eighteen months after the official consultation round, unless you’ve faced overwhelming public pressure.

    If this issue had been outside the confines of an election campaign (like the smacking issue), then the Government would have ploughed ahead with it.

    And now it’s over to you to ignore the overwhelming evidence and nit-pick tiny holes in what I’ve said. You might ask me to define the word “the”, or produce a reference as to whether Shane Jones really is the responsible minister.

  30. r0b 31

    r0b, again I value your attempt, behind the veil of anonymity

    Don’t get all snotty Tim, anonymity is the norm on blogs. How do we know Tim Ellis is your real name? We don’t. And we don’t care – why should we? You are the quality of your arguments here, that’s one of the things I like about it.

    As for the lie with which you started this thread, you should really stop digging comrade. You said “Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code”. It’s a bit of a worry that you regard being called on a blatant lie a “nit-pick”.

  31. Tim Ellis 32

    Anonymity isn’t the norm on blogs r0b. It seems to be the norm from trolls.

    [lprent: You’re incorrect. It is more common for people to use anonymity than real names exposed. It has been that way since the networks started linking when I was was a student for the first time. In the end it is peoples ideas rather than their identities that carries weight.

    There are very few people whose real identity carries any weight on the nets – after all you seldom know where they acquired it from. However a good strong on-line personality does carry weight. You can search for it and see what they said and thought decades ago as you can with ‘lprent’. You do have to know where to look of course.]

  32. randal 33

    notice how its all the tinpot tories who find it vitally importan to be so CLEAN. must be the blood of the workers on their hands!

  33. r0b 34

    Anonymity isn’t the norm on blogs r0b.

    Oh don’t be silly. At the time of posting the “Latest Comments” column listed various nicks. Ten (taken at face value or with public context) I would classify as not anonymous: Tim Ellis, Rex Widerstrom, Ron Hanson, lprent, bill brown, tony norriss, jo zinny, Steve Pierson, John Stevens, Brian Dooley.

    Anonymous posters? Thirty three: r0b, barnsleybill, higherstandard, Quoth the Raven, insider, Robinsod, Bill, simon, Weather Eye Of The North, pdm, Roflcopter, gobsmacked, Ben R, Felix, Peter, Aj, Scribe, bobo, Tane, randal, Dom, vidiot, Paul, Daveski, Pascal’s bookie, Nick, Hauraki, Ianmac, Ari, mondograss, milo, burt, rosa.

    Anonymity is the norm on blogs Tim. This is the second time I’ve seen you called on a lie, and trying as a last resort to appeal to your use of the nick “Tim Ellis” as some proof of your moral superiority (the “argument from authority”). Doesn’t work that way. Here our demographics and socio-political signs and signifiers are null and void. Here we are the quality of our arguments. You need to lift yours – a little basic fact checking before you post.

    I’ve still got work to do before the day is done, so bye now.

  34. Felix 35

    Right Tim (if that is your real name), so if you were 100% sure that you knew exactly who r0b or I were, then you could bring yourself to admit that you’ve been caught out in a bare-faced lie.

    And not for the first time – it’s a pattern with you. You start with a complete lie, then when challenged you argue some trivial side issue until people forget what the discussion was about or get bored and leave. Then you claim you were never arguing that point anyway.

    And now you label others “trolls” because we see through and call you on your shallow, transparent bullshit.

    Lets have it again: “Shane Jones announced last week that the Government had adopted the option, and it was going into the Building Code”

    Your words. Back them up, whoever you are.

  35. randal 36

    he’s busy in the shower…not clean enough yet.

  36. Do you shower once a decade randal?

  37. randal 38

    I never shower at all dad.

  38. higherstandard 39

    And I thought the pong was just the stilton and pickled onions I had after dinner.

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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Kindness wins after all
    Last week, after Judith Collins announced that National would be cruel and vicious to kiwis caught overseas by the pandemic, and rob them at the border if they returned home, Labour looked like it was falling all over itself to cry "me too". But now, it looks like kindness has ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Safe arrivals
    If entry into New Zealand from abroad is safe, it should be allowed.  People arriving from places that are Covid-free, or no more risky than New Zealand, and who get here on flights that do not intersect with risky places, should return to normal travel arrangements. Currently, the Cook ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand research shows what a fat, healthy right whale looks like!
    Liz Slooten Scientists from the University of Otago, working with colleagues from around the world, have found that New Zealand right whales are doing much better than right whales in other parts of the world. The research was published as the feature article in the journal Marine Ecology Progress ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • A once-in-a-generation change
    Back in 2019, the government asked for a comprehensive, independent review of the Resource Management Act and associated legislation. That review has now reported back and recommended a complete repeal and re-enactment. Despite the headlines, this is not a "scrapping" - we're still going to have a resource management law, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Data analysis skills are in hot demand – what should be doing about it?
    By Associate Professor Mik Black, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago The increased availability of complex biological data sets means that analysis and computation are becoming critically important skills for New Zealand’s future scientists. Because of this, we need to be doing everything we can to help our students develop ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    6 days ago
  • Are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Is humanity doomed? If in 2030 we have not reduced ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Interfering with the watchdog
    Britain's spy agencies are supposedly overseen by various watchdogs, including the investigatory powers tribunal. But it turns out that MI6 at least has contempt for those watchdogs, and attempted to interfere with the operations of the tribunal by concealing evidence from its judges: MI6 has been accused of “inappropriate interference” ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What planet is the WHO on?
    Daphna Whitmore So far this year over 7.4 million people have died from preventable communicable diseases. There were 4.3 million children who died under the age of five. Nearly one million people have died of HIV/AIDS in the past six months. A similar number of people have died from malaria ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Tiny asteroid whizzing past Earth today
    Four weeks ago I wrote about the last time a sizable asteroid hit our planet – the ‘Tunguska Event’ of 1908, when an object about 50 metres across exploded above the Siberian taiga – but smaller cosmic rocks shoot close by Earth fairly frequently. In the past 42 hours ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • No extradition to tyrannies
    Last month, China imposed a new "national security law" on Hong Kong. The law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for secession, subversion, and "colluding with foreign forces" - which basicly means peacefully advocating for democracy or independence. It has been used to crush peaceful protests and interpreted by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Killing The Nats With, Of All Things, Kindness.
    Powerful Connection: Neoliberalism is the antithesis of everything that has traditionally been associated with the feminine aspects of human nature. Kindness and compassion, nurturance and inclusiveness: such qualities have no place in the neoliberal order. When Jacinda proclaimed her determination to practice the “politics of kindness”, she was, wittingly or ...
    1 week ago
  • A tight timeline
    The bad news: Jacinda Ardern still wants to bill exiled kiwis for returning home. The good news: it would require a law change, which the Greens won't back, so she'll need to go grovelling to National. The other good news: she's running out of time to do it. This ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Questions for the Media to ask – if they have a spare moment or two
    . . For the mainstream media, today (22 July) was even a better day than yesterday. More Sex. More Politics. More Sex AND Politics. Yesterday, the msm dealt with Andrew Falloon. The obscure backbench MP had been found to have sent pornographic images to at least four women. The woman’s ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Colin James: Does history tell us anything about the 2020 election?
    If you want to understand what is happening in this year’s election campaign, it’s worth looking to the past for guidance. Colin James delves into recent contests and finds some interesting parallels.   July 28 is 53 days before the 2020 election. Just 53 days before the 2017 election ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Wildfires off to slow start in much of the West, but trouble expected starting in mid-July
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters Wildfires burned much less acreage in the U.S. than average during the first half of the year, but with hot and dry conditions expected over much of the nation in the coming months, fire activity is likely to ramp up. ...
    1 week ago
  • A necessary challenge
    Today a full bench of the High Court is hearing Andrew Borrowdale's challenge to the legality of the COVID-19 lockdown. That lockdown ended two months ago, so the point seems moot - but it was never about ending it. Instead, as Andrew Geddis points out, its about a key principle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Filling the policy void
    So far, this has been a relatively policy-free election campaign. The government has been trying to keep a low profile, on the basis that anything they say will only piss someone off, so better to say as little as possible. When its not knifing its leader, National has promised roads, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • This is dangerous for our democracy
    I hardly ever comment on polls, because horse-race politics is superficial and boring and most changes are statistically meaningless and so unworthy of attention (let alone the excitement they provoke amongst mathematically illiterate political journalists desperate to fill airtime). But we've now had two polls in a row showing Labour ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reported back
    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on its inquiry into the operation of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. As you'd expect, they find that the law was "necessary and appropriate", but would like to see a permanent replacement providing for health emergency powers as the Health ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #30
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... John Cook in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Major new climate study rules out less severe global warming scenarios An analysis finds the most ...
    1 week ago
  • The Change in the Political Debate
    It hasn’t taken long for the advent of Judith Collins as National party leader to change the tone of the political debate. After several days of headlines and airwaves dominated by reports of a National MP sending pornographic images to young women, the National leader had had enough of that ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Green and Act get on the Kombucha
    Don Franks An already fired up general election looks like getting even edgier. When final votes have been counted, a rather unlikely coalition government now seems possible As National and Labour implode with sexual proclivities while New Zealand First fling their last toys from the cot, others show more maturity. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #30
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, July 19 through Sat, July 25, 2020 Editor's Choice The Climate Expert Who Delivered News No One Wanted to Hear From 2009: How a scientist known as the “father of global ...
    1 week ago
  • Socio-Economic Responses from COVID and Beyond…
    There’s ultimately two key narratives overall that are seeking to take front row in order to reshape the world as a whole going forward from the COVID pandemic. The first is a very desperate attempt to reimpose “a return” to what is perceived as “the old normal”, quite impossible. ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most famous polar bear
    Henry Anderson-Elliott, University of Cambridge On the morning of August 31 2017, I didn’t meet a remarkable polar bear. It was my third week of fieldwork-based out of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, studying the conservation of the bears on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Having spent a few days transcribing interviews in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Radiation: July 25 Views: Punk, People and Stars
    SUNDAY JULY 26Country Calendar (TVNZ 1, 7.00pm). Tonight, kiwifruit growing in the King Country. Crazy!Normal People (TVNZ 1, 10.30pm). Holy cow, if you thought it was slow on a binge-watch, imagine what it's like in weekly doses. Nevertheless, it's like Richard Linklater's Boyhood – you don't really see the scope of ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Level 1: The Doom of National
    . . “The Martians had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs, which no longer affect us, began to kill them. The end came swiftly. All over the world, their machines began to stop ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • This is how you deal with criminal fishers
    In October 2018, Sealord's fishing boat Ocean Dawn repeatedly bottom-trawled in a Benthic Protection Area on the Chatham Rise. It was a crime which devastated a pristine marine environment. And today, they've been properly punished for it: Sealord has today been ordered to forfeit a $24 million fishing vessel for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • I’ve been talking to conspiracy theorists for 20 years – here are my six rules of engagement
    Jovan Byford, The Open University With prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine looking up, attention is also turning to the problem of anti-vax ideas. According to a recent survey, one in six Britons would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Although vaccine hesitancy is a complex problem with ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Coronavirus lockdown reduced seismic activity around the world – new study
    Paula Koelemeijer, Royal Holloway and Stephen Hicks, Imperial College London Seismic activity doesn’t just come from earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. Everyday human activity also gives rise to vibrations that travel through the ground as seismic waves, something we call “anthropogenic noise”. When pandemic lockdown measures brought daily life to a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A victory for women
    Last night, the Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 was passed unanimously by Parliament. The Act updates the 1972 Equal Pay Act to create a bargaining framework for equal pay claims and hopefully avoid the need to take them to court. It doesn't go far enough - there's no pay transparency ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Doing the right thing
    The New Zealand government has done the right thing and granted journalist Behrouz Boochani refugee status: Eight months after arriving in New Zealand, acclaimed author Behrouz Boochani has been granted refugee status. The Kurdish-Iranian writer joins a small group of successful applicants – with almost two thirds of asylum ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Is The Left Not Opposing The West’s New Cold War With China?
    Carve-Up: 120 years after the Eight-Power Intervention of 1900 the racist assumptions of the Western powers vis-à-vis China have hardly changed at all. They still arrogate to themselves the right to dispose of the future of the Chinese people as they see fit. There remains the same racist assumption that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • To charge or not to charge, that is the question
    Both Labour and National are talking about requiring people arriving in New Zealand to pay $3,000 of the cost of the mandatory managed isolation/quarantine period. The policy has been criticised as “shameful”. There are petitions against it. I have some concerns about the politics behind the proposal, but I’m neither ...
    PunditBy Simon Connell
    2 weeks ago
  • CovidCard carrying Kiwis?
    Dave Heatley New Zealand’s COVID Tracer app is “on track to achieve nothing”, according to Sam Morgan. The numbers support him: only one in six of those eligible to download and register the app has done so, and each app user has scanned just 2.5 QR codes since the app ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealander’s rally for human rights in the Philippines
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity and Migrante Aotearoa are jointly holding a rally to speak up for human rights in the Philippines. The human rights situation in the Philippines has deteriorated significantly since President Duterte came to power in 2016. As many as 27,000 people have been killed in police operations during ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Mañana Politics
    Just where in the economic spectrum does the current National Party stand? In government, a political party is so busy it rarely has time to have a political ideology (neoliberals and communists excepted). Most policy is driven by necessity, instinct (which, I suppose, is a kind of ideology) ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • In 2020, As In 1984, Young And Old May Vote Together.
    Together, Not Apart: In political terms, 2020 represents the exact reverse of 1984. Then, the tide was running with the challengers. Now, it is running with the incumbents. If Labour and the Greens can plausibly guarantee to keep us working and keep us safe, then traditional demographic voting patterns will ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: “A View from Afar” podcast series launch.
    Hosted by Selwyn Manning and EveningReport.nz, ” A View from Afar” is a podcast series dedicated to exploring current affairs, international relations, political events and military-security issues from somewhat uncommon angles. In this first episode we continue the coverage of the Portland protests first offered on these pages. The conversation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today and the following bills were drawn: Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2) (Shane Reti) Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill (Louisa Wall) Lawyers and Conveyancers (Employed Lawyers Providing Free Legal Services) Amendment Bill ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    53 mins ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost
    Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. These projects will provide opportunities for economic development in a region that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Winston Peters said. Fletcher ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Increased counselling support for all students
    For the first time, primary schools will have access to funding for counsellors for their students, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “A major investment of $75.8 million will provide greater access to guidance counsellors to help primary and secondary school students deal with mental health and wellbeing issues,” ...
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    4 days ago
  • Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released
    Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.  “I thank the Inquiry for their thorough and detailed report, on a highly complex issue. I accept the recommendations of the report, and fully support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits. The projects range from improving one of the poorest-quality water catchments in Otago to restoring 52km of waterways around Hokianga Harbour. Six of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau. “These projects will bring much-needed investment and will create up to 60 jobs for locals,” Mr Peters ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $5 million for Kaingaroa Village Redevelopment
    Kaingaroa Village in the Bay of Plenty is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa residents how the funding ...
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    4 days ago
  • $18 Million Funding Boost for Bay of Plenty Business Park
    The Rangiuru Business Park project near Te Puke is getting $18 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This is all about unlocking the potential of this region. When it’s finished, the Rangiuru Business Park will be the Bay of Plenty’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • Town revitalisation and aquaculture investments create jobs in Ōpōtiki
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today announced that a $26 million investment in Ōpōtiki will see important public amenities upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities. “The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure, and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities ...
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    4 days ago
  • Minister congratulates the Cook Islands community for its 9th year of Language Weeks
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wishes to congratulate the Cook Islands community throughout Aotearoa for the 9th year of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, the Cook Islands Language Week.  “This is a proud milestone that reflects on the huge effort made by the Cook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Construction underway on longest section of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
    Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs will soon have more ways to get around, with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter kicking off construction on Section 2 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai, the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path today. The Glen Innes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign
    The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere ...
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    4 days ago
  • Operation Burnham report released
    Attorney-General David Parker has today released the findings of the Government inquiry held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation took place on 21-22 August 2010 in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, and was carried out by NZSAS troops and other nations’ forces operating as part of the International Security Assistance ...
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    4 days ago
  • Locally-led solutions at centre of new community resilience fund
    From tomorrow, community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams. “The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) builds ...
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    4 days ago
  • Securing healthy futures for all Māori
    The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years. The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori. “As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Porirua Development delivers more new public housing
    The first of nearly 70 new state homes have been opened in Cannons Creek, Porirua by the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, as part of an increase in public housing being delivered through the Porirua Development.  “Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes ...
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    4 days ago
  • New standards for existing marine farms provide consistency
    New environmental standards will make the re-consenting of existing marine farms more consistent across the country.  The new regulations for the National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into effect on 1 December, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.   “The NES-MA removes complexities and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government signs Accord reinvigorating commitment to Far North iwi
    Today marks a milestone as the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta co-sign an Addendum – with the Iwi Chairs of Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri – to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord (the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
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    5 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
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