The Standard now largest NZ political blog?

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No, not because we’ve overtaken Kiwiblog in readership just yet (although ours is growing at a healthy 10% a month) but because I don’t think we can call Kiwiblog a political blog any more.

1) A blog is meant to be writers giving their views on issues; a web-based log of their thoughts, if you will. If you read Kiwiblog, you’ll have noticed there a lot of cut and paste jobs. I did some of my own cutting and pasting – Kiwiblog’s front page into Word – and learned that 74% of the words were quoted from another source. Entire posts have no words from DPF apart from “The Herald reports”. So, rather than a blog, Kiwiblog might be described as a news aggregator.

2) Just 6 of 25 posts on the front page contained any political analysis beyond the level of quoting someone else and saying “indeed”. It’s normal to see the occasional political post in a non-political blog. So if we’re still to consider Kiwiblog a blog, we shouldn’t think of it as a political one.

3) There are 3 posts that are actually just ads for David Farrar’s business interests – one each on Ffunnell, ipredict*, and Powershop. Each of them talks about the companies but fails to mention that Farrar has a financial interest in them. So, rather than being a blog, it’s more an exercise in embedded advertising.

Thus, we can now consider The Standard to be New Zealand’s most-read political blog. With our growth rate we were going to get there soon enough anyway, so it’s a little bit of a shame to take the crown by default. Still a win’s a win and they all look the same in the book.

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Gentle ribbing aside, did you see the fast one DPF pulled last week?

He put up a post noting that the ipredict stock on Jim Anderton announcing his retirement this year had been increasing and strongly suggesting that someone was buying with inside knowledge (which is all well and good). The stock rose further on that news. A couple of hours later DPF put up an update purporting to be an email from Jim Anderton saying he was not retiring. The stock crashed but, as he wrote, DPF had been able to get out first.

Deciding how to realise information to the market and when allowed DPF to make a tidy sum of money in a couple of hours. It seems that goes beyond the mere use of insider information, which is good in a predictions market, to actively manipulating the market, which is at least unethical.

You have to wonder too, who had pushed the stock up in the first place to lay the grounds for the bait and switch if there was no underlying truth to it. It could be that DPF pulled a pump and dump.

ipredict is DPF’s company If DPF wants to use his power as an information distributor to rip people off that’s his business but I’ve closed my ipredict account.
– Marty G

110 comments on “The Standard now largest NZ political blog? ”

  1. Lew 1

    Furious rejoinder and call for apology from DPF in 5 … 4 … 3 ….

    It would seem he has good grounds this time, as well. As far as I know, iPredict is not “his company” – according to his Disclosure Statement, he writes a weekly analysis for them, although he does mention the 2008 election, so perhaps it’s outdated. If you have any evidence to the contrary, then let me preempt David and ask you to put it up or publicly recant.

    Honestly, it’s one thing to legitimately criticise of DPF – there’s plenty to criticise – but there’s no class in just making shit up.


    • Marty G 1.1

      Lew, just let me be sure. Is the only “shit” I’m making up that DPF owns ipredict?

      I’m pretty sure he does have an ownership stake but that’s irrelevant to the issue anyway and if it turns out he doesn’t I can remove that from the last sentence without losing the substance.

      It’s about someone using their role as a distributor of information to a market to make money off how and when the market gets that information.

      • Anita 1.1.1

        DPF does not have an ownership stake, and it was trivial to check.

      • Anita 1.1.2

        You want to alter your point 3 as well as the alteration you’ve done to the final one.

        P.S. I think Powershop is owned by Meridian, but how about I take 30 secs and check?

        Edit: Yep, Powershop is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian

        P.P.S. Ffunnell is also not owned by DPF, but there do seem to be business ties.

        • Marty G

          He has a financial interest in both ipredict (as an investor in the markets and presumably paid for his analysis) and Powershop (gets paid for running their ads on his site). Do you know the difference between financial interest and ownership? One’s a subset of the other.

          • Anita

            Hm… that’s fair assuming that he is paid by iPredict as an analyst. Although I doubt being a user of their service gives him a financial interest.

            If you’re going to arguing he has a financial interest in Powershop surely it’s for being in their ads? 🙂

      • Lew 1.1.3


        Yeah 🙂


        I’m pretty sure he does have an ownership stake but that’s irrelevant to the issue anyway

        No, it’s not irrelevant. DPF is using his knowledge of the political sphere as a means to make more accurate predictions. That’s the point of prediction markets – give people who know about something an incentive to use their knowledge and everyone gets a better idea of what is likely to happen. Are you saying anyone with the ability to receive an email from Jim Anderton shouldn’t (ethically) buy his iPredict stocks?

        Honestly, mate, since arriving in this blogosphere you’ve been responsible for a few pretty serious n00b cock-ups. Perhaps you could try harder to get your facts straight before assuming your ideology can substitute?


        • Marty G

          Lew. I’m saying that if you’re going to be distributing information to the market that influences prices you shouldn’t be using that power to get ahead of the market. It’s unethical.

          You don’t need to get personal and you were wrong on your criticism of my first post as well.

          I don’t know if there have been other criticism because, like everyone else, I don’t bother reading KiwiPolitico. There’s nothing on it except some self-indulgent leftwingers attacking the left.

          • Anita

            I don’t understand the ethics of markets (and have great optimism BK Drinkwater is about to help out 🙂 ) but wasn’t there recently quite a lot of discussion about NZX buying a media outlet because of exactly that ethical line?

          • BK Drinkwater

            Anita: Glad to help 🙂

            Marty G:

            I’m saying that if you’re going to be distributing information to the market that influences prices you shouldn’t be using that power to get ahead of the market. It’s unethical.

            You’re confused.

            Insider trading, in the case of prediction markets, is the practice of trading on stuff in the time between coming across a piece of information and that information becoming common knowledge.

            How the information becomes common knowledge is irrelevant.

            The “unethical” behaviour you’re accusing dpf of was, at worst, nothing more than good old-fashioned, vanilla insider trading (which you acknowledge “is good in a predictions market”).

          • Anita

            BK Drinkwater,

            Can I try three scenarios for a read on insiderness and ethics?

            1) DPF goes to a closed National Party meeting for insiders, at the meeting there is discussion of a policy announcement which Key will make at 5pm to hit the 6pm news cycle. DPF goes back and buys/sells on iPredict before 5pm.

            2) DPF receives an email off a public National Party mailing list with a press release attached. He buys/sells in the 10 mins before the MSM start to run the story.

            3) DPF is riding in a lift with a bunch of Nats, they recognise him so are unguarded in there conversation (but don’t include him). He races of and buys/sells based on what he heard.

            Are they different?

          • BK Drinkwater


            It’s dodgier in equities markets than it is in predictions markets, because the stakes are far higher. In equities markets, insider trading can easily bring even profitable companies down: people lose their jobs and homes.

            The exchanges themselves have all sorts of opportunity to do insider trading—in particular, front-running—which is why their behaviour relating to information flows is tightly controlled. The NZX analogy to DPF’s actions would only hold if, as Marty G tried suggesting, DPF owned iPredict.

          • The Baron

            While I am by no means the expert that BK is on these things, I am rather certain that such markets are designed to “flush out” such hidden knowledge, for the benefit of the market as a whole.

            So all of those things are good, as they increase the amount of information available to inform a prediction.

            Also, from the iPredict website – (christ you are useless, Marty – took me two seconds):

            What about manipulation?
            From time to time, prediction markets are the target of manipulators. Without exception, manipulation is short lived and by definition presents opportunities for non-manipulators to make profits. the academic literature shows that manipulation actually increases the accuracy of the prediction market by raising its liquidity: traders are attracted into the market by the opportunity for profits that manipulation provides. When the manipulation ends, prices immediately return to a level that reflect fundamentals. The additional traders attracted into the market by the opportunity for profit increases the likelihood that the post-manipulation price correctly reflects market fundamentals.

            In any case we don’t anticipate any major problems with manipulation because users are only allowed to trade relatively small amounts of money.

            Is insider trading illegal or against the rules?
            No. In fact we welcome anyone and everyone who has (or thinks they have) information that can move the market price in the right direction.

          • BK Drinkwater

            Sorry Anita, I didn’t see your more recent comment. (Also, The Baron: excellent points.)

            Your question: On an equities market, number 1 would be unethical & almost certainly illegal; number 2 is kosher since he’d be trading off public information; number 3 is seriously grey (the fault lies with the Nats having the unguarded conversation).

            This is assuming he trades on an equities market; on iPredict, all of them are fine (unless in number 1 he signed an NDA stipulating he wouldn’t go on iPredict just after the meeting).

            Manipulation on prediction markets is fine. The manipulator isn’t forcing anyone to buy or sell anything, so she/he is asking the other traders a question: how confident are you of your position. If your answer is “very”, and you happen to be correct in your position, you’ll make quite a bit of money off the manipulator. If you chicken out, then you’re indicating you’re not so confident: the market price then shifts in such a way as to de-weight your prediction. Either way, the manipulator increases the accuracy of the market’s prediction.

            For more details, see Hanson & Oprea,

          • BK Drinkwater

            Sorry Anita, I didn’t see your more recent comment. (See also The Baron’s excellent points.)

            Your question: On an equities market, number 1 would be unethical & almost certainly illegal; number 2 is kosher since he’d be trading off public information; number 3 is seriously grey (the fault lies with the Nats having the unguarded conversation).

            This is assuming he trades on an equities market; on iPredict, all of them are fine (unless in number 1 he signed an NDA stipulating he wouldn’t go on iPredict just after the meeting). See my exchange with felix further down the page for a quick explanation of why.

          • felix

            This is all well and good as far as increasing the accuracy of the market goes, but the point raised in the post was about ripping people off which is quite another matter.

            Baron, BK, try to focus on the issue at hand. It’s not about the accuracy of prediction markets.

          • BK Drinkwater

            felix, point noted, and my response is identical: the manipulator is not forcing anyone to buy or sell anything.

            If you’re confident your holding is sound, then don’t trade your stock any further. If you’re not confident, then the manipulator gives you a good chance to bail out (typically at a better price than information-based traders, to boot).

            Either way, you’re not being ripped off.

            I won’t comment on this post again: I’m busy, and I’m not confident people are understanding what I’m saying.

          • The Baron

            What is it then, Felix? A blundered character assasination?

          • felix

            Fair enough BK, I agree no-one is forced to take part but I think that’s beside the point.

            To be clear, it’s not that he’s misusing iPredict, more that he’s misusing his position of influence at Kiwiblog.

            Baron, it’s called ethics. I don’t expect you’d be interested.

          • Pascal's bookie

            Bloody hell, what a shambles.

            I agree with Felix here:

            “To be clear, it’s not that he’s misusing iPredict, more that he’s misusing his position of influence at Kiwiblog.”

            It’s not that he’s being accused of insider trading so much as boosting stocks that he was holding.

            Let’s say some clown has a column in the WSJ read by day traders. He writes a column saying that ACME stock has had some small rises lately suggesting that those in the know are buying in advance of ACME’s rumoured contract to supply portable holes to the pentagon.

            Day traders pile on, ACME has a wee bounce, columnist ditches his stock, and ACME announces that portable holes don’t exist and even if they did they wouldn’t sell them to the pentagon. Columnist then writes that he made a wee profit.

            Is that insider trading? Nope, it’s plain old bullshitting. May or may not be legal WRT stocks, don’t care. Also don’t know or care if iPredict would care, but it does suggest that the columnist’s readers are geeky little dribbles playing at being players, and that the columnist is a tosser with no respect for his readers.

            None of which changes the fact that KB is boring and seems to function mostly as a focus group for various kite flying exercises, and that The Baron is an ass.

  2. Pengu 2

    Kiwiblog isn’t a blog at all, but a usenet group with a graphical interface.

  3. Anita 3

    Marty G writes,

    ipredict is DPF’s company

    Which is not what ipredict says:

    iPredict is owned by Victoria Link Ltd, itself wholly owned by Victoria University of Wellington, and the Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation (ISCR), also in Wellington. Our primary purpose is academic research.

    or, in fact, what the Companies Office says, strangely enough they agree with iPredict about its ownership:

    Share Parcels

    Total Number of shares 540,000

    Number of Shares 405,000
    Shareholder(s) 540366 – VICTORIA LINK LIMITED 18 Kelburn Parade, Wellington

    Number of Shares 135,000
    Shareholder(s) NZ INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF COMPETITION AND REGULATION Room 319, Old Kirk Building, Victoria University Of Wellington, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

    Edit: Lew, snap! 🙂

    • Marty G 3.1

      I’m not sure what the big deal is there. A minor mistake on my part, incidental to the post and now corrected, but one that people have instantly grabbed because its easier to nitpick than engage in the substance.

      • Anita 3.1.1

        If your primary point was that DPF was using posts on Kiwiblog to alter market behaviour and consequently make money on iPredict then

        a) It wasn’t clear from your post that was the point of the post (at least to me).

        b) I don’t much care and am not interested in engaging in the substance.

        c) It was badly let down by poor fact checking, the response was predictable, particularly given how simple it was to fact check.

        • Marty G

          The primary point of the post was to draw attention to how Kiwiblog has become little more than a cut and paste job and invite comment on that. Personally, I think it’s only partly a result of National being in government. DPF’s also a lot more temperamental in posts these days than I remember he used to be… more ranty, less analysis.

          Then I thought I would mention the ipredict issue, which had been bugging me. Then I made a slight mistake in one sentence in that half of the post. Then you pounced because as you say you’re not interested in engaging in the substance but if ever there’s a petty attack that can make you feel cleverer than the rest of us going…

          • Anita

            The primary point of the post was to draw attention to how Kiwiblog has become little more than a cut and paste job and invite comment on that.

            I seriously didn’t get that from the post. But if that’s the topic 🙂

            Personally, I think it’s only partly a result of National being in government. DPF’s also a lot more temperamental in posts these days than I remember he used to be more ranty, less analysis.

            I think he’s also just running low on good ideas and is too focussed on quantity at the expense of quality. Take his abortion law post today, given that he comes out in favour of a law change to abortion on demand it would have been a great piece to put some real work into and provoke discussion, instead it’s just quotes glued together and analysis free.

            The old DPF would’ve done the numbers for change, talked about the caucus politics on both sides and named a couple of possible candidates to run the change. This one? meh!

          • Zaphod Beeblebrox

            What can he talk about? Supercity? Rankin? Lee? Cycleways?

          • Anita

            Zaphod Beeblebrox,

            You’re so right.

            These are not the issues you are looking for! 🙂

          • Lew

            Marty, if all you’d done was what you’d set out to do, then what you’d done would have quite adequately made the point you were trying to make.

            By trying to do more than what you set out to do you failed to even do that (though it’s a good point) and also failed to do something else (not so good).


  4. Swing and a miss.

    From iPredict’s about page:

    iPredict is owned by Victoria Link Ltd, itself wholly owned by Victoria University of Wellington, and the Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation (ISCR), also in Wellington. Our primary purpose is academic research.

    Also, apropos of the “insider trading” thing:

    Is insider trading illegal or against the rules?
    No. In fact we welcome anyone and everyone who has (or thinks they have) information that can move the market price in the right direction.

    Robin Hanson has published various papers demonstrating that manipulation is a also a good thing in these markets: they increase liquidity, which implicitly drive prices towards “true” predictions (in the medium and long run).

    • felix 4.1

      “It seems that goes beyond the mere use of insider information, which is good in a predictions market, to actively manipulating the market, which is at least unethical.”

      • Basically, if investors hold their nerve, and don’t change their market position in response to rumours on kiwiblog, they don’t lose anything due to the manipulation.

        Also, see a paper titled Manipulators Increase Information Market Accuracy.

      • @felix:

        See the paper by Hanson and Oprea here.

        Actively manipulating prediction markets increases liquidity & therefore incentive to shift price back to “correct” predictions.


        There’s nothing unethical about manipulation: you’re not forcing people to buy or sell stock: you’re asking them “how certain are you about your position?” If someone holds firm—and is also right—, then they can make a _lot_ of money off the manipulator.

      • Here’s a paper by Hanson and Oprea about manipulators in these markets:

        The gist of it is that manipulators neither force anyone to buy, nor for them to sell. They ask: “are you certain about your positions?”. If your answer is “yes”, and you are correct, you can make a _lot_ of money off the manipulator. (If done skilfully, and you realize what’s happening, it’s actually possible to grab damn near every dollar the manipulator puts in.)

      • Just what do you and Marty G think insider trading is?

        • felix

          In this context the distinction is obviously between:

          a) using inside information to place more accurate bets (endorsed by iPredict in your quote)


          b) using a position of influence to mislead others to bet in a way which results in gains for yourself.

          I don’t think you can realistically equate those two very different approaches.

          • BK Drinkwater

            The spam filter’s killing me here, but I’ll try once more:

            Manipulation on prediction markets is fine. The manipulator isn’t forcing anyone to buy or sell anything, so she/he is asking the other traders a question: how confident are you of your position?. If your answer is “very”, and you happen to be correct in your position, you’ll make quite a bit of money off the manipulator. If you chicken out, then you’re indicating you’re not so confident: the market price then shifts in such a way as to de-weight your prediction. Either way, the manipulator increases the accuracy of the market’s prediction, even if that’s not the intent.

          • felix

            Try reading my comment above again. I’m not typing it again just for you.

    • the sprout 4.2

      DPF doesn’t have to own it to have a financial interest in iPredict. he gambles on it, and own the county’s largest political blog, which unquestionably influences perceptions about possibilities, which influences the odds on the bets he makes.

  5. infused 5

    urgh. Do a bit of research would you?

    Name Date Appointed:
    COSSILL, Bruce Stanley 15-APR-2008
    7 Grove Road, Kelburn, Wellington
    EVANS, Lewis Tudor 18-DEC-2008
    Puketea, Belmont Rd RD1, Porirua 5381
    MCINTOSH, Ian Stuart 08-JAN-2008
    113 Arcus Road, RD1, Otaki
    QUIGLEY, Neil Clayton 08-JAN-2008
    20 Messines Road, Karori, Wellington

  6. dave 6

    The Standard now largest NZ political blog?

    I did notice the word ” accurate” was not there. Just as well. In addition, most political blogs don’t put quote marks around their own comments in posts. They quote others. Also single digit numbers are usually written in words. Also ipredict has a capital P. Also… well, I’ll stop there.

    Perhaps it’s time to get the basics right before you rib others. Thankfully, The Standard is not the standard.

  7. simon 7

    Putting ipredict stuff to one side…

    I have found myself less and less interested in kiwiblog since it became a defender of government policy versus a voice of an alternative government, which is unfortunate, because whether you agreed with the material, it was a lot more interesting.

    Really the problem is kiwiblog is boring now, it’s subject matter is now more human interest than political debate and yeah the cut and past thing is quite tedious.

    It still has its place but it isn’t at the top of its game anymore.

    (I suspect DPF is too busy advising the NACT Government ((as a contractor off course, which means he doesn’t get counted as part of the public service, like all the other ones)) and his blog is suffering from lack of quality attention.

  8. gobsmacked 8


    This happens all too often on the Standard, unfortunately.

    1) make a valid point

    2) overdo it

    3) thereby negating value of original point.

    Less is more. Take the time to get it right. Scalpel not sledgehammer.

    It’s very frustrating for those of us who want an effective forum for the left.

    (*sigh* again)

  9. Lew 9

    My fellow detail National Socialists, we have been played.

    Marty G has figured out that in order to make his title statement true, all he has to do is post a bunch of outrageous bullshit from time to time, the sort of stuff a reasonably smart twelve year-old could rebut, and wait for the comments to roll in and boost The Standard’s Tumeke! rankings. And we’re all falling for it.

    So this will be my last comment on the matter. Oh, how I long for the days of good old Steve Pierson and Tane.


  10. Marty G 10

    Yeah. You’re right gobsmacked. Maybe if we try to be more like KiwiPolitico 🙂
    But seriously, I concede your point. There’s always people who would rather seize on one little issue than the main one. I should try not to give them ammunition.

    dave, In my opinion, writing the word looks ugly when you’re going to use numerals in the same sentence but if you want to make it your role to correct people’s writing on the internet you’ll find there’s plenty of work for you.

  11. The Baron 11

    Hahaha what a trainwreck. I haven’t had so much fun reading comments in a long time. What a jealous little prick you are.

    I think this can be all summed up as an EPIC FAIL.

    Edit: no, there is more that I want to say – for all his “failings” that you document, isn’t it great that he is so transperant about his interests and associations? You can easily fact check and understand his motivations behind his postings due to this disclosure.

    Which is in stark contrast to pretty much every poster on this site, including you. Who are you? Who do you back? What interests do you have? We don’t know, because all of you hide behind your pseudonyms and scream bloody murder whenever anyone dares to join the dots.

    So, Marty – why don’t you get off your high horse (which seems to have more than a few broken legs anyway) and tell us a bit more about you?

    Not holding my breath.

    • Marty G 11.1

      I don’t get the obsession some people seem to have with people’s identities. Surely arguments stand or fall on their own merit, not because of who is saying them?

      Who is The Baron, who is Felix, who is infused, who is Marty G? Who cares. One of the reasons I support The Standard’s long-running practice of using pseudonyms is that I think political debate should be about facts and ideas, not about me.

      I’m just a person with some ideas that I want to write about and a place to write them.

      • The Baron 11.1.1

        Oooh how convenient – great when others provide a sensible level of disclosure so that you can shit all over every possible association they have, but don’t like it when the eyesights are on you eh.

        How noble of you to claim that the arguments are what matter, then go on this little personality fuelled triade. Funny how quicky facts and ideas went out the window for your cheap, poorly researched, jealousy ridden post.

        What a fucking hypocrite – once again, FAIL.

        Captcha – incalculable bogeys – must be with reference to the number of basic errors made in your postings, Marty.

        • Wayne

          You’ve got real angry lately Baron.

          • the sprout

            I’d say he’s worried that before long the Standard will have the highest readership, with its 10% monthly build while The Bog becomes ever more moribund and reliant on manipulating its readership stats by the day.

          • The Baron

            Why on earth would I be worried about that?

      • infused 11.1.2

        I’ve actually already disclosed who I was around 4-5 months ago. Somewhere on this site.

  12. felix 12

    Now that the pedants from KP have had their little group mastie over next to nothing…

    How about that Kiwiblog, eh?

  13. Zetetic 13

    All the biffo has gone out of Kiwiblog. Those threads used to be crazy. So much fun.

    Now it’s yawn central.

    I blame the Standard and the other leftwing upstarts. Now left-wing people don’t have to resort to Kiwiblog threads they don’t. Leaves an echo chamber.

  14. Lew 14

    Heh. Immoderate moderation.

    Since nobody deemed fit to release my tongue-in-cheek 15:30 comment from moderation, here it is without the banned key words:

    “My fellow detail [redacted, rhymes with yahtzees], we have been played.

    Marty G has figured out that in order to make his title statement true, all he has to do is post a bunch of outrageous bull[redacted – rhymes with flit] from time to time, the sort of stuff a reasonably smart twelve year-old could rebut, and wait for the comments to roll in and boost The Standard’s Tumeke! rankings. And we’re all falling for it.

    So this will be my last comment on the matter. Oh, how I long for the days of good old Steve Pierson and Tane.”


    (Not my last comment on the site, of course – just this absurd thread.)

    • Marty G 14.1

      My post on the student loan bonus wasn’t rebutted. There was a slight error in the original table but the argument wasn’t undermined by the correction.

      Was my post on unemployment and crime rebutted? No…

      So what then is this tally of bull that has been so easily rebutted? No mistakes of consequence just two minor errors I happily fixed.

    • felix 14.2

      And with that, self-appointed internet policeman Lew took his toys and went home.

      To play with himself.

  15. “A blog is meant to be writers giving their views on issues; a web-based log of their thoughts, if you will.”

    And when did God decide this? A blog is whatever the writer of it wants it to be. There is no “a blog is meant to be”, whoever writes the bog gets to determine what that blog is, not you. People are free to do what they like with their blog and don’t have to follow dictates from the so-called Standard.

    • Zetetic 15.1

      Do you need a little hug Paul?

      Cause you sound like you’re in tears.

      ‘web-based blog of their thoughts’ – ‘web-log’ -‘blog’

  16. Anonymouse 16

    Where is Penguin *cough* David Farrar?

  17. infused 17

    We’re not nit picking. i think people made a big deal about ipredict because it took roughly 30 seconds to find out dpf had nothing to do with it.

  18. jarbury 18

    I have also noticed that DPF has ignored a lot of issues lately. Sure he lives in Wellington but he’s hardly mentioned anything on the Auckland Super-City issue. I guess when there’s a story in which the Nats don’t come out looking great from he just ignores it.

    Which is perhaps fair game.

    The blogrankings haven’t been updated for a while actually….. I wonder if anything has changed.

  19. ropata 19

    Well done Standardistas! Farrar has become predictable. He was much more fun when he was moaning about Labour, Clark, Cullen, Greens, Winston.

    Kiwiblog’s RSS feed in Bloglines is broken, but I don’t care anymore… 😛

  20. toad 20

    I found this interesting yesterday. When Farrar’s “Melissa concedes” thread on Kiwiblog was running rampant and Natty types were suggesting Mt Albert voters should vote for Russel Norman, Farrar starts a thread about abortion.

    Great distraction from a politically embarrassing thread, so I suppose Kiwiblog still does count as a political blog.

  21. Chris G 21

    I also noticed there has yet to be a post on the ‘Child Face Puncher’ previously known affectionately as the ‘ear flicker’ from David.

    Not to mention recently there have been 2 or 3 blatant ads embedded as a ‘post’ – fail for subtlety. .. win for $$ from mates.

    I will concede however that running a blog does cost and making some money from it makes sense. And before some asshole says ‘its his blog he can do what he wants’ – I dont care.

    • lprent 21.1

      This one costs just under $200 per year + a lot of volunteered time. It just isn’t expensive any more, apart from learning how to write in english rather than c++, stl, qt, and boost.

      • Daniel J Miles 21.1.1

        I think that is my favourite quote in this thread. That’s quite an expense really!

  22. jarbury 22

    I reckon Toad, starting an abortion thread is – of course – like a red rag to a bull and completely distracts people from other threads. It is interesting how many National supporters were buying into the “abandon Lee, vote Russel” argument we were putting forwards.

  23. I apologize to readers for my many duplicate comments: the spam filter was blocking me, so I tried re-posting, then a bunch came through all at once. I’m mortified. Apologies.

    Once they were blocked, I assumed the comments at 3:18, 3:23, 3:26, 3:38, & 5:24 were all gone for good. I was wrong.

    [lprent: It holds stuff that it thinks may be spam (zaps the stuff it knows is spam). You just have to wait until one of us is online to free them. We usually let them through unless they hit our spam criteria. Normally it gets cleared frequently. Today I was off doing sector systems for Mt Albert and avoiding reading the site. Eventually another moderator cleared the backlog. ]

    • DougL 23.1

      I had the same problem trying to post a comment on the ‘spamdexing’ that DPF is utilising on his site. Thanks to Pengu for providing a possible innocent explanation (see a few comments below).

      I did a quick count and there are nearly 400 spam hyperlinks hidden in the home page of Kiwiblog. It may be a quite recent addition as I only noticed it when viewing the site on my Treo. The links are in full view at the top of the page using that platform.

  24. gingercrush 24

    This really is the most bewildering thread. It actually wouldn’t matter if Kiwiblog was number one or not. It is still one of the very few blogs that can impact media and actually change political discourse in this country. The Standard however good it is (and frankly it seems to be dropping its quality) doesn’t have that impact. In regards to its actual contents. That in itself is meaningless.When what you say actually has media impact and what you say actually matters in politics. It is therefore political.


    • Chris G 24.1

      ‘discourse’ Jeepers, dont throw that term around to the wrong people GC, they’ll flame you for socialist academic talk!

    • Quoth the Raven 24.2

      GC – When political discourse in this country is so far to the conservative right it’s not hard for someone like Farrar to have an impact. I don’t think it actually changes anything rather it just adds another voice to the echo chamber that the mainstream media appears to be. The quality at the standard maybe dropping, but unlike KB it actually had somewhere to drop from.

    • SPC 24.3

      Kiwblog itself does not impact media and change political discourse – one often gets soiled just reading into the comments section.

      DPF merely uses his “Kiwiblog” connection to develop his wider commentator role in the media – its impact is related to recognition of his dogwhistling for the National cause (as a former insider now at large).

  25. DougL 25

    Is DPF also getting an income stream from Viagra/Cialis sales or has somebody hacked his site?

    Have a look at the source code for the main page and search for Viagra or Cialis. There are hundreds of hidden links in the header code in the left column. Maybe they are just there to attract more traffic through the site.

    The links all go to a site connected to the Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin.

    Here’s an example: Order Viagra Without Prescription

    Very bizzare.

  26. FYI, according to Tumeke DPF’s average daily unique visits are ~ 9000/day, The Standards are ~ 1800/day. If you go back through the recorded stats at NZBlogosphere it seems David Farrar has been increasing his audience by substantially more than 10%/month.

  27. DougL 27

    Is DPF also getting an income stream from the sale of Viagra and similar drugs or has somebody hacked his site?

    View the source code on his home page and search for Viagra. You will find hundreds of links embedded in the left column of the page which go to a site connected to the Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin.

    Maybe they are just there to attract more traffic through his site.

    Anyway, it’s very bizarre.

    • Pengu 27.1

      It’s called ‘spamdexing’. The aim is to give another site more authority in Google Searches, or to acquire traffic for your own sites from irrelevant search requests.

      It is considered a ‘black hat’ SEO technique, which, if Google finds out about, put the offending site on their shit-list.

      The reason Kiwiblog features these links in the code is probably because they based their design from a generic, free-to-download wordpress template without proofing the source.

      • DougL 27.1.1

        Thanks for the explanation. DPF has removed the spam links from his homepage now. It was probably just sloppy checking of the design template rather than anything devious or sinister.

    • Luke H 27.2

      Making more stuff up are we guys? I don’t see anything of the sort in Kiwiblog’s source code.

      You’re becoming less and less credible.

      • felix 27.2.1

        Or – and I’m really going out on a limb here – at some time in the last 12 hours since it was brought up, David has cleaned up his code like any normal human would do having been alerted to such an issue.

        I looked last night when Pengu commented on it and it was definitely there. It wasn’t just Viagra either, but also Cialis and other pills. I bet David got quite a shock when he saw it too.

        • DougL

          Yes he cleaned it up. I downloaded the page as it was then and there were nearly 400 hidden spam links in the code. If you think I was making it up, go ask DPF and I am sure he will be honest enough to admit his cock-up (forgive the smutty double entendre).

          • lprent

            It has happened here several times. Each time I have to find the hole that they got in under and plug it…

  28. funwithstats 28

    Such bile from such idiots. DPF must be smiling more than Key.

  29. So, is Jeremy Wells Pengos nephew or not?

    Anita would you or someone take 2.5 seconds and check?

    I’m too bust eating biscuits.

  30. Redbaiter 30

    What a joke. The day Mr. Farrar puts up a post so inaccurate and so distorted in fact as this one is the day you might start gaining on him. For now, your level of credibility has gone out of the gutter and down the damn sewer. You’re light years behind Kiwiblog as any source of credible information after this amazing balls up.

    Doesn’t anyone with any intelligence and maturity check the rantings of ignorant little pimply faced left wing adolescents like Marty G??

  31. outofbed 31

    oh no he’s found us

  32. NX 32

    “You?re light years behind Kiwiblog as any source of credible information “.

    ^ hit the nail on the head Rebaiter.

    Here’s a political analysis of The Standard:
    Most of the contributors are hard-left Greenies who oppose National rather than support the Goff lead Labour party. You don’t like the direction Goff is taking the Labour party.
    Goff after all supported Roger Douglas & in some respects is only a stones through away from a National Party MP.

    So in other words.. you’re damned if you do.. and damned if you don’t. Sucks to be a leftie at the mo.

  33. dad4justice 33

    This thread clearly shows us the standard is a second rate blog behind kiwiblog.

  34. randal 34

    has he started flogging shares in the bank being set up to let local bodies do their
    funding direct yet.
    local bodies say they can do it themselves but the round table gang want a cut off every transaction

    • Anita 34.1

      Isn’t it going to be some kind of JV with Kiwibank? Tho I’m a couple of months out of date so perhaps things have shifted.

  35. randal 35

    kiwiblog is the epitome of somebody hiding a abd reason behind a good one.
    in the end dpf cant keep it up because he is so shallow and his real agenda of personal aggrandisement and enrichment stands revealed.

  36. 101 36

    100 and 1 comments on this thread

    And I then gain the joy of the capcha: drench Frank

  37. 101 + 1 37

    Capcha: cabinet cudgeled

  38. SHG 38

    “A blog is meant to be writers giving their views on issues; a web-based log of their thoughts, if you will. If you read Kiwiblog, you’ll have noticed there a lot of cut and paste jobs.”

    Right now on the Standard:

    First article: no text at all, simply a photo taken by an unknown photographer (and, of course, displayed with no credit)

    Second article: links to posts at four other political commentators’ sites, over half the word count of the article is verbatim quotes.

    Third article: photos taken by an unknown photographer (and, of course, displayed with no credit)

    Fourth article: links to videos and photos at other media sites.

    Fifth article: commentary by Eddie on the Auckland protests.

    So, only one out of the first five articles on the Standard right now is original work.

    You were saying?

    • Wayne 38.1

      It’s probably not my place to wade in here but dude, there’s no use defending Farrar. This is a day of heavy coverage of the hikoi, whereas Farrar does his recycled hackery thing every day.

      First article is credited, it’s linked through to the tv3 story with original source material. It’s also clearly a humour piece.

      Second article is explicitly a “hey, go look at these links” article and is the only one in probably the last week. Here it’s an exception, for Farrar it’s the rule.

      Third article is credited to a reader. One would imagine they sent the photos in after the standard requested them in the previous post.

      Fourth article is hikoi coverage, an exceptional circumstance as mentioned above.

      Fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth articles today are all original commentary or analysis. For some reason you decided to stop at the fifth. There’s more analysis in these five than you’d find in a month of Farrar’s work.

      In fact, you look at the previous week at the standard, and the one before, and you’ll find 80-90% of the posts are commentary or analysis. Farrar is day in, day out, 75% recycled hackery punctuated with the occasional “indeed”.

      Epic FAIL, SHG.

    • lprent 38.2

      I see that you are being very selective. Try looking over the whole of yesterday. There were 9 posts yesterday. So you carefully selected 5. I wonder why. Of course the hikoi was visual, so posts on that tended to focus on the video and photos. Many from people sending them in, and not wanting credit. Others related to articles in the same post.

      I’d say you were just a spinner of selective bullshit. In PR are you?

      • SHG 38.2.1

        So you carefully selected 5. I wonder why.

        Just started at the top of the front page and kept going until I hit original work. Turns out that was the fifth article.

  39. If you look at Kiwiblog via google cache you can easily see hundreds of links to viagra and cialis sites hidden in the source code. This is a lot more embarrasing for DPF than any of the feeble, mostly false accusations in the parent post.

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  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    16 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    22 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    23 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    7 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    7 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    7 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    2 weeks ago

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