The Standard Week: 18-25 July

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The big story of the week is National’s work rights policy that does nothing to further workers’ rights and actually undermines them in a number of subtle ways. There is no policy for increasing wages, none at all. In fact, the policies are likely to cut wages by taking bargaining power away from workers. Turns out John Key really meant it when he said “we would love to see wages drop“. A week and a half of pretty petty attacks on Winston Peters suddenly became much more serious when it emerged that Bob Jones had made a donation to a secret trust that was meant to go NZF but was either never passed on or never declared. These secret trusts are now illegal thanks to the Electoral Finance Act but it’s clear that parties who have used them need to open up their books so Kiwis can now who has been making large donations and be sure the trusts haven’t been used to circumvent spending limits.

Between the lines: Nats’ work rights policy
On its surface, National’s ‘workplace’ policy seems fairly mild but, when you look at what it actually means in practise it’s classic National: anti-worker, anti-rights, anti-wage rises…[more]

Take the money and run
The government will be providing New Zealand manufacturers with a tax incentive to outsource their production….[more]

Would Nats introduce work-for-the-dole?
 Work-for-the-dole is a nice sounding slogan but it doesn’t work in practice. As with ACC and the 90 Day No Rights policy, National is following ideology, rather than doing what makes sense….[more]

The war on P
So here we have again, John Key and National saying one thing to voters and another thing to big business in this case the insurance industry….[more]

Culture of secrecy
It’s 4.45 on a Friday afternoon and National has just released its Outdoor Recreation policy…if you’re trying to kill media coverage of a policy and avoid any awkward questions then just before 5pm on a Friday is the perfect time to do it…[more]

Open up the trusts
The only way to clear all this up now is for all parties to open the books of their secret trusts so that Kiwis can finally be certain of who has been donating to parties and that the money has been used as donors intended…[more]

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56 comments on “The Standard Week: 18-25 July”

  1. Heh – Repeat after me, Steve… Don’t copy and paste from a search result should your terms forever be highlighted! 🙂

  2. ha! I didn’t realise it worked like that.

  3. sweeetd 3

    FFS, big story of the week?

    You don’t get out much do you?

    Two words, Winston Peters!?!?!?!?

  4. Monty 4

    Nop you are wrong – The big story of the week is Winston’s Lies and corruption and Helen’s protection of his lies and corruption.

    I understand that there is much much more to run of this story to the extent that Helen will eventuially be left with no option but to sack Winston as Labour become co-lateral victims (ha ha) of the fallout.

    Winston is corrupt. Helen has been complicite in his lies and corruption. I would suggest that Helen will need to sack Winston and call an election within two weeks. Not good when you are 18-20 points behind in the polls and are running out of co-alition partners.

  5. randal 5

    espiner has been trying to make a story all week for his tory paymasters about winston but he is not going to succeed. where is the evidence. just because bob jones is getting lonely over there in the hutt valley and has suckered the press in is no basis in fact. the real story is how tv1 continues to employ espiner when he has never broken a story yet but continues to inject his sly venom into the national discourse without contributing anything. only in New Zealand.

  6. Benodic 6

    Winston is not a story of substance, it’s a media beatup that will be forgotten in a week or two.

    I’d rather see the focus on policies that affect real NZers, not the latest gossip and excitement from the well-paid idiots of the parliamentary press gallery.

  7. Rob 7

    Benodic

    Sorry have to disagree Winston story has real legs and would be wishful thinking by you for it not to have, This has the potential to force an early Election, Winston never covered himself in glory in the press conference and was as evasive as ever in answering questions. Helen Clark cant let this sham and cover up continue the people want to know what went on!! They want open and honest Government as promised not a happening thing at the moment

  8. How does one bargain against a Chinese worker being paid less than $.60 per hour?

  9. Monty 9

    The Winston Story has major legs – more revelations in the Dom Poast tomorrow. Already this story has featured on the news as a major item everyday for two weeks, and it does not look like going away. I expect to see labour and Winnie’s support drop further (Labour because Clark is complicite in his corruption and lies)

    I do not expect to see Winston last till next Friday (But I do hope Clark continues to protect him for another month) – Clark will be wondering how long she can stand him – a finely balanced act at present.

    The double standard of this Labour / NZF Government is astounding – and you all know what I am talking about (oh God – I don’t sound like Winnie do I?)

  10. Next thing you’ll know Bob Jones will be linked to the Exclusive Brethren and all hell will break again!!
    Bloody hypocrites should be in a frigging straight jacket – eh MORON WINNY and foul AUNTY HELL.

    ( 1000 Demerits and a poke in the eye with a pen )

  11. D4J, How did you find out about the Bob Jones/Exclusive Brethren link? I’m impressed.

  12. jafapete, Batman knows all and my good friend on the Moon Aristotle told me that ‘misfortune shows those who are NOT really friends’.

    Poor Winny’s head is on the block.

  13. dave 13

    The big story of the week is National’s work rights policy
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha -so whats the story about it? You only said what it waasn’t.

  14. Winston is shot. He told Campbell that Bob Jones knew what the money was for – after which Jones stuck the knife in, twisted it around a bit, and told Campbell of the donation that “Obviously it was for the party”

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/07/bob-jones-hangs-peters.html

    Peters made a big mistake today insulting Jones. Jones took Muldoon down in 1984, and it seems he will do the same to Peters and Clark in 2008.

  15. Razorlight 15

    We can almost begin next weeks ‘Standard Week’ as well by saying the story of the week is the ongoing Winston saga.

    The proof that it is the story of the month is the fact it keeps coming up in every thread no matter what the topic.

    [lprent: That could have something to do with the right’s obsession on it (I think at KB it was about 14 posts out of 18 last time I looked). As Steve said last week, it is easier than looking at policy. The right seem to prefer not to have any policy at present (just meaningless bullet points). It would involve some right commentators (like yourself?) using their brains – could be painful.

    However if it there is too much thread jacking on this particular topic or any other (hasn’t been too bad to date), then I’ll just start moving the comments to a relevant thread (say “Attempted Threadjacking”) – or just nuking them. Eventually the behavior will subside. You should remember that the site is just a database – I should add the capability.]

  16. Leftie 16

    Big story of the week? National’s tax cuts dont mean shit by the time they have implemented their changes to the employment laws. Worst part is they have campaigned on closing the pay gap with Australia.

  17. Rob 17

    I believe Winston trying to take Bob Jones on in a battle of wit and calling him a Liar is the most stupid thing he has ever done!!

    Jones will eat him alive and take Clark and Labour to the cleaners if they continue to hide and support him!!

    What about Helen’s call for open and Honest Government when will see it as a happening thing!!

  18. randal 18

    i believe winston will have a very nice lunch with condi tody and not bother a bit about all the creatures trying to take him down out of pure jealousy…this country is full of little people even when they are millionaires…go winnie

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    Funny that the big story for some of the right is NZFs donations, yet they’re happy to ignore National’s plans that would affect, oh, I don’t know, three million or so workers, if implemented. So, a side show that affects one party and is making Winston look out of his depth (let’s not foget how often the right would like to pretend he’s unimportant as it is), or a policy that is generally one of the most important…

    Just shows where their priorities are, and the contempt to which these people must be held in.

  20. Rob 20

    The National Policies for workers are good I believe it will get more people into the Workforce as many employers have stated they will take more people on. Also it is working in Australia now with no great problems there unions have it whats the big problem!!

    Funny haven’t seen any big Adverts in the papers from Unions complaining about it only have seen adverts complaining about Trevor Mallard.

    As much as you guys try to play this down it wont go away and Helen and Heather Simpson are going to have make some very hard decisions next week after the Mrs Rice has departed. We want open and Honest Government as promised by Helen Clark when is it going to happen

  21. T-rex 21

    Rob

    We’re already running at very low unemployment.

    Howard lost the election on the strength of opposition to his changes to employment policy.

    Your second paragraph is totally retarded. Read Steve’s summary: ‘Reaction Roundup’; you’ll see that most of the employment relations groups have been sharply critical of Nationals policy. Contrary to what appears to be your view – The NZ Herald is not representative of all sentiment in NZ.

    I don’t know why you’re all so f*cking excited about Peters. If he’s lying, which I expect he is, he’ll burn come the election – and good riddance. Your pathetic attempts to smear Labour, despite the absence of any association with the accusations is both transparent and reprehensible.

    Clark is charged with delivering stable government – you think she should fire her ministers on rumour? Guilt by accusation? Just before a foreign dignitary visits? Don’t be so stupid. Regardless of what he’s done elsewhere he is doing a pretty good job as foreign minister by all appearances, and I’d quite like to keep a competent government at least until we get the next one.

    The fact that you retards would be happy to see pointless chaos in order to get the change you want is a pretty good indicator of how much you actually care about the wellbeing of the country.

  22. Quoth the Raven 22

    Since when have National wanted more people in the workforce Rob? Key has said before that there is “no capacity there” and he wants more “flexibility” in the labour market. As I/S puts it
    So what is this “spare capacity”? Unemployment. Key is complaining that too many New Zealanders have jobs, meaning employers have to compete for labour, and they can’t just expand production by hiring another warm body at the minimum wage like they did in the 90’s.
    It’s the old Muldoon addage of two jobs for every three people. As it has been pointed out here Bill English said Labour’s goal of getting umemployment below 4% was a ‘hoax.’ But they succeded in acheiving that goal didn’t they. Can you remind me Rob what was unemployment at in the nineties when National was in power?

  23. Anita 23

    Rob,

    The National Policies for workers are good I believe it will get more people into the Workforce as many employers have stated they will take more people on.

    When? Where?

    I honestly don’t recall any reaction by employers groups saying that they will be taking on more staff if/when National’s policies come into force.

  24. Rob 24

    T-Rex

    In case you haven’t notice between 51 & 55% of New Zealanders would like this government to end now. They would like National in . So who cares if Peters burns and takes Clark down with him, All I can say if the shoe was on the other foot , The Standard would be all over National like a rash a little but hypocritical don’t you think?

  25. RedLogix 25

    In case you haven’t notice between 51 & 55% of New Zealanders would like this government to end now

    False statement.

    Unless you also know the percentages who either refuse to answer the pollster (> 50%) AND how many answer “Don’t know” (at least 25%)… then your statement above is demonstrably unprovable.

  26. Rob 26

    RedLogix I guess you would have said the polls were correct if Labour had been in the lead and their trend hadn’t been down for the last year. Its the trend that counts and that is a sorry sorry sight!!

    Your biggest problem will be getting people out to vote on Election day as they wont bother if they think Labour is going to get a hiding and that will decrease the Labour Party vote even more

    Anita

    Try listening to talk-back and you will hear all the small business owners ringing in saying they have been waiting for a law like this. As its weighted to far one way at the moment. Then they would employ more people. As we know small businesses as the biggest employers in New Zealand.

  27. Anita 27

    RedLogix,

    The July OneNews Colmar Brunton Poll has a 10% don’t know rate (obviously only of people who agreed to take part in the poll in the first place).

    That’s been pretty consistent all year, with all but of of their polls showing 8-10%, and the other one (March) showing 6%.

  28. outofbed 28

    In case you haven’t notice between 51 & 55% of New Zealanders would like this government to end now
    I would like to know where you get that figure from ?
    From you arse perhaps ?
    If you said “based on recent polls of eligible voters who agreed to answer polling questions, approx 50 % expressed a preference for a National led Government’ You may have been closer to the mark. However you didn’t.

    Look I know it must be frustrating supporting a team that has been in opposition for 9 years and realising that the only hope of regaining power it to throw all your right wing principles out the window and adopt 90% of the Labours thinking.
    I guess the realisation is slowly dawning that even if you(nats) win its Labours policies which are the real winners.
    This is obviously making you angry. Take a chill pill accept the centre left has won the argument

    BTW I could not possibly carry on supporting the Party of my choosing if they did a 180 on all the policies that attracted my support in the first place.
    But then I guess I have principles

  29. “Benodic

    Winston is not a story of substance, it’s a media beatup that will be forgotten in a week or two.”

    I’m not so sure, the whole thing about Peters alleged over spend last election hasnt died over at kiwi blog. Some good soul managed to pry from Farrar that it was a moral obligation to pay the money back not a legal and ive got a sense that the some thing will happen here. How long do you think they could carry it on for? The whole election thing I think will probably carry on till the day Winston dies (with certian breaks while National needs Winstons support), once hes gone, National loves fascist authoritarians like Ron Markl, they can say the things National are to emmbarased to say themselves)

    And far out you can just about see the desperation in thier typing when they are trying to claim that Hellen Clark has anything to do with it.

    It kinda gives the game away really, you can tell they dont really care what hes done (maybe even a little jealous?) its really all about attempting to topple this government

  30. Rob 30

    OutofBed

    Winners are Grinner’s and I know who will be grinning on November the 9th and it wont be Labour!!

  31. RedLogix 31

    Oh dear Rob. You were only allowed one ugly election gloat here at the Standard, and you’ve gone and used it up already. How sad.

  32. lprent 32

    Rob: I don’t think you understand how the polls operate. Otherwise you wouldn’t make these rather vacuous noises.

    No-one actually involved in politics trusts the polls because their methodology is grossly inaccurate. Look at any polling series 4 to 5 months out from an election and up to the election and compare the trends against the final results. Trends are of interest, but absolute values and spreads aren’t.

    RL: You also forgot the 35% or so of the electorate households that they can’t contact because they don’t have listed landlines. That is also differentially sorted because the ‘poorest’ electorates only have less than 40% with a listed land-line. The most conservative (and technophobic) electorates have over 85% with listed phone lines.

    The nett effect is that the people who participate in polls are a self-selected bunch. As Rob implies, they contain a considerably higher proportion of the talkback radio deadheads.

    Actually look a lot like some rightists around here. You get the distinct impression that they don’t do any ground-level politics.

    captcha: admires Minister

  33. Rob 33

    Anita

    You can rationalise all you like about the don’t know rate !! What about the trend of Labour voters going down!!

    What about Women voters switching to National going up!! What about the Auckland Vote going hugely towards National.

    What about the Maori Vote Maori Party picking up and National picking up Maori voters Labour losing Maori voters. All pretty conclusive really or you don’t know!!

  34. just wondering 34

    Rob

    Are you “Jamie” on the Stuff/Fairfax blogs?

  35. outofbed 35

    “Winners are Grinner’s ”
    I fail to see have to sell out everything you believe in in a desperate bid for power, is winning
    It a shame that Clark is going to win in some respects, because it would be great to to see the fractionated principleless Tories implode

  36. lprent 36

    Rob: Now I know you’re a mathematical idiot. Tell me what was the actual number of people in the auckland sample. What is the probable error rate on that size sample just in the stats (ignore all of the other factors that RedLogix, Anita, and I talked about).

    You’re trying to pull a trend out of that? You obviously didn’t pay attention during any applied maths.

  37. higherstandard 37

    Lynn

    Attached is the only reasonable summary I’ve seen of polling trends in the regions.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2008/4308/

    On a side issue I find it odd that a number of the posters on the blog (with Tane and IB being notable exceptions) continue to ignore or act as apologists for Winston’s appalling behaviour.

    Certainly there is some degree of feeding frenzy on the political right but this is exacerbated by his denials and attacks on the media when they appear to have been correct about the man from day one.

    I expect the Prime Minister will take the same position as Key early next week and state that if he doesn’t have a satisfactory explanation for lying to the media and missing donations that he will not be forming part of Labour’s plans should they look to form a government after the election.

  38. lprent 38

    hs: Yeah I’ve seen it. The question is on the margin of error / confidence levels.

    The last poll was 871 respondents. Now that is an appallingly low number to estimate across a 2.8 million voting population

    Assume 1/3rd of those are in Auckland, you’re trying to estimate voting intentions from about 290 people. I think that there are more district names than that in the auckland region. The confidence level must be atrocious.

    You notice the final section in that report on margin of error

    The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample.

    I’d argue with a high degree of confidence that the latter condition has not been met in any way.

    //================

    In case you hadn’t noticed, there is one thing that the standardistas who have talked about it so far seem to agree on. They don’t like anonymous donations.

    The Winston thing – I regard it as just another inherent problem with anonymous donations. As far as I can see so far there isn’t anything that even comes close to the widespread political influence buying with National that I detect in the Waitemata trust.

    Until I see the Nat’s, Act, and for that matter Labour offer to all of their anon donations, I will treat NZF and Winston in the same suspicious state. The major distinction is that NZF had less than the 2 million that the nats got from the Watemata Trust.

  39. Pascal's bookie 39

    “when they appear to have been correct about the man from day one.”

    Just saying HS, but on day one of Winnie’s career, (and he hasn’t changed his spots at all) he was a Nat party MP, with high expectations of leadership potential.

    Personally I think most of the venom thrown at him from the right stems from the fact that he is a traitor to their cause.

  40. ak 40

    ligherstandard: I expect the Prime Minister will take the same position as Key early next week…

    heeeeee! – now that really would be a first, considering that Slip-slop’s entire campaign to date has consisted of taking Hel’s position on almost everything!

    Can’t wait till “early next week” LS, to further confirm the accuracy and credibility of your little “wishful thinking” predictions 🙂

  41. Anita 41

    Rob,

    Anita

    You can rationalise all you like about the don?t know rate !!

    Actually I’m pretty sure I was disagreeing with RedLogix not you.

    But don’t let that confuse you, I shall disagree with you now 🙂

    What about Women voters switching to National going up!!

    What about the Maori Vote Maori Party picking up and National picking up Maori voters Labour losing Maori voters.

    I haven’t seen any of those splits show that women are swinging to National at a greater rate than men, or Maori roll voters at a greater rate than general roll voters.

    Can you point me to the data you’re using?

  42. Anita 42

    HS,

    I wouldn’t say I’m representative of the left, we contain multitudes, but I know many people share this view of the current NZF debacle. Does it sound either apologist or ignoring to you?

    1) WP and NZF have acted in a way that is, at least, pretty damned dodgy. Someone may or may not get to the bottom of it – I’d like to hope they do, but I’m not optimistic. It hasn’t lowered my opinion of NZF at all, it was that low to begin with.

    2) This whole fuss reinforces all my pre-existing beliefs about how bad anonymous and quasi-anonymous donations to political parties (or, in fact, any large sum donations). I want tighter rules, I want state funding – I want them even more after this.

    3) Key is wandering around saying he wants to repeal the legislation that is preventing NZF doing the same thing this year – this doesn’t surprise me, nor does it lower my opinion of Key or the National Party.

    4) Can we move on from the sideshow and discuss policy now?

    5) Yep, policy, now.

  43. Quoth the Raven 43

    The National Policies for workers are good I believe it will get more people into the Workforce as many employers have stated they will take more people on.

    Rob – You make this assertion then when people take you up on it you don’t bother to defend it you just jump to another assertion. Face it Rob the National party does not care about working class New Zealand all there policy and rhetoric points at lowering wages and the number of people in employment. They have a track record to prove it.

    Also it is working in Australia now with no great problems there unions have it whats the big problem!!

    Howard lost the election because of workchoices or did you forget that Rob.

  44. lprent 44

    Anita: That was an admirable summing up of my attitudes.

    It is a distracting sideshow. Makes the media feel like they have a grasp on something, but that is because a lot of them appear to be adverse to looking at anything serious.

  45. randal 45

    lprent…after 50 years of reading the local rag and the two wellington dailes now reduced to one it is obvious that they only employ servile flunkies these days or lightweight style columnists devoid of content…its all very sad.

  46. RedLogix 46

    And of course the timing was perfect.

    First up they wait until WP is in Singapore so that they have a whole unmolested week to get traction in the media.

    And then of course the essential need to distract from any success that might arise from the Rice visit.

    Any wonder I get more cynical with age. (A process I take no pleasure from.)

  47. CMR 47

    So National’s employment policy is the major story of the week? Really? Ask Sir Robert Jones if he agrees to this absurdity!

    I rate the weather as a more significant event this week. Then there’s the crazy names debate. (Beautifully exemplified by the arrival of Condoleeza Rice…what sort of crazy name is that?) The next story is the lack of resolve shown by the PM in not sacking the filth she condones as a foreign minister. Not much happening;is there?

    The suggestion by RedLogix that it takes a mere “whole unmolested week” to obtain traction in the media is wide of the mark…it takes a full week to awaken them let alone witness any evidence the media is doing something!

  48. higherstandard 48

    Anita

    It’s not the donations that’s the issue – it’s his denials and obfuscation – the world according to Winston is everyone is a liar apart from Winston.

    He could have avoided this fiasco by saying he had no idea if Owen Glen had donated to him but it was No No No. He could have asked the media to get clarification from Glen but no – now he’s off down the same path with Bob Jones it’s bizarre.

    Personally I don’t give a damn that he’s had donations from Glen, Jones the Velas or Uncle Tom Cobleigh but his behaviour just reinforces that there’s something dodgy going on and the media will not let him go after the crap they’ve taken from him over the years.

    Regarding policy good lord there’s plenty of time for that – the NZ public have an incredibly short attention span there’ll be at least a couple of months to pour over things prior to the election and regardless most will have made up there mind already and a few will be counter-influenced by the odd policy sound bite – we can kid ourselves all we want but outside of the political blogs the general public won’t be wringing their hands about who to vote for based on policy.

    In terms of State Funding of political campaigns I don’t necessarily disagree but this always favours an incumbent government.

  49. Anita 49

    HS,

    Winston’s denials and obfuscations – absolutely! But, as I said, they haven’t altered my opinion of him; I have nothing new to say about him and no particular desire to repeat everything I’ve already said.

    Do you think that policy had no effect on the “general public” vote in the last election?

    State funding – can be constructed to not favour the incumbent. Shouldn’t we try to find a way to do that?

  50. ak 50

    (Without wishing to trivialise the serious discussion ensuing in your forum, but heckaday it’s Fridey night)

    LS: (the BS artist formerly known as burtHS who claims the status of a highly-educated medic yet exhibits all the erudition, humanity and spelling skills of a typically provincial partisan tory hack and remains a quasi-hippocratic-oath-taking hypocrite who has recently been exposed as a blatant prevaricatior of the highest standard (so pray excuse my little hypocoristic indulgence)):

    …a couple of months to pour over things prior to the election and….

    …most will have made up there mind already… and…

    the similarly intellectually-equipped young tory partisan known as burt is conspicuous by his ongoing and simultaneous absence….

    hmmmmmmm……

    As you were, men.

  51. Higherstandard 51

    AK

    Go away !

    I can’t be bothered with you after your last effort of calling me a liar based on my taking issue with your delusions.

    Anita

    Absolutely if the state funding could be constructed in such a away it would be a great idea – more so for the benefit of the smaller parties who I believe are dealt a poor hand under the current system.

    Certainly policy had an effect on the last election but nearly as much as the pure electioneering of things such as the Orewa speech and Brash’s dalliance with the EB.

  52. The All Blacks won’t win the next World Cup, because they backed a tired used up loser leader (Henry).Please don’t make the same mistake in the election, as Helen is in the same-stale use by date basket as the deluded AB coaches. Nothing too see here, doh kiwi’s – suckers for pain!!!
    Give em a boot !!!

  53. fiona 53

    d4j

    It is your analogy with the All Blacks that is mistaken, unless you mean that NZ should have switched coaches AND teams.

  54. Ed 54

    I find it surprising that the media blindly follow National’s misleading labelling of their policy as being the introduction of a 90 day trial period. Surely by now some of them should know that we already have such provision, and that all National is doing is allowing employers to terminate at the end of that trial with no cause, or explanation to the worker.

    There certainly doesn’t seem to be anything that would in any way close the wage gap with Australia

  55. Rob 55

    Great to see the EPMU in the papers getting at Mallard again obviously Labour hasn’t shut this problem down yet. Also Family First with all the cases so far where police have investigated the Clark payback to Greens bill (Anti Smacking ) All pressure mounting on the Government.

    [I take it this illiterate means the EMA – the Employers and Manufacturers’ Association, not the EPMU – the Enginneering, Printing, and Manufacturing Union. SP]

  56. immigrant 56

    The unbearable easiness of lying

    Hi guys

    I do come from a primitive country where the politician lie, steal, kill and if they bare not caught , they are heroes because of that.

    I thought , here , in New Zealand the things will be different.Yes, they are different but only on surface.

    If Winstone Peters lose his Parliament post I do advice him to go to Bulgarian Parliament as a Minister.There he can do whatever he wants and everything will be O.K . But he should hurry up , things start changing even there.

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    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    3 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    3 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    4 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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