TPPA text released

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The text of the TPPA has finally been released to the plebs – i.e. we the people. RNZ:

New Zealand releases TPP text

The government has released the legal text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of the deal’s 12 member countries.

The government has said the trade agreement will boost New Zealand’s economy by $2.7 billion a year by 2030 but, until now, the public had been kept in the dark as to what the agreement entailed.

Trade Minister Tim Groser released a statement this evening including a link to the text.
He said he was pleased the public would now finally be able to thoroughly review the full text of the TPP before it was signed by governments.

Work on the legal verification of the text would continue in coming weeks, he said. “This is a complex agreement, with 30 chapters and associated annexes. The large number of documents released today amount to over 6000 pages of text and market access schedules. …

The full text can be found here. But we already know that we have given up a lot for a little.

Update: From Evening Report:

Jane Kelsey & Tim Groser on TPPA text finally being released

‘Today’s release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text ends the farcical situation where governments were touting the benefits for the nation with no prospect of any independent assessment to contradict them,’ said University of Auckland law Professor Jane Kelsey.

It is not clear whether this will also start the 90-day countdown before President Obama is allowed to sign the agreement under US law, or whether any of the other countries would sign unilaterally before the US does.

But, Professor Kelsey points out, ‘the legal text is not enough on its own. We need to see the background documents that help make sense of the text, but the parties have vowed to keep secret for effectively another six years.’

‘We also need the various analyses the New Zealand government has relied on when talking up the benefits and playing down the costs.

“They have been coy about who has done this work, especially the projections of $2.7b benefits for the economy, and stalled on Official Information Act requests to release them, despite the High Court’s rebuke last month,” Jane Kelsey said. …

tpp-not-worth-much

Update:  The Washington Post has provided a tool to allow the text of the TPP to be searched.  The word “climate” does not appear in the text …

99 comments on “TPPA text released ”

  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    Climate change missing from full Trans-Pacific Partnership text
    “Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Queensland University of Technology, told Fairfax Media it looks like US trade officials have been “green-washing” the agreement.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, last month called the deal “a gigantic foundation stone” for the economy.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, last month called the deal “a gigantic foundation stone” for the economy. Photo: Andrew Meares
    “The environment chapter confirms some of the worst nightmares of environmental groups and climate activists,” Dr Rimmer said.
    “The agreement has poor coverage of environmental issues, and weak enforcement mechanisms. There is only limited coverage of biodiversity, conservation, marine capture fisheries, and trade in environmental services. The final text of the chapter does not even mention ‘climate change’ – the most pressing global environmental issue in the world.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/details-of-transpacific-partnership-finally-released-20151105-gkrivo.html#ixzz3qbnQRaD0
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    • my gods how long can this total idiocy go on!!! Why can’t they wake up to reality???

      • savenz 1.1.1

        +100 Marty Mars and TMM.

      • Magisterium 1.1.2

        Because when we look to the Leader of the Opposition for some.. well… leadership of opposition to this idiocy, it turns out he’s pretty much cool with it.

    • Matthew Hooton 1.2

      How could the TPP “confirm some of the worst nightmares of environmental groups and climate activists”? Surely it is at best irrelevant to climate change? Did he expect it to address climate change?

      • mpledger 1.2.1

        If it didn’t then it’s not “fit for purpose”. Climate change is going to be the biggest “disrupter” this planet has seen in human’s lifetime.

        • Matthew Hooton 1.2.1.1

          Yes but if the lack of mention of CC in TPP is a “worst nightmare” then the world environment must be in great shape.

          • marty mars 1.2.1.1.1

            “The agreement has poor coverage of environmental issues, and weak enforcement mechanisms. There is only limited coverage of biodiversity, conservation, marine capture fisheries, and trade in environmental services. The final text of the chapter does not even mention ‘climate change’ – the most pressing global environmental issue in the world.”

            What part of that quote is causing confusion for you – come on, it is pretty basic unless you are a denier, or spinner I spose.

            • Matthew Hooton 1.2.1.1.1.1

              My point is, an insufficiently strong reference to climate change in the TPP can hardly be the guy’s “worst nightmare”. Surely the probable failure of Paris is that? Or a temperature increase above 3 degrees? Or the seas rising more than a metre? But the TPP environmental chapter? Really?

              • Sacha

                When ISDS allows big oil companies to sue governments for acting on climate change, believe me it’s a problem. Because such action is essential.

              • Mike the Savage One

                We have now had decades of economic wet dreamers talk us into believing more trade, more consumption and production, more this and that, all based on exploiting supposedly endless resources, are the recipe for endless bliss and fortune for the planet and the people living on it.

                They have wet dreams every night the economists that support ever more trade and less regulation and they want us to fall for their fallacy.

                As a matter of fact the planet and humanity have very finite resources, and the rich and poor gap has hardly been reduced globally, nor has the poverty in most places. Free trade is the entertainment of a few nations, that do think by giving liberty and favours to corporations will solve their employment and social and economic problems.

                Let us wait and see, nothing of the many promises may come true, and more will end up as casual and low paid part time workers, getting their jobs replaced by cheap imports from countries who d o not care much about pollution, climate change and the likes.

                All verbal vows are usually not kept and honoured, and Paris will be yet another disappointment, and we are heading into total disaster, because the blinkered, blinded and brainwashed selfish lot continue polluting and destroying as they have for decades. Fuck the world and the future seems the idea, me first and screw the future.

                Sorry Mathew, you are a loser with your stupid comments here, have another beer and take a night off and get some needed sleep.

      • Raf 1.2.2

        What is wrong with you? Any major ‘trade’* agreement that doesn’t include climate change as a relevant issue is like a diet plan that doesn’t mention portion size – it’s clearly inadequate and ineffective, rendering everything else about either document completely unreliable.
        (* I’m aware this definition is debatable.)

    • savenz 1.3

      +100

  2. Ovid 2

    I’ve got to say that the labour rights provision is a pleasant surprise and from my brief look at the dispute settlement provisions, I can’t see an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, just a party-to-party (i.e. state-to-state) one, as all trade agreements have.

    The intellectual property chapter is a mixed bag. I don’t like the expansion of copyright to 70 years and there’s nothing there about orphan works. I can’t see anything that requires us to instate software patents, but I may be wrong on that. It’s gratifying that it recognises traditional forms of knowledge. I suspect this was inserted to keep Wai 262 alive.

    Somebody smarter than me will have to parse the sections on pharmaceuticals. I don’t know what it means for Pharmac.

  3. Melb 3

    If any country wishes to withdraw then the process is to give six months notice.

    So then if the TPPA is such a dastardly power grab I expect Labour to campaign to using this clause, and be swept to 2017 electoral victory on the back of widespread anti-TPPA sentiment.

    What a choice coincidence that the party will be debating its stance this wknd behind closed doors. Yes, Labour called for more openness for TPPA discussion, yet will hold it’s own TPPA discussion in secret. Good work guys!

    [lprent: Please provide a credible link about your last paragraph. As far as I am aware the TPPA isn’t a topic at the Labour Conference, let alone being one behind closed doors. You have six months to locate that link, I will unban you if you do.

    In other words. Provide a damn link if you want to troll here. ]

  4. Steve 4

    There’s also a six month withdrawal notice with no penalties.

    Running out of things to hang your hat on now. Too far down the proverbial road to change the narrative now.

    Perhaps, like all the other crisis Labour has announced, if you stop talking about it, the general public might forget the unnecessary, irrational ranting.

    Hey, you can always fall back on ponytail gags.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      When did Labour announce a TPP crisis? They’ve signaled their willingness to fix the housing market whether or not it will result in a breach.

      You wouldn’t by any chance be flailing around with the dishonest pretence that they are on the same page as Jane Kelsey, for example, would you?

      Or just running your mouth with anti-Labour bile without regard to facts?

      Or perhaps you’re a Left wing plant designed to make the National Party look stupid and mendacious…

      Who can tell?

      • Nessalt 4.1.1

        i sometimes think you are the right wing plant designed to make the left look frothing mad at everything and with nothing logical to day beyond accusations and taunts

    • Tracey 4.2

      Good to see Hooton’s hard work over the week following the signing has paid off…. and it has halted individual thinking and review by some (as planned)

  5. Tautoko Mangō Mata 5

    Fight for the future- analysis:Final text of the #TPP confirms worst fears; poses grave threat to the Internet
    Analysis of IP chapter on
    18.26 Trademarks
    18.37 Patentable subject matter- new methods of using a known product
    18.28 Govt keeping data base of names and addresses assoc with domain names
    18.63 Copyright-extended to 70 yrs after death
    18.68 and more
    http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/132605875893/final-tpp-text-confirms-worst-fears-shadowy

    • northshoredoc 5.1

      I followed you link and after looking at the first two ‘analyses’ which with completely bizarre assumptions and ignoring the existing trademark and patent situation in relation to pharmaceutical products in NZ, I gave up on the rest.

      if posts such as that are designed to get the uniformed frothing all well in good but they can have the effect amongst the rest of the population of making you appear rather silly.

    • northshoredoc 5.2

      I followed your link and after looking at the first two ‘analyses’ which contained somewhat bizarre assumptions and ignored the existing trademark and patent situation in relation to pharmaceutical products in NZ, I gave up on the rest.

      if posts such as the one you linked to are designed to get the uniformed frothing, all well in good but they can have the effect amongst the rest of the population of making you appear rather silly.

      • Tautoko Mangō Mata 5.2.1

        Thank you for pointing out the deficiencies in my links in relation to the NZ situation. Although my main concerns with the tpp are associated with how it affects NZ, I am also interested in the wider implications and how the TPP is being received in other countries. I realise that you have a particular area of expertise and I welcome your positive input. If the rest of the population consider me rather silly, then so be it.

      • One Two 5.2.2

        Despite the rhetoric, or your claims of authority, it is not possible for you to know consequences of the TPPA, or to predict the eventual outcomes

  6. Steve 6

    I said like, as in, handling a situation in a similar way, the only way they know how, oppose at all costs, then just drop it when it doesn’t get the populist attention they were hoping for.

    You managed to get all that from one comment. I’m all of those things mate, yup, I’m just as clueless as your illustrious leader

  7. Matthew Hooton 7

    Article 30.6: Withdrawal
    1. Any Party may withdraw from this Agreement by providing written notice of withdrawal to the Depositary. A withdrawing Party shall simultaneously notify the other Parties of its withdrawal through the contact points.
    2. A withdrawal shall take effect six months after a Party provides written notice to the Depositary under paragraph 1, unless the Parties agree on a different period. If a Party withdraws, this Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      What’s the point of discussing this red herring when the far more likely scenario is legislation (to fix the Auckland property speculator problem for example) that results in a breach not a withdrawal?

      Hooton would rather distract I guess.

      • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1

        What type of legislation would “fix the Auckland property speculator problem”?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          My understanding is that here are a range of legislative measures being mulled. For example, a bill to restrict sales of existing residential property to residents might well fall foul of the TPP. It certainly isn’t the only measure being considered though.

          I’m surprised you hadn’t heard about this. Too busy constructing false narratives were we?

          • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1.1.1

            The TPP allows the NZ govt to impose a 1000% stamp duty on foreign buyers of NZ property. So a foreigner buying a $2m house would have to pay a $20m tax to NZ govt. So they wouldn’t (and if they did, I think anyone would agree NZ would be the winner). So I don’t see your point.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.1.1

              [citation needed]

              As I said, there are a range of legislative measures being considered, from blithering incompetence and venality – the status quo – to the housing WoF and Kiwibuild, to name but two.

              If any of these policy commitments breach the TPP, I’d ask a lawyer rather than a spin-doctor.

        • RedLogix 7.1.1.2

          The TPPA is a bit of a cross between a curate’s egg and a poisoned chalice. No party is going to ‘withdraw’ because it would look like a repudiation of the commitment to freedom of trade.

          But it is the global extension of the broken American model of intellectual property rights, and the awful ISDS provisions, which are the components everyone has objected to. Address that.

        • Mike the Savage One 7.1.1.3

          A fricking land tax on properties owned and occupied by land owners and speculators perhaps, who hang onto unused land for tool long? Some other new regulatory measures, incl. a capital gains tax, and also a clear mandatory set of rules to force developers to perhaps deliver a percentage of new dwellings at affordable prices? And then central government has the ability to provide for more social housing and build it, simple.

    • Tracey 7.2

      yes Matthew, if you scroll up, your chosen meme planned and executed during the first week (post signing) )has taken quite beautifully with some who don’t like to read and decide for themselves.

      Tim Groser was a bit disingenuous today suggesting now NZers could rad for themselves, when he knows the majority won’t and those that do will get tangled up in the legalese.

  8. Steve 8

    Exactly. He couldn’t lead a dog up a garden path. This weekend will be hilarious. Lucky it’s a lock in, it’s gonna get ugly in there now, he’ll have to address the tpp whether he likes it or not.

    OAB. “What the fuck are you dribbling about?” You need a good long look in the mirror. I’m not the serial commentholic, I’m not the one that seems to have an opinion on everything. Every third comment seems to be from you, perhaps if you channeled your energies into something real and tangible you might actually make the world a slightly better place. I look forward to your opinion on this, no doubt it’ll be as inspiring as always.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      Is that the sort of handicap you have to live with? Where commenting on a blog prevents you from doing anything else?

      You poor thing. I’m glad I’m not similarly afflicted.

      Delusional too, since you appear to believe I have a leader and you know their identity 😆

  9. Tautoko Mangō Mata 9

    This analysis makes an important point about the effect of the TPP in inhibiting government from making policy choices to deal with unemployment issues- the sort that Bill English should be looking out now!

    “Trade commitments that require the federal government to treat foreign bidders as if they were U.S.bidders undermine one of most important job creation tools: fiscal policy. Governments should be able to use stimulus funds to create jobs within their borders, and not be required to spend those funds to create jobs elsewhere—nor should developing countries be prevented from using their limited funds on domestic stimulus.”
    http://www.citizen.org/documents/analysis-tpp-text-november-2015.pdf

  10. Steve 10

    Ignorance is bliss OAB. Keep up those comments, you might get better with all that practice

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      Ignorance is a condition we all share, Steve.

      I’m glad I was able to clue you in on a few things – such as the fact that Labour have signaled a willingness to breach the TPP to fix the Auckland property speculator problem, rather than announcing a crisis the way you pretended.

      Similarly your opinion of what might happen at their conference is based on malice and wishful thinking, and can be discounted.

      You have a lovely day, Steve, I’m off to enjoy the sunshine and make some cash.

    • Tracey 10.2

      Ignorance is bliss indeed. How long did it take you to read through the 6000 pages this morning/today?

  11. Ad 11

    There is no longer any political capital to be gained by any current opposition party about TPPA. What there was, was scant apart from The Usual Suspects.

    Labour made a complete hash of their response.

    None of the Opposition parties even attempted to look coherent across the issue.

    The Opposition need to shift to fresh issues completely.

    The Labour Conference this weekend is going to be very, very slow burn because Rugby World Cup sucked almost all the political oxygen out, and now we are already straight on to Royal Watching.

    Insofar as there was anything to play with, the Opposition have been outplayed.

    Move along people.

    • RedLogix 11.1

      This ‘complete hash’ business, seems to have become par for the course. Sure Little may have ‘unified’ his caucus – but to what purpose?

      I can well imagine Little is busy being a politician. I’m sure his dairy is full and he’s flat-out doing things that he and his staff believe are important and valuable. I don’t want to sneer at what is a difficult, demanding and largely unrewarding job.

      But at the same time, I’m struggling to recall anything much past the ‘cut the crap’ moment from almost a year ago now.

      Yes National has screwed the media scrum; we’ve known this for ages. So what is the plan? Is there one? Because until the left figures a way around this, NZ will be a one party state for the indefinite future.

    • Ross 11.2

      “we are already straight on to Royal Watching.”

      What are you doing here when you could be watching your parasitic mates Charles and Camilla?

    • Raf 11.3

      “Move along”?? Jeez, you’re in a hurry to distract everyone before we’ve even had a chance to look! Or to listen to the analyses and commentary that’s going to come from around the world for months, at least, now! Why? What is it you’re afraid were going to see if we don’t “move along”? Bugger ya, I’m hanging around; the party hasn’t even started yet!

  12. Chch_chiquita 12

    Tim Groser, the Trade Minister who doesn’t know the details of the South Korean FTA. I would take anything and everything he says with a huge grain of salt.

    • Matthew Hooton 12.1

      No individual human being “knows the detail” of a trade deal. See for example this tariff schedule from the TPP agreement, for just the US: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/downloads/trade-agreement/transpacific/TPP-text/2-D.%20US%20Tariff%20Elimination%20Schedule.pdf
      Literally no one in the world could remember all this.

      • Chch_chiquita 12.1.1

        I would say that an important bit like this – “Under the free-trade agreement with South Korea, has South Korea reserved for itself the right to adopt a ban on New Zealand people—not being corporates—buying South Korean residential land or homes?” he should be able to remember.

        http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/51HansQ_20151105_00000011/11-free-trade-agreements%E2%80%94new-zealand-south-korea

      • Raf 12.1.2

        Oh, OK. So we should just give up trying and “move along”, should we? Sorry mate I’m sticking this one out!

      • Ennui 12.1.3

        So Matthew is no individual human being able to remember everything a good thing?
        Does it mean a whole pile of bureaucrats put together something unintelligible?
        Do we need a team of lawyers on the state payroll merely for audit and adherence?
        Is it going to be a big boom for the likes of Ernst Young to clip the ticket with inneffectual audits a la Sarbains Oxbury?
        Does the sheer volume of the text represent multiple one off agreements that contradict one another and /or any uniformity of purpose in the agreement?
        Did the $2. whatever billion gain include deductions for administration?
        Did we already spend $2 billion agreeing to something which as you Matthew state cannot be understood by any individual?
        As a % of GDP how much will $2.4 billion be in 2030? (I will give you a hint…..less than a single digit i.e point something).
        For fuck sake Matthew even if you support this thing cant you see this whole thing is not even a dogs breakfast? A carrion crow would turn up its beak and seek less rotten carcasses.

  13. Sabine 13

    this may be fun,

    nothing on climate, but then what else is new.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/05/we-made-president-obamas-big-tpp-trade-deal-searchable/?postshare=5371446749920151


    The problem, though, is that it was released as a series of posts on Medium — and, worse, a collection of PDFs — making it hard to search for topics across the entire document.

    Allow us.

    We created the tool below to allow you to search the full agreement (except annexes) and to link back to the original to read more. There’s a lot in there, we’ll note, and spellings are internationalized. (Labor becomes “labour,” for example.) So it’s still not a perfect system.”

  14. savenz 14

    So amazing that Hooton and NorthShoreDoc and others have been able to digest the over 6,000 pages of text and market access schedules from yesterday and say how positive it all is and how wrong everyone else is including the opposition!

    Even Drunken Grosser has stated that understanding the legal obligations of the TPP will require careful analysis of all documents, given the inter-relationship between many provisions in the Agreement.

    oh to be a troll so fun

    • marty mars 14.1

      they have their missions and they will complete them impossible or not

      • northshoredoc 14.1.1

        I don’t know which comment is more suitable for a 🙄 yours or savenz’s so please accept this on behalf of him/her 🙄

    • Tracey 14.2

      exactly, while calling people ignorant.
      You might notice that Hooton has refined his PR strtaegy from the post signature week. Back then it was;

      1. pull out with six months notice; and
      2. No sovereignty issue

      He now is only focussing on 1.

    • Daniel Cale 14.3

      You could say the same about Jane Kelsey. After all she’s spent months/years opposing something she has admitted herself she doesn’t know the details of.

      • Raf 14.3.1

        Well, she SAID she didn’t know the details anyway … I suspect she’s been knowing all along a great deal more than it was wise to admit to.

  15. Malconz 15

    I see on Crooks & Liars that Obama is saying the TPPA will mean that the US gets to “write the rules for trade in the 21st Century.” Nuff said!

  16. Bill 16

    ‘We also need the various analyses the New Zealand government has relied on when talking up the benefits and playing down the costs.

    “They have been coy about who has done this work, especially the projections of $2.7b benefits for the economy, and stalled on Official Information Act requests to release them, despite the High Court’s rebuke last month,” Jane Kelsey said. …

    Okay, I’m assuming she suspects that the same modeling that was thrown at the TTIP was thrown at the TPPA. A reasonable suggestion given that these agreements essentially mirror one another and are negotiated by the same charlatans and arse-holes.

    When TTIP data was thrown through a fairly well respected UN model, (I commented previously with links etc) all the merest of positives (awfully like the TPPA claims) turned into screaming negatives. No country ‘won’ gains from the deal. Only the US managed to salvage a mixed bag of consequences. And all those negatives – for states and workers and smaller companies – translated as big positives for the largest of corporations and the financial sector.

  17. Michael 17

    I wonder if it will pass US Congress.

    Hillary Clinton has come out against it, and much of the Democratic party is supporting her for the Presidency. If they’re not supporting her, they’re supporting Bernie Sanders, who is also against it. So that could influence how Democrats vote.

    And with the Republicans so disoriented, with some opposed to free trade and some simply opposed to anything Obama does, this could face roadblocks in Congress.

  18. JP up North 18

    Much as I dislike the guy…………. at least Professor Jane Kelsey is getting the airtime to vocalize for the opposition to this toxic “agreement”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/scrutiny-of-tppa-details-to-begin-2015110605#axzz3qetZZGVN

    • Michael 19.1

      Looks like it has an exclusion for the Treaty of Waitangi. many of the links don’t work though

  19. Grim 20

    just the one letter regarding nz… good on ya Tim, was this the only issue that required clarification?

    https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/TPP-Final-Text-US-NZ-Letter-Exchange-on-Distinctive-Products.pdf

  20. Grim 21

    Treaty of Waitangi clause basically allows NZ to address claims so long as they don’t interfere with foreign entities making a profit,

    Article
    29.6: Treaty of Waitangi
    https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/TPP-Final-Text-Exceptions-and-General-Provisions.pdf

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      Please quote the text directly and demonstrate how it means that.

      • Tracey 21.1.1

        Article 29.6: Treaty of Waitangi
        1. Provided that such measures are not used as a means of arbitrary or unjustified
        discrimination against persons of the other Parties or as a disguised restriction on trade in
        goods, trade in services and investment, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the
        adoption by New Zealand of measures it deems necessary to accord more favourable
        treatment to Maori in respect of matters covered by this Agreement, including in fulfilment of
        its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
        2. The Parties agree that the interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, including as to the
        nature of the rights and obligations arising under it, shall not be subject to the dispute
        settlement provisions of this Agreement. Chapter 28 (Dispute Settlement) shall otherwise
        apply to this Article. A panel established under Article 28.7 (Establishment of a Panel) may
        be requested to determine only whether any measure referred to in paragraph 1 is inconsistent
        with a Party’s rights under this Agreement

        • Tracey 21.1.1.1

          Who decides what a “disguised” restriction on trade is? Cue the dispute resolution process…

      • Matthew Hooton 21.1.2

        It doesn’t mean that at all.

    • Ross 22.1

      Hooton should stick to what he does best – smearing the Left.

    • AmaKiwi 22.2

      Penny Bright

      That link is pay walled (National Business Review, subscribers only).

      Are there any juicy bits you want to tell us about?

  21. AmaKiwi 23

    News just out: Little says Labour (caucus) will oppose TPPA because it does not meet their bottom line on foreigners buying NZ houses. “Mr Little said four of the party’s (read: “caucus’s”) other bottom lines had been met.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/289068/labour-promises-to-fight-tpp-provision

    So the Labour caucus is having it both ways. They’ve done well with the housing issue so they’ll run with that but ignore everything else in TPPA that is a disaster.

    When the Labour caucus issued the “5 bottom line TPPA issues,” people on The Standard pointed out they were so loosely worded you could drive a truck through them. The caucus drove 4 trucks through but not the fifth. . . yet.

    Little may be speaking for the 30 odd members of the Labour caucus but how many party members does he speak for? Neither I nor my LEC was ever polled or consulted. That’s the Labour caucus’s version of democracy.

    I hope those of you in the Auckland region will join me next Saturday (Nov. 14) at the anti-TPPA rally, Myers Park, 1 pm.

    Are there other rallies on?

  22. AmaKiwi 24

    The Herald has a different spin than Radio NZ.

    Hey msm folks, this is not a complicated story to write. What did Andrew Little say? It was a press conference and two news outlets have opposite versions!

    Herald: “But he (Andrew Little) could not say whether Labour would oppose other aspects of the 12-party deal – a deal begun by Phil Goff in 2008 when he was Trade Minister – such as improved tariff schedules. (Radio NZ said the opposite: Little would not oppose anything else in TPPA.)

    He said he would fight “tooth and nail” over what he said was an issue of sovereignty.

    “We will not support anything that takes away the right of New Zealand politicians in our democracy to make laws in the interests of New Zealand,” he told reporters.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11541301

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    16 hours ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy
    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    17 hours ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)
    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    20 hours ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19
    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024
    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 day ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tobacco First
    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.
    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024
    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘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 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.
    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    2 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.
    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    2 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again
    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?
    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    2 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat
    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Some changes are coming
    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • About fucking time
    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    7 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago

  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway
    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Update on global IT outage
    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership
    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns
    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'
    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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