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Trans-Tasman says Clark to head UNDP

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, March 25th, 2009 - 55 comments
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From The Herald:

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark will be named today as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a report says.

Political newsletter Trans-Tasman reported the appointment today, though a spokesman for Miss Clark, prime minister from 1999 until 2008, would not comment.

55 comments on “Trans-Tasman says Clark to head UNDP ”

  1. r0b 1

    Well, should this turn out to be correct, then Congratulations to Helen Clark. This is great recognition of her abilities, her drive, and her contribution to our country. New Zealand’s loss will be the world’s gain!

  2. JTuckey 2

    Congratulations to HC – I’m sure she’s more than capable of doing an excellent job.

    Let’s hope she can manage the political morass and sort out an agency, which from the outside looks like it needs a sizeable kick up the backside.

  3. roger nome 3

    This would be a brilliant choice for the UNDP – Clark is a genuine humanitarian, and really knows how to get things done. Let’s hope UNDP goes the same way as NZAID went under Clark – more spending on health and education for the people who need it, less on the sons and daughters of local elites.

  4. The saddest part of election night (apart from the fact that the country had handed power over to a bunch of lunatics) was Helen’s resignation as leader.

    I have had the benefit of watching closely many of Labour’s leaders. I would rate Helen as the best Labour (and best) PM that we have had, ahead of Norm Kirk and with David Lange a distant third. Savage and Fraser were too far back for a meaningful comparison to be made.

    Rob is right, New Zealand’s loss is the world’s gain.

    • the sprout 4.1

      “rate Helen as the best Labour (and best) PM that we have had”

      i second that ms

  5. ak 5

    Fantastic news. Sincere thanks, National backers and media owners, for freeing-up our Greatest Living New Zealander to continue building our international reputation and allowing her to use her formidable talents in a forum more worthy. The contrast between the world’s leadership and our own continues to widen.

  6. BLiP 6

    Congratulations to Helen and, yeah, spose, I guess, thanks to those who facilitated the process.

  7. Mello C 7

    Well, I guess that this means that Helen is now (debatably) more powerful than John Key.

  8. Tim Ellis 8

    Congratulations to Helen Clark. I think she has an exceptional range of political skills and was the dominant political figure in New Zealand for more than a decade. Her talents will be put to good effect at the UNDP.

  9. Monty 9

    No one will find any congratulations from me on this one. I celebrate the fact that she will be gone from NZ. After Muldoon she is probably the worst PM NZ has ever had to endure. She will be remembered for the corruption of our democracy with the EFA.

    I also celebrate that once Clark and Cullen have gone, the Labour talant pool will be exposed as puddle deep.

    Saying that I am sure that she will do the best she can for NZ in her new role – but that is as far as I will go.

    • Kevin Welsh 9.2

      Let it go Monty. The election was last year, ok?

      • Monty 9.2.1

        And we won and the socialists Lost. No sour grapes from me – but the writers on this blog have not yet realised that the election has come and gone. I think this is the first post in a couple of weeeks that does not carry on the John Key Obsession.

        • Felix 9.2.1.1

          I think this is the first post in a couple of weeeks that does not carry on the John Key Obsession.

          That you don’t seem to realise that anyone can scroll to the top of the page and view the last 15 posts speaks to a lack of self-awareness I find it difficult to comprehend.

        • lprent 9.2.1.2

          I sense that you have a vaguely obsessional quality on this topic. Most of your comments appear to have this somewhere.

          Most posts don’t have Key as a primary focus. However he appears to want to stick his finger everywhere and his ineptness and that of his ministers does mean that a lot of shit sticks even in what would otherwise be unrelated posts. Now if he’d let his ministers run things, then there’d probably be a bigger dungheap – but at least he’d keep his fingers clean.

          However he doesn’t seem to understand the principles of delegation

        • mickysavage 9.2.1.3

          Sorry Monty

          The intellect and brilliance of your analysis has persuaded me that you are right and I have been wrong. I have decided that I will no longer be a chardonnay sipping nanny state supporting hand wringing trendy leftie and will forthwith become a wingnut.

          Now all I need is some raw meat and some venom and nastiness so that I can spell Helen’s name in a funny manner and blame her for everything that is not right in my life.

          • logie97 9.2.1.3.1

            We can’t expect the likes of Monty to see any contradictions in their position. To heap vitriol on Helen Clark on the one hand and then suggest that without her and Michael Cullen, Labour is nothing, surely suggests that she must have had something after all…

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      She will be remembered for the corruption of our democracy

      No, the National Party and John Key will fill that spot.

      Capcha: shortland sequence

  10. Daveski 10

    Regardless of the personality politics, this is undoubtedly good for NZ that a NZ politician is recognised and selected for such a high-ranking position. Those that can’t celebrate that for NZ are simply showing that they put their own political agenda ahead of NZ’s gain.

    Interestingly, there is a political angle because of Clark leaving as a sitting MP. If I was a Labour supporter, I would have hoped for new blood although I understand this may not be the case. In a similar vein, IMO the sooner Labour gets Andrew Little into parliament, the better for its long term chances … or so I would think.

    • Tim Ellis 10.1

      Very good point Daveski. This probably isn’t the thread to discuss the implications of a by-election and who Labour candidates might be, but no doubt there will be a lot of opportunities to discuss that here in a different thread in the near future.

      I find it difficult to fathom people who don’t have the graciousness to stay silent if they can’t congratulate somebody for such an important acheivement. As Paul Williams said over at the other blog, this isn’t the occasion to fight past battles.

      • the sprout 10.1.1

        well said TE

      • lprent 10.1.3

        Assuming the rumor is true, there are a few problems with speculating on possible Labour candidates on this site. Not the least is that I’m going to be one of the people who helps to select the candidate – it is my electorate and I’m on the LEC. I have no intention of having this site being accused of trying to have undue influence.

        Some of the other posters may post on it, but in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re more focused on the deficiencies of the right. So probably ill-informed speculation will be left to the sewer while I get on to the selection and campaign. After all the election isn’t really a public event. It is internal to the party.

        However I have no such restrictions commenting on the quality of the National and Act candidates. For instance is the good Reverent going to be the candidate. After all he has stood for two elections in the seat, which is a record for National party candidates (from memory), and has been getting reasonable results.

        • Daveski 10.1.3.1

          LP – it’s good to know that and refreshing to see some disclosure too. Much appreciated. It will be an interesting challenge for the Labour Party.

          My broader comment about Andrew Little may be easier to answer. I suspect that many on the right will be keen for him NOT to be in parliament.

          • lprent 10.1.3.1.1

            I thought everyone knew I was

            a) a member of the Labour party
            b) grew up in Mt Albert
            c) get heavily involved in campaigns there (and in other campaigns)

            In fact the only thing that is different is that I got elected as a LEC delegate for the first time in a decade. Usually I’m like a bad penny – I just turn up all over the place.

  11. The Voice of Reason 11

    Jeez, Monty, give it a rest. The worst after Muldoon? Have you forgotten Bolger and Shipley?

    Helen Clark will go down in history as one of best PM’s for many reasons, not the least of which was her ability to form and manage MMP governments. She remains incredibly popular amongst Kiwis for good reason. Honest, efficient, hard working and nobody’s puppet.

    As for her helping NZ in her new role, I hope she never has to help us at all. The job is about economic and social development in 3rd world countries. Unless, of course, you’re hinting that you think the NActM governent are going to get us relegated from the economic premier league?

    • Monty 11.1

      I had to tolerate her for nine long years. I truely believe that she will be seen as one of our worst Prime Ministers – I never never had any problem with Shipley – but that is just me. Those on the right are against everything she ever stood for – but to me she qualifies mainly because of the Electoral Finance Act.

      I don’t know or even care about the job she is going to I’m just pleased she is going. But given your last comment – I certainly do not want her anywhere near any economic or social development in NZ – National / Act are going to have a hard enough cleaning up after her nine years in government – on reflection I don’t want her assistance at all if that is the case.

      • Chris G 11.1.1

        Is that a case of tall poppy syndrome, Monty? I thought only ‘socialist ivory tower types’ were the ones who bashed success – well… So I’m told.

  12. Santi 12

    ” After Muldoon she is probably the worst PM NZ has ever had to endure. She will be remembered for the corruption of our democracy with the EFA.”

    100% correct.

    Her departure is not a loss to NZ but a huge gain, a cause for celebration.

  13. Chess Player 13

    Congratulations to her for getting the job, if in fact she has….

    It would be fair to say that she will be departing NZ as a polarising figure on the political landscape – people seem to either love her or loathe her, but not many people seem to have no opinion when it comes to Helen Clark.

    Time will tell whether she has the ability to operate effectively on the global stage, given that H2 won’t be at her side….

  14. TightyRighty 14

    This article is a bit short. are you waiting for I/S at NRT to post something meaningful and intelligent before you repeat it verbatim?

    • lprent 14.1

      It was posted when the rumor broke. We usually wait for confirmation before speculating. For that perhaps you should find a sewer more appropriate to your needs?

  15. If its true hen congratulations to Helen Clark . In my estimation the best leader
    NZ ever had. Better even than Peter Fraser . The United Nations gain is our loss.
    The way the present NZ. Right-Wing government is acting we could still do with Helen to keep the country on track.
    The good people of NZ will not realise just how good she was until this present lot
    really get going.Well done Helen ,
    The Pinkpostman.

  16. the bean 16

    very proud of Helen, very proud of Labour, very proud for NZ. I just wish the nasties would give it a rest for a while…

    • ak 16.1

      As you say bean, they’re nasties: like the limbless knight in the Monty Python sketch, they’ll cling to their irrational hatreds and bigotry even when the entire world disagrees and turns away in disgust. One or two (like wee Johnny – and Timmy) will be dying inside but have the nous to hide it for the sake of their party, but morons like Monty et al can be relied on to reveal the true, ugly colours of the tory base till their last pitiful breaths.
      Read it and weep, cretinous knights of misogyny: our greatest living kiwi has achieved higher than any other (and please don’t mention that traitorous flake Moore: yet another failed, rancorous pimple on the backside of history).

      • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1

        The kiwiblog thread is hilarious if you like to laugh at that sort of thing. Which I do. You’ve got all the usual suspects saying exactly what you’d expect, the most ugly things rated the highest on the karma, ( sidetrack: I like karma; if I understand it correctly it means that whatever I do or say about a Tory it’s only because s/he deserves it. I may have this wrong. If so, shut up).

        There’s a couple of lefties stirring up the muck, cue righteous claims that ‘I was going to congratulate Clark, but because you said that thing you said I am forced to instead screech about how lesbian comintern jibba jabba korruption wibble’.

        Gold I tells ya.

        More leftie stirring about what JK might do post PMship, and DPF reckons he’ll probably be top knob at the IMF or World Bank. pfft. The fuck he will.

        When I looked (about 2pm) it was at about 60 something comments, 50+ of which would be about how much they hate Clark, but also hates them some UN, so are torn between ‘deserves each other’ ‘glad to see her go’ and ‘hates Clark I hates it’ venting.

        They reckon we haven’t gotten over the election result. I can’t see that myself, but at least if we haven’t we have the excuse that we lost.

        • ak 16.1.1.1

          (thanks Pascal – always reassuring to know the sewer’s still gurgling along with monotonous predictability. Gold’s right – equal-opportunity haters torn between the UN and a woman! Wouldn’t go there myself, but I guess we have to have somewhere to put this stuff….)

      • Tim Ellis 16.1.2

        Thanks for interpreting my true feelings on my behalf, ak. You couldn’t be more wrong in my case, however, This afternoon I drafted a letter of congratulations to Helen Clark, which I will send as soon as it’s publicly confirmed.

        I further don’t think that your view really represents the Left Wing. It’s all very well for you to refer to people like me as a “cretinous knight of mysogyny”. It’s very brave of you to do it behind that courageous veil of anonymity. For all Helen Clark’s many talents, she would not have achieved this job without the active support of the patron of your so-called cretinous knights namely John Key.

        I realise that some right-wingers find it difficult to put aside old battles and just be gracious about Helen Clark’s achievement, but you’re hardly behaving very tastefully either.

        • ak 16.1.2.1

          (terribly sorry old chap – thought I’d made the distinction clear between your more rabid fellow-travellers and your good self – rest assured that few cretins of my acquaintance are capable of the excruciatingly desperate and subtle misrepresentations (see above) and relentless gray dirge of tedious tory apologetics that is your trademark…good knight, Tim)

        • mickysavage 16.1.2.2

          Tim

          I thought that AK was referring to Monty and the vast majority of those who have posted 110 comments over at Kiwiblog that do nothing but rave at and criticise Helen. Their comments are appalling and ought to be criticised. Personalised feigned hurt on your part does not do it.

          And Helen should thank John???

          You should work out how the international networks work. They depend on years of relationships and trust and understanding, and JK’s endorsement would have counted for nothing. Helen got the job because the world recognises her ability and commitment.

          Besides Key only did this because he knows that when the kiwi population realise they have elected an emperor with no clothes they will wish that Helen was still around. She will not be. She will be doing for the third world what she has done for New Zealand, by making it a better place.

          • Tim Ellis 16.1.2.2.1

            Mickey, let’s not descend into an argument about how Helen Clark got the job. She got the job because she was the best candidate. She wouldn’t have been in the running if she didn’t have New Zealand support–international networks or not.

            Her appointment is a real tribute to her, and a real tribute to New Zealand.

  17. Paul Robeson 17

    Monty bugger off and let us celebrate, you no-life whinger. Haven’t read your comments and I’m not going to. Lightbulbs vs U.N. number 3? who are you going to believe Brownlee or Ban Ki Moon?

    The Herald graciously elevated this story to 5 on its national news behind David Bain, the disbelief of a shop owner, a chase across the harbour, and Air New Zealand worrying that slack employee relations will see a strike disrupt customers travel plans.

    at least it’s second top on Stuff.

    let’s hope she’s able to do a good job, and that Labour can get some momentum out of this.

  18. mike 18

    So she gets the biggest Robin Hood gig in the world…
    God knows she’s had plenty of practice in the NZ labour party.

    Poor old Phil-in – did he have to be the last to know

  19. justthefacts 19

    A marriage made in heaven!

    The most corrupt organisation on the face of the planet hires the most corrupt PM in this nations history.

    Good riddance Ms Clark, you will not be missed.

    BTW, I hope Key shows you the same disrespect (by walking out of the chamber) that you showed to Dr Brash when you make your valedictory speech

    • ak 19.1

      Oh yes, justy, because Don “Orewa One” Brash deserves our utmost respect and devotion, doesn’t he? Funny how even wee Johnny treats him like an infected rash now.
      Suck it up, big boy: listen again the international acclaim and Johnny’s gritted-teeth plaudits for Hels, and facethefacts. You and the rest of the bloated viagra-munching hate-mob are shrivelling to irrelevancy – disdained and disowned even by your own frontsmen. World leadership is embracing decency: do us all a favour and just fade away – take your rotting, acrid bile and crawl back into your tight little holes.

      • the sprout 19.1.1

        Oh but Don’s gone on to great things too, he’s now a contract lecturer at AUT.

  20. Snail 20

    If confirmed then I’d like say Go well to Helen Clark.

    Articulation is a rare thing and such talent cannae be wasted in such a UN spot

  21. Dan 21

    Great news! The lady has class. I am fascinated that the media that was so anti-Clark in the election countdown is suddenly worried about some of the rightist tendencies of the charming Mr Key. In the same way we nostalgically look back and wonder the New Zealand we might have had if Rowling had held out Muldoon and the Think Big and Springbok tour nonsense, in future years we will look back and wonder why Clark was dumped in favour of the self serving rich list.
    Congratulations Helen Clark. I am proud to be a New Zealander when folk of her substance make it to the world stage.

  22. Red Horse 22

    Clark was easily the best PM we’ve ever had.

  23. QoT 23

    Godsdammit I demand confirmation so I can celebrate properly!

  24. Irascible 24

    One can only congratulate Helen for her status, when she was our Prime Minister, on the international stage on achieving the status she now has – managing a budget and responsibility that is in keeping with her undoubted ability.
    It is unfortunate that the bloggers of the right are as petty minded as their leadership is demonstrating in all aspects of governance.
    Let’s face it you do need intellect and knowledge to be an effective and recognised politician on the local and international stages. .. these qualities Helen has in spades!!

  25. Observer 25

    I would love to be a fly on the wall the first time she is given a “Yes, Administrator” response from a fellow public servant (yes, that’s what she is to become A Public Servant with the title Madam Administrator) Mandarin who has chewed up and spat out far more experienced “managers” than our Helen.

    NEw Zealand is so full of people who don’t want to upset ANYONE, that our Ministers (including Ministers Prime) have virtually no experience in dealing with true PS Mandarins.

    • Pascal's bookie 25.1

      Good old colonial cringe. Haven’t seen that for years!

      Thanks.

      I think she’ll do just fine, and certainly achieve more than, for example, any of the previous US administration’s flunkeys.

      Wolfowitz, what a player he turned out to be, and that ambassador that looks like a walrus and has been wrong about everything since at least the 80’s, he certainly shook things up at the UN.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: “A View from Afar” on PRC-Taiwan tensions.
    In this week’s podcast Selwyn Manning and I discuss the upsurge in tensions between the PRC and Taiwan and what are the backgrounds to and implications of them. You can check the conversation out here. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s 2023 election manifesto
    This morning Health Minister Andrew Little effectively unveiled Labour's 2023 election manifesto: 5,000 cases a week in Auckland alone: Thousands of people will be infected with Covid-19 every week even with vaccination levels at 90 per cent, and hospitals face being overwhelmed once restrictions are eased and borders opened, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Don't Blame James.
    Emissions Impossible! So, don’t be too hard on poor James Shaw. His pathetic little To-Do list is, indeed, totally inadequate to the crisis. But, you know what? He’ll be lucky to get half of the items ticked-off. There’s just too many entrenched interests – not the least of whom are ...
    6 days ago
  • The “Pulpit of Strewth”
    Barry Soper is one half of one of one of those right-wing husband-and-wife duos in which the Herald seems to specialise. In today’s issue, he has a piece that doesn’t quite reach the heights (or depths) of a Hoskings-style anti-government hostility, but which does provide an interesting example of the ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the epic fails of Kris Faafoi
    Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 14 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Mike Treen, Advocate, Unite Union “Please continue your incredible work compiling these news digests. As someone operating in the fields of advocacy for workers and the broader social justice areas it is invaluable to be able to check what is happening in the media relating to the issues I have to deal ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Overconfident Idiots: Why Incompetence Breeds Certainty
    This is a re-post from the Thinking is Power website maintained by Melanie Trecek-King where she regularly writes about many aspects of critical thinking in an effort to provide accessible and engaging critical thinking information to the general public. Please see this overview to find links to other reposts from Thinking is Power. ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Abandoning ambition
    When Labour was first elected to power in 2017, they promised us "[an] ambitious plan to take real action on climate change". Four years and a lot of foot-dragging later, they've finally released that plan. And its not what was promised. Where to begin? Firstly, they've taken the Climate Change ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Many e-cigarette vaping liquids contain toxic chemicals: new Australian research
    Alexander Larcombe, Telethon Kids Institute   From October 1, it’s been illegal to buy e-liquids containing nicotine without a prescription from a doctor everywhere in Australia, except South Australia. But vaping with nicotine-free e-liquids is not illegal in Australia (though in some jurisdictions the e-cigarette devices themselves are illegal). Vaping ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Young adults worldwide have blunt message for governments: ‘We don’t trust you.’
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Elizabeth Marks describes herself as “a psychologist who works on difficult problems.” Her past research aimed at helping people cope with challenging health conditions, apt training, it appears, for taking on climate change issues. A few years ago, she altered ...
    1 week ago
  • Making ‘Second Age’ Hobbits Work: Amazon Series Speculation
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 13 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Lara Greaves, Political scientist, University of Auckland: “I love the NZ Politics Daily emails as they help me to keep on top of current events. It’s incredibly easy to skim through and follow the links. I really appreciate these as it means that I am exposed to a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The Data and Statistics Bill and the OIA
    The government introduced a new Data and Statistics Bill today to modernise and replace the 45-year old Statistics Act. Part of the Bill re-enacts the existing confidentiality regime (with one exception), which while a secrecy clause isn't an especially controversial one. Another part is aimed at removing "outdated" (inconvenient) limits ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Graham Adams: The debate over the $55 million media fund erupts again
    RNZ’s Mediawatch and a video clip viewed 42,000 times keep the topic of the Public Interest Journalism Fund fizzing. Graham Adams reports.   A week ago, the NZ Taxpayers’ Union posted a short video clip of the exchange in Parliament between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins in which the National ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Multiple sclerosis: the link with earlier infection just got stronger – new study
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    1 week ago
  • Hit hard by the pandemic, researchers expect its impacts to linger for years
    Sora Park, University of Canberra; Jennie Scarvell, University of Canberra, and Linda Botterill, University of Canberra   The impacts of COVID-19 on Australian university researchers are likely to have consequences for research productivity and quality for many years to come. According to an online survey of academics at the University ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Covid and free speech
    by Don Franks Some commentators have likened the struggle against Covid 19 to the world war experience. To those of us not alive in those times, that comparison can only be academic. What the anti virus battle reminds me of much more is an industrial strike. In my twenties and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Angry Blowhards”
    In today’s Herald, their excellent columnist, Simon Wilson, takes to task those “shouty” people whom he further describes as “angry blowhards”. They are those whose prime reaction to the pandemic is anger – an anger they seamlessly (and perhaps unwittingly) transfer from the virus to the government. The basis for ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Looking Forward To 2022.
    Future Tense? Okay, so that’s where we are in 2022. Living in a New Zealand where all the usual rules of politics once again apply. And, guess what? Jacinda’s government, once again, isn’t doing very well – not very well at all.LET’S PLAY A GAME. Let’s pretend we’re half-way through ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Covid mandates, and the Covid pill
    The cliché about “living with Covid” will not mean life as we’ve known it, Jim. Vaccination is fast becoming a condition of employment, and also a requirement to participate in aspects of social life, such as travel, attending bars, cafes, and concerts etc. These protective measures enjoy a high level ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 12 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Prof Alan Bollard, Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington; Chair of the Infrastructure Commission: “NZ Politics Daily” provides a great public service – a quick and unbiased way to check policy announcements and analysis every morning.” Anyone can sign up to NZPD ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: A submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2)
    I have made a submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2).In preparing it, I looked at the Hansard for the first reading debate, and got name-dropped as someone likely to make a submission. So, of course I did. I focus on a small bit of the ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: More tales from the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme
    You may have read last week that two years after the publication of regulations for medicinal cannabis – and three years after the enabling legislation – two local products from a local manufacturer have finally met the minimum quality standards for prescription. You may also be interested to know that ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Real action requires government
    Over the weekend someone pointed me at a journal article on "The Poverty of Theory: Public Problems, Instrument Choice, and the Climate Emergency". Its a US law journal article, so is a) very long; and b) half footnotes (different disciplines have different norms), but the core idea is that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Not doing our bit
    Last month the US and EU announced they would push an agreement to cut methane emissions by 30% (from 2020 levels) by 2030 at the upcoming climate change conference in Glasgow. The good news is that New Zealand is looking at joining it. The bad news is that that won't ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Delta’s Week Of Doom.
    Classic Shot: Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?IF JACINDA ARDERN thought last week was bad, the week ahead promises to be even worse. Sixty community cases of Covid-19, one of the highest daily totals so far ...
    1 week ago
  • Urgent measures needed to allow the safe re-opening of Auckland schools
    Dr Rachel Webb, Dr Jin Russell, Dr Pip Anderson, Dr Emma Best, Dr Alison Leversha and Dr Subha Rajanaidu* In this blog we describe the range of urgent measures that are needed to facilitate a safe return to schools in Auckland and other regions of the country where there is ...
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    1 week ago
  • Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scree...
    Kathryn MacCallum, University of Canterbury and Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury   The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Putting Aotearoa on the map: New Zealand has changed its name before, why not again?
    Claire Breen, University of Waikato; Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato; Robert Joseph, University of Waikato, and Valmaine Toki, University of Waikato   Our names are a critical part of our identity. They are a personal and social anchor tying us to our families, our culture, our history and place in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Yes, of course festival organisers will follow the law on vaccination
    On Tuesday 5 October the New Zealand Government announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be a requirement to attend large events this summer.It took a few days for event owners to absorb the information and understand the implications. By the end of the working week, most of the big ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 11 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jim Hubbard, Cartoonist “NZ Politics daily is a go to for cartoonists, or should be.  Political reporting enmasse like this gives cartoonists and political junkies a smorgasbord to get their teeth into. Essential and I daresay vital reading for those who care about the future of NZ.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, October 3, 2021 through Sat, October 9, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: VFX Artist Reveals how Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power the ENTIRE World, Will you fall ...
    1 week ago
  • The Night of Parmenides: accepted
    A bit of good news on the writing front. My 3900-word short story, The Night of Parmenides, has been accepted by SpecFicNZ for their upcoming Aftermath anthology, to be published in early 2022. This is my first published short story to be explicitly set in my home-town of ...
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, the Politician, and the gang member
    . . . . . References Newshub Nation: Gang leader Harry Tam denies Winston Peters’ claims he helped infected woman breach COVID boundary, sparking Northland lockdown Te Ao News: ‘Apologise!’ Mob leader slams Peters’ Covid, Northland allegations Stuff media: Covid-19 – Search for contact of Northland case ‘extraordinarily frustrating’ CNBC: ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Rapid kits, responses, and openings: watch motivations, or catch something worse with Covid…
    Last week was probably a high point for many armchair “experts”, fresh from their high after some deep inhaling of the various musings and fumings, of an actually very smug, and very insualted John “Things all work for me…” Key, former Prime Minister and FOREX trader, had blitzed the ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Bollocks
    It would appear we have an unwelcome presence in town.Positive wastewater results had been detected in Hamilton and Palmerston North on October 6 and 7. There are 26 cases in hospital, seven of these are in ICU or high dependency units (HDU).One of the people in hospital is in Palmerston ...
    2 weeks ago
  • World-leading?
    So, the Herald has found someone, as we can see from today’s issue, who is able to explain why we should not claim to have been “world-leading” in our response to the covid epidemic. It seems that we have been kidding ourselves when we celebrated our low total number of ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Is Labour So Frightened Of “Mr Stick”?
    Force Multiplier: Why are Ardern and her ministers so loathe to put a bit of stick about? The “emergency” legislation eventually enacted to authorise the measures needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic failed to confer upon the New Zealand Government the unequivocal authority that subsequent events showed to be so ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Need for an Updated Strategic Approach to Covid-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Michael Baker* The NZ Government appears to have drifted into an unclear strategic approach to Covid-19 control. In this blog we outline one potential way forward: a regional strategic approach that considers “regional suppression” and “regional elimination”. To maximise the success of this ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Mairon: The Actual Source for the Blasted Name
    Long-time Tolkien geeks – or those bemused enough to run across a certain internet phenomenon – might know that ‘Sauron’ is not actually the real name of the Lord of the Ring. ‘Sauron’ is just an abusive Elvish nickname, meaning ‘the Abhorred.’ Sauron’s actual name, at least originally, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Forced Re-entry
    The elimination of Covid strategy is not so much defeated but changing circumstances means that policy has to evolve. Our elimination stance was never sustainable or at least it would not be until the rest of the world also eliminated Covid-19. Elimination of the virus was a strategy we adopted ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Repeal this unjust law
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on National's unjust "three strikes" law, and found that the sentence it required was (in the case in question) so disproportionate as to "shock the conscience" and violate the Bill of Rights Act ban on disproportionately severe treatment or punishment: The Supreme Court has ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Preparing for the flood
    The Christchurch City Council has published new "coastal hazards" data, indicating which places are under threat from sea-level rise. And its not good news: Parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are likely to become unhabitable [sic] as the city council figures out how to adapt to sea level ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Virus, Not The Government
    I wonder if Mike Hosking ever reads the paper in which he appears so regularly? If he does, he might have noticed a report in today’s Herald about the problem that could face churches in Auckland if a vaccine passport becomes mandatory for those wishing to attend church services. The ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 8 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Bill Ralston, Media consultant and columnist: “NZ Politics Daily provides an invaluable service for journalists, politicians, businesspeople, decision makers and the public at large by providing an easily accessible, exhaustive, link to every significant political story in the country’s media that day. It’s a gem of a service ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago

  • Red tape cut to boost housing supply
    New building intensification rules will mean up to three homes of up to three storeys can be built on most sites without the need for a resource consent New rules will result in at least 48,200 and as many as 105,500 new homes built in next 5-8 years Bringing forward ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Nationwide business partnership grows conservation jobs
    Further Government support for New Zealand’s longest-standing sustainable business organisation will open up opportunities for dozens of workers impacted by COVID-19 to jump start a nature-based career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Partnering to Plant Aotearoa, led by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), is a collaboration with iwi, hapū and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand increases climate aid contribution
    Government commits $1.3 billion over four years to support countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change At least 50 percent of funding will go to the Pacific as it adapts to the impacts of climate change The increase means New Zealand now meets its fair share of global ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Super Māori turnout for Super Saturday
    Māori have put a superb effort into mobilising to get vaccinated over Super Saturday, with thousands rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves, their whānau and communities from COVID-19, Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says. “It was absolutely outstanding that 21,702 Māori got vaccinated on this one day alone with 10,825 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Language assists Tagata Niue to thrive
    Despite the uncertain times we face with the challenges of COVID-19, our cultural knowledge, values and language remain constant, helping us progress towards goals in life, said  the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. This year, the Niuean community in New Zealand decided on the theme, “Kia tupuolaola e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Ambassador to France announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Caroline Bilkey as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France and the OECD. “Aotearoa New Zealand and France have a shared history, and enjoy a strong, collaborative partnership. This includes a strong trade and economic relationship, a shared commitment to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt welcomes nurses’ pay settlement
    The Government is welcoming news that a new employment agreement for nurses working in public hospitals has been settled. “I am very pleased that the hard work of the Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards has led to a settlement that both can support,” Health Minister Andrew Little said today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Judge of the High Court appointed
    Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on plan to reduce waste
    New Zealanders are invited to have their say on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for new waste legislation. “Reducing waste is one of the issues all New Zealanders – especially younger Kiwis - care deeply about,” Environment Minister David Parker said today “New Zealand is one of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next steps in action plan for indigenous rights kicks off
    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today meet with more than 30 national Māori organisations in an online hui, kicking off the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). The previous National Government signed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Iwi-led housing solutions build homes for the future
    Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga will open on 20 October, to receive applications for investment through Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Puni Kōkiri The $730m fund combines investment from Budget 2021 ($380m) and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m) - the largest investment seen ...
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    6 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō twhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
  • Government green lights rapid antigen testing
    Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall. A coalition of around 25 businesses ...
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  • Government lays foundations as Māori Language Petition commemorations take shape for 2022
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    6 days ago
  • Major contract awarded to power NZ Battery investigation
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  • Additional Funding for Foodbanks and Social Agencies
    The Government has approved $13.55m from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund to support foodbanks and social sector agencies, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “Foodbanks and social agencies across Auckland are doing a great job supporting their communities and the Government is today providing them with more ...
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    7 days ago
  • Generating a new generation of guardians
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    7 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato, Northland staying at Alert Level 3
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    7 days ago
  • New courthouses for Tauranga and Whanganui
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  • Speech on the launch of the consultation on the development of the Emissions Reduction Plan
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  • Opportunity to shape NZ’s first Emissions Reduction Plan
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  • Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15, Virtual High-Level Segment
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    1 week ago
  • Government books show resilient and strong economy
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  • ​​​​​​​Health system is ready for assisted-dying law
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  • Taking a lead in threat to curious kea
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  • Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer
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    1 week ago
  • Lower card fees good for businesses, consumers
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  • Mandatory vaccination for two workforces
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    1 week ago
  • Fund allows more Pacific community led vaccinations
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  • Small business at heart of economic recovery across APEC region
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  • Record day for Māori vaccinations
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